Upcoming Concerts

TEMPORAL CURRENTS II
Experimental Sound + Film
Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
Friday, September 29, 2017

ROBERT BEATTY + STEVEN WARWICK + VALERIE MARTINO
Le Laboratoire Cambridge
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

JOSEPH ALLRED at Café Fixe
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

JÜRG FREY with ORDINARY AFFECTS
Swissnex Boston
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

TEMPORAL CURRENTS II
Experimental Sound + Film
Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
Friday, September 29, 2017

Non-Event, Balagan, and the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum present
experimental sound and film works by

VICTORIA SHEN
ASHA TAMIRISA
AgX FILM COLLECTIVE

Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
2450 Beacon Street
Boston (Chestnut Hill) (map)
8pm (doors: 7:30)
$15 gen / $10 students + Non-Event members

Eventbrite - Temporal Currents II: Experimental Sound + Film at the Waterworks Museum

Conceived as a sort of “live installation,” this second collaborative event between Non-Event and Balagan in the Waterworks Museum seeks once again to exploit the acoustic and architectural peculiarities of the massive 19th-century pumping station as a non-traditional cinema space and concert venue. Multiple 16mm and video projections, in combination with live multichannel performances by local experimental musicians, Victoria Shen and Asha Tamirisa, will breathe new life into the giant pumping engines of the museum's Great Engines Hall.

Roughly a dozen members of the AgX Film Collective will present new works specially created for the space, informed by its history and architecture, and in dialogue with its intended function and design. Projectors will be placed throughout the facilities, shining abstracted and figurative imagery onto its many curved and textured surfaces, obstructed and shaped by the geometry of its numerous valves, pistons, and gears.

Presented as part of Non-Event's ongoing series of experimental sound performances in the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum in which musicians and composers make use of the Great Engine Hall's extraordinary acoustics.

About the artists

VICTORIA SHEN is a Somerville­-based multimedia artist and musician. Shen’s music heavily features analog modular synthesizers, contact microphones, and other hand­built electronics. Her approach to music is sculptural in both the shaping/texturing of audio waveforms and the design of the sound objects themselves. In addition to her solo work, she is also a member of the NY/Boston noise duo Trim.

ASHA TAMIRISA works with sound, video, and film. Her work has been presented at venues such as the ICA Boston, UnionDocs, The Tank, Spectrum, I-Park Foundation, WomanMade Gallery, and on film festivals such as Punto Y Raya,The New Zealand International Film Festival, The Melbourne International Animation Festival, OFFoff, Magic Lantern Cinema, and the Drone Cinema Film Fest. She has released music on Private Chronology and on Pan Y Rosas. She is a founding member of OPENSIGNAL, a group of artists concerned with the state of gender and race within electronic / computer based art practices. She currently lives in Somerville.

AgX is a Boston-based collective of moving-image artists from a wide variety of cinematic disciplines who possess a mutual appreciation for the medium of photochemical film. AgX is part of a growing movement of artist-run film labs and collectives around the world that have united to share resources, equipment, knowledge, and camaraderie. Through regular work-in-progress screenings, public and member-specific workshops, and a variety of other activities, AgX seeks to facilitate and nurture the local film community that has often felt too fragmentary.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Foundation, as well as grants from the Boston Cultural Council, the Brookline Commission for the Arts, and the Newton Cultural Council, local agencies which are funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. It is also presented with the generous support of WZBC 90.3 FM.

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ROBERT BEATTY + STEVEN WARWICK + VALERIE MARTINO
Le Laboratoire Cambridge
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Non-Event presents

ROBERT BEATTY (formerly Three Legged Race)
STEVEN WARWICK (formerly Heatsick)
VALERIE MARTINO (formerly Unicorn Hard-On)

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

Eventbrite - Robert Beatty + Steven Warwick - Experimental Music + Visuals

ROBERT BEATTY is a Lexington, Kentucky based artist and musician whose multi-disciplinary work in the fields of drawing, digital art, sculpture, video, graphic design, and sound use outmoded technology and emulation of obsolete techniques to yield organic and otherworldly results. Beatty has recorded experimental electronic music as Three Legged Race, is a member of noise band Hair Police, and has played with C. Spencer Yeh's Burning Star Core. In 2014 he released a collection of soundtracks composed to accompany a range of video work by innovative digital artist, Takeshi Murata. The debut Three Legged Race full length Persuasive Barrier was released on Editions Mego sub-label Spectrum Spools in 2013.

Now performing live under his given name, Beatty's constantly evolving aesthetic is realized via an elaborate network of salvaged electronics in combination with a volatile live mixing approach. Each performance and recording explores the repetition and decay of simple musical themes, collaging together new rhythmic and harmonic worlds with each tier of abstraction. Beatty's music evokes minimalist sci-fi soundtracks, clouded hypnotic landscapes, and primal proto-techno.

STEVEN WARWICK is an artist, musician, and writer based in Berlin. His new audio-visual mixtape Nadir was released via the delinear platform on the acclaimed label PAN.

Nadir fuses reflective poetics with diaristic snapshots and fragmented melodies recorded during a residency in LA. The release captures the tensions, unease and uncertainty in a contemporary setting. Live, Warwick presents a new show with visuals in which he reworks the tracks in real time for a club setting, in a similar manner to his previous Heatsick project: loops and rhythms are stretched and worked out on the dancefloor with focus on the human voice to dizzying and psychedelic effect.

VALERIE MARTINO is a distinctive and influential voice in American underground music. As Unicorn Hard-On, she was among the first artists in the noise scene to start seriously messing around with beats and she’s been carving that distinctive space 2wscsince 2003. Based in Providence, over the last 13 years, Martino has toured the US and Europe countless times and released music on labels such as Spectrum Spools, Hot Releases, and I Just Live Here.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture.

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JOSEPH ALLRED at Café Fixe
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Non-Event Presents
Our October Experimental Coffee House
featuring

JOSEPH ALLRED

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.

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JÜRG FREY with ORDINARY AFFECTS
Swissnex Boston
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Non-Event and swissnex Boston present

JÜRG FREY with
ORDINARY AFFECTS
performing works by Jürg; Frey (exact program to be announced shortly)

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

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