Fire Museum Presents :

Chuck Johnson

Laura Baird

Eric Carbonara

Saturday, August 1st 7:30 PM
Random Tea Room & Curiosity Shop
713 N. 4th Street
Philadelphia, PA
$7-10 sliding scale

Chuck Johnson (Oakland, CA) :

Chuck Johnson is a composer and musician residing in Oakland, CA. He approaches his work with an ear towards the faults and instabilities that reveal latent beauty, and with a focus on American Primitive guitar, experimental electronics, and "folk minimalist" composition.

Chuck Johnson began playing fingerstyle acoustic guitar in the early 1990’s, inspired by the North Carolina Piedmont blues of Elizabeth Cotten, Rev. Gary Davis, and Etta Baker, as well as the “American Primitive” approach to steel string guitar as a solo concert instrument.

Laura Baird (Philadelphia):

Laura Baird is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and recording engineer. Since 2001 she has performed and recorded as The Baird Sisters with her sister, Meg Baird. She enjoys crossing and blending genres like folk, pop, classical, and electronic, and frequently collaborates with other artists and musicians who work in and between these genres.

Join us as she explores a new direction in her work, which she will perform in part on two handmade instruments: the ribcage kalimba and the bass zither.

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.

Fire Museum Presents :


Lori Goldston

Readmoore Bookes

Sunday, August 2nd 7:30 PM
Random Tea Room & Curiosity Shop
713 N. 4th Street
Philadelphia, PA
$7-10 sliding scale

Fursaxa (Upstate PA) :

Fursaxa is Tara Burke. Formerly a member of the Siltbreeze band UN, Tara started her Fursaxa project in 1999 after Un disbanded. After being a long time resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Tara decided to leave the "city of brotherly love" for the touring life. So from April 2005-April 2006 she toured extensively throughout the UK, the USA, and Europe with friends and fellow musicians Jack Rose, Sharron Kraus, Alexander Tucker, Christina Carter, Marcia Bassett, and Spires That in the Sunset Rise, to name a few. For her live performances she uses mostly looped vocals, flutes, and percussion, a Casio keyboard, guitar, and mandolin, in an attempt to transport her audience into the ethereal realms. Tara has recently been collaborating with several other musicians. She is in Anahita (with Espers member Helena Espvall), Tau Emerald (with Sharron Kraus), and Sepviva Bells (with Grant Acker). In September of 2006 Fursaxa was part of "The Valerie Project", which is a live soundtrack for the 1970 Czech film "Valerie and Her Week of Wonders". Currently, Fursaxa is playing and recording her music in the rural hills of Pennsylvania. - Last FM

Lori Goldston (Seattle):

Classically trained and rigorously de-trained, possessor of a restless, semi-feral spirit, Lori Goldston is a cellist, composer, improvisor, producer, writer and teacher from Seattle. Her voice as a cellist, amplified or acoustic, is full, textured, committed and original. A relentless inquirer, she wanders recklessly across borders that separate genre, discipline, time and geography, performing in clubs, cafes, galleries, arenas, concert halls, sheds, ceremonies, barbecues, and stadiums.

Current and former collaborators and/or bosses include Earth, Nirvana, Mirah, Jessika Kenney, Ilan Volkov, Eyvind Kang, Stuart Dempster, David Byrne, Terry Riley, Jherek Bischoff, Malcom Goldstein, Matana Roberts, Dana Reason, Lonnie Holley, Cat Power, Ellen Fullman, Mike Gamble, Mik Quantius, Embryo, Secret Chiefs 3, Marisa Anderson, Trey Gunn and Pat Mastelotto, Tara Jane O'Neil, Natacha Atlas, Broken Water, Ed Pias, Byron Au Young, Christian Rizzo, Threnody Ensemble, Cynthia Hopkins, 33 Fainting Spells, Vanessa Renwick, Mark Mitchell and Lynn Shelton.

Her work has been commissioned by and/or performed at the Kennedy Center, Frye Art Museum, Portland's Time Based Art Festival (TBA), WNYC, The New Foundation, Northwest Film Forum, On the Boards, Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle Jewish Film Festival, Bumbershoot, Crossing Border Festival, Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, Joe’s Pub, the Stone, Wayward Music Series, Oregon State University, Northwest Folklife, University of Chicago Film Studies Center, One Reel Film Festival and throughout the U.S. and Europe. She has received awards from Meet the Composer, Artist Trust, 4 Culture and Seattle Arts Commission, and has taught at the University of Washington, EMP, Idyllwild Arts Academy, the Vera Project and the Bush School.

Sir Readmoore Bookes (Philadelphia):

Electric 12 string guitar, music box, baritone voice, miserable ballads yodeling against the apocalypse.

Fire Museum Presents :

Bill Nace/Steve Baczkowski Duo


Jake Meginsky

Lead Pipe

Sunday, August 9th 8:00 PM
Aux Performance Space at Vox Populi Gallery
319 North 11th Street, 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA
$7-10 sliding scale

Bill Nace/Steve Baczkowski Duo (Northampton, MA/Buffalo NY) :

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 (Body/Head with Kim Gordon, x.0.4 with Jake Meginsksy and John Truscinski, a trio with celebrated percussionist Chris Corsano & Steve Baczkowski, a duo with Paul Flaherty, Northampton Wools with Thurston Moore, and Ceylon Mange with Dylan Nyoukis and Karen Constance) and his own name.

