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  • Spires That In The Sunset Rise & Erik Ruin (crankie performance)
    8:00 PM
    06/02/2019

    1816 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125, United States

    1816 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125, United States

    Spires That In The Sunset Rise:
    Spires That in the Sunset Rise have been unsettling and thrilling audiences for over a decade now with their brand of sonic alchemy. Combining traditional acoustic instruments like cello, spike fiddle, banjo, and lately more on flute and saxophone with electric elements and mesmerizing chants, one can call them goth, folk, psychedelic, experimental, electronic – and it all applies. They have four full length releases on labels like Secret Eye and Galactic Zoo Disk and two more on Hairy Spider Legs. The band is paired down to two women these days, each busy performing and releasing solo material as well. Many audiences have seen them expand into pure improvisation lately, but there is still song writing taking place, and often STITSR play the line between the two. Always original, and always pushing themselves into new territory.
    “Their breath is a physical force behind the instruments and singing here, giving the listener a chance to directly connect to the proceedings. Within these swirling parts, the listener can firmly grasp Peterson’s and Baird’s imagination with their ear, as the sharp, clear recordings present an easily perceived image within the sounds. This album will likely to appeal to longform experimental listeners beyond genre, as the jazz elements are highly orchestral and fanciful, while the energy is both bright and assertive throughout” – Nicholas Zettel/Decoder
    Erik Ruin (crankie performance):
    Erik Ruin is a Michigan-raised, Philadelphia-based printmaker, shadow puppeteer, paper-cut artist, etc., who has been lauded by the New York Times for his “spell-binding cut-paper animations.” His work oscillates between the poles of apocalyptic anxieties and utopian yearnings, with an emphasis on empathy, transcendence and obsessive detail. He frequently works collaboratively with musicians, theater performers, other artists and activist campaigns. He is a founding member of the international Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, and co-author of the book Paths Toward Utopia: Graphic Explorations of Everyday Anarchism (w/ Cindy Milstein, PM Press, 2012).
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  • Nadah El Shazly & Tagine Dream
    8:00 PM
    06/04/2019

    319 North 11th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

    319 North 11th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

    Nadah El Shazly:

    Nadah El Shazly is a Cairo-based producer, singer, and performer whose ethereal songcraft assimilates impulses from improvised and electronic idioms into an otherworldly modernization of the classical music of Al-Nahda, the Arabic renaissance. Shazly cut her teeth fronting a Misfits cover band and singing jazz standards before discovering the futuristic sensibilities latent in Egyptian music predating the 1940s. Studying the Arabic maqam and delving into granular synthesis, she wrote her acclaimed debut album, 2017’s Ahwar, on a computer between Egypt and Canada, later giving it a lavish instrumental arrangement in collaboration with Maurice Louca and Sam Shalabi, both members of The Dwarfs of East Agouza with Alan Bishop and central figures in Cairo’s new wave. From its diabolically pitch-shifted vocal introduction through to brooding trip-hop beats, African jazz workouts, and lilting bağlama expansions, Ahwar fulfills its title’s invocation of the marshlands, with El Shazly’s soaring voice as the listener’s guide through the unfamiliar.

    Nadah El Shazly will be accompanied by Shayna Dulberger on bass.

    Shayna Dulberger is an upright bassist, electric bassist and tape collage artist. She has been living and working in NYC since 2001.

    Tagine Dream:

    Tagine Dream is the noisey guttural child of Rana Fayez, which has been described as riding a droning industrial wave. Equipped with a contact mic, synths, and a snare drum, Tagine Dream tells narratives from memory through sound.

