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Anteloper | Jono Stewart
Apr
23
7:30 PM19:30

Anteloper | Jono Stewart

Anteloper is the electric brain child of Jaimie Branch (fly or die, high life) and Jason Nazary (little women, helado negro, bear in heaven). Branch and Nazary have been playing together as trumpeter and drummer for years, since meeting at the New England Conservatory of Music in 2002, but in this duo both musicians include synthesizers to push further into the spectral space ship ether. With deep rhythmic passages, telepathic improvisations and effortless melodic negotiations, Anteloper pushes forward, swinging its horns all the while.

Jono Stewart, will play his bass.

Monday, April 23, 2018 | 7:30 PM 10:30 PM | $6 - $10

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Paul Metzger & John Saint Pelvyn
Apr
28
7:30 PM19:30

Paul Metzger & John Saint Pelvyn

A master on a self-built 23 string banjo, Paul Metzger's Idiosyncratic & deeply original long form improvisations can bring to mind American primitive guitar, the sarod of Hindustani music, or the Chinese Erhu. But fundamentally his music grows from a deep commitment to exploring every possible expressive sound that can be extracted from his instrument. His 'home-made' aesthetic has drawn comparisons to DIY mavericks like Charlie Nothing or Eugene Chadbourne with his electric rake, but the depth of Metzger's explorations led David Keenan to assert in The Wire magazine that Metzger "reveal(s) the true meaning of virtuosity." A key voice in the world of avant-garde & experimental folk, he creates a music evocative of some magical forgotten age, but is simultaneously deeply rooted in the eternal present when fingers touch strings.

“…Metzger’s banjo and guitar contain multitudes. Suspended between past and future, honouring the tradition while hijacking it, listening for its voice while revelling in its inarticulacies; this is how the thing sings. And the song, in the obsessive extensions of Metzger’s instruments, truly has no ending.” - The Wire

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQAPrbDY0qs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wa0Z9z6SsSk

Guitarist, thereminist, singer, and player of some species of dismantled electrified folk, John Saint Pelvyn is a musical enigma of the best kind. At the root of his playing is something akin to traditional stride, but rich with quivering whammy bar wobble and shimmering feedback. He often plays the tailfin strings of his archtop like one would play harmonics, or retunes seamlessly mid-stream to create a shifting temperament across the length of a piece. An affinity for the likes of John Fahey and Loren Mazzacane-Connors can be heard here, but the comparisons quickly fall away as one takes in this ambidextrous musical sensibility. He will sing otherworldly vocal duets with his theremin while simultaneously accompanying himself fingerpicking, or will throw modulated feedback tones across otherwise inviting harmonic landscapes based on blues & folk motifs, overshadowing them with clouds of squelch that loom like an approaching post-noise squall, but that ultimately swell and punctuate more like the tone clusters of Henry Cowell or the lyrical saxophone of Frank Lowe.

“When wandering the stage singing into the F-holes of his electric arch top bringing forth arpeggios of feedback, or waving the neck of his guitar in the vicinity of a howling theremin, indeed, he seems to be playing the very air itself.” - Electro Motive Records

https://midheaven.com/item/a-clerical-error-in-shasta-county-shouldnt-have-to-ruin-a-saturday-night-by-saintpelvyn-john

https://kabairdjohnsaint-pelvyn.bandcamp.com/releases

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObVuSipOPKk

Saturday, April 28, 2018 | 7:30 PM  10:30 PM | $6 - $10

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Mia Zabelka & Katherine Liberovskaya w/Stephen Vitiello
Apr
21
7:30 PM19:30

Mia Zabelka & Katherine Liberovskaya w/Stephen Vitiello

Mia Zabelka is an Austrian contemporary classical composer and sound artist as well as an amazing improvising musician and vocalist. She has collaborated with a string of exciting artists from around the world and works with acoustic and electric violin, voice, electronic devices, contact mics and laptop. Her electric groups include Mia Zabelka / Gavino Canu, Medusa’s Bed with Lydia Lunch & Zahra Mani, ASTMA, Zabelka /Petit and Redshift Orchestra. Acoustically she works as a soloist and with Trio Blurb (w.Maggie Nicols/ John Russell) duos Gino Robair, Sofia Härdig and Nicola L. Hein and groups Carlos Zingaro/ Jean-Marc Foussat/ Mia Zabelka and the ZZM Trio. She also curates KlangHaus Untergreith andPhonofemme in Austria. After completing her training with a very strong classical emphasis, she began to develop her own highly individual technique over a period of years, in which she succeeded in making her violin “sing” as a result of which she has become the focus of intense audience interest in all of her performances. She has lived and worked in Vienna, Berlin, New York, Cologne and South Styria. Mia Zabelka’s first solo album „M“, released on Monotype Records (Poland), received many enthusiastic reviews from all over the world. Her new solo album “M2” will be released in winter 2017. “M is above all a particularly vibrant masterpiece of experimental music”, The Milkman (UK); “Highly inventive work from the Austrian violinist Mia Zabelka on her M” , The SoundProjector Magazine (UK); “Mia has an outstanding ability to make her instrument(s) speak to the audience, telling beautiful, fascinating and thrilling stories that won’t leave us unmoved. If you achieve this, apart from virtuosity, you are a great artist indeed. The letter M stands for masterful, magical, mesmerizing.“ Caleidoscoop (NL).

