Concert: Earprint, id M Theft Able, Rex D /Layne G
Jun
19
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Earprint, id M Theft Able, Rex D /Layne G

Earprint - With an ear aimed firmly toward the underground, Earprint is a four-part chordless creative collective who make music that is at least nominally for listening. Though they’re not out to save the world, or even modern jazz, they aim to at least turn a head or two with their aggressively melodic, shamelessly youthful approach.

A chordless quartet—free of the confines of piano or guitar—has a uniquely open, stripped-down sound, perhaps most often associated with Ornette Coleman’s quartets or the Gerry Mulligan/Chet Baker group of the early 1950s. Earprint draws plenty from these touchstones, but their influences range across the chordless canon, paying homage to the likes of Steve Coleman, Happy Apple, and Dave Holland. Comprising Earprint are saxophonist Kevin Sun, trumpeter Tree Palmedo, bassist Simón Willson and drummer Dor Herskovits. To the surprise of all involved, four wildly different visions crystallized, merging burning swing, knotty grooves, and anthemic themes into a spare sort of kitchen-sink minimalism.

i dm theftable -  Known for his insubordinate and virtuosic improvisational approach to electroacoustic music, Id M Theft Able's performances consist of stream-of-consciousness vocal technique, performative manipulations and gestures with collected objects, as well as the use of an amplified wire and wood sculpture that amasses echos, shrieks, crashes, and creaks -- assembling all manner of media sources.

Rex Delafkaran and Layne Garrett will collaborate publicly for the first time...............

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Concert: Gull, Floom, Swoll
Jun
20
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Gull, Floom, Swoll

Wednesday June 20th     8PM       $10

Floom Trio (VA) - 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.

Gull (VA) - Nathaniel Gull Rappole is best described as a drum; a living, breathing drum of flesh on fire that cries out assorted tongues of creatures past and delivers it from a single unique perspective; a communal music broadcast of blood and bile left as an offering on the altar of sound.

Swoll is a new project from Matthew Dowling (Deleted Scenes, Paperhaus, The Effects)

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Concert: Chris Forsyth, Sfyria Trio, Olive Tiger
Jun
22
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Chris Forsyth, Sfyria Trio, Olive Tiger

Chris Forsyth is a lauded guitarist, composer, and bandleader whose widescreen art-rock, fusing taut compositions and mercurial improvisations, has earned him a reputation as one of the most distinctive and critically acclaimed guitarists working today. In 2013, he assembled The Solar Motel Band, who quickly developed a reputation as an incredible live act, provoking comparisons to visionary artists such as Television, The Grateful Dead, Popol Vuh, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, and Richard Thompson. In 2016 he released the double LP The Rarity of Experience (No Quarter) to universal raves. Pitchfork called it “a near-perfect balance between 70s rock tradition and present day experimentation,” NPR Music named Forsyth “one of rock’s most lyrical guitar improvisors,” and the New York Times calls him “a scrappy and mystical historian… His music humanizes the element of control in rock classicism (and) turns it into a woolly but disciplined ritual.”  His most recent release with the new Solar Motel Band is the digital-only “Rare Dreams: Solar Live 2.27.18,” recorded live at Cafe Oto, London.

Sfyria Trio is a Chicago/Brooklyn-based free-improvising ensemble comprised of Sam Decker on tenor saxophone, Charlie Kirchen on bass, and Matt Carroll on drums. Drawing on influences from jazz, certain strains of twentieth century classical music, and various folk traditions, the group sculpts delicately textured improvisations that seamlessly navigate a variety of sonic worlds.

Olive Tiger is an evolution of sound and texture:  a nontraditional trio hailing from New England that lushly combines electronics with organic elements of chamber-pop, defying the boundaries of genre in favor of obsessive exploration. Grounded in the stunning songwriting and soaring voice of its bandleader, Olive Tiger arcs continuously toward more meticulous, more rich and more seductive arrangements.

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Concert: Jeb Bishop/Dan Ruccia, Jeremiah Cymerman, Bobb Drake/J Guy Laughlin
Jun
26
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Jeb Bishop/Dan Ruccia, Jeremiah Cymerman, Bobb Drake/J Guy Laughlin

Jeb Bishop & Dan Ruccia bring their unique musical collaboration between trombone & viola, "both instruments that are usually relegated to a place in the margins, the shadows, away from the center of attention. And they are both the butt(s) of some of the finest musician jokes." Jeb Bishop has performed, toured and recorded with groups including the Vandermark Five, the Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, Ted Sirota's Rebel Souls, and many others. Composer Dan Ruccia’s music has been performed across the United States and Europe by groups such as Eighth Blackbird, The Bad Plus, Wet Ink, the Juventas New Music Ensemble among others.