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  • Dada Tapan Kanti Baidya
    7:30 PM
    06/06/2019

    2152 E Norris St, Philadelphia, PA 19125, USA

    2152 E Norris St, Philadelphia, PA 19125, USA

    Dada Tapan Kanti Baidya
    Dada Tapan Kanti Baidya was born in Bangladesh. In 1976, he won the Gold Medal in the National Music Competition which enabled him to a full scholarship to study North Indian Classical Music at the Visva Bharati University in India. There he studied with various masters from different Gharana/schools such as Pt Prasun Kr Benergee, Smti Mamta Dasgupta (Patiala Gharana), Pt Nemai Chand Baral (Dagar Gharana Dhrupad), Ustad Eunus Hossain Khan (Khyal Agra/Atroli Gharana), Mohan Sing Khangura, Pt Aloke Chattergee (kirana Gharana Khyal).
    After earning his Masters in Music in 1982, he returned to Bangladesh where he served as a professor of North Indian Classical Vocal at the National music and arts academy in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He appeared regularly in public as well as television as a Classical vocal performer. In 1986, he established his school, Sadarang Sangit Shamaroha (Sadarang School of Music) based on his own style and technique of vocal performance (Gharana).
    In 1992, he was invited by the Bangladesh Cultural Center in New York to open a classical Music department. After his arrival to New York, he taught at the Bangladesh Cultural Center NY, Bangladesh society of new york and Bangladesh association of New Jersey as well as frequent visits to teach in Florida and Washington DC. Also during this time, he established an organization called the Bangla Institute of performing arts which supports artists and performers in all fields of Indian traditional music (Dhrupad, Dhamar, Khyal, Tarana and Thumri). As a performer, he held concerts at venues such as the Ecosoc Hall–United Nations NY, Yale University, and John Hopkins University to name a few. He also performed and taught at the National Music College, Dhaka in his yearly return to Bangladesh. In 2002 he was invited to perform in India Habitat center in New Delhi, India.
    In 2007, he formed the Sadarang Music Center in New York, and continues to teach children and continues to hold a large class of students. In his recent return to Bangladesh in January of 2011, he performed in a historical concert consisting of a 5 hour continuous performance of N.Indian Classical vocal Music at the Dhaka University.
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  • Marshall Allen 95th Birthday Celebration / Record Release Celebration
    8:00 PM
    06/13/2019

    1026 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123, USA

    1026 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123, USA

    The Sun Ra Arkestra has been hailed as one of the greatest big bands of all time, and their maestro Marshall Allen will be celebrating his 95th “arrival day” this year! In celebration, Ars Nova Workshop is presenting the Arkestra with another legendary Philadelphia collective, Sounds of Liberation. Drummer-composer Eli Keszler, best known for his work with Laurel Halo and Oneohtrix Point Never, opens.
    Though the iconic Sun Ra left the planet in 1993, his cosmic legacy is proudly maintained by the interstellar sounds of the Arkestra, which now operates under the direction of alto saxophonist Marshall Allen. With a massive, joyous songbook and the kind of well-organized chaos that sees their legendary two-hour sets move deftly between rolling grooves, sing-along chants, and atonal blasts of mischievous brass, the Arkestra remain one of the most unmissable live acts today. In 2018, the 83rd Downbeat Readers Poll saw the Arkestra ranked eighth in the “Big Band” category. In the last year alone, the Arkestra has backed Solange and U2, inspired Lady Gaga to include “Rocket Number Nine” as part of her stage show, and welcomed artists like Kamasi Washington and Shabaka Hutchings to join in the fun, opening up the ears of new music audiences globally to a challenging and uniquely defined sound.
    As a young musician, Marshall Belford Allen (b. May 25, 1924) performed with pianist Art Simmons, Don Byas, and James Moody before enrolling in the Paris Conservatory of Music. After relocating to Chicago, Allen became a pupil of Sun Ra, subsequently joining the Arkestra in 1958 and leading Sun Ra’s formidable reed section for the next 40 years. Marshall, along with John Gilmore, June Tyson, and James Jacson, lived, rehearsed, toured, and recorded with Sun Ra almost exclusively for much of Sun Ra’s musical career.His membership in the Arkestra makes Allen a pioneer of the Free Jazz movement of the early 1960s, having remarkable influence on the leading voices in the avant-garde. He is featured on over 200 Sun Ra recordings, in addition to collaborations with Phish, Sonic Youth, Digable Planets, and Medeski, Martin & Wood. Allen assumed the position of maestro in 1995, following the ascension of Sun Ra in 1993 and John Gilmore in 1995. Marshall continues to be committed to the study, research, and development of Sun Ra’s musical precepts and has launched the Sun Ra Arkestra into a dimension beyond that of mere “ghost” band by writing fresh arrangements of Sun Ra’s music, as well as composing new music and arrangements for the Arkestra. He works unceasingly to keep the big-band tradition alive.
    Sounds of Liberation
    Sounds of Liberation was a self-described “community force” that sprang from Philadelphia’s Germantown and Mt. Airy neighborhoods, and they were in the avant garde of Black expression in the early 1970s. Originally conceived and formed by Khan Jamal, the arrival of Byard Lancaster in 1971 helped shift them into a higher gear. At times reminiscent of the Modern Jazz Quartet and Elevation-era Pharaoh Sanders, SoL played with a singular blend of free-funk, fiery spiritual jazz, and Afro-Cuban rhythms. SoL’s only documented recording, a self-titled LP released on the group’s own Dogtown label in 1972, was a mythical score for free jazz vinyl collectors until Porter Records’ Luke Mosling reissued it “sound unheard” 38 years later. We now celebrate the first-ever release of a long-lost 1973 Philly session, “Unreleased,” also on Dogtown, in collaboration with Brewerytown Beats Records.
    Eli Keszler is experimental electronic music’s favorite drummer. A regular collaborator of Laurel Halo and Oneohtrix Point Never, the virtuosic percussionist helps bring surreal, digital compositions to life. As a composer, Keszler has received commissions from the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, ICE Ensemble, Brooklyn String Orchestra and So Percussion.
    *VIP admission includes seating in elevated areas in front of the stage, as well as a limited edition silk-screen poster, a Sounds of Liberation “Unreleased” new recording on Dogtown Records (your choice of CD or LP), and your choice of a Death’s Headquarters or Sounds of Liberation tote bag.
    Special thanks to Brewerytown Beats and R5 Productions.
    Support for this event has been provided by the Arthur Judson Foundation.
  • Morton Feldman: Trio Longleash
    8:00 PM
    06/13/2019

    3637 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104

    3637 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104

    Continuing an already ten year commitment to exploring the music of Morton Feldman, Bowerbird is pleased to present his landmark work Trio (for piano, violin, and cello), performed by NYC based ensemble Longleash.  Originally premiered in 1980, Trio is one of Feldman’s earliest extended duration works (predated by only his String Quartet No. 1).  And though epic in duration (approximately 1 hour 40 mins), the work is threaded together with an intricate patchwork of quiet blocks of sound, pointillistic colors, and wispy melodies that stretch the listener’s musical memory and perception of time. The performance includes work by lighting designer and artist Julie Zhu. 
    Bowerbird’s Steinway Model O piano was donated in honor of Virginia Francis Lease.

    PROGRAM
    Morton Feldman: Trio (1980)
    for piano, violin, and cello

    ABOUT THE PERFORMER
    Longleash (Pala Garcia, violin; John Popham, cello; Renate Rohlfing, piano) is an ensemble with a traditional instrumentation and a progressive identity. The “expert young trio” (Strad Magazine) takes its name from Operation Long Leash, a recently-declassified CIA operation promoting the work of American avant-garde artists in Europe during the Cold War. “Fearlessly accomplished” (Arts Desk UK), Longleash has quickly earned a reputation in the US and abroad for innovative programming, artistic excellence and new music advocacy.  Recent and upcoming engagements for Longleash include Kaufman Music Center’s Ecstatic Music Festival (New York City), National Sawdust (Brooklyn), (le) Poisson Rouge (New York City), Princeton Sound Kitchen, Constellation (Chicago), Equilibrium Concerts (Boston), Center for New Music (San Francisco), Green Music Center (Sonoma), Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (Troy, NY) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Appearances abroad include Trondheim International Chamber Music Festival (Norway), Echoraum (Vienna), Open Music (Graz, Austria) and Kunstuniversität Graz. Longleash has given lectures, workshops, composition readings and performances at Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, Hunter College, New York University,  City University of New York, Rutgers, Ohio University and University of Nebraska-Kearney. J. Zhu is a composer, artist, and carillonneur. She is the recipient of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for her interdisciplinary work, visual and aural, that has since been exhibited and performed internationally. Zhu studied at Yale University (mathematics), the Royal Carillon School, Hunter College (MFA art), and is currently pursuing a DMA in composition at Stanford University.
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  • Nick Millevoi’s Streets of Phila // Alvaro Domene/Briggan Krauss
    8:00 PM-11:00 PM
    06/14/2019

