Experimental Poetry Lab
Jan
11
to Feb 15

Experimental Poetry Lab

In this 6-week workshop we will employ various experiments and practices to generate innovative poetry. Our aim is to uncover the unexpected — to bypass our normal habits of thinking and writing in favor of thought and language that will surprise us and lead us into new creative territory.

We'll work with modalities from Dada cut-ups and surrealist collage to Oulipian experiments such as N+7 and univocalics. We'll do homophonic translations, erasures, chance, and hybrid compositions. You will also make up your own experiments and constraints. For context, guidance, and ideas, we'll read the work of poets Christian Bök, Bernadette Mayer, Susan Howe, Lyn Hejinian, Harryette Mullen, and Jean Donnelly, among others.

This workshop is for writers of any level who are interested in exploring the possibilities of language, and generating new material. We will spend some time sharing our work (if desired) but most of the time we will be writing/experimenting. No experience necessary!

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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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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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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: 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} Hell yeah!

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

Performances: Leyya Tawil/Jeff Surak, 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

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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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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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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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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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The anti-Super Bowl w/ Ken Vandermark's Marker, HNM, 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, HNM, 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 HNM, 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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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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Concert: Matthew Frerck, Heart of the Ghost
Jan
8
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Matthew Frerck, Heart of the Ghost

Matthew Frerck is a free improvising bassist from Richardson Texas. Influenced by the recordings of John Coltrane, Albert Ayler, Eric Dolphy and Miles Davis among others, Matthew has been deeply drawn towards creative improvisation and the extraordinary sounds of the double bass. Matthew studied jazz, creative improvisation, and new music at The Oberlin Conservatory of Music and has performed in masterclasses for world renowned artists such as Vijay Iyer, Fred Hersch, and The Punch Brothers. Matthew is a member of the two creative music groups based in Oberlin Ohio, Hatchling and Matthew Frerck and his Model T Automobiles who recently opened for guitarist Tashi Dorji.

Heart of the Ghost is Luke Stewart (bass), Ian McColm (drums), Jarrett Gilgore (alto sax)
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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Art opening - Dan Conrad: Light Paintings and other works
Jan
5
8:00 PM20:00

Art opening - Dan Conrad: Light Paintings and other works

Please join us on January 5th as Baltimore artist Dan Conrad brings much-needed light and color into our world with his first ever DC exhibition.

“Light painting” describes a luminous display with a fixed pattern, where the chromatic relationships between color areas change. Colored light sources illuminate the diffusing surface. Partitions behind the screen create edges between color areas. An electronic controller causes areas to change color.
My original work with color-changing light art was “color performance,” in which I manipulated dimmers to create color changes on a screen. My instrument, the “chromaccord”, is usually performed in concert with a musician. Color changes can be fast, invoking color after-images, and the experience can become abrasive. A light painting, in contrast, is intended to exist in a living space, calling for different considerations of its psychological impact. I design them to operate slowly; sometimes color changes are almost imperceptible. The medium plays with changes in color associations between shapes, changes in degrees of simultaneous contrast, and changes in the overall appearance of a piece after one looks away for a time.

The opening will also include performances by Dan and several friends from the Baltimore experimental music scene:

Daniel Conrad - flute with effects
Eric Franklin and Sam Burt - daxophone duet
Daniel Conrad and Eric Franklin - wildwave and theremin
Steve Strohmeier - organ

 

 

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Performances: Mike Andre, Rex Delafkaran, Sarah Hughes/Nik Francis/Layne Garrett
Jan
4
8:00 PM20:00

Performances: Mike Andre, Rex Delafkaran, Sarah Hughes/Nik Francis/Layne Garrett

MIKE ANDRE plays deconstructed punk rock in the band Puff Pieces. Tonight he will be performing deconstructed folk music under his own name.

ALEXANDRA 'REX' DELAFKARAN is a San Francisco, California transplant living and engaging as an interdisciplinary artist and dancer, curator and administrator in Washington, DC, working out of Red Dirt Studios. A San Francisco Art Institute alum (BFA in Sculpture and Ceramics, minor in Performance/Installation) Rex has worked and exhibited in Southern Exposure Gallery, Diego Rivera Gallery, Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Panoply Performance Lab, Transformer and more. Currently a participating guest writer at local online art writing publication DIRT. rexdelafkaran.com

SARAH HUGHES, NIK FRANCIS, and LAYNE GARRETT are local/regional improvisers who tonight will be performing for the first time as a trio. They have, though, played together as participants in the Creative Music Workshops occurring periodically at Rhizome.

