On Feb. 27, Berlin-based composer and media artist Arnold Dreyblatt joined psych-folk outfit Megafaun for a concert highlighting their longstanding collaboration as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Concert Hall.
The evening was one of a number of collaborations between Dreyblatt and the North Carolina-based band in recent years. In 2007, they collaborated on a set of new Dreyblatt works which they brought on tour throughout the U.S. and in 2012, they appeared together at the third annual Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 2012, Dreyblatt and Magafaun recorded a new album which will be released in the near future.
Dreyblatt, a composer, bassist and installation artist, draws on the function of memory as source material for his compositions – pulse-driven music that incorporates modified acoustic instruments and just intonation, while the music of Megafaun sits at the intersection of country rock, bluegrass and musique concrète. The band has toured with the Mountain Goats (whose performance with Anonymous 4 was one of the highlights of last year's Ecstatic Music Festival), Akron/Family and the Drive-by Truckers. Their latest album, "Megafaun" was released in 2011.
Q2 Music is the digital venue for the Ecstatic Music Festival 2013 and will be the center for live webcasts and on-demand show audio.