Concert: Charnel Ground / Insect Factory
Apr
18
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Charnel Ground / Insect Factory

Thursday April 18 * 8pm * $10 * ORDER TICKETS

CHARNEL GROUND is Kid Millions (drums), Chris Brokaw (guitar), Doug McCombs (bass). "...amps on the verge of a meltdown, churning together in grooves that draw cosmic power from gutbucket rock’n’roll.... the kind of elegantly sprawling feedback jam that often crops up near the end of a Yo La Tengo album.... a reminder that improvised noise rock, when played well, is fully capable of touching your heart as well as melting your face.... well worth your time if you’re a fan of any of them, or of noisy, expansive instrumental music in general." - SPIN

INSECT FACTORY - "Rhythm seems to me to be an under-appreciated aspect of drone music. This is understandable, as drone often seems more focused on stillness and clock-erasure than motion or time-keeping. But the best drone music has multiple rhythms - real, imagined, and most importantly, a combination of the two. Jeff Barsky’s work as Insect Factory has often struck me as a perfect example of this. It always has a pulse, some undercurrent pushing it along. Sometimes the rhythm is right there on the surface, as if Barsky sees no reason to hide it, and he’s right. Work could be the most rhythmic Insect Factory release so far. Every track has an undeniable cadence, whether created by discernible aural events like blips of distortion and bites of plucked guitar string, or forged from the subtle, sometimes even subconscious undulations of the music’s forward progress. The rhythm has levels, too: in some ways it’s the spine of the music, but in other ways it’s something to latch onto while the rest of Barsky’s tones, textures, and sonic postulations sweep over you. By the end of Work I may not necessarily know how much time I’ve spent listening, but I know I’ve been taken somewhere." – Marc Masters

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Opening: Vague Limbs (Brandon Geurts, Kate Alboreo) / Performances by Viv Corringham, Jeff Surak
Apr
19
6:00 PM18:00

Opening: Vague Limbs (Brandon Geurts, Kate Alboreo) / Performances by Viv Corringham, Jeff Surak

Opening for VAGUE LIMBS - Paintings by Brandon Geurts and Kate Alboreo / Featuring performances by Viv Corringham and Jeff Surak / Opening starts at 6. Performances at 8. RSVP

Brandon Geurts is an artist based in Washington DC whose art uses body horror as a way to empathize. He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts at the University of Central Florida in 2013, and received his Masters of Fine Arts at the University of South Florida in 2017. He currently teaches drawing at Montgomery College, and he has worked with musicians such as Pig Destroyer, Marissa Nadler, and Melt-Banana.

Kate Alboreo is a Brooklyn-based artist whose practice draws inspiration from natural forms to highlight adaptation in the face of survival. She holds an MFA from University of South Florida, Tampa, and taught at University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. Alboreo is currently an artist in residence at Trestle Art Projects (Brooklyn, NY), and was a resident at Benaco Arte (Sirmione, Italy) in 2017. Alboreo’s work has been shown in various galleries in Tampa, FL; Miami, FL; Brooklyn, NY; Akron, OH; Cleveland, OH; and Brescia, Italy.

Viv Corringham is a British vocalist, improviser and sound artist based in New York, who has worked internationally since the late 1970s. Her work includes performance, installations, radio and soundwalks. She is a 2012 and 2006 McKnight Composer Fellow through American Composers Forum, and is certified to teach Deep Listening by Pauline Oliveros. Her work has received international recognition and been presented in twenty five countries on five continents. She works in several established groups, in ad-hoc groupings and also as a soloist. She has performed with Pauline Oliveros, Andrea Parkins, John Russell, Mia Zabelka, Monique Buzzarte, Gino Robair, Elliott Sharp, Lol Coxhill, Charles Hayward, Alex Ward, Al Margolis, Maggie Nicols, Eddie Prevost and Didier Petit, among many others. "the extraordinary Viv Corringham, a supernaturally-gifted voice artist." (JazzdaGama)

Jeff Surak - Improvised electro-acoustic musique concrète from Washington DC. "Like beautiful rats hugging a sinking ship." ~ Wire "We always enjoy his restrained yet unwavering approach, fearlessly exploring dark zones of implied violence and subdued terror." ~ The Sound Projector

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Modular Meet-up
Apr
20
12:00 PM12:00

Modular Meet-up

Saturday April 20 * Noon - 3pm * $5 suggested for the use of the space *RSVP

This event is an attempt to create a regular monthly meeting for people interested in Modular synthesis and to foster growth in a diverse and fast growing community of like minded individuals.

This event is open to everyone. From the novice to the advanced. Come to learn, share ideas and meet your peers. Get involved! Let’s grow a community!

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Concert: Martin Freeman's Quad Trzypsy Band / Forest Management / Network Glass / Zof-e-idk / Esper Werm
Apr
20
7:00 PM19:00

Concert: Martin Freeman's Quad Trzypsy Band / Forest Management / Network Glass / Zof-e-idk / Esper Werm

Saturday April 20 * 7pm * $10 * TICKETS

Martin Freeman's Quad Trzypsy Band (featuring Thomas Stanley, Ashley Shey, Tom Boram, and Will Schorre) - My first crack at a multiplayer instrument for small groups to improvise with. The quickest comparison I can make to something familiar is to the game Operation. In that game the goal is to avoid completing an oscillator circuit with a fixed pitch while extracting anomalies from a plastic corpse. In this game you do the opposite and intentionally short circuit a corpse full of oscillators and other circuits to produce sounds with unpredictable pitch patterns and waveforms by adorning it with conductive objects like bare wires, alligator clips, Chore Boys and by prodding it with your finger tips. The core of this is four modified Trzypsy. The Trzypsy first dealt with the concept of an instrument that forces you to improvise to work with it and asserts itself further by rewiring itself behind the panel as you play as well as by being sensitive to outside influence. A big truck passing by or lightly tapping on the side of the enclosure can drastically or subtly change the behavior of the Trzypsy. This newer instrument expands on these concepts by increasing the number patch patch points (over 200) and adding a four channel speaker distribution system, a complex capacitive patch matrix for extra spice and perhaps the most potent wildcard: other people.

Forest Management is John Daniel (b.1989 in Hemet, CA), an American musician currently living in Chicago, Illinois. The project was slowly conceived in 2011 in Daniel’s hometown of Westlake, Ohio. His 2015 debut full-length record Encounter was described as “a dusty, cinematic haze of wilted symphonics” (Decoder Magazine) and “deliberate and luxurious” (Hearfeel). Marc Masters considered 2018’s 21st Century Man “Forest Management’s deepest work so far, a monument of rising and decaying sound that resists categories and evokes infinities.”

Network Glass is a Pure Data wizard hailing from Baltimore MD.

Zof-e-idk Harsh noise from your local Caffeine Dealer. Washington, DC.

Esper Werm - A purveyor of aleatoric music, this Chicago producer wastes no time murking up the stereo field, driving the most curious of listeners to embrace found rhythms and unknowable frequencies.

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Workshop: DIY Electronics: The Pipsqueak by Mroztronium
Apr
21
12:00 PM12:00

Workshop: DIY Electronics: The Pipsqueak by Mroztronium

Sunday April 21 * 12-3PM * $70 * REGISTER

(Scholarships available thanks to the Keith Sinzinger Memorial Fund. Please email info@rhizomedc.org if you can't afford full price. Also, ANY EXTRA DONATIONS MADE VIA THE TICKETING PAGE WILL GO INTO THE FUND FOR FUTURE WORKSHOP SCHOLARSHIPS.)