    602 S. 52nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19143, USA

    602 S. 52nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19143, USA

    Nick Millevoi’s Streets of Philadelphia Trio

    Songs from Nick Millevoi’s Streets of Philadelphia book of compositions performed with Matt Engle and Dan Monaghan

    Álvaro Domene/ Briggan Krauss

    Duo of brilliant 21st century guitar maestro Alvaro Domene (Iluso Records) and alto sax demon Briggan Krauss (Sex Mob, Bill Frisell). Dig their 2016 record here: https://ilusorecords.bandcamp.com/album/live-at-the-firehouse-space

  • David Murray / Kahil El’Zabar Duo
    8:00 PM
    06/14/2019

    416 Green Street Philadelphia, PA

    416 Green Street Philadelphia, PA

    Nearly a year to the date from their last sold-out Philadelphia appearance, David Murray and Kahil El’Zabar return to deliver a mesmerizing set of what Buffalo’s Hallwalls space described as “freedom music in its noblest sense, meant to heal and release one from the propaganda of fear currently poisoning our culture.”
    David Murray arrived on the mid-70s New York loft-jazz scene as a Pomona College dropout with a furious sax style that also accommodated more lyrical moments from bygone eras of jazz. Simply put, Murray helped carve out a space in the avant garde for tenderness and extend the language of bebop into more volatile territories. The Guggenheim and Grammy award-winning multi-reedist co-founded the World Saxophone Quartet with Julius Hemphill, Oliver Lake, and Hamiet Bluiett, and he solidified his status as a modern jazz icon on landmark recordings with James “Blood” Ulmer, Amiri Baraka, and Jack DeJohnette, as well as his own ensembles. Murray currently splits his time between Paris and Portugal.
    Chicago-based percussionist Kahil El’Zabar’s expansive approach to rhythm straddles the line between “ancient and future.” As founder of the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble and former chairman of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), El’Zabar has sought to not only understand the roots of traditional African rhythms but also explore new avenues to take them down. El’Zabar’s chaotic personal life was the subject of childhood friend Dwayne Johnson-Cochran’s 2017 documentary “Be Known: The Mystery of Kahil El’Zabar,” available to stream now on Amazon Prime.
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  • Kohoutek, Michael Potter, Pure Enchantment
    8:00 PM-11:45 PM
    06/15/2019

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

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

    Clavius Productions presents a night of bent psychedelia with Kohoutek, solo guitarist Michael Potter (Null Zone) and Pure Enchantment (Turner Williams of Ramble Tamble and Ed WIlcox of Temple of Bon Matin).

    Saturday, June 15
    Vox Populi
    319 North 11th St
    8pm, all ages
    $8-10 suggested donation

    Kohoutek (Philly/DC improv psych, MIE Music)
    Michael Potter (Athens GA, solo guitar)
    Pure Enchantment (Philly/Kingston NY, shahi baaja/drums duo, mem. of Temple of Bon Matin/Ramble Tamble/Guardian Alien)

    From Tiny Mix Tapes:

    Heads up, psych-heads. Your favorite Athens, Georgia-based psych-head, Michael Potter, is about to do something. You may not be surprised at what that something is, because that something is something he does quite often, especially considering that he’s the head honcho at tape labels NULL|Z0NE and Garden Portal.

    If you can believe it — and honestly, I’m really trying not to be overwhelmed with my non-disbelief here — Potter’s going to release a new tape in the very near future. June 7, in fact.

    BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE.

    The crazy part about this is that he’s not releasing said tape on either NULL|Z0NE OR Garden Portal, and that’s kind of blowing my mind a little bit. It’s coming out instead on Atlanta label Already Dead.

    Why on earth would you DO that? I mean, the only reason I could think of is if there’s an upcoming tour or something, and you don’t want to do all the promo nonsense for your own work and focus instead on planning for that tour, you may want to have someone else do all the heavy lifting for the release, but…

    Oh, shoot, there IS a tour! Well shut my mouth, I guess I’ll paste those deets below.

    Anyway, the tape itself, Rain Song, is a single 20-minute track that’s sure to wallop you in the drone quadrant of your brain. Anyone coming into this expecting the brilliant Garden Portal Almanac may be disappointed, but they shouldn’t be. This is e-vo-lution people: a tangible growth in character and skill for Mr. Potter, and you shall love it or else get the hell off my plane.

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    Michael Potter is an OG Athens, GA head known for his pastoral solo psychedelic guitar excursions, his noise/psych collective The Electric Nature, collaborations with Crazy Doberman, and his prolific tape labels NULL ZONE and Garden Portal. For this tour he’ll be playing sets of ambient American Primitive-influenced solo guitar songs and improvisations. He’s got a new EP called ‘Rain Song’ coming out June 7th on Already Dead Tapes – https://alreadydeadtapes.bandcamp.com/album/ad312-michael-potter-rain-song

    Pure Enchantment – ecstatic fantasias & improv exotica for strings and percussion featuring Ed Wilcox, captain of Temple of Bon Matin (Siltbreeze, Bulb) and Turner Williams of Ramble Tamble (Eiderdown) & ex-Guardian Alien (Thrill Jockey). Their new album ‘Humid Misterioso’ comes out 5/31 on Null Zone – https://nullzone.bandcamp.com/album/humid-misterioso

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  • Ursula Rucker and Madam Data
    8:00 PM
    06/16/2019

    5th and Market Street Philadelphia PA 19106

    5th and Market Street Philadelphia PA 19106

    URSULA RUCKER
    Ursula Rucker is an interdisciplinary poet, performer, and recording artist whose work reflects on personal history, family, and place. She characterizes her work as situated “along the edge of the terrains of poetry.” Rucker has released five albums and collaborated with a wide range of artists outside of the field of poetry, including The Roots, musicians and Pew Fellows Jamaaladeen Tacuma and King Britt, and, most recently, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Clarence Williams III. She has toured with her live performance memoir, My Father’s Daughter, which she describes as “90 minutes of self-truth and discovery.” In 2017, she collaborated with Nigerian sound and installation artist Emeka Ogboh to create Logan Squared: Ode to Philly, which featured an epic poem by Rucker that reflected Philadelphians’ voices and visions for the city. The work was presented as part of Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Center-supported, citywide Monument Lab exhibition. A Philly 360 Creative Ambassador and recipient of Leeway Foundation’s Transformation Award, Rucker is the subject of the 2008 documentary Ursula Rucker: Poet, directed by Michael J. Dennis.
     
    MADAM DATA
    Performing as Madam Data, Ada Adhiyatma is a musician who explores machine interfaces and the embodied idea of distance. Working with handmade computer programs, hacked electronics, field recordings and old samplers, they fantasize about sound as a way to echolocate spaces defined by separations, the trauma of dislocation, the impossibility of empathy. Ada’s performance personas in Philadelphia include the apocalyptic insect noise purveyor Madam Data, and various component identities of sci fi noise-thrash quintet OOLOI and the environmental improvisation duo ‘place’. They also produce a podcast of discarded sound called The Floating World.
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  • Jennifer Walshe / Lary 7’s “Owl Movie”
    7:00 PM
    06/18/2019

    3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA

    3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA

    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.
    A frequent collaborator with Tony Conrad in Ma La Pert, Jennifer Walshe’s formidable presence looms large in the contemporary classical world. Her compositions and operas have been performed by ensembles, quartets, and symphony orchestras both in her native Ireland and around the world. As a vocalist with a vast array of extended techniques at her disposal, Walshe regularly performs in both solo and group settings. Her vocal compositions have been performed at numerous festivals, including All Tomorrow’s Parties, Cut & Splice, and Experimental Intermedia.
    In addition to her collaborations with Conrad, Walshe is one-half of Ghikas and Walshe, a duo with London-based improvisor, composer, and producer Panos Ghikas. She has also contributed to the Soft Pink Truth, the experimental house music side project of Matmos member Drew Daniel. Since 2007, she has worked with Dublin-based art collective Grúpat on a long-term project that includes compositions, installations, graphic scores, films, photography, sculptures, and fashion.
    In the structural film tradition of Conrad’s The Flicker (1966) and Pickled Film (1974), Lary 7’s Owl Movie (2010)is a 16mm film that explores the mechanical limits of cinematic technology. Owl Movie is a 30-minute “static” film of an unmoving still life run through two Analyst slow-speed 16mm projectors. The resulting image is then recorded using an Arriflex 16mm camera. The difficulty of overlaying identical images in sync creates a mesmerizing experience for viewers.
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  • Dissolving Doors: a DanceFestival of Compositional Improvisation
    7:30 PM-9:30 PM
    06/19/2019

    155 Cecil B. Moore Ave. 2B Philadelphia, PA 19122

    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.

    The faculty from Philly are Loren Groenendaal, Curt Haworth, Kat J Sullivan; the NY faculty include Kathryn Butler, Joanna Futral, Allison Knuth, Lena Lauer, and Katie Vason. Students are encouraged to participate in the full festival, but drop-in classes are open as space is available.

    Dissolving Doors: a DanceFestival of Compositional Improvisation
    Wednesday, June 19- Sunday, June 23, 2019
    Mascher Space Cooperative, 155 Cecil B. Moore Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19122
    Workshop: Sliding Scale $75-200, Drop-in: $15-20

    Photo by Jen Kertis-Veit of Christina Gesualdi and Brionna Williams in Curt Haworth’s “Unsafe and Intimate Places”

    tickets:
    https://philadelphiadance.org/calendar/event/dissolving-doors-a-dance-festival-in-compositional-improvisation/2019-06-19/

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  • Dissolving Doors: a DanceFestival of Compositional Improvisation Day 3
    10:00 AM-10:30 PM
    06/21/2019

    155 Cecil B. Moore Ave. 2B Philadelphia, PA 19122

    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.

    The faculty from Philly are Loren Groenendaal, Curt Haworth, Kat J Sullivan; the NY faculty include Kathryn Butler, Joanna Futral, Allison Knuth, Lena Lauer, and Katie Vason. Students are encouraged to participate in the full festival, but drop-in classes are open as space is available.

    Dissolving Doors: a DanceFestival of Compositional Improvisation
    Wednesday, June 19- Sunday, June 23, 2019
    Mascher Space Cooperative, 155 Cecil B. Moore Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19122
    Workshop: Sliding Scale $75-200, Drop-in: $15-20

    Photo by Jen Kertis-Veit of Christina Gesualdi and Brionna Williams in Curt Haworth’s “Unsafe and Intimate Places”

    tickets:
    https://philadelphiadance.org/calendar/event/dissolving-doors-a-dance-festival-in-compositional-improvisation/2019-06-19/

  • New Perplexity Daniel Fishkin, Cleek Schrey, Ron Shalom
    8:00 PM
    06/21/2019

    4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, United States

    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.
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  • Dissolving Doors: a DanceFestival of Compositional Improvisation Day 4
    10:00 AM-7:30 PM
    06/22/2019

    155 Cecil B. Moore Ave. 2B Philadelphia, PA 19122

    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.

    The faculty from Philly are Loren Groenendaal, Curt Haworth, Kat J Sullivan; the NY faculty include Kathryn Butler, Joanna Futral, Allison Knuth, Lena Lauer, and Katie Vason. Students are encouraged to participate in the full festival, but drop-in classes are open as space is available.

