Deathprod (BK)
Mar
28
8:00 pm20:00

Deathprod (BK)

"ISSUE presents Norwegian artist Helge Sten’s Deathprod project in a rare New York appearance Tuesday, March 28th. Well known for performing with the electroacoustic improvisational unit Supersilent, Sten’s music as Deathprod has been highly influential in its prescient formulation of a dark sonic palette that has become widely celebrated in contemporary experimental music.

Performing rarely live, on recordings Deathprod is usually credited with "Audio Virus", a catchall term for "homemade electronics, tape echo machines, ring modulators, filters, theremins, samplers.” Together these sources form his signature black ambience and elegantly dark soundscaping that has become his studied method. Deathprod performs ISSUE while embarking on a series of U.S. shows in Supersilent, marking an exceptionally rare opportunity to see the project in live performance.

Jeremy Gara opens the performance, showcasing his densely textural, melodic synth work featured on his 2016 debut solo album Limn, mastered by Helge Sten. Renowned for his work as drummer for Arcade Fire and innumerable collaborations and ensembles, Gara draws on his varied musical history to craft a hypnotic, emotional music: a cerebral presentation of subtle elements, open sonic fields, and alluring melody.

Deathprod is a musical pseudonym used by Norwegian artist Helge Sten. Sten began creating music under this name starting in 1991, culminating with a box set of most of his recorded work being released in 2004. Simply titled Deathprod, the collection contains three albums along with a bonus disc of previously unreleased, rare, and deleted tracks. Sten is a member of Supersilent and works as a producer on many releases on the Norwegian label Rune Grammofon. He has also produced Motorpsycho and has worked with Biosphere.

With Jeremy Gara. $15 advance. All ages.

ISSUE Project Room, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn, NY.

Tix: http://bit.ly/2nXkHhh

http://issueprojectroom.org/

http://www.deathprod.com/

Suzanne Ciani (PHL)
Mar
29
8:00 pm20:00

Suzanne Ciani (PHL)

Join us at International House for the first program of a special two-day engagement in Philadelphia with legendary Buchla synthesizer and electronic music pioneer Suzanne Ciani as part of the project Making/Breaking the Binary: Women, Art & Technology (1968-1985) co-presented with the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Music's 2017 series MUSICA PRACTICA / ELETTRONICA VIVA and Ars Nova Workshop. This performance will mark her Philadelphia debut and a rare return to the instrument she helped define and innovate, the Buchla modular synthesizer.

The two-day engagement will offer an unprecedented opportunity to experience both Ciani's Buchla synthesizer and piano compositions — the first time a dual program has been presented in her 40-year career. Ciani's 5pm conversation at International House Philadelphia will include a preview clip of the film A Life in Waves, formally debuting at South by Southwest this year. Ciani's piano performance will take place on Thursday, March 30 at Painted Bride Art Center. 

Suzanne Ciani is a composer, neo-classical recording artist, and widely celebrated as one of the most significant early voices in electronic music. Ciani released 15 solo albums and produced some of the most iconic sounds with her production company Ciani-Musica, Inc. for a generation of commercials, video games, pinball machines, and film programs. Her many recognitions include five Grammy nominations and Keyboard Magazine’s “New Age Keyboardist of the Year.” In 2016 alone, Ciani performed at Moog Fest, the Moving Sounds Festival (her first New York solo performance since 1975), the Machines in Music Festival, and was the subject of a feature documentary, A Life in Waves.

$15 general, $12 students & seniors, $10 members. All ages.

International House, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia.

Suzanne Ciani (PHL)
Mar
30
8:00 pm20:00

Suzanne Ciani (PHL)

Known as the “Diva of the Diode,” Suzanne Ciani is a composer, five-time Grammy-nominated recording artist, and pioneer in the field of electronic music and sound design. She is best loved for her fifteen albums of original music which feature her performances in a broad array of expressions: pure electronic, solo piano, piano with orchestra, and piano with jazz ensemble. Her music, renowned for its romantic, healing, and aesthetic qualities, has found a rapidly growing international audience, and her performances include numerous benefits for humanitarian causes.

Classically trained at the Longy School of Music and Wellesley College, Ciani met legendary synth designer Don Buchla while earning her master’s degree in music composition at the University of California at Berkeley. In 1970, she collaborated with renowned artist Harold Paris on her debut album, Voices of Packaged Souls. Upon her arrival in New York she became a leading light of the electronic music scene, giving lessons to Philip Glass and Patrick Moraz and exploring the unique capabilities of the instrument.

In the eighties and early nineties, in order to finance her recording projects, Ciani brought her expertise to Madison Avenue, where she created music and sound effects for television commercials and video games. Her New York-based commercial production company, Ciani-Musica, Inc., was the leader in the field of sound design and TV spot scoring, creating award-winning music for a host of high profile Fortune 500 clients, including Coca-Cola, Merrill Lynch, AT&T and General Electric. Additionally, Ciani scored the Lily Tomlin film The Incredible Shrinking Woman, composed music for the daytime TV serial One Life to Live, and provided sound effects for disco producer Meco’s 1977 smash Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk.

For this rare appearance in Philadelphia Ciani will have a solo piano concert.

This is the second concert of a two-day engagement in collaboration with Making/Breaking the Binary: Women, Art & Technology (1968-1985), and MUSICA PRACTICA / ELETTRONICA VIVA 2017 (University of Pennsylvania – Department of Music), which will offer an unprecedented opportunity to experience both Ciani’s Buchla synthesizer and piano compositions — the first time a dual program has been presented in her 40-year career. Ciani’s Buchla performance will take place on Wednesday, March 29 at International House Philadelphia, also co-presented with Ars Nova Workshop.

Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street, Philadelphia.

Moon Duo (BK)
Apr
27
8:00 pm20:00

Moon Duo (BK)

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The Occult Architecture of Moon Duo’s fourth album - a psychedelic opus in two separate volumes - is an intricately woven hymn to the invisible structures found in the cycle of seasons and the journey of day into night, dark into light. Occult Architecture Vol. 1 will be released February 3rd on Sacred Bones with tours throughout North America and Europe to follow. Details of Vol. 2 will be announced in the coming months... 

Offering a cosmic glimpse into the hidden patterning embedded in everything, Occult Architecture reflects the harmonious duality of these light and dark energies through the Chinese theory of Yin and Yang. In Chinese, Yin means “the shady side of the hill” and is associated with the feminine, darkness, night, earth. Following this logic, Vol. 1 embraces and embodies Moon Duo’s darker qualities — released appropriately in the heart of winter in the Northern Hemisphere.

Written and recorded in their hometown of Portland, Oregon, the two-part epic reflects the hidden energies of rainclouds and sunshine and the deep creep of Northwest forests along with their effect on the psyche, inspired by the occult and esoteric literature of Mary Anne Atwood, Aleister Crowley, Colin Wilson, and Manly P. Hall. 

Sonically the new records represent a dimensional shift in perspective for the band. Just as the season of autumn represents letting go in the form of trees shedding leaves, so Occult Architecture is a shedding of genre tropes, and an inviting in of new textures and soundscapes reflective of the album’s shimmering Yin/Yang qualities.

$16 advance / $18 at the door. 21+.

Rough Trade NYC, 64 N 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY.

Tix: http://bit.ly/2gDKjPy

http://www.roughtradenyc.com/

http://moonduo.org/

Moon Duo (PHL)
Apr
28
8:00 pm20:00

Moon Duo (PHL)

The Occult Architecture of Moon Duo’s fourth album - a psychedelic opus in two separate volumes - is an intricately woven hymn to the invisible structures found in the cycle of seasons and the journey of day into night, dark into light. Occult Architecture Vol. 1 will be released February 3rd on Sacred Bones with tours throughout North America and Europe to follow. Details of Vol. 2 will be announced in the coming months... 

Offering a cosmic glimpse into the hidden patterning embedded in everything, Occult Architecture reflects the harmonious duality of these light and dark energies through the Chinese theory of Yin and Yang. In Chinese, Yin means “the shady side of the hill” and is associated with the feminine, darkness, night, earth. Following this logic, Vol. 1 embraces and embodies Moon Duo’s darker qualities — released appropriately in the heart of winter in the Northern Hemisphere.

Written and recorded in their hometown of Portland, Oregon, the two-part epic reflects the hidden energies of rainclouds and sunshine and the deep creep of Northwest forests along with their effect on the psyche, inspired by the occult and esoteric literature of Mary Anne Atwood, Aleister Crowley, Colin Wilson, and Manly P. Hall. 

Sonically the new records represent a dimensional shift in perspective for the band. Just as the season of autumn represents letting go in the form of trees shedding leaves, so Occult Architecture is a shedding of genre tropes, and an inviting in of new textures and soundscapes reflective of the album’s shimmering Yin/Yang qualities.

$14 advance / $16 at the door. 21+.

Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA .

Tix: http://ticketf.ly/2guVtmT

http://www.roughtradenyc.com/

http://moonduo.org/


Mar
26
12:00 pm12:00

Lawrence English: The Radical Listener: Field recording, agency and the art of relational listening

"The beauty of field recording, and moreover listening, is that it can happen anywhere. This March, join Lawrence English as he casts his ears across Brooklyn. Join us as we explore various “sound locations”, collect recordings, share techniques/methods and discuss the ways in which field recordings can be used in sound art and music practices.

You don’t need to be a skilled field recorder to attend – this is for everyone, from the curious first-timer to the well-experienced sound designer. This field trip will cover not just technical aspects, but philosophical, aesthetic and conceptual approaches to working with environmental sound.

Participants are required to bring their own recording device – whether it is a digital field recorder, cassette recorder, minidisc, iPhone, iPad, video camera, or other mobile recording device, as well as their own set of headphones. English will work with you to develop your approaches towards capturing compelling recordings using any kind of technology.

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Lawrence English is an acclaimed artist working across disciplines. His field recording work is widely regarded as some of the most essential contemporary practice being published. He has recorded in a diverse range of locations, from the Amazon to Antarctica, the outback to remote islands of Japan. He has been described as a philosopher of listening."

$50. 21+.

Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave, Queens, NY.

Tix: http://ticketf.ly/2nQXCzC

http://knockdown.center/

http://www.lawrenceenglish.com/

FLATLAND by Nitemind: A Sound + Light Immersion
Mar
25
8:00 pm20:00

FLATLAND by Nitemind: A Sound + Light Immersion

Holy mother of G-d this looks amazing.

"FLATLAND explores the interplay of dimension and light through 3D LED sculptures built to create immersive environments. It is inspired by the capacity of light and color to elevate the human spirit and the transformative power of sound. Performances will be on a quadraphonic sound system. The event will take place at Knockdown Center, a massive brick former door factory in Maspeth Queens which now serves as an arts space.

AMBIENT SETS by:
/// Lawrence English (AUS/Room 40/Experimedia)
\\\\\ DJ Richard (White Material)
///////// Earthen Sea (Kranky/Other People)
\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Soramimi (NYC / Dusk Notes)

Music curated by:
Ambient Church

ENTRANCE
ON
SIDE
OF BUILDING

--\\

NITEMIND is a group of artists using technology and physical space to create immersive and interactive installations. Our work uses light as a medium, including laser beams, video-mapped LED, and software art in combination with ephemeral sculpture and site-specific installations. Nitemind has been instrumental in the development of exhibitions at the Palais de Tokyo, Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOMA P.S. 1, Johannes Vogt Gallery, Red Bull Music Academy and many others. 
www.instagram.com/nitemind

LAWRENCE ENGLISH is a composer, media artist and curator based in Australia. Working across an eclectic array of aesthetic investigations, English’s work prompts questions of field, perception and memory. He investigates the politics of perception, through live performance and installation, to create works that ponder subtle transformations of space and ask audiences to become aware of that which exists at the edge of perception
www.lawrenceenglish.com
www.lawrenceenglish.bandcamp.com
FACT Magazine feature: http://bit.ly/2mhm0Wl
The Guardian feature: http://bit.ly/2luP63T

DJ RICHARD is a techno DJ/producer originally from Rhode Island, United States, and now based in Berlin, Germany. Since 2012 he has released two 12-inches on White Material, the label/collective he founded with Young Male and Galcher Lustwerk after attending the Rhode Island School of Design. He released his debut full-length album Grind on Dial in late 2015. He has also provided remixes for Radio Slave, Dan Bodan, Renaissance Man and Dial proprietor Lawrence.
www.soundcloud.com/ioiooioooiooioi
P4K on “Grind” http://bit.ly/2luMoLW

EARTHEN SEA is New York City based musician Jacob Long. Since 2005, Long has released music on a variety of formats on a number of labels including Kranky, Lovers Rock, Other People, and Imminent Frequencies, among other. The music has been noted for its “swirling low end, pulsing melodies and propulsive barely-there rhythms” and his work has also been described as having a “knack for texture that creates a disorienting, lost-in-your head sensation that allows it to work as both trippy ambience or immersive dance music.
www.earthensea.bandcamp.com/
FACT on “An Act of Love” http://bit.ly/2luSls7

SORAMIMI is a composer and producer based in NYC. “Soramimi” is defined as a mishearing or feigned deafness. She regards her music as narrative imagery, with an abstract sound illustrated by cerebral textures and dreamlike compositions. Soramimi brings a distinct fluency and gravity to the table of ambient and experimental techno. 
www.dusknotes.bandcamp.com/album/rapture-insignia"

$20 general admission. 21+.

Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave, Queens, NY.

Tix: http://ticketf.ly/2nQRdEC

http://knockdown.center/

http://test.nitemind.us/flatland/

http://ambient.church/

Mar
19
6:00 pm18:00

The Freedom Principle/Endless Shout Closing Party: Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society (PHL)

"On the closing day of ICA’s exhibitions The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now and Endless Shout, ICA and Ars Nova Workshop co-present a performance by Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society.

Joshua Abrams: Guimbri & double-bass
Lisa Alvarado: Harmonium & gong
Ben Boye: Autoharp
Mikel Avery: Drums

Joshua Abrams developed his voice in the rich ferment of the 1990s Chicago music world, participating heavily across the city’s jazz, experimental, and rock scenes. He co-founded the “back-porch minimalist” band Town & Country and, with Matana Roberts and Chad Taylor, the trio Sticks & Stones. In a very busy two decades, Abrams recorded and toured with a remarkable range of artists, including extended engagements with Fred Anderson, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Hamid Drake, Theaster Gates, Neil Michael Hagerty, Nicole Mitchell, Jeff Parker, Mike Reed, Matana Roberts, and The Roots. Abrams appears on over 100 recordings. A film composer, Abrams has scored the music for five feature-length films including the award-winning films Life Itself, The Interrupters, and The Trials of Muhammad Ali.

Since 2010, Abrams has toured North America and Europe with a shifting lineup of musicians under the rubric Natural Information Society. The group uses traditional and electric instrumentation to build long-form, intricately psychedelic environments, composed and improvised, joining the hypnotic qualities of the Gnawan guimbri to a wide range of contemporary musics and methodologies including jazz, minimalism, and “krautrock.” The band’s album, Magnetoception (eremite), was selected by Wire magazine as the #3 record of 2015 and by Pitchfork as the #2 experimental record of the year. Current and former band members include Lisa Alvarado, Jason Adasiewicz, Mikel Avery, Ben Boye, Hamid Drake, Ben Lamar Gay, Emmett Kelly, Artur Majewski, Nick Mazzarella, Jeff Parker, Frank Rosaly, Jason Stein, Kuba Suchar, Nori Tanaka and Chad Taylor. In 2015, Natural Information Society and Bitchin Bajas collaborated on Automaginary (Drag City)."

Free. All ages.

Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th Street, Philadelphia.

Register: http://bit.ly/2mJKFns

http://icaphila.org/

http://www.arsnovaworkshop.com/

http://naturalinformationsociety.com/

Waxahatchee  / Mary Lattimore (PHL)
Mar
15
8:00 pm20:00

Waxahatchee / Mary Lattimore (PHL)

Great cause and even greater music tonight in Fishtown. Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is having a benefit featuring some of the city's finest musicians—Waxahatchee, Mary Lattimore and Hot Tears. Help make the city more livable while having your face stolen— win win!

$20 general, $60 ticket + Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia Membership + I Bike PHL tee. 21+.

Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA.

Tix: http://ticketf.ly/2mAu2LI

http://www.johnnybrendas.com/

http://www.waxahatcheemusic.com/

http://marylattimore.net/

http://www.hothottears.com/

Curtis Roads / Eric Frye (BK)
Mar
11
8:00 pm20:00

Curtis Roads / Eric Frye (BK)

Saturday, March 11th, ISSUE presents two generations of artists working in the medium of computational music: pioneering computer musician and scholar Curtis Roads and composer, artist and curator Eric Frye performing work in 4-channel sound.

Curtis Roads’ contributions to electronic music and computer music composition are vast. Roads was Editor and Associate Editor of Computer Music Journal from 1978 to 2000, and cofounded the International Computer Music Association in 1979. In addition, he has written books and anthologies including Foundations of Computer Music, The Music Machine, the textbook The Computer Music Tutorial, and Microsound, which presents the techniques and aesthetics of composition with sound particles.

For his ISSUE debut, Roads performs Flicker Tone Pulse, a dynamic audiovisual experience of finely tuned electronic and cinematic pieces he has composed since 2009 with long-time collaborator and video artist Brian O'Reilly. Roads will be showing O’Reilly’s visuals as he cultivates his purely computer generated tonalities from the “…realm of microsound, [from] sound grains first predicted in the acoustical theories of the physicist Dennis Gabor and the polymath Iannis Xenakis.”

In addition, Eric Frye performs his erudite style of uncompromising, fractured electronics that at once recall the spattered tangle of Keith Fullerton Whitman's recent generations, the digital subversions of Jeff Witscher and the incisive chimerizations of Florian Hecker. Andrée Ehresmann, Professor Émérite at Université de Picardie Jules Verne, describes Frye's work as “challenging the perception of an auditor by the dissociations of the sonic environment, the heterogeneity of the successive motives, often separated by sharp fractures and repetitions with slight modifications of multifaceted sounds, recalling ‘real-world’ sounds, but with a variance.”

$15 advance. All ages.

ISSUE Project Room, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn, NY.

Tix: http://bit.ly/2lT2rYk

http://issueprojectroom.org/

http://www.mat.ucsb.edu/~clang/home.html

http://ericanthonyfrye.com/

Sarah Davachi (PHL)
Mar
1
8:00 pm20:00

Sarah Davachi (PHL)

With Turner Williams Jr.

MUSICA PRACTICA / ELETTRONICA VIVA 2017: "Sarah Davachi (b. 1987, Calgary, Canada) holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of Calgary, and a master's degree in electronic music and recording media from Mills College in Oakland, California. As a composer of electronic and electroacoustic music, Davachi's compositional projects are primarily concerned with disclosing the antiquated instruments and forgotten sonics of a bygone era in analog synthesis, with concurrent treatment of acoustic sources – particularly organ, piano, strings, and woodwinds – often involving de-familiarization through processing. Her work considers the experience of enveloped sonic dwelling, utilizing extended durations, psychoacoustic manipulations, and simple harmonic structures that emphasize variations in overtone complexity and natural phasing patterns."

Free. All ages.

The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA.

http://www.therotunda.org/

http://web.sas.upenn.edu/electronicmusic/

http://www.sarahdavachi.com/

The Necks (PHL)
Feb
26
7:00 pm19:00

The Necks (PHL)

"Ars Nova Workshop is honored to present the return oflegendary Australian trio The Necks, following one of 2016’s most compelling and captivating concerts.

The Los Angeles Times writes, “A magic act masquerading as a piano trio, this Australian group delivers long-form improvisations that shift with such patient beauty that it casts a bit of a trance.”

The Necks convened in the mid-80s as a joint endeavor between three first-class improvisers from the Sydney scene—pianist Chris Abrahams, drummer Tony Buck, and bassist Lloyd Swanton. The project’s methodology could be compared to that of op artists like Bridget Riley or Richard Anuszkiewicz, whose paintings arrange static shapes and contours into illusory patterns that seem to defy the laws of physics. Over the course of eighteen albums, the Necks’ glacial meditations on deceptively simple musical themes reveal more on closer inspection. The Guardian writes, "Like seeing a world in a grain of sand, The Necks permit us to hear a whole new world of music in a sliver of sound.”

Chris Abrahams (B. 1961, Sydney) made a name for himself in Australia as part of Mark Simmonds’ Freeboppers in the 80s and as a close collaborator of Melanie Oxley’s in the 90s. Abrahams can currently be found in close playing partnerships with Australian composer Anthony Pateras, German percussionist Burkhard Beins, and Italian laptop composer/linguistic deconstructionist Alessandro Bosetti.

Apart from the Necks, Lloyd Swanton (B. 1960) is best known in Australia as the leader of the long running, hard-flowing collective the Catholics, which has received multiple ARIA Award nominations (Australian Grammys). For fourteen years, Lloyd Swanton hosted Mixed Marriage, a popular program on Eastside Radio in Sydney that examined cross-sections of jazz and other musical styles.

Tony Buck (B. 1962, Sydney) is regarded as one of Australia's most creative and adventurous exports, having been involved in a diverse array of projects including Japanese trio PERIL with Otomo Yoshihide and Kato Hideki. Tony has played, toured or recorded with, among others, John Zorn, Tom Cora, Phil Minton, The EX, Peter Brotzmann, Hans Reichel, The Little Red Spiders, Clifford Jordan, Kletka Red, Han Bennink, Shelley Hirsch, Wayne Horvitz, and Ground Zero."

Tix: http://ticketf.ly/2mmkLX3

http://www.arsnovaworkshop.com/

http://www.philartalliance.org/

http://www.thenecks.com/

revolutionary noise: music as struggle and healing (PHL)
Feb
25
6:00 pm18:00

revolutionary noise: music as struggle and healing (PHL)

"The Institute of Contemporary Art, Leeway Foundation and Girls Rock Philly co-present revolutionary noise: music as struggle and healing, the latest in ICA’s Gather series, which presents special programs collaboratively produced in partnership with area community and campus groups. Join us on Saturday, February 25 from 6PM to 9PM for an evening of performances and conversation about music as space, community building and survival for both artist and audience.

The programs will feature three local Philadelphia artists: dj precolumbian (Chaska Sofia), Moor Mother (Camae Ayewa), and LaTreice Branson, all of whom are renowned not only for their individual cultural contributions and sound, but also for their innovative collaborative work.

As cultural creators, musicians are offered limited opportunities to discuss their process, their needs, their visions, their analysis, and the intentionality in their work and collaborations. revolutionary noise seeks to disrupt the conventional ways in which we most often interact with and experience music and musicians."

Free. All ages.

Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 South 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA.

Register: http://bit.ly/2laTKVB

http://icaphila.org/

http://www.leeway.org/

http://www.girlsrockphilly.org/

https://moormothergoddess.bandcamp.com/

https://soundcloud.com/precolumbian

The Necks 30th Anniversary: Timeline (BK)
Feb
25
4:00 pm16:00

The Necks 30th Anniversary: Timeline (BK)

ISSUE is thrilled to welcome back legendary Australian trio The Necks for three special performances celebrating their 30th anniversary February 23rd through 25th. A cult phenomenon of cathartic, sonic possibility -- The Necks have been praised by the LA Times as “among the world’s greatest forces in music,” developing their distinct and enthralling sound over three decades, nineteen albums, and countless performances across the world.

Marking their first ISSUE appearance in full form since 2010, ISSUE presents three distinct events that highlight key performance practices the trio has embarked upon over their stunning experimental tenure.

Saturday, February 25th, ISSUE presents “Timeline,” a rare durational performance between The Necks and a host of invited special guests. Starting at 4pm, this long durational, single piece contains overlapping sets featuring friends and colleagues of The Necks including Andrea Parkins, Ned Rothenberg, Nate Wooley, David Watson, Ira Kaplan, Kato Hideki, Shelley Hirsch and Joshua Abrams.

The performance consists of six hours of continuous music containing both new and established ensembles, spontaneous improvisations and unexpected collaborations, creating a seamless stream of sound never to be repeated.

The Necks are one of the great cult bands of Australia. Chris Abrahams (piano), Tony Buck (drums), and Lloyd Swanton (bass) conjure a chemistry together that defies description in orthodox terms. Featuring lengthy pieces which slowly unravel in the most mesmerising fashion, frequently underpinned by an insistent deep groove, the eighteen albums by The Necks stand up to re-listening time and time again. The deceptive simplicity of their music throws forth new charms on each hearing. Not entirely avant-garde, nor minimalist, nor ambient, nor jazz, the music of The Necks is possibly unique in the world today.

$20 advance. All ages.

ISSUE Project Room, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn, NY.

