Upcoming Concerts

SARAH DAVACHI
KATARINA MILJKOVIC
Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
Friday, April 20, 2018

Sonic Section Perspectives
(For Paul Rudolph)
CVPA at UMass Dartmouth
Friday, April 27, 2018

BATS FROM POGO at Café Fixe
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

OKKYUNG LEE
ANDY GRAYDON
Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
Thursday, May 10, 2018

SARAH DAVACHI
KATARINA MILJKOVIC
Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
Friday, April 20, 2018

Non-Event and the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum present

SARAH DAVACHI
Untitled piece for harmonium, violin, viola da gamba, and electronics
with Eden Macadam-Somer (violin) & Ben Swartz (viola da gamba)
KATARINA MILJKOVIC
Untitled piece for four low instruments and electronics

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

Eventbrite - Sarah Davachi + Katarina Miljkovic

There is limited parking at the museum. Please use the T (Reservoir or Cleveland Circle stops on the Green line), if possible!

SARAH DAVACHI is a Canadian composer of electronic and electroacoustic music, currently based in Los Angeles where she is a doctoral student in musicology. She also holds a master's degree in electronic music and recording media from Mills College in Oakland, California, where she studied with Maggi Payne and James Fei. Her compositional projects are primarily concerned with disclosing the delicate psychoacoustics of intimate aural spaces, utilizing extended durations and simple harmonic structures that emphasize subtle variations in overtone complexity and natural resonances. The instrumentation she employs is varied, including analog synthesizers, electric and acoustic pipe organs, piano, orchestral strings, and woodwinds, with mutual idioms often layered in textural counterpoint. Her work as a researcher concerns aspects of organology, archival study, and phenomenology. Since 2007, Davachi has also had the unique opportunity to work for the National Music Centre in Canada as an interpreter and content developer of their collection of acoustic and electronic keyboard instruments. Recent recordings include 2017's All My Circles Run on Students of Decay and 2016's Vergers on Important Records.

KATARINA MILJKOVIC is a Boston-based composer who investigates the interaction between science, music and nature through collaborative musical performance. This interest led her to the mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot’s essay "The Fractal Geometry of Natur"e and self-similar complex structures resulting in the cycle, Forest, “a dreamy piece, along the lines of Feldman or Brown, entirely captivating” (Signal to Noise). Her generative music has been described as “a refined, hypnotic dream” (Danas), “a work of musical and visual slow-motion with only a few delicately elaborated musical metaphors” (Radio Belgrade), and “ambient tone poem… that moved hypnotically through the sonic frame” (Lucid Culture).

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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Sonic Section Perspectives
(For Paul Rudolph)
CVPA at UMass Dartmouth
Friday, April 27, 2018

Non-Event presents

Sonic Section Perspectives (For Paul Rudolph)
conceived by José Rivera & Michael Rosenstein
for six participant-collaborators
introduction by Chris Grimley

CVPA Mass Dartmouth
285 Old Westport Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747
Visitors can use parking lot 7.
3-5pm
FREE

Sonic Section Perspectives (For Paul Rudolph) is an environmental sound performance conceived by José Rivera and Michael Rosenstein for six participant-collaborators. The one-hour composition draws on field recordings made within architectural spaces designed by Paul Rudolph throughout the Boston region. For its premiere performance, presented by Non-Event, Sonic Section Perspectives will be performed on multiple levels of the UMassD Dartmouth College of Visual and Performing Arts central atrium, with an introduction by Chris Grimley.

This performance is part of the spring 2018 series "Playing the Campus," during which the UMass Dartmouth College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) will celebrate its brutalist residential campus with public events dedicated to Paul Rudolph and his legacy. This series will include art installations, live performances, lectures, film screenings, community forums, tours, and an exhibition in the CVPA Campus Gallery, "A Visionary Campus: Paul Rudolph and UMass Dartmouth." All events are free and open to the public.

Performance participants:

JOSE RIVERA (aka Proxemia) is an architecturally trained multimedia artist who creates electroacoustic and experimental sound works. He explores the intersections of aural and spatial experience through multi-channel installation and performance, aural cartography, architectural design, and environmental sound recording. He studied sound and art in MIT’s program of Art, Culture, and Technology.

