Upcoming Concerts

BENJAMIN NELSON + ANNE-F. JACQUES + LAN
Washington Street Art Center
Saturday, April 4, 2015

ROBERT AIKI AUBREY LOWE and GREG DAVIS at the Waterworks Museum
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

ZACKERY BELANGER at Café Fixe
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

G*PARK + MATT KREFTING at SMFA
Saturday, April 25, 2015

BENJAMIN NELSON + ANNE-F. JACQUES + LAN
Washington Street Art Center
Saturday, April 4, 2015

Non-Event and WSAC present

BENJAMIN NELSON + ANNE JACQUES + LAN

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

BENJAMIN NELSON was born in Maryland. Classically trained as a cellist, Nelson’s focus quickly shifted to electronic music, which he studied along with composition and theory at Northestern University (BS, 2008) in Boston. Nelson's work is centered around the ideas of slow moving sheets of sound exploring microshifts in spectrum and phase as well as hearing fatigue and room resonance. Increasingly inspired by imaginary physical objects Nelson's recent work has sought to take these focuses further working toward nearly static installation/performances meant to reflect hypothetical objects, spaces, and the ambient changes in their surroundings (light, temperature, angle, etc) with an emphasis on concrete structure rather than compositional process.

Nelson has toured throughout the US and Europe as both a solo performer and a member of various bands and ensembles, most recently working with the experimental theater collective Verdensteatret on their new production Broen Over Gjørme. He currently lives and works in Oslo, Norway.

ANNE-F JACQUES lives in Montreal, Canada. She is interested in amplification, erratic sound reproduction devices and construction of various contraptions and idiosyncratic systems. She often performs, alone and in various collectives (including Minibloc and Fünf), creates sound installations and makes soundtracks for Julie Doucet’s animated films. The use of low technology, trivial objects and rough sounds is particularly appreciated. Anne-F is also involved with Crustacés Tapes, a postal sound distribution project.

LAN is an electronic network that interconnects 3 humans [Joseph Bastardo, Mickey O'Hara, Seamus Williams] within a limited area [Firehouse, 91.3FM, Silent Barn, Washington Street Art Center] using various synthesis media,[Eurorack Modular, Ciat-Lonbarde ROLLZ-5, Percussion Synth, Function Generators, Horjdik Benjolin] via wires [1/4", 1/8", 3.5mm, alligator leads, scrap wire] and power sources [18.5v AC, +15v DC, +9v DC, 9v batteries, AA batteries].

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ROBERT AIKI AUBREY LOWE + GREG DAVIS
Waterworks Museum
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Non-Event and the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum present

ROBERT AIKI AUBREY LOWE (Lichens)
GREG DAVIS (Kranky, Room40, Ache)

Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
2450 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02467(map)
Doors: 6:30pm, Performance: 7:00pm
$15 general admission / $10 members/students
Please RSVP at info@waterworksmuseum.org or 617-277-0065

Hot tea and cookies will be provided
Parking is limited, so bike, walk, or take the T, if you can!

ROBERT AIKI AUBREY LOWE is an artist and multi instrumentalist that works with voice in the realm of spontaneous music often under the moniker of Lichens. Most recently, creating patch pieces with modular synthesizer and singing to them has been a focus of live performance and recordings.

Quality of sound through the marriage of synthesis coupled with voice has allowed for a heightened physicality in the way of ecstatic music, both in a live setting and recorded. The sensitivity of analogue modular systems echoes the organic nature of vocal expression which in this case is meant to put forth a trancelike state. To usher in Deep Listening through sound and feeling. Losing one's self in sound while being acutely self aware.

By way of a recent meeting and collaboration with artist Patrick Smith, Robert has begun to utilize projections with live performances. The current video piece is called "Clouds" which is a vector driven animation made by Patrick Smith.

Through collaboration Robert has worked with Ben Russell, Ben Rivers, Rose Lazar, Hisham Akira Bharoocha, Tarek Atoui, Ben Vida, Mark Borthwick, Lucky Dragons, Alan Licht, Michael Zerang, Doug Aitken, Patrick Smith, Monica Baptista, Lee Ranaldo, White/Light, Kevin Martin, Chris Johanson, Tyondai Braxton, David Scott Stone, Genesis P-Orridge and Rose Kallal, as well as many others.

Born in 1975, GREG DAVIS grew up in Crystal Lake, Illinois. He studied classical & jazz guitar and composition at DePaul University in Chicago where he received his bachelor’s degree in music in 1999. In 1997, he started his own independent record label, Autumn Records, to release his own music and the music of others. Davis moved to Boston to pursue a master’s degree in composition from the New England Conservatory of Music which he completed in 2001. During this time, he also immersed himself in an independent study of computer based electronic music (Max/MSP) and became an active live performer. February 2002 saw the release of Davis’ debut album Arbor on Carpark Records. He has collaborated with a wide range of musicians including Zach Wallace, Joe Grimm, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Jeph Jerman, Tim Barnes, Sebastien Roux, Steven Hess, Chris Weisman, Akron/Family, Ben Vida and many more. Davis is well known for his electro-acoustic music blending acoustic instruments with field recordings and computer/electronic sounds. Drone and ambient music form another thread in Davis’ discography. In recent years, Greg has been focusing on analog modular synthesis and finding ways to integrate it with his computer music. He continues to explore the possibilities of sound using new & old technologies and techniques.

This program is supported in part by grants from the Boston Cultural Council and the Brookline Commission for the Arts, local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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ZACKERY BELANGER at Café Fixe
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Non-Event Presents
Our April Experimental Coffee House
featuring

ZACKERY BELANGER

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

ZACKERY BELANGER is a designer, artist, consultant, and researcher whose work is centered on the acoustic performance of architecture. His music uses SuperCollider to time samples and tones to ridiculous precision, moving between minimal compositions and thousands of simultaneous layers of audio, often pushing laptops to the point of failure. In 2013 he was the inaugural Researcher-in-Residence at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center [EMPAC]. He is the founder of Archgeometer.

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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G*PARK + MATT KREFTING at SMFA
Saturday, April 25, 2015

Non-Event, SMFA, and swissnex Boston present

G*PARK (23Five, rare US appearance)
MATT KREFTING (Kye, Ultra Eczema, Ecstatic Peace!)

SMFA
230 The Fenway
Boston, MA
8pm / $15 general admission / $10 members + students / FREE for SMFA students

A member of the Swiss Aktionist collective Schimpfluch-Gruppe, G*PARK (aka Marc Zeier) has quietly produced an oblique catalogue of recordings and performances dating back to the early '80s. His strategies of sound production involve abstruse studies in musique concrete, clinical electronics, prepared piano, and manipulated field recordings. In his debut Boston performance (and his first performance in the US, since 2010), G*Park will perform a new piece called “Incubator” with video.

MATT KREFTING is a writer and musician based in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He is a regular contributor to The Wire and his written work appears in surround, Bull Tongue Review, The Huffington Post, and chapbooks of his work have been published by Kendra Steiner Editions and Glass Eye Books. Another Night on the Town, a collection of Krefting’s poems with drawings by Belgian artist Dennis Tyfus, was published in 2014 by Ultra Eczema.

He formed the long-running trio Son of Earth with Aaron Rosenblum and John Shaw in 2000, played bass in The Believers, and performs with Idea Fire Company and Orchid Spangiafora. He performs his own music for cassettes regularly in the United States and in Europe. His music has been released by Open Mouth, Ultra Eczema, Ecstatic Peace!, and Kye, among others.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism, and Special Events, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and swissnexboston

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MERIDIAN + JOHN WIESE + THE EPICUREANS
Goethe-Institut Boston
Friday, May 1, 2015

Non-Event presents

MERIDIAN (Tim Feeney, Nick Hennies, Greg Stuart)
JOHN WIESE
THE EPICUREANS (David Gross, Polly Hanson, Ryan McGuire)

Goethe-Institut Boston
170 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02116
Doors: 7:30pm | Music: 8pm
Tickers: $15 general admission, $10 members + students

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.

