Experiments in Sound Meditation
Feb
18
7:00 PM19:00

Experiments in Sound Meditation

Monday February 18 2018 * 7-8pm * RSVP * CONCERT TO FOLLOW!

Join us for the next installment of our series devoted to the practice of Deep Listening, as coined/taught/enacted by the late composer Pauline Oliveros. For one hour, we will focus on sound. Listening first, with an eye (ear) toward healing, toward a collective experience more than the sum of its parts. There will be vocal and percussive sound production involved at different points. The space will be available for conversation/debriefing/relaxing afterwards. All ages welcome. No prior meditation or musical experience necessary. These sessions will happen every other Monday for the next few months.

Suggested donation: $5 for the use of the space

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Post-meditation concert: Peter Webb / Liz Durette
Feb
18
8:00 PM20:00

Post-meditation concert: Peter Webb / Liz Durette

Monday Februrary 18 * 8pm * $10 * Tickets

Every other Monday, we gather for deep listening exercises for an hour at 7pm. This time, our meditative focus will extend longer into the evening with special guests Peter Webb and Liz Durette. Join us at 7 if you can, and stay in contemplative mode for the music to follow.... (Or of course feel free to arrive at 8 as well.....)

Liz Durette is a talented keyboardist and improviser living in Baltimore, Maryland. With "Four Improvisations", she presents us with a new vision of what an album of solo keyboard music can be. Her music is dually rooted in both the Western, Romantic Classical tradition, and in contemporary improvisation and spontaneous composition. What emerges is a gorgeous album that is as intelligent and novel as much as it is also lovely to listen to. Ms. Durette has taken on the Rhodes electric piano as her primary instrument, and with this album she fully exploits the unique and beautiful qualities of this instrument. The music is gestural and free, and mingles and shifts from heart-centered lyrical melodies to deep interior harmonic exploration.

Peter Webb is a musician and geographer from Georgia. Through music straddling composition and improvisation, lyric and instrument, he draws influence from a wide berth of traditions. As a part of the award-winning ensemble Faun and a Pan Flute, Peter contributed to composition and performance on alto saxophone, touring extensively in the US and sharing stages with acclaimed acts such as Lonnie Holley, Kamasi Washington, Snarky Puppy, and Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, as well as DIY institutions Guerilla Toss, Horse Lords and Wei Zhongle. As a member of Atlanta’s Hello Ocho and Lily and the Tigers, he contributed piano, bass, drums and vocals on the road and in the studio. Outdoor space is an important element in Peter’s life, and he has lived and worked in the mountains of Georgia, North Carolina and Wyoming. Currently based in Athens, GA, Peter spends his spare time getting to know better the geography and environment of his home state.

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MidMountain / Abby Wendle with David Schulman / Rex Delafkaran
Feb
22
8:00 PM20:00

MidMountain / Abby Wendle with David Schulman / Rex Delafkaran

Friday February 22 * 8pm * $10 suggested * Tickets 
Proceeds will benefit the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network

MidMountain presents Fatal Female Agency: Reclaiming the Appalachian Murder Ballad
Abby Wendle and David Schulman present Group Howl
Rex Delafkaran presents “CNTRLD SHIFTS” - a movement and sculpture performance, an embodiment of research, a series of questions. 

MidMountain presents Fatal Female Agency: Reclaiming the Appalachian Murder Ballad 
Fatal Female Agency is a musical project from MidMountain, a DC-based folk duo of Andrea Peterson (vocals/banjo) and Andrew Breiner (guitar), that re-interprets the Appalachian “murder ballad” genre through a lense of righteous feminist fury in an effort to reclaim a musical style that often normalized – if not glorified – violence against women. The ballads are set in the West Virginian timber and mining booms around the turn of the 20th century and follow fictional women expressing agency with fatal consequences. The performance will be interspersed with historical discussion about the gender oppression roots of the genre and will feature a backdrop of original paintings of peaceful mountain scenes by Peterson to contrast with the inherent violence of the songs. 

Abby Wendle will facilitate a "group howl" for all who wish to participate, accompanied by violinist David Schulman. Abby is a producer for NPR’s Invisibilia. Her project, ~1652Hz (the howling dome), is a collaborative sonic experience in which people are invited to make noises they associate with a pain or grievance in their life. This interactive project is installed upstairs at Rhizome from Feb.15-Mar.16.

Rex (Alexandra) Delafkaran is an Iranian-American interdisciplinary artist, dancer and curator from California, currently based in Washington, DC. Using movement and objects she explores the rich tensions between bodies, intimacy, language and identities.

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Jessica Pavone / Gouox / SNL
Feb
23
8:00 PM20:00

Jessica Pavone / Gouox / SNL

Saturday February 23 * 8pm * $10 * Tickets

Jessica Pavone (composer, viola, violin, el.bass) has performed in countless improvisation, avant jazz, experimental, folk, soul, and chamber ensembles since moving to NYC in 2000. She currently leads her own string ensemble, plays with the band JOBS, in a duo with guitarist Mary Halvorson, in Anthony Braxton's Tri-Centric Orchestra and as a solo violist. As a composer, The Wire magazine praised her “ability to transform a naked tonal gesture into something special,” and The New York Times described her music as "distinct and beguiling...its core is steely, and its execution clear."

Pavone’s recent works for solo viola and voice stem from years of concentrated long tone practice and an interest in repetition, song form, and sympathetic vibration. She combines her long tone rituals with delay, understated melodies and sparse lyrical content while continuously experimenting with new forms. She is interested in the physicality of performing her somewhat larger-than-comfortable instrument and believes that cultivating physical bodies as a strong container for her thoughts is part of the creative process.
https://jessicapavone.bandcamp.com/album/silent-spills-2

Gouox - Richmond's Will Bollinger - mysterious and highly original experimental banjo compositions.
https://gouox.bandcamp.com/releases

SNL is a trio of Sarah Hughes, Nate Scheible, and Layne Garrett. Improvised music for fans of late-night sketch comedy.

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Speaking of Sex - a Womyn Uncorked Workshop
Feb
24
4:00 PM16:00

Speaking of Sex - a Womyn Uncorked Workshop

For people who identify as womyn only - Connect with other womyn in a confidential, non-judgmental space to discover techniques for talking about our desires, to discuss what's on our minds and in our hearts, to work on new ways to open up communication. This workshop is especially for women that feel like they don't have people with whom they can talk openly and honestly about sexual topics.

In this workshop we will do a series of guided exercises to practice active listening and active sharing about issues in our sexual lives. Some of the exercises are inspired by Authentic Relating Games which aim to give people tools to connect more meaningfully with others. This workshop builds on the Women Uncorked salon series, but with a guided structure to the flow of conversation, paths for deepening connection, and space for everyone to share and feel heard. The goal is to break down some of the barriers and taboos in talking about sex, and feel connected in a supportive community of womyn.

$15 or pay what you can. Registration on Eventbrite required.

Complementary wine. Feel free to bring your favorite beverage, or a snack to share.

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Concert: Grace Ives / Jack Whitescarver / Spyne / ROSS at Rhizome
Feb
24
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Grace Ives / Jack Whitescarver / Spyne / ROSS at Rhizome

Sunday, January 24, 8pm *10 *Tickets

Grace Ives and Jack Whitescarver breeze through DC playing their pop tunes 2/24 at Rhizome. They'll be joined by two new local acts, Spyne and ROSS. Neither of which have recordings! Experience the newness in real time! Wow.

Grace Ives: https://graceives.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/graceives
https://soundcloud.com/dots-per-inch-music/sets/future/s-NDi4Q (NEW MUSIC!!!)

Jack Whitescarver: https://jackwhitescarver.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ieFvO6BjGo
https://soundcloud.com/dots-per-inch-music/sets/future/s-NDi4Q (NEW MUSIC!!!)

