Waterworks Museum
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Non-Event and the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum present

GLENN JONES (guitar, banjo)
assisted by MATT AZEVEDO
JESSE COLLINS (reeds, trumpet, electronics

Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
2450 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02467 (map)
Doors: 6:30pm, Performance: 7:00pm
$15 general admission / $10 members/students
Please RSVP at or 617-277-0065

Hot tea and cookies will be provided
Parking is limited, so bike, walk, or take the T, if you can!

GLENN JONES is a Boston-based composer of original compositions for solo acoustic guitar and banjo, and one of the leading exponents of the so-called American Primitive school, a term originally used to describe the music of guitarist John Fahey (1939-2001). The style is noted for its use of drones and open strings, as well as the influence of American roots music (such as blues and old time music); Indian raga and modern classical forms, among others.

The style tends to be syncopated and dynamic in nature (loud / soft; fast / slow; dark / light) and eschews technical virtuosity for its own sake in favor of an emotional experience.

Glenn will perform his original works, each of which suggests its own spatial character, within the unique environment that is Boston’s Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, a pumping station in operation from the late 1800s till 1976. In addition to being a visually arresting space, the Museum allows for the placing of speakers below, above, and throughout the listening area.

In bringing what he does to the Waterworks space, Jones aims to make a compelling evening of music that takes advantage of the space, without sacrificing the value and nature of performance for the sake of the novelty of a “surround-sound” experience.

For this show Jones will be aided by sound engineer and electronic music composer Matthew Azevedo, with whom he has worked for more than 15 years.

Focusing on the confusion of brass and woodwind instruments as well as simple systems of analog feedback, JESSE COLLINS works toward pulling compelling shape from these unstable materials. Working and living in Boston since 2008 he collaborates in various ad hoc groupings of improvisers in and around town in addition to more steady projects like Deleuzer & Funny Money. His solo works are funneled into small editions of recordings and occasional live performances.

This program is supported in part by grants from the Boston Cultural Council and the Brookline Commission for the Arts, local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.