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Watson Twins Duo October 22nd!
Oct
22
8:00 PM20:00

Watson Twins Duo October 22nd!

The Watson Twins

DUO

The Watson Twins announce DUO, their latest full length and 6th Studio Album. This batch of songs comes with a new approach finding the sisters co-writing all the material for the first time and singing all parts together, creating one singular voice. Working with their longtime collaborator and producer Russ Pollard (Everest/Sebadoh), the album feels like a dynamic new chapter for the twins.

Raised in Louisville, Kentucky identical twin sisters, Chandra and Leigh Watson, have always blended musical genres to tell their story. The twins moved to the thriving music scene of Silver Lake, Los Angeles in the early 2000’s where their sound “developed a style of sweet, soulful indie-folk that does more than nod to alt-country influences” (NPR). The twins released 4 albums – and spent a lot of time on the road – during their time in LA. But it was when they relocated to Nashville 5 years ago that they began to focus on the power of their signature harmonies.

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John Mark Nelson
Oct
25
7:00 PM19:00

John Mark Nelson

Doors at 7, music at 8.

$20 at the door 

$5 for BISC members 

John Mark Nelson is a songwriter & producer living and working in Saint Paul, Minnesota. At a young age, he received national attention for his self-produced works, Still Here (2011) and Waiting and Waiting (2012), which were followed by extensive national and international touring. In recent years, Nelson has continued to generate a high volume of recorded works - Sings The Moon (2014)I'm Not Afraid (2015), and Four Days Away (2017) - as well as producing for many acclaimed singer-songwriters.

https://youtu.be/1wwxmSK7NuU

www.johnmarknelson.com

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Spooky Reading and Musical Performance turning into a Halloween Party
Oct
27
8:00 PM20:00

Spooky Reading and Musical Performance turning into a Halloween Party

SOUNDING THE SPOOKY SEASON 

October 27th 8pm sharp!

Come and get lit.  In this evening of songs and storytelling, four acclaimed writers converge on Tiny Bar to read poems, stories, ghost stories- their own and others- as live music plays.  Against the backdrop of our Poe-inflected speakeasy, celebrated poets Tess Taylor and Kiki Petrosino will read poems of haunts and hauntings;  fiction writer Jon Pineda will offer up some twisted tales, and Richmond’s own Kristen Green will share her stories of local ghosts.  The writers will be paired with the band from 8-9:30.  Afterwards, Black Iris will get the Halloween party started.  Costumes encouraged!!!

About the Artists:

Kristen Green has worked for two decades as a journalist at newspapers including The San Diego Union-Tribune and the Boston Globe. Kristen has a bachelor of arts from University of Mary Washington and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School. Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County is her first book. It was a New York Times bestseller in race and civil rights and in education, and it was longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. The Washington Post recognized it among notable nonfiction for 2015. Kristen and her husband, Jason Hamilton, and their two young daughters live in Richmond, Va.


Kiki Petrosino is the author of three books of poetry: Witch Wife (2017), Hymn for the Black Terrific (2013) and Fort Red Border (2009), all from Sarabande Books.  She holds graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop.  Her works have appeared in Poetry, Best American Poetry, The Nation, The New York Times and other outletsShe is founder and co-editor of Transom, an independent on-line poetry journal.  She is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Louisville, where she directs the Creative Writing Program.  Her awards include a residency at the Hermitage Artist Retreat and research fellowships from Virginia Humanities and the University of Louisville’s Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and SocietyPetrosino is the recipient of an Al Smith Fellowship Award from the Kentucky Arts Council, which is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.


Jon Pineda is the author of the novel Let's No One Get Hurt (FSG). His other books include the memoir Sleep in Me, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and Library Journal "Best Books of 2010" pick; the novel Apology, winner of the Milkweed National Fiction Prize; and the poetry collections Little Anodynes, winner of the 2016 Library of Virginia Literary Award; The Translator's Diary, winner of the Green Rose Prize from New Issues Poetry & Prose; and Birthmark, selected by Ralph Burns as winner of the Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry Open Competition.  A core faculty member in the low-residency MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte, he teaches at the College of William & Mary.


Tess Taylor’s first book, The Forage House, was called “stunning” by The San Francisco Chronicle.  Her second book, Work & Days, was called “our moment’s Georgic” by critic Stephanie Burt and was named one of the 10 best books of poetry of 2016 by The New York Times.  Taylor’s poetry and nonfiction appear widely.  She currently chairs the poetry committee of the National Book Critics Circle, and is on-air poetry reviewer for NPR’s All Things Considered.  She was a Distinguished Fulbright US Scholar at the Seamus Heaney Centre in Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and was most recently Anne Spencer Writer in Residence at Randolph College.

