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May 2022

JJJJJerome Ellis

May 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Bowerbird is pleased to present musician JJJJJerome Ellis and Philadelphia-based duo Jupiter Blue at The Rotunda.   ABOUT THE MUSICIANS JJJJJerome Ellis is a blk disabled animal, stutterer, and artist. He prays, reads, gardens, cycles, wanders, and plays. Through music, literature, performance, and video he researches relationships among blackness, disabled speech, divinity, nature, sound, and time. Born in 1989 to Jamaican and Grenadian immigrants, he grew up and lives by a heron rookery in Virginia Beach, USA. His diverse body…

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April 2022

Sound Mechanic

April 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Bowerbird is pleased to present a sneak preview screening of Sound Mechanic by Skizz Cyzyk about Baltimore native Neil Feather. Neil invents new musical instruments and sound making devices, frequently incorporating bicycle parts, bowling balls and sex toys. His inventions are then used in live performances and installations. This observational documentary feature gives the audience a chance to spend some time with Neil, getting to know him, seeing him working, and watching his performances. Neil and his instruments have been…

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March 2022

Alash Ensemble

March 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Philadelphia favorites Alash return to The Rotunda for a FREE concert. Alash are masters of Tuvan throat singing (xöömei), a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. Masters of traditional Tuvan instruments as well as the art of throat singing, Alash are deeply committed to traditional Tuvan music and culture. At the same time, they are fans of western music. Believing that traditional music must constantly evolve, the musicians subtly infuse their songs with western elements, creating…

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February 2022

Franck Vigroux & Ulrich Krieger

February 18 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Bowerbird is pleased to present Franck Vigroux and Ulrich Krieger performing Dodécaèdre, a new piece for electronics and amplified-processed saxophone at The Rotunda. Made of tectonic tensions, beats, and electronic textures the new work is a very personal approach to sonic exploration. Opening the evening will be a solo set by Philadelphia-based multi-instrumentalist Julius Masri. ABOUT THE ARTIST Ulrich Krieger is well known as a saxophone player in contemporary composed and free improvised music as well as a composer of…

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April 2020

CANCELED – Alash Ensemble

April 2, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Philadelphia favorites Alash return to The Rotunda for a FREE concert. Alash are masters of Tuvan throat singing (xöömei), a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. Masters of traditional Tuvan instruments as well as the art of throat singing, Alash are deeply committed to traditional Tuvan music and culture. At the same time, they are fans of western music. Believing that traditional music must constantly evolve, the musicians subtly infuse their songs with western elements, creating their…

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March 2020

POSTPONED – Fennesz

March 17, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Austrian laptop music pioneer Fennesz recently released his first album in nearly five years, Agora, and it reinforces the inscrutable beauty of his aesthetic. His work is steeped in romanticism, with each piece patiently wending its way through meticulously plotted narratives of remarkable concision, marked by orchestral swells and shimmering ambience. Using a blend of synthesizers and ingeniously processed electric guitar, he sculpts richly textured movements that seamlessly layer post-industrial noises—whirrs, clicks, feedback, and machine-like throbs—soaring washes of symphonic color,…

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February 2020

POSTPONED – George Stavis

February 21, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Due to circumstances beyond our control this concert has been postponed to a date to be announced later. George Stavis is a singular player, among the finest 5-string banjo players of his generation. Although trained in the traditions of Pete Seeger and Earl Scruggs, in the late 1960s Stavis developed a unique approach to the instrument which expanded it in both popular and exotic directions. His first solo album, Labyrinths, on the Vanguard label, is considered a landmark for improvisational…

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January 2020

Ikue Mori + Charmaine Lee

January 17, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Since her emergence in New York’s No Wave scene in the late 1970s as a percussionist in DNA, Japanese native Ikue Mori has used auto didacticism to forge one of the most singular aesthetics in contemporary music. Since switching from a richly intuitive approach to drums to electronics during the 1980s she’s refined an elusive, liquid sound that translated her rhythmic vocabulary into a shape-spilling mass of daydreaming gurgles, bloops, smears, rattles, and fractals that’s at once serene and unsettling.…

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December 2019

Sarah Hennies: Contralto

December 20, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Ithaca composer and percussionist Sarah Hennies presents a cinematic version of her stunning 2017 video work Contralto, a bracing yet tender meditation on gender dysphoria viewed through the lens of transgender women finding a comfortable new speaking voice. Based on her experience in Ithaca College’s Voice and Communication Modification Program for People in the Transgender Community, the composer gathered seven diverse transgender women to perform vocal exercises designed to aid in so-called, “voice feminization.” Contralto is an intimate glimpse into…

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November 2019

Neil Feather: Sound Mechanic

November 15, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Bowerbird is pleased to present "Neil Feather: Sound Mechanic" an evening dedicated to the sonic contraptions of Neil Feather, inventor of such fantastical instruments as "The Wiggler", "The Nondo," "Thunderwheels," "Magnapooters," "Apex Roto-Zither," and the "Thumbsnake." The night will feature a performance of a work-in-progress chamber concerto composed for Feather’s instruments alongside the Arcana New Music Ensemble by Philadelphia and New Zealand based composer Rosie Langabeer, with whom Feather collaborates closely in the duo Two To Tutu Too. This will…

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October 2019

Laraaji

October 18, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Philadelphia-born, New Jersey-raised polymath Laraaji has maintained a pursuit of spiritual transcendence through music since the mid-70s. After several years of studiously developing an aesthetic informed by Eastern faiths and transcendental research in his long-time home in Harlem, in 1979 Brian Eno stumbled upon him busking in Washington Square Park in New York, improvising celestial meditations with his electric zither. The producer invited him to contribute to his influential Ambient series, resulting in the 1980 album Day of Radiance. Ever…

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June 2019

New Perplexity

June 21, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Bowerbird is pleased to present New Perplexity (Daniel Fishkin, Cleek Schrey, Ron Shalom) in an evening of new works created during their upcoming artists-in-residence at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center. New Perplexity is a composer-performer collective intent on creating new contexts for the daxophone, a thin hardwood strip played with a bow, created by the German improviser/inventor Hans Reichel in 1987. The instrument’s sound, somewhere between a cello and badger, ranges from furtive gurgles and delicate whistles to wild screams.  In…

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May 2019

The Magic Sun (Sun Ra)

May 17, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Bowerbird is pleased to present an evening of screened and live audio visual shorts including the Philadelphia premiere of Phill Niblock’s newly mastered 1966 film The Magic Sun - an experimental work featuring Sun Ra and His Solar Arkestra that was produced using a unique negative process and ultra-tight close-ups on the moving hands and mouths of the musicians.  Also screened will be Philadelphia dance artist Terry Fox's Citizens' Footbook. These video "fillers" were created by Terry Fox in collaboration with filmmaker…

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April 2019

Yasmin Williams + Daniel Bachman

April 19, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Bowerbird is pleased to present a double bill of fingerstyle and American primitive guitarists Yasmin Williams and Daniel Bachman. YASMIN WILLIAMS   DANIEL BACHMAN   ABOUT THE ARTIST Yasmin Williams is an acoustic fingerstyle guitarist with an unorthodox, modern style of playing. Her music has been commonly described as refreshing, relaxing, and unique and has been called some of the most imaginative guitar music out today. She utilizes various techniques including alternate tunings, percussive hits, and lap tapping in her…

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March 2019

Alash Ensemble

March 30, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
Free

Philadelphia favorites Alash return to The Rotunda for a FREE concert. Alash are masters of Tuvan throat singing (xöömei), a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. Masters of traditional Tuvan instruments as well as the art of throat singing, Alash are deeply committed to traditional Tuvan music and culture. At the same time, they are fans of western music. Believing that traditional music must constantly evolve, the musicians subtly infuse their songs with western elements, creating their…

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Johanna Beyer: Music of the Spheres – Night One

March 15, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Bowerbird is honored to present a two evening retrospective of pioneering composer Johanna Beyer. The first evening features her percussion music and the second evening features her chamber music. Although Beyer's music was overlooked during her lifetime and for decades after her death, it was some of the most experimental and prophetic work created during the 1930s. Music of the Spheres (1938) is the first known work scored for electronic instruments by a female composer. The fourth movements of her…

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February 2019

Greg Brown: Fall and Decline

February 15, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Bowerbird is pleased to present the world premiere of Greg Brown’s Fall and Decline performed by Variant 6. The new work composed for voices and electronics is based on texts of Sadakichi Hartmann, Eprenius, Todd Hearon, Edward Gibbon, and Omar Khayyam. The composition contemplates the inevitable decline of all things natural and manmade. Variant 6 pairs this new work with other pieces for voices and electronics, as well as selections of Medieval and Renaissance music. ABOUT THE PERFORMERS Variant 6…

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January 2019

Arcana Brass

January 18, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Bowerbird is excited to present a rare evening of all contemporary music for brass ensemble featuring musicians from the Arcana New Music Ensemble. The program encompasses a wide variety of compositional voices from the last sixty years, including Lois V. Vierk's thorny Jagged Mesa, Michael Nyman's very un-Cagein For John Cage, and more recent works by Philadelphia based composers Rene Orth and Dustin Hurt. PROGRAM Lois V. Vierk: Jagged Mesa for brass ensemble Rene Orth: Leaguered in Fire, Lagooned in Gold for…

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December 2018

Ben Patterson: Methods and Processes

December 14, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Bowerbird and the Arcana New Music Ensemble are excited to present the music of Ben Patterson (1934-2016), an important and under-recognized leader of the early Fluxus movement, an international, interdisciplinary community of experimental artists that began in the early 1960s. The program represents Patterson's wide range of compositional strategies.  For example - Paper Piece (for 1 to 5 performers) is a text score that invites musicians to -  "shake, break, tear, crumple" - paper in an improvisatory exploration of its sonic…

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November 2018

HPrizm: Pressure Wave

November 16, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Pressure Wave is a new evening length audio /visual piece by composer/ performer HPrizm (Kyle Austin). The work uses amplified resonance of urban spaces and the intersectional space between Sonic Activism, Musique concrète, and Rap's early roots to examine the dense environments and circumstances that birthed Hip Hop. HPrizm is known for "Evoking images of Sun Ra and Afrika Bambaataa at once (Jesse Sewer XL8R magazine). As the founding member of the critically acclaimed Antipop Consortium, HPrizm has consistently challenged…

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October 2018

Howard Stelzer: Crossing Parallel

October 19, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Boston based composer/performer Howard Stelzer performs "Crossing Parallel", a live score to Joe Taylor's poetic film footage of the American southwest. Accompanying this work will be a screening of Philadelphia based film maker David Scott Kessler's Icelandic short film Lopapeysa (with a recorded score by Mary Lattimore and Benjamin Warfield). ABOUT CROSSING PARALLEL "Crossing Parallel", an extended film by Howard Stelzer & Joe Taylor. It grew out of Taylor's forthcoming film "The Crossing", a narrative Western movie shot mostly in Death…

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Tashi Wada Group (featuring Julia Holter and Corey Fogel)

October 3, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Los Angeles-based composer Tashi Wada presents his new group featuring Julia Holter and percussionist Corey Fogel performing music from Wada's new album “Nue” out this fall on Brooklyn-based label RVNG Intl. Opening the evening will be a new synthesizer duo project from Jeff Zeigler (Philadelphia) and Dash Lewis (Richmond). In Japanese, ‘nue’ is a mythological chimera with the face of a monkey, the legs of a tiger, and the tail of a snake. In French, ‘nue’ means naked—stripped of complexity,…

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May 2018

Erik Ruin’s Long/Gone

May 19, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Currently over 100 feet in length, LONG/GONE is a single intricately-cut piece of paper which flows freely from image to image. Narratives and scenarios (often drawn from classic works of literature from Homer to Dante) emerge and collapse and spill over into each other. In performance, Erik scrolls the paper-cut continually across the surface of an over-head projector, creating an epic and immersive shadow-show. His musical group, the Ominous Cloud Ensemble, will provide a live soundtrack. ABOUT THE ARTISTS Erik…

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April 2018

Mauricio Kagel’s “Ludwig van”

April 20, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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90 mins, black and white, German with English subtitles

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March 2018

Wild Combination

March 16, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Bowerbird is excited to present a screening of "Wild Combination", director Matt Wolf's visually absorbing portrait of the seminal avant-garde composer, singer-songwriter, cellist, and disco producer Arthur Russell. Before his untimely death from AIDS in 1992, Arthur prolifically created music that spanned both pop and the transcendent possibilities of abstract art. Now, over fifteen years since his passing, Arthur's work is finally finding its audience. Wolf incorporates rare archival footage and commentary from Arthur's family, friends, and closest collaborators -…

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February 2018

Pauline Oliveros

February 16, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Bowerbird is excited to present the music of Pauline Oliveros performed by the Arcana New Music Ensemble. One of the leading composers and performers of the 20th and 21st century, Pauline Oliveros' career spanned four decades and influenced generations of musicians. While Oliveros is most widely known for her improvisationally centered Deep Listening work, her compositional output spans a range of styles including jagged atonal music to experiments with theatrical lighting and dance. Oliveros: The Witness (1980) Oliveros: To Valerie…

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January 2018

Audrey Chen / Phil Minton

January 19, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Bowerbird is excited to present a rare Philadelphia appearance by experimental vocal duo Audrey Chen and Phil Minton. Opening the evening will be cellist-singer Daniel de Jesús. With primary focus on the interplay between the uttered sounds of the mouth and vocal chords, Audrey Chen and Phil Minton plumb the depths of their most inherent and bodily instruments. Their improvisations are fearless, fragile, hungry, passionate, riotous, ululating and animalistic, yet are also in all respects, human. They express, pronounce and…

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November 2017

Emma Resmini

November 17, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Bowerbird is excited to present Emma Resmini, an extraordinary young virtuoso performing a program of contemporary music for flute. The program includes "Flautina" from Stockhausen's opera "Montag aus Licht" and Dai Fujikura's "Poison Mushrooms", a threnody to the victims of the Hiroshima bombing. Emma began playing at flute at the age of three and is now a senior at the Curtis Institute of Music. Beyond the classical canon, Emma is also an avid performer of new music. A review of…

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October 2017

Voice of the Eagle

October 20, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho film screening with live performance by Eva and Jesse Sheppard and Andy McLeod. Bowerbird is pleased to present a screening of the 2015 biopic "Voice of an Eagle" about enigmatic guitarist Robbie Basho. The evening will be opened by performances by Andy McLead, and father-daughter duo Eva and Jesse Sheppard performing Basho tunes. ABOUT THE FILM Before his bizarre death at the hands of a chiropractor, Robbie Basho was sure that…

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September 2017

Kazuhisa Uchihashi + Daniel Fishkin

September 19, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Bowerbird is pleased to present the international collaboration between daxophone masters Daniel Fishkin (Philadelphia) and Kazuhisa Uchihashi (Japan).   The daxophone is a thin hardwood strip played with a bow, created by German improviser/inventor Hans Reichel in 1987. The instrument’s sound, somewhere between a cello and a badger, ranges from furtive gurgles to wild screams. In 2005, Daniel Fishkin fell in love with this instrument and built one of his own. Eventually, he built hundreds of daxophones, becoming attuned to…

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June 2017

The Music of Moondog

June 17, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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ABOUT THE EVENT Bowerbird is pleased to present "The Music of Moondog", a survey of the idiosyncratic rounds and songs by composer Louis Thomas Hardin Jr (1916 - 1999). The eccentric street musician known as Moondog dressed in Viking garb and regularly performed on the sidewalks of New York's Sixth Avenue. This concert is the debut performance of the Arcana New Music Ensemble.   ARCANA NEW MUSIC ENSEMBLE Katie Ambacher, flute Nicholas McNamara, alto saxophone Aaron Stewart, tenor saxophone Mark…

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Erik Ruin’s Long/Gone (100 ft paper-cut scroll)

June 16, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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ABOUT THE EVENT Currently over 100 feet in length, LONG/GONE is a single intricately-cut piece of paper which flows freely from image to image. Narratives and scenarios (often drawn from classic works of literature from Homer to Dante) emerge and collapse and spill over and into each other. In performance, Erik scrolls the paper-cut continually across the surface of an over-head projector, creating an epic and immersive shadow-show. His musical group, the Ominous Cloud Ensemble, will provide a live soundtrack.…

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May 2017

Julius Eastman: The Holy Presence of Joan d’Arc + Thruway!

May 26, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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For the final concert, Eastman's powerful work for 10 cellos The Holy Presence of Joan D'Arc and its introspective companion vocal piece Prelude to The Holy Presence of Joan d'Arc will be performed. Far ahead of their time, these pieces incorporate a much more atonal language into Eastman's minimalist aesthetic. The concert will open with an encore performance of Eastman's "Thruway" and a solo work by NYC based musicians Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste. *Please note: Dev Hynes will no longer be performing.…

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Julius Eastman: Crazy, Evil, Gay Guerrilla

May 19, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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ABOUT THIS EVENT Julius Eastman perfected his multifarious minimalism in three works of the late seventies: "Crazy Nigger", "Evil Nigger", and "Gay Guerrilla". Each work is scored for multiple instruments of the same kind. This concert features two of the works performed as a piano quartet and Gay Guerrilla performed by a large ensemble of electric guitars. More information about this event can be found athttps://www.thatwhichisfundamental.com/may-19th-crazy-evil-gay PROGRAM: JULIUS EASTMAN: SPOKEN INTRO (1980) Archival recording of Eastman's explanation of the use…

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Moor Mother plus Julius Eastman: Macle, Thruway, Buddha

May 12, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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ABOUT THE SERIES Julius Eastman: That Which is Fundamental is an interdisciplinary, multi-artist project that examines the life, work, and resurgent influence of Julius Eastman, a gay African American composer and performer who was active internationally in the 1970s and 80s, but who died homeless at the age of 49, leaving an incomplete but compelling collection of scores and recordings. The culmination of more than three years of research, this first iteration of this project will take place in Philadelphia…

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Julius Eastman: Stay On It + Femenine

May 5, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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$12 – $25

ABOUT THE SERIES Julius Eastman: That Which is Fundamental is an interdisciplinary, multi-artist project that examines the life, work, and resurgent influence of Julius Eastman, a gay African American composer and performer who was active internationally in the 1970s and 80s, but who died homeless at the age of 49, leaving an incomplete but compelling collection of scores and recordings. The culmination of more than three years of research, this first iteration of this project will take place in Philadelphia…

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April 2017

Morton Feldman’s “Three Voices”

April 21, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
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ABOUT THE EVENT Three Voices, written in 1982 for Joan La Barbara, was the last solo vocal piece he wrote before his death in 1987 (For Stefan Wolpe, dedicated to his composition teacher and written for chorus and two vibraphones, post-dates it). It sets part of Wind, a poem by his friend Frank O'Hara that had been dedicated to him and which he had set earlier in its entirety in The O'Hara Songs (1962) for bass-baritone. Conceived as a trio…

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March 2017

Community Futurism: An Evening Curated By Moor Mother

March 17, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
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Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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ABOUT THE EVENT The evening features two sets by Moor Mother, working under the theme of Community Futurism, in collaboration with Black Quantum Futurism and the Community Futures Lab. The first set includes improv collaboration of live instrumentation with drums, saxophone, bass, synth, and text. The second features music from the album Fetish Bones as well as unreleased songs by Moor Mother. Artists include Rasheedah Phillips, Madam Data, Keir on sax, Philip on drums, and George and Steve on bass.…

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February 2017

Loren Connors / Chris Forsyth Duo

February 17, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Bowerbird is pleased to present the duo of Loren Connors and Chris Forsyth and a performance by Philadelphia's Taiwan Housing Project   LOREN CONNORS has improvised and composed original guitar music for over four decades. His music - which embraces the aesthetics of blues, Irish airs, blues-based rock and other genres while letting go of rigid forms - has been recorded on Family Vineyard, Northern Spy, Drag City, Table of the Elements, Recital, RoadCone and other labels. Connors, who names…

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January 2017

The Pine Barrens Screening

January 20, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Bowerbird is pleased to present a screening of David Scott Kessler's evolving documentary The Pine Barrens: Whitesbog Edition with a live score performance by The Ruins of Friendship Orchestra. Guiding the viewer through the New Jersey Pineland's winding, rust-colored rivers; its dark, sandy forests and slowly developing towns, The Pine Barrens creates a contemplative, complex, portrait of a place out of time. With the Pinelands as a primary character, the film explores the symbiotic yet sometimes destructive relationship between man…

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ALASH Ensemble

January 11, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Bowerbird and The Rotunda are pleased to welcome back a Philadelphia favorite: The Alash Ensemble. ABOUT THE EVENT ALASH are masters of Tuvan throat singing, a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. Masters of traditional Tuvan instruments as well as the art of throat singing, Alash are deeply committed to traditional Tuvan music and culture. At the same time, they are fans of western music. Believing that traditional music must constantly evolve, the musicians subtly infuse…

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December 2016

Svitanya: Eastern European Vocal Music

December 16, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Bowerbird is pleased to present Svitanya, a Philadelphia-area women's vocal ensemble that specializes in folk music of Eastern Europe. Founded in 2001, the ensemble started with six singers performing purely a cappella arrangements. The early members included two mother-daughter pairs, fitting for a genre in which songs have been passed from mother to daughter for centuries, and one of these pairs is still part of the group today. Svitanya's repertoire is drawn from a variety of regional traditions. Some songs…

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November 2016

Film Screening: Ornette: Made In America

November 18, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Bowerbird is pleased to present a screening of Shirley Clarke's 1985 film "Ornette: Made in America". "Ornette: Made In America" captures Ornette's evolution over three decades. Returning home to Fort Worth, Texas in 1983 as a famed performer and composer, documentary footage, dramatic scenes, and some of the first music video-style segments ever made, chronicle his boyhood in segregated Texas and his subsequent emergence as an American cultural pioneer and world-class icon. Among those who contribute to the film include…

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October 2016

Cage, Tudor, Rauschenberg: 9 Evenings

October 21, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Bowerbird is pleased to screen three documentary films marking the 50th anniversary of "9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering". In 1966 ten New York artists and thirty engineers and scientists from Bell Telephone Laboratories collaborated on a series of innovative dance, music and theater performances, "9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering", held in October at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York City. The artists were John Cage, Lucinda Childs, Oyvind Fahlstrom, Alex Hay, Deborah Hay, Steve Paxton, Yvonne Rainer, Robert Rauschenberg,…

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Daniel Fishkin, Cleek Schrey, Ron Shalom

October 2, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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ABOUT THE EVENT The third installment of Composing the Tinnitus Suites: 2016 consists of compositions for and by Daniel Fishkin, Cleek Schrey, and Ron Shalom. Shalom, Schrey, and Fishkin are members of New Perplexity, a collective of new wartime composers and scholars. Schrey performs on the Hardanger Fiddle, a Norwegian folk instrument lined with sympathetic strings that resonate as he plays. Shalom is a contrabassist blessed with perfect pitch, but this intutitive gift is confounded by spectral barrage of the…

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September 2016

Ellen Fullman with Daniel Fishkin

September 30, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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ABOUT THE EVENT The second installment of Composing the Tinnitus Suites: 2016 consists of solos and duets between Ellen Fullman and Daniel Fishkin. Fullman is the inventor of the Long String Instrument, an 80 foot long string instrument consisting of stainless steel wires that she strokes with rosined fingertips. Fullman has used her instrument to explore the acoustics of large resonant spaces for over 30 years. In her Philadelphia premiere, Ellen Fullman will install her Long String Instrument in the…

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Philadelphia Hearing Damage

September 23, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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ABOUT THE EVENT The first installment of Composing the Tinnitus Suites: 2016 is the premiere performance of Philadelphia Hearing Damage. This band of broken ears is a crowd-sourced creation of local Philadelphia artists. Fishkin worked with these musicians in the summer of 2016, teaching them how to play the Lady's Harp, and to apply its techniques to their own instruments. This assemblage does not consist of gifted virtuosos, rather kindred listeners-musicians whose relationship to sound might be fundamentally unstable. Ben…

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June 2016

Sonic Liberation 8

June 16, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Bowerbird is excited to present the Philadelphia record release celebration of Bombogenic, a new album by Sonic Liberation 8 with the The Classical Revolution Trio & Oliver Lake. The album celebrates the 15 year anniversary of Sonic Liberation 8 with a new collection of compositions and arrangements showcasing a unique confluence of loft jazz, Afro Cuban Yoruba music, and new chamber music. Joining SL8 in this milestone is special guest artist Oliver Lake (World Saxophone Quartet) and the Classical Revolution…

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May 2016

Le Révélateur

May 20, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Bowerbird is pleased to present an encore screening of Philippe Garrel’s visually arresting silent film Le Révélateur, performed live with an original score by Philadelphia’s own Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler. Le Révélateur was one of the first films of the Zanzibar group (a coterie of mostly French artists and filmmakers who began making experimental films in the wake of the May 1968 student protests) which exemplified the radical approach of the new generation of French filmmakers. Shot in stark…

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April 2016

Glenn Jones, Laura Baird, Elkhorn duo

April 15, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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ABOUT GLENN JONES Glenn Jones is a master of American Primitive Guitar, a style invented in the late 1950s by John Fahey, whose traditional fingerpicking techniques and wide-ranging influences were used to create modern original compositions. Jones, who led the post-rock ensemble Cul de Sac, brings his own made-up tunings, the use of custom-crafted partial capos, and a highly skilled picking style on both banjo and guitar, to create personal compositions that are lyrical, emotive and elegant. What sets him…

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March 2016

Erik Ruin & Gelsey Bell: Prisoner’s Song

March 18, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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PRISONER'S SONG Erik Ruin, shadow puppets and projections Gelsey Bell, voice, metallophone, and sound design Rick Burkhardt, director   ABOUT THE EVENT Prisoner's Song is a performance created by composer Gelsey Bell and visual artist Erik Ruin about the prison experience. Using shadow puppets and projections alongside a variety of musical idioms, the piece draws on historic ballads, poetry, audio interviews with people who have spent time in prison, and other primary sources to create a fragmentary encounter with the…

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February 2016

FREE EVENT: C. Spencer Yeh: Video On Demand

February 19, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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A brazen multidisciplinary artist who studied film history and theory, C. Spencer Yeh presents a program of two new moving image works combining diaristic and documentary footage as part of his as part of his ISSUE Project Room residency in 2015. The recently completed TRAVELOGUE: CAIRO EGYPT crosses long takes and static shots captured via smartphone in a four-part composition exploring surveillance, chance composition, tourism, and politics. 2002 is a "concert film" that documents approximately forty bands and artists Yeh…

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C. Spencer Yeh: Video On Demand

February 19, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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TRAVELOGUE: CAIRO EGYPT 2015, 33 min, digital video, color 2002 2015, 60 min, digital video, color and nightvision b&w   ABOUT THE EVENT A brazen multidisciplinary artist who studied film history and theory, C. Spencer Yeh presents a program of two new moving image works combining diaristic and documentary footage as part of his as part of his ISSUE Project Room residency in 2015. The recently completed TRAVELOGUE: CAIRO EGYPT crosses long takes and static shots captured via smartphone in…

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January 2016

FREE EVENT: AF·FIXING CEREMONY: Four Movements for Essex (with Tiona McClodden)

January 15, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Bowerbird is pleased to present Philadelphia based filmmaker and artist Tiona McClodden conducting a live presentation and artist talk for her project Af·fixing Ceremony: Four Movements for Essex, which recently debuted in recognition of 2015's Day With(out) Art. Af·fixing Ceremony commemorates the life and work of celebrated African-American poet Essex Hemphill who was a important member of Washington D.C.'s poetry and artistic community. This is the twentieth anniversary of Hemphill's death from HIV/AIDS complications on November 4, 1995 in Philadelphia,…

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AF·FIXING CEREMONY: Four Movements for Essex

January 15, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Bowerbird is pleased to present Philadelphia based filmmaker and artist Tiona McClodden conducting a live presentation and artist talk for her project Af·fixing Ceremony: Four Movements for Essex, which recently debuted in recognition of 2015's Day With(out) Art. Af·fixing Ceremony commemorates the life and work of celebrated African-American poet Essex Hemphill who was a important member of Washington D.C.'s poetry and artistic community. This is the twentieth anniversary of Hemphill's death from HIV/AIDS complications on November 4, 1995 in Philadelphia,…

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December 2015

Ecstatic & Wingless: Bird-Imitation on Four Continents with Ian Nagoski

December 18, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm EST
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Ecstatic & Wingless is an audio documentary project on early 20th century birdsong and its direct relationship on human performance - and human action on birdsong. It tells the story not only of the first recordings of cagebirds but also the practice of bird-imitation, a field that produced amazing and eccentric celebrities during the 1910s-20s. Rarely heard in recent years, bird imitation was also recorded commercially on every continent by 1925 and possibly predates music or language in human history.…

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Ecstatic & Wingless: Bird-Imitation on Four Continents

December 18, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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ABOUT THE EVENT Ecstatic & Wingless is an audio documentary project on early 20th century birdsong and its direct relationship on human performance - and human action on birdsong. It tells the story not only of the first recordings of cagebirds but also the practice of bird-imitation, a field that produced amazing and eccentric celebrities during the 1910s-20s. Rarely heard in recent years, bird imitation was also recorded commercially on every continent by 1925 and possibly predates music or language…

