Concert: Whispers of Night, Aaron Martin & Ian McColm, Burnt Norton
Nov
17
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Whispers of Night, Aaron Martin & Ian McColm, Burnt Norton

WHISPERS OF NIGHT (Atlanta) is an acoustic experimental improvisation duo featuring Majid Araim and Benjamin Shirley on a variety of instruments and timbres. Formed in early 2014 in Atlanta, the duo focuses on creative expression, respect, and collaborative exploration of sound.

AARON MARTIN & IAN MCCOLM - Alto saxophonist Aaron Martin has for decades been a fixture of D.C.’s free jazz community. Raised and steeped in the tradition of bebop, Aaron also had the experience of performing with Anthony Braxton and studying with Jimmy Lyons, two icons of avant-garde saxophone. Ian McColm is a multi-instrumentalist and composer residing in Alexandria, Virginia. He has performed nationally and internationally in a variety of ensembles.

BURNT NORTON: New improvisatory collaboration from Dove Lady & Ashley Shey

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In the Margins: Poets and Artists in Conversation
Nov
18
1:00 PM13:00

In the Margins: Poets and Artists in Conversation

Ready to spark your own creative expression? This Saturday afternoon program is ideal for anyone looking to explore their creativity through words and images.  Featuring poets Christine Higgins, Ann Lolordo, Madeleine Mysko and Kathleen O’Toole, and artist Sally Brucker. The four poets, will read from their recently published book, In the Margins, described as a “conversation in poetry”. Workshop participants will be invited to join the conversation, responding with their own words and images in a workshop led by Takoma Park artist Sally Brucker using Japanese Sumi-I ink painting. Come to listen, dabble and discover.

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Praxis #3: Sarmistha Talukdar & Thomas Stanley
Nov
18
8:00 PM20:00

Praxis #3: Sarmistha Talukdar & Thomas Stanley

Dr Thomas Stanley continues his tour of duty as Rhizome scholar-in-residence with a special duologue and performance featuring Sarmistha Talukdar.

Sarmistha Talukdar moved to Richmond VA four years ago from Kolkata, India to work as a cancer researcher. After attending a noise music showcase, she became immersed in Richmond’s talented experimental scene. In response to a need for femme-safe performance opportunities, Talukdar created an experimental improvisation collective, Womajich Dialyseiz, made up of women, femmes and gender nonconformists. Her own music, under the project name Tavishi, combines her study of Indian classical music with an open-ended sonic ambition into a multilayered soundscape that she calls “avant-Indo-experimental”.

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Project ENTROPY
Nov
19
2:00 PM14:00

Project ENTROPY

Entropy is a measure of the disorder and randomness of a system. It was introduced in the 19th century through the study of thermodynamics, a branch of physics. Entropy underlies the tendency for all matter and energy in the universe to evolve toward a state of inert uniformity. The concept of entropy has been employed in fields as diverse as telecommunication systems and environmental systems.

The French-American art collective Tropisme has invited two artists, a curator, a philosopher and two scientists to collaborate on an event exploring entropy. Through art installations, performances and talks, the investigation of the concept will crisscross different areas of expertise and might serve as an entropic system in itself.

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Concert: Johnny Gandelsman Plays the Complete Bach Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin
Nov
26
to Nov 27

Concert: Johnny Gandelsman Plays the Complete Bach Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin

After spending over a decade performing with critically acclaimed groups, Brooklyn Rider and Silk Road Ensemble, Johnny Gandelsman is on the road celebrating his first solo album, the Complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin.

Johnny’s unique interpretation integrates his classical training with the work he has been doing with and Brooklyn Rider over the last decade. Collaborating with improvisers, commissioning new works from a variety of composers (many of whom are performers,) working with ballet & modern dance companies, as well as working with traditional musicians outside of the Classical music genre – all of these experiences add deep and meaningful layers of connection and dimension to Bach’s music.

The Boston Globe praised Gandelsman’s performance of Sonatas and Partitas for its “genial freshness and unaffected sincerity”, while the New York Times called his performance, “mesmerizing…a memorable marathon”.

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Gather and Stitch! A Community Fiber Arts Workshop
Nov
28
7:30 PM19:30

Gather and Stitch! A Community Fiber Arts Workshop

Please join us in a gathering of artists, makers, and curious crafters as we work on projects like sewing and embroidering, and share knowledge on techniques in fiber arts. Bring in your current sewing projects, past works to get feedback on, materials and scraps to share/exchange/recycle, and feel free to ask questions, share experiences, and connect with those working in similar mediums.

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Women Uncorked
Nov
29
7:30 PM19:30

Women Uncorked

Join us for a gathering of women who come together every month to talk about desire, love and relationships, our bodies and our sexuality. We talk intimately about living and loving as women today. We share wisdom  with understanding and acceptance. 

We are people who identify as female, of all ages and orientations, all cultures and relationship styles. We talk about sex - the science, the social, the politics and the personal. If you've been missing a place where no one says "that's TMI" -- a safe zone for intimate topics -- this is it!  We come together as strangers, and leave as friends. Bring your favorite beverage, or have a cup of tea. 

