FIRE MUSEUM EVENTS





Fire Museum Presents:

Bhob Rainey

Buck Hammerstein & Clear River Chapaukee

Flandrew Fleisenberg/Connor Przybyszewski


Thursday, April 30th 7:30 PM
Random Tea Room & Curiosity Shop
713 N. 4th Street
Philadelphia, PA
$7-10 sliding scale


Bhob Rainey (Philadelphia):

Bhob Rainey is an award-winning composer / performer, saxophonist, and sound designer. In 1998, with trumpeter Greg Kelley, he founded the duo Nmperign, which quickly became a model for a new phase of non-idiomatic improvisation often referred to as "lowercase" or "EAI" (Electroacoustic Improvisation). In 2000 he founded The BSC, an improvising large ensemble, in which he developed techniques for an improvisational discipline that were eventually outlined in his 2011 publication, Manual. Throughout the late 1990's and early 2000's he performed globally and collaborated with numerous improvisers of both the (then) current and previous generations, including Axel Dörner, Andrea Neumann, Günter Müller, Michel Doneda, Lê Quan Ninh, and many others.

By the mid-2000's, while continuing to work in the realm of improvisation, Rainey began to produce electronic and algorithmic works. He spent five years collaborating with German composer Ralf Wehowsky (RLW) on the 2007 release, I don't think I can see you tonight, which, along with Nmperign and Jason Lescalleet's Love Me Two Times (2006), established him as a formidable electronic composer who synthesizes streams of Musique Concréte, computer music, and improvisation.

Throughout his career, Rainey has sought out cross-discipline collaborations, working with dancers, filmmakers, and theater companies. From 2012-2014 he worked with theater company New Paradise Labs to create The Adults, which premiered at the 2014 Philadelphia Fringe Festival to much acclaim. He created the soundtrack to Leah Ross's 2013 film, Levitate, which premiered that year at the Rooftop Film Festival in New York City, and he performed live in Jungwoong Kim's and Marion Ramirez's site-specific dance work, Capsized, at the National Asian American Theater Festival in Philadelphia in 2014. To date, Rainey has over 30 releases as a leader or co-leader.

Buck Hammerstein & Clear River Chapaukee (Berlin/Montreal):

Canadian trumpeter Clear River Chapaukee and French saxophonist Buck Hammerstein met at the New England Conservatory in 2010. Their first duo album “the Goats of Palm Beach” (2012) was followed in 2013 by “Part and Parcel”(Bug Incision Records), in trio with renowned guitarist Joe Morris. With Anthony Coleman's Survivors Breakfast, they appear on “The End of Summer”, (Tzadik), 2013.They have extensively toured the North-East and Canada, appearing on bills with Bhob Rainey, Peter Evans and Peter Negroponte to name a few.

Buck Hammerstein graduated from a master in Contemporary Improvisation at the New England Conservatory in 2012. He Studied composition and improvisation with Anthony Coleman, Joe Morris, and Frank Carlberg. He has been fascinated for many years by the music of Turkey and the Balkans and has had the chance to meet masters such as Manos Achalinotopoulos, Peter Ralchev and Adam Stinga. Has played with Joe Morris, Frank London, Ted Reichman, Asan Rashid, Luther Gray and Slavic Soul Party across the US, Canada, Italy, Germany and Portugal in venues such as The Stone, Issue Project Room, Barbes, Washington DC’S Kennedy Center, Errichetta Festival.

Clear Water Chapaukee was the assistant principal trumpet of the Regina Symphony Orchestra. He resigned in 2009 to pursue studies in improvisation and contemporary composition at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Quickly becoming an important figure in the New-England experimental scene, his time in Boston facilitated projects and performances with many notable improvisers such as Joe Morris, Anthony Coleman, and Ikue Mori. Since 2013 he lives in Montreal, where he continues to play, compose, and lead « Electricity is Magic »'s yearly « compositions by improvisers » residency.

Flandrew Fleisenberg/Connor Przybyszewski (Philadelphia):

flandrew fleisenberg plays percussion on an ever changing assortment of ephemera and modified drum parts coaxing texture and tone both familiar and bizarre. Attentive to room resonance, ambience and collaborator, fleisenberg playfully utilizes sound and presence to explore space, time, and relationships. 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. A recent migrant to Philadelphia, fleisenberg is an active producer and advocate of improvised and experimental music and dance across the region.

Connor Przybyszewski is an improvising trombone player known for his work with Sonic Liberation Front/Sonic 8, Space Whale Orchestra and others.





Fire Museum Presents:

Matt Ingalls

Dan Blacksberg

Kyle Press/Connor Przybyszewski


Wednesday, May 6th 7:30 PM
Random Tea Room & Curiosity Shop
713 N. 4th Street
Philadelphia, PA
$7-10 sliding scale


Matt Ingalls (Oakland, CA):

Reviled for his "shapeless sonic tinkering" by the Los Angeles Times, oakland musician matt ingalls is a composer, clarinetist, concert producer, and computer music programmer. Often incorporating elements of improvisation, his music is heavily influenced by his long involvement in computer music. His composerly solo improvisations explore extended clarinet techniques that interact with the acoustic space, often as combination tones. Matt is the founder and co-director of sfSound, a new music series, ensemble, and internet radio station devoted to new ideas and traditions of experimental music, performance art, live electronic music, Bay Area composition, and the various facets of contemporary improvisation. - short bio

Dan Blacksberg (Philadelphia):

Dan Blacksberg is rapidly emerging as a new leading voice on the trombone. With musical activity that spans avant-garde jazz, modern classical music, improvised music and klezmer, Dan brings a burly, rough-edged sound intended to push at the technical and textural extremes of his instrument. Based in Philadelphia, Dan leads a variety of groups, such as the Dan Blacksberg Trio and Electric Simcha, and co-leads groups such as Archer Spade, the New York/Philadelphia avant-jazz quartet Bird Fly Yellow, and the terror-improv group Psychotic Quartet. In addition, Dan has also performed with Joe Morris, Joe Maneri, Danilo Perez, Gene Coleman, and is a founding member of Anthony Braxton’s Tri-Centric Orchestra.

Dan is also one of the few musicians in the world who performs and teaches traditional klezmer on the trombone. He is a founding member of Alan Bern’s The Other Europeans, and co-leads the klezmer power trio Leviticus with Michael Winograd and Tyshawn Sorey. He has also played with many of the field’s top artists such as Frank London, Adrienne Cooper, Michael Winograd, Daniel Kahn, Michael Alpert, Hankus Netsky, Alicia Svigals, Alex Kontorovitch, Aaron Alexander, and the Shirim Klezmer Orchestra. He has taught at Klezmer Festival Fürth and Yiddish Summer Weimar in Germany, and has been an artist-in-residence at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He continues to be a regular faculty member at Klezkamp and Klezkanada.

Kyle Press/Connor Przybyszewski (Philadelphia):

Kyle Press plays sax, there may be throat singing into or outside of the sax as well. He plays in the band Impressionist, was in the Love Club and who knows may be again.

Connor Przybyszewski is an improvising trombone player known for his work with Sonic Liberation Front/Sonic 8, Space Whale Orchestra and others.





Fire Museum Presents:

75 Dollar Bill

Mitch Esparza

Petia Zamfirova


Saturday, May 9th 8:00 PM
Pageant : Soloveev Gallery
 607 Bainbridge St
Philadelphia, PA
$7-10 sliding scale


An evening of three unique takes on "folk" musics with

75 Dollar Bill (New York):

75 Dollar Bill is a duo of Rick Brown and Che Chen. Brown was born in San Francisco, CA and is a clerical worker at a law school in NYC. Chen was born in New Haven, CT and works for a cancer diagnostics company in Stonybrook, NY. They met via myspace and started playing together as 75 Dollar Bill approximately eight years later. Brown plays percussion and homemade horns and Chen plays electric guitar. .– bio

"This band has a more specific reference point: Mauritanian music played by Moorish griots on electric guitar at weddings and special occasions. Last year, Mr. Chen, who is Taiwanese-American, studied briefly in Mauritania with one of that music’s great practitioners, the guitarist Jheich Ould Chighaly. What Mr. Chen and Mr. Brown have done since then — releasing an excellent four-song cassette on Bandcamp, and playing at bars, nonprofit spaces and on the street in Chinatown — has something to do with that Moorish tradition, but it’s also distinct by feel, temperament and material.

