Gwenno James: With An Artist’s Touch.
A few weeks ago I was walking down the end of East Main Street when I realized that I had yet to interview Ms. Gwenno James or even step into her Beacon clothing boutique for a quick hello. This would have to be remedied I thought to myself.
The first thing I noticed when I entered Ms. James store was the vibrancy of the colors of her clothes. Playful woodland greens and deep floral blues seemed to inhabit every usable inch of space within the studio creating, giving the impression of being lost outside, perhaps in a Welsh meadow which Ms. James used to delight in as a child. The entire space just exudes a wonderfully inviting and enticing aura; and the clothes ain’t half bad either. But I digress.
After a lengthy discussion about silk screening Ms. James was gracious enough to let me interview her. The interview follows below.
Return of the Mack: Chade Summerset Talks about his Yellow Room/Cold Winter EP, and the Future of Change Prism.
Over the past few months I have come to know and a love the members of Beacon’s local hip-hop collective, Change Prism. Their music is intangible and deeply moving as it is irreverent and decidedly millennial. In many ways they embody and adeptly employ all the best aspects of modern, production-heavy styles of electronic music. In laymen’s terms: Shit’s good. Real good.
A full stream of the album can be heard for free at this link: https://soundcloud.com/chadesummerset/cold-winter-full-album-stream
To many music fans, myself included, these kinds of projects, and the artists that make them, are a true godsend. These are the types of albums that strike through the heartless banality of modern popular music and touch upon why we love music in the first place. Heartfelt and alluring, haunting and painful at times, Chade Summerset’s Yellow Room/Cold Winter EP, Change Prism’s latest major release is such a project.
The album lingers and lumbers along like a cloud in the blackest hue of midnight, a spiderweb lost somewhere in a dream. Throughout the tracks ambient downtempo piano chords splash into trappy high-hat grunge; juxtaposing and highlighting spacious echoes and cymbal crashes. Occasionally the sound of lazer will resound with deafening crack while other entities mix and beguile the listener deeper into Mr. Summerset’s highly orchestrated trance.
On August 20th I met up with Chade Summerset of Change Prism to talk to him about the feverish pace of the group, their last few performances in NYC, their upcoming projects, and what the future holds for this very talented and dynamic group of young artists.
I slowed my pace here at Beacon Streets in August for a number of proximate causes, but the largest reason is the most prosaic: we are in the midst of — simultaneously — a kitchen renovation at our home and the renovation of a new investment property we’ve acquired, a block away.
The good news is that we actually have access to a kitchen at the South Brett property while the kitchen in our South Cedar home is unusable. So we haven’t been eating take-out every night.
Other reasons for the radio silence include too much work in my primary occupation as a tech analyst/futurist working for Gigaom Research, which is a high class problem to have.
I will be getting back into my normal garrulous writing groove in the next few weeks, once the dust settles on the various renovations.
The Beacon Planning Board is meeting tonight to consider various proposals, including a planned brewery/restaurant at 1 East Main Street, a food truck on the empty lot at the corner of Main St and Schenck next to Ella’s Bellas, and the continued discussion around the 248 Tioronda Ave development.
A recent piece by Craig Wolf in the Poughkeepsie Journal suggests that an unnamed airline is in discussions about starting service from Stewart Airport in Newburgh to the West Coast.
While he didn’t name the airline, he dropped a hint:
Briefing reporters after the meeting, Harrison said of the unnamed airline, “They have a high level of interest.” A key for a deal to be made is that the airline would need to acquire more aircraft, which it is in the process of doing, he said.
Virgin Atlantic is involved in an initial public offering — an IPO — to raise money to fund expansion such as this. And hopefully Virgin will stock up on the Airbus A320 model, which can easily fly direct to the West Coast from Stewart.
And of course, this is a two way street. It’s not just locals that can profit by the easier travel to points west: we would also see an influx of tourists and travelers to the region from the West Coast, as well.
Meanwhile, Stewart is continuing the repaveing of the runways, which should be concluded by Thanksgiving. And passenger count is on the rise, due to Allegiant Air’s routes to Florida.