6:30 PM18:30

Queering Sound & Image

"Queering Sound & Image" - LiVE PERFORMANCES

March 10th - Workshop
March 26th - Live Performances
6:30pm to 9:30pm

Moor Mother
Sarah Hennies
Emily Bate

The second of two "Queering Sound & Image" events by Catherine Pancake supported by her 2016 Leeway Art & Social Change Grant.

The LIVE event will feature artists who are currently composing works for inclusion in Pancake's "Queer Genius' documentary. The event will showcase performances by Moor Mother, Sarah Hennies & Emily Bate. Pancake will screen preview clips from the documentary Queer Genius.

Moor Mother:

Sarah Hennies:
Sarah Hennies (b. 1979, Louisville, KY) is a composer and percussionist currently residing in Ithaca, NY. Her work is primarily concerned with an immersive, psychoacoustic presentation of sound brought about by an often grueling, endurance-based performance practice that Nathan Thomas of Fluid Radio described as "a highly sophisticated and refined performance technique...that starts and ends with listening and encourages a different way of listening from its audience." She received her M.A. in percussion from the University of California-San Diego in 2003 where she studied with renowned percussionist Steven Schick, and is currently a member of Meridian, a percussion trio with Tim Feeney and Greg Stuart. Prior to relocating to Ithaca, Hennies was based in Austin, TX, for ten years where she performed with the Austin New Music Co-op, The Weird Weeds and a variety of other projects. 

Emily Bate:
Emily Bate is a Philadelphia-based singer, composer and harmony fanatic. Recent projects include choral theater piece "Going Down Mount Moriah," and frequent collaborator Erin Markey’s anarcho-musical "A Ride on the Irish Cream," which she co-composed and performed in. The music in Irish Cream was “accessible, often punchy pop-rock” (New York Times), whose “soaring musical numbers” (Artforum) were “startlingly gorgeous, and packed with heavenly harmonies” (New York Post). Other upcoming collaborations include pieces with The Bearded Ladies and MJ Kaufman, and music for the film "Queer Genius" by Catherine Pancake.


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Moosebumps/Sirius Ju Ju/Brandon Lopez/Unseen Rain

February 18th, 2017 8 pm $7-10 sliding scale
No one turned away for lack of funds

Vox Populi and Gentle Sheers Partner with All Mutable to present
Moosebumps: (Sweden)
Sirius Ju Ju (PHL)
Brandon Lopez / Michael Foster/ Ben Bennett (PHL/NY)
Unseen Rain (PHL)

MooseBumps (Sweden)
The music can be described as explosive european free jazz with a strong connection to the Scandinavian nature.

Michael Foster, Brandon Lopez, Ben Bennett
A trio of prolific Improvisers from Philadelphia and New York

Sirius JuJu
Sirius Juju is a Philadelphia Free Music Ensemble that describes itself as “street bop, free punk, liberation music” featuring Heru Shabaka-ra, of the Sun Ra Arkestra

Unseen Rain (Philadelphia):
June Bender, violin
Alban Bailly, cello
Matt Stein, bass
Mike Szekely, percussion
Ashley Tini, vibraphone

Unseen Rain is an acoustic ensemble comprised of strings, vibraphone and percussion. Recently founded by violinist June Bender, the group's aesthetic draws from speech patterns, the poems of Rumi, and the music of John Luther Adams, Tin Hat Trio, and Paul Motion among others.

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8:00 PM20:00

Lucas Brode /Julius Masri duo Slush Fun (Patrick Crossland /Zach Darrup/Ron Stabinsky /Jack Wright) Unseen Rain

  • 704 Catharine Street Philadelphia, PA, 19147 United States (map)
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Thursday, January 12th 8:00 PM
Da Vinci Art Alliance
704 Catherine Street
$7-10 sliding scale

Lucas Brode (NYC)/Julius Masri (Philadelphia):

Lucas Brode, a native of New York's Hudson Valley, is a guitarist & composer who draws from jazz harmony, experimental rock textures, and African rhythms. In addition to studying jazz guitar and composition, he spent several years learning percussive concepts from traditional Ghanian master drummer, Yacub Addy. Lucas often performs solo, leads his own jazz-fusion group, Spying, co-leads the Post-Rock / Math-Rock hybrid Hannibal Montana, and is an active performer and improviser in the NYC and Hudson Valley experimental music scenes.

Julius Masri is a multi-instrumentalist based in Philadelphia, and is a performer/ composer for the city's modern dance community at large. Born in Tripoli, Lebanon, he moved to the States in 1990, and picked up drumming a year later. He studied with famed Philadelphia instructors Carl Mottola and Elaine Hoffman Watts, and, as an undergrad at Bard College, AACM's Thurman Barker, Richard Teitelbaum, and Joan Tower. As a drummer, Julius performs in such bands as hasidic punk group Electric Simcha, psychotic Ragtime duo Mahogany Stompers, Metal Duo Night Raids, Van Sutra with guitarist George Draguns, (of Don Caballero), and countless other projects. He also performs on circuit modified keyboards in duos such as Superlith, with Trombonist Dan Blacksberg (Deveykus, Anthony Braxton Quartet), Thurman Barker duo, and electronic music phenoms Charles Cohen and Joo Won Park. Julius has also composed and performed music for many Philadelphia based choreographers, and is currently working with Graffito Works dance collective..

