March 23rd - BioMess, Beholder and Hallowed Bells
BioMechanical ShapeShifters (or BioMeSS for short) is the project of Floyd Bledsoe from Trenton, New Jersey. The name has been used for his electronic music experimentations since the early 1990s. The concept is that BioMeSS is not solo but a group consisting of various devices that create the soundwaves. The 2010s saw recordings start to appear on the internet and now there are over 35 albums available on the Bandcamp website with many containing several hours of music each. Styles range from quiet droning atmospherics to chaotic abstract noise and many spaces in between. Floyd is also one third of The Melting Transistor and records and performs with them. 2018 marks the first time that BioMeSS will appear live on stage as a solo act.
Painting landscapes of distant planets, terrain of sub-atomic particles, the space between impulse and action, clouds formations and chase scenes, sonic worlds never before heard are spontaneously composed and served to the listener throughout the improvisational performances of BEHOLDER. One only needs to open to the experience and allow the music to unfold. This trio is based on the dynamic musical relationship of pianist Dan DeChellis and guitarist John Philip Tomasic. Both known for their unique approach to their instruments and the art of improvisation, their recordings and performances of improvised new music in New York and New England reach back to the late 1990s. Having met while at the New England Conservatory, their combined vision, energy and talents have laid the foundation for their latest efforts on “Claim No Native Land” with drummer Zach Martin. Together they chart a path for both themselves and the listener, traversing several vast and different worlds, emotions, declarations, linear time and the eternal present. The music at once travels forward and remains stationary simultaneously. Dedicate the time to listen and you will be rewarded.
“We draw from so many influences, genres, histories – and then combine our experiences…we really ‘claim no native (musical) land.” D. DeChellis
“When we play, we are not offering the listener an obvious point of reference, rather an opportunity to at once be in the present moment and also follow a sonic storyline.” JP Tomasic
Hallowed Bells is the project of Philadelphia-based musicians Alison Stout (synths, beats) and Darian Scatton (synths, processed pedal harp). Creating electronic songs-without-words, the duo weaves together sweet, lyrical melodies, dissonant harmonies, and mesmerizing noisescapes - producing a unique and personal synthesized landscape of sound.
April 13th - Juan Garces, B.E.E.P. and Mikronesia
Juan Garces is an experimental and improvisational musician and electronics and synthesizer enthusiast. He uses vintage and contemporary synthesizers, sequencers, live looping, and a laptop computer to take his listeners on a unique, imaginative journey. He has been playing experimental music since the late 1970s. Juan is a founder and constant in the improvisational music projects The Melting Transistor with Floyd Bledsoe and Karl Fury, The Equinox Project with David Berends and Karl Fury, and Black Thujone with Mike Hunter. He has played solo and group performances at various venues, including Electro Music in New York State and Asheville, NC; Rowan University; Event Horizon in Philadelphia; the Cosmic Crossings Concert Series in Washington Crossing, NJ; and on live radio broadcasts on Music With Space (WPRB, 103.3 FM, Princeton, NJ) and Digital Dreams (WLFR, 91.7FM, Galloway, NJ). Juan has also collaborated with Dr. Brad Garton, head of the Columbia University Computer Music Center, in New York City, on numerous projects, and continues to collaborate with other experimental musicians as often as he can. In his deep past, Juan performed live with Ted Klett and Tom McMillan (PaxElectronic Collective/Area 25), Tommy Buzz Matthews, Ian Kelly and Eli Ward (Sonic Alchemy), and Michael Mironov (Dancing Water Percussion Ensemble).
The Boyer College Electroacoustic Ensemble Project—BEEP—is a group for electroacoustic music creation in a collaborative environment. Founded in 2013 by Dr. Adam Vidiksis at Temple University, BEEP embraces a variety of aesthetics, from EDM to the avant-garde. We function in varied modalities: from a laptop orchestra, to fusion of computers and traditional instruments, to an electronic music band. BEEP uses the laptop orchestra model, “an ensemble of computer-based meta-instruments,” as but one of many possible modes of music making using computers and other electronics.
Our main goal as an ensemble is to explore new musical paths and new technologies by uniting people of varying and complementary skill sets in the discovery of new possibilities of creating sound. BEEP also aims to promote expressive music making and musical vocabulary, increase technological literacy among its participants and audience, to encourage a culture of code literacy and computer competency hand-in-hand with critical and independent thinking, and to perform the ever-expanding repertory of electronic music.
Mikronesia (Sonic landscapes + visuals by Willam Fields) - Mikonesia is the ambient music project of composer and sound artist Michael McDermott. He has created works for video, dance, stage, installation, smart phones, multi-speaker arrays, wind sculptures, wishing wells and deep sleep. His practice explores the relationship between present moment awareness, deep time and humanity's personal connection through listening. His work integrates a daily practice of meditation, Deep Listening and textured sound worlds through a process he calls “sonic photography”. This process involves site specific recordings of physical spaces re-imagined using photographic development and collage techniques. His aim is to reframe the everyday world as both a grand statement that stretches out in both directions of time and as an ephemeral instant of precious connection.
In 2016 he completed a certification program in Deep Listening studying with Deep Listening pioneer Pauline Oliveros. He was recently Artist in Residence at <fidget>, Composer in Residence for Temple University’s BEEP Ensemble and Composer in Residence at Village of the Arts and Humanities. Over the past two years he has been traveling at artists residencies around the world in Brazil, Iceland, Germany, Thailand and India working on a sound design project of extinct animal sounds called Echozoo.
December 1st 2017 - Thin AirX, The Tangent Project, The Ministry of Inside Things
The Ministry of Inside Things - Consisting of synthesist Chuck van Zyl and electric guitarist Art Cohen, Philadelphia-based The Ministry of Inside Things are considered among the most innovative of US spacemusicians today. Equally influenced by the early groundbreaking music of Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze and Ash Ra Tempel as well as that of Pink Floyd and The Grateful Dead, their work pushes across a diverse sonic terrain. Based on live improvisation, The Ministry of Inside Things creates electronic realizations that flow from theme to theme, within the context of a composed suite of music. Through use of textures and atmospheres as well as harmony, rhythm and melody, the group transports the listener on an internal aural excursion. The Ministry of Inside Things exist outside the confines of the recording studio and in the realm of the live performance. As MoIT, Art Cohen and Chuck van Zyl continue a tradition of bringing an otherwise methodical studio based art form out into the spontaneity of the performance environment. Their third CD "Ambient Elsewhere" (2008) feels dark and isolated when compared to their two earlier releases. While "Everlasting Moment" (2003) explored the edges, dynamics and tension of space and atmosphere, and "Contact Point" (2006) embraced the more unified themes of cosmic, biospheric and macrocosmic interaction, "Ambient Elsewhere" moves through strange new territory in-between and outside of traditional Spacemusic. Drawn from a range of chilling themes, this album sonifies wintertime, desolate landscapes and the soul's midnight. Moving through the timbral badlands of the empty quarter, "Ambient Elsewhere" offers up a courageous intimacy. Always bringing their own influences and innovation to the music process, MoIT produces a sound that is uniquely individual and personal.
Veteran Spacemusic duo The Tangent Project features the ample talents of synthesist Jeff and guitarist Harrison McKay. Experimenting with sounds and textures reminiscent of the classics Rubycon and Phaedra their approach incorporates a unique sensibility and outlook. Coulter's sequencer runs, synth pads and melodies all move at different speeds while McKay's processed guitar alternates between emitting atmospheric textures and liquid lead solos. Their realizations are in constant motion, either pushing forward, or churning in stillness, or at some indistinct level in between. Coulter and McKay explore areas of both dark and light. Their music is a culmination of a lifetime worth of experience. They will be performing selections from their most recent album release, Threads.
ThinAirX is Steve Bowman playing electrified clarinet—a regular orchestral clarinet modified with aguitar pickup, and then processed through a chain of guitar pedals. Virtually every sound in a ThinAirX performance originates from the clarinet, then is pitch shifted, modulated, delayed, looped, stacked, warped, and turned upside down. No sequencers, drum machines or backing tracks. No laptop. The result is like nothing you’ve ever heard. It’s electronic music driven by the expressiveness of a wind instrument. Sometimes it sounds like a clarinet. Other times you’d never guess it was anything but a full synth-driven band. ThinAirX is spacemusic with a jam-band sensibility. But not free jams. The pieces are composed, with themes and structure and discernable musical ideas. Not scored note by note but, as with jam bands or jazz, each performance is unique, capturing the energy of the moment. The music ranges from ambient and dreamy to raucous noise. Harmonies from modal to atonal. Melodies from chromatic angularity to singing themes. Sometimes all in the same composition. Steve is a veteran electronic musician, enthralled with all the fantastic sounds that modern circuitry can generate. But it’s electronics grounded in a musical sensibility shaped by a lifetime of listening to string quartets, renaissance masses, Beethoven, Ives, Subotnick, Stockhausen, Reich, Ligeti, Zappa, Beefheart, “more Grateful Dead shows than I can count” and a degree in Music from Harvard. Before switching to the clarinet Steve played keyboards and synths—you may have heard him perform solo as Thin Air or with Art Cohen as the duo Delicate Monster.
October 27th 2017 - Bonnie Kane, Wormhole Superette, Urban Shaman Attack
Integrating saxophone, flute, feedback and electronics, electro acoustic pioneer and improvisor, Bonnie Kane, terms her work as avant-core: an extreme energy mix of pyschedelic rock, hard core, and avant garde jazz. She was influenced by an unusually early exposure to Sun Ra, studies with Sonny Simmons, Paul McCandless, Glenn Moore, Ralph Towner (Oregon), and Jon Raskin (Rova Saxophone Quartet). A stint in the original Club Foot Orchestra, whose members then included Snakefinger (The Residents) and Eric Drew Feldman (Capt Beefheart), introduced her to electronic processing for horns, and brief study at Mills College under Anthony Braxton solidified her direction. Her bands have been known for "scalp shearing shows", "feats of bravery", and for music that is "...the algebra of heart, brain, and soul." A conductor of energy, her music is not for the timid.
Wormhole Superette is an improvisational experimental trio, consisted of Tracy Lisk, Irman Peck, and Travis Woodson. Tracy Lisk, MFA, exhibiting visual artist, curator (Inside the Moment: Int’l Short Film Festival in Philadelphia, Highwire Gallery). Former artist-in-residence at CESTA, Tábor, Czech Republic where she collaborated with Canadian videographer Dominic Gagnon. Former percussionist with the improvisational outfit: Agnes Warhead, has studied Brazilian percussion in Salvador and Rio, an active member of several percussion ensembles. I (Domino) Peck is a self taught writer, electric bassist, and is a founding member of; The post/art/punk band Los Dominos, Brian Kelly's literary rock band The Suns, and Mike Landau's experimental noise collective, the Granular Cats. “My aim is to communicate a spiritual message through a common and accessible, popular idiom.” Travis Woodson is a composer, arranger, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist who has collaborated with various Philadelphia musicians and dancers. He has performed with in Make a Rising, Sonic Liberation Front, Electric Simcha, Split Red, Adult Content, Kohoutek, his own group Live Like a King, and/or Pyramid Minds. During the summer of 2012, he premiered a series of compositions and arrangements for three guitars, as a part of the Archer Spade Performance Series, and has performed at the Improvisational Music event: the Nowhere Festival in 2015.
Urban Shaman Attack, or USA, is a quartet from Wilmington, DE. The band is Carl Bailey on clarinet, Robert McClelland on guitar, Dwayne Todd on Keyboard and kaossilator, and Richard Todd on drum kit and percussion. Playing unscripted, improvisational music , the music is best described as psychedelic jazz. USA draws influences from many artists past and present, including Sun Ra Arkestra, electric Miles Davis, Acid Mother Temple, and MMW. The tenth album "How to Build a Spacekraft", from Urban Shaman Attack, has been in the top 50 of iTunes new jazz releases worldwide for over nine months, reaching #14 in August. Experience these psychedelic sounds for yourself.. Board the Spacekraft that is USA.
