Fire Museum Presents:

Jason Lescalleet

Ancient Ocean

Macia Mia

Friday, July 17th 8:00 PM
First Banana
2152 E Dauphin St
Philadelphia, PA
$7-10 sliding scale

Jason Lescalleet (Maine):

Jason Lescalleet explores a sound world that occupies a space between noise, contemporary composition, and minimal electronics. Using decidedly primitive tactics and equipment his work focuses on microscopic audio detail set awash in exaggerated and exploited site-specific acoustics. In the past two decades, Lescalleet has gradually and painstakingly compiled a compelling discography on notable labels such as Erstwhile, RRR, Intransitive Recordings, Kye, Celebrate Psi-Phenomenon, Hanson Records, Chondritic Sound, and most recently via his own Glistening Examples imprint. He has collaborated with Graham Lambkin, Phill Niblock, Joe Colley, John Hudak, Rafael Toral, Thomas Ankersmit, Ron Lessard (as Due Process), and CM Von Hausswolff, among others, and during this time he's built a solid reputation for delivering a visceral live experience in concert. He currently lives in Maine, where he works and operates the Glistening Examples publishing label and the Glistening Labs studio for audio recording and mastering services.

Ancient Ocean (NYC):

John Bohannons Ancient Ocean is filled with shimmering ambiance made from guitar and samples. Building from silent humming tones, guitar melodies and delicate tonal drones envelope into lush soundscapes. Moods are similar to Stars of the Lid and various solo works of Kawabata Makoto, but carry their own majestic quality. After a steady run of superb CDr and cassette EP releases, Ancient Oceans first long-player Blood Moon is due out June 30th on Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records on vinyl, CD and digital download. The LP format has given J.R. the space he needs to stretch out and fully realize his sprawling soundscapes; four songs over 41 minutes.

Maica Mia (Montreal):

Like a spaghetti western set in a desolate metropolis, Maica Mia lurch forward with grandeur and gloom. Often running beyond the seven minute mark, the band's ruminative tracks pair mournful, reaching vocals with decayed, slowcore guitar lines. It all feels like a smouldering standoff between misery and epiphany. Sled Island

Fire Museum Presents:

Jarrett Gilgore & Deric Dickens Words Are Not Enough

Loft 5


Monday, July 20th 8:00 PM
First Banana
2152 E Dauphin St
Philadelphia, PA
$7-10 sliding scale

Jarrett Gilgore Quartet (Baltimore/NYC/PHL):

Jarrett Gilgore is a saxophonist, improvisor, and composer currently based in Baltimore, MD. He can be found playing with Triage, Words Are Not Enough, Pallaksch, Time Toss, Out of Your Head Collective, and the Chris Pumphrey Sextet. He performs frequently in Baltimore, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, and Chicago. He has been fortunate to have had opportunities to perform with many world class improvisors, including Michael Formanek, Dave Ballou, John Dierker, Anthony Pirog, Steve Swell, Frank Rosaly, and Jaimie Branch.

Deric Dickens is a Brooklyn-based percussionist and composer. After growing up in Southern Georgia, Deric worked as a band director, taught drum and bugle corps, and played as a principal timpanist with local orchestras and symphonies. But it was the ride cymbal, a friend had asked him to play at a session, that changed everything. Since, Dickens has toured and recorded with Robinella (Columbia Records) and JaLaLa (Janis Siegel Manhattan Transfer). Deric has performed numerous times with Donald Brown, Jerry Coker, Kirk Knuffke, and Jeff Lederer at various clubs and festivals including Birdland, 55 Bar, Bonnaroo, Bristol Rhythm and Roots, Atlas Performing Arts, Knoxville Jazz Festival, Litchfield Jazz Festival, and The Muroran Jazz Festival Japan. He currently leads his groups Speed Date, Rocket #9, The Dickens Campaign, and Left Bomb Bay and co leads Dix Out (avant Trad. Band), Team Players, and Arabic for Beginners with Lena Bloch.

They are performing tonight with Kenny Warren (trumpet) & Matt Engle (bass). This tour celebrates the release of cd paying homage to the great Jimmy Lyons

Loft 5 (Philadelphia):

Loft 5 are the newest permutation of Sonic Liberation Front! Elliot Levin (sax, flute), Kevin Diehl (drums, percussion), Rachel Icenogle (cello) & Matt Engle (bass) will be performing "Fragments of Cecil & Sunny", interpretation of works by Cecil Taylor and Sunny Murray (who along with Jimmy Lyons made up a classic line up of the Cecil Taylor Trio).