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Concert: The Messthetics, Dan Joseph
Dec
29
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: The Messthetics, Dan Joseph

The Messthetics is a new instrumental trio with Brendan Canty (D), Joe Lally (B), and Anthony Pirog (G). Brendan Canty and Joe Lally were the rhythm section of the band Fugazi from it’s inception in 1987 to it’s period of hiatus in 2002. This is the first band they’ve had together since that time. Anthony Pirog continues to shape, tear down and reshape his unique conceptions of what guitar can be. The Messthetics is an unsupervised sonic playground that is driven primarily by Anthony’s imagination, and his not-so-latent desire to torture his rhythm section with odd time signatures. The three of them, Canty, Pirog, and Lally, are The Messthetics.”

Dan Joseph is a free-lance composer, curator and writer based in New York City. He began his career as a drummer in the vibrant punk scene of his native Washington, DC. During the late 1980s, he was active in the experimental tape music underground, producing ambient-industrial works for independent labels in the U.S. and abroad. A New York resident since 2001, Dan’s work has been presented at Merkin Concert Hall (NYC), Diapason Gallery for Sound (NYC), Roulette (NYC), Issue Project Room (NYC) The Kitchen (NYC) Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (CA), and other venues. Since the late 1990s, the hammer dulcimer has been the primary vehicle for his music.

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Performances: Julia Santoli, ot to not to, Nappy Nappa
Dec
27
8:00 PM20:00

Performances: Julia Santoli, ot to not to, Nappy Nappa

JULIA SANTOLI (NY) creates precarious compositions of image, gesture, sculpture, and sound. She has presented solo and collaborative works at Queens Museum, Flux Factory, Issue Project Room, Judson Memorial Church, LUMP, Widow Jane Mine cave, GRACE Exhibition Space, Panoply Performance Laboratory, Spinnerei, DE +++ a myriad of other spaces/places

OT TO NOT TO (VA) "Recorded using low fidelity recording techniques over a period of several months on friends’ bedroom floors, Goshen (ot to not to's debut record) is a sparse, modern blues/r’n’b record, somehow saluting both dusty old blues recordings, as well as modern jazz-infused electronic projects.  It emanates a truly intimate and specific atmosphere."

NAPPY NAPPA (DC) - new dada hiphop cabaret from DC's mumbo sauce prince with guests martyHeem and Pat Cain

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Musical Residency with Luke Stewart
Dec
19
to Dec 23

Musical Residency with Luke Stewart

If you've been paying attention to the DC music scene at all these last few years then LUKE STEWART needs no introduction. And if you haven't, its about time to take notice.

Starting December 19th Rhizome will be hosting a 5-night musical residency featuring Luke and a rotating assortment of collaborators...a culmination of many years of activity among the greater community of artists, coming together in a completely organic way..

Tuesday, December 19 - Baltimore/DC Collective Ensemble
Dave Ballou - Trumpet
John Dierker - Saxophone
Luke Stewart - Bass
Mike Kuhl - Drums

Wednesday, December 20 -
Luke Stewart, solo
Upright Bass
Electric Bass
Electronics

 

Thursday, December 21 - Dance Duo
Patricia Nicholson Parker - Dance
Luke Stewart - Bass

Friday, December 22 - "Let's see what happens"
Open improvisation

Saturday, December 23 - Bass/Cello Duo
Janel Leppin - Cello
Luke Stewart - Bass

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Telecaster Tribute: Anacostia Delta Band
Dec
18
8:00 PM20:00

Telecaster Tribute: Anacostia Delta Band

The return of the Telecasters! Guitarists like Danny Gatton and Roy Buchanan pioneered the Fender Telecaster sound, a righteous blend of rock and roll, jazz, blues, rockabilly, country, and soul born of the Washington D.C. cultural melting pot. The music scene they championed was hugely influential and it thrives today—admired by musicians worldwide but barely recognized at home. The Anacostia Delta Band, which includes Gatton's old rhythm section (John Previti and Barry Hart) lay down regional guitar sounds from then and now and remind audiences why these guitar masters are so adored. The front line is three supremely talented telecaster guitarists: Joel Harrison and David Chappell both grew up listening to Gatton, while Anthony Pirog represents the younger generation planting new seed in this fertile soil.

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Record Rats 2
Dec
16
12:00 PM12:00

Record Rats 2

Record Rats returns to Rhizome, just in time for the holidays. Hunt vinyl from your favorite local record shops including Red Onion Records, Som Records, Joe's Record Paradise, and Petworth Records, as well as the collections of local record heads. There'll be surprise guest DJ's and probably some food too. Find that perfect gift for the music lover in your life (and its okay if that's you).

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Concert: D. Miñoza, dRachEmUsik, Lucas Brode, Tristan Welch
Dec
15
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: D. Miñoza, dRachEmUsik, Lucas Brode, Tristan Welch

D.Miñoza - Guitarist D.Miñoza is a sound artist working primarily in the areas of drone, noise, minimalism and free improvisation. “Deep, majestic sound design combines with eerie drones and what I can only describe as esoteric melodies, forming a moody yet beautiful sonic melange.” -Darrel Burgan (StillStream Net Radio)

dRachEmUsiK - live ambient noise drone glitch-groove improvisation

Lucas Brode  - Guitarist/composer from New York drawing from jazz harmony, experimental rock textures, and African rhythms

Tristan Welch is an experimental musician / artist from northern Virginia that creates sonic soundscapes with his guitar which incorporates loops that are drenched in reverb, delay, and distortion. He likes to call his compositions; heavy ambient movements.

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Concert: Gerrit Hatcher / Julian Kirchner, Heterodyne, Sandy Ewen
Dec
14
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Gerrit Hatcher / Julian Kirchner, Heterodyne, Sandy Ewen

Gerrit Hatcher //sax  & Julian Kirchner //drums -  (Chicago) "..Hatcher reveals a flair for motific improvisation, uncorking a richly marbled tone spiked with leaps into his instrument’s extreme upper register...each little melodic, rhythmic, or coloristic scheme flows naturally into the next, with the saxophonist moving into more tender passages as easily as he blows down walls. "

Heterodyne (DC/Balt) is an improvisational collaboration between Ted Zook and Maria Shesiuk, sometimes joined by other musical improvisers including Bob Boilen, Patrick Whitehead, Doug Kallmeyer, Jerry Busher, and Sarah Hughes.

Sandy Ewen (Houston) - has released several albums, including a duo with guitarist Tom Carter, a trio with bassist Damon Smith & drummer Weasel Walter, and a rock album with Austin’s Weird Weeds. Ewen’s visual work is closely tied to her work in sound; she uses both mediums to explore texture, composition and materials.

 

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Poetry Fuddle
Dec
13
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: Mark Fosson, Don Zientara, Anthony Pirog
Dec
8
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Mark Fosson, Don Zientara, Anthony Pirog

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 West Coast-based Takoma Records, and Fahey, impressed with what he heard, offered Fosson a recording deal. Though Takoma Records folded soon after, the Fahey material finally saw the light of day as "The Lost Takoma Sessions" from Drag City Records in 2006. In 2012 Tompkins Square released "Digging In The Dust", a collection of early home recordings which led to Fosson's signing to Takoma. In May 2015 he released "kY", a collection of instrumentals inspired by his time growing up in Kentucky and in July 2017 his newest album, "Solo Guitar" was released on Drag City Records .

DON ZIENTARA - Best known as the producer for most of the bands on Washington D.C.'s legendary Dischord Records, Don Zientara is also a musician -- once a member of Under Heaven, in the early eighties -- who released his first solo album, Sixteen Ssongs, on long time collaborator and friend Ian MacKaye's Northern Liberties label in 2003. Don's studio, dubbed Inner Ear, became a Mecca of sorts for the D.C. underground scene, with Zientara working with bands such as the Teen Idles, Minor Threat, Fugazi, Q and Not U, Dag Nasty, Slant 6, , Joe Lally, Bad Brains, southwestern punk outfit 7 Seconds, and many more.
After finally finding a sound for his own work that was satisfactory, Zientara released Sixteen Ssongs on Northern Liberties. A follow up album, Clocks and Watches, was released on that same label in 2007.  Two more solo albums followed these:  I Was Waiting, and Eyes In the Back of My Head.

ANTHONY PIROG is making his mark on the guitar playing universe, one sonically enthralling, diversely influenced project after another.  Anthony has played with musicians across a wide spectrum of styles and genres. He has performed with renowned avant jazzers such as Henry Kaiser, Elliot Sharp, Michael Formanek, Ches Smith, Mary Halvorson, William Hooker, William Parker, Eyvind Kang, Skuli Sverrisson, Allison Miller, Jon Irabagon, Doug Weiselman, Susan Alcorn, Dave Ballou, Andrew Bishop, Balázs Pándi, Gino Robair, Tatsuya Nakatani, James Brandon Lewis, Jessika Kenney and played in myriad jazz, electronic and improvisational groups up and down the East Coast.

