Sunday, June 10, 2012
Thursday, May 10, 2012
May 19th, 8pm, Seven Ate Nine #4! Courtney Brown, D&spair Club, RPM Orchestra, Argentine Tango Milonga
RPM Orchestra is a Phoenix-based Proto-Industrial Americana act, best known locally for its ongoing silent movie/live film score series (incl. Tod Browning's The Unknown, D.W. Griffith's Broken Blossoms) screened/scored live at downtown's FilmBar theater. The orchestra's music also enjoys airplay on freeform radio stations, including Radio Panik (105.4FM, Brussels) and WFMU (91.1FM, NJ).
Saturday, April 7, 2012
April 21, 8pm, Seven Ate Nine #3: John Cage Turns 100!! Jeremy Muller, Suzie Berndt, LorkAs, D&spair Club, Argentine Tango Milonga
John Cage Turns 100!!
Suzie Berndt is a percussionist, educator, and arts coordinator in the East Valley. Throughout her career, she has studied and/or performed with the internationally-renowned percussion group So Percussion, the Prism Saxophone Quartet, and composer David Maslanka, among others. She is also an avid multiethnic percussionist, having studied West African drumming, Javanese Gamelan, and steel pan, the latter of which she plays frequently with the Phoenix-area group JT's Island Steel. Suzie has additionally taught percussion, general music, and marching band front ensembles throughout Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Arizona. Suzie holds a BM in Music Education from James Madison University, and will receive the Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance from ASU this May.
LOrkAS is produced by urbanSTEW
Monday, March 5, 2012
The D&SPAIR Club (dance & sonic performance art improvisation research) was formed by 3 artists in 2012 who work together in various capacities. Often they work in cafés, and wind up brainstorming ideas for art. After working together for a concert, they decided they'd work together again, and again... thus was born The D&SPAIR Club. The D&SPAIR Club is an experimental movement and sound improvisation collage. The members bring individual interests into a space, push them around, and see what collides, what sticks, and what remains. TDC offers workshops and tours the west coast and southwest.
Julie Cruse directs movement, with untrained and trained 'dancers'. We use this club as a platform to troubleshoot the body in dimensions of sound, space, gravity, emotion, and body-y-body. We perform once a month with Seven Ate Nine. Kind of like Survival Research Labs, we don't exactly know what we're doing, but we'll risk a little safety to show our research, if you'll watch.
Courtney Brown directs sound. She is interested in exploring the intersection between movement and music/sound, the consequences of being an embodied performer with limitations, and the danger of performance.
Brent Brimhall dances, bringing a movement vocabulary based in martial arts and yoga.
Monday, February 6, 2012
In I Am Not Service, Blake McConnell reflects upon his former life as a server and bartender. A tightrope walk along the porous border between the performance of authentic self and the structural rules governing the behavior of the service sector worker, this work questions the meanings of service in our post industrial society. From behind his portable bar, Blake will have you asking yourself: "how can I be of service?" Read more here.
Blake McConnell is an artist and musician in the second year of his Masters in Fine Arts, Digital Technology at ASU. He uses his grab bag of skills to perform, record, and design installations. Most find he's at his best when he's up to no good. Find out more at blakemcconnell.net
Spencer Goad, mbira
Spencer Goad is a freelance percussionist and music educator in the greater Phoenix area. He was born in Los Angeles, California where he studied percussion with orchestral and TV/film studio musicians as well as mbira, Zimbabwean thumb piano, with Dr. Ric Alviso. Spencer has been playing mbira, the sacred thumb piano of the Shona people, on and off for the past three years and has also studied Ghanian djembe and dun-dun drumming with John Magnussen, A. O. “Bongo” Sidibe, and master drummer Mamady Keïta.
Spencer received his Bachelors of Music in Percussion Performance at California State University Northridge and his Masters of Music in Percussion Performance at Arizona State University. Spencer was raised with the Los Angeles studio musician mentality of being a "jack of trades," so you can find him in musical theater pits, Brazilian samba bands, Salsa bands, church praise bands, and jazz combos all over the Phoenix area. Music education has always been a big part of Spencer's life and he currently teaches percussion ensembles at St. John Bosco Interparish K-8, Shepherd Junior High as well music classes at South Mountain Community College; he also runs his own private teaching studio in Tempe.
Photo by Steve Lee.
Improvisation #1, Sound and Movement Ensemble
Sound and Movement Ensemble organized by Courtney Brown and Julie Cruse. Guided improvisation in response to written prompts.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
I'm booking 2-4 acts each performance, with each act lasting around 20-40min, possibly with some kind of theme for each complete show. I'm interested in any type of performance (music, performance art, puppets, dance, spoken word poetry, etc.), with the caveat that it be experimental / avant-garde and/or contemporary classical (in the case of music). I am also interested in featuring a type of guided improvisatory performance for each performance that would require only maybe one rehearsal or so before each show. (eg. instant composition/choreography via written prompts, game pieces like Zorn's Cobra, etc.). The venue does not include a piano, etc. or any amplification, so acts will have to bring their own.
The show will include a $5-7 cover which should help defray the costs of space rental and production/promotion. Remaining proceeds will be divided among the performers / artists.
I am very open to additional ideas and input! If you are interested in being a part of this in any way -- if you would like to help organize, plan, book or perform (whether a complete act or being part of an improvisatory ensemble) please contact me at redsonola [at] gmail [dot] com in the next week or so and let me know your availability.
Please circulate to any other individuals or groups that you feel would be interested in participating!