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Saturday, April 30th 2016

FINALLY. a chance to *almost* fulfil the X-files Reboot bill raincheck. In other words: a damn fine night of spooky happenings, unresolved sexual tension, and interplanetary takeout.  

The Alien Autopsies Covered In Cat Hair and the LSD Vending Machine Ensemble From Colubus OH:
"some kind of extraterrestrial business-dad performance ensemble with synthesizers, saxophones, garbage instruments and leafblowers"

Michael Foster/David Grollman
http://michaelfostermusic.blogspot.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IYlcX9-1_w

WILD TORUS
http://wildtorus.tumblr.com/

Kaia Gilje
the one, the only, she's immortal

Define Solitary Confinement
Alex Cohen & Valerie Kuehne
https://dreamzoo.bandcamp.com/album/define-solitary-confinement

Trauma salon : mastication & medication

Thursday, February 25th 2016

we need catharsis but not right now. catharsis is the last great vestige of alien life yet composed of earth. we are catharsis. all the time. we're just moving wrong.
run faster. scream louder. speak deeper. seek closer. love fuller. do more. do less. do less of more. do more of less.
in such a way, we endlessly confess.

The Endless Scrape
(Michael Foster, David Grollman, Sean Ali)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IYlcX9-1_w
https://soundcloud.com/michael-foster-1/sets/the-endless-scrape-foster-sean

layne garrett/nate scheible (DC) - ,
http://opsound.org/artist/laynegarrett/
https://natescheible.bandcamp.com/

jeffrey hayden shurdut -
http://www.shurdut.com/

martha cargo -
http://www.marthacargo.com/

tom matera (MD) -
https://www.facebook.com/TennysonThomas4/?fref=ts

hey exit -
https://heyexit.bandcamp.com/

Valerie Kuehne & the Wasps Nests -
https://www.facebook.com/waspsnestswaspsnests/?fref=ts

http://www.panoplylab.org/space
http://www.thesupercoda.com/

Say Something In a Little Bit of Time

Wednesday, October 28th 2015

Say Something In a Little Bit of Time

 

Have been thinking more about the birthday show. I would like to have 10 five minute sets. Some solo, some duo. The theme would be say something in a little bit of time. The lab part would be the challenge of the five minute set. 10 sets equal 50. Does that sound cool?

 

Rita Stein
Sam Gordon
Rob Price
Brian McCorkle
Brendan Landis
Valerie Kuehne and Natasha Steinbach
Fester w/ Sean Ali
Lipchitz w/ Ryan Krause
Michael Foster
Dear Nugget w/ Aliza Simons

Trauma Salon : contracture & catharsis

Thursday, June 25th 2015

we survive to fix what is not yet shattered. we survive to comprehend what is not yet revealed. we survive to express what is not yet present. we survive to accept the inevitable mutation; of cells, hips, spinal fluid.
we shout from the gut. we spit off mountains. we smile at bruises. we do whatever is necessary. in such a way, we endlessly create.

PAPER BALLS:
are the best form of contraception ever; until they destroy your life.
"Who are you calling weak? Human jaws are surprisingly strong"
The trauma of adolescence. Feeling like your balls and mouth are made of paper. Paper mouth, Paper balls.
(Paper Balls features Lucio Menegon, David Grollman, and Jeff Barsky).

Jonathan Wood Vincent

Michael Foster:
The Ghost (vol 1): Boy Between 2 Worlds.
A solo performance for saxophone, objects, and tape.
A spontaneous presentation of mindset, attempting to make sense of my experiences with death, sexuality, and sadomasochism.

CO(P)E:
performs GREEN SUIT SUITE
In this abstract performance piece, the death of a young prostitute plagues the mind of GREEN SUIT MAN while he struggles to come to terms with the violence inherent in both society and desire. Steve Roe performs as GREEN SUIT MAN, accompanied by Detta Andreana, Kevin Geraghty and Sam Sebren on noise electronics.

Butch Merigoni:
All Of It
Incrementally, over the course of the 20 minute performance, people will be asked to read from different texts. Every 45 seconds a new audience member will stand and read, adding to the layers of sound. This accumulation will continue until the room is filled with an onslaught of words, sentences, paragraphs and ideas. People have shared different reactions to this piece. Some find it soothing, others see it as chaotic. I see it as a day in the life of our minds: a constant, cumulative process of thought.

Trauma Salon : Serotonin & Selectivity

Thursday, June 4th 2015

The short answer is shit isn't working properly. We observe defectiveness in nature: the end of laughter.
We feel & know that something is terribly wrong. We absorb. It hurts. Exactly how much is beyond our control.
Little by Little we shock ourselves into truth, trick ourselves into joy, find solace in the fact that nothing lasts, including our biochemical composition. In such a way, we endlessly grow.

Epitaphs Live: Colleen McCarthy & David Grollman
The epitaph is a short verse honoring the deceased, inscribed on his tombstone. It can be a brief record of his life, an aphorism, or words he lived by.
An extreme mood state can cause a warped perspective, in which that ephemeral moment of suffering feels like "the story of my life." At the lowest depression, one might feel like he is dead already. --Say it were so, how would the epitaph read?
"Epitaphs" (Colleen McCarthy-Smee, 2015) is a book of short verses honoring the deceased and the not-dead-yet who suffer(ed) variously psychoses and suicide.
In performance, David Grollman and Colleen McCarthy improvise of the book, with David accompanying himself on snare.

