Concert: Kahil El-Zabar's Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, More than A Drum
Feb
23
7:00 PM19:00

Concert: Kahil El-Zabar's Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, More than A Drum

For all who believe in Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Expression, The EHE has recorded dozens of internationally acclaimed projects, and the membership over the years has showcased some of the finest and most accomplished improvisers in creative music.
The current line up, consisting of Corey Wilkes (trumpet/percussion), Alex Harding (baritone sax/percussion), and EHE founder Sir Kahil El’Zabar (multi-percussion/composer/voice) has shared their Elevating Improvised Soul Music across the planet.

Internationally renowned percussionist and composer Kahil El'Zabar is considered one of the most prolific jazz innovators of his generation. Indeed El'Zabar is a true "Renaissance Man," with a musical style and content that flows from ancient Africa to the modern world. Music holds no boundaries for El'Zabar, who has not only played alongside a myriad of jazz greats such as Dizzy Gillespie and Cannonball Adderly, but was in the bands of Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone (who he also designed clothes for) and Paul Simon and many others

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Videofreex Pirate TV Show (21st Century re-edit)
Feb
24
8:00 PM20:00

Videofreex Pirate TV Show (21st Century re-edit)

Videofreex Pirate TV Show evokes the 1970's with a fast-paced variety show of 44 documentary, experimental, and performance shorts and excerpts from 1,200 videotapes in the Videofreex Archive produced by the infamous early indy video production group. Rated R: language, drugs, nudity, violence, radical politics, alternative culture, art video (64 minutes, 1969-1978, 2013).
Following the screening there will be a discussion of contemporary activist media and more.

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Concert: Shodekeh w/ Max Bent, Seconds, Ami Yamasaki
Feb
25
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Shodekeh w/ Max Bent, Seconds, Ami Yamasaki

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. For this performance he will be joined by fellow beatboxer Max Bent.

Seconds  - Stephen F. Lilly and Stacey Mastrian are core members of The Bay Players Experimental Music Collective, a group of composer-performer-improvisers who utilize conventional instruments (often unconventionally), spoken and sung voice, computers, and found objects. Their boundary-pushing art showcases indeterminacy, theatre, movement, digital media, and an inventive use of space. Founded in 2001 at the University of Maryland College Park, The Bay Players Experimental Music Collective has performed in more than three dozen states in the U.S.; BC and QC, Canada; France; Germany; Indonesia; Italy; and the Netherlands.

Ami Yamasaki is a vocalist and multimedia artist from Tokyo. Her work is diverse and prolific, creating installations, performances, and films in a variety of settings, most recently as part of the performance “Sounds to Summon the Japanese Gods” at the Japan Society of New York. Solo performances include “Signs of Voices” (2016, Kyoto Art Center, Japan), “Voice, Boundary, Gravity”(2017, Cathy Weis Project),“Experimental Intermedia 2017”(played with Yasunao Tone, curated by Phill Niblock).

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Concert: Martin Escalante, Matthew Mottel, Sarah Hughes
Feb
27
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Martin Escalante, Matthew Mottel, Sarah Hughes

Sonic CIrcuits presents..
Martín Escalante - Photographer, filmmaker and musician. In 2012 he started his record label Sploosh Records where he releases his solo work and collaborations as well as that of other artists from México, USA, Chile, Norway and Perú. His main instrument is the alto saxophone which he has slightly modified in order to produce a wide variety of noises, multi-phonics and voice extensions.

Matthew Mottel is an internationally recognized musician and artist, performing most notably with Talibam! since 2003. He has worked with Karole Armitage, Rhys Chatham, Cooper-Moore, Yasuano Tone and many others.

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. She recorded with Anthony Coleman on his album "You", and performed with him at The Stone and Roulette in New York.  She received her degree in 2015 and returned to the DMV in 2016.  Since graduating, 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.

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Concert: Reverent, Video Blu, Aaron Leitko
Feb
28
to Mar 1

Concert: Reverent, Video Blu, Aaron Leitko

Reverent - All vocal industrial project from writer/thinker/Moniker Records co-owner Jordan Reyes dealing with sex, death, drugs, and god.

Video Blue - Solo moves by Carson Cox. Tapes on Ascetic House, Total Black.

Aaron Leitko - Music for modular synthesizer. Member of Protect-U/OV/TK Echo. Records on Future Times, Planety Mu, Atlantic Rhythms. Glad to be back.

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Concert: Dikeman/Stadhouders/Piazza/Shead, Heart of the Ghost
Mar
1
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Dikeman/Stadhouders/Piazza/Shead, Heart of the Ghost

Since moving to Amsterdam, John Dikeman has been very active in the Dutch improvised music scene as both a performer and curator, including performing with Joe McPhee, Jeb Bishop, Han Bennink, members of The Ex, Roy Campbell, Ab Baars, and many others.

