Fire Museum Presents :

Thollem McDonas

Space Whale Orchestra

Tuesday, September 20th 8:00 PM
House Gallery 1816
1816 Frankford Ave
$7-10 sliding scale

Thollem Mconas:

Ask Kronos Quartet's incomparable cellist, Joan Jeanrenaud, about this pianist, and she'll tell you, "Listening to Thollem McDonas play the piano is an astonishing experience. He has an innate ability to compose transcendent music using the piano as his expressive voice and to explore the depth and range of the instrument like no one else. Meeting At The Parting Place will take you on journeys across varied landscapes that flow effortlessly from one to the next - somehow emerging logically even in their unpredictability. Thollem creates a spectacular tapestry of different colored sounds reflecting his awareness, study and assimilation of countless influences. In Terry Riley's own words, Thollem McDonas is 'a true original'.

Thollem has been excavating depths of sound and energy for 49 years, skirting and erasing the edges of boundaries musically, culturally, geographically. The seeds of his work come from near and far: studies as a concert pianist, collaboration with hundreds of artists across disciplines/genres and continuous travel throughout North America and Europe. His work is ever-evolving, responding to the times and his experiences, absorbing the energies of the world and forging them into unique sonic constructions.

Space Whale Orchestra (Philadelphia):

The Space Whale Orchestra is an improvisational chamber music ensemble sown and grown in Philadelphia, PA. Drawn together over a love of collective improvisation and sonic experimentation, the group continues to explore the borders of music and the meaning of freedom, always striving to keep their sound new and evolving.

For this performance Space Whale Orchestra will be Ted Schneider (alto sax, piano), Erica Corbo (piano, keyboard, flute & voice) & Connor Przybyszewski (Trombone, Duck Caller, Percussion)

Fire Museum Presents :

Marielle V. Jakobsons

Chuck Johnson

Jesse Sparhawk

Friday, October 7th 8:00 PM
Da Vinci Art Alliance
704 Catharine St
$7-10 sliding scale

Marielle V. Jakobsons (Oakland, Ca):

Marielle V. Jakobsons is a composer and intermedia artist based in Oakland, CA. Her compositions evoke minimalism with melodic drone and enveloping polyrhythmic soundscapes of synthesizers, strings, and voice. She builds installations and instruments which bring focus to visceral experience of sound and light, most recently with her "Macro-Cymatic Visual Music Instrument." Marielle collaborates extensively in the experimental arts as a sound designer or composer for visual elements such as film, dance, or interactive media, and produces videos and photographs of her own which have been exhibited nationally. As a solo multi-instrumentalist, and with her bands Date Palms, Myrmyr, and other collaborations, she has published recordings and toured internationally on Thrill Jockey, Mexican Summer, Students of Decay, Digitalis, Important Records, among others. Her latest record "Star Core" is available now via Thrill Jockey . "Glass Canyon," her second solo album of analog synthesizers and violin, was released by Students of Decay (2012), and hailed as "carrying the optimism of the natural and the breath-light touch of the beautiful" by Dusted Magazine. Her first solo records were released under the moniker "darwinsbitch" including the full-length record "Ore". Most recently a new choral work "The Threads Beneath" was premiered by The International Orange Chorale of SF, and voted audience favorite from their spring season program.

Chuck Johnson (Oakland, Ca):

Chuck Johnson is a composer and musician who approaches his work with an ear towards finding faults and instabilities that might reveal latent beauty, with a focus on guitar, experimental electronics, and Kosmische Americana. Recordings of his work have been published by Three Lobed, Merge, Trouble in Mind, Strange Attractors Audio House, Communion, and Amish, among others.

Jesse Sparhawk (Philadelphia):

Jesse Sparhawk is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and improviser whose instruments include harp, guitar, and electric bass. His harp study began at the age of 10 with then recently retired principal harpist of the New York Philharmonic, Myor Rosen, as well as with the head of the harp department of Eastman School of Music, Kathleen Bride. Sparhawk has over 60 recording credits to his name performing various instruments with many solo performers and groups.

Fire Museum Presents :

Cactus Truck with Brandon Lopez

Matt Hollenberg /Julius Masri


Monday, October 24th 8:00 PM
The Rotunda
4014 Walnut St
$7-10 sliding scale

Cactus Truck (Amsterdam) w/ Brandon Lopez (NYC):

John Dikeman - saxophone & Onno Govaert - drums will be joined by Brandon Lopez on bass. Cactus Truck creates startlingly intense music, not merely in terms of volume or velocity but through complete physical/psychological surrender. One can find hints of delta blues, early free jazz, Japanese noise, and no wave in the music. The collaborated with Terrie Ex, Colin McLean, Ab Baars, Han Bennink, Dave Rempis, Jeb Bishop, Peter Jacquemyn and many others

Brandon Lopez is a composer and bassist committed to the exploration and cultivation of improvised, not so improvised, and strange musics. Since moving to NYC in 2013, his idiosyncratic approach has become an object of interest for the left of center music world. With past and ongoing collaborations including the likes of Peter Evans, Nate Wooley, Tony Malaby, Joe Morris, Tyshawn Sorey, Jaimie Branch, Brandon Seabrook, Gerald Cleaver, Tatsuya Nakatani, Ben Gerstein, Man Forever, Weasel Walter, Mike Pride, Amirtha Kidambi's Elder Ones, and many others. He currently leads the trio, Xivaros (Carlo Costa and Alejandro Florez)which obliquely draws from his musical and non-musical experiences as a member of the diaspora of Puerto Rico. He is also sought after as a soloist, with his first solo album, Vitriol, to be released in 2016.

Matt Hollenberg /Julius Masri (Philadelphia):

The debut performance of a new duo of Matt Hollenberg (oud, bulbul tarang, guitar) & Julius Masri (drums/percussion).

Hollenberg descends from the Trey Spruance/Jim Martin school of scooped mids and Dick Dale leads, subverting heavy metal formalism with authentic CVLT perspective. It's fitting that Hollenberg's doom, grind, and ambient-laced quartet Cleric released their 2010 debut on Spruance's Web of Mimicry label. Keith Carman of Exclaim writes of Cleric, "One hears the detonation of Pig Destroyer, adrenaline of Converge, creative technicality of Nomeansno and Psyopus, and outright weirdness of Fantomas uniting with P.I.L.'s Flowers Of Romance." Hollenberg also serves in John Zorn's Simulacrum trio alongside John Hollenbeck and drummer Kenny Grohowski.

Julius Masri is a multi-instrumentalist based in Philadelphia, and is a performer/ composer for the city's modern dance community at large. Born in Tripoli, Lebanon, he moved to the States in 1990, and picked up drumming a year later. He studied with famed Philadelphia instructors Carl Mottola and Elaine Hoffman Watts, and, as an undergrad at Bard College, AACM's Thurman Barker, Richard Teitelbaum, and Joan Tower. As a drummer, Julius performs in such bands as hasidic punk group Electric Simcha, psychotic Ragtime duo Mahogany Stompers, Metal Duo Night Raids, Van Sutra with guitarist George Draguns, (of Don Caballero), and countless other projects. He also performs on circuit modified keyboards in duos such as Superlith, with Trombonist Dan Blacksberg (Deveykus, Anthony Braxton Quartet), Thurman Barker duo, and electronic music phenoms Charles Cohen and Joo Won Park. Julius has also composed and performed music for many Philadelphia based choreographers, and is currently working with Graffito Works dance collective.

Hotep/Diehl (Philadelphia):

Kevin Diehl and D.Hotep initially met, during the mid 1990s, as participants in vibraphonist Khan Jamal's avant-garde music project, the Phila. Jazz Composers' Forum. From that point, Kevin has gone on to found and produce several albums of his ongoing Lukumi-percussion/avant-garde jazz hybrid project Sonic Liberation Front, while Hotep co-ran the ensemble JazGuardian, performed & produced music with Rogi Kenyatta's La Tumba, and has toured & recorded with Sun Ra's Arkestra, under the direction of Marshall Allen for 15 years.


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