Spyne: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yo5o1rEoDic

ROSS: https://vimeo.com/50738196

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Concert: Leila Bordreuil / Kamyar Arsani / Jax Deluca+Mattson Ogg
Feb
25
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Leila Bordreuil / Kamyar Arsani / Jax Deluca+Mattson Ogg

Monday February 25 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

Leila Bordreuil is a Brooklyn based cellist and composer from Aix-en-Provence, France. She works in the realm of Noise music, improvisation, New Music and sound-art. Her cello playing is often improvised, and mainly focuses on texture variations and a collage of phantom overtones and pitched utterances. Through an original vocabulary of extended techniques, preparations, and imaginative amplification methods, her instrument is used as an abstract resonant body to challenge conventional cello practice. Her composed works draw from a similar texture-based musical aesthetic, but also focus on the relationship between sound and space. In her site-specific electro-acoustic compositions, architecture is the foundation of the piece and musicality arises from an organized spacialization of sound. As per the tradition of improvised music, Leila has maintained a very active concert schedule sharing the stage with a wide range of artists including Marina Rosenfeld, Eli Keszler, Tom Chiu (Flux quartet), Anthony Coleman, Peter Evans, Nate Wooley, SENYAWA, C. Spencer Yeh, Toshimaru Nakamura, Tetuzi Akiyama, Susan Alcorn, Ingrid Laubrock, Zeena Parkins, Bill Nace, Lee Ranaldo, Weasel Walter, Kim Gordon, Chris Corsano, and more. Notable venues where she has performed include The Whitney Museum, The Kitchen, MoMA PS1, Issue Project Room, the Stone, Roulette, Pioneer Works, Cafe Oto (London, UK), All Ears Festival (Oslo, NO), Ausland (Berlin, DE), Ftarri (Tokyo, JP), the Heresy Series for Women in Sound (Manila, PHL), and many basements across the U.S. ​Leila is a 2017 MacDowell Fellow in Composition, and was a 2016 artist-in-residence at Issue Project Room.

Kamyar Arsani is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and poet, known for his spiritual Daf performances (Persian frame drum). Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, he currently resides in Washington D.C. As musician and teacher, he also spends time with population with Autism to teach them strategies to cope and progress in society. Kamyar's musical mission is to spread cultural awareness and unity by mixing contemporary musical trends with traditional Persian folk music. Ten years ago, Kamyar and his family migrated to the United States around the same time that Iran's Green Revolution was occurring. His songs and performances are very much inspired by the people of Iran and their history of struggle and protest.As his dedication to all who struggle for freedom, he produced his first solo album in 2015, entitled "No Freedom." With songs played on Guitar, ukelele and melodica. Kamyar also plays in other collaborations including Time is Fire. But that doesn’t stop his thirst for learning wider ray of sounds and spaces. Kamyar Arsani's second solo album "Voices in the Dark" is a a Daf and Avaz album focusing on Sufi and Iranian traditional music repertoire while blending in contemporary punk and electronic influences.

Jax Deluca/Mattson Ogg (DC) - Ambient drone project featuring layers of voice, signal processing, guitar, other tinkerings.

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Poetry Is Not A Poem: A Reading featuring Edwin Torres and Rod Smith
Feb
27
8:00 PM20:00

Poetry Is Not A Poem: A Reading featuring Edwin Torres and Rod Smith

Wednesday February 27 * 8pm * $5 * TICKETS

Edwin Torres brings his audio-visual-body-lingo to Rhizome in celebration of his recent publication Xoeteox: the infinite word object (Wave). "Edwin Torres's poetry is more than a high energy-construct—it is words and sounds gone wild, like dancers straining to break free of pattern…his poems have it all. They are a real and gritty pleasure to read, a necessary tonic to these toxic times."— John Yau

Edwin Torres is a New York City native and the author of nine books of poetry including, XoeteoX: the infinite word object (Wave Books), Ameriscopia (University of Arizona Press), The PoPedology of an Ambient Language (Atelos Books) and Yes Thing No Thing (Roof Books). He has performed his multi-disciplinary transformative language worldwide and received fellowships from NYFA, The Foundation For Contemporary Performing Arts, The DIA Foundation, The Poetry Fund, among others. Anthologies that feature his work include: American Poets in the 21st Century: The Poetics of Social Engagement, Who Will Speak For America, Renga For Obama, Post-Modern American Poetry, and Aloud; Voices From The Nuyorican Poets Café. As librettist for the band SowndHauz, he’s just completed a suite of electro-lingo recordings entitled Qua. And forthcoming from Counterpath Press is a collection he edited, The Body In Language: An Anthology — an exploration that encompasses literature, visual arts, healing practices and performance, for a new perspective on the body in art by exploring the body in language.

Rod Smith is the author of Touché (Wave Books, 2015), What’s the Deal? (Song Cave, 2010), Deed (University of Iowa Press, 2007), Protective Immediacy (Roof Books, 1999), In Memory of My Theories (O Books, 1996), and several other books and chapbooks. He edits the journal Aerial, publishes Edge Books, and manages Bridge Street Books in Washington, DC. He has taught writing at the Corcoran School of Art & Design, George Mason University, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and currently teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art. His work appears in The Penguin Book of the Prose Poem (2019), Flarf: An Anthology of Flarf (2017), American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry (2009), and several other journals and anthologies.Smith edited The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley (University of California Press, 2014) with Peter Baker and Kaplan Harris.

Reading co-sponsored by Letras Latinas.

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Concert: Jon Camp (Record Release) / Amadou Kouyate / Pergola
Feb
28
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Jon Camp (Record Release) / Amadou Kouyate / Pergola

Thurs, Feb 28, 8pm, $10 *Tickets

Jon Camp is a fingerstyle guitarist and composer from the DC region. On Jon's upcoming third album, "Headwinds & Tailwinds," Jon builds off the structure of American Primitive Guitar and applies it to an electric full-band setting, encompassing psychedelia, country, drone, and more. For this record release show at Rhizome, Jon will be playing with long-time collaborator Nick Arrivo on bass, Ryan Peterson on drums, Jamie Linder (Crooks & Crows) on pedal steel, Dave Jones (The Caribbean) on guitar, and Harvey Droke on accordion.

https://joncamp.bandcamp.com

Amadou Kouyate (DC) is the 150th generation of the Kouyate lineage and has studied and performed Manding music since the age of three years old. Amadou is a dynamic djembe and koutiro drummer. He also plays the 21-string kora, which he learned first with his father, Djimo Kouyate and other master Diali --oral historians/musicians-- of Manding tradition in West Africa.

www.memoryofafricanculture.org/amk.htm

Pergola is the work of Baltimore-based fingerstyle guitarist Todd Shelar. His music is influenced by American Primitive Guitar players, impressionism, minimalism and various folk and world music traditions. Pergola's most recent album, 'So Long (not Goodbye)' was released in November 2015

https://pergola.bandcamp.com

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Aaron Martin / James Wolf / Shay Turner
Mar
1
8:00 PM20:00

Aaron Martin / James Wolf / Shay Turner

Friday March 1 * 8pm * $10 *Tickets

Performances and discussions on the subject of playing through health challenges. 

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. An activist and organizer, Martin is determined to instill his music with the radical and revolutionary message that he developed through his experiences in the movements of the 1960s and ’70s.

James Wolf a musician from the DC area. He has been active in the indie and experimental scenes for the last 25 years, playing violin, guitar, bass and keyboards in bands like Laconic Chamber, From Quagmire, Gena Rowlands Band, Fern Knight, the Orchid and Phoenix Auto Group. He has put out four solo recordings, including two on Verses records and one on Star of the Sea Recordings. 

Chartamia “Shay” Turner, is a choreographer, dance educator, and arts administrator in the DC Metro Area. A native of Illinois, Chartamia graduated with a BA in dance from Columbia College Chicago, 2013. While living in Chicago, Chartamia has collaborated with visual artists Jillan Soto and Murat Adash. Chartamia has presented works in the Chicagoland area including; Chicago’s Dance Month, Letters To Obama, BeastWomen Series, Elgin Ties Dance Festival, Delve Showcase, and Joel Hall’s: Dances In The Hall. While in DC, she has had the privilege to perform at Dance Place with Nicole Binder and Gabrielle Revlock and with BodyCartography of Minneapolis, MN and recently, Katie Spocki Drake “SpaceTime Suite”, and has presented work for Small Plates Choreography Festival.

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Workshop: Make Anything into a MIDI Controller
Mar
2
12:00 PM12:00

Workshop: Make Anything into a MIDI Controller

This workshop will introduce you to the wide world of 'micro-controllers' - simplified miniature computers that can be programmed to do just about anything! We'll be programming them to act as custom MIDI output devices for controlling both hardware and software based synths. MIDI can be used to play notes but also to change patches, set pitch bend & modulation parameters, as well as filter cut-off and resonance - just to name a few!

In the attached video demonstration (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYs0lRsxl6g) you can see class instructor Peter Serano testing his prototype MIDI Penguin Controller - which utilizes a 3D accelerometer (rotation sensor) to set the volume, pitch, and modulation parameters of notes played based on the rotation of the penguin! - The micro-controller is programmed to read the rotation sensor and output a digital MIDI command to a laptop where it's interpreted into analog audio by a synth patch in GarageBand!  

The majority of this workshop will go over the practical details you need to know to quickly get up and running with microcontroller programming. No previous coding experience required! - We'll go over two compatible programming interfaces/languages. The first is Microsoft "MakeCode' - a simple graphical interface where you can create your MIDI controller using large colorful blocks arranged with an intuitive graphical user interface. We'll then go over the full featured 'Arduino' development environment and an introduction to the 'C' programming language.

We will be learning with the Adafruit 'Circuit Playground Express' - a powerful but easy to program micro-controller packed with integrated sensor inputs: an accelerometer & gyroscope for 3D position, tap, & free-fall detection, a light/color sensor, a temperature sensor, a microphone, 2x push buttons; a slide switch; and 7x capacitive touch inputs! - It also features a variety of integrated output devices - 10x multi-color programmable LEDs, a piezo-speaker, a serial port, and an infrared (IR) Transmitter for controlling TVs and other consumer electronics that use remote controls!

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Concert: Tobias, Zhariah, Greenss, Mike of Doom
Mar
2
7:00 PM19:00

Concert: Tobias, Zhariah, Greenss, Mike of Doom

Saturday March 2 * 7pm * $5 advance / $7 at the door *Tickets

Capitol Sound DC presents....

Tobias is NY-based artist whose music has transitioned from instrumental/ambient to genreless projects incorporating songwriting and live instrumentation. Listen here.

Zhariah is a lyricist, fashion superhero, and over-the-top performer heavily influenced by rock culture. Her sound can be described as distorted, abstract and euphoric. Her goal is to create a culture of polar opposite interest that encourage diversity. Listen here.
Greenss is a producer at Howard University by way of Connecticut. Influenced by the likes of Knxwledge and Earl Sweatshirt, he takes his set to the next level by mixing beats and hand-made smoothies for his audiences. Listen here.
His personality is offbeat, but his music is anything but. A natural wordsmith with a knack for undeniably catchy hooks, Mike of Doom serves as a vessel for emotion and enjoyment alike. Originally focused on production, it wasn't long before he began channeling his high-level energy in the form of rap. With his striking ability to bring together a wide range of audiences through his unconventional 'crank' sound and musical diversity, Mike of Doom speaks for himself. Listen here.

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Afternoon Concert: Kath Bloom, Rob Noyes
Mar
3
4:00 PM16:00

Afternoon Concert: Kath Bloom, Rob Noyes

Sunday March 3rd AFTERNOON SHOW! 4-6pm $10 * Tickets

KATH BLOOM - For fans of the song and how to feel it. Kath Bloom (Connecticut) is some kind of legend. She comes from a special place where country, blues and folk are made beautifully translucent and emotive. She has a special gift – her voice is delicate and tender,  yet retains that raw emotion and hard worn truths that allows each sung word to be felt.

Her albums recorded with Loren Mazzacane Connors in the 70′s/80′s are rare things, full of songs that float and melt into the ether. Impossibly beautiful and hard to find on LP, but check the reissues from a few years ago . In the 90′s Kath’s music was famously featured in Richard Linklater’s film Before Sunrise. Since then she has been busy writing and recording to great acclaim. Two new albums in the last few years and she and her songs where also honoured on a tribute album featuring Bill Callahan, Scout Niblett and Mark Kozelek.

ROB NOYES (Massachusetts) has emerged as one of the most exciting acoustic guitarists in the American Primitive scene, drawing from his past work with a heavy downstroke style. “Noyes sometimes seems to have absorbed an almost infinite reservoir of influences,” explains Byron Coley. “Apart from some superb Basho-like 12-string tunneling, most momentary fragments tend to recall legendary Limeys like John Renbourn (and through him, Davey Graham), because Rob's overt melodic structures tend towards the non-bluesoid. But then you'll maybe hear a note-sequence spiced like something dropped from the hot strings of Michael Chapman or even a powerful throng that makes you think of Wizz Jones. When that happens, you realize there's more of a blues base to some of the songs than you'd been able to untangle.” What there is no need to untangle is the spidery melodies that dart amongst the intricate playing. There are brushes of delicate beauty and dramatic surges. It’s too simplistic to describe Noyes as experimental folk for punk rockers, though having Raymond Pettibon artwork on your record sleeve more than invites in that audience. This is just simply music that makes you feel alive, and that it is made by just a man and a guitar makes it all the more incredible.

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New York Jazz Stories with David Haney
Mar
3
7:00 PM19:00

New York Jazz Stories with David Haney

Sunday March 3 * 7pm * $10 *Tickets

On March 3, pianist, composer and storyteller David Haney will bring a multi-media performance of New York Stories to Rhizome. New York Jazz Stories features some highly entertaining stories retold by David Haney. These are real stories told directly to Haney, transcribed and brought to life . This performance features audio and video footage in addition to the live performance. Audio from Annie Ross, Lorraine Gordon, and Roswell Rudd.

Born in Fresno, CA, USA in 1955, David Haney grew up in Calgary, Canada. He studied composition for five years with Czech American composer Tomas Svoboda. He has been a member of The Society of Oregon composers and his works have been performed in Europe, USA, Canada, and South America. Since 1997, the following improvising artists have worked with David on his projects:  Roswell Rudd, Julian Priester, John Tchicai, Steve Swell, Roy Campbell, Bud Shank, Wolter Weirbos, Han Bennink, Andrew Cyrille, Bernard Purdie, Marvin Bugulu Smith, Gerry Hemingway, Dylan Van de Schiff, Buell Neidlinger, Dominic Duval, Adam Lane, Michael Bisio, Paul Blaney, Perry Robinson, Johannes Bauer. As a leader, Haney has over 20 albums on CIMP-USA, Cadence-USA, SLAM-UK, NoSeSo-Argentina, La Gorda-Argentina, Canada Jazz Studio-Canada.

“Haney’s jagged and contemplative clusters of notes, sometimes creating a brooding, pensive mood reminiscent of a Jackson Pollack painting and other times setting forth a forward momentum that reminds you that this music comes from that essential kernel of jazz creation: swing.” ICE Magazine

“One of the most inventive pianists in the USA...” Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery

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Death Cafe
Mar
5
6:30 PM18:30

Death Cafe

Tuesday March 5 * 6:30-8:30pm * Free (small donation for the space encouraged)

SPACE IS LIMITED AND AN RSVP IS REQUIRED. PLEASE RSVP HERE

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.