Tix: http://bit.ly/2l9fAYP

http://issueprojectroom.org/

http://www.thenecks.com/

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble (PHL)
Feb
24
8:00 pm20:00

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble (PHL)

Ars Nova Workshop welcomes the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble to Philadelphia in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the legendary cult film Love Jones, in which El’Zabar and Avery both appeared.

Kahil El'Zabar led the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble’s first performance at Child City Arts Center in Chicago in 1973, one year after he had returned from his studies at the University of Ghana. His goal was to combine concepts of African American music making with the earlier roots of traditional African music to produce something new. In his own words: "The spirit of one's approach comes first before the technical. All the facility in the world with nothing that comes from the heart doesn't make good music. The basis of the strength of any artistic evolution has come from ethnicity."

After 40 years, this legendary band is still serving the people worldwide with their special brand of 21st century Griot music. The trio’slatest incarnation features the remarkable trumpeter Corey Wilkes, a member of the legendary Art Ensemble of Chicago who has also worked with a wide range of artists including Wynton Marsalis, Clark Terry and Kurt Elling, and versatile saxophonist Alex Harding, who has been a fixture on the New York jazz seen since 1993, performing touring and recording with the Julius Hemphill Saxophone Sextet, Aretha Franklin, David Lee Roth, Muhal Richard Abrams, Abdullah Ibrahim and the Tony award-winning Broadway show Fela!

Together, the trio's "harmonically provocative and rhythmically seductive" (Chicago Tribune) performances impart an ancestral wisdom that conjures an energy rarely encountered in contemporary music.

El'Zabar is one of Chicago's jazz treasures. A member of the AACM, El'Zabar has performed alongside numerous jazz greats and was a member of the bands of Stevie Wonder, Cannonball Adderley, Dizzy Gillespie and Nina Simone.

$18 general, $15 students and 25 and under. All ages. 

FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd. (at Race St.), Philadelphia, PA.

Tix: http://bit.ly/2kVtjXN

http://www.arsnovaworkshop.com/

The Necks (BK)
Feb
24
8:00 pm20:00

The Necks (BK)

ISSUE is thrilled to welcome back legendary Australian trio The Necks for three special performances celebrating their 30th anniversary February 23rd through 25th. A cult phenomenon of cathartic, sonic possibility -- The Necks have been praised by the LA Times as “among the world’s greatest forces in music,” developing their distinct and enthralling sound over three decades, nineteen albums, and countless performances across the world. Marking their first ISSUE appearance in full form since 2010, ISSUE presents three distinct events that highlight key performance practices the trio has embarked upon over their stunning experimental tenure.

Friday, February 24th The Necks appear in true-form in a standalone performance showcasing their psychic coherence and renowned style of conjuring mesmerizing, oceanic vistas developed over the past three decades.

The Necks’ hypnotic improvisations unfurl through Abrahams’ piano drones, Buck’s ripples of percussion, Swanton’s visceral grooves -- together forming their signature “waves of empyrean feedback.” The experience is truly one of the most special in live music; it is a distinct pleasure to have them back at ISSUE to commemorate their 30th anniversary.

The Necks are one of the great cult bands of Australia. Chris Abrahams (piano), Tony Buck (drums), and Lloyd Swanton (bass) conjure a chemistry together that defies description in orthodox terms. Featuring lengthy pieces which slowly unravel in the most mesmerising fashion, frequently underpinned by an insistent deep groove, the eighteen albums by The Necks stand up to re-listening time and time again. The deceptive simplicity of their music throws forth new charms on each hearing. Not entirely avant-garde, nor minimalist, nor ambient, nor jazz, the music of The Necks is possibly unique in the world today.

$30 advance. All ages.

ISSUE Project Room, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn, NY.

Tix: http://bit.ly/2ljjdw9

http://issueprojectroom.org/

http://www.thenecks.com/

The Necks 30th Anniversary: Solo Performances (BK)
Feb
23
8:00 pm20:00

The Necks 30th Anniversary: Solo Performances (BK)

ISSUE is thrilled to welcome back legendary Australian trio The Necks for three special performances celebrating their 30th anniversary February 23rd through 25th. A cult phenomenon of cathartic, sonic possibility -- The Necks have been praised by the LA Times as “among the world’s greatest forces in music,” developing their distinct and enthralling sound over three decades, nineteen albums, and countless performances across the world. Marking their first ISSUE appearance in full form since 2010, ISSUE presents three distinct performances that highlight key performance practices the trio has embarked upon over their stunning experimental tenure.

Thursday, February 23rd, Chris Abrahams, Lloyd Swanton and Tony Buck each perform solo sets showcasing their distinct instrumental approaches that emphasize independent performative contributions to their collaborative music.

Chris Abrahams has developed a formidable reputation as a solo pianist, with solo performances exploring the resonating properties of the vibrating piano string – coaxing from it strange, varied sounds that often transcend the generally observed tonal qualities of the instrument. At times his approach borders on the electronic – using acoustically modeled reverbs, distortion, delays, and low frequency oscillations. He conjures a meditative sound world that is both mesmerising and emotional. Abrahams performed solo during ISSUE’s Spring 2016 season, a performance that Richard Gher for the Village Voice noted as “patient, pointillist, and almost architectonic ad hoc piano constructions. Augmenting a piano's natural sound with distorted reverberations, looping, and nearly subliminal sine waves, Abrahams' solo albums display minimalist, ambient, industrial, and free-jazz tendencies.”

Tony Buck has been performing solo concerts for at least two decades. In the past, these performances have often incorporated live electronics and sampling, but, in the last 10 years or so, he has concentrated on creating live, improvised pieces using the drum kit, assorted small percussion instruments, guitar, video and other acoustic sound sources.

Apart from leading The catholics, Lloyd Swanton has performed with many of the cornerstones of Australian music. Swanton’s recent solo work “Ambon,” a major suite of compositions for a twelve-piece ensemble (which was drawn from the secret prison diary of his uncle, who died a prisoner of the Japanese in World War II) premiered to great acclaim in 2015 and a double CD studio recording of the work was also released that year.

Following their solo performances, the evening closes with the three coming together to perform as The Necks.

The Necks are one of the great cult bands of Australia. Chris Abrahams (piano), Tony Buck (drums), and Lloyd Swanton (bass) conjure a chemistry together that defies description in orthodox terms. Featuring lengthy pieces which slowly unravel in the most mesmerising fashion, frequently underpinned by an insistent deep groove, the eighteen albums by The Necks stand up to re-listening time and time again. The deceptive simplicity of their music throws forth new charms on each hearing. Not entirely avant-garde, nor minimalist, nor ambient, nor jazz, the music of The Necks is possibly unique in the world today.

$12 advance, $15 at the door. All ages.

ISSUE Project Room, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn, NY.

Tix: http://bit.ly/2ljjdw9

http://issueprojectroom.org/

http://www.thenecks.com/

 Loren Connors / Chris Forsyth Duo (PHL)
Feb
17
8:00 pm20:00

Loren Connors / Chris Forsyth Duo (PHL)

Bowerbird is pleased to present the duo of Loren Connors and Chris Forsyth and a performance by Philadelphia's Taiwan Housing Project

LOREN CONNORS has improvised and composed original guitar music for over four decades. His music - which embraces the aesthetics of blues, Irish airs, blues-based rock and other genres while letting go of rigid forms - has been recorded on Family Vineyard, Northern Spy, Drag City, Table of the Elements, Recital, RoadCone and other labels. 

Connors, who names abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko his most important influence, has performed with Thurston Moore, Keiji Haino, Jim O'Rourke, John Fahey, Alan Licht, Jandek, and Kim Gordon. Suzanne Langille has often appeared on Connors' recordings as vocalist, lyricist and arranger. Connors also on occasion performs with an avant blues band called Haunted House, together with Langille, guitarist Andrew Burnes and percussionist Neel Murgai.

In July 1979, Cadence Magazine noted that Connors, who had recently emerged in the scene, was "similar to others in the Advanced Guard of improvising guitarists in that he is trying to extend the boundaries of sound and pitch of acoustic guitar, but he is unique in the utilization of Blues in his work, one could almost say this is Avant Garde Blues. He's swimming in new waters and beginning to make his own environment." 

In recent years, Connors has focused mostly on live recordings of extended blues abstractions, with occasional performances in a more avant blues rock vein from time to time through the Haunted House band and collaborations with other artists. 

CHRIS FORSYTH is a lauded guitarist and composer whose work assimilates art-rock textures with vernacular American influences. Long active in underground circles, he's recently released a string of acclaimed records of widescreen guitar rock, and in 2013, he assembled The Solar Motel Band, who have quickly developed a reputation as an incredible live act, provoking ecstatic comparisons to visionary artists such as Television, The Grateful Dead, Popol Vuh, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, and Richard Thompson. 

His newest release with The Solar Motel Band is the double album The Rarity of Experience (No Quarter), released in March 2016. Raves have been universal. Pitchfork called it "a near-perfect balance between 70s rock tradition and present day experimentation," NPR Music named Forsyth "one of rock's most lyrical guitar improvisors," and the New York Times calls him "a scrappy and mystical historian..." His music humanizes the element of control in rock classicism (and) turns it into a woolly but disciplined ritual." 

In addition to Forsyth's work as a solo artist and bandleader, he has been an inveterate collaborator with a diverse range of artists, including singer/songwriter Meg Baird, trumpeter Nate Wooley, analog synthesist Koen Holtkamp, and choreographer Miguel Gutierrez. He is a recipient of a 2011 Pew Fellowship in the Arts and resides in Philadelphia. 

TAIWAN HOUSING PROJECT began as a weird lo-fi fake pop recording project between Kilynn Lunsford (Little Claw, Tyvek) and Mark Feehan (Harry Pussy, Trash Monkeys). After a while of playing exclusively as a duo in a bedroom with two cats they enlisted Pat Ganley (Casual Viking, Dan Melchior) and Adam Cooper (Tickley Feather, Hanging Tounges) and started playing in a basement with three cats. Taiwan Housing Project's hip shaking white hot noise has been met with drunken enthusiasm and dismissive shrugs from friends and foes alike.

Free. All ages.

The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA.

http://www.bowerbird.org/

http://www.lorenconnors.net/

http://thechrisforsyth.com/

https://taiwanhousingproject.bandcamp.com/

Andrew Moore / Michael Roy Barker (PHL)
Feb
8
5:30 pm17:30

Andrew Moore / Michael Roy Barker (PHL)

"In conjunction with the Arthur Ross Gallery’s latest exhibition Landscape / Soundscape, photographer Andrew Moore will lecture on his powerful images of locations throughout the US and beyond, including never-before-seen photographs from his latest series on Alabama. Following Moore’s illustrated lecture, sound artist Michael Roy Barker will perform on modular synthesizer and electronics, with oscillographic laser projections of the sounds created.

This pairing of photographer and sound artist is inspired by the exhibition Landscape / Soundscape, in which Michael Roy Barker created a soundscape to accompany Andrew Moore’s photograph Imagination Station."

Free. All ages.

Arthur Ross Gallery, 220 South 34th Street, Philadelphia, PA.

http://arthurrossgallery.org/

http://andrewlmoore.com/

http://www.sendhelp.org/

The Pine Barrens (PHL)
Jan
20
8:00 pm20:00

The Pine Barrens (PHL)

Bowerbird is pleased to present a screening of David Scott Kessler's evolving documentary The Pine Barrens: Whitesbog Edition with a live score performance by The Ruins of Friendship Orchestra. Guiding the viewer through the New Jersey Pineland's winding, rust-colored rivers; its dark, sandy forests and slowly developing towns, The Pine Barrens creates a contemplative, complex, portrait of a place out of time. With the Pinelands as a primary character, the film explores the symbiotic yet sometimes destructive relationship between man and nature. It is believed by many that political forces and negligence may contribute to making this century the Pine Barren's last. 

ABOUT THE RUINS OF FRIENDSHIP ORCHESTRA
Named for the historic Pine Barrens town of Friendship where the band first practiced together as a group, The Ruins of Friendship Orchestra is a collective of electronic and traditional instrumentalists composing the score to The Pine Barrens concurrently to the film's evolving editions. Ruins perform this score, also an evolving and partially improvised work, live at screenings, merging performance and documentary to create a completely unique experience transporting the audience into our interpretation of this fascinating and beautiful place. 

Ben Warfield, synthesizer
Laura Baird, vocals, flute, banjo
Gretchen Lohse, viola
Jesse Sparhawk, harp, bass
John Pettit, guitar, trumpet, harmonium 

Free. All ages.

