Music pals, Lexie Mountain (sound art) and Nat Baldwin (double bass) collide for a set of amazing music. Lexie has been a champion and leader of experimental culture, sound, film, and performance art in Baltimore. Nat Baldwin pushes double bass performance technique to its outer boundaries. A student of Braxton, he has played with many of the Red Room’s favorite performers. They will team up to give you a night of uncanny musical experiences.
Nat Baldwin is a musician and writer living in Portland, Maine. He began playing double bass in high school and studied jazz performance at the Hartt School of Music before dropping out to pursue his own musical interests outside the confines of academia. In 2001, he moved to Middletown, CT to immerse himself in the Wesleyan experimental music community, studying with Anthony Braxton and performing with such artists as Mary Halvorson, Charlie Looker, Nate Wooley, Tatsuya Nakatani, Daniel Carter, Jack Wright, and Jessica Pavone. His first solo album, Solo Contrabass, appeared in 2003 on Peacock Recordings, featuring studies in extended bowing techniques ranging from aggressive noise to lowercase minimalism. In 2005, Baldwin’s solo music took a turn toward linear melody and form, shaping a unique voice in the singer-songwriter tradition and releasing several critically acclaimed albums while touring extensively. In addition to his solo work, Baldwin has been a core member of Dirty Projectors (’05-’06, ’09-’19), while also contributing to albums by Grizzly Bear, Department of Eagles, and others. His first book, The Red Barn, a collection of experimental short fiction, was released in 2017 on Calamari Archive, Inc, while concurrently finishing a BA in English at the University of Southern Maine. In 2019, Baldwin’s interest in non-linear musical forms and textural abstractions returned to the forefront of his creative output. AUTONOMIA I: Body Without Organs will be released on Shinkoyo in February 2020, marking the beginning of a series of new solo work.
Photo credit: Elisabeth Fuchsia
Alexandra “Lexie Mountain” Macchi lives in the Baltimore City neighborhood of Waverly. She produces videos, sound work, textile projects, sculpture, drawings, paintings and things that refer to paintings. Her curatorial work has appeared at Floristree, School 33, Load of Fun Gallery and Hexagon Space. She is a freelance writer for Motherboard.tv, Baltimore City Paper, The Toast and Baltimore Sun’s Midnight Sun nightlife blog.
As Lexie Mountain, Macchi has been an active contributor to Baltimore’s cultural scene for over a decade. 2004-2006 she programmed events, art shows, free festivals and music performances at various venues in the city. In 2011 Macchi curated a weekend-long storefront rear-projection video exhibition for Transmodern Festival, co-founded the Baltimore Blue Ribbon Ice Cream Championship with Dan Deacon, and began graduate studies at UMBC in the IMDA MFA Program. She presently works as a Graduate Research Assistant at UMBC’s Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, where she curated storefront exhibitions in conjunction with Highlandtown Arts District. Now its 2014 in case you were wondering what year it is. Its 2014.
She is a founder and member of all-female experimental a capella collective Lexie Mountain Boys and avant-rock group Crazy Dreams Band, makes solo sounds under the name Lexie Mountain and collaborates regularly with a wide variety of performers and musicians in Baltimore and beyond.
“Baltimore’s Lexie Macchi isn’t so much a relentlessly inquisitive sound-shifter as she is a Renaissance Everywoman dynamo. There is, seemingly, nothing she can’t do or hasn’t done. ” – Raymond Cummings in Village Voice blog Sound of the City