Saturday Feb 7th 2015 @Pyramid Atlantic
Dan Joseph, Chester Hawkins, Noiseless Ensemble
Dan Joseph is a freelance composer, performer and curator based in New York City. Active in a variety of musical contexts, Dan performs regularly with his chamber ensemble, The Dan Joseph Ensemble as well as composing works for a variety of ensembles and soloists including Gamelan Son of Lion, the SF Sound Group, baritone Thomas Buckner, the Mannigan-Tunick duo and others. Since the late 1990s, the hammer dulcimer has been the primary vehicle for his music and he is active in a variety of collaborations with sound artist Andrea Williams, glass instrumentalist Miguel Frasconi, cellist Loren Dempster and saxophonist John Ingle. Dan has held residencies at Headlands Center for the Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and currently is Artist-In-Residence at Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center. Also active as curator and presenter, he currently produces the monthly music and sound series Musical Ecologies at The Old Stone House in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
CHESTER HAWKINS (Washington DC) has recorded and performed a wide range of experimental music since 1985. The best-known project was BLUE SAUSAGE INFANT, which began as an exercise in modern audio Dadaism (via musique concrete and tape-collage) and later expanded to embrace drone, krautrock, electronic psychedelia, brutal noise, and cinematic sound design.
After 28 years, BLUE SAUSAGE INFANT was retired and new works continue under the human name. Using an arsenal of electronics, tapes, acoustics, and modified objects, the goal remains the creation of deep and elegant trance states with a glaze of paranoid tension. Past collaborators in recordings and performances include Richard Pinhas (Heldon), J. Surak (Violet), Dave Newhouse (The Muffins), Insect Factory, Thee Maximalists, Pilesar, and many others.
Noiseless Ensemble draws on a wide range of influences to create improvisational experiences that are truly new. Though the quartet has been performing together for a year in the DC area, the musicians are veterans in the East Coast avant garde and jazz scenes. Their improvised performances include a mix of spontaneous composition, games of chance, and graphic and textual notation – as well as ample audience participation. Robin Ghertner has been performing and studying percussion around the world for over 20 years, including in across the US, Korea, Cuba, and Peru. He studied composition and percussion under too many masters to name, including Anthony Braxton Pheeroan akLaff, Alfredo Valiente, Sangmin Yuk, and Poncho Quinto. Harry Walker has played bass for over four decades. He has played with Nils Lofgren, Larry Young, Calvin Weston, and Henry Letcher. His quartet opened the Columbia Festival of the Arts. Saxophonist Brad Linde has been a mainstay of the jazz and experimental scene in DC, leading the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, as well as performing with the duo Ditch Panther with Erika Dohi and with Third Wheel, with Janel Leppin and Anthony Pirog, among other area projects. He has worked with legendary musicians including Lee Konitz, Teddy Charles, Grachan Moncur III, and Joe Chambers. Jerry Gentry studied the vibraphone under David Friedman, David Samuels, and Gary Burton. He is a founding member of the Jazz Composer’s Series in Rhode Island and of The Mystery, an avant garde electric ensemble in Providence, Rhode Island. Jerry is a prolific composer and has performed across the US and in Guatemala.
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