Fire Museum Presents :

Tashi Dorji

Marisa Anderson

Tristan Dahn & No Sevlas

Friday, May 6th 8:00 PM
DaVinci Art Alliance
704 Catharine St
$7-$10 sliding scale

Tashi Dorji (Asheville, NC):

Tashi Dorji grew up in Bhutan, on the eastern side of the Himalayas. Residing in Asheville since 2000 and soaking up a vast array of music. Along the way, Dorji developed a playing style unbound by tradition, yet with a direct line to intuitive artistry. His recordings feature improvisations that spasmodically grow along tangential, surprising paths. All references break loose during a composition, as Dorji keys into his own inner world.

His compositions drag the listener into a labyrinth of warbling tones, where each sound seems to jump out and replace the eerie silence that would otherwise occupy the atmosphere. The textures remain sustained in the reverberation as the vibration of the strings dwindle and ascend. The experience is one equally disorienting and reflective, in which Dorji's musicianship brings haunting beauty and mindfulness to the listener. After a handful of releases on various labels since 2009, Dorji presented his debut LP on Hermit Hut, the label created by Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance) in 2014. Since then Tashi has released music in various formats on labels like Bathetic Records, Cabin Floor Esoterica, Blue Tapes and Marmara Records.

Marisa Anderson (Portland, OR):

Marisa Anderson channels the history of the guitar and stretches the boundaries of tradition. Her playing is fluid, emotional, and masterful, featuring compositions and improvisations that re-imagine the landscape of American music. Her deeply original work applies elements of minimalism, electronic music, drone and 20th century classical music to compositions based on blues, jazz, gospel and country music. Originally from Northern California, Anderson dropped out of college at age nineteen to walk across the US and eventually landed in Portland, Oregon, where she currently lives. Classically trained, she honed her skills playing in country, jazz and circus bands. In 2009 she released her first solo guitar record, 'The Golden Hour', followed by "Mercury' (2011) and "Traditional and Public Domain Songs' (2013). More recently, she has been in demand as a collaborator and composer, contributing to recordings by Beth Ditto and Sharon Van Etten, and creating music for short films.

On her newest release, 'Into the Light' Anderson leaves Appalachia and the Delta blues behind as she journeys west, into the heart of the sun. Written as the soundtrack to an imaginary science-fiction western film, the record’s ten songs trace the story of a visitor lost and wandering on the shifting borderlands of the Sonoran desert. "Into the Light' is shimmering and cinematic, the pieces built around pedal steel, lap steel and electric piano as well as Anderson's signature guitar sound.

Anderson tours extensively throughout Europe and North America. Her work has been featured on NPR, SPIN, Pitchfork and in The Wire. Her split LP with guitarist Tashi Dorji was named one of the top experimental records of 2015 by The Out Door/Pitchfork. She has provided music for multiple recordings, film scores, soundtracks and live shows. Recent festival appearances include the Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Sweden's Gagnef Festival, Fano Free Folk Festival, Le Guess Who, and the Festival of Endless Gratitude.

Tristan Dahn & No Sevlas (Philadelphia):

Based in West Philadelphia, Tristan Dahn improvises on a wide range of instruments. Employing both standard instruments like guitar, drums and bass, as well as more adventurous instruments (among them guzheng and shruti box), Dahn creates atmospheric soundscapes that are simultaneously abstract and highly narrative. He works as a librarian at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia (Mütter Museum).

Artist and Musician No Sevlas (AKA Paul Salveson) comes to Philadelphia by way of DC, NY and LA. His aesthetic practice creates the surreal out of the domestic, and includes performances for electric toothbrush and electronics with live video. Musically interested in simplicity, repetition and novice level competency, he has put out several micro-edition releases of music for homemade electronics. His book of photographs, Between the Shell, won the First Book Award from the National Media Museum in London.

