Upcoming Concerts

OREN AMBARCHI/WILL GUTHRIE
RETRIBUTION BODY
SMA Anderson Auditorium
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

RICHARD CHARTIER + VICTORIA SHEN
Boston City Hall
Friday, October 12, 2018

BILL T MILLER at Café Fixe
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

EVA-MARIA HOUBEN
Brown Hall, NEC
Thursday, October 18, 2018

OREN AMBARCHI / WILL GUTHRIE
RETRIBUTION BODY
SMFA Anderson Hall
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Non-Event and SMFA Library Sounds present

OREN AMBARCHI / WILL GUTHRIE
RETRIBUTION BODY

SMFA Anderson Auditorium
230 The Fenway
Boston
8pm / $15 general admission / $12 members + students / FREE for SMFA students

Eventbrite - Oren Ambarchi / Will Guthrie duo

First Boston performance of the electrifying duo of guitarist and multi-instrumentalist OREN AMBARCHI and drummer and percussionist WILL GUTHRIE.

Oren Ambarchi is a composer and multi-instrumentalist whose work focuses mainly on the exploration of the guitar, “re-routing the instrument into a zone of alien abstraction where it’s no longer easily identifiable as itself. Instead, it’s a laboratory for extended sonic investigation”. (The Wire, UK). His music has been released on Editions Mego, Touch, Tzadik, Erstwhile, and his own Black Truffle imprint.

Will Guthrie is an Australian drummer / percussionist living in France. He works in many different settings of music: live performance, improvisation and studio composition using various combinations of drums, percussion, objects, junk, amplification and electronics. His music has been released on labels such as Black Truffle, Editions Mego, Ipecac, Erstwhile, Clean Feed, Gaffer Records, 23five, iDEAL and his own label Antboy Music.

VIDEO: Oren Ambarchi & Will Guthrie, Boiler Room x St. John's Sessions live set

MATTHEW AZEVEDO (aka RETRIBUTION BODY) is a musician, audio engineer, teacher, and acoustician currently based in Boston whose performance practice is centered on creating unique, immersive sound environments. His primary solo project Retribution Body uses analog electronics, high amplification, and a custom speaker array capable of reproducing subsonic energy to explore the mental and emotional states which arise in Zen meditation. His latest album is out this summer on the Glistening Examples label.

Non-Event's programming is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and administered by the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture.

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RICHARD CHARTIER
VICTORIA SHEN
Boston City Hall
Friday, October 12, 2018

Non-Event, the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture,
and the Harvard Graduate School of Design present
Concrete Sounds: Multichannel Experimental Electronics in Boston City Hall

RICHARD CHARTIER
VICTORIA SHEN

Boston City Hall
Mezzanine Level (enter on Congress Street, First floor)
One City Hall Plaza, Boston
Doors: 7:30 pm | Event begins: 8:00 pm
FREE (RSVP, space is limited)

Eventbrite - Concrete Sounds: Richard Chartier + Victoria Shen at City Hall

About the artists

RICHARD CHARTIER is a Los Angeles based artist, considered one of the key figures in minimalist sound art. Chartier’s works explore the inter-relationships between the spatial nature of sound, silence, focus, perception, and the act of listening itself.

Chartier’s critically acclaimed sound works have been published since 1998 on a variety of labels internationally including Room40 (Australia), Editions Mego (Austria), Important Records (US), Ash International (UK), Raster-Noton (Germany), Spekk (Japan), Trente Oiseaux (Germany), NVO (Austria), Farmacia901 (Italy), 12k (US), and his own imprint LINE (US).

He has collaborated with composer William Basinski, sound artists ELEH, CoH, France Jobin, Robert Curgenven, Taylor Deupree, AGF, and Yann Novak, and German electronic music pioneer Asmus Tietchens. In installation form, he has created works with multimedia artists Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand, visual artist Linn Meyers, and projected light artist Anthony McCall. Under his guise Pinkcourtesyphone, an ambient project restarted in 2012, he has collaborated with Cosey Fanni Tutti, Kid Congo Powers, harpist Gwyneth Wentink, AGF, and thereminist Evelina Domnitch.

VICTORIA SHEN is a Somerville­-based multimedia artist and musician. Shen's sound practice is concerned with the spatiality/physicality of sound and its relationship to the human body. Shen’s music floods its location acting as a form of sculpture. Her music features analog modular synthesizers (Flower Electronics), contact microphones, and other hand-built electronics. These instruments are designed to electronically reproduce chaotic systems, systems which are highly sensitive to small changes in their initial parameters. The resulting music eschews conventions in harmony and rhythm in favor of the extreme textures and gestural tones.

Shen has performed solo across North America, Western Europe, Japan, and Mexico under the pseudonym Evicshen as well as with the duo TRIM in North America and the UK. She has also been an artist in residence at Elektronmusikstudion EMS Stockholm, Sweden and WORM Rotterdam Netherlands.

This program is supported in part by grants from the Boston Foundation and the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts + Culture.

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BILL T MILLER at Café Fixe
Tuesday, October 16, 2018


Photo by Sheri Hausey

Non-Event Presents
Our October Experimental Coffee House
featuring

BILL T MILLER

Café Fixe
1642 Beacon Street (Washington Square)
Brookline, MA
7 p.m. /$5

BILL T MILLER, a chameleon of sonic exploration, is a multi-instrumentalist musician, composer, recording engineer, producer, filmmaker, photographer, artist, instrument builder and cat lover. From toy piano at two years old to starting a "band" with tennis racket guitar and trash can drums in the 60s to becoming a professional recording engineer / producer / live sound tech after graduating from College for the Recording Arts in San Francisco in 1976, his paths are always unfolding and looping. At recording college he took synthesizer courses with ARP 2600 and Emu synths and then worked (as live sound and recording engineer) in California until 1980. Eventually ending up in Boston working as a freelance recording engineer and live sound engineer and then starting his own Headroom Recording Studios. While much of his "professional career" was devoted to recording and photographing OTHER artists, he was always working on his own weirdo music bands in the shadows. Some of these adventures include Out of Band Experience (OBE) (with media barrage sampling and field recordings), Kings Of Feedback (bass, guitar, samples), Drum Army (percussion), Kings Of Slack (SubGenius Doktor), Zonkulator (mutated test equipment), and Orgy Of Noise (circuit bent toys, electro acoustic instruments, synthesizers) with over 20 full album releases on his own DIY labels (Immortal, ExtraTerrestrial, Burn This.) All available as FREE MP3s since 1998.

BTM's quest has looped back around to a nostalgic look forward incorporating ALL of the past adventures while moving sideways in time in to an unknown future think void. Living in Boston for over 33 years and giving every moment to this insatiable desire to CREATE and SHARE is his true path.

This Cafe Fixe stereophonic improv performance will feature SYSTEM BTM MODULAR SYNTHESIZER and custom BTM Acoustic Laptop Artbox.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Brookline Commission for the Arts and the Boston Cultural Council, both local agencies which are funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The Boston Cultural Council is administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts + Culture.

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EVA-MARIA HOUBEN
Brown Hall, NEC
Thursday, October 18, 2018

Non-Event, NEC's Department of Music Theory, and the Goethe-Institut Boston present

EVA-MARIA HOUBEN
program TBA

Brown Hall
New England Conservatory
290 Huntington Avenue, Boston
8pm / FREE and open to the public

"... a poet of tense simplicity." – Alex Ross

“Houben is an archaeologist of silence. She is a musicologist and a composer; her study of the past fuels her experiments in the present. In her publications, Houben has excavated the historical silences, drawing attention to a past canon of unheard moments, stretching from John Cage to the Second Viennese School to even as far back as Berlioz and Bruckner.” – Irritable Hedgehog

EVA-MARIA HOUBEN (born 1955) studied Music Education at Folkwang-Musikhochschule Essen and the organ with Gisbert Schneider. She received her doctorate and postdoctoral lecturing qualification in musicology and was called for lectures at Gerhard-Mercator-Universität Duisburg and Robert-Schumann-Hochschule Düsseldorf. Professor Houben has been lecturing at Dortmund University`s “Institut für Musik und Musikwissenschaft” since 1993, with both music theory and contemporary music as her focus. She has written numerous books on contemporary music and composers, as well as traditional music, listened to with ‘new ears’.

Eva-Maria Houben has performed works for the organ for more than 30 years, and is a longtime member of the Wandelweiser group of composers. She has composed works for the organ, piano, clarinet, trombone, violoncello and other solo instruments, as well as works for voice and piano, wind and chamber ensembles, orchestra and for voice and orchestra, and choir. Recordings of her work have been released on Edition Wandelweiser, Another Timbre, and Irritable Hedgehog.

Non-Event's programming is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and administered by the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture.

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ASHA TAMIRISA, Piece for Fog Space
Fog x Island, Leverett Pond
Saturday, October 20, 2018


Photo of Asha by Tim Bugbee. Rendering of FogxIsland courtesy Fujiko Nakaya | Processart Inc.

Non-Event and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy present

ASHA TAMIRISA
Piece for Fog Space

An intimate, site-specific performance that crafts an ephemeral architecture through sound and physical material, reflecting the transient architecture of Fujiko Nakaya's fog sculptures. 

Fog x Island site
Leverett Pond / Olmsted Park
Brookline [MAP]
3pm - 4pm
FREE

There is parking nearby and the the site is close to the Riverway & Brookline Village stops on the Green Line

Rain date: October 21, 3pm-4pm

ASHA TAMIRISA works with sound & image and researches media histories. Particular interests include tool-building with both software and hardware, experimental music and film, and intermedia composition & installation. Asha's research integrates media archeological methods with feminist science and technology studies perspectives, looking closely and critically at often forgotten elements and conditions of media. Currently, Asha is a doctoral student at Brown University in the Computer Music and Multimedia department, and is concurrently pursuing an M.A. in Modern Culture and Media. Asha is a founding member of OPENSIGNAL, a group of artists concerned with the state of gender and race in electronic music/art practices.

FOG x FLO is FUJIKO NAKAYA’s first extended citywide exhibition of multiple “fog sculptures,” marking her five decade career with works at five sites along the Emerald Necklace park system. Created in response to the landmarked waterways and landscapes designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (FLO), Nakaya’s “climate responsive” shape-shifting, pure water forms invite visitors to immerse themselves in the art, experience nature anew, and appreciate the vital role of the Emerald Necklace in Boston’s history, present, and future.

This program is supported in part by grants from the Emerald Necklace Conservancy generously provided by Barbara and Amos Hostetter and the Eugene M. Lang Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Boston Foundation, as well as by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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KEVIN DRUMM + ANDREA PENSADO
Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
Friday, October 26, 2018

Non-Event and the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum present

KEVIN DRUMM
ANDREA PENSADO

Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
2450 Beacon Street, Boston
Doors: 7:30pm, Music: 8pm
Tickets: $15 gen admission | $10 students + Non-Event members

Eventbrite - Kevin Drumm + Andrea Pensado

There is limited parking at the museum. If possible, please bicycle, carpool, or use the T (Reservoir or Cleveland Circle stops on the Green line).

About the artists

Chicago-based experimental musician and improviser KEVIN DRUMM returns to Boston for his first solo performance since 2014 for a singular, immersive performance employing the commanding resonances of the Great Engines Hall of Metropolitan Waterworks Museum. Keeping up with Drumm’s work is a daunting task. With over 100 releases available on his Bandcamp site and an additional one or two new things a month being added, Drumm’s work moves seamlessly between quavering, striated drones; dark, groaning rumbles; uneasy experiments in overlapping harmonic frequencies; and sputtered crackles and static of battered electronics.

ANREA PENSADO is an experimental musician, composer, and organizer, based in Salem, Massachusetts. While she initially composed mainly for acoustic instruments, she was gradually more attracted to working in a different, far more abrasive sound world. In her current work, she creates a highly personal sonic language using harsh, dense layers of sounds, often interwoven with her voice. Her live, interactive musical systems and use of invented language combine into inherently unstable performances full of ecstatic energy. In addition to her solo work, she has longtime collaborations with Chris Strunk & Walter Wright as Los Condenados, and Jen Gelineau & Stephanie Germaine as Phurnne. She also curates the Sonorium concert series.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Foundation, as well as grants from the Boston Cultural Council and the Brookline Commission for the Arts, local agencies which are funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. It is also presented with the generous support of WZBC 90.3 FM.

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MERIDIAN + BRITTANY KARLSON
The Yard (John Hancock Tower)
Monday, October 29, 2018

Non-Event presents

MERIDIAN (Tim Feeney, Sarah Hennies, Greg Stuart), percussion
BRITTANY KARLSON, bass

The Yard (John Hancock Tower, 6th Floor)
120 St James Avenue (use St. James entrance)
Doors: 7:30pm, Show: 8pm
Tickets: $15 general admission / $10 students & Non-Event members

Eventbrite - Meridian + Brittany Karlson

Drawing on experiences performing both improvised and composed works, MERIDIAN approaches percussion in a way that places the exploration of sound in the foreground, in favor of a musical approach that is concerned with exploring acoustic phenomena, rather than rhythm, gesture, or technique.

In creating this music, Meridian reimagines its materials, so that an instrument like a snare drum becomes literally a cylindrical shell with an attached flexible membrane. When viewed from this perspective, traditional instruments become unique sound-making and sound-filtering objects, to be set into vibration coupled with resonant metals, dragged with scraping implements, or driven directly by fingers, bows, or feedback circuitry. In performance, each musician invents a new method for producing sound, a new aggregate instrument, in real-time.

Meridian is Tim Feeney, Sarah Hennies, and Greg Stuart.

BRITTANY KARLSON is a bassist with roots in jazz, folk, and experimental music. Karlson works in freely improvised settings, ranging from solo bass to duos with bassist Ian Kovac to collaborations with musicians like Sam Lisabeth, Jesse Collins, Nick Neuberg, Matt Delligatti, and Jeb Bishop. As a leader and composer, Brittany combines folk-like melodies and improvising impulses in her freely lyrical song project Karl. She is also a member of The Goodbye Girls, a quartet that explores old-time, traditional bluegrass and Swedish traditional music. She is based in Boston.

