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Bowerbird Presents: Either / OR Performing “For Philip Guston” By Morton Feldman

Bowerbird presented the NYC based ensemble Either / OR in their performance of “For Philip Guston”, Morton Feldman’s late period masterpiece for piano/celesta, flute, and percussion.

Upon hearing this expansive 4+ hour work, noted music critic Alex Ross wrote, “What makes Guston fundamentally and wondrously beautiful is its harmony. Feldman’s whole career was a search for ways to string together lovely chords, and Guston contains some of his most lustrous inventions. He is careful to parcel them out economically, so that they arrive as gratifying shocks after stretches of more neutral sound.These islands of beauty are like suggestions of figuration at the center of an abstract painting.”

This performance took place in the Rotunda’s magnificent domed sanctuary space.

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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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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.

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Shh! Shh! Flandrew Fleisenberg

Flandrew Fleisenberg plays percussion on an assortment of everyday ephemera and modified drum parts that he has reduced and eroded through a process of playing and breaking.

A graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston with a focus on conceptual art, he is musically self-taught and has developed a cadre of idiosyncratic techniques that are all his own.

Fleisenberg has been involved in the improvised and creative music community since 2001 performing solo, in ad-hoc improv groupings and in set projects. Additionally, he organizes an ongoing series of performances at the flopera house in Boston.

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Trio: Mette Rasmussen, Devin Hoff and Julius Masri

Fire Museum & James Wadsworth Strong Present:

Mette Rasmussen, Saxophone

Devin Hoff, Bass Guitar

and

Julius Masri, Drums and percussion

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i’m with joo won

The trio is:

Bonnie Kane, on saxophone, has always "sought the magic of the moment, bringing her Fresh Sound Guarantee to every performance. Her dedication to improvisation was influenced by an unusually early and continuous exposure to Sun Ra."

Flandrew Fleisenberg plays percussion on an assortment of everyday ephemera and modified drum parts that he has reduced and eroded through a process of playing and breaking.

and

Joo Won Park who "draws inspirations from listening Florida swamps, Philadelphia skyscrapers, his 2-year-old son’s play, and other soundscapes surrounding him. He performs live with toys, kitchenware, vegetables, umbrellas, and other non-musical objects by digitally processing their sounds."

This performance was part of a series by "Fire Museum Presents". It was recorded at Yell Gallery in Fishtown, Philadelphia.

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Broadcloth & Prehistoric Horse At John Slade Ely House

Broadcloth trio performed at John Slade Ely House in New Haven, CT last Friday with a set of their improvised music.

Broadcloth trio is:

Anne Rhodes, vocals
Nathan Bontrager, Cello &
Adam Matlock, accordion

They played 4 pieces of their music

Con Ahinco

In Stitches

Sharpie Suite

Folk Song

The entire performance may be watched on YouTube:

Broadcloth Performs at John Slade Ely House

 

While the following video shows the set performed by Brooklyn based harsh improv group: Prehistoric Horse.

Prehistoric Horse Performs at John Slade Ely House

Prehistoric Horse is:

David Grollman, percussion
Valerie Kuehne, cello &
Lucio Menegon, guitar

Finally, the two groups performed an encore piece for the crowd at Ely house:

Broadcloth & Prehistoric Horse sextette close the night at Ely House Improvising

The following picture, taken during the intermission, shows the instruments of Broadcloth

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Broadcloth Trio

On January 30th 2010, Broadcloth trio played two sets of their original compositions with two aspiring guests. Broadcloth is a free improv Chamber group that includes:

Anne Rhodes, Vocal
Nathan Bontrager, Cello
Adam Matlock, Accordion and Recorders(he also provided some voices)

The guests were

Gabriel Bolaños Chamorro, electronic spectral music composition and guitar
Steve Zieminski, percussion and drums

The trio played the following pieces(in the order they were played):

Intro piece” composed by Nathan Bontrager

Windows In Walls” composed by Adam Matlock

In Stitches” composed by Anne Rhodes and inspired by an embroidery she had made

State Crunch Singularity” composed by Gabriel Bolaños Chamorro and includes electronic renderings of previously played tracks with acoustic performance

Free improv

After the break, Gabriel and Steve joined the trio in playing the following pieces:

Intro Piece II” revised with the addition of Gabriel on the guitar

The quintet then played a circular series of duets where two performers would play simultaneously with one of them leading while the other musician provides the atmosphere and transfer the rhythm to the next musician. This was really outstanding. Gabriel played the guitar and Steve the percussions.

In Stitches II” was revisited with Steve adding the percussions

The quintet finally finished the performance with an improv(improvisation) finale.

You may find all the video clips captured during the performance on YouTube (links are provided on the names of the individual pieces above). Alternatively, I created a playlist that shows the pieces one at a time in the same order they were played, here it goes:

Still photos of the performance follow: