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  • Here We Go Again : 4 sets
    7:00 PM-11:30 PM
    02/01/2020-02/01/2020

    607 Bainbridge St. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147

    607 Bainbridge St. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147

    J GUY LAUGHLIN (Cleveland) & JAMES MCKAIN & T.J. BORDEN

    First time outing for this trio, though mutual respect and admiration combined with past collaborations involving 2 out of the 3 in other settings only solidifies the status of this performance as inevitable.

    Midwest-via-Manhattan reedsman James McKain is looking towards greener pastures with his first gig as a Philadelphia resident (he’s moving to town the day of this gig). Blurring the line between the avant virtuosity of the downtown scene and the dank scuzz of the midwest basement skronk, McKain pushes the limits of his saxophone as a tool for discovery, yielding a cornucopia of auditory textures, from guttural gurgles and psycho jazz slosh and slurps, to dog-whistle polyphonic overtones and queasy microtonal explorations of the altissimo-range.
    https://jamesmckain.bandcamp.com/

    J Guy is a seasoned free jazz/noise rock drummer from Cleveland.

    J Guy & James duo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRdwqcNAtGg

    T.J. Borden is a musician working within and around the constraints of the cello. Formerly from western NY, he now splits his time between Philadelphia and NYC, where he focuses most of his efforts towards exploiting the strengths and failures of himself and his instrument.

    www.tylerjborden.com

    YUREKA CASH

    pretty bad, but pretty good

    https://youtu.be/axtj-u-r0pg

    SHANE RILEY

    #1 purveyor of AI Generated Crappola in Philadelphia

    https://shaneriley.bandcamp.com/

    LEO SUAREZ

    A recent transplant from Tampa, FL to Philadelphia, drummer/improvisor Leo Suarez has been performing, recording and touring within various rock contexts, as well as in many different experimental and improvised settings. Suarez is well-known in FL for his work with MeatWound, Career, and Glass Tongue Trio, and since moving to Philadelphia, has collaborated or performed with Jack Wright, Dan Blacksberg, T.J. Borden, Madam Data, Fred Lonberg-Holm, and Taiwan Housing Project. Suarez has toured the U.S. and Europe extensively with 4AD rock group Merchandise, and continues to stay active on the road with Nude Tayne, Carnivorous Bells, and his new improvisational power trio TONED (with Nathan Corder and Tom Weeks). In late 2018, Leo Suarez released “Marbles On Tile”, his first release for solo drum-set which explores colors, overtones and melodic development through the vehicle of improvised percussion, and has recently been touring the States in this context, as well as duo concerts in Eastern Europe with Paulina Owczarek. Suarez has performed at such festivals as SXSW, Cropped-Out, ReSound, Out of Crowd (LU), and many more. On top of being an active musician, Suarez also books and organizes small-scale improvised music events in Central Philadelphia.
    https://leosuarez.bandcamp.com/

    Doors at 7PM
    1st set at 8PM
    $5-$15 sliding scale

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  • DAVID FIRST: SAME ANIMAL, DIFFERENT CAGES – NIGHT 1
    8:00 PM
    02/07/2020

    20 N American Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

    20 N American Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

    Bowerbird is pleased to present Same Animal, Different Cages, a two night portrait of composer David First. Now based in Brooklyn, First was born in Philadelphia and was active in the city during the 1970s and 80s as the composer and guitarist for the influential avant rock band The Notekillers. His work ranges from pop songs to severely minimalist droneworks during which he can be found playing everything from computer to harmonica. First has created freely improvised jazz works, abstract electronic music, sound art, audiovisual experiments, and opera. He has played with legendary jazz pianist Cecil Taylor at Carnegie Hall and was musical director for (Mummer’s) Trilby String Band. First has collaborated on recordings and performances with Kyp Malone of TV On the Radio, renowned minimalist composer Phill Niblock, and has been commissioned to create new works for the Flux Quartet, Joseph Kubera, The SEM Ensemble, and Thomas Buckner.
    This event is part of David First: Same Animal, Different Cages. View Night 2 here.

    PROGRAM NIGHT #1
    The Consummation of Right and Wrong (2017) – for mixed ensemble
    The Western Enisphere
    Jeanann Dara – viola
    Sam Kulik – trombone
    Jeff Tobias – bass clarinet
    Danny Tunick – percussion/conductor
    Will Stanton – laptop
    Ian Douglas-Moore – guitar
    Alex Waterman – cello
    David First – guitar/harmonica/composer/laptop programming
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  • Sonic Sunsets Presents The NuGruv Network + Argyle Torah
    4:30 PM-6:30 PM
    02/08/2020

    3401 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USA

    3401 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USA

    Come out to gorgeous, sublime, avian paradise that is The Discovery Center as Kimpedro + The NuGruv Network joins us for the Final Sonic Sunset of the winter! Don’t worry we’ll keep you nice and warm.
    Suggested Donation- $5-10, No soul turned away for lack of funds,
    About Sonic Sunsets
    Sonic Sunsets are a dream where everything you love comes together. It’s some of the finest musicians in Philadelphia, playing for some of the most passionate and knowledgeable lovers of sound in Philadelphia. It’s an ode to Strawberry Mansion. It’s an ode to the Reservoir, to a new beaten path on the very ground that John Coltrane walked. Sonic Sunsets exist with the intent of honoring African American history, music, and ecological justice. Restoring our environment, humanity, and our common spaces.

    Every concert comes with freshness: fresh music, fresh fruit, fresh sourdough bread to be consumed in the cozy confines of our great room (with a generous slap of garlic butter). These musicians come from all over Philly, west, south, north, inspired by the past, inspired by the birds, inspired by a future in which each and every one of us is filled with bliss. The birds, our constant accompaniment, from songs, to chirps, to squawks, also come from all around, year-round residents and snow birds from Canada and Miami, all ancestors of a once colossal Pangea.

    About the Performers
    The NU GRuV Network is Not A Band! We are a collective of successful enterprising artists complimenting and supplementing one anothers’ specialized skill sets to acheive next level proficiency in the creative and performing arts. Kimpedro’s NU GRuV Network is operated on a strong spiritual foundation. Every member acknowledges GOD as the Source of their Creativity and realizes how much of a privilege and honor it is to share such an empowerment! The NU GRuV Network, established in 2012, was inspired by the long running success of The JazGuardian Organization. The JazGuardian Organization was created by DM Hotep (currently guitar/synthesist of Sun Ra Arkestra) and Kimpedro in 1994 (formerly The Jazz Guardians in 1993). They were later joined and mentored by master percussionist, Robert “Papa”or“Rogie” Kenyatta, (Beach Boys, Wilson Pickett, John Coltrane, Philly International Sessions…) as well as other elders in the musical performance and education community including the late Byard Lancaster and Barry Schuck, Dr. George Allen, Khan Jamal and Rhoda Blount to name a few. We embrace creative challenges with intellectual awareness and creative innovation. Come Get Into The GRuV
    Argyle Torah- Improvisations of Man and Machine for Voice and Modular Synthesizer.
    Bio:
    Thomas Patteson + Aaron Pond are buds spiraling out from soil in delicate procedures. The difference- small. Both befriend the spirit of the sun. Thomas channels UV rays through circuits into pure aurality. Aaron makes petals ruminate.
  • DAVID FIRST: SAME ANIMAL, DIFFERENT CAGES – NIGHT 2
    8:00 PM
    02/08/2020