The Pipsqueak is a portable touch-controlled noisy synthesizer by Mroztronium. Spiritually inspired by the Cracklebox, Bugbrand Weevil and other touch-controlled electronic instruments, but using a unique circuit developed by Mroztronium that is designed for unpredictable results, wide frequency range (from sub-audio to above human hearing), sensitive touch control and stereo operation. It features a pair of outputs that emit rectangle waves, complex pulse trains, triggers or complex noisy waveforms in the region of 0-9V depending on how it is touched. In addition to listening to the raw stereo output, you can also use it as a complex controller to gate/trigger and frequency modulate external CV/Gate equipment. It is an interesting way to spice up a modular synth patch or to turn an otherwise predictable synthesizer into a freakish improvisational instrument. The workshop will be suitable for beginners and requires no knowledge of electronics. We'll cover soldering too.

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Concert: Self-Toxication / Jeff Carey / Lexie Mountain / Kiran Arora / JC
Apr
23
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Self-Toxication / Jeff Carey / Lexie Mountain / Kiran Arora / JC

Tuesday April 23 * 8pm SHARP * $10 * TICKETS

Amplified voice artist, noise musician, etc. His latest solo project, called Self Toxication, explores possibilities of extended vocal techniques and their amplification through feedbacks and re-amplification processes. His unique organic noise coins onliest groove with dynamic physicality.

Jeff Carey (Baltimore) makes hardcore digital music with a joystick, a gamer keypad, and an array of strobe lights. Computer based synthesis, noise, and improvisation combined with a no-safety-net aspect of gestural control makes his music totally physical and visceral.

Lexie Mountain (Baltimore) produces videos, sound work, textile projects, sculpture, drawings, paintings and things that refer to paintings. She has been an active contributor to Baltimore's cultural scene for over a decade. She is a founder and member of all-female experimental a capella collective Lexie Mountain Boys and avant-rock group Crazy Dreams Band, makes solo sounds under the name Lexie Mountain and collaborates regularly with a wide variety of performers and musicians in Baltimore and beyond.

Kiran Arora (New York) commits an emphatic and unsettling statement of harsh noise endurance. Kiran hands us over a clarity of abusive commotion yielding to compelling showers of junk metal and howling noise clamor.

DC's JC Remick has been laying low, storing it all up for YOU.

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Improv Theater Workshop with Ben Taylor
Apr
27
4:30 PM16:30

Improv Theater Workshop with Ben Taylor

Saturday April 27 * 4:30 - 6:30pm * $5 * RSVP

Improvisational theater allows for the squeezing of beauty and humor from the normal, grounded interactions we have every single day. In this fun, entry-level, and low-stakes workshop, learn some techniques and exercises that deal with reciprocal language and action in spontaneous, improvised scene work. We'll explore sharing deeper, more revealing, and novel information on the spot in order to make rich, multidimensional characters for more captivating storytelling. Let’s build the best world possible, one scene at a time.

Class format: The class will last two hours and will include some vocal, physical and mental warm ups, an introduction to improvised theater, and guided exercises to help us listen to and build honest and amazing scenes with our scene-partners. We will do more playing than talking, but there will be plenty of time for discussion and questions throughout the workshop. No prior performance experience of any kind is necessary. This workshop is open to people of all ages and abilities. Come dressed for comfort and movement.

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Concert: Desertion Trio / Anthony Pirog/ Alex Henry+Nate Scheible
Apr
27
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Desertion Trio / Anthony Pirog/ Alex Henry+Nate Scheible

Saturday April 27 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

DESERTION TRIO is the creation of guitarist/composer Nick Millevoi (Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band, John Zorn, Nels Cline). The band fearlessly explores the history of instrumental electric guitar music and throws it in a blender, creating an explosion of jazz, psychedelic blues, surf music, and country rock instrumentals. Noisey described the band’s sound as “supremely weird desert noir,” and NPR Music said the band “hits the sweet spot between Neil Young's exploratory Crazy Horse jams and a spaghetti western soundtrack.”

Desertion Trio features bassist Johnny DeBlase - Millevoi’s former bandmate in Many Arms (Tzadik) - and drummer Kevin Shea (Mostly Other People Do the Killing, Talibam!). In April 2019, Long Song Records will release Twilight Time, which finds the band taking on covers of songs from the 1950s and 60s, assisted by vocalist Tara Middleton (Sun Ra Arkestra) and keyboard wiz Ron Stabinsky (Mostly Other People Do the Killing, Meat Puppets).

ANTHONY PIROG "This is a fine album, lush, diverse and filled with texture--but notably grounded in musicality, structured as an album, and a continuous piece of content. It’s very good, and it sounds like the work of one highly skilled player whose muse is taking him to that special place where genre classifications have no meaning. You’ll like it if you hear it, so maybe you should." – Rolling Stone

ALEX HENRY/NATE SCHEIBLE were a longstanding sax and drum free improvisation duo in Cleveland until Nate moved to DC in 2012. They will revisit this collaboration for the first time in five years and find out what each other has been up to since playing together on the regular.

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An Evening with Echelon the Seeker and Friends
Apr
28
8:00 PM20:00

An Evening with Echelon the Seeker and Friends

Sunday April 28 * 8 PM * TICKETS

ECHELON THE SEEKER "Its the journey, not the destination."   ... a project of meaning and discovery. The trudging of mind and spirit in the foliage of truth. The difference between self-discovery and social-assimilation...  

In the era of user-friendly digital music tools, composition, it could be argued, is an undervalued art. It’s rare to find an artist skilled in the pen-to-page aspect of music creation, while also refusing to be hemmed in by its limitations. Echelon the Seeker is that kind of artist, and his music reflects that accordingly. It’s structurally sound; the space and the instruments that occupy it—including his voice—are all carefully considered, making his work an immersive experience. FEATURING SURPRISE SPECIAL GUESTS

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

Experiments in Sound Meditation

Monday April 29 * 7-8pm * RSVP

Join us for the next instalment of our series devoted to the practice of Deep Listening, as coined/taught/enacted by the late composer Pauline Oliveros. For one hour, we will focus on sound. Listening first, with an eye (ear) toward healing, toward a collective experience more than the sum of its parts. There will be vocal and percussive sound production involved at different points. The space will be available for conversation/debriefing/relaxing afterwards. All ages welcome. No prior meditation or musical experience necessary.

Suggested donation: $5 for the use of the space

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International Jazz Day Concert: Charles Rahmat Woods and DC Love Orchestra
Apr
30
8:00 PM20:00

International Jazz Day Concert: Charles Rahmat Woods and DC Love Orchestra

Tuesday April 30 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

The DC LOVE ORCHESTRA is an ensemble concept rooted in melodic interpretation, improvisational inclusiveness, and socio-spiritual communication. For this International Jazz Day performance, the ensemble will present compositions written by Jazz musicians who have Native American Indian heritage, including Don Cherry, Oscar Pettiford, Jim Pepper, Larry Redhouse, and others. The core ensemble consists of Charles Rahmat Woods (Roy Haynes, Don Cherry, Tarika Blue) -flutes/sax, with regional musicians Peter Frassrand-keyboards and Gus Johnson-drums, and special guests.

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Performances: Scummy Breakfast / Redgrave+Weeks
May
1
8:00 PM20:00

Performances: Scummy Breakfast / Redgrave+Weeks

Wednesday May 1 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

SCUMMY BREAKFAST is Evan Dusenberry and Ben Taylor. The experimental improvised theater duo formed in Madison, Wisconsin, performing longform tapestries in venues throughout the midwest until Evan moved to LA in 2015 and Ben to DC shortly thereafter. This performance will be their first together in four years, and promises a site-specific show of movement, humor, honesty, and magic.

Peter Redgrave and Khristian Weeks
Peter Redgrave is an interdisciplinary artist and educator. He is interested in limits, interruption, narrative, and what it is to be human. His current work involves physical exploration and presentation of the body as a tool for collective memory - a theater of movement. In collaboration with Khristian Weeks, movement, sound, lighting, and the space itself are used as materials. Their pieces are constructed with highly adaptable and improvisational scores. Character and dialogue become elements to construct and enact purposeless task-oriented spectacles.

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MicroCinema: Armenia by M.A. Littler
May
2
8:00 PM20:00

MicroCinema: Armenia by M.A. Littler

Thursday May 2 * 8pm * $10 * ORDER TICKETS

ARMENIA is a cinematic interweaving of film, literature and history - deliberately refusing to adhere to traditional rules of film genres. The world-weary singer Haig Boghos embarks on a personal journey revisiting his family's history of genocide, exile and diaspora. Alain Croubalian slips into the role of Haig Boghos, merging autobiographical and historical facts with poetic fiction. Through abstraction his history becomes a universal tale of displacement. Boghos shares his thoughts and feelings with the audience and leads them on an introspective journey - a road movie of the mind. The elegiac imagery, subtle performance and hauntingly beautiful soundtrack seduce the audience into a psychological and historical journey into the unknown.

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Concert: Reflex Arc / J$Fur / Brandon Moses & Mattson Ogg
May
3
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Reflex Arc / J$Fur / Brandon Moses & Mattson Ogg

Friday May 3 * 8pm * $10

Reflex Arc is a two-piece experimental & improvisational band. Crowmeat Bob plays a variety of horns & sometimes electric guitar while Ginger Wagg plays a variety of body parts, spaces and emotional states. We've played the Pilot Light (Knoxville, TN), if Art Gallery (Columbia, SC) and in NC at Revolve (Asheville); The Ramkat (Winston-Salem); Hopscotch, Neptune's, Prisma Video, FLAG light installation by Lincoln Hancock, VAE (Raleigh); All Day Records, The Cave, Happy Happy House, Nightlight Bar & Club, Savage Weekend (Carrboro/Chapel Hill); The Carrack Modern Art & The Shed (Durham).

J$Fur is an interdisciplinary artist, electronic musician, and composer who explores the lived experience and our connection to the physical world through performance, sound, and interaction. Their soundscapes drift between waking life and dream-state, noisy cityscape and quiet meditations.

Brandon Moses & Mattson Ogg - Neural re-alignment via audio meditations. Methods included oscillating bowls, guitar textures, and weird signal processes.

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Puppet Lab
May
4
10:00 AM10:00

Puppet Lab

Saturday May 4th * 10am-noon * $5-10 donation encouraged for the use of the space * RSVP

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

Puppet Lab will meet for 2hours (10am-12pm) Once every 2 months on first Saturdays unless otherwise notified. All levels of experience welcome! Come try it out!

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Stephan Crump's Rosetta Trio
May
5
8:00 PM20:00

Stephan Crump's Rosetta Trio

Sunday May 5 * 8pm * $20 * ADVANCE TICKETS

Transparent Productions presents:

“a low-key marvel...melodies and harmonies that seem equally alluring and askew...bracing improvisation..a strangely intuitive group dynamic...selfless and deceptively effortless”JazzTimes

Best known for his dynamic founding role in the Grammy-nominated Vijay Iyer Trio, Memphis-bred, Brooklynite bassist/composer Stephan Crump leads his own uniquely colorful and hard-grooving all-string Rosetta Trio, featuring guitarists Liberty Ellman and Jamie Fox. Hailed as “a string ensemble forthe new century” by All About Jazz, the group formed in 2005 to record an album of pieces written in the aftermath of 9/11. That album, Rosetta, was greeted with inclusion on multiple top ten lists and ecstatic reviews for its narrative depth and outstanding performances. Their second release, Reclamation (2010), “ingenious originals” (The New Yorker), “bareness in emotion” (NPR), was much more than a follow-up effort, though it was the earlier album that gave the trio its name and its mission: to inhabit the dynamic and rhythmic flexibility of a drumless ensemble and embrace its challenges and expanded responsibilities; to reject restrictions of genre; to explore different territories of feel, texture, color; to groove. With Thwirl (2013) “a declaration of increased proportions, a culmination of superior interplay, chemistry, delicacy and vision” (Downbeat), the group revealed a new telepathy. Rosetta Trio, whose members have for years collaborated with many of the leading lights in the New York creative music scene, has developed into a formidable unit, sensitively and powerfully rendering Crump’s often profound, sometimes playful and always honest music.

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Death Cafe
May
6
6:30 PM18:30

Death Cafe

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

SPACE IS LIMITED AND AN RSVP IS REQUIRED: HERE.

At a death cafe, people gather to eat cake, drink tea, and have a group discussion about death. The aim is to “increase awareness of death to help people make the most of their (finite) lives.” What's on your mind about death and dying?
Coffee and desserts will be provided! This is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session.
Discussion hosted by Sarah, founder of Death Positive DC and local end-of-life doula

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Concert: Master Throat Singers from Tuva Chirgilchin and Yuliyana / Kamyar Arsani
May
8
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Master Throat Singers from Tuva Chirgilchin and Yuliyana / Kamyar Arsani

Multiflora Productions presents:

Wednesday May 8 * doors 730 music 8 * $20 * TICKETS

Established in 1996, Chirgilchin is a group of throat singers from Tuva, a small Russian province north of Western Mongolia. Chirgilchin's music tells stories of their homeland, its horses and its people. Throat singing is an extraordinary vocal form in which one singer produces two or more voices simultaneously, the low sounds in the throat harmonizing with middle and high flute-like overtones, to create richly layered melodies that evoke images of Tuvan steppes and nomadic life. Atmospheric and mesmeric, throat singing is almost too difficult to describe in words and must be heard to be believed.

Yuliyana is a virtuoso in the art of the khomus, the national instrument of the Sakha Republic. It functions much like a Jew’s harp, but differs in several respects. A conventional Jew’s harp is limited in range, volume, and pitch. The khomus is loud and strikingly expansive in range. Yuliyana’s music draws on the powers of Nature and the wisdom and traditions of the Yakut people to portray the timeless relationship between Man and the Universe.

Special guest opening act Kamyar Arsani is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter born and raised in Tehran, Iran. Kamyar's musical mission is to spread cultural awareness and unity by mixing contemporary musical trends with traditional Persian folk music.

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Workshop: Write Your Own Obituary
May
29
6:30 PM18:30

Workshop: Write Your Own Obituary

Wednesday May 29 * 630-830 pm * $10 * Pre-registration is required. (Space is limited to 16 people.)

During the workshop, we will:
-Learn about the history of obits and the current state of obits
-Share and read fun, moving, or unique obits. If you want to bring an obit to share, please do!
-Write our own obits (I'll provides some guided writing exercises as well as time for free writing)
-Rewrite our obits (optional -- what do we wish they said?)
-Share our obits/rewritten obits and discuss how writing our own obit helps us reflect on our lives and our legacies and perhaps inspire us to reprioritize our lives in an effort to live more fully. Can we hold on to these obits for a year (or more) and revisit them as a way to see how we have changed? Sharing is always optional!

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Experiments in Sound Meditation
Apr
15
7:00 PM19:00

Experiments in Sound Meditation

Monday April 15 * 7-8pm * RSVP

Join us for the next instalment of our series devoted to the practice of Deep Listening, as coined/taught/enacted by the late composer Pauline Oliveros. For one hour, we will focus on sound. Listening first, with an eye (ear) toward healing, toward a collective experience more than the sum of its parts. There will be vocal and percussive sound production involved at different points. The space will be available for conversation/debriefing/relaxing afterwards. All ages welcome. No prior meditation or musical experience necessary.

Suggested donation: $5 for the use of the space

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CapitalBop's DC Jazz Loft: Nicole Saphos / Chris Barrick
Apr
14
7:00 PM19:00

CapitalBop's DC Jazz Loft: Nicole Saphos / Chris Barrick

Sunday April 14 * 7pm * $10 suggested

Longtime CapitalBop readers might remember NICOLE SAPHOS from the appearance of her debut record, Tiptoe, on our stacked Best Albums of 2016 list. And those with an ear to the ground will recognize her signature blend of singer-songwriter lyricism and straight-ahead jazz chops from her regular gigs at Marx Cafe, Sotto and the Alex, among others. Her substantial original songbook reflects the influence of popular musicians like Regina Spektor, Norah Jones and Ingrid Michaelson, but her extensive experience in the D.C. and Philadelphia jazz scenes allows her to have a huge amount of flexibility with her writing — and on both electric and upright basses. Saphos’s super-tight, longstanding trio of John Lee (guitar) and Ele Rubenstein (drums) can let loose in a major way.

Vibraphonist CHRIS BARRICK is a recent re-arrival to D.C., and he’s wasted no time getting back into the mix. Barrick excels both as a bandleader and a soloist, wielding a powerful skill-set of fearsome technical ability and tasteful restraint. The vibraphone is an instrument that doesn’t get the attention it deserves in the District, and Barrick’s presence on the scene has been a gift in that respect. There’s nothing quite like walking into a show and hearing the shimmering tone of mallets on metal, particularly in the hands of a masterful percussionist. At this loft, Barrick brings a trio of T.J. Turqman (bass) and Ele Rubenstein (drums).

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Concert: Lisa Sokolov (voice) +Jake Sokolov-Gonzalez (cello)
Apr
13
3:00 PM15:00

Concert: Lisa Sokolov (voice) +Jake Sokolov-Gonzalez (cello)

Saturday April 13 * 3pm * $20 * TICKETS

Transparent Productions presents....

“Lisa Sokolov delves into the magical possibilities of the voice and the beauty and mystery of words. A Quiet Thing … extends the power of her earlier recordings, continuing her progression towards the majestic and ecstatic “silence” of the universe. a musical adventurer … Sokolov is a master … stunning … powerful … funky and ever-evolving … breathtaking” Donald Elfman All About Jazz

“As far removed stylistically from the reigning royalty of female jazz vocalists as John Coltrane is from Grover Washington … exceptionally expressive, dramatic, ecstatic … masterful … stunning, life-affirming … This is jazz vocalizing filled with passion and commitment.” DownBeat Magazine

Cellist, pianist, composer, and educator, Jake Sokolov-Gonzalez is a graduate of Bard college where he studied composition with Marina Rosenfeld and Joan Tower. Since, he has performed at the Museum of Modern Art with Tania Bruguera, at Olana with Pauline Oliveros, at the Vision Festival with William Parker, the Performa Biennial with Marina Rosenfeld, at Lincoln Center Out of Doors with Larry Harlow, Germany’s Stimmen Festival with Lisa Sokolov, and with Steve Swell in-residency at The Stone.

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Concert: Kinloch Nelson / Max Ochs
Apr
12
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Kinloch Nelson / Max Ochs

Friday, April 12 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

American primitive guitarist Kinloch Nelson does not have an extensive discography of recordings, but he has never stopped playing and performing acoustic guitar over the years. On March 22nd, Tompkins Square will release Nelson’s historic recordings, PARTLY ON TIME - Recordings 1968-1970, and Nelson will participate in several record release events, including April 12’s gig at Rhizome.

Hailing from Rochester, NY, Kinloch Nelson studied classical guitar privately with Stanley Watson, jazz guitar with Gene Bertoncini at Eastman School of Music, and music theory at the University of Rochester. In 1973, he began teaching both privately and at The Hochstein Music School where he was on the faculty for twenty-five years. With several others, Nelson co-founded the Guitar Society of Rochester in 1985, which during its ten-year run presented many of the world's greatest guitarists. Nelson is also the author of a book, Alternate Guitar Tunings.

For this special appearance in DC, Nelson will be joined by label mate Max Ochs. A familiar face at Rhizome and on the DC folk scene, Ochs hails from Annapolis.  During his time University of Maryland, where he befriended folks Ed Denson and guitarist Robbie Basho, Ochs contributed two tracks for 1966 CONTEMPORARY GUITAR on John Fahey’s Takoma label. Ochs went on to perform in NYC’s Seventh Sons, as well as performing solo and with other folk musicians. He appeared in Takoma Park at last year’s guitar festival produced by Rhizome et al., The Thousand Incarnations of the Rose.

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Concert: Jon Collin & Sarah Hughes, Heumann Homan Highway, Dais Queue
Apr
11
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Jon Collin & Sarah Hughes, Heumann Homan Highway, Dais Queue

Thursday April 11th 8pm $10 Buy Tickets

Jon Collin is a guitar player from Lancashire, UK, currently based in Sweden. On record he plays either improvised freeform abstract blues or through-composed minimalistic utilitarian drone music. His live shows are improvisations using a system of body, mind, breath, strings and electricity. His most recent LP releases are The Nature (Early Music; 2017) and the forthcoming Water and Rock Music Volume 1 and 2 (Feeding Tube).

Sarah Hughes is an alto saxophonist, composer, and music educator from Pasadena, Maryland. She is a free improviser who enjoys creating within and on top of many genre frameworks including jazz, swing, blues, folk pop, and rock.  Sarah has toured Sweden as part of their first annual Women in Jazz Festival, and has shared the bill, opening for great free improvisers such as Joe Morris, Nicole Mitchell, Fay Victor, William Parker, Hamid Drake, and Ken Vandermark.  She performs regularly in solo, small ensemble, and large ensemble formats at such local venues as Rhizome, An Die Musik, and Mobtown Ballroom.  She serves as adjunct faculty at Towson University and McDaniel College.

Heumann Homan Highway - In which David Heumann (of Arboretum) and Alex Homan (of Plake 64 & the Hexagrams) go "there" by means of guitars of varying scale and samples of varying rate. It emanates, sublimates, atomizes and we promise it will return.

Dais Queue is Davis Salisbury, based out of Washington, DC, playing solo guitar improvisations that move between prepared & extended techniques and minimalist melodic gestures. Focus is generally on shimmering textures, active sound fields, and resonant frequencies. Also one half of longstanding Charlottesville duo Grand Banks. 

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Concert: Shane Parish+Luke Stewart Duo / The Ambient Eye
Apr
10
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Shane Parish+Luke Stewart Duo / The Ambient Eye

Wednesday April 10 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

SHANE PARISH is the guitarist for the celebrated avant-rock band Ahleuchatistas (Tzadik / International Anthem / Cuneiform). His electric guitar works are intense environments, exposed to the elements, and populated by assorted creatures. As an acoustic soloist, he creatively interprets and deconstructs folk music and jazz tunes, plays original cutting-edge poly-rhythmic and contrapuntal works, and transforms the instrument, via preparations and detuning, into a mini-percussion ensemble, banging out pulsating rhythmic trances reminiscent of John Cage's prepared solo piano works. Parish's 2016 collection of folk interpretations Undertaker Please Drive Slow (Tzadik Records) was described by composer John Zorn as "reminiscent of John Fahey and Robbie Basho, at times of John Cage and Morton Feldman, Shane uses these beautiful songs as launching pads for his creative flights of fancy, at times boiling them down to their very essence. A spiritual project that will keep you riveted from first note to last.” His latest releases are Child Asleep in the Rain (Nullzone Tapes), December (self-released), Autodidact (Humanhood Recordings), and a duo album with guitarist Wendy Eisenberg called Nervous Systems (Verses Records).

DC's LUKE STEWART holds the bass chair in countless bands, including (but not limited to) Irreversible Entanglements, Heroes are Gang Leaders, the James Brandon Lewis Trio, and the Jaimie Branch Trio. He is also known for his solo bass performances which employ feedback and the resonant properties of the instrument.

DC-area collaboration, THE AMBIENT EYE, features multimedia artist Monica Stroik and musician Doug Kallmeyer (tenor bass guitar). Here, the visual meets the auditory, improvisation meets composition, and technology enables a dynamic interdisciplinary performance that highlights the interplay between light and sound. Writing in The Wire -- Adventures in Modern Music, critic Chris Sharp notes "a finely calibrated dub sensibility that holds everything in place."

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Book Launch/Author Talk: Radical Suburbs
Apr
9
7:00 PM19:00

Book Launch/Author Talk: Radical Suburbs

Tuesday April 9 * 7:00-9:00 PM * $5 (RSVP encouraged)

Join author Amanda Kolson Hurley for the launch of her new book Radical Suburbs. Hurley will give an illustrated talk and signed copies of the book will be available. Drinks will be provided.

About Radical Suburbs: Counter to stereotypes, American suburbs have been fertile ground for utopian planning, communal living, and socially conscious design. Amanda Kolson Hurley describes the surprising history of alternative suburbs like a tiny-house anarchist colony in New Jersey and a racially integrated Fifties subdivision outside of Philadelphia. Radical Suburbs is a history that will help us remake the future and rethink our assumptions of suburbia.

About the author: Amanda Kolson Hurley is a writer who specializes in architecture and urban planning. She is currently a senior editor at CityLab. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Architect magazine, The American Scholar, and many other publications. She lives in Silver Spring.

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WOWD Fundraiser
Apr
7
2:00 PM14:00

WOWD Fundraiser

Sunday April 7 * 2-5pm * suggested donation for WOWD

Takoma Radio / WOWD hosts a family-friendly celebration to cap off our spring fund drive on April 7th from 2-5pm. Live music performances by: CARPE DIEM! UKES ON THE MOVE, GRUPO ROMPE CAJON, WENDY & THE LOST BOYS, WILSON HIGH PUPPET SHOW, THE SARODINE FAMILY BAND.

Special guest DICK BANGHAM signs his commemorative WOWD T-shirts.

Since July 2016, Takoma Radio / WOWD has broadcast low-power, hyper-local, non-commercial radio at 94.3FM, with a 20 watt signal reaching 3-5 miles from Takoma Park, MD- and streaming worldwide at takomaradio.org 24/7. Takoma Radio / WOWD is programmed by volunteers ranging from kids to senior, unknown to legendary.

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Performances: Minivan / Katie Macyshyn / The Lube Fairy
Apr
6
8:00 PM20:00

Performances: Minivan / Katie Macyshyn / The Lube Fairy

Saturday April 6 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

Ron Shalom is a producer, composer, songwriter, sound designer and instrumentalist based in Brooklyn. Minivan is his solo electropop project featuring lights, disintegrating drag, and instructional dance. The debut album, CreepySexyCool, was released in Summer 2018. This performance will mark the culmination of Ron's 3-week residency at Rhizome.

Katie Macyshyn’s new media/performance pieces, which include video, sound, costume, and installation, use the lense of camp to enact the duties of magical female protagonists. Part angel, part alien, these divas float through lounge acts, variety shows, straight to TV movies, infomercials, and automaton-guided museum tours. The one-woman experimental performances consider the subtle differences between exploitation and empowerment and show how mass forms of entertainment can (techni)color memories.


Do you have a favorite lube? One that is so good you don’t hesitate to say “WAIT- I have ~the~ perfect thing to make these sexy times even sexier! No? Perfect! The Lube Fairy has been summoned and is on the way to bring fun, empowerment and lots of magic to your sex life. Regardless of sexuality or gender, your perfect lube will be your favorite new magic potion.

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Mindfulness Meditation
Apr
6
1:00 PM13:00

Mindfulness Meditation

Saturday April 6 * 1-2pm * $5 * RSVP

If you're new to mindfulness meditation, fear not! It is an ancient practice (roughly 2,600 years old!) of gently paying attention to the present moment, without judgement. Lately, more and more of us in the West have been learning and disseminating it as a tool for reducing stress. It is definitely useful for that. But it is also about cultivating our innate qualities of concentration, kindness, resilience, and compassion.

Class format: The class will last an hour and will include an introduction and some instruction, followed by a guided, seated meditation for 20-30 minutes. We'll then wrap up with a debrief/discussion.

No prior meditation experience is necessary. Bring a pillow or cushion to sit on the floor. Or you can sit in a chair.

About the teacher: Eliza Barclay has trained in the Buddhist tradition of vipassana/insight meditation, and will be offering a secular class, open to all. She is currently a teacher-in-training with the Engaged Mindfulness Institute. She also works as a science and health journalist in Washington, DC.

Suggested donation: $5 for the use of the space

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Puppet Lab
Apr
6
10:00 AM10:00

Puppet Lab

Saturday April 6th * 10am-noon * $5-10 donation encouraged for the use of the space * RSVP

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

Puppet Lab will meet for 2hours (10am-12pm) Once every 2 months on first Saturdays unless otherwise notified. All levels of experience welcome! Come try it out!

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Concert: Maria Grand / Ava Mendoza / John Dikeman / Sarah Hughes+Jenny Moon Tucker
Apr
5
9:00 PM21:00

Concert: Maria Grand / Ava Mendoza / John Dikeman / Sarah Hughes+Jenny Moon Tucker

Friday April 5 * 9 pm * $20 * ORDER TICKETS

MARIA GRAND is a saxophonist, composer, educator, and vocalist. She moved to New York City in 2011. She has since become an important member of the city’s creative music scene, performing extensively in projects including musicians such as Vijay Iyer, Craig Taborn, Jen Shyu, Steve Lehman, Aaron Parks, Marcus Gilmore, Jonathan Finlayson, and Miles Okazaki. Her debut EP “TetraWind” was picked as “one of the 2017’s best debuts” by the NYC Jazz Record. The New York Times says “on TetraWind, Ms Grand unfurls a teetering logic. [..] She is both measured and frank, often venturing into gentle provocation”. María is a recipient of the 2017 Jazz Gallery Residency Commission and the 2018 Roulette Jerome Foundation Commission. She can be heard on Steve Coleman’s albums “Morphogenesis” and “Synovial Joints”. She was deemed a “revelation” by Jazz Magazine in 2016; AllAboutJazz said of her saxophone playing that it is “full of passion and sophisticated phrases and turns”, while the NYC Jazz Record says “Grand’s aching saxophone has the richness of the great breathy tenors of jazz history—Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Gene Ammons.” Vijay Iyer recently picked her as one of 5 musicians to watch for in 2018.

