CONCURRENCY: SIFU SUN / LES ANGÉL / Zof-e & Emily / laYELL burlesque / manZOni
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

CONCURRENCY: SIFU SUN / LES ANGÉL / Zof-e & Emily / laYELL burlesque / manZOni

Saturday October 19 * 7pm * $10 * TICKETS

/*CONCURRENCY ii: <void> is an evening of performances exploring the simultaneous nature of experience;*///While CONCURRENCY in computing describes parallel execution, the artists involved also explore: [generative absence, materialized fantasies, the saturated abyss, the vacancy of text, deviant spirituality];

FEATURING = {SIFU SUN - A multi-disciplinary creative who constantly acts as the mirror for our souls and inner feelings; LES ANGÉL transcends intimacy of bodymind exchange, complacency in homoeroticsm, and exploitation of self-portraiture; Zof-e & Emily Experimenting with different sounds and noises as an emotional outlet; laYELL burlesque Burlesque under the bed; manZOni Music is art, art is emotion, emotion is life. [Best listened to with 3D glasses on.] Deep House // Tech House // Techno // Melodic/Progressive};

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Fermentation Workshop: Kimchi, Sauerkraut, Pickles
Oct
20
7:00 PM19:00

Fermentation Workshop: Kimchi, Sauerkraut, Pickles

Sunday October 20 * 7pm * $15-30 sliding scale (includes all materials) * REGISTER

In this workshop we will cover 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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Book Launch: Josh MacPhee - An Encyclopedia of Political Record Labels
Oct
21
7:00 PM19:00

Book Launch: Josh MacPhee - An Encyclopedia of Political Record Labels

Monday October 21 * 7pm * $10 * TICKETS

Join us and Common Notions for the launch of AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF POLITICAL RECORD LABELS by Josh MacPhee. Focusing on vinyl records, and the labels that produced them, this groundbreaking book traces the parallel rise of social movements in the second half of the twentieth century and the vinyl record as the dominant form of music distribution. MacPhee will be spinning records from the labels in the book, while discussing the role of the vinyl record as agitprop in international social movements, followed by an audience Q&A and signing. “Josh MacPhee has done a great service for all of us interested in the intersection of independent records and radical politics. Encompassing as it does such a wide variety of political voices in the international underground of record making, the encyclopedia paradoxically almost shrinks the world by fostering a vision of a community working without borders in varied strains of solidarity even if not always in full view or knowledge of each other. Every entry opens a window onto a different story of creativity and resistance and I couldn’t stop hopscotching around from page to page, each one sparking off vectors for further thought and exploration. A totally mind-blowing accomplishment.” —Guy Picciotto, Fugazi

Also: DJ Sets by local luminaries MJ Regalado and Mark Cisneros.

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Concert: Gold Dime / Insect Factory / Panini Girlfriend
Oct
23
7:00 PM19:00

Concert: Gold Dime / Insect Factory / Panini Girlfriend

Wednesday October 23 * 7pm * $10 * TICKETS

* GOLD DIME (nyc) -- think the Residents only more intimate and on fire. Mems of TALK NORMAL. New album out on Fire Talk Oct 11. https://youtu.be/A-u8GhhRBF4

* INSECT FACTORY --electronic ambient bliss from Jeff Barsky ttps://insectfactory.bandcamp.com

* Panini Girlfriend -- Fiery punk jammers (mems Taciturn) https://paninigirlfriend.bandcamp.com

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Concert: Xenojothsz / Life Appreciation Renewal / Guillermo Pizarro / Lazuli / Zofe-iDk
Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

Concert: Xenojothsz / Life Appreciation Renewal / Guillermo Pizarro / Lazuli / Zofe-iDk

Thursday October 24 * 7pm * $10 * TICKETS

Xenojothsz - Noise from RVA’s Noiro Zepol.

Life Appreciation Renewal - Crushing power electronics/noise from RVA.

Guillermo Pizarro- 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. He also currently operates Flag Day Recordings.

Lazuli - DC’s Emily Haugh and Sam Chintha. In-the-red cassette manipulation, synthesizer drones, and electronics abuse.

Zofe-iDk - Harsh noise from Washington, DC.

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Concert: Baldi-Gerycz Duo / Nate Scheible / Raven Bauer Durham
Oct
25
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Baldi-Gerycz Duo / Nate Scheible / Raven Bauer Durham

Friday October 25 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

Jayson Gerycz (drums) and Dylan Baldi (saxophone) are most well-known as one half of the indie rock band Cloud Nothings, but have played together in many other configurations since meeting in 2009. Gerycz has developed the ability to drum in a myriad of different formats, creating a highly spontaneous and individual method of playing that draws on his experiences in rock, punk, and improvised music. Together the duo have an almost telepathic sense of tension and drama, deftly reacting to each others' every move. The music reaches massive, mountainous peaks and falls to extreme minimalist murmurings while maintaining a songwriter's perception of continuity and forward progression. Baldi and Gerycz create and follow waves of musical energy to their natural resolutions, where they casually pick up a new thread and restart their unique process of discovery and construction.

"Nate Scheible’s last solo work was a moving collage made with instruments, field recordings, and a cassette of audio love letters that he found in a thrift store. His newest release, Indices, is just as moving, but this time Scheible created impressionistic sound narratives without the use of any voices or words. In fact, the pieces here don’t even have explanatory titles—they are simply named by the side and order in which they appear. That makes Indices is like a soundtrack for which you can fill in the pictures. Emotive tones, subtle arcs, and concrete environmental sounds dot each piece, but the overall result is beautifully non-specific. It’s not background music, but rather a canvas upon which images form and fade in overlapping cycles."

Raven Bauer Durham, based in Syria, Virginia, is an experimental guitar-based performer, incorporating ambient textures, voice, song-structures and abstract layers. Her most recent release, as a duo with James Wolf, came out in April 2019 - The River and The Rain In It, which blogger Bored in Pittsburgh called, “a fascinating album, easy to listen to, but difficult to classify.” Raven is also a previous member of Virginia based improv/drone/noise group, Phoenix Auto Group.

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Workshop: Painting the Moment w/ Khalid Thompson
Oct
26
12:00 PM12:00

Workshop: Painting the Moment w/ Khalid Thompson

Saturday October 26 * Noon-130pm *$30 adults / $20 children * REGISTER

Painting the Moment is an abstract intuitive painting workshop facilitated by Khalid Thompson. The objective is to use color application and action painting to create abstract works of art filled with dynamism, depth, and individual expression. Artists such as Ed Clark, Joan Mitchell, and Jackson Pollock brought notoriety to the process of action painting, where an artist uses immediacy and broad gestural expressiveness in order to transmit pure emotion onto the canvas. This will be an opportunity for participants to engage in the intuitive process of direct expression with the medium, developing a visual language unique to their identity. This workshop will be about self expression, not about how well one can paint or draw. In addition to encouragement and feedback throughout the workshop, Khalid will help facilitate a post-creation discussion during which participants can talk about their experiences. Materials provided: Acrylic paint markers and drawing pad paper.

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CDJ Workshop
Oct
26
3:00 PM15:00

CDJ Workshop

Saturday October 26 * 3-5pm * REGISTER

Come play with pro-level DJ equipment! No-pressure, no stress, just come to have fun. Equipment includes two CDJs (900 Nexus, 1200 Nexus) and one pro-level mixer (DJM 750). A small class (capped at 10, signed up now to reserve your spot) will be rotating for a back-to-back with each other. Meaning, bring your USB with music (ideally you’ve run it by Rekordbox, but a USB with your favorite tracks is just fine!). Plug it into one player and practice mixing in. Then onto the next person. We will all watch and learn from each other. The instructor will give pointers, but this is an opportunity for YOU to have experience with generally inaccessible equipment and experiment with new approaches outside of a live gig! :) All levels welcome. If you can, focus your tracks on ‘house music’ (bpm 110-130 is good, don’t stress out about this). Come for a fun Saturday afternoon, and play with other music lovers. A glass of wine is included for your afternoon. If you have previously attended “Intro to DJing”, email HausofJung@gmail.com to confirm and receive a discount code! Regular price $40; discounted admission $25.

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Concert: Machine Listener / Jax Deluca / RXM Reality / John Davis
Oct
26
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Machine Listener / Jax Deluca / RXM Reality / John Davis

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26TH | 8PM | $10 | ALL AGES | TICKETS

MACHINE LISTENER (Hausu Mountain) Crafted from squelching synth voices and swathes of fibrous, granular glitch, Machine Listener’s tracks pile together into twitching blobs rendered in high-resolution detail, like dribbles of iridescent plastic allowed to congeal together and dry overnight. Just when his sessions seem to teeter on the edge of total abstraction, he introduces bizarre beat structures into his mixes that bump and slither into legible grids that build alongside the swirling voices that have accumulated up to that point. Colubrid evokes the feeling of looking out through the compound eyes of an insect or the infrared field of vision of a reptile, transmuting familiar shapes into a fractal visual language that pushes at the boundaries of the human perspective and plumbs the unknown depths of auditory fragmentation.

JAX DELUCA

RXM REALITY (Hausu Mountain) is Chicago-based producer Mike Meegan. His futuristic strain of detailed beat work jitters somewhere between the margins of kinetic IDM, grimy industrial electronics, and intricately spatialized sound design. DEViL WORLD WiDE, his second release with Hausu Mountain, builds on the precedent established by Panic Cycle (2018), as Meegan steers his hybrid rig of hardware samplers and software systems through a series of rhythmic sketches that are as transfixing as they are claustrophobic. Like fellow members of the Hausu Mountain roster such as Fire-Toolz, Khaki Blazer, or Bonnie Baxter, the music of RXM Reality toys with building blocks of dark humor and chaotic irreverence, as tracks break into unexpected shifts in mood or shed any semblance of legible rhythm on a dime to explode into the territory of pure texture. A pummeling passage of breakbeats might slide into a patch of 8-bit squelch, while a brief flash of bouncy, major-key melody might herald the waves of feedback rushing in to wash out the mix.

JOHN DAVIS (Ex-Folk Implosion) “Depending on whether you know John Davis from his solo records or his tenure with the Folk Implosion, you’ll either know him as a vocal performer or an artisan of grooves. If you head to the guy’s website or listen to his last record, 2017’s El Pulpo, you’ll find that his command of language endures; he has a lot to say about food, politics, corporate encroachment and the ongoing effort that it takes to be human. But if you listen closely to his records, you’ll find that they are studded with marvelous little guitar moments, licks that jump out, snag your ear and drag you into the songs that they serve. Gnawing On The Bone is Davis’ guitar record, but the album’s title also says something about his compositional approach. He’ll play a phrase, then take it from another angle, then layer it and mull it over some more. He can pick out a tune, but the same stop/start dynamics that show up in his songs often win out over melodic elaboration. And while he sticks to acoustic guitar, he uses overdubbing, delays and a good old-fashioned slide to expand its sonic footprint. There’s plenty to chew on here, whether you come at this record motivated by interest in Davis or his instrument.”

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Workshop: World in a Box - An Intro to Caja Lambe Lambe
Oct
27
10:00 AM10:00

Workshop: World in a Box - An Intro to Caja Lambe Lambe

Sunday October 27 * 10am-4pm * $30/no one turned away for lack of funds * REGISTER

Join DC Puppeteer Cecilia Cackley to learn the intimate medium of Caja Lambe Lambe puppet shows. This popular South American street-theater encloses a world in a box, revealing a personal puppet show to one to three audience members at a time. Cecilia has studied with renowned Caja maker Gabriela Cespedes and shown her Cajas in venues all over the DC. In this workshop, you'll learn how to plan and design your own Caja show, and create a preliminary model. You'll also learn how to plan and choose materials for the final version of your show. We're hoping that some of our workshop participants will join us to perform at the Cajas and Crankies Festival at Rhizome in February 2020!

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Concert: Mike Baggetta &amp; Nick Millevoi / Brian Osborne / The Drag
Oct
27
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Mike Baggetta & Nick Millevoi / Brian Osborne / The Drag

Sunday October 27 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

Mike Baggetta and Nick Millevoi come together in a new duo of improvised electric guitars. Baggetta has been called a "guitar poet" by Nels Cline, "a kind of post-Frisellian sonic explorer" by Downbeat, and the New York Times says he "makes stealthy, mysterious music." Millevoi's music has been described by Pitchfork as "music that seeks the sun by exploding toward it,” and NPR Music has said, "When Nick Millevoi plays the guitar, it's like a rocket darting skyward between clouds.” Both guitarists have worked with some of the biggest names in experimental jazz and rock, including artists like Nels Cline, John Zorn, Mike Watt, Jim Keltner, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, and many more.

Brian Osborne is a percussionist, sound artist, and educator who moved to Philadelphia in 2015 after more than a decade of active participation in New York City’s creative music scene. In NY Osborne studied for several years under percussionist and free jazz legend, Milford Graves. Brian currently performs across the US and Europe with the electronics/drums duo- Hatchers; Dan Peck’s tuba-fronted doom improv trio- The Gate; and as a duo with guitarist, Nick Millevoi. Brian has played with Robert Beatty, Daniel Carter, Tim Dahl, Peter Evans, Paul Flaherty, Tamio Shiraishi, Nate Wooley, George Steeltoe Ensemble, Blastocyst, Wretched Worst, Paper Legs, and more. Osborne can be heard on over twenty released recordings to date.

The Drag is a conglomeration stumbled upon by saxophonist and performing artist Sarah Marie Hughes. It features a brilliant classical pianist, Joseph Leo Arkfeld, on Moog and keyboard and one of DC’s most active and creative jazz bassists and composers, Steve Arnold. The ensemble will release its first album “Confessions of Narci” in November, which features Sam Burt on the bass clarinet, and also showcases Hughes’ personal prose written in 2017 while living in Baltimore. The group also performs graphic scores written during that time. The album is heavily influenced by the spirit of Sun Ra and the sound of artists such as Laurie Anderson and the Art Ensemble of Chicago.

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The Beak Trio / Dario Fariello
Oct
28
8:00 PM20:00

The Beak Trio / Dario Fariello

Monday October 28 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

The Beak Trio - Will Bollinger - banjo; Kevin Eichenberger - bass; James Gibian - drums. Just listen to this! https://beaktrio.bandcamp.com/releases

DARIO FARIELLO is a saxophonist and violist devoted to improvised music. He studied musicology at the University of Bologna, where he co-founded the Bologna improvisers Orchestra. After touring extensively in Europe and in the United States with the jazz-core band Luther Blissett, he moved to Berlin in 2011 to work with Tristan Honsinger and the dj Eren Ileri; he co-founded Multiversal, a nomad festival series featuring a wide international network of improv and noise musicians.Now based in Oslo, his current projects include: ZGB, Sciardac, Farantimm, Resurgam, Wolf and the gang, FarLie, Prestekveler, In Its Own Tempo. He has collaborated with: Gino Robair, Eugene Chadbourne, Butch Morris, James Brown, Calle Neumann, Tristan Honsinger, Alexei Borisov, Olga Nosova, Mia Zabelka, Agnes Hvizdalek, Tomomi Adachi, Kenji Kuroda, Ilia Belorukov, Alexander Chernyshkov, Marina Poleukhina, Harri Sjöström, Steve Heather. With Norbert Stammberger he organises the yearly festival Tubax Super Session in Munich, dedicated to the tubax saxophone and other special instruments.

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Experiments in Sound Meditation
Oct
29
7:00 PM19:00

Experiments in Sound Meditation

Tuesday October 29 * 7-8pm * RSVP

Join us for the next instalment 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. Suggested donation: $5 for the use of the space

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Tales of Horror and Dread
Nov
1
7:00 PM19:00

Tales of Horror and Dread

Friday November 1 * 7pm * $10 * TICKETS

Tales of Horror & Dread II, an evening of horror and spooky stories. Featuring readings from Nino Cipri, Craig L. Gidney, Marianne Kirby, Nibedita Sen, dave ring and Jay Wolf. Nightmare soundscapes by Joe Zeranski. Ambiance by Miri Baker. Also: tarot readings, a necromancer cotillion, and who knows what else! Creepy dress encouraged; when in doubt, put a skull on it. Boo. Presented by Neon Hemlock Press.

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Concert: Off-Shore Futures EP Release Party
Nov
2
7:00 PM19:00

Concert: Off-Shore Futures EP Release Party

Saturday November 2 * 7pm * $5 * TICKETS

At long last Off-Shore Futures, AKA Tyler the Job Creator and Earl Sweatshop, AKA The Gruesome Twosome, AKA the only billionaire rap duo in the game have finally released their debut EP Pyramid Scheme and are celebrating with an all-out concert/comedy/shit show with hand picked local talent. Featuring:
Ariana Philips AKA Martin Grande / Action Ramsey / and hosted by the Better Binness Bros

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Concert: Ami Dang / Aaron Leitko / Thorn Collaborative
Nov
5
7:30 PM19:30

Concert: Ami Dang / Aaron Leitko / Thorn Collaborative

Tuesday November 5 * 730pm * $10 * TICKETS

Amrita “Ami” Kaur Dang is a South Asian-American vocalist, sitarist, composer and producer from Baltimore. Her sound ranges from North Indian classical fused with noise/ambient electronics to beat-driven psych and experimental dancepop. The work references her musical education and hybrid identity as well as the chaos and spirituality of the landscapes of both Baltimore and urban India. Picking up her first sitar when she was twelve years old, Dang has studied North Indian classical music (voice and sitar) in both New Delhi and Maryland, and she also holds a degree in music technology & composition from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. Her debut album Hukam came out in 2011 on Ehse Records to critical acclaim. She delved further into the sounds of experimental-indiepop on Uni Sun, her sophomore album that was released on Friends Records in 2016. Along with cellist Alexa Richardson, Ami is ½ of Raw Silk. Her music defies genre, and she has shared bills with many pop, rock, world, folk, hip hop, and experimental acts, including Grimes, Future Islands, Chairlift, A Hawk and A Hacksaw, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Beach House, Wye Oak, Lil B, Bonnie Prince Billy, and Dan Deacon. Her most recent album Parted Plains, featuring strictly sitar and electronics, just came out on Leaving Records.

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.

Thorn Collaborative (Erin Ethridge and Colleen Marie Foley) questions ideas of shared or composite identity, memory and body. We view these as fundamentally fluid in nature, and strive to incarnate that mutability. We engage both the fictional and the real as equal counterparts, weaving together our actual journeys with story and myth. Taking our relationship as subject and tool, we negotiate separation and intimacy in pursuit of their limits. Our attempts to overcome the obstacles that these poles present are continually frustrated. This struggle highlights a paradox inherent in relationships: distance is a wound that can’t be healed because closeness is never complete, but intimacy threatens the sovereign self. We find pleasure and pain in our separateness and in our union. Stages of Soft is a series of four performances over four days drawing from various types of episodic transformations. Taking cues from insects, alchemists, and ancient mythology, Thorn will posit bodies as sites of transformation and instruments for communication. Each day’s performance will leave traces and artifacts, transforming the space throughout the exhibition. The installation and performances together will be a meditation on softened boundaries of the body, intimacy and distance, and ritual metamorphosis.

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Concert: Habitat / Unseen Rain / Thorn Collaborative
Nov
6
7:00 PM19:00

Concert: Habitat / Unseen Rain / Thorn Collaborative

Wednesday November 6 * 7pm * $10 * TICKETS

Habitat (Todd Harper / Ian Rashkin / Sarah Hughes) - In 1990-91, bassist Ian Rashkin and pianist Todd Harper played together in “The Seekers of Beauty”, a Minneapolis based jazz collective featuring original compositions emphasizing explorations in form, rhythm, and improvisation. When Ian left Minneapolis, the two kept in touch with their various musical adventures; for years, Harper and Rashkin have been planning a musical reunion, and at long last the plans have to coalesced to bring you this special event. Habitat brings together compositions and improvisatory skeletons created by Harper and Rashkin over the last 30 years -- some revisited from their early collaboration, and some never yet performed. Joining them on this adventure is one of the area’s most creative and talented musicians, saxophonist Sarah Hughes.

Unseen Rain - June Bender violin/composition; Alban Bailly cello/electronics; Ashley Tini vibraphone; Matt Stein double bass; Mike Szekely percussion. Unseen Rain is an experimental ensemble from Philadelphia. Delving into the sound worlds of places beyond human reach, the music evokes the echolocation of ocean floors, the bustling of anthills, and the cosmic reverberations of extra-terrestrial life. Comprised of strings, vibraphone and modified drum kit, The group's instrumentation lends itself to an intimate, quieter aesthetic that embraces space and slow-building forms. Unseen Rain was formed by violinist June Bender in 2017. Recent projects include film scoring for the documentary Queer Genius (directed by Catherine Pancake), and the upcoming fall release of their debut album, Out Beyond. The group’s name pays homage to the Sufi mystic Rumi, whose poems inspired Bender to write some of her first compositional sketches.

Thorn Collaborative (Erin Ethridge and Colleen Marie Foley) questions ideas of shared or composite identity, memory and body. We view these as fundamentally fluid in nature, and strive to incarnate that mutability. We engage both the fictional and the real as equal counterparts, weaving together our actual journeys with story and myth. Taking our relationship as subject and tool, we negotiate separation and intimacy in pursuit of their limits. Our attempts to overcome the obstacles that these poles present are continually frustrated. This struggle highlights a paradox inherent in relationships: distance is a wound that can’t be healed because closeness is never complete, but intimacy threatens the sovereign self. We find pleasure and pain in our separateness and in our union. Stages of Soft is a series of four performances over four days drawing from various types of episodic transformations. Taking cues from insects, alchemists, and ancient mythology, Thorn will posit bodies as sites of transformation and instruments for communication. Each day’s performance will leave traces and artifacts, transforming the space throughout the exhibition. The installation and performances together will be a meditation on softened boundaries of the body, intimacy and distance, and ritual metamorphosis.

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Microcinema: Your Best Efforts Have Failed - Short Films by A. Moon / opening performance by Thorn Collaborative
Nov
7
7:00 PM19:00

Microcinema: Your Best Efforts Have Failed - Short Films by A. Moon / opening performance by Thorn Collaborative

Thursday November 7 * 7pm * $10 * TICKETS

A. Moon is an experimental film and video maker whose work has screened in 13 countries on three continents. She has been the recipient of awards from the Princess Grace Foundation and numerous film festivals. In recent years, she has also been a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow (2014/15), a fellow with the Center for Asian American Media (2014), a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award winner (2010, 2013, 2019), a Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance Rubys grantee for media (2015, 2018), and a Sondheim Prize Semi-Finalist (2011, 2013, 2018). The featured short films investigate absent persons, missing knowledge, and impossible subject positions, laying bare the devastation—and enduring potential—of that which is unrealized, unreconciled, and unlived. Incorporating a range of traditional celluloid filmmaking techniques, the films enmesh the poetic and the mundane, always operating with acute self-awareness and an unswerving commitment to a forbidding formal logic.

Films and Q&A followed by a performance by Thorn Collaborative as part of their week long residency.

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Concert: Bowhunter / Dances for the Winds / Thorn Collaborative
Nov
8
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Bowhunter / Dances for the Winds / Thorn Collaborative

Friday November 8 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

Bowhunter: Derrick Michaels / Zachary McKinney / Walsh Kunkel / Derek Weigmann / Jake Fidler / Asher Herzog — Night 2 of Asher Herzog's performance residency this fall.

Dances for the Winds - Engaging and daring, this vibrant duo takes you into their journey through music and storytelling. A meeting between two composers and improvisors, Italian cellist Irina Solinas and Palestinian oudist and vocalist Huda Asfour walk the line between their respective classical music trainings, producing music beyond genre and background. In their premier tour in the United States they present a series of new compositions, and older ones brought to life anew. They will follow the winds of the Mediterranean in dances, written and developed in Como, Italy. Huda and Irina met at the Global musicianship workshop held in 2017 in Louisiana.

Thorn Collaborative (Erin Ethridge and Colleen Marie Foley) questions ideas of shared or composite identity, memory and body. We view these as fundamentally fluid in nature, and strive to incarnate that mutability. We engage both the fictional and the real as equal counterparts, weaving together our actual journeys with story and myth. Taking our relationship as subject and tool, we negotiate separation and intimacy in pursuit of their limits. Our attempts to overcome the obstacles that these poles present are continually frustrated. This struggle highlights a paradox inherent in relationships: distance is a wound that can’t be healed because closeness is never complete, but intimacy threatens the sovereign self. We find pleasure and pain in our separateness and in our union. Stages of Soft is a series of four performances over four days drawing from various types of episodic transformations. Taking cues from insects, alchemists, and ancient mythology, Thorn will posit bodies as sites of transformation and instruments for communication. Each day’s performance will leave traces and artifacts, transforming the space throughout the exhibition. The installation and performances together will be a meditation on softened boundaries of the body, intimacy and distance, and ritual metamorphosis.

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DIY Electronics Workshop with Vaux Flores: The DOSwave
Nov
9
12:00 PM12:00

DIY Electronics Workshop with Vaux Flores: The DOSwave

Saturday November 9 * Noon-4pm * $100 * REGISTER

Introducing the DOSwave – a pedal so new and potentially extreme that we haven’t even figured out the artwork to best reflect its character, leaving me no choice but to epoxy random items to the box for everyone's pleasure and amusement. On paper, it was designed to be a spiritual successor of sorts to two previous VF boxes – the 23, which as a funky, feedback-laden octave up ordeal and the MossWave, which was an attempt to harness the wackiness of digital logic chips on the most analog way possible. It is in short, pretty zesty. But again, what’s it do? It’s a lo-fi, high-gain, modulation effect that is able to provide pseudo tremolo chirps, metallic ring tones and high-frequency squeals all with the turn of a knob. Even better, the gain stage is voiced in such a way that goes from a subtle sizzle to full-on howling insanity for that part of your anthemic breakdown where all goes crazy right before the bridge. Because we all need that. Even better, it does all this courtesy of a digital inverter chip and another chip that was originally intended to be a telephone ringer. Is it transparent? Nope. Does it let your tone blossom and shine through? Oh hells no. Is it a clone of some random circuit used by one of those legendary rock gods we’ve all been raised to admire? If it is, it wasn’t on this planet. What it is, however, is a whole boatload of fun and even better, the only current way you can obtain one is by building it yourself under our kind guidance.

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Concert: JR Bohannon / Health&amp;Beauty / Alexander / Sarah Hughes
Nov
9
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: JR Bohannon / Health&Beauty / Alexander / Sarah Hughes

Saturday November 9 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

Brooklyn-based fingerstyle guitarist J.R. Bohannon (Torres, Gold Dime, Ancient Ocean) announces his beautiful debut full-length album Dusk, released through Shahzad Ismaily's figureight records this November 1, 2019. The record represents a deep, intuitive study of the guitar in the American folk tradition imbued with influences from minimalism, Latin, & Greek music. The years of performing with virtuosic traditional bluegrass & folk musicians, with Mackenzie Scott a.k.a Torres and his own ambient project Ancient Ocean have refined his skill to incisive perfection, imbibing a luminant lyricism into his instrumental guitar playing. "Captivating... fingerstyle excursions." - Uncut Magazine

Peter Margasak called Health&Beauty's upcoming double LP Shame Engine / Blood Pleasure "one of the great rock albums to emerge from Chicago this decade." It is a record whose ambition is quietly enfolded into its seamless, sophisticated execution. “Leonard Cohen-indebted lyrics through a Sonic Youth-indebted sound.” -FLOOD magazine

Alexander (CT) is the solo guitar music made by New Haven, CT native David Shapiro. Drawing from a wide range of guitar traditions, Alexander live sets vary from fingerstyle acoustic guitar music to psychedelic feedback-oriented improvised electric guitar excursions. Equally influenced by the melodic stylings of Robbie Basho and John Fahey, the guitar-damage of Alvarius B, and the avant garde blues of hometown hero Loren Connors, Alexander offers a unique synthesis of guitar vocabulary imbued with a deep emotionality.

Sarah Hughes is an alto saxophonist, composer, and music educator from Pasadena, Maryland. She is a free improviser who enjoys creating within and on top of many genre frameworks including jazz, swing, blues, folk pop, and rock. Sarah has toured Sweden as part of their first annual Women in Jazz Festival, and has shared the bill, opening for great free improvisers such as Joe Morris, Nicole Mitchell, Fay Victor, William Parker, Hamid Drake, and Ken Vandermark.

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Family Concert: Angela James / Pat Smith
Nov
10
4:00 PM16:00

Family Concert: Angela James / Pat Smith

Sunday November 10 * 4pm * $5 per person / $15 per family / under-3 yrs old free * TICKETS

Angela James is a singer-songwriter based in Chicago, IL. Her most recent record, Quiet Night: A Collection of Lullabies, was born out of the depths of sleep deprivation and postpartum depression. The songs of Quiet Night are lullabies for the weary- weary parents, weary children, weary people. James invited well-known improvisers and composers Charles Rumback, Jason Stein, and Katherine Young- all fellow parents of young children- to accompany her on the record. The resulting songs are lilting, lovely and the Chicago Reader says are "a balm for children- and their parents too." Her performance at Rhizome will feature these lullabies played on guitar and voice using loops to create a relaxing, nurturing environment for all ages. She will also project a film of soothing found images and animations to accompany the music. Her music has been called "smoldering and gorgeous" by music critic Peter Margasak, and praised by the Chicago Tribune, WBEZ, and Tiny Mix Tapes.

Opening set by local artist Pat Smith

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The Eternal Now Sound and Light Improvisations: Marcia Bassett, Ted Gordon, Jeffrey Perkins
Nov
10
8:00 PM20:00

The Eternal Now Sound and Light Improvisations: Marcia Bassett, Ted Gordon, Jeffrey Perkins

Sunday November 10 * 8pm * $15 * TICKETS

The Eternal Now Sound and Light Improvisations. MARCIA BASSETT & TED GORDON / JEFFREY PERKINS play Buchla Music Easels with filmmaker and light artist Jeffrey Perkins projecting “pure light” a variation of his analog color strobe projections which he premiered in 1968 to accompany Terry Riley’s LP “In C”.

Artist/musician Marcia Bassett works in areas of sound, improvisation, live composition and visual creations. Bassett's work is equal parts trance and critique. Her sound pieces thread the needle between the conceptual and the sensual, between ritual invocation and cold semiotic gaze. Using handmade electronic instruments, prepared guitar, synthesizer, field recordings and tape explorations, Bassett deftly wields philosophical systems to produce heady, experiential clouds; pushing through drones into provocative soundscapes – the intangible narratives of dreams.

Jeffery Perkins is an experimental filmmaker and Fluxus artist. Perkins was born in New York and attended high school in Springfield, Massachusetts. Perkins met Yoko Ono when stationed in Tokyo as an Air Force medic and temporarily lived with her when he returned to New York in 1966, a period when he also became actively involved in New York's Fluxus community. He made the Fluxus film "Shout" 1966, with Tony Cox & Jeff Perkins performing and shot Yoko Ono's film BOTTOMS (Fluxus Film # 4), collaborated on the multimedia environment THE STONE at the Judson Gallery in NYC. In the late 1960s he moved to Los Angeles with SKI PARTY star Bobbi Shaw. He was the director & programmer of the Cinematheque 16 theater on Sunset Strip in LA from 1967-1969, where he met Peter Mays. He performed in Mays' film SISTER MIDNIGHT and collaborated with Mays, David Lebrun, Michael Scroggins and Larry Janss on Single Wing Turquoise Bird, a popular psychedelic light show. His more recent works include a series of taxicab recordings called MOVIES FOR THE BLIND, 1995-2003, and the films THE PAINTER SAM FRANCIS, 2008 and "George, the story of George Maciunas & Fluxus" now distributed by Kino Lorber films, and premiered with 7 invited screenings in the MoMA Doc fortnight festival in 2018.

Ted Gordon is a musician and musicologist. His disseration research on the San Fransisco Tape Music Center led him to study and work with the instruments of Don Buchla, and he has performed with the Buchla Music Easel since 2016 in Chicago and New York. He is currently a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University.

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Concert: Liz Meredith / Comfort Link / The Ambient Eye
Nov
12
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Liz Meredith / Comfort Link / The Ambient Eye

Tuesday November 12 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

Liz Meredith is a violist, violinist, improviser and composer from Baltimore, MD. Her music explores intersections between acoustic chamber music, instrumental improvisation, electro-acoustic composition, and ambient music. Liz’s recordings include 2 solo albums, The Disposition of Vibrant Forms, a 5 LP set in collaboration with John Somers (brother of Alex Somers), and various solo and collaborative works on cassette. In addition to performing her own music, Liz has premiered new works by emerging composers, and has contributed her sound to recordings by Monica Lionheart, Microkingdom, and others.

Timothy Wisniewski is a musician, filmmaker and archivist from Baltimore, Maryland. His most active solo project at present is Comfort Link, which explores the detritus of mid-century living room hi-fi culture through tape manipulation and found sound. Comfort Link has released material on Spleencoffin, Planted Tapes, Singapore Sling, and No Part of It, and has a new album forthcoming on Hologram Label. Wisniewski also runs the record label Spleencoffin, established 2003 in Baltimore.

The Ambient Eye - Visual improvisations by Monica Stroik accompanied by Douglas Kallmeyer on tenor bass. Monica Stroik is a multimedia artist from the mid eastern United States. Disciplines include paint, silversmithing, ceramics, printmaking, textiles, encaustics, photography, live performance in voice and instrumentation, in physical as well as digital platforms (photo, video, animation, and video mapping technologies). In “Ambience for the Eye”, Stroik utilizes electronics to meld visual and auditory elements throughout spacious, etherial multi media arrangements. Douglas Kallmeyer is a musician and sound designer/ mix engineer. As a performer, there is a plethora of projects based on further experimentation in collaborative efforts with a host of local dc area musicians, most recently with Brendan Canty (Super! Silver! Haze!) and notably heading his mid- 2000’s proto-electronic group 302 acid (Emit records): “The swelling, sustaining tones of Douglas Kallmeyer’s electric double bass- sometimes bowed, sometimes plucked, always heavily treated- underpin most of these pieces. This unstinting flow of low frequency tones serves as a rich, loamy subsoil in which the rest of the music takes root.” ~Chris Sharp, The Wire


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Book Discussion: Alan Licht - Sound Art Revisited
Nov
13
7:00 PM19:00

Book Discussion: Alan Licht - Sound Art Revisited

Wednesday November 13 * 7pm * $5-10 * RSVP

Rhizome welcomes Alan Licht to discuss his brand new book, Sound Art Revisited. Alan will appear in conversation with DC musician and record store owner Michael Bernstein, followed by an open discussion with the audience. He will have copies of the book for sale.

The first edition of Sound Art Revisited (published as Sound Art: Beyond Music, Between Categories) served as a groundbreaking work toward defining this emerging field, and this fully updated volume significantly expands the story to include current research since the book's initial release. Viewed through a lens of music and art histories rather than philosophical theory, it covers dozens of artists and works not found in any other book on the subject. Locating sound art's roots across the centuries from spatialized church music to the technological developments of radio, sound recording, and the telephone, the book traces the evolution of sound installations and sound sculpture, the rise of sound art exhibitions and galleries, and finally looks at the critical cross-pollination that marks some of the most important and challenging art with and about sound being produced today.

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Concert: SunStoney / Teething Veils / Vernal Pools / Scarien
Nov
14
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: SunStoney / Teething Veils / Vernal Pools / Scarien

Thursday November 14 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

SunStoney (Eman El Saied) lofi/soul/electronic

Teething Veils chamber-folk psych-pop drone

Vernal Pools - Sounds vibrating right on the edge of joyful Americans and tear-jerking Mashriq and Persian music. This is a new project featuring Erin Frisby (Fuzzqueen, The OSYX), Selena Benally (More AM than FM, The OSYX), Kamyar Arsani (Time is Fire), and Maya Renfro (Pagan Reagan, The OSYX)

With DJing from Scarien

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OPEN Movement with Marcia Custer / The Night Nurse
Nov
16
12:00 PM12:00

OPEN Movement with Marcia Custer / The Night Nurse

Saturday November 16 * Noon-2pm * $15 * REGISTER

OPEN Movement is: a judgement-free dance class that is not about dancing; a radically soft and individually-centered therapeutic modality; a dedicated hour to listen to your body; a place to stretch, strengthen, and center your mind, body, and creative practice. In any given class, we pull from a range of somatic techniques such as: contemplative dance, guided imagery for relaxation, authentic movement, somatic experiencing (trauma-informed body therapy), Body Mind Centering (BMC), Bartenieff Fundamentals, physical therapy practices, Pilates, and Yoga. Often, there is laughter and joy. Sometimes, there is silence. We are always moving, but at our own pace, and in our own ways. We encourage personal and creative risk-taking in a safe environment. We encourage focusing and exploring our individual experiences, while acknowledging the group and contributing to its safe and open community. OPEN Movement holds space and celebrates all bodies, all levels, all identities, always! OPEN Movement is led by performance artist Marcia Custer, who has extensive experience in dance, somatic practice, improvisation, and expressive arts. She encourages and supports those interested in healing, expressing, and learning about themselves through body-related activities. Also featuring a dance party with the Night Nurse on the decks.

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Concert: Itasca / Marian McLaughlin
Nov
16
4:00 PM16:00

Concert: Itasca / Marian McLaughlin

Saturday November 16 * 4pm * $10 * TICKETS

Itasca is the musical identity of Los Angeles-based guitarist, singer, and songwriter Kayla Cohen. Just as the name itself is ambiguous—a 19th-century pseudo-Ojibwe place name and portmanteau of the Latin words for “truth” (veritas) and “head” (caput)—so too is Cohen’s musical project mutable and multivalent: fundamentally unconcerned with genre, but richly allusive of the hermetic worlds of private-press canyon-cult mystics and East Coast noiseniks alike. Open to Chance, Itasca’s 2016 album on Paradise of Bachelors, was her first to feature a full band, including pedal steel player and frequent collaborator Dave McPeters. Cohen wrote the anticipated follow-up to Open to Chance in a century-old adobe house in rural New Mexico. Inspired by the landscape and history of the Four Corners region, the sublime Spring—its title summoning both season and scarce local water sources—dowses a devotional path to high desert headwaters. Featuring contributions from Chris Cohen, Cooper Crain (Bitchin’ Bajas), James Elkington, and members of Gun Outfit and Sun Araw, Spring contains Cohen’s most quietly dazzling and self-assured set of songs to date.

Guided by intuition, multi-instrumentalist Marian McLaughlin blends stream-of-consciousness songwriting with intricate instrumentation. She will perform material from her recent album Lake Accotink, an environmental song cycle about humanity’s multifaceted relationship with nature. Marian began working on Lake Accotink as a way to to process the effects of progress. Throughout this lyrical journey, she observes humankind’s gradual impact on the environment, acknowledges the ebb and flow of natural cycles, celebrates existence of all life forms, and meditates on impermanence.

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Concert: Michael and Peter Formanek Duo / More Than A Drum
Nov
16
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Michael and Peter Formanek Duo / More Than A Drum

Saturday November 16 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

Michael and Peter Formanek Duo - Michael and Peter have been making music and improvising together for more than 20 years. In 2019 they will bring the duo on tour for the first time, starting this Fall in the eastern and mid-western United States. Michael Formanek plays the double bass and has been part of the New York jazz and improvised music scene for many years. Peter Formanek is a multi instrumentalist playing all of the saxophones, clarinets, and flute, and has lived in the Detroit Area since graduating from the University of Michigan in 2017. The duo will perform music composed by each member, as well as improvised pieces and the occasional standard tune. Michael Formanek is "a bold and unclassifiable bassist and composer.” (The New Yorker) His music is always “graceful in its subversions, often even sumptuous.” (The New York Times)

More Than A Drum, a DC based, multi-genre music collective, brings heat and light to the personal and political through poetry, song, dance, and all manner of creative instrumentation. Abasi Johnson (founder): percussion and horn; Dine Watson: words; Wallace Edwards: guitar and percussion, and Kathy English Holt: vocals, dance and percussion.

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Workshop: The Grain of the Voice
Nov
17
2:00 PM14:00

Workshop: The Grain of the Voice

Sunday November 17 * 2pm * $10-40 sliding scale * REGISTER

The Grain of the Voice is a practical introduction to the voice beyond language. Through a series of tailored exercises, participants are invited to build new comfort with their voices as we interrogate the ways they have historically been constructed and disciplined by dominant linguistic structures. The session’s first half is guided by Pauline Oliveros’ 1974 meditation, “Your Voice.” Oliveros’ pointed questions about the capacities and origins of our voices become an aural frame of reference, tuning the group’s listening as we attempt a series of vocal and social-emotional “warm-ups.” The second half is conducted almost entirely without speaking. Material and constraints for a long-form improvisation are developed through a process of collaborative writing, and this devised “score” becomes the basis for the remainder of the session. “If you can breathe you can sing,” a phrase borrowed from the pioneering vocal improviser Maggie Nicols, summarizes the anarchically inclusive ethos of this open-ended workshop. Participants of all ages, abilities, and experiences are welcome.

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Concert: Colin Hinton - Simulacra / Justin Jones / Concentric Circles
Nov
17
7:00 PM19:00

Concert: Colin Hinton - Simulacra / Justin Jones / Concentric Circles

Sunday November 17 * 7pm * $10 * TICKETS

The music of Simulacra lives in the intersection of avant-jazz, free improvisation, and contemporary Western classical music. The compositions weave through sections of dense ensemble writing, guided improvisations over through-composed passages, and sparse sonic landscapes. The music was written to explore the possibilities of long form compositions within an improvising ensemble. Each composition was written for specific musicians that have influenced my work such as Tyshawn Sorey, Morton Feldman, Bryn Harrison, Ingrid Laubrock, Anthony Braxton, Eric Wubbels, Muhal Richard Abrams, and Alexander Scriabin. Featuring: Anna Webber - tenor, flute, bass flute; Yuma Uesaka - tenor, clarinet, bass clarinet, contralto clarinet; Edward Gavitt - acoustic and electric guitars; Shawn Lovato - bass; Colin Hinton - drums/percussion/glockenspiel/gongs/compositions.

Justin M. Jones is an improvising vocalist, educator, and synthesizer player from Houston, TX. Rooted in a queerly extended lyricism, Jones’ wide-ranging performances and workshops are improvisatory attempts at vulnerability, learning, and intimacy. Jones has performed in ensembles featuring artists like Jaap Blonk, Audrey Chen, Joe McPhee, and the late Pauline Oliveros and works closely with many Houston-based collaborators including David Dove, Niki Herd, Gabriel Martinez, Stalina Villarreal, and Joe Wozny. He is a former member of the Improvisation Group of Lawrence University, current president of the DiverseWorks Artist Advisory Board, and Project Coordinator for Nameless Sound.

CONCENTRIC CIRCLES is a three piece free improvisation/avant-garde project based in Washington, D.C. Members are: Christine Paluch (synths, bass) is a D.C. based experimental musician and composer that records and performs under the moniker PraxisCat. She is a multi-instrumentalist that specializes in synthesis and string instruments. She seeks to explore trhe relationship of synthesia and urban spaces in her improvisational performances. Abram Mamet (French horn) is a jazz musician who has published work on the history and pedagogy of the French horn in creative music. Teachers include Manuel Collazo (Colorado Springs), Keith Oxman (Denver), Franz Sollner (Vienna), Morris Kliphuis (Amsterdam), and Josh Clark (NYC). Dan Newhauser (drums, percussion) played drum set in Shark Week (DC) and Montresors (AZ) and live percussion for U.S. Royalty (DC).

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Death Cafe
Nov
18
6:30 PM18:30

Death Cafe

Monday November 18 * 6:30-8:30pm * Free (small donation for the space encouraged)

SPACE IS LIMITED AND AN RSVP IS REQUIRED: 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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Concert: Henry Kaiser solo guitar with Antarctic underwater video
Nov
22
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Henry Kaiser solo guitar with Antarctic underwater video

FRIDAY NOV 22 - 8:00 pm / $15.00 // TICKETS

Besides his career as a stylistically wide-ranging guitarist, Kaiser has been a scientific diver in the US Antarctic program since 2001. He has logged many hundreds of dives beneath Antarctic ice. He collaborated with Werner Herzog on the Oscar-nominated Encounters at the End of the World, which featured some of Henry’s spectacular underwater footage. For this show Henry will present some of his newest and best underwater video from beneath the ice of the Ross Sea. He will accompany this footage with live solo guitar improvisations. In addition, he will also provide live soundtracks to some of his recent abstract video creations, that are in the experimental traditions and lineage of Jordan Belson and James Whitney.

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Concert: Henry Kaiser solo guitar requia by request
Nov
23
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Henry Kaiser solo guitar requia by request

SATURDAY NOV 23 - 8:00 pm / $15.00 / TICKETS

Two of Kaiser’s solo guitar releases: Requia And Other Improvisations For Guitar Solo (Tzadik) and More Requia (Metalanguage), consisted of heartfelt guitar requia for many of his departed heroes and great ancestors, such as Derek Bailey, Pete Cosey, Sonny Sharrock, Hans Reichel, Davey Williams, Cecil Taylor, Sun Ra, Toru Takemitsu, Hubert, Sumlin, Albert Collins, Jerry Garcia, Conlon Nancarrow, John Fahey, Robbie Basho, etc. At this gig we will experiment with Henry playing solo guitar requia requests from audience members; so bring some ideas for whom you might want to hear solo guitar improvisations in memory of!

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Concert: Colla Parte
Nov
24
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Colla Parte

Sunday November 24 * 8pm * $20 * TICKETS

Transparent Productions presents Colla Parte. Daniel Barbiero - double bass; Rich O'Meara - vibes and percussion; Kevin O'Meara - drums and percussion; Perry Conticchio - reeds and flute. Improvised music at the intersection of classical & jazz. Loosely translated, “with the lead voice”—is an instruction for accompanists to follow the lead of a solo performer. Colla Parte the ensemble brings together three musicians with deep backgrounds in jazz, classical and contemporary art music to create a unique form of improvised chamber music combining the refinement and intellect of art music with the passion and freedom of jazz.

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Introductory MIDI Controller Design Workshop
Dec
1
1:00 PM13:00

Introductory MIDI Controller Design Workshop

Sunday December 1 * 1pm-5pm * $75 * PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

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 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! 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 be programming our microcontrollers using Microsoft "MakeCode' - a simple graphical interface where you can create your custom MIDI controller using large colorful blocks arranged with an intuitive graphical user interface. Attendees will need to bring a laptop (Apple/OSX or PC/Windows) as well as one object you'd like to turn into a motion-based MIDI controller. Think about how you'd like to move the object around and how you'd like the sound to be modified by that movement (change in volume, pitch, etc.). This workshop aims to give you a solid foundation in the tools you need to create your own MIDI controller but since time is limited we may not have time to make custom hardware modifications (cutting, drilling, etc) to your particular midi-controller object. The workshop admission fee includes a BBC 'Micro:bit' micro-controller starter kit which includes the micro-controller, usb cable, & battery pack as well as 4 hours of interactive instruction from two experienced electrical engineers!

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DIY MIDI Controller Workshop - Part 2
Dec
8
1:00 PM13:00

DIY MIDI Controller Workshop - Part 2

Sunday December 8 * 1pm-5pm * $75 * PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

This workshop will build upon the programming foundations taught in Part I with an introduction to text-based microcontroller programming using the Arduino C language. We'll be programming our microcontrollers to act as custom MIDI 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! Attendees should have attended the 'Part I' workshop or have some previous experience with text-based Arduino programming. Attendees will need to bring a laptop (Apple/OSX or PC/Windows) as well as one object you'd like to turn into a motion-based MIDI controller. Think about how you'd like to move the object around and how you'd like the sound to be modified by that movement (change in volume, pitch, etc.). This workshop aims to give you a solid foundation in the tools you need to create your own MIDI controller but since time is limited we may not have time to make custom hardware modifications (cutting, drilling, etc) to your particular midi-controller object. The workshop admission fee includes an Adafruit 'Circuit Playground Express' micro-controller starter kit which includes the micro-controller, usb cable, & battery pack as well as 4 hours of interactive instruction from two experienced electrical engineers!

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Concert: Forget the Times / K. Mulhern / Sunatirene / Sam Chintha
Oct
18
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Forget the Times / K. Mulhern / Sunatirene / Sam Chintha

Friday October 18 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

Forget the Times Free Improv with guitar, saxophone, no input mixer, circuit bent keyboard, and drums. Already Dead Tapes.

K. Mulhern Poet, filmmaker, and sound artist based in NYC whose work looks at ancient humanity and the task of chasing ghost traces of history in a dying world. Her recent work is built of field recordings, synthetic sounds, and lyric. New composition “Silt” out now on Entr’acte.

Sunatirene Solo music project of NYC based sound artist and musician Sydney Spann. She uses archival samples, field recordings, chance operations and lyric poetry to fashion melodies within soundscapes. Spann's live performances often incorporate a rotating theatrical iconography to match sonic motifs.

Sam Chintha One half of noise duo Lazuli sound art solo appearance.

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Concert: Ross Hammond / Kendra Amalie / Pascal Niggenkemper / Jon Camp Band
Oct
16
7:30 PM19:30

Concert: Ross Hammond / Kendra Amalie / Pascal Niggenkemper / Jon Camp Band

Wednesday October 16 * 730pm * $10 * TICKETS

Sacramento guitarist Ross Hammond has played on large stages and in small corners throughout the United States and beyond. His sound is equal parts folk, blues, spirituals and improvised music.

Kendra Amalie is a Milwaukee-based singer, songwriter, guitarist, and new media artist combining technology and tradition to estimate the sound of modern folk. “Kendra Amalie’s Intuition is a star map to a new and developing sound space. An exploratory and (sometimes) shredding finger-style 12-string guitarist (both acoustic and electric), band leader, synthesist, new media creator, and experimental producer, the Wisconsin-based musician is also a songwriter occupying an ethereal zone between galaxy-brain cosmic transmissions and deep, personal expression.” -- Jesse Jarnow

Described by the New York City Jazz Records as "one of the most adventurous bassists on the scene” and by the Chicago Reader as “genius for sound exploration,” Franco-German bassist and composer Pascal Niggenkemper creates music blurring the lines between improvised, experimental, and pure sound. The focus of his musical work is the extension of the sonic horizon of the double bass: the acoustic sound modification using preparations. His new solo work 'Uncanny valley’ reflects on the shift that occurs in the work environment due to automation, exploring the interaction between human and machine by using an augmented double bass he calls cobonore (word construct between cobot and & sonore). The instrument becomes a revisited device zoned into eight areas where motors are used.

Jon Camp is a fingerstyle guitarist and composer from the DC region. On "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 show at Rhizome, Jon will be playing with long-time collaborator Nick Arrivo on bass, Jamie Linder (Crooks & Crows) on pedal steel and keys, Dave Jones (The Caribbean) on guitar and keys, and Matt Byars (The Caribbean) on drums.

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Concert: Spectral Snake / Coven Tree / Extravision
Oct
15
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Spectral Snake / Coven Tree / Extravision

OCT 15TH | 8PM | $10 | ALL AGES | TICKETS

SPECTRAL SNAKE (Iowa City, IA) is mystical folk from Brooks Strause and Angela Barr

COVEN TREE Experimental viola and cello duo with electronic elements. Coven Tree is: Hannah Burris on viola and electronics, Alexia Kauffman on cello, keyboard, and electronics.

EXTRAVISION (Des Moines, IA) Psych folk from Ryan Stier

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Concert: Belen Escobedo and Panfilo's Güera / Son La Lucha
Oct
14
7:30 PM19:30

Concert: Belen Escobedo and Panfilo's Güera / Son La Lucha

Monday October 14 * 730pm * $10-20 * TICKETS

Part of Multiflora Productions annual multicultural music festival series Flash of the Spirit. Belen Escobedo plays rare and beautiful fiddle tunes in the South Texas Tejano (Texas-Mexican) tradition. Growing up on the South side of San Antonio and working as a professional fiddler since she was a teenager, Belen has preserved a unique style of fiddling that has all but disappeared from the Texas borderlands. Belen has a vast and unique repertoire, including tunes she learned from her grandfather’s whistling and a huge range of borderlands tunes from both sides of the border.

Parte de la serie anual del festival de música multicultural Multiflora Productions Flash of the Spirit. Belen Escobedo toca melodías de violín raras y hermosas en la tradición tejana del sur de Texas (Texas-mexicana). Creciendo en el lado sur de San Antonio y trabajando como violinista profesional desde que era una adolescente, Belen ha conservado un estilo único de violín que casi ha desaparecido de las fronteras de Texas. Belén tiene un repertorio vasto y único, que incluye melodías que aprendió de los silbidos de su abuelo y una gran variedad de melodías fronterizas de ambos lados de la frontera.

When Texas Folklife and the Festival of Texas Fiddling honored Belen Escobedo with the 2017 Texas Master Fiddler Award, they praised her for “single handedly keeping alive” the tradition of conjunto fiddle, “a rare and beautiful style of Mexican-American fiddling which has almost disappeared despite once being very widespread in the borderlands.” Today Belen Escobedo is the foremost practitioner of this fiddle-led art form that expresses the deep roots of Tejano (Texas-Mexican) culture.

Son La Lucha is a space to learn and share El Son and other traditions, to organize and resist as a group, to strengthen ourselves, our youth and our community, to learn skills from volunteers and support social justice efforts.

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Reading: Mass Transit
Oct
13
3:00 PM15:00

Reading: Mass Transit

Sunday October 13 * 3:00 - 4:30 pm * $10 * TICKETS

During the early 1970s, the Mass Transit open reading series at the Community Bookstore in DC, initiated by poets Lee and Michael Lally, Ed Cox, and Terence Winch, served as a focal point for experimentation, in writing and in living, in the Washington area and beyond. In contrast to the hierarchies of the academy and formal arts organizations, Mass Transit welcomed all comers, yet fostered a high level of awareness of the history and modes of poetry as well as contemporary practice. Voices of feminism and gay liberation, peace activism, black nationalism, and progressive politics were raised in the upstairs room at 20th and P Sts NW; comedy and polemics shared space with the most advanced avant-garde writing; and everyone had a chance to share their work — as long as they didn’t exceed their allotted time. The effect on poetry in Washington DC was both disruptive and galvanizing, invigorating the arts and introducing important bonds with other arts communities around the country. Rhizome DC celebrates Mass Transit with a reading featuring Mass Transit poets Michael Lally, Terence Winch, Beth Joselow, Tina Darragh, P Inman, and Bernard Welt, with special remembrance of the participating writers who are no longer with us.

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Film Program: Animate Landscapes
Oct
12
8:00 PM20:00

Film Program: Animate Landscapes

Saturday October 12 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

The escalating climate crisis is making visible what was always true: no neat boundary exists between human and more-than-human worlds. “Nature” is a social fiction turned material fact, used to justify everything from resource extraction to wilderness preservation to racial hierarchies. The land and organisms we shape become the contours of our world. They form the basis of all sustenance, imprint themselves in our psyches, undergird the built environment, and enliven cultural narratives. This 90-minute film and video program explores the bio-geo-social lives of the land and its actors, both human and more-than, through a range of experimental approaches, including meditation, animation, documentation, collage, and performance. Works by Sarah Kanouse, Deke Weever, Dear Climate, Vanessa Renwick, Corinne Teed, Kelly Gallagher, Annapurna Kumar, Julia Hechtman.

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Concert: Alforjs / Trigger / Weed Tree
Oct
9
8:30 PM20:30

Concert: Alforjs / Trigger / Weed Tree

Wednesday October 9 * 830pm (immediately following film screening) * $10 * TICKETS

Alforjs is a strange saddlebag on the back of the muleteer that crosses different landscapes, traditions and rituals that fill it with different artefacts and relics. Deformed from the swelling provoked by all these cultural objects he collects, its original weft is what unites all these references and transports them to another existence, in a new form. Trio composed by Mestre André on electronics and saxophone, Bernardo Álvares on contrabass and Raphael Soares on drums. They have always had as their main objective to make non-referential music, away from a mimicry of watertight musical genres, aiming to create an idiosyncratic music, which is not without a deep and direct relationship with the context in which the band is inserted. It shows, therefore, a reflection of the cauldron of disparate influences that is Lisbon in the 21st century - From the most avant-garde jazz, to the most peripheric dance music, to noise, to electronic and electroacoustic music.

Trigger: Will Greene, Simon Hanes and Aaron Edgcomb didn’t know each other before they were invited by John Zorn to found a new band and play his score books “Bagatelles” and “Apparitions”. In common they had a variety of musical interests covering creative jazz, experimental music and “intelligent” pop. A saxophonist besides being a guitar player, Greene worked with such different luminaries like Marc Ribot and Joe Morris. An ex-member of the art rock group Guerilla Toss, Hanes devoted his love for the music of Burt Bacharach, Serge Gainsbourg, Ennio Morricone and all things Italian to the development of the ambitious project Tredici Bacci. A percussionist with classical background, Edgcomb’s career is covering several fronts, from new music and free improvisation to hardcore noise, in contexts like Yelsa, REA and The Gown of Entry. Trigger is something else, this new “Pull” showing us that there’s more to do after Zorn’s tutelage. Namely, a thrashy, punkish, garage-like version of free rock conceived as a cathartic ritual, with all the fierce beauty of chaos.

Weed Tree (DC >> Amanda Huron and Layne Garrett ) plays improvised music on drums, prepared guitar and homemade instruments.

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Screening: Local Control - Karl Hess in the World of Ideas
Oct
9
6:30 PM18:30

Screening: Local Control - Karl Hess in the World of Ideas

Wednesday October 9 * doors at 630, screening at 7pm sharp * $5-10 * TICKETS

Followed by Q&A with the Director (And then followed by a night of music starting at 830....)

A carefully woven essay and biopic that questions the political spectrum as we know it and considers the meaning of political rhetoric as it moves through different bodies. Local Control is an experimental documentary about the political spectrum focused on the biography of Karl Hess. A former corporate consultant and speechwriter for Barry Goldwater, Hess later joined the ranks of Students for a Democratic Society. He wrote speeches for New Left groups of the 1960s before beginning to advocate for urban agriculture and community technology, and later becoming a founding figure among Libertarians and survivalists. Throughout it all he promoted ideas of self-sufficiency and localism. In a time where our map of ideas has been turned on its head, this mediation on individualism and collectivism considers where we are now.

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Concert: Bottled Up / Ghostflower / Period Bomb
Oct
6
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Bottled Up / Ghostflower / Period Bomb

Sunday October 6 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

BOTTLED UP is a DC rock and roll quartet founded in Oakland, CA. Rooted in new-wave, 70's rock, and punk ethos. Sad songs w/ joyous performances ♥

GHOSTFLOWER (Orlando, FL) - In an auditory incarnation of too much caffeine and not enough sleep, Ghostflower presents an explosive euphonic case study of tumultuous tension that will make you want to dance until dawn. – Freddie Zandt, PureHoney

PERIOD BOMB (Baltimore) gives a shit about social consciousness, but they won’t let that spoil their fun and sense of humor. They run a hot-line (877.577.BOOM) sexier than the Creep, Corey, and G.L.O.W. hotlines combined, put out Period Bomb Pops cereal, and make handmade merch. But that’s just the fuse — the explosive stuff is their music.

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Opening / Artist Talks: Caroline MacKinnon - Muse / Larry Gomez - Geostracts / Laura Irene - Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) - Tiempo de Reflexionar (A Time to Reflect)
Oct
6
2:00 PM14:00

Opening / Artist Talks: Caroline MacKinnon - Muse / Larry Gomez - Geostracts / Laura Irene - Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) - Tiempo de Reflexionar (A Time to Reflect)

Sunday October 6 * 2-5pm * RSVP

BBQ/Community/Camaraderie/Artist Talks - Help us to celebrate the change of season with these three wonderful DC-area artists. Bring food to share / something to throw on the grill if you like.

