Upcoming Concerts

THOMAS LEHN / MARCUS SCHMICKLER
HOWARD STELZER
SMFA at Tufts
Sunday, February 25, 2018

DONKEY NO NO at Café Fixe
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

CHRISTIAN KOBE + VIC RAWLINGS
Washington Street Art Center
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

JUDY DUNAWAY / RICARDO ARIAS
WENDY EISENBERG
SMFA Library
Friday, March 30, 2018

THOMAS LEHN / MARCUS SCHMICKLER
HOWARD STELZER
SMFA at Tufts
Sunday, February 25 2018

Non-Event, the Goethe-Institut Boston, and SMFA Library Sounds present

THOMAS LEHN / MARCUS SCHMICKLER
analogue & digital synthesizers in QUAD
HOWARD STELZER
performing "Crossing Parallel" for digital video & ~20 cassette players

School of the Museum of Fine Arts Anderson Auditorium
230 The Fenway, Boston
7pm
Tickets: $15 gen admission | $10 students + Non-Event members
FREE for SMFA students

Eventbrite - Thomas Lehn / Marcus Schmickler

MARCUS SCHMICKLER (digital synthesizer & computer) and THOMAS LEHN (analogue synthesizer) first worked together in December 1998 as members of the storied electro-acoustic ensemble, Music In Movement Electronic Orchestra (aka MIMEO) in Cologne almost twenty years ago. Since then, they have collaborated extensively, touring in Europe, the USA and Japan, and performing at Experimental Intermedia, Mills College, Bard, Lampo, Princeton, and more. They released several highly-acclaimed recordings on labels, such as A-Musik, Mikroton, and Editions Mego. Their debut release, BART, on Erstwhile, is one of the high-water marks of contemporary synthesizer music. This is their second duo performance with Non-Event.

HOWARD STELZER is a composer of electro-acoustic music. Almost all of his sounds are generated by, processed by, recorded onto and played back out of cassette tapes and consumer-grade tape players. He isn’t sure how most of these things work. Stelzer operated the Intransitive Recordings label from 1997 until 2012. When he is not composing, Stelzer is a middle school math teacher in Lowell, MA, where he lives with his family in a big room behind a power plant.

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, and admistrated by the Mayor's Office of Arts + Culture.

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DONKEY NO NO at Café Fixe
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Non-Event Presents
Our March 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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CHRISTIAN KOBE + VIC RAWLINGS
Washington Street Art Center
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Non-Event and Music at Washington Street present

CHRISTIAN KOBE (saxophone, electronics)
VIC RAWLINGS (cello, electronics)

Washington Street Art Center
321 Washington Street
Somerville, MA
617-623-5315
8pm / $10 suggested donation

CHRISTIAN KOBI is a saxophonist whose work explores the relationship between sound, silence and action in space. He studied music in Basel, Paris and Zuerich, with a concentration in experimental music and improvisation. Kobi performs and creates with various musicians, composers and artists in context of long term partnerships with artists such as Phill Niblock, Jürg Frey, Taku Sugimoto and Keith Rowe. Since 2004 he has curated the "zoom in“ festival for improvised music in the Bern Cathedral. He is also a founding member of the Konus Quartett, who performed with Tomas Korber at the Goethe-Institut Boston in 2016. Christian teaches improvisation at the Bern University of Arts (HKB) and is the founder of Cubus Records.

VIC RAWLINGS is a musician, instrument builder, sound installation artist, filmmaker, and teacher based in western Massachusetts. His teaching interests include conventional forms of music ranging widely in style (electric and acoustic guitar/banjo/mandolin/etc.), as well as collective sound-based improvisation, electroacoustic instrument building, and listening actions. As an improvisor/electroacoustic musician, he most often uses an amplified/prepared cello and an electronic instrument of his own design and build.

This program 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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JUDY DUNAWAY / RICARDO ARIAS
WENDY EISENBERG
SMFA Library
Friday, March 30, 2018

Non-Event and SMFA Library Sounds present

JUDY DUNAWAY / RICARDO ARIAS (balloon duets)
WENDY EISENBERG (guitar, banjo)

School of the Museum of Fine Arts
W. Van Alan Clark Jr. Library
230 The Fenway, Boston
8pm
$10 gen admission | $8 students + Non-Event members
FREE for SMFA students

Both RICARDO ARIAS and JUDY DUNAWAY have separately specialized in free improvisation and experimental music on the latex balloon for decades, making it their main instrument. Arias’ background as a percussionist led him to develop the "balloon kit"("batería global”), and Dunaway’s background as a guitarist led her to approach each size and shape of balloon as a solo instrument. Arias and Dunaway will combine their expertise to explore and expand the details of their shared world and present heretofore unimagined sonic landscapes. This concert marks the second meeting of these two avant-garde virtuosi.

RICARDO ARIAS has presented his work internationally at many venues including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Roulette (New York), Museum Kunst Palast (Düsseldorf), Galerie Rahel-Haferkamp (Cologne), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), La Casa Encendida (Madrid), the Miró Foundation (Barcelona), FIMAV (Victoriaville, Canada), Experimenta Festival (Buenos Aires) and Espace SD (Beirut) among others. Arias has collaborated with numerous experimental musicians, improvisers and sound artists including Axel Dörner, Tatsuya Nakatani, Pauline Oliveros, Mazen Kerbaj, Pascal Boudreault, Chris Mann, Sharif Sehnaoui, Christine Abdelnour, Michael Zerang, Anne Wellmer, Gabriel Paiuk, Lou Malozzi and Miguel Frasconi. His essays on his work and on Colombian experimental music and sound art have been published in Experimental Musical Instruments, Resonancias, and the Leonardo Music Journal. Arias is the Director of the Art Department at Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá.

JUDY DUNAWAY has presented her works for balloons at Bang on a Can Festival (NYC), MACBA (Barcelona Museum of Modern Art), Cafe Oto (London), Guelph Jazz Festival (Canada), Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors (NYC), New Museum of Contemporary Art (NYC), Performance Space 122 (NYC), Podewil (Berlin), Roulette (NYC), Roy and Edna Disney Center (Los Angeles), STEIM (Netherlands) and many other venues. Her discography includes solo CDs on the Composers Recordings, Inc. (CRI) and Innova labels. Her awards/grants/residencies include Elektronmusikstudion Stockholm, New York State Music Fund, Aaron Copland Fund Recording Grant, the American Composers Forum's Composers Commissioning Fund and Zentrum fuer Kunst und Medientechnologie. She received a Workspace Residency award from Harvestworks (NYC) for development and presentation of her new installation work “Chamber Ensemble for Balloons” in 2017. She teaches at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston.

WENDY EISENBERG is an improviser and composer who performs on guitar, banjo, voice and electronics. Her work is about the ways that visual and sociological space inform the musical signs of time and frequency. Her compositions and instrumental technique are developed from her involvement with the traditions of free jazz, punk, heavy metal, avant-garde composition and art songs. She was in the band Birthing Hips and has multiple solo projects, some fully improvised, some featuring modern guitar and banjo composition, and some song-based.

This program is supported in part by the Universidad de Los Andes and 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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CLEO MIAO at Café Fixe
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Non-Event Presents
Our April Experimental Coffee House
featuring

CLEO MIAO

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

CLEO MIAO is an interdisciplinary and media artist currently pursuing a BFA at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. she is interested in the poetics of digital and machine error. for her sound practices, she enjoys creating systems of spatial and relational conducts.

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

Non-Event and the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum present

SARAH DAVACHI
KATARINA MILJKOVIC

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 project is made possible in part by a grant from the Boston Foundation.

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