Friday Sep 30th 2011 @Pyramid Atlantic

PAS, VSI, Keir Neuringer

PAS (Post Abortion Stress) is a group out to create musical collages through the form of abstract sound. Their name refers metaphorically to those who have been aborted by society, because their point of view doesn’t fit in the constraints of “normal” society. The short name refers to the negative in French, metaphorically negating everything that is established to start from a new beginning. The viewpoint fuels our creativity to create our own world of beauty. Since our inception the band has been interested in making music from the fringes of perception, creating soundscapes that aren’t defined by any particular conventions or viewpoints. The aesthetic underpinnings are defined by the notion that music can be whatever the ear perceives. It’s a conception fueled by the love of life and art. It’s a desire for honest artistic self-expression. The compositions themselves are more akin to soundscapes than “songs” in the traditional sense. There are no clearly defined melodies, no structural landmarks that give you any sense of traditional anchor. This is not music making with any sense of or desire for commercial viability, but sonic sculptures in the mode of pure art. PAS (Post Abortion Stress) started in 1995 out of Brooklyn, NY, USA, driven by the creative talents of Robert L. Pepper working in the mediums of sound and video. Since then PAS has evolved into a collective with many different instrumentations and line ups. Permanent members include Amber Brien, Job “Vomit” Worthley, Michael Durek, and Will Seesar. Guests and occasional collaborators include, ZEV!, Hati, Steve Beresford, Thomthom Geigenschrey, Matt Chilton (Vultures), Anthony Donovan (Vultures), Damien Olsen, Philippe Petit, Robert Pascale, and many others. PAS have released 7 full length cd’s and have been on several compilations throughout the years. Some of these can be found on or iTunes. PAS have performed in various countries including the United States, Germany (including Fausts Avant Garde Festival 2009, 2010), the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Macedonia, and Poland, just to name a few. Sound and video installations have also included Chile and the United States (including the 18th Olympia Experimental Festival in Washington and the 2010 Spark Festival in Minneapolis).

Heathen spawn of Blue Sausage Infant & Violet, producing kosmiche black hole death ambient.

Keir Neuringer
Keir Neuringer composes and performs music, writes socio-political performance texts and essays, and creates interdisciplinary artworks, all with the aim of bringing audiences into a state of emotional and intellectual curiosity that meets the conditions for meaningful dialogue with the culture at large. Equally at home in DIY spaces, art galleries, clubs and concert halls, over the last 25 years he has cultivated a personal and intensely physical approach to solo saxophone improvisation that honors and builds upon diverse music-making traditions. In his AFGHANISTAN solo act, he sings and recites text, and plays farfisa organ, analogue electronics, drums and saxophone, weaving together Brechtian agitprop, psych-drone electronics and acrobatic free improvisation. He's been called "a drum-pounding prophet of doom, keyboard-playing last poet and sax marathonist" (Mechanical Forest Sound blog, Toronto) whose "percussive riffs and musical spitfire sermons disrupt neurons and reorient thinking - and hit the gut." (Brightspark Electronic Punk Folk Festival, Ithaca) When not performing solo, Neuringer works with virtuoso bassist Rafal Mazur, experimental turntablist DJ Sniff, Dutch contemporary music group Ensemble Klang, and has performed with free improvisation legends Evan Parker and Mischa Mengelberg and electronic music pioneers Michel Waisvisz, Joel Ryan and Marek Choloniewski. He's been an active participant in experimental music communities in Kraków, The Hague, and Amsterdam, and currently lives in Central New York.
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Friday Sep 30th 2011 @ 8:30 p.m. - 1 a.m.

~ $8

Pyramid Atlantic
8230 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD