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Gigs February, 2017

February 19, 2017

Performance Lab: Electro-acoustic music, improvisation & more
February 3 at The Hearing Room, Lowell MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – RadioMusic, Phonogene, additional modules, mixer
Walter Wright – amplified drums, percussion
with
Diamond Cadillac, Snow Pot

February 11 at Chailey Mansion, Newburyport MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – all things modular
Walter Wright – amplified drums, percussion
with
Big Plastic Finger, Mongoloids, Edward Sears Read, Dave Seidel

February 14 at 114 Grand St, Lowell MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – Shnth, mixer
Walter Wright – amplified drums, percussion
Open rehearsal, all welcome!

Drone Night
February 18 at The Hearing Room, Lowell MA
Walter Wright – LBB
with
Rick Breault, Edward Sears Read, ???

February 19 at Third Life Studios, Somerville MA
ensemble inédit ?!:
Joe Burgio – artistic director
– movement
Walter Wright – sound

February 21 at 114 Grand St, Lowell MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros –
Walter Wright – amplified drums, percussion
Open rehearsal, all welcome!

February 26 at Third Life Studios, Somerville MA
ensemble inédit ?!:
Joe Burgio – artistic director
– movement
Walter Wright – sound

February 28 at 114 Grand St, Lowell MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros –
Walter Wright – amplified drums, percussion
Open rehearsal, all welcome!

Egregoros at The Hearing Room

February 3, 2017

Egregoros: [Lowell MA]
Christos Koulendros – RadioMusic, Phonogene, analog modules, mixer
Walter Wright – drums, percussion

diamondchevrolet
Diamond Chevrolet: [Western MA]
Andy Allen – woodwinds
Sam Gas Can – multi-instruments
Joey Bastardo – modular synth

snowpot
Snow Pot: [Holyoke MA]
Jenifer Gelineau – violin
Willie Gussin – bass

And, I recorded our sets –

track 01 – Egregoros
track 02 – Diamond Chevrolet (missing the first few minutes)
track 03 – Snow Pot

Gigs January, 2017

January 31, 2017

January 3 at 114 Grand St, Lowell MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – saz (or bag of llamas), sampler
Walter Wright – amplified drums, percussion
Open rehearsal, all welcome!

Second Sunday Sound and Sculpture Series No3
January 8 at Boston Sculptors Gallery, Cambridge MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – saz (or bag of llamas), Sidrazzi, sampler
Walter Wright – amplified drums, percussion
with
Id M Theft Able, Victor Mooney

January 8 at Third Life Studios, Somerville MA
ensemble inédit ?!:
Joe Burgio – artistic director
Katerine Gagnon, Andrea West – movement
Emilio Gonzalez, Christos Koulendros, Steve Norton, Matt Samolis, Walter Wright – sound
Theresa deCosta – witness

January 10 at 114 Grand St, Lowell MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – all things modular, audio mix
Walter Wright – AVSynth, video mix
Rehearsing for Film Score Festival, all welcome!

Live Film Score Festival
January 14 at AS220, Providence RI
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – all things modular, audio mix
Walter Wright – AVSynth, video mix

January 15 at Third Life Studios, Somerville MA
ensemble inédit ?!:
Joe Burgio – artistic director
Katerine Gagnon, Charlotte ???, Ofri Rieger, Andrea West – movement
David Kontak, Christos Koulendros, Matt Samolis, John Voigt, Walter Wright – sound
Mary Ann Kearns – witness

January 17 at 114 Grand St, Lowell MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – all things analog, samples
Walter Wright – amplified drums, percussion
Open rehearsal, all welcome!

January 22 at Third Life Studios, Somerville MA
ensemble inédit ?!:
Joe Burgio – artistic director
Charlotte ???, Ofri Rieger – movement
Christos Koulendros, Matt Samolis, John Voigt, Walter Wright – sound

January 24 at 114 Grand St, Lowell MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – Shynth, Sidrazzi, mixer
Walter Wright – amplified drums, percussion
Open rehearsal, all welcome!

January 29 at Third Life Studios, Somerville MA
ensemble inédit ?!:
Joe Burgio – artistic director
Charlotte Wagner- movement
Pat Carr, David Kontak, Christos Koulendros, Matt Samolis, John Voigt, Walter Wright – sound

January 31 at 114 Grand St, Lowell MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – all things analog, samples
Walter Wright – amplified drums, percussion
with
Rick Breault – samples
Open rehearsal, all welcome!

Gigs, December 2016

December 31, 2016

December 4 at Longy School of Music at Bard College, Cambridge MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – sampler, Sidrazzi
Walter Wright – drums, percussion
with
Peter Evans, David Russell

December 4 at Third Life Studios, Somerville MA
ensemble inédit ?!:
Joe Burgio – artistic director
Sharon Quimbay, Ofri Rieger, Andrea West – movement
David Contact, Kat Dobbins, Emilio Gonzalez, Christos Koulendros, Matt Samolis, John Voigt, Walter Wright – sound

December 6 at Jesse’s, Allston MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – Boardweevil, sampler, Sidrazzi
Walter Wright – drums, percussion
with
Aspec(t), Cone-fusion

December 7 at My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, New Paltz NY
Elka Bong
Al Margolis – clarinet, violin, objects
Walter Wright – AVSynth
with
Aspec(t), Klonopin, Luczak Paternostro Duo, Andrea Pensado

December 8 at DAiMON, Gatineau QC
Elka Bong
Al Margolis – clarinet, violin, objects
Walter Wright – AVSynth
with
Michael ??? & Emilie Mouchous , ???, ???

December 9 at Brasserie Beaubien, Montreal QC
Elka Bong
Al Margolis – clarinet, violin, objects
Walter Wright – AVSynth
with
Ensemble Habitant, Emilie Mouchous

December 9 at Emilie’s, Montreal QC
Elka Bong:
Al Margolis – clarinet, violin, objects
Walter Wright – AVSynth

Shrymprov
December 10 at Adam & Kate’s, Wendel MA
Elka Bong:
Al Margolis – clarinet, violin, objects
Walter Wright – AVSynth
with
Ginger Cooky, Andy Allan, FOAM, Ada Kohl, Sandy Kohl, Kate Lee, Lauri Mc, Mia Friedman

December 11 at Third Life Studios, Somerville MA
ensemble inédit ?!:
Joe Burgio – artistic director
Joe Burgio – artistic director
Shoshi Moyer, Sharon Quimbay, Ofri Rieger – movement
Pat Carr, Emilio Gonzalez, Christos Koulendros, Matt Samolis, John Voigt, Walter Wright – sound

December 13 at 114 Grand St, Lowell MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – sampler, Sidrazzi
Walter Wright – drums, percussion
Open rehearsal, all welcome!

December 16 at Green Street Studios, Somerville MA
ensemble inédit ?!:
Katerine Gagnon, Shoshi Moyer, Sharon Quimbay, Ofri Rieger, Andrea West – movement
Pat Carr, Kat Dobbins, Christos Koulendros, Matt Samolis, John Voigt, Walter Wright – sound
Performing a score to the film, ‘The Little Match Girl’ (1928)

December 19 at UnchARTed Gallery, Lowell MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – all things analog
Josh Tracy – voice, electronics
Michael F Dailey Jr & Walter Wright – drums, percussion
with
Bonnie Kane, Id M Theft Able, It Is Not Okay, Journey to the Center of the Colon

December 28 at 114 Grand St, Lowell MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – saz (or bag of llamas), sampler
Walter Wright – amplified drums, percussion
Open rehearsal, all welcome!

Fall microTour: Day 4

December 10, 2016

Up early, well sorta’ early, pack up, breakfast at La Belle Place with Emilie. Stop in at Atomic Cafe’ on the way to retrieve the car, load out, off to Adam and Kate’s. Back over the Jacque Cartier Bridge, Rte 132 to 10 W to 35 S, it turns into I87 at the border. No problems at the border, waved through, back in the USA, we stop in Swanton VT to check our email and messages. On to I91 S to Rte 2 E to exit 14, to exit 15, again wrong exit, back to exit 13, the correct exit, we arrive at Adam and Kate’s house, we’re 5 minute late.

20161210_elkabong01Breakfast at La Belle Place

20161210_elkabong04Al and Emilie

20161210_elkabong06Back in the USA

We load in and set up, Kate has soup on, we relax for a bit.

Elka Bong(o) kicks it off, a reasonably good set, i have to work on this patch, here’s the recording –

track 01 you’re missing the video!

Shrymprov Round 1: Ada Kohl, Al, Andy Allan, FOAM, Kate Lee, Lauri Mc, Mia Friedman, Sandy Kohl play in random groups. I play slide whistle with Mia Friedman on banjo.

Ginger Cooky:
Mia Friedman – banjo, voice
Kate Lee – guitar, voice
Lauri Mc – uke, voice
with
Sandy Kohl – percussion because Ted Lee couldn’t make it

Shrymprov Round 2: Ada Kohl, Al, Andy Allan, FOAM, Kate Lee, Lauri Mc, Mia Friedman, Sandy Kohl play in random groups with random instruments! Ada and I play canning jar rings with Al on banjo. FOAM and Mia guitar(s) and pillow(s).

Crank ‘Fender Bender’ Sturgeon couldn’t make it either, everyone else is at MassMoCA. Nonetheless a great show. I like house shows, especially when the audience also gets to perform, it’s ‘Top Shrymp’ for sure! Al and I pack up, load out, back on Rte 2 to I91 S, to I84, to Al’s house for the night.

The tour is over, played 5 shows in 4 days, listened to 10 of 12 CDs in Pauline Oliveros’ boxed set, made it to Canada and back 8^)))

Fall microTour: Day 3

December 9, 2016

20161209_elkabong01Outside Raphael’s

20161209_elkabong02DAiMON Center for Media Arts

Up early, it’s -9 degrees Celsius, off to Cafe Cognac to meet Simon and Emilie for breakfast. Raphael leaves to open the Center, we walk to Fairfield Electronics, then back to DAiMON. Emilie, Al and I say goodbye to Raphael and Michael, load out, head back across the Ottawa River, thru the concrete jungle of downtown Ottawa to 417 S to Rte 40 to Montreal.

20161209_elkabong06The venue, Brasserie Beaubien

20161209_elkabong09That’s Emilie in the middle

20161209_elkabong12Ensemble Habitant

20161209_elkabong18Ensemble Habitant

Traffic, as usual, on Rte 40 is congested, we hop off on Boul St-Laurent, stop briefly at an artists’ workspace, continue on to Rue Beaubien, park across from the venue. We are a little early so we go for coffee at Cafe’ Odessa.

We’re drinking our coffee, in walks Craig Pederson. Two, three years ago Craig relocated from Ottawa to Montreal, from IMOO (Improvising Musicians Of Ottawa) to the Montreal scene. We chat for a bit, then load in to the venue, and set up. Alex Pelchat and Matt Lee and, one by one, the rest of ensemble arrive –

Ensemble Habitant: Performance d’une partition graphique de Matt Robidoux
Preston Beebe – percussion
David Dugas-Dion – banjo with spring, suona
Geneviève Gauthier – alto sax
James Goddard – alto sax
Matt Lee – guitare ‘Snoopy’
Eric Lewis – trompette
Al Margolis – clarinet, violin
Emilie Mouchous – hand-built synth
Craig Pedersen – trompette
Alex Pelchat – guitare, conductor / timekeeper

Up first Ensemble Habitant, skilled improvisers, they bring a lot of energy and imagination to the graphic score, Alex runs a ‘tight ship’, the sections flow seamlessly, each section has a distinct sound reflecting the pages of the ’score’.

Elka Bong next, everything is working, audio and video, a good set.

We pack up, load out, drive to Emilie’s. We load in, carrying the equipment up to the third floor, park the car, walk back to apartment, After warming up, it’s still below zero Celsius, we head out to buy beer and to Burrito Revolucion. We bring our burritos back to Emilie’s, sit around the table, eat and chat. A couple of Emilie’s friends trickle in, we rearrange the furniture and set up.

Elka Bong plays our first ’house show’ of the tour. House shows are the best. We had good audiences in New Paltz and Gatineau but the intimacy, the one on one of a house show, make them special. More relaxed, I get more out the AVSynth. Emilie takes over, her choices of sounds and images are different than mine, I’m picking up some valuable pointers 8^)))

After playing we hang out for an hour or so, talking with Emilie and her friends. We turn in around 1:30am.

Fall microTour: Day 2

December 8, 2016

Up at the crack of dawn, or shortly thereafter. Bacon and eggs with Al and Deb. We reorganize the ‘handbag’ trunk, manage to stuff Al’s amps into a corner, back down Rte 17 to I87 N to Canada.

20161208_elkabong02High Peaks North Rest Stop, Plattsburg NY, note moose weather vane

20161208_elkabong01A high peak

20161208_elkabong03Goodbye USA

No problems at the border, Rte 15 to 132, across the Jacque Cartier Bridge, twice. We pick up Emilie Mouchous in Hochelaga, a district in East Montreal. No time to waste, back on the road Rte 40 to 417 to Ottawa, then back across the river to DAiMON, a media arts center, in Gatineau. We meet the Director, Raphael Neron-Baribeau, and the Technical Director, Michael Caffrey. We unload into a very nice studio space, high ceilings.

20161208_elkabong05The venue

20161208_elkabong11Emilie and Michael

20161208_elkabong07Emilie’s hand-built synth

20161208_elkabong12Raphael, Linsey, Laura and Ian

Up first are Emilie and Michael, electronics. Emilie plays her own hand-built synth, a very good set with plenty of interaction, playful and full of energy.

Instant Places, Ian Birse and Laura Kavanaugh, electronics, objects and voice; with Linsey Wellman, saxophone. Linsey’s sax floating over, and under, an expansive, layered, electronic drone. Their sound is large, filling the space, ebbs and flows.

Elka Bong up next, a new connector, the monitor works! A better set, I’m still learning the system, the three contact mics allow more touch-control, one is used to control video gain on the MVIP as well as Bounce on the Swoops, the other two control the Fourses, here’s the patch –

20161206_patch

Fire Queen: Aymara Alvarado Sanchez, vocals, saxophone; Jordan David and Piere-Luc Clement, keyboard synths and electronics, close out the evening with ’80’s electronica.

There’s a diverse audience of about 50 people, they stay until the end, we pack up, then hang out and chat. After everyone clears out, Al and I head out with Raphael to his house, one last beer, a brief political discussion, off to bed.

Fall microTour: Day 1

December 7, 2016

Up early, pack up the AVSynth, video monitor, PA, and computer, too much stuff !!! Anyway here’s the block diagram –

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Off to Enterprise to pick up my rent-a-car, a Ford Focus, damn the trunk is the size of a handbag, I remove the cover so I can stand the AVSynth and speakers upright. Still my gear takes up 80% of the space.

Oh well, I hit the road at 1:30pm – I495 to I290 the Worcester shortcut to I90, rest stop, then I84 south through Connecticut and west to New York, over the Hudson River, then north on I87 to New Paltz NY. I arrive around 6pm at My House in the Bush of Ghosts. I’m early, no one home, and it’s cold.

I park the car, walk to the P&G for dinner.

20161207_elkabong01Selfie at the bar

20161207_elkabong02Klonopin, Elka Bong, Aspect & Andrea, Vinnie Paternostro & myself

20161207_elkabong04All ready, already patched

When I get back to the house Matt Luczak and Vinnie Paternostro are there. We hang out in the kitchen, people start arriving. Elka Bong is playing next to last, three groups before us, so I load into the bedroom, which functions as backstage and green room. I patch up the AVSynth, leave the rest of the setup until we play.I will regret this decision later!

20161207_elkabong05Andrea, and audience

Andrea Pensado and the Italians arrive around 7:30pm. The Italians begin to set up, Al arrives, Andrea sets up, she kicks off the show, finally, around 9:00pm. A new set, amazing! It has some very quiet sections and, it’s Andrea, some very loud sections. We all enjoy the set, vigorous applause.

Aspec(t) The Italians are still setting up, It’s 10:00pm before they start. Worth the wait, a surprising duo featuring a shell of an old Revox tape recorder as an instrument and a collection of electronics played through a speaker suspended inches above a floor tom and fed back through a contact mic taped to the drumhead. Again vigorous applause.