Discussion hosted by Sarah, founder of Death Positive DC and local end-of-life doula

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MicroCinema: Walks and Solitude Waves - The Films of Chris Lynn
Mar
7
7:00 PM19:00

MicroCinema: Walks and Solitude Waves - The Films of Chris Lynn

Thursday March 7 * 7pm * $10 *Tickets
Join us the first Thursday of each month for Rhizome's MicroCinema. This month, DC filmmaker Chris Lynn will be there in person to screen his films and answer questions.

Join Chris H Lynn for a night of digital moving images and live super 8 films that explore visual and aural spaces in urban and rural landscapes.
Films in the program include:
*Scenes from 10 walks: an audiovisual journey of walks that span over a year. Each walk was shot in a different location and month.
*New films from the Journal of Drifting Hours series: drifting moments, lyrical passages, memory impulses, landscape studies and visual notations captured on super 8 film.

Chris H. Lynn is a moving image maker, sound artist, educator, and curator. His digital images and Super 8 films capture the subtle rhythms of movement, light, and sound in urban and rural landscapes that vary from the eastern shores of Maryland to Nanjing, China. His work has been screened and exhibited in a variety of venues around the globe and has been featured in the book Cinema and the AudioVisual Imagination by Robert Robertson published by I.B Tauris and Bourgeon EBook: Sixty Five Artists Write About Their Work.

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Tara Rodgers presents Sound for Feeling
Mar
8
8:00 PM20:00

Tara Rodgers presents Sound for Feeling

Friday March 8 * 8pm * $10 * Tickets

Sound for Feeling will be a long-duration performance (ca. 2 hours) of ambient electronic music, working with fundamentals of electronic sound using subtle changes and extremes (i.e., working across a wide spectrum of frequencies, timbral shifts, and dynamic range). Rodgers' recent electronic music compositions and performances have explored sound’s capacity for catalyzing embodied feeling and a sense of healing, inspired by the work of sonic experimentalists Pauline Oliveros, Maggi Payne, and Maryanne Amacher, as well as by feminist writings, including by Sara Ahmed and Audre Lorde, which characterize feeling as at the root of political consciousness and spiritual survival.

Over the last 20 years, Dr. Tara Rodgers (Analog Tara) has had a wide-ranging and prolific career as a multi-instrumentalist composer and music scholar. She is the author of Pink Noises: Women on Electronic Music and Sound and numerous articles on the history of sound and synthesizers. Her music, from analog techno to generative sound installations made with SuperCollider, has been presented around the U.S. and internationally. Her new techno EP, Fundamentals (1432 R), has been called “warm and immersive” (Resident Advisor) and “bold in the precision and subtlety it takes to mix such signals with thrill and grace and restraint” (NPR Music). Recent performances include MUTEK (Montreal), Crosstown Arts (Memphis), and Sonic Circuits (DC).

https://tararodgers.bandcamp.com

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"Transcendent Waves" Sound Bath with C Lavender Suarez
Mar
9
12:00 PM12:00

"Transcendent Waves" Sound Bath with C Lavender Suarez

Saturday March 9 * Noon and 3pm* $20 * LIMITED SPACE // PLEASE PRE-REGISTER

Tickets for Noon HERE /// Tickets for 3pm HERE

Experience modern and traditional methods of sound healing through live electronic and acoustic music in this meditative sound bath hosted by sound healer Lavender Suarez. Working with the neurobiological phenomena known as “brainwave entrainment,” the music in this workshop helps facilitate relaxation. Even if you have never meditated before, the sounds will create an immersive experience as they move in gradual waves, subtly shifting in frequency and volume to help the mind become calm and centered. Participants will also be guided through gentle seated breathing and movement meditations. If possible, please bring a yoga mat and dress in comfortable, warm clothing, as participants will be lying down for the majority of the workshop. You are also welcome to bring a blanket and pillow for additional comfort.

Lavender Suarez is a sound healer and educator based in New York’s Hudson Valley. She manages a serene private practice located on a hundred-acre property in Hillsdale and often integrates nature immersion with wellness. Lavender regularly facilitates sound healing workshops and has been a featured speaker at the Rubin, MoMA PS1, Maha Rose, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and Rensselaer Polytechnic University. In the spring of 2016, she taught a ten-week class for children about the scientific and artistic aspects of sound. Lavender is a certified member of the Sound Healers Association and is certified in Tibetan Usui Reiki.

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Sound Heals All Wounds Performance Showcase featuring C. Lavender / Claire Rousay / Ernesto Cárcamo Cavazos / Jeff Carey+Jamal Moore / Rahul Nair / Raven Bauer Durham
Mar
9
to Mar 10

Sound Heals All Wounds Performance Showcase featuring C. Lavender / Claire Rousay / Ernesto Cárcamo Cavazos / Jeff Carey+Jamal Moore / Rahul Nair / Raven Bauer Durham

Saturday March 9 * 7pm - midnight * $20 *Tickets

Sound Heals All Wounds performance showcase featuring:
C. Lavender, sound artist, healer and educator based in New Yorkʼs Hudson Valley.
Claire Rousay, Canadian-American improvisor, drummer, and curator based in San Antonio, Texas.
Ernesto Cárcamo Cavazos (b. 1987, Mexico City), composer and guitarist of contemporary acoustic and electronic music.
Jamal Moore, multi-instrumentalist, composer/performer and educator from Baltimore.
Jeff Carey (Baltimore), digital musician working with a joystick, a gamer keypad, and an array of strobe lights.
Rahul Nair, composer and performer interested in the boundaries between music, meditation, and performance art.
Raven Bauer Durham, solo artist based in the foothills of the blue ridge mountains in central Virginia.

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Concert: Carl Stone / Susan Alcorn+Biliana Voutchkova Duo
Mar
17
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Carl Stone / Susan Alcorn+Biliana Voutchkova Duo

Sunday March 17 * 8pm * $15 * Tickets

Carl Stone is one of the pioneers of live computer music, and has been hailed by the Village Voice as “the king of sampling", and “one of the best composers living in (the USA) today.” Born in Los Angeles, Stone now divides his time between Los Angeles and Japan, where he serves on the faculty of Media Engineering at Chukyo University. His works have been performed in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America and the Near East. rlsto.net

One of the world’s premiere exponents of her instrument, Susan Alcorn has taken the pedal steel guitar far beyond its traditional role in country music. Having first paid her dues in Texas country & western bands, she began to expand the vocabulary of her instrument through her study of 20th century classical music, visionary jazz, and world musics. Alcorn has collaborated with numerous artists including Pauline Oliveros, Chris Cutler, Joe McPhee, Ken Vandermark, Nate Wooley, Ingrid Laubrock and Leila Bourdreuil, Evan Parker, Michael Formanek, Zane Campbell, and Mary Halvorson among others. susanalcorn.net

​Biliana Voutchkova is a violinist, composer-performer and improvisor who combines regular performances of major solo violin/ensemble works, new music, and her own work with performative, long length formats, real time composition and improvisation. Her constant research as a creative artist spans the widest possible range of sound and movement and extends her sonic, technical and physical capacities evolving into the development of a highly individual artistic language. Voutchkova holds degrees from the University of Southern California and the Mannes College of Music and is based in Berlin, Germany. bilianavoutchkova.net

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Concert: Mostly Other People Do the Killing, Heart of the Ghost w/ Dave Ballou
Feb
17
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Mostly Other People Do the Killing, Heart of the Ghost w/ Dave Ballou

Sunday, Feb. 17, 8:00pm $10 *Tickets

Mostly Other People Do the Killing was founded by bassist/composer Moppa Elliott in 2003 as an attempt to reconcile his love of the jazz tradition and avant-garde experimentation.  Joined by founding member Kevin Shea on drums and pianist Ron Stabinsky, MOPDtK will perform compositions written for the ensemble as well as pieces from Elliott's new triple album "Jazz Band/Rock Band/Dance Band".  MOPDtK has twice won the Downbeat Magazine Critics' Poll as "Rising Star Ensemble" of the year as well as numerous other honors and accolades.  Their most recent recording, "Paint" is available from Hot Cup Records.

