Fire Museum Presents:

Li Daiguo /Rick Parker duo

Northern Valentine

Fatima Adamu

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

Li Daiguo/Rick Parker Duo (China/US):

In the summer of 2014, Rick Parker travelled from New York City to the town of Dali located in the Yunnan province in Southwest China to collaborate with acclaimed multi instrumentalist Li Daiguo.  Parker is widely recognized for his incorporation of electronic effects with his trombone and synthesizers and Li is considered one of the most captivating solo experimental traditional performers in China with his mastery of cello, pipa, throat singing, shona mbira, a variety of Chinese ethnic flutes and beatboxing.  In Dali the duo performed 2 improvised sets to a packed house at the popular venue September (Jiyuè).  Parker and Li plan to continue developing this cross cultural collaboration with their next meeting scheduled to take place in New York City and Philadelphia this October 2014.

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 butohdancers, fellow all-star musicians (marquee names like Sainkho Namtchylak, Rick Parker, 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.

LI DAIGUO makes music with the following instruments: pipa, nanyin pipa, members of the huqin family (including the erhu, sihu and banhu erxian), a variety of ethnic flutes (including the hulusi, koudi, bawu,xiao and the nanxiao, the Chinese predecessor of the better-known Japanese shakuhachi), shona mbira, violin, viola, cello, beatboxing and overtone singing.

Combining jazz, experimental, electronic and rock, Rick Parker casts a broad net with his trombone playing augmented by electronics and synthesizers.  His music is “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, Cage the Elephant, hip hop legends the Wu Tang Clan and DMC and mexican pop stars Ximena Sariñana and Natalia LaFourcade.  Since 2012 he has been a member of Ravish Momin’s Tarana, performing at festivals, universities and major concerts in USA, Mexico and Europe.  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.

As a bandleader, Rick Parker’s music traverses multiple cultures and musical genres. His jazz quintet, The Rick Parker Collective, has released two albums on Fresh Sound New Talent and WJF records. Parker also has two albums with Little Worlds, a collaboration that ventures into the music of classical composer Bela Bartok. 9 Volt, with Israeli guitarist Eyal Maoz, is a brash experimental jazz/rock trio, whose debut album on OutNow Recordings featured Tim Berne. Alongside Mexican musicians Hernan Hecht and Mark Aanderud, the band 4Limones has toured the USA and Mexico.  Most recently, Parker has entered into a collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Li Daiguo (cello, pipa, throat singing, beatboxing). 

Northern Valentine (Philadelphia):

Northern Valentine is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania based ambient/drone-rock collective. Their music is largely improvisational and is typically set to original films that the collective has created.

Coaxing sounds from electric and acoustic sources, they weave meditative drones and soundscapes with "barely there" post-rock instrumentation to create a tapestry that Phil McMullen [Terrascope Online] refers to as "minimalist ambiance at its best. Heartfelt, soulful and affecting, like gazing into a scrapbook of memories".

Northern Valentine are:
Robert Brown, Amy Brown, Matthew Primak, Jeffrey Bumiller, and Ben Fleury-Steiner

Fatima Adamu (Philadelphia):

Fatima Adamu grew up in Nigeria, West Africa and was passionate about movement from a young age. Her love of painting, dance and singing has led her to incorporate all three into many of her performances. Her music and acting have been featured in films shown across the United States and at the Festival Espacio Enter in the Canary Islands, Spain. She has also performed her dances in the United States, Nigeria and Canada.

Fire Museum Presents:

Thollem McDonas solo

Bill Fieger/James Strong duo

Echo Den

Saturday, November 1st 8:00 PM
House Gallery 1816
1816 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA
$8-$10 sliding scale

Thollem McDonas:

"A fresh, disciplined avant-pianist with an attractively extreme viewpoint” (LA Weekly),  Thollem is a peripatetic pianist/keyboardist, comproviser, singer-songwriter, educator, and social critic. His musical compositions and performances range from post-classical, to free jazz, to noise to punk rock. He has been touring perpetually throughout North America and Europe since 2006, performing solo works and collaborating with an array of musicians, dancers, and filmmakers.  He is the founding director of Estamos Ensemble, a project bringing together improvisers and composers across the Mexico/U.S. border, as well as groups as diverse as Tsigoti, Bloom Ensemble, Soar Trio, Magimc, Hand To Man Band, and Bad News From Houston. Thollem has been dedicated to the acoustic piano for most of his life with 41 albums to date on 17 different vanguard labels. He has recently lept into the electric sphere with an array of new releases. - bio

“An intense and virtuosic keyboardist"  (Time Out New York) Thollem has been traveling perpetually throughout many countries over the years, challenging himself experientially, constantly working with different artists in extremely different contexts.  He has been delving into the piano, excavating depths of sound and energy for 47 years.  Myriads is a collection of adventurous music reflecting Thollem's experiences at the piano and on the road, engaging the imagination differently from moment to moment with a stream of unique musical worlds. Thollem spontaneously spins webs of sound with musical seeds he has formed from childhood to the present moment. "Thollem inhabits a world uniquely his own, rhythmically, harmonically and formally. A true original.” - Terry Riley

Bill Fieger/James Strong Duo:

Bill Fieger: "I started playing the guitar at age 14 and have been playing music ever since. I am now 50 and play many different instruments. I've been into composing and performing electronic experimental music for the past 20 years. I started recording my music in 1997 and have produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered over 50 CDs of original music. Around 30 CDs of solo electronic music under the name Oblivious Solitude. 14 CDs with Heather Lind as Stares to Nowhere and 3 CDs with Mike Hunter as Mayakara. Recently I've been going in a more acoustic direction with things and have released a couple of solo acoustic guitar albums. I have done extensive research into micro tonality. And alternative tonal structures most notably the Bohlen-Pierce scale I collect and restore old instruments such as zithers and banjolins. I am an inventor of musical instruments modifying and creating new instruments to take the music to new places." Tonight Bill will be performing on koto.

James Wadsworth Strong is an Experimental Instrument builder and Interdisciplinary artist. He also curates performances of experimental sound and poetry under changing names (American Shrimp Girl, Grow New Buddhism In Seminar etc. ) in different venues in Philadelphia.


EchoDen is a duet improvising ensemble with vocalist Carol Genetti and dancer Asimina Chremos. We work with our bodies, voices and breaths; creating improvised events that are deeply emotional and often inscrutable. Our hair, our skin, our bones, our flesh—we bring it all with us. There is an animalistic quality to much of what we do. Often we move erratically, edging along between poles of easy intimacy and howling isolation. Our performances take place mostly in galleries and places that support experimental music and dance.

Alabaster Museum Presents:

Junzo Suzuki


Pony Payroll Bones

Loyd R. Padgett

Thursday, November 6th 7:30 PM
The Marvelous
4916 Baltimore Ave
Philadelphia, PA
$6-$10 sliding scale

Junzo Suzuki (Tokyo):

Junzo Suzuki is a Japanese guitarist/vocalist perhaps best known for his involvement in the underground psych bands Overhang Party and Miminokoto. His solo music is stripped down form of 'ghost' blues and improvisation that recalls Loren Connors and his fellow countryman Hisato Higuchi. His second full length CD 'Buried Sky, Spider Torn to Pieces' has just come out on Junzo's own Plunk's Plan label. He also performs with 20 Guilders, Nasca Car, Pouring High Water and Samm Bennett's Ghost Steppers.

"Some of [Suzuki's] convulsive six-string punctuation touches on the ferocious folk-poetry of Kan Mikami but there's also a ton of exquisitely dilated space which Junzo navigates with endless interlocked webs of chiming six-string guitar that's the equal of Christina Carter or Hisato Higuchi. His vocals touch on the more quizzical, breathy style of Keiji Haino and the tracks feel like they plot the vaguest contours of folk-blues logic before piloting deeper into increasingly unanchored explorations of single notes and sudden machine gun retorts isolated in dark, black space." - Volcanic Tongue

Kohoutek (Philadelphia):

Since 2003, Mid-Atlantic improv collective Kohoutek, construct a dynamic stylistic range of abstract and textural sound, atmospheric rock, harsh noise freakouts, clattering percussion, guitar heroics, and alien electronics congealing to form a multihued psychedelic extravaganza. Kohoutek forge their own path in the improv universe as a burning fragment from a fleeting sonic comet. “If you're into psych rockers that take it as far out as they possibly can every time they jam, this record is a definite must have. You'll hear different things with each listen, different melodies or parts will jump out, as there's a lot going on, and a lot to take in. For fans of Acid Mothers Temple, Sunburned Hand of the Man, and all things acid damaged, recommended.” -Andy Beresky,

Pony Payroll Bones (Philadelphia/Baltimore):

Pony Payroll Bones are Matthew Pony-Violin & Jenny Moon Tucker-Saxophone, textures. Pony Bones is a shifting continent of mythos half truths folklore simplistic imbecile striving tangents escapes into the good country to be bad

Loyd R. Padgett (Philadelphia) :

"L.R. Padgett takes a very minimal approach and yet his work has quite an impact. Both sonic and visual. A master story teller cloaked behind a subtle veil." Traumatic Static Webzine

Fire Museum Presents:

