March 19th

Nautical Almanac
Seijiro Murayama
ylwtr (Kurt Gottschalk + Phillip Gayle)
Weyes Blood

Bowerbird Presents GATE
@ The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
8pm; FREE

The experimental artist is one who is in a constant state of flux, renewing their vision and creative impulses over the course of a career, or even from performance to performance.

Seijiro Murayama is a Japanese percussionist currently living in Paris.  Active since 1982, he is a founding member of seminal noise/rock band A.N.P. (with KK Null) and Fushitsusha (with Keiji Haino).  Currently he plays solo (with only a snare drum), in duo  with Jean-Luc Guionnet, Eric Cordier, Stéphane Bank, Tim Blechmann, Didier Lasserre, and quartet “Off-cells” with Taku Unami (guitar), Uta Kawasaki (analog synth), Takahiro Kawaguchi (objects).

Since it’s founding in 1994, Nautical Almanac, the project of Baltimoreans James “Twig” Harper and Carly Ptak, has been hard to categorize.  Using an ever changing array of hacked electronics, and sometimes (but just as often not) performing in costumes, jumping into the crowd, or not, Nautical Almanac is certainly never the same twice. "My motto is, 'Remember how it felt not to be able to play music,'" Harper says.

In YLWTR, Kurt Gottschalk and Philip Gayle explore bright and quiet currents with acoustic strings, percussion, waterphone and accidental video.  Kurt is most interested in what Anthony Braxton brilliantly termed the "post Ayler/Cage continuum." His writings about music have appeared in All About Jazz, Signal to Noise, The Wire and Time Out-New York, among other publications.

Previously know as Wiseblood and more recently Weyes Bluhd, Weyes Blood (Natalie Mering) once made melancholy and lyric folk, but has more recently made dark psychedelic noisy songs with a collage of  tape, guitar textures, and various other sounds.  Mering says “I want to play an ancient song, but through the sonic elements of tape collage and electronics, accidental sounds that rejuvenate the melodic archetype while also thrusting it into the future.”

The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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.


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