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  • 03/07/2020 8:00 PM - 03/07/2020 8:00 PM
    Porest is the outlet of post-American artist and producer Mark Gergis, a London-based Iraqi-American artist originally hailing from Oakland. Mark Gergis is a storyteller of dystopic currents; his shows are radio-like, as he streams between distorted Syrian rhythms, audio samples of otherlands and absurdist commentary.
    For decades, Porest has issued a trail of confounding agitprop sound art, post-globalized hate-pop, diabolical radio dramas, big songs and small songs. Porest’s blatant embezzlement of human syntax and cultural misunderstanding broadcasts vital mixed messages across all fields, forging carefully rearranged realities that both avoid and indulge the inherent trappings of radical art and politics. Live performances integrate Porest’s music, performance and sound into a grand total sum that can’t be unseen. Porest has performed and toured worldwide, with albums released on Nashazphone (Cairo), Discrepant (UK), and in the US on the Seeland, Abduction and Resipiscent labels. In the 1990s and 2000s, Mark was co-founder of the long-running experimental performance collective Mono Pause, as well as its offshoot Neung Phak. In his other life, Mark is an archivist and producer for global music releases on the Sublime Frequencies and Sham Palace labels, including compilations and documentary works such as I Remember Syria, Cambodian Cassette Archives, Saigon Rock & Soul, Choubi Choubi (Iraq), Dabke: Sounds from the Syrian Houran and his extensive work with artists Omar Souleyman (Syria) and Erikin Koray (Turkey).
    Las Sucias:
    Tropical Noise Duo Las Sucias is an Experimental Caribbean Cacophony from the hands and lungs of hysterical brujas Danishta Rivero and Alexandra Buschman-Román, from Venezuela and Puerto Rico respectively. Rooted on Santería, Afro-Caribbean and Mestiza consciousness, through hybrid rhythms that include Raggaetón and Cumbia, Las Sucias booty smashes the limits put upon the brown female body by the patriarchy. Through powerful chanting and ritualistic vocal catharsis, they conjure the unapologetic screams of a loca, the deep-voiced lady screaming bible verses in the streets through a broken mic and the wounded voices of the colonized.” – Hildegard Von Bingen
    Alexandra Buschman-Román is a ground shaking radical Sound Artist, Composer, Vocalist, Percussionist and Improviser from Carolina, Puerto Rico, now based mostly in Oakland, CA. Most of her work has been around de-colonization of Noise music and sound experimentation, deconstruction of the traditional and folk, and the fusion of the old and the new. Her mission is to bridge sounds, cultures, space and time – reconnect the diaspora with the motherland, create spaces for marginalized and colonized artists, and glue communities together, all through sociopolitical radicalization of sound and music spaces.
    Danishta Rivero is an improviser, performer, and sound artist originally from Venezuela, based in Oakland, California. She explores the artifacts resulting from heavy processing of the voice and their relationship to its acoustic resonating presence. She embodies this relationship to create visceral, sonic rituals. As a soloist, Rivero often performs as Caribay, conjuring the eponymous mountain spirit, whose laments cause avalanches. She is a member of electro-acoustic duo Voicehandler with percussionist Jacob Felix Heule.
    Lime Rickey International:
    Lime Rickey International is the superconsciousness of Leyya Mona Tawil, an artist working with dance, sound and performance practices. Tawil is a Syrian, Palestinian, American engaged in the world as such. Her articulation of Arab Experimentalism embeds political sub-narratives and cultural confusions into the performance fabric. Tawil has a 23-year record of choreographies and performance scores that have been presented throughout the US, Europe and the Arab world.
    This program is curated by Leyya Tawil, the Suzanne Fiol Curatorial Fellow 2020 at ISSUE Project Room, in association with her NOMADIC SIGNALS series.
  • 03/12/2020 8:00 PM - 03/12/2020 8:00 PM
    John Krausbauer/Lary 7 duo:
    John Krausbauer is a composer/multi-instrumentalist/artist based in Oakland, CA and co-founder of the Los Angeles publishing label, Besom Presse.
    A long time purveyor of the ur-drone and trance-psychedelia, his compositional work involves audio transmissions for TOTAL/immersive experience. Transcendence through repetition, duration, alternate tunings, maximum volumes, and stroboscopic lighting. In recent years he has returned to improvisational playing and sought out particular collaborations to further explore his interest in improvisatory music making.
