Fire Museum Presents :

Li Daiguo/Rick Parker duo


Hallowed Bells

Friday, July 29th 8:00 PM
Vox Populi
319 N. 11th St, 3rd Floor
$7-10 sliding scale

Li Daiguo/Rick Parker Duo:

Li Daiguo is one of the leading figures in China's experimental and traditional music communities. Within the past decade, he has carved out a singular niche that few others occupy, that of skilled improvisational artist (he has a reputation for leaving jaws on the floor, layman and critic alike), musical polymath (proficient at a dozen different instruments alongside throat-singing and beatboxing) and dynamic live performer known for his eclectic collaborations with a seemingly limitless roster of colorful characters and ensembles, including transgressive Japanese butoh dancers, fellow all-star musicians (marquee names like Sainkho Namtchylak, Peter Scherr, FM3, Eyal Maoz, Shanir Bloomenkrantz, Kink Gong, Satoko Fujii, Sato Yuki ,Yan Jun, and Dickson Dee) and other lunatics that he meets when he is busking, an activity that he does anonymously from time to time.

Born in 1981 in Oklahoma, USA, to Chinese/Taiwanese parents, Li Daiguo received training in music from the age of 5, beginning with western classical music on violin and expanded to bluegrass, Chinese classical music (erhu, pipa) and double bass by the time he entered University. Li studied Literature and music at San Diego State University, focusing primarily on literary theory, world music (Finnish folk music, Chinese classical, Carnatic music), and contemporary classical composition and improvisation

After graduating in 2003 and relocating to mainland China in 2004, Li began to develop his compositional style and blend of extended techniques for bowed and plucked instruments, influenced largely by his studies of different traditions of music. In 2008 he also began to study the Shona mbira and has traveled to Zimbabwe to deepen his understanding of polyrhythms and ritual trance.

Combining jazz, experimental, electronic and rock, Rick Parker casts a broad net with his trombone playing augmented by electronics and synthesizers. His music has been described as "an expressive new-breed fusion, informed by a few generations of downtown experimentation." (Nate Chinen, New York Times) and his sound described as "a seductive, burnished tone that's animated by conversational improvisations." (John Murph, Downbeat Magazine).

Parker has resided in New York City since 2001 when he began studies for a masters in jazz performance and composition at NYU. He has worked with a large cross section of notable musicians and groups including Tim Berne, Mingus Big Band, Darcy James Argue Secret Society, Charli Persip, Frank Lacy, Super Hi-Fi, Tim Kuhl, Beninghove's Hangmen, hip hop legends the Wu Tang Clan, Ghostface Killah and DMC and Mexican pop stars Ximena Sarinana and Natalia LaFourcade. Since 2012 he has been a member of Ravish Momin's Tarana. Parker's innovative use of electronics with the trombone have allowed him to cross through many musical genres and even garnered the attention of manufacturers Electroharmonix and Eventide with whom he has consulted on the development of new pedals and effects.


After playing in bands like UN with Marcia Bassett (Double Leopards), Tara Burke began her solo project Fursaxa at the turn of the century. Taking a page out of Philadelphia's Ambient Consortium and the Bardo Pond school of acid-folk space exploration, Fursaxa also brings to mind elements of religious music, from church choirs to raga drones. Burke employs guitar, casio, Farfisa organ, accordian, dulcimer, effected vocals, drums, bells, flutes, and the kitchen sink without ever losing her otherworldly focus.- Jason Sigal/WFMU

Hallowed Bells:

Hallowed Bells is a collaboration between Darian Scatton (Still Sweet, Br'er, Snow Caps) and Alison Stout (Moon Pie, Death Chants). Using 1960s combo organs, Rhodes piano and an assortment of homemade and vintage analog and modern synthesizers, the project is an exploration in merging. Electronic songs-without-words and abstract soundscapes.

Fire Museum Presents :


(Frode Gjerstad/David Watson/Kevin Norton)

Lea Bertucci/Bhob Rainey duo

Daniel Levin

Tuesday, August 30th 8:00 PM
Da Vinci Art Alliance
704 Catharine Street
$7-10 sliding scale

Tipple (Norway/US):

"TIPPLE's music is not for the faint of heart: it is the result of many years dedicated to the free improvisation stream of music. Frode Gjerstad is known for being "the father of free jazz in Norway". He is one of the first Norwegian musicians to work with iconoclastic improvisers like Derek Bailey, John Stevens, Peter Brotzman, Evan Parker and many others. Besides leading many CDs of his own compositions, Kevin Norton worked with Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Joelle Leandre, J.D. Parran and many others. David Watson has revolutionized bagpipe playing for a new music context and collaborated with Ikue Mori, John Zorn, Christian Marclay, Zeena Parkins and many others. The trio is also an international project : Frode Gjerstad (saxes, clarinets) is from Stavanger, Norway, Kevin Norton (drums, vibes, percussion) is from the USA and David Watson (electric guitar & bagpipes) is originally from New Zealand." from Spectrum NYC show preview

"Tipple is a free improvising group, crossing the international boundary by joining the Norwegian Gjerstad with New York area players Watson and Norton. Watson performs on electric guitar, a quite different instrument from his frequent bagpipe forays, but his use of the guitar often brings the bluster of the bagpipe to call; at other times his playing is abstract but with a distorted edge, meandering around the point but always getting to it". - Squidco

Lea Bertucci/Bhob Rainey (NYC/Philadelphia):

Lea Bertucci is an American sound artist, composer and performer whose work describes relationships between acoustic phenomena and biological resonance. Her work often incorporates multi-channel speaker arrays, electroacoustic feedback, extended instrumental/vocal technique, and tape collage. As an instrumentalist, she takes an idiosyncratic approach to the amplification of woodwind instruments, creating organic yet electrified sonic interventions. Her debut solo LP, Resonance Shapes, was released in 2013 on the Obsolete Units label and has been praised by A Closer Listen as "A grand exploration of the possibilities inherent in sound". She is a 2016 MacDowell Fellow in composition and a 2015 ISSUE Project Room Artist-in-Residence. Her discography includes a number of solo and collaborative releases on various underground independent labels in the US and Europe, most recently, Axis/Atlas, on Clandestine Compositions.

Bhob Rainey is an award-winning composer / performer, saxophonist, and sound designer. He holds a Masters in Music Composition from New England Conservatory ('97), where he studied with iconoclastic microtonalist Joe Maneri, jazz legends Paul Bley and Ran Blake, and the mathematically gifted composer Pozzi Escot.

In 1998, with trumpeter Greg Kelley, Rainey founded the duo Nmperign, which was highly influential in an emerging phase of non-idiomatic improvisation often referred to as "lowercase" or "EAI" (Electroacoustic Improvisation). In 2000 he founded The BSC, an improvising large ensemble, in which he developed techniques for an improvisational discipline that were eventually outlined in his 2011 publication, Manual. Throughout the late 1990's and early 2000's he performed globally and collaborated with numerous improvisers across generations, including Axel Dorner, Andrea Neumann, Gunter Muller, Michel Doneda, Le Quan Ninh, and many others.

By the mid-2000's, while continuing to work in the realm of improvisation, Rainey began to produce electronic and algorithmic works. He spent five years collaborating with German composer Ralf Wehowsky (RLW) on the 2007 release, I don't think I can see you tonight, which, along with Nmperign and Jason Lescalleet's Love Me Two Times(2006), established him as a formidable electronic composer who synthesizes streams of Musique Concrete, computer music, and improvisation.

Rainey was awarded the Pew Fellowship in the Arts in 2013, and in 2014 he received a Subito grant from the American Composers Forum to complete a multimedia project with filmmaker Catherine Pancake. He is currently working with New Paradise Laboratories on a musically-driven follow up to O Monsters, with Jungwoong Kim on a multimedia dance installation, and with Leif Elggren and CM Von Hausswolff on the inauguration of the "Kingdom of Elgaland-Vargaland Embassy" in Philadelphia. To date, Rainey has over 30 releases as a leader or co-leader.

Daniel Levin (NY):

Daniel Levin is "one of the outstanding cellists working in the vanguard arena" (All About Jazz), "ridiculously fluent, virtually overflowing with ideas" (New York City Jazz Record) and "very much the man to watch." (Penguin Guide to Jazz). No matter what setting he plays in, cellist Daniel Levin occupies a musical space bordered by many kinds of music, but fully defined by none of them.

"Demonstrating an impressive breadth of texture and contrast, the cellist Daniel Levin comes well prepared for a career in jazz's contemporary avant-garde." (Nate Chinen, The New York Times)

Elements of European classical music, American jazz, microtonal and new music, and European free improvisation all figure prominently in his unique sound. As critic John Sharpe observes in The New York City Jazz Record, "he invokes all manner of musics with prodigious skill: jazz, classical, improv, noise, vocal chorus. His technique is unquestioned and he revels in the physicality of the instrument. Those with an adventurous streak or interest in the outer reaches of the cello universe will find much to savor."

Born in Burlington, Vermont, he began playing the cello at the age of six. In 2001, he graduated with a degree in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory of Music, and arrived on New York City jazz scene shortly therafter. Since then, Daniel has developed his own unique voice as a cellist, improviser, and composer. Ed Hazell noted upon release of Levin's first record as a leader, "Cellist Daniel Levin is a major new voice on his instrument and in improvised music." He has performed and/or recorded with Billy Bang, Borah Bergman, Tim Berne, Anthony Braxton, Gerald Cleaver, Andrew Cyrille, Mark Dresser, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, Tony Malaby, Mat Maneri, Joe Morris, William Parker, Ivo Perelman, Warren Smith, Ken Vandermark, and many others. Daniel is the recipient of a 2010 Jerome Foundation award.


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