Washington Street Art Center
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Sharif Sehnaoui at the BCA, Photo: Susanna Bolle

Non-Event + Washington Street Art Center present
solo and collaborative sets by

MIKE BULLOCK (bass, electronics)
TOM PLSEK (trombone)

Washington Street Art Center
321 Washington Street
8pm/$10 suggested

SHARIF SEHNAOUI is a free improvising guitarist. He plays both electric & acoustic guitars, with (or without) extended and prepared techniques, focusing on expanding the intrinsic possibilities of these instruments without the use of effects or electronics. He now resides in Beirut, his hometown, after more than a decade in Paris, where he started his career as an improviser in 1998, playing at Instants Chavirés as a member of several orchestras. He has since performed his music worldwide and played in many clubs & festivals such as Soundfield (Chicago), Moers, Konfrontationen (Nickelsdorf), Météo Music Festival (Mulhouse), CTM & Maerzmusik (Berlin), FEST (Tunis), Skanu Mesz (Riga), 100Live (Cairo) or Musikprotokoll (Graz). This is his second performance with Non-Event.

In Lebanon, he actively contributed to the emergence of an unprecedented experimental music scene. Along with Mazen Kerbaj he created Irtijal in 2000, a yearly international festival that is the oldest improvised and new music festival in the Arab world. “Irtijal” celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2015.

MIKE BULLOCK is a composer, intermedia artist, and writer based in Philadelphia. His work encompasses electroacoustic improvisation, modular synthesis, field recording, intermedia installation, contrabass and bass guitar, porcelain making, illustration, and critical writing.

Bullock has been performing electroacoustic improvised music since the mid 90s and was a longtime member of Boston’s experimental music community. He has performed across the US and in Europe, at venues such as Fylkingen in Stockholm, Sweden; Instants Chavirés in Paris; Cafe OTO in London; Experimental Intermedia and ISSUE Project Room in New York City; The Philadelphia Museum of Art; and EMPAC in Troy, NY. In June 2015, Bullock received a Performance Grant from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage.

Trombone explorer TOM PLSEK has been stretching trombones and our concepts of them for years, the last 30+ as a member of the Mobius Artist Group. His works, which include pieces for groups as well as solo trombone, often incorporate improvisation, technology, and performance art. Tom has performed with such artists as Jerry Hunt, Malcolm Goldstein, Phill Niblock, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Joe Morris, Marjorie Morgan and Joanne Rice. He has performed at New Music America in 1983 and 1986. He is a member of the Mobius Artists Group and Chair Emeritus of the Brass Department at Berklee College of Music in Boston. The Gu series, a monthly performance series created with Marjorie Morgan and based on one of the hexagrams from the I Ching, was selected by the Boston Globe as one of the top ten dance events in Boston for the year 2002. In May 2005 his piece “Collateral Damage Noted for 100+ musicians was premiered on Boston city hall plaza to critical acclaim. He is a member of the Acoustical Society of America for which he has given several presentations. He is featured on several recordings including “Firehouse Futurities,” 1999: Rastascan Records; Tautology; “Jump or Die; 21 Braxton Compositions” 1992 and Music and Arts records “MVP LSD: The Graphic Scores of Lowell Skinner Davidson,” Riti records, 2008.

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.