Jeremiah Cymerman -  For the past fifteen years, composer/performer Jeremiah Cymerman (pronounced SIMMER-man) has become an increasingly integral part of the New York Downtown scene, charting a colorful career as a clarinetist, improviser, sound artist, recording engineer, archivist and podcaster. Frequently using the recording studio as a primary compositional tool, Cymerman’s work reflects a passionate interest in improvisation, electronic manipulation & production, traditional, studio & graphic composition as well as solo clarinet and ensemble performance practices. 

Bbob Drake & J Guy Laughlin - avante percussionist J.Guy Laughlin together with veteran synthesist and electronics expert Bbob Drake. The duo is known for exhilarating high energy sets of acrobatic percussion and truly alien sound design.

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Concert: JD Parran, Ancestral Duo
Jun
29
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: JD Parran, Ancestral Duo

Friday June 29th   8PM     $10

J D Parran’s most recent releases on the Mutable Music label are the collaborative Particle Ensemble and his Window Spirits Solo. His performing on clarinets, saxophones and flutes is legendary. In his hometown, St Louis, he was a founding member of the Black Artist Group (BAG) where he participated in the early artistic statements of Julius Hemphill, Oliver Lake,James Jabbo Ware, Hamiet Bluiett and Baikida Carroll.

Ancestral Duo is the special collaboration of multi-instrumentalists Jamal Moore and Luke Stewart. The two channel the spirit of Ancestry through structured improvisation in unique electro-acoustic meditations that aim to reach deep within one's soul and offer a connection to the past, using the power of the present, looking toward the future.

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Concert: Hotel Neon, Welch and Oshima, Low Red Moon. Erbear
Jul
2
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Hotel Neon, Welch and Oshima, Low Red Moon. Erbear

Monday July 2nd   8PM    $10

Hotel Neon is the Philadelphia-based trio of Michael Tasselmyer, Andrew Tasselmyer, and Steven Kemner. Together they create immersive and atmospheric soundscapes aided by projected film and images.

Tristan Welch & Ron Oshima have developed a sound that’s hard to stop listening to. It’s bold, creative and at times mesmerizing. Ron Oshima plays jazz inspired Saxophone over the dark and menacing guitar by Tristan Welch. The languid soundscapes provided by Tristan add more than just a background. He is holding the rhythm, building the foundation of everything boundlessly


Low Red Moon is a newly formed DC instrumental combo featuring guitarist Matt McGarraghy, formerly of Sansyou, bassist Steven Willett (Strange Boutique/TONE) and drummer Matty McGuigan (The Sun Kings). If you have a taste for moody and atmospheric underground 80s sounds ala The Chameleons UK, you will dig LOW RED MOON. 

Erbear is the  instrumental music project of Erik Rodriguez.

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Concert: Soakie, Gauche, Juice and Honey, Tag Cloud/Onewayness
Jul
6
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Soakie, Gauche, Juice and Honey, Tag Cloud/Onewayness

Friday July 6th    8PM     $10

Soakie is hardcore for people who hate hardcore. If Britney Spears moved to New York and wore a punky dangler.

Gauche  - Taking elements of Young Marble Giants, ESG (who they have played with) and Grass Widow, the DC band inject an explosive energy into songs about fraught relationships, a dependency on technology and social media and unfair working conditions. 

Juice and Honey


Tag Cloud and Onewayness will play as a duo. 

Onewayness is Adam Holquist, a composer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist from Erie, Pennsylvania. He uses guitars, pianos, analog and digital synthesis, spoken word and field recordings, and a variety of hardware and software tools to create atmospheric and textural music which draws influence from a variety of sources.

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

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Sunday Matinee Concert: Che Chen/David Watson, Phobodeimos, Echolalia
Jul
8
2:00 PM14:00

Sunday Matinee Concert: Che Chen/David Watson, Phobodeimos, Echolalia

CHE CHEN & DAVID WATSON have been active as a duo since 2014, playing in underground and experimental music spaces and occasionally, outdoors. They use amplified strings, reeds, electronics and bagpipes, setting sustained tones against discreet gestures, silence, and noise. Their improvisations emphasize the scale, duration, and position of sounds in space. Originally a guitarist, Watson has developed an experimental approach for the bagpipes. He has had projects with vocalists Shelley Hirsch and Makigami Koichi, The Afternoon Saints (a group project with Lee Ranaldo, Christian Marclay and Günter Muller) and Glacial, (with Lee Ranaldo and Tony Buck). He has written experimental pieces for traditional pipe-bands, and Phill Niblock created the piece “Bag” using his sounds. He organizes the WORK series. Chen plays guitar in the band 75 Dollar Bill and has been an energetic improviser and organizer in New York City for the last decade. He is also a member of the band True Primes and has collaborated with Aki Onda, Tashi Dorji, Tetuzi Akiyama, Chie Mukai, Amirtha Kidambi, Robbie Lee, and many others. He organizes the monthly Fire Over Heaven series at Outpost.

PHOBODEIMOS - Dan Conrad, Eric , Jenny Moon Tucker, Pony Payroll Bones - Baltimore quartet trafficking in clattering improvised drones and one-of-a-kind light apparatus, featuring self-made instruments, sax, bowed strings, augmented guitar, found-object percussion, electronically processed flute, all the good things in life.

ECHOLALIA is the experimental outfit of DMV staple Amber Leigh Dunleavy. Through the use of theremin and a rotating cast of sonic objects, Dunleavy creates somnambulant territories and textures that lead listeners from the ears to the ether.

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

Concert: Kee Avil, Insect Factory, Margaret Rorison

Monday July 9th  8PM   $10


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


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

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

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

Concert: Lea Bertucci, Amirtha Kidambi, Jeff Surak

Friday July 13th    8PM    $10

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

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

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

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Concert: Samuel Blaser Trio, Hae Voces, Zach Rowden
Jun
17
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Samuel Blaser Trio, Hae Voces, Zach Rowden

At a time when more musicians are trying to be heard than ever before, rare gems like Samuel Blaser seem, paradoxically, rise above it all. Since his 2007 debut as a leader, Blaser has grown at an almost incomprehensible rate, from a straight-ahead hard bopper in his mid-twenties to an innovative free player and ever-searching composer and bandleader in his early thirties - one whose improvisational strength has received high praise from media the world over. Blaser will perform at Rhizome with his trio featuring French guitarist Marc Ducret and Danish drummer Peter Bruun.

Hae Voces is the brainchild of violinist Kristina Dutton and vocalist Majel Connery. Classically-trained composers and performers, Hae Voces takes the formal architecture and universal emotion of classical music and puts it on steroids. The duo recruits an array of pedals, and both analog and digital processing, to create surging textures as massive as an orchestra, or as intimate as a lullaby.

Zach Rowden - deals with the acoustic and performative possibilities of the upright/electric bass & violin. Current projects/collaborators include Iancu Dumitrescu and the late Ana-Maria Avram’s Hyperion Ensemble (member/soloist), The Ghost (with Michael Foster, Derek Baron) Tongue Depressor (with Henry Bridsey), Tyshawn Sorey, Robert Black, Leila Bordreuil, Paul Flaherty, Chris Cretella, Matt Sargent, Charmaine Lee, Wendy Eisenberg and Gus Caldwell.

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Concert: Paal Nilssen-Love's Large Unit
Jun
16
3:45 PM15:45

Concert: Paal Nilssen-Love's Large Unit

LARGE UNIT is the 13-piece group led by Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love. Since the band’s incarnation in 2013 it has grown to be Nilssen- Love's main venture. After 2014’s debut album “Erta Ale” (a monumental 4xLP box-set) the band came full force with playing more than 40 gigs in Europe and North America the following year. It was clear that Large Unit was no special project reserved for exclusive festival one-offs, this was a fully functioning band – touring, recording and evolving.

In the years after Large Unit has gone from strength to strength. Like in his other projects Nilssen-Love refuses to get comfortable and has as a bandleader shown a will to push the music of Large Unit into new areas. While the band undoubtedly is coming from a free jazz starting point, Nilssen-Love is clearly no believer in genre purity. There is also distinction between what parts of the music is improvised and what is composed. Neither is it a 50/50 mix. Often the two are intertwined by carefully constructed systems by Nilssen-Love that brings out both the spontaneity of improvisation and the tightness of a band that knows where it’s going. Add the various changes in line-up, a Large Unit gig is something you don’t want to miss, because the next time you catch it won’t be the same band or music.

