Concert: Wasteland Jazz Unit, Developer, Nagual + Stefan Christensen, Jrnlr
Jul
21
8:00 pm20:00

Concert: Wasteland Jazz Unit, Developer, Nagual + Stefan Christensen, Jrnlr

Wasteland Jazz Unit (Cincinnati, OH) - Comprised of Jon Lorenz (saxophone) and John Rich (clarinet), Cincinnati’s Wasteland Jazz Unit stand within the vanguard of American free music. Marrying free jazz with harsh noise, WJU’s sonic barrage treads the line of pure bliss and sublime destruction. Uncompromising, unrelenting the duo reach new levels of blastitude with nothing but their instruments and a full blown wall of amps. Nodding to forebearers of experimental music such as Peter Brötzmann and Wolf Eyes, WJU weave their own cacophonous tapestry with style and grit. Pillars in the noise community in their own right, both Lorenz and Rich have held down Cincinnati for over a decade, most recently programming the highly-regarded No Response Festival.

Developer (Dayton, OH) is the harsh cut-up noise project of Dayton’s Matthew Reis. Having over 15 years of experience in the experimental music community, Reis has lent his talent to create sounds that are both complex and down-right earth shattering. Be it through his label Factotum Tapes or his solo output, Reis continues to spread the gospel of all forms of extreme music in the Midwest. He is truly a national treasure.

Nagual + Stefan Christensen (Anytown, USA) - The collaborative efforts of long-time duo Nagual (Ian McColm + David Shapiro) and Stefan Christensen bring us back to the days of total amp worship. Equipped with three guitars and a deep understanding of feedback, Nagual + Stefan Christensen bend both the minds of listeners and the concepts of freeform sound.

Jrnlr (Washington, DC) is the dark/harsh noise project of Washington, DC-based artist Clare Davis. Propulsive, searing, and brutal, Jrnlr’s apocalyptic hellscape provides a welcome breath of toxic air to the DMV.

Record Rats
Jul
22
12:00 pm12:00

Record Rats

Rhizome is hosting a record fair! We'll have booths from your favorite local record shops (including Red Onion Records & Som Records) plus all kinds of other finds, DJ +  live sounds,  some BBQ delights, and who knows what else. Going on from 12-5pm, indoors and outdoors.

Concert: Drunken Sufis, Abstract Human, Scheible/Ponguita
Jul
22
8:00 pm20:00

Concert: Drunken Sufis, Abstract Human, Scheible/Ponguita

Drunken Sufis - Like Lightning Bolt’s most colorful moments, or the high-speed adventures of Parts & Labor, Drunken Sufis push their instruments into the great unknown, tirelessly chasing the high of a new discovery. Blazing headlong through fast-and- heavy post-rock, The Sufi's latest LP release Pala Pala collapses into a wash of homemade field recordings and melted keyboards. Sharply-arranged sound collages (remember The Books?) return to cosmic prog-punk, and Drunken Sufis keep moving. The line-up currently features John Thayer (drums, electronics), Craig Schenker (sax), Tommy Siegel (guitar, bass), Dave Cohen (keyboards), Keith Rigling (Electronics).

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

Creative movement therapist Juliana Ponguitá Forero (of the Nancy Havlik Dance Performance Group) joins sound artist Nate Scheible in a debut collaboration at Rhizome.

16mm Cyanotype Workshop
Jul
23
11:00 am11:00

16mm Cyanotype Workshop

In this workshop, participants will work with this 19th Century photographic process in combination with 16mm film to create their own cyanotype film loops. Participants will work with 16mm film that has been previously coated in cyanotype solution, creating photograms by placing objects over the UV sensitive film, exposing the film to sunlight, then rinsing the film in water to develop beautiful blue patterns and forms.  

Along one side of the 16mm filmstrip, there is a margin reserved for the optical soundtrack. Through our DIY process we will be creating patterns of light and dark that will spill over onto the margin reserved for sound, and the 16mm projector will read these patterns of light and dark and translate them into sound. 

Concert - Is@s@, Will Csorba & Friends, The Leveetoppers
Jul
23
5:00 pm17:00

Concert - Is@s@, Will Csorba & Friends, The Leveetoppers

Is@s@ is a guitarist and composer based in Madrid, Spain. He has been an active member of the city’s underground music scene since the early 90’s.  Strongly inspired by the American Primitive guitarists – John Fahey, Glenn Jones and Jack Rose – Is@s@ plays acoustic guitar and weissenborn in an organic, serene and meditative style. His music is relaxed, unhurried, and projects a spiritual and twilight beauty. Is@s@ has shared bills with performers including Glenn Jones, Geoff Farina, Steve Gunn, Daniel Bachman, Will Johnson (Centromatic), Sir Richard Bishop, Micah Blue Smaldone, Marisa Anderson, Norberto Lobo, White Magic and Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra.

Will Csorba is a prolific young Texan of the resurgent American Primitive guitar school, already several albums and EPs deep. His work takes a cinematic approach to the discipline, frequently guiding the listener from its roots in old-time and blues through modern drone, raga, pastoral and experimental styles.

The Leveetoppers - Andy McLeod plays old-time music, American Primitive/fingerstyle guitar, ragtime, and drone/experimental music in Philadelphia, PA. Sasha Hsuczyk sings Appalachian folk ballads, plays country fiddle and guitar and leads Sacred Harp singings all across the American South. Joining them this summer will be Lyle Werner, acclaimed fiddler and old-time musician from New Orleans.

Unschooling panel/open discussion
Jul
24
7:00 pm19:00

Unschooling panel/open discussion

"We learn best when we are deciding what we want to learn, when we learn for our reasons and not someone else's, and when we have maximum control over the pace and manner in which we learn." - John Holt

Calling all unschoolers, deschoolers, anti-authoritarian-education-istas of all stripes, including (especially!) the unschooling-curious, the unschooling-envious ("I'd love to if only I could make it work..."), anyone looking for meaningful alternatives to conventional educational models....

Come to discuss your experiences, your successes and failures, your wants and needs, your questions big and small, with our informal panel of "experts" who have unschooled numerous kids through thick and thin and come out the other side as huge advocates for the idea. 

Kids welcome.

Concert: Mark McGuire, Ancient Ocean, Park Snakes
Jul
25
8:00 pm20:00

Concert: Mark McGuire, Ancient Ocean, Park Snakes

MARK MCGUIRE first came to prominence with Emeralds, a Cleveland trio who seem, in retrospect, one of the most pivotal bands to come out of the 21st century noise scene, progressively moving as they did towards sounds more melodic, engaged, directed, and also more hopeful. Channeling Midwestern underground consciousness, the multi-instrumentalist recently emerged with a new album, Vision On Purpose, the full-length sequel to the 2015 epic Beyond Belief. As he's known to do, McGuire presents a unique vision of modern psychedelia with a sound that is complex and meditative, creating a direct connection with fans in a live setting through his hypnotic playing and layering.

ANCIENT OCEAN is the long-standing solo project of Brooklyn ambient composer, J.R. Bohannon. After a steady run of superb CDr and cassette releases, Ancient Ocean's first long-player Blood Moon was received with much critical acclaim from the likes of Village Voice, Vice, Wallstreet Journal, NPR, and more.

PARK SNAKES - DC based Rock-Noir trio Park Snakes is the sound of rock collapsing backwards from post punk into blues and country. Its hearing rock music break down from Blondie to Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Degeneration rock. 
 

Concert: House and Land, Layne Garrett, Devin Hoff
Jul
26
9:00 pm21:00

Concert: House and Land, Layne Garrett, Devin Hoff

House and Land is the duo of Sally Anne Morgan (fiddle, shruti box, banjo, vocals) and Sarah Louise Henson (vocals, 12-string guitar, shruti box, bouzouki). The duo discovered that they were both interested in the same very specific forms of traditional music and both viewed it through the lens of their shared love of modern, experimental and minimal music. Their playing together is wholly unmediated, without amplifiers and using just two sets of hands and voices. With a minimalist approach, their music considers the space between notes as much as the notes themselves. The material on their debut is drawn from traditional southern hymns and Appalachian ballads that originated in England and elsewhere hundreds of years ago.

Layne Garrett - prepared resonator guitar improvisations

Devin Hoff is a bassist, composer and arranger, born in Colorado and currently based in Brooklyn and Los Angeles. He has collaborated with Julia Holter, Nels Cline, Deerhoof, Tara Jane ONeil, Xiu Xiu, Cibo Matto, Carla Bozulich, Good For Cows, and more, as well as working with elder luminaries such as Yoko Ono and Amiri Baraka. He has played thousands of shows on 5 continents, including several major festivals, recorded on over 100 releases, and written and performed music for film, dance and theater.

Concert: Kohoutek, *member of Reynols*, Cyrus Pireh
Jul
27
8:00 pm20:00

Concert: Kohoutek, *member of Reynols*, Cyrus Pireh

KOHOUTEK - Inside Kohoutek's open, winding, slow-burning soundscapes lies the hard-edged reality of cosmic science, the hypnotic magic of mass-mind superstition, and the infinite paths of Saturn-bound outer spaceways.  Guitars pick through the thickly-textured sonic space built by electronics and percussion, unafraid to knot or tangle, yet nimble enough to find gaps where others might blur. The rhythmic curves traced by bass and drums prove as apt for psych-drenched heaviness as they are for cloudier foundations.

* MEMBER OF REYNOLS * - a very special and rare appearance by an Argentinian from legendary sonic mavericks Reynols

CYRUS PIREH -studied violin, electric guitar, saxophone, and percussion as well as composition, music theory, electroacoustic music, and electrical theory. As a composer, Cyrus' works involve sign manipulation with the purpose of keeping the interpretive field open. As a guitarist, Cyrus is interested in the limits of the body and the self: always pushing towards a physical transcendence by working to situate that transcendence in the quotidian-- to live an every-day-life-transcendence. As an anarchist, Cyrus actively works to dismantle hierarchy and to heal the damages done by industry's division of people into performers and audience; producers and consumers.

Concert: A Stick and a Stone, Br'er (solo) & Tölva
Jul
28
8:00 pm20:00

Concert: A Stick and a Stone, Br'er (solo) & Tölva

A Stick and a Stone - (Philly/Oregon) Haunting violas, androgynous vocal harmonies, effects pedals, classical guitar, and deliberate silence... spells of survival from the shadows of the woods.  https://astickandastone.bandcamp.com/

Br'er - (DC) Dense experimental pop compositions tackling class, power, gender, queer politics and dark humor through the sonic area between catharsis and chaos. *Rare intimate harmonium/guitar set!*  https://brerbrerbrer.bandcamp.com/

Tölva - (DC) Glacial synth ambient beauty from Erik Sleighthttps://blightrecords.bandcamp.com/album/manudaga

Open Circuits (Sonic Circuits Festival Benefit)
Jul
29
4:00 pm16:00

Open Circuits (Sonic Circuits Festival Benefit)

Sonic Circuits presents Open Circuits - a chance for you to take to the stage and present your audio experiments, be they electronic, acoustic, or otherwise. We'll provide the PA, tables, and power, you bring the ideas and enjoy your 15 minutes in the spotlight and help us raise money for the upcoming festival. Please email info@dc-soniccircuits.org to reserve a spot. Those who don't register can still perform, time permitting.

Concert: Janel Leppin, John Lindaman, Luciernaga, Mike Nigro
Jul
29
8:00 pm20:00

Concert: Janel Leppin, John Lindaman, Luciernaga, Mike Nigro

Janel Leppin - With a musical style as unique as it is captivating, cellist, vocalist and composer Janel Leppin is a highly developed, innovative artist. Through intense devotion to craft, Janel fuses flawless technicality with boundless, creativity moving far beyond the conventions of her instruments to make music which exists in uncharted sonic territories.

John Lindaman is perhaps best known for his 20 year-long association with Teen-Beat Records as a creator of timeless pop classics with American indie rock band True Love Always, but his recent string of releases of solo guitar improvisations using simple looping, inexpensive guitar effects and prepared guitar techniques showcase his deep roots in the avant-garde.

Luciernaga is the guitar-centric ambient recording project of Joao M. Da Silva. He began making treated guitar recordings in 2010, after moving to the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. As Luciernaga, Joao has released a series of cassettes, vinyl, CD-Rs, and also provided music for video features.

Mike Nigro is an electronic musician and label operator based in Brooklyn, New York. His solo practice draws inspiration from the minimalists, early synthesizer pioneers, and contemporary experimental underground, aiming to thread the needle between musicality and noise; movement and stasis; synthetics and organics. 
 

Concert: Judith Berkson, Double H Duo, The Millionraces
Aug
16
8:00 pm20:00

Concert: Judith Berkson, Double H Duo, The Millionraces

Judith Berkson
Mezzo soprano, pianist and composer Judith Berkson uses voice along with analog and digital keyboards to create pieces that cross the boundaries of classical, electronic and experimental music. She has collaborated with Kronos Quartet, City Opera, and has performed works by Chaya Czernowin, Joe Maneri, Rick Burkhardt, Gerard Pape, Julia Werntz, Aleksandra Vrebalov, and Milton Babbitt. She has presented solo works at the Picasso Museum Malaga, Le Poisson Rouge, Roulette and the Concertgebouw. Called "an intriguing young singer-pianist," her solo album Oylam (ECM Records, 2010), was described as "standards and Schubert and liturgical music, swing and chilly silences. I can’t get enough of it," by the New York Times. In 2012 she completed The Vienna Rite, a chamber opera based on the friendship between Franz Schubert and Viennese cantor Salomon Sulzer.

Double H Duo
The Double H Duo exists to explore the possibilities for Minimalism as expressed through the range of two electric guitars. Comprised of Benjamin Harbert and Christopher Hamley, the Duo has already performed pieces by Steven Reich, Wayne Siegel, Peter Yates, Erik Satie, Francis Poulenc and Claude Debussy. Seeking to transition into the production of original pieces by stepping off the back end of existing works, The Double H Duo also wants to further incorporate elements of popular music into minimalist tradition.

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


Concert: Dybbuk (David Grollman/Nathaniel Morgan), Leo Svirsky, Ashley Shey
Jul
20
8:00 pm20:00

Concert: Dybbuk (David Grollman/Nathaniel Morgan), Leo Svirsky, Ashley Shey

Maplehouse Collective presents...

Dybbuk (David Grollman/Nathaniel Morgan) --- “The minimalist New York City performing duo of drummer/percussionist David Grollman and saxophonist Nathaniel Morgan, using words, space, innuendo and tension to tell unusual facets of stories or create unique sound environments rewarding the careful listener. One of the most interesting pieces is based on the passing of Grollman's father, reflecting his final requests and words in whispers as Morgan uses the saxophone to create breathy sounds, as Grollman drags out tones on a single snare drum; the effect is eerie and disturbing, yet deeply fulfilling as a work of art. A band that's hard to describe, but well worth detailed listening.” --cassette review from Squidco

Leo Svirsky (b. 1988, USA) is a composer, improviser, pianist and accordionist living in the Hague. His work explores how the instability of listening itself transforms the perception of musical semantics and affect. Disorientations of memory and spatial awareness are nevertheless bounded by a rootedness in song and story.

Ashley Shey is a body linguist. In experimental perfomances, she engages the potential for alchemical transformation in each moment through use of meditative movement. This will be an improvisational collaborative piece with Jeremy & AJ otherwise known as DOVE LADY.

