Fire Museum Presents:
Steve Baczkowski/Bill Nace Duo
Saturday, August 30th 8:00 PM
Pageant : Soloveev Gallery
607 Bainbridge St
$6-10 sliding scale
Steve Baczkowski/Bill Nace Duo (Buffalo, NY & NYC):
Multi-wind instrumentalist Steve Baczkowski lives in Buffalo, N.Y. where he works as a conduit for creative music of any & every sort. Baczkowski began playing alto saxophone at age eight, switched to baritone by the time he was twelve, and has since developed a wide array of woodwind styles & formidable breathing techniques. In addition to organizing the Buffalo Improvisers Orchestra, and the Buffalo Suicide Prevention Unit, Baczkowski also performs solo, in duo with Ravi Padmanabha, Bill Sack, Nola Ranallo, Omar Tamez & Bill Nace and in ensembles such as Genkin Philharmonic, 12/8 Path Band, Necrophonia, the William Parker Trance Quartet, and frequent collaborations with like-souled folks from around the world.
Bill Nace is one of the premiere avant-garde guitarists active today. He has one of the most personal and unique pallets of sound ever to be culled from an electric guitar. Nace creates a distinct, mind-bending cacophony and focuses his textures with intense precision and control. He works under various guises (x.0.4 with Jake Meginsksy and John Truscinski, a duo with Paul Flaherty, Northampton Wools with Thurston Moore, and Ceylon Mange with Dylan Nyoukis and Karen Constance) and his own name.
Nick Millevoi's Bug Out! (Philadelphia):
The debut show of a new group exploring free jazz put together by guitarist Nick Millevoi of Many Arms, et al. The Group consists of: Nick Millevoi - guitar
Dan Blacksberg - trombone
Julius Masri - circuit bent electronics
Pete McRae - bass
Ricardo Lagomasino - drums
The Village Voice has called Nick a "guitar-wielding, audience-massacring hero," and music journal Burning Ambulance has described him as, "A fierce player who knows his way around a riff and can tie himself, and the listener, in knots with his contorted, passionate soloing." Foxy Digitalis called In White Sky, "a searing collection of exploded guitar compositions." Millevoi's music has been reviewed by SPIN, NPR Music, The Onion AV Club, Wire magazine, and many others.
Flandrew Fleisenberg (Philadelphia):
Flandrew Fleisenberg plays percussion on an assortment of everyday ephemera and modified drum parts that he has reduced and eroded through a process of playing and breaking them. A graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston with a focus in conceptual art, he is musically self-taught and has developed a cadre of idiosyncratic techniques that are all his own. Flandrew has been involved in the improvised and creative music community since 2001 performing solo, in ad-hoc improv groupings and in set projects. Additionally, he organizes an ongoing series of performances at the flopera house in Boston.
Fire Museum Presents:
Indrajit Roy-Chowdhury - sitar
Sanjib Kumar Pal - tabla
Monday, September 15th 8:00 PM
4014 Walnut Street
Free (donations encouraged)
Indrajit Roy-Chowdhury is a disciple of the sitar maestro Pandit
Subroto Roy-Chowdhury. Groomed in the Veen-kar style of the Senia
Gharana, which maintains the Dhrupadi origins of Indian Classical
music, Indrajit strives to innovate while keeping a firm connection
with the past. While completing his undergraduate studies at Duke
University, Indrajit received the Bennenson Award for the Arts to
further his study of Indian Classical music. Since then he has taken
the profession of a full-time sitarist and has performed on stages
across the world including such prestigious venues as Gyan Mancha
(Kolkata), Hammerstein Ballroom (New York), Kennedy Center (Washington
D.C.) and has had his concerts telecast by Doordarshan (Indian
National Television). During the 2010 Fall semester Indrajit was a
visiting faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania and taught
the University's sitar course.
Sanjib Kumar Pal is a well-established tabla player based in Calcutta,
known for his balanced and clear accompaniment to vocal and
instrumental music. Groomed from the age of seven under teachers of
his home town, Navadvip Dham, Sunil Kammakan and Hridoy Biswas of the
Ustad Keramatulla Khan style of the Farukhabad Gharana, Sanjib showed
promise at early age at the youth festival, Nadia district.
In 1988 he became a disciple of legendary tabla maestro Pandit Shankar
Gosh, well known for his brilliant accompaniement to Ustad Ali Akhbar
Khan, Ustad Vilayet Khan and Pandit Ravi Shankar. From Pandit Gosh he
learned intensively the art of tabla playing both as a solo performer
and as an enrichment support to the main performer when accompanying.