Musicians like Mr. Chighaly use specific ancient modes for specific functions; Mr. Chen used only a few on Saturday, on a guitar refretted like Mr. Chighaly’s to produce quarter-tones. For the rest of the set he played a regularly fretted 12-string guitar, working in scales that suggested any number of other musical traditions — including what could have passed for American blues or metal in “Water in the Lock,” which swung between an odd meter and a slow, nasty stomp." - Ben Ratliff/New York Times

Mich Esparza (Philadelphia):

Mitch will be performing songs from his release El Desencantamiento De María Sabina and other songs."El Desencantamiento De María Sabina presents a unique aural experience while exploring Mexican culture under the gravitational influence of the United States. The title references the influential and ultimately ostracized curandera who led scores of Westerners in search of “the magic mushroom” (including the likes of Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, and John Lennon) through Mexico’s shamanistic rituals. Touching upon the minimalist and spaced-out stylistic elements of Esparza’s other projects, the unclassifiable (((taco))) and morphing psychedelic outfit the Love Club, the arrangements range from the pastoral to the cosmic, but always return to gritty realism, discussing the generations severed by emigration and deportation, and souls lost to cartel violence." - Folkadelphia

Petia Zamfirova (Philadelphia):

Petia may be best known as the vocalist of West Philadelphia Orchestra. Tonight Petia will be singing Eastern European songs and performing on accordion and acoustic guitar accompanied by Koof Umoren on bass.





Fire Museum Presents:

Bhob Rainey/Michael Szekely duo

Devin Hoff/Julius Masri/Travis Woodson Trio

Lina Allemano's Titamium Riot


Friday, May 15th 8:00 PM
First Banana
2152 E Dauphin St
Philadelphia, PA
$7-10 sliding scale


Bhob Rainey (Philadelphia):

Bhob Rainey is an award-winning composer / performer, saxophonist, and sound designer. In 1998, with trumpeter Greg Kelley, he founded the duo Nmperign, which quickly became a model for a new phase of non-idiomatic improvisation often referred to as "lowercase" or "EAI" (Electroacoustic Improvisation). In 2000 he founded The BSC, an improvising large ensemble, in which he developed techniques for an improvisational discipline that were eventually outlined in his 2011 publication, Manual. Throughout the late 1990's and early 2000's he performed globally and collaborated with numerous improvisers of both the (then) current and previous generations, including Axel Dörner, Andrea Neumann, Günter Müller, Michel Doneda, Lê Quan Ninh, and many others.

By the mid-2000's, while continuing to work in the realm of improvisation, Rainey began to produce electronic and algorithmic works. He spent five years collaborating with German composer Ralf Wehowsky (RLW) on the 2007 release, I don't think I can see you tonight, which, along with Nmperign and Jason Lescalleet's Love Me Two Times (2006), established him as a formidable electronic composer who synthesizes streams of Musique Concréte, computer music, and improvisation.

Throughout his career, Rainey has sought out cross-discipline collaborations, working with dancers, filmmakers, and theater companies. From 2012-2014 he worked with theater company New Paradise Labs to create The Adults, which premiered at the 2014 Philadelphia Fringe Festival to much acclaim. He created the soundtrack to Leah Ross's 2013 film, Levitate, which premiered that year at the Rooftop Film Festival in New York City, and he performed live in Jungwoong Kim's and Marion Ramirez's site-specific dance work, Capsized, at the National Asian American Theater Festival in Philadelphia in 2014. To date, Rainey has over 30 releases as a leader or co-leader.

Michael Szekely (Philadelphia):

Mike Szekely studied jazz at the Hartt School of Music (Hartford) led by the late saxophonist Jackie McLean and percussion with drum master Milford Graves at Bennington College, VT. He has performed and/or recorded with Anthony Braxton, Dave Liebman, Bobby Zankel, the Daniel Blacksberg Trio, Heath Watts, Feet Music, and singer-songwriter Courtney Parker, and has collaborated with a number of other musicians and groups contributing to the improvisational music scene in Philadelphia, notably The Scriptors, Transitional Objects, Jack Wright, Several Wolves, and Trio Rhizome.

Devin Hoff (Philadelphia):

Devin Hoff was born in Colorado to a musical family. He has performed and/or recorded with Julia Holter, Cibo Matto, Nels Cline/Singers, Good For Cows, Carla Bozulich, Xiu Xiu, Yoko Ono, Sean Hayes, 7 Year Rabbit Cycle, Redressers, and many more...

