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Dave’s Waves Sonic Restaurant

Dave's Waves returns once again from the aether to Greenpoint, Brooklyn! And March 22nd-24th, 2019 will see our sonic and visual delights once again available as your host David "Dave" First re-opens your favorite neighborhood sonic luncheonette for a vernal equinox celebration that could only happen at Dave's Waves.

There will be new video delights and dishes on the menu (check out our now classic Binaural Bites) as well as, of course, all your old favorites: Dave’s genuine, original, sonified-to-perfection Schumann Resonance data, Dave’s just intonation videos, Dave’s Waves TV, delicious sweet 'n' savories by the amazing Kate Henderson, drinks, **PLUS** a new series of special pagan ritual performances along with the Schumann drones by a group of specially chosen, shamanic sonic empaths, including YOU (see below)!

"Book a table at Dave's Waves right away, since First is quite simply a master chef when it comes to cooking up harmonics… Guaranteed to get your head spinning, indeed. Bon appetit!" [Paris Transatlantic]

"Dave's Waves is an electronic fantastic voyage through the human brain." [Perfect Sound Forever]

**** Four Stars

[All Music Guide]

Please see schedule below for dates and times.


Hours of Operation:

3/22 7-11pm (9pm performance by David "Dave" First himself and special guest Steve Silverstein playing out of David's AM Radio Band Hymnal—a melange of vintage 50s/60s high frequency signal generators, audio oscillators, function generators, and portable/transistor radios.

3/23 11am-11pm (9pm performance by the amazing Schumann Resonance String Quartet: Tom Chiu/Conrad Harris/Pauline Kim Harris/Meaghan Burke)

3/24 11am-7pm (4pm performance by YOU—the Schumann Resonance Slide Whistle Orchestra: free official Dave’s Waves slide whistles to the first 15 people in attendance with a group performance/spring celebration to follow!)


Artist Bios

DAVID FIRST has always been fascinated by opposites and extremes. At 20 he played guitar with renowned avant-jazz pianist Cecil Taylor in a legendary Carnegie Hall concert. Two years later he was creating electronic music as an artist-in-residence at Princeton (released in 2013 on Dais records) and leading a Mummerʼs String Band in Philadelphia parades. He has played in raucous drunken bar bands, semi-legal DIY basements and in pin-drop quiet concert halls with classical ensembles. As a composer First has created everything from finely crafted pop songs to long, severely minimalist microtonal droneworks. His AIDS crisis opera, The Manhattan Book of the Dead, was staged at LaMama’s Annex Theater (NYC) in 1995 and in Potsdam, Germany in 1996. His 2011 song, We Are (featuring TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone), was released to much acclaim in the Occupy Movement and was officially released on the compilation Occupy This Album which also featured tracks by Patti Smith, Willie Nelson, Yoko Ono a.o. First’s performances often find him sitting trance-like without seeming to move a muscle, unless he is playing with his psychedelic punk band, Notekillers, at which time he is a whirling blur of hyperactive energy. He has been called "a fascinating artist with a singular technique." in the New York Times, and "a bizarre cross between Hendrix and La Monte Young." in the Village Voice. First’s most recent project, Same Animal, Different Cages (Fabrica records), is a series of solo LPs on a variety of instruments, including acoustic guitar, analog synth, the most recent, Civil War Songs for solo harmonica, and sitar (TBR winter 2018). His sound installations have been exhibited at Studio 5 Beekman, Diapason, Exit Art and Harvestworks in NYC as well as the Kunstforeningen (Copenhagen) and Konstmuseum (Uppsala). Previous versions of Dave’s Waves Sonic Restaurant audio/video installation have been exhibited in Lier, Belgium (2002), Berlin (as part of Sonambiente in 2006), Leeuwarden, the Netherlands (2013), and Moscow (2018).


Earlier Event: March 14
LyonFest 2019: Punk

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