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David First: Same Animal, Different Cages – Night 2
Arcana, The Notekillers, The Western Enisphere

Saturday - 8:00pm (ET)
February 8, 2020

Christ Church Neighborhood House
20 N American St Philadelphia PA 19106
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$12 – $20

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Bowerbird is pleased to present Same Animal, Different Cages, a two night portrait of composer David First. Now based in Brooklyn, First was born in Philadelphia and was active in the city during the 1970s and 80s as the composer and guitarist for the influential avant rock band The Notekillers. His work ranges from pop songs to severely minimalist droneworks during which he can be found playing everything from computer to harmonica. First has created freely improvised jazz works, abstract electronic music, sound art, audiovisual experiments, and opera. He has played with legendary jazz pianist Cecil Taylor at Carnegie Hall and was musical director for (Mummer’s) Trilby String Band. First has collaborated on recordings and performances with Kyp Malone of TV On the Radio, renowned minimalist composer Phill Niblock, and has been commissioned to create new works for the Flux Quartet, Joseph Kubera, The SEM Ensemble, and Thomas Buckner.

This event is part of David First: Same Animal, Different Cages. View night Night 1 here.

Read a preview of the two concert portrait series here.


Keylights in a Palace Balloon (1990) — for solo piano
The Upcell Dog Parades (1993) – for piano and four percussionists
Revolutions (2019/world premiere) — for video, mixed ensemble, plus rock & roll rhythm section
Four Songs (TBD) — for rock & roll band and guests

Arcana New Music Ensemble
Piano – David Hughes
Percussion 1 – Andy Thierauf
Percussion 2 – Alyssa Resh
Percussion 3 – Emily Roane
Percussion 4 – Adam Bailey

David First, guitar
Stephen Bilenky, bass
Barry Halkin, drums

The Western Enisphere
Jeanann Dara – viola
Sam Kulik – trombone
Jeff Tobias – bass clarinet
Danny Tunick – glass harmonica
Will Stanton – piano
Ian Douglas-Moore – guitar
Alex Waterman – cello
David First – audio-video laptop/analog synth

The Notekillers


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