XFest

Open Field Initiative and 119 Gallery present XFest 2016, a festival of improvised music, visuals and movement.

 

 

 

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

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.

Little Berlin Presents: Jarrett Gilgore + Matt Engle + Michael Szekely

Jarrett Gilgore is just making his mark in the Philadelphia jazz scene. Originally from Philadelphia, Gilgore lives in Baltimore where he studied at the Peabody Conservatory. Down in Baltimore he can be seen performing with people like John Dierker, Will Redman, Anthony Pirog, and Dave Ballou.

Matt Engle has been an active member of the Philadelphia creative and improvised music scene for over 15 years. He is a member of the Dan Blacksberg Trio, Bobby Zankel small group, and Sonic Liberation Front.

Michael Szekely is a drummer currently based in Philadelphia who has recorded/performed with greats including Anthony Braxton, Dave Liebman, Bobby Zankel, and Jack Wright.

Fire Museum Presents: Helena Espvall + Bardo Pond

Helena Espvall started to play electric guitar as a bored teenager in northern Sweden, and went on to take cello lessons and was never bored again.

After having played in rock bands, a silent movie orchestra, an Arabian ensemble and being inspired to play free improvised music by a shocking Eugene Chadbourne performance, she moved to the US in 2000,where she spends much of her time collaborating with dancers, playing with folk psych band Espers and singing bossa nova and Swedish traditional songs.

Helena has performed several times at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, twice at the High Zero Festival of improvised music in Baltimore, MD, at the Improvised and Otherwise Festival in Brooklyn, NY, at Big Sur experimental festival in California and at Terrastock 2006 & 2008 among others. Espvall has received grants for artist residencies in Mojacar, Spain and at CESTA in Tabor, Czech Republic, and was invited to play at OpenCircuit InterAct, an international festival for improvised music in Hasselt, Belgium, last May where she performed with Chris Corsano, Paul Flaherty, C. Spencer Yeh, Daniel Carter and others. In 2006 she released her debut solo album Nimis & Arx on Fire Museum/Pax records. She has worked with Lukas Ligeti, Fursaxa, Damon & Naomi, Bert Jansch, Masaki Batoh (Ghost), Vashti Bunyan and many more.

 

In the next movement, Helena Espvall improvises with Bardo Pond, a band loosely formed in 1989 by guitar wielding art student siblings, Michael and John Gibbons.

Bardo Pond became a reality in 1991 with the addition of vocalist and flautist, Isobel Sollenberger, bassist, Clint Takeda and drummer, Joe Culver (replaced in 1999 by trainee librarian, Ed Farnsworth).

Fire Museum Presents Audrey Chen + Flandrew Fleisenberg + Margaret Rorison

Fire Museum Presents the Audrey Chen, Flandrew Fleisenberg and Margaret Rorison trio.

Audrey Chen has been trying to defy conventions all along first by choosing music as a career in a family of material scientists and then by moving away from classical and conservatory music to start her negotiations with sound & discover a more individually honest aesthetic. Chen uses the cello, voice and analog electronics and creates her own narrative & non-linear stories for her audiences.

Flandrew Fleisenberg plays percussion on an assortment of everyday ephemera and modified drum parts that he has reduced and eroded through a process of “play it and break it”.

A recent migrant from Boston, Fleisenberg is busily planting roots across Philadelphia co-curating the H-O-T improvised music and dance series as well ad hoc events around town. Fleisenberg has been involved in the improvised and creative music community since 2001 performing solo, in ad-hoc improv groupings and in set projects. Ongoing collaborators include: Josh Jefferson (Skinny Vinny), Neil Feather, Bonnie Kane/ Joo Won Park (I’m with Joo Won) and id m theftable.

Margaret Rorison has been making films since 2011. Before she discovered the magic of filmmaking, she spent most of her energy on poetry, painting and photography. Her current work often develops from extensive walks through rural and urban landscapes, combining memories, field recordings and text. She is interested in the potentials of storytelling through the use of live projection and sound.

This performance took place at The First Banana in Fishtown, Philadelphia.

Split/Red

Split/Red is an art punk band from Philadelphia:

Stephen Buono(guitar),
Nebadon Adams(vocals),
Matt Engle(bass),
TC Owens(guitar),
and
Ricardo Lagomasino(drums)

Serious Heft, their latest brain child, had just been released on New Atlantis Records. The video was captured during the record release show at Johnny Brenda’s.
The five-piece ensemble combines the attitude of the Stooges with Minutemen-style hooks that get stuck in your head.
The band equally embraces heavy riffs, up-beat grooves and twin guitar skronk that goes off the rails into a shred maelstrom.
Moreover, the quintet is a collective of Philly’s experimental and rock scenes, featuring members of Many Arms, Shot x Shot, and Make A Rising.

Blowdryer and The [Very] Bad Doctors had opened the set for Split/Red:

Solarists: Haitian Rail

Avant-garde super-group Haitian Rail released Solarists, their second full-length album, on New Atlantis Reocrds.

Solarists brashly charts the common spaces between creative noise rock and the jazz avant-garde, while shattering the restrictive barriers between them.

Formerly dubbed Ricart/Millevoi Quartet, the new lineup features:

Nick Millevoi,  Guitar
Edward Ricart, Bass
Dan Blacksberg, Trombone
and
Kevin Shea, Drums

Solarists is available through New Atlantis Records

Perilous Architecture: Dan Blacksberg Trio

Ars Nova Workshop, in partnership with the Archer Spade Performance Series presented the record release show for Perilous Architecture: Dan Blacksberg Trio’s latest brain child.

Dan Blacksberg, Trombone
Matt Engle, Bass
Mike Szekely, Drums

In the Dan Blacksberg Trio, the innovative and genre-defying trombonist brings an expansive and creative new vision to the cutting-edge jazz traditions of pioneers like Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, and Albert Ayler.
Blacksberg has penned a set of music that pushes at the technical and timbral limits of his instrument, opening up into far-reaching sounds worlds while maintaining a melodic rootsiness.

Backed up by the powerful rhythm of Matt Engle (Shot X Shot) on bass, and Mike Szekely (Anthony Braxton Quartet) on drums, the Trio creates a driving mixture of noise, chromatic lyricism, and everything in between…

Perilous Architecture is available in Vinyl through No Business Records.

Or digitally through Blacksberg’s Bandcamp page.