African Diaspora Series: Gezachew T Mariam, Tsedaye Makonnen, Kumera Genet
May
28
4:00 pm16:00

African Diaspora Series: Gezachew T Mariam, Tsedaye Makonnen, Kumera Genet

With support from the Takoma Foundation, Rhizome presents the African Diaspora Music Series, with concerts every Sunday afternoon in May. This Sunday's program will be devoted to some of the varied cultural traditions coming out of the large Ethiopian-American population in the DC area.

Gezachew Teklemariam is an accomplished and highly regarded vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. He performs traditional Ethiopian music on masinko and krar, among other instruments. He will be joined by a dancer.

Tsedaye Makonnen is an Ethiopian-American interdisciplinary artist, a mother and a former doula. Recurring themes present in her work are identity, colorism, womanhood, ritual and kinship. She's particularly drawn to conveying the African Diaspora's creative responses to assimilating, destroying and recreating the Self within new and/or hostile territories, whether that happens to be a new country or a hospital room. As of late, she has been connecting the forced migrations taking place in DC and abroad through performance art and installations.

Kumera Genet of Kino Musica plays and sings songs from across the African diaspora.

Concert: Valerie Kuehne and the Wasps Nest, X & Y (but not Z)
May
31
8:00 pm20:00

Concert: Valerie Kuehne and the Wasps Nest, X & Y (but not Z)

Valerie Kuehne and the Wasps Nest - freakishly frenetic & passionately mercurial musical collaboration of grindcore/cabaret/performance art, punk/neoclassical art song/free improvisation by Valerie Kuehne - voice and cello, Jeffrey Young - violin, Alex Cohen - drums.

X & Y (but not Z) Violin & double bass looking over the edge.
Daniel Barbiero: double bass, James Wolf: violin

Concert: Hamid Drake with Jamal Moore
Jun
1
8:00 pm20:00

Concert: Hamid Drake with Jamal Moore

Hamid Drake is widely regarded as one of the best percussionists in improvised music. Incorporating Afro-Cuban, Indian, and African percussion instruments and influence, in addition to using the standard trap set, Drake has collaborated extensively with top free jazz improvisers in the world, namely a long-standing musical relationship with bassist William Parker.

Jamal R. Moore is a multi-instrumentalist, composer/performer and educator, and is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. He was a member of The Pan African Peoples Arkestra, founded by pianist Horace Tapscott, the Calvin Gant ensemble directed by Calvin Gant and Nicole Mitchell, and leads his own groups, Akebulan Arkestra, Napata Ensemble, lack lements Quartet, and Organix Trio.

This performance will be a meeting of young and old, master and apprentice, in an exploration of sound and cultural depth.

Concert: Thomas Helton/Kevin Patton, Melmann, Meg Ronan
Jun
2
8:00 pm20:00

Concert: Thomas Helton/Kevin Patton, Melmann, Meg Ronan

Thomas Helton is a composer and bassist who writes and performs music in both solo and ensemble settings. As a bassist, Thomas Helton performs with his own ensemble, The Core Trio, as well as with many celebrated jazz and free improv artists including Tim Hagans, Milt Jackson, Daniel Carter, Monty Alexander, Frank Gratowski and Ernie Watts, William Parker, Weasel Walter and Steve Swell. A new release by The Core Trio featuring Matthew Shipp is now available.

Kevin Patton is a composer, scholar, and experimental sound performer whose work explores the intersection of music, technology, and the body.The design of new musical interfaces and computer music systems for the analysis, composition, and performance of electronic, multimedia, and experimental music is at the center of his practice. Furthermore, the integration of interactive music and machine improvisation into traditional performance contexts is a key to broadening the audience for contemporary and experimental music.

Melmann is the solo project of Buenos Aires-based Nicolas Melmann. Walking between experimentation and melody his music is nocturnal and introspective. In his live performance, he is one man orchestra, playing electronics (beat box, kaoss pad, loop station and computers) with acoustic instruments (ukulele, melódica, hang drum, harp, tiny percussion etc.) live process, field recordings and text all at the same time. Since 2006 he has been developing a media project combining sounds with images and textworking with VJS, generating a mix between these elements, looking for a conceptual and discursive unity between them.

Meg Ronan is the author of the obligatory garnish argument (SpringGun Press 2014). Her poems have appeared in APARTMENT Poetry, Big Lucks,glitterMOB & other lovely journals. She is a cancer moon. Meg organizes the In Your Ear reading series with Michael J. Walsh & works at Bridge Street Books in Washington, DC. She wants lots&lots but she does not want your clues or your bonus points.

Queering Sound 2017: Performances + Digital Media Arts
Jun
3
8:00 pm20:00

Queering Sound 2017: Performances + Digital Media Arts

SONIC CIRCUITS + RHIZOME DC PRESENT QUEERING SOUND 2017 // RECORDIO //

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

* THE SLOTH ENSEMBLE + VJ POPPINS
* ARTHUR LOVES PLASTIC
* MIND OVER MATTER MUSIC OVER MIND
* PRAXIS CAT + TAG CLOUD [ NEW COLLABORATION ]
* FRONT & FOLLOW [ UK : DIGITAL CONTRIBUTORS ]

Concert: Tristan Honsinger's In the Sea, CMW Players
Jun
5
8:00 pm20:00

Concert: Tristan Honsinger's In the Sea, CMW Players

IN THE SEA - Tristan Honsinger started improvising in Montreal more than forty years ago, prior to his decisive move to Europe, where he's been at the centre of improvised music activity ever since.  So this group represents an oblique sort of homecoming. Their rapport is obvious, the results a satisfying mixture of musical empathy and creative conflict.  Tristan plays with characteristic daring from his reserves of readymade tune fragments and shards of poetry and into the protean unknown that is the foundation for the best group improvising.  Josh Zubot,and Nicolas Caloia don't merely follow him there, but provoke him – and each other – in ways that are, by turns, subtle, assertive, and irreverent.  A superb encounter.