Concert:  Heart of the Ghost, Jonah Parzen-Johnson
Jul
19
8:00 pm20:00

Concert: Heart of the Ghost, Jonah Parzen-Johnson

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

Jonah Parzen-Johnson is a saxophonist living in Brooklyn, NY. He writes music for solo saxophone and analog synthesizer. Imagine the raw energy of an Appalachian Folk choir, tempered by a lofi, minimal aesthetic. His carefully assembled analog synthesizer breathes with his saxophone, building independent melodic layers to support his sound, or soaring above his extended technique driven saxophone playing. All performed live, without any looping or recorded samples.

Dark Deleuze
Jul
18
7:30 pm19:30

Dark Deleuze

Join us on July 18th as we conclude our Fortnights: Deleuze reading group with a discussion of Andrew Culp's Dark Deleuze.

Though Gilles Deleuze is known as a thinker of creation, joyous affirmation, and rhizomatic assemblages, in this short book, Andrew Culp argues that this once-radical canon of joy has lost its resistance to the present. Concepts created to defeat capitalism have been recycled into business mantras that joyously affirm “Power is vertical; potential is horizontal!”  Culp recovers Deleuze’s forgotten negativity. He unsettles the prevailing interpretation through an underground network of references to conspiracy, cruelty, the terror of the outside, and the shame of being human. Ultimately, he rekindles opposition to what is intolerable about this world.

This short book (90 pages) stands alone, so it is not necessary to have attended any previous sessions to enjoy this one.

Concert: Ben Richter, Jacob Becker, Jax Deluca
Jul
16
8:00 pm20:00

Concert: Ben Richter, Jacob Becker, Jax Deluca

Ben Richter is a Berlin-based composer, accordionist, and director of New York's Ghost Ensemble. His work explores the perceptual experience of music through subtly shifting timbres and sliding microtonal fluctuations that combine to create sound-worlds of constant transformation. A student of Pauline Oliveros and Deep Listening, he is also an improviser and klezmer accordionist. He holds degrees from Bard College and the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, where he researched time distortion and parahypnotic phenomena in music.

Jacob Becker (NYC) - Influenced by the maximalist sampling techniques of the 90s — from The Bomb Squad to Skinny Puppy — Jacob Becker's work is an exercise in controlled chaos. Combining sound design and composition, Jacob stacks and teases out samples to create an unexpected musical logic, revealing the strange joy to be found in re-arranging a cloud of musical fragments into a new, cohesive whole. Through this process, Becker attempts to make palpable the alienating and exhilarating emotional effects of a life filtered through technology.

Jax Deluca - Audio-visual performance with voice, signal processing, and other tinkerings. Special guest, Phong Tran.

Concert: Kevin Greenspon, J Hamilton Isaacs, Dura
Jul
15
8:00 pm20:00

Concert: Kevin Greenspon, J Hamilton Isaacs, Dura

KEVIN GREENSPON (Los Angeles, CA // Sound + Visions)
Iridescent Sound and Video Synthesis ~ Meditations in Mesmerization
Vanguard Label Proprietor

J HAMILTON ISAACS (Denver, CO | formerly Dugout Canoe // Sound)
Multidimensional Modular Synth Evocations ~ Sequential Exploration

DURA (Hyattsville, MD // Sound) - Ambient Primitive Guitar Patterns ~ Woven Throb Elevation
 

Concert: Landing, Nice Breeze
Jul
12
9:00 pm21:00

Concert: Landing, Nice Breeze

Landing (Connecticut) have specialized in a mild and rural kind of psychedelia over the course of nearly two decades. Recent releases have seen them closer to post-punk and shoegaze territory than ever, but Third Sight – recorded specifically for El Paraiso Records’ Impetus series – builds on the hallucinatory soundscapes of the band's earliest days. A unique sense of motoric drift and an organic blend of rock instrumentation and analog electronics brings to mind Eno's best collaborations in the 1970s. But the group's flair for fuzzy drones and new weirdsy commune-folk also betrays their affiliation with the experimental American east coast scene. These guys have played shows with their friends in Bardo Pond, released a split EP with Windy & Carl ,and played numerous Terrastocks throughout their existence.

Nice Breeze is a veteran three-piece from Washington, DC who stir up lo-fi, surf-tinged punk cuts that weave droning hooks with laconic, off-the-cuff vocals and take you for a buoyant ride on an ever-cresting wave inside the bonzai pipeline of your mind.

EVOL Sonic Wellness: Yoga + Music
Jul
12
6:00 pm18:00

EVOL Sonic Wellness: Yoga + Music

Continuing our new series at Rhizome - EVOL: Sonic Wellness

Bringing together yoga instruction and experimental music on 7/12. A $10 donation gets you a 1-hour communal meditative experience in the heart of Takoma Park. Every other Wednesday we’ll be bringing knowledgable wellness professionals and experimental musicians from across the DC area (and beyond!) for your mental and physical well-being.

This event we're featuring DC ambient performer Tölva!
 

Concert: TALsounds, Matchess, Zak Forrest
Jul
9
8:00 pm20:00

Concert: TALsounds, Matchess, Zak Forrest

TALsounds (Hausu Mountain | Chicago, IL) is the lush, synthesizer-driven, ambient project of Natalie Chami (Goodwill Smith.) Equipped with an organic mix of ethereal loops and interstellar arpeggiation, Chami explores the vast light and darkness of the universe with a hauntingly beautiful vocal caress.

Marrying elements of experimental electronic music and contempo classical movements, Chicago's Matchess (Monofonus Press) aka Whitney Johnson weaves sonic narratives with moving effect. Somber one minute and triumphant the other, Johnson’s amalgamation of violin, tape manipulation, and minimal keys creates broken order among the ruins.

DC’s own modular wizard Zak Forrest performs “The Green Eye.” Blending a modular synthesis rig with projected laser accompaniment, Forrest’s unique approach to noise and visuals beguiles all who dare to enter the void.

Concert: Henry Birdsey, Loess, Jon Lipscomb/Ian McColm Duo, Dj eep
Jul
9
4:00 pm16:00

Concert: Henry Birdsey, Loess, Jon Lipscomb/Ian McColm Duo, Dj eep

Sunday July 9th. AFTERNOON SHOW, 4-7PM

Henry Birdsey (VT) - prepared guitar, metals, transducers

Loess (MTL) - homemade electronics, hill country radio crooner

Jon Lipscomb/Ian McColm Duo - Jon Lipscomb is a guitarist, improviser, and educator based in Malmö, Sweden. He performs in the U.S.A. and Europe and has collaborated with Brandon Lopez, Jarrett Gilgore, Jaimie Branch, Amirtha Kidambi, Anais Blondet, Sam Weinberg, Zach Rowden, and many others.

Ian G. McColm is a multi-instrumentalist and composer residing in Alexandria, Virginia. He has performed nationally and internationally in a variety of ensembles with the likes of American-Primitive guitarist Daniel Bachman, New York saxophonist James Brandon Lewis, and Bhutanese guitar improviser Tashi Dorji.

DJ eep (NY/NJ) - NJ ram jammer, sample based laptop improvisation

Opening: Theories in Shamanic Healing in paint and sound by Matthew Pony Proctor and Jenny Moon Tucker
Jul
8
9:00 pm21:00

Opening: Theories in Shamanic Healing in paint and sound by Matthew Pony Proctor and Jenny Moon Tucker

Presenting visual works by Matthew Payroll Pony Bones and Jenny Moon Tucker

Listening and hearing - What are we up against? What is work? What do we do with every day's waves of turbulence, and what do we do with experiences of trauma?

Exploring the habits and paths of learning secret languages, navigating ever-evolving creative spheres, comfort and discomfort, control, passivity, and action. Meeting characters of the subconscious, are they guides? Are they mirrors? How do we let them help us be strong and transmuting in our relationship with the forces of oppression and violence?

The opening will feature performances by Matthew Payroll Pony Bones, Jenny Moon Tucker, and Dan Conrad. And artist talks by Matthew Payroll Pony Bones and Jenny Moon Tucker.

Opening: Streetwise
Jul
8
7:00 pm19:00

Opening: Streetwise

Meditations on street art…high art…trash and alchemy
Christopher Lee is a DC artist originally from NYC. “I came of age in 1980s New York when street art and culture began to go mainstream. The show plays off of the themes of the beautiful, the abject and “lower learning”.
ART ...plus food, drink and street beats

Concert: Brode/Scheible/Stewart, Shouts from the Sea, Nik Francis
Jul
7
8:00 pm20:00

Concert: Brode/Scheible/Stewart, Shouts from the Sea, Nik Francis

Maplehouse Collective presents…

Lucas Brode / Nate Scheible / Luke Stewart - Lucas Brode, a native of New York’s Hudson Valley, is a guitarist & composer who draws from jazz harmony, experimental rock textures, and African rhythms. In addition to studying jazz guitar and composition, he spent several years learning percussive concepts from traditional Ghanian master drummer, Yacub Addy.
Luke Stewart and Nate Scheible join in on bass and drums in what promises to be a dynamic performance built on their exploration of urgent, energetic free improvisation.

Shouts from the Sea are Patrick Cain and Phong Tran. "The ancestral water mysteries turn proud. Paddling shore’s unfamiliar voyage, lost lands covered in archaic art-leafage. Mission of elastic grip-hold, tensions minimized through collective gift-offer…Voices shaped through the sea’s vast horn." --Power Moves Label

Nik Francis is a composer and improvisor of electroacoustic music. Currently based in DC, he plays drums in FOR trio and the Francis/Ryan Duo and has previously performed with Nikolas Francis Unit[Iowa City], Indent[DC], Trinary[DC],  Psygnal[Boston]). In this performance, Nik will present music for modular synth and percussion.

Concert: Secret Boyfriend, Comfort Link, Echolalia, Jonathan Woolen
Jul
6
8:00 pm20:00

Concert: Secret Boyfriend, Comfort Link, Echolalia, Jonathan Woolen

Secret Boyfriend (Chapel Hill, NC) is the experimental music project of Ryan Martin. Martin, a pillar in the US noise community, is known for his contemplative and fierce exertion of electro-acoustic exploration, wounded downer folk, and nuanced sonic textures. Oftentimes performing blown out noise matched by inward-seeking non-ballads, Martin's sound is equally alien and crushingly sublime.

Comfort Link (Baltimore, MD) is the project of sPLeeNCoFFiN label head Timothy Wisniewski.  Wavering between chopped and slopped horror soundtrack and bewildering reel-to-reel manipulation, Wisniewski is the harbinger of amplified slime.

Echolalia (Falls Church, VA) is the experimental outfit of DMV staple Amber Leigh Dunleavy. Through the use of theremin and a rotating cast of sonic objects, Dunleavy creates somnambulant territories and textures that lead listeners from the ears to the ether.