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November 2015

No Idea But In Things: a Film about Alvin Lucier

November 20, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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ABOUT THE EVENT "Don't ask me what I mean, ask me what I've made." Inspired by this motto, this documentary accompanies the American composer Alvin Lucier (*1931) on concert travels to The Hague (Netherlands) and Zug (Switzerland). The filmmakers invite Lucier to explain and comment on his works: from his early live electronics performances ("Music for Solo Performer" (1965), and "Bird and Person Dyning" (1975)) - up to the premiere of his ensemble piece "Panorama 2" in 2011. One of…

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October 2015

Julius Eastman’s █████ ██████

October 16, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Julius Eastman's █████ ██████ for 4 grand pianos performed by performed by Joseph Kubera, Adam Tendler, Michelle A. Cann, and Dynasty Battles and a special performance by sound artists Tracie Morris.   ABOUT THE EVENT Pulsating textures, unyielding and relentless, Eastman's compositions for multiple pianos are in a world all their own. Joseph Kubera, who performed the work with Eastman in 1980, will lead this rare performance. Beginning the concert will be a recording of Eastman describing his intentionally provocative…

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Alash Ensemble Returns!

October 1, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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ALASH are masters of Tuvan throat singing, a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. Masters of traditional Tuvan instruments as well as the art of throat singing, Alash are deeply committed to traditional Tuvan music and culture. At the same time, they are fans of western music. Believing that traditional music must constantly evolve, the musicians subtly infuse their songs with western elements, creating their own unique style that is fresh and new, yet true to…

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June 2015

Keroaän + Bhob Rainey

June 21, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Bowerbird is excited to close out it's 2014 - 2015 GATE season with this thrilling double bill of audio-visual spectaculars inspired by Iannis Xenakis' "Polytopes". The evening features a new electronic work by Bhob Rainey and a performance of Keroaän, Ian M Fraser and Reed Evan Rosenberg's laser, strobe, and sound performing Artificial Intelligence platform.   ABOUT THE ARTISTS KEROAÄN is a collaborative research project between IAN M FRASER and REED EVAN ROSENBERG exploring composition of electronic music by an…

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May 2015

Begin Anywhere: Chapter 3

May 15, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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This is a series about starting a new music ensemble. In Philadelphia. In 2015. But it is also a series for anyone that's ever tried to make something with other people. It's about starting a non-profit, or an ensemble, or a business, or choosing not too. It's about being unstoppable in the face of soul-crushing paperwork, or just finding your own path. It's about asking the question "How are we going to do this?", answering "I don't know", and giving…

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April 2015

FREE EVENT – Morton Feldman’s “For Philip Guston”

April 26, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 7:30 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Bowerbird is excited to welcome back NYC based ensemble Either / OR to perform "For Philip Guston", Morton Feldman's late period masterpiece for piano/celesta, flute, and percussion. Upon hearing this expansive 4+ hour work, noted music critic Alex Ross wrote, "What makes "Guston" fundamentally and wondrously beautiful is its harmony. Feldman's whole career was a search for ways to string together lovely chords, and "Guston" contains some of his most lustrous inventions. He is careful to parcel them out economically,…

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New Works: CINÉ-ROMAN

April 17, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Bowerbird presents: New Works: CINÉ-ROMAN curated by J. Louise Makary   ABOUT THE EVENT Chris Marker made his groundbreaking work La Jetée, a moving-image film made up of still photographs, in 1962, and it still stands as the most iconic ciné-roman in the canon. Many artists have admired Marker's innovative use of photomontage to weave a narrative, yet few have contributed to the genre. Curated by filmmaker and visual artist J. Louise Makary, New Works: CINÉ-ROMAN will include works, most…

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March 2015

Corina Marti + Jamey Robinson

March 20, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Join Bowerbird as we welcome Swiss musician Corina Marti, an Early music specialist, in her Philadelphia premiere. Marti will be performing a concert of late fourteenth-century music for recorder and early keyboard instruments. The repertoire includes music from the two most important surviving sources: the London and the Faenza codices. In this concert Marti achieves a remarkable variety by juxtaposing the sound of recorders (including the rare double recorder) and on a clavisimbalum - an instrument that is related to…

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February 2015

TREFOIL performs “Dio Mio!”

February 20, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Trefoil offers selections from the spectacular trecento style of 14th-century Italy. Music as described in Boccaccio's Decameron: Madrigals, ballate, canons, and estampie by Landini, Cicconia, and Jacopo di Bologna. TREFOIL is a trio of modern minstrels long active in early music, with experience in such ensembles as Les Arts Florissants, Concert Royal, Early Music New York, Pomerium, Piffaro, Clarion Music Society, and My Lord Chamberlain's Consort. The trio debuted in New York and Philadelphia in 2000 with a program of…

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January 2015

Sun Ra: Space is the Place

January 16, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm EST
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Join Bowerbird for a special screening of the sci-fi musical "Space Is the Place". Sun Ra (1914-1993) and his Intergalactic Myth-Science Arkestra land their yellow spaceship in Oakland; offer an alter-destiny; and battle the FBI, NASA, and a supernatural pimp named the Overseer. The film includes lively performances of such Arkestra favorites as "Watusi," "The Satellites Are Spinning," and "Outer Spaceways, Inc." Celebrate the legacy of Sun Ra's cosmic philosophies, complex persona, and innovative, otherworldly music. For this event we…

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December 2014

A Night For Jack Rose

December 19, 2014 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm EST
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Bowerbird presents: A NIGHT FOR JACK remembering Jack Rose featuring performances by Glenn Jones Nathan Bowles Daniel Bachman Chris Forsyth Megajam Booze Band plus DJs Ian Nagoski and Michael Chaiken   ABOUT THE EVENT The only thing more monumental than Jack Rose's personal presence was his talent. He was one of those preternaturally gifted guitar players who make you believe in pacts with the devil under a full moon. But of course we know now that these gifts only come…

