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Full Mantis + Concert

Where: Texas Theater, Dallas

When: 2018-08-15, 7pm

Performers: Milford Graves Full Mantis screening- 7:00pm

Behind the Screen concert- 9::00 pm

•Dave Rempis+Tashi Dorji+Tyler Damon

•Tom Carter+Damon Smith+Sarah Ruth+Aaron Gonzalez+Stefan Gonzalez

•Monte Espina+Parham Daghighi+Kevin Butler

https://vimeo.com/247747347

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A Trio, A Duo, A Duo and a Trio

Where: The Mustard Zone, Denton, TX

When: 2018-08-16, 9pm,

Performers: Damon Smith/Sarah Ruth/Dennis Gonzalez Trio
Daniel Ryan/Louise Fristensky Duo
Tom Carter/Derek Rogers Duo
Monte Espina + Sarah Jay Trio

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Damon Smith solo bass + more!

Where: The Outpost 186: 186 1/2 (Rear) Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139

When: 2018-07-31, 8pm

Performers:

Everyone come to Outpost 186 for a great Wednesday night of experimental music. The great percussionist, Evan Miller, visits us from Dayton, OH!


EVAN MILLER

Evan Miller is a percussionist and improviser based in Dayton, OH. His interests lie in experimental performance and noise, as well as performing chamber and solo contemporary music.

As a contemporary music performer, Evan is a avid chamber player, active in performing established repertoire and collaborating with composers for new works. Notable recent performances include the 2016 Percussive Arts Society International Convention, 2017/2018 Nelsonville Music Festival, 2017/2018 Athens International Film + Video Festival, and 2017 Big Ears Festival (w/ Nief-Norf). He has performed in clinics/masterclass for Robert Van Sice, So Percussion, Tim Feeney, Doug Perkins, Svet Stoyanov, Gwen Dease, Mobius Percussion, and James Culley, and has attended the So Percussion Summer Institute (as participant and intern) and the Chosen Vale International Percussion Seminar.

In his solo work, Evan works with percussion, found objects, cassette tapes, and field recordings to create drone music and free improvisation. Recent performance venues include Dreamland (Louisville), The Mockbee (Cincinnati), and The Spot (Lafayette, IN). Evan is also a member of Neutrals, an experimental percussion duo, with Andrew Seivert.

http://evanmillerperc.com/bio/

BATS FROM POGO (Duo of Andrea Pensado and Walter Wright)
Andrea Pensado works with sound as a performer and programmer.

She has been using digital media and live interactive musical systems since 1995. She studied in Argentina and Poland. At first, she composed mainly for acoustic instruments. However, she felt gradually more attracted by different sound realms. Today, the abrasive digital noise of her music is far away from her earlier pieces. Harsh dense layers of sounds, often interwoven with her voice, combine hybrid synthesis techniques to create a highly personal sound language, which reflects an intuitive, emotional and paradoxically also logical approach to music making. She currently lives in the US.

Walter Wright is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice includes computer programming, electro-acoustic music, and video performance. His focus is on "improvisation as a way of being present in the world.

DAMON SMITH
Damon Smith studied double bass with Lisle Ellis and has had lessons with Bertram Turezky, Joëlle Leandré, John Lindberg, Mark Dresser and others. Damon’s explorations into the sonic palette of the double bass have resulted in a personal, flexible improvisational language based in the American jazz avant-garde movement and European non-idiomatic free improvisation. Visual art, film and dance heavily influence his music, as evidenced by his CAMH performance of Ben Patterson’s Variations for Double Bass, collaborations with director Werner Herzog on soundtracks for Grizzly Man and Encounters at the End of the World, and an early performance with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

Damon has collaborated with a wide range of musicians, including: Cecil Taylor, Marshall Allen (of Sun Ra’s Arkestra), Henry Kaiser, Roscoe Mitchell, Michael Pisaro, Wadada Leo Smith, Marco Eneidi, Wolfgang Fuchs, Peter Brötzmann and Peter Kowald. After many years in the San Francisco Bay Area, and six great years in Houston, Texas working regularly with Alvin Fielder, Sandy Ewen, David Dove & Chris Cogburn. Damon moved to the Boston area in the fall of 2016 and began working with Jeb Bishop, Joe McPhee and Ra-Kalam Bob Moses and many others. Damon has run Balance Point Acoustics record label since 2001, releasing music focusing on transatlantic collaborations between US and European musicians.

CHRIS STRUNK
CHRIS STRUNK is a Boston based percussionist and drummer. His solo work focuses on cymbal overtones, friction, and the vibration and rattle of non traditional objects used as percussion instruments. He has been an active show promoter and musician in the Boston area for the past sixteen years. He has been active in many groups such as Los Condenados, Avoidance, Taps, Phantom Rides, Sheer Anxiety, Conversions, Baja Blatz, Sleeper Cell, and many more. His first full length cd No Chart Could Map My Constellations is soon forthcoming on the newly minted, Philadelphia based label Killing Time Between the Ice Ages.

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(Archival) Plane Crash + Ra-Kalam Bob Moses & Vinny Golia

Where: The Lillypad, Inman Sq, Cambridge, MA

When: 2018-04-14, 8pm

Performers: : Ra-Kalam Bob Moses - drums
Vinny Golia - Woodwinds
Plane Crash is:
Henry Kaiser - guitar
Damon Smith - double bass
Weasel Walter - drums

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7GXz1fRWYk&t=3s

$15

A rare appearance by the long-running Plane Crash trio, featuring Henry
Kaiser (guitar), Damon Smith (bass) and Weasel Walter (drums), featuring
special guests Vinny Golia (reeds) and Ra Kalam Bob Moses (drums). Kaiser
was amongst the first wave of 1970's US free improvisers and his diverse,
endless discography is legendary. Formed in the Bay Area, the core trio
is a long-running unit, having worked together extensively in numerous
contexts and releasing "Plane Crash" (ugEXPLODE, 2009) and "Plane Crash
Two" (New Atlantis, 2015). Smith and Walter are now located in various
spots on the East Coast, making the trio collaborations a special event.
The Kaiser/Smith/Walter axis generally summons up wild, volcanic,
telepathic, loud free improvisation which takes no prisoners. The
complexity and intensity levels will undoubtedly be raised to
unprecedented new heights with the first time addition of both Los
Angeles-based workhorse mult-reedist Vinny Golia and mythic journeyman
drummer Ra Kalam Bob Moses.

(Archival) No Idea Festival 2018

Where: Austin, TX

When: 2018-02-22,

Performers: Thursday 2/22 set 3:
Birgit Ulher - trumpet, radio
Mij Yelend - flute, saxophone
Thomas Lehn - synthisizer
Damon Smith - double bass
Chris Cogburn - percussion & electronics

Friday 2/23 set 4
Akira Sakata - alto saxophone
Damon Smith - double bass
Stefan Gonzalez - drums



Feb, 22- 25

http://noideafestival.com/2018

 

Thomas Lehn analog synthesizer → vienna
Marcus Schmickler electronics → cologne
Judith Hamann cello → melbourne
Damon Smith double bass → Quincy
Bonnie Jones electronics → baltimore
Bhob Rainey soprano saxophone, computer → philadelphia
Juan García double bass → mexico city
Juanjosé Rivas electronics → mexico city
Birgit Ulher trumpet, radio, objects → hamburg
Sean O'Neill electronics, light → austin
Chris Cogburn percussion, electronics → austin / mexico city
Liz Tonne voice → dallas
- - percussion, electronics, text → vancouver

 

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(Archival) Joe McPhee/Jeb Bishop duo with Graham, Nicodemou, Smith

Where: First Parish Cambridge Unitarian Universalist 3 Church St, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

When: 2017-11-02, 8pm

Performers: Joe McPhee - brass & reeds
Jeb Bishop - trombone
with
Forbes Graham - trumpet
Andria Nicodemou - vibraphone
Damon Smith - double bass

https://joemcphee.bandcamp.com/album/the-brass-city

 

Non-Event presents
in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the recording of Joe McPhee and Jeb Bishop's classic The Brass City CD
(released on Okka Disk, 1999)

JOE MCPHEE + JEB BISHOP (duo)
FORBES GRAHAM, ANDRIA NICODEMOU, DAMON SMITH
playing duo and quintet sets

FIRST PARISH IN CAMBRIDGE (Helverson Chapel)
3 Church Street, Harvard Square
8pm | $15 gen / $10 students & Non-Event members

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

"...His magical take on avant-garde sax remains one of the wonders of the scene. He still has one of the most beautiful tones on the planet, even when he’s reaching for jazz’s outer limits."

JOE MCPHEE is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, conceptualist and theoretician.

He began playing the trumpet at age eight, taught by his father, himself a trumpet player. He continued on that instrument through his formative school years and later in a U.S. Army band stationed in Germany, at which time he was introduced to performing traditional jazz. In 1968, inspired by the music of Albert Ayler, he took up the saxophone and began an active involvement in both acoustic and electronic music.

