Fire Museum Presents:

Jill Burton/Michael Evans/Jack Wright

Shining Wizard


Wednesday, March 4th 8:00 PM
Aux Performance Space/Vox Populi Gallery
319 N. 11th street, 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA
$7-10 sliding scale

Jill Burton/Michael Evans/Jack Wright Trio (Gainesville/NYC/Easton):

"...Burton is a lounge queen, animal imitator, lawdy mama--she's terrific!...profound incoherence..."--R.J. Smith, Village Voice
" of the great foundation improvisors of America..."--LaDonna Smith, Red Mountain Post
"...a performance artist of singular, non-assaultive, exploratory talent..."--Porter Anderson, Tampa Tribune

Extended vocalist/holistic/sound/movement/energy worker/performance artist JILL BURTON was a professional ballerina, modern dancer, dance teacher and accompanist, and free improviser in Gainesville FL during the 1970s. She lived in Manhattan's East Village from 1981-1991 where she was very active as part of the downtown experimental music/dance/performance art scene; including co-founding, w/Rain Worthington, the band HIZOHI (which also included Jane Scarpantoni, Yuval Gabay, and Kumiko Kimoto). She has been privileged to work with and learn from artists from the Peking Opera, the Noh Theater, and Alaska Native Tlingit dancers and storytellers.In other words, she’s badass.

Michael Evans is an improvising drummer/percussionist/ thereminist/composer whose work investigates and embraces the collision of sound and theatrics. As well as being a drumset player, his work with unusual sound sources includes found objects, homemade instruments, the theremin and various digital and homemade analog electronics. He has studied movement/sparring/drumming with Professor Milford Graves, drum technique with Joe Morello, tabla with Misha Masud, kanjira with Ganesh Kumar and Haitian/Afro-Cuban hand drumming with John Amira. He has studied musicianship with Helen Hobbs Jordan, composition with Richard Cameron Wolf, Blue Gene Tyranny and the theremin with Pamelia Kurstin.

Described twenty years ago as an "undergrounder by design," Jack Wright has been a saxophone improviser traveling through the US and Europe since the early 80s in search of interesting partners and playing situations. Now at 72 he is still the "Johnny Appleseed of Free Improvisation," as guitarist Davey Williams called him. His range is from fiery, breathless free jazz to quiet, breath-filled, and often animalistic sounds. A reviewer for the Washington Post said, "In the rarefied, underground world of experimental free improvisation, saxophonist Jack Wright is king".

Shining Wizard (Montreal):

Shining Wizard is a Montreal band featuring Farley Miller on drums (Feefawfum, L'Appel du Vide, Cannot Be Stopped) and Alex Pelchat on guitar (Drøm Før Du Dør, Gens Chrétiens, Leftovers Diable). Their most recent recording, YEAH NO, is available on their own imprint, Bricodisque. Other Shining Wizard releases have been made available by Cuchabata Records and Misery Loves Co. For fans of Han Bennink, Keiji Haino and Sonic Youth.

Ravenact (Berlin/NYC):

Ravenact is the new project by violinist Sara Walraf (Berlin) and pianist Liz Kosack (NYC/Berlin). They move between voices, instruments, light and shadows and respond to a call into subtext and inter-space. Based on Sara’s poetry they compose and explore the dimensions of dialogue.

Fire Museum Presents:

Helena Espvall

solo and with members of

Bardo Pond

Saturday, March 7th 8:00 PM
The First Banana
2152 E. Dauphin Street
Philadelphia, PA
$7-10 sliding scale


Helena Espvall (Lisbon):

Helena Espvall started to play electric guitar as a bored teenager in northern Sweden, and went on to take cello lessons and was never bored again. After having played in rock bands, a silent movie orchestra, an arabian ensemble and being inspired to play free improvised music by a shocking Eugene Chadbourne performance, she moved to the US in 2000,where she spends much of her time collaborating with dancers, playing with folk psych band Espers and singing bossa nova and Swedish traditional songs. Helena has performed several times at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, twice at the High Zero Festival of improvised music in Baltimore, MD, at the Improvised and Otherwise Festival in Brooklyn, NY, at Big Sur experimental festival in California and at Terrastock 2006 & 2008 among others. Espvall has received grants for artist residencies in Mojacar, Spain and at CESTA in Tabor, Czech Republic, and was invited to play at OpenCircuit InterAct, an international festival for improvised music in Hasselt, Belgium, last May where she performed with Chris Corsano, Paul Flaherty, C. Spencer Yeh, Daniel Carter and others. In 2006 she released her debut solo album Nimis & Arx on Fire Museum/Pax records. She has worked with Lukas Ligeti, Fursaxa, Damon & Naomi, Bert Jansch, Masaki Batoh (Ghost), Vashti Bunyan and many more.