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Concert: Puff Pieces, Snake Union, Millionraces
Dec
1
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Puff Pieces, Snake Union, Millionraces

PUFF PIECES - 'In 2012, at the behest of Mike Andre, a reluctant Justin Moyer (E.D. Sedgwick/Supersystem) and Amanda Huron (Weed Tree/Caution Curves) were conscripted into helping Mike play and record some unrealized songs he had floating around. After a series of precarious fits and starts, the band coalesced into a semi-stable entity known as “Puff Pieces” in 2013, and began playing shows. Based on their experiences in various now-defunct bands (Amanda and Mike in Vertebrates, and Mike and Justin in Antelope), and long-term involvement in D.C.’s punk and noise scenes, Puff Pieces strives to destroy the bland hegemony of their city’s condo-crazed culture with a catchy mix of melody and nervous dissonance.'

SNAKE UNION is a Brooklyn based experimental electronic group consisting of Chuck Bettis (Die Trommel Fatale, Mossenek) and David Grant (Action Patrol, On A Clear Day). A duo that works in improvisational rhythmic explorations that match analog synths and digital sound processing, modular wires and max patches. By turns psychedelic, delicate, and fuzzed out, the sequenced collides with the freeform as these two soundmakers push into new realms.

MILLIONRACES - New/Old solo works of drummer Josh Blair (Orthrelm).  Hypnotizing drumming and vocals mix to create a dense and beautiful rhythmic soundscape. 

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Workshop: Wearable EMF and Fractal Antennae
Dec
2
12:00 PM12:00

Workshop: Wearable EMF and Fractal Antennae

This workshop encompasses the idea of intersecting science and art through e-textiles and wearables, by creating handmade technological artifacts that can sense electromagnetic fields. After a brief presentation of reference projects and technologies that would be used, the participants will experiment with two different circuits. One acts as an amplifier that can pick up LF transmissions and make them audible. And the other, an ATtiny85-based detector, provides sonic, haptic and visual feedback of the picked-up interference. Furthermore, the participants will explore the concept of fractal antennas and will create their personalised wearable EMF detectors.

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Concert: Galaxy Express 555, Ian Douglas​-​Moore / Paul N. Roth, Afroditi Psarra, Barbiero-Byrd-Ghaphery
Dec
2
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Galaxy Express 555, Ian Douglas​-​Moore / Paul N. Roth, Afroditi Psarra, Barbiero-Byrd-Ghaphery

Sonic Circuits presents...
Galaxy Express 555 is the creation of musician Christopher Farstad, incorporating samples, live wind instruments, and touch- based looping technology to develop and reinterpret compositions in real-time. The music created is somewhere between ambient, industrial, and experimental — evoking alchemical weather rituals, technomantic spellcasting, or the soundtrack to a re-enactment of cyberwarfare.

ian douglas-moore & paul n roth - Douglas-Moore lays out sound walls using guitar-created sine tones, feedback, and a deliberate approach to sonic layering while Roth inlays his electronics-influenced approach to the alto saxophone, ducking in and out of the sound space with microtonal manipulations, multiphonics, drones, and other noise gestures.

Afroditi Psarra (Athens, 1982) is a multidisciplinary artist working with e-textiles, diy electronics and sound. Her artistic interest focuses on concepts such as the body as an interface, contemporary handicrafts and folk tradition, pop iconography, retrofuturistic aesthetics and the role of women in contemporary culture.

Barbiero-Byrd-Ghaphery - acoustic improvisation for winds, strings & percussion.

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Concert: Chris Brokaw, Insect Factory, Antonia
Dec
5
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Chris Brokaw, Insect Factory, Antonia

Chris Brokaw is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist perhaps best known for his work as the drummer in CODEINE and the guitarist in COME. Since 2001, Chris has focused primarily on his work as a solo artist, making numerous albums of vocal and instrumental music. This has ranged from full on rock ("Red Cities", "Incredible Love") to explorations of the 6-string and 12-string acoustic guitars ("Canaris", "VDSQ Solo Acoustic Volume 3") to the experimental and abstract ("Tundra", "Gracias, Ghost of the Future"). Chris has also performed and recorded as an accompanist to Thurston Moore, Evan Dando, Christina Rosenvinge, Jennifer O'Connor, Rhys Chatham, Steve Wynn, Alan Licht, and GG Allin.

Insect Factory: Guitar meditations dedicated to resistence. “…densely layered loops, planes of static standing tall like a gigantic back-scratcher of audio, improvised melodies clamoring over drones like they’re peaks in a mountain range…monolithic, moving, fluid and entirely lovely.” – Tiny Mix Tapes

Antonia - Local avant-garde pop project Antonia will be playing an improvisational splice and blended version of her upcoming album about the immigrant experience of her family's matriarch, Mother.