Jonathan Woollen (Washington, DC) may just be the sleeper hit of the DMV. An expert karaoke singer, brilliant bookworm, and deep thinker, Woollen is sure to cook up a performance that will upend the way we experience the world around us."

The Graphic Sex Project: an interactive, data-visualization installation
Jul
1
Jul 2

The Graphic Sex Project: an interactive, data-visualization installation

For the first weekend in July, Rhizome hosts an installation of hundreds of graphs people have made of what a positive sexual experience entails for them. With brightly colored 1cm cubes, people are invited to make a graph of a sexual episode, defining for themselves what each color represents. Browse the collection or make one of your own and take a picture in the furry red light box, adding your voice and perspective to the collection.

Concert: Literals, Insect Factory, Janel Leppin
Jun
30
8:00 pm20:00

Concert: Literals, Insect Factory, Janel Leppin

Friday June 30th, 8pm $10 suggested donation
PRE-SHOW COOKOUT BEGINNING AT 6PM, POT-LUCK STYLE

Literals-- Ritualistic drone. Otherworldly doom. Sounds and chants from The Other, as performed by Rebecca Mills and Matt Cohen.

Insect Factory focuses on texture and mood, building layers of dense sounds that slowly evolve into hypnotic and atmospheric drones.

Janel Leppin is a cello virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist; an architect of acoustic and analog sound; a haunting and mythic singer with a sharp political consciousness.

Women Uncorked
Jun
29
7:30 pm19:30

Women Uncorked

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

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

EVOL: Sonic Wellness
Jun
28
6:00 pm18:00

EVOL: Sonic Wellness

Introducing a new series at Rhizome - EVOL: Sonic Wellness

Bringing together yoga instruction and experimental music for a communal meditative experience in the heart of Takoma Park. Every other Wednesday we’ll be bringing knowledgable wellness professionals and experimental musicians from across the DC area (and beyond!) for your mental and physical well-being.

This kick off event features an ambient set from Benjamin Schurr (of DC’s Br’er).

Concert: David Murray and Kahil El'Zabar
Jun
25
9:00 pm21:00

Concert: David Murray and Kahil El'Zabar

Transparent Productions presents...

For many, David Murray is already a jazz legend, for the number of albums recorded, concerts performed, and awards garnered, with a Grammy, Guggenheim, and Danish JazzPar Prize, among them.  Murray was also an original founding member of the iconic World Saxophone Quartet. In 1975 he left Ponoma College in Los Angeles for New York, performing with artists such as Anthony Braxton, Don Cherry, Julius Hemphill and many others. 

Kahil El’Zabar has been leading his Ethnic Heritage Ensemble in various trio configurations for over 40 years.  A former Chairman of the internationally acclaimed, AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians), Dr. Kahil El’Zabar is considered one of the most prolific innovators of his generation. In 2012, President Obama awarded Zabar the International Ambassador’s Award in the Arts. 

Concert: Cheer Accident, Halo Valley, Floom
Jun
24
8:00 pm20:00

Concert: Cheer Accident, Halo Valley, Floom

Cheer Accident (Chicago) conjure a unique collage of intricate prog, lush pop and experimental noise, drawing on the disparate influences of Pere Ubu, King Crimson, Can, Art Bears, Wire, early Genesis and Yes, and the more Baroque leaps of the Beatles and the Beach Boys without ever settling on a sound that could be definitively traced to any of them in isolation.

Floom - Classical flutist by day and metal guitarist by night, Maxx Katz decided to stop compartmentalizing and make a project that includes the expressiveness of flute in the unforgiving, meditative geology of doom metal. Songs surf in and out of riff and texture, composition and improvisation, isolation and reverberation. They make room. Feel time, space, the terror of eternity. Feel yourself. Wear earplugs.

Halo Valley - barrett jones, gordie shaw, phong tran: guitars, bass vi, efx, objects, frequencies and amps... a yeti in the wilderness of sound

Seminar: Dr. Jerry Brown, author of _The Psychedelic Gospels_
Jun
23
6:00 pm18:00

Seminar: Dr. Jerry Brown, author of _The Psychedelic Gospels_

DC Psychedelic Society presents a livestream seminar with Dr. Jerry Brown, author of The Psychedelic Gospels, which:
• Follows the authors’ anthropological adventure discovering sacred mushroom images in European and Middle Eastern churches, including Roslyn Chapel and Chartres
• Provides color photos showing how R. Gordon Wasson’s psychedelic theory of religion clearly extends to Christianity and reveals why Wasson suppressed this information due to his secret relationship with the Vatican
• Examines the Bible and the Gnostic Gospels to show that visionary plants were the catalyst for Jesus’s awakening to his divinity and immortality

"What a journey! Travel with Jerry and Julie Brown exploring and discovering new interpretations of ancient images from Christian churches and cathedrals in Europe and the Middle East. Analyzing religious works of art, they have possibly uncovered one of the most secret, historical findings of our times - the influence of psychedelics as an integral part of the early Christian experience. They are bold, courageous, and insightful. A must read!"

Performances+Herb Talk: Rose and Sam Burt, Relaxing 5 Minute Videos with Willie Gussin, Calming Herbs with Holly Poole-Kavana
Jun
22
8:00 pm20:00

Performances+Herb Talk: Rose and Sam Burt, Relaxing 5 Minute Videos with Willie Gussin, Calming Herbs with Holly Poole-Kavana

Bari Sax and Bass Clarinet from Rose and Sam Burt - Baltimoreans Rose and Sam Burt will present improvisations for baritone sax and bass clarinet. 

Relaxing 5 Minute Videos with Willie Gussin - Willie Gussin creates Relaxing 5 Minute Videos in order to contribute daily to the internet’s psychedelic, soothing, and unnecessary content. He will improvise a textural and sparse ambient piece live to accompany videos he has created sharing views of his home in Putney, VT and tour.

Calming Herbs with Holly Poole-Kavana - Plants have powerful healing properties. They cultivate the body’s inherent ability to heal itself. Plant medicine allows people and communities to have more control over our own health and healing and deepens our relationships with the plants around us. These underlying values have informed Holly’s journey as an herbalist and medicine maker. Holly will give a talk on calming herbs and will have herbal preparations for sale.

Film Screening: Now is the Time, plus music by Cornwell/Stewart/Green
Jun
21
7:00 pm19:00

Film Screening: Now is the Time, plus music by Cornwell/Stewart/Green

The United States pays nearly twice as much for healthcare as any other industrialized nation, yet it still does not provide care for all its citizens. While the Affordable Care Act has helped some people, many of us are feeling the pinch of rising costs and narrowing networks. Polls show that 60% of Americans favor a national publicly funded healthcare program. So why has the U.S. Congress not yet passed - or even considered - such a plan? This documentary delves into what single payer healthcare is, how it saves money, and what behind-the-scenes heroes are doing to clear the fog of misperception that keeps us from moving forward.

The movie will be followed by a musical performance by Carl Cornwell (reeds), Luke Stewart (bass), and Tony Green (drums)
 

Rhizome Benefit Show @ the Dew Drop Inn DC
Jun
19
8:00 pm20:00

Rhizome Benefit Show @ the Dew Drop Inn DC

In support of RhizomeDC’s fundraising efforts, Dew Drop Inn DC is hosting a benefit performance on June 19, featuring Penguin and the Lost Civilizations experimental music project. Penguin is a project consisting of Devin Ocampo (Warm Sun; The Effects; Beauty Pill), Renata Burger (Warm Sun) and Brendan Canty (Fugazi, Super!Silver!Haze!). The Lost Civilizations experimental music project is a collaboration between Mike Sebastian (tenor sax, saxello and baritone sax) and T. A. Zook (basscello).  Although essentially a duo, when schedules permit, it is joined by Jerry Busher (drums); Doug Kallmeyer (bass and electronics), Sam Lohman (drums) Larry Gomez (percussion), Patrick Whitehead (horns), Leah Gage (drums & electronics), Dominic Fragman (drums) and Emily Chimiak (violin).  

Concert: Black Lodge + em.g, Flash Frequency, Radiator Greys
Jun
18
4:00 pm16:00

Concert: Black Lodge + em.g, Flash Frequency, Radiator Greys

BLACKLODGE is a DC based experimental electronic project from Alex Tebeleff (Paperhaus), together with Maggie Gilmore. Dip your toe into the pool of synth and human correspondence. Swim in the pulse and swallow the tonality. It may be a long exercise, but once you emerge, you can be rejuvenated and empowered. It’s just about how you choose to listen.

FLASH FREQUENCY - Ethereal experimental ambient music from one of DC's finest. Hovering above the fog, Flash Frequency weaves cascading synths and soft pads above silky smooth rhythms. For fans of: Arca, Flying Lotus, J Dilla.

RADIATOR GREYS is the Washington, DC-based sonic collage project of Josh Levi. Combining a mixture of samples, cassette manipulation, and electronic abstraction, Levi moves through walls with into the aural netherworld.

Queering Sound '17: Spoken Word + Digitial Media Arts
Jun
17
8:00 pm20:00

Queering Sound '17: Spoken Word + Digitial Media Arts

The annual staging of alternative performance, sound + digital arts, visual arts + spoken word . focusing on LGBT . post-gender-identified, supportive allies + queer artisans

>> Proceeds Benefit HIPS + CASA de Maryland

DAN VERA

JOE BELKNAP WALL

H. PAUL MOON : FILM : ESCALATORS BECOME STAIRS
QUEERING SOUND 2014 PERFORMANCE

DANIELLE EVENNOU
MARK BEAZLEY : MUSIC [ DIGITAL CONTRIBUTOR ]
JOHNY BROWN : WORDS [ DIGITAL CONTRIBUTOR ]
INGA YELLERE : VIDEO [ DIGITAL CONTRIBUTOR ]

Concert: Dave Scanlon, Sarah Hughes/Nate Scheible, Xenga + Marc Miller
Jun
16
8:00 pm20:00

Concert: Dave Scanlon, Sarah Hughes/Nate Scheible, Xenga + Marc Miller

Dave Scanlon (NY/CT) - is a composer/guitarist. Scanlon is an active member of the experimental rock band JOBS (fka killer BOB), the avant-garde collective Pet Bottle Ningen, and the pop group Leverage Models. Scanlon has released music on New Amsterdam Records, Tzadik Records, Hometapes, Clean Feed Records, New Atlantis Records, and Primary Records. He has performed at venues such as Issue Project Room (NYC), Roulette (NYC), The Stone (NYC), Shinjuku Pit Inn (Tokyo, Japan), Yokohama Airegin (Yokohama, Japan), Boston Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, MA), Casa Del Popolo (Montreal, Canada), and many more.

Sarah Hughes (saxophone) and Nate Scheible (percussion) are two incredible local improvisers. If you didn't catch them at Rhizome back in March, now is your chance!

Xenga is the running improvisational duo of Ian McColm (drums) and Jarrett Gilgore (saxophone). They'll be joined for the second time by Marc Miller, the Baltimore-based guitarist of Oxes and Microkingdom.

Jun
15
8:00 pm20:00

Concert: Marian McLaughlin, Boss Company, BOOMscat

Marian McLaughlin (Bmore) - is a songwriter, singer, and guitarist pushing the boundaries of folk music. Weaving together imaginative lyrics, intricate classical guitar work, and rhapsodic delivery she creates songs of exquisite detail that are delicate, yet full of depth.

Boss Company (DC) - Cabaret Folk. Boss Company marries classical music influences with gypsy, cabaret, and burlesque styles

BOOMscat (DC) - The Peace & Body Roll Duo consists of keyboardist/drummer/producer, Asha Santee (BOOM), and vocalist/songwriter Jennifer Patience Rowe (scat). Together, they create a sound that ignites vulnerability, elevation and self-reflection.

Performances: Música Naranja (Orange Music), Ian Jickling
Jun
14
8:00 pm20:00

Performances: Música Naranja (Orange Music), Ian Jickling

MÚSICA NARANJA (Orange Music) is a duo composed by Martin Virgili (researcher, composer and guitarist) and Pamela Guruciaga (theoretical physicist), interested mainly in the exploration of new forms of artistic creation from the interaction of body, sound, space and scene. Its repertoire includes vocal works of sound and experimental poetry, contemporary and avant-garde music, theater and musical theater, which articulate with works of its own that are rooted in the performance and exploratory tradition of body, music and word.

IAN JICKLING is a DC-based guitarist who draws from many different musical worlds including the classical guitar tradition, experimental electronic music, and 15/16th century polyphony. His recent work has been focused on exploring microtonality on the standard 6 string guitar.

Concert: Alan Licht, Mount Rainier, Abstract Human
Jun
12
8:00 pm20:00

Concert: Alan Licht, Mount Rainier, Abstract Human

ALAN LICHT is a guitarist and composer whose work merges minimalism, rock, free jazz, noise and improv. Since 1990, he has recorded and performed with a diverse array of musicians, including Jim O'Rourke, Phill Niblock,,  Arthur Lee, and Peter Brotzmann. He’s also collaborated with visual artists, such as Gary Panter and Charles Atlas. Licht is currently the lead guitarist of Lee Ranaldo and the Dust and one-third of the “talk rock” group Title TK. Several solo albums of his extended solo guitar pieces have appeared on labels like Siltbreeze, Family Vineyard, and Editions Mego. A frequent contributor to Artforum and other publications, Licht is also the author of Sound Art: Beyond Music Between Categories (Rizzoli, 2007) and the editor of Will Oldham on Bonnie Prince Billy (Faber & Faber/W.W. Norton, 2012).  He has also created many sound installations and curated exhibitions of sound art.

MOUNT RAINIER - Mount Rainier is the solo project of D.C. musician Matt Cohen, who plays in the drone duo Literals. Using a minimal set-up, Mt. Rainier is an exploration of delicate, western-tinged drone and field recordings. It’s a sound inspired by the latter-day experimentalism and sound collages of John Fahey and the simple, dusty melodies of Bruce Langhorne.
 
ABSTRACT HUMAN is a new duo from true heads Mike Bernstein and Maya Miller (Double Leopards / Religious Knives) - Heady sounds, heavy vibes, and hollowed worlds.

Concert: Christopher Tignor, Tristan Welch / Ron Oshima, The Hunted Hare
Jun
11
8:00 pm20:00

Concert: Christopher Tignor, Tristan Welch / Ron Oshima, The Hunted Hare

CHRISTOPHER TIGNOR is a composer, violinist, and software engineer. His emotionally charged scores and unique focus on live, performance-based electro-acoustic practice has won acclaim within both the classical and experimental communities across 8 LPs on the Western Vinyl and New Albion record labels. As a composer he has written and recorded work for ensembles including The Knights, A Far Cry string orchestra, and Brooklyn Rider string quartet, performing alongside them at premiere venues including Carnegie's Zankel Hall. As a string arranger he has worked with Helios, John Congleton, This Will Destroy You, Meshell Ndegeocello, and several other artists at the boundaries of popular music.

RON OSHIMA is a working-class musician who has been playing soprano, alto, and tenor saxophones and flute around the DC metro area for over 20 years. TRISTAN WELCH is an experimental guitar player that creates heavy ambient movements via heavy minimalism. Together, Tristan Welch and Ron Oshima have created three new pieces collectively titled “God Bless America”. These pieces create an ambient atmosphere with a mixture of free jazz. The concept behind God Bless America is actually pretty simple - we are not nationalist and we could all use a little help.

THE HUNTED HARE is the solo guitar project from Dennis Kane, a Washington, DC composer and multi-instrumentalist. The focus is on simple, memorable melodies inhabiting a stark landscape; an ode to a journey from the brink of collapse to renewal.