The Best St. Louis Noise/Experimental Shows: February 2014

Categories: DIY

Courtesy of LNAC.
Minimalist flyer for a minimalist show.
Quiet Concert with Mark Sarich and Greg Farough
Friday, February 14
Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center
(3301 Lemp Avenue)
8:30 p.m. | $5 | All Ages

Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center is turning twenty this year, and the Quiet Concert series is a new, exciting addition to the venue's programming. Hot off of last November's Noisefest X, the staff behind LNAC formed a bimonthly series focused on the subtlies of sound in noise music. The careful approach to low volume and space comes influenced by American composer Morton Feldman.

The most common assumption about noise is that it's meant to be loud or abrasive, and LNAC's Quiet Concert seeks to eschew that notion by doing the very opposite. On Valentine's Day, test your partner who always claims how "open-minded" they are: Take them them to LNAC for a keen, intimate evening of experimental sound. Oh, and come on time. The show is called "Quiet Concert" after all -- meaning there's no admission during the performances.

Greg Farough will perform a 45-minute piece entitled "Fawn." Mark Sarich will collaborate with local musicians Rush Dorcett and Grant Riew to premiere Sarich's piece "Book of Songs."

Think I left something out? Piss off! No, actually, you're probably right. I usually cap this column at three or four shows. Share what you know in the comments below. For the future, drop me a line any time at

Joseph Hess is the Editorial Coordinator for the Riverfront Times. When he's not, you know, coordinating, he is the DJ of the experimental rock show Wrong Division over at KDHX (88.1 FM). Visit his personal blog here for more on this city's DIY and experimental music. Or stalk him on Twitter.

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