Katherine Liberovskaya is an intermedia artist based in New York City and Montreal, Canada. Involved in experimental video since the 80s, she has produced many single-channel videos, video installation works and video and music performances which have been presented at a wide variety of events and venues around the world. Among these: MOMA PS1 PrintShop NYC; The Duolun Museum and The Aurora Museum, Shanghai, China; The Museum of Arts and Design, NYC; The Bitola Museum, Macedonia (FYROM); The Musée des Beaux-Arts de Besançon, France; The Tito Museum, Belgrade, Serbia; The Kyoto University Museum, Japan; The Serralves Contemporary Art Museum, Porto, Portugal; The Roskilde Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark; The National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia; The Beirut Art Center, Lebanon; The Contemporary Art Center Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow, Poland... Since 2001 her work predominantly focuses on the intersection of image and sound, in solo video-audio installation/environments and often in collaborations with composers and sound artists notably in live video+sound performance. Frequent collaborators include Phill Niblock, Al Margolis/If,Bwana, Keiko Uenishi, Mia Zabelka, David Watson, Shelley Hirsch, Guy de Bievre... among many others. Since 2003 she has been exploring improvised video in live video+sound performance situations where her live visuals seek to create improvisatory "music" for the eyes. Over the years she has performed in concert with numerous artists including: Monique Buzzarte, Anne Wellmer, Tom Hamilton, Margarida Garcia, Manuel Mota, Anthony Coleman, Barry Weisblat, Mazen Kerbaj, murmer, Andre Gonçalves, Giuseppe Ielasi, Alessandro Bossetti, Andre Eric Letourneau, Jason Khan, Jim Bell, David Grollman, Doug Van Nort, among many others. Recent projects have involved: Anna Homler, Leslie Ross, Chantal Dumas, Richard Garet, Mia Zabelka, Dorit Chrysler, Emilie Mouchous, Erin Sexton, Corinne Rene and Philippe Lauzier, Magali Babin, Sonoa Paço-Rocchia, Nao Nishihara. Recent solo projects include: the audiovisual installations "Insular Air-Play" (2017), "Mise-en-Abyme Cu29" (2016), "Rake" (2015-16), "sonimaginations tissulaires" (2014-16), "NoizeBreeze" (2014-17), "Air-Play" (2013), "Amplifontana" (2012-16) and "Shines" (2008-16) and the intermedia installation "Muidebrugge Wave (Matisse/Haacke Blues)" (2015). Since the late 1980s she has received over 30 grants and arts awards in Canada, U.S.A. and France. Concurrently she curates and organizes the Screen Compositions evenings at Experimental Intermedia, NYC, since 2005 and, since 2006, the OptoSonic Tea salons with Ursula Scherrer at Diapason, NYC, and in various nomadic locations, in New York, North America and Europe, with OptoSonic Tea On the Road. In 2014 she completed a PhD in art practice entitled "Improvisatory Live Visuals: Playing Images Like a Musical Instrument" at the Universite du Quebec in Montreal (UQAM).

Saturday, April 21, 2018 | 7:30 PM  10:30 PM | $6 - $10

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Signal Problems & TBA
Apr
18
7:30 PM19:30

Signal Problems & TBA

Since 2010, this Signal Problems has been Danny Gouker’s main outlet as a composer/bandleader. For its entire history, this group has had the same lineup: Danny on trumpet, Eric Trudel on Tenor Saxophone, Adam Hopkins on Bass, Nathan Ellman-Bell on Drums. The four have a long history playing together in various configurations going back to 2006 as members of a community of young improvisers centered around Baltimore, Maryland. This group had its first rehearsal one week before Danny moved to NYC. A year later, the rest of the band moved and shared an apartment in Bushwick for several years, rehearsing in the basement. Performances by this band draw on the long history the members share, pitting their improvisational telepathy against various structures or concepts proposed by Danny.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6mNWaLLje8

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 | 7:30 PM  10:30 PM | $6 - $10

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Luke Stewart & Sarah Louise Henson duo w/Dylan Aycock
Apr
13
7:30 PM19:30

Luke Stewart & Sarah Louise Henson duo w/Dylan Aycock

Sarah Louise composes, improvises and writes songs for multiple instruments. Known primarily for her work with solo 12-string guitar, she has been praised by Pitchfork as “one of the most exciting figures in solo guitar music” and by NPR as a creator of “new languages” for the guitar. She has released records on Scissor Tail and VDSQ as a solo artist and has released an album on Thrill Jockey as part of the critically acclaimed avant-Appalachian duo House and Land. Her solo debut for Thrill Jockey, Deeper Woods (May 2018), is a meditation on her home in the Appalachian mountains through lushly arranged songs that she recorded and produced herself. Louise plays regularly in duo form with free guitar master Tashi Dorji and just completed an improvised electric guitar tour with Kryssi Battalene and Rosali. Sarah Louise’s work with music extends beyond her own music-making as co-founder of  S P I N S T E R, an intersectional feminist record label devoted to the connections between traditional, radical and experimental music. Look for their first release in summer 2018 in collaboration with Scissor Tail Records.  

http://thrilljockey.com/press/sarah-louise

Multi-Instrumentalist Luke Stewart is a DC-based musician and organizer of important musical presentations. He also has a presence in the national and international professional music community. He was profiled in the Washington Post in early 2017 as “holding down the jazz scene,” selected as “Best Musical Omnivore” in the Washington City Paper’s 2017 “Best of DC,” and in the 2014 People Issue of the Washington City Paper as a “Jazz Revolutionary,” citing his multi-faceted cultural activities throughout DC. In DC his regular ensembles include Trio OOO with legendary DC Free Jazz saxophonist Aaron Martin, Six-Six, a duo with guitarist Anthony Pirog, experimental jazz trio Heart of the Ghost, and experimental electronic group MOM^2 (Mind Over Matter, Music Over Mind).  As a solo artist, his recent interests are in compiling a series of improvisational sound structures for Upright Bass and Amplifier, utilizing the resonant qualities of the instrument to explore real-time harmonic and melodic possibilities. He has performed at many of Washington’s high-profile venues including the Kennedy Center, the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Smithsonian Portrait Gallery, 9:30 Club, Black Cat, and many others throughout DC’s storied DIY community. Luke is also a presence in the greater community of Creative Musicians, with regular multi-city ensembles including Ancestral Duo, Irreversible Entanglements featuring Moor Mother, James Brandon Lewis Trio, Heroes are Gang Leaders, and has performed in a myriad of other notable collaborations. He has been a featured artist at the Vision Festival, Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music, High Zero Festival of Experimental Improvised Music, Fields Festival, Philadelphia Free Form Festival, Forward Festival, Furious Flower Poetry Festival, and has toured abroad at North Sea Jazz Festival, Toulouse Jazz Festival, Vitoria Jazz Festival, Belgrade Jazz Festival, and Rotterdam Jazz Festival. As a scholar/performer, he has performed and lectured at Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Medgar Evers College, George Mason University, Wayne State University, University of Montana, New Mexico State University, and the University of South Carolina. https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/the-districts-jazz-scene-is-all-over-the-place-is-luke-stewart-holding-it-together/2017/02/03/6cebe7a8-e0d0-11e6-a547-5fb9411d332c_story.html?utm_term=.c18973e14782

Dylan Aycock’s recordings weave ambient, experimental, and classical influences into the fabric of traditional American musical styles. Flecks of country and blues appear, but they’re mutated into enveloping soundscapes that go far beyond those genres’ tropes.” -Decoder https://dylangoldenaycock.com

Friday, April 13th, 2018 | 7:30 PM  10:30 PM | $6 - $10

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Håkon Berre & Aram Shelton
Apr
12
7:30 PM19:30

Håkon Berre & Aram Shelton

Aram Shelton and Hakon Berre are a saxophone and drum duo based in Copenhagen, Denmark. An evolving experiment in real time music creation, they explore the outer capabilities of their instruments via extended techniques and non-traditional sounds alongside fragmented melodies and internally shared rhythms. Their music takes divergent paths to meet in unexpected places and is guided by a sophisticated aesthetic which strives to avoid preconceived strategies and notions.

