Concert: Lauri Hyvärinen, Nicola Hein, Ami Yamasaki
Apr
25
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Lauri Hyvärinen, Nicola Hein, Ami Yamasaki

Lauri Hyvärinen is a guitar player from Helsinki, Finland. For most of his life he has concentrated on experimental and improvised music as well as noise. He works to find a balance between an instrumental impulse and a respect for silence and presence. 


Nicola Hein is mainly concerned with the search for new sounds on his instrument, the guitar. He plays electric and acoustic guitar with or without preparations and tries to find new ways of playing the guitar within the context of Free Improvised Music and Jazz. He plays the guitar with his hands and plectrum but also with a lot of different objects: screws, rulers, iron wool, violin bow, abrasive paper, magnets and many other objects which are part of his musical vocabulary. The result is his very own world of sounds.

Ami Yamasaki is a vocalist and multimedia artist from Tokyo. Her work is diverse and prolific, creating installations, performances, and films in a variety of settings, most recently as part of the performance “Sounds to Summon the Japanese Gods” at the Japan Society of New York. Solo performances include “Signs of Voices” (2016, Kyoto Art Center, Japan), 

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Science Talk: Evolutionary Free Jazz and Genetic Tattoos
Apr
26
8:00 PM20:00

Science Talk: Evolutionary Free Jazz and Genetic Tattoos

Do butterflies dream of evolutionary free-jazz and genetic tattoos

Let us go deep into the study of the greatest art show on Earth, and explore these principles using the visually stunning features of butterflies and their wing patterns. How does the scientist approach these simple questions: how does DNA instructs pattern formation on the wing? and the diversification of shapes and color motifs therein? Can we manipulate these patterns, and shall we? What are the ethical limits of the modification of nature, are we harnessing it, or interrogating it, can it strengthen our relationship with it, or alienate us from it? 

Arnaud Martin is an Assistant Professor at the George Washington University since 2016 and has been carrying research in the field of Evolutionary Developmental Biology for the past 12 years at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon(France), UC Irvine, and UC Berkeley.

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Concert: Paul Metzger, John Saint Pelvyn, Huda and Kamyar, Pony Moon
Apr
27
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Paul Metzger, John Saint Pelvyn, Huda and Kamyar, Pony Moon

The starting point of Paul Metzger’s music is usually an instrument that he’s customized (his sitarlike 23-string banjo) or invented (his “spontaneous composition generator,” which is basically a painter’s box full of 37 altered music-box cylinders). Their novelty isn’t an end in itself, but rather an avenue to opportunity; the native of Saint Paul, Minnesota, wants to be surprised by his own music, and by including unfamiliar or random elements, he helps that happen.

Guitarist, thereminist, singer, and player of some species of dismantled electrified folk, John Saint Pelvyn is a musical enigma of the best kind. At the root of his playing is something akin to traditional stride, but rich with quivering whammy bar wobble and shimmering feedback. He often plays the tailfin strings of his archtop like one would play harmonics, or retunes seamlessly mid-stream to create a shifting temperament across the length of a piece.

Huda & Kamyar هدى وكاميار A Palestinian oud player and an Irani Daf player meet in Washington DC. A mystical journey and an exploration of region's rich musical repertoire begins. The duo delves into the universe of Mashriq rhythms to create a transcending musical dialogue, influenced by the zaar, sufi thikr and more.

Pony Moon is the convergence of Jenny Moon Tucker (Twilight Memories of The Three Suns) and Pony Payroll Bones (Hubcap City (from Belgium), Pony Blood). Violent Psychedelic Music eternal drone. A duo with occasional guests. Everything is fluid. The river finds the ocean and the Ocean always rains into the river. Violin (s), Saxophones, Electronics, broken instruments, Found Percussion

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Kids' Workshop: Invent Your Own Games
Apr
28
10:00 AM10:00

Kids' Workshop: Invent Your Own Games

During this workshop we invite children and their families to imagine, invent, and build their own life-sized games using the world around them as inspiration. During the course of the workshop kids will work in groups to build a playspace, come up with rules, goals, and challenges, and test each other’s games.

The workshop is open to children 5-8 years old and one guardian. (Guardian required).

Chloe Varelidi is a designer most recently with littleBits (Toy of the Year 2018). She has over 10 years of experience designing toys and games using pixels, paper, and circuits. She is the founder of Humans Who Play, a design collective that uses the extraordinary power of play to solve real world problems.

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Concert: Andrew Fest Night 1  Avant Fairfax Pre-Show
Apr
28
3:00 PM15:00

Concert: Andrew Fest Night 1 Avant Fairfax Pre-Show

Pas Musique is a group which creates musical output through the form of abstract sound. The term ‘Pas Musique’ translates to ‘not music’ in french, metaphorically negating everything that is established in music and starts from a clean perspective. The viewpoint fuels our creativity to create our own world of beauty. The aesthetic underpinnings are defined by the notion that music can be whatever the ear perceives. It’s a conception fueled by the love of life and art. It’s a desire for honest artistic self-expression. 

There will be a marathon of additional acts including: Chester HawkinsGeoff WiltTag CloudBushmeat AirwaysIan G. McColm, Free Soil, Hallowed BellsThirteen ColoniesPhoenix Auto Group, Echolalia

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Concert: Adams/Bucko/Cunningham Trio, Heart of the Ghost
Apr
29
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Adams/Bucko/Cunningham Trio, Heart of the Ghost

Sunday, April 29th.                   8PM.                $10.

 

Adams/Bucko/Cunningham Trio (Midwest)

Improvised trio of Alexander Adams, Bob Bucko Jr., Alex Cunningham. Hardhealth (Kalamazoo, MI)

Improvised sampler duo from K-zoo

Heart of the Ghost (DC/MD)

Formidable trio of Luke Stewart, Jarrett Gilgore, and Ian McColm

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Concert: Pderrigerreo, Yeah Baby
Apr
30
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Pderrigerreo, Yeah Baby

Monday April 30th      8PM                $10

Pderrigerreo is a noisey ensemble originally from Middletown, CT. While some might half-assedly described the band as "folk-punk", there are no words to describe their effect on the mucus membranes. Their performance is typified by surfing a wave of chain-link fence and Lavender Orangina.

Yeah, Baby are a sensitive dance music duo from Philadelphia. Their goal is to activate your heart mind and tapping toes.

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Concert: Liz Durette, Sahba Sizdahkhani, Nik Francis
May
1
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Liz Durette, Sahba Sizdahkhani, Nik Francis

Liz Durette is a talented keyboardist and improviser living in Baltimore, Maryland. With "Four Improvisations", she presents us with a new vision of what an album of solo keyboard music can be. Her music is dually rooted in both the Western, Romantic Classical tradition, and in contemporary improvisation and spontaneous composition. What emerges is a gorgeous album that is as intelligent and novel as much as it is also lovely to listen to. Ms. Durette has taken on the Rhodes electric piano as her primary instrument, and with this album she fully exploits the unique and beautiful qualities of this instrument. The music is gestural and free, and mingles and shifts from heart-centered lyrical melodies to deep interior harmonic exploration.

Sahba Sizdahkhani grew up a jazz drummer and has played with Peter Brotzmann, Miho Hatori (Cibo Matto), Mary Halvorson, Eli Keszler, Marc Ribot, Sophia Knapp, Beauty Pill, Devendra Banhart, and many more. He has recorded with bands on the imprints of Dischord Records, Southern Lord, and Drag City. Recently he launched his solo identity where he primarily plays 104-string custom Persian santour.

Nik Francis is a composer and improvisor of electroacoustic music. Currently based in DC, he plays drums in FOR trio and the Francis/Ryan Duo. He has performed as a soloist and with others (e.g., Nikolas Francis Unit[Iowa City], Indent[DC], Trinary[DC], Psygnal[Boston]) on percussion, computer, and various electronics. In this performance, Nik will present music for modular synth and percussion.

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Experimental Poetry Lab
May
3
7:00 PM19:00

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 habitual thinking and writing in favor of language that will surprise us and lead us into new creative territory.

We'll explore everything from cut-ups to experimental memoir. We'll do homophonic translations, erasures, 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 Joe Brainard, Lyn Hejinian, Harryette Mullen, and Leslie Scalapino, among others.

This workshop anyone 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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Concert: Parlor Walls, tk Echo, Pearie Sol
May
5
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Parlor Walls, tk Echo, Pearie Sol

Saturday  May 5th                8PM               $10

Parlor Walls EP EXO is a punch to the face.  Imagine steam engines colliding on Mars where the air is thin but somehow inhabitable. Shedding their once post-punk-meets-free-jazz exoskeleton for a more refined art rock, EXO spins a claustrophobic mayhem into a sinewy four song salvo.

tk Echo is 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).

Pearie Sol’s songs “scramble the boundaries between the confessional and the confrontational, inviting us to revisit the lines we’ve drawn between empathy and embarrassment. Stick it out for an entire set and your fidgeting might start to feel like a different kind of dancing.” (via Washington Post)

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Saturn's Twice Return featuring Subtle Degrees
May
6
4:00 PM16:00

Saturn's Twice Return featuring Subtle Degrees

A year on Saturn lasts about as long as 29.5 years here on Earth. Roughly, every 59 years, Saturn has completed a pair of delicious trips around the sun.

Join me as I celebrate the ride and welcome a full slate of amazing artists, featuring Gerald Cleaver and Travis Laplante of Subtle Degrees to Rhizome for an afternoon of music and laughter on the first Sunday in May.

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Concert: Subtle Degrees w/ Travis Laplante & Gerald Cleaver
May
6
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Subtle Degrees w/ Travis Laplante & Gerald Cleaver

Subtle Degrees, featuring Travis Laplante (tenor saxophone) and Gerald Cleaver (drums).

The duo has released their first album, 'A Dance That Empties' in February 2018 via New Amsterdam Records and will be touring in March/April/May 2018.

