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The Zomes | David Moré
Feb
25
7:30 pm19:30

The Zomes | David Moré

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

ZOMES : It all began when Asa Osborne was performing at the Perspectives Festival in Sweden where Hanna was working. After a improvised set together Asa invited Hanna to Baltimore witch was the beginning of the trans-Atlantic exchange of ideas that eventually became Time Was and Near Unsion.

Hanna traveled to Baltimore during September and October of 2012 to record Time Was at Tempo House. These are the first Zomes recordings laid to tape in a studio and the songs are as immersive on record as they are live. Time Was is an expansion of the Zomes aesthetic, an open and natural collaboration between like-minded individuals. While there are certainly obvious musical connections to Osborne’s work with Lungfish, the duo of Asa and Hanna have built on this considerable foundation and expanded the form to glorious new heights.

DAVID MORE´: is a sound artist, musician wannabe, and occasional maker of objects. Current projects include listening to weak electromagnetic signals from (maybe) Jupiter using a home built radio telescope, as well as weekly practice sessions with his mildly electric fish pet fish, Alex Halsted, via Skype. In 2004, as well as in 2013, he was quite honored to perform at the High Zero Festival of Improvised Experimental Music in Baltimore,alongside such luminaries as Daniel Higgs, Joe McPhee, and Susan Alcorn. His projects have been presented through Art in General (NYC) and the University of Illinois at Chicago, amongst others." Hope that helps.

Made In Richmond | Pop Up Shop
Feb
24
Feb 25

Made In Richmond | Pop Up Shop

We're excited to be hosting the first Pop Up of Made In Richmond. Come on out Friday (7-10) and Saturday (10-5). Made in Richmond will have workshops, quality goods, and more... all from local makers right here in Richmond, VA.

Featuring: Join or Die Knives | Awl Snap | Bear Ceramics | Kugo Laser | Van Herten Outerwear | Ore & Fiber | Maslo Jewelry | Commune | Van Jester Woodworks | Roseneath Leather. 

We hope to see you. 

Buy local. By Richmond

Open City | Elizabeth Van Lew w/Teargas Rock
Feb
18
7:30 pm19:30

Open City | Elizabeth Van Lew w/Teargas Rock

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

Black Iris presents Open City (Philadelphia) & Elizabeth Van Lew w/Teargas Rock.

 Open City is a project embedded with histories — people, places, sounds, scenes. Bringing together collective decades of experience in East Coast punk and DIY communities, specifically ones known for prying open the melodic sides of punk rock, hardcore and post-punk, the project is: singer and lyricist Rachel Rubino (Bridge And Tunnel, Worriers), bassist Andy Nelson (Paint It Black, Ceremony, Dark Blue), guitarist Dan Yemin (Paint It Black, Lifetime, Kid Dynamite, Armalite), and drummer Chris Wilson (Ted Leo & the Pharmacists).

Elizabeth Van Lew: For the first time in 116 years, objective conditions compel Elizabeth Van Lew (EVL) and her squad of spies and soldiers to return to Richmond to announce truths past that bring to light cosmic contradictions present and future. An ardent abolitionist and proto-feminist, Ms. Van Lew explodes the corrupt revisionist Lost Cause mythology of “Crazy Bet” through photos, words and propaganda of the deed.  

In solidarity against totalitarianism and all forms of oppression, Teargas Rock will be performing along side EVL. Teargas Rock realizes the political momentum tipping the scales towards the unjust cannot necessarily be rectified through conventional channels of appeal.  As such, a portion of the proceeds from this performance will be  funneled through established non-governmental organizations to autonomous revolutionary cells and pre-revolution survival programs.  Despite two successful tours of Cuba and Venezuela, Teargas Rock has been unable to perform in the U.S. until now.

Christopher Tignor | Stephen Vitiello
Feb
15
7:30 pm19:30

Christopher Tignor | Stephen Vitiello

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

Black Iris is excited to announce an evening with Christopher Tignor and Stephen Vitiello. Once label mates on (the now silent though always ahead of it's time) New Albion Records, Tignor and Vitiello share an explorers desire for exploration and discovery in the ocean of sound that surrounds us. 

