Alabaster Museum Presents:
Oceans Roar 1000 Drums
Geb The Great Cackler
Wednesday, October 1st 7:00 PM
Random Tea Room
713 N 4th St
$8-10 sliding scale
Mecca Normal (Vancouver, BC):
Mecca Normal started in 1984 with the express purpose of changing the world. Writer Jean Smith turned her zine Smarten UP! – A How to Change the World Publication -- into a record label to release the first Mecca Normal LP in 1986.
In April 2009, Mecca Normal celebrated its 25th anniversary with 25 shows in 25 days, including university and high school presentations of "How Art & Music Can Change the World" -- a lecture intending to inspire audiences to consider adding political content to their creative self-expression.
Mecca Normal is known as a fore-runner and inspiration to the riot grrrl movement in the 90s. As part of the regional D-I-Y scene at that time, Mecca Normal co-founded the Black Wedge -- anti-authoritarian poets and minimalist musicians "setting wild hearts free, spreading the damn difficult word of how to combine poetry with activist resistance culture". At the Black Wedge show in Olympia (1986) Jean and Calvin met and traded LPs – Mecca Normal's first album (later to be re-issued on K) for the first beat happening record.
In 2010 Smith and Lester launched The Black Dot Museum of Political Art with a four-person exhibit in Olympia. In the fall of 2010, K Records will release INTERNATIONAL POP UNDERGROUND CXXXII -- Malachi and Blue Sky & Branches. Check the website for lyrics and videos.
Guitar player David Lester is the author of "The Listener graphic novel" (Arbeiter Ring Publsihing, 2010).
Profits from the sale of David Lester's first book "The Gruesome Acts of Capitalism" have raised over $2000 for the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture. David is the publisher at Get To The Point Editions -- a small press publishing poetry, graphics and fiction by community activists. His ongoing series of Inspired Agitators posters are featured in both the lecture and the Black Dot Museum of Political Art.
Vocalist Jean Smith is a painter, filmmaker and the author of two published novels. She is the recipient of two Canada Council for the Arts Awards as a writer of creative fiction. She runs Smarten UP! Records, a D-I-Y label for poets and minimalist musicians.
"Arguably the greatest rock band without a rhythm section ever, the duo of acid-voiced singer Jean Smith and guitar hero David Lester must be seen to be believed." -- Douglas Wolk
Oceans Roar 1000 Drums (Berlin/NYC):
began with weekly sessions at Todd Capp’s downtown Brooklyn residence in 2008. The trio of Capp (cymbals and drums), Andrew Lafkas (double bass + electronics), and Bryan Eubanks (saxophone electronics) quickly forged a friendship and fluid dynamic of collective musical improvisation. They have performed the personal and idiosyncratic music occasionally in NYC since 2009, released one CD in 2012 on ilse, and continue to develop their music on a regular basis, building on the foundation of their first two years of intensive work together.
Geb The Great Cackler (Philadelphia):
Justin Duerr (Northern Liberties, Hex Nine, et al) and Mandy Slipoj Katz (Beware The Blunted Needle, Vulgar Remedies, etc) join together as Geb, The Great Cackler!, an acoustic duo drawing upon their shared experiences of over a decade, personally, creatively, and both as one. "Geb was thought to represent the earth, he is often seen reclining beneath the sky goddess Nut. Geb was called 'the Great Cackler', and as such, was represented as a goose. It was in this form that he was said to have laid the egg from which the sun was hatched. He was believed to have been the third divine king of earth. The royal throne of Egypt was known as the 'throne of Geb' in honor of his great reign." - Richard Deurer
Fire Museum Presents:
Dada Tapan Kanti Baidya
Leyna Marika Papach
Sumit Banik - tabla
Wednesday, October 8th 8:00 PM
4014 Walnut St
Free (donations encouraged)
Dada Tapan Kanti Baidya:
Dada Tapan Kanti Baidya was born in Bangladesh. In 1976, he won the Gold Medal in the National Music Competition which enabled him to a full scholarship to study North Indian Classical Music at the Visva Bharati University in India. There he studied with variousmasters from different Gharana/schools such as Pt Prasun Kr Benergee, Smti Mamta Dasgupta (Patiala Gharana), Pt Nemai Chand Baral (Dagar Gharana Dhrupad), Ustad Eunus Hossain Khan (Khyal Agra/Atroli Gharana), Mohan Sing Khangura, Pt Aloke Chattergee (kirana Gharana Khyal).
After earning his Masters in Music in 1982, he returned to Bangladish where he served as a professor of North Indian Classical Vocal at the National music and arts academy in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He appeared regularly in public as well as television as a Classical vocal performer. In 1986, he established his school, Sadarang Sangit Shamaroha (Sadarang School of Music) based on his own style and technique of vocal performance (Gharana).
In 1992, he was invited by the Bangladesh Cultural Center in New York to open a classical Music department. After his arrival to New York, he taught at the Bangladesh Cultural Center NY, Bangladesh society of new york and Bangladesh association of New Jersey as well as frequent visits to teach in Florida and Washington DC. Also during this time, he established an organization called the Bangla Institue of performing arts which supports artists and performers in all fields of Indian traditional music (Dhrupad, Dhamar, Khyal, Tarana and Thumri). As a performer, he held concerts at venues such as the Ecosoc Hall--United Nations NY, Yale University, and John Hopkins University to name a few. He also performed and taught at the National Music College, Dhaka in his yearly return to Bangladesh. In 2002 he was invited to perform in India Habitat center in New Delhi, India.
In 2007, he formed the Sadarang Music Center in New York, and continues to teach children and continues to hold a large class of students. In his recent return to Bangladesh in January of 2011, he performed in a historical concert consisting of a 5 hour continuous performance of N.Indian Classical vocal Music at the Dhaka University.
Leyna Marika Papach:
Leyna Marika Papach is a composer, violinist, writer/director/choreographer from Japan and the United States. For the past fifteen years, she has been making time-based art in various forms with music as its internal logic. The five evening-length theater/dance pieces Leyna wrote and directed have been performed in Holland, Czech Republic, Japan, and the United States. As a violinist and improviser, she has worked with a wide range of musicians/groups such as J.G.Thirwell, Nels Cline, Carla Bozulich, DownTown Ensemble among many others, performing collaborative work as well as her own work at festivals/venues such as the BAM, Wels/Unlimited Festival, All Tomorrows Parties, Bang on a Can Marathon, Whitney Museum, HAU (Berlin), Queens Museum, The Stone, and Galapagos Arts Space. She also works as an accompanist for North Indian traditional music.
In theater/dance, Leyna has worked closely with directors such as Eric Ting, Michel Kouakou and Clarinda Mac Low amongst many others, leading to performances in Roundhouse Theater/Washington DC, Danse l’Afrique Danse! Festival in Paris/Tunisia, ITI conference in Manilla, and in NYC, venues such as BRIC Studio, Dance Theater Workshop, Joyce Soho and Danspace Project, HERE arts center and the TANK. Leyna studied violin at the Prague Academy of Music and holds a MFA in Sound/Music from Bard College. She also holds a Masters in Theater/Dance studies from Dasarts, Amsterdam
Fire Museum Presents:
Thursday, October 16th 8:00 PM
2152 E Dauphin St
$8-$10 sliding scale
"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. Gjerstad is know for being the “the father of free jazz in Norway”: one of the first Norwegian musicians to work with iconoclastic improvisers like Derek Bailey, John Stevens, Peter Brötzman, Evan Parker and many others. Norton besides leading many CDs of his own compositions, has worked with Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Joëlle Léandre, J.D. Parran and many others. 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
"FRODE GJERSTAD/KEVIN NORTON/DAVID WATSON - Tipples (FMR 299; UK) This is unique trio features David Watson on electric guitar, Frode Gjerstad on alto sax & clarinets and Kevin Norton on vibes, marimba & drum-set. I know that Frode and Kevin have played and recorded together on several occasions but this is the first time either have worked with Downtowner (& former New Zealander) David Watson, also known as fine bagpipes player and someone not so well-recorded. Right from the gitgo, this is tight, high-end improv at its most exciting.
This trio is extremely well balanced and tight as they work together and interact quickly. Mr. Norton switches between marimba, vibes, drum-set and assorted percussion at a moment's notice, reacting quickly and twisting different patterns inside out. Some sections are quite violent and intense and explosive yet the trio remains focused, speeding up and slowing down together. When things calm down, like on "Ripple", different textures and sonic combinations emerge and draw us in, in un expected ways. I've caught David Watson playing improv nights & in game pieces with John Zorn and Ikue Mori on occasion. He is an impressive player on electric guitar. Good to hear him more closely on a fine disc such as this" - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery April 29, 2011
Keir Neuringer (Philadelphia):
Keir Neuringer is a musician and interdisciplinary artist who is involved in creative arts communities in Poland, Holland, and the US. He has cultivated a personal and intensely physical approach to saxophone improvisation, plays analogue electronics and Farfisa organ, and sings and narrates text. After training as a composer and jazz saxophonist in the US, he spent two years on a Fulbright research grant in Krakow. He then moved to The Hague, where he spent eight years, curating performative audiovisual art and earning a masters degree from the experimental ArtScience Institute. He lives in Philadelphia and continues to travel widely to present his work, collaborating closely with Rafal Mazur, Ensemble Klang, and Julius Masri, among many others.
