Rachel Mason will be performing songs from her acclaimed indie rock opera film, The Lives of Hamilton Fish. Described by the New Yorker as a "Cinematic Rock Opera Performance," the songs weave together a portrait of an uncanny, but true coincidence-- two men, both named Hamilton Fish died a day apart and were immortalized on a single front page of a newspaper- The Evening Star of Peekskill, January 16, 1936.
"An unsettling meditation on the nature of fate and the sanctity of individual identity" (Jon Gartenberg, film curator Tribeca Film Festival), the songs have the feel of American murder ballads with a Brechtian twist. Recent reviews of the album have praised Mason's "unforgettable vocal performance" (Alex Tebeleff, DCist). Mason will be backed by a full band featuring theramin, flute, sax, bass, drums, synths and guitar performed by Stu Watson, Christopher Kinlow, Robbie Lee, Michael Durek and Tanner Beam (from No Sky God, Creature Automatic and The Use).
Mason has recorded ten full length albums of songs, and has toured, screened films, exhibited sculpture, video and performance at the Queens Museum, Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art, School of the Art Institute in Chicago, Henry Gallery in Seattle, James Gallery at CUNY, University Art Museum in Buffalo, Sculpture Center, Hessel Museum of Art at Bard and Occidental College, Kunsthalle Zurich, LACMA, The New Museum, Park Avenue Armory, Art in General, La Mama, Galapagos, Dixon Place, Human Resources, and Empac Center for Performance in Troy Her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, New Yorker, Artforum, The LA Times, Art in America, and FlashArt.