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Gigs April, 2018

April 30, 2018

April 1 at UnchARTed, Lowell MA
Elka Bong:
Al Margolis – clarinet, violin, contact mics
Walter Wright – AVSynth
Christos Koulendros – modular synth
Michael F Dailey Jr, Dei Xhrist

April 3 at 114 Grand St, Lowell MA
Christos Koulendros – modular synth
Walter Wright – AVSynth

April 4 at Outpost 186, Cambridge MA
Kane Wright Duo:
Bonnie Kane – tenor sax, flute, electronics
Walter Wright – drums, percussion
Eric Dahlman, Mike McCaw, Bob Moores, Jim Warshauer, Eric Zinman

April 8 at 3887 Ontario est, Montreal QC
Émilie Mouchous – video synth (her newest circuit)
Walter Wright – PeterB miniSynth

April 10 at 114 Grand St, Lowell MA
Christos Koulendros – modular synth
Walter Wright – AVSynth

April 15 at Third Life Studio, Somerville MA
ensemble inédit ?!
Joe Burgio – artistic director
Thalia Arnow, Bianca Beneduzi, Katerine Gagnon, Kristiana Hubley, Charlotte Wagner – movement
Christos Koulendros, John Voigt, Walter Wright – sound

April 18 at 114 Grand St, Lowell MA
Christos Koulendros – modular synth
Walter Wright – AVSynth

Performance Lab: Mixed Bag
April 21 at The Hearing Room, Lowell MA
Christos Koulendros – PeterB modular synth
Walter Wright – AVSynth, also a PeterB modular
Joe Brown, Mike Funaiole, Allison O’Brien, Katya Popova, Edward Sears Read, Ayna Shatilova

April 24 at 114 Grand St, Lowell MA
Christos Koulendros – Trogotronics, field kit
Walter Wright – Boardweevil, contact mics

Weekend Tour
April 26 – 29
ELKA BONG: [Chester NY, Lowell MA]
Al Margolis – clarinet, violin, contact mics
Walter Wright – AVSynth
Craig Chin, Bonnie Kane, Nathan Yeager

April 26 at Gateway City Arts, Holyoke MA
April 27 at 118 Elliot, Brattleboro VT
April 28 at Remedy Music, Worcester MA
April 29 at Root Cellar, Greenfield MA

Spring miniTour 2018: April Fools’ Day

April 1, 2018

Up relatively early, Mary Ann, Al and I search of a diner, end up at Tavern On The Square. Mary has a Mimosa, all set for the day.

We meet meet at UnchARTed at 2pm, load in. Christos shows up with his family – Leiba, Clara and Xander – and a rack of PeterB modules.

This afternoon’s lineup –

2:30pm – Dailey Koulendros Duo
3:00pm – DeiX
3:30pm – Elka Bong with Christos Koulendros

Michael F Dailey Jr

Christos Koulendros

track 01 – MFDJr and Christos
track 02 – Dei
track 03 – Elka Bong and Christos

Michael plays a tin pail, rocks and a microphone, Christos plays his modular, an energetic duo, literally (or litter-ally) bouncing off the walls. Dei sings. Christos joins Elka Bong for the last set of the tour, and it’s a good one. We load out, Xander helps with my PA. Dei and Al head home, as do Mary Ann and me.

Spring miniTour 2018: Day 9

March 31, 2018

Up at the not-really-but-it-seems-like-it crack of dawn. Dawn, for the first time in several days, there’s sun! Stow away the sleeping gear, coffee. I make breakfast – more coffee, scrambled eggs with red onions and cheese, fresh asparagus. Dei has an online meeting. Al and I pack and repack the car, off by 11am.

Morning coffee


Off by 11am, backroads to I84, traffic is light all the way to Hartford CT, which is, as usual, slow going. However it lightens up, we cruise to Massachusetts border, I90 to I290 to I495, we’re back in Lowell by 3pm. Dei takes off for Boston. I take a shower, and change clothes. Mary Ann cooks a delicious dinner.

Back into Al’s car, we drive into Somerville, to Washington Street Arts, load in and set up.

Washington Street Arts

Emilio, Jesse & Michael

Tonite’s lineup –

8:30pm – ensemble inédit ?!
9:00pm – DeiX
9:30pm – Elka Bong

It’s a good night, friend’s in the audience including Michael Rosenstein and Jessie Kenas Collins, our hosts, Victoria Shen, Lani Smith, and Dr T. ensemble inédit ?! impresses, the score complex yet coherent, Dei solid, and Elka Bong challenging.

We load out. Al, Mary Ann, Joe and I stop for nachos and beer. Michelle joins us, like old times. We leave Joe and Michelle at Christopher’s and head home. In bed by midnight.

