Friday, June 01, 2012

We're performing June 9th in Philadelphia!

Fire Museum Presents:

Alan Sondheim/Helena Espvall/Azure Carter Trio

Dan Joseph

Jesse Kudler/Barry Weisblat Duo

Saturday, June 9th 8:00PM
Highwire Gallery
2040 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA

Alan Sondheim, Azure Carter (Brooklyn) & Helena Espvall (Philadelphia) Trio:

RECORD RELEASE SHOW! “The animists of Mari El aren’t the last pagans, not by a long shot. Cauldron is on the job, too, working the hot-stick on Ley lines from Giant’s Despair to Kingdom Come, with a backpack full of old tube equipment and spools of magnetic tape. Cauldron spins secret messages encoded in lace and tosses the achillea millefolium to see where to go next. Cauldron wants to remind you that all you see is not all there is. The margins of “things” are crawling, if you know how to look: ancient spirits, saints, faeries, fractal elves, jeweled self-dribbling basketballs, etc. etc. etc. The trick is to find your way back to an unmediated life. So take Cauldron’s hand. Ignore the fire-exit signs warning you that an alarm will sound. It won’t. Push the door open… stumble into brighter light… the untended back lot behind our shared reality… where weeds push stark flowers through cracks in the cement… once you get out there everything is so quiet, all you hear is the breezes-s-s-s… butterflies and blue lizards flit and skitter amid the rubble of forgotten thoughts… “How wonderful that you're here!” they say. “You come so rarely! We're so delighted to see you!”

Cauldron deals out a three of cups: Alan Sondheim, a pioneer of mystical ear-tweak and sci-fi sonic ritual sound, chamber-improv gypsy cellist Helena Espvall, and eco-trance singer Azure Carter… thrice to thine and thrice to mine, and thrice again, to make up nine. Channeling the ghosts of Opal Whiteley and Lou Harrison, Cauldron conjures the scratch and shush of the Big Bang out of wood, wind and cat-gut. Whenever you listen to it, this album is always over too soon, just like life. Fire Museum and Tequila Sunrise Records deal out a two of pentacles: not to get all “Yankee Candle” here, but we only made 250 of these, so grab one before they melt away like chemtrails in the sunset sky." - Fred Astarte, Tequila Sunrise Records

Dan Joseph (Brooklyn):

Dan Joseph is a free-lance composer based in New York City. He began his career as a drummer in the vibrant punk scene of his native Washington, DC. During the late 1980s, he was active in the experimental tape music underground, producing ambient-industrial works for independent labels in the U.S. and abroad. He spent the ‘90s in California where he studied at CalArts and Mills College. His principal teachers include Pauline Oliveros, Alvin Curran and Mel Powell. Equally influential where his studies with Terry Riley during several workshops in California and Colorado. As an artist who embraces the musical multiplicity of our time, Dan works simultaneously in a variety of media and contexts, including instrumental chamber music, free improvisation, and various forms of electronica and sound art. Since the late 1990s, the hammer dulcimer has been the primary vehicle for his music. As a performer he is active with his own chamber ensemble, The Dan Joseph Ensemble, as well as in various improvisational collaborations and as an occasional soloist. He has collaborated with a variety of creative artists including Miya Masaoka, Pamela Z, Loren Dempster, JD Parran, Pauline Oliveros, India Cooke, William Winant and John Ingle.
Dan Joseph’s work has been presented at Merkin Concert Hall (NYC), Diapason Gallery for Sound (NYC), Roulette (NYC), Deep Listening Space (Kingston, NY), The Kitchen (NYC) Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF), New Langton Arts (SF) and other venues. He has received commissions from several ensembles and performers, including Gamelan Son of Lion, the SF Sound Group, baritone Thomas Buckner, flutist Jacqueline Martelle and clarinetist Matt Ingalls. ” - bio

Jesse Kudler (Philadelphia) & Barry Weisblat (Brooklyn) Duo:

Jesse Kudler, born 1979, creates concrete music on the computer, composes low-tech multi-channel sound works, and improvises on cheap consumer devices: a no-name electric guitar, hand-held cassette recorders, radios and transmitters, various small junk, and pedals/electronics. In his various travels, Kudler has performed with Matt Bauder, Kyle Bruckmann, Chris Cogburn, James Coleman, Tim Feeney, Brent Gutzeit, Bonnie Jones, Jason Kahn, Mazen Kerbaj, Toshimaru Nakamura, Pauline Oliveros, Bhob Rainey, Vic Rawlings, Christine Sehnaoui, Mike Shiflet, Jason Soliday, Howard Stelzer, Christian Weber, Matt Weston, Jack Wright, Jason Zeh, and many others. Current and "recent" projects include: sound installation; a duo with Ian Fraser; solo performance; HZL, an environmental electronics duo with Tim Albro; duos with Chris Cogburn, Christian Weber, and Chandan Narayan; Benito Cereno (with Dustin Hurt, Chandan Narayan, Tim Albro, and Ian Fraser); Tweeter, a treble-intensive noise trio with Alex Nagle and Eli Litwin; and various ad hoc groupings. Kudler is the co-founder and co-Director (with Ian Fraser) of the Philadelphia Sound Forum.

Barry Weisblat was born in 1975 in Brooklyn. He is a sound artist and electronic instrument builder who extensively experiments with electro-magnetic devices, solar technology, homemade and modified circuits for application in sound generation/manipulation, audio engineering and photography. Weisblat has collaborated with Margarida Garcia, Tower Recordings, Mattin, Tim Barnes and Tetuzi Akiyama, and has built instruments for Peter Kowald, Toshio Kajiwara, Manuel Mota and Matt Valentine. He has sound engineered for Erstwhile Records, Dean Roberts and Jon Gibson. - bios

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