FIRE MUSEUM EVENTS





Fire Museum Presents :

Larkin Grimm accompanied by Jesse Sparhawk

Geb The Great Cackler

Sherie Ruppersberger


Thursday, June 30th 7:00 PM
Random Tea Room
713 N 4th St
Philadelphia
$7-10 sliding scale


Larkin Grimm (NYC):

Often lumped into the freak-folk category, Larkin's music and unique voice have always refused to sit easily in any pigeon-hole. Her liquid vocals are pure expression, moving through whispers and moans to clear-as-a-bell lyricism. - Dan Bodah WFMU

Larkin Grimm is a NYC based composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist who bridges the worlds of folk, rock - n - roll, noise, and free jazz. She was born in a commune in Memphis, Tennessee and studied sculpture at Yale University. Music is invisible sculpture.

Larkin will be accompanied by Jesse Sparhawk

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 40 recording credits to his name performing various instruments with many solo performers and groups, is a regular member of the psych/folk group Fern Knight, and has recorded and performed with acclaimed producer Tony Visconti.

Geb The Great Cackler (Philadelphia):

Justin Duerr (Northern Liberties, Hex Nine, et al) and Mandy Slipoj Katz (Invasive Species, Beware The Blunted Needle, Vulgar Remedies, etc) join together as Geb, The Great Cackler, an acoustic duo drawing upon their shared experiences of over a decade, personally, creatively, and both as one. "Geb was thought to represent the earth, he is often seen reclining beneath the sky goddess Nut. Geb was called 'the Great Cackler', and as such, was represented as a goose. It was in this form that he was said to have laid the egg from which the sun was hatched. He was believed to have been the third divine king of earth. The royal throne of Egypt was known as the 'throne of Geb' in honor of his great reign." - Richard Deurer

Sherie Ruppersberger (Philadelphia):

SM-R is the mournful, beautiful solo folk songs of Philly-based singer/guitarist Sherie Ruppersberger. Her intricate and frenetic guitar-work suggests elements of Eastern European folk, with lyrics and vocals echoing a long line of homespun American song. Nuanced dissonances in the guitar-playing give SM-R a compelling asymmetry






Fire Museum Presents :

Moppa Elliott

Ron Stabinsky

Ashley Tini


Saturday, July 2nd 8:00 PM
House Gallery 1816
1816 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia
$7-10 sliding scale


Moppa Elliott:

I was born on September 13, 1978, the first son of David and Carolyn Elliott in Scranton, Pa. Incidentally, they named me Matthew Thomas Elliott, not Moppa. My parents are both college instructors and intense music lovers, so I was able to hear a lot of music growing up. After a brief introduction to the piano, I started to play the trombone in the sixth grade, and after deciding a few years later that I wanted to also play an instrument with strings, I was given an electric bass. When I was about 17, I fixed up my father's old acoustic bass in order to audition for a summer program. I then began to study the bass seriously with Pocono resident Tony Marino. In the fall of 1997, I enrolled in both Oberlin College and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music majoring in biology and Jazz bass performance in Oberlin’s double-degree program. While there I was able to record my first CD, Pinpoint and to gain some experience playing in Cleveland OH for about 3 years. I was also fortunate enough to teach at the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts for four summers. I finished school in the winter of 2001, and moved to New York City the following summer. Here in New York, I have been able to play and record with some great musicians and to continue teaching at St. Mary's High School.

Ron Stabinsky:

Pianist Ron Stabinsky, officially became the fourth member of the Mostly Other People Do the Killing with Mauch Chunk (Hot Cup Records, 2015) The pianist has been part of the Peter Evans Quintet since the 2013 recording Destination Void (Self-produced, 2014). Stabinsky has also worked with Dave Liebman and Tony Marino on the terrific baritone saxophonist Charles Evans' self-produced On Beauty (2015) and Subliminal Leaps (2013) as well as classical music releases with Rhonda Taylor and Sophie Till and a trio outing covering the work of American composer Alec Wilder Wilderness (Mark Records, 2016). Free for One, on Moppa Elliott's Hot Cup Records, is Stabinsky's debut as a solo artist.

With its shrewd use of melody, improvisation and texture, Free for One presents a credible alternative to much of the archetypal solo jazz piano catalog. For all of Stabinsky's technical expertise, there is never a sense of these pieces being exercise-like as the pianist avidly projects emotion even in the album's most abstract pieces. The stylistic variety of the improvisations holds together consistently and Stabinsky's debut proves to be impressive and memorable. - Karl Ackerman/All About Jazz

Ashley Tini:

Ashley Tini is a percussionist, hair-stylist and former graffiti artist born and currently based in South Philadelphia. Her work seeks to create altered states by challenging concepts of ritual and their relation to time and place. Equally versed in 20th and 21st century concert music, free improv, Ghanaian Ewe, and Central African Pygmy music. Tini is invested in music that refracts folkloric concepts through contemporary contexts.

As a concert marimba player, she has performed solo and chamber works by Steve Reich, Susie Ibarra, Mohammed Fairouz and Matthew Welch at venues like Carnegie Hall, the Kauffman, and the Kimmel Center, but she's also committed to performing in DIY spaces and institutional settings. Tini has also been a featured guest on concerts and recordings by Broken Social Scene, Do Make Say Think, and Feist.

Duomo, her chamber duo with percussionist Emily Strachan, specializes in commissioning works by living women composers who offer new presentations for percussion.

Tini has devoted extensive research to Exotica, a genre that spawned its own set of cultural rituals by taking ritualistic music completely out of context. In summer 2016, she will be a resident artist at the estate of famed Exotica composer Elisabeth Waldo, who studied with Jascha Heifetz and worked closely with Les Baxter, Yma Sumac, and Billy May. Together, they will premiere a concert of chamber music for indigenous Pre-Columbian American instruments.

Ashley holds a Bachelors of Music in performance from The University of Kansas, where she studied under with Ji Hye Jung. Her work appears on the Naxos, Ecstatic, Constellation and High Two Labels.






Fire Museum Presents :

Sandcatchers

Mazout

Duomo


Saturday, July 9th 8:00 PM
Da Vinci Art Alliance
704 Catharine St
Philadelphia
$7-10 sliding scale


Sandcatchers (NYC):

SANDCATCHERS was formed in the corner of Cheryl's, a soul food restaurant on the corner of Underhill avenue and Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn. Given the opportunity for a weekly gig, guitarist and oud player Yoshie Fruchter brought in his friends Myk Freedman on lap steel, Michael Bates on double bass, and Yonadav Halevy on percussion to see what kind of music they could make together. Over the course of many weeks, a fresh sound was created blending the middle eastern trope of the oud with the dreamy, americana infused textures of the steel - a new project was born. Featuring original music by Fruchter inspired both by maqam and the Appalachian trail, Sandcatchers is a beautiful collaboration of sound and souls.

Mazout (Philadelphia):

Mazout are Alban Bailly, Guitar, Rosie Langabeer, Organ & Ricardo Lagomasino, Drums.Playing their first show since 2012 or 2013, we are recycling the bio from their December 2012 Highwire Gallery appearance.

Alban Bailly is a multifaceted instrumentalist who studied composition, jazz, and improvisation in France. He performed extensively in Europe before moving to the United States in 2005. Playing rock music in his youth, Alban moved onto studying jazz, which led him to various forms of improvised music. In 2001 he studied Arabic music and oud in Marrakesh, Morocco. After his return to France, he became an active performer, collaborating with various music and dance ensembles in Europe. Alban is in demand as an improvisor and continues to tour in United States, Canada, and Europe. He is a founder, composer, and guitarist of the ensembles Inzinzac and Yapp. He is also the guitarist for the modern tango group Oscuro Quintet, among other projects. He is involved with dance ensembles as well, for which he performs and composes electro-acoustic music.

Rosie Langabeer is a composer and performer from New Zealand who writes for musical ensembles of various sizes, theatre, film, circus, dance and performs on a wide range of instruments. A specialist in devised ensemble work and improvisation her sound ranges in style and her virtuosity lies in her versatility and depth of musical knowledge. Langabeer is currently based in Philadelphia, USA where she is a member of No Face Performance Group and works with Pig Iron Theatre Company. She has also collaborated with Subcircle, Ballet X, the WILMA Theatre, Green Chair Dance Company, Gas and Electric Arts and The Agave Opera Company and award winning New Zealand companies Awkward Productions, Ake Ake Theatre Company, Hypnotical Hoodang, directors Deborah Pope, Darcy Gladwin, Briar March, Jeff Henderson, Alyx Duncan and the Wellington Most Famous Orchestra of Miraculous Delights.

Philadelphia-based drummer, Ricardo Lagomasino, has been playing music for most of his life. He has toured the US, Canada, Europe and the UK with a number of groups, appears on 11 released recordings and holds a Bachelors degree from the Oberlin Conservatory in Oberlin, OH. He is currently playing with Many Arms, The Sea Around Us, Joe Lally, Lagomasino/Fishkin and Tongue Sculptors. In the past, he has played with Capillary Action, Hulk Smash, Lee Jaewon, SHREDfest, Circles, George Korein, Verity In Stereo, Pads & Steel and DCIC.

Duomo (Philadelphia/East Lansing):

Emily Strachan is currently pursuing her master’s degree at Michigan State University, under the tutelage of Gwen Dease. At the age of ten, Emily started studying music and percussion in Minnesota. Her performance experiences range from house concerts, to master classes featuring world-renowned percussionists, competitions, orchestra concerts and world premiering at Carnegie Hall. Throughout Emily’s variety of performances, collaborations, projects, and recordings, she has found it most rewarding to bring chamber music, solid percussion fundamentals, and contemporary music to the Midwest. Her mission is to bring current music trends and ideas to schools and local communities, specifically through teaching and performing. Emily’s percussion duo, Duomo, executes her mission and vision of percussion through commissioning chamber music by living composers, and performing these works in schools, art galleries, museums, and concert halls.

Ashley Tini is a percussionist, hair-stylist and former graffiti artist born and currently based in South Philadelphia. Her work seeks to create altered states by challenging concepts of ritual and their relation to time and place. Equally versed in 20th and 21st century concert music, free improv, Ghanaian Ewe, and Central African Pygmy music. Tini is invested in music that refracts folkloric concepts through contemporary contexts.

As a concert marimba player, she has performed solo and chamber works by Steve Reich, Susie Ibarra, Mohammed Fairouz and Matthew Welch at venues like Carnegie Hall, the Kauffman, and the Kimmel Center, but she's also committed to performing in DIY spaces and institutional settings. Tini has also been a featured guest on concerts and recordings by Broken Social Scene, Do Make Say Think, and Feist.

Duomo, her chamber duo with percussionist Emily Strachan, specializes in commissioning works by living women composers who offer new presentations for percussion.

Tini has devoted extensive research to Exotica, a genre that spawned its own set of cultural rituals by taking ritualistic music completely out of context. In summer 2016, she will be a resident artist at the estate of famed Exotica composer Elisabeth Waldo, who studied with Jascha Heifetz and worked closely with Les Baxter, Yma Sumac, and Billy May. Together, they will premiere a concert of chamber music for indigenous Pre-Columbian American instruments.

Ashley holds a Bachelors of Music in performance from The University of Kansas, where she studied under with Ji Hye Jung. Her work appears on the Naxos, Ecstatic, Constellation and High Two Labels.






Fire Museum Presents :

Erik Ruin's Ominous Cloud Ensemble with special guest

Asimina Chremos


Saturday, July 23rd 8:00 PM
Icebox Project Space at Crane Arts
1400 N. American St
Philadelphia
FREE


"Play Death More Sweetly", an immersive atmosphere of largely improvised projections (including as many as 4 overhead projectors manipulated by visual artist Erik Ruin), musicians (care of his group the Ominous Cloud Ensemble) and movement (featuring dancer Asimina Chremos, perhaps more), with many performers scattered throughout the darkened space. The hour-long performance will incorporate fragments of text from Paul Celan's iconic post-WW2 poem "Todesfuge" and exploring the themes of terror and mortality it evokes.

Erik Ruin's Ominous Cloud Ensemble :

Erik Ruin's Ominous Cloud Ensemble is an ever-evolving, collectively-improvising large ensemble for projections and music, led by visual artist Erik Ruin, recently lauded by the New York Times for his "spell-binding cut-paper animations." Erik manipulates intricate paper-cuts and painted films on overhead projectors to create abstract landscapes and fragmentary scenes that are nonetheless charged with meaning, merging with music that ranges from dark atmospherics to ecstatic peaks of dissonance. Members of the ensemble include a rotating cast of Philly's finest musicians, who have collaborated with everyone from Anthony Braxton to the Sun Ra Arkestra to Chris Forsyth to Spires That In the Sunset Rise.

Asimina Chremos:

Asimina Chremos is a dancer/artist with interest in the continua between form and flow, nature and culture, repetition and change, and discipline and pleasure. She began her artistic career as a ballet dancer and has since moved into improvisational and experimental dance, often performing with improvising musicians. Her aesthetic is also reflected in works of freeform lace crochet.