Caroline MacKinnon’s interest in the natural world is apparent in her biomorphic ceramic forms that evoke the bodies of sea creatures, hulls of seed pods and husks of shiny cocoons. For the last three years, Caroline has been teaching handbuilding classes to adults and children at the Takoma Park Community Center as well as to ESOL students (English for Speakers of Other Languages) in local elementary schools. The Canadian-born ceramist grew up in Western New York, studied English and Art History in Montreal and lived in Mexico for several years where she wrote about the arts for English-language publications. She is also an English as a second language teacher and uses art in the classroom whenever possible. "The glazed ceramic sculptures in “Muse” echo forms that exist in nature without directly representing natural objects. I’m not attempting to mimic nature but seek ways for my pieces to relate to it. I offset shiny and matte glazes on a piece, for example, to create contrast like the outer hull of a pomegranate and its sparkling innards. I have always been an amateur naturalist and a collector, building Wunderkammers - or cabinets of curiosity - with materials gathered on walks on the beach and in the woods. Through this exhibit, visitors will feel like they are building a Wunderkammer from inside."

Larry Gomez is a painter, writer, and musician who uses a multi-disciplinary approach to explore themes in philosophy, traditional knowledge, technology and ecology. He is the author of Digital Dreamings and The Nomads' Labyrinth and the conceptual album Mayan Odyssey: A 2012 Suite. He lives with his family in Alexandria, VA. "I paint not to represent but to bring something to life. By engaging the body to paint across a surface, I try to feel terrestrial patterns that balance land and sea. The colors and patterns are neither an emotional “inner” state nor a representation of the external world. They are an expression of being immersed in a world, an attempt to cross the impenetrable wall of inner and outer worlds and find oneself a body that thinks through movement, colors and sound. Geostracts are paintings that attempt to think the earth - to listen to the echo of caves, scrape the erosions of the coast and draw the flows of watersheds. They are part of a series of paintings made between 2015 – present. They explore these themes through the medium of oil on canvas. The idea of this series came about through experimenting with knife techniques and working with different textures and layering in oil. Through the painting process, a concept was born rooted in the earth."

Laura Irene is a Mexican American artist, curator, writer and art critic. As an artist, Laura strives to reach not only those that appreciate an encapsulating texture, but especially to those that never thought to accept beauty in such a simple manner. Laura works in beeswax, dirt, paper and wood. Her goal is to bring together the natural elements as a form of art that evokes a change of mind and challenges the space in which it exists. As a curator, Laura works to challenge institutions to review how they interact with marginalized communities and artists of color. She creates a space for artists and herself to be seen and heard in a thoughtful and contemplative environment. As a writer, Laura challenges others to think about the space that they take up. She gives a voice to those that are marginalized and challenges society to think differently about their responsibility as human beings. As an art critic, Laura writes about artists of color underrepresented in the media in the hopes that her voice will create a more authentic and truer version of their truth. “Day of the Dead signifies a time in which communities come together to remember their loved ones – the ways in which that is done varies across traditional lines. To an uneducated public, it has become synonymous with Mexico seen only as candied skulls and skeleton painted faces that is often confused with an offensive Halloween costume. Not only is it experienced differently across Mexico but it is also celebrated throughout Latin America dating back to pre-colonization. This exhibit aims to reclaim this holiday that has been gentrified, repackaged as décor, and sold in party stores across the USA. Our culture, identity and experiences are not for sale. This exhibit encourages the Rhizome community to discern, contemplate, mourn, and remember in order to process, heal and contribute at ones comfort level.”

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Concert: Fred Frith Trio w/ Heike Liss / Dave Ballou
Oct
5
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Fred Frith Trio w/ Heike Liss / Dave Ballou

Saturday October 5 * 8pm * $20 * TICKETS

Rhizome and Capital Bop present: The Fred Frith Trio w/ visuals by Heike Liss. Opening set by Dave Ballou (trumpet).

The Fred Frith Trio began life almost by accident in 2013. A couple of low key local gigs gave rise to a European tour, a debut record on Intakt, and then another tour a couple of years later. By now the group has created an identity that seems to revolve around memories of a bygone psychedelic era filtered through the lens of razor-sharp improvisation. Whether this will remain the prevalent focus remains to be seen. Their last Intakt CD, Closer to the Ground, has been described as “a gripping piece of spontaneous timelessness”, “ a vital statement from a singular artist and his inventive crew”, “a magical , transcendent world”. The trio regularly cooperates with musical guests such as trumpeter Susana Santos Silva or saxophonist Lotte Anker, and visual artist Heike Liss.

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Concert: Tetuzi Akiyama+John Krausbauer / Jordan Perry / Twin Jude
Oct
5
3:00 PM15:00

Concert: Tetuzi Akiyama+John Krausbauer / Jordan Perry / Twin Jude

Saturday October 5 * 3pm * $10 * TICKETS

John Krausbauer (amplified violin, tapes) is a composer/multi-instrumentalist/improviser based in Oakland, CA and co-founder of the Los Angeles publishing label, Besom Presse. A long time purveyor of the ur-drone and trance-psychedelia, his compositional work involves audio transmissions for TOTAL/immersive sensory experience. Transcendence through repetition, duration, alternate tunings, maximum volumes, and stroboscopic lighting. In recent years he has returned to improvisational playing and sought out particular collaborations to further explore his interest in improvisatory music making. His current music projects include the Ecstatic Music Band (a 10+ member-collective of strings players); solo music for voice, violin, and synth; his collaboration with partner, Kaori Suzuki, with bells, voices, strings, tape; the Minimalist psych-punk group Night Collectors; his systems-based phase compositions; and ongoing duo collaborations with Kentuckian steel bodied resonator guitar player R. Keenan Lawler, NYC bagpipe player David Watson, and Tokyo based guitarist Tetuzi Akiyama.

Tetuzi Akiyama (electric guitar) specializes in creating music with elements of both primitivism and realism by connecting his own aspirations, in a minimal and straightforward way, to the special instrumental qualities of the guitar. Sometimes delicately and sometimes boldly, he controls sound volumes ranging from micro to macro, in an attempt to convert the body into an electronic entity. Besides making variety of solo albums which covers from fingerpicking and slide acoustic guitar atonalism to noisy experimental drone to never ending boogie, Akiyama has made many albums in collaboration with highly praised artists such as Jozef Van Wissem, Donald McPherson, Greg Malcolm, Bruce Russell, Günter Müller, Jason Kahn, Michel Henritzi, Phantom Limb, Gul3, Tim Barnes, Oren Ambarchi, Martin Ng and Alan Licht, just to name a few.

"Jordan Perry has a firm and solid touch to his string wrangling, but unlike many of his contemporaries, he doesn’t seem to feel compelled to resolve all the melodic questions he raises. Perry often stops in a place he finds interesting, repeating rhythmic figures while trying out variations on the note/chord sequence that stopped him in the first place. It’s a goddamn fascinating approach and allows him to explore textual aspects of the acoustic guitar that are not investigated often enough. In a certain sense, Perry’s playing feels akin to that of Jon Collins, since both guitarists appear to acknowledge the American Primitive School, while approaching its compositional orthodoxy with an attitude that substitutes experimental tendencies for blues-base thinking. But the way they resolve these themes is quite different. Perry’s slower pacing and precise string selection eschews the aleatory for a kind of mindfulness that is as invigorating as I usually find randomness." -Byron Coley, 2019

Twin Jude is an experimental, interdisciplinary artist continually moving throughout the portal that is Washington, DC. Their most recent works entitled, “MĒM”, translates from ancient texts as water, the womb, chaos, and complete power. This layering and ethereal project is an ode to identity, self-exploration and healing by connecting to one’s ancestral lineage.

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Puppet Lab
Oct
5
10:00 AM10:00

Puppet Lab

Saturday October 5 * 10am-noon * $5-10 donation encouraged for the use of the space * RSVP

Puppet Lab’s purpose is to be a hub for all those interested in puppet theater who would benefit from:
boosting creative power
honing puppet-manipulation skills
cross-pollinating ideas
receiving feedback about works in progress
building local puppet community
More hands!

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MicroCinema : Romantic Warriors IV– Krautrock (Part 1)&nbsp;
Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

MicroCinema : Romantic Warriors IV– Krautrock (Part 1) 

Thursday October 3 * 7pm * $10 * TICKETS

A film by Adele Schmidt & José Zegarra Holder. The fourth film in the series on progressive rock covers the origins, Zeitgeist, and trajectory of the pioneering German bands of the 70s emerging from the Düsseldorf/Cologne region, and one singular band from Hamburg. This film is the first part in the Krautrock Trilogy. Featuring: Can, faUSt, Damo Suzuki's Network, Electric Orange, faUSt, Floh de Cologne, Japandorf, Kraftwerk, Krautwerk, La Düsseldorf, NEU!, Wume. During the first half of the 1970s, a number of West German musicians escaped the traditional rock influences of British and American bands and created a new way of making rock music. This movement, which involved psychedelic, electronic, jazz, folk & rock styles, came to be known as Krautrock. The Krautrock bands that pioneered this movement created something never heard before: They took the intense, untamed essence of the old gods of rock and roll, and infused it with a truly progressive and revolutionary spirit, spearheading the evolution of electronic music, techno, hip hop, ambient music, minimalism and avant-garde. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEjYfQvFLbg

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Concert: Feast of the Epiphany / Luke Stewart / Sarah Hughes
Oct
2
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Feast of the Epiphany / Luke Stewart / Sarah Hughes

WED, OCT 2ND | 8PM | $12 adv/$15 door | ALL AGES | TICKETS

FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY (NYC) Forged in ornate, melodic songwriting, this is drone music that has been arrived at through fearsome complexity. Ambient, but cubist. Both ancient and modern, this is an exciting new entry into the American avant-garde. Near touchstones may be found in Germany’s kosmische Musik or the UK’s fabled Canterbury scene, but Feast Of The Epiphany’s electrocuted folk tapestries are entirely unique. Here is a spiraling processional of distortion-drenched keyboards, surprising bass lines, and sometimes lurking, sometimes soaring, always impassioned vocals. Imagine a distant cousin of dungeon-synth stepping outside to discover reality, with two accomplished guitarists in tow providing counterpoint. Nick Podgurski, Andrew Smiley, Caley Monahon-Ward.

LUKE STEWART (DC) has emerged as one of the most exciting young bassists on the improvised music scene on the east coast. Based in Washington, DC, he plays regularly in New York, Baltimore, and Philadelphia, and has toured in Europe. 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. He has also been integral to the literary jazz group Heroes Are Gang Leaders.

SARAH HUGHES is an alto saxophonist, doubling on flute and clarinet, from Pasadena, Maryland. She is also a composer of ensemble music as well as electronic music for solo artist. Sarah has been a music educator for over 10 years, but she considers herself first and foremost a free improviser, creating within, on top of, and despite many genre frameworks including jazz, experimental composition and noise, swing, blues, folk, rap and hip-hop, and rock. Sarah prefers to emote onstage in the most expressive way possible and readily available.

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Performances: David Liebe Hart (Tim &amp; Eric) &amp; friends / Crab Legs / Kevin Tit
Oct
1
7:00 PM19:00

Performances: David Liebe Hart (Tim & Eric) & friends / Crab Legs / Kevin Tit

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1ST | ALL AGES | $15 | 7PM | TICKETS

The galaxy's most unique entertainer, David Liebe Hart, brings his music/puppets/storytelling extravaganza to you! Prepare to be amazed, surprised and confused! You won't know whether to laugh, groan, cry or cheer! Every show is one-of-a-kind, unpredictable, hilarious and confounding!

Chip The Black Boy - David's puppet has taken on a life of its own as a creepy abstract rapper. Apparently possessed by an evil outer-dimensional entity, Chip's high-pitched, avant-garde rhymes and banging beats are in a realm of their own.

Whatever Your Heart Desires - Wielding strange-looking home-made gadgets and sound-reactive video projection, WYHD performs brings the heavy bass and weird beats.

Crab Legs - A jazz band from Earth

Kevin Tit is a physical embodiment of what happens after a decade’s worth of punk bands and pizza; coupled with the inability to function as a well adjusted member of society. His life as a Stand Up Comedian began in Honolulu, Hawaii back in 2012 and has led him to performing in Festivals, clubs, music venues, bars and living rooms across the country.

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Experiments in Sound Meditation
Sep
30
7:00 PM19:00

Experiments in Sound Meditation

Monday September 30 * 7-8pm * RSVP

Join us for the next instalment 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. Suggested donation: $5 for the use of the space

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Modular Meet-up
Sep
29
12:00 PM12:00

Modular Meet-up

Sunday September 29 * noon-3pm * $5 suggested for the use of the space * RSVP

This event is an attempt to create a regular monthly meeting for people interested in Modular synthesis and to foster growth in a diverse and fast growing community of like minded individuals. This event is open to everyone. From the novice to the advanced. Come to learn, share ideas and meet your peers. Get involved! Let’s grow a community!

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Concert: The Good Ones (Rwanda) / The Mauls / Time is Fire
Sep
28
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: The Good Ones (Rwanda) / The Mauls / Time is Fire

Saturday September 28 * 8pm * $10-20 * TICKETS

This concert is part of the annual Multiflora Productions music series Flash of the Spirit featuring a diverse showcase of music with Time Is Fire, The Mauls, and The Good Ones from Rwanda. The Good Ones are a trio of Rwandan genocide survivors who play joyous, acoustic love songs— often written in the dialect of their rural district which has for centuries been known as the region for producing poets for the Kings. Primary songwriter Adrien Kazigira interweaves intricate harmonies with co-singer, Janvier Havugimana. In a style often referred to as “worker songs from the streets," these simple, direct and plaintive love songs speak more to the healing power of peace than a thousand academic treatises or preachy goodwill ambassadors ever could. Starting in 1978, the band members were taught music by Janvier’s brother who was blind and perished in the 1994 genocide. They formed the group as a healing process after the genocide and the original trio’s membership reunited Rwanda’s three tribes (with one member each historically from the Tutsi, Hutu, and Abatwa tribes). Since they live without electricity and have had almost no access to devices to reproduce musical recordings, their vocalizations are based on the singing traditions of their local immediate, rural district (which has historically been for centuries the region known for producing the poets for the Kings) rather than by outside influences. They utilize one-of-a-kind instruments in their music, often incorporating their farming tools as percussion. 2019 year marks the 25th anniversary of the genocide.

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Artist Talk: Aaron Maier
Sep
28
3:00 PM15:00

Artist Talk: Aaron Maier

Saturday September 28 * 3pm * $5 suggested * RSVP

Suburbia examines artist Aaron Maier's personal history and his family’s pursuit of privilege in middle class America. Paintings and drawings document the complexities of class, race, gender roles, and labor as experienced by a suburbanite Latin American family in the process of assimilating into US culture. The work is heavily influenced by self-taught and figurative artists who work from personal narratives. To further draw upon the narrative, the exhibition takes place in the same neighborhood where the artist grew up, in a residential home in Takoma Park, DC. Hear Aaron talk about his work before the exhibition closes.

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Workshop: DIY Electronics with Vaux Flores - The Eyecillator
Sep
28
12:00 PM12:00

Workshop: DIY Electronics with Vaux Flores - The Eyecillator

Saturday September 28 * Noon-2pm * $40 * REGISTER

Reintroducing the Eyecillator, a small, yet surprisingly complex little light-sensitive noise maker from VF designed for weirdos, STEM evangelists, musicians and other folks who just aren't all that into the weekend sports routine. So here it is – a small, Tom Bugs inspired 4-oscillator, cascaded NAND opto-synth with controls over pitch and voltage sag, as well as the modern addition of a third control over the frequency of a misappropriated telephone chip that acts as a somewhat strange filter of sorts. When used properly, it can chirp along with the best of them, as well as do its utmost to sound like that motorized garbage can robot from that one space movie...but with a drug problem. Not to mention that for this build, there are no wires. There is no case. Just a cool little light controlled circuit, some components and the guarantee that you'll be able to spark at least two and half minutes of unbridled joy out of this thing before you have to pack up and get serious about the week ahead. All materials will be provided. No prior electronics experience is needed and yes, you get to keep this synth at the end of the workshop. Attendance will be limited to 10 and a small VauxFlores pop-up shop will also be on-site for anyone interested in nabbing a box without having to solder it themselves.

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Concert: Bryce Eiman / Tag Cloud / Attorneys General
Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

Concert: Bryce Eiman / Tag Cloud / Attorneys General

Friday September 27 * 7pm * $10 * TICKETS

Bryce Eiman released his first cassette in 1987, followed by sporadic releases in the succeeding 32 years. In Cleveland in the mid-90s he performed with Peter Keller in the powernoise duo WOMB (considered by some in 1995 the loudest act in town); in this century he's played in electronic improv duos Bicameral Mind (with Shaun Sandor) and WeatherMachine (with Joe Hendrix). Since 2009 he's curated the monthly 919Noise showcases in Chapel Hill.

Tag Cloud The latest from Chris Videll as Tag Cloud encapsulates four works that are at once a step out of time, and its quite peculiar to venture to guess which way they point. Slow Light verges on the psychedelic, something shadowed, something Moog. It’s a bit of a snake charmer and yet could likely have been culled directly from the futuristic warble of the temple of 70’s teutonic German rock. Yet, it’s always once removed – which gives it this screened back atmosphere that flows and goes. -Toneshift

Attorneys General (Players for this show: Michael Kentoff; Dave Jones; Kamyar Arsani) Attorneys General is a project led by Matthew Byars of DC-based band The Caribbean. A formative experience for Byars as a listener was hearing the work of soundman Martin Swope of Mission of Burma on their seminal 1985 live record, The Horrible Truth About Burma, in which Swope, using a reel-to-reel tape machine, captured, looped, manipulated, and destroyed elements of the band’s sound in spontaneous and unexpected ways. Byars has adapted this approach to having three-four people (different players every time, mostly) generate utterly improvised sound through a mixing board he controls, which allows him to capture, loop, manipulate, and destroy the sounds they create. Results vary from the transcendent to the disastrous, but the inherent risk involved is, ultimately, the point.

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SOLD OUT Workshop: Living Funeral Ceremony
Sep
26
6:30 PM18:30

SOLD OUT Workshop: Living Funeral Ceremony

THIS IS SOLD OUT, PLEASE DON’T COME IF YOU DON’T ALREADY HAVE A TICKET. SORRY AND THANK YOU

Thursday September 26 * 630pm * $50 * REGISTER

A living funeral ceremony is an intense exercise in confronting mortality. While some of the focus is of course on death, the ceremony is ultimately about the life the participants are returning to after it is over. It is intended to spur serious reflection on priorities and bring whatever is truly important to the participant into clear view. The ceremony is a 2 to 3-hour long experience (dependent on number of participants) which focuses on turning towards one's own mortality. Participants are faced with their own memorial, are told to write their last words, and then are lead through a death visualization. It is a truly transformative journey, bringing a new outlook on life as a whole. The Living Funeral workshop is conducted by Emily Cross.

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Concert: Wu Fei &amp; Abigail Washburn: Music &amp; Storytelling for Kids &amp; Families
Sep
25
7:00 PM19:00

Concert: Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn: Music & Storytelling for Kids & Families

Wednesday September 25 * 7pm * Free/donations * RSVP

Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn: Music & Storytelling for Kids & Families - Grammy award-winning clawhammer banjo player, Abigail Washburn, and guzheng (21-string Chinese zither) virtuoso, Wu Fei are collaborative sisters from far-flung countries. Performing together as an entirely unique banjo-guzheng duo, Wu Fei & Abigail weave together traditional Appalachian and Chinese songs, singing in both English and Mandarin. Wu Fei and Abigail Washburn have embarked on a journey of sharing their multi-cultural music with kids and families. During their interactive performance, Wu Fei and Abigail will share stories about finding harmony and friendship through music, as well as their unique cultures and instruments. Presented in partnership with The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at University of Maryland.

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