Event title - BOWERBIRD ::: NEW AND EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC, DANCE, FILM+VIDEO ::: Philadelphia, PA
December 8th (wednesday)
WOODY SULLENDER + SEAMUS CATER
ARCHER SPADE (DAN BLACKSBERG + NICK MILLEVOI)
@ The Powel House Museum
244 S. Third Street
8pm; $10, $8 in advance
SIMPLY UNIQUE Entirely incomparable and absolutely gorgeous: Join Bowerbird in the intimate setting of the historic Powel House for a refreshing take on the folk, rock, and jazz genres featuring an elite line up of international performers: the banjo / harmonica duo of Woody Sullender and Seamus Cater (UK/Amsterdam); percussionist Seijiro Murayama (Japan/France); and the trombone / guitar duo of Philadelphians Dan Blacksberg and Nick Millevoi.
"The results of this duo are so phenomenally playful and full of depth and simple joy that it's hard not to love what they are doing. This is a refreshing take on the combination of folk and experimental musical modes and definitely deserves wider attention. " Woody Sullender (NYC) plays acoustic and electro-acoustic banjo while Seamus Cater (UK/Amsterdam) plays different kinds of harmonicas, usually re-tuned. It's two instruments with a lot of cultural baggage played by two musicians involved in experimental music where such cultural associations are not so common. This new / folk / minimal look into re-interpretations of instrumental and stylistic conventions sits in a place that at once embraces a post digital aesthetic whilst scanning back through 20th century music with instruments that haven't changed since the 1920's.
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).
Archer Spade is the new music collaboration between composer/performers Daniel Blacksberg and Nick Millevoi that seeks to broaden the repertoire and inspire new sonic possibilities for their unlikely instrumentation of trombone and electric guitar. Together, Blacksberg and Millevoi bring unique and versatile vocabularies to contemporary classical music as well as extensive individual experiences that span experimental music, jazz, punk rock, and Jewish music. The duo's music, formed from over a decade of playing together, propels beyond the boundaries of the classical tradition into a singular body of work that spans the unique breadth of its members personal vocabularies.
bowerbird@LANDMARKS is an ongoing curatorial partnership that expands cultural offerings in Philadelphia by bringing experimental and improvisational music, film, dance and other creative, genre-defying performing arts to historic sites in the region.
Showcasing the newest performing arts is nothing new for Landmarks' four historic, 18th century houses---Grumblethorpe, Physick House, Powel House and Waynesborough. These houses would often have been the locations for recitals of the most "fashionable" music of their time. Powel House which was the one of the most significant cultural and social centers of colonial and revolutionary Philadelphia. Events in the bowerbird@LANDMARKS series revive this long-lost tradition of intimate concerts, and provide an intelligent alternative for contemporary audiences.
What can you expect if you attend a bowerbird@LANDMARKS performance? You can expect to hear some of the most innovative, avant-garde music being produced by local, national and international artists. You can expect to be challenged to expand your definitions of music, and to leave behind your preconceptions. Each performance will involve some risk-taking by both the performer and the audience member, but if you come with an open mind, and we promise to provide you with a uniquely stimulating experience.