AVA MENDOZA is a Brooklyn-based guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. As a guitarist, Mendoza has received acclaim for her technique and viscerality. Her most ongoing work is as leader of experimental rock band Unnatural Ways, and as a solo performer on guitar/voice. In any context she is committed to bringing expressivity, energy and a wide sonic range to the music. Mendoza has recorded or performed with Carla Bozulich, Fred Frith, Mick Barr, Nels Cline, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Mike Watt, Matana Roberts, Ikue Mori, Matt Mitchell, Adele Bertei, William Hooker, Jon Irabagon, members of Caroliner, the Violent Femmes, and more. Recordings are available on labels Tzadik, Weird Forest, Clean Feed, NotTwo, Resipiscent, and New Atlantis. “It’s Ava Mendoza’s deconstructing of blues and punk into brutal shredfests that’s causing a ruckus in NYC’s DIY hubs” (Brad Cohan, Noisey.Vice). “A wizard on a semi-circle of effects pedals, but… equally adept with FX-less technique," (Lars Gotrich, NPR). She was featured as one of Guitar World‘s “10 Female Guitarists You Should Know.”

JOHN DIKEMAN (2.3.83, Rushville, NE, USA) is an American saxophonist currently residing in Amsterdam. Drawing inspiration from a wide range of sources, John’s playing runs the gamut of improvised music and technique. He is currently active as a member of numerous groups including Cactus Truck, with Jasper Stadhouders and Onno Govaert; Universal Indians with Norwegian rhythm section Tollef Østvang and Jon Rune Strøm and often featuring Joe McPhee; and the trio Dikeman, Parker, Drake with William Parker and Hamid Drake. He has the most powerful voice in the Dutch jazz music of the last decade: saxophonist John Dikeman.” (Tim Sprangers, Jazzism) “The saxophonist puts fire to the fuse with the Old Testament fury that Charles Gayle displays on his best trio records. More than improvisation or free jazz you hear übergospel: reeling with religious conviction and tortuous dynamism, with roaring pounding in the low register, split tones and a timbre that is almost torn to pieces.” (Guy Peters, Enola)

SARAH HUGHES+JENNY MOON TUCKER Two sax/noise women wielding the creative hammer to chisel an energetic set of free music.

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MicroCinema: Jules Rosskam's against a trans narrative
Apr
4
8:00 PM20:00

MicroCinema: Jules Rosskam's against a trans narrative

Thursday April 4 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

Jules Rosskam's against a trans narrative (2008) is a provocative and personal experimental documentary investigating dominant constructions of trans-masculine identity, gender, and the nature of community. Blending fiction, nonfiction, and experimental film genres, against a trans narrative employs a genre-busting combination of intimate diary footage, stylized dramatic scenes, spoken word performance, faux audition tapes, and roundtable interview footage to explore and initiate a dialogue between feminists, queers, and transfolk about the way we construct personal and historical narratives. Careful attention is paid to the ways generation, race, class, and culture impact our understandings of gender.

In Something to Cry About (2018) three trans-masculine identified people watch a movie or television show that makes them cry. The result is a touching and humorous short documentary that explores the difficulty of expressing intimacy between men, the complexities of desire, and the gift of a good cry.

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Concert: Will Csorba, Dann Pell, Liz Meredith
Apr
3
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Will Csorba, Dann Pell, Liz Meredith

Wednesday April 3rd 8pm * $10 TICKETS

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. Csorba plays close attention to compositional elements in his pieces, enhancing the idea of his music as a journey, but isn’t afraid to use improvisation as one of those elements; the songs rarely wind up where the listener expects, but whether it’s by intent or chance only Will can say.

Dann Pell iis a guitarist, vocalist and percussionist based in Chester County, PA. His music embraces folk traditions; country-blues, jazz, chants/hymns/spirituals, and incorporates unique expansive rhythmic devices.

"Dann Pell 'Tertiary and Unseen' - solo live performances featuring dobro, six string, Telecaster, percussion, shruti, and musique concrete... I've worked with Dann before in more of a singer / songwriter format & his playing underneath the singing caught my ear as a very unique, personal & selfless approach to the instrument. From meditative sunrise sounds to percussive stormy seas, informed by the Great American Songbook, jazz drumming, Sacred Harp singing & Eastern drones... a personal fav of non-idiomatic guitar music." - Jason Meagher, Black Dirt Studios

Liz Meredith is a violist, violinist, improviser and composer from Baltimore, MD. Her music explores intersections between acoustic chamber music, instrumental improvisation, electro-acoustic composition, and ambient music. Liz’s recent projects include a solo album, The Disposition of Vibrant Forms, a 5 LP set in collaboration with John Somers, and work as an artist/designer for boutique effects pedal company Vaux Flores. In addition to performing her own music, Liz has premiered new works by emerging composers, and has contributed her sound to recordings by Monica Lionheart, Microkingdom, and others. Her forthcoming LP, Repro, is scheduled for release on Spleencoffin, April, 2019.

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Opening for Vague Limbs: Paintings by Brandon Geurts & Kate Alboreo // Performances by Viv Corringham, Jeff Surak (4/19)
Apr
3
9:00 AM09:00

Opening for Vague Limbs: Paintings by Brandon Geurts & Kate Alboreo // Performances by Viv Corringham, Jeff Surak (4/19)

Friday April 19 * 7pm * $10 * RSVP

Brandon Geurts is an artist based in Washington DC whose art uses body horror as a way to empathize. He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts at the University of Central Florida in 2013, and received his Masters of Fine Arts at the University of South Florida in 2017. He currently teaches drawing at Montgomery College, and he has worked with musicians such as Pig Destroyer, Marissa Nadler, and Melt-Banana.

Kate Alboreo is a Brooklyn-based artist whose practice draws inspiration from natural forms to highlight adaptation in the face of survival. She holds an MFA from University of South Florida, Tampa, and taught at University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. Alboreo is currently an artist in residence at Trestle Art Projects (Brooklyn, NY), and was a resident at Benaco Arte (Sirmione, Italy) in 2017. Alboreo’s work has been shown in various galleries in Tampa, FL; Miami, FL; Brooklyn, NY; Akron, OH; Cleveland, OH; and Brescia, Italy.

Performances starting at 8pm by VIV CORRINGHAM and JEFF SURAK.

Viv Corringham is a British vocalist, improviser and sound artist based in New York, who has worked internationally since the late 1970s. Her work includes performance, installations, radio and soundwalks. She is a 2012 and 2006 McKnight Composer Fellow through American Composers Forum, and is certified to teach Deep Listening by Pauline Oliveros. “a supernaturally-gifted voice artist.” (JazzdaGama)

Called »the godfather of american noise« by Ukrainian MTV, Jeff Surak is a veteran experimenter from Washington DC.

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Concert: Boneshaker (Mars Williams / Paal Nilssen-Love / Kent Kessler) / Timothée Quost
Apr
2
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Boneshaker (Mars Williams / Paal Nilssen-Love / Kent Kessler) / Timothée Quost

Tuesday April 2 * 8pm * $15 * ORDER TICKETS

This is a very exciting and much welcome blast of old school free jazz energy. Each player has deep experience on the outer fringes of the jazz scene and they make for a very cohesive and potent unit. Boneshaker’s music remains free improvised, but with clear roots to the American tradition of free jazz. Although all three members are influenced by European improvised music as defined by the English, Dutch and German players of the mid-sixties, the three share broad interests in music traditions from all over the world and appreciate when influences are let loose. A few words about the musicians: Mars Williams, quite an open-minded musician, composer and educator who commutes easily between styles like free jazz, funk, hip hop and rock. Mars has recorded and toured with a broad array of bands and musicians; such as Billy Idol, The Psychedelic Furs, Peter Brötzmann Chicago tentet, and Hal Russel´s NRG Ensemble to name a few. Kent Kessler was also part of the NRG Ensemble and in the early 1990s, he became a frequent member of Ken Vandermark’s many ensembles and also a member of the Chicago tentet. Kessler is a strong bass player who is one of the few who continue in the style of Fred Hopkins, Harry Miller and Johnny Dyani. Paal Nilssen-Love has established himself over the last decade as one of the most important voices in improvised music from his generation. A powerful drummer of unbounded energy, he shows an ongoing ability to break physical and musical boundaries on his continual hunt for new collaborations and experiences. They will also have a brand new CD out by then titled “Fake Music” on their Soul What Records label.