Heart of the Ghost is an improvisational unit from the Baltimore/Washington area. Comprised of Jarrett Gilgore (saxophone), Luke Stewart (bass) and Ian McColm (drums), this group is the culmination of years of encircling orbits. Collectively encompassing a massive variety of interests and collaborators and themselves known players in the circles of improvised music, these three find common ground within their individual vocabularies: an aim to deconstruct and reshape canonized creative tropes into a new & stunning language.

Innovative trumpeter Dave Ballou has led his own groups as well as performed or recorded with ensembles led by Michael Formanek, Denman Maroney, Maria Schnieder, Andrew Hill, Dave Liebman, Oliver Lake, Joe Lovano, Sheila Jordan, Steely Dan, Rabih Abou-Kahlil, Don Preston and an extensive list of jazz personalities.

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Concert: Kahil El'Zabar's Ethnic Heritage Ensemble
Feb
17
5:00 PM17:00

Concert: Kahil El'Zabar's Ethnic Heritage Ensemble

Sunday February 17 * 5pm * $20 *Tickets

Transparent Productions presents....
Kahil El'Zabar's Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, with Kahil El’Zabar on drums, percussion, kalimba and voice, Alex Harding on baritone sax, and Corey Wilkes on trumpet, including a duet tribute to poet Ntosake Shange, featuring Kahil and poet Dine Watson.

For all who believe in Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Expression, The EHE has recorded dozens of internationally acclaimed projects, and the membership over the years has showcased some of the finest and most accomplished improvisers in creative music.

Internationally renowned percussionist and composer Kahil El'Zabar is considered one of the most prolific jazz innovators of his generation. Indeed El'Zabar is a true "Renaissance Man," with a musical style and content that flows from ancient Africa to the modern world. Music holds no boundaries for El'Zabar, who has not only played alongside a myriad of jazz greats such as Dizzy Gillespie and Cannonball Adderly, but was in the bands of Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone (who he also designed clothes for) and Paul Simon, as well as recording with rock bands like Sonia Dada and Poi Dog Pondering and heading up the jazz/house outfit, JUBA Collective.

At the age of eighteen, he joined Chicago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, and by 1975 he was chairman of the organization. During the early 1970s, El'Zabar formed his own musical group, the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, and later another group, the Ritual Trio, with both of which he still performs. His talents have also extended to the cinematic arena, scoring and appearing in three feature films. El'Zabar was also chosen to do the arranging for the stage performances of The Lion King, he has published a book of poetry, Mis'taken Brilliance and he tailors clothing both for his band and for others. From 1996 to 1999, El'Zabar organized Traffic at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, an inter-arts program featuring music and poetry. In 1991, El'Zabar was commissioned by Germany's Leverkusen Jazz Festival to present a 20 year retrospective of his work, which showcased Orchestra Infinity - a 25-piece big band formed several years ago.

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Concert: William Hooker Trio
Feb
16
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: William Hooker Trio

Saturday February 16th 8pm $15 ADVANCE TICKETS

William Hooker Trio with Dave Ross (guitar), Eriq Robinson (electronics) ,and William Hooker (drums)

William Hooker (drummer, composer and poet) has created works that range from jazz and "new" music to experimental genres. He has released over 60 CDs a a leader. Mr. Hooker has performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Atrium at Lincoln Center, Wadsworth Atheneum, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Walker Art Center,MTV, The Kitchen, Roulette, Real Art Ways. He has also presented his work at the JVC Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, CMJ Music Festival, Vilnius Jazz Festival, Experimenta Argentina, The Knitting Factory and the Victoriaville Music Festival.

William Hooker has received commissions and support from the New York State Council on the Arts, Meet the Composer, and colleges and universities such as Oberlin, Fordham, Columbia, New York University, Boston University, Princeton, Dartmouth and many more. Accompanying musicians have included Billy Bang, David Ware, William Parker, Thurston Moore, David Soldier, Roy Campbell, DJ Spooky, Steven Bernstein, Zeena Parkins, Lee Ranaldo, Jason Hwang, Sabir Mateen, Elliot Sharpe, David Murray, Ted Daniel, JD Parren and many more.

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Exhibition Opening: Sound Heals All Wounds
Feb
15
7:00 PM19:00

Exhibition Opening: Sound Heals All Wounds

Friday February 15 * 7-10pm * $5 suggested

Rhizome DC presents a month-long exhibition and performance series devoted to exploring the potentialities and limitations inherent in the theme “Sound Heals All Wounds”. Throughout the month we will present artworks, performances, and discussions dealing with topics like: performance as it is constrained by health challenges; the political power of sound as it relates to feminism, refugee experiences, and social hierarchies; sound as a means of coping with loss; listening as meditative practice; and more.

At the opening on Friday February 15, explore the installations, participate in a Sound Meditation, and enjoy improvised music and dance from DC’s Creative Music Workshop Players. 7-10pm

Sound Installations by:
Abby Wendle / Daniel O’Connor & Unthings / Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste / Rebecca Mahay

Curated by:
Layne Garrett / Twin Jude / Nate Scheible / Abby Wendle

Friday February 15, 7-10pm: Exhibition opening
*Pauline Oliveros’ Sonic Meditations
*CMW Players

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Concert: Rubén Patiño / Tag Cloud / Cameron Shafii / PraxisCat
Feb
14
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Rubén Patiño / Tag Cloud / Cameron Shafii / PraxisCat

Thursday February 14 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

Rubén Patiño (Spain) is an artist working in the field of Electronic Music and Art. He is focused on the sculptural properties of synthetic sound while exploring the limits of concert, public event and installation. All his works tent to contain different strategies regarding space and formats of presentation while combining sound, lights, text, image or found materials with elements of early electronic music, ideograms and 20th Century art movements With works published in several labels such as Anòmia, Free Software Series, Alku and upcoming records on Ge-Stell and HyperMedium. He has also created multichannel pieces, installations and has extensively played solo concerts.

Tag Cloud is ambient/noise including kit built electronics, analog and semi-modular synths, cheap keyboards, acoustic drone instruments, and percussion. Influences range broadly from Krautrock, noise, and environmental acoustics to working within the experimental scene in Washington DC. Recent releases on Verses Records and Flag Day Recordings.

Cameron Shafii is an Iranian composer practicing electronic and electroacoustic music. His compositions are inflected with a host of digital synthesis processes and are informed by aspects of acousmatic theory, particularly spectromorphology. His works do not impose any temporal scheme upon the listener - rejecting the semiotic operation of 'engagement/disengagement'. ‘Pithy & Prolix’ and ‘Corpora Vilia’ - his recent pieces published on the Anòmia and Conditional labels - present asymmetrical narratives that articulate tension, amorphous forms, and complex sonorities, signifiying a plurality of meaning and complication. Shafii has performed at concerts, festivals, and workshops, and has exhibited installations in the US and Canada. He runs the Ge-stell label and is based in Philadelphia, where he is pursuing a Ph.D. in German at the University of Pennsylvania.

Praxis Cat - 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.

