Upcoming Concerts

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

First Parish in Cambridge
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Swissnex Boston
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Record/ Book Release
Le Laboratoire Cambridge
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Non-Event Presents
Our October Experimental Coffee House


Café Fixe
1642 Beacon Street (Washington Square)
Brookline, MA
7 p.m. /$5

JOSEPH ALLRED is a Boston-based guitarist, poet, singer, multi-instrumental composer, and visual artist who is originally from Jamestown, Tennessee. Their work draws from the American Primitive school of guitar as expounded by John Fahey and Robbie Basho, Appalachian folk, gospel, blues, avant-garde and minimalist composers including Arvo Pärt, Charlemagne Palestine, Terry Riley, and Henry Flynt, and the musical traditions of India, Central Asia, and Iran.

They have released four solo albums, the last of which, Fire and Earth on Scissor Tail Records, was called "a profoundly evocative work" by Justin Hernandez of Impose Magazine, and said to "convey mystical and nature-dazzled themes" by Bill Meyer of Dusted. They are founder and co-operator of Tennessee-based experimental/folk label Meliphonic Records and one half of ambient/experimental/noise duo Graceless. They have degrees in Philosophy and Religious Studies from the University of Tennessee and are currently a graduate student in Middle Eastern Studies at Boston College.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Brookline Commission for the Arts and the Boston Cultural Council, both local agencies which are funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The Boston Cultural Council is administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts + Culture.


First Parish in Cambridge
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Joe McPhee (Photo by Ziga Koritnik)

Non-Event presents

playing duo and quintet sets

3 Church Street, Harvard Square
8pm | $15 gen / $10 students & Non-Event members


"...His magical take on avant-garde sax remains one of the wonders of the scene. He still has one of the most beautiful tones on the planet, even when he’s reaching for jazz’s outer limits."

JOE MCPHEE is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, conceptualist and theoretician.

He began playing the trumpet at age eight, taught by his father, himself a trumpet player. He continued on that instrument through his formative school years and later in a U.S. Army band stationed in Germany, at which time he was introduced to performing traditional jazz. In 1968, inspired by the music of Albert Ayler, he took up the saxophone and began an active involvement in both acoustic and electronic music.

His first recordings as leader appeared on the CJ Records label, founded in 1969 by painter Craig Johnson. These include Underground Railroad by the Joe McPhee Quartet (1969), Nation Time (1970), Trinity (1971) and Pieces of Light (1974). In 1975, Swiss entrepreneur Werner X. Uehlinger release Black Magic Man by McPhee, on what was to become Hat Hut Records

In 1981, he met composer, accordionist, performer, and educator Pauline Oliveros, whose theories of “deep listening” strengthened his interests in extended instrumental and electronic techniques. he also discovered Edward de Bono’s book Lateral Thinking: A Textbook of Creativity, which presents concepts for solving problems by “disrupting an apparent sequence and arriving at the solution from another angle.” de Bono’s theories inspired McPhee to apply this “sideways thinking” to his own work in creative improvisation, resulting in the concept of “Po Music.” McPhee describes “Po Music” as a “process of provocation” (Po is a language indicator to show that provocation is being used) to “move from one fixed set of ideas in an attempt to discover new ones.” He concludes, “It is a Positive, Possible, Poetic Hypothesis.” The results of this application of Po principles to creative improvisation can be heard on several Hat Art recordings, including Topology, Linear B, and Oleo & a Future Retrospective.

In 1997, McPhee discovered two like-minded improvisers in bassist Dominic Duval and drummer Jay Rosen. The trio premiered at the Vision Jazz Festival in 1998 but the concert went unnoticed by the press. McPhee, Duval, and Rosen therefore decided that an apt title for the group would be Trio X. In 2004 he created Survival Unit III with Fred Lonberg-Holm and Michael Zerang to expand his musical horizons and with a career spanning nearly 50 years and over 100 recordings, he continues to tour internationally, forge new connections while reaching for music’s outer limits.

Trombonist JEB BISHOP has been active in improvised music and jazz since the early 1990s. Based in Chicago until 2012, he first gained attention as a member of groups including Flying Luttenbachers, Vandermark Five, and Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet. In addition to his own trio, he has led or co-led groups including The Engines, Lucky 7s, and Long Sidewalks, and has pursued free improvisation with dozens of collaborators from around the world, including Joe McPhee, Jaap Blonk, Han Bennink, Hamid Drake, and many others.

Bishop has been part of thousands of performances throughout North America and Europe, ranging from basement shows to major festivals, and has been recognized repeatedly in Downbeat Magazine's Critics' Polls and in the online El Intruso poll.

At the end of 2015, Bishop relocated to Boston, where he continues his ongoing working relationships with Boston-area musicians including Jorrit Dijkstra, Nate McBride, and Pandelis Karayorgis. New projects in Boston include the cooperative quintet Stereoscope and a brass trio with Forbes Graham (trumpet) and Joshua Reibstein (tuba).

FORBES GRAHAM is a trumpet player, electronic musician, composer, and visual artist living and working in Boston, Massachusetts. He has worked with a diverse array of musicians and currently is a member of Para Quintet, Rock Flint Contemporary Ensemble, Wild May, Grizzler, Construction Party, and Equal Time. He is the founder of the Rock Flint Artists Retreat, and has appeared at numerous festivals including High Zero, Full Force, and Vision.

ANDRIA NICODEMOU is a multifaceted musician from Cyprus, specializing in vibraphone and improvisation. She is a graduate from Corfu University in Classical Percussion and has received a Master's Degree from the New England Conservatory, in Contemporary Improvisation.

She has been working in diverse interdisciplinary art projects, with multi-media artists, dancers and actors in Europe and USA. She has worked with musicians such as Joe Morris, Anthony Coleman, Marty Ehrlich, Ikue Morri, Tayler Ho Bynum, Tatsuya Nakatani, Ab Baars, Anne La Berge, Gianni Lenoci, Jim Hobbs, Marc Sanders, among others. She was a guest performer at the London Improvisers Orchestra (2015) and the Royal Improvisers Orchestra in Amsterdam (2014).

DAMON SMITH studied double bass with Lisle Ellis and has had lessons with Bertram Turezky, Joëlle Leandré, John Lindberg, Mark Dresser and others. Damon’s explorations into the sonic palette of the double bass have resulted in a personal, flexible improvisational language based in the American jazz avant-garde movement and European non-idiomatic free improvisation. Visual art, film and dance heavily influence his music, as evidenced by his CAMH performance of Ben Patterson’s Variations for Double Bass, collaborations with director Werner Herzog on soundtracks for Grizzly Man and Encounters at the End of the World, and an early performance with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

Damon has collaborated with a wide range of musicians, including: Cecil Taylor, Marshall Allen (of Sun Ra’s Arkestra), Henry Kaiser, Roscoe Mitchell, Michael Pisaro, Wadada Leo Smith, Marco Eneidi, Wolfgang Fuchs, Peter Brötzmann and Peter Kowald. After many years in the San Francisco Bay Area, and six great years in Houston, Texas working regularly with Alvin Fielder, Sandy Ewen, David Dove & Chris Cogburn, Damon moved to the Boston area in the fall of 2016. Damon has run Balance Point Acoustics record label since 2001, releasing music focusing on transatlantic collaborations between US and European musicians.


Swissnex Boston
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Non-Event and swissnex Boston present


swissnex Boston
420 Broadway (across from the Cambridge Public Library)
Cambridge, MA
$10 general admission, $8 members

Eventbrite - Jürg Frey with Ordinary Affects

PROGRAM (all pieces by Jürg Frey)

Canones incerti (2010)
for Ensemble

60 Pieces of Sound
for Ensemble

Ferne Farben
for Ensemble, loudspeakers


New Work: Fields, Traces, Clouds (2017)
for Ensemble

There will be a post-concert reception with food and wine

JÜRG FREY was born in Aarau in 1953. After studying at the Conservatoire de Musique de Geneve in Thomas Friedli’s solo class, he began a career as a clarinettist, but his activities as composer soon came to the foreground. He developed his own language as a composer and sound artist with the creation of wide, quiet sound spaces. His work is marked by an elementary non-extravagence of sound, a sensibilty for the qualities of the material, and precision of compositional approach. Sometimes his compositions bypass instrumentation and duration altogether and touch on aspects of sound art.