Slush Fun (PA/MD):

Trombonist Patrick Crossland has worked with several prominent conductors including Pierre Boulez, Daniele Gatti, and Lorin Maazel, and has appeared with orchestras and ensembles including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the New York City Opera, the Sudwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, MusikFabrik, SurPlus, L'Art Pour L'Art, Linea, and the Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin. A staunch advocate of new music and performer/composer collaboration, he has been privileged to work with a number of composers including Vinko Globokar and Marco Stroppa.

In addition to his activities as a soloist and chamber musician, Patrick is an avid improvisor, working with a wide range of musicians and dancers including Guunter Christmann, Alexander Frangenheim, Jack Wright, and Heidelberg's Unterwegs Theater. He was a featured artist in the 2013 High Zero Festival in Baltimore, MD and in the concepts of doing festival in Berlin (2013, 2015). He is currently a member of the Composers Slide Quartet and Ensemble Laboratorium. Now living in Columbia, Maryland, he teaches trombone and other music courses at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Zach Darrup is an improvising guitarist currently living in Philadelphia. During his early teenage years in the rural coal region of Pennsylvania a strange boy appeared like an angel, carrying a large cd booklet of wild musics of all sorts. This chance meeting at a pizza shop, plus tumultuous relationships with his home turf, school teachers, and other agents of law and rule enforcement led Zach to drop out and skip town, devoting himself to following music wherever it would take him--somewhere else. His techniques are informed by the musical possibilities of film language, jovial mockery and mimicry of plants, animals, and audience members, thoughtful room listening, word play, colors, and culinary experiments.

"A 44 1/2-minute program comprising eight contrasting solo piano improvisations recorded on a single day in January 2015, Free for One documents a critical point in the evolution of Stabinsky's improvised solo work which he began in 2002 under the mentorship of Bill Dixon. After more than a decade of experimentation and constant reassessment, Stabinsky entered the studio with no preconceived musical framework, allowing his keen instinct, intuition and past musical experience to converge.

The result is a technically impressive and deeply artistic program of music from which new layers of meaning unfold with each hearing. The simple, looping notes of the ironically-named first track "After It's Over" quickly lead to more complicated, animated patterns that display Stabinsky's pianistic expertise. In tracks like "Viral Inflection," "Gone Song," and "Rapture," he demonstrates the intelligence of his musical ideas and his ability to convey them in stirring ways. From the crystalline, almost danceable trills of "For Reel," to the keyboard mastery in "31," to the improvisational tour de force of "Not Long Now / Long Now" (the record's longest track), and the jazzy feel of "Once, But Again," Free For One is the rare work of a rare pianist, one who cares little for labels and deeply for music, one whose love and command of his instrument shines through in every note." - Republic of Jazz .

Described twenty years ago as an "undergrounder by design," Jack Wright is a veteran saxophone improviser based mainly in Philadelphia. He has played mostly on tour through the US and Europe since the early 80s in search of interesting partners and playing situations. Now at 72 he is still the "Johnny Appleseed of Free Improvisation," as guitarist Davey Williams called him in the 80s, on the road as much as ever. And he continues to inspire players outside music-school careerdom, playing sessions with visiting and resident players old and new. His partners over the years are mostly unknown to the music press, and too numerous to mention. He's said to have the widest vocabulary of any, including leaping pitches, punchy, precise timing, sharp and intrusive multiphonics, surprising gaps of silence, and obscene animalistic sounds. A reviewer for the Washington Post said, "In the rarefied, underground world of experimental free improvisation, saxophonist Jack Wright is king". For more info go to springgarden music, for sounds and writings

Unseen Rain (Philadelphia):

June Bender, violin
Alban Bailly, cello
Matt Stein, bass
Mike Szekely, percussion
Ashley Tini, vibraphone

Unseen Rain is an acoustic ensemble comprised of strings, vibraphone and percussion. Recently founded by violinist June Bender, the group's aesthetic draws from speech patterns, the poems of Rumi, and the music of John Luther Adams, Tin Hat Trio, and Paul Motion among others.

Unseen Rain features Alban Bailly (Inzinzac, Oscuro Quintet, Yapp, Mazout), Matt Stein (Belleville Quartet, Illumina), Mike Szekely (Hawk Tubley & The Ozymandians, Reel, Dan Blacksberg Trio, The Scriptors, Several Wolves), Ashley Tini (Duomo) and June Bender (Belleville Quartet, Arcana New Music Ensemble). 

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3:00 PM15:00


Created and performed by Nicole Bindler and Ashley Tini
May 21, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$10-20 sliding scale
thefidget space (1714 N Mascher Street)

Everything is a two hour improvised event that consists of all the things that Nicole Bindler and Ashley Tini know or have ever known. Audience can come and go at anytime during the show.

