Heroes of Toolik, Mimi Goese + Ben Neill

/ Jan

Heroes of Toolik, Mimi Goese + Ben Neill

Front Room
07:00 pm

BSP Kingston presents

Heroes of Toolik (Mems of Television, Modern Lovers, Lounge Lizards)
Mimi Goese and Ben Neill

$10 (no adv tix) | 18+ | 7PM Doors / 8PM Show

“deceptively catchy, hypnotically growling, post-Velvets grooves” (NY Music Daily)

A collection of long time NYC avant gardists, two proto-punk gods, and an old time fiddler, channel an outside sensibility through art rock song forms. Heroes of Toolik is a NYC/NJ area art rock band that started in 2010, but they more resemble a New York band from the 1980s, with all the confidence, unpredictability, and versatility.

The players are Arad Evans-guitar/vox (Chatham/Branca), John Speck (Ole Fresca) and Peter Zummo (Lounge Lizards)-trombone, Jennifer Coates–fiddle/vox (Jenny Get Around), Ernie Brooks–Bass (Modern Lovers), Billy Ficca–drums (Television)–“a Who’s Who of underground music.” (The BigTake Over).


Dream pop vocalist Mimi Goese and composer/mutantrumpeter Ben Neill create an otherwordly blend of sensual lyricism and technology in their musical collaboration. Most recently they are exploring the musical and poetic qualities of mathematics and science, working in collaboration with chaos mathematician Ralph Abraham and scientists from the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries. The new songs combine the interplay of Goese’s captivating vocals and the electro-acoustic explorations of Neill’s self-designed mutantrumpet with sounds created from fractal equations and Hudson River environmental data. The reflective, sometimes surreal lyrics find poetry in numbers over glitchy beats, deep sub bass, and ambient textures.

Goese and Neill began working together in the mid 2000’s on Persephone, a music theater work presented at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Next Wave Festival in 2010 and released as Songs for Persephone on Ramseur Records in 2011. While the duo’s new material is more futuristic and electronic sounding than the electro-orchestral sounds of Persephone, a similar approach to composing is taken in that each song is built up from a different piece of found material. In Persephone, sampled fragments of 19th century Romantic pieces formed the basis for each song; now the samples are richly textured clusters of microtones generated from Abraham’s mathematical realizations or melodic or rhythmic patterns that reflect environmental changes in the Hudson River. Both Goese and Neill live in the Hudson Valley, and the natural beauty of the area was a major source of inspiration for Persephone. Now they approach the Hudson River from a different perspective, through the lens of the REON system that monitors scores of different environmental factors 24 hours a day.
Mimi Goese is known as the lead singer/co-songwriter of Hugo Largo, the critically acclaimed minimalist punk/pop group who released two albums on Brian Eno’s Opal label in the ’80s. After touring with musician/producer Hector Zazou and co-writing/singing on the Moby album Everything is Wrong, Goese’s solo album Soak was released by Luaka Bop, David Byrne’s label.

Ben Neill is a composer, performer, producer, and inventor of the mutantrumpet, a hybrid electro-acoustic instrument. Ten CDs of his music have been released on labels including Universal/Verve, Astralwerks, Thirsty Ear, and Six Degrees. His most recent recording Horizonal was released in 2015 on Audiokult Recordings, Vienna. The Demo, his large-scale electronic opera with Mikel Rouse, was premiered at Stanford University’s Bing Concert Hall in 2015. Neill is also currently leading performances of works by minimalist guru La Monte Young in the US and Europe.