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WAX BUILDUP!   Richmond's All Vinyl Dance Party $5  (Free for Members)
Nov
2
9:00 PM21:00

WAX BUILDUP! Richmond's All Vinyl Dance Party $5 (Free for Members)

Please join us for the first ever Wax Buildup all-vinyl dance party! We are taking over Black Iris Gallery (Richmond, Virginia) for a night of hip hop classics, funk, disco, breaks and any other records we can find that will make you move. Expect a laid-back vibe with no egos or drama - just friends, drinks, dancing and lots of great music. 

Hosted by Hip Hop Henry (WRIR, Booze and Grooves, The Cheats Movement, RVA Mag), DJ Mentos (www.djmentos.com, The Cheats Movement), B-Rice (WRIR, Mid Atlantic Jams) and Big Rich (Booze and Grooves, WRIR).

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Xander Naylor November 3rd
Nov
3
7:00 PM19:00

Xander Naylor November 3rd

"Some of the most refreshingly unhinged guitar recorded in this century." - New York Music Daily

"[Naylor] creates a language all his own...[and] comes across as a mix between a guitar-slinging Colin Stetson and a guitar-slinging Fred Frith, with the result (and main takeaway) being that he’s a pretty competent guitar slinger, no matter what style he’s tackling." - The Critical Masses

This Sound Machine, built of guitar, sax, bass, and drum, employs modern technique in revolutionizing post-rock grooves and confronts you while you head-bang your way across the dance floor.  Guitarist Xander Naylor’s work, which has been recognized by New York Music Daily as "Some of the most refreshingly unhinged guitar recorded in this century,” uses myriad rhythmic influences to solidly bond the machine’s language of sound. Executed by an all-star group of musicians who perform all over the world, XNSM supplies a power surge of cohesive sound that stops just short of overwhelming your brain, allowing you to live fully in the moment and embrace what is possible. 

Naylor's latest album, Transmission, out October 26, 2018 on the Chhandayan label, features drummer Dan Weiss, tabla master Samir Chatterjee, and a slew of other innovators from New York City.

Links:

https://xandernaylor.bandcamp.com/ (album coming out Oct. 26!)

https://youtu.be/YUUAqt6L1iw  (live video)

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Sam Moss and Julianna Daugherty
Nov
10
8:00 PM20:00

Sam Moss and Julianna Daugherty

Sam Moss

BIO

Sam Moss is a musician living in Boston. His discography ranges from early recordings of instrumental folk guitar to more recent lyrically centered efforts, including 2018’s Neon, which has been acclaimed by NPR and The Boston Globe. Since 2014 he has been regularly on tour, performing in all manner of venues: pubs, galleries, abandoned silos, living rooms, and the Newport Folk Festival. Moss is a recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Marble House Project.

LINKS

http://www.sammoss.net/

https://www.facebook.com/sammossmusic

https://www.instagram.com/sssammmosss/

https://twitter.com/sssammmosss

Juliana Daugherty

BIO

Juliana Daugherty wields her songcraft like a sword, not a diary to be buried in a drawer. Daugherty grew up playing multiple instruments, even attending a conservatory before stepping away from classical music entirely. She went on to acquire an MFA in poetry-- a fact not lost on her debut full-length Light. NPR writes Light is "not an attempt at coining a new, fake genre, but a functional image. Daugherty sings quiet and contemplative poetry with gentle, but aching lilt." Stereogum describes Light as"a collection of stark, intimate folk-rock tunes that accompany Daugherty’s lyrics with only a few carefully selected flourishes. The results are magnificent, as fervent but understated electric chords carry along Daugherty’s haunting narration. There is no shortage of artists making music of this ilk today, but few are doing it so captivatingly.”

LINKS

http://westernvinyl.com/artists/juliana-daugherty.php

https://www.facebook.com/juliana.daugherty.music/

https://www.instagram.com/juliana.daugherty/

https://twitter.com/xouley

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Sarah Kate Walston & Tara Stafford-Spyres * Saturday, Oct. 6th
Oct
6
8:00 PM20:00

Sarah Kate Walston & Tara Stafford-Spyres * Saturday, Oct. 6th

Welcome all this Saturday to the Tiny Bar at Black Iris for an evening of rad music from Rossini to Rorem, presented in an intimate, casual setting.  You read that right- this is classical opera in the best sounding room in Richmond.  Joining the duo is Daniel Stipe.  See you there!

8pm | $10 General | $5 Members

Sarah Kate Walston has been seen performing in Germany and throughout the United States.  She has performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra.  She is on the Voice Faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University. A Richmond, VA native, she received her Bachelor of Music degree at Lee University and her Master of Music degree and Graduate Performance Diploma at the Peabody Conservatory.