Bardo Pond (Philadelphia):

Loosely formed in 1989 by guitar wielding art student siblings, Michael and John Gibbons, Bardo Pond became a reality in 1991 with the addition of vocalist and flautist, Isobel Sollenberger, bassist, Clint Takeda and drummer, Joe Culver (replaced in 1999 by trainee librarian, Ed Farnsworth). After releasing a string of 7” singles and debut album, Bufo Alvarius Amen 29:15, the fledgling band signed to Matador Records, for whom they produced their breakthrough second album, 1996’s Amanita. Bardo Pond released a further three albums for Matador – Lapsed (1997), Set and Setting (1999), Dilate (2001) – in addition to a number of spin off releases, garnered from outtakes and side projects and sold in strictly limited numbers at the band’s acclaimed and increasingly improvisational live shows. - ATP bio

Alabaster Museum Presents:


Nick Millevoi/Scott Verrastro duo

Bonnie Kane/Dave Miller duo

Sunday, March 8th 8:00 PM
The First Banana
2152 E. Dauphin Street
Philadelphia, PA
$7-10 sliding scale

Hypercolor (NYC):

Eyal Maoz, James Ilgenfritz, and Lukas Ligeti make up Hypercolor, the NYC- based spastic jazz-rock hybrid whose ridiculous artsong craftsmanship alternately revels in complexity or brazen simplicity, favoring entropy and near-disaster over order or tidiness Like experimental grafting surgery gone horribly awry, Hypercolor bears limbs borrowed from 80s NYC No-Wave, and early jazz/rock, and orchestral rock textures.

Eyal Maoz is a guitarist, composer, Tzadik and Ayler Records artist and a guest member of John Zorn's Cobra. "There's no doubt Eyal Maoz is in an exclusive club of post-Jimi Hendrix guitarists who include Nels Cline, Hilmar Jensson, Scott Fields, David Torn, and the legendary Terje Rypdal."- Michael G. Nastos - All Music Guide. September 2009. Transcending the boundaries of genre, composer and percussionist Lukas Ligeti has developed a musical style of his own that draws upon downtown NY experimentalism, contemporary classical music, jazz, electronica, and world music, particularly from Africa. Brooklyn composer, bassist, and educator James Ilgenfritz has been active in creative music since the late 90s. His work has been praised in Time Out New York, All About Jazz, and Downbeat Magazine. Recent performances include work with Lukas Ligeti, Pauline Oliveros, John Zorn, and Anthony Braxton.

Nick Millevoi/Scott Verrastro (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.

Drummer/percussionist Scott Verrastro utilizes a plethora of sticks, brushes, bells, shakers, cymbals and gongs, metal, contact mics, and household items -- in addition to a traditional drum kit -- to coax a wide palette of sounds. Verrastro received a degree in music literature from Northeastern University in Boston and continues to examine many forms of music, including all styles of improvisation and traditional folk. His improv psych band Kohoutek veers from drony Krautrock-inspired psych to abstract noise freak-outs and everything in between. Verrastro also plays in an all-percussion duo with Nathan Bowles (of Pelt/Black Twigs/Spiral Joy Band) and the Philly ensemble Curanderos (an improv collaboration between Bardo Pond and Kohoutek), and often accompanies multi-instrumentalist John Stanton in Kuschty Rye Ergot and guitarist Jeff Barsky in Insect Factory. Verrastro has also collaborated with saxophonists Marshall Allen (of Sun Ra Arkestra), Peter Brotzmann, Elliott Levin, Paul Flaherty, and John Dikeman, and has performed with JANDEK, vibraphonist Khan Jamal, George Kinney (of Golden Dawn), Damo Suzuki (of Can), Richard Pinhas (of Heldon), multi-instrumentalists Mike Tamburo and Little Howlin' Wolf, and bands such as Bardo Pond, Fern Knight, and United Bible Studies.

Bonnie Kane/Dave Miller (Philadelphia/NYC):

From the beginning of the band W.O.O., to the development of the W.hole O.ther O.rbit network, which includes her legendary projects: W.O.O.Revelator, WORLD OF TOMORROW, and Mambo Mantis, to her duet recordings with Kevin Shea, Federico Ughi, Jeffrey Hayden Shurdut, and Ernesto Diaz- Infante, to her guest recordings with the John Spencer Blues Explosion and The Brian Wilson Shock Treatment, Bonnie Kane has always sought the magic of the moment, bringing her Fresh Sound Guarantee to every performance.

Her dedication to improvisation was influenced by an unusually early and continuous exposure to Sun Ra (she grew up in Philadelphia, and was blessed by June Tyson), a background of equal parts: Hendrix, Ayler, and Zappa - and studies with Sonny Simmons, Paul McCandless, Glenn Moore, Ralph Towner (Oregon), and Jon Raskin (ROVA Saxophone Quartet). A stint in the original Club Foot Orchestra (whose members included Snakefinger (The Residents) and Eric Drew Feldman (Captain Beefheart), introduced her to electronic processing for horns, and a brief study at Mills College under Anthony Braxton solidified her direction.
Bonnie terms her work in the area of feedback and extended saxophone technique, as avant-core, a music she defines as mixing the extremes of psychedelic rock and hard core with the energies of avant garde jazz.

Dave Miller is a drummer, improviser, educator and composer residing in New York City. His musical projects include Fire Maidens From Outer Space (with Bonnie Kane), Pet Bottle Ningen, Guiseppi Logan Quartet, Carter/Niggenkemper/Miller (with Daniel Carter) & others. Collaborations include Martin Bisi, Jonas Labhart, Chuck Bettis, Rob Duguay, Blaise Siwula, John Zorn, Matsumoto Kenichi, Noah Preminger, Natsuki Tamura, Chris DiMeglio, Valerie Kuehne, Bern Nix, David Moss, Steve Swell, Karl Berger, Demian Richardson, Dave Burrell, Koh Ohteru and many others.

Fire Museum Presents:

Ava Mendoza’s Unnatural Ways

Weasel Walter/Chris Pitsiokos duo

Saturday, March 14th 8:30 PM
Red Horse Studio
1550 East Montgomery Ave
Philadelphia, PA
$7-10 sliding scale

Ava Mendoza’s Unnatural Ways (NYC):

UNNATURAL WAYS is the main project of Brooklyn-based guitarist Ava Mendoza. Formed in early 2012 in Oakland, CA, the band's short but eventful time on the planet has included tours of Europe and the eastern and western USA. The original lineup consisted of Mendoza on guitar and voice, Dominique Leone- keys, and Nick Tamburro (The Dead Science)- drums. After relocating to Brooklyn in fall 2013, Mendoza reformed the band with NY musicians Tim Dahl (Child Abuse, Lydia Lunch Retrovirus)- bass and Nick Podgurski (ex Extra Life, Feast of the Epiphany)- drums. The group has developed a sound marrying the intense energy of early free jazz to instantly memorable songs. Winding their way through complex heavy rock, avant jazz and warped, noisy blues, the players push the boundaries of their own vocabularies and the written music to put on powerful and unpredictable live shows.

“My name is Ava Mendoza. I play guitars and stompboxes and write music. I have played guitar for most of my life and been active for the last decade playing my own music and in many different groups. In any context I try to bring expressivity, energy and a wide sonic range to the music I play. I've toured throughout the U.S. and Europe and recorded or performed with a broad spectrum of musicians including pop-folk band Tune-Yards, Fred Frith (Henry Cow, Art Bears, Massacre), singer Carla Bozulich (The Geraldine Fibbers, Evangelista), Nels Cline (guitar hero of Wilco), members of ROVA saxophone quartet, and more. I've played on recordings released by labels Weird Forest, Tzadik, Clean Feed, NotTwo, ugEXPLODE, Resipiscent, Tompkins Square, Bridge Records, Edgetone, Table and Chairs, and others..” - bio

Weasel Walter/Chris Pitsiokos duo (Philadelphia/NYC):

Weasel Walter is a composer and instrumentalist who founded the band The Flying Luttenbachers in Chicago in 1991 with late jazz cult figure Hal Russell and is a current member of Cellular Chaos and Lydia Lunch Retrovirus. Over the years, The Flying Luttenbachers included noted Chicago musicians such as Ken Vandermark, Jeb Bishop, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Dylan Posa, and Michael Colligan, while creating an uncompromising and mercurial body of abstract music drawing equally from no wave, death metal,free jazz, gamelan, noise music, hardcore punk and modern classical. Walter moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2003, where he formed the latest of many Luttenbachers lineups, remaining on percussion with the addition of bassist Mike Green (Burmese), and virtuoso guitarist Ed Rodriguez (now in Deerhoof). Singular guitar phenomenon Mick Barr (Krallice, Octis, Orthrelm) joined the group in 2005. The Flying Luttenbachers ceased to operate in late 2007. On November 25, 2009, Weasel Walter moved to New York City and joined the band Behold... The Arctopus. He also formed Cellular Chaos with Marc Edwards (drummer) and Ceci Moss. He recently relocated to Philadelphia.

Chris Pitsiokos is a composer and improviser who performs primarily on alto saxophone. His work draws from elements of contemporary classical, noise, contemporary improvisation, and jazz. Influences include Merzbow, Ornette Coleman, Helmut Lachenmann, and Iannis Xenakis. Recent collaborators include Tyshawn Sorey, Peter Evans, Kevin Shea, Sam Pluta, Philip White, Marc Edwards, Brian Chase, and Weasel Walter. In addition to performing and composing music, Chris runs his own record label, Eleatic Records, curates the Gadfly Series at LES venue Spectrum, and programs a radio show at WKCR.

Alabaster Museum Presents:

Sir Richard Bishop

Robert Millis


Sunday, April 12th 8:00 PM
The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA
Free (Donations Accepted and Appreciated)

Sir Richard Bishop:

Richard Bishop is an experimental guitarist whose improvisations and compositions often reflect the shadow worlds of India, the Middle East, North Africa, and other points along the Gypsy trail. 

Richard is perhaps best known as a founding member (along with brother Alan Bishop) of experimental ethnic-improv pioneers and underground tricksters Sun City Girls, who for nearly 30 years have produced an extensive discography of over 50 full length albums, 20 one-hour cassettes and a dozen 7” records. Sun City Girls formed in 1981 after the Bishop brothers' stint in the group Paris 1942 which also featured J. Akkari and former Velvet Underground drummer Moe Tucker.

Richard's first solo record, Salvador Kali, was released by John Fahey's esteemed Revenant label in 1998 under the moniker Sir Richard Bishop (the name stuck). In 2005, Bishop began performing relentlessly as a solo artist, playing throughout Europe, Australia, and the United States.  In May of 2010, Drag City released the album False Flag by Rangda, a new group featuring Bishop, Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance, Comets on Fire), and Chris Corsano (Flower-Corsano Duo, Flaherty/Corsano, Jandek, Bjork, etc). In September of 2012, a second Rangda album came into existence, this one entitled Formerly Extinct.

Richard was also a co-founder of the Sublime Frequencies label (with Alan Bishop and Hisham Mayet). The label, whose mission is dedicated to acquiring and releasing obscure sights and sounds from Africa, India, S.E. Asia and beyond, began in 2003 and currently has over 65 releases to its credit. 

"Bishop is a splendid acoustic guitarist with a sure touch and an impressive vocabulary gleaned from the Spanish flamenco and North Indian classical traditions with a bit of Belgian Django Reinhardt's gypsy swing jazz mixed in." - Bill Meyer (Ink Blot Magazine)

Robert Millis:

I have a golden childhood memory of an attic in a very old house. Crawling through the dark, creaking front part of the attic I found a room bathed in sunlight, with a pile of forgotten books.  On top of this book throne sat an old wind-up gramophone. This memory informs my work:  the sense of exploration, the secrets old books and 78rpm records hold in their designs, the scars of their age, their receding sounds and stories.

I am a founding member of Climax Golden Twins and AFCGT, a solo artist and a frequent contributor to the Sublime Frequencies label. I have scored long and short films, created sound installations, produced and designed audio projects, and released many LPs and CDs. My work veers haphazardly between sound art, music concrete, instrumental, improv, field recording, song and collage. I have a deep interest in folk and traditional music, so imagine Pete Seeger trying to cover Revolution 9 by the Beatles.

During 2012 and 2013 I was a Senior Fulbright Research Scholar in India studying Indian music, sound art and the early recording industry.


Psychedelic improvisational blowout with members of Bardo Pond and Kohoutek. Kosmische raga drone, heavy on the electronics and alien percussion, traversing the same hypnodelic territory both bands are known for. RIYL: Ash Ra Tempel, Agitation Free, Guru Guru, Trad Gras Och Stenar, Taj Mahal Travellers, etc.- bio

Fire Museum Presents:

Daniel Levin Quartet with

Nate Wooley

Matt Moran

Pedro Ström

Bobby Zankel Group

Wednesday, April 15th 8:00 PM
Aux Performance Space at Vox Populi Gallery
319 N 11th Street, 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA
$7-10 sliding scale

Daniel Levin Quartet:

Cellist Daniel Levin’s drummerless quartet occupies a musical space bordered by many kinds of music, but fully defined by none of them. Elements of European classical music, American jazz, microtonal and new music, and European free improvisation all figure prominently in the band’s unique sound. But as critic Chris Mays observes in All About Jazz, “Like all the most successful post-modern creative ventures, Levin’s quartet positions its antecedents in plain sight, but rises above them to create something novel, fascinating and unmistakably of its own time.” Levin and his quartet with trumpeter Nate Wooley, vibraphonist Matt Moran, and bassist Pedro Ström, is “a provocatively assembled group of adventurous musicians,” that makes music with “the wild chaos of nature somehow centered in a sense of harmonious majesty,” according to critic Donald Elfman.

Without drums, Levin and his band mates are free to explore rhythm, melody, timbre, and texture in extremely subtle and varied ways, creating an alluring braid of lines shaded by autumnal colors, vocal inflections, and precise dynamics. “This group is able to rethink the dynamics and dialectic of a “jazz” group and find new phrasing, spacing and modes of interaction,” notes Elfman. Levin’s compositions set a lyrical tone suffused with mystery and ambiguity. But the quartet remains poised and open to the possibilities offered by the music. “For all its balance and clarity,” says Point of Departure, “the music tempers its delicacy with a dark, unsentimental edge that pushes it past the polite banter of chamber jazz into something deeper and truer.”

Nate Wooley’s playing has often been cited as being a part of an international revolution in improvised trumpet.  Along with Peter Evans and Greg Kelley, Wooley is considered one of the leading lights of the American movement to redefine the physical boundaries of the horn.  A combination of vocalization, extreme extended technique, noise and drone aesthetics, amplification and feedback, and compositional rigor has led one reviewer to call his solo recordings “exquisitely hostile”.

Vibraphonist and tunesmith Matt Moran "plays the vibraphone like a speed-chess master, always darting off into flurries of ingenious, unexpected activity" (Village Voice). He has performed and recorded with artists as diverse as Mat Maneri, Lionel Hampton, Combustible Edison, Ellery Eskelin, and Saban Bajramovic. Moran's sound is integral to an innovative group of New York musicians who blur the boundaries of composition, improvisation, and folk traditions.

"The ridiculously talented" (Number 1 Magazine) Portuguese-Scandinavian bassist Pedro Ström is a consistently innovative voice in the global Free Music community.  He has contributed his big warm sound and unique harmonic mind to a vast array of performances, both live and on record. In the past few years, he has worked with Carlos Garnett, Sonny Fortune, Sonny Simmons, Ivo Perelman, Benny Golson, Benny Bailey, Mulato Aztatke, Jonas Kullhammar, Kresten Osgood, Lotte Anker, Fredrik Ljungqvist, Magnus Broo, and Martin Küchen, to name a few.

Bobby Zankel Group:

Bobby Zankel began playing music at an early age, soon favoring the alto saxophone. After studying at the University of Wisconsin, he attended Berklee College Of Music, then went on to attain a BA degree from Empire State College (State University of New York). In the early 70s, he attracted favorable attention during a spell with Cecil Taylor’s Unit Core Ensemble. Concurrently, Zankel’s reputation spread within the adventurous New York loft scene owing to performances with Ray Anderson, Sunny Murray, William Parker and others. From 1975, Zankel became resident in Philadelphia where he raised his family meanwhile becoming a respected and in-demand sideman with many artists, notably those associated with the city’s thriving jazz scene. Groups he was with in these years, in Philadelphia and elsewhere, include the Hank Mobley -Sonny Gillete Quintet, Jymmie Merritt’s Forerunners, Odean Pope’s Saxophone Choir, and Ruth Naomi Floyd. He continued to work with Taylor, including visiting Europe. As a performer, Zankel delivers intricate virtuoso bop playing with an intensely emotional core. Zankel was also continuing with his studies, now with Dennis Sandole, becoming a skilled and significant composer. As leader and sideman he has appeared at numerous festivals. His compositions have been performed by Lester Bowie, Coles, Marilyn Crispell, Pope, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Peterson and others. Active in music education, Zankel has been artist-in-residence at the Downington and Jarrettown schools, and has also been artist-in-residence for programmes within the Philadelphia prison system. He presently performs with his Warriors Of The Wonderful Sound. Tonight he will be joined by Michael Szekely on drums and Matt Engle on bass.

Fire Museum Presents:

Bhob Rainey

Buck Hammerstein & Clear River Chapaukee

Flandrew Fleisenberg/Connor Przybyszewski

Thursday, April 30th 7:30 PM
Random Tea Room & Curiosity Shop
713 N. 4th Street
Philadelphia, PA
$7-10 sliding scale

Bhob Rainey (Philadelphia):

Bhob Rainey is an award-winning composer / performer, saxophonist, and sound designer. In 1998, with trumpeter Greg Kelley, he founded the duo Nmperign, which quickly became a model for a new 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 of both the (then) current and previous generations, including Axel Dörner, Andrea Neumann, Günter Müller, Michel Doneda, Lê 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 Concréte, computer music, and improvisation.

Throughout his career, Rainey has sought out cross-discipline collaborations, working with dancers, filmmakers, and theater companies. From 2012-2014 he worked with theater company New Paradise Labs to create The Adults, which premiered at the 2014 Philadelphia Fringe Festival to much acclaim. He created the soundtrack to Leah Ross's 2013 film, Levitate, which premiered that year at the Rooftop Film Festival in New York City, and he performed live in Jungwoong Kim's and Marion Ramirez's site-specific dance work, Capsized, at the National Asian American Theater Festival in Philadelphia in 2014. To date, Rainey has over 30 releases as a leader or co-leader.

Buck Hammerstein & Clear River Chapaukee (Berlin/Montreal):

Canadian trumpeter Clear River Chapaukee and French saxophonist Buck Hammerstein met at the New England Conservatory in 2010. Their first duo album “the Goats of Palm Beach” (2012) was followed in 2013 by “Part and Parcel”(Bug Incision Records), in trio with renowned guitarist Joe Morris. With Anthony Coleman's Survivors Breakfast, they appear on “The End of Summer”, (Tzadik), 2013.They have extensively toured the North-East and Canada, appearing on bills with Bhob Rainey, Peter Evans and Peter Negroponte to name a few.

Buck Hammerstein graduated from a master in Contemporary Improvisation at the New England Conservatory in 2012. He Studied composition and improvisation with Anthony Coleman, Joe Morris, and Frank Carlberg. He has been fascinated for many years by the music of Turkey and the Balkans and has had the chance to meet masters such as Manos Achalinotopoulos, Peter Ralchev and Adam Stinga. Has played with Joe Morris, Frank London, Ted Reichman, Asan Rashid, Luther Gray and Slavic Soul Party across the US, Canada, Italy, Germany and Portugal in venues such as The Stone, Issue Project Room, Barbes, Washington DC’S Kennedy Center, Errichetta Festival.

Clear Water Chapaukee was the assistant principal trumpet of the Regina Symphony Orchestra. He resigned in 2009 to pursue studies in improvisation and contemporary composition at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Quickly becoming an important figure in the New-England experimental scene, his time in Boston facilitated projects and performances with many notable improvisers such as Joe Morris, Anthony Coleman, and Ikue Mori. Since 2013 he lives in Montreal, where he continues to play, compose, and lead « Electricity is Magic »'s yearly « compositions by improvisers » residency.

Flandrew Fleisenberg/Connor Przybyszewski (Philadelphia):

flandrew fleisenberg plays percussion on an ever changing assortment of ephemera and modified drum parts coaxing texture and tone both familiar and bizarre. Attentive to room resonance, ambience and collaborator, fleisenberg playfully utilizes sound and presence to explore space, time, and relationships. A graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston) with a focus in conceptual art, he is musically self-taught and has developed a cadre of idiosyncratic techniques that are all his own. flandrew has been involved in the improvised and creative music community since 2001 performing solo, in ad-hoc improv groupings, and in set projects. A recent migrant to Philadelphia, fleisenberg is an active producer and advocate of improvised and experimental music and dance across the region.

Connor Przybyszewski is an improvising trombone player known for his work with Sonic Liberation Front/Sonic 8, Space Whale Orchestra and others.


4/10 - Tom Swafford/Lee Todd Lacks, Kate Olson & a cast of others!
5/9 - 75 Dollar Bill & Mitch Esparza @ Pageant Soloveev
5/15 - Bhob Rainey (group) & Lina Allemano's Titamium Riot
5/25 - Ignatz & Daniel Bachman

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