Concert: Mia Zabelka/Andras Fekete, Rootless, Jon Camp
Sep
19
8:00pm 8:00pm

Concert: Mia Zabelka/Andras Fekete, Rootless, Jon Camp

Zabelka / Fekete: "Music For Amplified Violin, Guitar and Analog Tape," he first ive collaboration between Austrian avant-violinist Mia Zabelka and DC maximal minimalist Andras Fekete, will feature evocative violin and drone guitar with live sound processing via a vintage Revox A77 reel-to-reel.  Special guest: Jonathan Matis (Boat Burning, DC Improvisers Collective) on keyboards.

Rootless is the project of Jeremy Hurewitz, a Brooklyn-based musician whose third album “Sculptures Deep Within the Cave” was released by Cabin Floor Esoterica in June. He will be playing acoustic guitar and sampler.

Jon Camp is a DC-based guitarist and composer. In 2014, he released Earwig, an EP of psychedelic miniatures. In 2016, Jon released Stifled Hair-Trigger, his full-length debut, which explored both solo fingerstyle guitar and drone rock jams.

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Praxis of Resistance: Duologue & Performance with Dr Thomas Stanley & Marshall Trammell
Sep
20
8:00pm 8:00pm

Praxis of Resistance: Duologue & Performance with Dr Thomas Stanley & Marshall Trammell

We are pleased to announce the launch of Praxis of Resistance, the Rhizome residency of Dr Thomas Stanley.  Born out of the focused and fruitful discussions that have occurred at Rhizome in the spaces before and after performances, this series is intended to provide a forum for artist-activists to share their ideas about art as transformational and existential struggle, or to quote Trammell, "given the time, given what is at stake, we need to weaponize our Arts and quit waiting for systems of oppression to go away on their own."

Bay Area-based Archivissionist, Marshall R. Trammell, has developed “Black Fighting Formations: Simultaneous Multi-Dimensionality” as a platform for the exegesis of indigenous technologies, and as a performing Ethnomusicology/Political Education and compositional module based in African diasporic sensibilities in rhythm, time, and pedagogy.

DUOLOGUE followed by MODULAR COLLABORATIVE COMPOSITION Marshall R. Trammell and Thomas "Bushmeat" Stanley, with an opening set by Jim Ryan (reeds),  Nik Francis (drums)

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Drop Beats Not Bombs
Sep
23
1:00pm 1:00pm

Drop Beats Not Bombs

The revolution starts with you! Make your own protest music using drum machines, synths and vocoders in this all-ages workshop and jam. You'll program beats and build tracks to create sonic protest art. No previous musical experience necessary.

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Concert: Janel Leppin, Gold Dime, Abstract Human
Sep
24
8:00pm 8:00pm

Concert: Janel Leppin, Gold Dime, Abstract Human

JANEL LEPPIN is predominantly a cellist and has honed her skills as a composer and professional musician in multiple genres.

GOLD DIME is mostly Andrya Ambro (xTalk Normal). Alyse Lamb (Parlor Walls) and Ian Douglas-Moore join her live. Think The Residents, only more intimate, menacing and on fire. Debut album Nerves is out now.

ABSTRACT HUMAN is a new duo from true heads Mike Bernstein and Maya Miller (Double Leopards / Religious Knives) - Heady sounds, heavy vibes, and hollowed worlds.

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Gather and Stitch! A Community Fiber Arts Workshop
Sep
26
to Sep 27

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: Marceau Portron, Machell André, Plake 64 & The Hexagrams
Sep
30
8:00pm 8:00pm

Concert: Marceau Portron, Machell André, Plake 64 & The Hexagrams

Marceau Portron (France) is the tallest member of Portron-Portron-Lopez, a fierce rock trio that sets on fire lots of crazy venues across Europe. When solo, Marceau uses all his culture, a neat technique and a cigar box to perform some very laid back music indeed ! Blues, rock, desert blues and any kind of folk approach are the essentials components of the soul fool cruises he proposes. Expect instrumental songs between John Fahey and Ravi Shankar.

Machell André (DC) is a multi-disciplinary gardener working in the fields of discovery and experimentation. He is also the co-founder and cultivator of QODESH (Art + Records), a multi-facet art label releasing art in myriad formats. He is currently studying pathways to continually uplift the black-brown psyche of his peers and fellow neighbors through the revolutionary act of expression via poems, songs, collages, and rhythm studies.

Plake 64 & the Hexagrams (Balt) - creating neither noise nor music at the same time

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Concert: Drunken Foreigner Band, Time is Fire, Floom
Oct
2
8:00pm 8:00pm

Concert: Drunken Foreigner Band, Time is Fire, Floom

Drunken Foreigner Band is a Brooklyn-based ensemble that makes a sprawling electrified iteration of the Akha and Lam Lao musics of Thailand and Laos. The majority of the band’s music was learned from cassette tapes of the largely-vocal music traditions, gathered by keyboardist Dave Kadden on his trips to Southeast Asia. Comprising members of Sunwatchers, Invisible Circle and other experimental Brooklyn outfits, they are releasing their debut  LP “White Guy Disease” on Electric Cowbell Records later this year.