Aram Shelton is an improviser and composer who performs on saxophone, clarinets, and live electronics. He plays with a distinct, harmonically rich sound and develops musical thoughts through constant motion, tonal shifts and complex sounds alongside clear melodic and rhythmic constructs. His vocabulary utilizes the range of extended techniques including multiphonics, harmonics, circular breathing, wind sounds and an exploration of the outer ranges of the instrument. He is known for his contributions to the creative music scenes in Chicago and San Francisco and now lives in Copenhagen. His writing and playing has been documented through more than two dozen albums to date through labels including Delmark, Clean Feed, Not Two and Singlespeed Music. He has worked closely with the likes of Larry Ochs, Kyle Bruckmann, Kjell Nordeson, Jason Adasiewicz, Frank Rosaly, Weasel Walter, Tim Daisy, Jason Ajemian and Fred Lonberg-Holm.

Hakon Berre is a Norwegian drummer and composer who currently lives in Copenhagen, where he works as a freelance musician and educator. His playing is characterized by an inventive and energetic drumming, using a rich palette of sounds from a wide diversity of trash and objects, and sometimes also incorporating real-time electronics into his playing. This has brought him to numerous clubs and venues in countries like Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Germany, United Kingdom, France, USA, and Russia with musicians like Peter Brötzmann, Phil Minton, Axel Dörner, John Tchicai, Petter Wettre, Peter Friis-Nielsen, Kasper Tranberg, Simon Spang-Hanssen, and Liudas Mockunas. Berg is a co-founder and active member of the record label & musicians collective Barefoot Records, where he has contributed on over 20 recordings. He has degrees in music science & music technology from Oslo University, and a rhythmical diploma exam from the Academy of Music in Esbjerg, Denmark. He is also an active part of the Danish Arts Council's "house artist" system, with numerous concerts and workshops in Danish schools and educational institutes. In addition, Håkon has composed and arranged music for theater performances and art exhibitions, and has exhibited several interactive sound installations at art museums in both Denmark and Germany.

https://aramshelton.bandcamp.com/album/bygning-g

https://youtu.be/6FviUUPlfd0

MORE INFO ON ARAM & HAKON:

http://www.aramshelton.com

Thursday, April 12, 2018 | 7:30 PM  10:30 PM | $6 - $10

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GRID w/Ryan Easter
Apr
9
7:30 PM19:30

GRID w/Ryan Easter

GRID is the new trio of Matt Nelson (Battle Trance) on saxophone, Tim Dahl (Child Abuse) on bass, and Nick Podgurski (New Firmament; Feast of the Epiphany) on drums. Despite the trio formation and the individual players’ backgrounds with jazz, the GRID sound takes the plunge toward the darker, heavier, and more psychedelic realms of improvised music. While undoubtedly harnessing the clamorous spirit of free jazz, the trio ventures beyond its acoustic borders, cleverly implementing electronic processing as well as dirge-like tempos that draw upon the slow-burning qualities of Doom and Sludge for inspiration. 

The four pieces that make up the album cover plenty of sonic territory and are ripe with expressive gesture, but are unified by the resulting singularity of atmosphere they conjure. Dahl’s extra-heavy bass guitar often marinates in the lower registers, creating a thick undergrowth of growling low end frequencies that anchor the pieces in a doom-like ambiance. Sliding up and down the fret from note to note creates a swaying imbalance that only amplifies the queasy, slow-motion tempos. Nelson’s saxophone, in conjunction with electronic effects processing, unleashes a multitude of refreshingly twisted new sounds, dynamics, and textures from the horn. Overdriven feedback is used to add a deeply fried sustain to the notes, giving them a Hendrix-like soulfulness and urgency. Squeals and squelches occasionally emerge from the web of filtering, reminding the listener that they are in fact hearing saxophone, not guitar. Podgurski’s loose, collapsing drumming style fills the nooks and crevices left behind by Dahl and Nelson’s destructive dissonance, stirring the pot and propelling the music forward. His painterly attack hits in all the right places, reinforcing tempos but also dancing around them, while adding an acoustic juxtaposition that gives dimension to each piece. 

Upon listening, there’s no denying that these musicians are deeply rooted in the craft of improvisation - they bring not only experience, but a high level of understanding to their work as well. What makes GRID unique however, is their ability to play with dirtier, noisier, and heavier textures, but with the sensitivity of a seasoned improviser. There is an undeniable physicality to GRID’s sound, as all of the sounds are related to the actual touch of the instrument. Although electronics are utilized, they embellish this physical playing, rather than dictate it. Nelson, Dahl, and Podgurski place individual expression in the back seat in favor of a cohesive vision that relies as much on mood and aura as it does technical chops. Recorded live to two inch tape at Seizures Palace in Brooklyn, the cavernous quality of the recording and signature mastering from Weasel Walter augment an undercurrent of grit and dread. Overall, the album has an essence of eternal void, as if the music exists in a vacuum of space that could go on infinitely in either direction. GRID’s debut is merely four glimpses into this alternate dimension of sound.

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Ryan Easter sought to move to Boston to attend The Berklee College of Music, studying trumpet performance (also playing piano, composing, arranging, etc.). Currently involved in two bands (Tiger Speak & The.Street.Apparatus) as well as his solo efforts, he's joined the Boston artist collective, Good Karma. Other than the Tiger Speak album that was released in March and a small project called "Side A" in April, Ryan has, recently, joined with Philadelphia producer Sketcho to bring "Iconoclast", produced by both of them and featuring other Richmond native rapper, Chance Fischer. Upcoming projects include an EP for The.Street.Apparatus, a duo album between Tiger Speak and The Love Experiment, and another solo project.

Monday, April 9, 2018 | 7:30 PM  10:30 PM | $6 - $10

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Heart of the Ghost w/ CGI Jesus
Mar
31
7:30 PM19:30

Heart of the Ghost w/ CGI Jesus

Heart of the Ghost is an improvisational unit from the Baltimore/Washington area. Comprised of Jarrett Gilgore (Alto Saxophone), Luke Stewart (Double Bass) and Ian McColm (Drums), this group is the culmination of years of encircling orbits. Collectively encompassing a massive variety of interests and collaborators including James Brandon Lewis, Jaimie Branch, Tashi Dorji, and Dave Rempis. Themselves known players in the circles of improvised music; these three find common ground within their individual vocabularies: an aim to deconstruct and reshape canonized creative tropes into a new & stunning language.

Hear a live recording here: Heart of the Ghost/Pidgeon Records

We're always happy to have CGI Jesus back to Black Iris. Richmond, Va's favorite Thrash-jazz/Chamber-Punk outfit. Composer Kevin Eichenberger uses a unique mix of songwriting, counterpoint, and improvisation to create a distinct listening experience. They're high energy, ambitious and a whole lot of fun!