September 23rd 2017 - Off Land, Power Vacuum, Tim Motzer
Off Land - Formed in 2004 by Tim Dwyer, an artist and musician from New England. His sound has been influenced by meditative music such as Javanese gamelan and minimal drone, as well as various styles of 1990's electronic music. Dwyer's music is sparse yet texturally intricate, lying in some sort of electro-acoustic limbo between Namlook's more dusty ambient collaborations, literal Phonography and contemporary classical experimentalism. His latest album, 'On Earth', recently released on Stasis Recordings, embraces ambient techno with room to breathe. The album merges tectonic transitions between a tapestry of emotive sound. The seven tracks each act as their own micro-climate, their own continent, emulating the strange and wonderful world we all share.
Tim Motzer - Guitarist/improviser/composer Tim Motzer lives in a technicolor world of music. He is known for his distinct textural guitar voice utilizing looping, bowing, electronics, and prepared techniques. After 20 years of world touring, stunning collaborations, and over 70 albums of credits, this Philadelphia-based guitarist continues to traverse manifold territories in music. In 2016-17, Tim toured the world playing concerts and jazz festivals with Bandit65, an improvising trio he co-leads with guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel and drummer Gintas Janusonis. He has collaborated with numerous musical luminaries: David Sylvian, Burnt Friedman, Jaki Liebezeit, poet Ursula Rucker, King Britt, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Markus Reuter, and Pat Mastelotto among others. In the world of modern dance, Motzer composes and performs live solo scores around the world. Most recently he has performed to sold out houses in Tokyo, Japan; Seoul, S. Korea; Oujda, Morocco; and Toronto, Canada. He composes for film and video, and is a composer/accompanist for University of the Arts Dance in Philadelphia. He releases his genre-defying solo work and collaborations on 1k Recordings. As a leader, his projects include Orion Tango, Goldbug, Instant Takemitsu, & Tim Motzer SOLO.
June 9th 2017 - Elkhorn, Datadrift and Ombient with Chuck van Zyl
Ombient is the moniker under which Mike Hunter performs his Ombient is the monikr un which Mike Hunter performs his style of ambient/drone/experimental music.His ambient/drone/electronic music, being of a live and improvisational nature, is representative of the feeling of the moment in which it is performed and of the subtle feedback between the audience and the performer. Ombient users various vintage and contemporary analog synthesizers, a large Synthesizers.com Modular, and occasionally computers running Ableton Live with various synth plug-in's. Most of the older music of Ombient features 6 string guitar and/or 12 string Warr Touch Guitar which is processed and layered using digital looping equipment. Mike is also the host of the radio show Music With Space on WPRB 103.3 FM out of Princeton, NJ
Mike will be joined by multi-instrumentalist, Chuck van Zyl, who is best known as host of Stars End, WXPN's renowned radio program of spacemusic dreamscapes) and as coordinator of The Gatherings (Philadelphia's premiere concert series of innovative music), Chuck van Zyl has also been making his own unique style of electronic music since 1983. Over the course of his musical existence Chuck van Zyl has developed a signature exploratory style. By blending the primitive machine beauty of classics like "Ricochet" with the highly formed values of more recent groups such as Redshift and Arc, his solo studio works are the result of a persistent creativity.
Datadrift is the electronic music project of Guinevere Molly Campbell. Creating soundscapes since 1996, she uses an east-coast, hardware-focused approach, based on her love for the keyboard interface as well as the corralling of machines with unique interfaces and timbres to communicate with one another and find dialog or harmony. Her principal approach is texture-driven, creating synthesizer patches that resonate with a mood or idea, then working with that sonic palette to create a soundscape that combines improvisation with sequenced aspects. While predominantly instrumental and ambient, her work includes some forays into indie/experimental pop-driven song structures, including vocals. Her influences include Brian Eno, Jean-Michel Jarre, Tangerine Dream, Dead Can Dance, The Legendary Pink Dots, David Sylvian, Kate Bush, and atmospheric songs and trance-like passages in 60s-80s pop, cold and new wave, and post-punk.Datadrift is the electronic music project of Guinevere Molly Campbell. Creating soundscapes sincedatadrift.jpg1996, she uses an east-coast, hardware-focused approach, based on her love for the keyboard interface as well as the corralling of machines with unique interfaces and timbres to communicate with one another and find dialog or harmony. Her principal approach is texture-driven, creating synthesizer patches that resonate with a mood or idea, then working with that sonic palette to create a soundscape that combines improvisation with sequenced aspects. While predominantly instrumental and ambient, her work includes some forays into indie/experimental pop-driven song structures, including vocals. Her influences include Brian Eno, Jean-Michel Jarre, Tangerine Dream, Dead Can Dance, The Legendary Pink Dots, David Sylvian, Kate Bush, and atmospheric songs and trance-like passages in 60s-80s pop, cold and new wave, and post-punk..
Elkhorn is the electric/acoustic guitar project of Drew Gardner and Jesse Sheppard. The duo cmbines Sheppard's American Primitive-style acoustic finger picking with Gardner's extended improvisational and textural electric playing. The duo grew up together in the deep woods and rotting industrial husks of central New Jersey and have been collaborating on and off since the mid-1980s.
A filmmaker as well as musician, Sheppard directed The Things That We Used To Do (2010) a documentary about Jack Rose and Glenn Jones. He lives in the Brandywine region of Pennsylvania. Drew Gardner lives in New York City and combines poetry and music in spontaneously conducted ensembles. His CD, Flarf Orchestra, appeared in 2011.
May 13th 2017 - Ritchie DeCarlos, Nathan McLaughlin & Seth Chrisman and Guitar Pilots
Ritchie DeCarlo is a well known drummer in the Philadelphia area. He is currently playing withMichael Bernier, Percy Jones, Scott McGill, Kick It Out & various local acts, also teaching drums. Released the first solo album in 2013 titled WEEK. The album features many guest musicians: David Fiuczynski, Michael Manring, Pat Mastelotto, Michael Bernier, Percy Jones, Markus Reuter & MORE! The past decade his recording engineer hat has been on and working at TTR studios on many projects. In 2009 the modular synthesizer appeared in his studio & this changed his direction immediately. Today Ritchie is incorporating all of his 40 years experience into his solo live performances. Electronic percussion, loops & all types of synthesizers come together in his excursions for your ears.
Seth Chrisman is a musician based in the Hudson Valley, New York. Extended techniques, location recordings, and radio receptions are woven together to create undulating sonic environments. Hudson, NY resident Nathan McLaughlin explores sound with a focus on the stringed instruments and reel to reel, studies are carried out on the philosophical idea of going to the center. Their releases have appeared on Senufo Editions, Scissor Tail, Full Spectrum and Flaming Pines and they have performed around the country at festivals, DIY spaces and everything else in between.
Nathan and Seth will premier work from their upcoming release Earth Tones at the Metal Show. These new pieces utilize a variety of time stretching and looping (analog and digital) tools to explore the beauty found when digital wrestles with analog, and have very few notes to win the battle. These stretched textures offer a rich bed of sound, the shifting tide that emerges where digital and analog meet that is at times challenging...and at times very meditative. Improvisational pieces will be interwoven using guitars, amplified surfaces and field recordings.
Guitar Pilots is an electronic spacemusic duo featuring guitarists Art Cohen and Scott Watkins. Their music consists of long structured improvisational pieces which transport the listener to the depths of space while focusing on each precious unfolding moment. Art's sequencer-like echoed guitar figures provide rhythmic propulsion while Scott's synthetic pads and sub-octave rumblings build a foundation for both guitarists to soar in melodic flights. Singing glissando blends seemlessly with plucks and twangs and blasts of interstellar beam. Following the trail blazed by Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead, and the Berlin School, Guitar Pilots carve out their own unique sonic territory that is both organic as the ground underneath and as far-reaching as a distant pulsar.Art Cohen has been a fixture in the Philadelphia music scene for over 30 years as both a performer and an audio engineer. Fluent in guitar, bass, keyboards and harmonica, he has performed at concert venues and radio studios throughout the Delaware Valley and brought his music to Toronto, New York and other cities in the Northeast. He has released CD's with The Ministry of Inside Things, Delicate Monster, CubiZm, Lessick & Lincoln & Cohen, Waves of Violet, Men from When, and as a solo artist. His music ranges from electronic space to ambient to folk-rock to psychedelic rock to traditional folk to experimental to spoken word and beyond - sometimes within the same performance. Art has cultivated a unique guitar style drawing on influences including Garcia, Gilmour, Hendrix, Gottsching, Fripp, and Pinhas.Scott Watkins is best known as the guitar half of Orbital Decay, the Philadelphia area synth & guitar duo who over the past couple of decades have graced the stages of all the region's important electronic spacemusic venues. He coaxes an extended pallet of sounds from his guitar through the use of synths and modelling processors. He has built many of his own instruments including an other-worldly sounding 12-foot beam. Echoes of Gilmour, Hendrix and Froese can be heard in Scott's textural and melodic playing. You can listen to Guitar Pilots are their soundcloud page.
April 1st 2017 - Kip Rosser, Electric Diamond and George Wallace
Kip Rosser: For twenty years, Kip Rosser’s solo performances, staged productions, award-winning compositions and industry recognition have earned him a reputation as one of the most accomplished thereminists in the country. Rosser typically moves beyond a standard recital format, making for a unique event that combines music (ranging from classical to jazz to popular) with stories and performance art, continually pushing the boundaries of what the theremin can play and do. His programs for special events are tailored specifically to suit occasion and client musical preferences. In an academic setting, the programs are always age appropriate and the presentation specific to the class subject. Back in 1996, after a twenty-one year hiatus from serious musical study, Rosser crossed paths with the grandfather of all electronic instruments; he purchased a kit and built his first theremin. Previously, Kip graduated from Ithaca College with a BFA in Acting/Directing and was then the sole candidate accepted in the graduate Directing program at Northwestern University. After receiving the MFA, he moved to New York City where he directed plays, worked as a playwright, as well as working as a graphic artist and copywriter.
Electric Diamond: Humanity has always been fascinated by the diamond: shimmering,multi-faceted and mesmerizing. That same description is more than apt when attempting to convey the impact of a performance by Electric Diamond. “Dispersion” is the term used to characterize a diamond’s colored light. The rainbow that should jump from a diamond is known as its “fire.” Although the official measurement of the fire can only be done by machine, the human eye can actually see and measure it. As for the fire jumping from Electric Diamond, 20th Century Music Magazine wrote: “a step beyond... A window into the future of music.” And Variety called it, “a wonderful trip into the asteroids...a fully symphonic piece of intense dignity and feeling.” At the heart of Electric Diamond’s fire are two extraordinary musicians, Don Slepian and Stuart Diamond. Their story spans forty years of composing, collaboration and performing together. Stuart Diamond is producer, composer, musician, writer, director, video artist, and journalist. He is also a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and Trustee for The California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. His instrument? The EWI – short for Electronic Wind Instrument. The EWI is essentially a synthesizer that’s played like a woodwind, requiring expert embouchure and breath control. In Diamond’s hands, the EWI can imitate any traditional woodwind as well as “go stratospheric,” creating both raw and deeply ethereal sonic textures and “voices.” Keyboard virtuoso, Don Slepian, has created his own descriptive mantra: “high technology, human touch.” During his career at Bell laboratories, he spent two years working with their most advanced digital synthesizer. A true pioneer in electronic music, he was a Synthesizer Soloist with the Honolulu Symphony. In addition to being presented by WNYC's “New Sounds” show in New York's Lincoln Center, he was selected by the French Ministry of Culture for a residency at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.
Together, Diamond and Slepian craft a seamless music experience that move “beyond sounds we explore. The actual sounds of our music are the outer coverings of deeper expressions, of the feelings, emotions...the sounds we explore are our vehicles to share what we discover with our audiences.”
George Wallace: In live performance, multi-instrumentalist George Wallace presents a dazzling array of wondrous, imaginatively crafted soundscapes bound to delight fans of deep ambient, techno-tribal, and space music.
George is a seasoned performer, having spent years with bands playing various permutations of rock, jazz, and popular music. But for the past few years he’s been on hiatus from playing out, mainly producing studio recordings of his own compositions, with recent forays into making music for film and television. He has recently risen to the challenge of engineering a way to deliver his particular brand of ambient music - inherently layered and complex - in such a way that its live performance is faithful to the sonic dimension and depth of the recorded version. During the course of a given set (anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours, depending) audiences will experience something akin to hypnosis as our senses are immersed in music fed by George’s fierce, spontaneous inspiration and tempered with his keen feel for rhythmic and dramatic flow. In addition to the synthesizers he plays onstage, George uses guitars both acoustic and electric, Native American flutes, rain sticks, bells and rattlers, and even a Tibetan singing bowl to round out the sonic palette. His musical program consists of pieces both old and new; a few older favorites culled from his several ambient releases are woven in with newer, as-yet unrecorded pieces, most of which are essentially structured improvisations based on predetermined soundstages, the end result being that no two performances are exactly alike. Naturally this calls up a certain amount of audience engagement (and lots of fun for all) as George often says he likes to read – and get energy from – the audience he’s playing for. Adding to the mix is his occasional blending of natural ambiences such as forest sounds, night sounds, wind…and a few which might be best described as unearthly. These aural treats serve as the ‘ear candy’ which help to put the whole thing over-the-top. Despite his affable stage demeanor, the intensity of the music itself makes it evident that George likes to play deep. Through his magical musings, we are invited to discover a new access to our true Selves, from the deepest regions of our souls to the ecstatic, sublime worlds of our highest potential. Presented here is wild, enriched sound, simultaneously borrowing from the primal past and the celestial future, creating an inspiring, cleansing, memorable experience of exotic places and times well beyond this one.
December 3rd 2016 - Brian John McBrearty, Inception and The Time Merchant
Brian John McBrearty is a Philadelphia-based guitarist and composer. Brian's music combines American primitive guitar style with ambient textures, minimalist composition techniques and elements of drone and psychedelia. A graduate of New York University’s renowned jazz program, Brian released his debut album as a solo artist, Things I Recall, in Summer 2015. Brian recorded Things I Recall in his South Philadelphia home using two microphones, a 1965 Fender Mustang and a 1970s Japanese-made Martin knockoff, and the result is a meditative, hypnotic, melodic collection of guitar orchestrations of cinematic scope that recall the work of John Fahey, David Pajo’s Papa M project, and Sonny Sharrock.
Inception - The starting vibration and continued exploration of sound,syncopation and groove. Imagined dimensions and hues of pitch and landscapes. A trio made of Matthew Lo Re -Guitar , Steve Testa - Bass , John Testa - Drums
The Time Merchant - With over 50 albums, the ever prolific Time Merchant is on a constant quest to explore sound. The first album appeared in 1994. Little else is known as The Time Merchant tends to keep out of the public eye, preferring instead to hide away in the recording studio (the wave chamber), working methodically to create the next sound world. Works have explored several genres, including: experimental, dark ambient, atmospheric. pure electronic, and various combinations.
November 11th 2016 - Michael Rabito, Rosie Langabeer and It's Not Night...It's Space
Michael Rabito is a musician that has been discovering his propensity for the fusion of opposites for many years now. He started taking the electric guitar seriously when he was eleven and was playing out professionally by the time he left for college with his band in Vermont. After a move to Boston the bringing together of the free flow of improvisation and the rigidity of structure increased as he played with a group of Berklee College of Music musicians for about five years. During this time his interest in loops, synthesizers and keyboards began to grow and helped to fuse space, harmony, action and dissonance. This has all culminated with his latest project back in the Princeton area called Manifested; A progressive fusion of funk, rock, dance and ambient music that has brought the group to New York, Boston, Philadelphia and many points between within their first year. They can be heard here with more information at their facebook page. Michael also performs interactive ambient space music with local visual artist Ted Klett. They will be preforming at Art All Night on June 15th -16th and can be heard at on the AutonomicDrone soundcloud page.
Rosie Langabeer - Hailed by the New York Times for her ability to time bend, Rosie Langabeer’s sound is more like a transnational emporium of amusements, than music. Using electronic and acoustic instruments ingredients of exotica, science fiction, free jazz and an evolving cast of superfluities combine, resulting in something elusively familiar “…a suspended, surreal condition.” NY Times. A regular composer for theatre and dance companies, Langabeer has performed throughout New Zealand and the US and also in Sri Lanka, Japan, Mexico, France and Great Britain, recent festival appearances include Baltimore’s High Zero Festival (2016), Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival, (MA, 2016), Borderline Festival, (Auckland, 2016), Joyce Theater Ballet Festival (NY, 2015). Collaborators include Neil Feather, BalletX, Maiko Matsushima, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Andrew Mars/Settled Arrows, Kate Porter, Jeff Henderson and Chris O’Connor.
It’s Not Night: It’s Space - Formed in the Winter of 2010, It's Not Night: It's Space has beeninnis.jpgpushing boundaries ever since. Always instrumental, INN:IS delve into heavy psych territory as a traditional power trio should, but they apply a more narrative songwriting style that is often associated with post-rock. The result is long-form sonic journeys that invite the listener to get in touch with their place among inner and outer space. Their latest manifestation, an LP titled "Our Birth Is But A Sleep & A Forgetting," was released in June 2016 on Small Stone Records. The desire to keep moving further has allowed for electronic instruments to start trickling in: synths and samplers are poised to move from the background to the foreground as INN:IS follow the trail into the great beyond.
November 15th 2016 - Chuck van Zyl, Nocturne Blue and Centrozoon
Chuck van Zyl - Best known as host of Stars End (WXPN's renowned radio program of spacemusic dreamscapes) and as coordinator of The Gatherings(Philadelphia's premiere concert series of innovative music), Chuck van Zyl has also been making his own unique style of electronic music since 1983. Over the course of his musical existence Chuck van Zyl has developed a signature exploratory style. By blending the primitive machine beauty of classics like "Ricochet" with the highly formed values of more recent groups such as Redshift and Arc, his solo studio works are the result of a persistent creativity. With a solid melodic invention, atmospheric modulations and heroic shifts in tonality, van Zyl masterfully realizes the fascinating patterns, riffs and pulses that dominate his live concerts. As the music forms, climbs and sustains, listeners are pulled into a highly distinctive mindscape. Tone patterns weave and collide as go-for-broke keyboard lead lines dance high above - while synthetic strings draw long lines across a cool digital plane. Chuck van Zyl is at home in this endlessly inventive genre, offering ample muscle for the adventurous, archaic modulations for the experimentalist and dreamy floating space for the cloudwalker.
