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What is experimental music? Part 3

Wednesday, January 14th 2015

What is experimental music? Part 3

co-curated with Joe Moffett

'Considering the massive amount of American music which occurs under the heading of "jazz" only a small percentage requires the qualifier of "experimental" or "avant-garde" to narrow the scope of both audience and genre. The deep connections (going back the bebop era, Bird quoting Stravinsky, etc) between academic or classical music and what is traditionally referred to as "forward-thinking" jazz are well documented. After the culmination of hard bop into an institution (thanks Wynton) focused on chops and "respect" - the current generation of musicians has moved back to the systems-based approaches of Wadada Leo Smith and other free jazz performers along with the technical innovations of the academy (particularly Lachenmann). Music being released on the Prom Night Records label epitomizes this trend toward complex music for a complex world. Panoply is proud to present a night of careful listening and discussion about the relationships between our understanding of cognition and a music more focused on systems of thought than systems of pitches.' - Brian McCorkle


Joe Moffett, Brad Henkel, Sophie Delphis, and Mariel Berger

Brooke Herr


Saturday, June 1st 2013

Bushwick Open Studios at Panoply Performance Laboratory FORENSICS OF THE FUTURE DAY TWO: SELF AND IMPROVISATION

From 2pm-7pm, there will be installations by resident artists Esther Neff and Brian McCorkle, in addition to the PPL store.

Beginning at 7pm, there will be solo performances by Ryan Ferreira, Daniel Blake, and others TBA, culminating in a new quartet formed by trumpet player Brad Henkel with Sean Ali and Pascal Niggenkemper on Basses and Carlo Costa on Drums. FACEBOOK EVENT HERE

The Norwegians are Coming

Thursday, March 28th 2013

SULT – Jacob Felix Heule: percussion Guro Skumsnes Moe: contrabass Håvard Skaset: acoustic guitar

PascAli - Sean Ali and Pascal Niggenkemper, prepared bass duo.

Jack Wright w/ Andrew Drury –

David Grollman - solo snare mayhem

Owen Stewart Robertson and Brad Henkel, trumpet and guitar duo

Eric Leonardson, springboard; Anne Guthrie, french horn; and Jonathan Chen, violin

Duo Night

Tuesday, February 12th 2013


A night of duo musical performances at Panoply Performance Laboratory: Men Are Just Desserts

Men Are Just Desserts is a semi-spontaneous series of bromantic one-night flings. Bassist and tuba player Jason Anastasoff creates duos with some of the hottest men in the improvising music scene, which have included Devin Gray, Sean Ali, Nathaniel Morgan, Peter Hanson and Dave Ruder in the past (and possibly the future if they play their cards right).

Flandrew Fleisenberg/Valerie Kuehne

Five Dollar Ferrari (Brad Henkel and Dustin Carlson)

Uptown Girls (Cory Bracken/Joe White)

Bonnie Kane/Chris Welcome

$5-15 suggested donation

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