'A Dance That Empties' is Travis Laplante's latest album-length composition written for Subtle Degrees, a brand new ensemble consisting of Laplante (tenor saxophone) and Gerald Cleaver (drums).  Truly singular and unique in scope, the duo evokes everything from contemporary classical music, avant-garde jazz, trance, minimalism, technical metal, and sacred world music.  'A Dance That Empties' is Laplante's most risky piece to date. The extremely demanding composition pushes the players to the limit both technically and physically, while the raw and vulnerable instrumentation makes for an intimately emotional experience for both performers and audience. 

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Experimental Poetry Lab
May
10
7:00 PM19:00

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 habitual thinking and writing in favor of language that will surprise us and lead us into new creative territory.

We'll explore everything from cut-ups to experimental memoir. We'll do homophonic translations, erasures, 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 Joe Brainard, Lyn Hejinian, Harryette Mullen, and Leslie Scalapino, among others.

This workshop anyone 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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Concert: Anacostia Delta Band
May
12
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: 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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Fermentation Workshop: Kimchi and Sauerkraut
May
14
7:00 PM19:00

Fermentation Workshop: Kimchi and Sauerkraut

In this workshop we will learn the basics of lacto-fermenting vegetables, and introduce possibilities for further experimentation at home. Using only salt, time, and little to no witchcraft, we will elevate humble cabbages and other fresh locally grown vegetables towards the realm of the divine. Our ferments will be full of complex flavors for your taste buds and teeming with microbiotic life to fortify your gut, not to mention enhancing your appreciation for the wonders of the microcosmos.

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Poetry Fuddle
May
16
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.

Ready to RSVP? Befuddled? Contact amyeisner@gmail.com or lbumstead@mac.com

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Experimental Poetry Lab
May
17
7:00 PM19:00

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 habitual thinking and writing in favor of language that will surprise us and lead us into new creative territory.

We'll explore everything from cut-ups to experimental memoir. We'll do homophonic translations, erasures, 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 Joe Brainard, Lyn Hejinian, Harryette Mullen, and Leslie Scalapino, among others.

This workshop anyone 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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Concert: Restroy, The Compositions
May
18
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Restroy, The Compositions

Restroy  plays refined postbop arrangements of Chris Damman's compositions, given depth by the plush-toned trumpet of James Davis, the full-bodied tenor saxophone of Nick Anaya, and the bracing violin and cello of Catherine Monnes. Here and there guitarist Tim Stine and flutist Gina Sobel add extra front-line counterpoint, but the primary wrinkle in Restroy's music is rhythmic—they sometimes feature four percussionists. Daniel Richardson and Dylan Andrews alternate on drum kit, Loren Oppenheimer adds tabla and frame drum, and Matt Wyatt contributes sample-based electronics and percussion.

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

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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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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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Women Uncorked
Apr
23
7:30 PM19:30

Women Uncorked

This month at Rhizome, let's talk about parenting and and other impediments to sexuality. How do we manage the demands of little children (or other impediments to a full expression of our sexual selves) and still remain sexual beings? Can we? What is the impact on desire? How is our relationship with a partner effected? How can we navigate these lean sexual years and keep the relationship healthy and ready to rebound in the future?

Come enjoy a supportive group of womyn in a no-judgement zone -- and no one saying "that's TMI!" Women Uncorked is a gathering for women only, talking about sex - the science, the social, the politics, the personal. 
Join us!         $15
 

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Concert: Dina Maccabee, Marian McLaughlin, Anteloper
Apr
22
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Dina Maccabee, Marian McLaughlin, Anteloper

Dina Maccabee specializes in experimental, traditional, and improvisational approaches to viola and violin; creative songwriting; and using her voice expressively in both narrative and non-narrative modes. Using electronic processing, looping, and effects, Maccabee adds depth, space, and complexity to her performances and compositions. Maccabee is best known for her violin and viola playing and singing with Ramon & Jessica, Real Vocal String Quartet, and Julia Holter. 


Marian McLaughlin is a songwriter, singer, and guitarist pushing the boundaries of folk music. Weaving together imaginative lyrics, intricate classical guitar work, and rhapsodic delivery she creates songs of exquisite detail that are delicate, yet full of depth.

Anteloper is the electric brainchild of Jaimie Branch (Fly Or Die, High Life) and Jason Nazary (Little Women, Helado Negro, Bear In Heaven). Branch and Nazary have been playing together as trumpeter and drummer for years, since meeting at the New England Conservatory of Music in 2002, but in this duo both musicians include synthesizers to push further into the spectral spaceship ether. With deep rhythmic passages, telepathic improvisations and melodic negotiations, Anteloper pushes forward, swinging its horns all the while.  

 

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Poems That Happen- A Talk on Process with Buck Downs
Apr
22
2:30 PM14:30

Poems That Happen- A Talk on Process with Buck Downs

How well does your writing habit fit in your daily life? When you suddenly find you have some free time, are you ready to write?

Poems That Happen is a workflow process for poets who want to streamline their practice and write effectively within the context of a busy life of work, etc.

Organized around three core principles -- modularity, portability, and scalability -- and four stages of action -- capture, transcribe, clarify, and publish -- PTH is a creative bootstrap that counters writer’s block and creates a sense of forward momentum.