Audrey Chen/Flandrew Fleisenberg/Margaret Rorison

Adam Vidiksis

Saturday, November 15th 8:00 PM
The First Banana
2152 E. Dauphin Street
Philadelphia, PA
$8-$10 sliding scale

Audrey Chen (Berlin):

AUDREY CHEN is a Chinese-American musician who was born into a family of material scientists, doctors and engineers, outside of Chicago in 1976. Parting ways with the family convention, she turned to the cello at age 8 and voice at 11. After years of classical and conservatory training in both instruments, with a resulting specialization in early and new music, she parted ways again in 2003 to begin new negotiations with sound in order to discover a more individually honest aesthetic.Now, using the cello, voice and analog electronics, Chen’s work delves deeply into her own version of narrative and non-linear storytelling.  A large component of her music is improvised and her approach to this is extremely personal and visceral. Her playing explores the combination and layering of a homemade analog synthesizer, preparations and traditional and extended techniques in both the voice and cello. She works to join these elements into a singular ecstatic personal language.

  Over the past decade, her primary focus has been her solo work with cello, voice and electronics, but she has more recently begun to shift back towards the exploration of the voice as a primary instrument. Among musicians, she has worked with Phil Minton, Tetuzi Akiyama, Toshimaru Nakamura, Ko Ishikawa, Tomomi Adachi, Matana Roberts, Elliott Sharp, Aki Onda, Phill Niblock, Frederic Blondy, Jerome Noetinger, C. Spencer Yeh, Nate Wooley, Mats Gustafsson, Mazen Kerbaj, Michael Zerang, Tatsuya Nakatani, Le Quan Ninh, Joe Mcphee, Susan Alcorn, Michele Doneda, Paolo Angeli, Dylan Nyoukis, Id M Theft Able, plus many more.

  Recent collaborations aside from performing solo, include her voice only duo with London based artist, Phil Minton and a multidisciplinary project with German conceptual artist, John Bock. Two new album releases in 2013 include, a quartet with Nate Wooley, C. Spencer Yeh and Todd Carter on Monotype (Warsaw), and a duo record with Phil Minton on Subrosa (Brussels).

Flandrew Fleisenberg (Philadelphia):

Flandrew plays percussion on an assortment of everyday ephemera and modified drum parts that he has reduced and eroded through a process of playing and breaking them. A recent migrant from Boston, Flandrew is busily planting roots across Philadelphia co-curating the H-O-T improvised music and dance series as well ad hoc events around town. Flandrew has been involved in the improvised and creative music community since 2001 performing solo, in ad-hoc improv groupings and in set projects. Ongoing collaborators include: Josh Jefferson (Skinny Vinny), Neil Feather, Bonnie Kane/ Joo Won Park (I'm with Joo Won), id m theftable

Margaret Rorison (Baltimore):

Margaret Rorison has been making films since 2011. Before she discovered the magic of filmmaking, she spent most of her energy on poetry, painting and photography. Her current work often develops from extensive walks through rural and urban landscapes, combining memories, field recordings and text. She is interested in the potentials of storytelling through the use of live projection and sound.

Rorison's work has been screened at various festivals and venues including Anthology Film Archives, Ann Arbor Film Festival, CROSSROADS, Images Festival, Mono No Aware VI & VII, Sonic Circuits Festival, Microscope Gallery, The Moscow Museum of Modern Art and The High Zero Festival.

She is the co-founder and curator for a roaming experimental film series, Sight Unseen and holds an MFA from The Maryland Institute College of Art. She has been a member of The High Zero Foundation since 2011 and has been serving on the Maryland Film Festival Screening Committee since 2012.

Adam Vidiksis (Philadelphia):

Adam Vidiksis is a composer, conductor, percussionist, and technologist based in Philadelphia. Equally comfortable with both electronic and acoustic composition, his music has been heard in concert halls and venues around the world. Critics have called his music “mesmerizing”, “dramatic”, “striking” (Philadelphia Weekly), “notable”, “catchy” (WQHS), “interesting”, and “special” (Percussive Notes), and have noted that Vidiksis provides “an electronically produced frame giving each sound such a deep-colored radiance you could miss the piece’s shape for being caught up in each moment” (David Patrick Stearns of the Philadelphia Inquirer). Dr. Vidiksis currently serves on the faculty at Temple University.


12/5 - Walter Wright/Emilie Mouchous, Jack Wright/Zachary Darrup/Wade Matthews & Unguent @ Pageant Soloveev
12/13 - Daniel Carter/Will Arvo duo @ House Gallery 1816
12/14 - Cactus Truck @ Pageant Soloveev
12/20- Tatsuya Nakatani, Bonnie Kane & tbd

All shows at First Banana unless otherwise noted

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