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When The Trombone Speaks: Dan Blacksberg (the sequel)

“A virtuosic technician with abundant creativity and a drive to engage disparate and unlikely scenarios….”

All About Jazz New York

Fire Museum & James Wadsworth Strong Present Dan Blacksberg at Seraphin Gallery in Philadelphia

The following YouTube playlist includes Dan’s solo performances

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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.