Transparent Productions presents...
For many, David Murray is already a jazz legend, for the number of albums recorded, concerts performed, and awards garnered, with a Grammy, Guggenheim, and Danish JazzPar Prize, among them. Murray was also an original founding member of the iconic World Saxophone Quartet. In 1975 he left Ponoma College in Los Angeles for New York, performing with artists such as Anthony Braxton, Don Cherry, Julius Hemphill and many others.
Kahil El’Zabar has been leading his Ethnic Heritage Ensemble in various trio configurations for over 40 years. A former Chairman of the internationally acclaimed, AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians), Dr. Kahil El’Zabar is considered one of the most prolific innovators of his generation. In 2012, President Obama awarded Zabar the International Ambassador’s Award in the Arts.
Transparent Productions presents...
Introducing a new series at Rhizome - EVOL: Sonic Wellness
Bringing together yoga instruction and experimental music for a communal meditative experience in the heart of Takoma Park. Every other Wednesday we’ll be bringing knowledgable wellness professionals and experimental musicians from across the DC area (and beyond!) for your mental and physical well-being.
This kick off event features an ambient set from Benjamin Schurr (of DC’s Br’er).
Join us for a gathering of women who come together every month to talk about desire, love and relationships, our bodies and our sexuality. We talk intimately about living and loving as women today. We share wisdom with understanding and acceptance.
We are people who identify as female, of all ages and orientations, all cultures and relationship styles. We talk about sex - the science, the social, the politics and the personal. If you've been missing a place where no one says "that's TMI" -- a safe zone for intimate topics -- this is it! We come together as strangers, and leave as friends. Bring your favorite beverage, or have a cup of tea.
Friday June 30th, 8pm $10 suggested donation
PRE-SHOW COOKOUT BEGINNING AT 6PM, POT-LUCK STYLE
Literals-- Ritualistic drone. Otherworldly doom. Sounds and chants from The Other, as performed by Rebecca Mills and Matt Cohen.
Insect Factory focuses on texture and mood, building layers of dense sounds that slowly evolve into hypnotic and atmospheric drones.
Janel Leppin is a cello virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist; an architect of acoustic and analog sound; a haunting and mythic singer with a sharp political consciousness.
For the first weekend in July, Rhizome hosts an installation of hundreds of graphs people have made of what a positive sexual experience entails for them. With brightly colored 1cm cubes, people are invited to make a graph of a sexual episode, defining for themselves what each color represents. Browse the collection or make one of your own and take a picture in the furry red light box, adding your voice and perspective to the collection.
Maplehouse Collective presents…
Lucas Brode / Nate Scheible / Luke Stewart - Lucas Brode, a native of New York’s Hudson Valley, is a guitarist & composer who draws from jazz harmony, experimental rock textures, and African rhythms. In addition to studying jazz guitar and composition, he spent several years learning percussive concepts from traditional Ghanian master drummer, Yacub Addy.
Luke Stewart and Nate Scheible join in on bass and drums in what promises to be a dynamic performance built on their exploration of urgent, energetic free improvisation.
Shouts from the Sea are Patrick Cain and Phong Tran. "The ancestral water mysteries turn proud. Paddling shore’s unfamiliar voyage, lost lands covered in archaic art-leafage. Mission of elastic grip-hold, tensions minimized through collective gift-offer…Voices shaped through the sea’s vast horn." --Power Moves Label
Nik Francis is a composer and improvisor of electroacoustic music. Currently based in DC, he plays drums in FOR trio and the Francis/Ryan Duo and has previously performed with Nikolas Francis Unit[Iowa City], Indent[DC], Trinary[DC], Psygnal[Boston]). In this performance, Nik will present music for modular synth and percussion.
Meditations on street art…high art…trash and alchemy
Christopher Lee is a DC artist originally from NYC. “I came of age in 1980s New York when street art and culture began to go mainstream. The show plays off of the themes of the beautiful, the abject and “lower learning”.
ART ...plus food, drink and street beats
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.
Cheer Accident (Chicago) conjure a unique collage of intricate prog, lush pop and experimental noise, drawing on the disparate influences of Pere Ubu, King Crimson, Can, Art Bears, Wire, early Genesis and Yes, and the more Baroque leaps of the Beatles and the Beach Boys without ever settling on a sound that could be definitively traced to any of them in isolation.
Floom - Classical flutist by day and metal guitarist by night, Maxx Katz decided to stop compartmentalizing and make a project that includes the expressiveness of flute in the unforgiving, meditative geology of doom metal. Songs surf in and out of riff and texture, composition and improvisation, isolation and reverberation. They make room. Feel time, space, the terror of eternity. Feel yourself. Wear earplugs.
