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Painting #2751

September 21, 2016

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Fall Tour 2016: Day 8

September 20, 2016

I sleep ’til 9am, finally catching up, Al and Ralph are already on their second, or third, cup of coffee, Ralph heads in to work at Taubmann Museum, installing a new exhibition. I work for a couple hours updating blog entries, no internet, no hope of posting. This may be a good thing! By noon we’re ready to leave –

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Navigate through Roanoke to Rte 460 E, through Lynchburg to Appomattox where we stop at Granny Bee’s for lunch. Continue on Rte 460 to 360 to the ring road and up to Broad Street. Down Broad Street through the west end and into the city, VCU keeps expanding, seems to occupy blocks and blocks. We pass the makings of a new Institute of Contemporary Art, also VCU. Across Belvedere to The Black Iris Gallery, load in, set up. Benjamin Thorp gives a tour. Tommy shows up, we go for dinner, return to find Pam Turner with several students from Kinetic Imaging waiting 8^)))

Lineup for tonight –

Ting Ting Jahe:
Tommy Birchett – laptop, video
Will O’Donavan – Boardweevil, electronics
Ben Scott – laptop
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Ting Ting Jahe, a chewy ginger candy, lead off. Good set, interesting textures, a touch of Boardweevil, and with video on a nice industrial-looking cube monitor. Tonight I set up stage right, project across to the left side wall, swapping video cables I get a good clear image, at least clearer than projecting on ‘fuzzy kudzu,’ allows me to work on the video processing. A good set, and I remember to turn on the recorder, sound file here.

I ask if there are any questions, there are, so I spent some time explaining the AVSynth, a couple of people actually sit down and experiment. We pack up, the curator, Benjamin Thorpe, writes us a very nice note, “Al and Walter, you were amazing! Thank you for creating such beauty in a world so full of undoing. You’re part of our extended family now and that extends to your friends.“ Tommy, Will, David, Al and I have a beer in the ’Tiny Bar.” We follow Tommy to his house, we have the studio for the night.

Painting #2750

September 20, 2016

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Fall Tour 2016: Day 7

September 19, 2016

Fall Tour 2016: Day 7

Return rental car, great deal, pack up, say goodbye to Meg, I83 to I695 to I70, to Rte 340 to Rte 7 to I81 all the way down to Roanoke, play at Art Rat Studios

Up early, Sue off to work, Meg asleep, Al and I drink coffee then off to return my rental car, 6 days $150 thank-you Enterprise. Back to Meg’s, she’s up, more coffee. We manage to squeeze everything in Al’s car, some overflow onto the back seat but not ceiling high, we’re good for the road. How to get around DC without losing too much time, we take I83 out to I695 jog north to I70 W to Frederick MD. We turn south at Frederick on Rte 340 down to Harpers Ferry, across into West Virginia, into Virginia avoiding DC by miles. Not much traffic, no backups, right on Rte 7 to Winchester VA where we pick up I81 S. It’s a straight shot down to Roanoke, Blue Ridge Mts on the left, Appalachians on the right. We arrive in Roanoke at 5pm, navigate to the Industrial complex and Art Rat Studios.

Ralph shows up around 5:30pm, load in, minimal setup, downtown to Alejandro’s Mexican restaurant for a huge beer and some Tampico Tacos, back to the studio. Sid and Jules arrive, big hug from Sid, we finish setting up.

Lineup incudes –

Olchar E. Lindsann – poetry, performance
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Stool Samples:
Jules Vasylenko – bamboozle, tenor sax
Ralph Eaton, Jim Leftwich, ???. ??? – stools
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Walter Wright – found percussion (sitting in)
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Elka Bong

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Olchar leads off with a ‘profanity poem,’ a couple of sound poems, frothing at the mouth, altogether engaging. Next up the Stool Samples featuring Jules. The FB events pages list Jules as, “Shell-shocked shaman Jules on alto/bamboo sax. Expect chthonic eruption, spontaneous combustion and hi/lo art contradiction, with some noise corruption. All this and split-reed spectral soup!” Pretty accurate description, joining Jules on ’stools’ are Ralph, Jim, and a couple more. I sit in on found percussion. Our turn, I’m projecting on the ‘fuzzy kudzu’ suspended from the ceiling. This is our first set of the tour and, as the first set, it turns out reasonably well, sound balance is good, audio and video synced up. I manage to coax, the very least, a variety of sounds from the AVSynth, enough to work 8^)))

Show over 10pm, Ralph has work tomorrow, pack up, chat for a bit, back to Ralph’s by 11pm and off to bed.

Painting #2749

September 19, 2016

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painting #2749

Fall Tour 2016: Day 6

September 18, 2016

John Berndt hosts an afternoon BBQ for performers at his new house, it’s gorgeous, a backyard with big trees, slate walks, lush ground cover. The food is incredible and we get to hang out with our fellow artists for a few hours away from the theater.

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However all good things must come to an end, I head back to Meg’s, Al arrives around 6pm, we head down to the theater. Tonights lineup includes –

Thomas Stanley – solo electronics, samples
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Asimina Chremos – movement
Marta Zapparoli – tape recorders
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Julius Masri – drums, keyboard
Liew Niyomkarn – electronics, samples
Hanna Olivegren – voice
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Samuel Burt – daxophone, bass clarinet
Layne Garrett – prepared guitar
Ruby Fulton – trumpet, violin, delay
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Tom Boran – modular synth
Owen Gardner – cello
Anne-F Jaques – motors, objects, contact mics
Rosie Langabeer – prepared pianos

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20160918_falltour26Julius, Hanna and Liew

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It’s all over, early at 12 midnight, back to Meg’s, out like a light.

Painting #2748

September 18, 2016

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painting #2748

Fall Tour 2016: Day 5

September 17, 2016

I’m up early, coffee with Sue, quick update to the blog, head downtown at 11am. I’m in the afternoon lineup, all duos –

Noelle Tolbert – movement
Zachary Watkins – guitar, electronics
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CK Barlow – samples, iPad
Ruby Fulton – trumpet, violin
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Jimmy Joe Roche – modular synth
Jenny Moon Tucker – saxophones
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Thomas Stanley – electronics
Walter Wright – drums
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Tom Boran – modular synth, video performance
Eames Armstrong – electronics, performance
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Samuel Burt – daxophone
Layne Garrett – prepared guitar

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20160917_falltour05Setting up

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20160917_falltour20Eames and Tom, on the monitor

Dinner with Asimina Chremos, Rob Kopki. Back to the theater, tonight’s lineup –

Nonoko Yoshida – solo saxophone
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Owen Gardner – cello
Anne-F Jaques – motors, objects, contact mics
Laura Ortman – violin
Rosie Langabeer – prepared pianos
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Eames Armstrong – electronics, performance, pomegranate
John Berndt – saxophones, electronics
Jimmy Joe Roche – voice, modular synth, performance, basketball
Maia Urstad – soundscapes
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Liew Niyamkarn – electronics, objects
Hanna Olivegren – voice
Noelle Tolbert – movement
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Jeff Carey – laptop, DIY controller, strobe lights
Marshall Trammell – drums
Jenny Moon Tucker – saxophones
Marta Zapparoli – tape recorders

The night begins with a solo, interesting discussion about solo improvisation with a fellow audience member, Nonoko’s solo seems a little of both improvised and precomposed, it is nonetheless very enjoyable. Set 1 includes Anne-F, Owen, Laura and Rosie. Anne-F and Laura are both amplified, Laura’s amp is onstage. Owen plays behind, underneath and not-too-loud. Rosie’s prepared piano is often lost in the mix. A good set, however, as noted, some of the detail was lost. Set 2 has the potential to escalate into chaos, it includes Eames, John, Jimmy Joe and Maia. Jimmy Joe has been tuning up for hours. John sets up on a mirror that reflects the stage light back up onto the scrim, he is playing saxophones tonight. Jimmy Joe is wearing ‘distressed’ makeup, someone tosses him a basketball that he stuffs under his shirt. Eames and Maia seem stoic. The set progresses, Maia, again, provides sonic underpinning, John provides accents, Eames is again roaming, then Jimmy Joe retrieves the basketball, driibbles center stage. Eames produces a pomegranate, joins Jimmy Joe, they play catch. The basketball wins, the pomegranate lies splattered stage left, the sound peaks, the performance resolves, the performers come back down to earth, well done! Set 3 with Liew, Hanna and Noelle is a nice contrast, Noelle echos the high energy of the previous set as she criss-crosses the floor. The contrast between Liew’s found-object-samples and Hanna’s voice evoke feelings that play well with Noelle’s movement. Set 4 comes with a warning, there will be strobe lights, many strobe lights, 4 banks of strobe lights. The set includes Jeff, Marshall, Jenny Moon and Marta. The strobes are Jeff’s, a bank downstage aimed back at the performers, 2 banks stage left and right aimed at the back scrim, 1 bank behind the performers aimed directly at the audience. The set begin in complete darkness and silence, the strobes behind the performers light up for perhaps 30sec, the sound hits a full-volume, Jeff and Marshall are quite loud, Jenny Moon is hanging in there, playing both saxophones simultaneously helps, Marta is often buried. However the sound and lights vary in amplitude, building and ebbing, tension and release. The side banks of strobe light produce some fascinating images on the back scrim, ‘cubism’ in real-time as we see the performers silhouettes from multiple viewpoints. This is a loud set, not a set a that invites one into the performance space but instead seems to extend that space out in the theater, it’s confrontational, a challenging conclusion to the evening and the three days of programming …

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20160917_falltour24Maia and Hanna

20160917_falltour25Liew and Noelle

There’s a after party, with free beer and DJs. No more sets so I pack up, back to Meg’s at 2am, find a parking spot, load in, exhausted.

Painting #2747

September 17, 2016

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painting #2747

Fall Tour 2016: Day 4

September 16, 2016

I’m up early, coffee with Meg, then spend the morning on administrivia including email, importing photos, updating the the blog. After lunch, I retrieve the car, park it close by, then walk over to the Baltimore Museum of Art. I toured through the Sculpture Garden, then Contemporary Art exhibition. A really nice museum, free, with unfamiliar pieces by familiar artists, a not-so-drippy Jackson Pollack, a 24’ long Robert Motherwell, a painted wood David Smith, an integrated-into-the-architecture Dan Flavin. Take the long way home, pack up, drive down to The Theatre Project.

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Dinner with Asimina Chremos, Julius Masri. Back to the theater, tonight’s lineup –

Laura Ortman – solo violin, electronics
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CK Barlow – electronics
Jeff Carey – laptop, DIY controller
Layne Garrett – guitar, objects
Rosie Langabeer – prepared pianos
Nonoko Yoshida – saxophone
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Julius Masri – drums
Jimmy Joe Roche – modular synth
Marshall Trammell – drums
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Samuel Burt – bass clarinet, daxophone
Asimina Chremos – movement
Maia Urstad – soundscapes
Noelle Tolbert – movement
Walter Wright – AVSynth
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Owen Gardner – guitar
Julius Masri – keyboard, oud, percussion
Hanna Olivegren – voice
Thomas Stanley – electronics, hang drum
Zachary Watkins – guitar, electronics

High Zero, in its 18th year, is all ‘it’s cracked up to be.’ Twelve invited artists from greater Baltimore and twelve artists from outside greater Baltimore, from around the world are invited. Evenings begin with a solo followed by four sets, each a mix of artists who, as a group, have never played together before. Each set is 30-40min, with 20min between sets 2, 3, and 4 for setup. The quality of the performances is very high, the audience is enthusiastic and patient, and there’s a bar in the lobby.

The evening opens with a solo by Laura. The first group set includes CK, Jeff, Layne, Rosie and Nonoko. There’s a great variety of sound from this group, which includes two electronics musicians, two prepared, upright pianos, saxophone, and one prepared guitar. Credit to the musicians and Natasha, the sound engineer, I can hear everyone. The second set includes two drummers Julius and Marshall with Jimmy Joe on modular synth. This is a very loud set, Marshall hammers his kit half way across the stage. My set, the third set, a good contrast to the previous set includes Samuel, Maia, myself and two dancers, Asimina and Noelle. Maia provides a wash of sampled sound, I support her, audio only, and Samuel rides the wave. Asimina and Noelle own the space, very happy with this set. Set four includes Owen, Julius, Hanna, Thomas and Zachary. Two guitars, percussion and voice, Hanna and Julius work well together, keyboard and voice, the guitars sometimes scratch sometimes sustained move in and out of the mix, Thomas adds percussion.

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20160916_falltour25Rosie Langabeer

20160916_falltour26Prepared piano

I arrive back at Meg’s at 1am, find a parking spot close by, then crash.