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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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When The Trombone Speaks: Dan Blacksberg

Local legend Dan Blacksberg is rapidly emerging as a new leading voice on the trombone.

With musical activity that spans avant-garde jazz, modern classical music, improvised music and klezmer, Dan brings a burly, rough-edged sound intended to push at the technical and textural extremes of his instrument.

Based in Philadelphia, Dan leads a variety of groups, such as the Dan Blacksberg Trio and Electric Simcha, and co-leads groups such as Archer Spade, the New York/Philadelphia avant-jazz quartet Bird Fly Yellow, and the terror-improv group Psychotic Quartet.

In addition, Dan has also performed with Joe Morris, Joe Maneri, Danilo Perez, Gene Coleman, and is a founding member of Anthony Braxton’s Tri-Centric Orchestra.

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Curt Oren

drove all the way from Iowa City to West Philly & played a set of his baritone saxophone music accompanied by circular breathing.

The result was an unbroken stream of pounding rhythms and fluid melodies.

Oren’s music is available on Bandcamp.

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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.