Halo Valley - barrett jones, gordie shaw, phong tran: guitars, bass vi, efx, objects, frequencies and amps... a yeti in the wilderness of sound
DC Psychedelic Society presents a livestream seminar with Dr. Jerry Brown, author of The Psychedelic Gospels, which:
• Follows the authors’ anthropological adventure discovering sacred mushroom images in European and Middle Eastern churches, including Roslyn Chapel and Chartres
• Provides color photos showing how R. Gordon Wasson’s psychedelic theory of religion clearly extends to Christianity and reveals why Wasson suppressed this information due to his secret relationship with the Vatican
• Examines the Bible and the Gnostic Gospels to show that visionary plants were the catalyst for Jesus’s awakening to his divinity and immortality
"What a journey! Travel with Jerry and Julie Brown exploring and discovering new interpretations of ancient images from Christian churches and cathedrals in Europe and the Middle East. Analyzing religious works of art, they have possibly uncovered one of the most secret, historical findings of our times - the influence of psychedelics as an integral part of the early Christian experience. They are bold, courageous, and insightful. A must read!"
Performances+Herb Talk: Rose and Sam Burt, Relaxing 5 Minute Videos with Willie Gussin, Calming Herbs with Holly Poole-Kavana
Bari Sax and Bass Clarinet from Rose and Sam Burt - Baltimoreans Rose and Sam Burt will present improvisations for baritone sax and bass clarinet.
Relaxing 5 Minute Videos with Willie Gussin - Willie Gussin creates Relaxing 5 Minute Videos in order to contribute daily to the internet’s psychedelic, soothing, and unnecessary content. He will improvise a textural and sparse ambient piece live to accompany videos he has created sharing views of his home in Putney, VT and tour.
Calming Herbs with Holly Poole-Kavana - Plants have powerful healing properties. They cultivate the body’s inherent ability to heal itself. Plant medicine allows people and communities to have more control over our own health and healing and deepens our relationships with the plants around us. These underlying values have informed Holly’s journey as an herbalist and medicine maker. Holly will give a talk on calming herbs and will have herbal preparations for sale.
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)
In support of RhizomeDC’s fundraising efforts, Dew Drop Inn DC is hosting a benefit performance on June 19, featuring Penguin and the Lost Civilizations experimental music project. Penguin is a project consisting of Devin Ocampo (Warm Sun; The Effects; Beauty Pill), Renata Burger (Warm Sun) and Brendan Canty (Fugazi, Super!Silver!Haze!). The Lost Civilizations experimental music project is a collaboration between Mike Sebastian (tenor sax, saxello and baritone sax) and T. A. Zook (basscello). Although essentially a duo, when schedules permit, it is joined by Jerry Busher (drums); Doug Kallmeyer (bass and electronics), Sam Lohman (drums) Larry Gomez (percussion), Patrick Whitehead (horns), Leah Gage (drums & electronics), Dominic Fragman (drums) and Emily Chimiak (violin).
BLACKLODGE is a DC based experimental electronic project from Alex Tebeleff (Paperhaus), together with Maggie Gilmore. Dip your toe into the pool of synth and human correspondence. Swim in the pulse and swallow the tonality. It may be a long exercise, but once you emerge, you can be rejuvenated and empowered. It’s just about how you choose to listen.
FLASH FREQUENCY - Ethereal experimental ambient music from one of DC's finest. Hovering above the fog, Flash Frequency weaves cascading synths and soft pads above silky smooth rhythms. For fans of: Arca, Flying Lotus, J Dilla.
RADIATOR GREYS is the Washington, DC-based sonic collage project of Josh Levi. Combining a mixture of samples, cassette manipulation, and electronic abstraction, Levi moves through walls with into the aural netherworld.
The annual staging of alternative performance, sound + digital arts, visual arts + spoken word . focusing on LGBT . post-gender-identified, supportive allies + queer artisans
>> Proceeds Benefit HIPS + CASA de Maryland
JOE BELKNAP WALL
H. PAUL MOON : FILM : ESCALATORS BECOME STAIRS
QUEERING SOUND 2014 PERFORMANCE
MARK BEAZLEY : MUSIC [ DIGITAL CONTRIBUTOR ]
JOHNY BROWN : WORDS [ DIGITAL CONTRIBUTOR ]
INGA YELLERE : VIDEO [ DIGITAL CONTRIBUTOR ]
Dave Scanlon (NY/CT) - is a composer/guitarist. Scanlon is an active member of the experimental rock band JOBS (fka killer BOB), the avant-garde collective Pet Bottle Ningen, and the pop group Leverage Models. Scanlon has released music on New Amsterdam Records, Tzadik Records, Hometapes, Clean Feed Records, New Atlantis Records, and Primary Records. He has performed at venues such as Issue Project Room (NYC), Roulette (NYC), The Stone (NYC), Shinjuku Pit Inn (Tokyo, Japan), Yokohama Airegin (Yokohama, Japan), Boston Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, MA), Casa Del Popolo (Montreal, Canada), and many more.
Sarah Hughes (saxophone) and Nate Scheible (percussion) are two incredible local improvisers. If you didn't catch them at Rhizome back in March, now is your chance!
Xenga is the running improvisational duo of Ian McColm (drums) and Jarrett Gilgore (saxophone). They'll be joined for the second time by Marc Miller, the Baltimore-based guitarist of Oxes and Microkingdom.
Marian McLaughlin (Bmore) - is a songwriter, singer, and guitarist pushing the boundaries of folk music. Weaving together imaginative lyrics, intricate classical guitar work, and rhapsodic delivery she creates songs of exquisite detail that are delicate, yet full of depth.
Boss Company (DC) - Cabaret Folk. Boss Company marries classical music influences with gypsy, cabaret, and burlesque styles
BOOMscat (DC) - The Peace & Body Roll Duo consists of keyboardist/drummer/producer, Asha Santee (BOOM), and vocalist/songwriter Jennifer Patience Rowe (scat). Together, they create a sound that ignites vulnerability, elevation and self-reflection.
MÚSICA NARANJA (Orange Music) is a duo composed by Martin Virgili (researcher, composer and guitarist) and Pamela Guruciaga (theoretical physicist), interested mainly in the exploration of new forms of artistic creation from the interaction of body, sound, space and scene. Its repertoire includes vocal works of sound and experimental poetry, contemporary and avant-garde music, theater and musical theater, which articulate with works of its own that are rooted in the performance and exploratory tradition of body, music and word.
IAN JICKLING is a DC-based guitarist who draws from many different musical worlds including the classical guitar tradition, experimental electronic music, and 15/16th century polyphony. His recent work has been focused on exploring microtonality on the standard 6 string guitar.
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.
CHRISTOPHER TIGNOR is a composer, violinist, and software engineer. His emotionally charged scores and unique focus on live, performance-based electro-acoustic practice has won acclaim within both the classical and experimental communities across 8 LPs on the Western Vinyl and New Albion record labels. As a composer he has written and recorded work for ensembles including The Knights, A Far Cry string orchestra, and Brooklyn Rider string quartet, performing alongside them at premiere venues including Carnegie's Zankel Hall. As a string arranger he has worked with Helios, John Congleton, This Will Destroy You, Meshell Ndegeocello, and several other artists at the boundaries of popular music.
RON OSHIMA is a working-class musician who has been playing soprano, alto, and tenor saxophones and flute around the DC metro area for over 20 years. TRISTAN WELCH is an experimental guitar player that creates heavy ambient movements via heavy minimalism. Together, Tristan Welch and Ron Oshima have created three new pieces collectively titled “God Bless America”. These pieces create an ambient atmosphere with a mixture of free jazz. The concept behind God Bless America is actually pretty simple - we are not nationalist and we could all use a little help.
THE HUNTED HARE is the solo guitar project from Dennis Kane, a Washington, DC composer and multi-instrumentalist. The focus is on simple, memorable melodies inhabiting a stark landscape; an ode to a journey from the brink of collapse to renewal.
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
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.
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 ///
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.
Will Schorre is a Baltimore based synthesist and instrument builder who owns and operates the synth outfit Lorre Mill.
Martin Freeman (Repeater Electronics) is an improvising musician and instrument builder from Rochester, New York who performs with electronic instruments of his own design.
Machell André (aka MA///) is a multi-disciplinary gardener working in the fields of discovery and experimentation. He is also the co-founder and cultivator of QODESH (Art + Records), a multi-facet art label releasing art in myriad formats. He is currently studying pathways to continually uplift the black-brown psyche of his peers and fellow neighbors through the revolutionary act of expression via poems, songs, collages, and rhythm studies.
Sarah Snider - Sarah is only in town for a minute. Catch her while you can! Deep Deep listening from a recent Oberlin Grad.
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.
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.
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 ]
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.
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, Black Elements Quartet, and Organix Trio.
This performance will be a meeting of the minds in an exploration of sound and cultural depth.
Valerie Kuehne and the Wasps Nests - 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
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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!)
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.
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.