Upcoming Concerts

METAPATTERNS: PROCESSES IN TIME
ACT Cube at MIT
Friday, September 2, 2016

OREN AMBARCHI + F/I/P +
DONNA PARKER & VIC RAWLINGS
Le Laboratoire Cambridge
Tuesday, September 6, 2016

MICHAEL ROSENSTEIN + ARKM FOAM
Café Fixe
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

TEMPORAL CURRENTS:
Experimental Film + Sound
Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
Friday, September 16, 2016

Metapatterns: Processes in Time
ACT Cube at MIT
Friday, September 2, 2016

Non-Event + MIT's Program in Arts, Culture and Technology present
An evening of experimental sound works

JAKE MEGINSKY
ANDREA PENSADO
JOSE RIVERA
FORREST LARSON
VICTORIA SHEN

ACT CUBE at MIT
20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
7-9pm | FREE

About the performers

JAKE MEGINSKY is an electronic musician, percussionist, and composer based in Northampton, Massachusetts. Though best known for his solo work (both under his own name and as Vapor Gourds), he has also been active in a number of collaborative projects, including Slaughterhouse Percussion with John Truscinski and F/I/P with guitarist Bill Nace. Other collaborators include: Milford Graves, Alvin Lucier, Joan Labarbara, Vic Rawlings, Greg Kelley, Bhob Rainey Joe McPhee, and Thurston Moore. His newest solo release, Seven Psychotropic Sinewave Palindromes, was listed in "FACT Magazine’s top 25 albums of 2016 so far."

ANDREA PENSADO works with sound as a performer and programer. She has been using digital media and live interactive musical systems since 1995. She studied in Argentina and Poland. At first, she composed mainly for acoustic instruments. However, she felt gradually more attracted by different sound realms. Today, the abrasive digital noise of her improvisations is far away from her earlier pieces. Harsh dense layers of sounds, often interwoven with her voice, combine hybrid synthesis techniques to create a highly personal sound language, which reflects an intuitive, emotional and paradoxically also logical approach to music making. She currently lives in the US.

Electroacoustic composer, electronic musician and multimedia artist JOSE RIVERA (Proxemia) is interested in exploring the intersections of aural and spatial experience. Trained in architecture, his sound practice often incorporates processed field recordings and various musical elements that are used in the shaping of an augmented acoustic reality. His current work is primarily expressed through the disciplines of experimental music, multi­channel installation and performance, sound design, acoustic ecology, cartography, art, and architectural design. Recent works have been exhibited at the ICA Boston as part of the Leap Before You Look/Black Mountain College Exhibition, MIT’s List Visual Arts Building, and Le Laboratoire Cambridge. Along with numerous sound projects, performances and collaborations, his fluid body of work also includes an open­air performance space for a youth dance and drumming group in rural Ghana.

VICTORIA SHEN is a Somerville­-based multimedia artist and musician whose visual work is positioned at the intersection of art history, pop culture, and identity politics. Through a process of visual exaggeration and effacement, her video work holds up a mirror to the absurd side of images we consume.

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 duo Trim.

Composer, electronic musician, and violist FORREST LARSON has had a life­long love of old pre­digital analog electronic instruments, and of collecting "found sounds" from both natural as well as urban landscapes. He has written many pieces that combine electronic/found sounds and solo live acoustic instruments such as flute, violin, cello, organ and tuba. There also pieces for string orchestra, and wind ensemble that incorporate found sounds, as well as acoustic music for unaccompanied violin, viola, cello, string quartet and percussion ensemble. Other music includes electronic scores for abstract films. In live electronic music performance he uses an intricate network of vintage and modern analog non­modular synthesizers, filters and signal processors to create rich fluid sound tapestries. This work ranges from solo performance with many different acoustic instruments as well as collaborations with other electronic/sound artists.

His music has been performed locally at various venues in the Boston area such as Mobius, Outpost 186, MIT, Brandeis University, in Providence, RI. Other performances have been at Carnegie ­Mellon University, Washington and Jefferson University (PA), Mansfield University (PA), Southern Oregon University, Ithaca College, and in Iceland. He has lectured and given workshops on electronic music at MIT, Bates College, Ithaca College, Southern Oregon University and The New Directions Cello Festival.

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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OREN AMBARCHI + F/I/P +
DONNA PARKER & VIC RAWLINGS (duo)
Le Laboratoire Cambridge
Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Non-Event and Le Laboratoire Cambridge present

OREN AMBARCHI
F/I/P (Bill Nace & Jake Meginsky)
DONNA PARKER & VIC RAWLINGS (duo)
more TBA

Le Laboratoire (Directions)
650 East Kendall Street
Cambridge, MA
(617) 945-7515 ext. 110
8pm (Doors at 7:30pm)
Admission
Door: $15 general admission, $10 Non-Event members/students

Eventbrite - Oren Ambarchi + F/I/P + more

OREN AMBARCHI is a composer and multi-instrumentalist with longstanding interests in transcending conventional instrumental approaches. His work focuses mainly on the exploration of the guitar, "re-routing the instrument into a zone of alien abstraction where it’s no longer easily identifiable as itself. Instead, it’s a laboratory for extended sonic investigation". (The Wire, UK).

JAKE MEGINSKY is an electronic musician, percussionist, and composer based in Northampton, Massachusetts. Though best known for his solo work (both under his own name and as Vapor Gourds), he has also been active in a number of collaborative projects, including Slaughterhouse Percussion with John Truscinski and F/I/P with guitarist Bill Nace. His newest solo release, Seven Psychotropic Sinewave Palindromes, was listed in "FACT Magazine’s top 25 albums of 2016 so far."

BILL NACE is an artist and musician based in Western Massachusetts. He has collaborated with an extraordinary range of musicians, including Michael Morley, Mats Gustafsson, Joe McPhee, Chris Corsano, Jooklo Duo, Chris Cooper, John Truscinski, Thurston Moore, Jake Meginsky, Jessica Rylan, Paul Flaherty, Wally Shoup, and Kim Gordon, with whom he regularly plays as one half of the duo Body/Head. Their critically acclaimed LP “Coming Apart” was released on Matador last September.

DONNA PARKER & VIC RAWLINGS
Duet: Mary Staubitz, Vic Rawlings
Opposite uses of nearly identical methods of generating electronic sound.
Several large amplifiers at capacity.
A single duration.

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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MICHAEL ROSENSTEIN / ARKM FOAM at Café Fixe
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Non-Event Presents
Our September Experimental Coffee House
featuring

MICHAEL ROSENSTEIN / ARKM FOAM (duo)

Café Fixe
1642 Beacon Street (Washington Square)
Brookline, MA 02445
617-879-2500
7 p.m./$5 (*Note earlier start time!)

MICHAEL ROSENSTEIN (amplified objects, electronics, and distressed recordings) is a Boston-based improviser who explores the timbres of amplified surfaces, analog electronic circuits, electromagnetic pickup coils, and distressed field recordings, looiking for the the connections and interstices of the resultant unstable sonic events. He is a member of the group Variant State [trio] and has played in HMQ, Deleuzer, and Grizzler.

ARKM FOAM has been a mainstay in the New England improv scene, as musician, organizer, collaborator, and all-around sonic-experimenter. Since his move to Western Mass, his appearances in the Boston area have been fewer so each one is worth catching.

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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Temporal Currents:
Experimental Film + Sound
Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
Friday, September 16, 2016

Non-Event, Balagan, WZBC. and the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum present

AgX Film Collective
MEM1 (electronics & cello)
BRENDAN MURRAY (electronics)

Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
2450 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02467 (map)
Doors: 7:30pm, Performance: 8pm
Admission:
Door: $10 general admission / $8 members/students

Eventbrite - Temporal Currents: Experimental Film + Sound

Conceived as a sort of “live installation,” this event seeks to exploit the peculiarities of the old pumping station as a non-traditional cinema space and concert venue, breathing new life into its 130-year-old machinery by means of multiple 16mm and video projections, as well as the sonic explorations of local experimenters. Roughly a dozen members of the burgeoning 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.