Jasper Stadhouders is a guitarist and bassist based in Amsterdam. He is an active member of the international improvised music circuit. He is a co-founder of the bands Cactus Truck (with John Dikeman and Onno Govaert), and is also part of such diverse bands as Spinifex and Lily’s Déjà Vu.

Adam Shead is an American drummer and composer who has performed at renowned music festivals such as The Chicago Jazz Festival, Ann Arbor Edge Fest, and Present is Present Festival in Amsterdam, NL.

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: Eve Essex, Kayla Guthrie, Praxis Cat, Sarah Hughes/Nate Scheible
Mar
2
7:30 PM19:30

Concert: Eve Essex, Kayla Guthrie, Praxis Cat, Sarah Hughes/Nate Scheible

Eve Essex is a Brooklyn-based musician who performs with alto saxophone, piccolo, voice and electronics. Her first solo album, Here Appear, will be released by Soap Library (cassette) in February, and by Sky Walking (LP) in April 2018. Select solo appearances include Artist Space, U.S. Blues, Signal, Safe Gallery, Commend and Trans Pecos in New York, Harlekin/Mathew Gallery and StudioAcht in Berlin, and the PUFFERSS Festival in Providence, RI. She is active as a solo artist and with collaborations Das Audit (w. Craig Kalpakjian), Hesper (w. James K & Via App), and HEVM (w. MV Carbon & Hunter Hunt-Hendrix).

Multidisciplinary artist Kayla Guthrie grew up in Canada and has been based in NYC since 2008. Her 12" EP Blue (Mixed Media, 2015) was described by a review in The Wire to "occupy a twilight zone both lyrically and conceptually...as if Guthrie's thoughts and words coincide with an atmosphere that she contingently occupies for this moment." Her visual art and musical performances have been exhibited or occurred at Real Fine Arts, Bodega, Off Vendome, JTT, The Whitney Museum of American Art (in collaboration with Nate Lowman's "Homage To Jay Defeo", 2013), MINI/Goethe Institut Curatorial Residency, Signal, Basilica Hudson, Pioneer Works, Knockdown Center, Deli Gallery, SADE LA, and others.

PraxisCat is the experimental electronic solo project from Christine Paluch, a DC based composer using synthesizers, code, and other musical instruments to explore the relationship between synesthesia and urban spaces. Special guest Abe Mamet is a horn player from Denver, CO. He has played horn for 15 years, jazz for 11, and creative free improvisation for 3 years. He is excited to find out whether free improvisation is vertically deep, horizontally expansive, or something in between.

Sarah Hughes is an alto saxophonist, composer, improviser, educator, and art adventurer hailing from Maryland. She obtained her MM in Jazz Saxophone at the New England Conservatory in May of 2015 and currently freelances in and around Maryland, DC, Virginia, and New York. Nate Scheible is a DC based drummer by way of Cleveland who has performed and recorded in a variety of bands and ensembles spanning multiple genres over the past 20 years. Regular collaborators over the past decade have included Mark McGuire, Bbob Drake, Ian McColm, Patrick Cain, Layne Garrett, Luke Stewart, the Nancy Havlik Dance Performance Group, and countless others.

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Film + Concert: A Page of Madness w/ Live Soundtrack by William Hooker
Mar
3
7:00 PM19:00

Film + Concert: A Page of Madness w/ Live Soundtrack by William Hooker

Please join us at Rhizome on March 3rd as percussionist William Hooker, the genre-bending free jazz legend, will improvise a live soundtrack to the Japanese avant-garde cinema masterpiece "A Page of Madness".

William Hooker is an artistic whole, a vast circle of vision and execution.  A body of uninterrupted work beginning in the mid-seventies defines him as one of the most important composers and players in jazz. As bandleader, Hooker has fielded ensembles in an incredibly diverse array of configurations.  Each collaboration has brought a serious investigation of his compositional agenda and the science of the modern drum kit.  As a player, Hooker has long been known for the persuasive power of his relationship with his instrument.  His work is frequently grounded in a narrative context.  Whether set against a silent film or anchored by a poetic theme, Hooker brings dramatic tension and human warmth to avant-garde jazz. 

A Page of Madness is a masterpiece of Japanese avant-garde cinema. A nightmarish fantasy that threatens to overwhelm its audience, its searing, fevered imagery bombards you from the opening minutes and in an unrelenting wave of bravura filmmaking and refuses to stop until the closing credits. Made in 1926, but thought lost until an incomplete print resurfaced in the early ‘70s, Teinosuke Kinugasa’s surrealist classic is one of the most startling and expressive films of the silent era.
 

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Concert: Ominous Cloud Ensemble, Jon Camp, Pergola
Feb
22
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Ominous Cloud Ensemble, Jon Camp, Pergola

Erik Ruin's Ominous Cloud Ensemble (PA) is an ever-evolving, collectively-improvising large ensemble for projections and music, led by visual artist Erik Ruin, lauded by the New York Times for his "spell-binding cut-paper animations." Erik manipulates intricate paper-cuts and painted films on overhead projectors to create abstract landscapes and fragmentary scenes that are nonetheless charged with meaning, merging with music that ranges from dark atmospherics to ecstatic peaks of dissonance. Members of the ensemble include a rotating cast of Philly's finest musicians including Dave Hotep (guitar), Tara Middleton (vocals), Myles Donovan (violin), Scott Verrastro (percussion), and Julius Masri (electronics/percussion) and Erik Ruin (visual projections).

Jon Camp is a fingerstyle guitarist and composer from the DC region. He plays a unique stew of cerebral twang that draws from American Primitive Guitar, psych, country, etc. His set at Rhizome will be a rare ensemble show, with Jon being joined by Nick Arrivo on bass, Ryan Peterson on drums, Dave Jones (of The Caribbean) on guitar and keys, and Justin Hoy on guitar and percussion.

Pergola is the work of Baltimore-based fingerstyle guitarist Todd Shelar. His music is influenced by American Primitive Guitar players, impressionism, minimalism and various folk and world music traditions. Pergola's most recent album, 'So Long (not Goodbye)' was released in November 2015

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Concert: Ilgenfritz/Chase/Lee, Ami Yamasaki, Nagual, Du.0
Feb
21
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Ilgenfritz/Chase/Lee, Ami Yamasaki, Nagual, Du.0

Ilgenfritz / Chase / Lee  - Bassist/composer James Ilgenfritz leads an eclectic improvising trio with Brian Chase (drums) and Robbie Lee (flutes, baroque flutes,
electronics). Experimental, ambient, jazz-infused and free atonal
styles.

Ami Yamasaki is a vocalist and cross-media artist from Tokyo. With primal vocals and movement, Yamasaki explores the relationship between us and our universe. Her art explores a fundamental question: "How does the world construct itself?" For her, the asking of this question is a love letter to life itself, more important than any answers that it yields. As a vocalist, Yamasaki has collaborated with psychedelic rock icon Keiji Haino, provided original music for choreographer Makoto Matsushima and appeared the stage "Burning shadow of a Man" directed by Yasunori Ikunishi. She also creates installations, performance pieces and directs films.

Nagual: Spawned in Oberlin, Ohio's proliferating experimental circles, the duo of Ian McColm and David Shapiro have since 2010 become adept at coaxing damaged shades of Frippertronic drone from their extended guitar rigs. Nagual has been consistently releasing music on small imprint labels such as Cabin Floor Esoterica and Ergot Records since their inception, all the while cultivating a steady presence in live performance throughout the United States.

 

Du.0 ( pronounced du-point-oh) is a two-violin duo based in New York City. Characterized as "feminist-gesamtkünstwerk-chamber-noise", Charlotte Munn-Wood and Aimée Niemann play old, new, and improvised music, and love finding new sounds on their violins (and sometimes non-violins).

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Poetry Fuddle
Feb
20
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry Fuddle

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

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Performances: Quilt Music
Feb
18
8:00 PM20:00

Performances: Quilt Music

Quilt Music is a collaboration between quilter Emma Banay and composer Dave Scanlon. The project explores the commonalities between quilting & music, music & sculpture, and quilting & experimental arts. Scores/Instruction are created and then interpreted in both mediums. By focusing on theme & variation, wave length, rhythm, and form the scores/instructions lend themselves equally to both mediums. Such interdisciplinary work also highlights the temporal quality of music and the physicality of quilting.

At Rhizome this process will be opened up to involve quilters from the DC area and the DC Modern Quilt Guild. In addition, Quilt Music will be sonically performed by DC musicians Layne Garrett, Sarah Hughes, Steve Korn, Ian McColm, Nate Scheible, and Luke Stewart. 

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Concert: Kevin Sun New Trio, Joe Moffett, Mark Fosson
Feb
17
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Kevin Sun New Trio, Joe Moffett, Mark Fosson

KEVIN SUN NEW TRIO (Kevin Sun - sax; Walter Stinson - bass, Matt Honor - drums)
"This may be the first you’ve heard of Mr. Sun, a tenor saxophonist, but that will soon change. He knows a lot about the past 20 years of contemporary jazz saxophone: the shoulder-hugging maneuvers of Mark Turner, the snaky melodicism of Chris Potter, the susurrating quiet of Chris Speed. But Mr. Sun reaches back farther. Sometimes you’ll hear a smoldering kernel of Albert Ayler; when he picks up the clarinet, the tonal gamesmanship of Jimmy Giuffre looms in. Boil it all together, and Mr. Sun’s playing develops an identity of its own, equal parts direct and discursive. That’s clear on his debut album, “Trio,” which features the rhythm section that will be on hand: the bassist Walter Stinson and the drummer Matt Honor."  - Giovanni Russonello, NY Times

JOE MOFFETT - New York-­based trumpeter and improviser Joe Moffett approaches his work with a keen interest in unconventional sounds and forms, collective composition, solo instrumental performance, and the intersection of words and music. He is involved in a number of projects including improv trio Earth Tongues and art song duo Twins of El Dorado. His material appears on Neither/Nor, Underwolf, Eh?, NotTwo, and Prom Night Records.

