XFest

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

 

 

 

Fire Museum Presents: Bill Nace + Steve Baczkowski

Bill Nace is one of the premiere avant-garde guitarists active today. He has one of the most personal and unique pallets of sound ever to be culled from an electric guitar.

Nace creates a distinct, mind-bending cacophony and focuses his textures with intense precision and control. He works under various guises (Body/Head with Kim Gordon, x.0.4 with Jake Meginsksy and John Truscinski, a trio with celebrated percussionist Chris Corsano & Steve Baczkowski, a duo with Paul Flaherty, Northampton Wools with Thurston Moore, and Ceylon Mange with Dylan Nyoukis and Karen Constance) and his own name.

Multi-wind instrumentalist Steve Baczkowski lives in Buffalo, N.Y. where he works as a conduit for creative music of any & every sort. Baczkowski began playing alto saxophone at age eight, switched to baritone by the time he was twelve, and has since developed a wide array of woodwind styles & formidable breathing techniques.

In addition to organizing the Buffalo Improvisers Orchestra, and the Buffalo Suicide Prevention Unit, Baczkowski also performs solo, in duo with Ravi Padmanabha, Bill Sack, Nola Ranallo, Omar Tamez & Bill Nace and in ensembles such as Genkin Philharmonic, 12/8 Path Band, Necrophonia, the William Parker Trance Quartet, and frequent collaborations with like-souled folks from around the world.

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.

Garguad + Gomez + Wright

A trio of:
Guillaume Garaud. Guitar + Objects
Jack Wright, Saxophone
and
Jean-Philippe Gomez, Synthesizer Analog + Voice

Performed at Pageant: Soloveev Gallery in Philadelphia, PA.

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).