Like a rambling bordering the world of sound, With his solo, Timothée Quost (trumpet, microphone, mixer, speaker) keeps the listener on the fringe of change. He delves into his trumpet and his microphonic package, questioning the limits of his instrument, rhythm, melody and perception. A demanding yet exhilarating performance. Last album, Before Zero Crossing, released in November 2018 on the Danish label Gotta Let It Out, was elected among the 5 best albums of the year by the french national radio.

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Experiments in Sound Meditation
Apr
1
7:00 PM19:00

Experiments in Sound Meditation

Monday April 1 * 7-8pm * RSVP

Join us for the next instalment of our series devoted to the practice of Deep Listening, as coined/taught/enacted by the late composer Pauline Oliveros. For one hour, we will focus on sound. Listening first, with an eye (ear) toward healing, toward a collective experience more than the sum of its parts. There will be vocal and percussive sound production involved at different points. The space will be available for conversation/debriefing/relaxing afterwards. All ages welcome. No prior meditation or musical experience necessary.

Suggested donation: $5 for the use of the space

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Mindfulness Meditation
Mar
30
10:00 AM10:00

Mindfulness Meditation

Saturday March 30 * 10am * $5 * RSVP

If you're new to mindfulness meditation, fear not! It is an ancient practice (roughly 2,600 years old!) of gently paying attention to the present moment, without judgement. Lately, more and more of us in the West have been learning and disseminating it as a tool for reducing stress. It is definitely useful for that. But it is also about cultivating our innate qualities of concentration, kindness, resilience, and compassion.

Class format: The class will last an hour and will include an introduction and some instruction, followed by a guided, seated meditation for 20-30 minutes. We'll then wrap up with a debrief/discussion.

No prior meditation experience is necessary. Bring a pillow or cushion to sit on the floor. Or you can sit in a chair.

About the teacher: Eliza Barclay has trained in the Buddhist tradition of vipassana/insight meditation, and will be offering a secular class, open to all. She is currently a teacher-in-training with the Engaged Mindfulness Institute. She also works as a science and health journalist in Washington, DC.

Suggested donation: $5 for the use of the space

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Benefit for DC and Baltimore Abortion Funds with Mock Identity / Jail Solidarity / Sex Reasons
Mar
27
8:00 PM20:00

Benefit for DC and Baltimore Abortion Funds with Mock Identity / Jail Solidarity / Sex Reasons

8PM // $10 // ALL AGES // TICKETS

Proceeds to benefit the DC and Baltimore Abortion Funds

Mock Identity

Jail Solidarity

Sex Reasons

About the Baltimore Abortion Fund:
The Baltimore Abortion Fund is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that exists to help individuals in Baltimore, MD who need abortion care but cannot afford the full cost of the procedure. We operate a confidential helpline where our trained case managers offer referrals, financial counseling, and financial assistance to low-income Baltimore residents who need help paying for their abortion care.

About the DC Abortion Fund:
The DC Abortion Fund is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit that makes grants to pregnant people in the DC area, as well as those traveling to the area, who cannot afford the full cost of an abortion. DCAF is the only organization in the DC region that focuses solely on providing this service in our community. We face a multitude of state and national restrictions designed to deny access to abortion care. These restrictions disproportionately affect low-income people. We hope to make “choice” a reality because we believe a person’s right to health care should not depend on her wallet.

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Concert: Fire! (Mats Gustafsson / Johan Berthling / Andreas Werlin), Luke Stewart
Mar
26
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Fire! (Mats Gustafsson / Johan Berthling / Andreas Werlin), Luke Stewart

Tuesday March 26 * 8pm * $20 * TICKETS

Transparent Productions presents:

Fire! is a the Nordic experimental supergroup formed in 2009 by the core trio of Mats Gustafsson (sax), Johan Berthling (bass guitar) and Andreas Werlin (drums) who joined together to develop a fresh approach to improvised music drawing on influences from free jazz, psychedelic rock, and noise.

DC's Luke Stewart will open the evening with a set on upright bass and amplifier. "By now if you don't know Luke Stewart you're behind. Stewart is a force on the Washington DC scene not only as a performer (in Irreversible Entanglements, James Brandon Lewis Trio, Trio OOO, Ancestral Duo and more) but also as a booker, promoter, radio DJ and more. "Works for Upright Bass & Amplifier" is a long form piece Stewart composed using written & original improvised structures. He's been performing various portions of the piece live at art exhibitions throughout 2017."

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Concert: Amy Reid / George Cory Todd / Aaron Leitko
Mar
25
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Amy Reid / George Cory Todd / Aaron Leitko

Monday March 25 * TICKETS
8PM | $10 | ALL AGES

Amy Reid (Baltimore, Friends Records)
https://soundcloud.com/friendsrecords/sets/amy-reid-hirsute

George Cory Todd (Atlantic Rhythms)
https://atlanticrhythms.bandcamp.com/track/a-lathe-within
https://soundcloud.com/atlanticrhythms/george-cory-todd-i-will-not

Aaron Leitko (Atlantic Rhythms; of Protect-U, Geo Rip)
https://atlanticrhythms.bandcamp.com/album/wasatch-mecha

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Concert: Dina Maccabee / Bill Brovold / Amy Reed
Mar
24
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Dina Maccabee / Bill Brovold / Amy Reed

Sunday March 24 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

"When composer Philip Glass claimed “Music is a place,” he may as well have been describing [2018] Headlands Artist in residence Dina Maccabee’s solo musical explorations. Maccabee creates vast, satisfying sonic geographies and atmospheres, with signposts marked in mystery, yearning, and unexpected detours. A highly sought-after collaborator, Maccabee’s work as violist and vocalist is featured on projects with Julia Holter, Tune-Yards, Carla Bozulich, Beth Custer, Vienna Teng, and many others. But for this night, in keeping with her beautiful, experimental 2017 album, The World Is in the Work, Maccabee presents originally composed and produced solo pieces. Using what’s at hand—her viola, violin, voice, and electronics—Maccabee sends us on our ways." - Headlands Center for the Arts

Bill Brovold is an educator, visual artist, and composer/musician. He has performed with Rhys Chatham, Arthur Russell, and Glenn Branca; and led the New York band Strange Farm (featuring Billy Ficca of Television and Ernie Brooks of the Modern Lovers) and the six-to-thirteen-member Detroit post rock band Larval, which features his twangy guitar alongside a wall-of-sound onslaught of horns and strings. He has released music on John Zorn’s Avant and Tzadik imprints and the Cuneiform, Knitting Factory, and RareNoise labels (a duet with Jamie Saft for the latter). His most recent releases, for the Public Eyesore label, see him paring down his sound for more intimate surroundings—closer to what he might do with a few friends in someone’s living room.