MARK FOSSON is a singer-songwriter and American Primitive guitarist who grew up in Kentucky. In the late 1970s he sent some song demos to John Fahey's Takoma Records, and Fahey, impressed with what he heard, offered Fosson a recording deal. But as bad luck would have it, Takoma was in some difficulty, and the label soon folded.  The Fahey material finally saw the light of day as "The Lost Takoma Sessions" from Drag City Records in 2006.  His song "Another Fine Day" is included on the highly acclaimed "Imaginational Anthem Vol. 3" guitar compilation from Tompkins Square Records. In 2012 Tompkins Square also released "Digging In The Dust", a collection of early home recordings which led to Fosson's signing to Takoma Records. In July 2017 his newest album, "Solo Guitar" was released on Drag City Records .

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Concert: Rumput Kroncong Music & Shadow Theater / Dave Scanion / Letya
Feb
16
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Rumput Kroncong Music & Shadow Theater / Dave Scanion / Letya

Rumput plays kroncong (a string-band tradition from Indonesia) and explores parallel threads with other traditions, notably old-time string-band music of the United States and British Isles, and Indonesian gamelan. Rumput is an 8 person ensemble (voice, strings, wind, percussion), currently directed by Javanese master musician Danis Sugiyanto. Their performances include shadow theater and large scrolling artwork (crankies) by Beth Reid.”

Dave Scanlon (NY/CT) - composer/guitarist. Scanlon is an active member of the experimental rock band JOBS (fka killer BOB), the avant-garde collective Pet Bottle Ningen, and the pop group Leverage Models. Scanlon has released music on New Amsterdam Records, Tzadik Records, Hometapes, Clean Feed Records, New Atlantis Records, and Primary Records. He has had the pleasure of performing at Jazz Art Sengawa (Japan), Sapporo City Jazz Festival (Japan), Incline/Decline (Canada), Pop Montreal (Canada), Hopscotch Music Festival (USA), SXSW (USA), Northside Music Festival (USA), and other festivals. He has performed at venues such as Issue Project Room (NYC), Roulette (NYC), The Stone (NYC), Shinjuku Pit Inn (Tokyo, Japan), Yokohama Airegin (Yokohama, Japan), Boston Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, MA), Casa Del Popolo (Montreal, Canada), and many more.

With special guests Letya a cappella trio singing Bulgarian folk songs.
 

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Artmaking as an Actionable tool
Feb
13
7:00 PM19:00

Artmaking as an Actionable tool

wild Up is a band of Los Angeles musicians committed to creating visceral, thought-provoking happenings. The group, led by artistic director and conductor Christopher Rountree, unites around the belief that no music is off limits, and that a concert space should be as moving as the music heard in it: small, powerful and unlike anything else.

On February 13th, Rountree and local artists Janel Leppin and Thomas Stanley host a public conversation, examining how artists create change in society. Rountree writes, “what a set of gargantuan tasks lays out before us. Many of us feel like our work couldn't possibly be enough to do what it needs to do…but I’m eager to talk about how it can and what we can do to make that happen.”

There will likely be some music-making happening after the dialogue...you are welcome to participate in this!

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Concert: Ronnie Burrage Trio - Holographic Principles
Feb
11
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Ronnie Burrage Trio - Holographic Principles

Transparent Productions Presents...
The Ronnie Burrage Trio - Ronnie Burrage (drums), Michael Wierba (keys), Herman Burney (Bass)
"Most people who know Ronnie Burrage know him as an exceptionally skilled jazz drummer, who has been one of the most well traveled, busiest, and well regarded, by insiders of the music, but who has never gotten the acclaim he deserves. His musical biography is dynamic and vibrant. He's worked with the great names in the music, Frank Morgan, Wallace Roney, Jackie & Rene McLean, James Moody, Gary Bartz, Archie Shepp, Reggie Workman, Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Cedar Walton, Woody Shaw, McCoy Tyner, Pepper Adams, Michael Brecker. It's a catalog of jazz greats!.." - Amiri Baraka
 

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Showcase: Fun-A-Day 2018
Feb
11
1:00 PM13:00

Showcase: Fun-A-Day 2018

Come celebrate creativity, productivity, and community in the new year with 2018's Fun-A-Day DC Showcase, Sunday February 11th from 1pm-4pm. Fun-A-Day participants pick a project and work on it everyday in January. Drawing, journaling, storytelling, painting, cooking, documenting, making the bed, dancing with the dog, writing music; these are just some examples of Fun-A-Day projects. Fun-A-Day is about starting the year off on a positive, creative note. It’s about committing to making fun a part of your daily schedule. It’s about growing something beautiful in the dead of winter. Participation and the showcase is open and free to everyone, so please join us this year for the showcase, and join us next year too!

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Praxis #5 with Moor Mother and Thomas "Bushmeat" Stanley
Feb
9
8:00 PM20:00

Praxis #5 with Moor Mother and Thomas "Bushmeat" Stanley

We conclude Rhizome's Praxis of Resistance series by welcoming an artist who has met the challenges of hypercreativity and resistance at a very high level. Join us for a special duolog and performance featuring Moor Mother with an opening set by Twin Jude.

A prolific voice in the Philadelphia arts community, Camae Defstar has digitally released more than a dozen EPs as Moor Mother and Moor Mother Goddess since 2012. Additionally, she has performed in the punk band, The Mighty Paradocs and is also the co-founder of Rockers! Philly, an event series and festival focused on marginalized artists. More recently, she has been an active member of Black Quantum Futurism Collective, a literary and artistic collaboration with Rasheedah Philips (The Afrofuturist Affair).

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Concert: Audrey Chen & Phil Minton
Feb
7
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Audrey Chen & Phil Minton

Sonic Circuits presents...
With primary focus on the interplay between the uttered sounds of the mouth and vocal chords, Phil Minton and Audrey Chen plumb the depths of their most inherent and bodily instruments. Their improvisations are fearless, fragile, hungry, passionate, riotous, ululating and animalistic, yet are also in all respects, human. They express, pronounce and intensely articulate (in their fashion) the many nuanced shades of their individual and collaborative conditions. 

Chen and Minton have been performing as a duo for more than a decade with concerts/tours across Europe, China, Argentina and Brazil. Their duo album, By the Stream, was released by SUBROSA in 2013.

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Women Uncorked
Feb
6
7:30 PM19:30

Women Uncorked

The Women Uncorked gatherings are for womyn only, talking about sex - the science, the social, the politics, the personal. It's a safe place to break free of cultural taboos on talking honestly and personally about sexual topics. We talk about about desire, love and relationships, our bodies and our sexuality. We talk intimately about living and loving as womyn today. We share wisdom with understanding and acceptance.

We are a diverse group of people who identify as womyn, with different orientations and relationship styles, different ages and life experiences, sharing perspectives and experience about the most intimate of topics. You can just sit and listen, and only talk if you feel comfortable. There will be an opportunity to write anonymous questions on index cards for group discussion, if you have something you want talked about but don't feel comfortable bringing it up.

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The anti-Super Bowl w/ Ken Vandermark's Marker, Henrik Nørstebø, Heart of the Ghost, Brian Settles/Jeremy Carlstedt, Sarah Hughes/Corey Thuro
Feb
4
6:00 PM18:00

The anti-Super Bowl w/ Ken Vandermark's Marker, Henrik Nørstebø, Heart of the Ghost, Brian Settles/Jeremy Carlstedt, Sarah Hughes/Corey Thuro

We're counter-programming the Super Bowl with an amazing lineup of heavy hitters from the avant-jazz world. Headlining the show will be Chicago's Ken Vandermark who brings his new group, Marker, to Rhizome as part of their first US tour. Also on the bill are Norwegian trombonist Henrik Nørstebø, DC/Balt free jazz lions Heart of the Ghost,  the outstanding duo of saxophonist Brian Settles w/ NY drummer Jeremy Carlstedt, and Baltimore favorite Sarah Hughes in a duo with Corey Thuro. Dinner will be provided during the show by local musicians/foodies Mike Bernstein and Pat Cain. It all starts at kickoff time (6pm). Save your brain and celebrate the anti-super bowl with us on February 4th!

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Concert: Ian Power, Liz Meredith & Tim Wisniewski, Travis Johns
Feb
3
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Ian Power, Liz Meredith & Tim Wisniewski, Travis Johns

Ian Power is a composer living in Baltimore. He earned his PhD with Chaya Czernowin at Harvard University, and has developed a notational style that gives the performer control over pacing and managing her own endurance while remaining deterministic in its rhythm and aesthetic effect, designed to produce gestures that the musicians can play independently and confidently, and which an audience perceives as uncanny yet warm. Power's music has been described by the New York Times as having "resolute ooze and elemental graininess," and by the late Pauline Oliveros as a "tough act to follow." He also writes on music, performs Turkish music on the oud, and was recently named Assistant Professor and Director of Integrated Arts at the University of Baltimore.

Liz Meredith is a violist, violinist, and visual artist 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.

