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2014 Year-End Campaign

SECRET DIARY + KEVIN MICKA/MARK PEARSON DUO + PATRICK EMM at Washington Street Art Center
Saturday, December 27, 2014

MICKEY O'HARA at Café Fixe
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

ASHA TAMIRISA at Café Fixe
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

SECRET DIARY + KEVIN MICKA/MARK PEARSON DUO + PATRICK EMM at Washington Street Art Center
Saturday, December 27, 2014


Photo: Bill T. Miller

Non-Event and WSAC present
one last, special show to close out the year

SECRET DIARY (rare performance!)
PATRICK EMM
KEVIN MICKA + MARK PEARSON Duo

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

SECRET DIARY is a duo of Jessica Rylan on homemade analog synth and Donna Parker on store bought pedals and mic. Friends for twenty years and collaborators for ten, Secret Diary has performed in the metal band Pig Destroyer and crashed many notable gigs featuring such artists as Deerhoof, Whitehouse, Magik Markers and Thurston Moore.

Local multi-instrumentalists/instrument designers KEVIN MICKA and MARK WILLIAM PEARSON build aleatoric and improvised hallucinatory soundscapes using prepared guitars, homemade electronics, cassettes and voice. Kevin and Mark also perform together in the long-running sculpture-project-cum-rock-band Neptune as well as in Kevin’s Animal Hospital Ensemble. As a duo, their explorations rely on simultaneous deft impulse and the choice of making discerning minimal movements. At times, the results are pretty funny.

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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MICKEY O'HARA at Café Fixe
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Non-Event Presents
Our January Experimental Coffee House
featuring

MICKEY O'HARA

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

MICKEY O’HARA is a musician from Worcester, Massachusetts. He plays in free-bloop duo Lean and noistronaut trio Gay Shapes, works & curates at the Firehouse, and co-hosts the freeform experimental radio show Music Under The Moon. His solo work has been released on the Moss Archive and Ayurvedic labels. In the past, he has used tape, samples, and feedback systems to create his music, but the ROLLZ-5, a paper circuit drum machine by Peter Blasser is his current focus.

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ASHA TAMIRISA at Café Fixe
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Non-Event Presents
Our February Experimental Coffee House
featuring

ASHA TAMIRISA

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

ASHA TAMIRISA is often found working with some combination of sound, video, sculpture, and movement. She graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in Technology in Music and Related Arts [ TIMARA ] and is currently a doctoral student in the Multimedia and Electronic Music Experiments [ MEME ] program at Brown University. She is also concurrently working towards an MA in Modern Culture and Media [ MCM ] at Brown. Current research interests include gender + race and technology, interfaces, material feminism, and structural film + visual music. She frequently collaborates with composer and performer Caroline Park as well as with choreographer and dancer Holly Heidt. She is a founding member of OPENSIGNAL, a group of artists concerned with the state of gender and race within electronic / computer based art practices.

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RENE HELL + BLEVIN BLECTUM + HOWARD STELZER
Goethe-Institut Boston
Saturday, February 21, 2015

Non-Event presents

RENE HELL
BLEVIN BLECTUM
HOWARD STELZER

Goethe-Institut Boston
170 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02116
Doors: 7:30pm | Music: 8pm

RENE HELL is the synthesizer-based project of Jeff Witscher, a visual artist, avid chess player, and music obsessive, who has explored a variety of underground styles since his teens. His aesthetic choices, expressed over dozens of recordings released under many pseudonyms, have anticipated the shifts in U.S. experimental music spanning the last decade. Most recently, he received acclaim for synth albums Porcelain Opera and The Terminal Symphony (Type), a 2012 split release with Oneohtrix Point Never, and his newest recording, Vanilla Call Option (PAN). Witscher’s practice is peripatetic —- encompassing roving styles, changing monikers and wide-ranging influences. Travel is central to Vanilla Call Option, with its digital palette constructed on the move between airports, performance spaces, and public libraries, to evoke the musique concrète of Bernard Parmegiani and the computer music of Charles Dodge. He is currently based in Western Massachusetts.

BLEVIN BLECTUM (born Bevin Kelley) = polyphasic avitronic wordless sonic worldbuilding, sound vision costume object spectacle. Blevin is perhaps most infamously known as one half of the recently reformed and reunited groundbreaking digital duo Blectum From Blechdom (with Kevin Blechdom / Kristin Erickson), recipients of the 2001 Ars Electronica Award of Distinction in Digital Musics for their album "The Messy Jesse Fiesta". In 2013 she co-founded the electroacoustic-radioplayers The Traveling Bubble Ensemble with fellow sci-fi enthusiast and sibling Kelley Polar (Michael Kelley). Left to her own devices, Blevin produces turbulent electronics with a more oblique slant on the basic BFB sensation of things-not-quite-right-here, clanking, creaking grooves and anti-grooves as a coal-powered spacecraft from some poststeampunked parallel universe potentiality, puffing and straining as it struggles to reach escape velocity, conjured and bounced to the breaking/boiling point, generally fucked-with samples of everything from hand-slapped rain-drenched leaves in celestial courtship gardens and antique broken Beatnik banks to classic, utterly dancefloored, floridly dangerous disembodied-dismembered half-remembered vocals. She can be heard in radio plays, electronic toys, theater spaces, film/television scores, advertisements, clubs, concert halls, headphones, and galleries. She has releases on labels including Aagoo, Estuary Ltd., Tigerbeat6, DeluxeRecs, Praemedia, Vague Terrain, and Phthalo.

HOWARD STELZER has been composing music out of cassette tapes since 1997. He ran the Intransitive Recordings label until 2012. When he's not hunched over dusty tape machines, Stelzer teaches middle school math and science in Lowell, MA. He has recent releases on Phage Tapes, Obsolete Units, Dokuro, Copy For Your Records, Banned Productions, and Noise Below. A forthcoming album, The Case Against CD is due out shortly on Monotype.

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ROB NOYES at Café Fixe
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Non-Event Presents
Our March Experimental Coffee House
featuring

ROB NOYES

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

Rob Noyes is a guitarist based in Somerville, MA. Having spent time playing in groups such as Bloody Gears and Animal Hospital Ensemble, he now primarily writes and performs solo pieces for 6 and 12-string acoustic guitar. His solo work combines intricate fingerstyle technique rooted in Piedmont blues with a heavily syncopated and dynamic compositional style.

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