Hear their recordings here via Bandcamp: Live at Black Iris

Saturday, March 31, 2018 | 7:30 PM  10:30 PM | $6 - $10

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Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog | Rumput | Maria Chavez
Mar
28
7:30 PM19:30

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog | Rumput | Maria Chavez

Advance tickets $15 available at Steady Sounds, Door tickets $20

Black Iris is excited to be welcoming back the legendary Marc Ribot, this time with his band Ceramic Dog, in lieu of their upcoming record release. Look out for band's much awaited third album and first in five years to be released on April 27, 2018 in US (Northern Spy), Europe (Yellowbird), Japan (P-Vine). Rumput (Richmond) will be opening the night and DJ Maria Chavez will be spinning an afterparty! 

“I got a right to say FUCK YOU!!!” is how the new album from veteran guitarist Marc Ribot’s trio Ceramic Dog starts off, with Ribot howling in anger at corruption, tyranny, life in general, and nothing in particular. Ribot certainly isn’t the only one piling-on, but if you’ve got a serious case of outrage fatigue, Ceramic Dog’s explosive cocktail of balls-to-the-wall abandon, chameleonic disregard for style constraints, political commentary, and absurdist humor is just the shot in the ass you might need. In fact, Ceramic Dog’s new album -- titled YRU Still Here?— directed in equal parts at themselves, the commander in chief, and the listening public -- arrives just in time to remind us that now is a moment when anger is not only necessary, and unavoidable, but also good for house plants .

Rumput (www.rumputband.com) plays keroncong (“kron-tjong”), the string-band music of Indonesia that evolved from the Portuguese’ introduction of Western string instruments to the archipelago beginning in the early sixteenth century. By the mid twentieth century the genre had absorbed influences from a wide range of genres: Indonesian folk traditions, European art song, jazz, Hawaiian music, Bossa nova, Japanese popular music, Central Javanese gamelan, and other forms. In Indonesia, keroncong is typically performed in cafes, on streets, and in homes, but only occasionally on the proscenium stage. It is an informal social music, culturally analogous to old-time bands in the states. You learn it not by taking lessons, but by hanging out. Rumput—which means “grass”—was founded in 2015 by members of Richmond’s Gamelan Raga Kusuma, established in 2007 by Andy McGraw and I Gusti Putu Sudarta.  www.ragakusuma.org.  

Born in Lima, Peru, Maria Chavez is known as an abstract turntablist, sound artist and DJ. Accidents, coincidence and failures are themes that unite her sound sculptures, installations and other works with her solo turntable performance practice. You can catch her abstract turntablism set at the University of Richmond on March 28th, 6pm (before the Marc Ribot show)

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DJ Accidents (Maria Chavez) Dance Party
Mar
27
8:30 PM20:30

DJ Accidents (Maria Chavez) Dance Party

Black Iris invites you to join us in an evening of music, dance, two steps and missteps with DJ Accidents! Maria Chavez is coming to our space to present a night of revelry to the Richmond community. We will be accepting $5 donations at the door towards the artist. Come out, feel it and have fun on a Tuesday!

Born in Lima, Peru, Maria Chávez is known as an abstract turntablist, sound artist and DJ. Accidents, coincidence and failures are themes that unite her sound sculptures, installations and other works with her solo turntable performance practice.  You can catch her abstract turntablism set at the University of Richmond on March 28th, 6pm (before the Marc Ribot show)

All ages welcome! UofR students enter free | ID's at the door | 830pm Door| Full Bar

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Evolution of the Arm w/ Maria Faust
Mar
15
7:30 PM19:30

Evolution of the Arm w/ Maria Faust

The Evolution of the Arm performs (mostly) acoustic composed, improvised, and semi-composed/semi-improvised chamber music. The group first convened in November 2017 for a concert at Villa Maria College; their individual and collective musical explorations continue to evolve. Watch a live performance here.

Megan Kyle: oboe
Evan Courtin: violin
Katie Weissman: cello
Michael McNeill: piano

Maria Faust (born in 1979 in Kuressaare) is an Estonian saxophone player and composer living in Copenhagen, Denmark. Maria is best known in the fields of third stream jazz, modern big band music, improvised music and other more alternative music styles. She is a member and co-founder of Barefoot Records.

Maria Faust is a multiple winner of Danish Music Awards 2014 in categories “Jazz Composer of the Year” and “Cross-over Record of the Year”. She has been nominated to Estonian Music Awards several times. Listen to her music here.

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Ned Ferm & James Gilmore w/ Maria Faust
Mar
10
7:30 PM19:30

Ned Ferm & James Gilmore w/ Maria Faust

Ned Ferm (saxophone and harmonizer) and James Gilmore (guitar and pedals) grew up playing in big bands and small jazz ensembles on an island in Maine in the 90s – now Ned is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist and composer living in Copenhagen, Denmark, and James is based out of Greensboro, NC, where he leads several of his own groups (including the James Gilmore FreeTet), performs with Eugene Chadbourne, and organizes an annual Free Improvised Music series. Ned has worked with such legends as Roswell Rudd and Airto Moreira, as well as stars from his own generation in the States and Europe, including Tyshawn Sorey, Jakob Bro, Mark Guiliana, Jacob Anderskov, Maria Faust, and pop sensation MØ. 

For their duo performances, Ned and James will be exploring new material Ned has written for the occasion, emphasizing both primitive and futuristic soundscapes and rhythms.

https://nedferm.com

https://jimmygilmoremusic.com

Maria Faust (born in 1979 in Kuressaare) is an Estonian saxophone player and composer living in Copenhagen, Denmark. Maria is best known in the fields of third stream jazz, modern big band music, improvised music and other more alternative music styles. She is a member and co-founder of Barefoot Records. Hear her music here.

Maria Faust is a multiple winner of Danish Music Awards 2014 in categories “Jazz Composer of the Year” and “Cross-over Record of the Year”. She has been nominated to Estonian Music Awards several times.

Listen to her music here.

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Trauma, Healing & Resilience pt.2
Mar
3
4:00 PM16:00

Trauma, Healing & Resilience pt.2

Saturday, March 3:  PANEL DISCUSSION, SELF-DEFENSE WORKSHOP, AND SONIC HEALING SESSION

We will have different panel members and therapists talk about these issues and the difficult process of healing and how to cultivate resiliency and post-traumatic growth from 3-4:15 p.m.. Panelists include:representatives from Nationz Foundation, VAVP, Richmond Peace Education Center, and Drums No Guns.

Discussion will be followed by a self-defense workshop led by Sophia Lakis (sliding scale donations accepted) from 4:30-5:30 p.m. and the evening will culminate in a group led sonic healing session from 5:30-6:30.  Throughout the event, we will be asking for feedback and ideas for future events/sessions.

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Jake Fussell w/ House & Land
Mar
2
7:30 PM19:30

Jake Fussell w/ House & Land

Black Iris is excited to be welcoming back Durham, North Carolina singer and guitarist Jake Xerxes Fussell in support of his new album What in the Natural World.   Fussell follows his celebrated self-titled debut with a moving new album of Natural Questions in the form of transmogrified folk/blues koans. This time these radiant ancient tunes tone several shades darker while amplifying their absurdist humor, illuminating our national, and psychic, predicaments.  

Listen to "Have You Ever Seen Peaches", here on NPR Songs We Love.  

House and Land is the new collaboration of Asheville guitarist Sarah Louise Henson with fiddle player Sally Anne Morgan. The tension between new and old, between folk and avant-garde, is its driving force.  

Their playing together is wholly unmediated, without amplifiers and using just two sets of hands and voices. With a minimalist approach, their music considers the space between notes as much as the notes themselves. The material on their debut is drawn from traditional southern hymns and Appalachian ballads that originated in England and elsewhere hundreds of years ago. Microtonality is as essential to certain Appalachian vocal styles as it is to a Tony Conrad composition and the often spare adornment to their singing puts these complexities on full display.  

Hear and see them performing here on NPR's All Songs TV.  

Friday, March 2, 2018 | 7:30 PM  10:30 PM | $6 - $10

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Trauma, Healing & Resilience pt.1
Mar
2
6:00 PM18:00

Trauma, Healing & Resilience pt.1

This program will involve discussions around trauma, how different art galleries and venues can be more trauma informed, and how institutionalized racism and capitalism further disproportionately impacts survivors in marginalized communities. The program will also help survivors get connected to different resources and information helpful to them. Spanning two days, part 1 begins:

Friday, March 2: ART OPENING AND COMMUNITY TABLING

Art will be on display from the art therapy workshop at Soft Web Studio Collective February 24th, with folks tabling from community organizations like VAVP, VSDVAA, Nationz Foundation, and Richmond Peace Education Center. Members from Nationz Foundation will be offering free, confidential HIV/STI testing.

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Snake Union | Bonnie Jones | Feminacci
Dec
2
7:30 PM19:30

Snake Union | Bonnie Jones | Feminacci

SNAKE UNION is a Brooklyn based experimental electronic group consisting of Chuck Bettis (Die Trommel Fatale, Mossenek) and David Grant (Action Patrol, On A Clear Day). A duo that works in improvisational rhythmic explorations that match analog synths and digital sound processing, modular wires and max patches. By turns psychedelic, delicate, and fuzzed out, the sequenced collides with the freeform as these two soundmakers push into new realms.  www.snakeunion.bandcamp.com

CHUCK BETTIS (electronics):  was raised in the fertile harDCore soil, nourished within Baltimore's enigmatic avant garde gatherings, and currently blossoming in New York's downtown musical tribe. His unique blend of electronics and throat has led him into various collaborations with great musicians from around the globe. He has performed live with John Zorn, Fred Frith, Jamie Saft, and Afrirampo to name a few. Some of the musicians Bettis has recorded and played live with are as follows; Ikue Mori, Nautical Almanac, Audrey Chen, Yellow Swans, Toshio Kajiwara, Mick Barr, etc, plus a long history of punk bands he was in (most notably the experimental punk band Meta-matics as well as the enigmatic All Scars). Currently he is working on many of his experimental projects such as Snake Union with Dave Grant, Die Trommel Fatale with Brandon Seabrook/Marika Hughes/Eivind Opsvik/Henry Fraser/Dave Truet/Sam Ospovat, Mossenek with Mick Barr & Colin Marston, Chatterblip with Dafna Naphtali, and Pretty Clicks with Berangere Maximin, in addition to improvising, recording, or composing with an array of musicians from around the world. www.chuckbettis.com

DAVID GRANT (eurorack modular): is a designer and musician living and working in New York City. In his personal work, the imagery and sounds of an upbringing in the American south collide with the semantic overload of international urban life. Using with analog synthesizers, field recordings, and video processing, his work channels the spacious natural energy found in rurality, along with the numinous power of historical religious material. Through the use of stark visual contrast, open-ended sound composition, and a warm density of visual and sonic dirt, the artist generates an expansive atavistic state in the audience.

Bonnie Jones is a Korean-American improvising musician, poet, and performer working with electronic sound and text. She performs solo and in numerous collaborative music, film, and visual art projects. Bonnie’s work explores the fluidity and function of electronic noise (field recordings, circuit bending) and text (poetry, found, spoken, visual). Her art seeks opportunities within different mediums to expose the fluid nature of individual identity, history, form, and meaning. 

Bonnie received her MFA at Bard College where she studied with Laetitia Sonami and Marina Rosenfeld. She has received commissions from the London ICA and Walters Art Museum and has presented her work extensively at institutions in the US, Mexico, Europe and Asia, including the LA MOCA, Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, and REDCAT. Her collaborative sound works have been shown at the Swiss Institute, Whitney Museum, and Hunter College. 

Feminacci: is classically trained violinist Elizabeth Nall's electronic project. She began to experiment with electronic sound and composition while involved in a collective founded by German composer, Herbert Brun, School for Designing a Society. In her studio practice today she uses technology to test the expectations of her musical ideas, exploring method in search of inspiration in the previously unheard. http://feminacci.org

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Gull | Gardener
Nov
21
7:30 PM19:30

Gull | Gardener

Doors 730pm | Show 8pm | $6-10 | Cash Bar

Nathaniel Rappole’s solo project Gull is best described as a drum; a living, breathing, squawking drum that cries out assorted music of creatures past and delivers it from a single unique perspective; a communal music broadcast of blood and bile left as an offering on the altar of sound. 


Gull has been active for more than a decade and has recorded a 7", 2 EP's and 2 full length albums and has spent the better part of the past 5 years touring vigorously ~ playing venues, on the streets and in the wilds of North and Central America, Kenya and Europe. Gull has toured in support of White Rabbits, Tres Mts and RNDM and has shared the bar arena with the likes of Silver Apples, Girl Talk, Deerhoof, Adrian Belew, Panda Bear and Melt Banana...

www.gullface.com

www.facebook.com/gullface

 

Under the name Gardener, Richmond, VA-based Dash Lewis uses a modular synthesizer, effects pedals, and his own voice to create intricately layered, rhythmically complex slabs of trance-inducing psychedelia, weaving looped vocal passages into thick, textured drones. Deeply influenced by German kosmiche music of the 1970s, mid-career Beach Boys, and spiritual jazz, Lewis’s interest lies in the organic interplay between electronics and the human voice. With Gardener, he works to meld seemingly disparate elements into a single instrument. A frequent performer and collaborator, Lewis has toured or shared the stage with The War on Drugs, Meg Mulhearn (Divine Circles, U.S. Christmas), Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Fred Thomas, Benoit Pioulard, Jeff Zeigler, Mary Lattimore, Suuns, Brian Case (Disappears), Tashi Dorji, Mind Over Mirrors, and many more.

www.gardenermusic.bandcamp.com

www.facebook.com/gardenerjams

www.dashlewis.tumblr.com

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Whispers of Night
Nov
20
7:30 PM19:30

Whispers of Night

Doors 730pm | Show 8pm | $6-10 | Cash Bar

Whispers of Night is an acoustic experimental improvisation duo featuring Majid Araim and Benjamin Shirley on a variety of instruments and timbres. Formed in early 2014 in Atlanta, the duo focuses on creative expression, respect, and collaborative exploration of sound.
The duo performs sets of completely improvised music, honing a sympathetic and dynamic musical bond.  In 2016, Whispers of Night released a limited edition cassette of recordings edited into two side-long suites from sessions in Nathaniel Kiser's Sleeping Partner
Studio, and will release a new set of recordings in late 2017.

Web:
https://whispersofnight.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/whispersofnight/

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J Collin | Russ Waterhouse
Nov
17
7:30 PM19:30

J Collin | Russ Waterhouse

J Collin: is a guitar player from Lancashire, UK, currently based in Sweden. On record he plays either improvised freeform abstract blues or through-composed minimalistic utilitarian drone music. His live shows are improvisations using a system of body, mind, breath, strings and electricity. His most recent LP is The Nature (Early Music; 2017).

"Acoustic string improvs of great abstraction, clanger and depth, recalling a certain vibe that Loren Connors once called his own, although there's no aping here. Lots of dizzy inventions of clustered strings that manage to maintain a certain melodic beauty for all their weirdness. There are even bits of wobbled slide and sustain that recall Fahey at his loosest. Totally boss." – Byron Coley

This spine-tingling album by J Collin is six-string primitivism taken to a whole other level of wildness and intuition.” – Derek Walmsley, The Wire

Doors 730pm | Show 8pm | $6 - $10 | Cash Bar

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OUR HEAVENLY BODIES w/ live score by Coupler
Nov
16
7:30 PM19:30

OUR HEAVENLY BODIES w/ live score by Coupler

Dir. Hanns Walter Kornblum, Germany, 1925, 91 min., NR, Digital

In 1925, German director Hanns Walter Kornblum set out to create a film unlike any that had come before. His aim was a film that would serve as both a summation of all the astronomical knowledge available at the time and a dreamy investigation of what wonders might await humanity at the advent of space travel. With the help of 15 special effects technicians and nine cameramen, Kornblum's film is a technical marvel, one that revels in the beauty and mysteries of the universe, reminiscent of Carl Sagan's COSMOS more than 50 years later. Digital Restoration by Filmmuseum München.

About Coupler: Coupler is less a band than a creative organization.  Founded in 2011 by Lambchop veteran Ryan Norris, its core is Norris along with Rodrigo Avendaño and Rollum Haas though its membership has at points swelled to as many as eight.  At its root the project is an exercise in mutual cooperation of creative individuals and is an exploration of the intersections of man and machine, live and recorded, composed and improvised, stasis and flux.

Doors 730pm | Show 8pm | $6 - $10 | Cash Bar

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Audrey Chen & Margaret Rorison
Oct
26
7:30 PM19:30

Audrey Chen & Margaret Rorison

(Voice and 16mm film projection)

The collaboration between Audrey Chen and Margaret Rorison works inside the intimate worlds of their maternal lines, as experienced through the myriad sounds of the human voice and 16mm film projection. Images and sounds captured in spaces brought together by their individual experiences of mother, daughter, granddaughter and how that affects their identities- and channels towards decision making, touch, habit, memory and language. 

Margaret Rorison: Margaret Rorison is a curator and filmmaker from Baltimore, Maryland. Her works often develop from explorations through rural and urban landscapes, combining language, sound and imagery to create installations, films and live 16mm projections. She is interested in the visceral nature of experience and the potentials of storytelling through the use of 16mm projection and sound, often sharing bills and collaborating with sound artists to explore new ways in which the image and machine can converse with sound and performance.

Audrey Chen: using the cello, voice and occasional analog electronics, Chen’s work delves deeply into her own version of narrative and non-linear storytelling. A large component of her music is improvised and her approach to this is extremely personal and visceral. Her playing explores the combination and layering of the homemade analog synthesizer, preparations and traditional and extended techniques in both the voice and cello. She works to join these elements into a singular ecstatic personal language. Over the past decade, her predominant focus has been her solo work with the cello, voice and electronics, but she has more recently begun to shift back towards the exploration of the voice as a primary instrument.

Doors 730pm | Show 8pm | $6 - $10 | Cash Bar

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Lean Year | Robert Donne
Oct
25
7:30 PM19:30

Lean Year | Robert Donne

Lean Year: is Virginia-based singer Emilie Rex and filmmaker/musician Rick Alverson. Together the two co-wrote the minimalist folk gem over the course of a year at their home in Richmond. They note Karen Dalton, Brian Eno, Fred Neil as their influences and examine their experiences in the aspirational worlds of the occult, Catechism education, the cloistered world of figure skating, hierarchical academia and the parasitic culture of the film industry throughout a series of powerfully restrained and meticulously crafted vignettes.

Robert Donne: is a musician and film composer from Richmond, VA. He has recorded works with a variety of groups and individuals including Labradford (Kranky), Aix Em Klemm (Kranky), Spokane (Jagjaguwar), Gregor Samsa, Cristal (Flingco Sound System, Entr'acte), Pan.American (Kranky), Stephen Vitiello, and most recently Anjou (Kranky). His work as a composer includes Rick Alverson's Entertainment, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and New Jerusalem (2011 Film Festival Rotterdam), as well as Daniel Carbone's Hide Your Smiling Faces (2013 Berlinale).

Doors 730pm | Show 8pm | $6 - $10 | Cash Bar

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Tashi Dorji w/ James Jackson Toth & Ian McColm
Oct
21
7:30 PM19:30

Tashi Dorji w/ James Jackson Toth & Ian McColm

Black Iris will be presenting a fresh collaboration between genre-evading guitarist Tashi Dorji and literary lyricist James Jackson Toth in the intimate setting of the Tiny Bar at Black Iris on October 21st.  This performance brings together Dorji and Toth's disparate styles to find commonalities informed by intimate experiences of life on the road as well as the stories and impulses that define the characters that populate the country surrounding it. 

Tashi Dorji: Dorji grew up in Bhutan, on the eastern side of the Himalayas. Residing in Asheville since 2000 and soaking up a vast array of music. Along the way, Dorji developed a playing style unbound by tradition, yet with a direct line to intuitive artistry. His recordings feature improvisations that spasmodically grow along tangential, surprising paths. All references break loose during a composition, as Dorji keys into his own inner world.