Centrozoon is a trio that is interested in the creation of music in experimental settings. it has existed in several forms for more than fifteen years. current members are Bernhard Wöstheinrich (synthesizers, electronics), Markus Reuter (guitars, electronics) and Tobias Reber (electronics).
From the beginning of Centrozoon, the group has had an interest in "experimental" music not only in improvised sound experiments but also in the improvisation of form and structure - improvisation beyond the individual sounding moment. Music as an exploration of possibilities and extremes, playing with boundaries.
Ironically, the group's most widely acclaimed work has been its live and studio collaboration with singer Tim Bowness (No-Man), a modern pop project that was an exception to the band's usual approach. In its regular, less accessible work, the projects fearlessness in combination with its trademark deadpan humour has usually provoked very strong emotional reactions and reviews, and led to controversial discussion among electronic music lovers.
The music featured on the group's album releases include the electronica soundscapes of "blast" (2000), the disturbing free-form mayhem of "the cult of: bibbiboo" (2002), "angel liquor" (2006) or the reduced chamber electronics of "lovefield" (2007). 2012 sees the release of "boner", another dive into unexplored territory and impossible combinations of references, where dozens of hours of music are distilled into an endlessly deep texture of frightening as well as captivating moods.
Centrozoon has played concerts and appeared live on air in the USA, UK, Finland, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, Austria, Switzerland and Germany. Notable appearances include concerts at the Ars Electronica 2004 Festival (Linz, A), Virtual Arts Day (Helsinki, SF) and a UK Tour including performances at Burning Shed Nights (Norwich, UK).
"Humour is not permitted." - Robert Fripp
Bernhard and Markus will go into a retrospective mode for this tour, mixing their space music and experimental electronica in varying ratios, depending on the nature of the context their are performing in. Having started to perform together in 1996, this series of concert is a personal celebration of a long-term artistic collaboration.
Centrozoon is currently mostly working as a trio with Swiss member Tobias Reber, who unfortunately is not able to join us on this tour. You can see and hear the trio in action in this preview for the upcoming "Hununpenti" DVD and CD release:
Nocturne Blue - Nocturne Blue is Dutch Rall's audio/visual project incorporating elements of Post-Rock, Trip-Hop, Dream Pop, and Frippertronics with major contributions from German composer Markus Reuter using the U8 Touch Guitar. Dutch Rall is a producer, director, cinematographer, editor and musician. He is a 3-time Emmy-winner whose work for PBS has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Dutch has traveled the world as the visual and musical director of a project for filmmaker David Lynch, has lectured for the National Press Photographers Association and was the winner of the World's Smallest Film Festival, the very first competition for video on mobile devices. Dutch has created official music videos for the Duran Duran art project TV Mania, has shot Olympic television campaigns for Visa, and produced experimental performance dance films such as 'Fifth Wall', with Guggenheim Fellow Omar Carrum. His work has been seen at numerous festivals including Cannes and SXSW and has been broadcast across the EU and US.
October 29th 2016 - Harrison McKay,The Great Quentini and Hotel Neon.
Harrison McKay - The Ambient, Atmospheric and Progressive guitar player with the group The Tangent Project and the duo Hunter & Harrison will be making his first solo performance in Philadelpia in 30 years. Harrison first received airplay from Stars End in the early 80's with his self produced cassettes usually recorded live to tape using guitar, synthesizers and minimal effects. After many years of inactivity he returned to electronic music in 2006 by teaming up with Jeff Coulter from 80's electronic duo Tangent. His solo performances are improvisational and loop based using sequencing and extensive sound processing. The result will be a unique aural experience.
"McKay's expressive guitar leads expand and recede. Delightfully processed and rounded, his cerebral performances move from prog-inspired virtuosity to gentle ambient sighs."- The Tangent Project - Fuse Album Review by Chuck van Zyl/STAR'S END - 22 October 2009
The Great Quentini - Playfulness, Respect, Honesty and Hope - My art is about instinct. Whatever disciplinary boundaries I cross are irrelevant to me. I know what I like and I go there trusting that what fascinates me is, in fact, fascinating. My art springs from that same playful part of myself that compels me to build sand castles on a beach. Art world angst, which I've always found alienating, is neither my approach nor my goal. Ephemeral art made from readily available materials, improvised music on homemade instruments, and spectacles of buffoonery in the service of magical transformation are my goals. I am constructing an alternate reality the way a small boy builds a model train layout. I reuse cast-off wood, plastic, metal and rubber junk and glue it all together using instructions from inner sources, a reflection of natural form, and a homage to tribal art. I don't seek to replicate reality but rather to create a real emotional sense through gesture. I observe the human condition and report back my findings. These reports take the form of expressive vignettes and autobiographical stories from my life. For convenience I have come to call what I do, Performance Art. A ten year old boy viewing my performance put it this way, "Don't be afraid, he's just a sacred clown." Clowning, theater, poetic writing, animal noises, techno-primitive costumes, and improvised music, are elements that I use --but I blur the boundaries and exist across boundaries. My work is an opportunity to expand the possibility of what is possible rather than a continuation of a venerable tradition. I make good-natured art based on my varied interests: philosophy, science, religion, myth, culture, how the brain works, film, primitive art, evolution, drugs, sex, and technological change. The world is full to the brim with greed, fear, hatred and avarice - I don't want to add to that. My message is, "Do what you love to the fullest , trust yourself, honor life and Laugh, its good for you." -- Quentin Davisv- a.k.a. The Great Quentin
Hotel Neon is the Philadelphia-based trio of Michael Tasselmyer, Andrew Tasselmyer & Steven Kemner. Together they create immersive and soul-stirring soundscapes, focusing intently on a restrained, minimal aesthetic aided by film, images, and live projections. Hotel Neon’s debut self-titled album was crafted in 2013 with little more than a personal computer in a home studio, then self-released on limited cassette tape. The music eventually caught the ear of Ian Hawgood, founder of eclectic Tokyo-based label Home Normal (Christopher Bissonette, Celer, Library Tapes), and was subsequently remastered in January 2015 by Hawgood himself, lending even greater dynamic range to the music. The grainy textures, mechanized rhythms, and subterranean bass pulses that permeate the album were made clearer and more focused, leading to positive critical review and "Best Of 2015" status in outlets like Headphone Commute, Textura, and Arctic Drones.Hotel Neon then released its newest work, “Remnants,” through acclaimed U.K. experimental imprint Fluid Audio in March 2016, followed by extensive touring throughout the U.S.A. with fellow ambient artists Lowercase Noises (NM) and Slow Meadow (TX, Hammock Music).
