Membrane Channel presents: aaron zarzutzki + richard kamerman + bhob rainey

Aaron Zarzutzki (Chicago)

Aaron Zarzutzki is an improviser of various sorts. He works primarily with misuse and perversion of objects and systems. Virtuosity, volatility, futility, and capability are thought of. Zarzutzki currently lives, works, and plays in Chicago.

Richard Kamerman (New York)

Richard Kamerman has been breaking electronics and crashing computers while trying to coax interesting and unpredictable sounds out of them for over a decade. Occasionally, he has also presented himself as a more serious composer of re-performable written music. Keywords: amplification, magnification, obfuscation, systems design, game theory, patterns, human error, accident, failure. Although a firm believer in the axiom that “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” he ceased collecting his instruments from piles of junk left on the curb several years ago, fearing he might bring home bedbugs. He additionally runs the small-press music label Copy For Your Records.

Bhob Rainey (Philadelphia)

Bhob Rainey is an award-winning composer / performer, saxophonist, and sound designer. In 1998, with trumpeter Greg Kelley, he founded the duo Nmperign, which quickly became a model for a new phase of non-idiomatic improvisation often referred to as “lowercase” or “EAI” (Electroacoustic Improvisation). In 2000 he founded The BSC, an improvising large ensemble, in which he developed techniques for an improvisational discipline that were eventually outlined in his 2011 publication, Manual. Throughout the late 1990’s and early 2000’s he performed globally and collaborated with numerous improvisers of both the (then) current and previous generations, including Axel Dörner, Andrea Neumann, Günter Müller, Michel Doneda, Lê Quan Ninh, and many others.

By the mid-2000’s, while continuing to work in the realm of improvisation, Rainey began to produce electronic and algorithmic works. He spent five years collaborating with German composer Ralf Wehowsky (RLW) on the 2007 release, I don’t think I can see you tonight, which, along with Nmperign and Jason Lescalleet’s Love Me Two Times (2006), established him as a formidable electronic composer who synthesizes streams of Musique Concréte, computer music, and improvisation.

Throughout his career, Rainey has sought out cross-discipline collaborations, working with dancers, filmmakers, and theater companies. From 2012-2014 he worked with theater company New Paradise Labs to create The Adults, which premiered at the 2014 Philadelphia Fringe Festival to much acclaim. He created the soundtrack to Leah Ross’s 2013 film, Levitate, which premiered that year at the Rooftop Film Festival in New York City, and he performed live in Jungwoong Kim’s and Marion Ramirez’s site-specific dance work, Capsized, at the National Asian American Theater Festival in Philadelphia in 2014.

Graffito Works at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

Steven Weisz, founder of PhiladelphiaDANCE.org, has brought numerous dance programs to the greater Philadelphia region.

His latest brainchild, Graffito Works (translated as “little scribbles” of movement), presented at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden.

Graffito Works is a unique platform for dancers and performing artists to create site-specific work and to make it readily accessible to the public. Work is created in non-traditional spaces, challenging artists to push the boundaries of their craft, while making their work relevant and accessible to a wider audience.

The performance featured improvisational dance with movement spontaneously created and inspired by the surrounding environment.

Asimina Chremos
Loren Groenendaal
Beau Hancock
JungWoong Kim
Megan Mazarick
Marion Ramirez
Jenny Sawyer
Julius Masri
&
Steven Weisz

Fire Museum Presents: Jooklo Duo + Brandon Lopez + Keir Neuringer

Jooklo Duo is the Italian duo of Virginia Genta and David Vanzan.
The duo performed a set of their improvisational music for the ecstatic “Fire Museum Presents” crowd at House Gallery 1816 in Fishtown.

The set included the following musicians:
Virginia Genta: tenor and soprano sax, clarinet
David Vanzan: drums
Brandon Lopez: bass
and
Keir Neuringer: saxophone

fidget presents: Adam Vidiksis

Adam Vidiksis is a composer, conductor, percussionist, and technologist based in Philadelphia whose interests span from historically informed performance to the cutting edge of digital audio processing. Equally comfortable with both electronic and acoustic composition, his music has been heard in concert halls and venues around the world.

Vidiksis has become known for exploring new timbral soundscapes in his electronic and acoustic works, often using the computer not only as a means of enhancing and manipulating the sounds he produces, but as a digital performer on equal footing with its human counterparts.

R5 Productions Presents Mono at Johnny Brenda’s

Mono was at Johnny Brenda’s where they performed a set of their music to an enthusiastic crowd:

Within the rage of distortion and bombardment of feedback, you are just as likely to experience sadness and beauty, light and darkness, chaos and peace, happiness and melancholy.

It is MONO’s ability to combine, intertwine and swing back and forth from two such opposite extremes to create an emotional phantasmagoria that makes this band worth experiencing.

https://monoofjapan.bandcamp.com/

Takaakira Goto – lead guitar
Yoda – rhythm guitar
Tamaki Kunishi – bass guitar, guitar, piano, glockenspiel
Yasunori Takada – drum kit, synthesizer, glockenspiel

R5 Productions Presents Holly Hunt

Drummer Beatriz Monteavaro and Guitarist Gavin Perry capture the meditative power of repetition; the ecstatic joy of tempered variation; infinitely undulating riffage; psychedelic drone paired with rock n’ roll rhythm in full splendor.

Though stripped down to the most bare essentials, Holly Hunt produces a sound and style far beyond rudimentary tags like “heavy,” “hard,” or “brutal.”

Holly Hunt opened for Mono at Johnny Brenda’s.

Graffito Works at Grounds For Sculpture

Graffito Works Presents a Performance inspired by Robert Lobe’s “In the Forest Drawn of Metal” featuring Forest Projects, Collaborative Works with Kathleen Gilje.

The performance took place at the West Gallery, Grounds For Sculpture.

Steven Weisz’s brainchild, Graffito Works, is a unique platform for dancers and performing artists to create site-specific work and to make it readily accessible to the public.

Work is created in non-traditional spaces, challenging artists to push the boundaries of their craft, while making their work relevant and accessible to a wider audience.

This performance featured improvisational dance with movement spontaneously created and inspired by the exhibition In The Forest of Drawn Metal by artist Robert Lobe, currently on display at Grounds For Sculpture.

Movers:
Asimina Chremos
Lee Fogel
Meg Foley
Loren Groenendaal
Beau Hancock
Adam Kerbel
JungWoong Kim
Megan Mazarick
Marion Ramirez
Jenny Sawyer
Zornitsa Stoyanova

Music:
Julius Masri

Vervet Dance presents: Boing! (preview)

Boing! is an exploration of bouncing and swirling, created as a fusion of music, dance, performance, and installation.

A kinesthetically playful and aurally rich experience, Boing! delivers child-like fun with sophisticated composition.

This work features an ensemble of crafty performers moving and sounding within thousands of ping-pong balls and an array of cooking pots, forming a stunning visual and sonic experience with “a satisfying cacophony of pings and pops. . . and delicious silence”, in the words of Beau Hancock from ThINKingDANCE.

Designed by Flandrew Fleisenberg and Loren Groenendaal. Performed by Sean Thomas Boyt, Fleisenberg, Groenendaal, Jenny Sawyer, Kelly Turner, and Elizabeth Weinstein.

the world in still motion

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