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Iowa City’s Public Access Television Station, PATV, asked me to exhibit some work for their monthly event, PATV Underground. My CAT SHOW went up on the first day of the Iowa ArtsFest, and displays until the end of June. Pieces are $50. At the gig, Mustard-In-Law performed in the TV studio, in front of an audience, and live streaming on PATV’s YouTube channel. We played with a green screen behind us, and brought an appropriate video to key in….
Collection of excerpts from live performances, March to August, 2017.
6/17 at Bluelight Festival, rural Wisconsin//
6/5 at Wasted Land 2 film installation party, RADinc., Iowa City//
8/4 at Mountains of Dub, The Smokestack, Dubuque//
3/26 at Matt’s house, Indianola, Iowa//
5/1 on Leisure Screen Live! at the University of Iowa Television Studios in Seashore Hall, IC//
6/13 at RADinc.//
7/28 at RADinc., Iowa City//
7/20 at The Lighthouse, IC//
8/2 at Monk’s, Dubuque, with special guest Victor Cayro as “The Mustard”//
The physical 30 minute tape is available only at shows. Artwork made from leftover flyers. Download includes performance shots, flyers, and audience videos.
We played a bunch of shows in a few weeks. At Monk’s Cafe in Dubuque, famed comic book artist Victor Cayro joined us on stage. Please strap yourself in, it’s wild.
Nobody bought any merch!
Kevin Greenspon & J. Hamilton Isaacs
Mustard-In-Law played our first out of town gig for a holiday get-together at Matthew Crowe’s house outside Indianola, Iowa. Matt ordered up a hot slice with extra mustard, and specially requested that we do a two-hour set including the chef’s entire range of select dipping sauces. We were able to stretch our legs’ ears, and we thought it was the best thing we’ve done in front of other people. If you didn’t catch the whole thing in person, here’s the line-in audio. Warning: may cause enchanted brain syndrome, leaky dream sequence, or discrete bowel malfunction.
At 6pm on August 16, 2016, we hit record on the video camera and proceeded to film a battery of prepared visual stations without stopping the recording until the 30 minute mark. At 9pm, we arrived at the Governor’s Mansion and set up our sound equipment facing a blank wall. Using the projector on the camera, we splashed the recording from earlier onto the wall. All of the sound was improvised live while watching the film. The audience gathered behind us, able to see both the projection and what we were doing with our hands.
Played at BIC & made a tape.
Mustard-In-Law is Jay Schleidt & Tyler “Watermellon Man” Luetkehans.
We performed at Governor’s Mansion. The shirts are printed with mustard.
Each tape contains 30 minutes of sound, starting at a random spot within a playlist of these five improvised recordings:
That’s A-mustard (052316)
Mustard Under the Bridge (052416-1)
The Mustard With No Name Brand (052416-2)
Mustard at Midnight (052416-3)
The Mustard Crows at Dawn (052516
Bob Bucko asked me to provide visual accompaniment to his audio performance at Gabe’s, opening for F∆UST (yes, that says F∆UST!) during Mission Creek (officially it was the first show in the week’s events), in Iowa City.
This is the aftermath of FAUST’s set. On the ground next to the cement mixer, you can see the jackhammer that shook the ground beneath us as the acid took hold. I witnessed a billion boiling births, and the secret sleep cycle of every plant and insect was revealed to me, foisted (Fausted?!) upon my weary mind in a ritual of spiritual elopement.
Seongyun Park invited me to perform as the house DJ for her BFA painting exhibit reception at the University of Iowa Studio Arts Building. See more of her paintings at seongyunpark.com
FilmScene asked me to provide projections during DJ Recue’s dance party after a Dandy Warhols performance. DJ Rescue is Zia McCabe, who plays bass, keyboards, and percussion in Dandy Warhols. Here are some shots from the event, and screen captures of my visuals.
The Dubuque Area Arts Collective invited me to do “something interactive” at the reception for their annual 60-artist exhibition, SALON. What I came up with was “video portraits” – instant manipulations of a live camera feed showing reception attendees. Here are some screenshots..
Noise show at Gabe’s, Iowa City. Blue/Movies with Sinjo Thraw Mash, Joe Grove, and BOAR. I performed as Verdant Fog. The day of the show I recorded and constructed these two-minute tapes.
A sound experimentation collaboration with attendees in a cardboard castle enclave at PS1, culminating in four short solo performances and one giant group bumping.
live at Dog Mansion
Verdant Fog (Jay Schleidt) + NiGHT TRAP (Tom Buckholz)
Projection for SUSPECT, at Sauna V3.
Video projected during live set by Dead Man’s Lifestyle, at Rozz-tox, Rock Island, IL.
Curt Oren has a monthly improvisational evening at the Trumpet Blossom, in Iowa City. He asked I/OWAR to do some improvised projections at the October event.
The Iowa City FREE Improvised Art Series is back for the third installment, with all new improvisers including some fantastic musicians from OUT OF TOWN.
Opening the performances will be a saxophone trio consisting of series curator and local drunken cheese eater Curt Oren, area legend/wolfman Pete Balestrieri and Topher Dunlap, resident of Schmidt Artist Lofts in St. Paul, Minnesota.
While this music is being performed, Sean Thomas Boyt, Iowa City dancer extraordinaire, will be improvising choreography on the Trumpet Blossom stage.
Next the volume gets turned up as Joe Heurmann, Kyle Arthur Miller, and Cory Healey join forces to join your eardrums to your stomach. Cory is a world class (literally, if you only count North America and Europe!) drummer out of Minneapolis, and has played extensively in the Free Jazz scenes of New York City, Chicago, and the Twin Cities. Some of his most recent gigs include playing a teen beauty pageant and monster truck rally with country/western band The Farmer’s Daughters
While all of this is happening, Jay Schleidt and friends will be performing completely improvised video projections all over the walls of Trumpet Blossom, creating a complete aural/visual experience wherever you’re seated. Prepare yourselves.
This is going to be an experience unlike any other, and will never be repeated again!!!! Come see what the Iowa City arts scene is capable of in the best venue in town, FOR FREE.
Speaking of free, did you know gas is very expensive, the Twin Cities are far away, and Cory and Topher are both full time gigging musicians that deserve to be paid well for their amazing work? We’ll be passing a donation jar around to help them make this trip financially viable, as well as to thank them for sharing their music with us! $5 would go so much farther than you think to help them keep doing their thing, and would be very, very appreciated.
SUPPORT THE ARTS. SUPPORT AMAZING LOCAL BUSINESSES. COME.
p.s in order to keep this event all ages, it MUST be done before 10, which means we’re starting this on time whether you show up or not! SO SHOW UP ON TIME.
Gabe’s : Iowa City, IA
September 21, 2014
First I/OWAR performance.