Upcoming Concerts

KEVIN DRUMM + ANDREA PENSADO
Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
Friday, October 26, 2018

MERIDIAN + BRITTANY KARLSON
The Yard (John Hancock Tower)
Monday, October 29, 2018

QUIET ZONE: A Tribute to Jed Speare
Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
Friday, November 9, 2018

HOLLOW DECK at Café Fixe
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

KEVIN DRUMM + ANDREA PENSADO
Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
Friday, October 26, 2018

Non-Event and the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum present

KEVIN DRUMM
ANDREA PENSADO

Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
2450 Beacon Street, Boston
Doors: 7:30pm, Music: 8pm
Tickets: $15 gen admission | $10 students + Non-Event members

Eventbrite - Kevin Drumm + Andrea Pensado

There is limited parking at the museum. If possible, please bicycle, carpool, or use the T (Reservoir or Cleveland Circle stops on the Green line).

About the artists

Chicago-based experimental musician and improviser KEVIN DRUMM returns to Boston for his first solo performance since 2014 for a singular, immersive performance employing the commanding resonances of the Great Engines Hall of Metropolitan Waterworks Museum. Keeping up with Drumm’s work is a daunting task. With over 100 releases available on his Bandcamp site and an additional one or two new things a month being added, Drumm’s work moves seamlessly between quavering, striated drones; dark, groaning rumbles; uneasy experiments in overlapping harmonic frequencies; and sputtered crackles and static of battered electronics.

ANREA PENSADO is an experimental musician, composer, and organizer, based in Salem, Massachusetts. While she initially composed mainly for acoustic instruments, she was gradually more attracted to working in a different, far more abrasive sound world. In her current work, she creates a highly personal sonic language using harsh, dense layers of sounds, often interwoven with her voice. Her live, interactive musical systems and use of invented language combine into inherently unstable performances full of ecstatic energy. In addition to her solo work, she has longtime collaborations with Chris Strunk & Walter Wright as Los Condenados, and Jen Gelineau & Stephanie Germaine as Phurnne. She also curates the Sonorium concert series.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Foundation, as well as grants from the Boston Cultural Council and the Brookline Commission for the Arts, 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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MERIDIAN + BRITTANY KARLSON
The Yard (John Hancock Tower)
Monday, October 29, 2018

Non-Event presents

MERIDIAN (Tim Feeney, Sarah Hennies, Greg Stuart), percussion
BRITTANY KARLSON, bass

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

Eventbrite - Meridian + Brittany Karlson

Drawing on experiences performing both improvised and composed works, MERIDIAN approaches percussion in a way that places the exploration of sound in the foreground, in favor of a musical approach that is concerned with exploring acoustic phenomena, rather than rhythm, gesture, or technique.

In creating this music, Meridian reimagines its materials, so that an instrument like a snare drum becomes literally a cylindrical shell with an attached flexible membrane. When viewed from this perspective, traditional instruments become unique sound-making and sound-filtering objects, to be set into vibration coupled with resonant metals, dragged with scraping implements, or driven directly by fingers, bows, or feedback circuitry. In performance, each musician invents a new method for producing sound, a new aggregate instrument, in real-time.

Meridian is Tim Feeney, Sarah Hennies, and Greg Stuart.

BRITTANY KARLSON is a bassist with roots in jazz, folk, and experimental music. Karlson works in freely improvised settings, ranging from solo bass to duos with bassist Ian Kovac to collaborations with musicians like Sam Lisabeth, Jesse Collins, Nick Neuberg, Matt Delligatti, and Jeb Bishop. As a leader and composer, Brittany combines folk-like melodies and improvising impulses in her freely lyrical song project Karl. She is also a member of The Goodbye Girls, a quartet that explores old-time, traditional bluegrass and Swedish traditional music. She is based in Boston.

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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QUIET ZONE: A Tribute to Jed Speare
Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
Friday, November 9, 2018


Photo by Kristophe Diaz

Non-Event and Mobius present
an evening of performances by friends and collaborators of the late Jed Speare

STRANGE ATTRACTOR with EL PUTNAM
ERNST KAREL
MORGAN EVANS WEILER

Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
2450 Beacon Street, Boston
7pm (reception: 6:30pm in Overlook Gallery)
Tickets: $15 gen admission | $10 students + Non-Event members

Eventbrite - Quiet Zone

6:30pm – pre-concert reception and book launch featuring new editions of Jed Speare art books, published by Farpoint Recordings

There is limited parking at the museum. If possible, please bicycle, carpool, or use the T (Reservoir or Cleveland Circle stops on the Green line).

About the artists

STRANGE ATTRACTOR is a dynamic multi-dimensional series of collaborative ventures between ve artists, Anthony Kelly, Danny McCarthy, Irene Murphy, Mick O’Shea and David Stalling and guests exploring sound-based cross-disciplinary relationships to create non-verbal communication.

DANNY McCARTHY is one of Ireland’s pioneers of performance art and sound art and he continues to be a leading exponent exhibiting and performing both in Ireland and internationally. In 2006, he founded the Quiet Club with Mick O’Shea, a floating membership sound (art and electronics) performance group. A book + CD on his work entitled “LISTEN hEAR” was recently published by Farpoint Recordings to coinside with his exhibition “Listening With The Sound Turned Off."

MICK O’SHEA's works spring from his essential experience in drawing. In 2006 he formed The Quiet Club with Danny McCarthy to promote and showcase improvised music and soundworks. In 2003 O’Shea , Stephen Brandes and Irene Murphy set up the collaborative practice, The Domestic Godless which, through performative cooking events, explores culinary activity as art practice and tests assumptions about the cultural traditions of food in challenging and often irreverent and absurdist ways.

IRENE MURPHY’s work questions the role of the artist, creative space, and engages with a broader concept of creativity. A common link in her art are ideas about performativeness, site specificity and communality with Murphy’s art acts being private interventions into public space. She is active in initiating many collaborative projects such as The YOYO Club, Ideal State Agency, Electric Rain and the creative food trio The Domestic Godless.

ANTHONY KELLY & DAVID STALLING have been collaborating on a series of sound and visual works since 2003. Their work encompasses a shared practice of recycling ‘objets trouveés’ of sound, visual and text material in their ongoing collaborative sessions. In 2005 they founded the sound art label Farpoint Recordings, which is publishing both Jed Speare's art books and a new volume of sound works.

EL (Emily Lauren) PUTNAM is a visual artist, scholar, and writer working predominately in performance art, video, sound, and interactive media. Her work draws from multiple themes and sources, including explorations of gender and sexuality, play, materialism, and the study of place, which she investigates through personal and cultural lenses. Her writing and research focuses on continental aesthetic philosophy, performance studies, digital studies, feminist theory, and examining the influence of neoliberalism on artistic production. She is a member of the Boston-based Mobius Artists Group and a committee member of the Belfast-based Bbeyond.

ERNST KAREL works with sound, including electroacoustic music, experimental nonfiction sound works for multichannel installation and performance, and postproduction sound for nonfiction vilm [film/video], with an emphasis on observational cinema. His recent solo 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. Other projects include the long-running electroacoustic duo EKG, and the location recording/performance collective the New England Phonographers Union (with Jed Speare).

MORGAN EVANS-WEILER is a Boston-based violinist and a composer, who maintains a busy concert schedule and has performed throughout the United States. He has collaborated and performed with Seth Cluett, Sarah Hennies, Mike Bullock, Dave Gross, Ryoko Akama, Jed Speare, Antoine Beuger, Magnus Granberg, Christoph Schiller and many others. He is director of the New England based ensemble ‘Ordinary Affects’ who have performed works by Eva-Maria Houben, Magnus Granberg and premiered works by Jürg Frey, Antoine Beuger and Michael Pisaro. The Chicago writer, Peter Margasak, wrote of his recent recording, "Unfinished Variations (for Jed Speare) “the degree of focus and the richness of Evans-Weiler’s sound-worlds are nothing short of astonishing."