CMW PLAYERS - Creative Music Workshop Players is an evolving collective of improvisers convened in early 2015 and comprised of some of the leading members of D.C.’s experimental music, dance, and visual art scene.

Women Uncorked
Jun
7
7:30 pm19:30

Women Uncorked

Women Uncorked is a gathering for women only, talking about sex - the science, the social, the politics, the personal. It's a safe place to break free of cultural taboos on talking honestly and personally about sexual topics; a place to laugh and enjoy talking about sex in a group with no judgement -- and no one saying "that's TMI!"   Why would you want to come?  Because talking about sex is fun! Because you probably won't know anyone there so you can say stuff that friends might not really want to know too much about. Because it's right in downtown Takoma.

The Spookfish, Gardener, Dura
Jun
8
8:00 pm20:00

The Spookfish, Gardener, Dura

The Spookfish (NY) - Dan Goldberg began performing as The Spookfish in 2007. The project was an attempt to document dreams, subconscious melodies, and moments of strong intuition through sound as a personal journal. The Spookfish's debut studio album entitled "Black Hole" came out April 21st on Fire Talk. Think John Fahey meets Black Moth Super Rainbow meets The Microphones.

Gardener (VA)  - Under the name Gardener, Richmond, VA-based Dash Lewis uses a modular synthesizer, effects pedals, and his own voice to create intricately layered, rhythmically complex slabs of trance-inducing psychedelia deeply influenced by German kosmiche music of the 1970s, mid-career Beach Boys, and spiritual jazz.

Dura (DC) - Ambient Primative \\\ Space /// Drone \\\ Waves ///

Concert: The Joseph Daley Trio
Jun
9
9:00 pm21:00

Concert: The Joseph Daley Trio

Transparent Productions presents...The Joseph Daley Trio - Part of the DC Jazz Festival's Jazz in the Hoods Series

JOESEPH DALEY, a long-time co-member of Cole’s Untempered Ensemble and 40-year member on the creative music scene, has worked with artists like Sam Rivers, Carla Bley, and Charlie Haden, as well as other major artists like Muhal Richard Abrams, Jason Hwang and Dave Douglas.   An original member of Howard Johnson’s groundbreaking tuba ensemble, Daley’s Earth Tones Ensemble is a full Jazz orchestra.  Daley also leads his Ebony Brass Quintet.  Daley also plays euphonium & valve trombone.

CRAIG HARRIS, jazz trombonist and composer, is a major figure in the avant-garde movement since performing with Sun Ra in the late 70’s. Subsequently, Harris has worked with notable jazz artists such as Abdullah Ibrahim, David Murray, Cecil Taylor, and Muhal Richard Abrams, among many others. Harris was profoundly influenced by mutli-reedist Makanda Ken McIntyre.

ROBERT BANKS, is an accomplished guitarist, who has performed with Charlie Rouse, Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Foster, and many others.

Concert: Daniel Bachman, Elkhorn w/ Ian McColm, Small Axe
Jun
10
8:00 pm20:00

Concert: Daniel Bachman, Elkhorn w/ Ian McColm, Small Axe

DANIEL BACHMAN - Daniel Bachman is a guitar player currently living in Petersburg Virginia.

ELKHORN (NY) - Folk/psych-rock guitar duo featuring Jesse Sheppard on twelve-string acoustic and Drew Gardner on electric, becomes a trio for this show with Ian McColm (VA) joining in on drums. 

SMALL AXE (BALT.) - be sure that change will come

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

Concert: Christopher Tignor, Tristan Welch / Ron Oshima

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.

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.

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 guitarist currently residing in Washington D.C.

Film Screening: Now is the Time, plus music by Cornwell/Stewart/Green
Jun
21
7:30 pm19:30

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)
 

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!"


Concert: J. Soliday, Luer, Patrick James Cain
May
26
8:00 pm20:00

Concert: J. Soliday, Luer, Patrick James Cain

Maplehouse Collective presents...

J. Soliday is an electronic musician. A member of Cleav’d Cleaver, Ratatosk, Magic Missile, I <3 Presets, xTAL fSCK, LORD MUTE, and various ad-hoc ensembles to numerous to mention. He can usually be found traversing the boundaries between free improvisation, concrete composition, and aleatoric noise.

Luer is a new sound project from Matt Taggart, who is based out of Billings, Montana. Taggart is best-known for his harsh noise project, PCRV, and has toured the U.S. extensively for the past 16 years. With PCRV, Taggart released a multitude of albums across labels such as RRRecords, CIP, Xerxes, Banned Productions, and more. He also runs the tape and net label Fluxus MT. Luer is a departure from the harsh approach of PCRV into more sonic spaces. Luer is explorative and grounded in improvisation and experimentation. Luer is a slow sonic impact of sound that spit fragments all around the outer edges. psychedelic walls and tones that give way to singular voices and invoke the inevitable end of space.

Patrick James Cain is a sound and video artist currently residing in Washington D.C.

Concert:  Celebrating Danny Gatton & Roy Buchanan: The Anacostia Delta Band
May
22
8:00 pm20:00

Concert: Celebrating Danny Gatton & Roy Buchanan: The Anacostia Delta Band

"THE GREATEST GUITAR PLAYER YOU'VE NEVER HEARD”—THE WASHINGTON POST

That's how the press labeled regionally adored, musically heralded, the late guitarist Danny Gatton. Gatton’s sound exemplifies what he dubbed the Anacostia Delta; a righteous blend of rock and roll, jazz, blues, rockabilly, country, and soul born of the Washington D.C. cultural melting pot.

Gatton, along with guitarists like Roy Buchanan, were pioneers of the Fender Telecaster sound. The music scene they championed was hugely influential and it thrives today—admired by musicians worldwide but barely recognized at home. The Anacostia Delta Band, which includes Gatton's old rhythm section (John Previti and Barry Hart) lay down regional guitar sounds from then and now and remind audiences why these guitar masters are so adored. The front line is three supremely talented telecaster guitarists: Joel Harrison and David Chappell both grew up listening to Gatton, while Anthony Pirog represents the younger generation planting new seed in this fertile soil.

African Diaspora Series: Shodekeh, Yahya Abdul-Majid/Luke Stewart, More Than a Drum
May
21
4:00 pm16:00

African Diaspora Series: Shodekeh, Yahya Abdul-Majid/Luke Stewart, More Than a Drum

With support from the Takoma Foundation, Rhizome presents the African Diaspora Music Series, with concerts every Sunday afternoon in May.

Shodekeh is a professional beat boxer and vocal percussionist who has been performing and honing his craft since age nine. By channeling the aural concepts of various instruments and soundscapes, he’s able to vocalize the many dynamic emulations of everything from drum sets, synthesizers, turntables, congas, horns and bass guitars to ocean waves, sleigh bells, crickets and helicopters. His keen musical ability and adaptability have enabled him to collaborate with artists across many genres (including music, dance, visual art), from different cultural traditions, and in an array of creative settings. Shodekeh is the founding director of “Embody, A Music Series of the Vocal Arts,” which strives for artistic and cultural unity through the many vocal traditions from the world from opera, throat singing, to beat boxing.

More than a Drum is poet Dine Watson and drummer Abasi Johnson. Bernadine (Dine) Watson began writing plays and poems at 12 years old and for many years made a living writing about social policy issues. She is a member of Writing the Body, a poetry workshop in Takoma Park, MD and teaches poetry at Arts For Our Children in Washington, DC. G.H. Abasi Johnson is the founder of More Than a Drum, which merged with Young Women's Drumming Empowerment Project in 2009. He is an integral part of the YWDEP family. For over 40 years Abasi has been an arts innovator, professional percussionist and percussion teacher.. He commissioned a musical work for The Dance Institute of Washington, Spirit of Kwanzaa -- performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, conducted Arts in Education workshops at the Corcoran School of Art and is a percussionist for Alvin Ailey Dance Company.

Luke Stewart is an accomplished D.C.-based experimental music impresario and multi-instrumentalist. He ran Union Arts, a DIY arts space on New York Avenue NE, and is one half of the brains behind CapitalBop, a local jazz blog and show promoter. He plays bass in the James Brandon Lewis Trio, Heroes are Gang Leaders (with saxophonist James Brandon Lewis and poet Thomas Sayres Ellis), Irreversible Entanglements (with saxophonist Keir Neuringer, vocalist Camae Ayewa, and others), and Trio OOO (with drummer Sam Lohman and saxophonist Aaron Martin), to name but a few of his many collaborations.

Yahya Abdul-Majid has been tenor saxophonist for the Sun Ra Arkestra since 1980.

DIY Electronics with Vaux Flores #4: Platano Fuzz pedal
May
21
11:00 am11:00

DIY Electronics with Vaux Flores #4: Platano Fuzz pedal

What is a Platano? Other than the starchier cousin to the banana, it’s a “tropical” fuzz inspired by vintage tropicalia and the sounds I was hearing while living in Costa Rica circa 2011-2013. The base of the circuit was inspired by schematics found in Brazilian radio electronics magazines from the mid-70’s and modified for a more modern sound and less-wacky components. Somehow it sounds amazing on violin, does a good heavy-metal crunch and of course, excels swimmingly at those trying to cop vintage licks straight off an Os Mutantes record.

For this workshop, some soldering experience is recommended, but not required – all materials will be provided and the price of the workshop includes the pedal you get to take home with you. (Note: Enrollment is limited to 5!)

(multi)(animation) workshop for Kids w/ artist Paulina Velasquez Solis
May
21
11:00 am11:00

(multi)(animation) workshop for Kids w/ artist Paulina Velasquez Solis

Rhizome is pleased to offer (multi)(animation), a special 2-hour workshop with Baltimore-based visual artist Paulina Velasquez-Solis, as part of our ongoing Unthings kids' program. In this special program, Paulina will lead a collective creation session using the same software platform for live animation and sound performance seen in her multifungi project (currently on view at Rhizome). The session will start with some context of how she started the multifungi project, the concepts behind live animation, and how the tool works. Then, we will create new live sequences of collective visual narrative and assemble them into a collaborative animation during the workshop.

Concert: Pamelia Stickney, TL0741, Olga
May
20
8:00 pm20:00

Concert: Pamelia Stickney, TL0741, Olga

Pamelia Stickney - An improvised evolution of solo theremin overlapping and looping into harmonic structures and rhythms creating an otherworldly orchestral sounding multiverse that at moments resemble a familiar place.

TL0741 (NoVA) - Pat Gillis (b. 1965, USA) began performing as TL0741 in January 2005, presenting structured improvisations for analogue modular synthesizer and effects combined with pre-recorded material. Drones, unstable automata and inharmonic gestures are harvested from the electrons to create a transient universe of unreliable premonitions and fragile possibilities.

Olga  (Los Angeles, CA). The duo of Sophie Weil (guitar/voice) and Rachel Blomgren (bass/voice) channel the darkest of dirt through the rosy looking glass. Are they reciting the long-forgotten words of a female monk; are they crooning like a voice from a 3000 B.C. clock radio; are they just performing subconscious voodoo. But hey pass me a glass of that crystalline juice, I want to stay the night.

Theremin Workshop with Pamelia Stickney
May
20
5:00 pm17:00

Theremin Workshop with Pamelia Stickney

Rhizome is pleased to offer a hand-on workshop with one of the world's leading Theremin players, Pamelia Stickney.  From first-timers to the more experienced, this workshop is open to all ages.  It's not necessary to have experience playing other instruments because there is nothing that resembles the approach to playing the theremin.  

We'll roll up our sleeves and explore the basics of how the Theremin works(such as tuning/calibrating the instrument to your body/surroundings), strategies for optimizing control of the beast, techniques which are useful for expressing in any style from classical to experimental...(pizzicato, legato,  aerial fingering)  and we'll also delve into playing through effects pedals to add other colors to the soundpalette. (looping, harmonizers, microsynth).

If you have a theremin - bring it along because no two theremins have the same range/parameters.  Also, if you'd like me to check/test your instrument, I'd be happy to!   Students are encouraged to use the phonecams as it's sometimes a LOT of details to remember and also it's not possible to look at both of my hands at the same time unless you have chameleon eyeballs!

Humanitarian Clowning
May
20
11:00 am11:00

Humanitarian Clowning

Humanitarian Clowning returns to Rhizome this spring with a new set of 3 Classes open to all ages- no prior experience necessary, just a willingness to be silly!

Humanitarian Clowning provides an opportunity for your inner clown to come out while giving back to your community and having lots of fun in the process.  Deriving from the European clown tradition which emphasizes connecting to our shared humanity through both humor and pathos, Humanitarian Clowning is about bringing joy to people in need in a fun, sensitive and caring way. It also involves creating a unique clown personality that is an extension of your own. RhizomeDC's classes, taught by local artist and clown Sally Brucker,  are designed to give a strong foundation in humanitarian clowning. The classes will culminate with a group humanitarian clowning visit.

Concert: Mako SIca, The Mantis, Lost Civilizations Project
May
19
8:00 pm20:00

Concert: Mako SIca, The Mantis, Lost Civilizations Project

MAKO SICA -Mixing punk ideals and the experimental traditions of their Chicago hometown, Mako Sica craft spacious excursions that touch on post-rock, prog, and avant jazz without owing too much of a debt to any particular influence. The trio is comprised of guitarist/trumpeter Przemyslaw Drazek (Rope), percussionist Chaetan Newell (Variety Lights), and guitarist/vocalist Brent Fuscaldo. The name Mako Sica is a Sioux Lakota Native American term meaning “land bad,” it fits the band’s sprawling, sometimes menacing, expanses perfectly.

THE MANTIS is a multimedia group comprising of Dempsey Hamilton (drums), David Barker (guitar), Doug Kallmeyer (bass) and Monica Stroik on visual projections. With an improvisational approach to musical arrangements and real time video manipulations, the group has drawn comparisons to Mogwai, Tycho, Explosions in the Sky and SunnO))).

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, they are frequently joined by collaborators, drawn from all over the DC experimental music scene.  The project has been performing in the DMV region since 2008.
 

Concert - Ravish Momin, Henry Fraser/Sam Weinberg, Bushmeat Airways + Luke Stewart
May
18
8:00 pm20:00

Concert - Ravish Momin, Henry Fraser/Sam Weinberg, Bushmeat Airways + Luke Stewart

Ravish Momin is a versatile drummer currently residing in New York City.  His unique approach has led him to work as a sideman with a diverse cast of musicians ranging from pop-star Shakira to legendary avant-saxophonist Kalaparusha McIntyre (AACM). Their motto of "ancient to the future" is also at the core of his own approach to music, where he has aspired to blend improvisation and global rhythms with forward-thinking electronics.  His music resides in a fascinating space between Jazz, electronic music and Indian Folk music.

Sam Weinberg is a Brooklyn based saxophonist, composer and improviser. With equal footing in free improvisation, free jazz, and notated musics, Weinberg attempts to push the language and capacity of the saxophone beyond its usual, assumed limits. Henry Fraser is a bassist, composer, and improviser living in Brooklyn, NY. Henry's unique combination of versatility and decisiveness has made him a vital contributor to a new, urgent, scene of musicians working in New York.

Bushmeat Airways (Thomas Stanley and Vincent Allen Rado) is an iridescent UFO landing at each of the 7 primary spinal chakras, a soothing wildness spreading like a shockwave through the silicon and steel superstructure of the alien mother(fucker)ship that has taken control of our backward little planet. Ask about special benefits available with our frequent flyer program. Special guest: the one and only Luke Stewart ("D.C.'s Best Musical Omnivore"--Washington City Paper).
 

Women Uncorked
May
16
7:30 pm19:30

Women Uncorked

Women Uncorked is a gathering for women only, talking about sex - the science, the social, the politics, the personal. It's a safe place to break free of cultural taboos on talking honestly and personally about sexual topics; a place to laugh and enjoy talking about sex in a group with no judgement -- and no one saying "that's TMI!"   Why would you want to come?  Because talking about sex is fun! Because you probably won't know anyone there so you can say stuff that friends might not really want to know too much about. Because it's right in downtown Takoma.

Concert: Wright-Darrup-Crossland, CMW Players, Barbiero-Seiss-Wall
May
15
8:00 pm20:00

Concert: Wright-Darrup-Crossland, CMW Players, Barbiero-Seiss-Wall

<<Jack Wright-Zach Darrup-Patrick Crossland>>  Legendary saxophonist Jack Wright is a veteran saxophone improviser based mainly in Philadelphia. Since the early 80s he has been playing on tour through the US and Europe in search of interesting partners and playing situations. Now at 73 he is still the "Johnny Appleseed of Free Improvisation," as guitarist Davey Williams called him back in the 80s, on the road as much as ever. He's said to have the widest vocabulary of any, an expert at leaping pitches, punchy, precise timing, sharp and intrusive multiphonics, surprising gaps of silence, and obscene animalistic sounds. Jack will be joined by Philadelphia guitarist Zach Darrup and Baltimore trombonist Patrick Crossland.

<<CMW Players>>  Creative Music Workshop Players is an evolving collective of improvisers convened in early 2015 and comprised of some of the leading members of D.C.’s experimental music, dance, and visual art scene. Members on this night will feature Layne Garrett, Phong Tran, Will Robin, Sarah Hughes, Nate Scheible, and other surprise guests.

<<Barbiero-Seiss-Wall>> Music & sound for reed, brass, strings & things. Daniel Barbiero: double bass/prepared double bass. Curt Seiss: trombone. Tom Wall: baritone saxophone
 

Concert: Wilted Woman, DJ SchluchT, Bridget Feral
May
14
8:00 pm20:00

Concert: Wilted Woman, DJ SchluchT, Bridget Feral

Sunday May 14th, 8pm. $10 suggested donation

Wilted Woman (Berlin) - The self-described "anxiety rhythm" of Berlin’s Wilted Woman, dissects the internal processes of technology through post-industrial glitch, punk, and cut-and-copy aesthetics. Barely audible vocals, transmissions, sine waves, 8-bit melodies and pots and pans-like beats intensify the effects of contemporary life on its audience by looking beyond the HD facades to the machines that made them. 
 

DJ SchluchT-  is the tape collage DJ practice from the human behind ambitious community radio project out of Berlin, called DIYCHURCH.org - Critics describe his workas something that has simultaneously been born 15 years too early and 15 years too late - with the charm of wrong-footed cinematic-interludes and stop-motion.

Bridget Feral (Providence) - "something close to some industrial kind of dub" ~ TinyMixTapes

African Diaspora Series: Cooper-Moore, Sha-Raw, Dr. Thomas Stanley
May
14
4:00 pm16:00

African Diaspora Series: Cooper-Moore, Sha-Raw, Dr. Thomas Stanley

With support from the Takoma Foundation, Rhizome presents the African Diaspora Music Series, with concerts every Sunday afternoon in May.

Cooper-Moore is a composer-improviser, instrumentalist, designer and builder of musical instruments, and music educator, living and working in New York City. While his attention was focused on piano performance in New York clubs and touring abroad, Cooper-Moore began designing and building musical instruments and played them in collaboration with all kinds of artist at lofts, galleries, artist spaces, museums, and in the streets of New York City. He has over the years built an extensive instrument collection, using such material as paper, bamboo, metal, wood, and acrylic. He most often performs with his ashimba (a type of xylophone), bass diddly-bow, horizontal hoe-handle harp, three stringed fretless banjo, and electric mouth bow. His instruments have been exhibited at the Thread Waxing Gallery, NYC, and The Goddard Riverside Community Center, NYC.

Shara Lunon aka Sha-Raw the panther paw, aka RaRa bird no.3, has dedicated herself to the art of voice. She studied Ethnomusicology and Vocal Performance at the University of Florida under Dr. Elizabeth Graham. Shara also attended the University of São Paulo, where she studied voice with Francisco Campos Neto, Ricardo Ballestero and researched Brazilian modernism with Ivan Villela to complete her thesis. During and since, Shara has experimented in the vocal stylings of electronic/dance, hip-hop, and R&B in such groups as MSNRA, Jovian Junction Orchestra, and Wizard Women. Recently relocated to the big apple, she hopes to further her work in codifying her style of "hip-hopera".

Dr. Thomas Stanley (a/k/a Bushmeat Sound) is an author, artist, scholar, and activist deeply committed to audio culture in the service of personal growth and social change. He teaches sound art, sound studies, consciousness, and cultural theory at George Mason University.  In 2004, he launched MIND OVER MATTER MUSIC OVER MIND (MOM²) as an electrophonic improvising ensemble and has since considered his artistic contributions as macrotemporal interventions (rends in the fabric of history). In 2014 he released a new book on the teachings of astro-kemetic jazz iconoclast Sun Ra. He will discuss his book The Execution of Sun Ra, which analyzes and theorizes the life and music of Sun Ra.

Concert: Curved Light, Aaron Leitko, Jax Deluca / Phong Tran
May
13
8:00 pm20:00

Concert: Curved Light, Aaron Leitko, Jax Deluca / Phong Tran

Curved Light is the audio/visual duo of Peter Tran and Deirdre Smith. Utilizing the modular synth for sound and vision, they create expansive, psychedelic fourth worlds that thrive in a live context. Curved Light has shared the stage with S U R V I V E, Suzanne Ciani, and Lower Dens.

Aaron Leitko - Solo synth from half of Protect-U... contemplative and cascading modular synthesizer composition...teeters between ambient arpeggiation and slow, beautiful tensity.

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

Performances: Ric Royer, Marcia Custer, Dura
May
12
8:00 pm20:00

Performances: Ric Royer, Marcia Custer, Dura

RIC ROYER (Baltimore) -  "I'm a writer of strange performances and performer of mysterious writings. I have many theories about love, death and the future (where memories go to die). I have many songs and dances to accompany these theories. I am - above all else - a song and dance man of the avant-vaude." I have told my lies and moved my fragile hands in many places as the founder and artistic director of Psychic Readings Co, a performance group that has entertained, frightened and confused audiences with their interdisciplinary hysterics since 1999.

MARCIA CUSTER (Cleveland) - is a performance artist, choreographer, musician, and curator from Cleveland, OH. Marcia is currently on tour with her new one-woman workshop performance, "I Went Down to the Water and Found Myselfie There", which explores social media's presence in our lives, and how we relate to ourselves and others through that technology.
Her original work has also been recently seen in Theater Ninjas' Broken Codes, The Movement Project's New Works, and The Women of Achievement Awards.

DURA - Ambient Primative \\\ Space /// Drone \\\ Waves ///

Concert - Susan Alcorn, Sahba Sizdahkani, Primoz Sukic
May
11
8:00 pm20:00

Concert - Susan Alcorn, Sahba Sizdahkani, Primoz Sukic

Maplehouse Collective presents...

One of the world’s premiere musical innovators on her instrument, Baltimore-based Susan Alcorn has taken the pedal steel guitar far beyond its traditional role in country and western swing music. Her pieces reveal the complexity of her instrument and her musical experience while never straying from a very direct, intense, and personal musical expression.   The UK Guardian describes her music as "beautiful, glassy and liquid, however far she strays from pulse and conventional harmony."

Sahba Sizdahkhani grew up a jazz drummer and has played with Peter Brotzmann, Miho Hatori (Cibo Matto), Mary Halvorson, Eli Keszler, Marc Ribot, Sophia Knapp, Beauty Pill, Devendra Banhart, and many more. He has recorded with bands on the imprints of Dischord Records, Southern Lord, and Drag City. Recently he launched his solo identity where he primarily plays 104-string custom Persian santour.

Primoz Sukic -  "After my first solo CD release entitled “Splitting”, released by the Slovenian label Zavod Sploh, in November 2016, which mainly features guitar work by others, I decided to create a set which questions the boundaries of improvisation, artificial intelligence, and the perception of the guitar sound. Through preparation of the instrument, responding to self generated material that is being processed and fed back by the computer, and recycling the musical material of my Splitting album, by transforming it into another, an often not anymore recognizable reality, the music co-exists with the visuals created in collaboration with visual artist Marko Vivoda."

Dessicant, Noise Nomads, Sharilyn Evertsz, Kagami
May
10
8:00 pm20:00

Dessicant, Noise Nomads, Sharilyn Evertsz, Kagami

DESICCANT (Philadelphia) Desiccant is a newly formed duo featuring Andy Borsz & Mat Rademan. Weaving a bleak tapestry with samplers, tape loops, synthesizers, and rubbish, Desiccant aims to guide listeners through a wasteland of music concrete and harsh noise into a dramatic and engulfing New American drone. It's the deliberate and aged sound of failed relationships, putting the family pet to sleep, and holding the hand of a sick loved one. This is your soundtrack for dying in a desert and not caring.

NOISE NOMADS (Northhampton MA) - Caveman percussion, noise and action all mooshed into a huge art-apocalypse that happens one time and then never happens quite the same way again. Jeff Hartford — Mr. Noise Nomad, himself — approaches every show like a happening, and he creates a vibe and vision that will hang in yr head and ears long after the fire has burned out (as it were).

SHARLYN EVERTSZ (Miami) - Freaky experimentalist from Miami, FL, severely abstract electronic music, chock full of textural surprises, evocative vocal loops, dynamics ,minimalism and noise.

KAGAMI - Harsh noise project of Sean J Gray

African Diaspora Music Series: Amadou Kouyate, Akua Allrich/Kris Funn
May
7
4:00 pm16:00

African Diaspora Music Series: Amadou Kouyate, Akua Allrich/Kris Funn

With support from the Takoma Foundation, Rhizome presents the African Diaspora Music Series, with concerts every Sunday afternoon in May.

Born in the Washington, DC, Amadou Kouyate is the 150th generation of the Kouyate lineage and has studied and performed Manding music since the age of three years old. Amadou is a dynamic djembe and koutiro drummer. He also plays the 21-string kora, which he learned first with his father, Djimo Kouyate and other master Diali –oral historians/musicians– of Manding tradition in West Africa. Amadou has dedicated his life to the task of become an ambassador of African culture to the world. The catalyst for such a responsibility is the passion he has for reconnecting those of the African Diasporas to one another. His repertoire ranges from traditional songs from the 13th century to contemporary original compositions incorporating blues and jazz riffs.

Jazz vocalist and DC-native Akua Allrich has proven herself to be a musician of extraordinary talent and crowd-moving passion. With finesse and charisma, this vocalist, composer and teacher, has successfully etched out a place for her unique musical expression, electrifying audiences in and around the nation’s capital with sold-out performances.

Kris Funn has traveled to every major jazz festival in the world touching six continents performing with artists including Bruce Williams, Nicholas Payton, Pharoah Sanders, Sean Jones, Warren Wolf, Jeff Majors, Jeff Lorber, and many others. Kristopher has appeared on several recordings including the Christian Scott albums, “Yesterday You Said Tomorrow”, "Christian Scott Atundae Adjuah" and "Stretch Music".

Rhizome Benefit Concert:  Alexander, Mt Rainier, Nate Scheible / Ashley Shey
May
6
8:00 pm20:00

Rhizome Benefit Concert: Alexander, Mt Rainier, Nate Scheible / Ashley Shey

Second of two weekend benefit shows to help support Rhizome.. come out again and help keep us going!

ALEXANDER (aka David Shapiro) is still young but he’s been an active force on the experimental music scene for some years now. In addition to projects such as Lituya Bay (Shapiro’s solo electric guitar wanderings) and Nagual (his collaboration with Ian McColm),  Shapiro improvises and writes solo acoustic guitar numbers for fans of Fahey, Connors, and Rose. Balancing equal parts Americana, blues, jazz, and avant-garde, and always maintaining the intimate qualities of home recording.

MT 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.

NATE SCHEIBLE & ASHLEY SHEY - Damaged tape loops and ritualistic performance

Rhizome Benefit Concert: Big Plastic Finger, Tristan Welch & Ron Oshima,  Din Datin Dutero Dedication
May
5
8:00 pm20:00

Rhizome Benefit Concert: Big Plastic Finger, Tristan Welch & Ron Oshima, Din Datin Dutero Dedication

First of two weekend benefit shows to help support Rhizome.. come out and help keep us going!

BIG PLASTIC FINGER -  Those who come from the perspectives of psychedelia, noise, improvisation, hard core, experimental, and rock will all sense something slightly familiar - but will find themselves in Big Plastic Finger’s adventurous realms, meant only for the bold. Shape shifters of space, Big Plastic Finger multiply and manipulate energy, transmuting sound into a physical force.

TRISTAN WELCH & RON OSHIMA - 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.

DIN DATEN DUTERO DEDICATION - When synth-designer Peter Blasser did a residency at Rhizome last October, he left behind a pair of strange oval circuit boards, a surfboard-style wooden case, and 147 brass nodes. The Rhizome crew has been hard at work ever since piecing this mysterious beast together. On May 5th the synth will officially be dedicated as a piece of public sound art, regifted to the people of Takoma Park. Rhizome person Steve Korn will play an inaugural improvisation on the DDD and immediately thereafter it will go on permanent display at Rhizome where anyone can play it.  We are especially hopeful young people will take advantage of its public availability and in doing so discover the world of noise that their music teachers and school band directors worked so hard to shield them from.

Concert: Al Margolis, Tom Hamilton, Zach Rowden
May
3
8:00 pm20:00

Concert: Al Margolis, Tom Hamilton, Zach Rowden

AL MARGOLIS (if, bwana) has been an activist in the 1980s American cassette underground through his cassette label Sound of Pig Music and was co-founder of experimental music label Pogus Productions, which he continues to run. Active under the name If, Bwana since 1984, making music that has swung between fairly spontaneous studio constructions and more process-oriented composition.

TOM HAMILTON has composed and performed electronic music for over 40 years, and his work with electronic music originated in the late-60s era of analog synthesis. His audio production can be found in over 70 CD releases of new and experimental music.

ZACH ROWDEN deals with the acoustic and performative possibilities of the upright and electric basses.

Talk: Political Cartoonist Mohammad Sabaaneh
May
2
7:00 pm19:00

Talk: Political Cartoonist Mohammad Sabaaneh

In conjunction with the release of his first book, Black and White, Political Cartoons from Palestine, Mohammad Sabaaneh will talk about the artistic, technical and political dimensions of his acclaimed work. Sabaaneh is the principal political cartoonist for the Palestinian Authority’s daily newspaper, Al-Hayat al-Jadida. As a young and popular artist living in the West Bank, he has been imprisoned by Israel and censured by the Palestinian Authority. His provocative drawings depict the tough lives of Palestinians, including Israel’s everyday injustices in the West Bank, its frequent military operations on Gaza, and the experiences of the many Palestinian political prisoners being held in Israel. His work has been exhibited in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East, and has been recognized by renown political cartoonists such as Kal of The Economist, Matt Wuerker of Politico, and Ted Rall. He is the representative for the Cartoonists Rights Network International in the Middle East and the Ambassador of Palestine for United Sketches International.  We hope you’ll come hear him talk about his craft and hopes for justice in Palestine through art.

Concert: Le Creuset/Jax Deluca/Bushmeat Airways/Scheible & McColm Duo
May
1
7:00 pm19:00

Concert: Le Creuset/Jax Deluca/Bushmeat Airways/Scheible & McColm Duo

Le Creuset (OH) - Born in early September 2016, Le Creuset is the project of Cleveland based sonic and visual artists Matthew Gallagher and Jake Johnson. Based on the engineering of new formulas for generative audio processing, metaphysical communication and psychoacoustics, Le Creuset utilizes extended techniques in sampling and field recording to produce complex "living" sonic environments.