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Concert: Mark Fosson, Don Zientara, Anthony Pirog
Dec
8
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Mark Fosson, Don Zientara, Anthony Pirog

MARK FOSSON is a singer-songwriter and American Primitive guitarist who grew up in Kentucky. In the late 1970s he sent some song demos to John Fahey's West Coast-based Takoma Records, and Fahey, impressed with what he heard, offered Fosson a recording deal. Though Takoma Records folded soon after, the Fahey material finally saw the light of day as "The Lost Takoma Sessions" from Drag City Records in 2006. In 2012 Tompkins Square released "Digging In The Dust", a collection of early home recordings which led to Fosson's signing to Takoma. In May 2015 he released "kY", a collection of instrumentals inspired by his time growing up in Kentucky and in July 2017 his newest album, "Solo Guitar" was released on Drag City Records .

DON ZIENTARA - Best known as the producer for most of the bands on Washington D.C.'s legendary Dischord Records, Don Zientara is also a musician -- once a member of Under Heaven, in the early eighties -- who released his first solo album, Sixteen Ssongs, on long time collaborator and friend Ian MacKaye's Northern Liberties label in 2003. Don's studio, dubbed Inner Ear, became a Mecca of sorts for the D.C. underground scene, with Zientara working with bands such as the Teen Idles, Minor Threat, Fugazi, Q and Not U, Dag Nasty, Slant 6, , Joe Lally, Bad Brains, southwestern punk outfit 7 Seconds, and many more.
After finally finding a sound for his own work that was satisfactory, Zientara released Sixteen Ssongs on Northern Liberties. A follow up album, Clocks and Watches, was released on that same label in 2007.  Two more solo albums followed these:  I Was Waiting, and Eyes In the Back of My Head.

ANTHONY PIROG is making his mark on the guitar playing universe, one sonically enthralling, diversely influenced project after another.  Anthony has played with musicians across a wide spectrum of styles and genres. He has performed with renowned avant jazzers such as Henry Kaiser, Elliot Sharp, Michael Formanek, Ches Smith, Mary Halvorson, William Hooker, William Parker, Eyvind Kang, Skuli Sverrisson, Allison Miller, Jon Irabagon, Doug Weiselman, Susan Alcorn, Dave Ballou, Andrew Bishop, Balázs Pándi, Gino Robair, Tatsuya Nakatani, James Brandon Lewis, Jessika Kenney and played in myriad jazz, electronic and improvisational groups up and down the East Coast.

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Record Rats 2
Dec
16
12:00 PM12:00

Record Rats 2

Record Rats returns to Rhizome, just in time for the holidays. Hunt vinyl from your favorite local record shops including Red Onion Records, Som Records, Joe's Record Paradise, and Petworth Records, as well as the collections of local record heads. There'll be surprise guest DJ's and probably some food too. Find that perfect gift for the music lover in your life (and its okay if that's you).

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Concert: J Collin, Dalnodar & McCleod, Mount Rainier, Bending
Nov
16
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: J Collin, Dalnodar & McCleod, Mount Rainier, Bending

J Collin - ringing, sliding, feeding back. moving, holding, knocking, pitching up. the guitar's being turned into a taut and testy live wire crackling with accidental-sounding happenings, tight wooden taps and raps slipping uphill and falling out of the universe's pocket, the sound of coins hitting the ground and papers whisking through air, an object of art in table-sit/knee-lap, creating every great wrinkling sound with every touch and spring-like jostling progression..

Dalnodar & McLeod  - Born out of traditions old and forgotten, Dalnodar and McLeod play early string-band music, ragtime, breakdowns, waltzes and other recorded gems from the old 78's, for the guitar, fiddle, banjo, and mandolin.  Based in Philadelphia, Chris Dalnodar and Andy McLeod share their interpretations of pre-war music with steady rhythm and joyous celebration.

Mount Rainier is the solo project of D.C. musician Matt Cohen, who plays in the drone duo Literals. Using a minimal set-up, Mt. Rainier is an exploration of delicate, western-tinged drone and field recordings. It’s a sound inspired by the latter-day experimentalism and sound collages of John Fahey and the simple, dusty melodies of Bruce Langhorne.

Bending - lofi ambient drone from Chicagoland

 

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Poetry Fuddle
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry Fuddle

Join us for our monthly poetry fuddle to play around with words in this casual and inventive meetup. Local poets Amy Eisner and Leslie Bumstead will offer a poetry activity to get everyone writing — or bring your own to share with the group. You don't have to be a poet to participate; you can just enjoy fuddling around. Bring an idea, refreshments, or nothing at all.