Buck will talk about his experience in developing PTH and demonstrate examples of each stage. Poems That Happen is recommended for anyone who finds they have no time to write, or who struggle to write when they do find the time.

Buck Downs is a poet and executive writing coach in Washington, D.C. His Latest Book is Unintended Empire, forthcoming from Furniture Press Books.

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Concert: Rodenticide, Flesh Narc, Golden Oriole, Sewelson/Stewart/Francis Trio
Apr
21
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Rodenticide, Flesh Narc, Golden Oriole, Sewelson/Stewart/Francis Trio

 

Rodenticide (NYC) - "like a cluster of talon-toothed insects looking to chew out your corpuscles, Rodenticide is nonpareil. Romanticize the excesses, avantisms and de-tuned combustion of the past all you want, I can't stop you, but there’s a perfect storm brewing here and now." — Tony Procaccino

Flesh Narc (Denton, TX)- Late delirium jams molded, dyed, cut, scrambled, flipped, shot, dubbed into purposeful moving parts. Hesitant starts, mistakes, incidental sounds become hooks after endlessly looping arbitrary chunks of the raw material. Choices are made under the influence of dim, dark blue lighting and candy. After 40 minutes of electric overstimulation, the power is cut to give needed acoustic respite.-(Eyes on the Fabric liner notes)

Golden Oriole (Norway)  is the new noise rock project of guitarist Kristoffer Riis and drummer Thore Warland from Staer, picking up where they left off with that band’s last release, the 2016 EP “Collapse of Ancient Funk.”Alchemical transformations of noise, prog, blues, ambient, jazz, and psych into pure Norwave gold.

Sewelson/Stewart/Francis Trio - are Dave Sewelson (Baritone Sax), Luke Stewart (Bass), and Nik Francis (Percussion). Longtime fixture on the NY avant-jazz scene Dave Sewelson visits DC and joins up with Luke Stewart and Nik Francis..come dig the result.

 

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Special Series: Videofreex live @Rhizome
Apr
20
7:30 PM19:30

Special Series: Videofreex live @Rhizome

Videofreex Rock and Roll Pot Party

Rare 1970s concert footage of guitar-centric rock ‘n’ roll bands Powerhouse, NRBQ, Pig Iron, & Snow, as well as folk-rockers Morgan Mason and Downs and a short doc of legendary NYC studio musician Buzzy Linhart recording “Heaven” in the famous Record Plant. Videofreex did the first concert projections, including live special effects. Special show reels edited for this Rhizome program. 

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Concert: Zabelka/Diamond/Fekete/Liberovskaya, Samuel Beckett's "Film," Low Ways Trio
Apr
19
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Zabelka/Diamond/Fekete/Liberovskaya, Samuel Beckett's "Film," Low Ways Trio

MIA ZABELKA, sound artist, violinist and vocalist from Vienna, with Czech, jewish and french familial background, lives in the Austrian region of southern Styria. As an experimental musician and improviser she has developed a unique language based on the de- and reconstruction of the violin’s sonic possibilities, expanding the instrument using live electronic devices and innovative performance techniques. 

Joining Ms. Zabelka will be BOAT BURNING's Robin Diamond (keys) and Andras Fekete (guitar), who will manipulate the sound using a vintage Revox A77 reel-to-reel tape recorder. Visuals by Katherine Liberovskaya

Samuel Beckett's "FILM," with live score by TIM CARLESS (Chapel Hill)
In 1964, Samuel Beckett traveled from Paris to New York City to shoot "Film," a 24 minute short starring silent film legend Buster Keaton. It would be Beckett's only screenplay, and Keaton's last appearance on the silver screen. British multi-instrumentalist Tim Carless has enjoyed tenures in London, NYC and Los Angeles, and is now based in Chapel Hill. 

LOW WAYS TRIO is a Washington DC-based group performing original compositions by Mark Cisneros (stritch & tenor saxophones), using them as springboards for group improvisation. Joining Cisneros are two DC standard bearers in the jazz and improvised music scenes, Luke Stewart on double-bass, and Ian McColm on drums.

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Reading & Performance: David Grubbs, Garrett/Ryan/Schaffer/Scheible/...
Apr
18
9:00 PM21:00

Reading & Performance: David Grubbs, Garrett/Ryan/Schaffer/Scheible/...

Please join us on Wednesday April 18th as legendary guitarist David Grubbs will be reading from his new book, Now that the Audience is Assembled and playing solo electric guitar.

Following his investigation into experimental music and sound recording in Records Ruin the Landscape, David Grubbs turns his attention to the live performance of improvised music with an altogether different form of writing. Now that the audience is assembled is a book-length prose poem that describes a fictional musical performance during which an unnamed musician improvises the construction of a series of invented instruments before an audience that is alternately contemplative, participatory, disputatious, and asleep. Over the course of this phantasmagorical all-night concert, repeated interruptions take the form of in-depth discussions and musical demonstrations. Both a work of literature and a study of music, Now that the audience is assembled explores the categories of improvised music, solo performance, text scores, instrument building, aesthetic deskilling and reskilling, and the odd fate of the composer in experimental music.