Tim Wisniewski is a musician and film archivist from Baltimore,
Maryland. His most active solo project at present is Comfort Link,
which explores the detritus of mid-century living room hi-fi culture
through tape manipulation and found sound.  Wisniewski also runs the
record label Spleencoffin, established 2003 in Baltimore.

Travis Johns is a performer of experimental electronic music based out of Ithaca, New York. He hopes you enjoy the sonic offering he intends to provide this evening, most likely to be performed on a laptop computer.

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DIY Electronics with Vaux Flores #4:  the 24
Feb
3
12:00 PM12:00

DIY Electronics with Vaux Flores #4: the 24

So hey gang – another DIY electronics workshop from the good folks at VauxFlores! This time, we'll be building a 24, which, for lack of better description is one of those versatile fuzz pedals that has more controls than a WWI-era biplane - allowing you to tune in just about everything from a minor fizzle to a full-blown electric explosion of 64-foot long bee creatures (bees not included). It does some pretty cool stuff – it sputters, it chirps and sans input it makes a pretty good oscillator of sorts - provided you think that sounding broken is cool. It can also sound pretty un-broken at other settings, and wholesomely thick on the ones in-between.

No prior electronics experience is needed and yes, you get to keep the pedal at the end of the workshop.

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Concert: Eugene Chadbourne, Sunwatchers, Time is Fire
Feb
2
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Eugene Chadbourne, Sunwatchers, Time is Fire

On his compulsive own, Eugene Chadbourne has spewed forth a ceaseless stream of records and cassettes that easily represent the oddest version of country and folk music ever. While the notable left-winger's guitar playing is looser than clams, it harbors wildly unique energy. He also plays banjo, electric rake, and balloon.

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

Time Is Fire is a music group from Washington DC. The band indirectly originates from the DC punk scene by influence and residence but explodes the signature sound of the nation's capital with a high-energy mix of Afro-disco, Mid Eastern-psychedelia and spaced-out dub. A static blast of experimental radio from an imaginary country.

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Concert: Antonia, Gyna Bootleg, Double Dragon
Jan
31
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Antonia, Gyna Bootleg, Double Dragon

Welcome to an evening of transgressive performance art, fiery free jazz, and ethereal rituals into the future! DC's own Antonia (Adriana-Lucia Cotes of Mock Identity, DAIS) melds drone, dreamy vocals, and focused electronics to subtly rearrange your cortex. Gyna Bootleg's controversial performance art is something far from the norm here in the district. Ranging from conceptual musings on trauma to erratic movement pieces, her performances are both cathartic and haunting. You've been warned! Providence free jazz duo Double Dragon round out the night with an exercise in cacophony. Be there.
 

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Fortnights: The Situationist International
Jan
30
7:30 PM19:30

Fortnights: The Situationist International

FORTNIGHTS, Rhizome's communal learning series, is untaught and unled. Our discussion/action groups are an opportunity for people to learn about a topic by reading, discussing, and then experimenting with the ideas that grow out of our discussions.

In this session we are discussing the ideas and writings of the Situation International (SI), which brought together currents of experimental poetry, avant-garde art, and radical social criticism to explore new techniques of engagement in cultural protest and revolutionary praxis. Although the organization itself remained small and disbanded in 1972, the SI shaped the interaction of art and politics at crucial moments in the evolution of postwar culture and Its influence continues to be felt today.

On January 30th we'll be discussing one of the foundational situationist texts - Guy Debord's The Society of the Spectacle.  All are welcome!

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Death Cafe
Jan
29
7:00 PM19:00

Death Cafe

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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Performances: Leyya Tawil/Jeff Surak, TL0741, Ponguta-Forero/Manheimer/ Barbiero
Jan
27
8:00 PM20:00

Performances: Leyya Tawil/Jeff Surak, TL0741, Ponguta-Forero/Manheimer/ Barbiero

Sonic Circuits presents...
Leyya Mona Tawil is an artist working with dance and music practices. She is a Syrian-Palestinian-American engaged in the world as such. Tawil is the director of ELIXIR and TAC: Temescal Art Center. Her work has been presented in 16 countries and throughout the states. Her approach to experimental performance is based on conceptual scoring and location-based variables. Her work has been discussed and reviewed in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, American Theatre among others.

Contemporary dancer, teacher and dance movement therapist, Juliana Ponguta Forero was born in Colombia and currently lives in the Washington DC area where she is a member of the Nancy Havlik Dance Group. Trained in classic, modern and contemporary dance in Mexico, Perú and Argentina, she started dancing Colombian folk dances and tango in her youth: since then, she has been wondering about movement, creativity and expressivity.

For Ken Mannheimer, improvised collaborative dance is an antidote to the static of daily life. He's studied with central teachers (including extensively with Nancy Stark Smith and Susan Schell, among many others), in addition to practicing regularly with other zealous folk at the DC CI jam (http://dccontactimprov.net).

