Chris Forsyth (Philadelphia)
Guitarist Chris Forsyth’s hypnotic compositions assimilate art rock texture with folk, blues, and experimental influences. Long active in the improv/experimental underground, he’s released a series of acclaimed solo and band-oriented records over the past few years, including his 2009 private press LP Dreams (reissued in 2011 on Family Vineyard) and Early Astral, a 2012 duo LP with Mountains’ Koen Holtkamp on Blackest Rainbow, that have earned favorable comparisons to Sandy Bull’s raga-fied Chuck Berry-isms and the majestic guitar tapestries of Television and Popol Vuh. His 2011 Paranoid Cat LP (also on Family Vineyard) has been described as “the work of an emergent master” (Uncut) and “a rapturous transmutation of noise into light” (Wire). Forsyth has toured throughout Europe and the US, sharing stages with such like-minded artists as Steve Gunn, Bill Orcutt, Ignatz, Rhys Chatham, and Träd Gräs och Stenar, and, from 2002 to 2011, as a member of Peeesseye. He has also collaborated with artists including Meg Baird, Tetuzi Akiyama, Mike Pride, Nate Wooley, Shawn Edward Hansen, and choreographers Miguel Gutierrez and RoseAnne Spradlin, among others. Currently in the works are a split cassette for the Preservation label with Loren Connors, and a collaboration with choreographer Meg Foley. Forsyth was awarded a 2011 Pew Fellowship int he Arts and resides in the City of Philadelphia, USA.
Michael Flora (Portland) – laptop / electronics
Casey Deming & Justin Meyers – synth / tape
Pentacene (formerly known as HeatdeatH)
Andrew Broder – guitar / electroincs
Tim Glenn – percussion
(first to last)
Pentacene (formerly HeatdeatH)
Andrew Broder & Tim Glenn
(guitar, electronics, percussion)
Jacob Felix Heule & Bryce Beverlin II
(percussion / electronics duo)
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Jacob Felix Heule is a percussionist and electronic musician focused on sound-oriented improvisation following the traditions of electro-acoustic improv, noise, and 20th-century composition. His playing embraces both rough-edged intensity and disciplined instrumental technique.
Heule has worked extensively with double bassist Tony Dryer since 2006, performing and recording with diverse musicians such as Michel Doneda, C Spencer Yeh, Loachfillet, Gino Robair, and Damon Smith. Since 2008 they have also operated as Basshaters, a duo project incorporating electronics in interaction with their acoustic instruments.
Squid Fist (percussion, electronics, voice)
Bryce Beverlin II, Casey Deming, Tim Glenn
Dimanche (violin, clarinets, voice)
Naomi Joy & Jon Davis
Radical Cemetery (electronics and percussion)
Aaron Anderson, Eric Carlson, Fletcher
Come celebrate a great run at the Art of This Gallery space
and our ongoing relationship as the series finds a new home
This will be another fundraiser for our future and securing a new home for the series.
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Rich Barlow, Jaron Childs, Charles Gillett, Davu Seru
Paul Metzger & Davu Seru
George Cartwright, Andrew Broder, Tim Glenn
Davu Seru – percussion
Milo Fine – B flat/E flat/alto clarinets
Squid Fist – percussion, voice, electronics
Bryce Beverlin II
Audrey Chen (Baltimore, MD) – cello, voice, electronics
Luca Marini (New York, NY) – drums, percussion
Kamama in Cherokee means both elephant and butterfly. There is no overlap in meaning other than the supposed resemblance of the long trunk and flapping ears to the proboscis and wings of that insect. This duo loosely embodies elements of this kind of disparate pairing. Chen and Marini combine the raw energies resultant from and continuously growing out of their respective histories and experiences. Since their first encounter early this year in 2010, they have been forming a new language which steadily deepens, evolves, converges and exposes their inherent similarities and striking differences. It is ecstatic music; it is contrary music; and at times they depart completely from one another as two distinct creatures, but then are drawn back into the fold of an undeniable tenderness and comprehension.
Audrey Chen is a Chinese-American musician who was born into a family of material scientists, doctors and engineers, outside of Chicago in 1976. Parting ways with the family convention, she turned to the cello at age 8 and voice at 11. After years of classical and conservatory training in both instruments, with a resulting specialization in early and new music, she parted ways again in 2003 to begin new negotiations with sound in order to discover a more individually honest aesthetic.
Now, using the cello, voice and analog electronics, Chen’s work delves deeply into her own version of narrative and non-linear storytelling. A large component of her music is improvised and her approach to this is extremely personal and visceral. Her playing explores the combination and layering of a homemade analog synthesizer, preparations and traditional and extended techniques in both the voice and cello. She works to join these elements into a singular ecstatic personal language.
Recently, her primary focus has been her SOLO project but she is also involved in many various collaborations. Among musicians, she has worked with Phil Minton, Tetuzi Akiyama, Toshimaru Nakamura, Ko Ishikawa, Elliott Sharp, Aki Onda, Phill Niblock, Frederic Blondy, Jerome Noetinger, C. Spencer Yeh, Alessandro Bosetti, Mats Gustafsson, Mazen Kerbaj, Michael Zerang, Tatsuya Nakatani, Le Quan Ninh, Joe Mcphee, Susan Alcorn, Michele Doneda, Paolo Angeli, Gianni Gebbia, plus many more.
Some current projects include: duos with Phil Minton, Luca Marini (kamama), Frederic Blondy, Robert van Heumen (abattoir), Katt Hernandez (Isabel), Nate Wooley (heave and shudder), and Id M Theft Able. Trio with Nate Wooley and C. Spencer Yeh. Plus three new quartet projects with Jeff Carey/Morten J. Olsen/Raed Yassin, Miya Masaoka/Hans Grusel/Kenta Nagai and also with Frederic Blondy/Michael Johnsen/Jerome Noetinger.
Chen has performed in Europe, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, Taiwan, Canada and the USA. She is currently based in Baltimore, MD USA but primarily maintains an active touring schedule throughout Europe.
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Luca Marini is a German/Italian drummer who mostly grew up in France and is now based in New York. After studying jazz and improvised music at various conservatories and music colleges in Europe and North America, he developed his own language and approach to percussion while living in Berlin.
He performed and toured in Europe and North America playing improvised music, jazz, rock and electronic music with bands and artists like the GRIPI collective, SONIDO13, INEZEBA, Spyros Manesis trio, Nicolas Masson, Roberto Pianca, Tom Blancarte, Dario Fariello, Matan Gov Ari, Louise D.E. Jensen, Johannes Lauer, Raoul van der Weide, Wanja Slavin, Filippo Giuffré, Gael Navard and Natalio Sued.
Current bands include the duo HERBERT ECKARDT with Danish saxophonist Louise D.E. Jensen, the duo BLIN with Dutch guitarist Jasper Stadhouders, KAMAMA with Chinese-American cellist and vocalist Audrey Chen, CAVEX from Brooklyn, The LITTLE from Germany and TATUNE from France. Other collaborations include works with Matt Meade, Kenny Warren, Tom Blancarte, Xavier Lopez, Vilijam Nybacka, John Stanesco, JMSU, and Frans van der Hoeven.
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