Reid Books- prepared guitar
Heru Shabaka-Ra- trumpet
Nick Millevoi- guitar
Julius Masri- electronics, percussion
Dan Blacksberg- trombone
Anna Young- vocals
DM Hotep- guitar
Lindsay Baukert- violin
Scott Verrastro- drums, percussion
Asimina Chremos- movement
Erik Ruin- projections, tapes






Fire Museum Presents :

Li Daiguo/Rick Parker duo

Fursaxa


Friday, July 29th 8:00 PM
Vox Populi
319 N. 11th St, 3rd Floor
Philadelphia
$7-10 sliding scale


Li Daiguo/Rick Parker Duo:

Li Daiguo is one of the leading figures in China's experimental and traditional music communities. Within the past decade, he has carved out a singular niche that few others occupy, that of skilled improvisational artist (he has a reputation for leaving jaws on the floor, layman and critic alike), musical polymath (proficient at a dozen different instruments alongside throat-singing and beatboxing) and dynamic live performer known for his eclectic collaborations with a seemingly limitless roster of colorful characters and ensembles, including transgressive Japanese butoh dancers, fellow all-star musicians (marquee names like Sainkho Namtchylak, Peter Scherr, FM3, Eyal Maoz, Shanir Bloomenkrantz, Kink Gong, Satoko Fujii, Sato Yuki ,Yan Jun, and Dickson Dee) and other lunatics that he meets when he is busking, an activity that he does anonymously from time to time.

Born in 1981 in Oklahoma, USA, to Chinese/Taiwanese parents, Li Daiguo received training in music from the age of 5, beginning with western classical music on violin and expanded to bluegrass, Chinese classical music (erhu, pipa) and double bass by the time he entered University. Li studied Literature and music at San Diego State University, focusing primarily on literary theory, world music (Finnish folk music, Chinese classical, Carnatic music), and contemporary classical composition and improvisation

After graduating in 2003 and relocating to mainland China in 2004, Li began to develop his compositional style and blend of extended techniques for bowed and plucked instruments, influenced largely by his studies of different traditions of music. In 2008 he also began to study the Shona mbira and has traveled to Zimbabwe to deepen his understanding of polyrhythms and ritual trance.

Combining jazz, experimental, electronic and rock, Rick Parker casts a broad net with his trombone playing augmented by electronics and synthesizers. His music has been described as "an expressive new-breed fusion, informed by a few generations of downtown experimentation." (Nate Chinen, New York Times) and his sound described as "a seductive, burnished tone that's animated by conversational improvisations." (John Murph, Downbeat Magazine).

Parker has resided in New York City since 2001 when he began studies for a masters in jazz performance and composition at NYU. He has worked with a large cross section of notable musicians and groups including Tim Berne, Mingus Big Band, Darcy James Argue Secret Society, Charli Persip, Frank Lacy, Super Hi-Fi, Tim Kuhl, Beninghove's Hangmen, hip hop legends the Wu Tang Clan, Ghostface Killah and DMC and Mexican pop stars Ximena Sarinana and Natalia LaFourcade. Since 2012 he has been a member of Ravish Momin's Tarana. Parker's innovative use of electronics with the trombone have allowed him to cross through many musical genres and even garnered the attention of manufacturers Electroharmonix and Eventide with whom he has consulted on the development of new pedals and effects.

Fursaxa:

After playing in bands like UN with Marcia Bassett (Double Leopards), Tara Burke began her solo project Fursaxa at the turn of the century. Taking a page out of Philadelphia's Ambient Consortium and the Bardo Pond school of acid-folk space exploration, Fursaxa also brings to mind elements of religious music, from church choirs to raga drones. Burke employs guitar, casio, Farfisa organ, accordian, dulcimer, effected vocals, drums, bells, flutes, and the kitchen sink without ever losing her otherworldly focus.- Jason Sigal/WFMU





UPCOMING EVENTS

8/30 - Frode Gjerstad/Tipple, Lea Bertucci/Bhob Rainey & Daniel Levin @ Da Vinci Art Alliance
9/1 - Ava Mendoza, Jessica Pavone & Rosie Langabeer @ Vox Populi
9/3 - Spires That In The Sunset Rise, Horse Lords, Tom Carter & Carter Thonton @ Vox Populi




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