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    12.May.Sunday
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  • 13
    13.May.Monday

    Two-Way Street perform “The Reinvention of Romance” by Sarah Hennies

    8:00 PM
    05/13/2019
    1542 E Montgomery Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125, USA
    1542 E Montgomery Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125, USA
    Co-presented with Mutual Irradiation
    Two-way Street:
    Based in Knoxville, Tennessee, Two-way Street is a collaboration between Adam Lion (percussion) and Ashlee Booth (cello.) The duo collaborates on a multitude of interdisciplinary projects, exploring ideas such as experimentation, technology, and socio-political concerns. Two-Way Street is very active within the Knoxville music scene, and works closely with its local community to present innovative musical ideas in an accessible manner.
    In addition to their commitment to local community, the duo maintains an active presence in contemporary music communities across the United States. Recent engagements include an artistic residency at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute, and performances at the Black Mountain College {RE}Happening Festival, the New Music Gathering at Boston Conservatory, the University of Chicago, and the Red Room (Baltimore.) Their most recent project with composer Sarah Hennies will be released through the Astral Spirits label in 2020.
    “The Reinvention of Romance” by Sarah Hennies is a new work for percussion and cello that examines the care and empathy that emerge when two lives share space. Over 90 minutes, a series of repeating patterns creates a peculiar kind of harmony in which two musicians are rarely “playing together” but are nonetheless intimately bonded. The Knoxville-based duo Two-Way Street (Ashlee Booth and Adam Lion) commissioned Hennies to compose “a very long piece;” for this performance they step into its two intertwining roles.
    About the composer:
    Sarah Hennies (b. 1979, Louisville, KY) is a composer based in Ithaca, NY whose work is concerned with a variety of musical, sociopolitical, and psychological issues including queer & trans identity, love, intimacy, psychoacoustics, and percussion. She is primarily a composer of solo and chamber works, but is also active in improvisation, film, performance art, and dance. She presents her work internationally as both a composer and percussionist.  As a composer, she has received commissions across a wide array of performers and ensembles including Bearthoven (NYC), Bent Duo (NYC), Cristian Alvear (Santiago), Claire Chase (NYC), R. Andrew Lee (Denver), LIMINAR (Mexico City), The Living Earth Show (San Francisco), The Thin Edge New Music Collective (Toronto), Two-Way Street (Knoxville), and Yarn/Wire (NYC).
    She is the recipient of a 2019 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award, a 2016 fellowship in music/sound from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and has received additional support from New Music USA, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County.
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    14.May.Tuesday
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    15.May.Wednesday
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  • 16
    16.May.Thursday

    Wally Gunn: Moonlite Variant 6, Mobius Percussion, Veronica Jurkiewicz

    8:00 PM
    05/16/2019
    1325 N Randolph St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122, USA
    1325 N Randolph St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122, USA
    Bowerbird is pleased to present Moonlite, a new work by composer Wally Gunn and librettist Maria Zajkowski performed by Variant 6, Mobius Percussion and Veronica Jurkiewicz. Moonlite concert-length oratorio is based on the true story of the 19th-century Australian outlaw Andrew George Scott, known as “Captain Moonlite.” Captain Moonlite—a rogue, a brigand, a criminal, and a queer—is an outsider who chafes at the constraints of Victorian-era society. He dreams of founding a utopia for himself and the lover he met in prison, James Nesbitt. Unable to make a life in society upon their release, Scott and Nesbitt resign themselves to living outside it, and in pursuing this end, the pair, by misconduct and misfortune, fall foul of the law. Banding together with some other misfits, they set off on a gruelling trek through Australia’s arid outback and find themselves in a series of increasingly desperate situations which culminate in a stand-off and shoot-out with police. An officer is shot and killed, and Nesbitt, also shot fatally, dies in Scott’s arms. Scott, stricken and defeated, is imprisoned and sentenced to death by hanging for his crimes. In his cell, he writes heartrendingly of his love for Nesbitt, his terrible loss, and his hope that he will be reunited with his lover in the next world.
    Variant 6
    Rebecca Myers and Kathryn Radakovich, sopranos
    Elisa Sutherland, mezzo-soprano
    Steven Bradshaw and James Reese, tenors
    Daniel Schwartz, bass-baritone
    Mobius Percussion
    Mika Godbole
    Nicole Patrick
    Victor Pablo
    Jessica Tsang
    Veronica Jurkiewicz, viola
  • 17
    17.May.Friday

