Fire Museum Presents: Fursaxa

Fursaxa

Fursaxa is a USA-based acid folk or freak folk project led by Tara Burke of Pennsylvania.. Her home-recordings feature many instruments in addition to her heavily overdubbed vocals on a 4-track recorder.

The writings of Medieval mystic Hildegard von Bingen, Vladimir Nabokov, and Mircea Eliade have influenced the lyrics and mood of Burke’s work.

This performance was part of “Fire Museum Presents” series and took place at Brickbat Books.

Fursaxa’s music may be found on project’s blog.

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.

Anthony Coleman and Ashley Paul

Anthony Coleman and Ashley Paul

Performed a set of their organ/sax duo goodness at Studio 34 in Philadelphia, PA part of the Archer Spade Performance Series.

Coleman has been a landmark in the New York Avant-Garde Jazz scene since the 70s. He plays piano, keys, trombone and vocals in a free improvised style.

Paul is a Brooklyn based composer and multi instrumentalist with a unique blend of saxophone, clarinet, prepared strings, bowed percussion, bells and voice.
For this set, Paul used Clarinet, Saxophone and Voice.

Anthony Coleman and Ashley Paul at Studio 34