23nd season, opening performances!!!
@Rhizome, 6950 Maple Street, in Takoma DC
Takoma’s Art, Learning, DIY Culture Center
Saturday, September 14, 2019@4PM $20
Jason Kao Hwang Critical Response
Jason Kao Hwang (composer/violin/viola)
Anders Nilsson (guitar)
Michael T.A. Thompson (drums)
Jason Kao Hwang has graced Transparent audiences with many original and engaging groups and performances over the years. His Critical Response ensemble creates sounds that originate and radically evolve through rhythm, melody and colors, to affirm compassion within neo-technological consciousness. With the multiple FX processing of both violin and guitar within layers of polyrhythms, this is a power trio with truly symphonic scope.
Jason Kao Hwang (composer/violin/viola) explores the vibrations and language of his history. His compositions are often narrative landscapes through which sonic beings embark upon transformational journeys. Such journeys are and have been partnered with a range of great improvisers, including Karl Berger, Anthony Braxton, William Parker, Butch Morris, Ivo Perlman, Oliver Lake, Reggie Workman, Pauline Oliveros, Tomeka Reid, Patrick Brennan, and many others.
Anders Nilsson (guitars) is a New York-based composer and improviser, who plays electric guitars, 11-string alto guitar and baĝlama. He has performed and/or recorded with many artists, including Kalabalik (w/Raoul Björkenheim and Gerald Cleaver), Paquito D’Rivera, William Parker, Elliot Sharp, Fay Victor, and others, including many interdisciplinary interactions, collaborating with theatre, films, and dance.
Soundrhythium Michael T.A. Thompson (drums) is an artistic anomaly, who has toured and/or recorded with such a wide variety of musical artists, including Charles Gayle, Joe McPhee, Matthew Shipp, and William Parker, as well as reggae artist Owen Gray. T.A.’s palate encompasses an abundance of sound colors, as he hears everything and plays with it in a way that’s ever inventive and perceptively responsive. He’s always in the moment, inspired, as well as inspiring.
Sunday, September 15, 2019@8PM $20
Michael Bisio (double bass)
Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello)
Kirk Knuffke (cornet)
Michael Bisio, is an American jazz double bassist, composer, and bandleader. A true friend of Transparent Productions, Bisio performed in Transparent’s first performance in 1997, in duet with saxophonist Joe McPhee. Since 2009, he has been the bassist for the Matthew Shipp Trio. Music critic Paul de Barros describes Bisio’s sound as “a spare, bluesy sound, the sweet- and-sour timbres favored by Charles Mingus.”
Chicago based cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, of the Juilliard School of Music, studied under saxophonist Anthony Braxton, and composers Morton Feldman, and Pauline Oliveros. Lonberg-Holm has collaborated in groups led by saxophonists Joe McPhee, Peter Brotzmann, and Ken Vandermark. He’s also worked with saxophonist Jim Baker, John Butcher, Mats Gustafsson, bassist Peter Kowald, and flautist Nicole Mitchell, among others. He has also contributed his cello sounds to numerous recording projects by rock groups including Wilco, Freakwater, and God-is-my-co-pilot.
Kirk Knuffke, with mentors including cornetist/conductionist Lawrence “Butch” Morris, has been called one of the most expressive cornet players on the scene today, collaborating with artists such as drummers Matt Wilson and Allison Miller, guitarists Pierre Dorge and Michael Formanek, and pianist Uri Caine.
100% of the proceeds go to the artists