QD/RYN (Philadelphia/Denton, Tx):

QD: Quinn Dougherty is a composer, a lefty, and a depressoid and I'd love to learn more about the sound in my head. I compose scores for cinematographer Carman Spoto, current feature, premiere TBD. I build space ships with rhythmician Alex Kulick. My collaborations with the visual artist Christina McPhee have been presented by the Babel Working Group in Santa Barbara and in Philadelphia. A piece of mine was once featured on the Muddle Instead of Music podcast. My last gesamtkunstwerk "Francis & The Wolf" premiered in West Chester PA in 2013. In May of 2014 I delivered a paper on paranoia, noise, and electrical cables at the New School's Center for Transformative Media. I have a BFA from Cooper Union and a PHD in Composition from the University of Pennsylvania. This summer I will premiere pieces by Ryan Fellhauer and Jesse Austin in Philadelphia. The Fringe Festival of 2015 will exhibit a new play called "Second Skull", it will be a picture of the social brain of freedom. Second Skull is with the collaboration of performers Chris Schelb, Alize Rozsnyai, Carman Spoto, Arazel, Ryan Fellhauer, Zac Davis, and Alex Kulick; setting texts by Lszl Krasznahorkai, Laboria Cuboniks, Mumia Abu Jamal, and others. Mumia's health is in a severe condition, visit to learn more and join his supporters. No execution by medical neglect, free him now!

ryan fellhauer is based on facebook but is looking to expand into other social media but doesn't know how. do you think you can show him?

Fire Museum Presents :


Earth Tongues

Julius Masri /Ashley Deekus duo

Thursday, July 23th 7:30 PM
House Gallery 1816
1816 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA
$7-10 sliding scale

Powerdove (Ithaca/NYC) :

Since its inception in 2007, the brainchild of Annie Lewandowski has grown from a band of one to one band: of color in a spectrum, of frequency between towers, of bodies reaching toward some abiding vision of nature. From these issue the voices, loves, and frayed truths that define the Powerdove sound.
Although the sentiments of Powerdove can be said to have taken root in Lewandowskis native Minnesota, they constitute a landscape unto itself, where the ratio of land to sky is flipped, so that all listeners may have room to tread. Her words rest in crucibles of thought, given shape by the whittling away of excess rather than by ornament. Whether scintillating or charcoaled, the arrangements around those words follow their own magnetic north toward a horizon stippled with memory. At times insistent, at others peeling back layers to a childhood spent hiding under church pews, every melody thrums with quiet, propulsive energy: a telltale reminder that behind the grayest skies there is always a sun waiting to blind us with the promise of spring.
Wavering between self-assurance and vulnerability, between pasture and eroded crust, Powerdove has the uncanny ability to go underground even as it makes its way skyward. The end result is a temptation, a gust of wind, a storm that never arrives because it was always there, pulsing in our umbilical cords before we ever learned to sing." -Tyran Grillo, ECM Reviews, 2014

For this show Annie will be joined by Devin Hoff on bass and Corey Fogel on drums. Devin & Corey will perform short solo sets leading in to the Powerdove trio performance.

Earth Tongues (NYC) :

An ensemble dedicated to exploring the scope and scale of experimental improvised music, Earth Tongues approaches each performance as a chance to build new, challenging work that take silence and ambient sound into full account. Consisting of Carlo Costa on percussion, Joe Moffett on trumpet, and Dan Peck on tuba, the trio creates immersive pieces that weave through a Venn diagram of music, noise, and quiet.

Earth Tongues debut album Rune approaches the boundaries of these three facets head-on. As the title suggests, the sounds that appear act as symbols to an unspoken language, suffused with meaning while remaining un-translated and open to interpretation. The ensemble gradually draws the listener deep into a new world of sound, piecing together a landscape scattered with glyphs, hidden forests, frost, tape, and stone.

Ashley Deekus/Julius Masri Duo (Philadelphia):

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.

Ashley Deekus (Tini) is a versatile performer and collaborator who especially enjoys promoting collaboration within music communities. Ashley has premiered dozens of contemporary solo and chamber pieces, performing at venues ranging from The Stone to Carnegie Hall. As a global music advocate, she has researched the traditions of West Africa, South America, Italy and the Balkans. She believes that the language of chamber music across cultures can inspire the development of new music paradigms. Ashley has worked with noted composers Steve Reich, Pauline Oliveros, Michael Torke, Susie Ibarra, Matthew Welch and So Percussion, and has recorded for the Naxos, Ecstatic, Constellation, and High Two record labels. Together with percussionist Emily Strachan, she regularly performs and commissions new work through their chamber-duo; Duomo . Ashley holds a Bachelors of Music in performance from The University of Kansas, where she studied with Ji Hye Jung.

Fire Museum Presents:


Crystalline Roses

Crank Sturgeon/Angela Sawyer

Honey Radar

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

Pigeons (Austerlitz, NY):

Four years separate the version of Pigeons that made The Bower and the version responsible for their previous full length, They Sweetheartstammers. In the interim the band relocated from Bronx, NY to an idyllic upstate setting, lost their rhythm section to Steve Gunn, helped realize the killer Black Dirt Oak ensemble record, and regrouped as a trio with the addition of drummer Rob Smith (Rhyton). Despite these shifts, Pigeons remains firmly grounded as an outlet for Wednesday Knudsen's songs. The guitarist, saxophonist and flautist and her partner Clark Griffin have been the core of the group since its inception.

"Pigeons have undergone many changes, both in sound and lineup - a flexibility that has allowed them to deliver a masterpiece of genuine psychedelia on their eighth full-length.
The Bower floats in the airy headiness of late '60s West Coast psychedelic rock bands like The United States of America and Jefferson Airplane. Wednesday Knudsen's soft vocals reveal an inner strength, perfectly complimenting her fluid, dreamy guitar, which plays off the deceptively subtle rhythm section of bassist Clark Griffin and drummer Rob Smith. Vintage distortion adds an edge, while sinister freakouts expose a darker side." -Chuck Foster/The Big Takeover

Crystalline Roses (Western MA):

Anthony Pasquarosa is Crystalline Roses. He is a guitarist based in Western Massachusetts. Under his actual name he was included in the VDSQ series (Bill Orcutt, Sir Richard Bishop, among others), placing him squarely within the guitarist pantheon. Under Crystalline Roses, Pasquarosa has released two gorgeous solo guitar based records for the legendary Feeding Tube records (Gorilla Toss, Myriam Gendron and many others).

Crank Sturgeon/Angela Sawyer (ME/MA):

"Someone very nicely put Crank Sturgeon under this heading of noise, so I'll follow through. As Crank Sturgeon (um, that'd be me), I'm very grateful to be included as a member of the community. I do make noise; I also make vocal sounds, contact mics, collage, destroyed folk musings, bad poems (which I like to project on walls), and visual disturbances in the form of installations, masks, and assemblages with motors that belch and spit stuff out. In general? I've been recording and performing since 1990; as Crank Sturgeon since '92. My (human) influences are Dada, Hugo Ball, Joseph Beuys, Rube Goldberg, James Joyce, Bucky Fuller, Max Ernst, Kurt Schwitters/Merz, Antonin Artaud, Allan Kaprow, John Cage, Marcel Duchamp, Captain Beefheart, the Residents, Lloyd Kahn, Donald Burgy, and Fred Frith; (nonhuman) influences? I like pointy-nosed beasts, bizarre landscapes like Turkey (or Montana), and so forth." - Noise Wiki

After finishing a philosophy degree specializing in Husserlian phenomenology in the mid-1990s, Angela Sawyer felt fully prepared to start astonishing audiences around the Boston area using her mouth, some broken electronics, toys, and noisemakers. Impromptu squealing, retching, and gargling has become her specialty, and she's released a steady trickle of small-run LPs, CDs, CDrs, and cassettes over the years. Changing the names of her projects to suit her every whim, the current active roster includes Preggy Peggy & the Lazy Babymakers, Duck That, Exusamwa, and Babies of Brazzers.

Honey Radar (Philadelphia):

There's something immediately disarming about Honey Radar's Mary Plum Musket. Part of it might be the brevity of the songs (three on each side for a total of eight minutes), or maybe the interesting, yet fitting, intersection of influences (imagine Robert Pollard and Lou Barlow sitting in with The Byrds). Or, maybe more significantly, it's the guiding voice of bandleader Jason Henn that shines through these jangly sketches. In recent years, the term "lo-fi" has come to refer to a certain aesthetic, deliberately chosen by an artist in order to add to their sound, rather than as a simple necessity. Henn's songs are anything but gimmicks shrouded in reverb or tape hiss; instead, these vignettes sound like someone attempting to press record before the song leaves him. - KMK


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