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Concert: Jen Kutler / Matt Luczak / Coven Tree / Nate Scheible
Feb
13
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Jen Kutler / Matt Luczak / Coven Tree / Nate Scheible

Wednesday February 13 * 8pm * $10 * Tickets

Jen Kutler
NY Multidisciplinary artist and performer. She modifies found objects that are cultural signifiers of power, gender, queerness and intimacy to create atypical instruments and sculptures. Her performances feature many of her instruments incorporated with immersive field recordings to explore common and discrepant experiences of familiar social tones in immersive sound and media environments.
http://www.jenkutler.com
https://soundcloud.com/jenkutler

Matt Luczak
NY Sound artist, tape wizard, proprietor of the incredible My Garden in The Bush of Ghosts, Buddyfest curator, drummer, face melter.
https://mattluczak.bandcamp.com/

Coven Tree
DC drone heavy viola and cello duo of Hannah Burris and Alexia Kauffman.
https://coventree.bandcamp.com

Nate Scheible
https://natescheible.bandcamp.com/

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Mindfulness Meditation
Feb
12
7:00 PM19:00

Mindfulness Meditation

Tuesday February 12 * 7pm * $5 * RSVP

If you're new to mindfulness meditation, fear not! It is an ancient practice (roughly 2,600 years old!) of gently paying attention to the present moment, without judgement. Lately, more and more of us in the West have been learning and disseminating it as a tool for reducing stress. It is definitely useful for that. But it is also about cultivating our innate qualities of concentration, kindness, resilience, and compassion.

Class format: The class will last an hour and will include an introduction and some instruction, followed by a guided, seated meditation for 20-30 minutes. We'll then wrap up with a debrief/discussion.

No prior meditation experience is necessary. Bring a pillow or cushion to sit on the floor. Or you can sit in a chair.

About the teacher: Eliza Barclay has trained in the Buddhist tradition of vipassana/insight meditation, and will be offering a secular class, open to all. She is currently a teacher-in-training with the Engaged Mindfulness Institute. She also works as a science and health journalist in Washington, DC.

Suggested donation: $5 for the use of the space

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Fun-A-Day DC Showcase
Feb
10
1:00 PM13:00

Fun-A-Day DC Showcase

Sunday, February 10, 1-4pm. $5 suggested donation *RSVP


Come celebrate creativity, productivity, and community in the new year with 2019's Fun-A-Day DC Showcase. 

Fun-A-Day was started 15 years ago by the Artclash Collective in Philly with the aim to create a fun, inclusive, and participatory art community.  DC's Fun-A-Day chapter was started in 2011 with the same aim and format:  Pick a project, do it every day in January, and show your work in the Fun-A-Day Showcase in February!

The FADDC Showcase is our chance to share participants' work, and we welcome the public to join us in our celebration.  We hope to inspire folks to embrace their creativity, to make fun a part of their routine, and to grow something beautiful in the dead of winter.  So please join us this year for the showcase, and join us in the project-making next year too!

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Concert: Abram Mamet, Daniel O'Connor, Aaron Leitko
Feb
8
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Abram Mamet, Daniel O'Connor, Aaron Leitko

Friday, February 8, 8pm *$10

Abram Mamet is a composer and horn player born in Denver, CO and based in Washington, DC. He is lucky to count among his many teachers John Clark (NYC, Gil Evans Big Band), Vincent Chancey (NYC, Sun Ra Arkestra), Morris Kliphuis (Amsterdam, Kapok), Manuel Collazzo (Colorado Springs, Air Force Band), and Franz Sollner (Austria, Vienna Philharmonic). He plays jazz, avant-garde, classical, and popular music.

Daniel O’Connor is a composer and percussionist from Virginia. Their work confronts questions of musical form, perception, and embodiment, ranging from extended chamber works to anarchic free improvisation. Daniel studies composition and percussion at Bennington College and maintains a busy schedule as an improviser/performer.
soundcloud.com/danie-loconnor

Aaron Leitko is the co-founder of Washington, D.C. duo Protect-U, who have released records on Future Times, Planet Mu, 1432R. Solo, he performs using a modular synthesizer, improvising dense and percussive compositions meant to evoke the alien energy of electro and the occult of nature.
u-udios.bandcamp.com/album/u-udios-2
atlanticrhythms.bandcamp.com/album/wasatch-mecha

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Microcinema: The Films of Rebecca Reynolds
Feb
7
7:00 PM19:00

Microcinema: The Films of Rebecca Reynolds

Thursday February 7, 7pm * Tickets ($10)

Join us the first Thursday of each month for Rhizome's MicroCinema.

This month, Baltimore's Rebecca Reynolds will be there in person to screen her films and answer questions.

Huge thanks to Stephanie Barber for helping to curate this film series.

Rebecca Reynolds is a 16mm filmmaker who often uses in-camera effects and editing to create playfully absurd and delightfully perverse environments, with slippages that invite multiple interpretations. Original or found film images are at times re-photographed through optical printing or “crude” DIY animation techniques. Her work subverts narrative conventions by focusing on thought and idea rather than story. She constructs and perverts systems of logic, using provocative imagery and sound to suggest the underlaying mechanisms and patterns developed within these systems. Rebecca studied filmmaking at the University of Maryland at Baltimore County and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been a recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council Award, and her films have screened in festivals and venues in North America, Europe and Japan, including programs at the Onion City Film Festival, Kino Arsenal, the Images Festival, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and the Motivate Underground Film Festival.

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Concert: Zenen Zeferino / Elvys Echeverria
Feb
6
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Zenen Zeferino / Elvys Echeverria

Wednesday February 6 * 8pm * $10 * Tickets
-En Español Abajo-
Join us for a night of Son Jarocho with Versador, Repentista, Composer and Master Jaranero Zenen Zeferino Huervo from Veracruz, Mexico with his new project. Opening set by Elvys Echeverria.

Zenén Zeferino and the sound dream is a musical project under the direction of Zenén Zeferino Huervo. It has its roots in the heart of the traditional Jarocho. It gathers this tradition and puts it in new nuances that promote the development of the fandango and its preservation among the new generations. Sonoro Sueño is a juggler's song that improvises in decimas, sextillas, quintillas, cuartetas and romance. His music is comprised of arpeggios, melodies, percussions, deep and deep notes that swirl, condense, condense and disperse like the first herons of Sotavento in the estuary that sings; sound that always travels along the river. Goes printing his music in the air, and waking up with his songs.
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Únase a nosotros para una noche de Son Jarocho con Versador, Repentista, Compositor y Maestro Jaranero Zenen Zeferino Huervo de Veracruz, México, con su nuevo proyecto. Opening set by Elvys Echeverria

Zenén Zeferino y el sonoro sueño es un proyecto musical bajo la dirección de Zenén Zeferino Huervo. Tiene sus raíces en el seno del son Jarocho tradicional. Recoge dicha tradición y la reviste de nueva matices que promueven el desarrollo del fandango y su preservación entre las nuevas generaciones. Sonoro sueño es canto de juglar que improvisa in décimas, sextillas, quintillas, cuartetas y romance. Su música está comprendida por aprecios, melodías, percusiones,notas graves y profundas que se arremolinan, se condensan, se condensan y se dispersan como las primeras garzas del Sotavento en el estero que canta; sonido que viaja siempre por el rio de la. Ida imprimiendo su música en el aire, y despertando en con sus cantos.

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Mindfulness Meditation
Feb
5
7:00 PM19:00

Mindfulness Meditation

Tuesday February 5 * 7pm * $5 * RSVP

If you're new to mindfulness meditation, fear not! It is an ancient practice (roughly 2,600 years old!) of gently paying attention to the present moment, without judgement. Lately, more and more of us in the West have been learning and disseminating it as a tool for reducing stress. It is definitely useful for that. But it is also about cultivating our innate qualities of concentration, kindness, resilience, and compassion.

Class format: The class will last an hour and will include an introduction and some instruction, followed by a guided, seated meditation for 20-30 minutes. We'll then wrap up with a debrief/discussion.

No prior meditation experience is necessary. Bring a pillow or cushion to sit on the floor. Or you can sit in a chair.

About the teacher: Eliza Barclay has trained in the Buddhist tradition of vipassana/insight meditation, and will be offering a secular class, open to all. She is currently a teacher-in-training with the Engaged Mindfulness Institute. She also works as a science and health journalist in Washington, DC.

Suggested donation: $5 for the use of the space

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Experiments in Sound Meditation
Feb
4
7:00 PM19:00

Experiments in Sound Meditation

Monday February 4 2018 * 7-8pm * RSVP

Join us for the next installment of our series devoted to the practice of Deep Listening, as coined/taught/enacted by the late composer Pauline Oliveros. For one hour, we will focus on sound. Listening first, with an eye (ear) toward healing, toward a collective experience more than the sum of its parts. There will be vocal and percussive sound production involved at different points. The space will be available for conversation/debriefing/relaxing afterwards. All ages welcome. No prior meditation or musical experience necessary. These sessions will happen every other Monday for the next few months.

Suggested donation: $5 for the use of the space

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Concert: Free Soil / Compactor / Replicant Eyes
Feb
2
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Free Soil / Compactor / Replicant Eyes

2/2/19 * 8:00PM * $10 * Tickets

FREE SOIL
Free Soil is a proletariat union. Organize, resist, rise. War for profit, against our own citizens or against another country, is treason. Abolish work. Defeat corporate slave labor practices. Fire your boss.

COMPACTOR
Compactor is an interconnected set of machinery that is manipulated by an anonymous figure known as The Worker under orders from faceless corporation Waste MGT. Industrial, Noise, Techno, and other related sonics are crushed into something else. The project uses mostly obsolete equipment, which is set up, broken down and maintained by System Administrator Derek Rush.

Replicant Eyes
Replicant Eyes is a dark wave/post-industrial/post-punk duo from Washington, D.C., which combines existential themes with a collage of brooding synth sounds and sinister guitars. Featuring Alejandro Castaño (The Red Fetish) on guitar/electronics, and Dan Gonzalez on vocals.

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Workshop: DIY Electronics with Vaux Flores - the "24"
Feb
2
12:00 PM12:00

Workshop: DIY Electronics with Vaux Flores - the "24"

Saturday Feb.2 * 12-4pm * $100 (includes the fuzz pedal) * SIGN UP

So hey gang – another DIY electronics workshop from the good folks at VauxFlores! This time, we'll be building a 24, which, for lack of better description is one of those versatile fuzz pedals that has more controls than a WWI-era biplane - allowing you to tune in just about everything from a minor fizzle to a full-blown electric explosion of 64-foot long bee creatures (bees not included). It does some pretty cool stuff – it sputters, it chirps and sans input it makes a pretty good oscillator of sorts - provided you think that sounding broken is cool. I do, but that's just me. It can also sound pretty un-broken at other settings, and wholesomely thick on the ones in-between. And while I may not be anywhere close to one of those guitar guys who get a throng of fans drooling over their pedalboard after every gig, this has been one of the most consistent boxes I've personally used in the past 5 years. So there's that – not that you should take my word for it. It can also be used with guitars, basses, amplified hunter horns, electric buckets or any other instrument with an output intended to exorcize bloated, orange despots (and sniveling sycophants) out of our highest office at deafening volume. Or you can use it to jam some killer jazz-funk fusion. Because after all, DC isn't all politics, right? Either way, whatever your intention, this thing may just be the droid you're looking for. For sounds and more info, please check out this site for reference and edification.

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Creative Music Workshop
Jan
31
7:00 PM19:00

Creative Music Workshop

Thursday, January 31, 7-10pm. $5 suggested donation *RSVP

Join us the 31st for an improvised music session open to players of all backgrounds and levels of experience. Dedicated to non-idiomatic, exploratory music-making and the primacy of listening. Facilitated by composer/percussionist Daniel O'Connor.

Bring your instrument and any amplification you require.

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Mindfulness Meditation
Jan
29
7:00 PM19:00

Mindfulness Meditation

Tuesday January 29 * 7pm * $5 * RSVP

If you're new to mindfulness meditation, fear not! It is an ancient practice (roughly 2,600 years old!) of gently paying attention to the present moment, without judgement. Lately, more and more of us in the West have been learning and disseminating it as a tool for reducing stress. It is definitely useful for that. But it is also about cultivating our innate qualities of concentration, kindness, resilience, and compassion.

Class format: The class will last an hour and will include an introduction and some instruction, followed by a guided, seated meditation for 20-30 minutes. We'll then wrap up with a debrief/discussion.

No prior meditation experience is necessary. Bring a pillow or cushion to sit on the floor. Or you can sit in a chair.

About the teacher: Eliza Barclay has trained in the Buddhist tradition of vipassana/insight meditation, and will be offering a secular class, open to all. She is currently a teacher-in-training with the Engaged Mindfulness Institute. She also works as a science and health journalist in Washington, DC.

Suggested donation: $5 for the use of the space

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Drawing Salon - Body Map Body closing
Jan
28
7:00 PM19:00

Drawing Salon - Body Map Body closing

Monday January 28 * 7-10pm *RSVP
Please join us and draw with us for a closing reception for the exhibition Body Map Body. Small donation for the space appreciated.

Exhibition Artists:
Rives Wiley
Renée Regan
Alanna Reeves
Kristina King
Eames Armstrong   

Body Map Body considers ways that bodies travel and cross terrains, and how landscapes can take on human form. When we are oriented, we're certain about our self, our direction, our past. But what do we find when we're disoriented? This exhibition shows some things that might happen when the map is abstract, when locations meld, when the body smears out of place, when our placement is just a memory.

Four of the artists in Body Map Body work out of DC Art Studios around the corner from Rhizome at 6925 Willow St NW: Rives Wiley, Renée Regan, Alanna Reeves, and Kristina King. The fifth artist is Eames Armstrong, who organized this exhibition.  

Image: Rives Wiley - Paint and Sip: How to Paint a Mountain, Oil on Panel. 48"x 60

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Concert: Jason Kao Hwang's Human Rites Trio
Jan
27
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Jason Kao Hwang's Human Rites Trio

Sunday, January 27, 2019 @8PM @ Rhizome $20 *Tickets

100% proceeds to artists

Transparent Productions presents

Jason Kao Hwang’s Human Rites Trio
Jason Kao Hwang (violin & viola)
Ken Filiano (double bass)
Andrew Drury (drums)

My compositions are sonic rituals that strive to cultivate and affirm all that is good and greater than any one of us – Jason Kao Hwang

Composer, violinist, and violist JASON KAO HWANG has created works spanning the genres jazz, classical, creative improvised, and world music. Hwang’s commissioned works have been performed at the Chicago World Music Festival, and well as Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Drummer ANDREW DRURY is a student of ancestor drummer Ed Blackwell, and possesses a drumming style that shows a deep respect for tradition combined with and adventurous spirit towards unique sound production. His extended techniques and percussive voice employ wind, friction, voice, bows, and small metal objects.

Bassist KEN FILIANO has been called a creative virtuoso and master of technique, and is one of the most in-demand bassists in jazz and improvised music circles.

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Talking about Sex - A Womyn Uncorked Workshop
Jan
27
3:00 PM15:00

Talking about Sex - A Womyn Uncorked Workshop

Sunday, January 27 2019, 3-5pm. $15 suggested donation or pay what you can. * RSVP

For people who identify as women only - Connect with other womyn in a confidential, non-judgmental space to practice talking about our desires, to discuss what's on our minds and in our hearts, to work on new ways to open up communication. This workshop is especially for women that feel like they don't have people with whom they can talk openly and honestly about sexual topics.

In this workshop we will do a series of guided exercises to practice active listening and active sharing about issues in our sexual lives. Some of the exercises are inspired by Authentic Relating Games which aim to give people tools to connect more meaningfully with others. This workshop builds on the Women Uncorked salon series, but with more structure to the flow of conversation, paths for deepening connection, and space for everyone to share what's on their minds and feel heard. The goal is to break down some of the barriers and taboos in talking about sex and feel connection and support from our sisters.

Complementary wine. Feel free to bring your favorite beverage, or a snack to share. Will start promptly at 3 and no late arrivals, please.

Space is limited: please register on Eventbrite. Suggested donation $15 or pay what you can

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Concert: TK Echo, Spyne
Jan
26
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: TK Echo, Spyne

Saturday January 26 * 8pm * $10 * Tickets

TK Echo is a band that formed in Washington D.C. in 2016 and began playing live in 2017. The quartet features drummer Josh Blair, keyboardist-vocalist Fiona Griffin, bassist Aaron Leitko and guitarist-vocalist Chris Richards. With deep roots in the D.C. punk scene, members of TK Echo have previously played in Et At It, Protect-U, Q and Not U, Supersystem and other groups.

Spyne - Freak punk featuring members of Cool People, Saturday Night, the Cradle, and Knife Wife.

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Concert: Mourning A BLKstar / Lightmare / Black Folks Don't Swim?
Jan
25
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Mourning A BLKstar / Lightmare / Black Folks Don't Swim?

Friday January 25 * 8pm * $10 * Tickets

An eclectic, genre non-conforming and gender nonconforming Cleveland band that uses music to confront issues of racism, oppression and police violence Mourning A BLKstar are celebrating the release of their second album "The Garner Poems" on Electric Cowbell Records at Rhizome. The collective incorporates hip-hop production with lo-fi, washed-out synth, jazz instrumentation and audio samples from significant moments in history.

Lightmare is an up-and-coming six-person soulpunk arrangement out of Washington, D.C. making songs about love, death, and revolution, in any order and definitely overlapping. Smooth and sharp, warm and galvanizing, punchy, political and personal. Their set is guaranteed to get your body moving and your feelings flowing.

Black Folks Don't Swim? are gender diverse purveyors of funkified soul shake down sounds. DMV Based. Founded by Queer Black Womxn.

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Concert: Gleb Kanasevich / Guillermo Pizarro / Victoria Cheah / JA$$IE / BLK TAG
Jan
24
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Gleb Kanasevich / Guillermo Pizarro / Victoria Cheah / JA$$IE / BLK TAG

Thursday January 24 * 8pm * $10 * advance tickets

Gleb Kanasevich is a clarinetist, composer, and experimental/electronic musician. He currently works primarily with feedback, noise, modified instruments, and live electronics, and took his work Subtraction for clarinet and electronics to a number of contemporary music series and festivals in 2017/18 season. His new blackened noise album Asleep will come out in a small batch cassette tape and digital release on January 25, 2019, and the immersive 45-minute Subtraction will be released in January 4, 2019 via Flag Day Recordings.

Guillermo Pizarro is a sound artist from Eastern PA by way of West Virginia. He started experimenting in 2010 with prepared guitar/drone compositions, and has since then moved to experimenting with field recordings, electronics and amplified objects to create his textured soundscapes.

Victoria Cheah (b. 1988, New York, NY) is a composer working in multiple media and genres, exploring hierarchy, ambiguity, and the concert ritual. Cheah holds a B.A. in music from City University of New York Hunter College & Macaulay Honors College, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in composition at Brandeis University.

JA$$IE lives and works in the District of Columbia. Her work oscillates between states of representation and fragmentation, acoustic and electronic, object and process and takes the form of site-specific, interactive installations, drawings, collage, photography, video, music, performance, research, writing and works for internet and paper.

A monstrous vision of impending doom [ TERRASCOPE : UNITED KINGDOM ] BLK TAG is the duo of Chris Videll (Tag Cloud) and JS Adams (BLK w/BEAR). The event finishes w/ their composition, FLASHCARDS FOR AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE, a collaborative performance among the evening's performers.

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Concert: Leo Suarez / Sarah Hughes+Luke Stewart / Nik Francis
Jan
23
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Leo Suarez / Sarah Hughes+Luke Stewart / Nik Francis

Wednesday January 23 * 8pm * $10 * tickets

A recent transplant from Tampa, FL to Philadelphia, drummer/improvisor Leo Suarez has been performing, recording and touring within various rock contexts, as well as in many different experimental and improvised settings. Suarez is well-known in FL for his work with MeatWound, Career, Glass Tongue Trio, and composer Elizabeth Baker, and with his move to Philadelphia, has been working on new collaborations with Jack Wright, Madam Data, and Taiwan Housing Project as well as a duo with Polish saxophone player Paulina Owczarek. Suarez has toured the U.S. and Europe extensively with 4AD indie-rock group wMerchandise, and continues to stay active on the road with Nude Tayne, Taiwan Housing Project and his new trio TONED (with Nathan Corder, and Tom Weeks). On top of being an active musician, Suarez also books and organizes small-scale improvised music concerts in Philadelphia.

Luke Stewart and Sarah Hughes in duo formation

Nik Francis solo

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Standing Rock Prisoner Letter Writing Night
Jan
22
7:00 PM19:00

Standing Rock Prisoner Letter Writing Night

Tuesday, January 22 7:00–8:30 RSVP

$5 suggested donation to cover the cost of materials; no one turned away due to lack of funds.

This year, four water protectors—Michael “Little Feather” Giron, Dion Ortiz, Michael “Rattler” Markus, and Red Fawn Fallis—were sentenced to federal prison for actions in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock. Join us Tuesday, January 22 at 7:00pm as we write letters of support from the outside, and discuss the role of prisoner support in dismantling global carceral systems. Stationary and writing materials will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own.

Please visit the Water Protector Legal Collective at waterprotectorlegal.org for more information about supporting incarcerated water protectors.

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Experiments in Sound Meditation
Jan
21
7:00 PM19:00

Experiments in Sound Meditation

Monday January 7 2018, 7-8pm RSVP

Join us for the next installment of our series devoted to the practice of Deep Listening, as coined/taught/enacted by the late composer Pauline Oliveros. For one hour, we will focus on sound. Listening first, with an eye (ear) toward healing, toward a collective experience more than the sum of its parts. There will be vocal and percussive sound production involved at different points. The space will be available for conversation/debriefing/relaxing afterwards. All ages welcome. No prior meditation or musical experience necessary. These sessions will happen every other Monday for the next few months.

Suggested donation: $5 for the use of the space

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Concert: Andy Mcleod, Grand Banks, Jenny Moon Tucker / Pony Payroll Bones
Jan
20
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Andy Mcleod, Grand Banks, Jenny Moon Tucker / Pony Payroll Bones

Andy McLeod  Andy McLeod is an experimental musician and gardener based out of Fredericksburg, VA. His primary instrument is the acoustic guitar, but he incorporates many instruments into his original tunes, improvisations, and interpretations of the works of others. With quite a bit of work under his belt already, including a record on the estimable Dying For Bad Music label, it will be exciting to see him continue to explore, expand, and refine his already heady sound and approach. In his own words, "Mug Hummies" is a combination of acoustic drone music and fingerstyle guitar adaptations of traditional gospel hymns and some early Hawaiian music, with all instrumentation performed and arranged by Andy himself.

Grand Banks (DC/VA) is Davis Salisbury and Tyler Magill. Improvisations on guitar, keyboards, harmonium, and assorted other instruments and objects. 'Grand Banks build a sonic world out of equal parts earth-rattling drones and delicate cosmic lullabies ... feel the space around you sing as far-out harmonics shift in and out of focus.' -- Mike Nigro, Oxtail Recordings

Jenny Moon Tucker & Pony Payroll Bones - sax, tape loops, objects, violin, feedback, whathaveyou



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