    He has performed and presented his music across N America, Europe, and Japan in a multitude of settings – from basements, sidewalks, and rock clubs to colleges, churches, and art museums. Over 20 recordings of his have been released on independent labels in the US, Europe, and Japan. His group and solo music can be found on Important, Beta-Lactam Ring, ANTS, Fabrica, Debacle, Autumn, Thin Wrist (upcoming), and a number of other international labels.
    His current music projects include the Ecstatic Music Band (a 10+ member-collective of strings players); solo music for amplified violin and tape; his collaboration with partner, Kaori Suzuki, with bells, voices, strings, electronics; the Minimalist psych-punk group Night Collectors; his systems-based phase compositions; as well as past and ongoing duo collaborations with Louisville resonator guitarist R. Keenan Lawler, NYC bagpiper David Watson, and Tokyo guitarist Tetuzi Akiyama.

    Born in Buffalo, New York, Lary 7 is a multimedia alchemist who coaxes profane, inscrutable sounds and images from various mysterious devices. His work mainly features vintage and forgotten electronic instruments and technologies. In the past he has taken the unique approach of modifying household appliances in order to give them a musical voice. As an artist, he uses analogue equipment whenever possible, steering away from digital.

    Lary 7’s work has been related to the uncertain outcomes of a magician or scientist determined to see his projects through to their (il)logical ends. He is a co-founder of Plastickville Records and has been a major figure in the New York experimental underground music scene since 1970. In the course of the past decades he has worked on exceptional musical projects with diverse artists, such as Jimi Tenor, Jarboe, Foetus, Tony Conrad, Alexander Hacke, Larry Mullins, Dorit Chrysler, Bernhard Gal, Jakob Kirkegard, Kent Montgomery, Michael Evans and Gordon Monahan.

    Magnetic Bells:
    Magnetic Bells is the collaborative project of multi-instrumentalist Jordan Burgis (leader of spontaneous/minimalist folk-rock ensemble Magnetic Dog) and acclaimed analog synthesist duo Alison Stout and Darian Scatton (Hallowed Bells, Bell Tone Synth Works).
    Kaori Suzuki:
    Kaori Suzuki is a Tokyo-born music maker/composer living in Oakland, CA.
    Her spiraling sound visions often take form in long durations, using electroacoustic sound technologies, high-register electronics, modified acoustic instruments, and tape. She seeks to create heightened listening states, emphasizing finding ‘music’ within activated space-time.
    She has toured and performed her music in numerous venues and settings across the US, Japan, Europe, Mexico, and Canada, and has released her music on independent labels in Germany and the US.
    Her current projects include her solo compositions involving modified instruments and electronics; drumming in the Oakland-based Minimalist psych-punk group Night Collectors; playing cello and guitar in the Ecstatic Music Band; her durational music for vhf-combination tones; and on-going collaborations with John Krausbauer in immersive light/sound happenings.
  • 03/13/2020 8:00 PM - 03/13/2020 8:00 PM
    Horse Lords:
    West African rhythms collide with just intonation guitars, art-fire saxophone, minimalist grooves, and collaged zapdowns from Baltimore’s Horse Lords: Andrew Bernstein (saxophone/percussion), Max Eilbacher (bass/electronics), Owen Gardner (guitar), and Sam Haberman (drums) fuse together to carve out deep, hypnotic grooves of bold new American rock and roll. Playing custom electric guitars and basses refretted by Gardner, the band constructs layers of punching, syncopated phrases that call upon elements of krautrock, African poly-rhythms, and classical minimalism.
    “This music feels very live, shivering with energy. Owen Gardner, the guitarist, has altered the frets on his guitar (and on Max Eilbacher’s bass) to accommodate the ancient just-intonation tuning system; the result is some warp and dissonance in his hammered, fast-picking patterns. Andrew Bernstein, the saxophonist, uses circular breathing to create continuous tones and patterns; in “Encounter II / Intervention II” recorded in a deep-echo space with the microphone far away from the horn, he works harmonics, key-clicking and weird timbres into a sustained improvisation” – Ben Ratliff/New York Times
    Ooloi are an improvisational unit of Philadelphia punk, hip hop, noise and free jazz musicians. Everything about this music seemed impossible; the circumstances of its making are wreathed in nebulae; it is relevant to say that we all came to this from different places; it is relevant that in it is the energy of love and rage – the gamma-ray bursts of genders and histories undergoing gravitational collapse – the billion-year echoes of people who have been lost. The members of Ooloi are:
    Ave – Bass
    Lev – Drums
    Joe – Feedback Mixer
    Christo – Guitar
    Ada – Alto Clarinet, Sampler
  • 03/28/2020 8:00 PM - 03/28/2020 8:00 PM
    Jaap Blonk:
    Jaap Blonk (born 1953 in Woerden, Holland) is a self-taught composer, performer and poet.
