Upcoming Concerts

MERIDIAN + HMQ at the Washington Street Art Center
Friday, May 9, 2014

NEW ENGLAND PHONOGRAPHERS UNION at the Waterworks Museum
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

JOHN MALLIA at Café Fixe
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

HELM + GEOFF MULLEN + PATRICK EMM at the Goethe-Institut Boston
Thursday, May 22, 2014

MERIDIAN + HMQ at the Washington Street Art Center
Friday, May 9, 2014

Non-Event presents

MERIDIAN (Tim Feeney, Nick Hennies, Greg Stuart)
HMQ (James Coleman, Morgan Evans-Weiler, Howard Martin, and Michael Rosenstein)

Washington Street Art Center
321 Washington Street
Somerville, MA
617-623-5315
Doors: 7:30pm/$10

MERIDIAN is dedicated to the exploration of percussion through various non-traditional approaches. Drawing on their experience performing both improvised and composed works, the group -- Tim Feeney, Nick Hennies, and Greg Stuart approaches percussion in a way that places the exploration of sound in the foreground rather than a focus on rhythm, gesture, or technique. The trio’s members eschew their training as “classical” percussionists in favor of a musical approach that is primarily concerned with exploring acoustic phenomena, rather than exercising their abilities as virtuosos.

After years of careful listening and writing about music, Michael Rosenstein began improvising with amplified everyday objects. He and Morgan Evans-Weiler played in a duo for a while, and eventually they invited James Coleman and Howard Martin to round out a quartet. From their first practice, they found a flexible group sound that includes quiet, considered playing but does not shy away from drama or abrupt transitions. They had chosen another name, a Beckett reference, but by virtue of a misprinted flyer became the HMQ.

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NEW ENGLAND PHONOGRAPHERS UNION at the Waterworks Museum
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Non-Event and the Waterworks Museum present

NEW ENGLAND PHONOGRAPHERS UNION
(Matt Azevedo, Ernst Karel, and Jed Speare)
performing a site-specific work using sounds recorded at MWRA pumping stations

Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
2450 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02467(map)
7:00pm / $10
RSVP at info@waterworksmuseum.org or 617-277-0065

The New England Phonographers Union — for this concert, MATT AZEVEDO, ERNST KAREL, and JED SPEARE — continues its MWRA cycle with a concert of new recordings of structural vibration and airborne sound made at Deer Island Waste Water Treatment Plant, operated by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. The trio performance will be presented via a multichannel speaker array installed throughout the Great Engines Hall at the Boston Waterworks Museum.

The New England Phonographers Union has been making location recordings at Deer Island Waste Water Treatment Plant and the five MWRA pump stations that serve it, and performing using these recordings, since 2010.  For this concert, they will make extended use of new recordings made with accelerometers of seismic phenomena whose sounds are often undetectable to the human ear, in combination with new air recordings of the already dense sonic planes and complex machine arrays of the waste water processing environment. At the Waterworks Museum, which preserves the original pump station that provided clean water to the city of Boston, Azevedo, Karel, and Speare will take advantage of the unique acoustic properties of the cavernous Richardsonian romanesque structure and massive Victorian and industrial-era pumps to diffuse their recordings throughout the space.

  

Prior concerts in this MWRA cycle have occurred at the historic Deer Island Reception Hall, outdoors in Nut Island Park in Quincy, in the Boston University Art Gallery, and at Studio Soto.

MATT AZEVEDO performs and records under the name Retribution Body; his music explores the intersection of sound, vibration, and Zen meditation. He received a Bachelor of Music with emphasis in Sound Recording Technology from UMass Lowell (Magna Cum Laude) in 1999, and then spent the next 11 years as a staff engineer at M Works Mastering studio. He later earned a Masters in Acoustics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Currently, he is a Consultant in Acoustics at Acentech, where he is involved in a wide range of projects and continues his work as a mastering engineer and producer as a freelancer.

ERNST KAREL's multidimensional audio work includes electroacoustic improvisation and composition, location recording, sound for nonfiction film, and solo and collaborative sound installations. Using analog electronics and location recordings, either separately or in combination, Karel creates audio pieces that move between the abstract and the documentary.