James Jackson Toth: Swans frontman and head of Young God Records Michael Gira stated, James Jackson Toth's “got that picaresque quality that Dylan had in his heyday, wherein the shambolic narrator undergoes various travails and epiphanies — harrowing, bleak and darkly comical — in the course of a narrative, then leaves you mystified, both smiling and sad.

Ian McColm: McColm has performed nationally and internationally in a variety of ensembles including the drone/ambient duo, Nagual, as well as free-music trio, Heart of the Ghost. McColm’s music has been featured by WFMU, Adhoc.fm, Dusted Magazine, and Mike Watt’s “The Watt from Pedro Show.” Much of this music can be heard on releases from Ergot Records, Marmara Records, C/Site Recordings, and Feeding Tube Records.

Doors 730pm | Show 8pm | $6 - $10 | Cash Bar

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avantNOIR | CGI Jesus
Oct
16
7:30 PM19:30

avantNOIR | CGI Jesus

AvantNOIR: San Francisco Bay Area bassist and composer Lisa Mezzacappa brings her lush and layered avantNOIR ensemble to Richmond in its first East Coast tour. avantNOIR is a suite of compositions for jazz sextet inspired by noir genre fiction set in New York City (where Mezzacappa was born and raised) and the San Francisco Bay Area (where she has lived for the past 16 years). avant-NOIR is a musical companion to Paul Auster’s abstract “soft-boiled” crime stories from his New York Trilogy of the 1980s, set in conversation with the West Coast classic hard-boiled 1920s-era detective fiction of Dashiell Hammett. The music progresses like a detective’s case, using clues and imagery from the crime novels such as maps, letters, messages and relationships between characters and places, to create compositions with acoustic and electric sounds, and composed and improvised material. The result is a contemporary jazz gem influenced as much by Charles Ives and Pierre Boulez as by Eric Dolphy and Henry Threadgill.

CGI Jesus: Local punk free jazz trio will be opening the night with a blast of double bass, sax and drums

Doors 730pm | Show 8pm | $6 - $10 | Cash Bar

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Josiah Johnson | Planes on Paper | Alex Norman
Oct
9
7:30 PM19:30

Josiah Johnson | Planes on Paper | Alex Norman

Planes on Paper: There is a vocal synergy that exists between Navid Eliot and Jen Borst, the two core members of the Washington-based folk group PLANES ON PAPER. They each have clear, unique voices, but when combined, a special kind of musical beauty emerges. As a one year-old project, they were already receiving high praise from a nearly endless list of media outlets across the country: The Seattle Times, American Songwriter Magazine, KEXP Seattle, WNYU New York, The Revue, Ear To The Ground, and The Stranger, to name just a few. 

Now 2.5 years into the band, the praise continues, and the songwriting duo is drawing crowds on both coasts of the US as well as playing noteworthy festivals...all without yet releasing a full-length album - that unconventional path speaks volumes about the strength of Planes on Paper's live performances. Described as, "a cohesive, stark showcase of pure, unadulterated song craft," they are a show not to be missed. Their debut full length album, Edge Markings, will be released in early 2018.

Josiah Johnson (The Head and The Heart): Southern California native, current resident of the Bay Area, former Seattleite, one-time Torontonian, and long-time tour busy resident. JOSIAH JOHNSON'S immersion in the musical culture of so many locales, as well as his dedication to constant touring, have given him the means to share his music far and wide. But the strength of his songwriting has carried his music far beyond his physical reach. Best known as a member of American indie-folkers THE HEAD AND THE HEART, Josiahs solo performances highlight a stripped down, emotive, lyrics-first kind of song craft, inimitable in its sincerity and beauty.

Alex Norman: is a folk singer-songwriter from Richmond, Virginia. She currently plays at a variety of venues around Richmond and Charlottesville and wherever else her adventures take her. Alex is the Round 6 and Round 10 winner of Ashland Coffee & Tea’s “Songwriter Shootout,” and she is also a three-time finalist in the Rapunzel’s Coffee & Books annual songwriting competition (2013, 2014, 2016).  In 2013 she was featured at the State Fair of Virginia and played there again in 2014. Alex has played the Camel’s monthly Songwriter Showcase on multiple occasions. In 2015, Alex played a live set on WRIR 97.3 fm “Over the Edge” (2015) to help raise money for the local radio station. Alex was featured on Virginia Currents WCVE in November and performed as the featured artist at the James River Filmmaker’s Forum at the Visual Arts Center this past Spring.

Doors 730pm | Show 8pm | $10 | Cash Bar

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Jacob Wick | RAIC
Oct
5
7:30 PM19:30

Jacob Wick | RAIC

Jacob Wick: is a trumpet player and improviser. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Wick has lived in Brooklyn, Oakland, and Los Angeles, and has performed with a variety of improvisers and composers in a variety of contexts, including at the Whitney Museum of American Art (US), the Moers Jazz Festival (DE), and el Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MX). He has performed with Toshimaru Nakamura, Bonnie Jones, Katherine Young, Andrew D'Angelo, Josh Roseman, and many others. He has released recordings on Prom Night Records (Brooklyn, NY), Peira (Chicago, IL), Diatribe (Dublin, IE), and Creative Sources (Lisbon, PT). He holds a BM from Purchase College, SUNY, and an MFA from the California College of the Arts.

In performance, Wick works to privilege the perspective, experience, and expressive capacities of ambient non-human actors—air ducts, airplanes, birds, cement—over his own experience as a white, cis, American male. This approach is indebted to a wild commitment to queer politics and years of cruising contemporary and 20th century art and/or life theories. Current projects include solo trumpet performance, listening and/or visualization exercises, and Dos/Tres Hongos, a duo or trio with Marc Riordan and Frank Rosaly.

RAIC: Richmond Avant Improv Collective. Samuel Goff. Abdul Hakim-Bilal. Erik Schroeder. Zoe Olivia-Kinney.

Doors 730pm | Show 8pm | $6 - $10 | Cash Bar

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Rafael Toral | David Dominique
Sep
30
7:30 PM19:30

Rafael Toral | David Dominique

Rafael Toral: plays electronic music today as a jazz musician would play his instrument, applying jazz discipline and working practices to his abstract electronics. The result is truly evolutionary music, once described as “a brand of electronic music far more visceral and emotive than that of his cerebral peers”. Melodic without notes, rhythmic without a beat, familiar but strange, meticulous but radically free, it is riddled with interesting paradox.

Collaborations include Jim O’Rourke, Evan Parker, John Edwards, Joe Morris, Tatsuya Nakatani, Chris Corsano, Manuel Mota, David Toop, Alvin Lucier, John Zorn, Phill Niblock, Christian Marclay, Sonic Youth, João Paulo Feliciano, Rhys Chatham, Lee Ranaldo, C Spencer Yeh, Dean Roberts.  Since 2008 he directs the Space Collective, a slowly developing orchestral group.