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Concert: Gato Libre
Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

Concert: Gato Libre

"Unpredictable, wildly creative, and uncompromising.  Fujii is an absolutely essential listen for anyone interested in the future of jazz" -  Dan McClenaghan,  All About Jazz

Transparent Productions presents...
GATO LIBRE - Satoko Fujii is a gifted pianist, accordionist and composer.   Born in Tokyo in 1958, Fujii's piano playing began at 4, and she was classically trained until she was 20.  Fujii moved towards improvisation, jazz, and the United States, graduating from the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1987, and Jazz Performance at the New England Conservatory of Music in 1996.  Her varied ensemble work graces many modes - duet, trio, quartet, big band and orchestra.  Gato Libre wonderfully shares Fujii's creative prowess on accordian.  Joining Fujii are longtime partner Kappa Maki on trumpet, and trombonist Neko Jaras.

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Death Cafe
Nov
13
7:00 PM19:00

Death Cafe

At a death cafe, people gather to eat cake, drink tea, and have a group discussion about death. The aim is to “increase awareness of death to help people make the most of their (finite) lives.” What's on your mind about death and dying?

Coffee and desserts will be provided! This is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session.

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Nov
8
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: bella, Thomas Rohre, R. A. Martini

bella is brazilian and was born in Rio de Janeiro. Lives in São Paulo. Sound artist that often works with interdisciplinary fields and collaborative works. Her work is to erase the boundaries between sound and space from a performance focused on the imperceptible movements of reality.

Thomas Rohrer was born in Switzerland and lives in Sao Paulo, Brazil since 1995. His work with rabeca (brazilian fiddle) and soprano saxophone has a primary focus on free improvisation, but can also be found in dialogue with traditional Brazilian music.

R. A. Martini's recorded works focus on exploring human interactions with their environment and phenomena in the natural world.

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Fortnights: Situationist International
Nov
7
7:30 PM19:30

Fortnights: Situationist International

FORTNIGHTS, Rhizome's communal learning series, is untaught and unled. Our discussion/action groups are an opportunity for people to learn about a topic by reading, discussing, and then experimenting with the ideas that grow out of our discussions.

For our next installment we propose to examine the ideas and writings of the Situation International (SI). Originating in the Lettrist movement in Paris in the early 1950s, the Situationist International brought together currents of experimental poetry, avant-garde art, and radical social criticism to explore new techniques of engagement in cultural protest and revolutionary praxis. Although the organization itself remained small and disbanded in 1972, the SI shaped the interaction of art and politics at crucial moments in the evolution of postwar culture and Its influence continues to be felt today.

In this incarnation of Fortnights we will read and discuss two texts that are essential to an understanding of the SI’s theory -  The Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord (the SI’s leading theorist throughout its existence), and The Revolution of Everyday Life by Raoul Vaneigem. We will also read selections from Internationale Situationniste (IS) and discuss key ideas such Detournement, the Derivé, Psychogeography, and the Spectacle.

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Concert: Glenn Jones, Sarah Hughes & Nate Scheible
Nov
5
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Glenn Jones, Sarah Hughes & Nate Scheible

GLENN JONES is a master of American Primitive Guitar, a style invented in the late 1950s by John Fahey, whose traditional fingerpicking techniques and wide-ranging influences were used to create modern original compositions. Jones, who led the post-rock ensemble Cul de Sac, brings his own made-up tunings, the use of custom-crafted partial capos, and a highly skilled picking style on both banjo and guitar, to create personal compositions that are lyrical, emotive and elegant. What sets him apart from the myriad guitarists playing today is his ability to tell stories with the guitar and banjo, and to convey a range of emotions. Jones turned away from standard tuning years ago, inventing tunings as a way of escaping the known. The pieces he writes in these tunings are his way of navigating new and unfamiliar landscapes

SARAH HUGHES & NATE SCHEIBLE - Sarah Hughes is an alto saxophonist, composer, and music educator currently residing in Baltimore. She is a free improviser who enjoys creating within, and on top of, many genre frameworks. Recently she has begun working with drummer/percussionist Nate Scheible, who is a mainstay in DC’s improvised music community. Together they explore the possibilities of sound in positive and emotional expression.

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Concert: Gaute Granli, Macho Blush, Lipscomb/Gilgore/McColm Trio
Nov
1
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Gaute Granli, Macho Blush, Lipscomb/Gilgore/McColm Trio

GAUTE GRANLI (NORWAY) - the Stavanger, Norway-based musician uses Jandekian guitar and experimental electronics to fashion a hazy, skronky, left-field, blue exotica noir that’s toppled with confusion and discomfort. Some have compared his music to that of Jad Fair or Captain Beefheart. His third solo album will be released in September on vinyl and CD through Drid Machine Records and Unhinged Records. He is a member of Skadne Krek and Freddy The Dyke.

MACHO BLUSH - "There’s a tiny shack outside Austin, Texas that can make the ill Unsick. Drawing from the light of her sturdy lantern, anti-folk noise-wave sha(wo)man Gina Probst gets Macho Blush on those incurable people through a variety of sounds that is nothing short of broken brilliance." - tinymixtapes

LIPSCOMB/GILGORE/MCCOLM TRIO - Malmö, Sweden-based guitarist Jon Lipscomb (Whoarfrost, Super Hi Fi) joins stalwarts of the Balt/DC free improvisation scene Jarret Gilgore (alto sax) and Ian McColm (percussion) for a performance that's sure to scorch your brain and beguile your ears.