Amy Melissa Reed is an artist, composer and creative director of Ma Series Arts. They work with traditional ecological knowledge keepers, improvisers, authors, dancers, poets, teatro, songmakers, journalists, ranchers, social workers, dream… Rooted in the west coast improvised music scene they extend the sonic possibilities of a song maker, artist, and guitarist. They create work that remembers our migrations, the exchange of knowledge by our relationship with each other and the land. They currently work with Biggi Vinkeloe, Andrea YAYA Porras, IONE, Li Harris, Leyya Tawil, Amy K Bormet, gabby fluke-mogul, Collette McCaslin, Courtney McDonald, Josh Kline, Mark Pino, Donald Robinson and MA ensemble. This is their first east coast tour. Many thanks for listening.

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Workshop: DIY Electronics with Vaux Flores - The Eyecillator
Mar
24
12:00 PM12:00

Workshop: DIY Electronics with Vaux Flores - The Eyecillator

Sunday March 24 * Noon-2pm * $40 * TICKETS

Reintroducing the Eyecillator, a small, yet surprisingly complex little light-sensitive noise maker from VF designed for lazy Sunday enthusiasts, STEM evangelists, musicians and other folks who just aren't all that into college basketball. So what is it? Let's go the portmanteau route – eye + oscillator = Eyecillator. Clever, right? So here it is – a small, Tom Bugs inspired 4-oscillator, cascaded NAND opto-synth with controls over pitch and voltage sag, as well as the modern addition of a third control over the frequency of a misappropriated telephone chip that acts as a somewhat strange filter of sorts. When used properly, it can chirp along with the best of them, as well as do its utmost to sound like that motorized garbage can robot from that one space movie...but with a drug problem. Not to mention that for this build, there are no wires. There is no case. Just a cool little light-controlled circuit, some components and the guarantee that you'll be able to spark at least two and half minutes of unbridled joy out of this thing before you have to pack up and get serious about the week ahead.

As usual, the logistics: So logistics – the workshop will go from 12 PM – 2 PM and all materials will be provided. No prior electronics experience is needed and yes, you get to keep this synth at the end of the workshop. Price is $40 and since its an autonomous noisemaker, no guitar, etc is needed unless you really, really want to share something. As with previous VF workshops, we strive to keep the atmosphere casual, informative and friendly – so feel free to bring a snack and a story and hopefully we'll all leave as buddies at the end of the day. For this workshop, attendance will be limited to 10 and a small VauxFlores pop-up shop will also be on-site for anyone interested in nabbing a box without having to solder it themselves.

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Mindfulness Meditation
Mar
23
10:00 AM10:00

Mindfulness Meditation

Saturday March 23 * 10am * $5 * RSVP

If you're new to mindfulness meditation, fear not! It is an ancient practice (roughly 2,600 years old!) of gently paying attention to the present moment, without judgement. Lately, more and more of us in the West have been learning and disseminating it as a tool for reducing stress. It is definitely useful for that. But it is also about cultivating our innate qualities of concentration, kindness, resilience, and compassion.

Class format: The class will last an hour and will include an introduction and some instruction, followed by a guided, seated meditation for 20-30 minutes. We'll then wrap up with a debrief/discussion.

No prior meditation experience is necessary. Bring a pillow or cushion to sit on the floor. Or you can sit in a chair.

About the teacher: Eliza Barclay has trained in the Buddhist tradition of vipassana/insight meditation, and will be offering a secular class, open to all. She is currently a teacher-in-training with the Engaged Mindfulness Institute. She also works as a science and health journalist in Washington, DC.

Suggested donation: $5 for the use of the space

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Who What Where Theater Collective presents: Spills
Mar
21
to Mar 30

Who What Where Theater Collective presents: Spills

WHO WHAT WHERE theater collective presents:

Spills
is a dynamic theatrical experience in three acts and three styles. It explores the balance between self discovery and performative sexuality.

Written by Ruthie Rado
Directed by Rebecca Wahls

March 21, 28 - 730pm
March 22, 23, 29, 30 - 8pm
March 23, 30 - 3pm

Advance TICKETS strongly recommended.

Note: Spills contains mature discussions of sexuality and is not appropriate for children under 18.

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Sound Meditation / Healers / Concentric Circles
Mar
18
7:00 PM19:00

Sound Meditation / Healers / Concentric Circles

Monday March 18 * 7pm * $5-10 suggested * RSVP

Our biweekly experiments in sound meditation continue, this week followed by music from Boston's HEALERS and DC's CONCENTRIC CIRCLES. Meditation at 7, Music at 8, Come for both, Come for either....

Join us for the next installment of our series devoted to the practice of Deep Listening, as coined/taught/enacted by the late composer Pauline Oliveros. For one hour, we will focus on sound. Listening first, with an eye (ear) toward healing, toward a collective experience more than the sum of its parts. There will be vocal and percussive sound production involved at different points. The space will be available for conversation/debriefing/relaxing afterwards. All ages welcome. No prior meditation or musical experience necessary.

HEALERS hail from Boston and play a style of drone-influenced psychfolk, combing electronics, tape loops and acoustic instruments.

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

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Concert: Carl Stone / Susan Alcorn+Biliana Voutchkova Duo
Mar
17
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Carl Stone / Susan Alcorn+Biliana Voutchkova Duo

Sunday March 17 * 8pm * $15 * Tickets

Carl Stone is one of the pioneers of live computer music, and has been hailed by the Village Voice as “the king of sampling", and “one of the best composers living in (the USA) today.” Born in Los Angeles, Stone now divides his time between Los Angeles and Japan, where he serves on the faculty of Media Engineering at Chukyo University. His works have been performed in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America and the Near East. rlsto.net

One of the world’s premiere exponents of her instrument, Susan Alcorn has taken the pedal steel guitar far beyond its traditional role in country music. Having first paid her dues in Texas country & western bands, she began to expand the vocabulary of her instrument through her study of 20th century classical music, visionary jazz, and world musics. Alcorn has collaborated with numerous artists including Pauline Oliveros, Chris Cutler, Joe McPhee, Ken Vandermark, Nate Wooley, Ingrid Laubrock and Leila Bourdreuil, Evan Parker, Michael Formanek, Zane Campbell, and Mary Halvorson among others. susanalcorn.net

​Biliana Voutchkova is a violinist, composer-performer and improvisor who combines regular performances of major solo violin/ensemble works, new music, and her own work with performative, long length formats, real time composition and improvisation. Her constant research as a creative artist spans the widest possible range of sound and movement and extends her sonic, technical and physical capacities evolving into the development of a highly individual artistic language. Voutchkova holds degrees from the University of Southern California and the Mannes College of Music and is based in Berlin, Germany. bilianavoutchkova.net

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Concert: Forced Into Femininity / Tom Borax / Lazuli / Hayden Right
Mar
16
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Forced Into Femininity / Tom Borax / Lazuli / Hayden Right

Saturday March 16 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

Jill Lloyd Flanagan aka Forced Into Femininity describes her newest album simply: "'Erraticism' is a phrase appropriated from the Terfy feminist writer Mary Daly. To me, it's a way of taking the way female art and especially trans art is dismissed and trivialized as not worthy of being taken seriously into a philosophy and intention. It's an act of resistance against 'Real Music', 'Real Art' and the complacent way they approach our horrific present." Forced Into Femininity is an important and uncompromising voice in the modern underground, and her music is a disorienting storm of ever-shifting electronics and theatrical, dizzying vocals. Flanagan once described her work as "Marxist Body Horror," and, honestly, nothing can top that.

Lazuli
DC hash noise duo of Emily Haugh and Sam Chintha

Tom Borax
Noisy autoharp fuckery

Hayden Right

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