Daniel Barbiero is a double bassist with an interest in gestural, modular and sound-based composition and improvisation in acoustic and electro-acoustic environments. He frequently works with improvisational dancers and writes regularly on music and related subjects

TL0741 - Pat Gillis (NoVA) began performing as TL0741 in 2005. Gesture, timbral novelty, pacing, atmosphere and dynamics are given primacy over musical expectations. Irrespective, musical qualities are evident in the results.

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Concert: 7 Door Sedan, Celestial Pincushion, Anteloper
Jan
26
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: 7 Door Sedan, Celestial Pincushion, Anteloper

7 Door Sedan (DC) is hook-driven rock and roll with a dash of glam and punk attitude. Harmony and tight guitar interplay bring out the best in songs that have been compared to T-Rex, Television and Big Star. Front man Glenn Kowalski (previously known as Jake Whipp) was a primary member of White Boy, one of Washington DC’s earliest punk bands. White Boy’s first release, “I Could Puke” was called “America’s fastest selling new wave disc” by New Musical Express. White Boy continued with several successful releases including “I Hate,” released on the compilation “30 Seconds Over DC” on Limp, then later re-released by Henry Rollins.

In 2008, Glenn released the album “Killer Good” as 7 Door Sedan. He wrote, recorded, performed and produced almost everything himself. Then after a 20+ year hiatus from the stage, he recruited veteran DC area musicians to go live and further develop the band. The lineup: Glenn on guitar and vocals, Ken Moss (Acrilix) on guitar and vocals, Josh Singer
(Vampyre Bunnies) on bass, and Norman van der Sluys (Madhouse) on drums.

Celestial Pincushion (formerly Cigarbox Planetarium) is Washington DC-based duo Andy Charneco and Deanna Pineda: writers of challenging chord changes, mysterious melodies, harmful harmonies and contorted counterpoints; players of twangy echo guitars, moody organs and pianos; proponents of an old '70s drum machine named Carl Palmer. Seemingly retro elements that combine into a future-looking original instrumental music. 

Anteloper (Jamie Branch & Jason Nazary) {NYC} Anteloper is the electric brain child of Jaimie Branch (fly or die, high life) and Jason Nazary (little women, helado negro, bear in heaven). Branch and Nazary have been playing together as trumpeter and drummer for years, since meeting at the New England Conservatory of Music in 2002, but in this duo both musicians include synthesizers to push further into the spectral space ship ether. With deep rhythmic passages, telepathic improvisations and effortless melodic negotiations, Anteloper pushes forward, swinging it's horns all the while.

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Gather and Stitch: A Community Fiber Arts Workshop
Jan
23
7:30 PM19:30

Gather and Stitch: A Community Fiber Arts Workshop

Please join us in a gathering of artists, makers, and curious crafters as we work on projects like sewing and embroidering, and share knowledge on techniques in fiber arts. Bring in your current sewing projects, past works to get feedback on, materials and scraps to share/exchange/recycle, and feel free to ask questions, share experiences, and connect with those working in similar mediums.

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Concert: The Leveetoppers, Mark Sylvester
Jan
21
7:00 PM19:00

Concert: The Leveetoppers, Mark Sylvester

The Leveetoppers  (Philly/ New Orleans)- Andy McLeod plays old-time music, American Primitive/fingerstyle guitar, ragtime, and drone/experimental music in Philadelphia, PA. Sasha Hsuczyk sings Appalachian folk ballads, plays country fiddle and guitar and leads Sacred Harp singings all across the American South. Joining them in the Leveetoppers is Lyle Werner, acclaimed fiddler and old-time musician from New Orleans.

Mark Sylvester (Maryland) - Composer and multi-instrumentalist Mark Sylvester strives to blend the sounds, styles, and instruments of American folk music with the experimental spirit of contemporary classical and art rock music. He performs as a solo guitarist and singer-songwriter, as an accompanist, and as a member of Great Noise Ensemble. His compositions can be heard on his two solo CDs: "New Music for Banjo" (2009), which was awarded the 2009 WAMMIE Award for Classical Recording; and "American Gypsy" (2003), a collection of 15 original pieces for solo guitar.

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Praxis #4: Luke Stewart & Thomas Stanley
Jan
20
8:00 PM20:00

Praxis #4: Luke Stewart & Thomas Stanley

As the organs of power retreat into the protective shell of the security state, radical art, at least offers a way to act that doesn’t necessarily require direct confrontation with evasive or masked power. It is, however, a way to act that obviously runs the risk of standing in the way of more radical direct action. What, then, defines the terms of engagement for the deployment of our Creative capacity as a successful means of Resistance?