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Concert: Tatsuya Nakatani, Geoff Wilt
Dec
6
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Tatsuya Nakatani, Geoff Wilt

Tatsuya Nakatani is a Japanese avant garde percussionist and acoustic sound artist. Based in the United States, he has released over 80 recordings in the last two decades and tours extensively. Nakatani has developed his own unique instrumentation, creating new sounds and extended techniques. Utilizing gongs, drums, cymbals, singing bowls, his breath, wooden sticks, metal objects, and the idiosyncratic bows and mallets he handcrafts in his workshop; he sculpts an intense, intuitively primitive, expressive sound form that defies genre. His work engages improvised-experimental music and movement, while still retaining the traditional sense of space, depth and deep time found in Japanese art.

Geoff Wilt is a musician living in Silver Spring, Maryland. His recent work has focused on hardware modular synthesizers and acoustic instruments to create music blending the compositional and improvisational.
 

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Concert: Chris Brokaw, Insect Factory, Antonia
Dec
5
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Chris Brokaw, Insect Factory, Antonia

Chris Brokaw is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist perhaps best known for his work as the drummer in CODEINE and the guitarist in COME. Since 2001, Chris has focused primarily on his work as a solo artist, making numerous albums of vocal and instrumental music. This has ranged from full on rock ("Red Cities", "Incredible Love") to explorations of the 6-string and 12-string acoustic guitars ("Canaris", "VDSQ Solo Acoustic Volume 3") to the experimental and abstract ("Tundra", "Gracias, Ghost of the Future"). Chris has also performed and recorded as an accompanist to Thurston Moore, Evan Dando, Christina Rosenvinge, Jennifer O'Connor, Rhys Chatham, Steve Wynn, Alan Licht, and GG Allin.

Insect Factory: Guitar meditations dedicated to resistence. “…densely layered loops, planes of static standing tall like a gigantic back-scratcher of audio, improvised melodies clamoring over drones like they’re peaks in a mountain range…monolithic, moving, fluid and entirely lovely.” – Tiny Mix Tapes

Antonia - Local avant-garde pop project Antonia will be playing an improvisational splice and blended version of her upcoming album about the immigrant experience of her family's matriarch, Mother.

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Concert: Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Benefit
Dec
3
5:00 PM17:00

Concert: Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Benefit

Aristotle Quinanola has organized a pair of shows to raise awareness and donations for areas hardest hit by storms during the 2017 hurricane season. It is a weekend of performances with several Washington, D.C. area local bands supporting a good cause.

Lineup for the Rhizome show includes Heterodyne, Caustic Casanova, Get a Tan, Rom and
Ezra Mae and the Gypsy Moon.
Proceeds go to the Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund at Center of Popular Democracy to directly support relief, recovery, and rebuilding efforts in the most vulnernable low-income communities of color in Puerto Rico, after being hit by both Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

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Concert: Galaxy Express 555, Ian Douglas​-​Moore / Paul N. Roth, Afroditi Psarra, Barbiero-Byrd-Ghaphery
Dec
2
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Galaxy Express 555, Ian Douglas​-​Moore / Paul N. Roth, Afroditi Psarra, Barbiero-Byrd-Ghaphery

Sonic Circuits presents...
Galaxy Express 555 is the creation of musician Christopher Farstad, incorporating samples, live wind instruments, and touch- based looping technology to develop and reinterpret compositions in real-time. The music created is somewhere between ambient, industrial, and experimental — evoking alchemical weather rituals, technomantic spellcasting, or the soundtrack to a re-enactment of cyberwarfare.

ian douglas-moore & paul n roth - Douglas-Moore lays out sound walls using guitar-created sine tones, feedback, and a deliberate approach to sonic layering while Roth inlays his electronics-influenced approach to the alto saxophone, ducking in and out of the sound space with microtonal manipulations, multiphonics, drones, and other noise gestures.

Afroditi Psarra (Athens, 1982) is a multidisciplinary artist working with e-textiles, diy electronics and sound. Her artistic interest focuses on concepts such as the body as an interface, contemporary handicrafts and folk tradition, pop iconography, retrofuturistic aesthetics and the role of women in contemporary culture.

Barbiero-Byrd-Ghaphery - acoustic improvisation for winds, strings & percussion.

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Workshop: Wearable EMF and Fractal Antennae
Dec
2
12:00 PM12:00

Workshop: Wearable EMF and Fractal Antennae

This workshop encompasses the idea of intersecting science and art through e-textiles and wearables, by creating handmade technological artifacts that can sense electromagnetic fields. After a brief presentation of reference projects and technologies that would be used, the participants will experiment with two different circuits. One acts as an amplifier that can pick up LF transmissions and make them audible. And the other, an ATtiny85-based detector, provides sonic, haptic and visual feedback of the picked-up interference. Furthermore, the participants will explore the concept of fractal antennas and will create their personalised wearable EMF detectors.

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Concert: Puff Pieces, Snake Union, Millionraces
Dec
1
7:00 PM19:00

Concert: Puff Pieces, Snake Union, Millionraces

(note 7pm start time)

PUFF PIECES - 'In 2012, at the behest of Mike Andre, a reluctant Justin Moyer (E.D. Sedgwick/Supersystem) and Amanda Huron (Weed Tree/Caution Curves) were conscripted into helping Mike play and record some unrealized songs he had floating around. After a series of precarious fits and starts, the band coalesced into a semi-stable entity known as “Puff Pieces” in 2013, and began playing shows. Based on their experiences in various now-defunct bands (Amanda and Mike in Vertebrates, and Mike and Justin in Antelope), and long-term involvement in D.C.’s punk and noise scenes, Puff Pieces strives to destroy the bland hegemony of their city’s condo-crazed culture with a catchy mix of melody and nervous dissonance.'

SNAKE UNION is a Brooklyn based experimental electronic group consisting of Chuck Bettis (Die Trommel Fatale, Mossenek) and David Grant (Action Patrol, On A Clear Day). A duo that works in improvisational rhythmic explorations that match analog synths and digital sound processing, modular wires and max patches. By turns psychedelic, delicate, and fuzzed out, the sequenced collides with the freeform as these two soundmakers push into new realms.

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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Women Uncorked
Nov
29
7:30 PM19:30

Women Uncorked

Join us for a gathering of women who come together every month to talk about desire, love and relationships, our bodies and our sexuality. We talk intimately about living and loving as women today. We share wisdom  with understanding and acceptance. 

We are people who identify as female, of all ages and orientations, all cultures and relationship styles. We talk about sex - the science, the social, the politics and the personal. If you've been missing a place where no one says "that's TMI" -- a safe zone for intimate topics -- this is it!  We come together as strangers, and leave as friends. Bring your favorite beverage, or have a cup of tea. 

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Gather and Stitch! A Community Fiber Arts Workshop
Nov
28
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: Johnny Gandelsman Plays the Complete Bach Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin
Nov
26
to Nov 27

Concert: Johnny Gandelsman Plays the Complete Bach Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin

After spending over a decade performing with critically acclaimed groups, Brooklyn Rider and Silk Road Ensemble, Johnny Gandelsman is on the road celebrating his first solo album, the Complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin.

Johnny’s unique interpretation integrates his classical training with the work he has been doing with and Brooklyn Rider over the last decade. Collaborating with improvisers, commissioning new works from a variety of composers (many of whom are performers,) working with ballet & modern dance companies, as well as working with traditional musicians outside of the Classical music genre – all of these experiences add deep and meaningful layers of connection and dimension to Bach’s music.

The Boston Globe praised Gandelsman’s performance of Sonatas and Partitas for its “genial freshness and unaffected sincerity”, while the New York Times called his performance, “mesmerizing…a memorable marathon”.

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Concert: Radiator Greys, Coteries, Ordet, Twin Jude
Nov
25
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Radiator Greys, Coteries, Ordet, Twin Jude

Cassette release show for Radiator Greys - 'LIFE IN THE BLAST RADIUS' (Devine Records)!

Radiator Greys (Psychedelic Tape Noise from Washington, DC)
Coteries (Seething Death Industrial from Richmond, VA)
Ordet (Debut Projet from Evana Roman - Richmond, VA)
Twin Jude (Ethereal Ambient from Washington, DC)
DJ C10 spinning tunes!

"Ambient music feels like you're either floating or drowning in the chords. The slowed down reverberations (often miscateogrized as "minimalist") are usually unsettlingly beautiful. Don't believe me? Listen to Justin Bieber's "U Smile" slowed down by 800%. It will make you a Belieber. Josh Levi's solo project Radiator Greys takes the genre's ethereal nature and runs it through a horror movie soundtrack machine. Shrouded behind a dark veil of hair he churns out, what he dubs, "experimental noise." Not necessarily something you can float to, but it is easy to drown in." - Alexandra Noghaven

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