He still continues research and practice under his maestro´s able
Fire Museum & James Wadsworth Strong Present:
Thursday, September 25th 7:30 PM
Random Tea Room
713 N 4th St
$8-10 sliding scale
Bhob Rainey (Philadelphia):
Bhob Rainey, a soprano saxophonist and composer, is best known as a solo artist and as one half of Nmperign, with whom he plays alien extended technique effects that are influenced by electronic music, environmental sounds and free improvisation.
Rainey studied at the New England Conservatory of Music with free jazz saxophonist Joe Maneri. Rainey's music during his early- to mid-twenties was, like Maneri's, characterized by long microtonal lines. Rainey's first CD, Ink, featuring Dan DeChellis, was released in 1997. After a controversial 1998 solo concert in Washington D. C. attracted a considerable amount of attention to Rainey's music, he and trumpeter Greg Kelley formed Nmperign with the goal of avoiding linear approaches to form and melodic contour. Nmperign, including Rainey, Kelley and Tatsuya Nakatani, recorded its first CD in 1998. Since 1998, Rainey has recorded extensively, including a number of projects with nmperign (minus Nakatani) and collaborations with musicians and composers like Jason Lescalleet, Le Quan Ninh, Ralf Wehowsky, etc. He continues to pursue a more sound-based (as opposed to note-based) approach in his work with nmperign, whereas his solo work, while far from traditional, often involves the use of more melodic lines. Since 2000, he has also led the bsc, a large ensemble that uses both acoustic instruments and electronics.
Beginning in 2005, Rainey has released a handful of works based around electronics and field recordings, notably his 2006 collaboration with Ralf Wehowsky, I don't think I can see you tonight, and his solo EP, Two Bites of a Bitter Sweet.
Rainey also occasionally appears as a sideman in more traditional settings, most recently in recurring work with ex-Galaxie 500 indie rock duo Damon & Naomi, for whom he has also done horn and string arrangements.
Lea Bertucci (New York City):
Lea Bertucci is an interdisciplinary artist, composer and improvisor who works with installation, sound, video and photography. As an instrumentalist, she focuses on the Bass Clarinet in an electro-acoustic context. The timbre of the Bass Clarinet is amplified and abstracted with the aid of electronics. Feedback is an essential part of the extended technique, as the body of the instrument becomes a resonant chamber and the pitch of the feedback is controlled with key work. 1/4 inch tape collage contribute structural and textural elements. Lea has been an artist-in-residence at The Wave Farm, Smack Mellon, LMCC, The Queens Museum of Art and Roulette. She was also awarded a Young Composers' commission from Roulette in 2012. She has performed solo and collaborative works at venues such as Issue Project Room, The Kitchen, Anthology Film Archives, Artists' Television Access in San Francisco, St. Marks Ontological-Hysteric Theater, The Wave Farm, Galapagos Artspace, Roulette, The Queens Museum of Art and the High Zero Festival.
Michael Fischer (Vienna):
Michael Fischer works on the speech immanence of sounds on saxophone, violin, soundscapes and conducted instant compositions. In 1999 he started implementing the electro-acoustic phenomenon feedback, developing the feedback_saxophone, based on a non-effect, analogue set-up.
Exploring the common grounds and images of articulation and sound, he worked with significant artists in experimental movie, op-art, conceptual art, visual poetry such as Marc Adrian, Dmitri Prigow or Gerhard Rühm and has ongoing extensive collaborations with writers in experimental poetry. In 2005 he launched the Vienna Improvisers Orchestra; as instant composition conductor, he also works with international large ensembles/choir, f.i. for the new music festival Wien Modern.
He has collaborated with John Edwards, Marcos Baggiani, Mark Sanders, Felicity Provan, Hilary Jeffery, Michael Vatcher, Joao Castro Pinto, Daisuke Terauchi, Atsuhiro Ito a.m.o. and with early key-figures in improvised music Irene Schweizer, William Parker, Denis Charles or Burton Greene.
As soloist, ensemble musician and instant composition conductor he performs in Europe, Libanon, Japan, the USA and Canada within contexts of new music, improvised music and noise and gives guest-lectures at Bruckner University/A, University for Architecture/FL, Seiwa College/J, Conservatorio Superior Vigo/E, Goethe Institute Palermo/I a.o.
10/1 - Mecca Normal & Oceans Roar 1000 Drums @ Random Tea Room
10/8 - Dada Tapan Kanti Baidya (dhrupad/hindustani vocals) @ The Rotunda
10/16- Tipple (Frode Gjerstad, Kevin Norton & David Watson) & Keir Neuringer
10/19 - Colin Fisher/Mike Gennaro/Nick Millevoi, Bad Luck & Skye Skjelset
10/25 - Li Daiguo/Rick Parker & Northern Valentine
11/1 - Thollem McDonas @ House Gallery 1816
11/5 - Junzo Suzuki & Kohotek @ The Marvelous
All shows at First Banana unless otherwise noted
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