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Dirty Churches performs dark and hypnotizing live soundtracks for multi media art installations. In 2003 Jesse Gelaznik formed Dirty Churches with Joe Robinson, Alex Beard and John Delassi. The early Dirty Churches performances consisted of improv noise sets with projections. In 2005 Dirty Churches began performing live sound tracks to Rachel Blackwell’s video art projections. And in 2006 Jesse began writing conceptual scores for Dirty Churches performances and recordings including the track Eat Birth, which was recorded for a noise comp titled Getting rid of the Glue on Pendu Sound. In 2009, Dirty Churches performed a live score for Rachel Blackwell’s video pieces Yes! Witches, Rituals and Meditations on Death during the NY Eye and Ear Fest II at the 92Y in Tribeca. In 2011 Dirty Churches arranged music for video art by Rachel Blackwell for a performance at Diverse Works in Houston, TX. In 2013 Jesse and Rachel created the architectural video installation A Guest in the Cavern for the Northside Town Hall Cultural Center’s 2013 Arts Happening series. This installation was an in depth collaboration between Rachel, Jesse and the writer and artist Natalee Cayton. This show also included the musicians Elizabeth Pulos, Anna Callner, Alphra Martini, Justin Miller, Robert Boston, Eric Elterman, Joe Robinson, Donnie Undeen, and Daniel Garcia. In 2013 Jesse Gelaznik and Rachel Blackwell performed An Orchard of Echoes at Soho20 Chelsea Gallery as part of their Savior Faire performance series. This performance transformed the gallery space into a orchard full of harvest rituals and cascading sounds.
The Northside Town Hall Community and Cultural Center, Inc.’s
2013 Arts Happening Series Presents:
A GUEST IN THE CAVERN
A multi-media installation by Jesse Gelaznik and Rachel Blackwell
live score by Dirty Churches paired with text by Natalee Cayton
SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery : Savoir- Faire performance series
AN ORCHARD OF ECHOES
A new Dirty Churches performance by Jesse Gelaznik and Rachel Blackwell
Thursday Sept. 26th 7pm : 547 W. 27th st. Suite 301 New York, NY
This collaborative multi-media performance explores dramatic rituals performed against hypnotic video projections in an altered environment with a live score. The suggestion of being in an apple orchard during a storm is created by presenting objects from the orchard on pedestals, first person video projections of exploring the orchard, and audio samples such as footsteps, rain and thunder. This in effect creates the setting for the performance of the harvest ritual. The costume for this ritual portrays a masked old woman in farming clothes caring bar chimes. Her hair is bound up in cornhusks and her mask is painted with the alchemical symbols of nature, fire, earth, water and air. The harvest ritual is performed in three parts, introducing the orchard, the storm, and the smearing of the mask with colored pigment as a conclusion. These three parts all have individual musical scores performed live, which establish a sonic environment that completes the illusion of the orchard. The insinuated theme of this piece is the performers relationship to their surroundings as they encounter a storm of percussion and prepare a harvest of dark emotional thoughts. The performance of this ritual takes 20 minutes.
Rachel Blackwell and Jesse Gelaznik of the Dirty Churches combine experimental sound and music making with sculptural installations and ritual-based performance in what they describe as a manifestation of the collective conscious. An Orchard of Echoes will bring together aspects of story-telling and mythology to fabricate and ancient and untold experience. The group’s fluctuating body of members is an ever-changing factor, which can accommodate any number of aesthetics, ideas and directions. Among a world so desperate for control, Dirty Churches defy the notion the we must rely on a constant reality to exist.