Friday May 22nd 2015 @Pyramid Atlantic

Talibam!, Microkingdom, Amptext, Akousma

Brooklyn's Matt Mottel (synthesizer) and Kevin Shea (drums) crank out their own absurd, profane and unclassifiable improvisational style, bringing their provocations around the world, and proficiently mediating jazz, rock, and hip-hop along the way.

Microkingdom is a trio of Baltimore MVPs: Marc Miller (guitar) of Oxes, John Dierker (reeds) master improviser and member of LaFayette Gilchrest’s New Volcanos (and many other bands and collaborations), and experimental composer Will Redman (percussion).

Gary Rouzer (Amptext) will be performing several chapters from his composition book Studies and Observations of Domestic Shrubbery. This book is an ongoing collection of scores, events, stories, and texts for performance in public and private spaces encompassing a wide variety of sounds. A central theme is the relationship of domestic events and objects as perceived/framed in the context of a performance. A “performance” can be with audience or not. This performance will also celebrate the release of his Cd “Studies and Observations of Domestic Shrubbery” on the eh? label by Bryan Day. You can order it and hear samples at Below are notes about the album which will be available at the show. “On this solo album I decided to limit my sound palate to only a few sound sources and not to use any of my usual electronics, preparations, motors, tapes, or amplified objects. Recently I noticed that the cello, clarinet, and cardboard could each produce very similar sounds that could be mistaken for breathing. This was the starting point. My music nowadays always includes everyday objects because of their domestic relationship and unpredictability, in this case the cardboard. The titles of the four tracks (Sky Saw, Boxwood, Giant Hogweed, and Chokeberry Swallow) relate to childhood memories and musical influences.” Gary Rouzer was born in Washington DC and works in the area between free improvisation and composition. His focus is on electro-acoustic sounds and the relation between musician and listener within the performance space while exploring noise, silence, texture, and abstract narrative. He is an active member of the DC experiment music scene and has performed at Sonic Circuits, Electric Possible, Fringe Festival, and Artomatic in addition to performances in Baltimore, NYC, Hamburg, and Berlin.

Real-time modular composition for analogue synthesizer and double bass. Dave Vosh has been experimenting with electronic and experimental music since the 1970s and evolved an aesthetic oriented towards live performance and interacting with self-generating forms since 2005. His influences derive from the new music and art movements of the 50s/60s/70s including things like aleatorics and process automation. Daniel Barbiero is a double bassist/composer with an interest in gestural, modular and sound-based composition and improvisation in acoustic and electro-acoustic contexts.

Friday May 22nd 2015 @ 9 p.m. - 11:57 p.m.

~ $10

Pyramid Atlantic
8230 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD