For the past few months, Brassland co-founder Alec Hanley Bemis has been working as a "musical guru" of sorts with author Amanda Stern's Happy Ending Music and Reading Series at Joe's Pub in New York City. The series - which the Village Voice has described as "perenially killer" - is holding its latest installment on Wednesday, August 5th. Curated by the guru himself, the evening's theme is titled "Process and Progress," which AHB's blog describes as "creativity in action - how makers actually make what they make."
The night's musical lineup features saxophonist Colin Stetson - who's worked with Tom Waits, Arcade Fire, TV on the Radio, and The National (and can be seen grooving here on YouTube) - and Buke & Gass, a duo whose music The Deli Magazine described as a "wall of sound" (which can be heard on their MySpace).
Since the event involves reading, there will be a few literary types, too. On the itinerary are author Rachel Cohen, who will read from her book A Chance Meeting: Intertwined Lives of American Writers and Artists; Brandon Stosuy, whose presentation will draw on his in-progress oral history of American black metal (and may feature Matt Luem, depending on whether Mrs. Luem goes into labor); and Lawrence Weschler, who will read from his books on visual artists Robert Irwin and David Hockney.
Past installments of the Happy Ending Series have sold out quickly, so if you're intrigued grab your tickets here before they're all gone. Hope to see you there.