November 19th


Bowerbird Presents GATE
@ The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
7pm; FREE

Loren Connors has improvised and composed guitar music for about three decades. His music, sometimes called avant blues, has been recorded on Family Vineyard, Drag City, Table of the Elements, and other labels. He has performed with Alan Licht, John Fahey, Jim O’Rourke, Keiji Haino, and other artists. Thom Jurek (All Music Guide) writes, “Connors, like John Cage and Mark Rothko before him, sees and hears the value in not ordering sounds along a particular path even if that path has been drawn out in advance. Hence, where the 12 bars are supposed to be placed are sparse notes and large spaces where notes, harmony, and melody once existed. Touch, sense, and aural interrogation are the only bones left on the skeleton of Connor's blues....”

Barn Owl - Evan Caminiti (guitars, vocals) and Jon Porras (guitars, vocals, drums, harmonium) met in San Francisco in 2006 and immediately started playing music together. Over the next four years, the two gradually sculpted a vast collection of hazy desert sky meditations – ominous, barren expanses of music for desert walks at dusk, and dark, pastoral passages embellished with psychedelic and atmospheric wash. A mixture between devotional ragas and dusty stomp with atmosphere and production that references shoegaze and black metal influences. In addition to having put out several releases on labels such as Root Strata, Digitalis, Not Not Fun, and Blackest Rainbow, the band also has a collaboration album called Barn Owl and the Infinite Strings Ensemble on Important Records in the works.

Native Philadelphian and current Brooklynite Steve Gunn has been a stalwart of the American experimental scene for close to a decade, having done time in the groups GHQ and Magic Markers, and, more recently, as a solo artist. "Steve Gunn’s prodigous talent for fusing traditional american song structures with a raga influence is almost criminally unheralded. Gunn’s songcraft is so strong and his playing style so effortlessly beautiful that folks should be shouting his name from every tall building and mountaintop." -- Three Lobed Recordings

High Aura'd
(John Kolodij - Electric & Acoustic 6 string, Lap steel, Octave 12, harmonica; and Todd Bowser - Baritone guitar, Electric bass) came together like so many modern romances – united by Craigslist and mutual friends. Forged in the outer rings of Boston in 2009, High Aura'd was born of a mutual respect for what had come before and a longing for a timely future. Influenced as much by Richard Serra and Robert Smithson as Loren Connors and Lichens, they set foot on a path of enlightenment through self exploration and innovation; trying to capture space, time, and raw emotion. They have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Arbouretum, AREA C, Steve Gunn, Glenn Jones, Tom Carter, MV & EE, Pontiak, Animal Hospital, among others. High Aura'd will be touring Fall 2010 in support of their first EP on Reverb Worship and a tape on Stunned Records.

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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