Upcoming Concerts

JASON LESCALLEET + JOHN WIESE at the SMFA
Saturday, April 19, 2014

MERIDIAN + HMQ at the Washington Street Art Center
Friday, May 9, 2014

AZEVEDO/KAREL/SPEARE TRIO at the Waterworks Museum
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

HELM + GEOFF MULLEN + PATRICK EMM at the Goethe-Institut Boston
Thursday, May 22, 2014

JASON LESCALLEET + JOHN WIESE at the SMFA
Saturday, April 19, 2014

Non-Event and the SMFA present

JASON LESCALLEET + JOHN WIESE

School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston (Room A202)
230 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115
7pm / $10 / $5 students / Free for SMFA students

JASON LESCALLEET makes his music using a collection of vintage reel-to-reel tape recorders and simple electronics, running loops of crumpled tape between machines. He blends layers of found sound, amplified silences, and artifacts of everyday noise, all transformed through various microphones and speakers. Lescalleet has built a reputation for delivering a visceral live experience in his concert performances. He lives in Maine.

“[It’s hard to think of anyone else who can render the sound of nada with such physicality and make even the most barren sonic palette seem oddly expressive. This Is What I Do is a trip to the furthest extremes of sound and the kind of immersive sonic experience that is truly brain-bombing with a set of headphones and that takes over whatever space it plays out in.” — David Keenan, Volcanic Tongue

In the late 1990s, JOHN WIESE moved from St. Louis, Missouri to the West Coast to study graphic design at the California Institute of the Arts, and soon became a notable contributor to Bastard Noise.His ongoing projects include LHD and Sissy Spacek, with plenty of freelance work with many artists as diverse as GX Jupitter-Larsen, Sunn O))), Wolf Eyes, Merzbow, Evan Parker, Smegma, Kevin Drumm, Yellow Swans, Cattle Decapitation, No Age, C. Spencer Yeh (Burning Star Core) and Kommissar Hjuler und Frau.

Wiese toured extensively, covering Europe, Scandinavia and Australia as a member of Sunn O))). He toured the UK as part of the Free Noise tour (a tentet including Evan Parker, C. Spencer Yeh, Yellow Swans, etc.). He also toured the United States alongside Wolf Eyes, and recently performed in the 52nd Venice Biennale with artist Nico Vascellari.

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MERIDIAN + HMQ at the Washington Street Art Center
Friday, May 9, 2014

Non-Event presents

MERIDIAN (Tim Feeney, Nick Hennies, Greg Stuart)
HMQ (James Coleman, Morgan Evans-Weiler, Howard Martin, and Michael Rosenstein)

Washington Street Art Center
321 Washington Street
Somerville, MA
617-623-5315
Doors: 7:30pm/$10

MERIDIAN is dedicated to the exploration of percussion through various non-traditional approaches. Drawing on their experience performing both improvised and composed works, the group -- Tim Feeney, Nick Hennies, and Greg Stuart approaches percussion in a way that places the exploration of sound in the foreground rather than a focus on rhythm, gesture, or technique. The trio’s members eschew their training as “classical” percussionists in favor of a musical approach that is primarily concerned with exploring acoustic phenomena, rather than exercising their abilities as virtuosos.

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AZEVEDO/KAREL/SPEARE TRIO at the Waterworks Museum
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Non-Event and the Waterworks Museum present

MATT AZEVEDO + ERNST KAREL + JED SPEARE
performing a site-specific work using sounds recorded at MWRA pumping stations

Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
2450 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02467(map)
7:00pm / $10
RSVP at info@waterworksmuseum.org or 617-277-0065

MATT AZEVEDO performs and records under the name Retribution Body; his music explores the intersection of sound, vibration, and Zen meditation. He received a Bachelor of Music with emphasis in Sound Recording Technology from UMass Lowell (Magna Cum Laude) in 1999, and then spent the next 11 years as a staff engineer at M Works Mastering studio. He later earned a Masters in Acoustics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Currently, he is a Consultant in Acoustics at Acentech, where he is involved in a wide range of projects and continues his work as a mastering engineer and producer as a freelancer.

ERNST KAREL's multidimensional audio work includes electroacoustic improvisation and composition, location recording, sound for nonfiction film, and solo and collaborative sound installations. Using analog electronics and location recordings, either separately or in combination, Karel creates audio pieces that move between the abstract and the documentary.

Recent installations include the ongoing project Hourly Directional Sound Recordings (with Helen Mirra), instantiations of which have been exhibited in the 2012 Sao Paulo Bienal and at MIT List Visual Arts Center. Together with Pawel Wojtasik and Toby Kim Lee, he made Single Stream, first as a large-scale video and four-channel audio installation for the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York, and then as a cinematic work with 5.1 sound.

JED SPEARE is an artist working in a variety of media and settings. Called "a pioneer of multimedia presentation" by Wire magazine, he has presented sound, video, performance and multidisciplinary work, locally, nationally, and internationally in Canada, Ireland, Poland, Belarus, Croatia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Sweden, Netherlands, and Taiwan. In 1978 he studied at the Sonic Research Studio of the World Soundscape Project, in Burnaby, British Columbia, an experience that led to his extensive work in field recordings and his advocacy about the sound environment.

In the eighties, he was closely associated with San Francisco industrial culture as the creator of the record album Cable Car Soundscapes (1982) on Smithsonian Folkways Records. He was also a founder of the group, Research Library, who recorded on Subterranean Records. During this time, he was active creating numerous sound, collaborative, experimental theater, movement, and multidisciplinary performance works in San Francisco, New York, and Amsterdam, where he taught at the Theatreschool Mime Opleiding in 1986 and 1987. The double album, Sound Works 1982 - 1987, (2008) on Family Vineyard Records, includes several longer-form works from that period.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Brookline Commission for the Arts, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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JOHN MALLIA at Café Fixe
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Non-Event Presents
Our May Experimental Coffee House
featuring

JOHN MALLIA

Café Fixe
1642 Beacon Street (Washington Square)
Brookline, MA 02445
617-879-2500
8 p.m./$5

JOHN MALLIA's compositions for diverse instrumental, vocal and electronic forces have been performed internationally by artists and organizations including Yo-Yo Ma, Gaudeamus (The Netherlands), International Computer Music Association, Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, Zeppelin Festival of Sound Art (Barcelona, Spain), Festival Synthese (Bourges, France), Society for New Music (New York), CyberArts (Boston, MA), Medi@terra's Travelling Mikromuseum (Greece, Bulgaria, Germany), and the Boston Microtonal Society.

His work has been recognized by the Institut de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges' International Competition of Electro-acoustic Music and Sonic Art (1991, 2000 France), the Luigi Russolo competition (2000 Italy), and the Boston Microtonal Society's Annual Award for the creation of microtonal music. He was co-Director of the Auros Group for New Music (1992-99) and has produced more than seventy concerts of contemporary music in New England. He remains active as a presenter of concerts of electro-acoustic music in the Boston area.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Brookline Commission for the Arts, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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HELM + GEOFF MULLEN + PATRICK EMM
Goethe-Institut Boston
Thursday, May 22, 2014

Non-Event presents

HELM (Pan, Alter)
GEOFF MULLEN (Type, Rel, Rare Youth) record release party
PATRICK EMM (Pinebox)
with DJ SAM L

Goethe-Institut Boston
170 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02116
8 p.m. (doors: 7:30pm)
Tickets
Advance: $10 / $8 members and students
At the Door: $15 / $10 members and students

HELM is a sound artist and experimental musician based in London. Helm's compositions build a dense aural landscape that touches on musique concrete, sound poetry, noise, and hallucinatory drones. Helm creates a world where these instruments morph into spectral rust, a shimmering klang swims alongside passive noise. This sound is steered through a melange of fringe territories: glacial drone meditations, reconfigured gamelan clusters, and howling walls of organized feedback, all coalesced in a post-industrial fashion with a commitment to homemade exploratory zeal. He has also performed extensively with Steven Warwick (HEATSICK) in the avant-drone duo Birds of Delay.

GEOFF MULLEN is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, lo-fi electronics, synthesizer) and erstwhile droneologist who is based in Providence, RI. In addition to his all-too rare solo performances, over the has played regularly with Keith Fullerton Whitman and as one-third of the duo of Eli Keszler and Ashley Paul (as Oxtirn). He has releases on Type Records, Barge Recordings, Last Visible Dog, and his own Rare Youth imprint.

PATRICK EMM is a Boston-based artist and musician who utilizes various lo-fi electronics, voice and degraded tape to create hazy, witching-hour compositions. His work relies heavily on a naïve and profoundly skewed sense of fidelity and musical vocabulary. Patrick has been described as a "cassette fetishist" whose music lies somewhere in the intersections of composition and improvisation, elation and dread, failure and success.

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