Decide Today, Melanin Free, Black Saturn & Johnny Osorio
Aug
18
8:00pm 8:00pm

Decide Today, Melanin Free, Black Saturn & Johnny Osorio

DECIDE TODAY - Cincinnati anarchist breakcore industrial, a continuation of the previous Realicide group's more worthwhile aspects, an endorsement of punk and hiphop as inherently radical in noize and message. Robert Inhuman addrsses topics like the fight against racism in America, ethical Veganism, Earth Liberation direct action, radical sobriety, and struggle against depression in a complete DIY or DIE manner that should do nothing inspire us all.

After the show a screenprinting station will be set up for shirts and patches (so bring your own!). Ink donations would be very helpful.

MELANIN FREEis the noise project of Qué Pequeño and Jenghis Pettit from Baltimore, Maryland.
"When your band in named Melanin Free, you are black and your album cover has a distorted picture of Donald Trump, you cannot expect anything more than music that is filled with absolute tension. If any band seems to have that in spades, it's Melanin Free. Once tagging a song as "white excellence", Melanin Free seeks to give us the sound of seething anger and tension that has and will build in this country. Mostly, anger and confusion inspired by caucasian supremacy. " (http://www.afropunk.com/profiles/blogs/noise-hop-outfit-melanin-free-attempts-to-drown-out-white)

BLACK SATURN & JOHNNY OSORIO (NAMELESS BASATARDS) - Black Saturn is an Experimental Hiphop artist.With a deep affinity for Sound System Culture,Harsh Noise & all styles of Electronic Music Nameless Bastards is a home brewed product of the DMV. Experimental Hiphop artist Black Saturn & Noise artist Johnny Osorio combine forces on a acid laced psychedelic lowkey journey.

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Concert: Dina Maccabee, Janel Leppin, Josh Mason
Aug
20
4:00pm 4:00pm

Concert: Dina Maccabee, Janel Leppin, Josh Mason

Dina Maccabee is best known for her violin and viola playing and singing with Ramon & Jessica, Real Vocal String Quartet, and Julia Holter. She is touring in support of her new solo album, The World is in the Work, in which Dina's poignant, pared down songs are framed by a unique approach to viola, looping and electronic processing. With nods to maverick string players like Henry Flynt, Laurie Anderson, John Cale, and Arthur Russell, this album also shows the influence of her many years playing folk, pop, and classical music.

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.

Josh Mason (b. 1983) lives and works in Jacksonville, FL. His music is primarily guitar based and is often accompanied by tape machines, computers, electronics and found sounds. While focused on restraint & reservation, he tends to believes that audio works should go on only as long as they need to. His work has been published by Eilean Records, FET Press, Desire Path Recordings, Own Records, Digitalis, Sunshine Ltd. and others.

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Concert: Tar of, Teething Veils, Machine Drift
Aug
25
8:00pm 8:00pm

Concert: Tar of, Teething Veils, Machine Drift

TAR OF (NY) - Experimental pop and chronically anxious duo based in nyc. Likes noise and loops and sweetboy harmonies. Debut album out 8/21, day of the next total solar eclipse. Light bleeding out the edges of dark / pop creeping out under a bed of noise.

TEETHING VEILS (DC) is a band of violist Hannah Burris and songwriter/guitarist Greg Svitil. In 2013, they released Velorio, made by a group of long-time and first-time collaborators. Velorio’s melancholic tone was crafted through bittersweet 60s-inspired pop, off-kilter accordion waltzes, funeral organ dirges, and lush orchestral elaborations. A 2nd LP, Constellations followed in 2014, and a 7” single Dinner Date in 2015. Teething Veils has toured cross-country in support of both of their LP’s, along with numerous travels through the midwest and south. An eight-piece Teething Veils band recorded its 3rd LP, Sea and Sun, released in 2017. The band is part of Etxe Records and Productions, an artist-run collective based in Los Angeles and Washington, DC.

MACHINE DRIFT (VA) is a project you may be familiar with as the solo project of Jake Reid of SCREEN VINYL IMAGE. SVI became something of a Norfolk staple in the mid-2000's, blowing the roof off of many a bar and DIY-veue with their wall-of-sound attack on the shoegaze sound. With Machine Drift Jake has persued an electonic sound medium that sings minimal techno, but that sometimes harkens disco or late 80's dance house.

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Art Exhibition: Rafi's Traces (The American Visions)
Aug
27
4:00pm 4:00pm

Art Exhibition: Rafi's Traces (The American Visions)

The American paintings of Rafi Chehirian, a Bulgarian conceptual painter and immigrant, are exhibited for one day on the sixth anniversary of his death.

