Upcoming Concerts

LURE at Café Fixe
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

MICHAEL PISARO
performing Transparent City
The Yard (John Hancock Tower)
Friday, August 17, 2018

TONGUE DEPRESSOR at Café Fixe
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

OREN AMBARCHI/WILL GUTHRIE
RETRIBUTION BODY
SMFA Anderson Auditorium
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

LURE at Café Fixe
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Non-Event Presents
Our August Experimental Coffee House
featuring

LURE

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

LURE is the solo project of Allison O. Utilizing field recordings and programmed audio Lure creates a haunting digital language over archived landscapes that often play with audible/inaudible sound and toy with chaotic and semi-repetitive noise. Lure explores the parameters of physical location and being inside/outside, gyrating in a concrete environment in a style alluding towards club culture and the phenomena of belonging to a sonic environment.

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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MICHAEL PISARO
The Yard (John Hancock Tower)
Friday, August 17, 2018


Photo: Yuko Zama

Non-Event presents

MICHAEL PISARO
performing Transparent City

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

Eventbrite - Michael Pisaro, Transparent City

Advance ticket sales encouraged! Cash only at the door

MICHAEL PISARO (born 1961 in Buffalo, New York) is a guitarist and composer. He is member of the Wandelweiser collective. While, like other members of Wandelweiser, Pisaro is known for pieces of long duration with periods of silence, in the past fifteen years his work has branched out in many directions, including work with field recording, electronics, improvisation and large ensembles of very different kinds of instrumental constitution. Called “patient, unpredictable, exceedingly beautiful” by the New York Times, Pisaro’s music has been featured on many recordings in the last decade. Ben Ratliff of the Times writes: “The American composer Michael Pisaro likes his music to develop as a slow-motion force, with adjustments of tone and pitch and instrumentation so long-brewing that you lose your awareness of the player’s hand and the composer’s will.”

Pisaro has a long-standing collaboration with percussionist Greg Stuart, with over thirty collaborations (pieces and recordings) to date, including their 3-disc set, Continuum Unbound from 2014. The work together on Pisaro’s evening length work for 100 percussion, A wave and waves, was featured at the Melbourne Festival (October, 2015) and Atlanta’s Elevate festival (October, 2016), the Big Ears (Knoxville, March, 2017) and Banff (July 2017). Recent portrait concerts of his music have been given in London, Paris, New York, Santiago, St. Petersburg, Lille, The Hague, Tokyo, Glasgow, Moscow, Chicago, Wrocław, Munich, Sydney, Buenos Aires, Warsaw, Oslo, Madrid, Brussels, Montpelier, Caracas, Boston, Melbourne, Berlin, Houston, Bologna, Trondheim, Amsterdam, Nantes, Mexico City, Seattle and elsewhere. Recordings of his work have been released by Edition Wandelweiser Records, erstwhile records, New World Records, Hubro, Potlatch, another timbre, meena/ftarri, slubmusic, Cathnor, Senufo Editions, Intonema, winds measure, HEM Berlin and on Pisaro's own imprint, Gravity Wave.

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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TONGUE DEPRESSOR at Café Fixe
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Non-Event Presents
Our September Experimental Coffee House
featuring

TONGUE DEPRESSOR (Henry Birdsey + Zach Rowden)

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

TONGUE DEPRESSOR is Henry Birdsey and Zach Rowden, a New Haven, CT based multi-instrumental drone duo that deals with microtonal tuning systems, religious musics, and a love for Black Sabbath.

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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OREN AMBARCHI / WILL GUTHRIE
RETRIBUTION BODY
SMFA Anderson Hall
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Non-Event and SMFA Library Sounds present

OREN AMBARCHI / WILL GUTHRIE
RETRIBUTION BODY

SMFA Anderson Auditorium
230 The Fenway
Boston
8pm / $15 general admission / $12 members + students / FREE for SMFA students

Eventbrite - Oren Ambarchi / Will Guthrie duo

First Boston performance of the electrifying duo of guitarist and multi-instrumentalist OREN AMBARCHI and drummer and percussionist WILL GUTHRIE.

Oren Ambarchi is a composer and multi-instrumentalist whose 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). His music has been released on Editions Mego, Touch, Tzadik, Erstwhile, and his own Black Truffle imprint.

Will Guthrie is an Australian drummer / percussionist living in France. He works in many different settings of music: live performance, improvisation and studio composition using various combinations of drums, percussion, objects, junk, amplification and electronics. His music has been released on labels such as Black Truffle, Editions Mego, Ipecac, Erstwhile, Clean Feed, Gaffer Records, 23five, iDEAL and his own label Antboy Music.

VIDEO: Oren Ambarchi & Will Guthrie, Boiler Room x St. John's Sessions live set

MATTHEW AZEVEDO (aka RETRIBUTION BODY) is a musician, audio engineer, teacher, and acoustician currently based in Boston whose performance practice is centered on creating unique, immersive sound environments. His primary solo project Retribution Body uses analog electronics, high amplification, and a custom speaker array capable of reproducing subsonic energy to explore the mental and emotional states which arise in Zen meditation. His latest album is out this summer on the Glistening Examples label.

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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BILL T MILLER at Café Fixe
Tuesday, October 16, 2018


Photo by Sheri Hausey

Non-Event Presents
Our October Experimental Coffee House
featuring

BILL T MILLER

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

BILL T MILLER, a chameleon of sonic exploration, is a multi-instrumentalist musician, composer, recording engineer, producer, filmmaker, photographer, artist, instrument builder and cat lover. From toy piano at two years old to starting a "band" with tennis racket guitar and trash can drums in the 60s to becoming a professional recording engineer / producer / live sound tech after graduating from College for the Recording Arts in San Francisco in 1976, his paths are always unfolding and looping. At recording college he took synthesizer courses with ARP 2600 and Emu synths and then worked (as live sound and recording engineer) in California until 1980. Eventually ending up in Boston working as a freelance recording engineer and live sound engineer and then starting his own Headroom Recording Studios. While much of his "professional career" was devoted to recording and photographing OTHER artists, he was always working on his own weirdo music bands in the shadows. Some of these adventures include Out of Band Experience (OBE) (with media barrage sampling and field recordings), Kings Of Feedback (bass, guitar, samples), Drum Army (percussion), Kings Of Slack (SubGenius Doktor), Zonkulator (mutated test equipment), and Orgy Of Noise (circuit bent toys, electro acoustic instruments, synthesizers) with over 20 full album releases on his own DIY labels (Immortal, ExtraTerrestrial, Burn This.) All available as FREE MP3s since 1998.

BTM's quest has looped back around to a nostalgic look forward incorporating ALL of the past adventures while moving sideways in time in to an unknown future think void. Living in Boston for over 33 years and giving every moment to this insatiable desire to CREATE and SHARE is his true path.

This Cafe Fixe stereophonic improv performance will feature SYSTEM BTM MODULAR SYNTHESIZER and custom BTM Acoustic Laptop Artbox and a special guest for the finale improv.

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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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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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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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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