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  • 01
    02/01/2020

    7:00 PM-11:30 PM
    02/01/2020-02/01/2020
    Pageant : Soloveev
    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

  • 07
    02/07/2020

    8:00 PM
    02/07/2020
    CHRIST CHURCH NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE
    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
  • 08
    02/08/2020

    4:30 PM-6:30 PM
    02/08/2020
    Discovery Center
    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.
  • 08
    02/08/2020

    8:00 PM
    02/08/2020
    CHRIST CHURCH NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE
    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
  • 15
    02/15/2020

    8:00 PM
    02/15/2020
    Icebox Project Space
    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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