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Membrane Channel presents: aaron zarzutzki + richard kamerman + bhob rainey

Aaron Zarzutzki (Chicago)

Aaron Zarzutzki is an improviser of various sorts. He works primarily with misuse and perversion of objects and systems. Virtuosity, volatility, futility, and capability are thought of. Zarzutzki currently lives, works, and plays in Chicago.

Richard Kamerman (New York)

Richard Kamerman has been breaking electronics and crashing computers while trying to coax interesting and unpredictable sounds out of them for over a decade. Occasionally, he has also presented himself as a more serious composer of re-performable written music. Keywords: amplification, magnification, obfuscation, systems design, game theory, patterns, human error, accident, failure. Although a firm believer in the axiom that “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” he ceased collecting his instruments from piles of junk left on the curb several years ago, fearing he might bring home bedbugs. He additionally runs the small-press music label Copy For Your Records.

Bhob Rainey (Philadelphia)

Bhob Rainey is an award-winning composer / performer, saxophonist, and sound designer. In 1998, with trumpeter Greg Kelley, he founded the duo Nmperign, which quickly became a model for a new phase of non-idiomatic improvisation often referred to as “lowercase” or “EAI” (Electroacoustic Improvisation). In 2000 he founded The BSC, an improvising large ensemble, in which he developed techniques for an improvisational discipline that were eventually outlined in his 2011 publication, Manual. Throughout the late 1990’s and early 2000’s he performed globally and collaborated with numerous improvisers of both the (then) current and previous generations, including Axel Dörner, Andrea Neumann, Günter Müller, Michel Doneda, Lê Quan Ninh, and many others.

By the mid-2000’s, while continuing to work in the realm of improvisation, Rainey began to produce electronic and algorithmic works. He spent five years collaborating with German composer Ralf Wehowsky (RLW) on the 2007 release, I don’t think I can see you tonight, which, along with Nmperign and Jason Lescalleet’s Love Me Two Times (2006), established him as a formidable electronic composer who synthesizes streams of Musique Concréte, computer music, and improvisation.

Throughout his career, Rainey has sought out cross-discipline collaborations, working with dancers, filmmakers, and theater companies. From 2012-2014 he worked with theater company New Paradise Labs to create The Adults, which premiered at the 2014 Philadelphia Fringe Festival to much acclaim. He created the soundtrack to Leah Ross’s 2013 film, Levitate, which premiered that year at the Rooftop Film Festival in New York City, and he performed live in Jungwoong Kim’s and Marion Ramirez’s site-specific dance work, Capsized, at the National Asian American Theater Festival in Philadelphia in 2014.

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Graffito Works at Grounds For Sculpture

Graffito Works Presents a Performance inspired by Robert Lobe’s “In the Forest Drawn of Metal” featuring Forest Projects, Collaborative Works with Kathleen Gilje.

The performance took place at the West Gallery, Grounds For Sculpture.

Steven Weisz’s brainchild, Graffito Works, is a unique platform for dancers and performing artists to create site-specific work and to make it readily accessible to the public.

Work is created in non-traditional spaces, challenging artists to push the boundaries of their craft, while making their work relevant and accessible to a wider audience.

This performance featured improvisational dance with movement spontaneously created and inspired by the exhibition In The Forest of Drawn Metal by artist Robert Lobe, currently on display at Grounds For Sculpture.

Movers:
Asimina Chremos
Lee Fogel
Meg Foley
Loren Groenendaal
Beau Hancock
Adam Kerbel
JungWoong Kim
Megan Mazarick
Marion Ramirez
Jenny Sawyer
Zornitsa Stoyanova

Music:
Julius Masri

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Ah ee oo eh oh: Id M Theft Able

Id M Thfft Able(AKA I’d M Theft Able) is an improvising vocalist/frictist/texturalist (amongst other things) from Portland, ME.

He has played at various festivals, bars, living rooms, bathrooms, beaches, galleries, book stores, mansions, basements, birthday parties, across the United States, Canada, and Europe.

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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.

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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).

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The H-O-T Series of Philadelphia: March 2015

The H-O-T Series of Philadelphia is a monthly series curated by dance artist Loren Groenendaal and experimental percussionist flandrew fleisenberg that features improvisational dance, music, and other experimental performance from local and touring artists.

For March, the series included six movements:

Movement I

Megan Stern, dance and movement
flandrew fleisenberg, the unique percussionist and sound creator
and
Connor Przybyszewski, trombone

Movement II – Sounding and Moving “Collaboration #20”

Bil Wa
Jasmin Schaitl
Amy Jean
and
Julie Verdone

Movement III

Mauri Walton, dance & movement
Scott Prato, guitar

Movement IV

Julie Verdone, dance
William Clarke-Fields, electronics

Movement V

Megan Stern
Mauri Walton
Loren Groenendaal
William Clarke-Fields
Connor Przybyszewski
Scott Prato

Movement VI

flandrew fleisenberg, the unique percussionist and sound creator
Bil Wa
Jasmin Schaitl

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The H-O-T Series of Philadelphia at Mascher Space

is a monthly series curated by dance artist Loren Groenendaal and experimental percussionist flandrew fleisenberg and features improvisational dance, music, and other experimental performances from local and touring artists.

The January performance took place at Mascher Space and featured a duet by fleisenberg and Jodi Obeid:

Another duet by Rori Smith and Drake Tyler:

And then a collective piece performed by:

Mike Bullock, Modular synth
Linda Bullock, video
flandrew fleisenberg, percussion
Julius Masri, expert playing of a surprise
Drake Tyler, Electronics
Loren Groenendaal
Jodi Obeid
and
Rori Smith

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James Wadsworth Strong

Performed at AUX Performance Space in Philadelphia, PA.

Strong is an experimental instrument builder and visual artist living on the outskirts of Philadelphia, PA. His music weaves together elements of Psychedelia, Drone and Noise in an improvisational approach.

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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

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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.