Beam splitter = Audrey Chen + Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø

AUDREY CHEN is a Chinese-American musician who was born into a family of material scientists, doctors and engineers, outside of Chicago in 1976. Parting ways with the family convention, she turned to the cello at age 8 and voice at 11. After years of classical and conservatory training in both instruments, with a resulting specialization in early and new music, she parted ways again in 2003 to begin new negotiations with sound in order to discover a more individually honest aesthetic.

Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø (born 1986 in Trondheim, Norway) is a trombonist working mostly within contemporary fields of music. Educated in improvised music and jazz from the music academies in Gothenburg (BA) and Oslo (MA), he is now based in the Norwegian capital.

XFest

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

 

 

 

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 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.

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.

Franz Hautzinger, Isabelle Duthoit, Gene Coleman and Archer Spade

This set included:

Franz Hautzinger on Trumpet

Isabelle Duthoit on Clarinet

Gene Coleman on Bass Clarinet

Nick Millevoi on Electric Guitar

and

Dan Blacksberg on Trombone

Isabel Duthoit and Franz Hautzinger

Trumpeter Franz Hautzinger and vocalist Isabel Duthoit improvised a set of their music for the crowds of Archer Spade Performance Series at the Slought Foundation in Philadelphia, PA.

superlith, iron dog, james strong & paul christian

is the Philadelphia based experimental duo of:
Trombonist Dan Blacksberg (who has performed with Anthony Braxton Quartet and Archer Spade with Nick Millevoi)

and

Casio keyboard modifier Julius Masri (Electric Simcha, Avant-rock band Lionshead, and the out-improv Keir Neuringer/Julius Masri Duo).

Blacksberg works to push the trombone to its limits as an unlikely pair to the circuit bent sounds of Masri’s Casios. They recently released their first album Plasma Clusters, comprised of five songs blending harsh noise, drones, rhythmic counterpoints and occasional melodies.

Their improvisational efforts have been honed from years of playing together (previously in the Hasidic punk band, Electric Simcha). Live, they provide an uncanny experience where the unlikely pairing of trombone and electric noise begin to blend and meld together.

Next is Iron Dog who

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Creates spontaneous soundscapes where minimalist structures erupt into psychedelic onslaughts.

Sarah Bernstein imparts enigmatic spoken word and violin distortions,

Stuart Popejoy maneuvers synthesizer and bass collisions,

and

Andrew Drury commands a sonic sphere of drums and manipulated materials.

The Brooklyn-based trio has been together since 2009, and has released two albums: Field Recordings 1 (2010), and Interactive Album Rock (2012).

This was the trio’s performance at Pageant : Soloveev art gallery on BainBridge Street, Philadelphia, PA.

Finally, James strong & Paul Christian

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played a set of their music featuring Strong’s home made instrument; a bit like a large zither with an amplified bell section, a cantare box (cantare in italian can mean to sing, crow or squeal). He prepares the bells and strings with objects like shells, wood, styrofoam, clay etc. By playing Intuitively, he wishes to play as though a receiver finding fragments of folk traditions and sound culture near and far. Joining Strong on the set was multi instrumentalist Paul Christian.

Anthony Coleman and Ashley Paul

Performed a set of their organ/sax duo goodness at Studio 34 in Philadelphia, PA part of the Archer Spade Performance Series.

Coleman has been a landmark in the New York Avant-Garde Jazz scene since the 70s. He plays piano, keys, trombone and vocals in a free improvised style.

Paul is a Brooklyn based composer and multi instrumentalist with a unique blend of saxophone, clarinet, prepared strings, bowed percussion, bells and voice.
For this set, Paul used Clarinet, Saxophone and Voice.

Anthony Coleman and Ashley Paul at Studio 34