Concert: Daniel Bachman, Anna Crooks/Jarrett Gilgore, Garrett/Pony/Moon
Aug
20
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Daniel Bachman, Anna Crooks/Jarrett Gilgore, Garrett/Pony/Moon

Monday August 20th 8PM

Daniel Bachman returns to Rhizome in support of his first album of new material in two years, the magnificent “The Morning Star”. "The Morning Star" is the product of various change elements directing themselves at Daniel Bachman. First, the months following the recording and mixing of Bachman’s 2016 self-titled album saw him physically move from his multi-year residence in the North Carolina Triangle area back to his native Virginia. Next was the 2016 American presidential election. While not an overtly political album, "The Morning Star" is truly an artist’s personal reflection on the chaotic days and nights in America following the revelation of that election’s results. Lastly, a focused period of listening, reflection, and space to come down off of a heavy few years of touring created a few changes in Bachman’s writing style that took him a period of time to truly feel comfortable with.

Change is natural and change is good. In the case of Daniel Bachman, gone is the player who originally played with such an irrepressible power. "The Morning Star" demonstrates that years have permitted Bachman to grow into a complicated and transfixing performer whose compositions bear a sympathetic ear with few peers.

Anna Crooks & Jarrett Gilgore - There are melodies hidden in speech. Anna & Jarrett unearth these melodies and provide a strange new context for poetry. The duo began during Superbowl LI (2017) and has since performed around Baltimore on lineups with Susan Alcorn, Twig Harper, Lexie Mountain, BLUD. Expect a recording to come out in the next 5 years

Garrett/Pony/Moon - stomp shout drone

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EMBODY Residency FInal Concert: Alash w/ Special Guest Shodekeh; Orfeia
Aug
21
8:00 PM20:00

EMBODY Residency FInal Concert: Alash w/ Special Guest Shodekeh; Orfeia

Tuesday August 21st      8pm     $20

ALASH are masters of Tuvan throat singing, a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. Masters of traditional Tuvan instruments as well as the art of throat singing, Alash are deeply committed to traditional Tuvan music and culture. At the same time, they are fans of western music. Believing that traditional music must constantly evolve, the musicians subtly infuse their songs with western elements, creating their own unique style that is fresh and new, yet true to their Tuvan musical heritage.

What does throat singing sound like? "Imagine a human bagpipe-a person who could sing a sustained low note while humming an eerie, whistle-like melody. For good measure, toss in a thrumming rhythm similar to that of a jaw harp, but produced vocally-by the same person, at the same time." -Newsweek (March 17, 2006)

Where is Tuva? Tuva (sometimes spelled Tyva) sits at the southern edge of Siberia, with Mongolia to its south. Over the centuries, Tuva has been part of Chinese and Mongolian empires, and shares many cultural ties with Mongolia. In 1944 it became part of the USSR, and until the late physicist Richard Feynman drew attention to it, was largely unknown to westerners. Tuva is now a member of the Russian Federation. 

Opening set by ORFEIA, an all-woman vocal ensemble dedicated to preserving and sharing traditional music from Bulgaria and Eastern Europe. Orfeia’s repertoire spans the rich and diverse musical heritage of Eastern Europe, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Russia and their neighbors. From traditional to sacred and from the Middle Ages to modern day, the captivating sounds of the Balkans are given voice through lush harmonies, unique dissonances and vocal ornaments, unusual rhythms, village songs, custom songs with overlapping lines, antiphonal songs with drones, seasonal music, dance music, and children’s songs.

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Concert: David Dove/Justin M. Jones, Tag Cloud, Amptext
Aug
24
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: David Dove/Justin M. Jones, Tag Cloud, Amptext

Friday August 24th 8PM $10

A trombone player, composer, improviser, and educator, David Dove has given performances and workshops across North America and internationally. As Founding Director of Nameless Sound (a non-profit organization in Houston, Texas), he curates/presents a concert series of international contemporary creative music, and has developed an approach, philosophy and practice of creative music education based on creativity and improvisation. As a creative artist, free improvisation has been his primary (but not exclusive) approach to performance and collaboration. He has focused on acoustic playing for most of his career, developing a style that draws influence from jazz, 20th century composed music, the electric guitar, electronic music and European improvisation. He’s inspired by a wide range of influences from outside of his form, including hardcore punk rock, painting/visual arts, modern/contemporary dance, and Houston mixtape visionary DJ Screw. . In an attempt assimilate the effect Screw’s extremely slow and low mixes (as a real time, improvisational music), Dove extends the trombone with the use of guitar pedals, pitch shifters, and (most importantly) sub-woofers. Non-musical performative activity has also been explored in recent projects.

Justin M. Jones is an improviser, vocalist, and writer from Houston, TX. Often engaging intensively with queer texts and the tricky mechanics of power, pleasure, and pedagogy, Jones' wide-ranging practice treats the human voice as a densely-constructed apparatus of embodiment.

Tag Cloud is ambient/noise including kit built electronics, analog and semi-modular synths, cheap keyboards, acoustic drone instruments, and percussion. Influences range broadly from Krautrock, noise, and environmental acoustics to working within the experimental scene in Washington DC.

Amptext - Gary Rouzer (cello, amplified objects, clarinet, field recordings) was born in Washington DC and works in the area between free improvisation and composition. His focus is on electro-acoustic sounds and the relation between musician and listener within the performance space while exploring noise, silence, texture, and abstract sound.

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Comedy: Kevin Tit Is Recording a Comedy Album in a House
Aug
25
7:30 PM19:30

Comedy: Kevin Tit Is Recording a Comedy Album in a House

Kevin Tit
-once described as "Surprisingly funny" by Washington Post
-Notable appearances in a couple Jeff Rosenstock music videos
-Brief (most wouldn't count it) appearances in Hidden America w/ Jonah Ray 
-once bugged Keith Morris in line at a Starbucks for a picture

has been doing stand up comedy for seven damn years and is finally making a point to record some of his jokes.
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Jokes he wrote before moving away from Hawaii.
Jokes he wrote after moving away from Hawaii.
Jokes that got him booked on Festivals across the country.
Jokes that got him THE BIG $$$ a couple times!
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All the jokes, will be recorded on one night along with YOUR LAUGHS!

Also Featuring: Ian Rogers, Morgan Smalley & Mike Moran

Hosted by: John Barnes (Space Jokes, Get My Mom, CDR)
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SATURDAY, AUGUST 25th
RHIZOME HOUSE (6950 Maple st NW)
DOORS 730 | SHOW 8PM

LIVE UFOlogy Podcast TO FOLLOW AT 930PM

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Concert: Obody, Sarah Hughes and Insect Factory, Nik Francis and Jim Ryan Duo
Aug
31
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Obody, Sarah Hughes and Insect Factory, Nik Francis and Jim Ryan Duo

Friday August 31st    8PM    $10

Obody

Obody combines ambient textures, folk song structures, and general experimentalism based around the songs of Peter Vincent. Notoriously uncategorizable, the iteration of the group on this tour features a dynamic group of players from around the country that includes Sarah Hennies, Mike Shiflet, and TJ Borden, each of whom are forces in their own right within the creative music community. Not to be missed!


Insect Factory and Sarah Hughes

First collaboration between Rhizome mainstays Jeff Barsky and Sarah Hughes. Given the range of genres each work within, the command over their instruments, and sense of exploration inherent in their playing, all assumptions about what this will involve can be dismissed. I'm sure it'll sound better than sitting at home and playing each of their solo recordings at the same time (though that may be cool), so come out and see what happens.


Nik Francis and Jim Ryan duo

Nik & Jim have worked closely together for the past two years on developing a fluid and dynamic language for free improvisation. Nik Francis is a DC based drummer and composer of electro-acoustic music. For the last half century, Jim Ryan has performed spoken word and improvised music in Europe and throughout the United States, playing saxophone, flute, and trumpet. Jim recently returned to DC from San Francisco, where he was active in the experimental music scene for many years. During the 1980s he lived in DC and worked with the Art Performance Group. His music and poetry have been issued on Edgetone Records.

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Concert: Us,Today, Colla Parte, Rest, Audrey Chen/Meg Rorison
Sep
1
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Us,Today, Colla Parte, Rest, Audrey Chen/Meg Rorison

Saturday September 1st 8PM $10


Us, Today started as an organic experiment in sound. With the unique instrumentation of vibraphone, keyboard, guitar, and drums they set out to create music that defies genre. The group started with a chance meeting in 2010 at a coffee shop, and a discussion of a shared interest in St. Vincent. The three members, Kristin Agee, Joel Griggs, and Jeff Mellott, began weekly improvisation session, experimenting with their unique sonic possibilities. Improvisations turned into compositions. To date, Us, Today has released three albums, each one showing a progression of the band, from a free improvisation background, to a more composed and polished sound. Since their 2015 release, Their anticipated 4th album “Computant” (2018) shows another step in their sonic progression, to a more unified, electronic sound.

COLLA PARTE
Drawing on traditions of jazz and contemporary art music, Colla Parte creates free chamber improvisation that moves from expressionistic intensity to reflective introversion and back again. The group is (in alphabetical order): Daniel Barbiero (double bass), Perry Conticchio (reeds), and Rich O’Meara (vibes and percussion).

REST
Rest is an improvisational musical group featuring a rotating cast of Baltimore musicians: April Camlin, Miles Clark, Alex Homan, Isabella Pittman, Lucas Rambo, Jordan Romero, Eric Rosario. Rhythm builds and disintegrates, meditations in cacophony, exploring and expanding. A particle is also a wave.

AUDREY CHEN / MARGARET RORISON (voice and 16mm film projection)
The collaboration between Audrey Chen and Margaret Rorison works inside the intimate worlds of their maternal lines, as experienced through the myriad sounds of the human voice and 16mm film projection. Images and sounds captured in spaces brought together by their individual experiences of mother, daughter, granddaughter and how that affects their identities- and channels towards decision making, touch, habit, memory and language. ​

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Concert:Eric Arn/Margaret Unknown, Whispers of Night
Sep
7
8:00 AM08:00

Concert:Eric Arn/Margaret Unknown, Whispers of Night

Friday September 7th 8PM $10


For 10 years, the duo of guitarists Eric Arn (Primordial Undermind, Outer Vortex, Bird People) and Margaret Unknown ((In) The Abyssity of Grounds w/ Linda Sharrock, Guele Populaire) have been exploring the outer reaches of improvised music with results as fascinating as they are audacious. Using any and all techniques, discarding conventional foundations, they eliminate boundaries between psychedelic explorations, freedom music, abstract noise, and contemporary composition. They are releasing their first duo LP ‘Paranza Corta’ on Feeding Tube Records in May 2018.


Eric Arn

"Wonderful… a wiggly workout recalling the slurred phrasing of late period John Fahey with gracefully ugly experimental gestures. Great stuff." - Byron Coley, The Wire 

Margaret Unknown
"Abyssity forge a frenetic energy music based around Rechtern's raw sax and Margaret Unknown's psychedelic no-wave guitar... Their February 2016 show in Glasgow was one of the most powerful this writer has ever experienced” - Stewart Smith, The Quietus

Whispers of Night is an acoustic experimental improvisation duo featuring Majid Araim and Benjamin Shirley on a variety of instruments and timbres. Inspired by musicians and composers such as Anthony Braxton, George Crumb, and Tatsuya Nakatani, the duo draws on world folk music traditions and focuses on creative expression, respect, and collaborative exploration of sound. The duo performs sets of completely improvised music, honing a sympathetic and dynamic musical bond. Formed in early 2014 in Atlanta, Whispers of Night has self-released two limited edition cassettes, and will release a new set of recordings in fall 2018.

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Sonic Circuits Festival Benefit with Chester Hawkins, Fast Not Safe, the unknown sound collective
Sep
8
8:00 PM20:00

Sonic Circuits Festival Benefit with Chester Hawkins, Fast Not Safe, the unknown sound collective

Saturday Sep 8th 2018 -  8 p.m. -  $10

CHESTER HAWKINS (Washington DC) has recorded and performed a wide range of experimental music since 1985. The best-known project was BLUE SAUSAGE INFANT, which began as an exercise in modern audio Dadaism (via musique concrete and tape-collage) and later expanded to embrace drone, krautrock, electronic psychedelia, brutal noise, and cinematic sound design. After 28 years, BLUE SAUSAGE INFANT was retired and new works continue under the human name. Using an arsenal of electronics, tapes, acoustics, and modified objects, the goal remains the creation of deep and elegant trance states with a glaze of paranoid tension. Past collaborators in recordings and performances include Richard Pinhas (Heldon), J. Surak (Violet), Dave Newhouse (The Muffins), Insect Factory, Thee Maximalists, Pilesar, and many others.

the unknown sound collective is a multimedia (sound, video, dance, other visuals) art collective formed by Elena Botts (mourning dove) and including many members credited here: theunknownsoundcollective.bandcamp.com
Elena Botts grew up in the DC area, lived briefly in Berlin and Johannesburg, and attended college in upstate New York and NYC. She is a artist of many mediums. She has had six poetry books published. Additionally, her visual art has been exhibited in galleries and she has been making sound art.

Fast Not Safe performs electroacoustic music with a message, agitprop for all ages. Dave Vosh and Keith Sinzinger have been collaborating for many years. Dave brings his deep knowledge of modular synth improvisation to complement Keith’s samples, loops and other manipulated extractions from contemporary conflict.

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Film Screening: In The Jungle by Stephanie Barber
Sep
9
7:00 PM19:00

Film Screening: In The Jungle by Stephanie Barber

Sunday September 9 7pm $10 suggested donation

The musical essay film In The Jungle is an hour long, single channel video written and directed by Stephanie Barber, starring Cricket Arrison (of Wham City) and M.C. Schmidt (of Matmos) as well as a spate of snakes and tigers.

A piece of expanded poetics which combines written and spoken text with music composed with the found and created sounds of birds and insects. The collision of human civilization and wildlife is both a contemplation of extinction and environmentalism as well as a metaphor for the wild in our psyches and imagination.

In The Jungle playfully and sorrowfully tells the tale of an unreliable narrator in a self-imposed exile. Given a grant to study the equivalent of animal cries and whines in jungle flora, our heroine has lived for 1,612 days deep in an unnamed jungle. This jungle serves as an extended metaphor for excessive and continual growth and death and fear and sustenance; a metaphorical space of chaos in which the scientist finds solace and which stands in contrast to the human jungle of 'civilization'.

This video sits comfortably between essay film, musical, and experimental narrative. This hybridized space explores an extended metaphor of excessive and continual growth and death, fear, and sustenance.

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Concert: Jonathan Goldberger/JP Schlegelmilch​/+1, Janel Leppin
Sep
21
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Jonathan Goldberger/JP Schlegelmilch​/+1, Janel Leppin

Friday Sept.21 * 8pm * $10 suggested donation

JP Schlegelmilch (organ/keyboards), Jonathan Goldberger (guitar) and Jim Black (drums) present a 21st-century take on the organ trio in their debut album coming out on Skirl Records in September 2018. “Visitors” charts a course between blurry shoegaze textures,  frenetic avant-garde jazz, and drone-heavy psychedelic rock. Moments of intense improvisation in the vein of Sonny Sharrock and Tony Williams Lifetime coexist with more tightly-structured instrumental pieces rooted in the epic prog-rock of King Crimson and Yes. The music is bathed in the analog glow of the Yamaha YC-30 organ, a vintage keyboard that’s become JP Schlegelmilch’s obsession, pushing the trio’s sound into outer realms explored by Terry Riley and Sun Ra. Jonathan Goldberger’s sonic wizardry is on full display, striking a balance between tape-delay washed soundscapes and gritty, straight-into-the-amp electric guitar. Visitors is shot through with the intense spontaneity and restless creativity of Jim Black’s drumming, careening from hard-hitting grooves to free-floating abstraction. NOTE: Jim Black will not be able to make this show. His replacement will be announced shortly.