Together they are somewhat subverted the rock band; a two person power trio playing long form semi-improvisational music that lives somewhere between Kraut and Indie Rock. Dahn will be performing on bass guitar, percussion and electronics while Salveson completes the trio with guitar, drums and electronics.

Claevius Museum Presents :


Carter Thornton


Saturday, May 7th 8:00 PM
West Kensington Ministry
2140 N Hancock St.
$7-$10 sliding scale

Rhyton (NYC):

Rhyton is a group of experienced sonic voyagers, well versed in music both ancient and futuristic and wise enough to know that the distinction between the two is more subjective than one might initially be taught. They take ancestral forms, instrumentation and scales, primarily sourced from Middle Eastern and Greek traditions, and incorporate them into the context of scorching improvised rock. Their music is defined by divine mixture: electric and acoustic sources meld to form one sound, and when Rhyton plays, they play as one mind. The trio on Kykeon, their third album, is David Shuford (aka D. Charles Speer and of NNCK), Jimy SeiTang (Stygian Stride), and Rob Smith (Pigeons), each member providing essential building blocks for the interplanetary vibrations they conjure as a whole.

Shuford's melodic turns on the bouzouki, electro-saz, and guitar burst forth in the mix with a commanding intensity, while SeiTang's bass and organ and Smith's drums drive the pieces into unknown territory. There is an undeniable groove to many of the songs, showing the distant relation between Greek traditions, psychedelia, and the progressive boogie of Shuford's work with The Helix. Rhyton exists on its own plane in the Brooklyn underground, forging its own more worldly path to psychedelic transcendence.

Carter Thornton (NYC):

"Thornton points his pick somewhere towards the same kind of personal event horizon as rigorously avant garde players like Hans Reichel, Donald Miller and Guitar Roberts, with what sounds like variously augmented strings singing and stopping in the kind of steel codes that would combine post-Joseph Spence re-thinks of Hawaiian cracker turf with phased ragtime phrasing and a feel for the more barbarous qualities of auraless guitar holler that is pure Jandek. Recommended." - Volcanic Tongue

Curanderos (Philadelphia):

Psychedelic improvisational blowout with members of Bardo Pond and Kohoutek. Kosmische raga drone, heavy on the electronics and alien percussion, traversing the same hypnodelic territory both bands are known for. RIYL: Ash Ra Tempel, Agitation Free, Guru Guru, Trad Gras Och Stenar, Taj Mahal Travellers, etc.

Fire Museum Presents :

Brahja Waldman

Sirius JuJu

Friday, May 13th 8:00 PM
House Gallery 1816
1816 Frankford Ave
$7-$10 sliding scale

Brahja Waldman (NYC):

Formed in 2008, the group known as Brahja Waldman - or Brahja for short - is a New York/Montreal-based conspiracy plotting the transmutation of timeless soul thru a jazz/earthy/hop cosmic swap. The group is releasing its fifth album, wisdomatic, in the spring of 2016. Brahja Waldman's saxophonist and leader, Devin Brahja Waldman, has performed with the likes of Patti Smith, Thurston Moore, Lydia Lunch, Daniel Carter, Sam Shalabi, Warren Smith, Heroes Are Gang Leaders and many more. He has accompanied his aunt, poet Anne Waldman, since the age of ten. Growing up, Waldman's art guide and guru was legendary pianist Paul Bley. Waldman is co-director of Fast Speaking Music, a poetry and music label in NYC. The group is Isis Giraldo: synthesizer, D Shad Hankoff: piano, Martin Heslop: bass, Daniel Gelinas: drums & Devin Brahja Waldman: saxophone.

Sirius JuJu (Philadelphia):

Sirius JuJu is comprised of Heru Shabaka-ra (Ryan T. Frazier) on trumpet, Mike Watson on bass clarinet, Alex Kulick on guitar, Nick Macklin on bass and cello, and Julius Masri on drums and percussion. At this time in this planet's history, the work of Sirius JuJu can be summed up as such: "..while they murder, we re-drum." - Heru Shabaka-ra

Fire Museum Presents :

Ghosts Of The Holy Ghost Spermic Brotherhood

Eli Litwin/Julius Masri/Christian Moehring

Saturday, May 14th 8:00 PM
House Gallery 1816
1816 Frankford Ave
$7-$10 sliding scale

Ghosts Of The Holy Ghost Spermic Brotherhood (NYC):

The unique, NYC sound-explorational trio : Ghosts Of The Holy Ghost Spermic Brotherhood (featuring Michael Evans on amplified snare drum, objects and electronics, David Grollman on snare drum, objects and balloons and Andy Haas on reeds and electronics) has been together for about 5 years now, having only recorded one self titled cd on Resonantmusic. They unfortunately perform quite infrequently. When they do perform, their live shows are quite engaging. Through increased attempts of contacting the spirit world through their soundings, breath, excitations, and blasts of the vital principle occur seamlessly

"Deep down there's a feeling that somewhere under this arbitrary haze of shapeless racket roam mischievous spirits that are secretly orchestrating all this, and that's what keeps me engaged. Ghosts of the Holy Ghost lurking about, you might say" - S. Victor Aaron, Something Else! Reviews

"God Almighty, jazz now has it's own Metal Machine Music." - Midwest Record reviews

"Each of the dozen pieces creates another strange and wonderful world. All you have to do is play this disc and you will be transformed into a happy alien in a comfortable place." - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG

Eli Litwin/Julius Masri/Christian Moehring (Philadelphia):

Eli Litwin is a Philadelphia-based musician and educator. Over the past 15 years he has played drums in a variety of musical projects whose wide range of styles have included extreme metal, free jazz, progressive rock, and avant-garde classical composition. These bands have released internationally distributed albums and toured North America and Europe. In 2011, the influential heavy metal label Metal Blade Records released a solo project of Litwin's called Intensus. The self-titled debut album was a whirlwind of freely improvised extreme metal featuring Litwin on drums, guitar and bass, along with guest vocalists from such notable metal acts as Between the Buried and Me, A Life Once Lost, and East of the Wall. The album earned Litwin a feature in the Philadelphia Citypaper, along with favorable reviews within the metal blog community. In addition to his performing, touring and recording career, for the past 10 years, Litwin has been teaching drum, guitar, and piano lessons as well as directing youth-based rock band ensembles throughout the greater Philadelphia area. He is currently in his second year teaching K-8 General Music in a Philadelphia public school.

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, and Van Sutra with guitarist George Draguns, (Don Caballero). He also performs improvisational music with noted musicians such as saxophonist Keir Neuringer, bassists Henry Grimes and Jamaaledeen Tacuma, Sun Ra Arkestra members Dave Hotep, Heru Shabaka-Ra, and Michael Watson. On circuit modified keyboards, Julius performs in duos such as Superlith, with Trombonist Dan Blacksberg (Anthony Braxton Quartet), and electronic music phenom Joo Won Park. Julius has also composed and performed music for many Philadelphia based choreographers, and is currently working with Graffito Works dance collective.

Christian Moehring is a drummer, composer and teacher who currently lives in Philadelphia, PA. He works heavily with tonal dissonance and numeric phrasing/patterns that create sonic phenomena, while maintaining a free associative approach. Although classically trained, he is a veteran of the extreme metal universe. Moehring renounces any rational construct, and allows his drumming to be open to unpredictable forces, using these principles as an approach to most of his work. He has studied with Howard Curtis and Doug Richards. A founding member of many original projects including Epoch Trio and Nehema, Moehring is currently with Anabiosis and Dahb.