For Communist Bulgaria of the mid-1980’s, Rafi Chehirian’s paintings were unseemly. They were denied public exhibition for years.  After a long awaited and critically acclaimed joint-exhibition with his wife, sculptor Galina Delieva-Chehirian, the couple defected to Austria in 1988 and were granted asylum in the U.S.

In New York, Rafi worked as a textile dyer and lost himself ecstatically in a new language through newspapers, dictionaries and encounters with strangers. His new paintings were sunken in darkness—a vast, depthless background against which Rafi crept closer to his human subject matter. From 1995 - 2000, Rafi abstracted from the masses of people he saw on New York City streets and subways to offer jarring glimpses of inarticulable existential conditions: spiritual disorientation, social misattunement and a solemn loneliness. 

Rafi's Traces is a spirit and object archive. Conceived somewhat like the orderly storage of a tomb, this exhibition reckons with what is left over after a human is gone—with how we can extract and revive meaning from the void of another's presence. Rafi's paintings seem to belong nowhere. But they also desire to be seen. In their first public exhibition—on the sixth anniversary of Rafi's death—curator Julian Chehirian reckons with the traces left by his father.

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Concert: Creative Healing, Garrett/Tucker/Pony trio, Trigger, JDH
Aug
30
8:00pm 8:00pm

Concert: Creative Healing, Garrett/Tucker/Pony trio, Trigger, JDH

A night of explosive improv, noise rock and found instrument weirdness at Rhizome DC with:
CREATIVE HEALING - 5 piece high-intensity music informed by free jazz and outsider rock. The band is founding member of Guerilla Toss Andy Allen (Friendship Ceremonies, Bang! Bros), Katie McShane (Listening Woman, EKP), Jesse Heasly (Tredici Bacci), Nick Neuberg (Particulars, -1), and Mia Friedman (Of Thousands, Between Two Elk). LAYNE GARRETT/JENNY MOON TUCKER/PONY PAYROLL BONES TRIO - found instruments free-folk wisdom from the other side. TRIGGER
Guitar/bass/drums trio featuring Simon Hanes (leader of Tredici Bacci, ex-Guerilla Toss), Will Greene, and Aaron Edgcomb. They've recently been touring in Europe playing music of John Zorn. JOSHUA DAVID HOFFMAN - I'm going to try my hand with my Hotkeyz and euphonium combo...I'd expect some sort of ambient/harsh thing but who knows. Maybe I'll have someone join me?

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Labor Day Benefit Punk Show and BBQ for DC Jobs With Justice
Sep
4
3:30pm 3:30pm

Labor Day Benefit Punk Show and BBQ for DC Jobs With Justice

DC punk bands Puff Pieces, Mock Identity and Psychic Subcreatures shred alongside The Miami Dolphins from Minneapolis, MN and Cut Shutters from Dallas at Rhizome DC for an afternoon of grillables and chillables on Labor Day, all to benefit the amazing DC Jobs With Justice and the work they do to fight for working people in the nation's capital.
3:30 PM BBQ (BYO grillables!) // 5:00 PM show // $10-$20 sliding scale donation for DC Jobs With Justice // ALL AGES

DC JOBS WITH JUSTICE is a dynamic coalition of labor organizations, community groups, faith-based organizations, and student groups dedicated to protecting the rights of working people and supporting community struggles to build a more just society. We are committed to the creation of living wage jobs, support of economic and social justice here and abroad, and maintaining pressure to demand corporate accountability in our communities. In its work, DC JwJ gives priority to the struggles impacting the most vulnerable workers in our community: low-wage workers, immigrants, people of color, women, youth and seniors. We are committed to creating an organization that is fully inclusive and welcoming to everyone.

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Concert: William Hooker, Weed Tree
Sep
10
8:00pm 8:00pm

Concert: William Hooker, Weed Tree

Maplehouse Collective presents...

"William Hooker is an artistic whole, a vast circle of vision and execution. A body of uninterrupted work beginning in the mid-seventies defines him as one of the most important composers and players in jazz. As bandleader, Hooker has fielded ensembles in an incredibly diverse array of configurations. Each collaboration has brought a serious investigation of his compositional agenda and the science of the modern drum kit. As a player, Hooker has long been known for the persuasive power of his relationship with his instrument. His work is frequently grounded in a narrative context. Whether set against a silent film or anchored by a poetic theme, Hooker brings dramatic tension and human warmth to avant-garde jazz. His ability to find fertile ground for moving music in a variety of settings that obliterate genre distinctions offers a much-needed statement of social optimism in the arts. A disciplined, adaptive, and energetic approach to his medium insures that the oeuvre of William Hooker will continue to grow thicker and richer." -Thomas Stanley

Opening set by Weed Tree$10 advance/$15 at the door

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Memorial Concert: Kuschty Rye Ergot, Jeff Barsky, Bushmeat Airways, Scant+Floodbeast
Sep
11
7:30pm 7:30pm

Memorial Concert: Kuschty Rye Ergot, Jeff Barsky, Bushmeat Airways, Scant+Floodbeast

Concert in memory of Andrew McCarry to raise funds for the Avant Fairfax Festival. Performances by: 
Kuschty Rye Ergot - Improvised Six-String Magic by John Stanton
Jeff Barsky - Experimental Guitar Science
Bushmeat Airways - Experimental Aural Projections by Thomas Stanley and Vincent Rado
Scant + Floodbeast - Collaborative Noise Sorcery from Matt Boettke (Borborites) and Josh Russel (Caves Caverns)

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Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music
Sep
15
to Sep 17

Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music

Fri, Sep 15th 2017
Ryan Keberle & Catharsis
MV Carbon / Eve Essex / Hunter Hunt-Hendrix
Geoff Wilt
Jax Deluca

Sat, Sep 16th
Marcia Bassett & Bob Bellerue
Brian Osborne & Nick Millevoi
Samara Lubelski
Cathy van Eck
Sgt Pepper's Plastic Inevitable Pet Sounds
duo B.
Six-Six
Lime Rickey International
Communicating Vessels
Autumn Pool

Sun, Sep 17th
Saajtak
Iraine Krempl
STYLUS (DC) + ASTATINE (FR)
evolv
Janel Leppin
Eduardo Astudillo
Bushmeat Airways

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

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 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.

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Concert: Samuel Hertz, Crue, Black Lodge & Ashley Shey, Phantom Chips
Aug
15
8:00pm 8:00pm

Concert: Samuel Hertz, Crue, Black Lodge & Ashley Shey, Phantom Chips

SAMUEL HERTZ is a Berlin/San Francisco Bay Area-based composer and performer who received his MFA at Mills College, studying composition and electronic music with Pauline Oliveros, Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins, and others. Though classically trained, his studies in experimental literature and musical techniques steer his compositions and performances to include a wide variety of acoustic and electronic media such as: sensor technology, prepared guitars, piano, electro-acoustic percussion instruments, instruments of his own design, electronically modified traditional instruments, and movement.

CRUE -  Virtuoso violinist/Multi-Instrumentalist + composer/producer + singer/songwriter + educator based in Washington, DC. The musical creations of Crue submerges the listener into her futurist reality through a lunar dimension into the unknown with a distinct, genre defying sound. Dedicated to self expression + mastery, Crue seeks to embody every element of her complex musical background in order to transform an inner vision of music into energy that is felt.

BLACK LODGE is the DC based experimental electronic project from Alex Tebeleff (Paperhaus). 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.

ASHLEY SHEY is a body linguist. In experimental perfomances, she engages the potential for alchemical transformation in each moment through use of meditative movement.

PHANTOM CHIPS - homemade ‘lectronix squeals bent charm and harsh mangled tones thru tactile electronics for righteous 23rd century skree with interactive bleep sea squids…

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Workshop:  Make a Noise Synth
Aug
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

Workshop: Make a Noise Synth

In this workshop you will make your very own Noisy Bstrd. The Noisy Bstrd screams and spits a rainbow of harsh noise. It features three frequency mixed oscillators and a fauxcoder for an extra noise layer. The Noisy Bstrd runs on a common 9v guitar pedal power supply (not included).

Features:
2 x knob controlled oscillators
1 xcontrolled fauxcoder
1 x light controlled oscillator
Switch between 2 or 3 oscillators
1 x Volume control
1/4" jack socket
Plastic housing

This workshop includes a printed circuit board and all components, plus hands-on instruction on how to build it by the Noisy Bstrd's designer. Custom requests and/or mods can often be accommodated (time permitting).

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Concert: Bordreuil & Rowden Duo/Paradise Garden/Mankind/Luke Stewart
Aug
13
8:00pm 8:00pm

Concert: Bordreuil & Rowden Duo/Paradise Garden/Mankind/Luke Stewart

Bordreuil & Rowden Duo (NY/CT) - Scathing music favoring long, corrosive atonalities and fleeting noise walls. For fans of Morton Feldman and Richard Ramirez alike. Leila Bordreuil and Zach Rowden met at a free jazz concert in 2015. Zach was wearing a Man is the Bastard bootleg T-shirt which acted as an icebreaker, and these two classically trained musicians started collaborating shortly after. “Hollow” is a culmination Bordreuil and Rowden diverse influences, ranging from improvised music, harsh noise, cold wave, existentialism and a common obsession for Spectral Music.

Mankind (NY) - "Missing Person" is part of an audiovisual collaboration between Mankind and photographer Julien Garnier, which can be viewed in full at missing-person.cc

Paradise Garden (NY) - "kinda new age vibes" Paradise garden serve up a bubbly combo of new age-techno-funk straight outa planet naboo...

Luke Stewart (DC) - Explorations for solo bass & amplifier

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Concert: Kath Bloom, Kamyar Arsani, Friendship, Paper Balls Duo
Aug
13
5:00pm 5:00pm

Concert: Kath Bloom, Kamyar Arsani, Friendship, Paper Balls Duo

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

Kamyar Arsani from Iran, is a DC based multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter who has roots deep in Sufism and has performed on daf (frame drum) for the past twenty years, researching Middle Eastern rhythms and percussions. Kamyar also sings and plays in two other collaborations: "Huda & Kamyar," a daf and oud duo (Mashriq music), and "Time is Fire," a weird world/post-punk band. Kamyar's musical mission is to spread cultural awareness and unity by mixing contemporary musical trends with traditional Persian folk music.

Friendship - is a Philadelphia-based band comprised of Dan Wriggins, Peter Gill, Andrés Rodríguez, and Mike Cormier. Their 2015 debut LP, “You’re Going to Have to Trust Me”, is a collection of songs written by Wriggins and recorded by the band in Philadelphia. Lyrics and production both recount an irreparably fractured world, albeit with a convincing surface.

Paper Balls Duo - David Grollman and Jeff Barsky
"...some kind of avant-garde audio experimentation, but that’s not quite true...ugly at times and serene at others"

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Fundraising Concert for Sarah Hughes w/ Calling All Voices, Sarah Hughes, Trio OOO, Praxis Cat
Aug
5
7:00pm 7:00pm

Fundraising Concert for Sarah Hughes w/ Calling All Voices, Sarah Hughes, Trio OOO, Praxis Cat

This will be a fundraising concert for Sarah Hughes who was violently attacked during a carjacking this week. Her saxophone was stolen and she needs to replace it! 100% of proceeds go to Sarah to cover any and all losses.

Calling All Voices; Installation II - This is a community oriented installation where creator Sarah Hughes leads the ensemble in a listening focused series of improvisations.

Sarah Hughes - Sarah will present something special for this night. Stay tuned!

Trio OOO - Self-described straight-ahead free jazz by Aaron Martin Jr., saxophone; Luke Stewart, bass; Sam Lohman, drums. This will be a very special set.

Praxis Cat - is the experimental electronic solo project from Christine Paluch. Christine is a DC based composer using synthesizers, code, and other musical instruments to explore the relationship between synesthesia and urban spaces.

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Blackadelic Synesthetic: Khalid Thompson and Thomas (Bushmeat) Stanley
Jul
30
7:30pm 7:30pm

Blackadelic Synesthetic: Khalid Thompson and Thomas (Bushmeat) Stanley

Live painting / Live Music with Khalid Thompson and Dr Thomas Stanley (aka Bushmeat Sound).

"The purpose of my work is to fill the audience with a sense of order and chaos." ~~ Khalid
"The purpose of my work is to dissolve everything." ~~ Bushmeat

Dr. Stanley will prepare and serve his legendary vegan Bushmeat Stew. 
7:30 >>> Soup will be available on a first come, first grub basis.
8:10 >>> Music and painting will start. 

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

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. 
 

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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Sonic Wellness w/ House & Land
Jul
26
6:00pm 6:00pm

Sonic Wellness w/ House & Land

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 event features music from Sarah Louise Henson and Sally Anne Morgan of House & Land (!!)

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

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. 
 

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

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.

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

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.

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

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. 

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

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.

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Record Rats
Jul
22
12:00pm12:00pm

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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Dark Deleuze
Jul
18
7:30pm 7:30pm

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.

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

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.

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

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
 

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

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.

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

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!
 

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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