MICHAEL ROSENSTEIN explores the interaction of acoustic and electronic sounds in collectively improvised settings. In his music, he uses amplified surfaces, oscillators and home-made electronics, distressed field recordings, harmonics and overtones, exploiting and feeding off of the resultant unstable sonic events.

MATTHEW AZEVEDO (aka Retribution Body) is a musician, audio engineer, teacher, and acoustician currently based in Boston & Providence 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.

RACHEL DEVORAH is a Boston-based sonic artist, technologist, and social ontologist whose works for performance and installation engage the poetics of their specific context. She studied at the City University of New York (BMus), Mills College (MA), and the University of Virginia (PhD - in progress); is currently informationist at the Berklee College of Music; and will be the 2018-2019 MultiDisciplinary Fellow at the Adrian Piper Foundation, Berlin.

NICOLE L'HUILLIER is a transdisciplinary artist, musician and architect based in Boston. She is currently working as a PhD researcher at the MIT Media Lab in the Opera of The Future group. Her work explores spatial experience, perception and the relationship between sound & space.

VERONIKA STELMAKH (aka Nika) is a sonic artist. She earned her PhD in electrical engineering at MIT and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at MIT, interested in the practice of energy, nature, sound, and nanotechnology. Her octophonic works, including original music for the play Einstein's Dreams, have been heard at MIT, Dreamscapes, and Arisia. Analog synthesizers, such as a vintage multi-panel Serge that she restored, feature prominently in many of her works.

Support for this program is sponsored in part by the UMass President’s Creative Economy Initiatives Fund, 2017-2018. Further information about this and other events in the "Playing the Campus" series can be found at https://www.umassd.edu/cvpa/galleries/

Non-Event's programming is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council and the Brookline Commission for the Arts, 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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BATS FROM POGO at Café Fixe
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Non-Event Presents
Our May Experimental Coffee House
featuring

BATS FROM POGO (Andrea Pensado & Walter Wright)

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

Bats from Pogo is the duo of ANDREA PENSADO and WALTER WRIGHT. Salem, MA-based Pensado utilizes harsh dense layers of sounds, often interwoven with her voice, combining hybrid synthesis and sampling techniques to create a highly personal sound language, which reflects an intuitive, emotional and paradoxically also logical approach to music making. Lowell-MA-based Wright is an interdisciplinary artist, whose practice includes computer programming, electro-acoustic music, and video performance. His focus is on “improvisation as a way of being present in the world.” Wright has developed software and hardware for artists including the Video Shredder, a desktop video processor for the TARGA2K. Currently he works with Max/MSP, softVNS, and Processing.

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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OKKYUNG LEE + ANDY GRAYDON
Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
Thursday, May 10, 2018

Non-Event and the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum present

OKKYUNG LEE
ANDY GRAYDON

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

Eventbrite - Okkyung Lee + Andy Graydon

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).

OKKYUNG LEE is a cellist, composer, and improviser interested in pushing contemporary cello performance to its extreme limit without abandoning a reverence for its tradition. Classically trained in her native South Korea, Lee discovered jazz as a student in Boston before immersing herself in the avant-garde community surrounding New York’s now-defunct Tonic, developing a polyvalent approach to cello that spans tonal elegance, turbulent improv, and the noisiest reaches of extended technique, sometimes within minutes. Her penchant for pushing boundaries breaches space itself, as she routinely departs from the concert stage in an exploration of each venue’s structure, audience, and other furnishings in her expanded performances. In demand for her versatile, visceral playing, she has recorded and performed as bandleader, sideman, solo, and in intimate improvisation settings with the likes of Cecil Taylor, Laurie Anderson, Jim O’Rourke, Ikue Mori, Vijay Iyer, Mark Fell, Christian Marclay, and John Zorn.