The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA.

http://www.bowerbird.org/

http://www.pinebarrensfilm.com/

https://www.facebook.com/RuinsOfFriendship/

William Parker Sextet (PHL)
Jan
17
12:30 pm12:30

William Parker Sextet (PHL)

Ars Nova Workshop, Warriors of the Wonderful Sound, and Painted Bride Art Center are thrilled to celebrate the 65th birthday of bassist-composer William Parker with an all-star sextet performance featuring some of the legendary free jazz bassist’s Philadelphia-based contemporaries.

While Parker may be reaching retirement age, but he shows no signs of slowing down. The prolific and innovative bassist is best known for his tenure in the monumental David S. Ware Quartet, his stewardship of the long-running Vision Festival and his profound influence on the shape of modern jazz and improvised music. He and alto saxophonist/bandleader Bobby Zankel will lead a very special sextet featuring pianist Dave Burrell, violinist Diane Monroe, trombonist Steve Swell, and drummer Muhammad Ali, who last convened in 2015 to celebrate Burrell’s 75th birthday.

As Steve Greenlee of the Boston Globe stated in 2002, “William Parker has emerged as the most important leader of the current avant-garde scene in jazz.”

Heralded by The Village Voice as, “the most consistently brilliant free jazz bassist of all time,”  Parker has recorded over 150 albums, published six books and taught and mentored hundreds of young musicians and artists. In 2013 he was honored with the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award in recognition of his influence and impact on the creative jazz scene over the last 40 years. His currently active bands include the Little Huey Creative Orchestra, the Raining on the Moon Sextet, the In Order to Survive Quartet, Stan’s Hat Flapping in the Wind, the Cosmic Mountain Quintet with Hamid Drake, Kidd Jordan, and Cooper-Moore, as well as a deep and ongoing solo bass study. He’s been a key figure in the New York and European creative music scenes since the 1970s, working with Cecil Taylor, David S. Ware, Don Cherry, Peter Brötzmann, Milford Graves and many others.

$20 in advance, $25 at the door. All ages.

Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA.

Tix: http://bit.ly/2iKHrjT

https://paintedbride.org/

http://www.arsnovaworkshop.com/

http://www.williamparker.net/

Tunnel Vision + Mutual Dreaming present PLO Man (BK)
Jan
14
Jan 15

Tunnel Vision + Mutual Dreaming present PLO Man (BK)

In these icy last days before inaugural collapse, Tunnel Vision and Mutual Dreaming join forces to present a 4-hour set from PLO Man at one of our few remaining strongholds, Bossa Nova Civic Club..

Bubbling, bittersweet, hypnotic, & breaks-infused, PLO Man joins from Vancouver-via-Berlin for his first set in New York since debuting at Sustain-Release. His 12” last year on his label Acting Press remains one of our favorites. Rarely does a 13+ minute track feel over too soon, but b-side grower “Type Damascus” oozes a languidness you could live in, and his expansive DJ sets build on this vibe.

$10, free before midnight. 21+.

Bossa Nova Civic Club, 1271 Myrtle Ave; Brooklyn, NY.

http://bossanovacivicclub.com/

http://www.aurorahalal.com/mutualdreaming/

https://soundcloud.com/plo_sound

James Murphy vs. Eric Duncan (BK)
Jan
14
Jan 15

James Murphy vs. Eric Duncan (BK)

Co-founder of DFA RECORDS and core member of LCD SoundsystemJames Murphy brings his multi-dimensional sound to Output for a DJ set Saturday 1/14 alongside DFA labelmate Eric Duncan. Built by MeanRed. 

Output:
James Murphy (DJ Set) [DFA/ LCD Soundsystem]
vs.
Eric 'Dunks' Duncan DJ [Rub N Tug/ Happy Family NYC]

The Panther Room:
Sadar Bahar [Soul in the Hole]
Tomas Station [Downpitch Recordings/ halcyon the shop]

$20 early bird, $30 2nd release. 21+.

Output, 74 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.

Tix: http://ticketf.ly/2jBMyjX

http://outputclub.com/

http://mean.red/

http://www.rub-n-tug.com/

Gunnar Haslam (BK)
Jan
13
Jan 14

Gunnar Haslam (BK)

Gunnar Haslam is a pretty heady guy. In his former life studying particle physics, he did work related to the Large Hadron Collider, including tasks such as "looking for missing energy vectors." His music, too, has a certain cerebral edge, especially on his albums for L.I.E.S.—to give you an idea, the title Mirrors And Copulation is a reference to "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius," a short story by the Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges.

Haslam got his feet wet with DJing and production as an undergraduate at NYU, a time when he attended The Bunker religiously. When he released his first record in 2013—a full-length called Mimesiak—it was like a dam had broken. Since then he's maintained a steady outpouring of music, dropping EP after EP on Delsin, Argot, Mister Saturday Night and Efdemin's Naïf label, which put out what might be his biggest track yet: "Overcomplete," a colossal acid banger that's become something of a sleeper hit. In the meantime, he also made music with Tin Man as Romans, a duo that's about to tour Europe as a live act. 

- Resident Advisor

$10. All ages.

Sunnyvale,1031 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY.

Que Bajo - Princess Nokia
Jan
13
Jan 14

Que Bajo - Princess Nokia

Quickly gaining recognition for her brash yet sensual approach to hip hop, Princess Nokia is joined by Que Bajo residents at Output Friday 01/13 for a night of world music, tropical bass, and everything in between. In The Panther Room, INSCENE brings a top-notch lineup of locals and tech house favorites.

Output:
Princess Nokia
Geko Jones
Uproot Andy
Riobamba

The Panther Room: 
Inscene Management and Events presents
Robert Gallego Memo's birthday.

Berny Burnz [Inscene]
The House Cartel b2b DJ Richie Orlando [Momentum/ Row/ Inscene]
Chris Cross b2b Aurelio Mendoza [Inscene]
Kollective [Momentum/ Row]

$20 early bird, $25 first tier. 21+.

Output, 74 Wythe Avenue, New York, NY.

Tix: http://ticketf.ly/2jdAEjv

http://outputclub.com/

https://www.facebook.com/quebajoparty/

https://soundcloud.com/destiny-frasqueri

Resonate X Chasm (QNS)
Jan
13
Jan 14

Resonate X Chasm (QNS)

RESONATE X CHASM is a collaborative showcase of experimental art and music, presented as part of the STAY NASTY - Fundraiser ft. 4 Days of Music, Art + Performance at Knockdown Center. All ticket sales go to benefit Callen-Lorde Community Health Center and The New York Immigration Coalition.