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Eric Bachmann
Sep
30
7:00 PM19:00

Eric Bachmann

September 30th - Eric Bachmann
7PM Doors - 8PM Performance
$30

Another living legend, I grew up with Eric Bachmann's gruff voice on my stereo when he fronted indie pioneers Archers of Loaf.  His subsequent band, Crooked Fingers, toned down its fuzzy guitars and found a new voice in its Americana charm.  Eric is a fantastic guy, and perennially an impressive songwriter.  We're excited to have him return to Richmond.

Tickets: https://undertowshows.com/collections/eric-bachmann

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Karaoke
Sep
27
9:00 PM21:00

Karaoke

We're moving karaoke to the 4th Thursday this month to compliment an earlier Happy Hour hosted by Richmond Ad Club.  (Keep in mind that we typically do karaoke on 3rd Thursdays every month now.)

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John Vandersclice
Sep
23
7:00 PM19:00

John Vandersclice

September 23rd - John Vanderslice
7PM Doors - 8PM Performance
$20

Vanderslice needs no introduction.  We can reel off a list of artists who have passed through his hands; St Vincent, Death Cab For Cutie, The Mountain Goats, Sufjan Stevens.  Listening to their work, it's apparent that his influence has shaped each of them to a degree.  

Tickets: https://undertowshows.com/collections/john-vanderslice

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DINA ELWEDIDI & FRIENDS Wednesday, Sept 19th 7pm | FREE
Sep
19
7:00 PM19:00

DINA ELWEDIDI & FRIENDS Wednesday, Sept 19th 7pm | FREE

Black Iris, UR’s Modlin Center for the Arts, and The Nile Cafe are pleased to host Dina Elwedidi for a very special evening of music and conversation.  This free event- a precursor to her stage performance at The Modlin Center- will feature her band performing unique renditions of her original works, invitations to drop in and improvise with the band, and food exquisitely prepared by The Nile Cafe.  Our mission is to seamlessly integrate various World cultures into one harmonious event.  We invite you all to join us in celebration, and we hope to see you here!

For info about the following evening’s stage performance with her full band, and to learn about the organizations backing these community initiatives, click HERE.

 ABOUT THE ARTIST

With her powerful, nuanced voice and sophisticated style, Egyptian singer and composer Dina Elwedidi has carved herself a critical place in the global music scene, creating music that she describes as New Egyptian Folk and Arab Fusion. A protégé of the great Brazilian music icon Gilberto Gil, Elwedidi’s original songs draw on folklore, rituals, and early twentieth-century popular music, as well as global ideas and explorations.

 

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Movie Screening! The Labyrinth & The Long Road
Aug
17
8:00 PM20:00

Movie Screening! The Labyrinth & The Long Road

Friday, August 17th - The Labyrinth & The Long Road
8PM Advance Screening - Free Admission
Written and Directed by Daniel Oh

A student radical goes on trial for bombing a Manhattan hotel, leading a group of her peers to kidnap a notable economist and demand her release. A woman retreats to the beach house of a friend to ponder the disappearance of her husband, a once esteemed writer of radical literature. A young artist struggles to reconcile a budding social conscience with the realities of a burgeoning career. A middle-aged debt collector is confronted by the events of his checkered past.  

As a side note, Daniel Oh went to school at the esteemed Cooper Union and got his start interning for Spike Lee.

Runtime: 1 Hr 55 Min
Watch the trailer here.

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Karaoke
Aug
16
9:00 PM21:00

Karaoke

 Thursday, August 16th - Karaoke

Get your set lists ready and come join in on the fun.  Karaoke nights are a blast at Black Iris.  This event is open to the public, so bring your friends to critique your performance and/or be your fanbase.

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Oldermost (Solo) and Rosali Middleman
Aug
3
7:00 PM19:00

Oldermost (Solo) and Rosali Middleman

Come by Black Iris after your First Friday walkabout to enjoy an intimate performance in the Tiny Bar.  We'll be featuring two acoustic sets from Philadelphia-based musicians, Oldermost (Bradford Bucknum) & Rosali Middleman.  It's open to the public, and guests are invited to stick around after the performance for good conversation and additional activities, so bring your friends.  We hope to see you there!


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Trio Viola Da Samba
Jul
21
4:00 PM16:00

Trio Viola Da Samba

Viola da Samba is a project creating a bridge between Renaissance and Brazilian popular music. The pure, light sounds of early music instruments blend with the vivacious rhythms and rich harmonies of samba and bossa nova. The subtle timbres and the versatile sounds of the clavichord together with the viola da gamba match perfectly with the spirit of Brazilian music, revealing the connection between the elements (scales, rhythms and temperaments) of popular and early music. The natural gut strings of the viol create a pure and organic sound. This offers a new experience for the world of jazz and bossa. Altogether, Nadine's Balbeisi's delicate and refined voice, Jean Kleeb's mastery of playing bossa chords on the clavichord and Fernando Marin's skillful bowing of the viola da gamba create a perfect musical symbiosis. 

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Radio Slomski
Jul
6
9:00 PM21:00

Radio Slomski

RADIO SLOMSKI

Join us on First Friday, July 6th, for an evening with Radio Slomski!

Radio Slomski is a collaborative project helmed by Mark Slomski, a veteran vaudeville and Americana performer in Richmond.  This new endeavor builds on his past performance experience and channels it into an immersive variety show.  Expect the unexpected, as you may see a strongman, some card tricks, or hula dancing on any given evening.  Ever heard of performance yoga?  Well, welcome all and bring your rowdy side to enjoy the show that tips its hat to circus-style fun.  (You may also leave a tip in the hat, thankyouverymuch.)  We are pleased to announce that Radio Slomski is set to happen monthly at Black Iris!

The Who:  RADIO SLOMSKI

The What:  INAUGURAL PERFORMANCE

The Where:  BLACK IRIS SOCIAL CLUB

The When:  FRIDAY, JULY 6th @ 9PM

The Why:  BECAUSE WHY NOT?

This performance is FREE & open to the general public.  We hope to see you there!

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Scott Clark (solo) | Jeremiah Cymerman (solo) | Jeb Bishop & Dan Ruccia
Jun
27
7:30 PM19:30

Scott Clark (solo) | Jeremiah Cymerman (solo) | Jeb Bishop & Dan Ruccia

For the past fifteen years, composer/performer Jeremiah Cymerman (pronounced SIMMER-man) has become an increasingly integral part of the New York Downtown scene, charting a colorful career as a clarinetist, improviser, sound artist, recording engineer, archivist and podcaster. Frequently using the recording studio as a primary compositional tool, Cymerman’s work reflects a passionate interest in improvisation, electronic manipulation & production, traditional, studio & graphic composition as well as solo clarinet and ensemble performance practices. As a composer, he has received commissions from the Jerome Foundation and Roulette Intermedium.  As a performer, he has worked closely with many of contemporary music’s most important artists, including John Zorn, Toby Driver, Mario Diaz de Leon, Brian Chase, Christopher Hoffman, Evan Parker, Nate Wooley, Joshua Rubin, Anthony Coleman, Matthew Welch and others.  

Trombonist Jeb Bishop and violist Dan Ruccia begin a five city tour of the East Coast in support of their new album Scratch Slice Jag (Out & Gone Music) on June 26. Bishop and Ruccia will bring their brand of adventurous and rigorous free improvisation to audiences from Washington DC to South Carolina. For all but one performance Bishop and Ruccia will be joined by a series of special guests, making each night a unique and unforgettable experience. 

Drummer and composer, Scott Clark keeps time in the balance. His performances behind the kit are generous and empathetic, establishing his voice immediately upon striking the surface. It is rare to find art that is both formally rigorous and aesthetically vital, but Clark thrives in this project, engineering frameworks for lucid, active songs, drawing on the performances of his collaborators and the weight of his subject matter. A series of jazz suites have emerged from the study of his own Native ancestry, beginning with ury My Heart (2016) written in response to Dee Brown’s book of the same title, and continuing with oNo (2018) written as a contribution to the Standing Rock protests and the unlawful construction of an oil pipeline across Native land. By centering jazz in this historic and ongoing injustice, Clark pulls together a deeply American artform and a deeply American tragedy, yet his project never feels weighed down by its sense of purpose. Protest music that is lucid and nourishing, a rhythmic shape of restless assurance.

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Extended Trio | David Moré w/ Alex Halsted
Jun
23
7:30 PM19:30

Extended Trio | David Moré w/ Alex Halsted

What makes EXTENDED so exciting to the jazz community in New Orleans grows out of the way, together, they create, each with an awareness of each other, including plenty of space for improvisation and interpretation. EXTENDED is Brad Webb on drums, Matt Booth on bass, and Oscar Rossignoli on piano. All of them compose for the group, and with the particular musical personalities of the group foremost in mind — an approach that has thrilled locals and will likely soon reach audiences both nationally and internationally. 

Their debut LP from the spring of 2017, released on Breakfast-4-Dinner records, has received praise for its distinctive compositions and dynamic group interplay. As stated by Geraldine Wycliffe from Offbeat Magazine, "these three musicians sound as if they were destined to play with each other. Their interactions, improvisations and the seamless way their compositions flow from cut to cut feel instinctive. Extended exemplifies creativity." Anthony Dean-Harris of NextBop writes, "it's not an overcomplicated album because it's composed together as a group with a harmonious sense to it. It's nice having a piano trio album of original compositions from young pros who are of their time who found a configuration that fits." 

Following the album's release, Extended has toured within the country and continues to play shows that leave audiences invigorated and fulfilled. As the whole world knows, the city of New Orleans knows no shortage of the highest caliber of players in the world, but in the last year locals have been thrilled to see the development of a new collective - EXTENDED - that has quickly come to find a place among our brightest stars.