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Seventh Stanine Music Festival
Jun
16
2:00 PM14:00

Seventh Stanine Music Festival

A festival curated by Washington, DC band The Caribbean. Its second annual iteration will take place at Rhizome on June 16, 2018, from 2:00-11:00 PM.

Ian Williams (BATTLES)
The Caribbean
Insect Factory
Literals
Jon Camp

Paal Nilssen-Love’s Large Unit
Big Fresh (Lexington, KY; members of Apples in Stereo)
Jeanne Vomit-Terror (Lexington, KY; members of Hair Police)
The Jet Age (DC)
Evan Zierk (Atlantic Rhythms)
BOAT BURNING (DC)

DJ’S

Marc Masters (Pitchfork, The Wire)
Sean Peoples (Atlantic Rhythms)
Andras Fekete (BOAT BURNING)
Andy Fox (Nice Breeze)

$15 suggested donation.

www.seventhstanine.com

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Film + Concert: A Page of Madness w/ Live Soundtrack by William Hooker
Jun
15
7:00 PM19:00

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

Please join us at Rhizome on June 15th 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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Science at Rhizome presents - From Fairy Tales To Finite Elements: How Mathematics Connects With fiction
Jun
14
7:30 PM19:30

Science at Rhizome presents - From Fairy Tales To Finite Elements: How Mathematics Connects With fiction

Thursday June 14th     8PM     

We know that sounds can be broken down into their component sine waves,images to the intensity of their pixels. Mathematicians refer to such building blocks as "basis functions" - if you know these, you can generate other works from them. In this talk, we'll see how this idea arises in a variety of contexts - not just in the finite element method, used to solve engineering problems, but even fiction! We'll also briefly look at some other connections between the two fields I work in: writing and applied mathematics. 

Manil Suri is a mathematics professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. His fiction (including the novels The Death of Vishnu, The Age of Shiva and The City of Devi) has been translated into 27 languages. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, writing op-eds on mathematics, India and LGBT rights. He is in the process of completing a new novel, The Godfather of Numbers, which explains mathematics to non-mathematicians

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Concert: Tigue, Ernesto Cárcamo Cavazos, Jason Charney
Jun
12
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Tigue, Ernesto Cárcamo Cavazos, Jason Charney

Tigue is a group of three percussionists with a fluid musical identity. Praised for their energetic and focused performances, the members of Tigue (Matt Evans, Amy Garapic and Carson Moody) have continuously made their own blend of instrumental minimalism while simultaneously performing in collaborative endeavors. Strange Paradise sees them creating as a unit, pushing each other to transcend the limits and expectations of their percussion instrumentation in the construction of long-form, hypnotic soundscapes that are radiant, affirming and affecting.

Ernesto Cárcamo Cavazos is a composer and guitarist of contemporary acoustic and electronic music, born in 1987 in Mexico City. His current focus is on microtonal timbre construction and aggressive spatialization by means of digital processes on acoustic and electronic instruments.

Jason Charney (Baltimore) creates rich, textural landscapes on modular synthesizer and computer, incorporating light, animation, and audience interaction via networked devices (bring your smartphone!).

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Death Cafe
Jun
11
7:00 PM19:00

Death Cafe

Monday June 11th , 7-9pm. Free (small donation for the space encouraged)

At a death cafe, people gather to eat cake, drink tea, and have a group discussion about death. The aim is to “increase awareness of death to help people make the most of their (finite) lives.” What's on your mind about death and dying?

Coffee and desserts will be provided! This is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session.

Discussion hosted by Sarah, founder of Death Positive DC and local end-of-life doula

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Concert: David Murray & Kahil El'Zabar
Jun
10
9:30 PM21:30

Concert: David Murray & Kahil El'Zabar

For many, David Murray is already a jazz legend, for the number of albums recorded, concerts performed, and awards garnered, with a Grammy, Guggenheim, and Danish JazzPar Prize, among them.  Murray was also an original founding member of the iconic World Saxophone Quartet.

The son of Baptist parents, Murray discovered and grasped the Negro spiritual style, Coltrane, and Ayler.  Now in his fifties, Murray has 1over 130 albums to his name.  Born in Oakland, he grew up in Berkeley and studied with Catherine Murray (his mother, an organist), trumpeter Bobby Bradford, alto saxophonist Arthur Blythe, and drummer/writer Stanley Crouch.  In March 1975, he left Ponoma College in Los Angeles for New York, performing with artists such as Anthony Braxton, Don Cherry, Julius Hemphill and many others.  

Kahil El’Zabar has been leading his Ethnic Heritage Ensemble in various trio configurations for over 40 years.  A former Chairman of the internationally acclaimed, AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians), Dr. Kahil El’Zabar is considered one of the most prolific innovators of his generation.  In 2012, President Obama awarded Zabar the International Ambassador’s Award in the Arts.  In 2014, Dr. El’Zabar was knighted and christened by the Counsel General of France.  El’Zaber has worked with such musical luminaries as Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Pharoah Sanders, and many others.

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Concerts: Bill Cole's Quartet & Untempered Ensemble
Jun
10
4:00 PM16:00

Concerts: Bill Cole's Quartet & Untempered Ensemble

Bassist William Parker calls BILL COLE “master of the double reed”.   The term ‘double reed’ comes from playing two pieces of cane vibrating against each other.   Cole’s expertise is with the nagaswarm, sona, and shenai.  The South Indian nagaswarm, and the North Indian shenai, are the world’s loudest non-brass acoustic wind instruments.  The sona is of Han Chinese origin.  Cole is the founder of The Untempered Ensemble.

For its 21st season, Transparent Productions is honored to present two offerings of Cole’s Untempered music – both quartet and septet settings with famed drummer Warren Smith, and reedist/flautist Ras Moshe as part of The DC Jazz Festival

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Concert: C Joynes, Elkhorn, Krausbauer & Suzuki
Jun
9
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: C Joynes, Elkhorn, Krausbauer & Suzuki

Saturday June 9th 8pm $10

C Joynes is one of the UK’s most inventive and highly regarded solo guitarists. Over the last 10 years he has recorded a string of acclaimed albums exploring the fault-lines between traditional music, field-recordings from around the world, free improv and lo-fi experimentalism.

Elkhorn is a guitar duo featuring Jesse Sheppard on twelve-string acoustic and Drew Gardner on electric.  Their music interweaves the extended folk tradition with psychedelic improvisation.
Elkhorn’s sound is rooted in the earthy, traditional fingerpicking of Sheppard with Gardner’s restrained, passionate cascades of improvised melodic phrases flowing through. They move freely between several different traditions: from American Primitive to Psychedelic Rock, from Hindustani to Mauritanian, from Krautrock to Jazz.

John Krausbauer and Kaori Suzuki perform improvisational-compositions with voices, amplified strings, electronics, and bell percussion.  Their work originates from their shared interest in ancient and spiritual musics as much as the western “avant-garde”.  Their performance utilizes sustained tones (drone), long durations, and playing endurance, aiming to create environments that are ‘experiential’ in nature, more than exclusively ‘musical’.  

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Concert: MANAS, Unicorns in the Snow, Mint Hill
Jun
8
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: MANAS, Unicorns in the Snow, Mint Hill

MANAS is a duo comprised of guitarist Tashi Dorji and drummer Thom Nguyen based out of Asheville NC.  MANAS explores lots of improvisational ground, ranging from extreme sideways expansions of sonics texture — with Tashi’s guitar moving decisively outward while Thom’s drums explode in a parallel plane — to repetative reflecto passages that curl up into a tight ball before achieving escape velocity.

Unicorns in the Snow (Julia Vering) and Mint Hill (Angela Saylor) reunite to collaborate on a tour of their experimental works across the US. Unicorns in the Snow is Vering’s 15 year multimedia performance project that incorporates minimal dark sounds, affected accordion, interactive projections of stop motion animation and cryptic impressions inspired by hospice social work.

Mint Hill : electronic interpretations of space and time with minimalist compositions and displaced memories of ghost towns, funeral homes, fantasies and finch farm.

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Concert: Martin Bisi, Jason Mullinax, Kamyar Arsani
Jun
6
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Martin Bisi, Jason Mullinax, Kamyar Arsani

Wednesday June 6th    8PM     $10 Suggested Donation


Martin Bisi is a producer, musician, and central figure in the musical history of NYC for the past four decades. Martin Bisi and band are touring in support of BC35, an album marking the 35 year anniversary of his recording studio - BC Studio. His band covers post-rock/punk, Industrial and experimental territory.


