Wednesday, July 28, 2010

J.Gräf + Salamander Wool duosolo tour

J.Gräf + Salamander Wool duosolo tour

AUGUST 7 - 20, 2010

7 Baltimore - Bentalou House ,348 S Bentalou, with Yoinsh and Caleb Johnston (Bankmaestro)
9 NYC - Zebulon with Skeletons + Seve (shinkoyo) v-j-ing
10 Somerville, MA - PA's Lounge, 345 Somerville Ave
11 Easthampton, MA - Flywheel (in the old town hall) 43 Main St. Easthampton, MA With Outerspace and Drainolith (members of Emeralds and Aids Wolf)
12 Belfast, Maine - barn in Belfast, Maine
13 Montreal – JAMM at E Cagibi, 5490 Boulevard Saint Laurent, 9 pm with the you me colour band and royal palms
14 Ottowa – JAMM in Blake’s basement
15 Toronto – JAMM @ Somewhere There227 Sterling Rd. Unit #112, the entrance is off Rattan St., with The Deep, Michelangelo Iaffaldano/D.Alex/Steven Sladkowski
18 Chicago – MOPERY



After much preparation, The Red Room and High Zero Foundation are excitedly relaunching their monthly workshop for freely improvised experimental music (previously "The Crap Shoot") at a new time, with a new name, and a new attitude. 

Now called VOLUNTEERS' COLLECTIVE, it will be running the first Sunday of each month, at 6PM at The Red Room (Normals Books and Records). Although the Crap Shoot workshop (which had approximately 140 sessions since it began in 1996) had been an integral part of the growth of the experimental improvised music scene in Baltimore, for some time we have been feeling it needed revitalization on a deep level.

Essentially, we want this event to be a more powerful tool for the community of improvisers in Baltimore to hone their art, network and form collaborations, and stretch themselves musically in unfamiliar and inspiring situations.

This means a new approach, and frankly, a more critical attitude.

First, the new VOLUNTEERS' COLLECTIVE workshop will be structured featuring well-known local improvisers who will attend sessions to provide a backbone of seasoned players to "seed" each workshop. This will create a more attractive and stimulating workshop situation for newcomers and seasoned players alike. 

Second, the workshop will also involve more critical cross-discussion about the music actually played. Conversation, debate, and reflection are vital components on the way to honing skills in improvisation and the VOLUNTEERS' COLLECTIVE will provide that forum. 

Third, the workshop will be open to anyone of any level of skill with a strong interest in getting into improvisation and experimentation in an open-ended but thoughtful and disciplined way. This is about reaching beyond and using improvisation collaboratively to guide us into new areas of music and thinking. We are particularly interested in players who want to develop new, unique, but flexible approaches to playing.

There is a catch.

In this new approach, we are asking that only those players who have a strong intention to develop their music and their free improvisation skills attend the workshop.  We would like to focus on active musicians who are interested in pushing their playing to a higher level in a specifically experimental, non-idiomatic direction.

Although the workshop will be open to all, we will request that ongoing participation be paralleled by a serious interest in one's own artistic development.

We hope that folks will respect this, and that, as a result of these changes, the overall experience will be substantially more stimulating and thought-provoking than ever. 

And, of course, if these changes don't suit some players, we encourage them to create their own collective contexts for improvised music that are more aligned with their interests.

The first VOLUNTEERS' COLLECTIVE will be Sunday, August 1st 6-8PM and will include "seed" improvisers John Berndt, John Dierker, Liz Meredith, and Will Redman. We hope to see you there!

Friday, July 16, 2010

From the High Zero Foundation: Exotic Hypnotic

from the source:

Exotic Hypnotic: High Zero Foundation's 24-hours of extremely varied music sponsored by Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts.

University of Baltimore Performing Arts Center Student Theatre - 21 West Mount Royal Avenue, 5th Floor - Air Conditioned!!

Friday, July 16th, Free

2pm- Robby Rackleff: Eccentric multimedia monologist. 
3pm- Aaron Henkin: Producer of the Signal presents original radio documentaries. 
4pm- Square Pi: Experimental vocalist and sound-collage artist.

5pm- Baltimore Sacred Harp: Oldest American a cappella singing tradition comes alive. 
6pm- The Hammered: Grandiose theatrical heavy metal ensemble. 
7pm- Weyes Bluhd: Dark lo-fi ballads. 
8pm- Janitor: Homoerotic industrial  performance electronics. 
9pm- Annex Theater: Psychadelic dream-like theater work with puppets, live music, actors, and projection. 
Saturday, July 17th, Free

12pm- Avocado Happy Hour: Tuneful percussive oddities. 
1pm- Turquiose Cats: Electro feline minimal electronics. 
2pm- The Creepers: Wacky tortured songs with great lyrics. 
3pm- Jason Urick: Baltimore ping pong icon and legendary laptop jammer. 
4pm- Singers Madrigale: Wandering Traditional Renaissance voices. 
5pm- Stuart Saunders Smith: Avant-garde classical music. 
6pm- Summer Games (Schwartz/Fell/Boeldt): Money hungry boy band. 
7pm- Death Race 2000 (Broydelic Sidecar I + Stewart Mostofsky): Conceptual experimental supergroup meets 70's Carsploitation film. 
Sunday, July 18th, Free

12pm- Jah Hannibal/Aaron Martin/Britton Powell: Down-to-earth cosmic free jazz.

1pm- Nothingberry Plasma: One-man electronics and drum psychosis.

2pm- Stewart Mosotofsky, John Berndt, Kate Porter and friends.

3pm- Jeff Carey: Globe-trotting experimental electronic musician.

4pm- Andrew Bernstein: Electronic free-wheeling post-song rock.

5pm- Yoshiko Ohara w/ Gerry Mak: Doom and gloom from members of Bloody Ailuropoda melanoleuca.

6pm- Embarrassment Poems: A cavalcade of experimental language.

7pm- Baltimore Experimental Dance Group: Unusual movement and inspired oddity.

See the full schedule of events here:

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

"See what Baltimore REALLY has to offer."

This year's Exotic Hypnotic is a Critic's Pick in City Paper.

The full schedule is available at The marathon fest runs July 16th - 18th at University of Baltimore's Performing Arts Stage and is part of Baltimore's annual ArtScape.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Ehse on Ice, Part Deux

Ehse On Ice, Part Deux

Come get your ice on.

Performances by:
Weyes Bluhd
Plus DJ “Hot Dog” (Elijah)
And refreshments by Taco Style

Start Time:
Friday, July 9, 2010 at 9:30pm
End Time:
Saturday, July 10, 2010 at 12:30am
Mount Pleasant Ice Arena
6101 Hillen Road
Baltimore, MD