    Dissolving Doors: a DanceFestival of Compositional Improvisation
    Wednesday, June 19- Sunday, June 23, 2019
    Mascher Space Cooperative, 155 Cecil B. Moore Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19122
    Workshop: Sliding Scale $75-200, Drop-in: $15-20

    Photo by Jen Kertis-Veit of Christina Gesualdi and Brionna Williams in Curt Haworth’s “Unsafe and Intimate Places”

    tickets:
    https://philadelphiadance.org/calendar/event/dissolving-doors-a-dance-festival-in-compositional-improvisation/2019-06-19/

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  • Dissolving Doors: a DanceFestival of Compositional Improvisation Day 5
    11:00 AM-1:00 PM
    06/23/2019

    155 Cecil B. Moore Ave. 2B Philadelphia, PA 19122

    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.

    The faculty from Philly are Loren Groenendaal, Curt Haworth, Kat J Sullivan; the NY faculty include Kathryn Butler, Joanna Futral, Allison Knuth, Lena Lauer, and Katie Vason. Students are encouraged to participate in the full festival, but drop-in classes are open as space is available.

    Dissolving Doors: a DanceFestival of Compositional Improvisation
    Wednesday, June 19- Sunday, June 23, 2019
    Mascher Space Cooperative, 155 Cecil B. Moore Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19122
    Workshop: Sliding Scale $75-200, Drop-in: $15-20

    Photo by Jen Kertis-Veit of Christina Gesualdi and Brionna Williams in Curt Haworth’s “Unsafe and Intimate Places”

    tickets:
    https://philadelphiadance.org/calendar/event/dissolving-doors-a-dance-festival-in-compositional-improvisation/2019-06-19/

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  • Unsocial Art/Ashley Tini/Scott Verrastro & Wall Wymyn
    7:00 PM
    06/26/2019

    713 North 4th St. Philadelphia, PA 19123

    713 North 4th St. Philadelphia, PA 19123

    Co-presented with Clavius Productions.

    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. He has toured extensively in Japan, Europe, USA, Australia, NZ & Latin America and has collaborated with musicians like: Pauline Oliveros, Lee Ranaldo, Jim O’Rourke, Phill Niblock, Otomo Yoshihide, Francisco López, Daniel Menche, Yoshimi, Eddie Prevost, Makoto Kawabata, KK Null, Mats Gustafsson, Rick Bishop, Toshimaru Nakamura, L.A.F.M.S., Thomas Dimuzio, Tetuzi Akiyama, Lasse Marhaug, Ashtray Navigations, Nihilist Spasm Band, Rapoon, Birchville Cat Motel, The New Blockaders, Kaffe Mathews, Jaap Blonk, Jazkamer, C.Spencer Yeh, Okyung Lee, Avarus, & Kemialliset Ystavat.

    His music always has strong experimental sense and usually based on high-skilled techniques of prepared sound, tape manipulations, processing of field recordings, live electronics, objects, cymbals, synthesizers, computer tools, playing traditional (both acoustic and electric) instruments as well as self-built, strange and unusual instruments (eg. unstringed guitar). Art has composed music for films by directors like Claudio Caldini, Sergio Subero, Guillermo Ueno & Pablo Mazzolo. He currently coordinates a Field Recordings Workshop at Centro de Investigaciones Artisticas and Cobra Libros in Buenos Aires, and he has also ran workshops in Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, England, Mexico, Peru, Chile, United States, Australia, New Zealand & Japan. Art will be performing in trio with Ashley Tini & Scott Verrastro.

    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.

    As a concert marimba player, she has performed solo and chamber works by Steve Reich, Susie Ibarra, Mohammed Fairouz and Matthew Welch at venues like Carnegie Hall, the Kauffman, and the Kimmel Center, but she’s also committed to performing in DIY spaces and institutional settings. Tini has also been a featured guest on concerts and recordings by Broken Social Scene, Do Make Say Think, and Feist.