Supporting set by a fierce crew of local improvisers assembled for the occasion, including Layne Garrett, Jim Ryan, Sarah Schaffer, and Nate Scheible.

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Poetry Fuddle
Apr
18
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.

Ready to RSVP? Befuddled? Contact amyeisner@gmail.com or lbumstead@mac.com

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Fermentation Workshop: Sourdough
Apr
16
7:00 PM19:00

Fermentation Workshop: Sourdough

Learn how to make (and take care of) your own sourdough starter, and to use it to bake delicious breads, pancakes, and more.

When: Monday April 16, 7-830pm
Cost: $25 (includes all materials)

Fermentation/Preservation Workshop Series
A series of hands-on workshops presenting easy, nutritious, and delicious methods for preserving food through fermentation and other means. You will leave with a jar of started ferment, the know-how to finish the process on your countertop, and confidence and understanding to do the whole process yourself next time.

Previous/Upcoming:
Monday March 19: Dairy - Yogurt, Labneh, and Simple Cheeses
Monday May 14: Kimchi, Sauerkraut, and Other Vegetable Ferments

About the instructor:
Layne Garrett is a musician, instrument builder, educator, and parent based in Takoma DC. On the side he is an avid fermenter of foods. Hardly a day passes without some kind of fermentation project happening on his kitchen counter - ask his roommates.

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Workshop/Potluck with Jen Shyu
Apr
15
2:00 PM14:00

Workshop/Potluck with Jen Shyu

On Sunday April 15 @2-5pm, groundbreaking, multilingual vocalist, composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and dancer Jen Shyu will be hosting a FREE potluck lunch/intermedia improv workshop open to everyone— musicians, non-musicians, non-artists, artists, and families are welcome! Just bring a favorite dish (or just bring yourselves and help us tidy up afterwards) and bring your voices and instruments if you have them! And comfortable clothes to move in. A chance to share and experiment..

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The Thousand Incarnations of the Rose: A Festival of American Primitive Guitar
Apr
13
to Apr 15

The Thousand Incarnations of the Rose: A Festival of American Primitive Guitar

The Thousand Incarnations of the Rose is a 3-day music festival unlike any other. It will bring together for the first time more than 25 acoustic fingerstyle guitar and banjo players from every era of the American Primitive/Guitar Soli movement and every corner of the United States; pairing legends such as Peter Lang, Max Ochs, Harry Taussig, and Peter Walker with modern day heavy hitters like Glenn Jones, Marisa Anderson, Daniel Bachman, and Nathan Bowles. We will also be screening documentaries and rare footage of John Fahey, Robbie Basho, and Jack Rose; and hosting panel discussions with scholars and musicians.

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Concert: Tompkins Square Showcase with Wall Matthews, Gwenifer Raymond and Joe Bussard
Apr
12
7:30 PM19:30

Concert: Tompkins Square Showcase with Wall Matthews, Gwenifer Raymond and Joe Bussard

Tompkins Square is excited to present a Festival-eve show on Thursday April 12. The bill features Joe Bussard in conversation with Tompkins Square's Josh Rosenthal, celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Joe's first recordings of John Fahey for his Fonotone label. Also appearing is Wall Matthews, guitarist for 70's Folkways label collective, Entourage; and the US debut of Welsh multi-instrumentalist, Gwenifer Raymond.

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Concert:  John Wiese, Aram Shelton & Håkon Berre Duo, Ami Yamasaki
Apr
11
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: John Wiese, Aram Shelton & Håkon Berre Duo, Ami Yamasaki

John Wiese is an artist and composer who works primarily in recorded and performed sound with a focus on installation and multi-channel diffusions, as well as scoring for large ensembles. He has toured extensively throughout the world, covering the US, UK, Europe, Scandinavia, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. He is also a founding member of the concrète grindcore band Sissy Spacek. With a lengthy résumé of solo releases, Wiese's projects as a collaborator have increased over the last decade to produce works with the likes of veteran jazz-improviser, Evan Parker, rock bands like No Age and Wolf Eyes, and metal groups such as Sunn O))). Recently, he has lead collaborative projects for large groups, developing a method of text-based scores.

Aram Shelton and Håkon Berre are a saxophone and drum duo based in Copenhagen, Denmark.  An evolving experiment in real time music creation, they explore the outer capabilities of their instruments via extended techniques and non-traditional sounds alongside fragmented melodies and internally shared rhythms.  Their music takes divergent paths to meet in unexpected places and is guided by a sophisticated aesthetic which strives to avoid preconceived strategies and notions.

Ami Yamasaki  is a vocalist and multimedia artist from Tokyo. Her work is diverse and prolific, creating installations, performances, and films in a variety of settings, most recently as part of the performance “Sounds to Summon the Japanese Gods” at the Japan Society of New York.

