Jacaszek, the ambient project of Polish composer Michal Jacaszek, will be one of the many experimental musicians making the trek across the ocean to play Unsound Festival New York, the American offshoot of the cutting-edge Polish festival of the same name. Now in its third year, the festival will take place from Wednesday, April 18, through Sunday, April 22, at venues across New York and aims to combine the best in contemporary classical music with the divergent worlds of avant-garde electronica, post-industrial noise and even death metal.
In addition to playing Unsound, Jacaszek recently released a meditative and haunting video for the composition “Dare Gale” from his album Glimmer, which dropped back in November 2011 via Ghostly International. Directed by Portuguese filmmaker Pedro Maia, the clip uses Super 8 film footage shot by Maia and Jacaszek as a starting off point to experiment with light manipulation and superimposing images on top of one another, creating a shimmering tapestry of patterns that fits the rumbling, ever-shifting music. Think Stan Brakhage bathed in spooky mysticism.
You can expect similar eerie atmospherics at Unsound. Scheduled acts for the festival include the enigmatic hip-hop due Hype Williams, Norwegian digimetal band KILLL, cult horror samplers Demdike Stare and SoCal psych-trance specialist Sun Araw. The event will also feature the debut of a special collaborative piece commissioned by the festival from ambient innovators Biosphere and Lustmord.
But that’s only scratching the surface, as the event spans five days and takes place across the city with shows at a variety of venues including BAMcinématek, the Bunker, the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, ISSUE Project Room and Le Poisson Rouge. Further acts will be announced in the next month, with venue and ticket information coming soon as well.