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Concert: Joe Lally/Janel Leppin/Sarah Hughes, Insect Factory, Welch and Oshima
Oct
30
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Joe Lally/Janel Leppin/Sarah Hughes, Insect Factory, Welch and Oshima

JOE LALLY has played bass in Fugazi since the band’s inception in 1987. In 2003, the members of Fugazi decided to take an indefinite hiatus from recording and performing. Since that time, Joe has continued to write and perform solo material, accompanied by various musicians and friends. Joe will be joined this night by friends JANEL LEPPIN and SARAH HUGHES.

INSECT FACTORY - Guitar/electronic meditations dedicated to resistence.

TRISTAN WELCH & RON OSHIMA -  "The ambient noise is always slowly shimmering just below the surface. These two artists play off one another well. Both are masters of understatement. I would play this at a funeral, or during church, or to sing me to sleep. It’s melancholy and introspective but always beautiful."  ISSUES MAGAZINE

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Concert: Talibam! + Audrey Chen, Microkingdom, Chester Hawkins
Oct
28
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Talibam! + Audrey Chen, Microkingdom, Chester Hawkins

Talibam! can be described in various ways — as a classic keyboards/drums expanded-jazz duo, as Dadaist provocateurs with an innate love for the history of music, as a theater group, as an electronic ensemble inspired by Stockhausen. Since their inception in 2003, Talibam!’s ultimate goal has been to wed disparate ideologies through proficiency, controversy, inquiry, and compassion.

Audrey Chen - Using the cello, voice and occasional analog electronics, Chen’s work delves deeply into her own version of narrative and non-linear storytelling. Her playing explores the combination and layering of the homemade analog synthesizer, preparations and traditional and extended techniques in both the voice and cello. She works to join these elements into a singular ecstatic personal language.

Microkingdom is Will Redman on drums, Marc Miller on guitar, and John Dierker on saxophone. Improvisers, composer, curators and producers, floating limbs and brains missing the same body.

Chester Hawkins - active since 1985, formerly Blue Sausage Infant. Teases the balance between pastoral beauty and bitter tension, between levitation and paranoia.

 

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Concert: Brooklyn Rider, Ami Yamasaki, James Wolf
Oct
25
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Brooklyn Rider, Ami Yamasaki, James Wolf

BROOKLYN RIDER- Hailed as “the future of chamber music” (Strings), Brooklyn Rider offers eclectic repertoire in gripping performances that continue to attract legions of fans and draw rave reviews from classical, world, and rock critics alike. 

Last season, the group celebrated its tenth anniversary with the groundbreaking multi-disciplinary project Brooklyn Rider Almanac, for which it recorded and toured 15 specially commissioned works, each inspired by a different artistic muse. This season, Brooklyn Rider releases an album with Anne Sofie von Otter entitled So Many Things on Naïve Records, including music by Colin Jacobsen, Caroline Shaw, John Adams, Nico Muhly, Björk, Sting, Kate Bush and Elvis Costello, among others. Together they will tour material from the album and more in the U.S. and Europe, including stops at Carnegie Hall and the Opernhaus Zurich. 

AMI YAMASAKI is a vocalist and cross-media artist from Tokyo. With primal vocals and movement, Yamasaki explores the relationship between us and our universe. Her art explores a fundamental question: "How does the world construct itself?" For her, the asking of this question is a love letter to life itself, more important than any answers that it yields. As a vocalist, Yamasaki has collaborated with psychedelic rock icon Keiji Haino, provided original music for choreographer Makoto Matsushima and appeared the stage "Burning shadow of a Man" directed by Yasunori Ikunishi.

JAMES WOLF is a veteran member of the Washington, D.C. independent music community. He has played violin, guitar and keyboards on recordings and live performances with Air King, Laconic Chamber, La Reproduction Interdite, From Quagmire, The Gena Rowlands Band, The Nitrate Hymnal orchestra, The Picture is Dead, Fern Knight (Philadelphia), The Orchid, Sourdeline (France) and in collaborations with Doug Wolf, Jeff Barsky (Insect Factory) & Chris Videll (Tag Cloud). His new album on Verses, "That", will be released on October 27, 2017.

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Praxis 2 ::: Michael Verdon and Thomas "Bushmeat" Stanley
Oct
24
8:00 PM20:00

Praxis 2 ::: Michael Verdon and Thomas "Bushmeat" Stanley

Dr Thomas Stanley continues his tour of duty as Rhizome scholar-in-residence with a special duologue and performance featuring artist-activist-drummer Michael Verdon.

