Johnny Dowd's CD Release Show

Music, Art, and Poetry

Johnny Dowd's CD Release Show

Anna Coogan, Kim Sherwood-Caso, Tzar

Sat · February 17, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


This event is 18 and over

Johnny Dowd
Johnny Dowd
Johnny Dowd (born March 29, 1948 in Fort Worth, Texas) is an American alternative country musician. Typical of his style are experimental, noisy breaks in his songs and strong gothic (in the sense of dark and gloomy) elements in the lyrics as well as in the music. There is also a strong undercurrent of black humor and the absurd in his work.

He currently resides in Ithaca, NY.

Although his early albums were most celebrated in the alternative country community, he has never quite fit into any particular genre.
Anna Coogan
Anna Coogan
The Lonely Cry of Space and Time, a stunning new album by musical shape-shifter Anna Coogan, is ­for those unafraid to steep themselves in heart-wrenching honesty and to contemplate our place in the universe. She sings about the rising oceans, seeking other worlds, collateral damage, and how we sink or swim together.

An anxious darkness that has followed Coogan throughout her life is reflected in her powerful guitar playing, balanced with hope, light and beauty in operatic interludes and optimistic lyrics. On the title track, she celebrates one of the more hopeful news stories of 2016—the detection of gravitational waves:

The rolling waves receding from

The darkest star still reeling from

The dawn of time, the dark begets the light…

So here we are, we’re listening

The Lonely Cry of Space of Time is the result of a spirited and longtime collaboration between Anna Coogan and drummer Willie B (Brian Wilson). Wilson has toured with Neko Case, Jamie Lidell, and Johnny Dowd, among others. He merges ferocious energy with a deft touch that pushes Coogan to the outer edges of her musical creativity.

After composing several original scores for historic silent films in their hometown of Ithaca, NY, the duo began layering operatic vocals and ethereal guitar over aggressive drums and synthesizers—moving into uncharted waters that blur the lines between opera, film noir, and rock. Their live performances have been described as “enthralling, beguiling” by the Rheinische Post (Dusseldorf) and simply, that they “blew away the crowd” by

Coogan’s edgy and engaging live performances have been hailed as a “festival highlight” by The Times of London and “glorious” by Glasgow Metro. Boston born and classically trained in Austria, she spent her twenties in Seattle, busking among fishmongers in Pike Place Market before filling larger venues in the region. Her music has been featured on ABC TV, KEXP, the BBC, RTE 1 (Irish National Radio), and WDR 4 (Cologne, Germany). After her move to New York state in 2011, she co-wrote and toured a record with JD Foster (Calexico, Patty Griffin), and joined Americana-punk veteran Johnny Dowd on recent albums in addition to live performances at Lincoln Center and throughout Europe.

Anna Coogan and Willie B will release The Lonely Cry of Space and Time on April 28, 2017.
TZAR, blurs the lines through a multitude of musical genres. Inspired by the avant-garde and embracing intersections of electronica, film noir, jazz, & eastern soundscapes as a launch pad to build a dynamic, lush sound and groove very much their own. Featuring Michael Stark (organs, synths, pianos) and Brian Wilson (drums, bass pedals, electronics), they've independently released several ep's/albums since 2006 and collaborated with many great artists including Jamie Lidell, Hank Roberts, Mary Lorson, Johnny Dowd, Sally Timms, Rik van Iersel, and others. In 2013, TZAR composed and performed original scores to René Clair’s “Entr’acte” and “Paris Qui Dort”, as part of the Ithaca International Film Festival. They returned to the IIFF in 2015 to perform an original score to Jean Epstein’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” with composer/artist Anna Coogan, and are currently collaborating with Coogan to compose a score for Yakov Protazanov’s “Aelita: Queen of Mars” for an early spring performance at the Cornell Cinema.
Venue Information:
The Dock - Ithaca
415 Old Taughannock Boulevard
Ithaca, NY, 14850