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November 2014

Alash Ensemble

November 5, 2014 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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ALASH are masters of Tuvan throat singing, a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. Masters of traditional Tuvan instruments as well as the art of throat singing, Alash are deeply committed to traditional Tuvan music and culture. At the same time, they are fans of western music. Believing that traditional music must constantly evolve, the musicians subtly infuse their songs with western elements, creating their own unique style that is fresh and new, yet true to…

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October 2014

RADIGUE / CAGE / DUFOUR

October 28, 2014 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Carol Robinson & Nate Wooley: Works of Eliane Radigue & Denis Dufour Werner Dafeldecker & Valerio Tricoli: Williams Mix Extended   ABOUT THE EVENT Clarinetist Carol Robinson and trumpeter Nate Wooley give performances of new works by iconoclastic French composers Eliane Radigue and Denis Dufour. The program opens with Dufour's fascinating Cinq forms d'appel for bass clarinet and trumpet, and continues with Radigue's OCCAM XVI for solo bass clarinet, OCCAM X for solo trumpet, and OCCAM River III, an amazingly…

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SANCTUARY: Showings and Performances

October 10, 2014 @ 5:00 pm - October 12, 2014 @ 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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ABOUT THE EVENT The Rotunda and Bowerbird are proud to present SANCTUARY, a series of sound based & site specific works created for The Rotunda's rarely seen main sanctuary. This space - which is covered by a massive 4 story, 80-foot diameter dome - will house new works by seven Philadelphia based artists - John Phillips & Carolyn Healy, Michael & Linda Bullock, Jorge Cousineau, Tiona McClodden, and Daniel Fishkin. These works were created during a multi-month artist residency in…

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June 2014

All Sound is Queer

June 20, 2014 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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ALL SOUND IS QUEER curated by Catherine Pancake, featuring artists Keir Neuringer, Alex Smith, Megan McShea, John Eaton, Jules Gimbrone, and Drew Daniel.   ABOUT THE EVENT   "Queerness abides in the refusal to preserve, in the willingness to end the space of ruinous, risky anonymity, to let sound pull us with it into the black hole of an experience that is not yet stable." ~ Drew Daniel   ALL SOUND IS QUEER is envisioned as both a response and…

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May 2014

Nakatani Gong Orchestra

May 16, 2014 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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NAKATANI GONG ORCHESTRA - ten gong ensemble + TATSUYA NAKATANI - solo percussion set Vibrating metal. Glacial ambiance. Percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani returns to Philadelphia for a solo set and to lead a performance of the Nakatani Gong Orchestra (NGO) - an ensemble of 10 gongs played by local musicians and conducted by Natakatani. Anyone who has seen Nakatani perform live should be familiar with his skill in manipulating metal discs of all shapes and sizes, and as the director of…

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April 2014

AXON LADDER by Bhob Rainey and Catherine Pancake

April 18, 2014 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Built upon shared interests in technology, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, Axon Ladder is a multimedia performance installation by Bhob Rainey and Catherine Pancake. Combining algorithmic electronic composition with real-time video manipulation, this world premiere evening length work offers a timely view into the intersection of advancing technology and human intuition. The performance features footage of dancer/ choreographer Meg Foley.   From the composer: Imagine, on the one hand, a modest algorithm that describes a population of creatures who want…

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March 2014

XENAKIS: The Complete String Quartets

March 9, 2014 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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The powerhouse JACK Quartet returns to Philadelphia for a concert featuring the hypercomplex string quartets by Iannis Xenakis. A leading figure in twentieth century music, Xenakis (1922 - 2001) was trained as a civil engineer, then became an architect and developed revolutionary designs while working with Le Corbusier. Utilizing his technical background, Xenakis approached composition with a curious mix of analysis and intuition, creating works of massed orchestral textures, dense electronics, polyrhythmic percussion music. Taken as a whole, the four…

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February 2014

MEETING MOOG: The Early Electronic Music of Andrew Rudin

February 21, 2014 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Bowerbird is pleased to present this concert portrait of the early electronic music of composer Andrew Rudin. The concert will feature Rudin’s Tragoedia performed with a live video accompaniment and Il Giuoco (1966), which Robert Moog said to be the first large-scale, original, serious composition created on his synthesizing instruments. Il Giuoco is accompanied by a film (also made by the composer). THE PROGRAM Il Giuoco (with film, 15:28) Tragoedia (visuals by Peter Price, 37:30) Paideia (with film, 14:52) MEETING…

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January 2014

TREFOIL: Fleur de Valeur

January 17, 2014 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Bowerbird is very excited to present Trefoil, a trio of singer-instrumentalists that specialize in European Medieval music, performing works by Guillaume Dufay, Gilles Binchois, and others from their new CD Fleur de Valeur: A Medieval Bouquet. Like poets of all ages, medieval songwriters invoked the imagery and natural magic of flowers in the service of ideal, feminine beauty. In many poems, the most revered flower was the Rose, or fleur de valeur. As a symbol of Mary the Virgin this…

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December 2013

GESUALDO: DEATH FOR FIVE VOICES

December 20, 2013 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Bowerbird is pleased to present a rare screening of Werner Herzog's peculiar 1995 documentary film Death in Five Voices about the troubled life of eccentric sixteenth century composer Don Carol Gesualdo. Shot on location in Italy and featuring interviews with Gesualdo Consort director Gerald Pace, Il Complesso Barocco musical director Alan Curtis. From his sexual deviance and dangerous obsessions to a shocking act of murder, Gesualdo's personal demons and remarkable influence are explored as never before thanks to careful research and…

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October 2013

Gene Coleman and Ensemble N_JP

October 18, 2013 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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International Ensemble N_JP (featuring Sho master Ko Ishikawa and live electronics from Toshimaru Nakamura) will give the Philadelphia premiere of new works by composer and director Gene Coleman. The program includes his new music and film piece "Sendai Transmissions" and "Bairo", a new work made in collaboration with contemporary Indian choreographer Shaily Dadiala.