This program is funded in part by grants from Culture Ireland and the Boston Foundation, as well as grants from the Boston Cultural Council and the Brookline Commission for the Arts, 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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HOLLOW DECK at Café Fixe
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Non-Event Presents
Our November Experimental Coffee House
featuring

HOLLOW DECK (Mia Friedman + Andy Allen)

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

HOLLOW DECK is the musical collaboration of MIA FRIEDMAN and ANDY ALLEN. The two reconnoiter dulcet songs and clattering improvisations, making use of banjo, gourd banjo, fiddle, guitar, tenor sax, clarinet, flute, drum machine, and tape manipulations. The duo presents music that fluctuates seamlessly between tight dissonance and open harmony. Straddling the worlds of beautiful folk songs and experimental sound collage. Friedman is a virtuosic fiddler and singer as well as a composer and educator. She is largely influenced by American roots music and old-time Appalachian traditions, and blends this with contemporary music in her compositions. Allen has been navigating his way through raw and clangorous improvisation tagged as “free jazz in the spirit of lo-fi punk” in his solo project Friendship Ceremonies and in collaboration with musicians like Arkm Foam, Matt Robidoux.

Byron Colley describes their music as “easily transcending any real or imaginary boundaries of what’s possible to do with just four hands. The results are as amazing as they are hard to categorize.”

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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CHRISTIAN WOLFF + ORDINARY AFFECTS
Pierce Hall, NEC
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Non-Event and NEC's Department of Music Theory present

CHRISTIAN WOLFF with ORDINARY AFFECTS
For Ordinary Affects (2018) world premiere
full program TBD

Pierce Hall (St. Botolph building)
New England Conservatory
241 St. Botolph Street, Boston
8pm / FREE and open to the public

CHRISTIAN WOLFF is a composer, performer, improviser, and author. Early in his career, he was closely associated with John Cage and the “New York School." At that time, Wolff was pioneering the use of indeterminacy in composition, using open scores that require the performer to interpret them. In the late 1960s, Wolff responded to the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War by incorporating protest music into his work, although it is frequently unidentifiable as such. He often composes for prepared piano and his work demonstrates an interest in the space between sounds.

Though mostly self-taught as a composer, associations with John Cage, Morton Feldman, David Tudor, Earle Brown, Frederic Rzewski, and Cornelius Cardew were important to his work. Beginning in 1953, Wolff created numerous pieces for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company,and he and Merce Cunningham worked in a uniquely collaborative manner. Wolff performed in the live musical ensemble accompanying the Company's farewell “Legacy" tour. More recently, he has collaborated with the composers Antoine Beuger and Michael Pisaro, as well as the improvisor Keith Rowe..

ORDINARY AFFECTS is a group of musicians gathered to workshop, explore, commission and perform contemporary 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 current membership. Current members are: Luke Martin (guitar, electronics), Laura Cetilia (cello), J.P.A. Falzone (vibraphone, keyboards), and Morgan Evans Weiler (violin).

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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HENRY FLYNT + LARY 7
MIT List Visual Art Center
Saturday, December 1, 2018

Non-Event + MIT List Visual Art Center present

HENRY FLYNT
LARY 7 ensemble
with DAMON & NAOMI afterparty

MIT List Visual Arts Center
Building E15
20 Ames Street, Cambridge
7pm
FREE (RSVP, space is limited)

Eventbrite - Henry Flynt & Lary 7

In conjunction with the exhibition Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective, please join the MIT List Visual Arts Center and Non-Event for an evening of experimental sound performances by close friends and collaborators of Tony Conrad who was associated with the founding of minimal music. In the early 1960’s, along with John Cale, Angus Maclise, Lamonte Young, and Marian Zazeela, Conrad was a co-founder of the Theater of Eternal Music, which utilized non-Western musical forms and sustained sound to produce what they called dream music.