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

Bushmeat Airways (Thomas Stanley and Vincent Allen Rado) - Bushmeat Airways is an iridescent UFO landing at each of the 7 primary spinal chakras, a soothing wildness spreading like a shockwave through the silicon and steel superstructure of the alien mother(fucker)ship that has taken control of our backward little planet. Ask about special benefits available with our frequent flyer program.

Nate Scheible & Ian McColm Duo - Drawing from their explorations in experimental and electronic music, Scheible and McColm reexamine the American trap set from outside-in. Using extended techniques and an arsenal of accessories, the pair present new sonic landscapes from fragments of familiar and esoteric drumset repertoire.

Concert: Lea Bertucci, Ed Bear, Jeff Surak
Apr
30
8:30 pm20:30

Concert: Lea Bertucci, Ed Bear, Jeff Surak

Lea Bertucci is an American sound artist, composer and performer whose work describes relationships between acoustic phenomena and biological resonance. Her work often incorporates multi-channel speaker arrays, electroacoustic feedback, extended instrumental/vocal technique, and tape collage. She is a 2016 MacDowell Fellow in composition and a 2015 ISSUE Project Room Artist-in-Residence.

Ed Bear (RadiOrgan) - custom built fm radio synthesizers

Jeff Surak is a DC area veteran sound artist/improvisor.
"Like beautiful rats hugging a sinking ship" ~ The Wire

Poetry Fuddle
Apr
30
6:00 am06:00

Poetry Fuddle

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

Performances: The Conqueror Worm, Turner / Skeath / Garrett, Forgettor
Apr
29
8:00 pm20:00

Performances: The Conqueror Worm, Turner / Skeath / Garrett, Forgettor

Ben Holmes & Patrick Farrell (trumpet and accordion) are delighted to announce The Conqueror Worm Suite, a 6-part suite of music, words and images based on Edgar Allan Poe’s The Conqueror Worm. The duo present their original compositions, incorporating a reading of the poem, in conjunction with a projected set of animated illustrations by visual artist Natalie C. Sousa.

SHAY TURNER / ORALEE SKEATH / LAYNE GARRETT - First collaboration between these DC movers and Rhizome's resident scrap and string specialist. Together, Shay and Oralee bring a wide range of dance and choreography experience to this collab in styles ranging from modern, ballet, and jazz, to Indian Kuchipudi. Not to be missed!

FORGETTER - DC's David Klinger plays strange songs and heartfelt songs on a piano.

Concert: Dave Rempis, Lattice, Jim Ryan Trio
Apr
28
8:00 pm20:00

Concert: Dave Rempis, Lattice, Jim Ryan Trio

Prolific Chicago-based saxophonist Dave Rempis is undertaking a sprawling solo journey around the United States, developing repertoire for his first solo release scheduled on Aerophonic Records this fall, while also working to strengthen the informal networks that connect, inform, and sustain the improvised music scene throughout the U.S. Each concert on the trip will involve a solo set, as well as a collaboration with one or more locally-based musicians in every city he visits. The working title of this ambitious project is "Lattice". For his Lattice set at Rhizome Dave Rempis will be joined by saxophonist Jarrett Gilgore, bassist Luke Stewart, and drummer Ian McColm.

After 30 years on the West Coast Bay Area experimental scene, Jim Ryan is back in DC playing alto/tenor, flute & trumpet. Mark Lysher has worked in every imaginable musical situation from blues, to rock, to far-out free-style jazz as a free-lance bass player in the Washington-Baltimore metro area for 40 years. Alan Kirschenbaum played with Jim in the 70s on the Paris, France during the height of the free jazz era and now holds down a drum chair at a regular Sunday, Washington, DC jam session.

Concert: Eugene Chadbourne, Sunwatchers, Ian Svenonius
Apr
27
8:00 pm20:00

Concert: Eugene Chadbourne, Sunwatchers, Ian Svenonius

On his compulsive own, Eugene Chadbourne has spewed forth a ceaseless stream of records and cassettes that easily represent the oddest version of country and folk music ever. While the notable left-winger's guitar playing is looser than clams, it harbors wildly unique energy. He also plays banjo, electric rake, and balloon. The North Carolinian is the master of several different voices, some of them deceptively sincere. Harsh, funny, irritating and packed with ideas, Chadbourne often suggests a politically correct Frank Zappa.

"Sunwatchers stands in solidarity with the dispossessed, impoverished and embattled people of the world.” With this as a mission statement, Sunwatchers burst into being in 2012. A shapeshifting entity trafficking in sounds alternately raging and placid — intensely dynamic or mesmerically static, depending on the evening -- the New York-based punk/drone/jazz outfit has sought to imbue their avant-garde approach with a radical kind of urgency, and a surprising amount of melodic accessibility, ever since.

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

Women Uncorked
Apr
26
7:30 pm19:30

Women Uncorked

Women Uncorked is a gathering for women only, talking about sex - the science, the social, the politics, the personal. It's a safe place to break free of cultural taboos on talking honestly and personally about sexual topics; a place to laugh and enjoy talking about sex in a group with no judgement -- and no one saying "that's TMI!"   Why would you want to come?  Because talking about sex is fun! Because you probably won't know anyone there so you can say stuff that friends might not really want to know too much about. Because it's right in downtown Takoma.