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Concert: David Dove/Justin M. Jones, Tag Cloud, Amptext


8pm // $10 suggested donation

David Dove (Houston, Texas) 
Trombone Player, Improviser, Composer, Educator
A trombone player, composer, improviser, and educator, David Dove has given performances and workshops across North America and internationally. As Founding Director of Nameless Sound (a non-profit organization in Houston, Texas), he curates/presents a concert series of international contemporary creative music, and has developed an approach, philosophy and practice of creative music education based on creativity and improvisation. Dove has written on music pedagogy, including a chapter titled “The Music is the Pedagogy” that has been published in the collection “Beyond the Classroom” (Routledge). Dove’s early musical background ranged from studies in jazz and symphonic music, to punk rock bands. As a creative artist, free improvisation has been his primary (but not exclusive) approach to performance and collaboration. In addition to collaborations with other musicians, Dove has made music for film, dance, theater, poetry and visual/installation work. He has focused on acoustic playing for most of his career, developing a style that draws influence from jazz, 20th century composed music, the electric guitar, electronic music and European improvisation. He’s inspired by a wide range of influences from outside of his form, including hardcore punk rock, painting/visual arts, modern/contemporary dance, and Houston mixtape visionary DJ Screw. The influence of DJ Screw was the catalyst for more recent developments in Dove’s music. In an attempt assimilate the effect Screw’s extremely slow and low mixes (as a real time, improvisational music), Dove extends the trombone with the use of guitar pedals, pitch shifters, and (most importantly) sub-woofers. Non-musical performative activity has also been explored in recent projects. Dove has collaborated with a wide range of local, national and international creative musicians. He performs in both set groups and ad hoc ensembles, as well as solo.

Justin M. Jones is an improviser, vocalist, and writer from Houston, TX. Often engaging intensively with queer texts and the tricky mechanics of power, pleasure, and pedagogy, Jones' wide-ranging practice treats the human voice as a densely-constructed apparatus of embodiment.  He has performed and/or facilitated workshops at Alabama Song, Blaffer Art Museum, DiverseWorks, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, galleryHOMELAND, Lawndale Art Center, and La Vitrola.  In 2017, he was invited by the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation to present a workshop as part of Suoni Per Il Popolo's Tools of the Trade series in Montreal, Canada. His forthcoming album, Reading Practices, with guitarist Ryan Edwards, is set to be released in 2018. A former member of the Improvisation Group of Lawrence University, Jones is also a member of the improvising collective New Factories and an Artist-Facilitator for Nameless Sound.

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. Recent releases on Verses Records and Flag Day Recordings.

Gary Rouzer (cello, amplified objects, clarinet, field recordings) was born in Washington DC and works in the area between free improvisation and composition. His focus is on electro-acoustic sounds and the relation between musician and listener within the performance space while exploring noise, silence, texture, and abstract sound. He is an active member of the DC experimental music scene and has performed at Sonic Circuits, Electric Possible, Fringe Festival, Artomatic, and the Kennedy Center in addition to performances in Baltimore, NYC, Hamburg, and Berlin.
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