Vox Populi (Philadelphia): 75 Dollar Bill & Meridian
Oct
28
8:00 PM20:00

Vox Populi (Philadelphia): 75 Dollar Bill & Meridian

Vox Populi

319 N 11th St, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107

75 Dollar Bill:

75 Dollar Bill was formed in 2012 in New York City by percussionist Rick Brown and guitarist Che Chen. Played on a deeply resonant plywood crate, Brown’s earthy, elemental rhythms are both the foundation and foil for Chen’s ecstatic, modal guitar style. The duo’s electric, richly patterned music can shape shift from joyful dance tunes to slowly changing trance minimalism, an uncategorizable hybrid which draws on early electric blues, the modal traditions of West Africa, India and the Middle East, Sun Ra’s space chords and the minimalist and No Wave histories of their hometown. While Brown and Chen are always at the band’s core, the duo frequently expands into other configurations live and on record, from trio to 25-piece marching band. This special quartet formation of the band features Sue Garner and Talice Lee, whose contributions on guitar/bass/percussion and violin respectively enrich the proceedings thru the rhythmic and harmonic expansion of the duo’s core sound. Both have long histories of collaborating with Brown and Chen and are members of the 75 Dollar Bill “Little Big Band”.

 

75 Dollar Bill has released a string of cassettes and two LPs the most recent of which,  Wood / Metal / Plastic / Pattern / Rhythm / Rock on the Thin Wrist label, received many highly positive reviews and appeared on numerous lists of 2016’s best releases.  It has since been released (on vinyl, digitally and, for the first time, on CD) in Europe by Glitterbeat Records on its tak:til imprint. Their forthcoming double LP, I Was Real, will be released by Thin Wrist in early 2019.

Percussionist Rick Brown has been in bands in NYC since the late 70s, including Blinding Headache, V-Effect and Run On. Guitarist Che Chen was previously in the band True Primes and has been an energetic collaborator in the American and Japanese undergrounds over the last decade. Sue Garner was in Run On and Fish and Roses with Rick and has released several albums under her own name. Talice Lee has lent her voice and violin playing to projects led by Sue Garner and Morgan Vo, and is a member of a free improvising group with Todd Capp, Daniel Carter, Kurt Ralske and Che.

The instrumental duo of Che Chen and Rick Brown have been blowing minds on the East Coast live circuit with little more than an electric guitar and a wooden crate rhythm section … An improvised structure that’s not afraid to lay out a hypnotic boogie.” The Wire (#16 – Releases of the Year 2016)

 

Meridian:

Drawing on experiences performing both improvised and composed works, Meridian approaches percussion in a way that places the exploration of sound in the foreground, in favor of a musical approach that is concerned with exploring acoustic phenomena, rather than rhythm, gesture, or technique.

In creating this music, Meridian re-imagines its materials, so that an instrument like a snare drum becomes literally a cylindrical shell with an attached flexible membrane. When viewed from this perspective, traditional instruments become unique sound-making and sound-filtering objects, to be set into vibration coupled with resonant metals, dragged with scraping implements, or driven directly by fingers, bows, or feedback circuitry. In performance, each musician invents a new method for producing sound, a new aggregate instrument, in real-time.

Meridian is Tim FeeneySarah Hennies, and Greg Stuart.

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Non-Event (Boston): Meridian + Brittany Karlson
Oct
29
8:00 PM20:00

Non-Event (Boston): Meridian + Brittany Karlson

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Non-Event presents

MERIDIAN (Tim Feeney, Sarah Hennies, Greg Stuart), percussion
BRITTANY KARLSON, bass

The Yard (John Hancock Tower, 6th Floor)
120 St James Avenue (use St. James entrance) 
Doors: 7:30pm, Show: 8pm
Tickets: $15 general admission / $10 students & Non-Event members

Drawing on experiences performing both improvised and composed works, MERIDIANapproaches percussion in a way that places the exploration of sound in the foreground, in favor of a musical approach that is concerned with exploring acoustic phenomena, rather than rhythm, gesture, or technique.

In creating this music, Meridian reimagines its materials, so that an instrument like a snare drum becomes literally a cylindrical shell with an attached flexible membrane. When viewed from this perspective, traditional instruments become unique sound-making and sound-filtering objects, to be set into vibration coupled with resonant metals, dragged with scraping implements, or driven directly by fingers, bows, or feedback circuitry. In performance, each musician invents a new method for producing sound, a new aggregate instrument, in real-time.

Meridian is Tim FeeneySarah Hennies, and Greg Stuart.

BRITTANY KARLSON is a bassist with roots in jazz, folk, and experimental music. Karlson works in freely improvised settings, ranging from solo bass to duos with bassist Ian Kovac to collaborations with musicians like Sam Lisabeth, Jesse Collins, Nick Neuberg, Matt Delligatti, and Jeb Bishop. As a leader and composer, Brittany combines folk-like melodies and improvising impulses in her freely lyrical song project Karl. She is also a member of The Goodbye Girls, a quartet that explores old-time, traditional bluegrass and Swedish traditional music. She is based in Boston.

Non-Event’s programming is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and administered by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.

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Mostly Mozart: A wave and waves
Aug
9
7:30 PM19:30

Mostly Mozart: A wave and waves

International Contemporary Ensemble and Greg Stuart
with additional performers from the Walden School's Young Musicians Program and Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts

Thursday, August 9, 2018 David Rubenstein Atrium
7:30 pm and 9:30 pm
FREE

Michael Pisaro: A wave and waves (2007)

Echoing the environmental themes and communal experience of John Luther Adams's In the Name of the Earth, Michael Pisaro’s 75-minute piece embeds audience members in a grid of 100 performers, where they are slowly submerged in an ocean of sound. Isolated, imperceptibly soft noises—sandpaper on stone, seeds falling on glass, bowed bells—are layered into powerful waves of sound adding to the immersive nature of the experience. A work of monumental scale, presented with uncommon immediacy, a wave and waves melds microscopic moments of friction, gravity, and vibration into a single, pulsing organism.

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USC Experimental Music Workshop: Black/White Oratorio
Apr
5
7:00 PM19:00

USC Experimental Music Workshop: Black/White Oratorio

April 5, 2018
7:00 PM
Richland Library Main, Auditorium

Join the USC Experimental Music Workshop (Greg Stuart, director) at Richland Library Main for a performance of poet Robert Lax’s stunning Black/White Oratorio (1997). For speaking chorus reciting color names, Black/White Oratorio is a hypnotic and deeply moving experience, exploring the possibilities of sound, rhythm, and repetition. The Workshop also performs Mieko Shiomi’s ephemeral Boundary Music (1963), presents USC School of Music graduate students Isabel Ong and Jenny Davis in duo performance, and welcomes Brian Glavey (USC Department of English) to deliver a pre-performance talk about Lax’s poetry. In conjunction with this performance, Greg Stuart (USC School of Music) and Naomi Falk (USC School of Visual Art and Design) open their installation A line through the earth (2018), which will run throughout the month of April in the library's 2nd floor Pop-Up space.

 

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A line through the earth
Apr
5
to Apr 30

A line through the earth

Visit the library’s 2nd Level Pop-Up space between April 5th and 30th to experience Greg Stuart and Naomi J. Falk’s debut collaboration, A line through the earth (2018). Combining coral-like paper sculptures by Falk, electroacoustic sound by Stuart, and delicate lighting elements by both artists, the work explores how an environment emerges from constructed, found, and digital materials.

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Column, Coordinates, Earth
Mar
22
8:00 PM20:00

Column, Coordinates, Earth

Column, Coordinates, Earth

new works and performances of experimental music by Jorge Gomez Abrante, Robert Blatt and Greg Stuart

22 March 2018, 8PM

The Bridge
4220 NW 7th Ave
Miami, Florida

An event featuring new experimental works written and performed by the artists, including electric guitars, leaves, GPS, dirt, filtered noise, permutations, Francois Couperin, carpet, radios, and plenty of listening. Activities will occur inside, outside and around the space.

includes:
Landowska Column by Greg Stuart
Bohemian Earth by Robert Blatt
Coordinates and Derangements by Jorge Gomez Abrante

Jorge Gomez Abrante is a composer and performer. His artistic practices are inspired by the event, circling, object, autonomy, and (in)completism.

Robert Blatt's practice is rooted in explorations of expanded sonic situations through varying frames and gradations of environment, notation, object, performance, text and tone.

Greg Stuart is a percussionist whose work draws upon a mixture of music from the experimental tradition, Wandelweiser, improvisation, and electronics.

more info at inlets.ricercata.org

part of LIMINAL/ADRIFT, a four month series of activities organized by Inlets Foundation for Experimental Practices and made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

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It's About Time Festival San Diego
Feb
2
7:30 PM19:30

It's About Time Festival San Diego

San Diego Symphony It's About Time Festival. Press release here.

February 2, 2018
7:30pm
Mandeville Auditorium UCSD

Michael Pisaro's asleep, forest, melody, path is a rich and resonant work scored for six field recordings (made in six specially chosen sites in San Diego), a large ensemble of instrumentalists and two soloists. A work of both great intimacy and extraordinary emotional and sonic power, asleep, forest, melody, path sketches a sonic portrait of our city and the people who call it home. Percussionist Greg Stuart returns to UC San Diego to lead the performance and joins violinist Erik Carlson as soloist. This concert is presented by the UC San Diego Department of Music and will be given at UCSD's Mandeville Auditorium.

SD Reader Link.

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Sarah Hennies: Contralto at Issue Project Room
Nov
30
8:00 PM20:00

Sarah Hennies: Contralto at Issue Project Room

Sarah Hennies premieres “Contralto,” a film and sound work that exists in between the spaces of experimental music and documentary. The piece features a cast of transgender women speaking, singing, and performing vocal exercises along with a live music score for string quartet and three percussionists, all of whom also perform various sound-making actions using “non-musical” instruments such as paper, bowls of grains, office equipment, etc. The cast of the film includes several former and current students of the Ithaca College Voice and Communication Modification Program for People in the Transgender Community course, offered to aid transgender people in finding a speaking voice that is more suited to their identity. It is not widely known that when a transgender man takes testosterone his vocal cords thicken, causing the pitch of his voice to drop into a so-called “masculine” range. The same, however, is not true for trans women whose voices are unaffected by higher levels of estrogen. Being a woman with a “male voice” creates a variety of difficult situations for trans women including prolonged and intensified dysphoria and higher risk of harassment and violence due to possibly exposing someone as trans unintentionally. This creates a situation where transgender women’s identities are betrayed by their bodies.

“Contralto” - defined in musical terms as “the lowest female singing voice” - uses the sound of trans women’s voices to explore trans identity from the inside and expose a profound and queer relationship between gender and experimental sound studies.

Info here.

 

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Shane Parish // Greg Stuart & Tom Law
Nov
10
8:00 PM20:00

Shane Parish // Greg Stuart & Tom Law

Conundrum Music Productions Presents:
Shane Parish, solo guitar // Greg Stuart & Tom Law
if ART
1223 Lincoln St. 
Columbia, SC
Doors open at 8pm; music begins at 8:30. 
$10 admission. 
BYOB.

"A long time resident of the Appalachian town of Asheville, North Carolina, Shane Parish is the mastermind behind the cutting edge rock band Ahleuchatistas. [On his latest Tzadik Records cd] he steps out with a remarkable and soulful acoustic solo project that digs deep into Appalachian roots. Taking classic old timey folk songs, Shane has abstracted them in utterly fascinating ways evoking the haunting and brooding world of the American South. At times reminiscent of John Fahey and Robbie Basho, at times of John Cage and Morton Feldman, Shane uses these beautiful songs as launching pads for his creative flights of fancy, at times boiling them down to their very essence. A spiritual project that will keep you riveted from first note to last." — John Zorn

"Shane Parish is one of the most interesting new guitar voices to come out of the country blues tradition of Mississippi John Hurt, Lightin' Hopkins… via John Fahey, and the folkie fingerpickers….this recording finds Parish standing at the cross-roads between playing the country blues and… deconstructing? Devolving? Destroying?…them. Some of the miniatures are stunning, haunted by an Anton Webern-like economy. Check it out!" — Marc Ribot
http://www.shaneparish.com/

The show will begin with a short electroacoustic improv by Greg Stuart and Tom Law. Greg Stuart is a percussionist whose work draws upon a mixture of music from the experimental tradition, Wandelweiser, improvisation, and electronics.
http://www.greg-stuart.com/
Tom Law is a local composer/improviser who focuses primarily on laptop these days. http://www.bigsphinx.com/

Doors open at 8pm; music begins at 8:30. 
$10 admission. 
BYOB.

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USC Experimental Music Workshop with Bonnie Jones
Nov
3
8:00 PM20:00

USC Experimental Music Workshop with Bonnie Jones

Friday, November 3
Tapp's Art Center, 1644 Main Street
Doors @ 7:45pm, Concert @ 8:00pm
$8, $5 w/ student ID

Bonnie Jones (Baltimore, MD) joins the USC Experimental Music Workshop (Greg Stuart, director) for an evening of adventurous music-making at Tapp’s Art Center presented by Infinite Room and the USC Luise E. Peake Music & Culture Colloquim Series. Jones will lead the ensemble in a new piece for light-controlled synthesizers built by members of the ExMus Workshop. The concert will also include a solo set from Jones as well as the world premiere of David Kirkland Garner’s “passage Baptiste” for instruments and smartphone chorus.

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Bonnie Jones is a Korean-American improvising musician, poet, and performer working with electronic sound and text. She performs solo and in numerous collaborative music, film, and visual art projects.

Bonnie’s work explores the fluidity and function of electronic noise (field recordings, circuit bending) and text (poetry, found, spoken, visual). Her art seeks opportunities within different mediums to expose the fluid nature of individual identity, history, form, and meaning.

