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Kaffe Matthews
Spectral Forces

Friday - 8:00pm (ET)
March 15, 2024

The Rotunda
4014 Walnut St Philadelphia PA 19104
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Bowerbird is pleased to present Berlin-based British music maker Kaffe Matthews at The Rotunda with opening set by Spectral Forces.



Kaffe Matthews is a pioneering music maker who works live with space, data, things, and place to make new electroacoustic composition. Site, accessibility and the physical experience of this music has always been central to her approach and so she has also invented some unique interfaces – the sonic armchair, the sonic bed and a variety of sonic bikes which enable new paths into composition for makers, and ways in to listening for wide ranging audiences. In 2021 she developed the breathing Enviro Bike to enable riders to hear music made by the pollution of the air as they ride. Summer 2022 saw the Buzz Bike in street compositional research in Berlin, now ready to make new vibrational composition. Today, she is back live on stage with no laptop. Instead a new DIY instrument the Ripley, a noise filter system designed on alchemical discoveries made by G.Ripley, a 15th British alchemist, flanked by 2 processing ipads.

Spectral Forces, a Philadelphia based trio of Pete Dennis (bass), Julius Masri (drums), and Alex Smith (keys and words), brings triangulated octohedronal hysteria, wired nexus and timpanic atom bathe! the new wave in mystic sonic structure.

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