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Concert: Bill Orcutt, Die Geister Beschworen, Dura/Brandon Moses, Layne Garrett/Jenny Moon Tucker
Apr
9
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Bill Orcutt, Die Geister Beschworen, Dura/Brandon Moses, Layne Garrett/Jenny Moon Tucker

Monday April 9th      $15

 

Inspired by seeing Muddy Waters in The Last Waltz, BILL ORCUTT began playing the guitar as a teenager in Miami. In 1992, he formed the band Harry Pussy with his wife, Cuban/American drummer and vocalist Adris Hoyos. The group recorded three LPs and toured the US frequently, often in support of indie bands like Sonic Youth and Sebadoh. Their music, which drew from American no wave, hardcore punk and free jazz was influential and "served as a progenitor for the Noise movement." In 1997 the band dissolved and the couple divorced. Orcutt moved to San Francisco and took a long hiatus from music, returning in 2009, with an LP of solo guitar entitled A New Way To Pay Old Debts which was well received, ranking third of 2009 in the Wire magazine's annual "Rewind" list. His follow-up release How The Thing Sings was similarly praised, reaching number 3 on NPR's The Best Outer Sound Albums Of 2011. Since 2009, Orcutt has toured often appearing at festivals in the US and Europe, including Hopscotch, Incubate, Le Nouveau Festival du Centre Pompidou, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Donau and Big Ears. Typically a solo performer, Orcutt has also recorded or performed with Loren Mazzacane Connors, Chris Corsano, Peter Brotzmann and Alan & Richard Bishop.

DIE GEISTER BESCHWÖREN (Call up the Ghosts) is an exploration of dusty field recordings and instrumentation collected from around the globe…  The spirits materialized from behind the Redwood Curtain in the late nineties and have been observed developing modestly alongside Oryan Peterson-Jones' psychedelic, roller coaster, Datura Blues.  While Datura Blues satisfy a collective effort and engage in more grandiose musical pursuits, Die Geister Beschwören demonstrates an enthusiasm for Ethnomusicology, with camaraderie towards Primitive Folk and the New Weird America. "It’s a heady, exotic and intoxicating trip, but never overwhelming..."

DURA/BRANDON MOSES explore some deeper vibrations via works for meditation bowls and guitar.

LAYNE GARRETT/JENNY MOON TUCKER sax/guitar/objects/spirit-invocation

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Concert: Machine Drift, Ordered Pairs, Sky Bison
Apr
8
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Machine Drift, Ordered Pairs, Sky Bison

Machine Drift (DC) - With Machine Drift Jake Reid (Screen Vinyl Image & Alcian Blue) has pursued an electronic sound medium that spans ambient to house genres with plenty of heady influence from his former shoegaze groups.

Ordered Pairs (DC/GA) - A collaboration between Nick and Eric Flohr Reynolds. Eric operates out of Atlanta and explores live performance possibilities with modular synths.

Skybison (GA) - The solo project of Dylan Banks ducks and weaves synths and beats around expansive vocals, creating a film like soundtrack. Dylan also runs the VLSC label in Atlanta featuring divergent multi-instrumentalists to immersive installation artists pushing the boundaries of reality. 

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Concert: The Orchardist, Idaho Joe Windslow, Umbilicus
Apr
7
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: The Orchardist, Idaho Joe Windslow, Umbilicus

The Orchardist (Belfast, ME) is the new moniker of morphological audio / visual project of Grant Corum, from Portland, OR's out-there psychedelic community MILLION BRAZILIANS.  Corum explores a metaphysical relationship with a micro to macrocosmic world. His sounds examine esoteric and spiritual concepts through hypnotic layers of rhythm and melody using otherworldly samples of his own creation, gritty synthesizers and an array of wind & percussion instruments collected from worldly travels. He will be playing selections from The Orchardist's debut album 'Mercury Vineyard Surgeries'.

Idaho Joe Windslow (Bay Area, CA):  is one of the most guileless-sounding musicians around these days, a quality that puts him in good company with fellow outsider artists like Daniel Johnston. Using instruments of his own creation—like the gongtar, a cello fitted with a gong resonator—and drum machines he apparently picked up in India and the Middle East, Windslow creates hypnotic, lo-fi, mantra-like pseudo-pop tunes that are about his "struggles with depression [and] anxiety and how they relate to the artist's mind."

Umbilicus (Balt.) was founded in 2012 in reaction to the generic contemporary percussion quartet, with the intention of promoting and performing a more experimental repertoire, much if it composed by its members. Umbilicus has roots in the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. It consists of UMBC faculty member Tom Goldstein and three UMBC alums: Paul Neidhardt, Michelle Purdy and Will Redman. The group has commissioned and premiered an array of works. The name Umbilicus contains the letters U M B C.

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Benefit Concert for We Are Family DC: Teen Mortgage, Weird Babies, Venray
Apr
6
7:00 PM19:00

Benefit Concert for We Are Family DC: Teen Mortgage, Weird Babies, Venray

Friday April 6th, 7PM     $10

Join us for an all ages benefit show at Rhizome DC for We Are Family DC. We Are Family mobilizes a committed corps of volunteers to reach out to isolated inner-city seniors with free services, advocacy, and companionship, building a network of caring eyes and ears that enables at-risk seniors to age in place. More than simply a social service provider, We Are Family is a bold experiment in building caring, just and inclusive community.

$10 suggested donation. All donations go to We Are FamilyDC.

