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    OPENSOUND: improvised and experimental music

    Presented by at Third Life Studio

    May 19, 2012


    OPENSOUND: improvised and experimental music

    Covers (three groups performing improvisations and familiar tunes)

    Covers set 1: OK Chorale
    Matt Samolis - flute
    Forbes Graham - trumpet
    Tom Plsek - trombone
    Steve Norton - bass clarinet
    Vic Rawlings - prepared cello

    Covers set 2: Duck That
    Angela Sawyer - voice, electronics, game calls
    Josh Jefferson - reeds, game calls
    Steve Norton - reeds, percussion, celesta, game calls

    Covers set 3: De-votion
    Vic Rawlings - electronics, guitar
    Brendan Murray - synths, guitar
    Steve Norton - percussion, saxophone, elec. bass
    Chris Strunk - percussion, drums, vocals

    D. Greenwood - handmade electronics
    J. Starpoli - amplified trombone

    Michael Rosenstein, electronics
    Vic Rawlings, exposed electronics, speakers
    Angela Sawyer, electronics


    Saturday, May 19, 2012

    Third Life Studios
    33 Union Square
    Somerville, MA
    (Almost at the heart of Union Square, on the segment of
    Somerville Ave. coming into Union Square from Porter Square)

    For directions and parking:

    Doors open at 7:30. / music at 8:00 p.m.
    $8 admission


    Opensound is a monthly concert series that explores improvised and
    experimental music, bringing artists from disparate backgrounds
    together for unique events in Somerville MA. The process of
    improvisation combines the distinctive voices of its individual
    performers. The music that results is often surprising, unconventional
    and dynamic. It s not uncommon to hear music made of electronic
    crackles, noisy multi-phonics, gurgling, hissing, quiet
    vocalized gibberish, atonal noodling, bowed metal, blowing sounds,
    post-everything harmony, and a thousand shades of hullabaloo.

    You may also see video and dance cohabitating with buzzes, clicks,
    drones, wooshes, and bleeps in a bizarre galaxy of pitch and spectra!


    Some Performer Bios

    Multi-reedist Steve Norton is best known for his work with the 1990s
    Boston-based band Debris. Debris was an ambitious, exuberant, puzzling
    band that puzzled together serialism, free jazz and funk. Their music
    is in equal measure exhilarating and exhausting. It was the
    combination, in part, that burned Norton out about ten years ago, as
    well as a need to attend to his job and family. Back in full force now,
    at fighting weight, with drive and direction and reinvigorated sound,
    he's steaming. Recent projects include the duck-call trio, Duck That,
    with Joshua Jefferson and Angela Sawyer; Matt Samolis' Metal and Glass
    Ensemble; a trio-without-name performing a stunning rendition of Steve
    Lacy's "Tips," with Noell Dorsey on voice and Samolis on flute; and a
    duo with Vic Rawlings, Symptomatic.

    Composer / performer Jeremy Starpoli has been developing his unique
    musical interests in the northeast United States for over two decades.
    His original music explores our perception of the fundamental
    parameters of musical sound (pitch, rhythm, dynamics and tone color) as
    a basis for creating detailed worlds of sound in a variety of styles.
    As a composer, Starpoli's interest in sound as a perceptual substance
    motivates endless variations of musical material. As an performer,
    Starpoli has over fifteen years experience performing on slide trombone
    as well as a variety of bass strings and percussion instruments. Based
    in Western Massachusetts, Starpoli has collaborated with many regional
    and internationally-known musicians such as Joe McPhee, Jessica Pavone,
    Dan Greenwood (a.k.a. Diagram A), Ben Karetnick, Cliff White, and many
    others. He has performed with groups such his own RICEnsemble, the
    Middletown (CT) Creative Orchestra, power-noise-core band Squidlaunch,
    etc. His approach to the trombone utilizes a wide variety of
    conventional and extended techniques, allowing for diverse sound-types
    and moods. The music of J Starpoli is noisy and passionate at times,
    at others it is textural or rhythmic or melodic, crossing many styles
    and sounds in a constant exploration. Follow the sound.

    Vic Rawlings (Boston- amplifier/ prepared cello, speaker elements/
    exposed circuitry) employs a still and unstable sound language that
    traverses from the visceral excess of the Laurence Cook Disaster Unit
    to the extreme austerity of undr quartet. He has designed and built 2
    separate instruments to realize this aesthetic, including extensive and
    invasive cello preparations- some directly based on obscure baroque
    instrumentation. The amplified cello is used as a resonant wooden
    microphone. He also continually develops an electronic instrument from
    the exposed circuit boards of sound processors, effectively producing
    an analog synthesizer with a highly unstable interface. This
    electronic instrument is realized by a flexible array of exposed
    speaker elements, chosen for their often unpredictable and
    idiosyncratic acoustic qualities. His solo performances deny
    conventional assumptions about the use of time and refuse alliance with
    dominant trends in improvised music.

    More information available on the web: www.opensound.org

    Third Life Studio

    33 Union Square
    Somerville, MA 02143

    Full map and directions

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    General Day and Time Info:

    Doors open at 7:30. / music at 8:00 p.m.

    Phone: 617-650-2065

    Accessibility Information: Currently, no accessibility information is available for this event.

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