Non-Event's programming is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and administered by the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture.

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HOLLOW DECK at Café Fixe
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Non-Event Presents
Our November Experimental Coffee House
featuring

HOLLOW DECK (Mia Friedman + Andy Allen)

Café Fixe
1642 Beacon Street (Washington Square)
Brookline, MA
7 p.m. /$5

HOLLOW DECK is the musical collaboration of MIA FRIEDMAN and ANDY ALLEN. The two reconnoiter dulcet songs and clattering improvisations, making use of banjo, gourd banjo, fiddle, guitar, tenor sax, clarinet, flute, drum machine, and tape manipulations. The duo presents music that fluctuates seamlessly between tight dissonance and open harmony. Straddling the worlds of beautiful folk songs and experimental sound collage. Friedman is a virtuosic fiddler and singer as well as a composer and educator. She is largely influenced by American roots music and old-time Appalachian traditions, and blends this with contemporary music in her compositions. Allen has been navigating his way through raw and clangorous improvisation tagged as “free jazz in the spirit of lo-fi punk” in his solo project Friendship Ceremonies and in collaboration with musicians like Arkm Foam, Matt Robidoux.

Byron Colley describes their music as “easily transcending any real or imaginary boundaries of what’s possible to do with just four hands. The results are as amazing as they are hard to categorize.”

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Brookline Commission for the Arts and the Boston Cultural Council, both local agencies which are funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The Boston Cultural Council is administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts + Culture.

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CHRISTIAN WOLFF + ORDINARY AFFECTS
Pierce Hall, NEC
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Non-Event and NEC's Department of Music Theory present

CHRISTIAN WOLFF with ORDINARY AFFECTS
For Ordinary Affects (2018) world premiere
full program TBD

Pierce Hall (St. Botolph building)
New England Conservatory
241 St. Botolph Street, Boston
8pm / FREE and open to the public

CHRISTIAN WOLFF is a composer, performer, improviser, and author. Early in his career, he was closely associated with John Cage and the “New York School." At that time, Wolff was pioneering the use of indeterminacy in composition, using open scores that require the performer to interpret them. In the late 1960s, Wolff responded to the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War by incorporating protest music into his work, although it is frequently unidentifiable as such. He often composes for prepared piano and his work demonstrates an interest in the space between sounds.

Though mostly self-taught as a composer, associations with John Cage, Morton Feldman, David Tudor, Earle Brown, Frederic Rzewski, and Cornelius Cardew were important to his work. Beginning in 1953, Wolff created numerous pieces for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company,and he and Merce Cunningham worked in a uniquely collaborative manner. Wolff performed in the live musical ensemble accompanying the Company's farewell “Legacy" tour. More recently, he has collaborated with the composers Antoine Beuger and Michael Pisaro, as well as the improvisor Keith Rowe..

ORDINARY AFFECTS is a group of musicians gathered to workshop, explore, commission and perform contemporary experimental music. While the group often focuses on the performance of written compositions, it also serves as a laboratory for improvisation and the compositions of its members. The collaborative nature of the mission ensures a group that is always in flux; instrumentation is open, always changing and dependent on the project, concert and current membership. Current members are: Luke Martin (guitar, electronics), Laura Cetilia (cello), J.P.A. Falzone (vibraphone, keyboards), and Morgan Evans Weiler (violin).

Non-Event's programming is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and administered by the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture.

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CURT NEWTON at Café Fixe
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Non-Event Presents
Our December Experimental Coffee House
featuring

CURT NEWTON

Café Fixe
1642 Beacon Street (Washington Square)
Brookline, MA
7 p.m. /$5

CURT NEWTON coaxes whispers from drumsets and swing from stacks of rattly stuff, weaving varied musical traditions together in the spirit of serious playfulness. Over the past three decades, Curt has performed across the U.S., Canada and Europe and appears on over 30 CDs with some of contemporary music's leading figures including Ken Vandermark, Joe Morris, Nate McBride, Pandelis Karayorgis, Charlie Kohlhase, Dave Bryant, and Steve Norton, and most recently as the drummer in the Eric Hofbauer Quintet. About one live performance, the Chicago Reader’s Peter Margasak wrote “Newton dazzles...He exhibited breathtaking restraint, breaking down time with a subtle hand, tapping out painterly splashes of sound." Curt studied privately with Bob Gullotti, has a Master's degree in Jazz Performance from New England Conservatory, and once upon a time created a solo drumset arrangement of Lutoslawski's String Quartet (available on Bandcamp).

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Brookline Commission for the Arts and the Boston Cultural Council, both local agencies which are funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The Boston Cultural Council is administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts + Culture.

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