Markus Reuter. Markus Reuter + Elliot Sharp and Nocturne Blue - August 6th 2016
Touch Guitarist and composer Markus Reuter. Markus has spanned the world of music: from his development of "Playnotes", a recursive compositional software tool, to performing with some of progressve rocks icons like Tony Levin, Adrian Belew and Pat Mastelotto as well as recoring with the ambient electronic legendsIan Boddy and Robert Rich. Few players cross genres like Markus, who brings the sensibilities of both worlds together in the best possible way.member of the internationaly renouned group The Stick Men and The Crimson ProjeKCt, will be appearing at a special edition of The Event Horizon Concert Series.
Eliiot Sharp - Sharp is an American multi-instrumentalist, composer, and performer.
A central figure in the avant-garde and experimental music scene in New York City for over 30 years, Elliott Sharp has released over eighty-five recordings ranging from orchestral music to blues, jazz, noise, no wave rock, and techno music. He leads the projects Carbon and Orchestra Carbon, Tectonics, and Terraplane and has pioneered ways of applying fractal geometry, chaos theory, and genetic metaphors to musical composition and interaction.
His collaborators have included Radio-Sinfonie Frankfurt; pop singer Debbie Harry; Ensemble Modern; Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan; Kronos String Quartet; Ensemble Resonanz; cello innovator Frances Marie Uitti; blues legends Hubert Sumlin and Pops Staples; pipa virtuoso Min-Xiao Feng; jazz greats Jack deJohnette, Oliver Lake, and Sonny Sharrock; multimedia artists Christian Marclay and Pierre Huyghe; and Bachir Attar, leader of the Master Musicians Of Jajouka.
Sharp is a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, and a 2014 Fellow at Parson's Center for Transformative Media. He received the 2015 Berlin Prize in Musical Composition from the American Academy in Berlin. He has composed scores for feature films and documentaries; created sound-design for interstitials on The Sundance Channel, MTV and Bravo networks; and has presented numerous sound installations in art galleries and museums. He is the subject of a new documentary "Doing The Don't" by filmmaker Bert Shapiro.
Nocturne Blue - Dutch Rall and Markus Reuter
Please join us on August 6th at The Rotunda in Philadelphia, PA for this rare and exciting performance which, as always, will be free of charge.
June 4rd 2016 - Neil Nappe, Iron Gump & Sean Hoots, Onewayness
Neil Nappe - An Electronic/Guitar Synth and Progressive Acoustic guitarist, Neil Nappe is wellNeilNappe.pngknown for his work with Roland Guitar Synthesizers as well as some of the earliest work with the then-emerging standard of MIDI and personal computers in music. His critically acclaimed LP 'July', released on Larry Fast's Passport/Audion label, was one of the first works of its kind, recorded entirely with guitar-synth and MIDI sequencing. His work cuts across a staggering variety of compositional styles. Nappe remains an innovator who eagerly embraces cutting-edge, experimental and often unwieldy technologies, at
Iron Gump, for the last seven years, has been traveling and living in Maui, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Philadelphia. Spontaneously connecting musically with different artists aound the world.Through his musical exploration he has gained a deeper understanding about allowing the instruments to play him and to listen/feel the other musicians playing as well. His connection to sound has become his passion and his way of creating a space for people to explore. The universe sings!
Sean Hoots is a maker of music living in the land of West Philadelphia. Perhaps best known for his roots/rock project Hoots & Hellmouth, Hoots has been writing, recording, and performing original music across a myriad of genres for the past three decades. The last few years have found him delving deeper into the mysterious, crafting sprawling soundscapes from found-sounds, synths, guitars, and vocal manipulations. This world of contemplative, meditative music, especially when combined with the talents of Iron Gump, offers a unique opportunity for performer and listener to share a soul-plumbing experience.
Onewayness is Adam Holquist, a composer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist from Erie,Pennsylvania. He uses guitars, pianos, analog and digital synthesis, spoken word and field recordings, and a variety of hardware and software tools to create atmospheric and textural music which draws influence from a variety of sources. These may include: ambient, drone, minimalism, post-rock, and vintage and contemporary electronic 'listening music'.
May 6th 2016 - Dan Malloy,Jair-Rohm Parker-Wells, Chuck van Zyl
Dan Malloy - A Philadelphia instrumental guitar player who has played over 100 shows since 2005. He is always looking for ways to expand his sound. Starting out primarily as an acoustic player, he soon started playing electric guitar and added a delay pedal, then another and then another. Nowadays his sound is built on multiple loops with the occasional use of reverse reverb and pitchshifting.
Jair-Rôhm Parker Wells (born October 13, 1958) is an American Free improvisation bassist (bassbass_franks.jpgguitar and electric upright bass), composer and conceptualist. He is one of the founding members of the improvising band Machine Gun which featured Thomas Chapin. He resided in Stockholm, Sweden from 1985 until 2010. Presently residing in Bangkok, Thailand, he has been active internationally as a promoter of improvised and experimental music performing and recording extensively. He has collaborated with Karl Berger, Daniel Carter, Jaron Lanier, John Sinclair and Tony Scott among others.
