New Firmament Presents Feast of the Epiphany and Nick Podgurski

Wednesday, November 20, 2019. 8:00 pm

In an evening of “drone meets prog meets sacred music,” New Firmament presents the complex and beautiful music of soloist Nick Podgurski and his ensemble Feast of the Epiphany as they perform adaptations of their new record Practicing Loss, out now on Kincsem Records. Podgurski will also premiere new work for solo keyboard instrument.

On Practicing Loss, Its Psychadelic Baby Magazine notes, “Feast Of The Epiphany’s electrocuted folk tapestries are entirely unique. Here is a spiraling processional of distortion-drenched keyboards, surprising bass lines, and sometimes lurking, sometimes soaring, always impassioned vocals. Imagine a distant cousin of dungeon-synth stepping outside to discover reality, with two accomplished guitarists in tow providing counterpoint.”

The members of Feast of the Epiphany have served as an integral connection among a broad variety of artists in New York’s music and art communities. Composer and multi-instrumentalist Nick Podgurski plays drums in the acclaimed doom-improv trio GRID, composes ambient keyboard music as New Firmament, and spent years as a member of avant rockers Extra Life. Guitarist Andrew Smiley performs solo and as guitarist of Little Women, Chris Pitsiokos Quartet, Bloor, and Empyrean Atlas. Multi-instrumentalist Caley Monahon-Ward (ex-Extra Life, Voice Coils) has contributed work to such collaborators as: Xiu Xiu, Liturgy, Snowblink, Erica Eso, ICE Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound. Tony Gedrich is bassist of the aggressive, progressive rock trio STATS.

Andrew Smiley: guitars
Caley Monahon-Ward: guitar
Tony Gedrich: bass
Nick Podgurski: keyboard instruments, voice

Other collaborators of the ensemble, Feast of the Epiphany, include Travis Laplante, Charlie Looker, and Mick Barr. Members of Feast of the Epiphany have performed at Primavera Sound, Moers Festival, Bad Bonn, Ville e Sonique, FIMAV Victoriaville, Sound Forest, International Jazz Festival Saalfelden, Rumor Festival, Jazz Em Agosto and lectured at The University of Alabama and The University of Chicago Center in Paris.

New Firmament is an institute working in the service of the furtherance of balance. Its work extends across the fields of education, research, curation, and composition. It serves as umbrella for: NF live series presented in conjunction with Title:Point Theatre, a regular music playlist now in its sixth year, record label, blog, and home for educational workshops usually involving music/sound.

Photo: Brian Henry