The Astoria Visual Arts Center's Creative Music Series presents the return of the Astoria Music Collective at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 18. Admission is by $3 donation.

The Creative Music Series opened Nov. 17, 2005, with a performance by "these lovely Astorians," as described by series coordinator Paul Hoskin. To conclude the series' 10th Street existence (the AVA's lease will expire), it seems simply "right" and "just" for locals to "have the last word," Hoskin said.

Founding members Jude Matulich and Sean McMullin are regulars on the local music scene.

Matulich was violinist for the popular Astoria quartet, The Bouncing Betties, and McMullin was often seen performing as guitarist in the local group Horseflesh. In its Astoria Music Collective performances, the group changes its instrumentation to reflect an improvisational experimental approach. McMullin will be playing electro-acoustic devices, and they will be joined by Roger Hayes, using his mixer as an instrument, adding drones and mixing sounds live in the performance. Hayes formed the North Coast Noise Collective in 1997, featuring performances of a similar nature at several local venues. He has also released recordings under the names Cyanosis and Cadaver Parts.

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