Upcoming & Recent Concerts

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

SUSAN ALCORN
with DAMON SMITH + JEB BISHOP
Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
Friday, June 14, 2019

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 program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Foundation, as well as a grant 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.

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. It is also presented with the support of WZBC 90.3 FM.

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