As an arts organizer, Bonnie was a founding member of the Transmodern Festival and CHELA Gallery and is currently a member of the High Zero Festival collective. In 2010, she co-founded TECHNE, an organization that introduces young female-identified women to technology-focused art making, improvisation, and community collaboration. TECHNE’s programs are delivered through partnerships with grassroots organizations that share an aligned commitment to racial and gender equity.

Bonnie received her MFA at Bard College where she studied with Laetitia Sonami and Marina Rosenfeld. She has received commissions from the London ICA and Walters Art Museum and has presented her work extensively at institutions in the US, Mexico, Europe and Asia, including the LA MOCA, Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, and REDCAT. Her collaborative sound works have been shown at the Swiss Institute, Whitney Museum, and Hunter College.

Born in 1977 in South Korea she was raised on a dairy farm in New Jersey, and currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland. https://bonnie-jones.com/

 

 

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Dirt Road at USC Freeman Sundays
Sep
10
3:00 PM15:00

Dirt Road at USC Freeman Sundays

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Freeman Sundays @3 Concert Sun., Sep. 10, 2017, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Location:School of Music 206
Admission Cost:$15 adults; $10 seniors, USC faculty and staff; $5 students.

"I burn, I freeze" from The Rake's Progress - Igor Stravinsky
"News, News" from Nixon in China -  John Adams (b. 1947)
"A Great Lament" - Albert Hay Malotte
Donald Gray, baritone
Sharon Rattray, piano

Dirt Road (selections)- Linda Catlin Smith (b. 1957)
Ari Streisfeld, violin
Greg Stuart, percussion

Quintet in E-flat Major, K.452 - Wolfgang A. Mozart
Rebecca Nagel, oboe
Joseph Eller, clarinet
Michael Harley, bassoon
JD Shaw, horn
Phillip Bush, piano

Single concerts: $15 adults; $10 seniors, USC faculty and staff; $5 students.

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Meridian at Sewing Souls Studios
Sep
3
7:00 PM19:00

Meridian at Sewing Souls Studios

A Night of Percussion and Loops with Meridian and more

Sewing Souls Studios
356 S Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14201

Meridian
http://www.timfeeney.com/meridian

Lala Fuckaroo
https://www.facebook.com/ms.lochmess

Welks Mice
https://soundcloud.com/user-294595618

Katie Weissman

Justin Von Strasburg
http://www.justincreatessounds.com/

Doors: 7PM
Sounds: 8PM
Price: $5

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Intersection Toronto
Sep
2
6:55 PM18:55

Intersection Toronto

Intersection Day 3 featuring:

A day of performance taking place in the heart of Toronto at Yonge-Dundas Square from 2-10pm. Robert Everett Green of the Globe and Mail describes the event as “a marathon of sound in the middle of traffic.”

Music By
Wolf Eyes + Mv Carbon
Northumbria
Meridian (Sarah Hennies, Tim Feeney, Greg Stuart)
Contact plays Elliott Sharp, Johan Seaton, Jerry Pergolesi
Carl Didur
Invisible Out (Xuan Ye & Jason Doell)
Conventional Weapons
The Visit
Kristina Guison
Dialectica Sax Quartet
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WOLF EYES + MV CARBON (http://www.wolfeyes.net/)
9:20 - 10:20pm / Stage 1
Detroit noise cum trip metal unit Wolf Eyes touch down in Toronto to drip some of their psycho-jazz slow burners with special guest NYC cellist & sound artist MV Carbon. Wasted guitar jams meander amoungst crippled electronics. Layers of distortion give blistered songs a new meaning, as maligned vocals crawl through the thick air. Foreboding sparsity creates spiritual unrest. Languid sax shreds like the sound track to some lost Twin Peaks episode. Gnarled psych riffage curls back on itself. A not to be missed mind destruction unit.

NORTHUMBRIA (https://northumbria.bandcamp.com/)
4:30 - 5:10pm / Stage 1
Drone duo Northumbria build celestial soundscapes with bowed guitar & bass tones. Capturing them as they ripple through crushing amplification the duo create an almost serene landscape of pedal twisted frequencies that roll over you like the rising fog. Desolate notes seem to stretch out forever over some barren landscape. Smooth waves of dissonance feel like the soundtrack to Dark City. Guitars emit a silky growl amidst the haunting almost synthesized whispers Northumbria has conjured up.

MERIDIAN (http://www.timfeeney.com/meridian)
6:55 - 7:25pm / Stage 3
Electro acoustic percussion trio Meridian (Tim Feeney, Sarah Hennies, and Greg Stuart) re-imagines the way we approach rhythm. Using the drum as just another object is a collection of various pieces of metal, wood, and other resonant items they create a language is tenuous scrapes, vibrating whispers, and subtle trance like pitter pattering. Precise drones make way for more rambunctious textures, as drum heads shift & quake. Driving rhythms are born out of improvised noise-scapes. Sounding larger than life Meridian explores the infinite and minute sonic possibilities in their array of objects.

CONTACT (http://www.contactcontemporarymusic.org/)
7:40 - 8:20pm / Stage 1
Toronto contemporary classical ensemble feels more like a rock band, or a group of avant jazz experimentalists. In a time of melting genres & lost classification Contact is a show in. This year at Intersection they will perform pieces by NYC composer Elliott Sharp, Toronto visual & sound artist Johan Seaton, and Intersection founder Jerry Pergolesi.

CARL DIDUR (http://carldidur.bandcamp.com/)
6:10 - 6:40pm / Stage 1
Part of the mastermind behind Zacht Automaat and Fake Humans, electronic manipulator & synthesizer Carl Didur creates equally as brilliant & encompassing solo compositions. Glowing organ tones hum over eerie tape loops & vibrating synth tones. An electronic wizard from a lost century. Toronto's best kept secret?

INVISIBLE OUT (https://invisibleout.tumblr.com/)
3:45 - 4:15pm / Stage 3
Toronto composer / guitarist Jason Doell, and interdisciplinary artist & performer Xuan Ye (APA) team up to unveil some song based material that sees them dabble in the louder end of the sonic spectrum. Expect the dissonance & abstract beauty present in both of their compositional work to make an appearance here. Balancing on the edge of chamber music & noise / electro-acoustic music both Jason & Xuan pull together these often disconnected, but not to dissimilar universes.

CONVENTIONAL WEAPONS
8:35 - 9:05pm / Stage 2
Toronto meets Buffalo duo of Colin Fisher (drums) and Tristan Trump (guitar) unite two nations with their free form psych fuel energy. True instrumental maverick Fisher brings his unique merger of chaotic & spiritual vibrations to the kit, while Tristan creates intricate guitar loops, melting together the past & present.

THE VISIT (https://thevisit1.bandcamp.com/)
3:00 - 3:30pm / Stage 2
The Visit, comprised of cellist Raphael Weinroth-Browne and vocalist Heather Sita Black, is a musical dialogue that transcends genres and idioms. Combining the structures and instrumentation of classical chamber music with the emotional and rhythmic weight of metal, their lengthy, through-composed pieces conjure sonic worlds in which listeners can immerse themselves. With a rare combination of virtuosity, emotional intensity, and genre-defying innovation, The Visit is making their mark on the international stage as they forge a musical path all their own.

KRISTINA GUISON (http://kristinaguison.net/)
5:25 - 5:55pm / Stage 2
Sound artist Kristina Guison presents a version of her sculptural sound piece "Landing" at Yonge-Dundas Square. Using pieces of sheet metal Guison builds a tenuous structure, where each piece informs the others sonic abilities. Bowing the structure extracts writhing tones, and hollow vibrations. As the pieces shift so do the sonic properties. Clusters of wayward frequencies escape from this temporary cell. The sculpture's twisted death cries waver until the final bow forces collapse.

DIALECTICA SAX QUARTET
(https://shannongraham.ca/dialectica)
2:15 - 2:45pm / Stage 1
Shannon Graham (tenor sax), Chelsea McBride (baritone sax), Olivia Shortt (alto sax), and Samantha Etchegary (soprano sax) blur the lines between jazz and classical traditions. Both Graham and McBride sit in the composer's chair along with Javier Vazquez, who all also write for Spectrum. Dialectica sees the group play with latin themes, minimalism, and not to mention dipping into new age territory at times. Leaving the idea of genre at the door they are able to traverse a varied musical landscape. Keeping a cohesive voice through a their playful voice & dialogue.

FREE - ALL AGES

DAY 1: co-presented with The Music Gallery featuring Mick Barr, Thin Edge New Music Collective, and Droid: https://www.facebook.com/events/1295078907281265/

DAY 2: Eyvind Kang / Jessika Kenney / Andrew Timar / Pedram Khavarzamini / Araz Salek, and Völur: https://www.facebook.com/events/212246185973450/

DAY 4: Plant Music featuring Castle If, Nick Storring, JFM, and Laura Swankey (music): https://www.facebook.com/events/109378843107460/

This event would not be possible without support from Psiphon, Canadian Heritage, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council - Conseil des arts de l'Ontario, Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des Arts du Canada, SOCAN Foundation - Fondation SOCAN, Canadian Music Centre, and The City of Toronto

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Queer Sound Ithaca
Sep
1
8:00 PM20:00

Queer Sound Ithaca

Presented by Queer Sound Ithaca and Ithaca Underground:

Meridian (Tim Feeney, Sarah Hennies, Greg Stuart)
Sandy Ewen (Toronto/Houston)

Friday, September 1st, 2017 @ The Cherry (102 Cherry St.) - http://www.thecherry.org/

8:00 p.m. - donations request/pay what you can
ALL AGES

Meridian - Improvised percussion/experimental sound trio
http://www.timfeeney.com/meridian

Drawing on experiences performing both improvised and composed works, Meridian approaches percussion in a way that places the exploration of sound in the foreground, in favor of a musical approach that is concerned with exploring acoustic phenomena, rather than rhythm, gesture, or technique.

In creating this music, Meridian reimagines its materials, so that an instrument like a snare drum becomes literally a cylindrical shell with an attached flexible membrane. When viewed from this perspective, traditional instruments become unique sound-making and sound-filtering objects, to be set into vibration coupled with resonant metals, dragged with scraping implements, or driven directly by fingers, bows, or feedback circuitry. In performance, each musician invents a new method for producing sound, a new aggregate instrument, in real-time.

Meridian is Tim Feeney, Sarah Hennies, and Greg Stuart.

Sandy Ewen - solo guitarist from Toronto/Houston http://www.sandyewen.com/

Born in Toronto, Canada in 1985, Sandy Ewen received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008. Since then she has resided in Houston, TX where she pursues musical and visual projects and her architecture license. Ewen has released several albums, including a duo with guitarist Tom Carter, a trio with bassist Damon Smith & drummer Weasel Walter, and a rock album with Austin’s Weird Weeds. Ewen’s visual work is closely tied to her work in sound; she uses both mediums to explore texture, composition and materials.

Ewen’s microcollages, enlarged through projection and digital printing, are an exploration of material and technique. Using a unique process pioneered by the artist, natural materials and polymers are torn, liquefied, scorched, melted, cut, and fused. When enlarged, the microscopic nuances of these manipulations are manifested in exquisite detail. Ewen has presented prints of her work at 14 Pews (2012), Spacetaker/Fresh Arts (2012), Khon’s (2013) & Galeria Regina (2014).

As an improviser in both art and music, Ewen sees herself as guiding materials and space rather than executing a preconceived composition. “I like to explore mediums and materials and tease out their essence,” says Ewen. “Working with slide projections has focused my eye on the subtitles of natural processes of decay and transformation. Through my work, I am asking questions of the materials rather than dictating answers.”

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USC Experimental Music Workshop: Another Pattern
Apr
5
8:30 PM20:30

USC Experimental Music Workshop: Another Pattern

The USC Experimental Music Workshop teams up with composer/percussionist Tim Feeney (University of Alabama) and flutist/soprano Alice Teyssier (International Contemporary Ensemble) for a concert of exciting sound making. Along with Feeney and Teyssier, the Workshop will present music by Pauline Oliveros as well as the the world premiere of Feeney’s “Another Pattern” for two duos and ensemble.

Info here.

Regular Admission: $5
Doors Open: 8:15pm
Concert Begins: 8:30pm

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Sacred / Profane :  Pisaro and  Machaut at Monday Evening Concerts
Mar
6
8:00 PM20:00

Sacred / Profane : Pisaro and Machaut at Monday Evening Concerts

Michael PISARO: When I Hear Light (2016)  World Premiere  
Guillame de MACHAUTLa Messe de Nostre Dame
Guillaume de MACHAUTQuant j'ay l'espart
Michael PISARO: Asleep, Desert, Choir, Agnes (2016)  West Coast Premiere

Michael Pisaro, electric guitar
Greg Stuart, percussion
Dogstar Orchestra

Ever since its earliest days in the 1930s, Monday Evening Concerts has striven to find kindred musical spirits from diverse historical epochs.  In the third concert of our season, we pair the works of two composers: Michael Pisaro and Guillame de Machaut. Pisaro, who lives in Los Angeles, is one of the foremost representatives of the Wandelweiser Group. Writing pieces that feature microtonal electric guitar, bowed percussion, field recordings, rustling pine cones and choir, Pisaro has garnered wide critical acclaim. His counterpart on this concert, Guillaume de Machaut, was one of the great poets and musicians of 14th Century France. While the surfaces of these respective composers' works differ greatly, by placing them side by side, we examine the deeper connections that exist between  these sublime artists separated by seven centuries.

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The Path and The Expanse: Jürg Frey at CalArts
Jan
13
7:00 PM19:00

The Path and The Expanse: Jürg Frey at CalArts

Short residency at CalArts for J-Term course on Jürg Frey'smusic organized by Andrew McIntosh and Michael Pisaro. Info here.

The first of two concerts dedicated to Jürg Frey's music as part of a week-long intensive class at CalArts co-taught by Andrew McIntosh and Michael Pisaro. Students and faculty from CalArts will be joined by special guests Erik Carlson (violin), Greg Stuart (percussion), and Stephanie Aston (soprano). The concert will also feature the world premiere of an earlier work of Jürg's that has been waiting for it's first performance for over 20 years.

Friday, January 13
7pm
The Wild Beast, Calarts

Program (all works by Jürg Frey):

Vielleicht bin ich wirklich verloren (1980, rev. 1993 - world premiere)
for soprano and ensemble

WEN 58 (2007)
solo trumpet

In Memoriam Cornelius Cardew (1993)
solo piano

Circular Music No. 7 (2015/16)
violin, percussion, and ensemble

Ephemeral Constructions (2015/16)
violin, percussion, and ensemble

Performers:
Erik Carlson, violin
Greg Stuart, percussion
Stephanie Aston, soprano
Ethan Marks, trumpet
Nicole Ying, piano

Nicholas Deyoe, conductor/guitar
Andrew McIntosh, violin
Josh Westerman, viola
Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick, cello
Rafael Luna, flute
Kimberly Dunning, clarinet
Cody Putman, bassoon
Sam Friedland, percussion
Kevin Good, percussion
Katie Eikam, percussion

 

 

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UCSD with Erik Carlson and Michiko Ogawa
Dec
9
7:00 PM19:00

UCSD with Erik Carlson and Michiko Ogawa

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Erik Carlson with Greg Stuart, percussion

Friday, December 9th, 2016
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall
Free

Assistant Professor of Music Erik Carlson will present new works by Jürg Frey, Marianne Schuppe and Tim Feeney with guest performers Greg Stuart (percussion) and graduate student Michiko Ogawa (clarinet). The trio will also perform pieces by Ryoko Akama.

Info here.

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OpenICE Chicago: Ricefall (2)
Dec
5
7:30 PM19:30

OpenICE Chicago: Ricefall (2)

FREE

OpenICE Chicago continues with free events, all over the city!  Three evenings of concerts curated by ICE's star soloists show their unique perspectives on the repertoire.  Open workshops with Polish composer Wojtek Blecharz are also open to the public--get some insight into ICE's collaborative working process as we design a new project!

Monday 12/5
Chopin Theater — 1543 W. Division St.

1 - 3 pm: Composer workshop #1: with Wojtek Blecharz

7:30 pm: FREE CONCERT — Ricefall (2)

Michael Pisaro: Ricefall (2) (Chicago Premiere) 

ICE has recruited a performance force of 16 "rice players" — all non-professional musicians - with eight ICE musicians also participating as instrumentalists.  After a successful premiere during OpenICE's New York season opening, it's time for Chicago to get a taste of rice!

Tuesday 12/6
Chopin Theater — 1543 W. Division St. 

12 - 2 pm: Composer workshop #2: with Wojtek Blecharz

7:30 pm: FREE CONCERT — Duos

Steve Lehman: For McCoy Tyner, Tristan Murail, Anthony Braxton, and Alexander Scriabin for saxophone and piano (ICE commission)
Wojtek Blecharz: Small Talks for accordion reed box and baritone sax
Milton Babbitt: Solo e Duettini for flute and guitar
Vicente Hansen: Blur for bassoon and baritone saxophone (ICE commission)
Anton Webern: Drei Stucke for piano and cello 

    Lead Curators: Dan Lippel and Cory Smythe

Wednesday 12/7
Preston Bradley Hall at Chicago Cultural Center — 78 E. Washington St. 

7:30 pm: FREE CONCERT

Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Sequences (2016) for flute, clarinet, bassoon, and saxophone (ICE commission)
Sabrina Schroeder: He Cuts Snow (2012) for bass flute, bass clarinet, piano, percussion, and cello
Chaya Czernowin: Sahaf (percussion, piano, electric guitar, and saxophone
Liza Lim: Inguz (1996) for clarinet and cello
Anthony Braxton: Composition No. 5 (1968) for solo piano
Sam Pluta: American Tokyo Daydream (2007) for saxophone, guitar, piano, and percussion 

    Lead Curator: Ryan Muncy

Rebekah Heller, bassoon
Katinka Kleijn, cello
Dan Lippel, guitar
Campbell MacDonald, clarinet
Ryan Muncy, saxophone
Cory Smythe, piano
Alice Teyssier, flute

 

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Experimental Music Workshop Plays Epstein, Hennies, and Wolff
Nov
16
8:00 PM20:00

Experimental Music Workshop Plays Epstein, Hennies, and Wolff

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701 Center for Contemporary Art Presents

The University of South Carolina Experimental Music Workshop
Plays
Epstein, Hennies and Wolf

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
8:00 pm
Admission: free

701 CCA
701 Whaley St., second floor
Columbia, SC 29201

Just back from a September concert tour along the East Coast, the University of South Carolina Experimental Music Workshop student ensemble, directed by U.S.C. music school faculty member Greg Stuart, will perform three compositions at 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, S.C., on Wednesday, November 16, 8:00 p.m. Admission is free. 701 CCA was the venue for the ensemble’s final concert of the September tour – a concert that drew an enthusiastic audience of some 150.
The Experimental Music Workshop will perform Text Series #7: White Noise by Nomi Epstein; Everything Else by Sarah Hennies; and Burdocks by Christian Wolff.

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Hearing Metal 3 with Ensemble Knox
Nov
6
4:00 PM16:00

Hearing Metal 3 with Ensemble Knox

Contact: Dr. Andrew Bliss
Office: 865-974-4882
Email: abliss@utk.edu
For Immediate Release
October 26, 2016

UT PERCUSSION ON CAMPUS AND IN THE COMMUNITY: A 2-CONCERT WEEK FEATURING GUEST ARTIST COLLABORATION AND AN EXCITING PREMIERE OF KNOXVILLE’S NEWEST CHAMBER ENSEMBLE

The University of Tennessee Percussion Studies area will showcase its two major ensembles in Fall concerts soon, both directed by Andrew Bliss: the UT Percussion Ensemble (November 2nd; Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall at 8PM) and the program’s newly-launched contemporary chamber group, Ensemble Knox (November 6th; Emporium Arts Center at 4PM, 100 S Gay St., Knoxville, TN 37902).

Wednesday, November 2nd’s concert will feature repertoire both timeless and new. Edgard Varèse’s Ionisation (1931), acclaimed as the first significant composition ever written for percussion ensemble, received its premiere in Carnegie Hall. Using a plethora of instruments such as snare drums, chimes, air raid sirens, and anvils, this masterwork changed the role of the percussionist as an artist and was critical to the development of repertoire that the UT Percussion Ensemble is privileged to share with the community each season. This concert will also present more recent works such as Robert Honstein’s Patter and Impulse by Anna Meadors.

On Sunday, November 6th at 4PM,  the Knoxville area will be introduced to Ensemble Knox, the new resident graduate chamber group in the UT Percussion Studies area. The ensemble will begin its debut concert with b, by Simon Løffler, using an array of guitar pedals, an open jack cable, and fluorescent lights as their medium. Specific objects, aptly named, by Michael Maierhof, explores the use of electric toothbrushes as a sound inducer among various membranophones, placed around the listening audience. Sunday afternoon’s concert will be anchored by guest artist Greg Stuart (University of South Carolina) leading a performance of Michael Pisaro’s Hearing Metal 3, alongside UT students, Bliss, and European guest artists Henrik Knarborg Larsen (Royal Academy of Music Aarhus/Aalborg, Denmark), andBrian Archinal (Bern, Switzerland). Pisaro’s work features a 4 x 4 grid of percussionists seated at cymbals, who excite these metallic forces for nearly 45 minutes, using bowing and various “gravity excitation” via dropped grains of various texture. The result is a slowly shifting field of sound unlike any other.

For more information, please visit percussion.utk.edu or contact Dr. Andrew Bliss, UT’s Director of Percussion Studies at abliss@utk.edu. Both concerts are free and open to the public. Regular news surrounding UT Percussion can be found on Facebook at facebook.com/UTPercussion, Instagram @utperc, and on Twitter @UTPercussion.

 

 

 

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Bent Frequency at Elevate Atlanta: A wave and waves
Oct
15
6:00 PM18:00

Bent Frequency at Elevate Atlanta: A wave and waves

Bent Frequency is opening their 2016-2017 season with the US premiere of A wave and waves for 100 percussion sounds created by composer Michael Pisaro for percussionist Greg Stuart; both of whom will be joining us for this performance!

For A wave and waves, the musicians are set up in a 10X10 grid with the audience interspersed among the performers. The percussionists then layer very soft individual sounds to create large-scale sonic waves for the evening-length (70 min) piece. Pisaro describes the work as "an idea about confounding the small and the large: Small sounds, many different kinds of them, very soft, on a large time scale." It's a unique piece of sonic art that examines the idea of individual soft sonic events overlapping and combining to make large-scale sonic structures in a manner that's akin to individual water molecules in the ocean combining to create wave patterns, “the collective action of granular sounds making shapes of great mathematical complexity."

More info here.

 

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