MICHAEL VERDON is a Burning Man fabricator and critical member of the organization for Catharsis on the Mall. Catharsis is an annual vigil that features lectures, discussions, workshops, community art, music, and unstructured spaces intended to facilitate seeing and healing wounds in ourselves, each other and in our society. The most important highlight of the event is “The Temple Burn.” The Temple is a non denominational sanctuary, a place of sacredness and solemnity; a place for remembrance, grief, and renewal that anchors the event. The burning of the temple expresses this transition, letting go, the continual flow of life; it encourages the lived experience of catharsis. It’s what makes the temple a sacred experience for each individual.

Catharsis is set on a national stage, with broad scope seeking to affect the federal government’s culture and identity to one of compassion, collaboration and healing. Catharsis is the first and only event permitted to burn a structure on the National Mall and allow amplified music for 24 hours, allowing individuals to enjoy the sunset and sunrise. The event is collaboratively co-created each year by dozens of core volunteers and hundreds of participants.

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Theater: Hello My Name is...
Oct
20
to Nov 12

Theater: Hello My Name is...

A seven-room living installation, Hello, My Name Is… invites each intimate audience to investigate their ideas of home, self, and nationality. Partly autobiographical, this piece is inspired by Deb Sigivny’s experience as a Korean adoptee and her journey in 2015 to Seoul, South Korea–her former, then-unfamiliar homeland. There she met many members of the adoption community–discovering that, while each adoptee’s story is unique, they share the experience of being an insider and outsider of two different nations. 

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Concert: Adi Newton (Clock DVA / TAGC), Mykel Boyd, Analog Tara
Oct
16
8:30 PM20:30

Concert: Adi Newton (Clock DVA / TAGC), Mykel Boyd, Analog Tara

ADI NEWTON - Clock DVA are one of the pre-eminent pioneers of late 70’s/80’s experimental music along side and in collaborative association with Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire. As one of the founder members of The Future, which evolved into The Human League, Adi Newton began his life long involvement with sound via painting and through a theatre project. He founded Clock DVA and TAGC/The Anti Group in 1978.  TAG/The Anti Group an independent multi-media research & development project active in many related areas whose genre-breaking works include the ambisonic album “Digitaria” 1986 and Test Tones, a series of pioneering albums, produced in 1985/6 which have had lasting impact on the development of extreme forms of electronic music.

MYKEL BOYD - Sound and visual artist using processed field recordings to create dark, static-filled compositions. Known for low end dronescapes that rumble, pulse and shimmer in a particularly dark industrial atmosphere. Formerly one half of experimental duo Bokeh. Boyd often uses bowed brass bowls, analog synths and contact mics to add color to his clouded sound world.

ANALOG TARA
(Tara Rodgers) is a composer, historian and critic of electronic music, originally from upstate New York and now based in the Washington, DC area. She is the author of Pink Noises: Women on Electronic Music and Sound (2010) and numerous articles on the history of sound and synthesizers.

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Fermentation Workshop: Kimchi and Sauerkraut
Oct
16
6:30 PM18:30

Fermentation Workshop: Kimchi and Sauerkraut

In this workshop we will learn the basics of lacto-fermenting vegetables, and introduce possibilities for further experimentation at home. Using only salt, time, and little to no witchcraft, we will elevate humble cabbages and other fresh locally grown vegetables towards the realm of the divine. Our ferments will be full of complex flavors for your taste buds and teeming with microbiotic life to fortify your gut, not to mention enhancing your appreciation for the wonders of the microcosmos.

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Concert: Karuna (Hamid Drake & Adam Rudolph), Luke Stewart
Oct
10
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Karuna (Hamid Drake & Adam Rudolph), Luke Stewart

Master percussionists HAMID DRAKE and ADAM RUDOLPH met at the age of 14 years old in a downtown Chicago drum shop. In the mid-1970s they performed and recorded with AACM co-founder Fred Anderson, and in 1977 they joined Foday Musa Suso in founding Mandingo Griot Society, one of the first groups to combine African and American music. By 1978 they were touring Europe with Don Cherry and since that time have performed together in projects with Yusef Lateef, Pharaoh Sanders, Hassan Hakmoun, Hu: Vibrational and Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures. Their shared Chicago roots and creative outlook, longtime global music research and performing experience have allowed them to forge a uniquely shared musical understanding and creative outlook. With their new Karuna duet, Drake and Rudolph bring their unique and evolved rhythm languages to the fore, reaching to inspire any audience though spirited dialogue.

LUKE STEWART (DC) has emerged as one of the most exciting young bassists on the improvised music scene on the east coast. He has gained considerable exposure playing with the James Brandon Lewis Trio and he also leads or co-leads his own projects including Ancestral Duo with Jamal Moore and Heart of the Ghost with Ian McColm and Jarrett Gilgore. As a solo artist, he has composed a series of improvisational structures for upright bass and amplifier, utilizing the resonant qualities of the instrument to explore new sounds.

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Concert: Bill Nace + Twig Harper, nappy Nappa
Oct
8
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Bill Nace + Twig Harper, nappy Nappa

BILL NACE is an artist and musician based in Western Massachusetts. He has collaborated with an extraordinary range of musicians, including, Joe McPhee, Thurston Moore, Jake Meginsky, and Kim Gordon, with whom he regularly plays as one half of the duo Body/Head. Nace’s range has been described as “veering from sculptural, almost Remko-Scha-esque chime to Loren Connors-style elegance in only a few short moves.” (Mimaroglu Music, 2010). He runs his own label Open Mouth.