Fire Museum Presents :

Amir ElSaffar

Sam Shalabi

Sunday, May 22nd 8:00 PM
House Gallery 1816
1816 Frankford Ave

This event made possible by a grant from the Penn Treaty Special Services District

Amir ElSaffar (NYC):

Trumpeter, santur player, vocalist, and composer Amir ElSaffar has distinguished himself with a mastery of diverse musical traditions and a singular approach to combining Middle Eastern musical languages with jazz and other styles of contemporary music. A recipient of the 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, ElSaffar has been described as "uniquely poised to reconcile jazz and Arabic music without doing either harm," (the Wire) and "one of the most promising figures in jazz today" (Chicago Tribune).

ElSaffar is an expert trumpeter with a classical background, conversant not only in the language of contemporary jazz, but has created techniques to play microtones and ornaments idiomatic to Arabic music that are not typically heard on the trumpet. Additionally, he is a purveyor of the centuries old, now endangered, Iraqi maqam tradition, which he performs actively as a vocalist and santur player. As a composer, ElSaffar has used the microtones found in Iraqi maqam music to create an innovative approach to harmony and melody. Described as "an imaginative bandleader, expanding the vocabulary of the trumpet and at the same time the modern jazz ensemble," (All About Jazz), ElSaffar is an important voice in an age of cross-cultural music making.

In addition to performing and composing, ElSaffar is Music Curator at Alwan for the Arts, New York's hub for Arab and Middle Eastern culture, which hosts semi-monthly concerts and the annual Maqam Fest. In 2013, he collaborated with the Metropolitan Museum to create a festival of Iraqi culture in 2013. He also teaches maqam classes at Alwan, and is the director of the Middle Eastern Music Ensemble at Columbia University, where he also teaches jazz ensembles.

Sam Shalabi (Montreal/Cairo):

"Sam Shalabi is nothing if not prolific. His numerous recordings place him in a category of his own. The completely solo Music for Arabs is a carefully assembled musical sound collage that reflects post-revolution urban Egypt (Cairo, more specifically, where he lives). Shalabi portrays his impressions across six tracks on which he plays all the instruments, from drums and Arabic percussion instruments to daf, mazhar, oud, rabat, salamiyyah, zummara, harmoniums, and keyboards, as well as guitars, samplers, and drum machines. Also playing a large role are overheard street and marketplace conversations repurposed through tape manipulation.

While the press release describes this as something akin Brian Eno's Music for Airports for taxi drivers, there isn't anything remotely ambient about this album. Its "ambience," if one can call it that, is chaotic, yet reflects an inner order. The opening "Music for the Egyptians" is a long work that weaves together a fluid, sometimes jarring collection of musics, both traditional and modern, while spoken conversations and sonic textures provide a glimpse of what transpires in the moment as one passes through a busy Cairo street: the echoes of the revolution and the tension of what comes next are ever present in their portrayal of workaday life. Western ears not acquainted with Arabic may be shut out of the conversational snippets, but the music provides clues as to what they might contain -- and how different the everyday is in Cairo from say, New York or London. Arab classical, folk, and modern vanguard traditions swirl together in "Revolution," where reverb, oud, and warped, sung, and spoken voices resemble everything from Middle Eastern classical music to children speaking to a muezzin's call to prayer; all these collide in a strangely ordered yet intricate kind of harmonious whole. "The Enemy of My Enemy" is foreboding and brooding, yet hilarious in its mad weave of cultural traditions and modern Western influences, using distorted guitars and basslines alongside traditional instruments and melodies. Closing bookend "Music for the Egyptians, Pt. 2" is a long, beautiful oud solo; the only accompaniment is a droning, high-pitched keyboard in the backdrop that whispers the set to a finish. For all of its deliberate zaniness, good-natured humor, and subversive cultural and musical juxtapositions, Music for Arabs is a serious work that is a love song to Egypt." - Thom Jurek/All Music

Fire Museum Presents :

An evening of Carnatic (South Indian Classical) music with:

Bhuvana Kannan (Veena)- with accompaniment by

Aparna Kannan (Veena)
Aparaajit Sriram (Mrudangam)
Subhang Srinivasan (Ghatam)

Sunday, June 5th 7:30 PM
The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street

Bhuvanna Kannan:

Bhuvana Kannan had initial training in veena from Smt. Subadhra Ramadurai and advanced training from the late Tiruvarur Smt. Alamelu Ammal & late Tiruvarur S. Balasubramanium (an A grade artist from Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India). She is well known for her melodious music, great command over the divine instrument through different slides, gamakas, varying strokes and unique fingering techniques and adherence to tradition.

Bhuvana Kannan was selected as a Veena Artiste by the Tamil Nadu Iyal Isai Nataka Mandram, and performed at many prestigious sabhas (fine arts events) in India. She has performed many concerts for Doordharshan TV, India for music & Bharathanatyam dance programs. She formed the Pancha veena group & the Tristate vainika group. She also organizes Veena Festivals in Tristate area.

Aparna Kannan:

Aparna Kannan has been learning veena from her mother Mrs. Bhuvana Kannan since childhood. She is a well known veena artist in the NY/NJ area. She has performed many solo concerts, accompanied her mother and performed many duet concerts. She is also part of Pancha Veena Group, and has won competitions in NJ and Cleveland. She is also a vocalist and was initially trained by Pooja Satish, Aparna Satish and advanced vocal lessons from Smt. Sulochana Sampath.

Aparaajit Sriram

Aparaajit is a senior at Brown University pursuing a five-year dual degree in philosophy and neuroscience. He has been playing mridangam for more than ten years and learns from ghatam vidwan Sri T.H. Subash Chandran and kanjira vidwan Sri Ganesh Kumar. He received his initial training from Dr. Venkat Natarajan. He has performed in Chennai and across the tri-state area.

Subhang Srinivasan:

Subhang is a well-known Ghatam artist in the NY/NJ area and has been learning south Indian percussion since 2001, from Sankara Academy of music and arts, founded by ghatam maestro Sri. Subash Chandran. He had his ghatam arangetram in August 2009, where he accompanied eminent violin vidwan Sri. Vittal Ramamurthy. Since then Subhang has performed in numerous concerts accompanying seasoned artists such as Sri. Maharajapuram Srinivasan, Sri. Delhi Sunderrajan and Sri. TS Krishnamurthi and several tri-state artists in vocal and instrumental concerts in the U.S. He has also performed as ghatam accompanist in various sabhas during 2010 and 2011 December music seasons in Chennai, India.

Fire Museum Presents :

Jooklo Duo

Jamison Williams Quartet

Alban Bailly/Matt Engle/Dan Capecchi Trio

Thursday, June 9th 8:00 PM
Performance Space at Vox Populi
319 N 11th St, 3rd Floor
$7-$10 sliding scale

Jooklo Duo (Italy):

Italian tenor saxophonist Virginia Genta and drummer David Vanzan formed Jooklo Duo in 2004, and released their first album, Free Serpents, two years later. They have since toured extensively in Europe and the US in duo, and also in various configurations under the names Neokarma Jooklo Octet, Neokarma Jooklo Trio, Golden Jooklo Age, Jooklo Fire Quartet, and Jooklo Finnish Quartet, and with musicians such as Sonny Simmons, Maurizio Abate, Makoto Kawabata, Tero Kemppainen, Andrew Barker, Chris Corsano, Peaking Lights, Bill Nace, Paul Flaherty, Daniel Carter, Sabir Mateen, John Blum, John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Takehisa Kosugi (Taj Mahal Travellers), Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Thurston Moore and Lee Ronaldo of Sonic Youth, Hartmut Geerken, Famodou Don Moye, Makoto Kawabata, Muruga Booker, Raymond Strid, and Giorgio Pacorig.

Jamison Williams Quartet (Florida):

Jamison Williams (soprano saxophone)
Dan Kozak (woodwinds)
Thomas Milovac (double bass)
Leo Suarez (percussion)

'THE ART OF WALT DISNEY': Interpretations from the Disney Songbook; this limited ten-city tour is showcasing a series of experimental expositions, proudly presenting extensive musical deconstructive emphasis on a core medley spanning over 75 years of Disney songbook classics; in all its historic glory, this experimental / improvisational jazz performance will guarantee a mesmerizing night of structured musical abstraction, while pleasantly making acquaintance with the memorable abstraction of its yesterself.