    20 N American Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

    20 N American Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

    DAVID FIRST: SAME ANIMAL, DIFFERENT CAGES – NIGHT 2
    Arcana, The Notekillers, The Western Enisphere
    Bowerbird is pleased to present Same Animal, Different Cages, a two night portrait of composer David First. Now based in Brooklyn, First was born in Philadelphia and was active in the city during the 1970s and 80s as the composer and guitarist for the influential avant rock band The Notekillers. His work ranges from pop songs to severely minimalist droneworks during which he can be found playing everything from computer to harmonica. First has created freely improvised jazz works, abstract electronic music, sound art, audiovisual experiments, and opera. He has played with legendary jazz pianist Cecil Taylor at Carnegie Hall and was musical director for (Mummer’s) Trilby String Band. First has collaborated on recordings and performances with Kyp Malone of TV On the Radio, renowned minimalist composer Phill Niblock, and has been commissioned to create new works for the Flux Quartet, Joseph Kubera, The SEM Ensemble, and Thomas Buckner.
    This event is part of David First: Same Animal, Different Cages. View night Night 1 here.

    PROGRAM NIGHT #2
    – Keylights in a Palace Balloon (1990) — for solo piano
    – The Upcell Dog Parades (1993) – for piano and four percussionists
    – Revolutions (2019/world premiere) — for video, mixed ensemble, plus rock & roll rhythm section
    – Four Songs (TBD) — for rock & roll band and guests
    Arcana New Music Ensemble
    Piano – David Hughes
    Percussion 1 – Andy Thierauf
    Percussion 2 – Alyssa Resh
    Percussion 3 – Emily Roane
    Percussion 4 – Adam Bailey
    Notekillers
    David First, guitar
    Stephen Bilenky, bass
    Barry Halkin, drums
    The Western Enisphere
    Jeanann Dara – viola
    Sam Kulik – trombone
    Jeff Tobias – bass clarinet
    Danny Tunick – glass harmonica
    Will Stanton – piano
    Ian Douglas-Moore – guitar
    Alex Waterman – cello
    David First – audio-video laptop/analog synth
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  • Marquis Hill’s Love Tape
    8:00 PM
    02/15/2020

    416 Green Street Philadelphia, PA

    416 Green Street Philadelphia, PA

    Featuring
    Marquis Hill’s Love Tape
    • Marquis Hil – flugelhorn
    • Mike King – keyboards
    • Junius Paul – bass
    • Makaya McCraven – drums
    Please join us for a scintillating performance by inventive trumpeter Marquis Hill and his soulful new project Love Tape.
    From his beginnings as one of Chicago’s most thrilling young trumpeters to his current status as an internationally renowned musician, composer, and bandleader, Marquis Hill has worked tirelessly to break down the barriers that divide musical genres. Contemporary and classic jazz, hip-hop, R&B, Chicago house, neo-soul—to Hill, they’re all essential elements of the profound African-American creative heritage he’s a part of. “It all comes from the same tree,” says the 2014 Thelonious Monk Competition winner. “They simply blossomed from different branches.”
    Hill’s eighth studio album, Love Tape, is a sonic masterpiece that explores the depths of self-love. Hailing it as one of the year’s 10 Best Jazz Albums in the New York Times, Giovanni Russonello described the album as “caught between album and mixtape, between casual one-off and conceptual ambition, between jazz and hip-hop and beat music.”
    For Love Tape, Hill assembled a collection of interviews of women sharing their perspective on the subject of self-love, resulting in further confirmation of a familiar adage: “Before you can love someone else, you must first love yourself.“ Its sonic nuances reveal Hill’s ever-growing comfort with his own musical identity. The album weaves spoken-word selections by such artists as Eartha Kitt, Phylicia Rashad, and Abbey Lincoln into a rich genre-blurring tapestry exploring the territory between jazz, hip-hop, R&B, and more.
  • Erik Ruin’s Ominous Cloud Ensemble & Laurie Amat
    8:00 PM
    02/15/2020

    1400 N American st Philadelphia, PA 19122

    1400 N American st Philadelphia, PA 19122

    Erik Ruin’s Ominous Cloud Ensemble:
    Erik Ruin’s Ominous Cloud Ensemble is an ever-evolving, collectively-improvising large ensemble for projections and music, led by visual artist Erik Ruin, recently lauded by the New York Times for his “spell-binding cut-paper animations.” Erik manipulates intricate paper-cuts and painted films on overhead projectors to create abstract landscapes and fragmentary scenes that are nonetheless charged with meaning, merging with music that ranges from dark atmospherics to ecstatic peaks of dissonance. Members of the ensemble include a rotating cast of Philly’s finest musicians, who have collaborated with everyone from Anthony Braxton to the Sun Ra Arkestra to Bardo Pond.
    Laurie Amat:
    Laurie Amat is an acclaimed vocalist, improvisational performer, experimental composer and teacher. Her approach to singing is informed by broad experience including pop, rock, traditional and inventive opera, spoken word, video, dance, theater and performance art.
    She has performed pure-voice, site-specific resonant space pieces internationally in such traditional venues as concert halls, museums and galleries, cathedrals and alternative spaces including castles, bunkers, cisterns, rivers and concrete overpasses. She is also well known for her solo and collaborative performances throughout Europe, including projects with The Residents, Czech scholar/keyboardist Mirek Vodrazka and many others.
    Her recording and performance techniques have expanded to use electronic devices as sound-altering instruments. The resulting electronic manipulation and looping of vocal sounds support the emotional element and enhances improvised solo and ensemble works.
    Laurie will perform a solo set, then collaborate with Erik Ruin’s Ominous Cloud ensemble for their set.
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  • Marcia Bassett / Kyle Eyre Clyd / Metalux / Tether
    8:00 PM-11:00 PM
    02/16/2020

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

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

    Impulse Response Test # 7
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    – Marcia Bassett –
    Artist/musician Marcia Bassett works in areas of sound, improvisation, live composition and visual creations. Bassett’s work is equal parts trance and critique. Her sound pieces thread the needle between the conceptual and the sensual, between ritual invocation and cold semiotic gaze. Using handmade electronic instruments, prepared guitar, synthesizer, field recordings and tape explorations, Bassett deftly wields philosophical systems to produce heady, experiential clouds; pushing through drones into provocative soundscapes – the intangible narratives of dreams. Recent solo and collaborative presentations of her work include “Time_Untime” with Ursula Scherrer at Roulette Intermedia; “Interwoven” a site-specific installation and performance in collaboration with Ursula Scherrer at Interference 2018, Tunisia; “Survival Of Laments” a live improvisation with Margarida Garcia and Manuel Mota at Festival Oude Muziek 2018, Utrecht; “Transitory Freezing of Perpetual Motion” improvised sound performance with Jenny Graf and dancers at Here-10 Evenings Festival, Sweden and “Out of Line: Narcissister” live improvised sound interaction with the performance, High Line, NYC. Her latest solo release, Zaïmph / ‘Rhizomatic Gaze’ is currently available through Drawing Room Records.

    https://zaimph.bandcamp.com/

    http://zaimph.org/
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    – Kyle Eyre Clyd –
    Kyle Eyre Clyd is the longtime moniker of artist Kyle Kessler, an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Birmingham, AL. She has exhibited and performed at the Contemporary Art Center New Orleans, Sculpture Center (NY), Artist Space (NY), Issue Project Room (NY), The Stone (NY), PPOW Gallery (NY) and at numerous experimental music festivals. Her music has been played live on WFMU and on small radio stations worldwide.

    Her sound work is often the result of collaborations with other musicians and thinkers. She has worked with Keith Connolly, Samara Lubelski, Lea Bertucci, Patrick Cole, Dylan Hay, Anthony Saunders, Peter Bowling, and many more.