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Large Unit | CGI Jesus
Jun
15
7:30 PM19:30

Large Unit | CGI Jesus

Doors 730pm | Show 8pm | $15 | Full Bar

Large Unit is the 13-piece group led by Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love. Since the band’s incarnation in 2013 it has grown to be Nilssen- Love main venture.

There is also distinction between what parts of the music is improvised and what is composed. Neither is it a 50/50 mix. Often the two are intertwined by carefully constructed systems by Nilssen-Love that brings out both the spontaneity of improvisation and the tightness of a band that knows where it’s going. Add the various changes in line-up, a Large Unit gig is something you don’t want to miss, because the next time you catch it won’t be the same band or music.

Large Unit has in its first five years toured Europe, North America, Brazil, Ethiopia and Japan. Now in June the band will embark on a full tour of the USA, to be followed by summer festival shows at Roskilde (Denmark), Moldejazz (Norway, where they played their rst gig) and Alarm (Germany). Later there are plans for Canada, Mexico, and more European gigs.  

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State Champ (solo) | Piranha Rama
Jun
14
7:30 PM19:30

State Champ (solo) | Piranha Rama

Spend some time in Louisville, Kentucky and you will find it is one of the most unassumingly strange places in America. The ratio of grown folks to millennials in attendance at any rock gig seems roughly 3:1. Such events take place in places like caves and chicken coops, among other nontraditional venues. Hip, transgressive people don't seem to outgrow hip, transgressive things here; no one seems very eager to settle for a life less weird.

Singer and head honcho Ryan Davis is a sharp, astute lyricist, the kind of songwriter who probably gets tired of people asking him why he doesn't try his hand at short story writing. Indeed, Fantasy Error's depictions of postmasters and county coroners, Dickensian drinkers and "teardrop pushers" are as vivid as they are familiar, sung with the conviction of a Drag City-damaged Chris Knight.

~ James Toth

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C Joynes | Mike Gangloff
Jun
11
7:30 PM19:30

C Joynes | Mike Gangloff

English acoustic guitarist C Joynes, a resident of Cambridge, heavy thumb-led finger-picking technique that harks back to traditional country-blues and early ragtime, however, he uses this technique to explore alternative melodic traditions: the English folk-tune; North and West African music; elements of classical Indian music; proto-minimalist and impressionist musics from the European classical tradition. His approach to the recording and compositional process contains a subtle and unassuming experimentation, at times including collaged fragments, field recordings, processing, en-plein-air recordings, and cut-and-paste.

https://cjoynes.bandcamp.com/album/split-electric-2016

Mike Gangloff is a fiddle player and member of both Pelt and the Black Twig Pickers. His outfit Eight Point Star plays droned-out twang music, with fiddle, guitar and upright bass. Says Paste Magazine of Gangloff: "Hes forever an inbetweener, refusing to reside within any traditional role musically...Hes a newspaperman. A fiddler. A percussionist. And perhaps a musical visionary, the likes of which only a select few happen upon. Find him, though, and its almost impossible that Gangloff wont play a bit of something enjoyable or at least vaguely familiar."

https://mikecaragangloff.bandcamp.com/album/poplar-hollow

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Mana (Tashi Dorji + Thom Nguyen)
Jun
9
7:30 PM19:30

Mana (Tashi Dorji + Thom Nguyen)

Bhutanese guitarist Tashi Dorji has been searching for new ways of squeezing abstract tones from his instrument since first laying ears on the likes of Derek Bailey and other free improvisers. Originally an acoustic player, he has since dipped his fingers in electricity, widening his tonal range and spewing flames in the process. Now based in North Carolina, Manas is his duo project with drummer Thom Nguyen, who has been involved in a few free-rock outfits in the area. The electric guitar-drums combination is a template for greatness, especially with a pair of tornado-conjuring players such as these fine gentlemen. 
  
Dorji, whose playing is decidedly "normal" sounding on the duo's self-titled debut LP (in comparison to his Bailey-like acoustic workouts), takes a variety of directions aided and abetted by Nguyen's energetic skin pounding. There is layering and a few moments of slow-burning tension, but most of the exciting moments arise when the players plough full steam ahead in a seemingly hydra-headed fashion. Those who enjoy unbridled freedom and energy in their music should certainly take note of these two monsters of sound.

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Lindsay Parnell "When the Sun is Rising"
Jun
9
7:00 PM19:00

Lindsay Parnell "When the Sun is Rising"

When the Sun is Rising is a performance installation where four bodies participate in scored meditative movement cycles while transitioning into choreographed interludes at predetermined times. It is an investigation of how movement can be broken down to its deriving gestural movements, making it accessible to many bodies while simultaneously comparing movement to external forms of nourishment, in this case sunlight. In addition, the performers utilize objects as a tool in assisting the movement, as a the movement itself is the coping mechanism, the revitalization of the body and the allowance for an introspective experience.

Lindsay Parnell (b. Pennsylvania 1995) is a performance, sculpture, and installation artist who currently lives and works in Richmond, VA. She graduated from the Sculpture + Extended Media Department at Virginia Commonwealth University, School of the Arts in 2017 and was recently an artist in residence at the Saari Residency in Mynämäki, Finland with her collaborator Kevin Schwenkler. In the summer of 2017, she attended Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, FL. She has exhibited her work in many spaces including Little Berlin in Philadelphia, PA; Present Co. in Brooklyn, NY; and various spaces in Richmond such as Gallery5, Black Iris, The Anderson and Yellow Zone Artspace.

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Paul Rucker & Hans Teuber (Midnight improv)
Jun
8
to Jun 9

Paul Rucker & Hans Teuber (Midnight improv)

Doors Open after Tatsuya Nakatani | Tickets $10 | Full Bar

Institute for Contemporary Art presents Declaration artist Paul Rucker in a duo concert with Seattle-based saxophonist Hans Teuber. Rucker will perform the cello and Teuber will perform the alto saxophone as part of the Festival of the River Concert Saturday, June 9. Hear them tonight at midnight in the Tiny Bar!

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Tatsuya Nakatani | Tommy Birchett
Jun
8
7:30 PM19:30

Tatsuya Nakatani | Tommy Birchett

Tatsuya Nakatani (1970, Osaka) is a Japanese avant-garde sound artist and master percussionist. He has released over 80 recordings and tours internationally. Performing solo, in collaboration, and with his Nakatani Gong Orchestra (NGO) project he plays over 100 concerts a year.

With his adapted Gong and handcrafted Kobo bow, Nakatani has developed his own unique instrumentation. A master of new sounds and extended technique; he sculpts a transformative, intense, expressive sound that engages improvised and experimental music while resisting genre. Central to his philosophy of sound is the concept of MA 間, which can be understood as the space or interval between perceptual events.

http://tatsuyanakatani.com

When Tommy is not taking out the trash in Oregon Hill, he can be found manipulating sounds with homemade instruments, discarded technology, and electronic toys. His solo and group output can be witnessed live or heard via recordings from fine labels such as Winds Measure, Wifflefist, and Generator.

https://tommybirchett.bandcamp.com

Doors 7:30pm | Show 8pm | $6 - $10 | Full Bar

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Party Knüllers x Jamie Branch
Jun
7
7:30 PM19:30

Party Knüllers x Jamie Branch

Jaimie Branch - trumpet
Fred Lonberg-Holm - cello & electronics
Stoli L. Sozzleberg - drums & percussion

Described by The Wire as " . . . mischievous gremlins at play . . . ," Party Knüllers (Stoli L. Sozzleberg, drums, and Fred Lonberg-Holm, cello and electronics) was formed in 2013. The duo has recorded and performed around the US and Europe both on their own and with a variety of guests including synth wiz Jim Baker.

Jaimie Branch (trumpet) first played with Sozzleberg in 2015 and they immediately felt a connection. One reason they hit it off so quickly may have been their mutual long term friendship and collaborations with Lonberg-Holm. Branch has collaborated with Lonberg-Holm over many years on various projects, including the trio Sherpa, her rock band Free Coffee at the Banks, and his ongoing Lightbox Orchestra. In addition to the Party Knüllers, Sozzleberg and Lonberg-Holm have worked together on the quartet VCDC and a number of odd projects throughout the years including the trio GAP (Gorilla Ass Piano).

This tour is the first time that Branch has played with the Party Knüllers. Adding her unique sound to the Party Knüllers’ «garage-jazz» brew will surely blow wide open the musical possibilities. Expect to hear tight interplay on the noisy side of free jazz.

About the players:

Jaimie Branch is a Brooklyn-based trumpeter working in the areas of improvisation and composition. In her practice, Branch is particularly interested in extending and expanding the technical limitations of the trumpet and the musical language of free jazz and improvised music. Before moving to the Red Hook part of Brooklyn in 2015, Branch was an active member in the Chicago creative music scene as a performer. presenter, and recording engineer. In May 2017, she made her debut recording as a leader entitled "Fly or Die” (IARC 011), which has been met with critical acclaim by The New York Times, The Wire, Jazz Times, The Observer and more.


Fred Lonberg-Holm is a cellist/composer currently living in upstate NY. His long history includes extended periods in Chicago where he was active in the free improvisation, experimental, noise, and pop scenes including the Vandermark 5, Wilco, and Peter Brotzmann's Chicago Tentet as well as in NY where he played in numerous "downtown" projects including Anthony Coleman's "Self Haters Orchestra" and "God is My Co-Pilot".
Current projects include Ballister (w/ Dave Rempis and Paal Nilssen Love), Survival Unit III (w/Joe McPhee and Michael Zerang) and the Sync (w/ Eve Risser, Mike Reed and Sylvaine Helary).

