Upcoming Concerts

HOLLOW DECK at Café Fixe
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

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

HENRY FLYNT + LARY 7
MIT List Visual Art Center
Saturday, December 1, 2018

CURT NEWTON at Café Fixe
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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
and NEC Students
performing two new pieces
plus works for solo piano and more

Pierce Hall (St. Botolph building)
New England Conservatory
241 St. Botolph Street, Boston
8pm / FREE and open to the public
Christian Wolff will give a short talk at 8pm

Program

37 Haiku (NEC students)
Line Exercise world premiere (Ordinary Affects + Christian Wolff)
Christian Wolff Solo Piano
For Ordinary Affects world premiere (Ordinary Affects + Christian Wolff)

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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HENRY FLYNT + LARY 7
MIT List Visual Art Center
Saturday, December 1, 2018

Non-Event + MIT List Visual Art Center present

HENRY FLYNT
LARY 7 ensemble
with DAMON & NAOMI afterparty

MIT List Visual Arts Center
Building E15
20 Ames Street, Cambridge
7pm
FREE (RSVP, space is limited)

Eventbrite - Henry Flynt & Lary 7

In conjunction with the exhibition Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective, please join the MIT List Visual Arts Center and Non-Event for an evening of experimental sound performances by close friends and collaborators of Tony Conrad who was associated with the founding of minimal music. In the early 1960’s, along with John Cale, Angus Maclise, Lamonte Young, and Marian Zazeela, Conrad was a co-founder of the Theater of Eternal Music, which utilized non-Western musical forms and sustained sound to produce what they called dream music.

Henry Flynt and Tony Conrad met as Harvard undergraduates at the point when each artist denounced traditional forms of composition and began to develop more experimental sound scores. Flynt will kick off the evening with a performance of his piece, “Everylovin’ Game On.” Lary 7 was a student of Tony Conrad’s and the two performed together often. Lary 7 will perform Tony Conrad’s Three Loops for Performers and Tape Recorders (1961), which is one of Conrad’s earliest pieces. It was premiered at a Harvard-Radcliffe Music Club concert with Conrad among one of eight performers.

The evening will end with an after-party performance by Damon & Naomi who navigate small sonic spaces and woeful melodies with an acoustic sound.

7 PM Henry Flynt
8 PM Lary 7 ensemble
9 PM Damon & Naomi

About the artists

HENRY FLYNT was born in Greensboro, NC. He is a philosopher, musician, anti-art activist and exhibited artist.

Flynt’s work devolves from what he calls “cognitive nihilism,” first announced in the 1960 and 1961 drafts of Philosophy Proper. In 1961, Flynt coined the term concept art. Concept art’s first appearance in a book was in An Anthology, release date 1963. In 1962, Flynt began to campaign for an anti-art position. He demonstrated against cultural institutions in New York in 1963 with Tony Conrad and Jack Smith, and against Stockhausen twice in 1964. The Seventies were the main years of musical activity for Flynt. Some key recordings from this period have been released on the Locust and Superior Viaduct labels.

LARY 7 was born in Buffalo, New York. Lary 7 is a multimedia artist who coaxes profane, inscrutable sounds and images from various mysterious devices. Eschewing the digital, his work mainly features vintage and forgotten electronic instruments and technologies. In the past he has taken the unique approach of modifying household appliances in order to give them a musical voice. Lary is a co-founder of Plastickville Records and has been a major figure in the New York experimental underground music scene since 1970. He was a student of Tony Conrad's and collaborated frequently with him over the years. He has worked on exceptional musical projects with diverse artists including Jimi Tenor, Jarboe, Foetus, Alexander Hacke, Larry Mullins, Dorit Chrysler, Bernhard Gal, Jacob Kirkegaard, Gen Ken Montgomery, and Gordon Monahan. This will be his Boston debut.

DAMON & NAOMI started playing music together as the rhythm section, co-songwriters, and sometime singers in Galaxie 500. When that band ended, they continued as a duo, first recording for Shimmy Disc and then on a series of albums for Sub Pop Records. In 2005, they formed their own label (20/20/20) and have since released four further Damon & Naomi albums – The Earth Is Blue, Within These Walls, False Beats and True Hearts, and Fortune – alongside reissues of their own and the Galaxie 500 back catalogue.

Non-Event's programming 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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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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