Creative Music in DC

Kahil El'Zabar at Chicago's Ethnic Heritage En...
Kahil El’Zabar

Saturday, January 24 @ 9:00PM
Anthony Pirog :: Jonathan Badger :: Luke Stewart
Guitarist, composer and loops magician Anthony Pirog 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. Jonathan Badger is a guitarist, composer and video artist whose work ranges from postrock sludge to neobaroque chamber music. In live performance his compositions and improvisations show themselves in electronic garb, all the while maintaining the character of solo guitar, including the use of a distinctly musicalized video projection system. Multi-instrumentalist Luke Stewart creates transcendent sounds, Music for the Third Ear.
Admission $8
Velvet Lounge
915 U Street NW
Washington, DC
On Black Broadway between Vermont Avenue and 9th Street

Saturday, January 24 @ 7:30PM
Battle Trance :: Praxis Cat :: Lost Civilizations
Presented by Sonic Circuits
Battle Trance’s Travis Laplante leads a tenor saxophone Quartet alongside Matthew Nelson, Jeremy Viner, and Patrick Breiner. The music is an exploration of Spritual connectivity, sure to expand one’s perceptions of the possibilities in Music. Praxis Cat is the moniker of Christine Paluch, performing with modular synthesizers and guitar. She improvises deconstructed atmospheres and loops interlaced with both beauty and anxiety. The Lost Civilizations experimental music project is a collaboration between Mike Sebastian (Tenor Sax, Saxello and Baritone Sax) and T. A. Zook (BassCello). Special guests are often featured to accentuate the ambient textures associated with the group.
Admission $10
Pyramid Atlantic Art Center
8230 Georgia Avenue
A short walk from the Silver Spring Metro

Sunday, January 25 @ 3:30PM
Mensa Kondo
The New – The Unexpected
solo Exhibit of visual artist Mensa Kondo
Musical Performances By
Exaktly :: Sex God 1977 :: SHAKA :: Eboneé AD :: Native Sun :: Luke Stewart :: Meche Korrect :: Ayescold :: Bushido Jones :: Underdog :: DJ K-Meta
Suggested Donation $7
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Saturday, February 7 @ 7:30PM
Dan Joseph :: Chester Hawkins :: Noiseless Ensemble
New York City – based composer, performer, and curator Dan Joseph has been active in a variety of musical contexts. Dan performs regularly with his chamber ensemble, The Dan Joseph Ensemble. CHESTER HAWKINS has recorded and performed a wide range of experimental music since 1985. The best-known project was BLUE SAUSAGE INFANT, which began as an exercise in modern audio Dadaism (via musique concrete and tape-collage) and later expanded to embrace drone, krautrock, electronic psychedelia, brutal noise, and cinematic sound design. Noiseless Ensemble draws on a wide range of influences to create improvisational experiences that are truly new. Though the quartet has been performing together for a year in the DC area, the musicians are veterans in the East Coast avant garde and jazz scenes. Their improvised performances include a mix of spontaneous composition, games of chance, and graphic and textual notation – as well as ample audience participation.
Admission $10
Pyramid Atlantic Art Center
8230 Georgia Avenue
A short walk from the Silver Spring Metro

Sunday, February 22 @ 7:00PM
Ethnic Heritage Ensemble
Presented by Transparent Productions
For over forty years, the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble has carried the banner for creativity, with an emphasis on the spiritual over the technical, deeply soulful sounds with cultural roots. Kahil El’ Zabar established the group, stemming from the school and musical environment that the AACM had established in the 60’s and 70’s. Many musicians have played in the Ensemble, from Pharoah Sanders to Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre to “Light” Henry Huff. For the past decade the group has consisted of fellow Chicagoan musicians Ernest Dawkins (New Horizons Ensemble) and Corey Wilkes (Art Ensemble of Chicago).
The Historic Bohemian Caverns
1101 11th Street NW
Washington, DC
One the corner of U Street and 11th Street NW

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