Fire Museum Presents:
Saturday, November 1st 8:00 PM
House Gallery 1816
1816 Frankford Ave
$8-$10 sliding scale
"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:
Pony Payroll Bones
Loyd R. Padgett
Thursday, November 6th 7:30 PM
4916 Baltimore Ave
$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
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, FuzzRock.com
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:
Saturday, November 15th 8:00 PM
The First Banana
2152 E. Dauphin Street
$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
12/7 - Dan Blacksberg, Elwood Epps & Flandrew Fleisenberg
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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