Creative Music in DC

English: Ken Vandermark, moers festival 2010
English: Ken Vandermark, moers festival 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A few upcoming DC shows:

Monday, January 12 @ 7:00PM
Ken Vandermark/Nate Wooley Duo
Anthony Pirog Ensemble
Presented as part of CapitalBop’s Weekend of the Avant Garde in Jazz, January 10 – 12
Chicago saxophonist/composer Ken Vandermark and New York trumpet stalwart Nate Wooley had been operating in each other’s orbits for several years, having worked together with Paul Lytton, Joe Morris, Agusti Fernandez, and Terrie Ex. In October 2013, they put together their duo project when they toured the United States for the first time. With this unique ensemble, they deal directly with each other’s iconoclastic compositional and improvisational vocabularies, and have created a book of original material that takes inspirational cues from the under-appreciated work of John Carter and Bobby Bradford. Vandermark and Wooley have worked together to create an organic combination of the jazz tradition, free improvisation, and modern composition, and have then placed it into the raw and intimate context of this duo.
Washington, D.C.’s jazz and experimental music scenes wouldn’t be quite where they are today without Anthony Pirog. The guitarist, composer and loops magician is a quiet but ubiquitous force on stages around his hometown. With fearsome chops and a keen ear for odd beauty, Pirog has helped expand the possibilities of jazz, rock and experimentalism in a town long known for its straight-ahead tradition. For this performance, he will present an expanded 5-member ensemble featuring trumpeter Dave Ballou, saxophonist Jarrett Gilgore, bassist Nathan Kawaller, and drummer Mike Kuhl.
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Friday, January 16 @ 8:00PM
Chester Hawkins :: The Plums :: Luke Stewart
Chester Hawkins has recorded and performed a wide range of experimental music since 1985. Using an arsenal of electronics, tapes, acoustics, and modified objects, the goal remains the creation of deep and elegant trance states with a glaze of paranoid tension. The Plums are a DC-area Experimental Rock supergroup, made up of guitarist Jeff Barsky, bassist Marc Masters, guitarist Martha Hamilton, and drummer John Howard.
Luke Stewart performs Music inspired by his vast array of influences.
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Friday, January 23 @ 8:00PM
Nagual :: Michelle Webb
Nagual was spawned in Oberlin, Ohio’s proliferating experimental circles. The duo of Ian McColm and David Shapiro have since 2010 become adept at coaxing damaged shades of Frippertronic drone from their extended guitar rigs. Meticulously crafted loops comprise the phonetic basis of Nagual’s vernacular, with clusters of decayed piano and spluttering ARP seamlessly shifting in and out of coherence while deep tones expand across the stereo field. Multi-String instrumentalist Michelle Webb is a restless collaborator who is engaged in exploring and extending the boundaries of her instruments. Her playing is visceral, with a expressionistic approach to creating timbre and velocities.
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Saturday, January 24 @ 3:30PM
Mensa Kondo
The New – The Unexpected
solo Exhibit of visual artist Mensa Kondo
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Every 2nd Sunday of the Month
CapitalBop’s DC Jazz Loft
The DC Jazz Loft showcases and stimulates the talent and forward-focused creative thought that is occurring in the DC Jazz community. On the second Sunday of every month, at Union Arts DC, a variety of idioms and approaches to Jazz are presented by members of the diverse local scene.
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE