Upcoming Concerts

ROBERTO POLI
plays Cage, Cowell, and Satie
House Concert Fall Fundraiser
Sunday, September 22, 2019

MARK FELL with ALEC TOKU WHITING
JAKE MEGINSKY
Boston City Hall
Friday, September 27, 2019

MERIDIAN with PHILLIP BUSH
Sarah Hennies, Reservoir 1: Preservation
Friday, October 11, 2019
Metropolitan Waterworks Museum

House Concert Fall Fundraiser
ROBERTO POLI
plays Cage, Cowell, and Satie
Sunday, September 22, 2019

Non-Event presents a special fall fundraiser house concert

ROBERTO POLI, piano
performing works by John Cage, Henry Cowell, and Erik Satie

Historic South End Townhouse
(exact location TBA upon RSVP)
3pm | Tickets: $50 (includes food and drink)

Wine & beer provided by Streetcar Wine & Beer"

Space is limited! Please purchase tickets in advance.

Eventbrite - Susan Alcorn

Non-Event is pleased to announce a special fund-raising concert in the intimate setting of an historic South End townhouse. The concert will feature pianist Roberto Poli performing piano works by John Cage, Henry Cowell, and Eric Satie. All proceeds from this event will be used for funding of future concerts for 2019 and beyond.

ABOUT ROBERTO POLI

Born in Venice, Italy, ROBERTO POLI is an eloquent communicator and a rising exponent of the music of Fryderyk Chopin, which he has comprehensively studied through manuscripts and original editions and widely performed throughout the world. He is currently recording the composer’s complete works for the European label Onclassical, now at its sixth volume and distributed by Naxos of America. Roberto Poli’s critically acclaimed debut recording, Shall we dance..., was released in 2002 by Americus Records, and features his transcription of Maurice Ravel’s La Valse for solo piano alongside other unusual selections, such as Robert Helps’s “Shall we dance” and works by Elizabethan composers. A second album, recorded in 2002, was released by Onclassical and features Franz Liszt’s “Années de Pèlerinage - Deuxième Année: Italie.” In the spring of 2018, Roberto Poli recorded eleven works selected from William Byrd’s “My Ladye Nevels Booke (1591), originally written for virginal, to be released in 2020 on the Piano Classics label.

After Roberto Poli’s American debut was saluted by the press as “pure magic,” similar assessments have been expressed around the world in cities such as New York, Dublin, Rome, Boston, Tokyo, Zurich, Brussels, Calgary, Vilnius, Paris, Seoul, and wherever he travels. Acclaimed as a soloist on both piano and harpsichord, and as a chamber musician and conductor, Roberto Poli has appeared with the Monet Ensemble, the Trio di Venezia, the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston, soprano Elizabeth Keusch, clarinetist Jonathan Cohler, violinist Markus Placci, and cellists Sarah Carter, Ronald Lowry, Mickey Katz, and Leo Eguchi. In recent years, he has appeared in extensive and critically acclaimed tours of South Korea and the United States with cellist Daniel Lee. In April 2015, he appeared as a conductor and soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of El Salvador in a program devoted to Mozart and Chopin.

An enthusiastic and sought-after teacher, he is currently on faculty at the Boston Conservatory.

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MARK FELL with ALEC TOKU WHITING
JAKE MEGINSKY
Boston City Hall
Friday, September 27, 2019

Non-Event and the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture present

Concrete Sounds: Multichannel Experimental Electronics in Boston City Hall

MARK FELL (electronics) with ALEC TOKU WHITING (koto)
JAKE MEGINSKY (electronics)

Boston City Hall
Mezzanine Level (enter on Congress Street, First floor)
One City Hall Square, Boston
Doors: 7:30 pm | Event begins: 8pm
FREE (RSVP requested)

Eventbrite - Concrete Sounds: Mark Fell and Jake Meginsky at City Hall

About the artists

MARK FELL is a Rotherham-based electronic musician, multidisciplinary artist, and producer whose work has persistently challenged the boundaries between dance music and academic computer music practices. Having studied experimental film and video at Sheffield’s notorious Psalter Lane art school at the onset of the city’s techno era (circa 1990), Fell’s approach is equally grounded in the theory and practice of experimental film, radical philosophy and the electronic music subcultures surrounding house and techno. Since his early genre-defining explorations of minimal techno with Mat Steel as SND in the late 90’s, Fell’s practice moved into a period of complex dynamic works such as Multistability (Raster-Noton, 2010) and Sentielle Objectif Actualité (Editions Megs, 2012), and more recently into explorations of interplay between algorithmic systems and acoustic performance, typically including choreographic and text based elements. Widely acknowledged for his unique contributions to electronic music and sound art, Fell’s work has been presented at a wide variety of institutions and festivals around the world, marking him out as a distinctive voice in contemporary art and music.

ALEC TOKU WHITING is a composer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist based in Somerville, Massachusetts. Primarily a koto player, his improvisatory approach is rooted in his experiences studying avant-garde music for the instrument while growing up in Yokohama, Japan. His technique foregrounds the manipulation of timbre and its relationship to physical gesture. As a composer Alec’s work results from the investigation and synthesis of abstract formal processes and intuitive structures in pursuit of a multiplicitous musical event. His music has been performed in the United States, France, Spain, and Australia and he has collaborated with musicians including the Mivos Quartet, Wendy Eisenberg, Ted Reichman, Jeff Cox, Jan Williams, Carlos Cordeiro, and Alex Greffin-Klein. 

Electronic musician, percussionist, composer, and filmmaker JAKE MEGINSKY has collaborated and performed with such artists as Milford Graves, Alvin Lucier, Joan Labarbara, Kim Gordon, Vic Rawlings, Greg Kelley, Bhob Rainey, Joe McPhee, Thurston Moore, William Parker, Daniel Carter, Paul Flaherty, Arthur Brooks, Bill Nace, and John Truscinski.

Music critic David Keenan called Meginsky’s 2014 solo record, L’appel Du Vide, “a hallucinatory electro percussion masterpiece” and in the WIRE Magazine review of the album, Nick Cain wrote, “the album uses little more than a couple of sounds, extracting often head spinning complexity from a minimum of means.” Art In America Magazine says, “Meginsky’s digital concrète takes percussion to outer extremes.” He lives in western Massachusetts.

This program is supported in part by grants from the Boston Foundation and 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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MERIDIAN with PHILLIP BUSH
Sarah Hennies, Reservoir 1: Preservation
Friday, October 11, 2019
Metropolitan Waterworks Museum

Non-Event and the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum present

MERIDIAN (Tim Feeney, Sarah Hennies, Greg Stuart)
with PHILLIP BUSH
performing Sarah Hennies, Reservoir 1: Preservation premiere

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!

MERIDIAN is a long-running improvised music collaboration between percussionists Tim Feeney, Sarah Hennies, and Greg Stuart. The trio draws on experiences performing both improvised and composed works, and approaches percussion and improvising in a way that places the exploration of sound and interpersonal relationships rather than rhythm, gesture, or technique. Their work simultaneously explores acoustic phenomena, new possibilities in percussion technique, and a method of collective improvising that favors true spontaneity through a highly refined performance practice.

For this concert Meridian will perform a new hour-long composition by Sarah Hennies, “Reservoir 1: Preservation” along with pianist Phillip Bush. The work is the first in a trilogy of three pieces based on the relationship between the human conscious and unconscious mind.

Pianist PHILLIP BUSH has established a performing career over the past three decades that is noted for its remarkable versatility and eclecticism, with a repertoire extending from the 16th century to the 21st. He is widely acknowledged as one of the most experienced American chamber music pianists of his generation and performs internationally in a wide variety of venues and contexts that include the Grand Canyon Music Festival, Newport Music Festival, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Music at Blair Atholl, and many others. Mr. Bush has also performed worldwide for 20 years with both the Philip Glass Ensemble and Steve Reich & Musicians, and has worked in close contact with many of the most significant American composers of our time. Since 2012, Bush has been a member of the piano and chamber music faculty at the University of South Carolina.

This performance is made possible in part by a grants from the Boston Foundation and the University of South Carolina Creative and Performing Arts Program, as well as by grants from the Boston Cultural Council and the Brookline Commission for the Arts, which are funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. It is also presented with the support of WZBC 90.3 FM.

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FORBES GRAHAM + KATE VILLAGE
solo sets
Boston City Hall
Friday, November 15, 2019

Non-Event and the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture present

Concrete Sounds: Experimental Music in Boston City Hall

FORBES GRAHAM (trumpet, electronics)
KATE VILLAGE (guitars, voice)

Boston City Hall
Mezzanine Level (enter on Congress Street, First floor)
One City Hall Square, Boston
Doors: 6:30 pm | Event begins: 7pm
FREE (RSVP requested)

Eventbrite - Concrete Sounds: FORBES GRAHAM + KATE VILLAGE at City Hall

About the artists

FORBES GRAHAM is a trumpet player, electronic musician, composer, and visual artist living and working in Boston, Massachusetts. He is part of a dynamic new generation of improvisers in traversing a wide spectrum of genres and styles including experimental, jazz, noise, metal and more. Graham has appeared on over 30 recordings, ranging in style from contemporary classical, metal, and jazz. He has performed or recorded with a diverse group of musicians, including Roger Turner, Kayo Dot, The Flying Luttenbachers, Rakalam Moses, Daughters, Jim Hobbs, Erase Errata, Thoughtstreams, and Raqib Hassan. He is currently a member of the Para Quintet, Rock Flint Contemporary Ensemble, Wild May, Grizzler, Construction Party, and Equal Time. He is the founder of the Rock Flint Artists Retreat, and has appeared at numerous festivals including High Zero, Full Force (curated by John Zorn), Vision Festival, and The Wire’s Adventures in Modern Music festival.

KATE VILLAGE, described as a surfer shooting the curl in a wave of feedback, fights her Guild T-50 guitar in the endless battle between human and electronics. She has ridden the texture/noise continuum for the past 25+ years in rock bands and improv/noise configurations. Best known for elephantine guitar work alongside her husband Wayne Rogers in Magic Hour, Vermonster, Major Stars, and Heathen Shame; she’s also performed with other bunches of males including Stefan Jaworzyn, Luxiourus Bags, Alan Licht, Michio Kurihara, Thurston Moore, Bill Nace, Greg Kelley, Chris Corsano, Rinji Fukuoka, and Paul Flaherty but, sadly, not all at the same time.

This program is supported in part by grants from the Boston Foundation and 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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