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.

Jake Meginsky (Northampton, MA) :

JAKE MEGINSKY (percussion/electronics) has collaborated and performed with such artists as Milford Graves, Alvin Lucier, Joan Labarbara, Greg Kelley, Bhob Rainey, Vic Rawlings, Joe McPhee, Thurston Moore, William Parker, John Blum, Daniel Carter, Paul Flaherty, Arthur Brooks, Bill Nace, and John Truscinski. HUCK magazine describes his work as "constantly transgressing the boundaries between acoustic and electronic, analog and digital" and continues, "invention is at the heart of Jake's work even before he strikes a note." Volcanic Tongue recently called Meginsky's 2014 solo record, La appel Du Vide, "a hallucinatory electro percussion masterpiece" and in the WIRE Magazine review of the album, Nick Cain writes, "the album uses little more than a couple of sounds, extracting often head spinning complexity from a minimum of means"

Meginsky's recordings can be found on Feeding Tube Records (Northampton, MA), Rel Records (Providence, RI), Open Mouth Records (Northampton, MA), Hells Half Halo (Seattle, WA), Wooden Finger Records (Belgium), Ultra Eczema Records (Belgium), and Ecstatic Peace Records (Northampton, MA). He recently remixed Body/Head's (Kim Gordon & Bill Nace) "Last Mistress" for Matador Records (NYC).

AKNKVN (Tokyo):

AKNKVN (Akihiko Ando, laptop/alto sax/effects + Kevin McHugh, keyboards) based in Tokyo, have been performing free improv and noise in tandem since 2009.

Akihiko "Akkun" Ando is an alto saxophonist born in Chiba, Japan in 1986. Since moving to Tokyo in 2001, he has been an active member of underground music scenes in both Tokyo and Kansai (western Japan), performing sax, effects and electronics. One of his many bands, kuruucrew, released their first album "Battle Disco" in 2008 on P-VINE RECORDS, and continues performing around Japan and Europe. Its second album "grind mirrorball" was released in 2010 from the Japanese noise collective "Incapacitants". The following year took Akkun to Switzerland's yearly LUFF (Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival) to perform with Masaya Nakahara (a.k.a Hair Stylistics), as well as tours in France and Germany.

From 2012, Akkun has been a regular collaborator with pianist Kevin McHugh, releasing "Hills" with their band Polylis on miminoko pro. The same year brought him to NYC, touring with Zs, Kid Millions, and Boredoms Koshiro Hino (subsequently releasing an album with Hino in 2015 as part of the group "goat" on the HEADZ label.) Recently he has been pursuing even more overseas collaborations: in 2014 supporting Arto Lindsay Band's "Encyclopedia of Arto" Japan tour, as well hosting Berlin-based experimental electronic music label for a Japanese showcase in 2015. This year he will travel to the US again thanks to a Seattle 4Culture Award for the project "Seattle Meets Tokyo: Modern Jazz Connections".

Kevin McHugh is a pianist, accordionist and improviser from Seattle, WA. After graduating from Oberlin Conservatory, he won a yearlong Watson Fellowship to explore improvised music scenes in 5 megacities around the world: São Paulo, Cairo, Mumbai, Shanghai, and Tokyo. After living in NYC and Oakland, Kevin has been based in Tokyo since 2009, performing and recording as an active member of Tokyo's experimental music scene.

Besides touring Japan, Europe and the US regularly, he is a founding member of both the Berlin-based North American tonal Organization as well as Improlabo, Polylis, and nariiki in Tokyo. In 2012 he was chosen to compose music for a theatrical performance and short film to support the Tohoku earthquake survivors, thanks to a grant from the Japan Foundation. He is a recent recipient of a 2015 Seattle 4Culture award to lead a collaborative project between Japanese and US musicians.

Lead Pipe (Philadelphia):

Lead Pipe is sound artists Stephanie Bonham & Paul Irvin Brinkley. Stephanie moved to Philadelphia from Austin in 2013. Her soundscapes incorporate field recordings, drones, infinite loops, synthesizers, effects pedals, drum machines and distorted vocals. She is joined by longtime collaborator Paul Irvin Brinkley , manipulating radio and records. He played bass synth with Lead Pipe from 2012-2013 in Austin, moving to Philadelphia in 2014 when they resumed collaboration. Other projects he is involved in include Templo X, Mirror Travel & Mermaid Blonde.


9/10 - Tatsuya Nakatani (solo & group) @ Pageant : Soloveev
9/14 - Elisa Ambrogio, Tashi Dorji & Diane Foglizzo @ Pageant : Soloveev
9/21 - Rafael Toral & Unguent @ Aux/Vox Populi
9/24 - Grex & Jesse Sparhawk @ Aux/Vox Populi
10/2 - Jeffrey Werbach @ The Rotunda
10/4 - Tristan Honsinger Trio @ The Rotunda
10/17 - Simone Weissenfels (solo & group) @ House Gallery 1816
10/18 - Lina Allemano Quartet @ House Gallery 1816
10/27 - Barre Phillips, Jacques Demierre & Urs Leimgruber @ The Rotunda

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