Penguin and The Lost Civilizations Experimental Music Project in DC June 19

RhizomeDC is a unique and very special non-profit community arts and performance center located in the Takoma neighborhood of Washington DC.

In support of RhizomeDC’s fundraising effort, Dew Drop Inn DC is hosting a benefit performance on June 19, featuring Penguin and the Lost Civilizations experimental music project.

Penguin is a project consisting of Devin Ocampo (Warm Sun; The Effects; Beauty Pill), Renata Burger (Warm Sun) and Brendan Canty (Fugazi, Super!Silver!Haze!). The Lost Civilizations experimental music project ( is a collaboration between Mike Sebastian (tenor sax, saxello and baritone sax) and T. A. Zook (basscello). Although essentially a duo, when schedules permit, it is joined by Jerry Busher (drums); Doug Kallmeyer (bass and electronics), Sam Lohman (drums) Larry Gomez (percussion), Patrick Whitehead (horns), Leah Gage (drums & electronics), Dominic Fragman (drums) and Emily Chimiak (violin). The project has been performing in the DMV region since 2008.

Dew Drop Inn DC is located at 2801 8th Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20017; the performance starts at 8 pm and is 21+.

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AMN Reviews: Kyle Motl – Transmogrification [metatrope-003]

As I write this, double bassist Kyle Motl is on tour, playing contemporary compositions for solo double bass by the great Romanian Spectralists Iancu Dumitrescu and Horatiu Radulescu, among others. The works Motl has chosen to play are all conceptually and technically challenging pieces that extend the range of sounds the instrument can produce and correspondingly, the performance methods required to produce them. On Transmogrification,  Motl’s new solo CD, the bassist plays his own music. But here, as in his touring repertoire, his playing is informed by his fluency in the language of contemporary performance practices, allowing him to take the instrument to the edge of its known world.

The fifteen tracks are sequenced to trace a narrative arc starting with the concrete, largely conventional Panjandrums for pizzicato bass and moving through increasing stages of abstraction. Although he uses advanced techniques and often prepares the bass with foreign objects, Motl’s choices are always intelligent and above all, musical, no matter how far the distance he takes the bass from a traditionally lyrical sound. He’s particularly good at drawing percussive effects from the instrument with fingers, hands and a tautly bouncing bow. On several tracks he modifies the bass with objects inserted between the strings in order to envelop the notes in a rattling, buzzing sound; on others, he elicits a fascinating world of quasi-electronic sounds simply with nuanced bow articulations.

All in all, Transmogrification is a fine addition to the large and still growing catalogue of recordings for solo double bass.

Daniel Barbiero

This Week in New York 


This evening’s concert features works that explore structural and architectural variations, from music to buildings and eventually civilizations, meeting their ultimate purpose.
Monday, June 12 at 6:00 PM
Tickets $35, $25 seniors, $20 students
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at NYU, 24 West 12th Street, New York, NY

Mivos Quartet presents a concert featuring music by three diverse compositional voices, highlighted by the U.S. premiere of a new quartet by George Lewis.
Tuesday, June 13 at 6:00 PM
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY

This evening’s concert features works that explore the communicative spectrum of four protagonists in dialogue with one another and their surrounding. The program features a string quartet by 2017 Festival Composer-in-Residence Sebastian Currier performed by the Verona Quartet, Telemann’s concerto for four violins and orchestra and concludes with four violinists from this year’s Festival leading audiences through the annual passage of time through Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
Tuesday, June 13 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $35, $25 seniors, $20 students
General Theological Seminary, 440 West 21st Street, New York, NY

Sex and the City meets Black Mirror for the Tinder generation: This new opera from American Opera Projects and Nashville Opera imagines the present and future of sex and love. Featuring music by Robert Paterson and a libretto by David Cote, Three Way unfolds in three one-acts, with average heroes exploring the worlds of android lovers, BDSM, and multiple partners in their search for the ever-elusive emotional connections in today’s romantic world.
Thursday, June 15 to Saturday, June 17 at 8:00 PM; Sunday June 18 at 2:00 PM
Tickets $45, $30 for 30-and-under (with ID)
BAM Fisher, Fishman Space, 321 Ashland Pl, Brooklyn, NY

In an album-release concert for the orchestra’s debut album, Not Two, composer, trumpeter, and multi-instrumentalist Amir ElSaffar’s Rivers of Sound brings together 17 musicians from a broad spectrum of traditions, ranging from Iraqi maqam to American jazz. Using resonance as its governing principle, the music incorporates elements of maqam modal music of the Middle East with jazz and other contemporary practices to create a unique microtonal environment that moves beyond the notions of style and tradition into a realm of uninhibited musical communication.
Friday, June 16 at 6:00 PM
28 Liberty Plaza, New York, NY