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    OPENSOUND: improvised and experimental music

    Presented by at Third Life Studio

    September 21 - September 22, 2012


    OPENSOUND: improvised and experimental music

    Opensound, a monthly concert series of improvised and experimental

    TWO Concerts: Friday and Saturday, Sept 21 and 22, 2012



    Friday Sept 21:

    Keith Rowe, guitar, electronics

    with: Dave Gross and Grizzler

    Saturday Sept 22:
    James Coleman, theremin
    Morgan Evans-Weiler, violin
    Michael Rosenstein, amplified objects
    Howard Martin, guitar

    Garrison Fewell, guitar
    Eric Hofbauer, guitar
    John Voigt, bass
    Curt Newton, drums

    The Unfinished Quartet:
    Jeff Platz, guitar
    Kit Demos, bass, synth
    Luther Gray, drums
    Junko Fujiwara Simons, cello

    Joe Burgio and friends, movement
    Lou Cohen, wiimote and laptop
    Matt Samolis, flute
    Walter Wright, synths
    ...and more friends!

    Friday & Saturday, Sept 21 & 22

    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 (each night)


    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 Bios

    Keith Rowe (born 16 March 1940 in Plymouth, England) is an English free
    improvisation tabletop guitarist and painter. Rowe is a founding member
    of both the hugely influential AMM in the mid-1960s (though in 2004 he
    quit that group for the second time) and M.I.M.E.O. Having trained as a
    visual artist, Rowe's paintings have been featured on most of his own
    albums. After years of obscurity, Rowe has achieved a level of relative
    notoriety, and since the late 1990s has kept up a busy recording and
    touring schedule. He is seen as a godfather of EAI (electroacoustic
    improvisation), with many of his recent recordings having been released
    by Erstwhile Records.

    Rowe began his career playing jazz in the early 1960s—notably with Mike
    Westbrook and Lou Gare. His early influences were guitarists like Wes
    Montgomery, Charlie Christian and Barney Kessel. Eventually, however,
    Rowe grew tired of what he considered the form's limitations. Rowe
    began experimenting, slowly and gradually. An important step was a New
    Year's resolution to stop tuning his guitar—much to Westbrook's
    displeasure. Rowe gradually expanded into free jazz and free
    improvisation, eventually abandoning conventional guitar technique.

    Called "One of Boston's steadfast explorers," by the Boston
    Globe,saxophonist David Gross has been performing for more than a
    decade. Among a slew of others whose names are perhaps not as
    recognizable, Mr.Gross has performed with Phil Minton, Eddie Prevost,
    Steve Roden, John Olson, Gino Robair, Martin Tetreault, Tom Carter,
    Glenn Spearman, Raphe Malik and many members of the Boston free-improv
    scene including Bhob Rainey, Greg Kelley, and Laurence Cook. Currently,
    Gross is transforming the saxophone into exactly what it is: a metal
    tube with keys, mouthpiece, and a reed. Reviews of his recordings have
    been as varied as "The range of textured noise that he cajoles from his
    instrument is impressive" to "lengthy episodes of fingernails ripping
    at a blackboard" and recently "the intimacy with which he approaches
    the saxophone, each screw in each latch, every fiber in the reed, every
    pad or valve, and all the negative space in between, is simply
    Joe Burgio is mostly a movement improviser, and sometimes dances too.
    He is (in)famous for cornucopcious collaborations, his most recent with
    Lou Cohen. This summer, he danced with Zoedance, toured with the Egg
    Sucking Dogs, and joined the dadallamas. No stranger to pomo-tonality,
    he often screeches, drones, and blips, both while performing movement
    and in private life.

    Cellist Junko Fujiwara Simons is both a creative musician/improviser
    and an active classical player. She has performed with Allan Chase,
    Laurence Cook, Luther Gray, Katt Hernandez, Jim Hobbs, Charlie
    Kohlhase, Steve Lantner, Joe Morris, Nat Mugavero, Jeff Platz, John
    Voigt and Jane Wang. Junko Simons has also participated in
    composer/conductor Lawrence "Butch" Morris' "Conduction" series, Lance
    Bryant's Lyricalia Quintet, and is also a member of the classical
    chamber group the Kalliope Piano Trio and the Metal and Glass Ensemble,
    a Boston-based group, which plays acoustic, microtonal music.

    James Coleman has been developing and updating new languages and sonic
    deployment for the Theremin, arguably the first electronic music
    instrument, in contemporary and creative musics for the past 10 years.
    Primarily working in improvisation, he is an active performer and
    recordist in the United States, and has performed with Jaap Blonk, Axel
    Doerner, Stephen Drury, Peter Kowald, Chris Mann, Lionel Marchetti, Joe
    McPhee, Jerome Noetinger, Pauline Oliveros, Eddie Prevost, Steve Roden,
    and has primary collaborations with Boston area musicians, many of whom
    are in the BSC.


    Upcoming 2012 Concerts

    October 13: The BSC
    November 10: Moogist, The Mimi Rabson Trio, 2lous
    December 15: Bolt, Grau Garden, Band/Flower, Andrew Neumann

    Third Life Studio

    33 Union Square
    Somerville, MA 02143

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    Phone: 6176502065

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