TWIG HARPER -  Psychonaut, musician, underground researcher and folk technologist, Twig Harper mixes text and electronic unconstrained convulsions in the full on experimentation and creation of backlashing gems of confusion. Former member of seminal duo Nautical Almanac

NAPPY NAPPA (w/ Patrick Cain) - Davonte “nappy Nappa" Squire, aka The Mumbo Sauce Prince, lives his music. There is no separation between Davonte and the many styles of NAPPYNAPPA. Instead, he uses his music and wit to draw listeners into his world. In this performance he will collaborate with experimental artist Patrick Cain.

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Concert: Man Forever, Dave Rempis' Ballister
Oct
7
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Man Forever, Dave Rempis' Ballister

MAN FOREVER - The music of drummer John Colpitts as Man Forever is explorative, innovative and fearless. A musician and composer equally versed in the disparate musical languages of DIY rock, improvisation, and contemporary classical, Colpitts (aka Kid Millions) has made an album that defies genre classification. Propulsive, elaborate drum arrangements remain essential to Man Forever, as his new record Play What They Want represents the culmination of 25 years of musical engagement by one of New York’s most acclaimed percussionists.

BALLISTER - (Dave Rempis - Sax, Fred Lonberg-Holm - Cello, Paal Nilsson Love - Drums)  The unabashed energy of Rempis and Nilssen-Love, coupled with the electrified cello antics of Lonberg-Holm, make for a powerful listening experience that combines driving grooves with noisy textures and occasional melodic interjections. These sliding and overlapping rhythms often give the music a feeling as if a rug is slowly being pulled out from underneath the listener while the music still maintains a strong forward momentum. Reference points include the Julius Hemphill groups of the 70's and 80's featuring Abdul Wadud, Ornette Coleman's Prime Time, and the early-70's explorations of Miles Davis' electric bands.

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Concert: Selector Dub Narcotic, Escape-ism, TK Echo
Oct
4
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Selector Dub Narcotic, Escape-ism, TK Echo

SELECTOR DUB NARCOTIC - Influential musician and producer Calvin Johnson is the founder of K, a record label and media outlet based in Olympia, WA which has provided an essential platform for countless Northwest artists including Mirah, The Blow, Built to Spill, and the Make-Up, and is best known as a member of the indie, twee giants Beat Happening.

Johnson has been working under the nom de plume Selector Dub Narcotic since founding the Dub Narcotic Studio in 1993.  His newest record "This Party Is Just Getting Started" is a collaboration with NW hip hop producer Smoke M2D6, who has produced almost every major hip hop artist in Washington and Oregon. The idea for this collaboration began with the song All for the Sake of Rhymin’ (which samples K artist Mahjongg) and snowballed into an entire album of dance pop garage soul with Calvin’s trademark melodica wafting overall.

ESCAPE-ISM - a found-sound-dream-drama starring Ian Svenonius

TK ECHO - A new D.C. band featuring Josh Blair (Orthrelm/Supersystem), Fiona Griffin (Et At It, Meltdown), Aaron Leitko (Protect-U) and Chris Richards (Q and Not U)

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Concert: Drunken Foreigner Band, Time is Fire, Floom
Oct
2
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Drunken Foreigner Band, Time is Fire, Floom

Mutliflora Productions presents this concert as a part of its first annual DiY multicultural music festival for the whole month of October in multiple venues across Washington, DC.

Drunken Foreigner Band is a Brooklyn-based ensemble that makes a sprawling electrified iteration of the Akha and Lam Lao musics of Thailand and Laos. The majority of the band’s music was learned from cassette tapes of the largely-vocal music traditions, gathered by keyboardist Dave Kadden on his trips to Southeast Asia. Comprising members of Sunwatchers, Invisible Circle and other experimental Brooklyn outfits, they are releasing their debut  LP “White Guy Disease” on Electric Cowbell Records later this year.

Time Is Fire is a music group from Washington DC. The band indirectly originates from the DC punk scene by influence and residence but explodes the signature sound of the nation's capital with a high-energy mix of Afro-disco, Mid Eastern-psychedelia and spaced-out dub.  A static blast of experimental radio from an imaginary country.

Floom - Classical flutist by day and metal guitarist by night, Maxx Katz decided to stop compartmentalizing and make a project that includes the expressiveness of flute in the unforgiving, meditative geology of doom metal. The resulting sonic landscapes are epic and surprising.

