Forma, Bernardino Femminielli
98 Meserole Ave
Brooklyn, NY, 11222
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is all ages
Formed in 1967 as an electronic rock duo featuring Dan Taylor on drums and Simeon on a homemade synthesizer consisting of 12 oscillators and an assortment of sound filters, telegraph keys, radio parts, lab gear and a variety of second hand electronic junk, the band quickly gained a reputation as New York’s leading underground musical expression.
First full-length album was released in 1968 on KAPP Records. The self titled album rode the Billboard Magazine Top 100 list for 10 weeks.
The second full length album was released in 1969, titled CONTACT. A national tour was launched by the band’s recording popularity. A third album was recorded in 1970, but not released when KAPP folded.Without a record label the band disbanded, and, except for an occasional bootleg release, was not heard from again until 1994, when a German label named TRC, without license, re-released the first two albums in a double CD version, complete with poster. Since then numerous artists around the world have released covers, tributes and samplings of Silver Apples material.
In 1996, Simeon re-activated Silver Apples, recording and performing with many musician friends and admirers. On March 10, 2005, original drummer, Danny Taylor, passed away of a heart attack in Kingston, New York. He was 56 years old. Working as a solo performer, with Danny’s drum sounds recreated by electronic means, Simeon has continued the Silver Apples live concerts with performances literally all over the world. Currently Simeon is still recording and performing as a solo.
Brooklyn trio Forma’s latest LP continues their mission to “broaden
the idea of what an electronic music ensemble can sound like.”
Semblance emerged from exploratory sessions at The Schoolhouse, the
Bushwick loft where members Mark Dwinell and John Also Bennett live,
then was tracked at Gary’s Electric studios, where their previous
album Physicalist was also recorded.
Inspired by polyrhythmic composition, the human voice, and conceptual
improvisation strategies, the songs are striking in their textural
detail and emotional nuance, alternately synthetic and sentient,
futuristic and intuitive. Incorporating flute, piano, guitar,
saxophone, acoustic drums and cymbals alongside an array of
synthesizers, the record persuasively demonstrates the group’s unique
playing abilities and fluid chemistry – attributes they credit to
“techniques we’ve developed to trick our electronic machines into
mimicking the spontaneous character of live instruments.”
Members George and John Also Bennett also cite as an influence their
recent stint in minimalist composer Jon Gibson’s ensemble, performing
his 1973 proto-ambient masterwork Visitations. The long- form modal
piece requires restraint and deep listening to execute, qualities
especially apparent in the more muted moments of Semblance, such as
“Rebreather” and “New City.”
The group states the intent of the new album as “to be more direct and
exacting”, which it is. Over half a decade spent writing and recording
together has distilled Forma’s hybrid electro-acoustic interplay into
an attuned and astounding language, capable of articulating impossible
symmetries and reflective states.
The stunning visuals of the artwork are by frequent collaborator of
the group Peter Burr.
Musician from Montreal, Canada.