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John Cage: Film Without Subject

The Rotunda 4014 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA

Created the year he died, Cages only feature-length film One11 (1992) was composed entirely using 1,200 random operations devised by a computereach determining the movements of a crane-mounted camera and the qualities of lighting within an empty room. A meditation on the perception of emptiness that harks back to Cages much earlier 433 (1952), One11…

Cage: Variations I – III

The Rotunda 4014 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA

• Variations I (1958) performed by Christopher Colucci and Jorge Cousineau • Variations II (1961) performed by Nate Wooley and Susan Alcorn • Variations III (1962) performed by Bonnie Jones and Jesse Kudler With vastly open and indeterminate scores and happenings, Variations I – VIII (1958 – 1967) is a series of compositions that foreshadows…

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Bernard Parmegiani’s “De natura sonorum”

The Rotunda 4014 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA

Bernard Parmegiani (b. 1927): "De natura sonorum" (1975) Suite in twelve movements Digital artist Peter Price will perform live projected visuals to accompany the digital playback. The concert will be preceded by a brief introductory talk by Thomas Patteson. ABOUT THE EVENT Building on the acoustic investigations of his teacher Pierre Schaeffer, the founder of…

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Diamond Terrifier + Femme Tops + Wait + Patrick Higgins

The Rotunda 4014 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA

Difficult to summarize, yet unified in ethos and affect, this evening features three solo projects - Diamond Terrifier (Sam Hillmer of the Zs's), Partrick Higgins (in an extensive reworking of JS Bach's music), and Wait (a solo electronics project by Robert J). Also on the evening is a new quartetFemme Tops featuring Alex Hampshire, Rick…

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POWERS OF TEN

The Rotunda 4014 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA

When we think of documentary films, we probably call to mind certain familiar forms, such as archival footage of World War II battles or British-accented narration of natural scenes. But conceived in the broadest terms, the documentary is an extremely diverse cinematic genre with at least as much room for artistic experimentation as the fictional…

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ICE PLANET

The Rotunda 4014 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA

Bowerbird pays homage to the eclectic past of the GATE series, and offers a synth laden night of psychedelic slow jams and industrial thrashes. Headling the evening will be New York City's post-punk electronic band OUTPOST featuring Mark C of the 80s no wave band Live Skull on guitar, synths, and vocals, with Stuart Argabright…

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YOU SAY HELLO, I SAY GOODBYE

The Rotunda 4014 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA

There is something wonderfully fleeting about improvised music. The music itself lives for only the briefest of moments, and collaborations, even extended ones, can come and go quite often. Maybe this has to do with the relative ease with which partners can interchange with one another, or the transient nature of its practitioners, but in…

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GATE

The Rotunda 4014 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA

SHOT X SHOT with special guest MATT MITCHELL   Shot x Shot is a Philadelphia quartet that has forged a distinctive sound through five years of steady collaboration. Their work is based in collective improvisational compositions that run the gamut from delicate to ruthless. The band was formed in 2004 while the members were students…

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Rafael Toral

The Rotunda 4014 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA

THE PROGRAM Rafael Toral - Tatsuya Nakatani Vuitton (Alex Nagle - Joe Lentini) Dave Smolen   ABOUT THE ARTIST Rafael Toral is researching performance possibilities in electronic music. Using custom-built or modified electronic instruments, he's developing the long-term Space Program to structure musical phrasing in "post-free jazz electronic music". Approaching jazz as a system of…

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THE BREADWINNER

The Rotunda 4014 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA

Graham Lambkin and Jason Lescalleet are both highly respected artists, with small but intensely hardcore followings. Since 2001, they've been gradually moving closer towards realizing a collaborative project, and The Breadwinner is the results of two years of recording, reworking and polishing. Lambkin first entered the public consciousness at 19 when he formed his band…

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SONIC MIRRORS

The Rotunda 4014 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA

Bowerbird presents SONIC MIRRORS featuring music by The International Nothing, Lopass Mates, and Ko Koed. For as much as the duo format highlights the creative boundaries of its individual artists, duos featuring two of the same instrument push these frontiers even further. Hidden beneath a veneer of sameness, the minute and nuanced details of sound…

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Nate Wooley / Ivar Grydeland

The Rotunda 4014 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA

Nate Wooley / Ivar Grydeland Ben Hall / Chris Riggs Bring It Inside with McOmber Toshi Makihara   ABOUT THE ARTISTS   Guitarist Ivar Grydeland (b.Trondheim 1976) started his music education degree in the mid-nineties. Having a base as a free jazz artist, Grydeland has continually expanded his experimental style to include new sounds. This…

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Maria Chavez + J. Morrison, Katt Hernandez + Erik Ruin

The Rotunda 4014 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA

Maria Chavez is an avant-turntablist from Peru, living in New York City. She focuses on electro acoustic sound of vinyl and needle and has a collection of needles from immaculate to ruined that she calls her "pencils of sound" and a collection of records that provide the palette. She has toured with Christiina Carter (Charlambides,…

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Extra Life | Whales and Cops | Altamira

The Rotunda 4014 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA

CONSERVATORY OF NOW Some of the greatest things in music have been happening at the edges of the Rock genres. The depth of complexity, instrumental coloring, and overall creative ingenuity rivals, if not surpasses, the level of compositional prowess happening in concert halls today.  And with the popularity of bands like the Dirty Projectors or…

Paul Flaherty | Randall Colbourne | Evan Lipson | Carlos Santiago | Bring It Inside with Goodman

The Rotunda 4014 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA

We are extremely excited to present the amazing free jazz duo of Paul Flaherty and Randall Colbourne. They have been playing together for over 20 years and have over 15 releases together, but this is only their first tour. Alto and tenor saxophonist Paul Flaherty is New England's purveyor of the ecstatic jazz pulse. Even…

LEERRAUM [ ] NIGHT

The Rotunda 4014 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA

Films and live performances by Atsushi Yamamoto, Christian Schneider, Delgado Fuchs, Hammes, Zende, Helena Gough, Pe Lang, Richard Garet, and Zimoun co-presented with GATE Join us for an evening of experimental video and sound performances featuring a survey of work from of European, Asian, and American artists of the Leerraum network. In a world clamoring…

SHOT x SHOT

The Rotunda 4014 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA

ELI LITWIN / JON BARRIOS / CARLOS SANTIAGO DAVE SMOLEN LIONSHEAD (JULIUS MASRI / BEN REMSEN) plus a special screening of CHARLES COHEN AT THE BUCHLA MUSIC EASEL: a new short film by Alex Tyson * CD RELEASE SHOW * Dan Capecchi- Drums Matt Engle- Bass Bryan Rogers- Tenor Saxophone Dan Scofield- Alto Saxophone Philadelphia,…

ATSURA YAMAUCHI, HEDDY BOUBAKER, JACK WRIGHT / DAVE SMOLEN / JASON CALLOWAY

The Rotunda 4014 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA

KATSURA YAMAUCHI saxes HEDDY BOUBAKER saxes JACK WRIGHT saxes japan / france / usa Born in 1963 in Marseille (France) a nice Sunday of March at siesta time, influenced by the Mediterranean sea and the Mistral wind, Heddy Boubaker has played music and experimented with sounds since 1977, starting with electric guitar in a mainly…