Christopher Tignor is a composer, violinist, and software engineer. His emotionally charged scores and unique focus on live, performance-based electro-acoustic practice has won acclaim within both the classical and experimental communities across 8 LPs on the Western Vinyl and New Albion record labels. As a result of his unique performance technique using tuning forks, Christopher is a sponsored artist of the German tuning fork maker Wittner. Likewise, renown software leader Antares sponsors Christopher for his inventive application of Auto-Tune as a "choral" violin harmonizer.

Stephen Vitiello has performed nationally and internationally, at locations such as the Tate Modern, London; the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival; The Kitchen, New York; and the Cartier Foundation, Paris. In 2011, ABC-TV, Australia produced the documentary Stephen Vitiello: Listening With Intent. Awards include Creative Capital (2006) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2011-2012). Vitiello is a professor of Kinetic Imaging at Virginia Commonwealth University. He lives and works in Richmond, Virginia.

Tiny Bar Session 030 | Wes Swing Duo
Feb
9
7:30 pm19:30

Tiny Bar Session 030 | Wes Swing Duo

Black Iris presents Tiny Bar Session 030 with the Wes Swing Duo Thursday February 9th. 

Doors | 7:30pm, $10 Cash, Show | 8:00pm

Wes Swing is a singer, cellist, multi-instrumentalist and composer from Virginia. Swing's style of composition draws on classical, folk and alternative rock influences to create a "rich and lilting soundscape” of "beautifully swelling cello-folk." In live performance he loops his cello and violin to create deeply enveloping string sections to which "Swing demonstrates his vocal prowess with delicate intonation," delivering lyrics imbued with poetry.

"Listening to the album became a journey that I found lent itself to a full listen rather than dipping in and out of tracks...Swing demonstrates his vocal prowess with delicate intonation" - Folk Radio UK

"Like a cold fall night pierces a mountain hollow... Swing's voice rings out over his classical cello strings." - Stephanie Garcia, The Hook 

Live Session Video // Philadelphia 2017

"Ghost" Music Video, Iceland

Tiny Bar 029 // H.O.W.
Jan
23
7:30 pm19:30

Tiny Bar 029 // H.O.W.

Black Iris Gallery is excited to be presenting the first Tiny Bar Session of 2017.  Session 029 showcases H.O.W which began as the solo project of Hanna Olivegren.  Hannah, who is also the singer in ZOMES with Asa Osborne (Lungfish), brings together melodies, harmonies, westafrican rhythms,  improvisation and soul seeking love, joy and reflection that makes H.O.W. a sonic delight and a welcome addition to the Black Iris program. 

After living in Baltimore and releasing a solo mixtape H.O.W has developed into a 4 piece group with: 
Hanna Olivgren - Keyboard & Voice
Ines Nassara - Voice
Zack Branch - Cello
Mike Kuhl - Drums

http://howmusichow.bandcamp.com/album/m-i-x-t-a-p-e

DOORS 7:30 // SHOW 8:00
$6 - 10 CASH DONATION

Nelly Kate | Bobby Donne | Feminacci
Jan
7
7:30 pm19:30

Nelly Kate | Bobby Donne | Feminacci


Black Iris Gallery is excited, focused and defiantly optimistic about the role arts, culture and the creative community will play in shaping and reshaping the spaces/places that make up our collective world. Our first presentation of 2017 brings together three artists who share in common a pursuit of newness, meaning, understanding, and beauty in the known and unknown .  Each of their experiments and explorations gather, create and present evidence of a vast expanding sonic universe. 

FEMINACCI ::: SPARSE // EERIE // GRANULAR. From simple sequences, where each number is the sum of previous two, we find the golden ratio, often witnessed in nature. Even our uteruses follow these proportions.

BOBBY DONNE ::: FRESH // UNDENIABLE // ELECTRONIC. Through involvement with endeavors such as: Gregor Samsa, Labradford, Stephen Vitiello, and Cristal—we have grown eager to experience the latest palette of this established artist.

NELLY KATE ::: IMMERSIVE // EXPERIENTIAL // LO-FI. Tuning into new frequencies. Sonic tiptoes tread softly as video experiments light her way.

CLINT SLEEPER ::: On the heels of his residency, at Signal Culture, Sleeper refined a motion + sound-responsive app to affect videos live during this show.

DOORS 7 // SHOW 7:30
$5 - 10 CASH DONATION
 

Dammann/Davis/Niekrasz/Summerfield
Dec
9
9:00 pm21:00

Dammann/Davis/Niekrasz/Summerfield

Born of bassist/composer Chris Dammann’s desire to play with his favorite improvisers, this quartet features Kevin Davis (cello), John Niekrasz (drums) and Toby Summerfield (guitar). This group focuses on a shared language of spontaneous composition and deep listening.

 http://kevindavismusic.com/           

https://johnniekrasz.wordpress.com/

http://tobysummerfield.com/           

https://milkfactoryproductions.bandcamp.com/album/restroy

Run Tell That w/ Luther Hughes & Joy Priest
Dec
9
7:00 pm19:00

Run Tell That w/ Luther Hughes & Joy Priest

Run Tell That is a quarterly poetry reading series in Richmond, Virginia featuring poets whose work troubles the public/private, individual/collective “I.” Named after & situated in the tradition of “storying” in the South, this series understands all American letters to be necessarily shaped by the South’s public/private, individual/collective I’s. Here, the slow-mouthed ghosts sing. 

Luther Hughes received his BA in poetry from Columbia College Chicago. He currently curates, “Shade,” a literary blog for queer writers of color. He is also the Associate Poetry Editor for The Offing Magazine. A Pushcart Prize nominee, Luther’s work has been published or is forthcoming in Solstice Literary Magazine, Muzzle Magazine, Winter Tangerine, Vinyl Poetry, Word Riot, and others. You can follow him on Twitter @lutherxhughes. He thinks you are beautiful.

Joy Priest is a writer born and raised in Louisville, KY. She is the winner of the 2016 Hurston/Wright Foundation College Writers Award, and has received scholarships, grants, and fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Kentucky Arts Council, and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. Joy's work has been published or is upcoming in Blackbird, Callaloo, Drunken Boat, espnW, Muzzle, PUBLIC POOL, Vinyl, and the anthologies Best New Poets 2014, and The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip Hop, among others. She is currently an M.F.A. candidate in poetry at the University of South Carolina.

Torrey Pines_Film
Nov
17
7:30 pm19:30

Torrey Pines_Film

Torrey Pines is a stop-motion animated feature film by director Clyde Petersen. Based on a true story, the film is a queer punk coming-of-age tale, taking place in Southern California in the early 1990's. Raised by a schizophrenic single mother, Petersen's life story unfolds in a series of baffling and hallucinated events. With a mother fueled by hallucinations of political conspiracy and family dysfunction, twelve-year-old Petersen is taken on a cross-country adventure that will forever alter the family as they know it.

Black Iris will be presenting Torrey Pines in its touring theatrical show form. The live theatrical version has a score performed by the band Your Heart Breaks and special guests, including Kimya Dawson, Lori Goldston, The Beaconettes (an amazing choir from Seattle, Washington), Corey J. Brewer, Chris Looney and Art Petersen.

Doors 7:30pm | Show 8:00pm | $6 - $10 | Cash Bar

Clyde Petersen is a Seattle based artist, working in film, animation, music, installation and fabulous spectacle. He is a member of the transgender and queer communities in Seattle. He travels the world with his punk band Your Heart Breaks and hosts a TV show in a small handmade boat in the Washington Park Arboretum. Boating with Clyde features artists from around the world, performing on the waterways of Seattle and can be seen online. Past projects also include the 90-minute multimedia show Gender Failure with Rae Spoon and Ivan Coyote. 

His work has been featured around the world at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, SXSW, the Henry Art Gallery, the Walker Art Gallery, Portland State University, Western Washington University, Bumbershoot Arts Festival, Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and many more. His clients include The Thermals, Kimya Dawson, Laura Veirs, Earth, Minor Alps, Quasi, Deerhoof, Sean Nelson, The Portland Cello Project and Thao with the Get Down Stay Down to name a few. He has been awarded grants for filmmaking from the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), The Neddy at Cornish, the City of Seattle, the Artist Trust Innovator Award, the Awesome Foundation and 4Culture.