    Duomo, her chamber duo with percussionist Emily Strachan, specializes in commissioning works by living women composers who offer new presentations for percussion.

    Tini has devoted extensive research to Exotica, a genre that spawned its own set of cultural rituals by taking ritualistic music completely out of context. In summer 2016, she was a resident artist at the estate of famed Exotica composer Elisabeth Waldo, who studied with Jascha Heifetz and worked closely with Les Baxter, Yma Sumac, and Billy May. They  premiered a concert of chamber music for indigenous Pre-Columbian American instruments.

    Ashley holds a Bachelors of Music in performance from The University of Kansas, where she studied under with Ji Hye Jung. Her work appears on the Naxos, Ecstatic, Constellation and High Two Labels.

    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.  His improv psych band Kohoutek explores many territories, veering from drony Krautrock-inspired psych to abstract noise freak-outs and everything in between. Other projects include Curanderos (with members of Bardo Pond), Kuschty Rye Ergot (with John Stanton) and a percussion duo with Nathan Bowles (Steve Gunn/Pelt/Black Twigs). Past and present collaborations include Damo Suzuki, Marshall Allen, Peter Brotzmann, Jandek, Gibby Haynes, Elliott Levin, Paul Flaherty, Khan Jamal, George Kinney (of Golden Dawn), Richard Pinhas (of Heldon), Mike Tamburo, Rat Bastard, Kenny Millions, Little Howlin’ Wolf, John Dikeman, Anthony Pirog and many more.

    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. McGuire works with handmade electronics to create thick clusters of square waves and voice-responsive sounds, mixing in sung straight tones, staccato ululations, glottal pops, and rumbling multiphonics. For this project, Foster, a classically trained violinist, departs from melodic terrain, playing through delay effects to create layers of slowly-evolving drones, rhythmic patterns, and dry,scraping textures.

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  • HEVM / David Grubbs
    8:00 PM
    06/27/2019

    416 Green Street Philadelphia, PA

    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.
    HEVM is a new group comprised of three distinct voices that hail from disparate parts of the experimental pop landscape: MV Carbon, Eve Essex, and Hunter Hunt-Hendrix.
    MV Carbon (cello, electronics, amplified objects, magnetic tape) performs as a solo artist and is a founding member of noise duo Metalux, which has released music on Load Records, Hanson Records, and Kill Rock Stars’ late, great experimental sublabel 5RC. Carbon collaborated with Conrad on multiple occasions in the past, including as part of an exhibition at the Tate Modern.
    Based in Brooklyn, Eve Essex (alto sax, piccolo) is a solo artist whose work straddles the nexus between jazz, classical, and drone. In addition to her solo work, Essex plays in the experimental quartet Das Audit and the avant-garde ambient trio Hesper, which can be heard on the compilation Mono No Aware.
    Hunter Hunt-Hendrix (guitar, electronics) is best known as leader of the transcendental black metal band Liturgy, which has been dogged by controversy from certain segments of the metal community since its inception. Hunt-Hendrix also releases glitchy shamanic rap-metal under the name Kel Valhaal. This past year, he presented Origin of the Alimonies, the prologue to a multi-part video opera cycle entitled OIOION, which featured a live score from a 12-piece chamber orchestra.
    David Grubbs has released fourteen solo albums and appeared on more than 190 releases, the most recent of which is Creep Mission (Blue Chopsticks, 2017).  In 2000, his The Spectrum Between (Drag City) was named “Album of the Year” in the London Sunday Times.  He is known for his cross-disciplinary collaborations with poet Susan Howe, visual artists Anthony McCall and Angela Bulloch, and choreographer Jonah Bokaer, and his work has been presented at, among other venues, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, MoMA, the Tate Modern, and the Centre Pompidou.  Grubbs was a member of the groups Gastr del Sol, Bastro, and Squirrel Bait, and has performed with the Red Krayola, Will Oldham, Tony Conrad, Pauline Oliveros, and Loren Connors, and many others.
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