Wednesday, July 22, 2009

2009 High Zero Festival of Experimental Improvised Music

JULY 22ND, 2009

What: High Zero Festival of Experimental Improvised Music
When: September 10th - 13th, 2009
Where: Theatre Project 45 W. Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-5717
General Contact:
Press Inquiries:
Tele: press: 410-493-0912 / general: 443-414-5414
Twitter Hashtag: #HZF2009
PR Updates:

11th Annual High Zero Festival to bring global experimental culture to Baltimore
“A fertile laboratory of musical possibility without equal.” - Signal to Noise

“An utterly confounding yet utopian vision of musical possibilities” - Wire Magazine

Baltimore’s High Zero Festival—one of the longest running and most successful festivals of experimental improvised music in the country and what City Paper called “one of Baltimore’s great cultural treasures” is entering its eleventh year.

The High Zero Festival -- called by Baltimore Magazine the city’s “Best Music Festival” -- gathers avant-garde musicians and artists each year from around the world for a series of concerts featuring startlingly new ad hoc collaborations, virtually taking over the city that Rolling Stone cites as having the “Best Music Scene” in the USA.

Attendance of the High Zero Festival in previous years has been exceptionally high for this non-commercial music, with the festival frequently selling out. A weekend pick in the New York Times and regularly covered by major European and U.S. magazines, the festival is an outgrowth of the vital weekly Red Room performance series at Normals Books and Records, which since 1996 has presented roughly 800 concerts of experimental music in Baltimore, making it one of the longest running series of its kind in the country.
“Some of the most intense new music being made anywhere, on everything from oboes and one-of-a-kind instruments to the human body itself… unforgettable performances.” - The Washington Post

“So highly singular that it corresponds to nothing that has been heard before.” - Maryland Public Television

The eleventh annual High Zero Festival of Experimental Improvised Music will take place at Theatre Project in Baltimore, MD this September 10th - 13th, 2009. The press is invited to inquire regarding interviews and special announcements.

2009 Festival Musicians:

From afar:

Martin Blažíček (projection)

Chris Cooper (guitar)

Michael Evans (drums)

Margarida Garcia (bass)

Hans Grüsel (electronics)
San Francisco

Killick (harpeggione)
Athens, GA

Miya Masaoka (koto, electronics)

Ava Mendoza (electric guitar)
San Francisco

Kenta Nagai (fretless guitar, shamisen)

Andrea Neumann (inner piano)

Morten Olson (drums / supercollider 3)

Christofer Varner (trombone)
Munich, Germany

Raed Yassin (bass)
Amsterdam, Netherlands

From Baltimore:

Dave Ballou (trumpet)

Nick Becker (moog/electric guitar)

Shelly Blake-Plock (guitar)

Tom Boram (electronics, voice)

Rose Burt (reeds)

Samuel Burt (clarinets, electronics)

Max Eilbacher (sax, vln, electronics)

Twig Harper (electronics)

Jorge Martins (guitar, wild wave)

Melissa Moore (electronics)

Stewart Mostofsky (electronics)

Paul Neidhardt (percussion, friction)

Kate Porter (cello)

Will Redman (drums)

For more information contact:
High Zero Foundation, Inc.
General Contact:
Press Inquiries:
Tele: press: 410-493-0912 / general: 443-414-5414
Twitter Hashtag: #HZF2009
PR Updates:

Documentation of the 2008 High Zero Festival can now be found at:


Monday, July 13, 2009

Peeping Tom: Touring Autumn 2009

Peeping Tom

Pierre-Antoine Badaroux - Saxophone
Joel Grip - Double Bass
Antonin Gerbal - percussion

This french-swedish trio peeps back in time, deeply inspired by the energies of be-boppers like C. Parker, B. Powell and D. Gillespie. And by giving an up-to-date attention to their compositions, Peeping Tom tear jazz down to its bare bones and re-furnish it with the new blossom of be-bop.


Here's the Peeping Tom tour, as it looks now:

0ctober 29th, 8pm
Elastic, Chicago

October 31st, 8pm
Kresge Theater, Pittsburgh

November 1st, 8pm
Sci*Fi @ Gojjo, Philadelphia

November 4th, 8pm
Pyramid Atlantic, Sonic Circuits, DC

November 5th, 8pm
The Windup Space, Baltimore

November 6th
Downtown Music Gallery, NYC

November 7th, 8pm
Douglas Street Music Collective, NYC

For more info check out Peeping Tom's page at Umlaut Records and check out tracks on MySpace.