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to Jan 24

Archer Spade Sunday Series

Archer Spade: Spectrum Ensemble

Sunday Matinee Series

Featuring 24 of Philadelphia’s Outest Musicians
including an 18-piece large ensemble, Archer Spade + Kud, Sirius Juju, Van Sutra, and so much more

Jan. 3 @ The Rotunda - 4014 Walnut St, West Philly
Jan. 10 @ The Whole Shebang - 1813 S 11th St, South Philly
Jan. 17th @ Retro City Studios - 6120 Green St, Germantown
Jan. 24th @ House Gallery 1816 - 1816 Frankford Ave, Fishtown

All Shows at 3 pm

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8:00 PM20:00

Ominous Cloud Ensemble w/ Amirtha Kidambi's Elder Ones / Moor Mother Goddess/Keir Neuringer

Saturday, November 21st 8:00 PM
Aux Performance Space at Vox Populi Gallery
319 N 11th Street, 3rd Floor
Philadelphia $7 - $10 sliding scale

Amirtha Kidambi's Elder Ones (NYC) :

Elder Ones is a quartet performing the compositions of vocalist Amirtha Kidambi (Seaven Teares/Elizabeth-Caroline Unit) lies nestled in a venn diagram of musical spheres and communities in New York City. Her and her collaborators saxophonist Matt Nelson (Battle Trance/Tune-Yards), bassist Brandon Lopez (Tongues, The Undermine Trio) and drummer Max Jaffe (Jobs, Unnatural Ways) have crossed paths in the DIY underbelly, in incestuous circles of free improvisers, and uncomfortable chairs in concert halls of angular new music. The instrumentalists chosen for this project draw from a wide variety of vocabularies from hip-hop to free improv, each bringing their own highly individual sound to the group. The quartet uses composed material and loose structures as a template for improvisation. Oscillating between worlds of modal Sufi-like circular grooves, to jagged rhythmic precision and punishing brutality, Thyagaraja, Coltrane or Stockhausen could be equally suspected as illegitimate fathers of their sound.

The band formed to realize Amirtha's composition Mother Tongues. The piece was premiered at Roulette in June 2015 for the Emerging Artist Commission. Commissioning funds will be used in part to make a debut recording this year.

Erik Ruin's Ominous Cloud Ensemble (Philadelphia):

Erik Ruin's Ominous Cloud Ensemble is an ever-evolving, collectively-improvising large ensemble for projections and music. Visual artist Erik Ruin manipulates intricate paper-cuts and painted films on overhead projectors to create abstract landscapes and fragmentary scenes that are nonetheless charged with meaning, in collaboration with a rotating cast of local luminaries from a variety of musical backgrounds, including members of Deveykus, Many Arms, Swarm, Night Raids, Make A Rising, the Horrible Department, Destroying Angel, etc.

Erik Ruin is a Michigan-raised, Philadelphia based printmaker, shadow puppeteer, paper-cut artist, etc. His work oscillates between the poles of apocalyptic anxieties and utopian yearnings, with an emphasis on empathy, transcendence and obsessive detail. He frequently works collaboratively with musicians, theater performers, other artists and activist campaigns. He is a founding member of the Justseeds Artists' Cooperative.

Ashley Tini- vibraphone
Dan Blacksberg- trombone
Eric Carbonara- pedal steel
Julius Masri- drums, percussion
Lindsay Baukert- violin
Nick Millevoi- guitar
Reid Books- prepared guitar
Travis Woodson- guitar
Erik Ruin-projections, tapes

Moor Mother Goddess/Keir Neuringer duo (Philadelphia):

"One of the most important things that happened to me when I moved from the DC metro area to Philadelphia was that I met Camae Defstar. She is exactly the kind of person I wanted to meet by journeying to a new city — a fierce musician, a passionate community activist, a curator, a poet, and an all around badass. She is a Renaissance woman, kinetic, inspiring and filled to the brim with energy in creation.

Camae is also at the helm of some of the most exciting punk, art and community projects going on in Philadelphia right now. As a musician, she records under the name Moor Mother Goddess, drawing inspiration from experimental, punk, rap, and noise to make songs she self describes as "blk girl blues, witch rap, coffee shop riot gurl songs, southern girl dittys, black ghost songs." She also works with the groups Black Quantum Futurism and Afrofuturist Affair, and is a driving force behind the Philly show series ROCKERS." - Katy Otto/The Media

Keir Neuringer is a Philadelphia-based saxophonist and composer whose work is underpinned by interdisciplinary approaches and socio-political contextualizations. He is best known for a personal and intensely physical saxophone technique, revealed through long form solo improvisations, as well as collaborations with a multitude of world-renowned and underground practitioners in jazz, avant-garde, noise, classical, theater, and dance disciplines. He has travelled extensively to present his work, appeared on numerous festival stages, and given workshops throughout Europe and North America. In addition to the saxophone, he plays analogue electronics and Farfisa organ, and sings and narrates text. He trained as a composer and saxophonist in the US, spent two years on a Fulbright research grant in Krakow, and then moved to The Hague, where he lived for eight years, curating performative audiovisual art and earning a masters degree from the experimental ArtScience Institute. Originally from New York State, he settled in West Philadelphia in 2012, where he lives with his family and is a member of the Books Through Bars collective


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