*RESONATE*
presented by Solidarity in Action
Aurora Halal
Bergsonist (live)
Ontal
Motiv-A
Heidi Sabertooth
Projected Screening of Masha Tupitsyn - Love Sounds
Educational forum featuring talks by Frankie Decaiza Hutchinson (Discwoman), Kunal Gupta (Babycastles) and The New York Immigration Coalition

*CHASM*
Curated by Julia Sinelnikova
COLLAPSING SCENERY (live)
CELESTIAL TRAX
Richard Kennedy
Plǝbeian
Malory
JJ Brine
Sandra Cordero
Metagasm
Alfredo Salazar-Caro
Margaret Velvet
Laura Duvall

$20 advance. 21+.

The Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Avenue, Queens, NY.

Tix: http://bit.ly/2im02zj

http://knockdown.center/event/nasty-women-exhibition/

International Anthem Showcase
Dec
18
8:00 pm20:00

International Anthem Showcase

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present three innovative and distinctive new ensembles, all of which have new releases planned for 2017 from the progressive Chicago-based label International Anthem.

Fly or Die is a new project from avant savant composer-trumpeter Jaimie Branch consisting entirely of Chicago expats. A ferociously inventive and singular voice on the trumpet, Branch emerged on the competitive Chicago scene in recent years, working with Windy City innovators like Fred Lonberg-Holm, Tim Daisy and Keefe Jackson before relocating to Brooklyn. Working concurrently as a musician, curator, and community organizer has shown Branch vivifying tenants of Chicago-style creative music traditions over her short time thus far in New York (said traditions are also heard potently in her wide-open, totally unique, irreverent and ingenious approach to improvising). Reid gained notice as a member of the latest generation of AACM members alongside peers like Nicole Mitchell and Mike Reed along with longtime and founding members including Anthony Braxton, George Lewis and Roscoe Mitchell. Ajemian has worked with a diverse roster of visionaries including Rob Mazurek, Marc Ribot, Matt Bauder and Matana Roberts, while Taylor is best known as co-founder of the long-running Chicago Underground ensembles. Fly or Die was formed to inaugurate the short-lived Spying series that Branch curated in Brooklyn for most of 2016 and their self-titled album, coming Spring 2017, will be her long-awaited debut recording as a leader.

BottleTree is a new project from AACM composer/conjurer Ben Lamar Gay (Joshua Abrams Natural Information Society, Mike Reed's Flesh & Bone) and singer-scholar AM Frison (current artist in residence at Theaster Gates Rebuild Foundation). With Italian expat Tommaso Morreti supporting on drums, the band improvises new articulations of ancient folklore through the context of a figurative storefront chapel (with Frison on preach). The sound they commonly arrive at in performance is akin to futuristic lo-fi gospel music, or a lyrical and soulful brand free jazz, as if Don Cherry composed for Stevie Wonder in the early 70s.

Irreversible Entanglements is a liberation-oriented free jazz project comprised of members from Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington, D.C. The group formed after a Musicians Against Police Brutality event in NYC that raised funds for the family of Akai Gurley (a young black father slain in 2014 in the stairwell of his home by Peter Liang of the NYPD). For the group’s first recording, five artists who had never performed together in this format entered Brooklyn’s Seizure’s Palace studio in August of 2015, improvising and performing each other’s compositional ideas as accompaniments, elaborations, and sonifications of Camae Ayewa’s (aka Moor Mother) searing poetry of Black trauma, survival, and power. Their work draws inspiration from the New York Art Quartet, Ornette Coleman’s Science Fiction, and Ayewa’s deep involvement in Afrofuturism. It is music full of energy, anger, and determination, steeped in tradition but without convention, speaking to the present and insisting on the future.

$15. 21+.

Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA.

Tix: http://ticketf.ly/2gZUywH

http://www.arsnovaworkshop.com/

http://www.intlanthem.com/

75 Dollar Residency (BK)
Dec
18
8:00 pm20:00

75 Dollar Residency (BK)

With Morgan Vo.

"The group has been playing together for about four years and has released a string of cassettes and two LPs. The most recent of these is Wood/Metal/Plastic/Pattern/Rhythm/Rock on the Thin Wrist label. The duo frequently plays in expanded lineups from trio to a large group. These December showcases at Brooklyn’s Union Pool will feature three different versions of the band: a trio with sax player Cheryl Kingan, a quartet with bassist Sue Garner and 2nd guitarist Steve Maing and an 8-piece band with all of the above, plus Karen Waltuch on viola, Jim Pugliese on percussion and Andrew Lafkas on contrabass. These expansions mirror and further develop the added instrumentation and material on the newest album.

Guitarist Che Chen has been making music on various instruments for years, in improvised situations as well as bands including the duo True Primes with Rolyn Hu. Percussionist Rick Brown has been in bands in NYC since the late 70s, including Blinding Headache, V-Effect and Run On. Together they have toured the US and Europe, playing shows with Tortoise, Park Details' Band, Thalia Zedek, Horse Lords, Mecca Normal, Dump and many others.

$10. 21+.

Union Pool, 484 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY.

Tix: http://ticketf.ly/2fIkucB

http://www.union-pool.com/

https://75dollarbill.bandcamp.com/

Svitanya (PHL)
Dec
16
8:00 pm20:00

Svitanya (PHL)

Bowerbird is pleased to present Svitanya, a Philadelphia-area women's vocal ensemble that specializes in folk music of Eastern Europe. Founded in 2001, the ensemble started with six singers performing purely a cappella arrangements. The early members included two mother-daughter pairs, fitting for a genre in which songs have been passed from mother to daughter for centuries, and one of these pairs is still part of the group today. 

Svitanya's repertoire is drawn from a variety of regional traditions. Some songs are modern arrangements of old folk tunes, some are original compositions in the folk style, and others are sung as they have been for generations. They range from strong and strident field-working songs to traditional dance tunes to lush and emotive arrangements, all evoking the timbres, rhythms, and harmonies indigenous to the region. While many songs are performed without instrumentation of any kind, traditional ethnic instruments, such as gaida, tapan, tambura and balalaika, are used wherever possible in others. 

Free. All ages.

The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA.

http://www.bowerbird.org/

http://www.svitanya.org/