Sontag Shogun & Aaron Martin

Sontag Shogun and Aaron Martin

Somewhere between a lullaby and a dirge, Sontag Shogun takes their lullanoise and tries to find the strange, eery moments that exist within beauty.

Sontag Shogun is an ambient, electronic piano trio comprised of former members from [the] slowest runner [in all the world]. Pooling their influences from modern classical, improvised and ambient musical spheres, they create longform shape-shifting compositions that are at times lush and melodic as well as textural and unpredictable.

Two thirds of the band:Jeremy Young(field recordings, tapes, amplified surfaces) and Ian Temple(electronic piano) collaborated with Cellist Aaron Martin for their show at Pageant : Soloveev Gallery in Philadelphia, PA.

This performance was part of the series called: Fire Museum Presents.

The band’s music is available on their bandcamp page while Aaron Martin’s music is available on his bandcamp page.

Trio = Erik Ruin + Archer Spade(Nick Millevoi & Dan Blacksberg)

Trio = Erik Ruin + Archer Spade(Nick Millevoi & Dan Blacksberg)

Archer Spade and Erik Ruin weaved sight and sound in a collective improvisation using Electric and Acoustic guitar, trombone, and tapes; providing the soundtrack for layered images of disaster – both elemental forces gone awry, and societal breakdown- that splintered and shook into abstract form and color as Ruin manipulated piles of paper cuts and painted films on the surface of the overhead projector.

Erik Ruin is a Providence-based print-maker, shadow-puppeteer, founding member of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, and co-creator of the recent book Paths Toward Utopia: Graphic Explorations of Everyday Anarchism (w/ Cindy Milstein, PM Press, 2012).

Archer Spade is an experimental chamber group comprised of trombonist Dan Blacksberg and electric guitarist Nick Millevoi.

Equally capable as composers, improvisers, and interpreters, Blacksberg and Millevoi are redefining and expanding the traditional composer/performer relationship in contemporary chamber music. From their base in Philadelphia, the duo is developing a dynamic repertoire of new works commissioned from contemporary composers and pieces composed by Blacksberg and Millevoi themselves.

Archer Spade is a new model for the creation and presentation of new music; a small, versatile, and efficient ensemble of multi-talented artists/interpreters designed to meet and reflect the current demands of innovative new music…

Duo = Thollem McDonas + Brian Chase

Duo = Thollem Mcdonas + Brian Chase

Thollem/Chase is the powerhouse, free-wheeling duo of the perpetually-traveling pianist Thollem McDonas and drummer Brian Chase of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and downtown NY improv scene. Their upcoming album: Dub Narcotic Session will hit the stores in May. Please check the homepage of New Atlantis Records for details.

Chase is a drummer and composer living in Brooklyn, NY. Growing up on Long Island, he started taking private music lessons at a young age, leading to a BM from the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio. Though he works in a variety of contexts, Brian is probably best known as a member of the group Yeah Yeah Yeahs, a band that has toured extensively throughout the world and has been nominated for three Grammys.Brian is also very active in the experimental music scene.

McDonas grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area rigorously studying the standard classical repertoire, then quit it all in his early 20s dedicating himself for many years to grassroots political activism (particularly anti-war efforts, deforestation issues and ecological restoration work). He’s now been touring for 7 years perpetually, and has released 33 albums of his own and in collaboration with others on 15 different labels in 5 different countries.