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.

Floom - Classical flutist by day and metal guitarist by night, Maxx Katz decided to stop compartmentalizing and make a project that includes the expressiveness of flute in the unforgiving, meditative geology of doom metal. The resulting sonic landscapes are epic and surprising.

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Concert: Selector Dub Narcotic, Escape-ism, TK Echo, Gauche
Oct
4
8:00pm 8:00pm

Concert: Selector Dub Narcotic, Escape-ism, TK Echo, Gauche

SELECTOR DUB NARCOTIC - Influential musician and producer Calvin Johnson is the founder of K, a record label and media outlet based in Olympia, WA which has provided an essential platform for countless Northwest artists including Mirah, The Blow, Built to Spill, and the Make-Up, and is best known as a member of the indie, twee giants Beat Happening.

Johnson has been working under the nom de plume Selector Dub Narcotic since founding the Dub Narcotic Studio in 1993.  His newest record "This Party Is Just Getting Started" is a collaboration with NW hip hop producer Smoke M2D6, who has produced almost every major hip hop artist in Washington and Oregon. The idea for this collaboration began with the song All for the Sake of Rhymin’ (which samples K artist Mahjongg) and snowballed into an entire album of dance pop garage soul with Calvin’s trademark melodica wafting overall.

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

TK ECHO - A new D.C. band featuring Josh Blair (Orthrelm/Supersystem), Fiona Griffin (Et At It, Meltdown), Aaron Leitko (Protect-U) and Chris Richards (Q and Not U)

GAUCHE - a new fantasy band from Washington DC featuring members of Priests, Neonates, Teen Liver, Hothead, and Flamers
 

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Concert: Man Forever, Dave Rempis' Ballister
Oct
7
8:00pm 8:00pm

Concert: Man Forever, Dave Rempis' Ballister

MAN FOREVER - The music of drummer John Colpitts as Man Forever is explorative, innovative and fearless. A musician and composer equally versed in the disparate musical languages of DIY rock, improvisation, and contemporary classical, Colpitts (aka Kid Millions) has made an album that defies genre classification. Propulsive, elaborate drum arrangements remain essential to Man Forever, as his new record Play What They Want represents the culmination of 25 years of musical engagement by one of New York’s most acclaimed percussionists.

BALLISTER - (Dave Rempis - Sax, Fred Lonberg-Holm - Cello, Paal Nilsson Love - Drums)  The unabashed energy of Rempis and Nilssen-Love, coupled with the electrified cello antics of Lonberg-Holm, make for a powerful listening experience that combines driving grooves with noisy textures and occasional melodic interjections. These sliding and overlapping rhythms often give the music a feeling as if a rug is slowly being pulled out from underneath the listener while the music still maintains a strong forward momentum. Reference points include the Julius Hemphill groups of the 70's and 80's featuring Abdul Wadud, Ornette Coleman's Prime Time, and the early-70's explorations of Miles Davis' electric bands.

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Concert: Karuna (Hamid Drake & Adam Rudolph), Luke Stewart
Oct
10
8:00pm 8:00pm

Concert: Karuna (Hamid Drake & Adam Rudolph), Luke Stewart

Master percussionists HAMID DRAKE and ADAM RUDOLPH met at the age of 14 years old in a downtown Chicago drum shop. In the mid-1970s they performed and recorded with AACM co-founder Fred Anderson, and in 1977 they joined Foday Musa Suso in founding Mandingo Griot Society, one of the first groups to combine African and American music. By 1978 they were touring Europe with Don Cherry and since that time have performed together in projects with Yusef Lateef, Pharaoh Sanders, Hassan Hakmoun, Hu: Vibrational and Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures. Their shared Chicago roots and creative outlook, longtime global music research and performing experience have allowed them to forge a uniquely shared musical understanding and creative outlook. With their new Karuna duet, Drake and Rudolph bring their unique and evolved rhythm languages to the fore, reaching to inspire any audience though spirited dialogue.

LUKE STEWART (DC) has emerged as one of the most exciting young bassists on the improvised music scene on the east coast. He has gained considerable exposure playing with the James Brandon Lewis Trio and he also leads or co-leads his own projects including Ancestral Duo with Jamal Moore and Heart of the Ghost with Ian McColm and Jarrett Gilgore. As a solo artist, he has composed a series of improvisational structures for upright bass and amplifier, utilizing the resonant qualities of the instrument to explore new sounds.

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Fermentation Workshop: Vinegar
Sep
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

Fermentation Workshop: Vinegar

Learn to make vinegar from fruit scraps, a bit of sugar, water, and time. We'll also experiment with vinegar drinks, tonics, and shrubs, as well as infused vinegars such as Fire Cider. Maybe we'll have time to make (or at least taste) some dilly beans as well. Leave with a jar of vinegar-to-be or fire-cider-to-be.

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Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music
Sep
15
to Sep 17

Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music

Fri, Sep 15th 2017
Ryan Keberle & Catharsis
MV Carbon / Eve Essex / Hunter Hunt-Hendrix
Geoff Wilt
Jax Deluca

Sat, Sep 16th
Marcia Bassett & Bob Bellerue
Brian Osborne & Nick Millevoi
Samara Lubelski
Cathy van Eck
Sgt Pepper's Plastic Inevitable Pet Sounds
duo B.
Six-Six
Lime Rickey International
Communicating Vessels
Autumn Pool

Sun, Sep 17th
Saajtak
Iraine Krempl
STYLUS (DC) + ASTATINE (FR)
evolv
Janel Leppin
Eduardo Astudillo
Bushmeat Airways

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Concert:  Brandon Lopez, Xenga
Sep
12
8:00pm 8:00pm

Concert: Brandon Lopez, Xenga

BRANDON LOPEZ (NY) - deemed "The Ubiquitous Free Improv Bass Ace" by the Village Voice and said to play with a "Bruising Physicality" by the Chicago reader was born and raised in the splendors of Northwestern New Jersey, in the shadow of the (New York) city. It was there that he cultivated a taste for the left of center musics and subsequently, dug graves.

He currently leads a trio dubbed "The Mess", another one called the Brandon Lopez Trio, works as a soloist and is formerly/currently/latterly writing more and more music. Like many musicians of the period, he attended conservatory. New England Conservatory to be exact.

XENGA (VA/MD) - Years of collaboration between Jarrett Gilgore (reeds) & Ian McColm (drums) generate a constant reassessment of the classic free-jazz duo of sax and drums. Xenga takes this porous form and introduces a wide range of influences ranging from heavy metal to North African trance music. Gilgore and McColm strive to contribute new sounds and structures to the creative music canon using a variety of techniques developed over years of experimentation.

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Memorial Concert: Kuschty Rye Ergot, Jeff Barsky, Bushmeat Airways, Scant+Floodbeast
Sep
11
7:30pm 7:30pm

Memorial Concert: Kuschty Rye Ergot, Jeff Barsky, Bushmeat Airways, Scant+Floodbeast

Concert in memory of Andrew McCarry to raise funds for the Avant Fairfax Festival. Performances by: 
Kuschty Rye Ergot - Improvised Six-String Magic by John Stanton
Jeff Barsky - Experimental Guitar Science
Bushmeat Airways - Experimental Aural Projections by Thomas Stanley and Vincent Rado
Scant + Floodbeast - Collaborative Noise Sorcery from Matt Boettke (Borborites) and Josh Russel (Caves Caverns)

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Concert: William Hooker, Weed Tree
Sep
10
8:00pm 8:00pm

Concert: William Hooker, Weed Tree

Maplehouse Collective presents...

"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. His ability to find fertile ground for moving music in a variety of settings that obliterate genre distinctions offers a much-needed statement of social optimism in the arts. A disciplined, adaptive, and energetic approach to his medium insures that the oeuvre of William Hooker will continue to grow thicker and richer." -Thomas Stanley

Opening set by Weed Tree$10 advance/$15 at the door

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Concert: Freezing Black Rain (Tashi Dorji/Tyler Damon Duo + Heart of the Ghost), Noelle Tolbert/Hanna Olivegren
Sep
9
8:00pm 8:00pm

Concert: Freezing Black Rain (Tashi Dorji/Tyler Damon Duo + Heart of the Ghost), Noelle Tolbert/Hanna Olivegren

FREEZING BLACK RAIN QUINTET -  avant-garde guitar improvisor from Asheville NC via Bhutan TASHI DORJI, in a duo with Bloomington, IN percussionist TYLER DAMON, 
in a quintet with DC/BALT free jazz trio Heart of the Ghost (LUKE STEWART, JARRETT GILGORE, IAN McCOLM).. not to be missed!

TASHI DORJI grew up in Bhutan, on the eastern side of the Himalayas. Residing in Asheville since 2000 and soaking up a vast array of music. Along the way, Dorji developed a playing style unbound by tradition, yet with a direct line to intuitive artistry. His recordings feature improvisations that spasmodically grow along tangential, surprising paths. All references break loose during a composition, as Dorji keys into his own inner world.

TYLER DAMON: is a Bloomington, Indiana based artist whose work aims to reveal obscured and untold narratives via drums/percussion & free improvisation. In addition to solo work, Tyler is currently involved in extended duo exhibitions with guitarist Tashi Dorji, bassist Darin Gray (as Duo Oninbo) & saxophonist Dave Rempis.

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), these three accomplished improvisers find common ground within their individual vocabularies: an aim to deconstruct and reshape canonized creative tropes into a new & stunning language.

NOELLE TOLBERT - Noelle is a movement explorer with an ongoing practice spanning hip-hop, popping, house, modern, ballet, and movement research technique. Her evolving practice is fed by poetry, improvisational writing, and performance art. Noelle will perform with HANNA OLIVEGREN, a singer and composer from Stockholm, Sweden born in 1987. Hanna's passion has always been to explore the different colors and textures of her voice and works with both improvised and composed music.

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Season in the Abyss: An exhibition by Eames Armstrong of paintings & feelings (smiling & otherwise)
Sep
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

Season in the Abyss: An exhibition by Eames Armstrong of paintings & feelings (smiling & otherwise)

Please join us for the opening reception of Season in the Abyss: paintings & feelings (smiling & otherwise) an exhibition of new works by Eames Armstrong. These paintings depict hope, nihilism, friendship, physical and emotional touching, desire and isolation, butts, rocks, rocks that look like butts, nice colors for dark times, good times, bathrooms, castles, and the void that stares back.

The reception party will feature special guest friends doing special things, including Rex Delafkaran and Adrian Parsons.

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Concert: Odwalla 1221/Sadaf/Alex Cunningham/Twin Jude
Sep
6
8:00pm 8:00pm

Concert: Odwalla 1221/Sadaf/Alex Cunningham/Twin Jude

ODWALLA1221 is the LA-based duo of Chloe Maratta and Flannery Silva. Odwalla1221's sound is built from a shared language library of samples, looping vocals, and electronic drums. Part collage band, Odwalla pieces together amorphous textures, feedback loops, obscure samples and dissonance to create a raw and guttural energy in the music. At the heart of the duo is Chloe & Flannery's friendship, which translates through the duo to create intimate and charged lyrics to their songs - or, if you look at them another way, poems to the music.

SADAF is an Iranian born, NYC based multi-media artist. She writes, produces, sings, plays violin and oversees all creative control of her artwork, from cover art to photos and videos. SADAF is releasing her debut EP - SHELL - on August 8, which explores a young cineaste's failed script and discombobulated thought process.

Alex Cunningham is a violinist from St. Louis, Missouri. He performs in the free improvisation unit Vernacular String Trio, the math/noise rock group Hardbody, and in various improvised collaborative and solo settings. His most recent solo album, “Ache,” consists of a single, partially-composed piece for amplified violin. “Ache” draws on elements of minimalist composition, drone, and noise, maintaining a continuous path of swelling sound.

Twin Jude (DC) - interdisciplinary empress

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Labor Day Benefit Punk Show and BBQ for DC Jobs With Justice
Sep
4
3:30pm 3:30pm

Labor Day Benefit Punk Show and BBQ for DC Jobs With Justice

DC punk bands Puff Pieces, Mock Identity and Psychic Subcreatures shred alongside The Miami Dolphins from Minneapolis, MN and Cut Shutters from Dallas at Rhizome DC for an afternoon of grillables and chillables on Labor Day, all to benefit the amazing DC Jobs With Justice and the work they do to fight for working people in the nation's capital.
3:30 PM BBQ (BYO grillables!) // 5:00 PM show // $10-$20 sliding scale donation for DC Jobs With Justice // ALL AGES

DC JOBS WITH JUSTICE is a dynamic coalition of labor organizations, community groups, faith-based organizations, and student groups dedicated to protecting the rights of working people and supporting community struggles to build a more just society. We are committed to the creation of living wage jobs, support of economic and social justice here and abroad, and maintaining pressure to demand corporate accountability in our communities. In its work, DC JwJ gives priority to the struggles impacting the most vulnerable workers in our community: low-wage workers, immigrants, people of color, women, youth and seniors. We are committed to creating an organization that is fully inclusive and welcoming to everyone.

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Concert: Creative Healing, Garrett/Tucker/Pony trio, Trigger, JDH
Aug
30
8:00pm 8:00pm

Concert: Creative Healing, Garrett/Tucker/Pony trio, Trigger, JDH

A night of explosive improv, noise rock and found instrument weirdness at Rhizome DC with:
CREATIVE HEALING - 5 piece high-intensity music informed by free jazz and outsider rock. The band is founding member of Guerilla Toss Andy Allen (Friendship Ceremonies, Bang! Bros), Katie McShane (Listening Woman, EKP), Jesse Heasly (Tredici Bacci), Nick Neuberg (Particulars, -1), and Mia Friedman (Of Thousands, Between Two Elk). LAYNE GARRETT/JENNY MOON TUCKER/PONY PAYROLL BONES TRIO - found instruments free-folk wisdom from the other side. TRIGGER
Guitar/bass/drums trio featuring Simon Hanes (leader of Tredici Bacci, ex-Guerilla Toss), Will Greene, and Aaron Edgcomb. They've recently been touring in Europe playing music of John Zorn. JOSHUA DAVID HOFFMAN - I'm going to try my hand with my Hotkeyz and euphonium combo...I'd expect some sort of ambient/harsh thing but who knows. Maybe I'll have someone join me?

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Drone Comedy
Aug
29
8:00pm 8:00pm

Drone Comedy

What happens when experimental musicians collaborate with stand-up comics? It's magical and ridiculous and occasionally awkward.

Music by:
Antonia
J. Coile (of Park Snakes)
Paolo Valladolid

Comedy by:
Dee Ahmed
Jamie Benedi
Mike "OlMikeB" Brown
Christine Ferrera
Shelley Kim
Curt Mariah
Gigi Modrich
Valerie Paschall
Adrian Rodney

So come back to Rhizome because we're doing it again. Proceeds will go to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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Art Exhibition: Rafi's Traces (The American Visions)
Aug
27
4:00pm 4:00pm

Art Exhibition: Rafi's Traces (The American Visions)

The American paintings of Rafi Chehirian, a Bulgarian conceptual painter and immigrant, are exhibited for one day on the sixth anniversary of his death.

For Communist Bulgaria of the mid-1980’s, Rafi Chehirian’s paintings were unseemly. They were denied public exhibition for years.  After a long awaited and critically acclaimed joint-exhibition with his wife, sculptor Galina Delieva-Chehirian, the couple defected to Austria in 1988 and were granted asylum in the U.S.

In New York, Rafi worked as a textile dyer and lost himself ecstatically in a new language through newspapers, dictionaries and encounters with strangers. His new paintings were sunken in darkness—a vast, depthless background against which Rafi crept closer to his human subject matter. From 1995 - 2000, Rafi abstracted from the masses of people he saw on New York City streets and subways to offer jarring glimpses of inarticulable existential conditions: spiritual disorientation, social misattunement and a solemn loneliness. 

Rafi's Traces is a spirit and object archive. Conceived somewhat like the orderly storage of a tomb, this exhibition reckons with what is left over after a human is gone—with how we can extract and revive meaning from the void of another's presence. Rafi's paintings seem to belong nowhere. But they also desire to be seen. In their first public exhibition—on the sixth anniversary of Rafi's death—curator Julian Chehirian reckons with the traces left by his father.

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Concert: Tar of, Teething Veils, Machine Drift
Aug
25
8:00pm 8:00pm

Concert: Tar of, Teething Veils, Machine Drift

TAR OF (NY) - Experimental pop and chronically anxious duo based in nyc. Likes noise and loops and sweetboy harmonies. Debut album out 8/21, day of the next total solar eclipse. Light bleeding out the edges of dark / pop creeping out under a bed of noise.

TEETHING VEILS (DC) is a band of violist Hannah Burris and songwriter/guitarist Greg Svitil. In 2013, they released Velorio, made by a group of long-time and first-time collaborators. Velorio’s melancholic tone was crafted through bittersweet 60s-inspired pop, off-kilter accordion waltzes, funeral organ dirges, and lush orchestral elaborations. A 2nd LP, Constellations followed in 2014, and a 7” single Dinner Date in 2015. Teething Veils has toured cross-country in support of both of their LP’s, along with numerous travels through the midwest and south. An eight-piece Teething Veils band recorded its 3rd LP, Sea and Sun, released in 2017. The band is part of Etxe Records and Productions, an artist-run collective based in Los Angeles and Washington, DC.

MACHINE DRIFT (VA) is a project you may be familiar with as the solo project of Jake Reid of SCREEN VINYL IMAGE. SVI became something of a Norfolk staple in the mid-2000's, blowing the roof off of many a bar and DIY-veue with their wall-of-sound attack on the shoegaze sound. With Machine Drift Jake has persued an electonic sound medium that sings minimal techno, but that sometimes harkens disco or late 80's dance house.

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Concert: Tether, Unguent, Patrick Gallagher
Aug
24
8:00pm 8:00pm

Concert: Tether, Unguent, Patrick Gallagher

TETHER (formerly PAK) is the cassette tape loop-based project of artist Lauren Pakradooni. Since 2007 she's produced a steady output of cassette releases, with a distinctive sound ranging from severe noise to off-kilter songforms. Hypnotic stretches of homemade loops give rise to minimal and menacing song structures, strange and inward psychic topographical exploration, in that immediately recognizable Tether style.