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Claire Chase

October 9, 2013 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Flutist Claire Chase, "the young star of the modern flute" (The New Yorker) and a 2012 MacArthur Fellow, celebrates the release of her third solo album, DENSITY, featuring tour de force flute works by Steve Reich, Alvin Lucier, Philip Glass, Marcos Balter, Mario Diaz de Leon, and the seminal 1936 flute solo Density 21.5 by Edgard Varese. Taking the concept of "density" as a springboard for sonic explorations of texture, layering and performative virtuosity, the record commences with 11 multi-tracked…

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June 2013

JACK Quartet performing Lutoslawski, Lachenmann, Berenson

June 21, 2013 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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The internationally acclaimed JACK Quartet returns for a concert featuring masterworks by Witold Lutoslawski, Helmut Lachenman, and the world premiere of Philadelphia based composer Adam Berenson's String Quartet No. 3. In addition to the new work, JACK will perform Lachenmann's own String Quartet No. 1 "Gran Torso" (1972), and Lutoslawski's radical aleatoric contribution to the genre. *An earlier version of this program included Luigi Nono's Fragmente-Stille, an Diotima. Due to unforsee circumstances JACK will perform Lutoslawski's String Quartet instead.*

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April 2013

SOUND POETRY EFFECTS CATALOG

April 19, 2013 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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SOUND POETRY EFFECTS CATALOG curated by Danny Snelson, with live performances by Caleb Beckwith, Mark Johnson, Timothy Leonido, Kate McGuire, John Paetsch, and Danny Snelson Join Bowerbird for its first event exploring sound poetry, an artistic form that bridges literary and musical composition. As Joan La Barbara reminds us, voice is the original instrument. Already in 1641, Ben Jonson writes: "Others there are that have no composition at all but a kind of tuning and rhyming fall in what they…

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February 2013

ALASH ENSEMBLE

February 15, 2013 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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ALASH ENSEMBLE wth beat boxer Shodekeh, double bassist Garth Stevenson, and vocalist/guitarist Annie Lynch   ALASH are masters of Tuvan throat singing, a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. Masters of traditional Tuvan instruments as well as the art of throat singing, Alash are deeply committed to traditional Tuvan music and culture. At the same time, they are fans of western music. Believing that traditional music must constantly evolve, the musicians subtly infuse their songs with…

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January 2013

John Cage: Film Without Subject

January 11, 2013 @ 9:00 pm - January 12, 2013 @ 11:00 pm EST
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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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 is a film without subject, persons or things, offering instead a sublime impression of another, timeless place. For this performance, a video of Cages own…

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December 2012

Cage: Variations I – III

December 9, 2012 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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• 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 both Song Books and the Fluxus movement performance pieces. Sometimes scored as broadly as “for any number of players and any sound producing means,” Variation…

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June 2012

Bernard Parmegiani’s “De natura sonorum”

June 15, 2012 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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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 musique concrete, French composer Bernard Parmegiani creates what he calls "acousmatic music" -- a kind of sonic art conceived especially for presentation through loudspeakers, designed…

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April 2012

Diamond Terrifier + Femme Tops + Wait + Patrick Higgins

April 20, 2012 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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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 Weaver, Evan Lipson, and Jeff Zagers.

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October 2011

POWERS OF TEN

October 21, 2011 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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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 film. This program is intended to trace the fascinating variety of short documentary films, which spans the roughly century-long history of cinema itself.   In…

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December 2009

ICE PLANET

December 18, 2009 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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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 (Ike Yard, Dominatrix, Death Comet Crew) on synths, laptop, vocals, and bassist Kent Heine (Holy Ghost, Steve Shiffman & the Land of No). Opening the…

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November 2009

YOU SAY HELLO, I SAY GOODBYE

November 20, 2009 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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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 any case this openness for possibility creates great potential for artistic exploration. On this evening Bowerbird offers a geographical survey of projects new and old…

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October 2009

GATE

October 16, 2009 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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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 at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. They began performing at local venues and gradually extended their range to include New York, Boston, Chicago,…

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May 2009

Rafael Toral

May 18, 2009 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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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 individual decision-making from the viewpoint of electronics, his conception deals with gestural performance, “phrasing and swing”, instruments with a clear sonic identity, and articulation of…

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April 2009

THE BREADWINNER

April 5, 2009 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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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 The Shadow Ring, in Folkestone, a small town in Kent, England. The band was memorable and built an rabidly passionate fan base because of its…

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March 2009

SONIC MIRRORS

March 4, 2009 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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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 and structure rise to the foreground. Perhaps the most sensuous example of this can be found in Kai Fagaschinski and Michael Thieke's Berlin-based clarinet duo…

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February 2009

Nate Wooley / Ivar Grydeland

February 2, 2009 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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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 unique style set it's roots while Grydeland studied improvised chamber music at Norway's College of Music (2001-2003), together with percussionist Ingar Zach. Since, the musical…

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November 2008

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

November 21, 2008 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm EST
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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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, Scorses), performed with Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth in her New York City debut, and recorded with London-based laptop artist Kaffe Matthews. Chavez has curated…

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October 2008

Extra Life | Whales and Cops | Altamira

October 28, 2008 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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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 Animal Collective, it's not surprising that younger generations of composers are turning to the amplified settings of warehouses, parties and rock clubs to work out…

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

October 2, 2008 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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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 before his 1978 debut Flaherty remained unshakable in the pursuit of soul healing and demon dashing through freedom music. Since 2001 Flaherty's notoriety has risen…

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September 2008

LEERRAUM [ ] NIGHT

September 19, 2008 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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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 with sounds, we are often bombarded by their calamity and attempt to shut them out. But when we are able to focus we can easily…

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May 2008

SHOT x SHOT

May 14, 2008 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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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, PA Shot x Shots second album Let Nature Square, their first studio recording, is due to be released by High Two in May 2008. Shot…

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