Sterling Basement + Songs of the Gowanus
Sterling Basement was born in 2002 when the musician and artist Jason Glasser proposed to the artist John Roach, that some of his sound contraptions might be used in a live performance context. And so they began playing in a basement... on Sterling Street.
- In 2008 Sterling Basment was reborn as John Roach, Shawn Onsgard, John Hudak & Matthew Rohrer to create the piece Songs of the Gowanus performed at issue Project Room.
- In 2010 Sterling Basment became John Roach, Dave Ruder, John Hudak & Aaron Moore for a new version of Songs of the Gowanus performed at at Cabinet Gallery as part of the exhibition Postcards from the Gowanus.
- live @ Tonic
- Issue Project Room
- Cabinet Gallery
- audio \
Sterling Basement Live @ Tonic
Jason Glasser: cello, percussion, samples, toys. roach-a-phonic bandophones
Issue Project Room
Saturday September 6th 2008
Sterling Basement presents an homage to the Gowanus Canal. The ensemble includes the multidisciplinary artist John Roach on his homemade Band-O-Fly instrument, sound artist John Hudak with homemade thumb pianos, pianist and composer Shawn Onsgard with his mockingbird Melodica and the Poet Matthew Rohrer delivering texts related to the once thriving shipping hub.
Performance for the Exhibition Postcards from the Gowanus
Cabinet Gallery, Brooklyn NY
March 19, 2010
Sterling Basement presents Songs of the Gowanus in homage to the Gowanus Canal. The ensemble includes John Roach, John Hudak, Dave Ruder, and Aaron Moore playing band-o-phones, home made thumb pianos, motorized autoharps, and a variety of other instruments. Songs of the Gowanus also features poems by Matthew Rohrer derived from archival texts related to the once thriving shipping hub. Join us as we dredge the canal.
Sterling Basement - Live @ Tonic 2002