"Florida-based saxophone player Jamison Williams says that he "specializes in experimental deconstructionism," a great descriptor for his exploratory improvisations and his jagged, joyous interpretations of familiar material. His performance in Portland is an extension of his many years vivisecting songs found in Disney films. He sticks with the classics -"When You Wish Upon A Star," "It's A Small World," and so on-and turns them into terrifying thrill rides of agitated chords and familiar yet warped melodies. If Banksy were as smart as he thinks he is, Williams' work would be playing on a loud loop through the artist's dark Dismaland installation." - ROBERT HAM, Portland Mercury

"In the technical tradition of players like Peter Brotzmann, and most famously Albert Ayler, Williams is a proponent of the extended techniques of the saxophone, spitting out harmonics, weeping 'multiphonics', the reed equivalent of a guitarist creating feedback and noise from an amplifier and effects pedals." Dan Brown (Folio Weekly)

Alban Bailly/Matt Engle/Dan Capecchi Trio (Philadelphia):

Alban Bailly is a multi-faceted instrumentalist from Brittany, France. He studied composition, jazz, and improvisation In Rennes and Nancy. He's toured extensively in Europe and North America performing with dance ensembles, impromptus, theater, and national acts.

He's a founder, composer and guitarist of Inzinzac, Yapp, Belleville Quartet and Mazout. He is also co-founder of Oscuro Quintet, where he performs as a cellist.

Matt Engle (bass) has been an active member of the Philadelphia creative and improvised music scene for over 15 years. He is a member of the Dan Blacksberg Trio, Bobby Zankel small group, and Sonic Liberation Front.

Born and raised in the Twin Cities of Minnesota (St. Paul and Minneapolis), percussionist Dan Capecchi moved to Philadelphia in the fall of 2002, where he became increasingly interested and active in the world of in improvised music. Dan has been involved with Shot x Shot, Peter Robbins, Jeff Baumeister, and Toshi Makahara as well as short term engagements with Susie Ibarra and others.

Fire Museum Presents :

Susan Alcorn

Evan Lipson

Eric Carbonara

Sunday, June 12th 8:00 PM
The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street

Susan Alcorn:

One of the world's premiere musical innovators of her instrument, Baltimore-based Susan Alcorn has taken the pedal steel guitar far beyond its traditional role in country and western swing music. Known among steel guitarists for her virtuosity and authenticity in a traditional context, Alcorn first paid her dues in Texas country & western bands.

Soon she began to expand the vocabulary of her instrument through her study of modern classical music (Messiaen, Varese, Penderecki), the deep listening of Pauline Oliveros, Astor Piazzolla’s nuevo tango, free jazz, and world musics (Indian rags, South American songs, and gamelan orchestra). Her pieces reveal the complexity of her instrument and her musical experience while never straying from a very direct, intense, and personal musical expression.

"From the relatively unadorned sound of pedal steel and amplifier, Susan Alcorn brings forth music that is as full of emotional honesty as it is of melodic and harmonic exploration and surprise. She possesses a virtuosic technique that is always at the service of the musical moment and its possibilities for expression and communication." - Kevin Macneil Brown/Dusted

Susan will perform a solo set then a duo set with Evan Lipson

Evan Lipson:

Evan Lipson has operated as a musician since adolescence-intuitively seeking the liminal zones in which intellect and instinct, history and myth, and creative and destructive force intersect. Drawn towards aberrant perspectives at an early age, his formative experiences were primarily rooted in extreme and often discordant forms of rock, improvised music, modernist composition, jazz, outsider pop, soundtracks, and noise.

