October 12th

James Ilgenfritz, Bhob Rainey, Gabi Losoncy
a night of solos

University Lutheran (UniLu)
3637 Chestnut St
8pm; Admission $10-$15

Bowerbird is pleased to present a triple bill featuring New York Contrabassist, James Ilgenfritz, composer and performer Bhob Rainey, and Philadelphia sound artist Gabrielle Losoncy. James will be performing work from his recent solo CD, and more. From hypnotic drone works to astounding feats of technical virtuosity, this collection of works brings hyper-complexity, improvisation, and lyrical beauty together into a deeply personal tour-de-force of music invention.

James Ilgenfritz is an active composer, improviser, educator, and director of The Anagram Ensemble. He has performed throughout the US, Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Poland, and Switzerland. James has performed with Anthony Braxton, "Blue" Gene Tyranny, Petr Kotik's SEM Ensemble, Pauline Oliveros, Roscoe Mitchell, Rufus Reid, John Zorn, and many others. As a composer he has worked with Dither, String Noise, M Lamar, The Ostravska Banda, Kathleen Supové, the Momenta Quartet, and Lost Dog New Music Ensemble. James has two CDs of solo bass music: Compositions (Braxton) 2011, featuring the music of Anthony Braxton, and Origami Cosmos, featuring works by Annie Gosfield, JG Thirlwell, Miya Masaoka, and Elliott Sharp. The debut CD by his trio Hypercolor (with Lukas Ligeti & Eyal Maoz) was released John Zorn's label Tzadik. The second release by his quartet MiND GAMeS is due in July on the Portuguese label Clean Feed. James has received grants from New Music USA and American Composers Forum. As New York City's first Suzuki bass teacher, James directs the bass studio at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.

Bhob Rainey works with sound, both acoustically and electronically. He, like a lot of people, is interested in quite a few things, but he is especially invested in matters relating to consciousness - its possibilities, limitations, absurdities, threats and futures. As a result, ideas from philosophy, technology, psychology, and the plain old grind worm their way into his work. So do horror and humor. His music is visceral, sometimes. Thoughtful, sometimes. Sometimes both. Rainey has spent a lot of time in recent years working with theater company New Paradise Laboratories, which has given him a long leash (if there's a leash at all) and a lot of resources and inspiration to make sound scores that break all sorts of rules and reach very far into the unknown. He also spent a good chunk of recent good time working with choreographer JungWoong Kim and a fantastically diverse team to create the site-specific installation / performance, SaltSoul.

Gabi Losoncy is a young woman from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who makes various decisions with outer consequences based on how she feels, and to the end of expressing how she feels. Generally working in unlayered, linear audio since her time as a member of Good Area, she expands her practice on a case-by-case basis, making great effort not to do anything unnecessary. She has released and has relationships with Alien Passengers, c a d u c., Impulsive Habitat, Recital, and Kye, and has a book, Second Person, forthcoming from Philip Best's new Amphetamine Sulphate imprint.


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