He has worked with compositional series, as well as with language and text. Some of these activities appear in small editions or as artist's books as individual items and small editions. (Edition Howeg, Zurich; weiss kunstbewegung, Berlin; complice, Berlin). His music and recordings are published by Edition Wandelweiser. He has been invited to workshops as visiting composer and for composer portraits at the Universität der Künste Berlin, the Universität Dortmund and several times at Northwestern University and CalArts.

Jürg Frey is a member of the Wandelweiser Komponisten Ensemble which has presented concerts for more than 15 years in Europe, North America and Japan. Frey lives with his family in Aarau (Switzerland), teaches clarinet, and organises the concert series moments musicaux aarau as a forum for contemporary music.

ORDINARY AFFECTS is an experimental music ensemble based in Boston. Experimental composers and performers J.P.A. Falzone, Laura Cetilia, Luke Martin, and Morgan Evans-Weiler make-up the ensemble, performing on piano/organ, cello, violin, and no-input mixer/objects (respectively). The ensemble was formed as a group of musicians seeking to workshop, explore, commission, and perform experimental music. While the group often focuses on the performance of written compositions, it also serves as a laboratory for improvisation and the compositions of its members. The collaborative nature of the mission ensures a group that is always in flux; instrumentation is open, always changing, and dependent on the project, concert, and membership.

Ordinary Affects has commissioned and premiered pieces by Michael Pisaro, Antoine Beuger, Sarah Hughes, Eva-Maria Houben, and Ryoko Akama, in addition to performing a number of other composers’ works including those by Joseph Kurdika, John Lely, and all members of the ensemble (Cetilia, Martin, Evans-Weiler, and Falzone). Most recently, Ordinary Affects was accepted to the Avaloch Farm Residency, where they worked for a week in summer 2017, rehearsing and recording four new pieces written for the ensemble, by members of the ensemble.


performs works by ALVIN LUCIER
Record/ Book Release
Le Laboratoire Cambridge
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Non-Event, in partnership with the Züricher Hochschule der Kunste in Zürich (ZHDK) and swissnex Boston, presents

THE EVER PRESENT ORCHESTRA (featuring Oren Ambarchi)
performing works by ALVIN LUCIER

The concert celebrates the publication of a special Alvin Lucier box set that includes four LPs (12 “/ 180 gram), a CD, as well as a book of essays, interviews, scientific articles and archival photos edited by the Ever Present Orchestra's Bernhard Rietbrock. Alvin Lucier will conduct a book/box set signing after the concert.

Le Laboratoire (Directions)
650 East Kendall Street, Cambridge
8pm (doors: $7:30pm)
$15 general admission | $10 students + Non-Event members

Eventbrite - The Ever Present Orchestra performs works by Alvin Lucier

PROGRAM (all pieces by Alvin Lucier)

Braid (2012)
Two Circles (2012)


Hanover (2015)
Double Cross-Hatch (2017, Boston premiere)

The EVER PRESENT ORCHESTRA, based in Zurich and Berlin, is dedicated to the presentation of the work of the American composer Alvin Lucier. The orchestra attempts to make Lucier’s beating-pattern-focused instrumental music approachable to a wide audience with its uncommon instrumentation of 4 electric guitars, 3 saxophones, 4 violins, and a piano. Along with classically trained musicians, the presence of prominent Lucier interpreters such as experimental guitarist Oren Ambarchi, allows the ensemble to appeal to a wider audience than the conventional contemporary music scene. The Orchestra was founded by Bernhard Rietbrock after the 85th Birthday Festival of Alvin Lucier at the Zurich University of the Arts, as a part of the Swiss National Research Council project Reflexive Experimental Aesthetics after Alvin Lucier (Reflexive Experimentalästhetik nach Alvin Lucier). Its unusual instrumentation came about as a result of the presentation of the Lucier piece Hannover (2015), originally orchestrated for 3 banjos, 2 saxophones, 1 violin, 1 piano, 1 vibraphone, which was newly orchestrated for 3 electric guitars instead of banjos.

For this performance, the Ever Present Orchestra is:

Felix Profos: piano
Oren Ambarchi, Gary Schmalzl, Jan Thoben, Bernhard Rietbrock: electric guitar
Charles Ng, Joan Jordi Oliver Arcos, Valentine Michaud: saxophone
Rebecca Thies, Nora Peterhans, Christina Maria Moser, Fabienne Früh: violin

This program is presented with the support of the Zurich University of the Arts and swissnex Boston, as well as by a grant the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts + Culture.