JED SPEARE is an artist working in a variety of media and settings. Called "a pioneer of multimedia presentation" by Wire magazine, he has presented sound, video, performance and multidisciplinary work, locally, nationally, and internationally for over thirty years. His music and sound work includes extensive location recording, sound transformation, composition, and advocacy projects pertaining to the sound environment.

He is the creator of the record album Cable Car Soundscapes (1982) on Smithsonian Folkways Records and the double album, Sound Works 1982 - 1987, (2008) on Family Vineyard Records. In Boston, he has been a member of the Mobius Artists Group since 1995 and until recently has served as Director of both Mobius and Studio Soto for a combined twenty years.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Brookline Commission for the Arts, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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JOHN MALLIA at Café Fixe
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Non-Event Presents
Our May Experimental Coffee House
featuring

JOHN MALLIA

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

JOHN MALLIA's compositions for diverse instrumental, vocal and electronic forces have been performed internationally by artists and organizations including Yo-Yo Ma, Gaudeamus (The Netherlands), International Computer Music Association, Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, Zeppelin Festival of Sound Art (Barcelona, Spain), Festival Synthese (Bourges, France), Society for New Music (New York), CyberArts (Boston, MA), Medi@terra's Travelling Mikromuseum (Greece, Bulgaria, Germany), and the Boston Microtonal Society.

His work has been recognized by the Institut de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges' International Competition of Electro-acoustic Music and Sonic Art (1991, 2000 France), the Luigi Russolo competition (2000 Italy), and the Boston Microtonal Society's Annual Award for the creation of microtonal music. He was co-Director of the Auros Group for New Music (1992-99) and has produced more than seventy concerts of contemporary music in New England. He remains active as a presenter of concerts of electro-acoustic music in the Boston area.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Brookline Commission for the Arts, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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HELM + GEOFF MULLEN + PATRICK EMM
Goethe-Institut Boston
Thursday, May 22, 2014

Non-Event presents

HELM (Pan, Alter)
GEOFF MULLEN (Type, Rel, Rare Youth) record release party
PATRICK EMM (Pinebox)
with DJ SAM L

Goethe-Institut Boston
170 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02116
8 p.m. (doors: 7:30pm)
Tickets
Advance: $10 / $8 members and students
At the Door: $15 / $10 members and students

HELM is a sound artist and experimental musician based in London. Helm's compositions build a dense aural landscape that touches on musique concrete, sound poetry, noise, and hallucinatory drones. Helm creates a world where these instruments morph into spectral rust, a shimmering klang swims alongside passive noise. This sound is steered through a melange of fringe territories: glacial drone meditations, reconfigured gamelan clusters, and howling walls of organized feedback, all coalesced in a post-industrial fashion with a commitment to homemade exploratory zeal. He has also performed extensively with Steven Warwick (HEATSICK) in the avant-drone duo Birds of Delay.

GEOFF MULLEN is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, lo-fi electronics, synthesizer) and erstwhile droneologist who is based in Providence, RI. In addition to his all-too rare solo performances, over the has played regularly with Keith Fullerton Whitman and as one-third of the duo of Eli Keszler and Ashley Paul (as Oxtirn). He has releases on Type Records, Barge Recordings, Last Visible Dog, and his own Rare Youth imprint.

PATRICK EMM is a Boston-based artist and musician who utilizes various lo-fi electronics, voice and degraded tape to create hazy, witching-hour compositions. His work relies heavily on a naïve and profoundly skewed sense of fidelity and musical vocabulary. Patrick has been described as a "cassette fetishist" whose music lies somewhere in the intersections of composition and improvisation, elation and dread, failure and success.

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BROMP TREB
at Café Fixe, Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Non-Event Presents
Our June Experimental Coffee House
featuring

BROMP TREB

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

BROMP TREB is the onomatopoeic flailings of Neil Young Cloaca. Composing and improvising with intentionally unstable systems of his own devising, he joyfully uses/misues busted circuits, collaged beats, cheap effects pedals, poor drumming technique, and tape manipulation to make idiosyncratic music / non music. In addition to this project, Young Cloaca is a member of long-running art damage quintet Fat Worm of Error, makes disorienting diaristic video work, and produces performance/screening events. He has performed and screened his work all around North America and Europe. He lives in Western Massachusetts.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Brookline Commission for the Arts, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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