Fire Museum Presents:

Maria Chavez

No Intention

Friday, January 23rd 8:00 PM

The First Banana
2152 E. Dauphin Street
Philadelphia, PA
FREE (Donations accepted)

This event was made possible by a grant from the Penn Treaty Special Services District

Maria Chavez (NYC):

“Over the last decade, (Chavez) has pursued pristine and thoughtful turntablist work.”- The WIRE

Born in Lima, Peru, Maria Chavez is mainly known as an abstract turntablist & sound artist. Influenced by improvisation in contemporary art, her sound installations, visual objects and live turntable performances focus on the values of accidents and chance.

An endorsed Moog artist, Maria recently signed with Software, a record label founded by Oneohtrix Point Never- Daniel Lopatin and is due to release her first full length LP in a decade, some time in 2015.

Chavez DJs regularly for museums (MoMA, MoMA PS1, Haus für elektronische Künste- Basel), arts organizations (Van Alen Institute, El Museo del Barrio), various fashion houses (SunheeNY, BeBe, Bimba y Lola), radio (NTS, Concepto Radio, Radio Comeme) and clubs (Hott Club- Zurich, Bei Ruth- Berlin).

She was recently awarded the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble commission 2015 and is currently a research fellow for the Sound Arts department at Goldsmith’s University of London. She was an artist in residence at INKONST Arts in Malmö, Sweden, curator in residence with Cafe OTO, OTO Projects & Electra Productions in London, UK.

In 2015, Maria will be artist in residence for Kunstmeile Krems, Austria & EMS Elektronmusikstudion in Stockholm, Sweden.

No Intention (Philadelphia):

"What sounds like a warped ice cream truck gives way to an early Mute Records-style beat that doesn't go away-- sharp, minimal, cut first by the sound of a tape recorder being turned on, the resultant hiss, then a male voice. The voice is No Intention, a.k.a. Allen Mozek of Philadelphia-based dada-noise duo, Good Area (whose few mysterious recent releases have justifiably captured our attention and others'). That tape recorder click is perhaps the first clue that this piece concerns itself with its own making, and Mozek's musings are similarly metamusical and metacritical. But the otherwise semi-cerebral language simplifies past the halfway mark: "How is this different from Good Area? Is there more or less tape delay?" Mozek asks. "Where's Gabi [the other member of Good Area]? In the other room, so I can record this to tape and send it off to Matthias [who runs I Dischi Del Barone]." The music and words are obtuse, sure, but there's a playfulness here-- however self-aware-- that's nicely reminiscent of D. Boon talking about hanging with his pal Mike Watt on Double Nickels on the Dime." - Joe Bucciero/Ad Hoc

Fire Museum Presents:

Seaven Teares

Destroying Angel

Friday, December 30th 8:00 PM
The First Banana
2152 E. Dauphin Street
Philadelphia, PA
FREE (donations accepted)

This event was made possible by a grant from the Penn Treaty Special Services District

Seaven Teares (NYC):

Seaven Teares are a New York band formed in 2010 featuring singer/songwriter Charlie Looker (Extra Life, ex-Zs), experimental vocalist Amirtha Kidambi (Sequins and Skeletons), Robbie Lee (Howling Hex) on woodwinds, guitars and synth, and percussionist Russell Greenberg (Yarn/Wire).

Seaven Teares’ mostly acoustic sound brings together a number of disparate influences: dark post-Industrial folk (Death In June, Current 93), 1960’s co-ed pop folk groups (Mamas and the Papas, Ian & Sylvia), the drones and textures of modern composition and experimental improvisation, and the cold alien vocal harmonies of Gothic era liturgical music. The seven slow-burning songs shift between abstract raga-like meditations and straight melodic hooks, set against acoustic guitars, dark synth ambience, vibraphone, bells, and occasional harsh electronics, as well as authentic Medieval pump organ and recorders. - bio

"Having taken their name from a piece written for the lute by John Dowland, a Renaissance composer, Seaven Teares play a form of English folk that’s both reverent to the ancestral form and experimental. On (their) debut, Power Ballads, the group, composed of Charlie Looker, Amirtha Kidambi, Russell Greenberg, and Robbie Lee, plays on the textures of the music’s overwhelmingly melancholy feel. They wrap notes upon one another to form subtle, churning ragas, breathe ethereal melodies using woodwinds, and generate rhythm from minimalist percussion. In so doing, it culls elements of the natural world with a sense of history and precision balladry. Yet upon first listen, the most striking musical quality is the interplay between Looker’s and Kidambi’s vocals. Although much is made of Looker’s penchant for incorporating monastic chants into his work, most recently in his Extra Life project, Kidambi matches his octave-defying verses note for note. But instead of eliciting the pleasing, melancholy harmonies one may expect, the male-female vocals produce an unsettling incongruity that mates perfectly with the album’s themes of sex, shame, and betrayal." - Jeff Roesgen/Tiny Mix Tapes

Destroying Angel (Philadelphia):

"Destroying Angel are the brainchild of Anthony Cesa (who is also the singer/keyboardist of W. Philly's SGNLS). Forming in the winter months of 2012, the group also consists of Mario Lima on bass, Matt Melon on percussion Melissa Santangelo on harp/accordion/vox/percussion and Lindsay Thunderbauk on Violin. They create a dark, heavy folk sound that draws influences from the likes of Leonard Cohen, Comus, Angels of Light and Death in June to name a few. Themes range from the deeply personal, mysteries of life and death and the unnerving knowledge that this world is on fire and may never recover. From the soft and introspective to the dark and thunderous, Destroying Angel is the music hidden beneath the leaves." - bio


1/23 - Maria Chavez
1/30 - Seaven Teares/Destroying Angel

All shows at First Banana unless otherwise noted

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