Participating members of the AgX Film Collective include Robert Todd, Youjin Moon, Sarah Bliss, Antonieta Astudillo, Christina Hunt, Janeann Dill, Douglas Urbank, Susan DeLeo, Frank Aveni, Mike Piso, Genevieve Carmel, Stefan Grabowski, and Morgan Hoyle-Combs. Sound will be provided by Brendan Murray and Mem1 (Mark and Laura Cetilia).

About the artists

Based in Boston, MA, AgX is a recently established 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. Learn more and become involved at AgX.

BRENDAN MURRAY is a musician who composes solo electronic music, usually with the incorporation of acoustic instruments. His solo work is comprised of large blocks of continuous sound. He has worked with other artists and ensembles in the Boston area, including Animal Hospital Ensemble, Taps and the Callithumpian Consort at New England Conservatory. He also composes music for film and performance.

MEM1 seamlessly blends the sounds of cello and electronics to create a limitless palette of sonic possibilities. In their improvisation-based performances, Mark and Laura Cetilia’s use of custom hardware and software, in conjunction with a uniquely subtle approach to extended cello technique and realtime modular synthesis patching, results in the creation of a single voice rather than a duet between two individuals. Their music moves beyond melody, lyricism and traditional structural confines, revealing an organic evolution of sound that has been called “a perfect blend of harmony and cacophony” (Forced Exposure).

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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ERNST KAREL/BHOB RAINEY
CAROLINE PARK
Boston City Hall
Friday, September 30, 2016

City Hall mezzanine (photo: Bill Lebovich)

Non-Event, the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, and HUBweek present
Concrete Sounds: Multichannel works in Boston City Hall

ERNST KAREL + BHOB RAINEY
CAROLINE PARK (solo)

Boston City Hall
Mezzanine Level (enter through City Hall Plaza)
One City Hall Plaza
Boston, MA
Doors: 6:30 pm | Event begins: 7:00 pm
FREE (RSVP requested)

Eventbrite - Concrete Sounds: Ernst Karel/Bhob Rainey + Caroline Park at City Hall

About the artists

ERNST KAREL makes electroacoustic music and experimental nonfiction sound works for multichannel installation and performance. His recent projects are edited/composed using unprocessed location recordings; in performance he sometimes combines these with analog electronics to create pieces which move between the abstract and the documentary. Recent nonfiction films on which he has done sound work include The Iron Ministry, Manakamana, and Leviathan, all produced in the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University, where as a Lecturer on Anthropology, he teaches a class in sonic ethnography.

BHOB RAINEY is an award-winning composer / performer, saxophonist, and sound designer. He holds a Masters in Music Composition from New England Conservatory, where he studied with iconoclastic microtonalist Joe Maneri, jazz legends Paul Bley and Ran Blake, and the mathematically gifted composer Pozzi Escot.

In 1998, with trumpeter Greg Kelley, Rainey founded the duo Nmperign, which was highly influential in an emerging phase of non-idiomatic improvisation often referred to as "lowercase" or "EAI" (Electroacoustic Improvisation). In 2000 he founded The BSC, an improvising large ensemble, in which he developed techniques for an improvisational discipline that were eventually outlined in his 2011 publication, Manual. By the mid-2000's, Rainey began to produce electronic and algorithmic works. He spent five years collaborating with German composer Ralf Wehowsky (RLW) on the 2007 release, I don't think I can see you tonight, which, along with Nmperign and Jason Lescalleet's Love Me Two Times (2006), established him as a formidable electronic composer who synthesizes streams of musique concrete, computer music, and improvisation.

CAROLINE PARK is a composer, musician, and artist working within the medium of experimental electronic music. Her 2015 digital release "less than human" was called "transportive ... a hissing, humid approximation of summer and wet earth to surround" (The Wire) and "luminous and droning ... best experienced in full body" (Disquiet).

As a composer-performer, Caroline collaborates frequently with Asha Tamirisa in duo situations, performs as 1/4 of the electro-improv quartet BUMPR (Peter Bussigel, Stephan Moore, Tim Rovinelli), and performs as 1/3 of a trio with Beth McDonald and Matt Samolis. A Los Angeles native, Caroline received B.M. and M.M. degrees in composition at the New England Conservatory and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Multimedia and Electronic Music Experiments at Brown University (MEME@Brown). Her CD "OCTAVLUV" was called "glowing" and "beautiful" (The Sound Projector), and her digital release "field" was described as music existing "in an abstract zone, where space bends and algorithms are allowed bountiful time to work their fractal, generative beauty" (Disquiet). She lives and works in Providence, RI.