UNGUENT is the Lance Simmons practices living sound synthesis through Unguent. Compositions focus on folding inhuman perceptions into human sensory parameters. Performances incorporate improvisation, controlled chaos, as well as mimicry of traditional musical techniques.

PATRICK GALLAGHER - Equipped with a modular synth rig and prepared guitar, Patrick Gallagher creates a masterful blend of sonic assemblage and effervescent soundscapes.

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Concert: Dina Maccabee, Janel Leppin, Josh Mason
Aug
20
4:00pm 4:00pm

Concert: Dina Maccabee, Janel Leppin, Josh Mason

Dina Maccabee is best known for her violin and viola playing and singing with Ramon & Jessica, Real Vocal String Quartet, and Julia Holter. She is touring in support of her new solo album, The World is in the Work, in which Dina's poignant, pared down songs are framed by a unique approach to viola, looping and electronic processing. With nods to maverick string players like Henry Flynt, Laurie Anderson, John Cale, and Arthur Russell, this album also shows the influence of her many years playing folk, pop, and classical music.

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.

Josh Mason (b. 1983) lives and works in Jacksonville, FL. His music is primarily guitar based and is often accompanied by tape machines, computers, electronics and found sounds. While focused on restraint & reservation, he tends to believes that audio works should go on only as long as they need to. His work has been published by Eilean Records, FET Press, Desire Path Recordings, Own Records, Digitalis, Sunshine Ltd. and others.

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Decide Today, Melanin Free, Black Saturn & Johnny Osorio
Aug
18
8:00pm 8:00pm

Decide Today, Melanin Free, Black Saturn & Johnny Osorio

DECIDE TODAY - Cincinnati anarchist breakcore industrial, a continuation of the previous Realicide group's more worthwhile aspects, an endorsement of punk and hiphop as inherently radical in noize and message. Robert Inhuman addrsses topics like the fight against racism in America, ethical Veganism, Earth Liberation direct action, radical sobriety, and struggle against depression in a complete DIY or DIE manner that should do nothing inspire us all.

After the show a screenprinting station will be set up for shirts and patches (so bring your own!). Ink donations would be very helpful.

MELANIN FREEis the noise project of Qué Pequeño and Jenghis Pettit from Baltimore, Maryland.
"When your band in named Melanin Free, you are black and your album cover has a distorted picture of Donald Trump, you cannot expect anything more than music that is filled with absolute tension. If any band seems to have that in spades, it's Melanin Free. Once tagging a song as "white excellence", Melanin Free seeks to give us the sound of seething anger and tension that has and will build in this country. Mostly, anger and confusion inspired by caucasian supremacy. " (http://www.afropunk.com/profiles/blogs/noise-hop-outfit-melanin-free-attempts-to-drown-out-white)

BLACK SATURN & JOHNNY OSORIO (NAMELESS BASATARDS) - Black Saturn is an Experimental Hiphop artist.With a deep affinity for Sound System Culture,Harsh Noise & all styles of Electronic Music Nameless Bastards is a home brewed product of the DMV. Experimental Hiphop artist Black Saturn & Noise artist Johnny Osorio combine forces on a acid laced psychedelic lowkey journey.

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Concert: Judith Berkson, Double H Duo, The Millionraces
Aug
16
8:00pm 8:00pm

Concert: Judith Berkson, Double H Duo, The Millionraces

Judith Berkson
Mezzo soprano, pianist and composer Judith Berkson uses voice along with analog and digital keyboards to create pieces that cross the boundaries of classical, electronic and experimental music. She has collaborated with Kronos Quartet, City Opera, and has presented solo works at the Picasso Museum Malaga, Le Poisson Rouge, Roulette and the Concertgebouw. Called "an intriguing young singer-pianist," her solo album Oylam (ECM Records, 2010), was described as "standards and Schubert and liturgical music, swing and chilly silences. I can’t get enough of it," by the New York Times. In 2012 she completed The Vienna Rite, a chamber opera based on the friendship between Franz Schubert and Viennese cantor Salomon Sulzer.

Double H Duo
The Double H Duo exists to explore the possibilities for Minimalism as expressed through the range of two electric guitars. Comprised of Benjamin Harbert and Christopher Hamley, the Duo has already performed pieces by Steven Reich, Wayne Siegel, Peter Yates, Erik Satie, Francis Poulenc and Claude Debussy. Seeking to transition into the production of original pieces by stepping off the back end of existing works, The Double H Duo also wants to further incorporate elements of popular music into minimalist tradition.

The Millionraces
New/Old solo works of drummer Josh Blair (Orthrelm).  Hypnotizing drumming and vocals mix to create a dense and beautiful rhythmic soundscape.