Jason A Mullinax is a percussionist, music educator, composer, videographer and instrument builder based in Takoma Park, MD. His most recently release, Time Being, is a love letter to psychedelic world music from the 1970's, lo-fi electronica, jazz fusion and progressive rock.

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

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Concert: Light Beams, Blacks Myths, No Plans, Jana Horn
Jun
5
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Light Beams, Blacks Myths, No Plans, Jana Horn

Tuesday June 5th 8PM $10

Light Beams

Blacks Myths - Luke Stewart and Trae Crudup duo

No Plans - first show for a new group with Morgan Daniels, Jason Mogavero, Brian Moran, Sam Sherwood

Jana Horn  is a writer and musician loosely based nowhere, but usually Texas. Her music has been described by friends as "literary" and "stripped-down pop," and by non-friends as "haunting." Her platform is that no woman should receive that adjective again (rock the vote!) and that good art is honest. "Optimism," her debut album, will hit the fan this fall. 

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Concert: Curtis Oren, Peter Redgrave and Khristian Weeks, Dan English
Jun
4
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Curtis Oren, Peter Redgrave and Khristian Weeks, Dan English

​​​​​​​Monday June 4th  8PM         $10

Curtis Oren (Fuck Lungs, Curt's new hat)
Reich-esque compositions bordering on performance art 


Peter Redgrave and Khristian Weeks create events that exist between theater, dance, performance art, and installation. Movement, sound, lighting, and the space itself are used as materials. Their pieces are constructed with highly adaptable and improvisational scores. Character and dialogue become elements to construct and enact purposeless task-oriented spectacles. 

Dan English (Porches)
Solo pop with his debut album 

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Tiny Indigo Open House
Jun
3
5:00 PM17:00

Tiny Indigo Open House

Sunday June 3rd         5PM-7PM        Free

Have you ever wondered what's going on with that tiny house adjacent to Rhizome? The Tiny Indigo team will host an open house on June 3 from 5pm to 7pm.Please join us for a house tour and an informal conversation on all the big aspects -- from home design to lifestyle choices and changes -- of tiny living. For additional information please contact Leandra Nichola at leandra.nichola@gmail.com.

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Queering Sound: Dust Jacket
Jun
3
1:00 PM13:00

Queering Sound: Dust Jacket

Influenced + inspired by Man Ray's photograph of Marcel Duchamp's The Great Glass covered in dust motes, ÉLEVAGE DE POUSSIÈRE, LGBTQ artists + allies reinterpret + subvert text, lyrics, sound, books, dust, ephemera, + print-outs.

The exhibition runs 01 June through 30 June 

Opening Reception: Sunday 03 June
w/ pamphlet binding workshop   $10

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Sex and a Certain Age
May
30
7:30 AM07:30

Sex and a Certain Age

We are women of a certain wisdom, a certain understanding, a certain sexuality - let's talk about it! How do feel about sex in these later years? How is our body changing, and how does that affect sex? What do we do if our desire is waning and our partner's isn't -- or if our desire is off the charts and our partner's isn't?

Join guest speaker Carina Ryder, nurse/midwife and specialist in peri-menopause and menopausal women, as she leads a discussion on the symptoms of menopause, what we can do about them, and how sex can help!

Women Uncorked is gathering for people who identify as women, only, for open discussion about sex, love, and relationships. Each month we start the discussion off with a different topic.

For more information go to Women Uncorked or join the closed Women Uncorked facebook group.

$15/pay what you can

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Concert: Minibeast, Permanent Makeup, Mock Identity,
May
27
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Minibeast, Permanent Makeup, Mock Identity,

Ecstatic to welcome the amazing Minibeast (featuring Peter Prescott from Mission of Burma) back to Rhizome in DC, for what is sure to be an unforgettable night. They're bringing Permanent Makeup with them (from Florida), and joined by DC's Mock Identity.

Minibeast is the musical creation of Peter Prescott (Mission Of Burma, Volcano Suns, Kustomized, Peer Group). Minibeast combines surf, psych, punk, easy listening, '60s children’s music, and soundtrack influences to create instrumental soundscapes. Live, Minibeast is a 3-piece band with Keith Seidel, Eric Baylies, and Peter Prescott.

