Philadelphia’s Bowerbird is presenting the following acts tonight.
KEVIN DAVIS / UNCLE WOODY DUO
kevin davis – cello
woody sullender – banjo
chicago / nyc
“On The Tempest is Over (Dead CEO), his new improvised duo record with cellist Kevin Davis, former Chicagoan Woody Sullender continues to find unexplored terrain for the banjo, weeding out any reference to bluegrass or old-timey music. In his hands the instrument sometimes evokes those of other cultures – the oud on “Strata Collide,” the pipa on “Knocking Dust” – but his MO is singular: wonderfully strangulated tangles of notes arrive in brief bursts, then recede into gentle arpeggios or ominous single-note runs. Davis is a wonderful accompanist cushioning Sullender’s brittle sound in mahogany chords and spectral harmonics.” -Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader
stuart brent, laptop, pedals, doepfer pocket control
matthew sanchez, laptop, CD players, pedals
Mother is a joint venture between two artists who have created works individually under the monikers of cyg (Brent) and MANEATER (Sanchez). Formed after an impromptu combined performance at a Hajota noise show, Mother produces complicated (but sometimes minimal), rhythmic, effected noise with glitched-out, chopped-up portions. Tracks by Mother, cyg, and MANEATER can all be found at [hajota records]
ALBAN BAILLY solo
Alban Bailly, a native of France, began his music path by playing rock his youth. He moved onto studying Jazz, which opened him to free improvisation in the late nineties. In 2001 he studied Arabic music and oud in Marrakesh, Morocco. Back to Nancy, France, Alban became an active performer, playing solo and together with performers in Europe. It is at this period the gypsy and Balkan music intrigued him and took him to Serbia to meet traditional Eastern European music in 2004. Since making Philadelphia his home in 2005, Alban has experienced abundance of opportunity as a composer and a performer, collaborating with musicians from East coast and beyond. Using his guitar and accordion, he plays various genres of music and often collaborates with dancers.
FISHKIN / HERNANDEZ duo
daniel fishkin – daxophone
katt hernandez – violin
Daniel Fishkin has built and played daxophones of all shapes and sizes since 2004. Daxophone: a flat piece of wood, anchored at one end, and played with a bow. This German idiophone, invented in 1987 by Hans Reichel, sounds anywhere between a violin or a woodland mammal. Daniel has studied daxophone with Mark Stewart of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, and played in many free-improv groups and ska bands.
Katt Hernandez has been living in the Boston area, playing the violin, for the last six years. She has collaberated with a magnificently variated sea of musicians, dancers, and others including- but certainly not limited to- Joe Maneri, Zack Fuller, David Maxwell, Marc Bisson, Matt Somalis, John Voigt, Allisa Cardone, Gordon Beeferman, Jonathan Vincent, Walter Wright, Joe Burgio, Eric Rosenthal, Jeff Arnal, Jaimie McGlaughlin, Andrew Neumann, Dave Gross, and Hans Rickheit. She has twice been invited to perfrom on the Autumn Uprising , High Zero , Mobius ArtRages , and Improvised and Otherwise festivals, and has also appeared at the Montreaux-Detroit , Brandeis New Music , Boston CyberArts , Michiania , IAJE , IASJ , and Ear Whacks festivals. She has been a guest artist at MIT, Harvard, and the New England Conservatory, performed in a vast slew of local venues and- to date- any number of subway passages, urban grottos, and troglyditical performace slaces, as well as other experimental and life-making places throughout the Bos-Wash metropolii.