Stoli L. Sozzleberg (born 1979) is a Norwegian drummer, percussionist and improviser. His main focus is improvised music and that includes groups and projects with John Russell, Steve Beresford, Frode Gjerstad, Paal Nilssen-Love, Fred Lonberg-Holm, John Butcher, Lotte Anker, Joe McPhee, Ryley Walker and many more. He has a BA in Jazz from University of Stavanger (2007) and MA in improvisation from the Norwegian Academy of Music (2011). Sozzleberg tours extensively and he has played at festivals and clubs like All Ears, Blow Out!, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, DOM, End of the road, Fete Quaqua, Jazzaldia San Sebastian, Mopomoso, Okka Fest, Cafe Oto, Constellation and more.
When Stoli L. Sozzleberg isn’t touring he spends time teaching drums and also programming and organizing the Blow Out! series and festival as well as Kongsberg Jazzfestival.

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Crystal Penalosa | Anastasia Clarke
Jun
7
7:30 PM19:30

Crystal Penalosa | Anastasia Clarke

Crystal Penalosa // (solo) : voice, electronics, objects (they/them) is an American artist & interdisciplinary designer based in New York. Their work focuses on queer identity, utilizing modular electronics and voice. Penalosa has performed collaboratively and solo in New York at Issue Project Room, Roulette Intermedium, Sediment Gallery, MoMA PS1, Experimental Intermedia, and at Spektrum in Berlin. They currently work with the veteran underground record label Generations Unlimited.

https://crystalpenalosa.info

Anastasia Clarke // (solo): dance, electronics  (b. 1987, New York) is an American artist working in music, dance, theater, performance, and performing systems design. She lives variably in New York City and Oakland, CA; and is a current 2018 MFA candidate in Electronic Music and Recording Media at Mills College. She has recorded and released music with the projects Silent Isle, Middle Grey, and Clarke/Gordon duo, and designed sound for Boom Bat Gesture, Mechanism Dance Theater, and Jennifer Gerry. Recent projects take the form of multimedia performances that forge active relationships between custom electronics and the body.

https://anastasiaclarke.info/Info

Doors 7:30pm | Show 8pm | $6 - $10 | Full Bar

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saajtak | Real Time
May
30
7:30 PM19:30

saajtak | Real Time

Detroit-based art-rock quartet saajtakpresents a distinct perspective and eclectic sound, fitting together like sonic jigsaw puzzle. A haunting drone-rock-opera performance that contemplates aging and living. Saajtak offers a taste of experimental glitchy future-funk that floats in and out of ambient reflections. Hybridizing prog-rock, trip-hop, free-jazz, and groove oriented polyrhythm, saajtak frenetically moves with high energy flashes of organized chaos and textural complexity.

https://saajtak.com/listen/

Doors 7:30pm | Show 8pm | $6 - $10 | Full Bar

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If, Bwana | Jason Kahn
May
27
7:30 PM19:30

If, Bwana | Jason Kahn

If, Bwana (Al Margolis) // (solo) : alto clarinet, violin, contact microphones, objects.

Al Margolis is a composer/performer, improvisor and painter. Since 1984, often under his project name If, Bwana, he has worked in the feld of nonncommercial, nonnpopular music and sound.

http://www.ifbwana.com

Jason Kahn // (solo): Voice, resonator guitar.

Born 1960 in New York. Moved to Europe in 1990 and is currently based in Zurich, where he is active as a musician, artist and writer.

http://jasonkahn.net

Doors 7:30pm | Show 8pm | $6 - $10 | Full Bar

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Restroy | Voice of Saturn
May
17
7:30 PM19:30

Restroy | Voice of Saturn

Led by composer and bassist Christopher Dammann, Restroy is a frisson of transformation that dives into the intersection of improvised and contemporary American music. Restroy connects, dissects and evolves musical traditions to find a shared tongue, forge space for communication and provoke metamorphosis in both participant and listener.

Restroy’s 2018 self-titled release on 1980 Records wields patterns and textures as forms for improvisation. On each track, acoustic instruments are augmented and juxtaposed against electronic textures and noise. The result is an exuberant, lyrical series of inflection points and layered sonic spaces anchored by the great Avreeayl Ra.

The sextet is comprised of leading musicians from diverse musical traditions: Avreeayl Ra , drums; James Davis , trumpet + electronics; Paul Giallorenzo , synthesizers + keyboards; Mabel Kwan , piano + synthesizers ; Christopher Dammann , bass and compositions; and Kevin Davis , cello + electronics. Scott Clark will be filling in for Avreeayl for Restroy’s May 17th, performance at Black Iris .