    Philly | AV

    8:00 PM
    05/17/2019
    4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, United States
    4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, United States
    Bowerbird is excited to present a showing of audio and video works by members of Philly|AV, a new collective of Philadelphia-based artists working in digital multi-media. The show will feature original works created and performed by the collective. Their work combines elements of live performance, live processed video and sound, audio-reactive visuals, live coding, improvisation, and other experimental techniques.
    Artists include:
    Nora Gibson
    David Buschmeyer
    John Bezark
    Shani Aviram
    Andy Thierauf
    and others
    ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
    Shani Aviram (b. Jerusalem, Israel) is a composer, sound designer and electronic musician currently based in Philadelphia. In her music she works with fragments of memories, conversations and synthesized sounds, exploring forms of musical collage. Often, she will let the machine run wild. She has studied composition with Maggi Payne, Fred Frith and John Bischoffhas performed at The Megapolis Audio Festival, CubeFest at Virginia Tech, and Mills College amongst other institutions.
    www.shaniaviram.net
    John Bezark is a West Philly based creative technologist, video artist and interactive designer. He works primarily in MAX/MSP/Jitter, node.js and webGL to build creative systems that are powered by technology. However, with a background in Theatre Directing, he also believes in making immersive and interactive experiences that are deeply rooted in storytelling and audience agency. He’s fascinated by complex systems, board games and history, and, on the whole, is looking forward to the future.
    www.johnbezark.com 
    Nora Gibson is an American, female choreographer evolving ballet for the 21st century. Gibson is interested in the beauty of the natural world, as evidenced in mathematics and science, and in working across artistic and academic disciplines to expand ballet’s reach. Gibson trained at Baltimore School for the Arts, Chautauqua, and NCSA, and earned a BFA from Tisch, at NYU. In addition to performing in the genres of ballet and contemporary dance in MD, D.C., and NY, Gibson was selected to work from 2010-2013 with Lucinda Childs to perform various iconic 70s works as part of the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage’s Virtual Reconstruction project. Gibson has been invited as a resident artist in the US and abroad, including the nEW Festival in Philadelphia (2009-10), the CEC New Edge Residency (2009-10), the Ellen Forman Memorial Award (2011), the PHL/Poland Artist Exchange Residency (2012), the Choreographers on Campus Residency, funded through the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (2014), Diepenheim Werkplaats (2016), and Kaatsbaan (2017). Gibson’s choreography has been presented by New Dance Alliance at Joyce SOHO, at Dance Place in Washington DC, Philadelphia Dance Projects, The Williams. Center for the Arts, and the Franklin Institute. Her choreography was featured in Transfixion Films’ Dark White, presented at the 2015 Triskellion Dance Film Lab in Brooklyn, NY. Gibson’s work has received consistent critical acclaim, heralded by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “the most authoritative work in Philadelphia. . .” Gibson’s innovative approach to ballet garnered her an invitation to speak about her
    work for an audience of programmers and visual artists at MUTEK in 2018. Gibson’s work has been commissioned regularly by universities such as Bryn Mawr College, Drexel University, Georgian Court University, and University of the Arts. Gibson is a teacher, and has taught ballet and composition in the US and abroad, including Temple University, University of the Arts, the Zawirowania Festival, and many
    other institutions. Gibson also makes digital art under the name of Chroma and performs in A/V shows
    currently scheduled in the US and Canada.
    Andy Thierauf is a Philadelphia based percussionist who specializes in the creation and performance of contemporary music. He is particularly interested in combining percussion with theater, dance, and technology. Andy teaches at Settlement Music School and is an adjunct professor of percussion at Kutztown University. He is half of stb x at, a dance/percussion duo with dancer and choreographer Sean Thomas Boyt. He has appeared in Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Argentina, and across the Midwest at music festivals, conferences, and symposia. His research centers on seamlessly integrating technology into performance to produce collaborative, multi-media presentations with writers, dancers, actors, choreographers, and composers.
    www.andythierauf.com 

    Hotel Neon + Lowercase Noises + Slow Meadow

    8:00 PM
    05/17/2019
    531 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123, USA
    531 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123, USA
    This is a record release show for Hotel Neon, who will be sharing their 5th full length album entitled “Vanishing Forms.”
    Artists:
    Hotel Neon
    Hotel Neon is the Philadelphia-based trio of Michael Tasselmyer, Andrew Tasselmyer, and Steven Kemner. Together they create music to get lost in: atmospheric, hazy guitar and electronics, paired with meticulously designed visual projections that combine for an immersive audio/visual experience. Since forming in early 2013, the group has released 5 full-length albums, including their newest LP “Vanishing Forms” set for release in May 2019. Hotel Neon has toured and collaborated with the likes of Benoit Pioulard, Loscil, The Sight Below, and Marcus Fischer, filling a variety of performance spaces from galleries to cathedrals with their densely layered walls of sound.
    Lowercase Noises
    Lowercase Noises is an ambient instrumental project by New Mexico-based composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Andy Othling. Early experiments with rudimentary recording equipment and a handful of effects pedals eventually led to the release of Othling’s first major work, the 2009 full-length release Seafront. His mix of ambient guitar work, electronica, and post-rock elements was further expanded on a trio of 2010 releases: Carry Us All Away, Ambient Songs, and Marshall, the latter of which was written for his newborn son. Over the next few years, Othling continued to develop new works, eventually returning in 2014 with This Is for Our Sins, a spacious blend of sweeping post-rock and gentle organic soundscapes. Like his earlier releases, it was self-produced and self-released. 2017’s The Swiss Illness featured a lusher ambient sound.
    Slow Meadow
    Slow Meadow is piano-centered ambient compositions from multi-instrumentalist Matt Kidd. After working as a touring / session musician since the early 2000s, Matt took a serious interest in creating music focused less on performance and more on inner experience. Slow Meadow’s releases have been celebrated by NPR, The New York Observer, and the syndicated radio show, Echoes.
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    18.May.Saturday
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