Philadelphia Improvisation and Experimental Music Calendar

06.  19.  19

Wednesday             7:30PM

Mascher Space

Dissolving Doors: a DanceFestival of Compositional Improvisation

155 Cecil B. Moore Ave. 2B Philadelphia, PA 19122
Dissolving Doors is a festival with three days of class, two nights of performances, and opening and closing jams on Wednesday and Sunday. Organized by the Philly Compositional Improv Lab in conjunction with the NY Lab and the Lovelies, the festival is a space to share practices in: improvisation making, training for performance, composing in real-time, body-based spontaneous ensembles, and more.
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
opening dance

06.  20.  19

Thursday             7:00PM

Random Tea Room

Random Concerts: Nathan Matthews & Leo Suarez

713 North 4th St. Philadelphia, PA 19123
2 Sets of Solo Percussion!
Doors at 7, music at 7:30, done by 10 $6-8
Nathan Matthews is on tour from Rock Hill, SC and will be performing solo marimba pieces.Leo Suarez is from Philadelphia and will be playing some improvised pieces for solo drum set.

06.  20.  19

Thursday             10:00AM

Mascher Space

Dissolving Doors: a DanceFestival of Compositional Improvisation

155 Cecil B. Moore Ave. 2B Philadelphia, PA 19122
Dissolving Doors is a festival with three days of class, two nights of performances, and opening and closing jams on Wednesday and Sunday. Organized by the Philly Compositional Improv Lab in conjunction with the NY Lab and the Lovelies, the festival is a space to share practices in: improvisation making, training for performance, composing in real-time, body-based spontaneous ensembles, and more.
Thursday, June 20, 2019
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Thursday morning workshop
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Thursday afternoon workshop
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday open studio time

06.  21.  19

Friday             10:00AM

Mascher Space

Dissolving Doors: a DanceFestival of Compositional Improvisation Day 3

155 Cecil B. Moore Ave. 2B Philadelphia, PA 19122
Dissolving Doors is a festival with three days of class, two nights of performances, and opening and closing jams on Wednesday and Sunday. Organized by the Philly Compositional Improv Lab in conjunction with the NY Lab and the Lovelies, the festival is a space to share practices in: improvisation making, training for performance, composing in real-time, body-based spontaneous ensembles, and more.
Friday, June 21, 2019
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Friday morning workshop
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Friday afternoon workshop
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday open studio time
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Friday showing

06.  21.  19

Friday             8:00PM

The Rotunda

New Perplexity Daniel Fishkin, Cleek Schrey, Ron Shalom

4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, United States
Bowerbird is pleased to present New Perplexity (Daniel Fishkin, Cleek Schrey, Ron Shalom) in an evening of new works created during their upcoming artists-in-residence at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center. New Perplexity is a composer-performer collective intent on creating new contexts for the daxophone, a thin hardwood strip played with a bow, created by the German improviser/inventor Hans Reichel in 1987. The instrument’s sound, somewhere between a cello and badger, ranges from furtive gurgles and delicate whistles to wild screams.  In 2015 they performed at Dublin’s Science Gallery as part of Trauma: Built to Break, an exhibition on art and trauma. In 2016 they participated in Daniel Fishkin’s ambitious series of concerts in Philadelphia, supported by The Pew Center, which posed the question “What is Tinnitus Music?”.  As an ensemble of the same instrument, more so than the string quartet or trio, they find themselves in the spiritual lineage of the viol consort. The group improvises, makes original work, and commissions new works from other artists, including a new quartet by the esteemed experimental composer Alvin Lucier. Future collaborations include the electronic music pioneer David Behrman.

06.  22.  19

Saturday             10:00AM

Mascher Space

Dissolving Doors: a DanceFestival of Compositional Improvisation Day 4

155 Cecil B. Moore Ave. 2B Philadelphia, PA 19122
Dissolving Doors is a festival with three days of class, two nights of performances, and opening and closing jams on Wednesday and Sunday. Organized by the Philly Compositional Improv Lab in conjunction with the NY Lab and the Lovelies, the festival is a space to share practices in: improvisation making, training for performance, composing in real-time, body-based spontaneous ensembles, and more.
Saturday, June 22, 2019
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Saturday morning workshop
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Saturday afternoon workshop
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday open studio time
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Saturday performance

06.  23.  19

Sunday             11:00AM

Mascher Space

Dissolving Doors: a DanceFestival of Compositional Improvisation Day 5

155 Cecil B. Moore Ave. 2B Philadelphia, PA 19122
Dissolving Doors is a festival with three days of class, two nights of performances, and opening and closing jams on Wednesday and Sunday. Organized by the Philly Compositional Improv Lab in conjunction with the NY Lab and the Lovelies, the festival is a space to share practices in: improvisation making, training for performance, composing in real-time, body-based spontaneous ensembles, and more.
Sunday, June 23, 2019
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday last dance

06.  26.  19

Wednesday             7:00PM

Random Tea Room

Unsocial Art/Ashley Tini/Scott Verrastro & Wall Wymyn

713 North 4th St. Philadelphia, PA 19123

Unsocial Art:

Unsocial Art was born in Buenos Aires , Argentina. He was a founder member of Reynols who spawned over 100 releases. He also has more than 100 solo releases and collaborations on labels like: P.S.F., Blossoming Noise, No-Fi, Porter, RRR, Riot Season, Kning Disk, Beta-Lactam, Sedimental,Alt.Vinyl, Feeding Tube, etc.

Ashley Tini:

Ashley Tini is a percussionist, hair-stylist and former graffiti artist born and currently based in South Philadelphia. Her work seeks to create altered states by challenging concepts of ritual and their relation to time and place. Equally versed in 20th and 21st century concert music, free improv, Ghanaian Ewe, and Central African Pygmy music. Tini is invested in music that refracts folkloric concepts through contemporary contexts.

Scott Verrastro:

Percussionist Scott Verrastro utilizes a plethora of sticks, brushes, bells, shakers, cymbals and gongs, bowed metal, contact mics, and household items — in addition to a traditional drum kit — to coax a wide palette of sounds. Verrastro received a degree in music literature from Northeastern University in Boston and continues to examine many forms of music, including all styles of improvisation and traditional folk.

Wall Wymyn:

Wall Wymyn is the Philadelphia-based duo of Kate McGuire and Ellen Foster. Sometimes harsh and sonically dense while at other times spare and quiet, they draw on the timbres and harmonic resonances created by their respective instrumentations to build an improvised sound influenced as much by early Whitehouse as by Joan La Barbara or the Theatre of Eternal Music.

06.  27.  19

Thursday             8:00PM

Ruba Club

HEVM / David Grubbs

416 Green Street Philadelphia, PA
Please join Ars Nova Workshop and the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania for Dreamweapons, a series of performances celebrating the multivalent influences of Tony Conrad. Conrad was a central figure in numerous experimental film, music, and performance communities from the early 1960s until his death in 2016. These events are presented in conjunction with ICA’s presentation of Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective, the first large-scale museum survey devoted entirely to the artist.

07.  12.  19

Friday             8:00PM

The Rotunda

Lau Nau, Special Guests & Jeffrey Alexander

4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, United States
Lau Nau:
Lau Nau is one of the more interesting names in the contemporary music scene in Finland. Her songs are imbued with a cinematic breadth of vision and her idiosyncratic, finely honed sound world builds on fragile, spectral otherness. She works using both acoustic and electronic instruments, from field recordings to analogue synthesizers, from vocals and traditional instruments to musique concrete and found objects.
Besides of performing as Lau Nau, she composes, produces and performs music for new films, silent films, theatre, dance and sound installations. Her works have been nominated to various music prizes as Teosto-, Emma-, Jussi- and Femma prizes.“Special Guests”:While there’s no denying they are special, the composition of this group is no secret.
“Special Guests” are the unnamed/unnameable trio of Tara Burke (Fursaxa, etc), Brooke Sietinsons (Espers, etc) & Nathalie Shapiro performing homespun drone music with vocals, harmonium & guitar.
Jeffrey Alexander:
Jeffrey Alexander. Founding member of The Iditarod in 1996, BF/BS in 2003 and Dire Wolves in 2008. Joined JOMF in 2013. Former label owner of Magic Eye Singles and Secret Eye Records. Also toured with and featured on recordings by Kemialliset Ystävät (Finland), Avarus (Finland), Es (Finland), Fursaxa, Christina Carter, Gravenhurst (UK), Stefano Pilia-Andrea Belfi-Jeffrey Alexander Trio (Italy/USA).

07.  13.  19

Saturday             8:00PM

St. Mary's

Charlemagne Palestine

3916 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Dreamweapons: A Musical Afterlife of Tony Conrad
Please join Ars Nova Workshop and the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania for Dreamweapons, a series of performances celebrating the multivalent influences of Tony Conrad. Conrad was a central figure in numerous experimental film, music, and performance communities from the early 1960s until his death in 2016. These events are presented in conjunction with ICA’s presentation of Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective, the first large-scale museum survey devoted entirely to the artist.
Visual artist, composer, and performer Charlemagne Palestine has been an icon of American experimental music since the 1960s—in part due to his ritualistic physical performances, his silk scarves, and his more than 18,000 stuffed animals.

07.  21.  19

Sunday             3:00PM

Institute of Contemporary Art

Michael Morley’s Music for The Never Quartet

118 South 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Dreamweapons: A Musical Afterlife of Tony Conrad
Please join Ars Nova Workshop and the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania for Dreamweapons, a series of performances celebrating the multivalent influences of Tony Conrad. Conrad was a central figure in numerous experimental film, music, and performance communities from the early 1960s until his death in 2016. These events are presented in conjunction with ICA’s presentation of Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective, the first large-scale museum survey devoted entirely to the artist.
New Zealand-based artist and musician Michael Morley is best known as 1/3 of the Dead C, an enduring free rock unit that has pushed the proto- and post-punk templates to exhilarating points of disintegration for the past three decades. Morley has also recorded music as Gate, the Righteous Yeah, the F—k Chairs, Thin Wrist, and Sun Valley, as well as under his own name.

07.  21.  19

Sunday             7:00PM

Random Tea Room

Rosie Langabeer and Experiments in Clay

713 North 4th St. Philadelphia, PA 19123

An evening of solos, duos, trios and a quartet!

Rosie Langabeer:

Hailed in the New York Times for her ability to time-bend Rosie Langabeer is an award-winning composer, improviser and band leader who specializes in evolutionary arts processes.

Influenced by Sun Ra, Harry Partch and all those who embody an alternative to the oppressive confines of our post-colonial society, Langabeer’s inclination is to challenge preconceived rules about what music can do. She experiments with musical idioms, social conventions and music teaching practices in order to find new music, new methods, new ideas and new contexts for participation in music.

Dan Blacksberg:

Trombonist and composer Dan Blacksberg is one of the premiere practitioners of traditional klezmer on the trombone, and a rapidly rising voice in experimental music. With work spanning avant-garde jazz, modern classical music, improvised music, and klezmer, Blacksberg has developed a complex style to carve out new spaces for the trombone in modern experimental and Jewish music.

Neil Feather:

Sound Mechanic Neil Feather has been creating radical and unusual musical instruments since 1970 and is increasingly known as one of the most original musical thinkers of his day. His instruments each embody uniquely clever acoustic and engineering principles, and are visually arresting. The music he plays on the instruments is equally original, embodying new principles and resulting in a nearly alien idiom of music.

Vlandria Westermygr:

Vlandria Westermygr is an internationally renowned bassoonist currently based in the Faroe Islands. She arrives in Philadelphia after a 6 week tour of the DEW line on which she has been informally researching radar technology, polar bears and the effects of global warming on the cold war. Just as much a sonic adventurer in the realm of improvised music, she has played with the London Improvisers Orchestra, the Dutch Impro Academy in Amsterdam and Vitamin-S in Auckland. Just when she thought she was out, classical music pulls her back in.

07.  28.  19

Sunday             8:00PM

Double Decker Music Series

Jaimie Branch and Sebastian Petsu

5th and Market Street Philadelphia PA 19106
JAIMIE BRANCH
A mainstay of the Chicago jazz scene and an active recent addition to the New York scene, Jaimie Branch is an avant-garde trumpeter known for her “ghostly sounds,” says The New York Times, and for “sucker punching” crowds straight from the jump off, says Time Out. Her classical training and “unique voice capable of transforming every ensemble of which she is a part” (Jazz Right Now) has contributed to a wide range of projects not only in jazz but also punk, noise, indie rock, electronic and hip-hop. Branch’s work as a composer and a producer, as well as a sideman for the likes of William Parker, Matana Roberts, TV on the Radio and Spoon, is all on display in her debut record Fly or Die – a dynamic 35-minute ride that dares listeners to open their minds to music that knows no genre, no gender, no limits.
 
SEBASTIAN (DARKLY) PETSU
Sebastian (Darkly) Petsu makes sound art centered on live manipulation of cassettes, the components used to play them, and controlled microphone feedback. In his sonic work. he aims to create a combined sense of pulsing, swirling, and growling. For this event, Sebastian will be combining soundscaping with the dry-witted narration that has become his trademark as host of the Double Decker Music Series.

08.  25.  19

Sunday             8:00PM

Double Decker Music Series

Rosali and Seraiah Nicole

5th and Market Street Philadelphia PA 19106
ROSALI
Rosali is the solo incarnation of Philadelphia-based musician, Rosali Middleman. Through songwriting and performances, Rosali shares resonant emotions and the authenticity of being, unveiling herself to connect with broad audiences. Rosali’s songwriting realizes life as rich and alluring melodies within the framework of traditional popular songwriting.
SERAIAH NICOLE
Seraiah Nicole is a national performer & activist. This Philadelphia native expresses herself by singing, songwriting, spoken word poetry, acting, rapping & curating events. She has been featured on PBS Articulate, The Philadelphia Inquirer to name a few and even has her music play on FM & AM radio stations like WURD. Ms. Nicole has shared a bill with world renowned artists like Sheila E, Quest Love, PNB Rock! She’s even opened up for Keke Wyatt, Free Way, Monica, Angela Yee and more.
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