Furniture Daniel: is the new solo electronic project of David Dominique. Performing on analog synthesizer, drum machine, voice and loop pedal, Dominique creates colorful patchworks of looped polyphonic vocal harmonies, chants, utterances and evolving timbres. Rich, abstract soundscapes intersperse with winding multi-layered songs, exploring grief, mania, hallucination and catharsis.

David Dominique, is a composer, performer and music theorist living in Richmond, by way of LA, Boston and New York. Much of Dominique’s recent music has been written for an extended jazz octet, including the forthcoming "Mask" (2018), and the widely-praised album, “Ritual,” described by Downbeat Magazine as a "rowdy muscular brand of modernism. Picture Charles Mingus taking over the Sun Ra Arkestra.” Both albums mix elements of contemporary experimental music, minimalism, rock and ‘60s big band jazz. Furniture Daniel has performed recently in Los Angeles, Northern California, Wyoming, Virginia, Austria, and Finland, and has developed through the support of artist residencies in Finland (Arteles Creative Center; Fiskars AiR), Djerassi Resident Artist Program (CA), Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts (WY) and MacDowell Colony (NH). Upcoming 2017 performances are scheduled for Richmond, Indianapolis, Baltimore and Brussels.

Doors 730pm | Show 8pm | $6 - $10 | Cash Bar

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Daniel Levin | David Moré
Sep
18
7:30 PM19:30

Daniel Levin | David Moré

Black Iris welcomes cellist Daniel Levin for a solo set in the Tiny Bar, September 18th.  Levin, touring in support of his upcoming solo album Living ( appearing on Smeraldina-Rima later in the Spring), has been developing his sonic vocabulary since the age of six when he began his training as a cellist. After graduating from the New England Conservatory Levin moved to New York and immersed himself in the jazz scene. His most recent work presents techniques that extend beyond the perimeters of jazz and new music by generating sound-scapes influenced by the ephemera encountered in everyday life. 

Richmond based sound-artists-experimenter David Moré will be opening the evening with his unique assemblages of objects + instruments that come together with orchestrated beauty and chaos.

Doors 730pm | Show 8pm | $6 - $10 | Cash Bar

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The Bones of JR Jones | Josh Small & Andrew Alli
Sep
15
7:30 PM19:30

The Bones of JR Jones | Josh Small & Andrew Alli

We're excited to to be hosting The Bones of JR Jones' third live session in the Tiny Bar at Black Iris.  A dark and soulful high energy performance The Bones of JR Jones presents an evening that you won't want to miss!

The Bones of JR Jones: What has continued to define The Bones of J.R. Jones is the musician’s hypnotic live show. He operates as a one-man band — playing guitar, drums, and singing in unison, creating the feeling of a raucous blues band with more immediacy.  “I am hyperaware of the history that a lot of the music I play brings with it,” he says. “I’m trying my damnedest not to reinvent the wheel but carve out my own voice. But it’s about finding that balance where the music does feel fresh and new but also familiar at the same time.”

Josh Small: In the complexity of his boogie-woogie rhythms and soulful croon, Josh Small masterfully howls at the open skies in a way that channels folk heroes of the past. What sets Small apart is the way he introduces modern ideas that incorporate themselves remarkably into traditional folk ideas… he pays respect to the troubadours of the past while reinventing ideas which may result in proclamations of Small’s name alongside theirs

Andrew Alli: is a 26 year old Richmond, Virginia native. Always into music, he stumbled upon the blues while taking up his first instrument; the harmonica, a few years back. He instantly fell in love with the blues and all of the history that comes with such an influencial music. Andrew developed his style of playing by studying from the harmonica greats including: Little Walter, Big Walter Horton, Sonny Boy Williamson II, and Junior Wells

Doors 730pm | Show 8pm | $6 - $10 | Cash Bar

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Purling Hiss | Long Hots
Sep
9
7:30 PM19:30

Purling Hiss | Long Hots

Purling Hiss: is the rock music project of American multi-instrumentalist Mike Polizze. Based in Philadelphia, the project was named so because of its heavy use of distortion and white noise. Originally conceived for his own personal amusement and desire to experiment, Polizze eventually self-released Purling Hiss (2009) and began touring with a live band... The rock we need meets the rock we deserve, with popular music to keep spririts (and bias) high for the coming stretch of unexplored darkness wasteland ahead.

Long Hots: Kensington, Philly basement boogie. Members of Hothead, Spacin, Rosali 

Doors 730pm | Show 8pm | $6 - $10 | Cash Bar

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Immigrant Songs _ Benefit Dance Party
Jul
27
7:00 PM19:00

Immigrant Songs _ Benefit Dance Party

Doors 700pm | $10 | RSVP

Black Iris is honored to be hosting a community dance party to benefit Aynaz Habibpour, a 20-year-old refugee/aspiring neurosurgeon who needs money to pay for her first semester of tuition at VCU . 

This party celebrates the spirit that makes America greater. Songs about fleeing a bad scene, overcoming the odds and striving for something better. Hip-hop, soul, rock, pop & more from DJ Ant Boogie and DJ Big Chair.

...more information here.

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Xenga + Zach Rowden
Jul
15
7:30 PM19:30

Xenga + Zach Rowden

Doors 730pm | Show 8pm | $6-$10 | RSVP

Black Iris is excited to be welcoming Xenga to the Tiny Bar this Saturday, July 15th.   Years of collaboration between Jarrett Gilgore (reeds) & Ian McColm (drums) generate a constant reassessment of the classic free-jazz duo of sax and drums.  Xenga takes this porous form and introduces a wide range of influences ranging from heavy metal to North African trance music.  Gilgore and McColm strive to contribute new sounds and structures to the creative music canon using a variety of techniques developed over years of experimentation. 

Stalwarts of the Baltimore-Washington improvised music scene, Gilgore & McColm have performed and collaborated with an array of international talent including Dave Rempis, Paul Giallorenzo, Jaimie Branch, and Washington DC’s own, Luke Stewart.

Joining Xenga on this tour is Zach Rowden. A New Haven-based musician, Rowden deals with the acoustic and performative possibilities of the electric and upright basses. His collaborators and associations include: Iancu Dumitrescu & Ana-Maria Avram (Hyperion Ensemble soloist/member), Michael Foster’s The Ghost, Robert Black, Chris Cretella, Matt Sargent, Leila Bordreuil, Lindsey Vickery, Charmaine Lee, Gus Caldwell, and Sean Ali.

Although a new collaboration, Xenga + Zach Rowden is born out of a wealth of improvisational experience and the hearty spirit of young friends creating new music every night from the air around us all.

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