Dr. Thomas Stanley is hosting a series of duologs and performances with the aim of exposing and consolidating the power of artists as catalysts for deep structural change. For Praxis #4, Dr Stanley is joined by multi-Instrumentalist Luke Stewart. Luke is a DC-based musician and organizer of important musical presentations who also has a presence in the national and international professional music community. He was profiled in the Washington Post in early 2017 as “holding down the jazz scene,” selected as “Best Musical Omnivore” in the Washington City Paper’s 2017 “Best of DC,” and in the 2014 People Issue of the Washington City Paper as a “Jazz Revolutionary,” citing his multi-faceted cultural activities throughout DC.

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Special Series: Videofreex Live @RhizomeDC!
Jan
19
7:30 PM19:30

Special Series: Videofreex Live @RhizomeDC!

Turn on, tune in, and drop in for the original video pirates live and on tape monthly in 2018 at Rhizome. Six special programs will take you on a wild ride through the utopian 1970s of counter-culture, political protest and activist movements, which totally relate in content to today’s activist resurgence. The series culminates in a crowd-sourced DC live-streamed spectacular. There will also be two location production workshops for all skill levels. 

The VIDEOFREEX came together in the mud at the Woodstock Music Festival, built a multi-camera video studio when Soho NYC was a small artists’ community, then moved to upstate NY, spreading the new egalitarian video medium like Johnny Appleseeds, and broadcasting from the nation's first Pirate TV station.

This initial program features a  screening of the feature-length 2015 documentary “Here Come the Videofreex”, directed by Jon Nealon and Jenny Raskin, about this band of media activists in the utopian 1970s, followed by Q&A with some of the original Videofreex members.

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Poetry Fuddle
Jan
17
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry Fuddle

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

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Concert: Dressage, CGI Jesus, Jack Toft
Jan
16
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Dressage, CGI Jesus, Jack Toft

Dressage is a Boston/NY -based band trying to push the classic organ/guitar/drums format towards the outer reaches of the cosmos. Formed in 2016 at the New England Conservatory by three students with a shared obsession with mining the instrumental nuggets of a peculiar slice of American musical history, these three lunatics take mid-century country, exotica and various other novelty musics and inject an heavy dose of improvisational strategies and general “contemporary” weirdness. Collectively, Dressage’s members have toured the U.S. and Europe, working with artists such as John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Tredici Bacci and Donna the Buffalo.

CGI Jesus - Richmond VA's favorite thrash-jazz/punk-chamber music ensemble was born out of bassist/composer Kevin Eichenberger's desire to introduce a more experimental sound and song structure to Richmond's already incredibly rich indie-rock scene. Taking cues from free-jazz icons such as Mary Halvorson, Jeff Parker and William Parker, punk and metal bands like Liturgy, Infest, and Void, and oddball rock heros such as the Microphones, Deerhoof, and the Minutemen, CGI utilizes a unique blend of songwriting, counterpoint, and improvisation to create a memorable live experience.

Jack Toft - JACK ┼OPH┼ started doin folk, then punk then rap, he totally mastered them all, then he started doin shows, always with weirdos, even though weirdos weren't even popular yet. JACK ┼OF┼ is a one man band now, hes got a rap box full of tunes that he made all by himself. JACK TOFT goes hard in the paint like Wocka Flame and Dennis Rodman in the 90s.
 

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Benefit Concert / Coat Drive for the Washington Area Fuel Fund
Jan
14
7:30 PM19:30

Benefit Concert / Coat Drive for the Washington Area Fuel Fund

Coat Drive and Fundraiser for the Washington Area Fuel Fund - Bring a Coat/Hat/Gloves to Donate if possible for Thrive DC. All ticket sales go to the Washington Area Fuel Fund for heating low-income households in the DC area.

Bushmeat Airways, avant-garde brilliance, turntables
Aaron Leitko, modular synthesizer
Praxis Cat, electronics
Anthony Pirog, guitar
Amber Dunleavy, theremin

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Concert: Primitive Fiction, Grand Banks, Dan Conrad/Josh Dean
Jan
12
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Primitive Fiction, Grand Banks, Dan Conrad/Josh Dean

Primitive Fiction - "Primitive Fiction is Ian Franklin (Shredderghost) and Mike Nigro (Nigro, Oxtail Recordings) blazing some truly moody and immersive trails. Hauntingly sparse moments of bending, metallic strings and bass swells clash with huge, buzzing synth drones—all the while the pace is deliberate and patient, leaving the listener wonderfully comfortably uncomfortable, rather than shocked, when a new melody or layer is unleashed. Stone Fruit manages to feel heavy and hulking and always about ready to rip away at the seams, while managing to stay on its beautifully rhythmic and hypnotic track. Intense and important fall/winter mood music, to be sure. "

 Grand Banks is Davis Salisbury and Tyler Magill. They have played together more often than not since 2001. There will be no sweeter sound.

Dan Conrad/Josh Dean - Josh Dean plays customized organ. Daniel Conrad's chromaccord is a color-performance instrument built in 1999.

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