Natalia Steinbach
I have struggled and suffered with depression and suicidality for most of my life. In this performance piece I will be sharing some of my experiences as recalled through journal entries written about a year ago. As an artist and as an individual who has dealt with trauma, I hope to raise awareness and promote education concerning mental illness, along with providing support and hope to others who are dealing with similar issues. I have learned a lot from personal devastation and I feel that others can too, whether it be from their own trials and strife or through empathy for those around them.
https://www.facebook.com/NataliaBSteinbach

Brandon Lopez
I'll be presenting solo works for upright bass, partially composed elsewhere, mostly composed in real time. The work, for me, is about consecration and organization in derogatory and chaotic sounds. The previous statement is reductive. I hope It helps you think, comforts you, disturbs you, gives you something.
Gives you something, and takes away your time.
https://tongueinteeth.wordpress.com/

Beuys Club
Meow, yowl, fight, publicly fornicate. territory, food, trash, eat. meow yow meow yow. i'm an urban cat. we are cats. mama and babycat, rattle my cans. street. sleep under a tree, in a bush in your yard. eat your trash. chase a rat. meow moew moew. if you dont sepak cat thats a personal problem. cage us, sanitize us, civilize us, transform my meow. impulse to reproduce, soothed. i am we are pre surgical, now post surgical. my yowl my cat i am a terror, idolize me.
http://www.jackiedu.net/#!beuys-club/cl5u

with closing remarks by Esther Neff

According to Google; cheese, chocolate, fish & sex really do help. Thanks, Google.

Trauma Salon: autolysis and allelujah

Thursday, March 19th 2015

i do not know if reconciliation with oneself is a lived possibility. i do know that a new ritual, synergy & spirituality is necessary for those of us who feel deeply, perhaps harshly.
this is a means to regenerate, to cope with trauma as art and as artists. society at present has no clear answer to this. and so we endlessly begin:

installment 1:

Brandon Fisette
In this piece I will start on the floor and “wake up” to find myself in a body. As if before this I was simply energy. Then slowly throughout the piece I will attempt to walk in this body, from the ground up. It will be painful and difficult but healing is often painful and difficult. By the end I will be on my feet, walking

https://www.facebook.com/sacredandrogyny

Leila Bordreuil
TECHNIQUE
leilabordreuil.blogspot.com

David Grollman
My father is dead. I want to put the pain and sadness I feel over his loss into what I present. I perform to move beyond this time frame and become a ball of energy outside myself. Make time stop for an instant. I want to share this with the audience and hopefully bring them out of time and themselves too.

http://music.promnightrecords.com/album/sip-and-bite

Shawn Escarciga
is a performance artist and dancer based in Brooklyn. He has trained and worked in Commedia dell’Arte, devised theater and various movement forms in Chicago, Atlanta and Italy. In New York, he has performed and trains regularly with the Butoh company, the Vangeline Theater.
Adam is an apology to the body from the body. Using Butoh as an exploratory tool, the piece re-examines an attempted suicide in an effort to forgive and bring peace to the memory left in the bones

 

Valerie Kuehne will close with a discussion of what the hell happened, a search for meaning in bloody hands.

interested in submitting a piece/performance for future installments? email – valeriekuehne@gmail.com

Physician, heal thyself.

http://www.thesupercoda.com/

http://www.panoplylab.org/space

Turn the Tape Off

Wednesday, April 22nd 2015

"The experiment is to see how the tapes are interacted with and interpreted on the spot by the performers who will have never heard them before. Does the tape change the performers approach? Do the performers literally change the quality of the tape? I'm particularly interested in considering the inanimate nature of the tape and its supposed impossibility to interact. Also, I make the tapes to extract the dream essence inherent in waking consciousness. So, part of the experiment will also be to see how successful I am in this regard." - Sean Ali Sean Ali performs a text intro to the evening "side a" -w/ Emilie Lesbros (voice) solo Maryam Parhizkar (text & viola) "side b" -w. David Grollman (snare drum)

Time Dilation and the Acoustical Orb(it)

Monday, November 17th 2014

Time Dilation and the Acoustical Orb(it)

w/ SULT (Norway) https://sult.bandcamp.com/

David Grollman/Nathaniel Morgan http://www.promnightrecords.com/

Sam Ospovat http://www.samospovat.com/

Causings w/ Sandy Gordon

Causings is a Brooklyn-based improvised duo project with percussionist Derek Baron and pianist/cinematographer Adam Gundersheimer. https://causings.bandcamp.com/

Time Dilation will be seduced and explored by these performers as they engage the acoustic fields of Scraping, Sculpting, Noise, Object Manipulation, and Performance Driven Experimentation. We hope one might completely lose oneself inside these sounds; that confusion will turn to fixation. Everything but this living, breathing acoustical sphere may disappear. This is a sound not without danger, as it may house the secret of time.

more info - http://www.thesupercoda.com/

$5-15 donation beer lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery

Pascali + ViolaTwoViola + Lipchitz

Wednesday, September 18th 2013

INSTRUMENTS THAT DON'T SOUND LIKE INSTRUMENTS BUT LOOK LIKE INSTRUMENTS PLAYED BY HUMANS WHO DON'T SOUND HUMAN BUT ARE UNDENIABLY SO.

Oh and also some vocal work that is also undeniably human and yet sounds very little like much vocal work one typically hears.

PascAli Sean Ali and Pascal Niggenkemper (prepared basses) NOT THIS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ono-jJPGCs

ViolaTwoViola Frantz Loriot & Cyprien Busolini (violas) NOT THIS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TP7hCemhIQ http://frantzloriot.com/Viola2Viola.html

Lipchitz Ryan Krause (voice) and David Grollman (percussion) NOT THIS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-49FKdAJHQ

Beer lovingly provided by The Brooklyn Brewery

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