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Concert: Samuel Hertz, Crue, Black Lodge & Ashley Shey, Phantom Chips
Aug
15
8:00pm 8:00pm

Concert: Samuel Hertz, Crue, Black Lodge & Ashley Shey, Phantom Chips

SAMUEL HERTZ is a Berlin/San Francisco Bay Area-based composer and performer who received his MFA at Mills College, studying composition and electronic music with Pauline Oliveros, Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins, and others. Though classically trained, his studies in experimental literature and musical techniques steer his compositions and performances to include a wide variety of acoustic and electronic media such as: sensor technology, prepared guitars, piano, electro-acoustic percussion instruments, instruments of his own design, electronically modified traditional instruments, and movement.

CRUE -  Virtuoso violinist/Multi-Instrumentalist + composer/producer + singer/songwriter + educator based in Washington, DC. The musical creations of Crue submerges the listener into her futurist reality through a lunar dimension into the unknown with a distinct, genre defying sound. Dedicated to self expression + mastery, Crue seeks to embody every element of her complex musical background in order to transform an inner vision of music into energy that is felt.

BLACK LODGE is the DC based experimental electronic project from Alex Tebeleff (Paperhaus). Dip your toe into the pool of synth and human correspondence. Swim in the pulse and swallow the tonality. It may be a long exercise, but once you emerge, you can be rejuvenated and empowered. It’s just about how you choose to listen.

ASHLEY SHEY is a body linguist. In experimental perfomances, she engages the potential for alchemical transformation in each moment through use of meditative movement.

PHANTOM CHIPS - homemade ‘lectronix squeals bent charm and harsh mangled tones thru tactile electronics for righteous 23rd century skree with interactive bleep sea squids…

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Workshop:  Make a Noise Synth
Aug
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

Workshop: Make a Noise Synth

In this workshop you will make your very own Noisy Bstrd. The Noisy Bstrd screams and spits a rainbow of harsh noise. It features three frequency mixed oscillators and a fauxcoder for an extra noise layer. The Noisy Bstrd runs on a common 9v guitar pedal power supply (not included).

Features:
2 x knob controlled oscillators
1 xcontrolled fauxcoder
1 x light controlled oscillator
Switch between 2 or 3 oscillators
1 x Volume control
1/4" jack socket
Plastic housing

This workshop includes a printed circuit board and all components, plus hands-on instruction on how to build it by the Noisy Bstrd's designer. Custom requests and/or mods can often be accommodated (time permitting).

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Concert: Bordreuil & Rowden Duo/Paradise Garden/Mankind/Luke Stewart
Aug
13
8:00pm 8:00pm

Concert: Bordreuil & Rowden Duo/Paradise Garden/Mankind/Luke Stewart

Bordreuil & Rowden Duo (NY/CT) - Scathing music favoring long, corrosive atonalities and fleeting noise walls. For fans of Morton Feldman and Richard Ramirez alike. Leila Bordreuil and Zach Rowden met at a free jazz concert in 2015. Zach was wearing a Man is the Bastard bootleg T-shirt which acted as an icebreaker, and these two classically trained musicians started collaborating shortly after. “Hollow” is a culmination Bordreuil and Rowden diverse influences, ranging from improvised music, harsh noise, cold wave, existentialism and a common obsession for Spectral Music.

Mankind (NY) - "Missing Person" is part of an audiovisual collaboration between Mankind and photographer Julien Garnier, which can be viewed in full at missing-person.cc

Paradise Garden (NY) - "kinda new age vibes" Paradise garden serve up a bubbly combo of new age-techno-funk straight outa planet naboo...

Luke Stewart (DC) - Explorations for solo bass & amplifier

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Concert: Kath Bloom, Kamyar Arsani, Friendship, Paper Balls Duo
Aug
13
5:00pm 5:00pm

Concert: Kath Bloom, Kamyar Arsani, Friendship, Paper Balls Duo

Kath Bloom - For fans of the song and how to feel it. Kath Bloom is some kind of legend. Her albums recorded with Loren Mazzacane Connors in the 70′s/80′s are rare things, full of songs that float and melt into the ether. Impossibly beautiful and hard to find on LP, but check the reissues from a few years ago . In the 90′s Kath’s music was famously featured in Richard Linklater’s film Before Sunrise. Since then she has been busy writing and recording to great acclaim. Two new albums in the last few years and she and her songs where also honoured on a tribute album featuring Bill Callahan, Scout Niblett and Mark Kozelek.

Kamyar Arsani from Iran, is a DC based multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter who has roots deep in Sufism and has performed on daf (frame drum) for the past twenty years, researching Middle Eastern rhythms and percussions. Kamyar also sings and plays in two other collaborations: "Huda & Kamyar," a daf and oud duo (Mashriq music), and "Time is Fire," a weird world/post-punk band. Kamyar's musical mission is to spread cultural awareness and unity by mixing contemporary musical trends with traditional Persian folk music.

