John Wetton, a progressive rock figurehead who performed in bands such as King Crimson, Uriah Heep, and Roxy Music before leading the supergroup Asia in the 1980’s, has died following a battle with cancer. He was 67 years old.
Wednesday, Feb 1: NEWN Concert- Archaic Audio
For this addition of Not Engaged Wednesdays at Noon, Samantha Linn, Brad Hales and Joel Peterson play all the hits on 78 RPM- from Nashville to Cairo. Free!
Wednesday, Feb 1: Daytime set (3pm) Molly Jones
A set of solo saxophone and flute improvisations from a performer who has appeared in numerous exciting ensembles on our stage. Free.
Thursdays in February: Nick Schillace noon residency
We’ve extended this series into February! One of the finest finger-pickers in Michigan, Nick Schillace has the even rarer quality of being a strong musical artist. A founder of Lac La Belle and Duo Unduo, Nick’s played with numerous Detroit groups, from picking electric guitar with Indoor Park to comping banjo with Detroit Pleasure Society. Trinosophes is excited to be presenting Nick on Thursdays in February at 11:30 am. Free!
Friday, Feb. 3: VIKI Viktoria record release, Viands
Come celebrate the release of “New Victorian,” on the stellar Midwich label. VIKI Viktoria (aka VIKI) is the pseudonym of Detroit multidisciplinary artist, improvisor and composer Lindsay Karty, whose work involves historic and contemporary electronics, custom circuitry, sound spatialization and language experiments in combinations of live and telematic performance. VIKI formed from the same pond of DIY electronics as Wolf Eyes, Maximum Cloud, Nautical Almanac and went on to obtain an MFA, studying with composer Pauline Oliveros; Karty continues to host Deep Listening events in Detroit, as part of her ongoing certification. In 2016, she co-curated Detroit’s inaugural Trip Metal Fest, which hosted Morton Subotnik, Heiroglyphic Being + Marshall Allen & Danny Ray Thompson. VIKI is joined by her labelmates Viands (Shettler/Peterson), making this a night of radical sound exploration through all eras of electronics. Doors at 9 pm; $8.
2/21: The Necks
2/23: Inside Out Youth Poetry Slam
2/24 Mostly Other People Do the Killing
Several days before Christmas, the brain trust of Bowerbird — the Philadelphia nonprofit responsible for booking and presenting avant-garde music, dance, and related live art forms — sat in the pews of the University Lutheran Church at 36th and Chestnut, playing bingo and drinking craft beer. It’s their new home: Bowerbird boss Dustin Hurt and friends were, in fact, celebrating the nonprofit’s new office and its first-ever home performance space for live showcases.
Source: 5049 Records.
Originally from the Bay Area, Miya Masaoka is a multi-faceted composer/performer who has been making a mark on the international music scene for the past three decades. Her main instrument is the koto and her work sits comfortably at the intersection of composition and improvisation, instrumental virtuosity and technological investigations. She has worked closely with Bang On a Can, Zeena Parkins, Pamela Z and Larry Ochs, among many others. She is a true original and I am delighted to share this conversation.
Source: London Improvisers Orchestra.
The London Improvisers Orchestra has reached the age of eighteen. Time, perhaps, for a quick look back at what’s been achieved so far. This might in turn generate some ideas for the future. Strictly speaking, the groundwork was laid in 1997 with the Contemporary Music Network UK tour by the “London Skyscraper” ensemble conducted by the late and much-missed Lawrence ‘Butch’ Morris.
Defining a paradoxical music of luxuriant austerity, Departure is a beautiful duet for Japanese pianist / composer Yoko Miura and Italian soprano saxophonist Gianni Mimmo. The music inclines toward an elegant economy in which no notes are wasted, even during moments of complex development. Although mostly improvised, the music was at least partly composed by Miura, a refreshingly circumspect pianist, whose arpeggios and ostinati provide the harmonic skeleton that Mimmo fleshes out with chromatic, intelligently convoluted lines. Whether through spontaneous chemistry or prior agreement, Miura and Mimmo often converge on unison notes that serve as points of gathering in before pivoting into themes and structural joints for the ongoing flow of sound; the music is analogous to an ink painting that works through implication and subtlety, suggesting much and consequently neglecting little.
Voices in the Night
Friday 3 March Doors 7.30pm -Music 8.00pm
Alison Blunt violin | Michael de Souza guitar | John Edwards double bass
Kay Grant voice | Phil Minton voice | Maggie Nicols voice | John Russell guitar
Mark Sanders percussion/drums | Luisa Tucciariello voice | Alex Ward clarinet
Ute Wassermann (DE) voice and whistles | Neil Metcalfe flute