On July 1st Paul Flaherty nailed up 37 paintings here at Willimantic Records. They're all coming down on the morning of September 2nd.
Starting at 7pm on Saturday, August 25th, we will have an evening of live music in the very same room as the 37 paintings. Performing will be Greyglitch, Duck That!, and the Paul Flaherty/Randall Colbourne Duo. Admission is free, with donations to the musicians very much encouraged.
"The pair produce a tightly wound, hallucinogenically intricate lattice of burnt-edged and whizzing notes. Crawling through each other's eye sockets like metallic ghost snakes, these two are all over the place but right on top of their combined shit the whole time. Colbourne's drumming spirals inward with the power of a whirlpool, and Flaherty's horn lines constantly break standard patterns and head for places that are not often touched. The Nutmeg State should be proud." - Byron Coley (1990 Spin review of the first Paul Flaherty/Randall Colbourne LP)
.. .. Ducks are sometimes confused with several types of unrelated water birds with similar forms, such as loons or divers, grebes, gallinules, and coots. The word duck (from Anglo-Saxon duce), meaning the bird, came from the verb "to duck" (from Anglo-Saxon supposed *ducan) meaning "to bend down low as if to get under something" or "to dive", because of the way many species in the dabbling duck group feed by upending (compare Dutch duiken, German tauchen = "to dive"). Duck That were once seen in the same room as Paul Whiteman, although they'd deny it if asked. Angela Sawyer, electronics and game calls, etc... Josh Jefferson, reeds and game calls, etc... Steve Norton, reeds and game calls, etc... - from the DUCK THAT! Myspace Page
"I pick up toys that make sound, then I open them up and make them do things that they were never meant to. This is known as circuit bending." - Greyglitch
Paul Flaherty is a free-form jazz saxophone improviser who also creates visual artwork. He often uses Markers as his tools of expression, but he painted with oils in the 1980s and early 90s and has finally started painting again after two decades of threatening to do so. The Oil Paintings (with a few acrylics) will be displayed from July 1 - Sept 1 , 2012 at Willimantic Records. There'll be a couple of new ones but this show is comin' out of mothballs.The paintings are basically of two natures . . . some will be abstract splashes that make people say “My kid could do that !” The rest will be strange looking humanoids that either will be seen carrying musical instruments or wearing ties.
More about Flaherty's paintings from an anonymous explanation thumb-tacked to one of the walls here at Willimantic Records:
744 Main Street
Willimantic, CT 06226 USA
(entrance and parking are in the back of the building on Riverside Drive, near the railroad tracks)