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  • SpermChurch + Drums (Trevor Dunn/Sannety/William Winant/Ches Smith)
    8:00 PM-11:00 PM
    11/03/2019

    607 Bainbridge St. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147

    607 Bainbridge St. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147

    A detonative new iteration of bassist/composer Trevor Dunn and electronic musician Sannety’s collaboration as SpermChurch –
    SPERMCHURCH + DRUMS is a new quartet pairing SpermChurch (Dutch electronic musician Sannety & Trevor Dunn on electric bass) with two unique percussionists William Winant and Ches Smith. In the musical world of SpermChurch rhythm is the focal point. Sannety has designed a unique software instrument that explores micro-rhythms not unlike Carnatic or gamelan music. This instrument allows her to play with temporal gestures & specific parameters by using algorithms, building a world of percussive sounds inspired by genres that approach rhythms with more adventure than a 4/4 bar has to offer. The role of the bass in this group leans toward the abstract as Trevor utilizes an array of distortions, octave displacement and alternate tunings. With the addition of two percussionists sharing duties on pitched and non-pitched instruments (gongs, cymbals, vibraphone, metallophones, snare drums, etc) SPERMCHURCH + DRUMS further deepens our exploration of polyrhythms, auditory illusions and the relationships between pitch and rhythm.
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  • Tatsuya Nakatani & Christian Moehring/Victor Vieira-Branco duo
    8:00 PM
    11/15/2019

    1542 E Montgomery Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125, USA

    1542 E Montgomery Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125, USA

    Tatsuya Nakatani:
    Tatsuya Nakatani is an avant-garde sound artist, composer, and master percussionist. Active internationally since the 1990’s; Nakatani has released over 80 recordings and tours extensively, performing over 150 concerts a year. His primary focus is his solo work and his large ensemble project, the Nakatani Gong Orchestra. With his activity in the new music, improvisation and experimental music scenes, Nakatani has a long history of collaboration. He teaches master classes and lectures at universities and music conservatories around the world. Originally from Japan, he makes his home in the small desert town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.Nakatani creates his distinctive music centered around his adapted bowed gong, supported by an array of drums, cymbals, and singing bowls. In consort with his hand carved Kobo Bows, it is an instrument he has spent decades developing. A master of extended percussion techniques, it can be difficult to understand the genesis of his sounds. Nakatani approaches his orchestral project (NGO) as an arrangement of formations of vibrations, incorporated in shimmering layers of silence and texture. Within this contemporary work, one can still recognize the dramatic pacing, formal elegance and space (ma) felt in traditional Japanese music.
    Christian Moehring/Victor Vieira-Branco duo:
    Christian Moehring is a drummer, composer and teacher who currently lives in Philadelphia, PA. He works heavily with tonal dissonance and numeric phrasing/patterns that create sonic phenomena, while maintaining a free associative approach. Although classically trained, he is a veteran of the extreme metal universe. Moehring renounces any rational construct, and allows his drumming to be open to unpredictable forces, using these principles as an approach to most of his work. He has studied with Howard Curtis and Doug Richards. A founding member of many original projects including Epoch Trio and Nehema, Moehring is currently with Anabiosis and Dahb.
    Currently based in Philadelphia, vibraphonist Victor Vieira-Branco performed in many ensembles in the Sao Paulo, Brazil omprovised and experimental music scene. A performer with a unique background and style, his playing incorporates beautiful atmospheric work, ruminating assertive playing, and idiosyncratic interaction with unusual technique.
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  • Austerity Program, Reg Bloor, George Korein and the Spleen
    7:30 PM
    11/16/2019

    319 NORTH 11TH STREET 3RD FLOOR PHILADELPHIA, PA 19107

    319 NORTH 11TH STREET 3RD FLOOR PHILADELPHIA, PA 19107

    Austerity Program, Reg Bloor, George Korein and the Spleen
    Saturday, November 16th, 2019 | $8-$10 Sliding Scale
    Doors At: 7:30pm
    Show: 8pm
    ABOUT THE EVENT
    PRESENTED BY: George Korein
    The Austerity Program’s new album “Bible Songs 1” relates a harrowing selection of atrocities from the Old Testament via appropriately harrowing music. Written after slogging through the Bible cover to cover, it brings the nightmares to life with “All of the wrath of god, none of the salvation.”


    Reg Bloor, concertmaster of the Glenn Branca Ensemble, plays her scalding, horror-flick-inspired guitar pieces and headbangs. The NYC-based Experimental Avant-Rock guitarist released her second solo album “Sensory Irritation Chamber” on May 18, 2018 on Glenn Branca’s SYSTEMS NEUTRALIZERS label, where she delves deeper into her frenetic, atonal, dissonant, angular screechscape.


