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Archer Spade Presents: Spectrum Ensemble at The Rotunda

Featuring 24 of Philadelphia’s Outest Musicians, the brainchild of Dan Blacksberg and Nick Millevoi played a series of Sunday Matinee concerts in and around The City Of Brotherly Love.

The ensemble featured musicians from the core Archer Spade(Dan Blacksberg, Nick Millevoi), Kud (Jesse Kudler), Van Sutra (Julius Masri and George Draguns), Sirius JuJu, Bender / Stein / Tini, and Press / Connor Przybyszewski / Gottlieb-Hollis , thee Eric Carbonara and many many more.

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Bowerbird presents: Keroaän = Ian M Fraser + Reed Evan Rosenberg

KEROAÄN is a collaborative research project between Ian M Fraser and Reed Evan Rosenberg exploring composition of electronic music by artificial intelligence.

Pieces are diffused in real time with no human intervention whatsoever as the machine agent manipulates the qualities of chosen non-standard synthesis and microsound techniques.

In live diffusions, the machine agent additionally controls laser apertures and an array of strobe lighting which collectively act as a visual projection of the structure of its performance.

A distinctly non-human logic pervades the resultant arrangements of chaotic sounds and high-intensity lighting, presenting an immersive, alien environment.

The performance took place at The Rotunda in Philadelphia, PA.

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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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A Journey Back In Time To The 14th Century: Bowerbird Presents Corina Marti

Corina Marti, an Early music specialist, performed a concert of late fourteenth-century music for recorder and clavisimbalum (early keyboard instrument). The performance took place at The Rotunda in Philadelphia, PA.

The majority of the music in this concert came from the album: I Dilettosi Fiori

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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.

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Quartets Without Borders

Fire Museum presents:

Simone Weissenfels, piano (Leipzig, Germany)

Shayna Dulberger, bass (NYC)

Julius Masri, drums (Philadelphia)

Keir Neuringer, reeds and Saxophone (Philadelphia)

The quartet performed a set of improvisational music at The Rotunda, Philadelphia.

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Devin Hoff

Devin Hoff is a Colorado born, Philadelphia based musician and songwriter. His main instruments are the double bass and bass guitar.

Hoff has worked in many musical contexts and with a wide array of jazz, free jazz, avant-garde rock, and folk musicians.

Some musicians and bands he has worked with include:

Nels Cline, Vijay Iyer, Xiu Xiu, Carla Bozulich, Ben Goldberg, Ken Vandermark, Howard Wiley and Good for Cows.

Hoff’s music is available on his bandcamp page.

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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…

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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.