Clark Art Hosts Concert By Bill Nace and Matt Krefting

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — In partnership with North Adams-based Belltower Records, the Clark Art Institute hosts a concert by Bill Nace and Matt Krefting on Sunday, Feb. 5 at 3 pm. 
Nace and Krefting bring their experimental sounds to the Clark on the heels of their new LP release "The Academy."
Presented as part of the Clark's Concerts at the Conforti series, the performance takes place in the Michael Conforti Pavilion.
According to a press release:
Krefting is a DJ, music writer, and sound artist who has worked in the realms of drone, tape music, musique concrete, and avant-garde rock. 
Nace operates in similar territory, often utilizing guitar and other stringed instruments (most recently the Japanese taishogoto) to expansive and improvisatory effect. Krefting and Nace's collaborations see the two of them conversing in a language of eerie minimalism, haunted creaks, and buried tonalities.
Both musicians have worked with other artists, including Kim Gordon, Joe McPhee, and Aaron Dilloway.
Tickets are $10 ($8 for members, $7 for students, and $5 for children 12 and under). For more information and to register, visit

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