Upcoming Concerts

BEN OWEN, JASON KAHN,
SARAH PITAN
SMFA Library
Monday, April 17, 2017

LUKE MARTIN with ORDINARY AFFECTS
Goethe-Institut Boston
Saturday, April 29, 2017

MOONDRAWN at Café Fixe
Tuesday, May 9, 2017

BEN OWEN + JASON KAHN
SMFA Library
Monday, April 17, 2017

Non-Event and Library Sounds present

JASON KAHN
BEN OWEN
SARAH AYOTOMIWA PITAN

School of the Museum of Fine Arts
230 The Fenway,
Boston, MA
8pm / $10 general admission / $8 members + students / FREE for SMFA/Tufts students

BEN OWEN is a New York-based sound artist and experimental musician. Ben’s current work includes improvised and graphic score based performance, audio and video collaborations, and a weekly internet radio program. His early sound studies began with cassettes and live radio, in tandem with stone lithography printmaking and photographic slide projections. his process of lithographic printing is balanced by the intended preservation and natural degradation of marks. he finds complimentary inherent similarities between the cycles of inking and surface reception of printmaking, mark making through drawing on printing stones and audio marks amplified by contact mics and environmental recordings. he is interested in the relationship between the spacial aspects of existing sound fields, intervened environments, and the projection and reflection of light. locations are an active and physical palette, much like an improvisational setting where control is relinquished. through mark making, and an attention to instability he continues the practice of listening and response.

JASON KAHN’s performances explore the physical and spiritual limits of breath, stretching the voice to its breaking point. The disintegration of each vocal gesture leads to the next, creating a structure where what remains with each evacuating breath creates a context for the entire piece.

Originally a drummer and electronic musician, Kahn turned to the voice to find a more direct connection to himself and the audience. Without the benefit of having an instrument shielding him, Kahn contends with the vulnerability of laying himself bare to the listener, Born 1960 in New York and growing up in Los Angeles, Jason Kahn moved to Europe in 1990. He currently lives in Zurich, Switzerland.].

SARAH AYOTOMIWA PITAN may work in performance or composition or art.

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 & Culture.


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JASON SANFORD
Material Dialogues (artist talk)
Le Laboratoire Cambridge
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Le Laboratoire Cambridge + Non-Event present
Material Dialogues, an artist talk by

JASON SANFORD

Le Laboratoire (Directions)
650 East Kendall Street, Cambridge (enter through the caré)
Doors:6pm, Talk: 6:30pm
FREE, but RSVP through Le Lab requested

JASON SANFORD is an artist working to synthesize the realms of the sonic and the somatic. Trained in sculpture and performance art, for more than twenty years he has been innovating and inventing new musical instruments and using them to perform with his band, Neptune. In early 2017, he toured ten countries in Europe, playing 35 shows in 40 days, with his newer band project, E, to support their recently released and critically acclaimed debut album (available on Thrill Jockey Records.) He also appears frequently with the sound and dance collaborative ensemble, Sliver Foxes, which he co-founded. Sliver Foxes works to dissolve the distinction between musician and dancer by engaging movement-participants with Sanford’s sound-scupture instruments and installations. Sanford has performed in museums and galleries, in music venues, in loft spaces, in squats, on boats, and even in a moving bus. He has also taught sound and electronics for artists at the Massachusetts College of Art, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. After releasing eleven albums, and years of touring the U.S. and Europe, he continues to question what music is, and what it is for.

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 & Culture.


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LUKE MARTIN with ORDINARY AFFECTS
Goethe-Institut Boston
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Non-Event presents
ORDINARY AFFECTS performing

LUKE MARTIN, so softly that it came, a wild dim chatter, meaningless

Goethe-Institut Boston
170 Beacon Street, Boston
Doors: 7:30pm, Music: 8pm
Tickets: $10 gen admission | $5 students + Non-Event members

CD release show for Luke Martin, so softly that it came, a wild dim chatter, meaningless on Edition Wandelweiser

ORDINARY AFFECTS (J.P. Falzone, Laura Cetilia, Luke Martin, and Morgan Evans-Weiler) is a group of musicians gathered to workshop, explore, commission and perform contemporary experimental music. While the group often focuses on the performance of written compositions, it also serves as a laboratory for improvisation and the compositions of its members. The collaborative nature of the mission ensures a group that is always in flux; instrumentation is open, always changing and dependent on the project, concert and current membership.

LUKE MARTIN is an experimental composer, performer, and poet currently living in Boston, MA. His work focuses on the concepts of silence, blandness, and community and is primarily interested in exploring the limits of perception. He feels it essential to critically consider the power relations at work between composer, performer(s), and audience; in other words, the nature of the political/social significance of that situation. The composer is not simply someone who composes music, but rather someone who composes a social situation in which there is, regardless of their desire or intent, sound. Recently inspired by David Dunn's notations for listening and Lasse Thoresen's spectromorphological analysis of electronic music and sound, Luke is developing a notation for the performance and analysis of silence (i.e., incidental sounds, contingency). His work can be found on FWD: rcrds, Edition Wandelweiser Records, and (forthcoming) ErstAEU.​

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 & Culture.


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MOONDRAWN at Café Fixe
Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Non-Event Presents
Our May Experimental Coffee House
featuring

MOONDRAWN

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

MOONDRAWN is the solo noise project of Boston based Philip Fryer. Informed by the writings and performances of John Cage, Fryer explores experience through performance, sound, and installation. At times chaotic and other times serene, his work draws connections between mortality, queer identity, living with chronic illness, and memory. He frequently utilizes obsolete or forgotten technology, bringing together the past and the present. He has performed at The Darling Foundry and Le Lieu (Montreal and Quebec City, Quebec), Grace Exhibition Space and Panoply(New York, NY), DEFIBRILLATOR gallery (Chicago, IL), The Museum of Fine Arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art, and 100 Years of Performance Art (Boston, MA). He as also been a member of the Boston based dark ambient project TOOMS since 2012 and performs with his partner Rosie Ranauro as Princess Beautiful.

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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