Saturday Jun 9th 2012 @Pyramid Atlantic
Off The Grid IV - Unplugged Experimental Music
Sonic Circuits: Off the Grid seeks to expand the vocabulary of its participants by challenging them to perform only with acoustic and/or battery operated instruments and without the use of microphones or a PA system. In past installments these restrictions have lead to creative performance innovations (e.g., solar powered amplifiers, lap tops running off of car batteries) and powerfully intimate listening environments for the audience.
This forth installment will feature performances from local experimental mainstays as well as two ambassadors from NYC’s vibrant avant garde music scene.
Zach Mason (b. 1977) created the Soft Pieces project with aims to join organic, improvisational performance with the versatility of modern tools, pairing spectacle with subtlety to create a memorable experience for each audience member. Soft Pieces has shared bills with performers as diverse as Blevin Blectum, Caustic Castle, Tim Hecker, Jandek, Matmos, and Reuben Radding. Zach currently lives in Maryland.
After the Pin Drops
After the Pin Drops mixes household objects and traditional instruments over a thick layer of silence. Their sonic investigation of the performance space is the starting point for textures and abstract narrative. Features Gary Rouzer on cello and objects and Rich O’Meara on percussion and objects.
Animal Wigs is a rotating cast of D.C.-area musicians who improvise around loose compositional structures. For this performance, a multi-part piece, instrumentation will include toys, gongs, bells, lap harp, trumpet, shruti box, baby monitors, and other battery-powered electronic and percussive gadgetry. Features members of Pilesar (Jason Mullinax), Timmy Sells His Soul (Daniel Euphrat), Tag Cloud (Chris Videll) and Fast Forty (Keith Sinzinger).
Valerie Kuehne has been described as an "electrically charged virtuoso of all purpose cello." Her work shatters genre and expectations, fusing together experimental, classical, heavy metal, stand-up comedy, poetry, punk rock, and folk idioms. She actively tours the world with cello in tow, performing for audiences in Europe, South America, Canada, and the States to great acclaim. She augments her performances with work as an impresario, organizing the Brooklyn based experimental cabaret The Super Coda, which seeks to promote artists working in uncategorizable genres, and educate audiences through establishing visceral and theatrical performance contexts. She regularly contributes writing to The Deli magazine and is a published poet.
Joel Harrison’s musical journey has few parallels in modern music. Guitarist, composer, arranger, vocalist, songwriter, bandleader – Harrison deftly juggles all of these roles, melding influences from jazz, classical, country, rock, and world music. His expansive sound fits equally well in jazz clubs and concert halls – and the occasional dive bar across town.
For brevity’s sake it would be safest to call Harrison’s home base jazz, a descriptor that mutates to fit a staggering array of styles and approaches. He finds inspiration from music too often barred from admission into the jazz consciousness, taking his place in a tradition of exploration and interpretation that reaches through the open-eared reinventions of Miles Davis and Charles Ives to the American rhapsodies of Walt Whitman, Jack Kerouac, or Hank Williams.
Joel’s Off the Grid performance will consist of solo improvisations on acoustic, National Steel and solar powered electric guitar and will feature material from his “1970” project which focuses on music written or released in the year 1970.
8230 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD