RhizomeDC is a nonprofit community space located at 6950 Maple St NW, in the Takoma neighborhood of Washington DC. We are a hub for experimentation, community collaboration and social engagement.
Upcoming at Rhizome (click on event for more details):
Guitarist/vocalist Jean-Paul Bourelly’s musical output spawns a diverse array of variations of funky otherness. Often fiery solo exchanges, harmonic textures, and sound constellations, characterized by a spontaneous flow of rhythmic energy. His music is informed by the migrant community of Haiti and the southern culture of Chicago's south side that he grew up in.
Raised in a blend of Haitian meringue, folkloric, and the hard-edged urban blues of Chicago's South Side. Howlin' Wolf, Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana, were all inspirations. At the age of 18, he studied with the great alto saxophonist and educator Bunky Green. During his early years, Bourelly worked with notable jazz figures like Elvin Jones, Muhal Richard Abrams, Roy Haynes and recorded with Miles Davis, and later collaborated with genre-crossing musicians like Olu Dara, Henry Threadgill, Steve Coleman, Cassandra Wilson, and jazz legends Archie Shepp and Pharoah Sanders. Moving to Berlin allowed Bourelly a further focus on his very original “Afro/fusion” sound. Tonight, Bourelly will be joined in this too rare stateside area performance by: Charles Woods: reeds / Tom Teasley: drums / Sub-Z: voice/words / Thomas Stanley: sounds/efx.
During the primary campaign season, millions of Americans came out in enthusiastic support of Bernie Sanders' call for a 'political revolution in this country'. Now that the Sanders campaign is officially over, what can people yearning for meaningful social and political change do?
Please join us on Sunday evening July 31st as nationally-known activist, author, and Socialist Vice-Presidential candidate Eugene Puryear leads a community forum on the future of issues such as universal healthcare, free higher education, racial justice and worker's rights. We will also discuss 'Democratic Socialism' and how it differs from revolutionary politics, and what a re-invigorated Socialist movement in the United States can achieve.
In this camp for makers aged 7 to 12, we will use recycled materials and found, everyday objects to have creative fun, while encouraging kids to think out-of-the-box. These everyday objects will be transformed into cardboard games, mixed media paintings, and more. Participants will be encouraged to ask, 'how do we see our own surroundings and unfamiliar spaces and transform them into a new dimension'? It will be a laid back environment to let kids make, design and figure out their own solutions and encourage problem solving.
The makers will work with Artist Mei Mei Chang, who will begin her art installation at Rhizome. The makers will also learn how an art installation works. During the August 1- 5 morning sessions, participants will have Mandarin and Chinese arts included.
‘Structures: Glass’ is the careful exploration of the architecture of glass as a material. The installation uses the resonant properties of six different sized panes of glass to create a sonic and visual environment representative of the structure of the transparent substance. Sonically, the installation explores a limitless combination of textural and pitch possibilities; vibrating sources are subject to an ongoing process of change and excitation. Visually, the sonic substance of the glass becomes transformed into images as an attempt to create an environment out of a material.
Artist talk Friday August 5 at 8pm. Open hours during evening events b/w Aug.1-8. Daytime open hours tba. Otherwise open by appointment.
Two of Baltimore's most eccentric, histrionic, and very alive live acts on tour together to see what happens. The Coincidental Hour is a late night children's tv variety show social experiment twilight zone Vienna Aktionist performance art with the prizes. There is some music, but we fight that impulse the best we can. The Coincidental Hour is Ric Royer. Halloween Trés combines true crime soundtracks and rock hard hard rock and noise and then plays music that sounds nothing like they had initially heard it in their heads but they look really pretty. Studied with XENAKIS and got an A+.
Lead Bubbles is an improvising trio out of the New England Conservatory in Boston comprised of Sarah Hughes on alto saxophone, Jeff Cox on trumpet, and Andres Abenante on guitars. The group blends free improvisation and noise with a cinematic sensibility and occasional bits of performance art.
PraxisCat is the experimental electronic solo project from Christine Paluch. Christine is a DC based composer using synthesizers, code, and other musical instruments to explore the relationship between synesthesia and urban spaces.
Dura - Ambient Primative \\\ Space /// Drone \\\ Waves ///
Janet- noise burlesque
Bliss Stains - apocalyptic summer time ministry
Morgan Evans-Weiler will be in residency at Rhizome from August 1-8 showcasing his installation Structures: Glass. Join us for an artist talk about the installation, as well as a performance featuring Morgan on violin and electronics. Morgan will be joined by Andy Hayleck (Baltimore), and the duo will be accompanied by the installation as well. Also performing Luke Stewart/Layne Garrett, and Echolalia.
PureData is an open source graphic programming environment that is free and easy to learn and use. PD enables artists to have complete creative control over their programming without writing any code. Pd can be used to generate sound, image and video as well as used to process incoming sound and video. The program also can be used to interface with MIDI, sensors, arduino and other devices. PD is a great tool for any artist looking to explore sound, video and various levels of control and creativity with technology.
Participants don't need anything for the workshop, but are encouraged to bring a laptop and a pair of headphones. Program can be downloaded at https://puredata.info/ .
Ingrown Records presents 6 bands featured on its label in a summer showcase concert at RhizomeDC:
Bong Rodent (VA)
The Big Drum in the Sky Religion (VA)
Opal Wood (MD)
Plake 64 + The Hexagrams (MD)
You are cordially invited to go to hell … with Rorschach! As summer gives way to autumn, follow the goddess Persephone on her descent into the underworld and celebrate her crowning as Queen of the Dead. An immersive performance experience created by the artists of Rorschach Theatre. This one-night only benefit performance and party opens its doors at 7pm on August 13 and the performance begins as the sun begins to set.
Ticket price includes silent auction, complimentary cocktails and small bites from our favorite DC eateries. All funds raised will support the programming of Rorschach Theatre’s 2016-2017 season.
In this workshop we'll be building a small, yet versatile effect pedal, constructed entirely of common components and designed to accommodate anything from your standard guitar to
amplified whale bones to the occasional transmission of Peruvian shortwave radio art. No previous electronics. No experience is needed and all materials will be provided. The pedal
itself will be a CMOS-based distortion box capable of just about anything from a small amount of dirt to full-on alien space battle/gear-grinding/octave-tripping doom-tones. All materials are included in the workshop cost. In addition to learning DIY electronics skills, you will leave with your own hand-built pedal.
Seth Chrisman is a musician based in the Hudson Valley, New York. Extended techniques, location recordings, and radio receptions are woven together to create undulating sonic environments.
Hudson, NY resident Nathan McLaughlin explores sound with a focus on the stringed instruments and reel to reel. He views the reel to reel not just a source of effect and texture, but as its own instrument. Focusing on the sounds of acoustic instruments as a companion to the reel to reel, studies are carried out on the philosophical idea of going to the center.
Insect Factory focuses on texture and mood, building layers of dense sounds that slowly evolve into hypnotic and atmospheric drones.
Literals: A sonic experiment in drone, doom, and minimalism by Rebecca Mills and Matt Cohen.