    George Korein and the Spleen debut the new album “Trilobites at the Tricentennial”, side A of a two-part epic collection of sundry songs about pineapple boots and spackle marauders. With respect to his 2005 album “Memoirs of a Trilobite”, this is part two of a TRILOgy.
    ABOUT THE ARTISTS
    The Austerity Program is two people from NYC and their drum machine. Thad Calabrese plays bass and Justin Foley sings and plays guitar. They built their studio in Queens and have made several punishing albums in it that have been released by Hydra Head and Controlled Burn Records.
    Concertmaster of the Glenn Branca Ensemble and founder of The Paranoid Critical Revolution, Reg Bloor began performing solo in 2014 and was named by Brad Cohan of the New York Observer one of the 15 Best Metal Bands in NYC. She sometimes plays duos with free jazz drummer Marc Edwards.
    2019 is the year of the Spleen: this is Korein’s third album release this year as he cleans house for decade’s end. FWIW, Korein was half of the theatrical noise duo Infidel?/Castro! with Colin Marston. The live Spleen features Eli Litwin (John Frum), Alex Kulick (Horrendous) and Eliot Klein (MC Tonguedancer)
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  • Discovery Day w/ Basquiat Blues & Aaron Pond
    11:00 AM-3:00 PM
    11/23/2019

    3401 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USA

    3401 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USA

    For our November community day, The Discovery Center is bringing you the hottest jazz and improvisation in Philadelphia. Basquiat Blues, featuring Heru Shabaka-Ra and Mike Watsun of the Sun Ra Arkestra, playing alongside Philly musicians Carlos Santiago and Tom Kraines. It will open with Improvised music will be performed by Aaron Pond and fresh homemade sourdough (w/ garlic butter) will be provided onsite. This event is 100% Free.
    Bird walks will be held in between sets. Set times forth coming.
    Basquiat Blues
    Heru Shabaka-Ra, trumpet
    Watsun, bass clarinet
    Carlos Santiago, violin
    Tom Kraines, cello
    Opening-
    Aaron Pond- Voice, Kalimba, Tea Kettle+ Beard Trimmer
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  • Vernon Reid, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, G. Calvin Weston
    5:00 PM-8:00 PM
    11/30/2019

    1509 South St, Philadelphia, PA, USA

    1509 South St, Philadelphia, PA, USA

    From Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time: “Vernon Reid reinvigorated hard rock with shots of soul, jazz and hip-hop. His solos embraced the free-form abstraction of his early days as a jazz player, but they flexed enough muscle to bowl over any Metallica fan.”
    35 years after he first formed the Grammy-winning band Living Colour, Vernon Reid remains one of the greatest and most distinctive guitar players alive today.
    At this very special and intimate show at the legendary Bob & Barbara’s Lounge on South Street, Reid teams up with two extraordinary musicians — bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma and drummer G. Calvin Weston — for an instrumental experience that puts the power in power trio. They call this trio: FreeFormFunkyFreqs.
    Jamaaladeen Tacuma became part of Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time in the 1970s, and he’s also worked with everyone from Jeff Beck to the Roots to Carlos Santana. Tacuma is the recipient of numerous awards and honors.
    G. Calvin Weston has been playing drums since he was six years old, and he became inspired by musicians he saw like Stevie Wonder, the Jackson Five and James Brown at the Uptown Theatre. Weston became part of Coleman’s Prime Time at the age of 17, and he’s also toured with James “Blood” Ulmer, Tricky, and Billy Martin, to name a few.
    This is an early show. Doors open at 5pm. Showtime is at 6pm. 21+ with valid photo ID only. Tickets are $15 in advance or $25 day of show. BONUS: The fantastic Bob & Barbara’s house band starts right after the show, so you can stick around for that for free.
    Because this is at Bob & Barbara’s, you won’t get gouged on drink prices. A shot-and-beer combo is still just $4 during the show.
    Please note that while there is lots of seating at Bob & Barbara’s, the venue is a combination of seating and standing room. Some areas of the bar have somewhat obstructed views of the stage. Point is: Come early, find a seat and grab a drink.
    Bob & Barbara’s Lounge is located at 1509 South Street. It is one block from SEPTA’s Broad Street Line and the Route 40 bus stops directly across the street from the venue. Street parking is available, and there is a parking lot on the corner with an attendant.
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