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1400 N American St
Philadelphia, PA 19122

October 2016

The Philadelphia Embassy of the Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland

October 14, 2016 - October 15, 2016
Crane Arts, 1400 N American St
Philadelphia, PA 19122
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Bowerbird, in collaboration with Mike Bullock, is pleased to present the inauguration of "The Philadelphia Embassy of the Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland" (KREV). KREV, as described by the country's founders - Swedish artists Leif Elggren (King Leif I) and Carl Michael von Hausswolff (King Michael I) - is "the largest and most populous realm on Earth, incorporating all boundaries between other nations as well as Digital Territory and other states of existence. Every time you travel somewhere, and every time you…

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March 2014

Michael Gordon’s RUSHES

March 28, 2014 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
Crane Arts, 1400 N American St
Philadelphia, PA 19122
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Bowebird and Crane Arts are pleased to present "Rushes", an evening length work for seven bassoons by composer Michael Gordon. Performed by the Rushes Ensemble - with bassoonists Dana Jessen, Michael Harley, Jeffrey Lyman, Rachael Elliott, Saxton Rose, Lynn Hileman and Maya Stone - this unique septet of bassoonists is dedicated to expanding and diversifying the future of bassoon repertoire through commissioning projects and collaborations. The ensemble takes its name from Michael Gordon's Rushes, a sixty-minute work for seven bassoons…

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January 2013

JACK Quartet performs Cage

January 12, 2013 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
Crane Arts, 1400 N American St
Philadelphia, PA 19122
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The internationally acclaimed JACK Quartet performs three of Cages late works for string quartet, Music for Four (1984), Four (1989) and the exceptionally rarely heard Five3 (1991) for string quartet and trombone. Unlike the chaotic, multi-centered works of the 1960s and 70s, these pieces reflect a more restrained and nuanced aspect of Cage's compositional voice, using microtones and near stasis to evoke a quiet and Zen-like quality.

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November 2011

Michael Gordon’s TIMBER

November 11, 2011 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm EST
Crane Arts, 1400 N American St
Philadelphia, PA 19122
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American composer Michael Gordon's new piece, Timber, is an evening-length tour de force. Scored for six graduated wooden Simantras — Greek liturgical percussion instruments used by French composer Iannis Xenakis — the work brings the physicality, endurance and technique of percussion performance to a new level. In this new work, Gordon shapes the music in both polyrhythmic and dynamic waves of textures — often each players' hands are in separate rhythmic 'worlds', each traversing a different dynamic contour from loud…

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October 2008

Sound Artist Werner Moebius and Choreographer Mariella Greil

October 22, 2008 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
Crane Arts, 1400 N American St
Philadelphia, PA 19122
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Performing artists from Austria and Philadelphia collaborate and perform during weeklong residency. Soundfield and paraphrase/NEXUS are pleased to announce "Philadelphia Bridge, Part 1," an evening of improvised and choreographed works by movement artists Mariella Greil and Emily Sweeney with sound artists Werner Moebius and Bilwa and composer Michael McDermott performing works inspired by the exhibition "Toyland" at NEXUS. Mariella Greil hails from Austria and currently teaches in the United Kingdom. She will join her frequent collaborator Werner Moebius, also from…

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