Joe Grimm at Lampo

From Chicago’s Lampo:

FRI NOV 19 8pm
Columbia College
916 S Wabash, Room 214
Admission $10, Students $5

Organized in cooperation with Columbia College, Audio Arts and Acoustics Department

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Epic new solo work from Joe Grimm. ALIAS (for Kathryn) is a synaesthetic light/sound performance for modified 16mm projectors, homemade light-sensitive audio electronics, and a large, white, side-mounted ceiling fan. The projectors create flicker-patterns that are often too fast for the eye to detect; but the changes in speed of these invisible flickers can nevertheless be traced in the illusions of movement (and stasis) in the fan-blades, as well as in the mutating timbres of the light-generated music. It is a meditation on the limitations of the body and the senses, on the breakdown of one’s ability to sensually access the physical world.

Joe Grimm (b. 1978, Safety Harbor, Fla.) is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist working primarily with light and sound. In his performances, sculptures, videos and constructed situations, he appropriates material from enlightenment-era metaphysics, contemporary pop music, and the troubled legacy of minimalism — insisting always on the centrality of sheer sensory pleasure. Grimm studied philosophy at Yale before receiving a graduate degree in experimental music composition at Brown and an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Collaborators and associates include Lauren Carter, Lucky Dragons, Glenn Branca, Alvin Lucier, Dirty Projectors, Lightning Bolt and experimental filmmaker Ben Russell. His work has been shown at institutions such as CAPC Bordeaux, La Casa Encendida in Madrid, Bezalel Gallery in Tel Aviv, and MCA Chicago.

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Upcoming Philadelphia Shows

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From Ars Nova Workshop:

Thursday, November 18, 8pm
Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone; Mary Halvorson, el. guitar; Andrea Parkins, electronics + amplified accordion; Ches Smith, percussion

The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street
Free Admission

Since finishing his studies at the prestigious Mills College, percussionist Ches Smith has worked across jazz, rock, and experimental categories, proving to be a versatile artist ready for any challenge. Over the years he has worked with Xiu Xiu, John Zorn, Wadada Leo Smith, John Tchicai, Marc Ribot, Fred Frith, Tim Berne, Terry Riley, and many others. He has appeared on over 30 recordings, the most recent being “Finally Out Of My Hands” (Chris Speed’s Skirl Records) with his These Arches ensemble featuring a who’s who of Downtown talent: Mary Halvorson, Andrew Parkins and Tony Malaby. Not to be missed.


Thursday, December 2, 8pm
Jean Carla Rodea, voice; Andrew Bishop, reeds; Dave Ballou, trumpet; Michael Formanek, bass; Gerald Cleaver, drums

Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street
$12 General Admission

Drummer Gerald Cleaver has assembled some of the top jazz musicians for this new ensemble. Collectively, group members have worked with Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Threadgill, Matthew Shipp, Andrew Hill, John Zorn, Dave Burrell, and many other leading creative artists. Join us as Cleaver and Formanek return to Philadelphia following the recent sold-out debut of the Michael Formanek Quartet on October 28!


Wednesday, December 8, 8pm
Xavier Charles, clarinet + harmonica; Ivar Grydeland, prepared guitar + prepared banjo + sruti box; Christian Wallumrød, prepared piano + harmonium; Ingar Zach, bass drum + percussion

Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street
$12 General Admission

Inspired equally by John Cage, Morton Feldman, and the rich history of Dutch and European experimental music (from free jazz to contemporary classical to electro-acoustic improvisation), Dans les Arbres create acoustic improvisations that emphasize texture and space. In addition to exploring new sonic possibilities with prepared instruments and extended techniques, the quartet integrate Eastern folk idioms to produce unique, sophisticated, and meditative tapestries of globalized sound. Join us as they make their US debut in Philadelphia!

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Interview with the M6: Meredith Monk Music Third Generation

From Roulette:

The M6 is a vocal ensemble dedicated to continuing the legacy of legendary composer/singer/director Meredith Monk. The members of the group were among 19 singers chosen from around the world to participate in a professional training workshop offered by Monk and the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall in January 2006, culminating in the Meredith Monk Young Artists Concert at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall. In 2007 six of the participants reconvened to form The M6 out of the desire to continue learning Monk’s work through direct coachings with the composer herself, as well as with past and present members of her Vocal Ensemble.

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Glenn Branca Interview / Preview

Glenn Branca
Cover of Glenn Branca

From AM New York:

Glenn Branca has been a staple of New York’s avant-garde music scene since the late ‘70s. For decades, he has created guitar symphonies that straddle the line between minimalist composers like Steve Reich and experimental rockers like Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, who got his start in Branca’s band. This week, Branca will premiere his newest work, Symphony No. 15: Running Through The World Like An Open Razor (Music For Strange Orchestra) at Le Poisson Rouge.

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November 08, 2010
Andrew Drury’s Azalea, The Local 269
Andrew Drury, Curtis Hasselbring, Darius Jones, Kirk Knuffke, Angelica Sanchez
Carl Ludwig Hubsch’s Longrun Development of the Universe, The Local 269
Carl Ludwig Hubsch, Matthias Schubert, Wolter Wierbos
EJ Antonio with Mark Taylor and Michael Thompson, The Local 269
EJ Antonio, Mark Taylor, Michael Thompson
Whit Dickey Trio, The Local 269
Michael Bisio, Whit Dickey, Sabir Mateen

November 06, 2010
Sanchez-Rainey-Greenlief, IBeam
Phillip Greenlief, Tom Rainey, Angelica Sanchez

November 01, 2010
Promo for Tin Hat, Le Poisson Rouge
Ben Goldberg, Carla Kihlstedt, Mark Orton, Rob Reich
Tin Hat, Le Poisson Rouge
Ben Goldberg, Carla Kihlstedt, Mark Orton, Rob Reich

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Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Four Flies – Choking on Your Own Blood and Spit
Regard Us Sadly – Self Titled
Fecalove – Forever Young
Alex Durlak – Catalyst
Horchata – Acytota
Kabutogani – Bektop
Phase II – Afterglow
Various Artists – 100 Jahre Einsamkeit: Markus Detmer Plays Staubgol
Fhievel – Pipe smoking on a Balloon
Leverton Fox – Country Dances
Various HNW Artists – Ursula
Dead Body Collection/Gigant – Self Titled
Static Mantra – Om Namah Shivaya
BiPolar Joe/The Sleep Sessions/Vilgoc – Self Titled
Klangwart – Sommer