- Start: 19 September 2017 8:00 pm
If necessity is the mother of invention, then spontaneity and unpredictability are without a doubt, the foster parents of Ultraam. Rewind to early 2014, somewhere in the recesses of an old brick warehouse in Kingston, NY. Three long-time friends and co-conspirators convene to shake off the icy clutches of winter and explore sonic possibilities. Sean “Grasshopper” Mackowiak (bass), Chris Turco (drums) and Matthew Cullen (guitar) plug in and drop out for the first time – Ultraam is born. This is not the silent birth of an infant scientologist, but a raucous and visceral affair. Amps crackle and pulse, cymbals crush, tinnitus ensues. Over the coming months, the band improvises at high volume for a captive audience at various venues in and around the Hudson Valley and Brooklyn, picking up new members along the way. Local legend, midnight mayor and hair stylist to the stars, Mark Ferraro trades his No. 3 clippers for a pocket trumpet and joins the fray first. Soon after, Eli Walker arrives on the scene and takes over on bass, allowing Mackowiak to return to his natural six-stringed tendencies. The addition of D. James Goodwin (initially on drums and later on keys) rounds out the ensemble’s number to six. The seventh (and final?) member to join is Jeff Mercel, providing rhythmic reinforcements as a second drummer.
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Ultraam’s members have have featured and performed as principal and touring members of: Mercury Rev, Snowflake, Chron Turbine, Luna, Sparklehorse, Trans Am, Pauline Oliveros and many more. D. James Goodwin, Matthew Cullen and Eli Walker are also accomplished engineers, producers & mixers with production credits on albums from: Lana Del Ray, Lady Gaga, Black Lips, Kaki King, Devo, David Torn, Sean Lennon, The GOASTT, Bette LaVette, Norah Jones, Willy Mason, Tim Berne, Isobell Campbell, Fat White Family, Bad Plus, Lia Ices, Natalie Merchant, Murder By Death and Elvis Perkins to name just a few.
Matthew Cullen : Guitar / Sean “Grasshopper” Mackowiak : Guitar / D. James Goodwin : Analog Synths & Saxophone / Eli Walker II : Bass / Chris Turco : Drums / Jeff Mercel : Drums / Mark Ferraro : Pocket Trumpet
Originally from New York and now based out of Los Angeles, Jerkagram is a fraternal twin duo making music that unfurls a chaotic psychedelic whirlwind at one time while a minimalist ambient wash at another. The duo’s layered guitar textures and unhinged drum patterns allow for an organic and hypnotic experience. The raucous twosome is influenced by a very wide array of musical styles, from the buoyancy and heavy punk sensibilities of The Melvins to the orchestral soundscapes of King Crimson as well as the loose and maniacal free jazz of Sun Ra. Live, they have infectious and boundless energy with a penchant for improvisation, making no two shows the same. Drums + Vocals / Brent Gaines Guitar Loops + Vocals / Derek Gaines