His first recordings as leader appeared on the CJ Records label, founded in 1969 by painter Craig Johnson. These include Underground Railroad by the Joe McPhee Quartet (1969), Nation Time (1970), Trinity (1971) and Pieces of Light (1974). In 1975, Swiss entrepreneur Werner X. Uehlinger release Black Magic Man by McPhee, on what was to become Hat Hut Records

In 1981, he met composer, accordionist, performer, and educator Pauline Oliveros, whose theories of “deep listening” strengthened his interests in extended instrumental and electronic techniques. he also discovered Edward de Bono’s book Lateral Thinking: A Textbook of Creativity, which presents concepts for solving problems by “disrupting an apparent sequence and arriving at the solution from another angle.” de Bono’s theories inspired McPhee to apply this “sideways thinking” to his own work in creative improvisation, resulting in the concept of “Po Music.” McPhee describes “Po Music” as a “process of provocation” (Po is a language indicator to show that provocation is being used) to “move from one fixed set of ideas in an attempt to discover new ones.” He concludes, “It is a Positive, Possible, Poetic Hypothesis.” The results of this application of Po principles to creative improvisation can be heard on several Hat Art recordings, including Topology, Linear B, and Oleo & a Future Retrospective.

In 1997, McPhee discovered two like-minded improvisers in bassist Dominic Duval and drummer Jay Rosen. The trio premiered at the Vision Jazz Festival in 1998 but the concert went unnoticed by the press. McPhee, Duval, and Rosen therefore decided that an apt title for the group would be Trio X. In 2004 he created Survival Unit III with Fred Lonberg-Holm and Michael Zerang to expand his musical horizons and with a career spanning nearly 50 years and over 100 recordings, he continues to tour internationally, forge new connections while reaching for music’s outer limits.

Trombonist JEB BISHOP has been active in improvised music and jazz since the early 1990s. Based in Chicago until 2012, he first gained attention as a member of groups including Flying Luttenbachers, Vandermark Five, and Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet. In addition to his own trio, he has led or co-led groups including The Engines, Lucky 7s, and Long Sidewalks, and has pursued free improvisation with dozens of collaborators from around the world, including Joe McPhee, Jaap Blonk, Han Bennink, Hamid Drake, and many others.

Bishop has been part of thousands of performances throughout North America and Europe, ranging from basement shows to major festivals, and has been recognized repeatedly in Downbeat Magazine's Critics' Polls and in the online El Intruso poll.

At the end of 2015, Bishop relocated to Boston, where he continues his ongoing working relationships with Boston-area musicians including Jorrit Dijkstra, Nate McBride, and Pandelis Karayorgis. New projects in Boston include the cooperative quintet Stereoscope and a brass trio with Forbes Graham (trumpet) and Joshua Reibstein (tuba).

FORBES GRAHAM is a trumpet player, electronic musician, composer, and visual artist living and working in Boston, Massachusetts. He has worked with a diverse array of musicians and currently is a member of Para Quintet, Rock Flint Contemporary Ensemble, Wild May, Grizzler, Construction Party, and Equal Time. He is the founder of the Rock Flint Artists Retreat, and has appeared at numerous festivals including High Zero, Full Force, and Vision.

ANDRIA NICODEMOU is a multifaceted musician from Cyprus, specializing in vibraphone and improvisation. She is a graduate from Corfu University in Classical Percussion and has received a Master's Degree from the New England Conservatory, in Contemporary Improvisation.

She has been working in diverse interdisciplinary art projects, with multi-media artists, dancers and actors in Europe and USA. She has worked with musicians such as Joe Morris, Anthony Coleman, Marty Ehrlich, Ikue Morri, Tayler Ho Bynum, Tatsuya Nakatani, Ab Baars, Anne La Berge, Gianni Lenoci, Jim Hobbs, Marc Sanders, among others. She was a guest performer at the London Improvisers Orchestra (2015) and the Royal Improvisers Orchestra in Amsterdam (2014).


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(Archival) Dennis Gonzalez / Aaron Gonzalez / Damon Smith

Where: Top Ten Records 338 W Jefferson Blvd, Dallas, Texas 75208

When: 2017-09-30, 7pm

Performers:

Special pop-up in store show!
Its a trumpet and two double bass duos and trio evening with Damon Smith, Dennis Gonzalez and Aaron Gonzalez!
Free!
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https://www.facebook.com/events/777061405830934

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(Archival) Gentle Traces of Transient Being - Performed by Ordinary Affects

Where: RISD Museum Providence, RI

When: 2017-07-23, 11am-5pm

Performers: Ordinary Affects:
Morgan Evans-Weiler, violin
Laura Cetilia, cello
James Falzone, vibes
Luke Martin, objects and electronics
Mark Cetilia, electronics
Luke Modolf, lap steel guitar
Steph Clarke, clarinet
Luke Damrosch, percussion
Damon Smith, bass

Ordinary Affects will perform Antoine Beuger's 'Gentle Traces of Transient Being' in its entirety. This 50 page score was written for the group in 2016 and the expected duration is to be about 5 hours. This will be the first full performance of the work. 

Please come and sit with us!