Expanding on the Minutemen-influenced critically-acclaimed art-punk of 2013's The Void...It Creeps, Florida's Permanent Makeup gives us their next full length Taker.
Whether it's drive and determination, a message of community and frustration or immediacy and purpose you want, then look no further than this band.
"We're from Florida. Everything you've heard is true."
- James, Chris and Susan


DC's own Mock Identity brings angular punk and post-hardcore sounds of fire and fury. LP + midwest tour this summer! Stay tuned!

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Concert:Jason Kahn,     if,bwana,     Travis Johns
May
26
8:00 PM20:00

Concert:Jason Kahn, if,bwana, Travis Johns

Jason Kahn is a musician, artist and writer. He was born 1960 in New York and grew up in Los Angeles. He re-located to Europe in 1990 and is currently based in Zürich.

As an electronic musician, vocalist, drummer and guitarist Kahn collaborates regularly with many musicians, both in improvised settings and in the context of graphical scores which he composes for specific groups.

If, Bwana was born on New Year's Eve 1984, making music that has swung between fairly spontaneous studio constructions and more process-oriented composition. A recent review of Margolis's work says: "Let it be declared that Al Margolis/If, Bwana is some sort of evil genius working with raw materials which are never adapted to a genre or a context, because they create one in that very moment. Those sources are radically altered up to an utterly unrecognizable state, anarchic manifestations moving in compact determination." (Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes).


Travis Johns currently resides in Ithaca, NY, where his sonic output presently consists of dense walls of improvised electronic sound, mostly produced by way of laptop computer and analog electronic instruments of his own design. Active in the San Francisco Bay Area experimental music scene for several years, Johns moved to Costa Rica in 2011 where he collaborated extensively with visual artist Paulina Velazquez-Solis on Raro, an immersive sound and sculpture installation that represented Costa Rica in the 2013 Biennial of the Central American Isthmus (BAVIC).

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Workshop: DIY Electronics with Vaux Flores - The Gold Standard
May
26
12:00 PM12:00

Workshop: DIY Electronics with Vaux Flores - The Gold Standard

For our third workshop of the good year of our potentially dark lord, 2018, VauxFlores offers for your soldering pleasure the Gold Standard, arguably one of the most extreme pedals we've made to date.

This thing is nuts. It does horrible things. It sputters, it blips, it oscillates and makes chirps, clicks and warbles in all the quiet, sensitive parts. And it does it all with two knobs in an attempt to bottle the most extreme settings of our Number 24 fuzz, but as a stripped-down “racing” edition that doesn't require a pilots license to operate. Actually, it's a little more than that – if anything, this pedal begins at the most extreme settings of the 24 and continues into the realm of monsters and nightmares – meaning it's perfectly capable of harsh doom, power improv and under the discerning guidance of a willing initiate, jazz-funk fusion.

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Concert: thingNY, The Witches, Nick Natalie
May
25
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: thingNY, The Witches, Nick Natalie

Commissioned by thingNY, PASSOVER is a performance-ritual by Obie-winning writer/composer Rick Burkhardt for six singing/speaking performers, seated at a dinner table on which there lies a double bass. Each performer relates the story of a friend's escape: from a bad marriage, from an unfair situation at work, from a run-in with a traffic cop, from an ethically compromising opportunity, from an awkward family dinner. Ultimately, it becomes clear that all of these friends form one collective identity. Written specifically for thingNY’s unique blend of chamber music, theatre and improvisation, this tabletop work explores the vocalizing instrumentalist in disjointed modes of storytelling. thingNY is Jeffrey Young (voice and violin), Dave Ruder (voice and Bb clarinet), Erin Rogers (voice and tenor sax), Paul Pinto (vocals and hand percussion), Andrew Livingston (voice and double bass), and Gelsey Bell (voice and metallophone)


Louna Dekker-Vargas and Ledah Finck are The Witches: a duo of flute, violin and vocals. They are dedicated to creating and championing contemporary music that synthesizes the particular colors and textures of flute, violin and vocals. Their work creates sonic atmospheres where beauty and ugliness, orderly and wild, can come face to face. 

Nick Natalie is a saxophonist, composer and educator based in Fairfax, VA. His sophomore record Bitingly Right (2018), contains ten through-composed tracks featuring saxophone, piano, and percussion. It starts with minimalism and consonance while slowly moving to an aggressive, avant-garde four movement suite for prepared saxophone. The compositions were motivated by the loss of structure and learning to find peace in the midst of chaos and anxiety.

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Concert: Eli Namay, Xenga, Sarah Hughes' Coy Fish
May
23
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Eli Namay, Xenga, Sarah Hughes' Coy Fish

Eli Namay (Chicago) has been working to develop a musical practice that is informed by critical theory and political activism. He is interested in exploring ways economic and ideological influences on music might be disrupted artistically, thus creating a genuinely creative practice that is emotionally healing for both the listener and practitioner. This has led him to an interest in non/pan-idiomatic improvisation, experimental notation that gives rise to a multiplicity of outcomes, and the use of liminal perceptual frameworks. Eli lives in Chicago where he performs on and teaches both the electric and double bass, regularly collaborating with folks from Chicago’s Folk, Jazz, Improvised Music, and New Music communities.


Xenga
(MD/VA) - 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.

Sarah Hughes' Coy Fish -A bubbling and babbling stream of molten surrealism and languid blue escape through the prism of an electrified free jazz quartet.

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Artist Mother Studio Culminating Event: "It Won't Always Be This Way"
May
20
2:00 PM14:00

Artist Mother Studio Culminating Event: "It Won't Always Be This Way"

Sunday May 20th 2-5pm

Join us for a presentation of work created at the Artist Mother Studio, featuring a performance by darlingdance company at 3:15pm. There will also be light refreshments, an interactive making space and kid-friendly hang out time.

Featured artists:
amyhughesbraden.com // IG: @hughesbraden
mariahannejohnson.com // IG: @fitted_sheet
tsedaye.com // IG: @tsedaye

#artistmotherstudio

*** This project was conceived (birthed) by Amy Hughes Braden and supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts

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QDSH SHOWCSE 2
May
19
8:00 PM20:00

QDSH SHOWCSE 2

we invite you to a safe space. as a truly living being.
an absorber and contributor of the energy around you…

This second installment of QDSH SHOWCSE is designed to facilitate a day changing experience through the arms of sound, the function of intimacy via community, and honesty. Performance sets will be administered by Gwendolynism, heart cradling soul compositions through voice & keys; TrpCrKng, surreal folklorist extraordinaire; & machell andré, rhythmic chasms & poetry. Accompanied with a musical appearance by Echelon The Seeker, a first time performance by guitar hermit jrue sellers, and a clothing-thrift pop up by Ishii

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Music Equipment/Record Sale
May
19
1:00 PM13:00

Music Equipment/Record Sale

On Saturday, May 19 Rhizome will host a music equipment / record sale from 1pm to 6pm! Vendors and musicians from all over the DMV area will be selling their used music equipment and records!

Expect:

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

DJs, FOOD, and DEALS!

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

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Concert: Restroy, The Compositions, Little Howlin' Wolf
May
18
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Restroy, The Compositions, Little Howlin' Wolf

Led by composer and bassist Christopher Dammann, Restroy is a frisson of transformation that dives into the intersection of improvised and contemporary American music. Restroy connects, dissects and evolves musical traditions to find a shared tongue, forge space for communication and provoke metamorphosis in both participant and listener.

The sextet is comprised of leading musicians from diverse musical traditions: Avreeayl Ra, drums; James Davis, trumpet + electronics; Paul Giallorenzo, synthesizers + keyboards; Mabel Kwan, piano + synthesizers; Christopher Dammann, bass and compositions; and Kevin Davis, cello + electronics. Scott Clark will be filling in for Avreeayl Ra for Restroy’s May 18th, performance at Rhizome.

The Compositions are Will Redman, Rose Burt, Daniel Choynowsky, Shelly Purdy. Performing music written by Will Redman.

Little Howlin’ Wolf - James Pobiega, a 6'9" Polish-derived man from Chicago's South Side, performed heavily in bars and and to a greater extent on the street of his home turf during the late 70s through the mid 80s under the name Little Howlin Wolf. During that time, self-released 32 45s (that we know of) and two LPs (compiled from the 7"s) titled The Guardian and The Cool Truth. The LPs show a unique and visionary take on emotive, raw, dissolved blues featuring Wolf on every instrument he could lay his hands on with a wrenching souldfulness and commanding fire-brained intensity to match Albert Ayler. The 45s, though, are where Wolf really stretched out, taking his music to its furthest reaches including stabs at Calypso, gypsy songs, Country-Western and children's songs.

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