Bowerbird Presents GATE
@ The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
Shot x Shot is a Philadelphia quartet that has forged a distinctive sound through five years of steady collaboration. Their work is based in collective improvisational compositions that run the gamut from delicate to ruthless. The band was formed in 2004 while the members were students at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. They began performing at local venues and gradually extended their range to include New York, Boston, Chicago, Montreal and other major cities. Shot × Shot has performed alongside Peter Br0tzmann, Jeb Bishop, Chicago Luzern Exchange, Peter Evans, Jack Wright and Pete Robbins among others. In 2007, the band showcased at South by Southwest. Shot × Shot's self-titled live debut (High Two, 2006) was heralded in the pages of Downbeat, The Wire, Signal to Noise, All About Jazz-NY, and other publications. The Village Voice and All About Jazz-NY listed the album among the top debuts of 2006.
"…a true collaborative quartet, with each continuously listening, adjusting, leading and following. What is startling to realize is that even in the densest sections, when all four players are letting fly, each line can be heard as being in an almost contrapuntal relationship with the others. Let Nature Square is a remarkable achievement." -Budd Kopman, All About Jazz
Read about Shot x Shot in the Philadelphia CityPaper, here.
Since moving to Philadelphia in 1999, Matt Mitchell has pursued an
interest in the intersections of both composed and improvised music
and of 'classical', 'jazz', and electronic music, performing
consistently throughout the United States and Europe. In addition to
his solo activities he is currently a member of Tim Berne's ensembles Los Totopos and Adobe Probe. He also performs and records with a number of different ensembles, including Brown Grant [an electroacoustic duo with Aaron Meicht], a trio with Doug Hirlinger and Tarus Mateen, a trio with Matt Engle and Mike Szekely, and Anwar Marshall's quartet. He has been a member of the long standing
Philadelphia-area groups Kaktus and Feigner, both of which groups have
explored new areas of non-idiomatic group improvisation and released
several acclaimed albums on Scrapple Records. Matt's most recent
recording, the large-scale electroacoustic piece 'vapor squint,
antique chromatic', was released on Scrapple in 2007 to uniformly
positive reviews. Additionally he peforms with a number of musicians including
Ralph Alessi, Ravi Coltrane, Brad Shepik, Tom Rainey, Shane Endsley, Andrew D'Angelo, Ben Perowsky, Drew Gress, Tony Malaby,
Mark Helias, Jim Black, Ari Hoenig, Josh Roseman, and John
Swana, as well as being a former member of the avant-rock band
Thinking Plague. Matt is also a faculty member with the Brooklyn, NY
based School for Improvisational Music [SIM].
The Rotunda is a West Philadelphia community-gathering place that is fueled by the belief that art is a catalyst for social change and that the arts can lead to the formation of meaningful partnerships between the University of Pennsylvania and surrounding neighborhoods. Over 300 events are offered every year, including live music, film, spoken word, theater, art, dance, education, youth programs, arts incubation, and various experimental genres. As an alcohol-free, smoke-free venue, The Rotunda provides a critical social alternative for all ages. At its core, The Rotunda is a shared space fostering learning, enrichment, and community support while empowering the public to present, produce, and promote their work.