Friendship - is a Philadelphia-based band comprised of Dan Wriggins, Peter Gill, Andrés Rodríguez, and Mike Cormier. Their 2015 debut LP, “You’re Going to Have to Trust Me”, is a collection of songs written by Wriggins and recorded by the band in Philadelphia. Lyrics and production both recount an irreparably fractured world, albeit with a convincing surface.

Paper Balls Duo - David Grollman and Jeff Barsky
"...some kind of avant-garde audio experimentation, but that’s not quite true...ugly at times and serene at others"

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Fundraising Concert for Sarah Hughes w/ Calling All Voices, Sarah Hughes, Trio OOO, Praxis Cat
Aug
5
7:00pm 7:00pm

Fundraising Concert for Sarah Hughes w/ Calling All Voices, Sarah Hughes, Trio OOO, Praxis Cat

This will be a fundraising concert for Sarah Hughes who was violently attacked during a carjacking this week. Her saxophone was stolen and she needs to replace it! 100% of proceeds go to Sarah to cover any and all losses.

Calling All Voices; Installation II - This is a community oriented installation where creator Sarah Hughes leads the ensemble in a listening focused series of improvisations.

Sarah Hughes - Sarah will present something special for this night. Stay tuned!

Trio OOO - Self-described straight-ahead free jazz by Aaron Martin Jr., saxophone; Luke Stewart, bass; Sam Lohman, drums. This will be a very special set.

Praxis Cat - is the experimental electronic solo project from Christine Paluch. Christine is a DC based composer using synthesizers, code, and other musical instruments to explore the relationship between synesthesia and urban spaces.

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Blackadelic Synesthetic: Khalid Thompson and Thomas (Bushmeat) Stanley
Jul
30
7:30pm 7:30pm

Blackadelic Synesthetic: Khalid Thompson and Thomas (Bushmeat) Stanley

Live painting / Live Music with Khalid Thompson and Dr Thomas Stanley (aka Bushmeat Sound).

"The purpose of my work is to fill the audience with a sense of order and chaos." ~~ Khalid
"The purpose of my work is to dissolve everything." ~~ Bushmeat

Dr. Stanley will prepare and serve his legendary vegan Bushmeat Stew. 
7:30 >>> Soup will be available on a first come, first grub basis.
8:10 >>> Music and painting will start. 

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Concert: Janel Leppin, John Lindaman, Luciernaga, Mike Nigro
Jul
29
8:00pm 8:00pm

Concert: Janel Leppin, John Lindaman, Luciernaga, Mike Nigro

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.

John Lindaman is perhaps best known for his 20 year-long association with Teen-Beat Records as a creator of timeless pop classics with American indie rock band True Love Always, but his recent string of releases of solo guitar improvisations using simple looping, inexpensive guitar effects and prepared guitar techniques showcase his deep roots in the avant-garde.

Luciernaga is the guitar-centric ambient recording project of Joao M. Da Silva. He began making treated guitar recordings in 2010, after moving to the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. As Luciernaga, Joao has released a series of cassettes, vinyl, CD-Rs, and also provided music for video features.

Mike Nigro is an electronic musician and label operator based in Brooklyn, New York. His solo practice draws inspiration from the minimalists, early synthesizer pioneers, and contemporary experimental underground, aiming to thread the needle between musicality and noise; movement and stasis; synthetics and organics. 
 

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Open Circuits (Sonic Circuits Festival Benefit)
Jul
29
4:00pm 4:00pm

Open Circuits (Sonic Circuits Festival Benefit)

Sonic Circuits presents Open Circuits - a chance for you to take to the stage and present your audio experiments, be they electronic, acoustic, or otherwise. We'll provide the PA, tables, and power, you bring the ideas and enjoy your 15 minutes in the spotlight and help us raise money for the upcoming festival. Please email info@dc-soniccircuits.org to reserve a spot. Those who don't register can still perform, time permitting.

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Concert: A Stick and a Stone, Br'er (solo) & Tölva
Jul
28
8:00pm 8:00pm

Concert: A Stick and a Stone, Br'er (solo) & Tölva

A Stick and a Stone - (Philly/Oregon) Haunting violas, androgynous vocal harmonies, effects pedals, classical guitar, and deliberate silence... spells of survival from the shadows of the woods.  https://astickandastone.bandcamp.com/

Br'er - (DC) Dense experimental pop compositions tackling class, power, gender, queer politics and dark humor through the sonic area between catharsis and chaos. *Rare intimate harmonium/guitar set!*  https://brerbrerbrer.bandcamp.com/

Tölva - (DC) Glacial synth ambient beauty from Erik Sleighthttps://blightrecords.bandcamp.com/album/manudaga

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