Wasatch Mecha | Sugarlift
Nov
12
7:30 pm19:30

Wasatch Mecha | Sugarlift

Black Iris presents an evening of electronic and experimental sound with DC based project Wasatch Mecha and Richmond sonic explorer Sugarlift.

Doors 7:30pm | Show 8:00pm | $6 - $10 | Cash Bar

Wasatch Mecha (Aaron Leitko) Aaron Leitko is a musician and writer based in Washington, D.C. He is a member of electronic duo Protect-U and has released music through Future Times, Planet Mu, and Mea Kusma. Released last month on Atlantic Rhythms, Wasatch Mecha gathers a number of Eurorack synthesizer pieces Leitko recorded in Spring 2015. The tape's title refers to both the Utah-Idaho mountain range and the '80s cartoon series Robotech. The latter provided indirect inspiration through its combination of hi-tech design and melodrama.

Sugarlift is an ambient/experimental/electronic sound project that combines field recordings with synthesized tones, amplified objects and vocalizations to create murky, ethereal soundscapes. Inspired by the work of Liz Harris, Pauline Oliveros and Delia Derbyshire, Sugarlift mixes haunting vocalizations with everyday speech and sonic textures to explore narrative imagery. Sugarlift is a meditative, intuition and improvisation-based practice. Often using materials that emerge from current crises which impel response and taking cues from Tibetan sound healing, Sugarlift aims to create sonic refuges for listening, remembering and imagining.

Nickelus F | Tiny Bar Session 026
Nov
4
9:30 pm21:30

Nickelus F | Tiny Bar Session 026

Join us for Tiny Bar Session #26 featuring Richmond native, hip hop legend Nickelus F, this Friday November 4th at 9:30pm. In 2013 Nickelus F released the cult classic Vices to critical acclaim, writing, producing and recording the project entirely on his own. Vices received the Editorial Choice for it's lyricism and production value, including the song "Number 15" featuring Drake. That same year he followed up Vices with the mixtape PTPT and the album YG2 (Yellow Gold 2) produced by Richmond's legendary beatsmith Ohbliv. In 2015 he released the album Triflin which reached at #58 on Billboard's hip hop and RnB charts. 

Doors 9:00pm | Show 9:30pm | Tickets $10 | Cash Bar

JULIANNA BARWICK | MARY LATTIMORE
Sep
29
7:30 pm19:30

JULIANNA BARWICK | MARY LATTIMORE

Black Iris Gallery is excited to present an evening with Julianna Barwick & Mary Lattimore. 

JULIANNA BARWICK is an American musician who was born in Louisiana and currently lives in Brooklyn. Her music is built around multiple loops and layers of her voice. Barwick, who credits a rural, church choir upbringing for her sound, begins most tracks with a single phrase or refrain, then uses a loop station and the occasional piano or percussive instrument to build the song into a swirling mass of lush, ambient folk. She released her first two collections of songs, the full-lengthSanguine and the EP Florine, in 2009 and 2010, respectively, before issuing her Asthmatic Kitty debut, The Magic Place, in 2011 and Nepenthe in 2013. Her latest album, Will, was released via Dead Oceans on May 6, 2016.

MARY LATTIMORE is a harpist living in Philadelphia. She experiments with her Lyon and Healy Concert Grand harp and effects. Her solo debut, “The Withdrawing Room”, was released in 2013 on Desire Path Recordings. Mary also writes harp parts for songs and recordings, performing and recording with such great artists as Meg Baird, Thurston Moore, Sharon Van Etten, Jarvis Cocker, Kurt Vile, Steve Gunn, Ed Askew and Fursaxa. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-W3w37RDXIY

Elka Bong (If, Bwana + Walter Wright) | Ting Ting Jahe
Sep
20
7:30 pm19:30

Elka Bong (If, Bwana + Walter Wright) | Ting Ting Jahe

Black Iris Gallery will be hosting an evening of experimental sound and video with veteran multimedia artists Al Margolis (aka If, Bwana) and Walter Wright. Richmond's own Ting Ting Jahe will be opening the evening.