The work of American artist ANDY GRAYDON (b. 1971, Maui, Hawaii) explores experiences of absence and displacement, such as those encountered in travel, in writing and in recording. This work across media has been exhibited, screened, performed and published internationally, including shows at the New Museum, Art in General, and Participant Inc. (New York); Berlinische Galerie, Berlin; the Frye Art Museum, Seattle; Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, MA; Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii; and the Wroclaw Media Arts Bienniale, Poland. Upcoming projects include an outdoor sculpture for the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum.

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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JAKOB ULLMANN, Müntzer's Stern
ANDRE CORMIER, Sol Branche Feuille Pluie
ECC at the Korean Church of Boston
Monday, June 4, 2018

Non-Event, Goethe-Institut Boston, and swissnex Boston present

JAKOB ULLMAN, Müntzer's stern (2015)
for solo bassoon & prerecorded voice
Dafne Vicente-Sandoval, bassoon
(Boston premiere)

~intermission~

ANDRE CORMIER, Sol Branche Feuille Pluie (2018)
for solo cello & modular synthesizer
Mem1 (Laura Cetilia, cello; Mark Cetilia, modular synthesizer)

ECC at Korean Church of Boston (Children's Chapel)
32 Harvard Street (entrance on Holden Street)
7pm | $15 gen / $10 students & Non-Event members

Eventbrite - Jakob Ullmann and André Cormier

JAKOB ULLMANN (b. Freiberg, Germany 1958) is a composer and organist whose barely-there minimal music dwells at the edge of perception, quiet to an extreme so as to enhance our ability to hear. Refusing the East German draft as a conscientious objector, he was accused of defamation and of passing information on with the intention of hurting state interests, consequently denied official enrollment in the masterclass of the GDR Academy of Arts, and forced to continue his composition studies with Friedrich Goldmann in private until 1984. In resistance to the “cruel noise” of ubiquitous childhood propaganda songs, the radical softness of his liminal music thus articulates a refusal of absorption into the dogma of the state apparatus and power structures. Writing Disappearing Musics among others, the absolute subtlety of Ullmann’s threshold volumes necessitates an extended duration that exceeds the conventions of typical concert music—“the length came about”, he says, “because in soft music, you need time to adjust to it.” Listeners, making a more concerted effort to hear the whispered texts and fragile, wavering pitches of his patient, peripheral music enter a state of acute attentiveness equalled by its performers’ balancing of their instruments at the interstice between vibrational response and silence. Ullmann’s music is published by Edition RZ and he was a featured artist in documenta 14. He currently lives and teaches in Switzerland.

DAFNE VICENTE-SANDOVAL is a bassoon player who explores sound through improvisation, contemporary music performance, and sound installations. Her instrumental approach is centered on the fragility of sound and its emergence within a given space, testing the threshold between instability and control. Vicente-Sandoval currently lives in Paris. She favors long-term collaborations that preserve her work’s integrity while sustaining dialogue with others (current collaborations with Jakob Ullmann, Éliane Radigue, Klaus Lang, Peter Ablinger). This will be her Boston debut.

ANDRE CORMIER’s (b 1969, Canada) work has been presented in Canada, the US, Europe and New Zealand. He has written for solo, small and large chamber ensembles, as well as music for opera, dance and collaborative work with visual artists. His works have been commissioned from a variety of artists in Canada, the US and Europe. In 2004 he founded Ensemble Ordinature and has since served as artistic director. He produced their debut recording of Kurt Schwitters’ Ursonate, which is featured on ubu.com and was favourably reviewed in UK new music magazine The Wire. Along with violist Mieka Kohut and artist Donna Kelly, Cormier co-founded CO•LAB, a multi-disciplinary collaborative project.

In 2008 he launched Éditions musique SISYPHE (emsis.ca) a music publishing house focusing on experimental music. Cormier is an Acadian, originally from Moncton NB, and has lived on the west coast since the early nineties.

In July 2009, with the help of the Canada Council, he undertook an intensive one-month composition study with Antoine Beuger in Düsseldorf, Germany. While in Düsseldorf, Begegnung, a concert programme entirely dedicated to some of his string works was presented by members of the Quatuor Bozzini as part of the Klangraum Series 2009 at the Düsseldorf Kunstraum.