Spring miniTour 2018: Day 8

March 30, 2018

Our last full day in Chester, after breakfast and book keeping, off to Enterprise in Harriman, swapping cars. Enterprise is happy to see a nice new Nissan. I’m unhappy as I may incur an extra charge for going point to point. Back to Al’s, more book keeping, editing and posting sound files.

Mid afternoon we chase the mailman around the cul de sacs that make up Al’s neighborhood, a nice square house, a big, solidly built dog, gurgling storm sewer drains, back to Al’s.

Square house

Dei takes a nap. Deb makes dinner, veggie stew, fresh asparagus, salad, off to Brooklyn, out Rte 17 to Rte 6 over Bear Mountain to the Palisades Parkway, George Washington Bridge to RFK formerly known as the Triborough Bridge to the BQE. The venue has moved from The Glove to 603^, a third floor apartment above the Silent Barn, we arrive an hour early!

A short wait, we load in. It’s cozy as in small and friendly. Our host, Clark Hamel starts moving furniture around, we set up at one end of the living room/kitchen/performance space, Tongue Depressor at the other. Audience drifts in, various sorta’ house mates drift in and out. Clark, Jack from TD, and Josh from the audience are from Bard College. Josh came to 119 Gallery once, he come to see me 8^)))



Tonite’s lineup –

10:00pm – Tongue Depressor
10:30pm – DeiX
11:00pm – Elka Bong

Tongue Depressor


Great sets, a small, appreciative audience, we hang out until midnight, load out, back to Chester, in bed at 2am.

Spring miniTour 2018: Day 7

March 29, 2018

The now usual morning routine, except today we have fresh bagels, eggs and bacon! After brunch, edit and post sound files. All caught up, in time to pack up and head south down Rte17 to I287 to I78 to Bread and Puppet in Easton PA.

We load in. Andy Laties, the store owner, and Jack Wright join us for a late afternoon session at the back of the store –

Sound file here.

Jack, Al, Dei & Barbara

A short ride to Jack’s house for dinner with Jack and Barbara. Barbara’s Morrocan Vegetable soup with currents and spices, kale salad with pumpkin seeds, and a couple of beers. All set for the gig, back to the bookstore, the lineup –

8:00pm – DeiX
8:30pm – Elka Bong
9:00pm – Andy Laties & Jack Wright


Andy & Jack


Dei’s mic isn’t working so it’s acapella for her, and for an encore a monologue about the colors purple and mauve, a matte black train, time travel, and her uncle’s house in NY that straddles the US/Canadian border. Elka Bong up next, I run Geometry 01, perhaps not the best choice, we’ll re-evaluate next week. Finally Andy Laties, shakuhachi, and Jack Wright, soprano sax. The audience are all over 65, gray haired, retired artists from NYC. We’ve given them something to talk about.

We load out, back to Al’s, snacks and small talk, in bed at 1am.

Spring miniTour 2018: Day 6

March 28, 2018

Up at 9am, administrivia … Al makes coffee, “deja vu all over again”. We go for a walk in the woods, up to the top of the mountain in the state park behind Al’s house. I forget to turn on ‘Map My Walk’ but take umpteen pics of dead leaves, another animated panel series in the works, as if I didn’t have enough projects. Back home, scan for brain-eating ticks, all clear.

Top o’ the mountain

Dei & Al

Dan Andreana brings his latest home-built sound project over, we set up and jam in the studio. Our second recording in two days, it’s a good one, minimal –

Sound file here.

Al makes pasta, dinner, pack up and we’re of to ‘My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts’ in New Paltz. We load in, and the lineup –

  8:30pm – Matt Luczak & Jack Maginsky
  9:00pm – DeiX
  9:30pm – Ohms of Resistance
10:00pm – 4 Airports
10:30pm – Elka Bong


Our best set so far, the AVSynth is rockin’! We load out, back to Al’s, wine, snacks and small talk, in bed by 1am.

Spring miniTour 2018: Day 5

March 27, 2018

Up at 9am, admnistrivia … Al makes coffee, back to Alex’s to pick up Dei, back to Emilie’s where we load in for a recording session in the kitchen. Al off to the side playing violin, contact mics, and assorted kitchen utensils, Em & I on synths, Dei eats an apple.

Sound file here.

2pm load out, back to the USofA, we work our way to pont Jacque Cartier, cross over, get tangled up in the traffic circle crossing back across the bridge. We give up, take 720 to pont Champlain and finally connect with Rte15S to Rte 10E to Rte35 to the border and I89. No problems at the border, gas stop in Swanton then we head down Rte 7S in search of a diner. We stop at The Maple Leaf Diner for a late breakfast, home fries with maple syrup!.Yes, we are back in New England!