Restroy’s 2016 release, Saturn Return (Milk Factory Productions), is considered “unusual yet accessible” ( classicalite.com ), “consistently inventive” (Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG) and as “a new sound that needs to be followed closely” (AXS.com). Saturn Return received national press and radio play, including on New York Public Radio's New Sound's podcast. 

Doors 7:30pm | Show 8pm | $6 - $10 | Full Bar

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Subtle Degrees | Scott Clark (solo drums)
May
11
7:30 PM19:30

Subtle Degrees | Scott Clark (solo drums)

A Dance That Empties is Travis Laplante's latest album-length composition, written for Subtle Degrees, a new two-musician ensemble consisting of Laplante (tenor saxophone) and Gerald Cleaver (drums). The duo's uncategorizable sound evokes everything from contemporary classical music, avant-garde jazz, minimalism, technical metal, and sacred world music. Laplante is also the founder/composer of saxophone quartet Battle Trance and the ensemble Little Women.

A Dance That Empties is an extremely demanding composition that pushes the players to the limit both technically and physically, while the raw, vulnerable instrumentation makes for an intimately emotional experience for both performers and listeners.

The album is out now on, co-released by New Amsterdam Records and NNA Tapes. New Amsterdam Records will distribute the album in CD and digital formats, and NNA Tapes will issue vinyl.

Doors 7:30pm | Show 8pm | $6 - $10 | Full Bar

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Scott Clark (Album Release Show)
May
9
7:30 PM19:30

Scott Clark (Album Release Show)

The shape of jazz is too calm. Scott Clark is a time-keeper, pattern-maker, dance leader, historian, organizer and disruptor. From college stadium drum lines, to the quietest listening rooms, and all the avant-garde dive bars and crowded rock clubs in between, he takes his own spirited and idiosyncratic path. Born in El Paso, Texas, Clark currently keeps the faith in Richmond, Virginia, in a slew of groups, duos, and solo performances around that remarkable, close-knit musical town. His voice rises clear and distinct, an intuitive and visionary presence, perfectly calm and perfectly wild. For the greater part of 2015, Clark has toured with Natalie Prass, keeping step with her effortless musicality and sense of adventure, through the European festival circuit and well-known venues like Radio City Music Hall. In this rock and roll context, his contributions are immediate and elevating. Matthew E. White described his skill as, “a unique combination of imagination, courage, technical mastery, and rhythmic sensibility to another set of strikeable instruments.” The ScottClark4tet debut on Clean Feed Records, Bury My Heart, is a significant compositional achievement, a heartfelt suite of protest music addressing one of the darkest periods of America’s history filtered through study of his own native ancestry. Jazz music made for living, jazz music made from life. Clark runs the game with deep rhythm, keen melodic intuition, and a welcoming smile.
Scott is a proud endorser of C&C Custom Drums.
(http://www.candccustomdrums.com)

He has this really interesting way of swinging…it sometimes morphs into rock-ish straight eighths or fractures into free improv freakouts. But it always feels totally in control; I sense that his ride cymbal will never let you down. It feels personal to him, and I like that.

– NPR, a blog Supreme

Doors 7:30pm | Show 8pm | $6 - $10 | Full Bar

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Adam Goodwin (USA/Berlin) | Gardener (RVA)
May
6
7:30 PM19:30

Adam Goodwin (USA/Berlin) | Gardener (RVA)

Adam Goodwin (1986, USA) is a double bassist, composer and visual artist currently based in Berlin, Germany.  After completing degrees in classical and contemporary double bass performance, he has expanded his musical output to include a wide variety of genres, approach and techniques, ranging from doom metal to abstract acoustic free improvisation, precisely composed “new music” scores to traditional Turkish, Greek and Arabic music.

He has performed throughout Europe, Asia and North America, and is currently involved in a number of projects including Elmer Kussiac, Purgis, Reverse Mode, Nawa Ensemble, the Murmur Collective, the Berlin Soundpainting Orchestra and Orture. 

www.adamgoodwin.jimdo.com

Gardener is Dashiell Lewis - synthesist, field recorder, tape loop enthusiast and former employee of Make Noise Synthesisers. 

Having released a slew of trance like releases on such labels as Metaphysical Circuits, lillerne Tapes and most recently the excellent Moss Archive, A PLACE WHERE NOTHING WAS sees Dashiell continuing on his trajectory of reaching higher planes, with two side-long pieces of sublime heady work for Modular Synthesiser and Voice. Recorded in his Richmond, Virginia home, these two 15-minute tracks build, drone, pulse and morph into an organic miasma of heady loops, at once both alien and organic, machine yet human, fuzzing in a haze like fragments of fading memory and warm nostalgia. 

https://gardenermusic.bandcamp.com

Doors 7:30pm | Show 8pm | $6 - $10 | Full Bar

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