Teen Mortgage-Two piece DC trash punx

Weird Babies is a punk rock trio from Washington, DC featuring Alex Dent (guitar/vox), Josh Freed(bass/vox), and Avi Zevin(drums). 

Venray is a two piece garage rock/indie/power pop band from DC with Tyler Bergin(vocals/strings and Christopher Peli(drums).

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Concert: Salt People, Twin Aperture, Myelin Nation, Kyle Flanagan
Apr
5
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Salt People, Twin Aperture, Myelin Nation, Kyle Flanagan

Salt People (NY) are “an unstoppable unslottable NYC band of the highest caliber, 6 naturals who play tight & listen loose…This is not a band encumbered by any 'influence' bogeyman but my mind goes to: Family Fodder, the Hellier Ulysses Groove Factory, Listening Woman, and Esperanza Spalding.” -Zach Phillips of OSR Tapes.

Myelin Nation (Balt) is a newly formed ensemble out of Baltimore featuring notable improvisers Sarah Hughes, Corey Thuro, Maria Shesuik, Sam Cooper and Aaron Mertes.

Twin Aperture (NY)

Kyle Flanagan (Richmond VA)

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Concert: Pamela_ and her sons, Protect-U, Radiator Greys
Apr
3
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Pamela_ and her sons, Protect-U, Radiator Greys

Tuesday, April 3. 8PM. $10.

Pamela_ is the solo music project of Alessandra Hoshor, an Atlanta-based multimedia artist, and 1/2 of evil dance project BIG DED. Their microtonal compositions build up from slow perceptual movements into heavy dance sets full of deconstructed vocals. Pamela_ is microtonal, cerebral dance music. Fragmented, off-kilter anxiety techno with an emphasis on texture, pattern, and rhythm. Familiar palettes are rearranged and presented in a form completely alien, opening new pathways to what is possible within the realm of electronic composition without ever underestimating the power of suggestion…effectively like looking into the eyes of your best friend for the first time again.

Protect-U is the studio project of Mike Petillo and Aaron Leitko.The music they make is a bottom up take on dance music created out of sessions jamming on analog gear that got serious, resulting in a brittle, but soft & exuberant house music, thoughtfully pared down to the fundamentals and kissed by sunshine and good times. 

The garbled singe of magnetic tape ripped out of a cassette deck. Elegiac synth swells blasted through distortion. The incessant crunch of one lonely kick drum. Craned over his table of synths and electronics, Radiator Greys (Josh Levi) layers together expansive live sessions flecked with textural juxtapositions and torrents of mix-consuming disorder.
 

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Concert: Envenomist, Tag Cloud, Nate Scheible, Ordet
Mar
31
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Envenomist, Tag Cloud, Nate Scheible, Ordet

Some people equate Envenomist with science fiction film scores, and others envision solitary nocturnal travels through bleak urban settings, but a fundamental strength of Envenomist is that these illusory backdrops remain open to interpretation. Taking inspiration from industrial, ambient, and the kosmische scenes along with altered states of consciousness, the oceanic abyss, and deep space; David Reed has been producing desolate soundscapes under the Envenomist moniker since 2005. Highlights in the discography include Abyssal Siege, Bound Dominions, and Bleeding Out.

Tag Cloud (Chris Videll) started in 2009 as a series of obscure experiments with field recordings and has come to include analog electronics, fx, cheap keyboards, metal percussion, shruti box, etc. Best described at this point as "electroacoustic sound sculpture and carpets of drone".

A surreal form of a love letter, Nate Scheible delivers a heart-rending album with the found poetry of “Fairfax”. Rather loose in its temperament and adherence to traditional song structure, the album incorporates a wide variety of stylistic choices. Found tape recorded messages, noir jazz, ambience, drone, field recordings, these all rest at the very core of the album. The taped recorded pieces convey an unknowable level of yearning. By letting these pieces sprawl out and breathe, the narrative becomes clearer. Various rhythms and cadences are brought into the fray to further emphasize the yearning of the speaker.

Ordet is the dark industrial project of Evana Roman (Richmond)

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Workshop: DIY Electronics with Vaux Flores #6 - Pejibaye Overdrive Pedal
Mar
31
12:00 PM12:00

Workshop: DIY Electronics with Vaux Flores #6 - Pejibaye Overdrive Pedal

Another workshop brought to you by the good folks at VauxFlores – this time, we offer to you the Pejibaye, which a semi-transparent, darlington overdrive that’s designed to sling mud in the most subtle of ways – letting your guitar’s tone shine through while simultaneously getting down and nasty at the drop of a dime, but still able to clean up nice for the ride home. Stylistically, it sits somewhere between a dirty boost and a nicely-saturated overdrive, providing tone coloration without completely tweaking your tone – not to say that it doesn’t get dirty.

Also, this guy can get l-o-u-d – as in a boost of about 30 db. Always a good thing for searing solos, anthemic fanfares and retro explorations of that mid-90’s “whisper and then wall” sound we all seemed to like for some reason. For those more into subtlety, think of this more as your perfect companion for mangrove blues, cloud forest boogie and deep swamp moss-hops.

