Upcoming Concerts

EVER PRESENT ORCHESTRA performs works by ALVIN LUCIER
with ALVIN LUCIER
Le Laboratoire Cambridge
Saturday, November 11, 2017

GLENN JONES at Café Fixe
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

MALCOLM GOLDSTEIN at Café Fixe
Sunday, December 10, 2017

VICTORIA SHEN at Café Fixe
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

EVER PRESENT ORCHESTRA
performs works by ALVIN LUCIER
Record/ Book Release
Le Laboratoire Cambridge
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Non-Event, in partnership with the Züricher Hochschule der Kunste in Zürich (ZHDK) and swissnex Boston, presents

THE EVER PRESENT ORCHESTRA (featuring Oren Ambarchi + Trevor Saint)
performing works by ALVIN LUCIER

PLUS Bird and Person Dyning performed by Alving Lucier (late addition to the program)

The concert celebrates the publication of a special Alvin Lucier box set that includes four LPs (12 “/ 180 gram), a CD, as well as a book of essays, interviews, scientific articles and archival photos edited by the Ever Present Orchestra's Bernhard Rietbrock. Alvin Lucier will conduct a book/box set signing after the concert.

Le Laboratoire (Directions)
650 East Kendall Street, Cambridge
8pm (doors: $7:30pm)
$15 general admission | $10 students + Non-Event members

Eventbrite - The Ever Present Orchestra performs works by Alvin Lucier

PROGRAM (all pieces by Alvin Lucier)

Ricochet Lady (2016)
Braid (2012)
Two Circles (2012)

Intermission

Hanover (2015)
Semicircle (2017, Boston premiere)
Bird and Person Dyning (1975)

The EVER PRESENT ORCHESTRA, based in Zurich and Berlin, is dedicated to the presentation of the work of the American composer Alvin Lucier. The orchestra attempts to make Lucier’s beating-pattern-focused instrumental music approachable to a wide audience with its uncommon instrumentation of 4 electric guitars, 3 saxophones, 4 violins, and a piano. Along with classically trained musicians, the presence of prominent Lucier interpreters such as experimental guitarist Oren Ambarchi, allows the ensemble to appeal to a wider audience than the conventional contemporary music scene. The Orchestra was founded by Bernhard Rietbrock after the 85th Birthday Festival of Alvin Lucier at the Zurich University of the Arts, as a part of the Swiss National Research Council project Reflexive Experimental Aesthetics after Alvin Lucier (Reflexive Experimentalästhetik nach Alvin Lucier). Its unusual instrumentation came about as a result of the presentation of the Lucier piece Hannover (2015), originally orchestrated for 3 banjos, 2 saxophones, 1 violin, 1 piano, 1 vibraphone, which was newly orchestrated for 3 electric guitars instead of banjos.

For this performance, the Ever Present Orchestra is:

Felix Profos: piano
Oren Ambarchi, Gary Schmalzl, Jan Thoben, Bernhard Rietbrock: electric guitar
Trevor Saint: glockenspiel, vibraphone
Charles Ng, Joan Jordi Oliver Arcos, Valentine Michaud: saxophone
Rebecca Thies, Nora Peterhans, Christina Maria Moser, Fabienne Früh: violin

This program is presented with the support of the Zurich University of the Arts and swissnex Boston, as well as by a grant the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts + Culture.

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GLENN JONES at Café Fixe
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Non-Event Presents
Our November Experimental Coffee House
featuring

GLENN JONES (guitar, banjo)

Café Fixe
1642 Beacon Street (Washington Square)
Brookline, MA
7 p.m. / $5-10 (sliding scale for this coffee house)

"The best guitarist you never heard of." –The Boston Globe

GLENN JONES is a master of American Primitive Guitar, a style invented in the late 1950s by John Fahey, whose traditional fingerpicking techniques and wide-ranging influences were used to create modern original compositions. Jones, who led the post-rock ensemble Cul de Sac, brings his own made-up tunings, the use of custom-crafted partial capos, and a highly skilled picking style on both banjo and guitar, to create personal compositions that are lyrical, emotive and elegant.

What sets him apart from the myriad guitarists playing today is his ability to tell stories with the guitar and banjo, and to convey a range of emotions. This process starts with the compositions themselves and carries through to his selection of recording environment and engineer.

Jones turned away from standard tuning years ago, inventing tunings as a way of escaping the known. The pieces he writes in these tunings are his way of navigating new and unfamiliar landscapes. “But it’s my hope,” he says, “that what you hear are not the tunings and partial capos and all that, but the music — the feeling within these pieces.”

Jones' latest project is The Thousand Incarnations of the Rose -- An Introduction to American Primitive Guitar & Banjo, 1963-1974, a double LP / CD package for which he selected the tracks and wrote extensive liner notes. It's slated for release in late 2017.

Glenn also just finished recording a brand new studio album for Thrill Jockey, which will be issued in 2018.

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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MALCOLM GOLDSTEIN at Café Fixe
Sunday, December 10, 2017

Non-Event Presents
Our December Experimental Coffee House
featuring

MALCOLM GOLDSTEIN (violin)

Café Fixe
1642 Beacon Street (Washington Square)
Brookline, MA
7 p.m. / $5-10 (sliding scale for this coffee house)

MALCOLM GOLDSTEIN, as composer/violinist, has been active in the presentation of new music and dance since the early 1960's, in New York City, as co-founder of the Tone Roads Ensemble and as participant in the Judson Dance Theater, the New York Festival of the Avant Garde and the Experimental Intermedia Foundation. Since then he has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe, presenting solo violin concerts and appearing as soloist with new music and dance ensembles.

His "soundings" improvisations have received international acclaim for having "reinventing violin playing", extending the range of tonal/sound-texture possibilities of the instrument and revealing new dimensions of expressivity.

Since the mid-1960's Goldstein has integrated structured improvisation elements into his compositions, exploring the rich sound-textures of new performance techniques within a variety of instrumental and vocal frameworks. His music has been performed at several New Music America festivals; Meet the Moderns, NYC; Pro Musica Nova, Bremen; De Ijsbreker (Amsterdam), Weiner Festwochen, Time of Music (Finland), Inventionen, Berlin; Musik der Zeit, Cologne; International Festival of Improvised Music, Neue Horizonte, Bern; Acustica International/hoerspiel festivals, West German Radio Cologne; Inventionen '89 Festival; Wittener Tage fuer Neue Kammermusik; De Ijsbreker, Amsterdam; Sound Culture '93, Tokyo; Fylkingen concert, Stockholm; Neue Horizonte and TonArt concerts, Bern; Next Wave, The Whitney Museum's Sound Art Festival, Experimental Intermedia Foundation, Real Art Ways, etc. (refer to resume for more complete listings.) In the 1990's he was director of the Ensemble for New Music of the Hessischer Rundfunk, Frankfurt. He has written extensively on improvisation and is the author of the book: Sounding the Full Circle.

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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VICTORIA SHEN at Café Fixe
Tuesday, January 9, 2017

Non-Event Presents
Our January Experimental Coffee House
featuring

VICTORIA SHEN

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

VICTORIA SHEN is a Somerville­-based multimedia artist and musician whose visual work is positioned at the intersection of art history, pop culture, and identity politics. Through a process of visual exaggeration and effacement, her video work holds up a mirror to the absurd side of images we consume. Shen's music heavily features analog modular synthesizers, contact microphones, and other hand­built electronics. Her approach to music is sculptural in both the shaping/texturing of audio waveforms and the design of the sound objects themselves. In addition to her solo work, she is also a member of the duo Trim.

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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