    Her new work is a textual and memorial digression from her time spent performing hundreds of shows in the noise underground and its tangential queer communities. It approaches sound from a contemplative, impressionistic perspective and the plastic arts from a conceptual one. Themes may shift on a project by project basis but consistently one feels the influence of semiotic interpretations of art punctuated by a haunted delivery and mystic poeticism.

    https://yewrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/eggshell
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    – Metalux –
    Metalux was formed by M.V. Carbon and J.Gräf in the late 90’s.

    Using stringed instruments, samplers, synthesizers, reel to reel tape machines, and hand-built circuitry, they produce electronically manipulated, tape processed sounds and vocals. Central to their music is the subversion of structural and melodic expectation. They have performed throughout the U.S. and Europe and have numerous releases on labels such as Load, 5rc, Hanson and Veglia.

    Although Carbon and Gräf reside in distant countries, they have pursued their musical collaboration as well as their solo careers. They come together occasionally, as Metalux, to record, create, and tour.
    Jenny Gräf (US/DK) is an artist who explores peripheral places and states through sound composition, improvisation and participatory works. In Gräf’s music and art she invokes immersion and rupture to explore changing perceptions of diegesis and space, formal choices rooted in a deep interest in social behaviors and perceptual fields. Graf uses the Tranoe, a tactile analogue synthesizer designed for her by Peter Blasser, through which she processes a range of sound sources. Blending non-static patterns with composed sequences her work blurs the lines between noise and song structure. Graf regularly performs her work in venues throughout the U.S. and Europe.

    MV Carbon’s (NYC), work is comprised of live music, performance, multi-media installation, video, and animation. Embracing a non-traditional approach to music, she uses stringed instruments, gongs, magnetic tape, amplified objects, electronics and hand-crafted sound devices. Her intention is to provoke an extrasensory awareness through the use of sound, image manipulation, and space. Her current work explores interchangeability, the human mechanism, perceptive states of consciousness, and the empirical force of nature. Carbon has done residencies at EMS (SE), ISSUE Project Room (NY), The Clocktower Gallery (NY), and Roulette, (NY). She has composed work for The String Orchestra of Brooklyn and has performed at spaces including The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), MoMA Ps1 (NY), The Guggenheim BMW Lab (NY), Socrates Sculpture Park (NY), The Stone (NY), Roulette (NY), The Sage (UK), Casa Des Artes, (PT), Worm (NL), The Tate Modern (UK), and many more.
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    – Tether –
    aka Lauren Pakradooni
    Tether (formerly Pak) is an ongoing experimental cassette tape-based music project. Handmade/recorded cassette tape loops and various electronics are used in recordings and live performances.
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    $10
    8 PM doors / 9 PM jams

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  • Indrajit Roy-Chowdhury
    8:00 PM
    02/18/2020

    4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, United States

    4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, United States

    Indrajit Roy-Chowdhury is a disciple of the sitar maestro Pandit Subroto Roy-Chowdhury. Groomed in the Veen-kar style of the Senia Gharana, which maintains the Dhrupadi origins of Indian Classical music, Indrajit strives to innovate while keeping a firm connection with the past. While completing his undergraduate studies at Duke University, Indrajit received the Bennenson Award for the Arts to further his study of Indian Classical music. Since then he has taken the profession of a full-time sitarist and has performed on stages across the world including such prestigious venues as Gyan Mancha (Kolkata), Hammerstein Ballroom (New York), Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.) and has had his concerts telecast by Doordarshan (Indian National Television). During the 2010 Fall semester Indrajit was a visiting faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania and taught the University’s sitar course.
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  • Warp Factor 9: Levin, Dennis, Corbo//Secular Fusionists
    8:30 PM-11:00 PM
    02/20/2020

    47th Street & Cedar Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19143

    47th Street & Cedar Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19143

    Captain Corbo’s Warp Factor 9 (every third Thursday!)
    Doors at 8:30 p.m. Music 8:45 $5. BYOB!
    at The Philadelphia Suzuki Piano Academy (601 S 47th St)
    limited seating!!! There will be tea and chocolate! Your perception of time and space will be bent by music and pianos!

