Ghosts & Lovers
Lydia Brownfield & the Jagged Hearts
Released: March 2016. This album was made thanks to Billy Zenn. Recorded at Musicol Studios by Doug Edwards. Produced by Billy Zenn. Frank Lapinski (drums), Billy Zenn (bass), Jeff Dalrymple (electric guitar).
What Burns in Me
Nashville Love Song (Love, Love, Love)
Make You My Lover
Ghosts of You
Sex With You
All of Us Here
Wanting's For Sinners
Released 2013. Frank Lapinski (drums), Jeff Dalrymple (guitars), produced by Lydia & Jeff. Mastered by Chris Graham.
These are experimental arrangements and some quick drafts of a more 'anti-pop' endeavor. I'm very inspired by the avant-garde art movement that emerged in the late 1950s, called Fluxus.
Fluxus was a group of artists who had become disenchanted with the elitist attitude they perceived in the art world at the time. These artists looked to Futurists and Dadaists for inspiration, focusing especially on performance aspects of the movements. The Dadaist use of humor in art was also definitive in the formation of the Fluxus ethos. The two most dominant forces on Fluxus artists were Marcel Duchamp and John Cage, who championed the use of everyday objects and the element of chance in art, which became the fundamental attitude and practice of all Fluxus artists.
John Cage was an American composer and conceptual artist who incorporated chance, silence, and environmental effects into his performances. An important art theorist, he influenced choreographers, musicians, and the Fluxus artists of the 1970s.
The French artist Marcel Duchamp was an instrumental figure in the avant-garde art worlds of Paris and New York. Moving through Dada, Surrealism, readymades, sculpture, and installation, his work involves conceptual play and an implicit attack on bourgeois art sensibilities.
George Maciunas was a Lithuanian-born American artist. He was a founding member of Fluxus, an international community of artists, architects, composers, and designers. He is most famous for organizing and performing happenings and for assembling a series of highly influential artists' multiples.
The early phase of Fluxus, often called Proto-Fluxus, began in 1959 when a group of artists who had met in Cage's class at The New School in New York banded together to form the New York Audio Visual Group. This group provided venues for experimental and performance art. George Maciunas, often credited as the driving force behind what is otherwise a rather inchoate movement, would often be in the audience at the performance venues. Maciunas is credited with naming the group Fluxus, which means "to flow." The first Fluxus event was organized by Maciunas at the AG Gallery in New York in 1961, where he was co-owner. The event was called Bread & AG, and consisted of readings by poet Frank Kuenstler. That was the first in a series of performances that were staged that year at AG Gallery.
Frank Kuenstler was a New York poet and filmmaker. His work appeared in The Nation, the Village Voice, Film Culture, and in such anthologies as Mixed Voices and America: A Prophecy. He taught at the School of Visual Arts and was one of the animating spirits of Eventorium, an arts collective on Manhattan’s upper west side.