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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OFFAL at Café Fixe
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Non-Event Presents
Our October Experimental Coffee House
featuring

OFFAL

Café Fixe
1642 Beacon Street (Washington Square)
Brookline, MA 02445
617-879-2500
7 p.m./$5

OFFALis Donald Shaw, a composer and performer currently based in Providence, Rhode Island. He studied jazz at the New School and is a member of Fat Worm of Error.

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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OLIVIA BLOCK + ANIMAL HOSPITAL
Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Non-Event, WZBC. and the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum present
multichannel works in the Great Engines Hall

OLIVIA BLOCK
ANIMAL HOSPITAL

Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
2450 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02467 (map)
Doors: 6:30pm, Performance: 7pm
Admission:
Door: $15 general admission / $10 members/students

Eventbrite - Olivia Block + Animal Hospital

OLIVIA BLOCK creates original sound compositions for concerts, site-specific multi-speaker installations, live cinema, and performance. In a recent feature article in the April 2011 issue of The Wire magazine, Julian Cowley describes Block’s compositions as “finely nuanced textures of environmental material and occasional surges of sonic power blended with an elegant instrumental architecture.” Her compositions often include field recordings, musical scores, and electronic textures. Additionally, she performs her own partially improvised compositions for inside piano and electronics, and objects.

She has performed, premiered and exhibited her work throughout Europe, America, and Japan in tours in festivals including Sonic Light (Amsterdam), Kontraste (Krems), Dissonanze (Rome), Archipel (Geneva) Angelica (Bologna), Sunoni per il Popolo (Montreal), and many others. Additionally, she has presented work at the ICA (London), MCA (Chicago), La Biennale di Venezia 52nd International Festival of Contemporary Music, The Kitchen (NYC), ISSUE Project Room and Experimental Intermedia (Brooklyn). She has completed residencies and premiered works at Mills College of Music and The Berklee College of Music. Block has presented talks at additional universities in film, music, and media arts departments, including Yale University and Indiana University.

ANIMAL HOSPITAL is a project created by Kevin Micka. Three albums have been produced under this name since its birth in 2004. A live performance of Animal Hospital consists of Kevin alone and is based on the idea of building a piece of music up from scratch into a completely fleshed out arrangement often containing enough parts to employ many musicians. The music often references many familiar aspects of contemporary rock and pop music but is open to venture out into much more experimental territory. As of 2011, Kevin has begun exploring a new avenue for live performance by translating his music into a large ensemble format, sometimes topping 30 members.

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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REINIER VAN HOUDT
Goethe-Institut Boston
Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Non-Event presents

REINIER VAN HOUDT (piano, electronics)
performing
Michael Pisaro, Green Hour, Grey Future

Goethe-Institut Boston
170 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02116
8 pm / $12 / $10 members & students

REINIER VAN HOUDT started working with taperecorders, radio's, objects and various string-instruments at a young age. He studied piano at the Liszt-Akademie in Budapest & the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He developed a fascination for matters that escape notation: sound, timing, space, physicality, memory, noise, environment - points beyond interpretation and improvisation. He has built himself an unusual repertoire that consistently resulted from personal quests; be it from collaborations with composers & musicians, from research in archives, from the composing and staging of music-performances or from unorthodox studies of classical music.

He premiered music by Robert Ashley, Alvin Curran, Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji, Francisco López, Charlemagne Palestine, Yannis Kyriakides, Maria de Alvear, Jerry Hunt, Michael Pisaro, Walter Marchetti. He has also worked with John Cage, Alvin Lucier, Luc Ferrari, Olivier Messiaen and Christian Marclay. Reinier van Houdt plays in Current 93, recently releasing an album with contributions by Nick Cave, John Zorn and Antony Hegarty. He is also one of the moving forces behind the experimental music outfit MAE/MAZE.

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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