    Secular Fusionists
    George Draguns (Form and Mess, Don Caballero) and Kyle Press (Impressionist, Love Club) have been playing music together almost exclusively in basements for four years but this will be their first show in two! 98% Ornette Coleman worship, 2% other.
    https://dragunsound.bandcamp.com/

    Elliott Levin/Pete Dennis/Erica Corbo
    sax,flute/bass/piano
    improv improv improv trio trio trio

    Elliott Levin- sax and flute
    No description of the Philly jazz scene exists that does not include something along the lines of “And Elliott Levin has been known to sit in, buggin’ out with his sax and flute…” https://www.elliottlevin.com/

    Erica Corbo-piano
    Erica Corbo is a professional musician and performance artist native to the Philadelphia area. Implementing her talents mainly on the piano, she also performs as a flutist, vocalist, and dancer. Her work spans the disciplines of jazz, free improv, and original music. Erica curates and produces the monthly concert series, Warp Factor 9.
    www.ericacorbo.com

    Pete Dennis-bass
    Pete Dennis is a bassist, composer, improviser, visual artist and researcher. After growing up in Richmond, Virginia, he moved to Philadelphia where he has been inspired by the creative music and art of his vibrant community. In 2019, Dennis released his first two recordings, Killing a Dixie Hummingbird and Look at My Roses, under his main project name Search for the Infinite Light. Dennis leads groups such as Oarsman and Mysteries of the Heart, and performs with a number of longtime collaborators including the band Mỹ Tâm. Dennis is a student of William Parker and believes that sound is the foundation of healing.
    oarsman.bandcamp.com

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  • GEORGE STAVIS, Elkhorn
    8:00 PM
    02/21/2020

    4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, United States

    4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, United States

    George Stavis is a singular player, among the finest 5-string banjo players of his generation. Although trained in the traditions of Pete Seeger and Earl Scruggs, in the late 1960s Stavis developed a unique approach to the instrument which expanded it in both popular and exotic directions. His first solo album, Labyrinths, on the Vanguard label, is considered a landmark for improvisational performance (“. . . one of the essential albums, in any genre, of the 1960s.” –Glenn Jones), one that brought the banjo into the “world music” category, with its evocations of jazz, classical and Indian music. Later, Stavis developed the electric banjo, fronting a popular West Coast band, Oganookie, who performed up to 160 nights per year. In the mid-’80s, Stavis released a folk orchestral album, Morning Mood, which featured his long-time collaborator, violinist / fiddler Robert Stern, and included such notables such as Darol Anger and Mike Marshall on violin and mandolin, respectively. Stavis has performed on eight recordings, including four as principal, and has opened for such artists as Richie Havens, Neil Young, the Grateful Dead and Jean-Luc Ponty, as well as performing duets with the another of the banjo’s most notable innovators, the late Bill Keith. His early work has recently been re-released in Italy and the UK, and a recent solo piece can be heard on Imaginational Anthem, Vol. 3 (Tompkins Square). Though he has not been an active performer in recent years, he still plays out from time to time, and recently performed to a rapt audience at the Thousand Incarnations of the Rose Festival of American Primitive Music. Stavis currently lives in Dobbs Ferry, New York.
    Elkhorn is the musical project of guitarists Jesse Sheppard (Philadelphia) and Drew Gardner (New York City). While the duo frequently collaborates with a wide variety of musicians, their sound is rooted at its core in the interplay of Sheppard’s twelve-string acoustic fingerpicking with Gardner’s electric lead flowing through. The music draws from many sources; including folk, psych, blues, jazz, and world music. “The Storm Sessions,” Elkhorn’s sixth album since forming in 2013, is being released on February 7th by Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records. As Jesse Jarnow writes, the album “is filled with flickering textures that might create warmth on a cold day, or a bubble of human atmosphere inside a dreary dystopian vacuum, no matter the weather outside.”
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