Upcoming Concerts

ARTHUR BROOKS ENSEMBLE V
CHRIS PITSIOKOS
DAMON SMITH/FORBES GRAHAM/ANDRIA NICODEMOU/CURT NEWTON
Washington Street Arts
Friday, May 17, 2019

FELIX KUBIN
MIT Theater Arts, W97
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

TASHI DORJI & FRIEND + GREASE RELEASE + ROB NOYES
Venue TBD
Thursday, June 6, 2019

ARTHUR BROOKS ENSEMBLE V
CHRIS PITSIOKOS
DAMON SMITH/FORBES GRAHAM/ANDRIA NICODEMOU/CURT NEWTON
Washington Street Arts
Friday, May 17, 2019

Non-Event and Washington Street Arts present

ARTHUR BROOKS ENSEMBLE V
CHRIS PITSIOKOS SOLO
DAMON SMITH/FORBES GRAHAM/ANDRIA NICODEMOU/CURT NEWTON

Washington Street Arts
321 Washington Street, Somerville
8pm / $10-15 suggested donation

Trumpeter-composer ARTHUR BROOKS is one of the unsung heroes of the new music. In his 40+ year career he has collaborated with such legendary figures as Bill Dixon, Cecil Taylor, Sonny Sharrock, Alan Silva, and Frank Wright among others. For over 20 years he taught alongside Dixon in the Black Music Division at Bennington College. Brooks founded Ensemble V at Bennington College in 1973 and the music has continued to evolve. Though Brooks is technically the leader and creator — or perhaps curator — of Ensemble V, he emphasizes that the band is a democracy. “Everybody’s a leader. And everybody has big ears. We find ourselves in areas that I would like to take home and develop and write, but I wouldn’t want to limit what we’re going to do.” For this performance, he’ll be joined by Jeremy Harlos - bass; Bill Heminway - trumpet; and Matt Weston – percussion.

CHRIS PITSIOKOS is a Brooklyn-based saxophonist, composer and improviser. His work combines the lyricism of jazz and the intensity of extreme rock forms and noise with the attention to detail and abstraction of contemporary classical music. His quartet CP Unit has been described as “moving easily between tangled-up spasms and furious explosions of numbed-out funk, with Pitsiokos unleashing an unrelenting but meticulously harnessed attack that recalls the duck-call fury of saxophonist John Zorn early in his career.” The Chicago Reader describes his solo work as displaying “a dazzling array of tactics, whether the overdubbed four-saxophone assault of “Four Alto” (a dedication to Anthony Braxton, and a pun on the elder reedist’s groundbreaking solo album For Alto), the introspective circular breathing of “Flutter,” or the Konitz-meets-Coleman balladry of “Waiting.” From piece to piece he shows an expanding range that accommodates both tender phrasing and a lacerating tone.”

DAMON SMITH has established himself as a central figure and stalwart organizer, developing a personal, flexible improvisational language based in the American jazz avant-garde movement and European non-idiomatic free improvisation. During his tenure in Boston, he has collaborated with local musicians ranging from Jeb Bishop, Ra-Kalam Bob Moses, Pandelis Karayorgis, Andria Nicodemou, Forbes Graham, Wendy Eisenberg, and others while bringing in collaborators like Weasel Walter, Henry Kaiser, Vinny Golia, and Jaap Blonk. As Smith prepares to leave Boston later this summer, he has ramped up his activity to a dizzying level. For this performance, he will be joined by Forbes Graham – trumpet; Andria Nicodemou – vibes; and Curt Newton – drums.

Non-Event's programming is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and administered by the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture.

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FELIX KUBIN
MIT Theater Arts, W97
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Non-Event and the Goethe-Institut Boston present

FELIX KUBIN
live soundtrack Dragonflies with Birds and Snake (Wolfgang Lehmann, 2012)
plus live set of his own, "Jane B. Ertrinkt Mit Den Pferden"

MIT Theater Arts W97
345 Vassar St., Cambridge
Doors: 7:30pm, Show: 8pm
$20 general admission | $12 students & Non-Event members
Free for MIT students (reserve space through Eventbrite)

Eventbrite - Felix Kubin

FELIX KUBIN, messenger of exploding lungs, lives in Hamburg and works against gravitation. At the age of 12, he started composing electronic 4-track music, eventually releasing a series of tapes with his duo, Die Egozentrischen Zwei. Throughout the 1990s, he was active with the noise and tape collage project, Klangkrieg (with Tim Buhre), as well as with the Dada-Communist singing group, Liedertafel Margot Honecker. His current activities include composing futuristic/dadaistic pop, electroacoustic and chamber music, radio plays, lectures, and workshops, as well as running his Gagarin Record label. In addition to his solo projects, he currently collaborates regularly with the chamber group, ensemble Integrales, and the Polish (moderately) big band, Mitch & Mitch.

About the film:

"Dragonflies with Birds and Snake (2012) is documentation and a meditation, a pure visual space of vibrant images and a travel in a world we never have a chance to “come in to." The title says it all; the work is an imaginative world of insects consisting of images, combined with birds, as there are toads and snakes to see. The theme is the eternal cycle of life, birth, sex and death. The structure of the film images is constant change.

"{It} is a composition of images and contains of many frames of 16 mm film. Some images are self-recorded, others are taken from scientific film material and combining the images like in a collage, Dragonflies with Birds and Snake examines the mysterious grey zone of image and imagination." – Wolfgang Lehmann

Trailer, Dragonflies with Birds and Snake

About "Jane B. Ertrinkt Mit Den Pferden":

"Jane B. Ertrinkt Mit Den Pferden” is a new, expanded version of an early Kubin piece entirely made with a KORG MS20 and a Roland SH-101 at the audio studio of the AKI media art department in Enschede. The original track was released on the Diskono label in 2000.

Non-Event's programming is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and administered by the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture.

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TASHI DORJI & FRIEND
GREASE RELEASE
ROB NOYES
The Yard (John Hancock Tower)
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Non-Event presents

TASHI DORJI & FRIEND
GREASE RELEASE
ROB NOYES

The Yard (John Hancock Tower, 6th Floor)
120 St James Avenue (use St James Ave. entrance)
Doors: 7:30pm, Show: 8pm
$15 | $10 students & Non-Event members

Eventbrite - Tasha Dorji & Friend, Grease Release, Rob Notes

TASHI DORJI is a freeform guitarist, who grew up in Bhutan, on the eastern side of the Himalayas. For the last 18-plus years he's lived in Asheville, NC, where he developed an idiosyncratic playing style that draws on a variety of musical traditions. After releasing a handful of solo cassettes, Dorji presented his debut LP on Hermit Hut, the label created by Ben Chasny of Six Organs of Admittance Since then he has released music both as a soloist, and in collaborative projects, notably with Chicago-based percussionist Tyler Damon, New York multi-instrumentalist Che Chen, and tonight's special guest on labels like Bathetic Records, Cabin Floor Esoterica, Blue Tapes, Marmara Records, Feeding Tube, UNROCK, VDSQ, MIE, Ultra Violet Light, Family Vineyard and Astral Spirits.

GREASE RELEASE is two turntables, a cornet, and various found objects.

Tim Johnson plays a Hamilton Electronics institutional turntable. He likes encircling spinning objects with flexible pieces of metal, making little cages that fly apart. Once a piece of metal slipped inside the turntable housing and there was a small explosion. The turntable still works though.

Mary Staubitz plays a New Yorker portable 78 player. It has tubes so she can’t leave it in the cold. She wore off all the felt with jagged pieces of metal and now the turntable is bare steel. Her favorite object is the hand broom she stole from Sean’s house that makes barely any sound at all.

Sean C. Fennessy is here too but he’s probably passed out cold from blowing a cornet into a nine pan for half an hour.

"ROB NOYES has been on the Eastern Massachusetts scene for a while, but what we've heard him play is music from within the context of electric bands, most of whom are loud as hell and exist somewhere along the rim of the post-core continuum. More recently, Rob has taken to displaying his solo acoustic guitar chops and they are massive..... Rob's playing carries the weight of many possibly-imaginary forebears, but the way he smears them all together shows a holistic mastery of touch and imagination that defies a lot of today's players, who tend to shine in short bursts, then allow their dreams to outrun their technique." --Byron Coley

Non-Event's programming is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and administered by the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture.

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SUSAN ALCORN
with DAMON SMITH + JEB BISHOP
Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
Friday, June 14, 2019

Non-Event and the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum present

SUSAN ALCORN (pedal steel guitar)
solo and trio with
DAMON SMITH (bass) and JEB BISHOP (trombone)

Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
2450 Beacon Street, Boston
Doors: 7:30pm, Music: 8pm
Tickets: $20 gen admission | $10 students + Non-Event members

Eventbrite - Susan Alcorn

There is limited parking at the museum. Please use the T (Reservoir or Cleveland Circle stops on the Green line), if possible!

About the artists

One of the world’s premiere exponents of her instrument, SUSAN ALCORN has taken the pedal steel guitar far beyond its traditional role in country music. Having first paid her dues in Texas country & western bands, she began to expand the vocabulary of her instrument through her study of 20th century classical music, visionary jazz, and world musics.

Though known as for her solo work, she has collaborated with numerous artists including Pauline Oliveros, Chris Cutler, Joe McPhee, Ken Vandermark, Nate Wooley, Ingrid Laubrock and Leila Bourdreuil, Evan Parker, Michael Formanek, Zane Campbell, Damon Smith, and Mary Halvorson among others.

In 2016, she was voted "Best Other Instrument" by the International Critics Poll. In 2017 she received the Baker Artist Award, and in 2018, along with saxophonist Joe McPhee, she was the recipient of the Instant Award in Improvised Music.

The UK Guardian writes, “As an improvisor and composer, Alcorn has proven to be visionary. Her pieces reveal the complexity of her instrument and her musical experience while never straying from a very direct, intense, and personal musical expression.”

DAMON SMITH has established himself as a central figure and stalwart organizer of experimental music, developing a personal, flexible improvisational language based in the American jazz avant-garde movement and European non-idiomatic free improvisation. During his tenure in Boston, he has collaborated with local musicians ranging from Jeb Bishop, Ra-Kalam Bob Moses, Pandelis Karayorgis, Andria Nicodemou, Forbes Graham, Wendy Eisenberg, and others while bringing in collaborators like Weasel Walter, Henry Kaiser, Vinny Golia, and Jaap Blonk. As Smith prepares to leave Boston for St. Louis later this summer, he has ramped up his activity to a dizzying level.

.JEB BISHOP has performed, toured and recorded with groups including the Vandermark Five, the Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, Ted Sirota's Rebel Souls, Terminal Four, School Days, Ken Vandermark's Territory Band, Rob Mazurek's Exploding Star Orchestra, Globe Unity Orchestra, and his own Jeb Bishop Trio. He also co-led the Lucky 7s project with New Orleans-based trombonist Jeff Albert, and is a member of cooperative quartet The Engines. He currently lives in Boston and is a central figure in the city's jazz and improvised music scene.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Foundation, as well as a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and administered by the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture.

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