flunk = flandrew fleisenberg + lou bunk

Gordon Marshall once said:

Marcel Duchamp: funny phony. flandrew fleisenberg: Einstein of drums.

fleisenberg is a player of objects. Drums only fall peripherally into his spectrum, while he is mostly fascinated in coaxing out the inherent material characters of “mundane things”.

These wide manipulations of external implements draw an aural architecture within the performance space as the embodied performer moves within it. Fleisenberg’s movement actions in combination with his material conjuring, creates a discourse inside of a constantly breathing tactile space.

fleisenberg plays percussion on an ever changing assortment of ephemera and modified drum parts coaxing texture and tone both familiar and bizarre. Attentive to room resonance, ambience and collaborator, Fleisenberg playfully utilizes gravity, friction, acoustics and presence to explore space, time, and relationships.

A graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston) with a focus in conceptual art, he is musically self-taught and has developed a cadre of idiosyncratic techniques that are all his own. Flandrew has been involved in the free improvisation community since 2001 performing solo, in ad-hoc improv groupings, and in set projects in venues small and large across the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

A resident of Philadelphia, Flandrew is active as the co-curator of the HOT Series, and the Director of the Impermanent Society.

Lou Bunk (b. 1972) is an American composer and improviser inspired by many forms of avant-garde artistic expression. His sonically rich and intricate music investigates sound and silence through extended instrumental techniques, microtones, amplified found objects, electronics, and generative approaches to texture and form.

Respect Your Elders: Bavarian Beauty

In Germany they say Bey Em Vey. And they get out of the way…

The Driver’s Car

The Ultimate Tanning Machine

Vive la différence

Bavarian Cream

In Memoriam: Lou Cohen & John Cage

Seven2 is one of Cage’s late numbers’ pieces scored for bass flute, bass clarinet, bass trombone, unspecified percussion, cello and contrabass.

In the scores for the number pieces, Cage used time bracketed short fragments to create parts which emerge in and out of silence and the overall tapestry of the ensemble.

Variations III, another of John Cage’s brainchilds, was dedicated to the late Lou Cohen who arranged performances of Cage’s Variations pieces for a number of years.

The score consists 42 transparencies with a circle on each, dropped on a sheet of paper. The result derives the number of actions and the number of variables that characterize an action. While some factors should be planned in advance, the performers should leave room for unforeseen eventualities and that any other activities are going on at the same time as the work is performed.

Performers: Deirdre Viau, Tom Plsek, Val Thompson, Daniel Levin, Kevin Dacey, Steve Norton, Michael Rosenstein, Howard Marin, Morgan Evans-Weiler, Jesse Kenas-Collins, Chris Johnson, Walter Wright, Joe Burgio, Seamus Williams, Jane Wang, and Lou Bunk.

Inuksuit Boston Premier at Arnold Arboretum

Composed by Pulitzer Prize winner John Luther Adams and performed in major cities around the globe, Inuksuit’s Boston Premier featured 90 New England-based percussionists dispersed throughout the conifer collection of the Arnold Arboretum.

Inuksuit is deeply influenced by John Luther Adams’ belief that music can contribute to the awakening of our ecological understanding.

Kadence Arts Team:

Producer: Maria Finkelmeier
Artistic Director: Amy Garapic
Project Assistant: Greg Jukes

The Real McCoy

If you’ve wanted a Vette since you were a kid, you’ve waited long enough

Forecast Of A New Era In American Sports Cars

The Real McCoy

Wolf in wolf’s clothing

Aficionados are made, not born

Some things in life are memorable. Others are unforgettable

The average dream lasts 6.6 minutes. This isn’t your average dream

Europe Blinked…

Announcing The Death Of Speculation

Christos Koulendro[u]s

Christos Koulendros is a sound sculptor from Lowell Massachusetts and the island of Cyprus, engaged in a life long struggle to unlearn the propaganda of academic study as a means to spiritual freedom.

He studied both western and eastern styles with amazing and illuminated teachers, then abandoned writing for the sake of building a One to Two Man Orchestra with electro acoustic instruments.

E L D O R A D O


Gaily bedight,
A gallant knight,
In sunshine and in shadow,
Had journeyed long,
Singing a song,
In search of Eldorado.

But he grew old—
This knight so bold—
And o’er his heart a shadow—
Fell as he found
No spot of ground
That looked like Eldorado.

And, as his strength
Failed him at length,
He met a pilgrim shadow—
‘Shadow,’ said he,
‘Where can it be—
This land of Eldorado?’

‘Over the Mountains
Of the Moon,
Down the Valley of the Shadow,
Ride, boldly ride,’
The shade replied,—
‘If you seek for Eldorado!’

— Edgar Allan Poe