Raised in southern Germany, Jair-Rôhm moved to New York in 1978. After touring the United States for a year with a top forty band he attended Tulane University in New Orleans. While at Tulane, he regularly performed with local jazz and rhythm and blues artists. He also performed as a member of Tulane University's Tulanians, met and studied with Richard Payne (the first person to record with the electric bass) and discovered the music of Harry Partch. He returned to the New York area in the fall of 1980 where he met and started work study under saxophonist/composer Ken Simon. During this period Jair-Rôhm also met Anthony Braxton and became involved in the study of his music. In 1982 Jair-Rôhm founded his own experimental music/theater group GLASS THOUGHT THEATER ENSEMBLE. Between 1982 and 1983 he was composer in residence at the New York Theater Ensemble (New York, N.Y.) where he wrote and produced a trilogy of progressive"operas". He received a MEET THE COMPOSER grant in 1983. From 1984 - 1985 he was resident in New Jersey where he continued composing and playing the bass. He was a founding member of the New Brunswick Jazz Musician's Collective (New Brunswick, N.J.) for which he composed and performed many significant works for various ensembles. (from the Wikipedia article)
chuckvanzyl2014gatherings.jpgChuck van Zyl - Philadelphia area Spacemusician Chuck van Zyl, best known as host of STAR'S END(WXPN's renowned radio program of spacemusic dreamscapes) and as coordinator of The Gatherings(Philadelphia's premiere concert series of innovative music), Chuck van Zyl has also been making his own unique style of electronic music since 1983.
Over the course of his musical existence Chuck van Zyl has developed a signature exploratory style. By blending the primitive machine beauty of classics like "Ricochet" (1975) by Tangerine Dream with the highly formed values of more recent groups such as Redshift and Arc, his solo studio works are the result of a persistent creativity.
With a solid melodic invention, atmospheric modulations and heroic shifts in tonality, van Zyl masterfully realizes the fascinating patterns, riffs and pulses that dominate his live concerts. As the music forms, climbs and sustains, listeners are pulled into a highly distinctive mindscape. Tone patterns weave and collide as go-for-broke keyboard lead lines dance high above - all the while blissed-out synthetic strings and Mellotron choirs draw long lines across a cool digital plane.
Chuck van Zyl is completely at home in this endlessly inventive genre, offering ample muscle for the adventurous, archaic modulations for the experimentalist and dreamy floating space for the cloudwalker.
April 2nd 2016 - Hopalong Horus Heisenberg, Guitar Pilots, Ombient
Hopalong Horus Heisenberg is Bruce Leitch, He's been experimenting with electronic music since 2010. Before that played bass and guitar in various bands. Most of his music is recorded with various virtual instruments on iPad apps, with occasional live bass and guitar. His music ranges from ambient and spacey to droning noise, with the occasional psychedelic or post rock guitars. He has 10 full length digital releases. He has 5 releases on the Belgian Net Label God Hates God.
Guitar Pilots is an electronic space music duo featuringGuitarPilots01.jpg guitarists Art Cohen and Scott Watkins. Their music consists of long structured improvisational pieces which transport the listener to the depths of space while focusing on each precious unfolding moment. Art's sequencer-like echoed guitar figures provide rhythmic propulsion while Scott's synthetic pads and sub-octave rumblings build a foundation for both guitarists to soar in melodic flights. Singing glissando blends seamlessly with plucks and twangs and blasts of interstellar beam. Following the trail blazed by Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead, and the Berlin School, Guitar Pilots carve out their own unique sonic territory that is both organic as the ground underneath and as far-reaching as a distant pulsar.Art Cohen has been a fixture in the Philadelphia music scene for over 30 years as both a performer and an audio engineer. Fluent in guitar, bass, keyboards and harmonica, he has performed at concert venues and radio studios throughout the Delaware Valley and brought his music to Toronto, New York and other cities in the Northeast. He has released CD's with The Ministry of Inside Things, Delicate Monster, CubiZm, Lessick & Lincoln & Cohen, Waves of Violet, Men from When, and as a solo artist. His music ranges from electronic space to ambient to folk-rock to psychedelic rock to traditional folk to experimental to spoken word and beyond - sometimes within the same performance. Art has cultivated a unique guitar style drawing on influences including Garcia, Gilmour, Hendrix, Gottsching, Fripp, and Pinhas. Scott Watkins is best known as the guitar half of Orbital Decay, the Philadelphia area synth & guitar duo who over the past couple of decades have graced the stages of all the region's important electronic space music venues. He coaxes an extended pallet of sounds from his guitar through the use of synths and modelling processors. He has built many of his own instruments including an other-worldly sounding 12-foot beam. Echoes of Gilmour, Hendrix and Froese can be heard in Scott's textural and melodic playing.
MLHgathTITLEBAR5.pngOmbient (a conjunction of the Hindu Mantra "Om" and the word Ambient) is the moniker under which Mike Hunter performs his Ambient/Drone/Berlin School/Experimental music. Ombient's music, being of a live and improvisational nature, is representative of the feeling of the moment in which it is performed and of the subtle feedback between the audience and the performer. Ombient users various vintage and contemporary analog synthesizers, a large Synthesizers.com modular, and occasionally computers running Ableton Live with various synth plug-in's. Mike is also host of the radio program Music With Space on WPRB 103.3FM, which focuses on the kinds of music one might here at the Even Horizon Concert Series.
John Phillips is a sound and video artist. His work has included interactive sound and video works and collaborative sound/sculpture/video installations in museums (Museum of American Art at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia), alternative spaces (Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia; Cini Foundation, Venice, Italy; Disston Saw Works, Philadelphia) and various university art galleries (Dartmouth College, University of Michigan, Carnegie Mellon University among others). His tape works have been performed at New York City dance and theater venues, international electronic art festivals and on nationally syndicated New American Radio. His live sound and video performances have been featured in numerous venues in Philadelphia (Philadelphia Museum of Art, Temple Gallery, Annenberg Center) and also in New York City; his composing has been supported by American Composers Forum (collaboration with Pauline Oliveros) and the Millay Colony (composer in residence) and he has enjoyed five residencies at the Experimental Television Center to pursue his video work.
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Event Horizon Concert Series
The Event Horizon concert series is a Philadelphia, PA based concert series featuring Ambient, Electronic, Experimental and Space Music. It is held at The Rotunda on the University of Pennsylvania campus in West Philadelphia. (4014 Walnut Street.)