MEM1 blends the sounds of cello and electronics to create a limitless palette of sonic possibilities. In their improvisation-based performances, Mark and Laura Cetilia’s use of custom hardware and software, in conjunction with a uniquely subtle approach to extended cello technique and realtime modular synthesis patching, results in the creation of a single voice rather than a duet between two individuals. Their music moves beyond melody, lyricism and traditional structural confines, revealing an organic evolution of sound that has been called “a perfect blend of harmony and cacophony” (Forced Exposure). Throughout their career, they have collaborated with a variety of musicians and sound artists including the Penderecki String Quartet, Steve Roden, Jan Jelinek, Frank Bretschneider, and Stephen Vitiello. Together, Mem1 curates the experimental music series Ctrl+Alt+Repeat and the record label Estuary Ltd.

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

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LONNIE HOLLEY + BILL ORCUTT
First Parish of Cambridge
Friday, June 8, 2018

Non-Event and the Boston Hassle present

LONNIE HOLLEY
BILL ORCUTT

FIRST PARISH IN CAMBRIDGE (Helverson Parlor)
3 Church Street, Harvard Square
8pm | $15 gen / $12 students & Non-Event members

Eventbrite - Lonnie Holley + Bill Orcutt

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

"[Holley] makes the kind of sculpture–and produces the kind of music–that changes people. It gets into their emotional and intellectual core and forces them to rethink art and history, as well as their own assumptions about how the world works." – SF Weekly

LONNIE HOLLEY is a self-taught sculptor and musician from Atlanta. His sculptures, constructed from found materials, are in the collections of The Whitney Museum, The Smithsonian and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 2012, at age 62, Holley made his debut as a recording artist. His improvised songs defy easy categorization, but their humanity, unconventional beauty and surprising catchiness have brought Holley critical acclaim. He has released two albums on the Dust-To-Digital Label, and performed with David Byrne, Daniel Lanois and Bill Cunningham and many others.

Holley’s songs and lyrics are improvised on the spot and morph and evolve with every event, concert, and recording. No two songs, and no two shows, are the same. The layers of sound in his music are the result of decades of evolving experimentation.

“Orcutt plays with the spirit of a doomsday preacher, spewing surreal, dark imagery from a guitar with only four strings running down the neck of his acoustic.” – Pitchfork

BILL ORCUTT’s sound is a hiccup-stuttered reimagining of blues guitar. One can hear familiar Southern folk scales between Orcutt’s jagged solo acoustic phrases, pulling and pushing melodies into unresolved fragments that eventually come unmoored in vast and satisfying note-torrents. Former guitarist and founder of the noise/punk rock duo Harry Pussy, Orcutt was already a significant name in experimental noise circles when he released his solo debut in '96, and has published a string of releases since confirming his essential role in the contemporary experimental scene.

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

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DONKEY NO NO at Café Fixe
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Non-Event Presents
Our June Experimental Coffee House
featuring

DONKEY NO NO
(Jenifer Gelineau, Omeed Goodarzi, and Ted Lee)

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

"Comprised of JENIFER GELINEAU on violin & electronics, OMEED GOODARZI on guitar, and EDWARD 'TED' LEE on bowed cymbal, DONKEY NO NO create the sort of instrumental hallucinations you'd expect to hear in the background of a film by Jodorowsky or Arrabal. It's very cool, because they use the very instruments you'd hear in some shitty Ken Burns documentary, in order to play music that would make Ken's sallow head explode if he tried to wrap his noggin around it. With sometimes scratchy violin as the ostensible lead instrument, theoretical comparisons to old timey music are inevitable. But Donkey No No's sound is old timey only in as much as its tendrils are as timeless as smoke. Every note they generate heads in such weirdly trippy directions you can immediately suss why these guys are such a favorite of Gary Panter (king of the hippies). Much of their flow is an unstoppable lateral gush, reminiscent of mid-points in long sets by classic-if-lost Bay Area bands like Patrick Kilroy's New Age trio or Serpent Power. They create an aura that is filled with breath and light in a way that few other bands have ever mustered."
-Byron Coley

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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