Dei, Al & Em

Maple Leaf Diner 8^)))

Back on the road, south through Burlington to Vergennes, we arrive early, load in. Jane Boxall arrives with a small kit including a propane tank drum. We all set up in different corners of the gallery and are ready to go –

7:00pm – Jane Boxall – percussion, field recording, poetry
7:30pm – DeiX
8:00pm – Elka Bong

It’s a good set, I forget to hit record, sigh 8^(((

Jane, Dei & Al

We stay to chat with the audience, then hit the road winding our way around Lake Champlain and Lake George to I87S to Al’s house in Chester NY. We arrive at 1am.

Spring miniTour 2018: Day 4

March 26, 2018

I’m up at 7am, coffee with Ballentine who is off to work. Bal leaves, Zal appears, starts working on breakfast, eventually Al and Dei appear. Al and Zal talk business and politics, Dei and I break out our computers. Once online I’m able to check in with Mary Ann.

Spend an hour or more answering email and updating my blog. Shortly before noon we head out for brunch with Zal, Bal and Safina at Pressed as in, sandwiches.

Bal & Daisy



Bal & Safina

After brunch we say goodbye, hop on 417E back to Montreal. We creep along Rte 40E to boul Saint-Laurent. Time to walk around, for dinner at Aux Vivre, and a beer at Dieu Du Ciel before a show at La Sala Rossa, two esses, with –

Sound of the Mountain:
Elizabeth Millar – clarinet, objects, mics
Craig Pedersen – trumpet, mics, lights
Anoush Moazzeni – prepared piano, robotic devices

La Sala Rossa

Anoush’s piano

A very, very good show, great sound, nice venue. We stayed after the show and talked with Anoush, Craig and Elizabeth, then dropped Dei at Alex’s and headed over to Emilie’s. Talked with Em until 1:30am before calling it a day (a good day).

Spring minTour 2018: Day 3

March 25, 2018

Up late, we roust Em then walk to La Belle Place where we meet Alex & Dei.

Back to Em’s, we pack up, off to Ottawa, Rte 40 across town stop & go, eventually we’re clear of the city. 417N to Ottawa. We arrive in time for dinner. park at the venue, ??? street is coffee houses end to end. Dei spots a pub, beer, local, and oysters from Nova Scotia. Back to the venue, a large garage behind the house at 5 Fairmont St, home of IMOO [Improvising Musicians Of Ottawa].


Em’s stair

Dei orders oysters

Ballentine, Safina and Paul are already there. We load in, tonight’s lineup –

8:00pm – Accordion Conspiracy
9:00pm – DeiX
9:30pm – Elka Bong

Safina has invited 4 friends, they’re all sitting together in the last row. Maybe thirty people in the audience. Accordion Conspiracy play first, eclectic. A short intermission, we set up. Dei is in story-telling mode. Smaller space, smaller crowd, a broader dynamic range, and a big white wall for video. Elka Bong plays a good set.

Safina & friends

Bal’s house

We hang out for a bit, load out and follow Ballentine home, we turn in, it’s 11pm.

Spring miniTour 2018: Day 2

March 24, 2018

We hit the road at 10am, Lowell to Montreal, Rte3 to Manchester NH to pick up Deidre. I93 to I89 to Burlington VT where we stop for lunch. From Burlington to the Canadian border where we stop for Customs & Immigration.

Marc Bisson

DeiX packing up

Welcome to VT

DeiX at Junior’s, Burlington VT

They wave us in, questions for Dei about trying to bring a taser into Canada. Cleared, up Rte 133 to 10 and across the Champlain Bridge. We miss the turnoff to downtown, detour back through the downtown, past McGill U, up Avenue du Parc, over to St Laurent, and we arrive at Brasserie Beaubien early.

Alex and Matt arrive at 6:30pm followed by a trickle of musicians, in total 20+ will be playing with Ensemble Habitant. We set up for a rehearsal. Dinner break, tonight’s lineup is –

  9:00pm – Ensemble Habitant
    recorder score by Matt Robidoux
  9:30pm – Michel Meunier – solo electronics, plumbing
10:30pm – DeiX – pocket opera
10:00pm – Ensemble Habitant
    “Ear Score”, Hildegard Westerkamp led by Eric Lewis
    a graphic score by Matt Robidoux
11:00pm – Elka Bong – noise & video

Brasserie Beaubien, Montreal QC

David Dugas Dion

The flute/recorder score is performed on the sidewalk outside the venue. We play either B or F, two ‘continuous’ tones. It’s cold, after 15min we single-file indoors, still playing, lining up the length of the venue, and end. Next up Michel Meunier, Dei, the Ensemble encore and, finally, Elka Bong. Great venue, dive bar ‘surrealiste’.

Michel Meunier

Dei Xhrist


Michel and Dei complemented each other. The sound engineer did a great job with Dei. The ensemble was very, very good, playing well and ending ‘on a dime’. Elka Bong wrapped it up!

We hang out for a bit, load out, drop Dei at Alex’s, stop for pizza at 1:00am, Al & I crash at Emilie’s.