Julius Masri (Philadelphia):

Julius Masri is a percussionist and circuit bender, and is a performer/composer for the city's modern dance community at large. As a drummer, he can be seen playing in such bands as hasidic punk group Electric Simcha, psychotic Ragtime duo Mahogany Stompers, free-rock trio Lionshead, thrash metal duo Night Raids, Van Sutra with guitarist George Draguns (Don Caballero), and improv situations with reed player Keir Neuringer, guitarist Nick Millevoi, and many more. He also performs on circuit modified keyboards in Superlith with trombonist Dan Blacksberg and with Philadelphia based electronic music heroes Charles Cohen and Joo Won Park.

Travis Woodson (Philadelphia):

Travis Woodson is a composer, improviser, multi-instrumentalist who has collaborated with various Philadelphia musicians and dancers, and is a member of Electric Simcha, Split Red, and Pyramid Minds. In recent years, he has performed with Make a Rising, Sonic Liberation Front, and his own ensemble Live Like a King.

Lina Allemano's Titamium Riot (Toronto):

Lina Allemano's Titamium Riot s an accidentally-psychedelic improvising powerhouse with a unique electric-acoustic aesthetic, combining an unusual instrumentation of acoustic trumpet (with acoustic sound-manipulation), analog synth, electric bass, and drums.  Called "uncompromisingly explorative" by Europe's experimental music journal Tokafi, the band creates episodic soundscapes and electrically-charged improvisational adventures that unfold with an inviting and organic ebb and flow.  TITANIUM RIOT's evolutionary history has its roots in two of Lina's earlier experimental groups: "N" (founded 2005) gradually fusing together with the short-lived Titanium Trio (2010-2012) to form this new incarnation in early 2013.  TITANIUM RIOT's new debut album, Kiss the Brain, is set for release October 2014.

Lina Allemano's TITANIUM RIOT has received support from Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council.





Fire Museum Presents:

Daniel Bachman

Ignatz


Monday, May 25th 8:00 PM
First Banana
2152 E Dauphin St
Philadelphia, PA
$7-10 sliding scale


Daniel Bachman (Chapel Hill, N.C.):

Daniel Bachman is a 6 string and lap guitar player from Virginia currently living in Chapel Hill North Carolina. From 2007 to present he’s been releasing material of almost exclusively an instrumental nature while touring everywhere from Istanbul to Los Angeles. Bachman began using the moniker Sacred Harp, releasing tapes, cdrs and an LP until switching over to his name after a duo record was recorded with Ryley Walker of Chicago. Following the switch Bachman has recorded three full length LPs and countless small batch projects over the last three years making a fairly prolific output for someone of his relative young age.
The next album in this series is “Orange Co. Serenade” which will be coming out in the spring through Bathetic Records and is Daniels strongest work as a player and writer yet. Back to a minimal Approach with little to no overdubs and sparse accompaniment the album is solely about the tension and release between each song. From the most ecstatic blurred moment to the loneliest thud on the gut string it will help you explore the best and worst parts of yourself.

Ignatz (Brussels, Belgium):

“The sounds of Ignatz come not from George Herriman's brick-hurling mouse, but from a Belgian named Bram Devens; and his take on American folk/blues drops the listener right into a churning, alien lo-fi universe of blurred echoes, distant Appalachian plucking and deep, FX-scarred soundscapes. Despite all the haze and buzz, the ghosts of Blind Willie Johnson and Mississippi John Hurt float above it all with distinct tunes and structure.” –Brian Turner/WFMU

(…) “This album feels more fleshed out than its predecessors – less like a haunted house, more like a couple of animatronic polar bears playing the blues in a really good zoo.” (…) “an intriguing cloud-stew of sounds” (…) “There are also vibrational similarities to players such as Jack Rose, Brother JT, Ben Chasny and Matt Valentine [..] but there’s something very specific about the lo-fi approach. The crackedness of the surface here is not exactly like the crackedness of any other music I can name. This is a trick not many can manage these days, so next time you run into Ignatz give him a small whisky and a hot doughnut. He has earned it.” – Byron Coley/The Wire





UPCOMING EVENTS

6/13 - Jooklo Duo & Keir Neuringer/Julius Masri
6/18 - Dan Joseph/John Ingle & Ashley Tini @ Random Tea Room

All shows at First Banana unless otherwise noted




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