JOHN WIESE is a sound artist based in Los Angeles. In the late 1990s, he 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.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism, and Special Events.

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JEPH JERMAN/TIM BARNES (duo) + FRAUFRAULEIN
Goethe-Institut Boston
Friday, May 22, 2015

Non-Event presents

JEPH JERMAN + TIM BARNES
FRAUFRAULEIN (Anne Guthrie + Billy Gomberg)

Goethe-Institut Boston
170 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02116
Doors: 7:30pm | Music: 8pm
Tickers: $15 general admission, $10 members + students

JEPH JERMAN: I grew up in a military family, so we moved around a lot, a different place every two years until my father retired in Colorado. I started playing music in a number of bar bands, whilst also experimenting with other forms – playing around with tape recorders and trying to find people to improvise with. Formed a few long lasting bands (Big Joey, City Of Worms, Blowhole) and began recording and playing solo as hands to. Ran a cassette label during the 80s cassette culture explosion. 

Eventually ended up in Seattle, where I fell in with the local musical community. Two years of near-constant playing with people like Paul Hoskin, Doug Theriault, Dave Knott, Angelina Baldoz, Lori Goldston, Mike Shannon and Wally Shoup. One memorable concert with John Butcher. Continued to develop my solo work, and began improvising with natural sound makers (stones, shells, pine cones) around 1996. Formed the first animist orchestra in 1999, to perform works for same. 

Moved to Arizona and have since done tours with Tim Barnes, Sean Meehan and David Daniell, Paul Hoskin, and toured Australia and New Zealand with Greg Davis. In 2001 I made recordings of the desert and it's interaction with man made structures and released a new cassette every month for a year. I continue to investigate the desert, build crude sound making devices and play and record whenever the opportunity arises.

TIM BARNES is a globally recognized percussionist, composer, sound designer, and audio archivist. He has performed at the Guggenheim, Whitney, and Pompidou museums, as well as in galleries and performance halls in Tokyo, Berlin, Rome, Belgium, Stockholm, Mexico City, and Melbourne. He has been recruited to perform with some of experimental music's most accomplished players, including John Zorn, Kim Gordon, Ikue Mori, Jim O’Rourke, Lee Ranaldo, and Jeph Jerman. American corporations such as Starbucks, Nike, Cadillac, and Merrill Lynch have hired Tim to create sound collages for their television advertisements. He has also worked closely with Fluxus artists La Monte Young and Henry Flynt with archival restoration of recorded works, and in 2005, Tim performed and recorded Alison Knowles’ composition “Onion Skin Song”. Currently, he is working with Vito Acconci and the publisher Primary Information on presenting Mr. Acconci’s complete recorded works. Tim lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where he is the Artistic Director of the performing and visual art space Dreamland.

FRAUFRAULEIN is Billy Gomberg and Anne Guthrie.

BILLY GOMBERG lives in Brooklyn NY. His studio practice incorporates analog synthesis, digital treatments, acoustic recordings and occasional instrumentation, navigating impressions of physicality via improvisation, process and space. Flyover Sound (Experimedia, a collaboration with Offthesky) received a nomination in the Experimentation/Research category of the 7th Qwartz Awards in Paris. Other releases include his LP False Heat (False), Certain Words Again and Again (Sunshine Ltd), and four years later (since, why not) on CD by the trio Delicate Sen (with Anne Guthrie & Richard Kamerman).

ANNE GUTHRIE is an acoustician, composer, and French horn player living in Brooklyn, NY. She studied music composition and english at the University of Iowa and architectural acoustics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she recently completed her Ph.D. Her music combines her knowledge of acoustics and contemporary composition/improvisation. Her electronic music has focused on exploiting the natural acoustic phenomena of unique architectural spaces through minimal processing of field recordings. Her composition has focused on the orchestration of non-musical sounds, speech in particular. Her French horn playing has focused on electronic processing and extended techniques used in improvisatory settings, as a soloist and with Fraufraulein and Delicate Sen, among others. Her acoustics research has focused on the use of ambisonics for stage acoustics.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism, and Special Events.

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