The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Thursday, January 18, 2018


WHEN: FEBRUARY 3, 2018 8PM $12/$10 (STUDENT)
WHERE: School for Contemporary Dance and Thought -25 Main St, Fl 4th, Northampton, MA


It’s an anomaly to make a record created out of the pleasure and desire of simply making music together. A record with no commercial aspirational location. The new duo record from John Truscinski (drums, synths) and Steve Gunn (guitars), "Bay Head", makes it look easy, carving out a space where none existed before with assurance, resonating beautiful along the way.

If I were forced to put what John and Steve play into a genre I would simply call it “music.” There’s a quality of timelessness to it without being nostalgic that is impossible to manufacture. It comes from their years of playing together based on a formula of chemistry. Bands are fragile ecosystems. The best ones have a melding that results in a musicality that otherwise can’t be found in a melody or lyric, or an effect pedal. While "Bay Head" is the third record the duo has recorded together, John has played drums and helped shape the songs and the sound on all Steve’s more song-configured albums. Their bond is tight, unique, and effective.

As an instrumental record "Bay Head" has no literal voice. It doesn’t need it, as the constant flow between the drums and guitar describe fully and without a narrator. Steve’s guitar leads you along a contemplative path that describes an inner monologue that is more expressive than if there were words. Some of the guitar parts are worked out and then set free, improvised in the playing. But it’s hard to tell. It all sounds deliberate. "Bay Head" is the accumulation of the duo’s years of playing music together where each can guess where the other is going to go next. The cover collage by their longtime friend Bill Nace reflects what is both abstract and figurative about this unique musical collaboration.

As I drink my morning coffee, I use the Gunn-Truscinski Duo's records as a way to make my way into the day. As I am writing, answering email and the like, I find that the spirit of their music matches the gentle light and morning coolness that breeds inspiring thoughts before the LA sun blasts it all away and the day’s minutiae take over. Basically, "Bay Head" is great music to procrastinate to!

-Kim Gordon, Los Angeles, August 2017


Stella Corso is a writer and performer living in Brooklyn. Her first book, TANTRUM, was chosen by Douglas Kearney as the winner of the 2016 Black Box Prize for Poetry and published by Rescue Press. She is a graduate of the MFA Program for Poets & Writers at UMass-Amherst.


K.J. Holmes is an independent dance artist, singer, teacher, actor and director based in Brooklyn, New York. Holmes has helped to define, first as a student and now as a teacher and performer, many contemporary improvisational dance practices. She collaborated extensively with Simone Forti, Karen Nelson, Lisa Nelson and Image Lab, and Steve Paxton, among many others. Her solo and ensemble performance work has been presented in New York City as well as nationally and internationally. K.J. is a graduate of the 2 year Sanford Meisner acting training at the William Esper Studio in New York City, with master teacher Terry Knickerbocker (2009), a certified yoga teacher through Satya Yoga, teacher Sondra Loring (2007), and a graduate of The School for Body-Mind Centering, BMC tm (1999). As a sought after teacher of contact improvisation, somatic approaches to dance, theater and voice, composition and other improvisational devices, K.J. has been adjunct professor at New York University/Experimental Theatre Wing since 2001, at The Juilliard School since 2015, and has been teaching through Movement Research, where she was an Artist in Residence 1993 and 2012, since 1986. She has a private practice in Dynamic Alignment and Re-integration and offers private movement tutoring, voice and yoga sessions. K.J. is currently developing her work HIC SVNT DRACONES, has performed most recently with Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People, Xavier Le Roy and in The Works of Steve Paxton, was cast in Matthew Barney’s new film Redoubt filmed this year in Idaho, as well as in the videos of Cristiane Bouger, Dylan Stephen Levers and in Casting Calls, The Project.

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