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Concert: Marceau Portron, Machell André, Plake 64 & The Hexagrams
Sep
30
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Marceau Portron, Machell André, Plake 64 & The Hexagrams

Marceau Portron (France) is the tallest member of Portron-Portron-Lopez, a fierce rock trio that sets on fire lots of crazy venues across Europe. When solo, Marceau uses all his culture, a neat technique and a cigar box to perform some very laid back music indeed ! Blues, rock, desert blues and any kind of folk approach are the essentials components of the soul fool cruises he proposes. Expect instrumental songs between John Fahey and Ravi Shankar.

Machell André (DC) is a multi-disciplinary gardener working in the fields of discovery and experimentation. He is also the co-founder and cultivator of QODESH (Art + Records), a multi-facet art label releasing art in myriad formats. He is currently studying pathways to continually uplift the black-brown psyche of his peers and fellow neighbors through the revolutionary act of expression via poems, songs, collages, and rhythm studies.

Plake 64 & the Hexagrams (Balt) - creating neither noise nor music at the same time

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CLOSING: Season in the Abyss: An exhibition by Eames Armstrong
Sep
30
4:00 PM16:00

CLOSING: Season in the Abyss: An exhibition by Eames Armstrong

Please join us for the closing reception of Season in the Abyss: paintings & feelings (smiling & otherwise) an exhibition of new works by Eames Armstrong. These paintings depict hope, nihilism, friendship, physical and emotional touching, desire and isolation, butts, rocks, rocks that look like butts, nice colors for dark times, good times, bathrooms, castles, and the void that stares back.

This closing reception will feature a launch of a charming and startling new series of prints.

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Performances: Musicianer, Low Ways Trio, Peter Redgrave & Khristian Weeks
Sep
29
8:00 PM20:00

Performances: Musicianer, Low Ways Trio, Peter Redgrave & Khristian Weeks

MUSICIANER - Brooklyn-based baritone saxophonist, bass clarinetist and creative musician Josh Sinton has played an integral part in the renaissance of musical activity thriving in Brooklyn’s creative music scene today. He has performed with Nate Wooley, Anthony Braxton, John Zorn and Vijay Iyer to name only a few and has been nominated to the Downbeat Critics' and Readers' Polls, the Jazz Times Poll and El Intruso International Critics' Poll every year since 2012.

musicianer (the word used by Sidney Bechet for a fellow musician) are a band that escape the pigeonhole etched by their instrumentation. Joining Sinton in the group are Chad Taylor (drums and percussion) and Jason Ajemian (acoustic bass), whose deep musical connection traces back to their time living and performing together in Chicago in the 1990s. Reaching into the worlds of Sinton’s vast musical influence - from Sonny Rollins to Stevie Wonder, Charlie Parker to Jimi Hendrix, their music is an open and trusting conversation between three life-long musicianers.

LOW WAYS TRIO - is a Washington, DC based group performing original compositions by Mark Cisneros (Stritch & Tenor saxophones), using them as springboards for group improvisation. Joining Mark are two DC standard bearers in the jazz and improvised music scenes, Luke Stewart on Double Bass,  and Ian McColm on Drums.

PETER REDGRAVE and KHRISTIAN WEEKS create events that exist between theater, dance, performance art, and installation.  Movement, sound, lighting, and the space itself are used as materials. Their pieces are constructed with highly adaptable and improvisational scores. Character and  dialogue become elements to construct and enact purposeless task-oriented spectacles. 

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Poetry Fuddle
Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry Fuddle

Join us for our monthly poetry fuddle to play around with words in this casual and inventive meetup. Local poets Amy Eisner and Leslie Bumstead will offer a poetry activity to get everyone writing — or bring your own to share with the group. You don't have to be a poet to participate; you can just enjoy fuddling around. Bring an idea, refreshments, or nothing at all.

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Gather and Stitch! A Community Fiber Arts Workshop
Sep
26
to Sep 27

Gather and Stitch! A Community Fiber Arts Workshop

Please join us in a gathering of artists, makers, and curious crafters as we work on projects like sewing and embroidering, and share knowledge on techniques in fiber arts. Bring in your current sewing projects, past works to get feedback on, materials and scraps to share/exchange/recycle, and feel free to ask questions, share experiences, and connect with those working in similar mediums.

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Concert: Janel Leppin, Gold Dime, Abstract Human
Sep
24
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Janel Leppin, Gold Dime, Abstract Human

JANEL LEPPIN is predominantly a cellist and has honed her skills as a composer and professional musician in multiple genres.

GOLD DIME is mostly Andrya Ambro (xTalk Normal). Alyse Lamb (Parlor Walls) and Ian Douglas-Moore join her live. Think The Residents, only more intimate, menacing and on fire. Debut album Nerves is out now.

ABSTRACT HUMAN is a new duo from true heads Mike Bernstein and Maya Miller (Double Leopards / Religious Knives) - Heady sounds, heavy vibes, and hollowed worlds.

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Drop Beats Not Bombs
Sep
23
1:00 PM13:00

Drop Beats Not Bombs

The revolution starts with you! Make your own protest music using drum machines, synths and vocoders in this all-ages workshop and jam. You'll program beats and build tracks to create sonic protest art. No previous musical experience necessary.

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