Hailed in the New York Times for her ability to time-bend Rosie Langabeer is an award-winning composer, improviser and band leader who specializes in evolutionary arts processes.
Influenced by Sun Ra, Harry Partch and all those who embody an alternative to the oppressive confines of our post-colonial society, Langabeer’s inclination is to challenge preconceived rules about what music can do. She experiments with musical idioms, social conventions and music teaching practices in order to find new music, new methods, new ideas and new contexts for participation in music.
A several-time Fire Museum musician, Langabeer has also performed all over the world including in Sri Lanka, Japan, New Zealand and across the USA. She has collaborated with choreographer Matthew Neenan, BalletX, Pig Iron Theatre, artists Maiko Matsushima and Neil Feather, musicians Friction Quartet, Josh Machiz, Gregg Mervine, Tara Middleton, Jeff Henderson and Motoko Kikkawa.
Trombonist and composer Dan Blacksberg is one of the premiere practitioners of traditional klezmer on the trombone, and arapidly rising voice in experimental music. With work spanning avant-garde jazz, modern classical music, improvised music, and klezmer, Blacksberg has developed a complex style to carve out new spaces for the trombone in modern experimental and Jewish music.
Sound Mechanic Neil Feather has been creating radical and unusual musical instruments since 1970 and is increasingly known as one of the most original musical thinkers of his day. His instruments each embody uniquely clever acoustic and engineering principles, and are visually arresting. The music he plays on the instruments is equally original, embodying new principles and resulting in a nearly alien idiom of music.
Neil Feather has been involved in Baltimore’s fertile and eccentric culture since moving there in 1985. He was a founding member of the Red Room Collective and the High Zero Foundation, a group committed to the presentation of experimental and improvised music. He has a long history of collaborative projects and solo concerts.
Vlandria Westermygr is an internationally renowned bassoonist currently based in the Faroe Islands. She arrives in Philadelphia after a 6 week tour of the DEW line on which she has been informally researching radar technology, polar bears and the effects of global warming on the cold war. Just as much a sonic adventurer in the realm of improvised music, she has played with the London Improvisers Orchestra, the Dutch Impro Academy in Amsterdam and Vitamin-S in Auckland. Just when she thought she was out, classical music pulls her back in. She has played in orchestras in North America, the UK and New Zealand. A world-class rarity of a musician,don‘t miss this opportunity to see such an accomplished bassoonistimprovise the hell out of music.