"…with Neuringer’s music…mortal purpose is a given."
(Bill Meyer, September 2014 issue of Wire Magazine)
Fire Museum Presents:
duo with special guest Nick Millevoi
Sunday, October 19th 7:30 PM
2152 E Dauphin St
$8-$10 sliding scale
Colin Fisher (Toronto):
Mulch-instrumentalist (guitar, saxophone, drums, guzheng, tambour, flutes, misc instruments) and composer. Colin Fisher is an active voice in the Improvised, Rock, Folk, Experimental and Creative Music Community in North America.
Has been most active with Not the wind not the flag, Elfin Choirs (solo project), Bernice, Many Arms, I Have Eaten The City, Bad Breath, HAHA, Body Help, Pick-A-Piper, Steve Kado’s 2003 band, New Civilization, Prince Enoki Insect Orchestra, - Colin has appeared and collaborated with: Anthony Braxton, Caribou, Jah Youssouf, Rhys Chattam, William Parker, Dominic Duval, Sabir Mateen, Joe Mcphee, Maury Coles, David Daniels, Chris Kelsey, Paul Hession, and many others.
Mike Gennaro (Toronto):
Mike Gennaro has collaborated with several highly regarded musicians including European free jazz saxophonists John Butcher and Mats Gustafsson, American avant-country guitarist Eugene Chadbourne and Toronto indie soul act Mantler, among others. He has performed at the International Pop Overthrow, Beaches Jazz Festival and has made two appearances at the Toronto International Jazz Festival. He has also performed throughout Europe and has been playing Toronto clubs since the mid 90s.
Nick Millevoi (Philadelphia):
Nick Millevoi is a Philadelphia-based guitarist who explores and expands upon the sound of the electric guitar through frequent use of non-traditional tunings, feedback, and raw noise. On his most recent solo-guitar releases, Numbers on the Side (Ivory Antler, 2014) and In White Sky (Flenser Records, 2012), Millevoi combines his 6- and 12-string electric guitars with drones and extreme volume to create a startling new sound. Nick is a member of the noise-rock-free jazz trio Many Arms, who have two releases on John Zorn's Tzadik label. Nick makes one half of the duo Archer Spade with trombonist Dan Blacksberg, who have performed music by composers Mick Barr, Gene Coleman, Dave Soldier, and Johnny DeBlase.
Bad Luck (Seattle):
Chris Icasiano and saxophonist Neil Welch have developed a unique musical voice together - Bad Luck has become a sonic outlet to be reckoned with. In the highly trodden medium of drums and saxophone, Bad Luck proves that there is much left to be said.
Called “One of the best Seattle jazz recordings in years” (Earshot Jazz) Bad Luck was awarded the “Best Outside Jazz Group” of 2009 by Earshot Magazine, and a finalist for “Best Avant Group” in the 2009 Inside Out awards. Performing all original compositions, the pair use live loops and pedals to create an astounding range of sound. Icasiano and Welch can quickly shift into fierce improvisations, sound art and carefully constructed harmonic palettes. A duo with skin tight precision and melodic inventiveness, their music is set off by a commanding stage presence.
While both students at the University of Washington, Welch and Icasiano began a musical relationship that continues to evolve with each meeting. Nominated for ‘2009 Northwest Instrumentalist of the year’ by Earshot Magazine, Drummer Chris Icasiano is an important part of the new music scene in Seattle. He is involved with many collaborative and creative projects ranging from the avant-garde to indie and Senegalese music. Icasiano is a member of the avant-jazz group Speak which made its debut appearance in Europe as a headlining act at the Saalfelden Jazz Festival in the Summer of 2010. Speak’s self-titled April release was met with glowing reviews and raved as, “A debut rocket ride of outstanding quality…” by BBC Music. Saxophonist Neil Welch is both a dedicated acoustic solo performer and a member of various electric and world music projects. His “unique, distinctive, and intelligent new music” jazzreview.com spans wide areas of musical territory. A dedicated avant-gardist, Welch’s approach to the saxophone shows its true potential as an instrument of innovation.
