Upcoming Concerts

NADAH EL SHAZLY, tK,
JOSEPH ALLRED
SMFA Anderson Auditorium
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

ARTHUR BROOKS ENSEMBLE V
CHRIS PITSIOKOS
DAMON SMITH/FORBES GRAHAM/ANDRIA NICODEMOU/CURT NEWTON
Washington Street Arts
Friday, May 17, 2019

TASHI DORJI & FRIEND + GREASE RELEASE + ROB NOYES
The Yard (John Hancock Tower)
Thursday, June 6, 2019

NADAH EL SHAZLY + tK + JOSEPH ALLRED
SMFA Anderson Auditorium
Tuesday, April 23, 2019


Photo: Alan Chies

Non-Event and SMFA Library Sounds present

NADAH EL SHAZLY (Cairo, Boston debut!)
tK (Thalia Zedek, Phil Milstein, Heather Kapplow)
JOSEPH ALLRED

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

Eventbrite - Nadah El Shazly

NADAH EL SHAZLY is a Cairo-based producer, vocalist, and composer. Her acclaimed solo debut Ahwar (the title translates as marshlands) is a culmination of two years of writing and studio work split between Cairo and Montreal. Meticulously orchestrated, the album was composed and arranged in close collaboration with Maurice Louca and Sam Shalabi, two members of The Dwarfs of East Agouza trio, along with Alan Bishop and members of Cairo's experimental music scene. Accompanying El Shazly (vocals, buzuq, laptop, & keyboards) on her US debut will be Cherif El Masri (fretless guitar & synthesizers), Elsa Bergman (contrabass),and Konrad Angus (drums).

tK is THALIA ZEDEK on abstract guitar and clarinet; HEATHER KAPPLOW on pling plong, vocals, and banging; and PHIL MILSTEIN on loops, drones, and more banging. tK causes situations in which everyday aural experience is distended from its natural function. By applying arbitrary manipulations, new functions and contexts are undertaken. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is mutilated and all possible interpretations are quashed.

JOSEPH ALLRED is a Boston-based multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, singer, experimental composer, and visual artist who is originally from Jamestown, Tennessee. A large portion of their musical output falls into the American Primitive school of original guitar and banjo music, drawing especially from the folk traditions of the southeastern United States as well as from avant-garde and minimalist composers such as Arvo Pärt, Charlemagne Palestine, Terry Riley, and Henry Flynt.

Non-Event's programming is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, 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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ARTHUR BROOKS ENSEMBLE V
CHRIS PITSIOKOS
DAMON SMITH/FORBES GRAHAM/ANDRIA NICODEMOU/CURT NEWTON
Washington Street Arts
Friday, May 17, 2019

Non-Event and Washington Street Arts present

ARTHUR BROOKS ENSEMBLE V
CHRIS PITSIOKOS SOLO
DAMON SMITH/FORBES GRAHAM/ANDRIA NICODEMOU/CURT NEWTON

Washington Street Arts
321 Washington Street, Somerville
8pm / $10-15 suggested donation

Trumpeter-composer ARTHUR BROOKS is one of the unsung heroes of the new music. In his 40+ year career he has collaborated with such legendary figures as Bill Dixon, Cecil Taylor, Sonny Sharrock, Alan Silva, and Frank Wright among others. For over 20 years he taught alongside Dixon in the Black Music Division at Bennington College. Brooks founded Ensemble V at Bennington College in 1973 and the music has continued to evolve. Though Brooks is technically the leader and creator — or perhaps curator — of Ensemble V, he emphasizes that the band is a democracy. “Everybody’s a leader. And everybody has big ears. We find ourselves in areas that I would like to take home and develop and write, but I wouldn’t want to limit what we’re going to do.” For this performance, he’ll be joined by Jeremy Harlos - bass; Bill Heminway - trumpet; and Matt Weston – percussion.

CHRIS PITSIOKOS is a Brooklyn-based saxophonist, composer and improviser. His work combines the lyricism of jazz and the intensity of extreme rock forms and noise with the attention to detail and abstraction of contemporary classical music. His quartet CP Unit has been described as “moving easily between tangled-up spasms and furious explosions of numbed-out funk, with Pitsiokos unleashing an unrelenting but meticulously harnessed attack that recalls the duck-call fury of saxophonist John Zorn early in his career.” The Chicago Reader describes his solo work as displaying “a dazzling array of tactics, whether the overdubbed four-saxophone assault of “Four Alto” (a dedication to Anthony Braxton, and a pun on the elder reedist’s groundbreaking solo album For Alto), the introspective circular breathing of “Flutter,” or the Konitz-meets-Coleman balladry of “Waiting.” From piece to piece he shows an expanding range that accommodates both tender phrasing and a lacerating tone.”

DAMON SMITH has established himself as a central figure and stalwart organizer, developing a personal, flexible improvisational language based in the American jazz avant-garde movement and European non-idiomatic free improvisation. During his tenure in Boston, he has collaborated with local musicians ranging from Jeb Bishop, Ra-Kalam Bob Moses, Pandelis Karayorgis, Andria Nicodemou, Forbes Graham, Wendy Eisenberg, and others while bringing in collaborators like Weasel Walter, Henry Kaiser, Vinny Golia, and Jaap Blonk. As Smith prepares to leave Boston later this summer, he has ramped up his activity to a dizzying level. For this performance, he will be joined by Forbes Graham – trumpet; Andria Nicodemou – vibes; and Curt Newton – drums.

Non-Event's programming is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, 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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TASHI DORJI & FRIEND
GREASE RELEASE
ROB NOYES
The Yard (John Hancock Tower)
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Non-Event presents

TASHI DORJI & FRIEND
GREASE RELEASE
ROB NOYES

The Yard (John Hancock Tower, 6th Floor)
120 St James Avenue (use St James Ave. entrance)
Doors: 7:30pm, Show: 8pm
$15 | $10 students & Non-Event members

Eventbrite - Tasha Dorji & Friend, Grease Release, Rob Notes

TASHI DORJI is a freeform guitarist, who grew up in Bhutan, on the eastern side of the Himalayas. For the last 18-plus years he's lived in Asheville, NC, where he developed an idiosyncratic playing style that draws on a variety of musical traditions. After releasing a handful of solo cassettes, Dorji presented his debut LP on Hermit Hut, the label created by Ben Chasny of Six Organs of Admittance Since then he has released music both as a soloist, and in collaborative projects, notably with Chicago-based percussionist Tyler Damon, New York multi-instrumentalist Che Chen, and tonight's special guest on labels like Bathetic Records, Cabin Floor Esoterica, Blue Tapes, Marmara Records, Feeding Tube, UNROCK, VDSQ, MIE, Ultra Violet Light, Family Vineyard and Astral Spirits.

GREASE RELEASE is two turntables, a cornet, and various found objects.

Tim Johnson plays a Hamilton Electronics institutional turntable. He likes encircling spinning objects with flexible pieces of metal, making little cages that fly apart. Once a piece of metal slipped inside the turntable housing and there was a small explosion. The turntable still works though.

Mary Staubitz plays a New Yorker portable 78 player. It has tubes so she can’t leave it in the cold. She wore off all the felt with jagged pieces of metal and now the turntable is bare steel. Her favorite object is the hand broom she stole from Sean’s house that makes barely any sound at all.

Sean C. Fennessy is here too but he’s probably passed out cold from blowing a cornet into a nine pan for half an hour.

"ROB NOYES has been on the Eastern Massachusetts scene for a while, but what we've heard him play is music from within the context of electric bands, most of whom are loud as hell and exist somewhere along the rim of the post-core continuum. More recently, Rob has taken to displaying his solo acoustic guitar chops and they are massive..... Rob's playing carries the weight of many possibly-imaginary forebears, but the way he smears them all together shows a holistic mastery of touch and imagination that defies a lot of today's players, who tend to shine in short bursts, then allow their dreams to outrun their technique." --Byron Coley

Non-Event's programming is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, 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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SUSAN ALCORN
with DAMON SMITH + JEB BISHOP
Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
Friday, June 14, 2019

Non-Event and the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum present

SUSAN ALCORN (pedal steel guitar)
solo and trio with
DAMON SMITH (bass) and JEB BISHOP (trombone)

Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
2450 Beacon Street, Boston
Doors: 7:30pm, Music: 8pm
Tickets: $20 gen admission | $10 students + Non-Event members

Eventbrite - Susan Alcorn

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

About the artists

One of the world’s premiere exponents of her instrument, SUSAN ALCORN has taken the pedal steel guitar far beyond its traditional role in country music. Having first paid her dues in Texas country & western bands, she began to expand the vocabulary of her instrument through her study of 20th century classical music, visionary jazz, and world musics.

Though known as for her solo work, she has collaborated with numerous artists including Pauline Oliveros, Chris Cutler, Joe McPhee, Ken Vandermark, Nate Wooley, Ingrid Laubrock and Leila Bourdreuil, Evan Parker, Michael Formanek, Zane Campbell, Damon Smith, and Mary Halvorson among others.

In 2016, she was voted "Best Other Instrument" by the International Critics Poll. In 2017 she received the Baker Artist Award, and in 2018, along with saxophonist Joe McPhee, she was the recipient of the Instant Award in Improvised Music.

The UK Guardian writes, “As an improvisor and composer, Alcorn has proven to be visionary. Her pieces reveal the complexity of her instrument and her musical experience while never straying from a very direct, intense, and personal musical expression.”

DAMON SMITH has established himself as a central figure and stalwart organizer of experimental music, developing a personal, flexible improvisational language based in the American jazz avant-garde movement and European non-idiomatic free improvisation. During his tenure in Boston, he has collaborated with local musicians ranging from Jeb Bishop, Ra-Kalam Bob Moses, Pandelis Karayorgis, Andria Nicodemou, Forbes Graham, Wendy Eisenberg, and others while bringing in collaborators like Weasel Walter, Henry Kaiser, Vinny Golia, and Jaap Blonk. As Smith prepares to leave Boston for St. Louis later this summer, he has ramped up his activity to a dizzying level.

.JEB BISHOP has performed, toured and recorded with groups including the Vandermark Five, the Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, Ted Sirota's Rebel Souls, Terminal Four, School Days, Ken Vandermark's Territory Band, Rob Mazurek's Exploding Star Orchestra, Globe Unity Orchestra, and his own Jeb Bishop Trio. He also co-led the Lucky 7s project with New Orleans-based trombonist Jeff Albert, and is a member of cooperative quartet The Engines. He currently lives in Boston and is a central figure in the city's jazz and improvised music scene.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Foundation, as well as a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and administered by the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture.

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