Henry Flynt and Tony Conrad met as Harvard undergraduates at the point when each artist denounced traditional forms of composition and began to develop more experimental sound scores. Flynt will kick off the evening with a performance of his piece, “Everylovin’ Game On.” Lary 7 was a student of Tony Conrad’s and the two performed together often. Lary 7 will perform Tony Conrad’s Three Loops for Performers and Tape Recorders (1961), which is one of Conrad’s earliest pieces. It was premiered at a Harvard-Radcliffe Music Club concert with Conrad among one of eight performers.

The evening will end with an after-party performance by Damon & Naomi who navigate small sonic spaces and woeful melodies with an acoustic sound.

7 PM Henry Flynt
8 PM Lary 7 ensemble
9 PM Damon & Naomi

About the artists

HENRY FLYNT was born in Greensboro, NC. He is a philosopher, musician, anti-art activist and exhibited artist.

Flynt’s work devolves from what he calls “cognitive nihilism,” first announced in the 1960 and 1961 drafts of Philosophy Proper. In 1961, Flynt coined the term concept art. Concept art’s first appearance in a book was in An Anthology, release date 1963. In 1962, Flynt began to campaign for an anti-art position. He demonstrated against cultural institutions in New York in 1963 with Tony Conrad and Jack Smith, and against Stockhausen twice in 1964. The Seventies were the main years of musical activity for Flynt. Some key recordings from this period have been released on the Locust and Superior Viaduct labels.

LARY 7 was born in Buffalo, New York. Lary 7 is a multimedia artist who coaxes profane, inscrutable sounds and images from various mysterious devices. Eschewing the digital, his work mainly features vintage and forgotten electronic instruments and technologies. In the past he has taken the unique approach of modifying household appliances in order to give them a musical voice. Lary is a co-founder of Plastickville Records and has been a major figure in the New York experimental underground music scene since 1970. He was a student of Tony Conrad's and collaborated frequently with him over the years. He has worked on exceptional musical projects with diverse artists including Jimi Tenor, Jarboe, Foetus, Alexander Hacke, Larry Mullins, Dorit Chrysler, Bernhard Gal, Jacob Kirkegaard, Gen Ken Montgomery, and Gordon Monahan. This will be his Boston debut.

DAMON & NAOMI started playing music together as the rhythm section, co-songwriters, and sometime singers in Galaxie 500. When that band ended, they continued as a duo, first recording for Shimmy Disc and then on a series of albums for Sub Pop Records. In 2005, they formed their own label (20/20/20) and have since released four further Damon & Naomi albums – The Earth Is Blue, Within These Walls, False Beats and True Hearts, and Fortune – alongside reissues of their own and the Galaxie 500 back catalogue.

Non-Event's programming is supported in part by grants from the Boston Foundation and 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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CURT NEWTON at Café Fixe
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Non-Event Presents
Our December Experimental Coffee House
featuring

CURT NEWTON

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

CURT NEWTON coaxes whispers from drumsets and swing from stacks of rattly stuff, weaving varied musical traditions together in the spirit of serious playfulness. Over the past three decades, Curt has performed across the U.S., Canada and Europe and appears on over 30 CDs with some of contemporary music's leading figures including Ken Vandermark, Joe Morris, Nate McBride, Pandelis Karayorgis, Charlie Kohlhase, Dave Bryant, and Steve Norton, and most recently as the drummer in the Eric Hofbauer Quintet. About one live performance, the Chicago Reader’s Peter Margasak wrote “Newton dazzles...He exhibited breathtaking restraint, breaking down time with a subtle hand, tapping out painterly splashes of sound." Curt studied privately with Bob Gullotti, has a Master's degree in Jazz Performance from New England Conservatory, and once upon a time created a solo drumset arrangement of Lutoslawski's String Quartet (available on Bandcamp).

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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