Eric Carbonara (Philadelphia):

Eric Carbonara is a guitarist, composer, and audio engineer currently based in Philadelphia. His reverence for raw and honest aural expression has led him far and wide, composing works that embrace noise, improvisation, and aleatoric elements for the guitar.

Carbonara's work stems from the belief that music is a vehicle for self expression and universal truth, a belief shared by his teacher, Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya. His playing weaves a variety of traditional forms producing a kind of exalted pidgin style in which one can recognize influences of Hindustani slide guitar music, Andalusian Roma-Flamenco, and 20th-century guitar compositions yet find it difficult to pinpoint any singular derivative source.

Carbonara has released 7 solo/duet albums and has been featured on many compilations from labels including VHF, Locust Music, Tompkins Square, and Majumua Music, among others. In March of 2014, Carbonara released Tributes and Diatribes with harpist Jesse Sparhawk on VHF Records.

Carbonara's strengths lie in blending and juxtaposing seemingly polarized themes, revealing a more honest and thorough depiction of himself. Marc Masters in Pitchfork writes "His guitar often sounds idyllic but also filled with tension; his careful picks and strums could easily dive into darkness. Such countering themes are a product of Carbonara's approach to guitar, which is guided equally by physical technique and abstract imagery."

Carbonara has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Europe alongside fellow guitarists such as Alexander Turnquist (VHF), Nick Schillace, William Tyler (MERGE), and Nick Millevoi (TZADIK). When not working in the studio as an engineer/producer, he is at work composing and extending his technique and abilities. Carbonara has been featured in Pitchfork, Washington Post, Chicago Reader, Philly Weekly, etc. and has performed live on WNYC's "Spinning on Air", WFMU, WPRB, WPSU, WNUR, among many other radio programs.

Fire Museum Presents :

Tatsuya Nakatani extended solo percussion performance

Wednesday, June 15th 8:00 PM
Icebox Project Space at Crane Arts
1400 N American St
$7 - $10 sliding scale

Tatsuya Nakatani:

Tatsuya Nakatani is a creative artist / percussionist originally from Osaka, Japan who has released over sixty recordings in North America and Europe. Residing in the USA since 1994 he has performed countless solo percussion concerts and has collaborated with hundreds of artists in international music festivals, university concert halls, art museums and galleries. His latest project is the Nakatani Gong Orchestra, which builds community ensembles performing on multiple bowed gongs under his direction, as recently presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Nakatani's constant touring fosters the raw and fresh quality in his music, which can only survive through an open willingness to share energy, culture, music and self on a global human scale. His master classes and workshops at schools and universities, emphasize his unique musical approach and philosophy in creating visceral, non-linear music.

He has created his own instrumentation, effectively inventing many instruments and extended techniques. He utilizes drums, gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, metal objects, bells, and various sticks and bows to create an intense, intuitively primitive, expressive music of unusually strong spirit that defies category or genre. His music is based in improvised/ experimental music, jazz, free jazz, rock, and noise, yet retains the sense of space and beauty found in traditional Japanese folk music.

In an interview with spacecraftprojects, Tatsuya discussed his ideas regarding this performance. "(...)There's one venue called "Icebox" in Philadelphia-it used to be a refrigerator space-and it has a pretty crazy echo there, and we were talking about me doing something in that space. So we decided that we will do a 2-hour solo percussion performance in June 2016. It will be improvising percussion. But I'm going to structure it a bit, going to compose structurally, with that space in mind, so I can more rely on the structure instead of everything being improvised. And that is new for me."


6/30 - Larkin Grimm/Jesse Sparhawk, Geb The Great Cackler & Sherie Ruppersberger @ RTR
7/2 - Moppa Elliott/Ron Stabinsky (solos & duo) & Ashley Tini @ House Gallery
7/9 - Sandcatchers, Mazout & June Bender 4tet @ House Gallery
7/23 - Erik Ruin's Ominous Cloud Ensemble w/ Asimina Chremos @ Icebox

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