Fire Museum Presents: AKNKVN

aknkvn is a duo based in Tokyo and has been performing free improv and noise in tandem since 2009.

Akihiko Akkun Ando is an alto saxophonist born in Chiba, Japan in 1986. Since moving to Tokyo in 2001, he has been an active member of underground music scenes in both Tokyo and Kansai in western Japan, performing sax, effects and electronics.

From 2012, Akkun has been a regular collaborator with pianist Kevin McHugh who is a pianist, accordionist and improviser from Seattle, WA. After graduating from Oberlin Conservatory, McHugh won a yearlong Watson Fellowship to explore improvised music scenes in 5 megacities around the world: São Paulo, Cairo, Mumbai, Shanghai, and Tokyo. Since 2009 and after living in NYC and Oakland, Kevin has been based in Tokyo, performing and recording as an active member of Tokyo’s experimental music scene.

Zachary Wexler

Wexler creates sound washes on keyboard and guitar and tries to reach for new territory with each performance.

Fire Museum & James Wadsworth Strong Present Zachary Wexler

Aaron Martin

Began his musical life at age 11, switching between guitar and drums. At the age of 17, he decided to change paths and learn how to play the cello, which he went on to study in college. While earning his music degree, he began to experiment with recording.

After creating several self-released collections of music, and graduating college, he recorded Almond, which caught the attention of the Australian label Preservation, and became his debut release.

He has gone on to record two more albums for Preservation, River Water and Chautauqua as well as one album for Experimedia called Worried about the Fire.

He has also collaborated with a variety of other musicians, including Machinefabriek, Part Timer, Dawn Smithson (as Winter’s Day), and Dag Rosenqvist (as From the Mouth of the Sun), with releases on Type, Dronarivm, Facture, and Under the Spire Recordings.

Aaron Martin lives and records in Topeka, Kansas. His music may be found on his bandcamp page.

This was Martin’s debut performance at Pageant: Soloveev Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. The performance was part of the series called: Fire Museum Presents.

Fire Museum Presents: Antti Tolvi

Antti Tolvi is a self-taught, multi-talented musician. Born in Panelia on the west coast of Finland, he began making music with his brothers, untutored.

From 2000-2001 he studied classical Indian music in Varanasi, and this marked a turning point in his perception of music.

On returning to his native Finland, Tolvi became embroiled in Free Jazz for a number of years, until a recent relocation to the countryside pushed him ever more towards solo improvisation – deriving inspiration from, in Antti’s own words: harmonies, overtones, going into sound, no ends, no starts, from nothing comes something, just perfect, peace…

Fire Museum Presents: Fursaxa

Fursaxa is a USA-based acid folk or freak folk project led by Tara Burke of Pennsylvania.. Her home-recordings feature many instruments in addition to her heavily overdubbed vocals on a 4-track recorder.

The writings of Medieval mystic Hildegard von Bingen, Vladimir Nabokov, and Mircea Eliade have influenced the lyrics and mood of Burke’s work.

This performance was part of “Fire Museum Presents” series and took place at Brickbat Books.

Fursaxa’s music may be found on project’s blog.

Live Music at Popeye’s Garage

This was a “Farewell & good luck” performance for Gabriel José Bolaños Chamorro before he moved to the west coast for grad school. The event took place in New Haven’s  Popeye’s Garage at Goffe street.

The set started with Chris Point playing an Electronic noise piece of his followed by a piece by Adam Matlock on Accordion,Theremin & clarinet.

Then Black Thorn Cataclysm, Adam Matlock Nathan Bontrager & Gabriel José Bolaños Chamorro, took the stage playing a number of pieces using guitars, drums and keyboards. Their improvisational music ranged from heavy metal to post rock and flamenco.

The set was concluded with Chris Point & Adam Matlock playing one piece of electronic noise.

The following playlist shows all the pieces by the order they were played: