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Concert: Hollow Deck / Majid Araim / MANAS / RheBird / Tatev


Tuesday July 9 * 7pm * $10 * TICKETS

Hollow Deck "Western Mass’s most exciting live band.... a masterpiece of strange familiarities.... Using a large array of instruments — banjo, gourd banjo, fiddle, guitar, tenor sax clarinet, flute, drum machine, etc. — the duo of Mia Friedman and Andy Allen easily transcends any real or imaginary boundaries of what’s possible to do with just four hands. The results are as amazing as they are hard to categorize. There is an air of mid-20th Century avant garde romanticism hanging like a veil over this project.... something to do with the concept of creating a bridge between vernacular culture and experimental performance (even if that performance is unconsciously wrought)...." - Byron Coley

Majid Araim, born 1985, is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, curator, and a fixture of the Atlanta improvisation and new music communities. Majid's prolific work as a composer focuses on resonance and dynamics, experimental approaches, and is oriented towards the natural world and fantasy realms. Majid has given hundreds of performances across the United States and Europe as soloist and in the duo Whispers of Night, as well as experimental music groups such as the Convergence, Chamber Cartel, Bent Frequency, Small Peoples Music Ensemble, BASrelief, and Atlanta Improvisor’s Orchestra, which in 2018 composed the music for TV network, Adult Swim’s Tender Touches season 2 (Operetta Versions). Majid holds degrees in Music Composition and Jazz Studies from Georgia Southern University, and since 2014 has presented over 60 concerts through his Magic Lantern series. In addition to his creative work as a musician, he is a dedicated father, gardener, and duck-egg farmer.

MANAS The one and only Tashi Dorji on guitar / Thom Nguyen drums. 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.

RHeBird (pronounced raybird) (Nova) free improvised and experimental versions of old time fiddle tunes.

AND OPENING THE NIGHT AT 7 OCLOCK Tatev introduces her installation “Say Less”- a meditation on the value and different forms of listening. For the month of July, she welcomes you to listen to Rhizome sounds in the room above the stage, while laying down, surrounded by atmospheric shadows, plants, and lights. You are also encouraged to listen to some of her improvised paintings and contribute to the wall of sonic doodles. An exercise in active listening, doodling can enhance one's emotional memory of happenings, as sounds exit the subconscious through the tip of a pen.

Tatev and Layne will kick start the exhibit with a deep listening meditation, taking inspiration from techniques of pioneer woman Pauline Oliveros.