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

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Concert: Ross Hammond, Corey Thuro, Mark Sylvester
Mar
29
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Ross Hammond, Corey Thuro, Mark Sylvester

Ross Hammond - A "rising star on the West Coast jazz and improvised music scene" (Chris Barton, LA Times), Sacramento guitarist Ross Hammond has played on large stages and in small corners throughout the United States and beyond. His sound is equal parts jazz, folk, blues, spirituals and world music. Ross has collaborated/gigged/recorded with: Oliver Lake, Pheeroan AkLaff, Tetuzi Akiyama, Nicole Mitchell, Lizz Wright, Dwight Trible, Calvin Weston, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Alex Cine, Suzuki Junzo, Amy Reed, Nels Cline, Jeff Parker, Max Johnson, Steve Adams, Ken Filiano, Mike Pride, and more.

Corey Thuro is a Baltimore-based mandolin player originally out of Poolesville, MD. He has spent the past few years developing an original technique for the mandolin which involves the treatment of all eight strings as separate, non-static, tones in place of traditional grouped pairs. Aside from playing improvisational music he is a member of local bands Seneca and Sam Cooper & The Sleepwalkers and has started on releasing solo recordings as of 2018.

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.

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    Concert: M.C. Schmidt/Jon “Wobbly” Leidecker, Bonnie Jones, Rob Magill
    Mar
    28
    8:00 PM20:00

    Concert: M.C. Schmidt/Jon “Wobbly” Leidecker, Bonnie Jones, Rob Magill

    A set of improvised digital sound collage and music by M.C. Schmidt and Jon “Wobbly” Leidecker. You may know M.C. Schmidt from his work with his band Matmos. Matmos has made recordings and performances with Robert Wilson, Ahnone, John Wiese, Zeena Parkins, Marshall Allen, Terry Riley, The Kronos Quartet and many more. Wobbly is a member of the band Negativland and has made recordings and performances with Fred Frith, People Like Us, John Oswald, Ann McGuire, and many more. They will be improvising in quadrophonic sound. Sometimes funny, sometimes breathtakingly beautiful, they probably don’t know which will happen or what the difference is, really.

    Bonnie Jones is a Korean-American improvising musician, poet, and performer working with electronic sound and text. She performs solo and in numerous collaborative music, film, and visual art projects. Bonnie’s work explores the fluidity and function of electronic noise (field recordings, circuit bending) and text (poetry, found, spoken, visual). Her art seeks opportunities within different mediums to expose the fluid nature of individual identity, history, form, and meaning. As an arts organizer, Bonnie was a founding member of the Transmodern Festival and CHELA Gallery and is currently a member of the High Zero Festival collective. In 2010, she co-founded TECHNE https://technesound.org/, an organization that introduces young female-identified women to technology-focused art making, improvisation, and community collaboration. TECHNE’s programs are delivered through partnerships with grassroots organizations that share an aligned commitment to racial and gender equity.

    Rob Magill is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, poet, painter and label-owner residing in Southern California with nearly 50 albums in the works.

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    Concert: Suicide Magnets, Dark Cloud, Machell André
    Mar
    26
    8:00 PM20:00

    Concert: Suicide Magnets, Dark Cloud, Machell André

    Suicide Magnets is the spooky, cathartic sonic realizations of Providence Rhode Island's Wendy Jane Hyatt. A washing machine of the mind made visceral through severe affectation of the voice and guitar, along with bass and percussion. A Casablanca of song-poem revelry, the suicide magnets squall always hits below the belt and leaves you as soul-satisfied as a half-remembered dream of travel to a distant, unforgiving land.

    Dark Cloud sings the torch songs of the Shadow of the Mountain, a portal ripped to a fantasy-future dimension of how the West was undone. Skeletal music/soundscape shifting between lament and protest.

    Machell André

     

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    Talk: Learn about Salvia Divinorum
    Mar
    25
    6:00 PM18:00

    Talk: Learn about Salvia Divinorum

    Come learn about Salvia divinorum!

    Join us for a discussion with Salvia experts.

    Special guests include:
    • Dr. Thomas Stanley
    • Twig Harper
    • Dr. Fred Barrett (of Johns Hopkins University)

    Thomas and Twig will share their knowledge on Salvia, and Fred will discuss Johns Hopkins' upcoming study on Salvinorin A. This will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.

     

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    Art Opening: Eliza Wapner
    Mar
    23
    7:30 PM19:30

    Art Opening: Eliza Wapner

    In this series of work, Eliza Wapner explores how trauma is recorded in the body both on a physical level and through embedded memories that are revealed in our actions and behavior. She looks at the idiosyncratic aspects of universal motions such as touching, walking, and completing daily tasks as an expression of our personal histories and as a mysterious language that bodies use to communicate with others. She looks at the messages ingrained within bodies that emerge from societal expectations and that thus become encoded in our routine movements and folded into this intimate language. She specifically explores how this phenomenon makes it impossible to control the way our bodies are perceived. By combining performance, video, and sculpture using silicone, wax, yarn, and water she synthesizes her personal experience and medical history in an installation that is very much a self portrait of her current body both physically and mentally. 

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