Klonopin are next, college kids, explains the audience. Classic noise duo, keyboards,pedals and attitude, a solid set.

Elka Bong up next, its already 11:30pm, I move the gear to the living room. The AVSynth comes up immediately, but when I plug in the projector, the signal on my monitor goes away, nada! Al is ready to go. I should have checked this out, no time to trouble shoot, no monitor. We play a good set, not the best, I’m distracted by having to look up across the room to see the video. However, first set of the tour, no one seems to notice, whew!

20161207_elkabong06Vinnie Paternostro

20161207_elkabong07Matt Luczak

Matt and Vinnie are last, we move our gear back into the bedroom. Matt sets up his drums and Vinnie his sax and Moog Mother32. They play a great set, sax and drums with electronics back.

It’s late, we hang briefly then pack up, load out. Off to Al’s house, back down I87 to I84 to Rte 17, no traffic, a quick trip through the backwoods to Chester NY. We’re in bed by 1:30am.

Gigs, November 2016

November 30, 2016

November 1 at 119 Gallery, Lowell MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – Sidrazzi, Tocante “Bass Thyris”
Walter Wright – drums, percussion

November 6 at Third Life Studios, Somerville MA
ensemble inédit ?!:
Joe Burgio – artistic director
Katerine Gagnon, Tara Lynch, Andrea West – movement
Kat Dobbins, Matt Samolis, John Voigt, Walter Wright – sound

November 12 at 119 Gallery, Lowell MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – Boardweevil, Sidrazzi
Walter Wright – drums, percussion

November 13 at Third Life Studios, Somerville MA
ensemble inédit ?!:
Joe Burgio – artistic director
Kristiana Hubley, Ofri Reiger, Andrea West – movement
Clara Kebabian, Matt Samolis, John Voigt, Walter Wright – sound

Sonorium
November 19 at Gallows Theater, Salem MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – Boardweevil, sampler, Sidrazzi
Walter Wright – drums, percussion
with
Vehement Caress, Laura Cecilia, Bromp Treb

Gigs, October 2016

October 31, 2016

Elka Bong Tour
Elka Bong:
Al Margolis – clarinet, viola, contact mics, objects
Walter Wright – drums, electronics, AVSynth

October       1 @ Blackbird Tattoo, Nashville TN
October       2 @ It Looks Like It’s Open, Columbus OH
October       3 @ The Spaghetti Warehouse, Pittsburgh PA
October       4 @ Rhizome DC, Washington DC

October 9 at Third Life Studios, Somerville MA
ensemble inédit ?!:
Joe Burgio – artistic director
Katerine Gagnon, Ofri Rieger – movement
Pat Carr, John Voigt, Walter Wright – sound

October 13 at UnchARTed Gallery, Lowell MA
Elka Bong:
Al Margolis – violin, contact mics, objects
Walter Wright – AVSynth
with
Public Speaking, Distilled Water

October 14 at Church of the Advent, Boston MA
Elka Bong:
Al Margolis – violin, contact mics, objects
Walter Wright – AVSynth
with
Aaron Larget-Caplan, Matt Scutchfield, Eliot Cardinaux, Carolina Hengstenberg

October 16 at Third Life Studios, Somerville MA
ensemble inédit ?!:
Joe Burgio – artistic director
Katerine Gagnon, Shoshi Moyer, Ofri Rieger, Andrea West – movement
Pat Carr, Walter Wright – sound
Stu Vandermark and his wife – witnesses

October 22 at UnchARTed Gallery, Lowell MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – all things modular
Josh Tracy – voice, electronics
Michael F Dailey Jr and Walter Wright – drums, percussion
with
Godless America, Goon Planet, Suicide Attempt, This Is Not Okay

October 26 at 119 Gallery, Lowell MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – Sidrazzi, Tocante “Bass Thyris”
Walter Wright – drums, percussion

October 30 at Third Life Studios, Somerville MA
ensemble inédit ?!:
Joe Burgio – artistic director
Tara Lynch, Ofri Rieger, Sharon Quimby – movement
Emilio Gonzalez, Clara Kebabian, Matt Samolis, John Voigt, Walter Wright – sound