    He went to university for mathematics and musicology but did not finish those studies.
    In the late 1970s he took up saxophone and started to compose music.
    A few years later he discovered his potential as a vocal performer, at first in reciting poetry and later on in improvisations and his own compositions. For almost two decades the voice was his main means for the discovery and development of new sounds.From around the year 2000 on Blonk started work with electronics, at first using samples of his own voice, then extending the field to include pure sound synthesis as well.
    He took a year off of performing in 2006. As a result, his renewed interest in mathematics made him start a research of the possibilities of algorithmic composition for the creation of music, visual animation and poetry.
    As a vocalist, Jaap Blonk is unique for his powerful stage presence and almost childlike freedom in improvisation, combined with a keen grasp of structure. He has performed around the world, on all continents. With the use of live electronics the scope and range of his concerts has acquired a considerable extension.
    Besides working as a soloist, he collaborated with many musicians and ensembles in the field of contemporary and improvised music, like Maja Ratkje, Mats Gustafsson, Joan La Barbara, The Ex, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble and the Ebony Band. He premiered several compositions by the German composer Carola Bauckholt, including a piece for voice and orchestra. A solo voice piece was commissioned by the Donaueschinger Musiktage 2002. On several occasions he collaborated with visual computer artist Golan Levin.
    Blonk’s work for radio and television includes several commissioned radio plays.
    He also makes larger-scale drawings of his scores, which are being exhibited.
    He has his own record label, Kontrans, featuring a total of 22 available releases so far. Other Blonk recordings appeared on Staalplaat, Basta, VICTO, Ecstatic Peace, My Dance The Skull, Monotype, Plant Migration Records, Elegua Records and Scumbag Relations.
    His book/CD ‘Traces of Speech’ was published in 2012 by Hybriden-Verlag, Berlin. A comprehensive collection of his sound poetry came out as a book with 2 CDs in August, 2013, entitled “KLINKT”.
    Bonnie Lander:
    Bonnie Lander is an avant-garde soprano, violinist, free improviser, and composer based in Baltimore. As a performer and composer Bonnie specializes in works that combine free improvisation with structured composition. In the past few years she has developed a series of theatrical works called “Inside Voices.” These works intend for the audience to experience the voices, noises, and emotional narratives in the performer’s mind through the operatic use of timbre, resonance, articulation as well as extended vocal techniques relating to everyday use of the voice. This combination provides a musical exploration of personal experience mixed with confrontational, visceral human expression.
  • 03/31/2020 8:00 PM - 03/31/2020 8:00 PM
    Jaimie Branch‘s FLY or DIE:
    Jaimie Branch – trumpet, Lester St. Louis – cello, Jason Ajemian – bass & Chad Taylor – drums.
    Jaimie Branch, of New York, is an avant-garde trumpeter and composer known for her “ghostly sounds,” says The New York Times, and for “sucker punching” crowds straight from the jump off, says Time Out. Her classical training and “unique voice capable of transforming every ensemble of which she is a part” (Jazz Right Now) has contributed to a wide range of projects not only in jazz but also punk, noise, indie rock, electronic and hip-hop. Presenting music from FLY or DIE II: bird dogs of paradise, the follow-up to 2017’s critically acclaimed Fly or Die, Branch continues to push her distinctive style of composition to new heights while also stepping forward as vocalist for the first time to an increasingly evocative effect.
    Victor Vieira-Branco’s Split Cities:
    Currently based in Philadelphia, vibraphonist Victor Vieira-Branco played in groups such as Trio Repelente, Baobá Stereo Club and actively performed as an improviser in the expansive São Paulo, Brazil creative music scene. A performer with a unique background and style, his playing incorporates beautiful atmospheric work, ruminating assertive playing, and idiosyncratic interaction with unusual technique. Split Cities is a new Philadelphia band playing Vieira-Branco’s compositions.
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