Janel Leppin - With a musical style as unique as it is captivating, cellist, vocalist and composer Janel Leppin is a highly developed, innovative artist. Through intense devotion to craft, Janel fuses flawless technicality with boundless, creativity moving far beyond the conventions of her instruments to make music which exists in uncharted sonic territories.
Janel's diverse musical interests, innovations and virtuosic ability have caught the attention of dozens of celebrated artists with whom she has collaborated. Some of these collaborators include Eyvind Kang, Oren Ambarchi, Marissa Nadler, Kyp Malone, Susan Alcorn, Skuli Sverrison, Gino Robair, and Randall Dunn. She has appeared on albums for Touch, Sub Pop, Cuneiform, Tzadik and Editions Mego Ideologic Organ, Tompkins Square and many others. In addition to recordings, Janel is an active participant in the experimental music community, and when she isn't touring internationally, she plays in a multitude of groups in Washington D.C. and up and down the east coast.

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Tiny Indigo Open House
Aug
19
5:30 PM17:30

Tiny Indigo Open House

Sunday August 19         530PM-7PM        Free

Have you ever wondered what's going on with that tiny house adjacent to Rhizome? The Tiny Indigo team will host an open house on August 19 from 530pm to 7pm. Please join us for a house tour and an informal conversation on all the big aspects -- from home design to lifestyle choices and changes -- of tiny living. For additional information please contact Leandra Nichola at leandra.nichola@gmail.com.

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Concert: Peter J Woods, Gerritt Wittmer, Lazuli, Big Fraud
Aug
13
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Peter J Woods, Gerritt Wittmer, Lazuli, Big Fraud

Monday, August 13

Based in Milwaukee, WI, Peter J. Woods is a multimedia performance artist that pulls equally from the worlds of sound art, theatre, conceptual art, and, most recently, film. His performances rely on stark imagery and overwhelming
soundscapes to create minimal, haunting, and affective experiences. As a musician, he has collaborated with a host of internationally recognized musicians (Tatsuya Nakatani, Olivia Block, Victor DeLorenzo of the Violent Femmes, Alex Kmet of Climax Denial) and performed alongside many more (Negativland, Aaron Dilloway, Hiroshi Hasegawa, C Spencer Yeh, John Wiese). Woods has also performed in a number of acclaimed metal and punk bands (including Mountain Language and Galactic Cannibal), produced work at the Minneapolis and Milwaukee Fringe Festivals, and curated the Milwaukee Noise Fest for eight years. He currently acts as the chair of the music committee for the Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts in Milwaukee, WI where he also hosts the Experimental Education Series, a collection of workshops and concerts that amplify female voices in the experimental music world while simultaneously reaching out to new audiences.

Gerritt Wittmer is a sound and performance artist based in Houston, Texas. His work often articulates abstract narratives through vocal expression, body performance, and intense theatrical lighting. He has performed and recorded as Gerritt, Ginnungagap (with Stephen O'Malley and Tim Wyskida), Deathroes (with Sixes), and has performed and/or collaborated on projects with Sunn O))), Sissy Spacek, John Wiese, and Paul Knowles. He is the lead singer for the band Names. He also directs the publishing house Misanthropic Agenda. 

 
Lazuli is a new textural noise/drone project from Sam Chintha and Emily Haugh


Debut performance of DC's newest harsh noise project, Big Fraud, from our beloved Sophie

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Concert: Sam Newsome, Jaimie Branch + Heart of the Ghost Quartet
Aug
11
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Sam Newsome, Jaimie Branch + Heart of the Ghost Quartet

New York-based saxophonist and composer Sam Newsome works primarily in the medium of solo saxophone, an approach through which he gained world-wide critical acclaim with the release of his 2009 recording Blue Soliloquy: Solo Works for Soprano Saxophone, which received a five-star review in Downbeat magazine..

Many of the notes and sounds that comprise his compositions and improvisations are derived from his own personal sound palette of extended techniques: multi-phonics, flutter tonguing, percussive slap tonguing, soprano saxophone specific micro-tones, air sounds, key clicks, air hisses, acoustic sound manipulation, Tartini tones, and various forms of oral cavity manipulation. Newsome sees himself more along the lines of a visual artist who paints with notes and sounds rather than shapes and colors. “My music, “ says Newsome, “is a type of improvisatory art music in which jazz functions more as a resource than a musical genre to be interpreted with stylistic specificity.
Even though Newsome’s approach is unorthodox, it has proven very fruitful—musically and critically.

A mainstay of the Chicago jazz scene and an active recent addition to the New York scene, Jaimie Branch is an avant-garde trumpeter known for her “ghostly sounds," says The New York Times, and for "sucker punching" crowds straight from the jump off, says Time Out . Her classical training and “unique voice capable of transforming every ensemble of which she is a part” (Jazz Right Now) has contributed to a wide range of projects not only in jazz but also punk, noise, indie rock, electronic and hip-hop.

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

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Concert: Andrea Pensado / Chris Strunk, Wes Swing, Concentric Circles
Aug
10
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Andrea Pensado / Chris Strunk, Wes Swing, Concentric Circles

ANDREA PENSADO (b. Argentina), works with sound as a performer and programmer. She studied in Argentina and Poland where she graduated in Composition with honors. However, her music started to gradually move from composition to improvisation. Paradoxically, nowadays, Pensado finds herself rooted in the Boston underground noise scene where she plays solos and collaborates frequently with other musicians.

CHRIS STRUNK is a Boston based percussionist and drummer. His solo work focuses on cymbal overtones, friction, and the vibration and rattle of non traditional objects used as percussion instruments.

WES SWING (VA) - is a singer, cellist, songwriter, and composer from Virginia. On his new full-length album And The Heart, dark, foggy soundscapes and subdued cello melodies slowly focus into moments of clarity, overtaken by a symphony of vocal harmonies, strings, synths and pounding beats, before receding back into an instrumental dreamworld. 

CONCENTRIC CIRCLES is a three piece free improvisation/avant-garde project based in Washington, D.C. consisting of Christine Paluch (synths, bass), Abram Mamet (French horn), and Dan Newhauser (drums, percussion)

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Concert: Will Csorba, Eli Winter, Issa Sherzad, Kevin Coleman
Aug
8
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Will Csorba, Eli Winter, Issa Sherzad, Kevin Coleman

Will Csorba has released five records already since last August. The Cornfields saw a triumphant return to his stunning solo guitar compositions. Irrelephant evoked the likes of Pelt with its sprawling harmonium and fiddle drones. On Who's Been Giving You Corn?, he entered into conversation for the first time with flatpicker Cameron Knowler in a collection of fresh takes on oldtime staples. Csorba and Knowler have since gone on to form the Fossil Lickers, variously featuring fiddlers James Trimble and Mark Lewis, guitarist Evan Morgan, and multi-instrumentalist Sage Lyford. The group will bring their ever-expanding repertoire of traditional and original tunes, with maybe a couple solo pieces from Csorba. fossillickers.bandcamp.com

Eli Winter is a songwriter and guitarist from Houston TX. Since releasing his first single Take No Notice/Woodlawn Waltz on Impossible Colors last year, he's wowed musicians and audiences alike on all manner of guitars, most recently opening for Ryley Walker . His first full-length record, The Time To Come, will be released on Blue Hole Recordings later this year.

Issa Sherzad (sitar:)  Parametric improvisation within melodic structures of traditional ragas of the Indian subcontinent

Kevin Coleman - Folk guitar fingerpicking in the American primitive tradition.

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Concert: Beben Von Kobra, Jack Wright and Evan Lipson Duo, Rich O'Meara
Aug
5
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Beben Von Kobra, Jack Wright and Evan Lipson Duo, Rich O'Meara



Beben von Kobra (Chicago/New Orleans) brings together four of the leading figures of the Chicago and New Orleans music communities in an improvising quartet that is as singular in approach and diverse in style as its members, which include Aurora Nealand (reeds, accordion, objects, voice), Steve Marquette (guitar), Anton Hatwich (bass), and Paul Thibodeaux (drums). 


Jack Wright is a saxophone extremist, dedicated to to free playing since 1979. Described twenty years ago as an "undergrounder by design," he is a veteran improviser based mainly in Philadelphia
Evan Lipson has operated as a musician since adolescence—intuitively seeking the liminal realms in which intellect and instinct, history and myth, and creative and destructive force intersect.

Rich O'Meara is a long-time DC improvisor. Solo percussion. Vibraphone, metal, wood, objects. Minimalist and meditative.

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Exhibition Opening: Revel-Curated by Eames Armstrong
Aug
4
7:00 PM19:00

Exhibition Opening: Revel-Curated by Eames Armstrong

Revel 

artists:
Kunj
Adriana-Lucia Cotes
Brandon Geurts
John Paradiso
Ariel Posh

curated: 
Eames Armstrong

opening: 8.4.18, 7-10pm
closing: 8.26.18, 7-10pm

Please join me for the opening of Revel, a group exhibition motivated by light and darkness, ritual devotions, the inevitability of death, and glimmers of something better.

image credit: Ariel Posh, Intrusion II, 2018

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Concert: Lord Dirt, Yaj
Jul
28
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Lord Dirt, Yaj

LORD DIRT + YAJ LIVE

Lord Dirt is a rapper, DJ, and producer from music collective Bottega, based in PG County Maryland . After 3 instrumental tapes and 2 collaborative EPs, he is debuting his first LP, "STATIC", a passion project equal parts brutal, soulful, and experimental.

The performance consist of not only live lyricism, and beat performance, but commentary on mental health in society - specifically the hiphop scene - and his own struggles with depression, social anxiety and how the word "static" has taken on a new meaning to him. In the interest of experimentation by means of erasing sonic boundaries, Dirt abandons the conventional DJ + MC set up and orchestrates the sound by means of samplers, controllers and software.

Yaj is a singer/songwriter from Maryland and fellow Bottega member. A new comer to the DMV music scene who infuses his talent and knowledge of the keys into his contemporary RnB sound.

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Workshop: Build a Synth with Peter Blasser
Jul
28
12:00 PM12:00

Workshop: Build a Synth with Peter Blasser

Join Ciat Lonbarde's Peter Blasser July 28th for an all-day synth-making workshop in which participants will assemble their own Shbobo Shnth, a completely customizable music synthesizer.

The Shnth combines concepts from modular synthesis, computer music and circuit-bending into a compact, extremely playable all-in-one instrument . All sounds are synthesized in real time by the Shnth's embedded ARM microprocessor into a 16-bit stereo output. Every aspect of the Shnth's performance can be customized and instantly re-programmed via USB. It even comes complete with its own graphical programming environment (Fish), which we will learn to use in the workshop. The Shnth is portable, includes a rechargeable battery pack, and can store up to 256 presets to be recalled as needed 'in the field'. You can hear some examples of the Shnth in action here.

In this workshop you will build your own Shnth and learn how to program it to explore the rich world of electronic music. No prior experience necessary!

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Concert: Lucas Brode + John Thayer Duo, Nate Scheible + Sarah Hughes Duo, Corey Thuro
Jul
27
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Lucas Brode + John Thayer Duo, Nate Scheible + Sarah Hughes Duo, Corey Thuro

Friday July 27th  8PM   $10

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. Lucas often performs solo, leads his own trio, co-leads the Post-Rock / Math-Rock hybrid Hannibal Montana.

John Thayer is a New York based musician, composer and audio engineer. Thayer explores the intersection of acoustic and electronic music, using tape manipulations and experimental recording techniques, to produce instrumental music in a wide spectrum ranging from exploratory group improvisation to solo ethereal soundscapes. His work has appeared in numerous television and feature films and he is a Montello Foundation artist in residence for 2018.

Sarah Hughes and Nate Scheible are two mainstays within the Baltimore and DC improvised music communities working within and against a variety of genres, from dense, untethered free jazz to delicate, stark minimalism. Hughes and Scheible have been collaborating for the past two years, eschewing the expectations of the typical saxophone and drums duo, and utilizing it as a jumping off point to explore deeper possibilities of sound. This oftentimes involves integrating text, movement, and other non-idiomatic approaches, while still maintaining a sense of self-awareness and humor.

Corey Thuro is a Baltimore-based mandolin player. He has spent the past few years developing an original technique for the mandolin which involves the treatment of all eight strings as separate, non-static, tones in place of traditional grouped pairs. Aside from playing improvisational music he is a member of local bands Seneca and Sam Cooper & The Sleepwalkers.

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EMBODY Residency Series: Vocal Percussion
Jul
22
8:00 PM20:00

EMBODY Residency Series: Vocal Percussion

Sunday July 22nd   8PM $10

Rhizome is excited to announce a new performance series with Baltimore’s EMBODY Vocal arts beginning July 1st. and continuing every Sunday night throughout the month. Each week’s program will focus on a different aspect of experimental vocal performance. The series is being curated by Baker award-winning artist Dominic ‘Shodekeh’ Taliferro.

EMBODY is an ongoing music & sound series dedicated specifically to the many diverse vocal arts forms & disciplines worldwide. Striving to draw from a wide array of varying linguistic, experimental, & traditional influences, we curate our gatherings on the common ground that everyone musically & vocally involved possess access to the same instrument of process & creation - the Human Voice.


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Workshop: Beatbox Albegra
Jul
22
3:00 PM15:00

Workshop: Beatbox Albegra

Through instruction, practice & immersive play in "Beatbox Algebra", young students of all  age groups will develop exercises to improve & create new pathways to not only Hip Hip Vocal Percussion, but to the necessary subjects of math & music with lead instructor & professional Beatboxer Shodekeh!

"Beatbox Algebra" focuses on not just elements of math + music instruction but also incorporates fun & amazing teaching portions of movement & dance, number games & creative musical activities to enhance & reinforce the learning experience for everyone involved! If you love music & any interest at all in math, then this course is just for you & your young ones.

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Concert: James Wolf, Raven Bauer Durham, Stephen Carroll Palke
Jul
21
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: James Wolf, Raven Bauer Durham, Stephen Carroll Palke

Saturday July 21st   8PM    $10

James Wolf is a violinist and multi-instrumentalist active in the DC experimental music community for more than 20 years. He currently plays with Phoenix Auto Group. As a solo artist he has released three recordings with a fourth album, Engine Summer, due out on Star Of The Sea recordings in June 2018.


Raven Bauer Durham is a musician, a songwriter, a sonic raconteur from the Central Virginia area. Blurring the line between experimental and folk. She's been quietly crafting songs, her own unique sound within the honeycombs of pure creation. Earlier this year saw the release of her debut solo record, Conversations, out on Star of the Sea recordings. a record of delicate experimental folk instrumentals; marking the debut of a compelling new voice in music. She currently plays in Phoenix Auto Group

Stephen Carroll Palke is an experimental musician, filmmaker, photographer from Virginia. Ranging from haunting ethereal minimalist guitar to experimental folk to joyful vibrant pulsating electronic soundscapes evoking symmetric structures. Uncompromising, sometimes confounding, yet always with a genuine curiosity and spirit of exploration. an intention to directly communicate through personal expression. 

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Rhizome Gear and Record Sale II
Jul
21
11:00 AM11:00

Rhizome Gear and Record Sale II

Saturday July 21st   11AM-5PM     

On Saturday, July 21 Rhizome will host a music equipment / record sale from 11am to 5pm! Vendors and musicians from all over the DMV area will be selling their used music equipment and records!

Expect:

SYNTHS
PEDALS
GUITARS
TAPE DECKS
RECEIVERS
SPEAKERS
AMPS
MISC. GEAR
RECORDS
TAPES
BOOKS/PERIODICALS/ZINES
FREE PILE

If you are interested in being a vendor, e-mail levi.josh@gmail.com to reserve a table. We are asking vendors for a $20 table fee that will directly benefit Rhizome.

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Concert: Cataclysmic Commentary, CMW Players, Forgetter
Jul
19
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Cataclysmic Commentary, CMW Players, Forgetter

CATACLYSMIC COMMENTARY (Ben Cohen, tenor saxophone / Eli Wallace, piano / Dave Miller, drums and cymbals) is a malleable and dynamic new trio of improvising musicians based in New York City. Living in a world of rapidly changing political and socio-economic permutations, they were founded with the premise of integrating these socio-political narratives into their work, sculpting every set according to the particular challenges of the time rather than relying on an established book of rotely rehearsed material. This manifests in a diversity of repertoire from completely free improvisation, to compositions by members of the ensemble, to pieces by select influential musicians, to folk songs from around the world. All of the works directly relate to and portray a response to the challenges of our current epoch. Cataclysmic Commentary brings awareness and attention to the challenges faced as inhabitants of Planet Earth through a chameleon approach that is ever exploring, asking questions, and adapting accordingly through their music.

CMW PLAYERS is a collective of DC-area sound, movement, and visual improvisers that originally convened in early 2015. They come from a range of backgrounds and are constantly seeking to balance engaging one another on common ground while striving to challenge themselves personally and experiment with new ideas and techniques.

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

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EMBODY Residency Series: Akua Allrich
Jul
15
8:00 PM20:00

EMBODY Residency Series: Akua Allrich

Sunday July 15th    8PM $10

Rhizome is excited to announce a new performance series with Baltimore’s EMBODY Vocal arts beginning July 1st. and continuing every Sunday night throughout the month. Each week’s program will focus on a different aspect of experimental vocal performance. The series is being curated by Baker award-winning artist Dominic ‘Shodekeh’ Taliferro.

EMBODY is an ongoing music & sound series dedicated specifically to the many diverse vocal arts forms & disciplines worldwide. Striving to draw from a wide array of varying linguistic, experimental, & traditional influences, we curate our gatherings on the common ground that everyone musically & vocally involved possess access to the same instrument of process & creation - the Human Voice.


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Tiny Indigo Open House
Jul
15
5:30 PM17:30

Tiny Indigo Open House

Have you ever wondered what's going on with that tiny house adjacent to Rhizome? The Tiny Indigo team will host an open house on Sunday July 15 from 530pm to 7pm. Please join us for a house tour and an informal conversation on all the big aspects -- from home design to lifestyle choices and changes -- of tiny living. For additional information please contact Leandra Nichola at leandra.nichola at gmail.com.

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Workshop: Beatbox Albegra
Jul
15
3:00 PM15:00

Workshop: Beatbox Albegra

Through instruction, practice & immersive play in "Beatbox Algebra", young students of all  age groups will develop exercises to improve & create new pathways to not only Hip Hip Vocal Percussion, but to the necessary subjects of math & music with lead instructor & professional Beatboxer Shodekeh!

"Beatbox Algebra" focuses on not just elements of math + music instruction but also incorporates fun & amazing teaching portions of movement & dance, number games & creative musical activities to enhance & reinforce the learning experience for everyone involved! If you love music & any interest at all in math, then this course is just for you & your young ones.

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Concert: Space Saver, Jordan Perry, Shodekeh
Jul
14
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Space Saver, Jordan Perry, Shodekeh

Space Saver - Based in Charlottesville VA, Travis Thatcher (Voice of Saturn, Judi Chicago) and Steve Snider (Golden Glasses, Cataract Camp) utilize saxophones, drums, fx and self-designed electronics to produce a dynamic, wooly wall of noise containing within as much nuance as it does concussive power. Space-Saver is the real-time combination of Snider and Thatcher’s diverse musical experiences and tastes, including free jazz, doom metal, acid techno, ambient and minimal synth music.

Jordan Perry (VA)  "While there’s a gentleness to the melodies at which he eventually arrives, Perry’s journey crosses prickly patches of tone clusters, and has a circular logic that defies pop logic. A few passages recall experimental player Julia Reidy, while some of the open strumming has a beautifully languid quality verging on mid-period William Ackerman." - Byron Coley

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. 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.

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** CANCELLED** Lea Bertucci, Amirtha Kidambi, Jeff Surak
Jul
13
8:00 PM20:00

** CANCELLED** Lea Bertucci, Amirtha Kidambi, Jeff Surak

Friday July 13th    8PM    $10

Lea Bertucci is a NYC based sound artist and composer whose work bridges performance, installation and multichannel activations of acoustic space.

Amirtha Kidambi "takes a holistic approach to singing, which can mean treating every element as unfixed: Words can be opened up, rendered nonspecific. Melody can be repeated and frozen and stuck in place. Markings of rhythm can become utterly abstract, freed from cadence." (New York Times).

Jeff Surak has been active on the margins of irrational audio art for over 35 years as a composer, performer, improvisor, programmer, and curator.

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Concert: Brian Chase's Drums and Drones with Ursula Sherrer, Evan Miller, Sarah Hughes
Jul
12
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Brian Chase's Drums and Drones with Ursula Sherrer, Evan Miller, Sarah Hughes

Thursday July 12th    8PM      $10

Drums and Drones is the solo project of Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs / John Zorn) and is performed in conjunction with the stunning visuals of video artist Ursula Scherrer. The project uses drums and percussion as a medium for ‘going inside the sound:’ that of constructing expansive soundscapes, like aural snapshots of tone, to uncover the richness of sonic depth hidden within the resonance of these instruments. Similarly, the visual component investigates and reconstructs elements of found forms, whether in filmed objects or simply light itself. In the live video projections, an architectural abstraction continues to emerge and re-evolve, and layers stack to reveal shifting fields of depth and perception. Drums and Drones credits initial inspiration to La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela’s legendary Dream House installation in TriBeCa, NYC.

Evan Miller is a percussionist and improviser based in Dayton, OH. He works with percussion, found objects, cassette tapes, and field recordings to create music drawing equally from drone and free improvisation. Evan is also a member of Neutrals, an experimental percussion duo, with Andrew Seivert.

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 also serves as adjunct faculty at Towson University and McDaniel College.

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Concert: Heart of the Ghost, Matthew Daher, Mose Forrest Ogg
Jul
10
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Heart of the Ghost, Matthew Daher, Mose Forrest Ogg

Tuesday July 10th    8pm     $10

Matthew Daher (Detroit): 
“The Wisdom To Know the Difference” is an exploration of control on both a sonic and a spiritual level. Vocals and acoustic drums processed, blended with lush textures, triggering other sonic events at varying degrees of randomness. A song-structured web of intended and unintended sonic consequences emerges, inspired by artists such as Mount Eerie, Björk, J Dilla, and Fiona Apple. An inquiry into the limits of control, the ease/suffering of clarity/confusion around those limits. The ever-shifting nature of those limits. An analogy in sound for these human predicaments.

Heart of the Ghost (DC):
Heart of the Ghost is an improvisational unit from the Baltimore/Washington area. Comprised of Jarrett Gilgore (Alto Saxophone), Luke Stewart (Double Bass) and Ian McColm (Drums), this group is the culmination of years of encircling orbits. Collectively encompassing a massive variety of interests and collaborators including James Brandon Lewis, Jaimie Branch, Tashi Dorji, and Dave Rempis. Themselves known players in the circles of improvised music, these three find common ground within their individual vocabularies: an aim to deconstruct and reshape canonized creative tropes into a new & stunning language.

Moses, Forrest, Ogg (DC):
Neural re-alignment via audio-visual meditations. Methods include oscillating bowls, guitar textures, lasers and weird signal processes.

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Concert: Kee Avil, Insect Factory, Margaret Rorison
Jul
9
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Kee Avil, Insect Factory, Margaret Rorison

Monday July 9th  8PM   $10


Kee Avil is the experimental song project of musician Vicky Mettler, based in Montreal, QC. Primarily a guitarist, she has been performing in improvised settings across Canada for the past few years. The project Kee Avil combines guitar, voice and electronics in an attempt to explore and assemble new sonorities into song-like forms that stagger between structure and improvisation.
https://soundcloud.com/keeavil


Margaret Rorison is a filmmaker from Baltimore, Maryland who works with 16mm projection and sound. Her work has screened at Anthology Film Archives, Ann Arbor Film Festival, CROSSROADS, Edinburgh International Film Festival, FYLKINGEN (SE); Images Festival, Mono No Aware VI & VII, Microscope Gallery & The Moscow Museum of Modern Art. She has projected her work in various improvisational settings, including, The High Zero Festival, Sonic Circuits Festival and The Philadelphia Free Form Festival and has collaborated with various sound artists including Joke Lanz (Sudden Infant) and Audrey Chen.

Insect Factory brings another chapter of mind blown drone and fresh new sound.

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EMBODY Residency Series: Vocal Percussion
Jul
8
8:00 PM20:00

EMBODY Residency Series: Vocal Percussion

EMBODY: The Future of Vocal Percussion.
A Voice Lecture, presented by Shodekeh.

"When one may imagine how will the human voice manifest as a musical instrument in the next 100 years and beyond, what techniques & traditions might that include? As a professional Beatboxer, I'm passionately asking myself & others...What will the future of vocal percussion look like?

Science communication, genre synthesis, musical ambassadorship...in the 30 plus years of being a dedicated practitioner, I've seen this vocal style take on so many dynamic shapes & forms, so join me for a rare & unique voice lecture as I share with you all that I anticipate happening in the future with this very specific, & yet universal vocal technique through the lens of what's happening now right here in the states & around the world: Beatbox Math Notation, Endoscopic & Scientific Research, Tuvan Throat Singing & Vocal Technique Synthesis...not to give it all away, but this will be a musical lecture experience like no other..."

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