Skyler Skjelset (Brooklyn):
Skyler Skjelset is a musician and hobbyist photographer from Seattle, Washington, currently living in Brooklyn, NY. Best known for his time with the folk phenomenon Fleet Foxes, Skyler has set off on his own to create his own brand of experimental ambient rock. Backed by droning rhythms and topped with fleeting and aetheric musical intrusions, Skjelset's full-length album Noh is an introspective and compelling grouping of sweeping musical soundscapes, lacking genre or clear definition of any kind.
Fire Museum Presents:
Saturday, October 25th 8:00 PM
2152 E Dauphin St
$8-$10 sliding scale
Li Daiguo/Rick Parker Duo (China/US):
In the summer of 2014, Rick Parker travelled from New York City to the town of Dali located in the Yunnan province in Southwest China to collaborate with acclaimed multi instrumentalist Li Daiguo. Parker is widely recognized for his incorporation of electronic effects with his trombone and synthesizers and Li is considered one of the most captivating solo experimental traditional performers in China with his mastery of cello, pipa, throat singing, shona mbira, a variety of Chinese ethnic flutes and beatboxing. In Dali the duo performed 2 improvised sets to a packed house at the popular venue September (Jiyuè). Parker and Li plan to continue developing this cross cultural collaboration with their next meeting scheduled to take place in New York City and Philadelphia this October 2014.
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 butohdancers, fellow all-star musicians (marquee names like Sainkho Namtchylak, Rick Parker, 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.
LI DAIGUO makes music with the following instruments: pipa, nanyin pipa, members of the huqin family (including the erhu, sihu and banhu erxian), a variety of ethnic flutes (including the hulusi, koudi, bawu,xiao and the nanxiao, the Chinese predecessor of the better-known Japanese shakuhachi), shona mbira, violin, viola, cello, beatboxing and overtone singing.
Combining jazz, experimental, electronic and rock, Rick Parker casts a broad net with his trombone playing augmented by electronics and synthesizers. His music is “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, Cage the Elephant, hip hop legends the Wu Tang Clan and DMC and mexican pop stars Ximena Sariñana and Natalia LaFourcade. Since 2012 he has been a member of Ravish Momin’s Tarana, performing at festivals, universities and major concerts in USA, Mexico and Europe. 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.
As a bandleader, Rick Parker’s music traverses multiple cultures and musical genres. His jazz quintet, The Rick Parker Collective, has released two albums on Fresh Sound New Talent and WJF records. Parker also has two albums with Little Worlds, a collaboration that ventures into the music of classical composer Bela Bartok. 9 Volt, with Israeli guitarist Eyal Maoz, is a brash experimental jazz/rock trio, whose debut album on OutNow Recordings featured Tim Berne. Alongside Mexican musicians Hernan Hecht and Mark Aanderud, the band 4Limones has toured the USA and Mexico. Most recently, Parker has entered into a collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Li Daiguo (cello, pipa, throat singing, beatboxing).
Northern Valentine (Philadelphia):
Northern Valentine is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania based ambient/drone-rock collective. Their music is largely improvisational and is typically set to original films that the collective has created.
Coaxing sounds from electric and acoustic sources, they weave meditative drones and soundscapes with "barely there" post-rock instrumentation to create a tapestry that Phil McMullen [Terrascope Online] refers to as "minimalist ambiance at its best. Heartfelt, soulful and affecting, like gazing into a scrapbook of memories".
Northern Valentine are:
Robert Brown, Amy Brown, Matthew Primak, Jeffrey Bumiller, and Ben Fleury-Steiner
Fatima Adamu (Philadelphia):
Fatima Adamu grew up in Nigeria, West Africa and was passionate about movement from a young age. Her love of painting, dance and singing has led her to incorporate all three into many of her performances. Her music and acting have been featured in films shown across the United States and at the Festival Espacio Enter in the Canary Islands, Spain. She has also performed her dances in the United States, Nigeria and Canada.
11/1 - Thollem McDonas @ House Gallery 1816
11/5 - Junzo Suzuki & Kohotek @ The Marvelous
12/13 _ Daniel Carter/Will Arvo duo @ House Gallery 1816
12/20- Tatsuya Nakatani, Bonnie Kane & tbd
All shows at First Banana unless otherwise noted
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