AL MARGOLIS aka If, Bwana

Margolis has been an activist in the 1980s American cassette underground through his cassette label Sound of Pig Music; was co-founder of experimental music label Pogus Productions, which he continues to run. Active under the name If, Bwana since 1984, making music that has swung between fairly spontaneous studio constructions and more process-oriented composition.

He has recorded and/or performed with Pauline Oliveros, Ione, Joan Osborne, Monique Buzzarté, Katherine Liberovskaya, Adam Bohman, Ellen Christi, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Jane Scarpantoni, Ulrich Krieger, David First, and Dave Prescott, among others.

http://www.ifbwana.com/

 WALTER WRIGHT
is an interdisciplinary artist, his practice includes computer programming, electro-acoustic music, and video performance. His focus is on “improvisation as a way of being present in the world.”

Wright was one of the first video animators. At Computer Image Corp he animated letters, words, and titles for Children’s Television Workshop. He was a video animator for Ed Emshwiller’s Thermogenesis and Scapemates, aired by WNET’s Artists Television Workshop. Scapemates was the first computer graphics video nominated for an Emmy Award (1971). He showed his work at the first computer art conference at the Kitchen (NYC, 1973). In 1973-76, as artist-in-residence at the Experimental Television Center, he pioneered video performance touring public access centers, colleges, and galleries with the Paik/Abe Video Synthesizer.

TING TING JAHE

No, Ting Ting Jahe doesn't exist and it doesn't matter. what does matter are the sounds around us at any given time and the wonders those sounds permit. Any everyday occurrence and its sounds mixed with all other occurrences and their respective sounds exist in so many different perspectives and realities than any Ting Ting Jahe ever could. With Ting Ting Jahe and its utter non-existence we find a contrary opinion on all of this and more.

BATTLETRANCE JAZZ QUARTET | TINY BAR SESSION 024
Sep
7
7:30 pm19:30

BATTLETRANCE JAZZ QUARTET | TINY BAR SESSION 024

Wednesday September 7th, Black Iris is pleased to present Tiny Bar Session 024 with Battle Trance Jazz Quartet. Their last album "Palace of Wind was called "an achievement not just for the saxophone, but for avant-garde composition as a whole" (PopMatters) and a "beauteous and masterful deception unlike anything else" (New Firmament), Palace of Wind is the debut full-length release fromTravis Laplante's genre-defying tenor saxophone quartet Battle Trance. Amongst its many accolades, the album has been lauded as "mesmerizing" by the New York Times. 

Doors: 730pm $10 | Show: 8pm

FRIENDS & NEIGHBORS | TINY BAR SESSION 023
Sep
2
8:30 pm20:30

FRIENDS & NEIGHBORS | TINY BAR SESSION 023

Friends & Neighbors represents a new generation of bands from the Norwegian jazz-scene. The music can be described as energetic and melodic free jazz inspired by musicians like Ornette Coleman, Archie Shepp, Pharoah Sanders and John Carter. On their debut album "No Beat Policy" (Øra Fonogram 2011), Friends & Neighbors have created an authentic and acoustic atmosphere that refers back to the political roots of free jazz. Through original and strong compositions, this has resulted in a band sound with strong identity, crystal clear presence and personality. The quintets members can also be heard in bands like Albatrosh, Team Hegdal, Forde Gjerstad trio, Cortex and All Included. 

Doors 8:30pm $10 | Show: 9:00pm

Bachman | Fussel | Bowles | Tiny Bar Session 022
Aug
27
7:30 pm19:30

Bachman | Fussel | Bowles | Tiny Bar Session 022

Black Iris is excited to welcome back Daniel Bachman and Jake Fussell with added guest Nathan Bowles for Tiny Bar Session 022.

Doors 7:30pm $10 | Show: 8:00pm

Daniel Bachman (Virginia)

Virginia native Bachman, just 25, has been widely recorded and received comparisons to guitar greats such as John Fahey and generally described as a virtuoso. Bachman's performances are instrumental events that weave together a narrative from the melodies and rhythms of the picking and strumming style often referred to as American Primitivism.

http://www.stereogum.com/1800951/stream-daniel-bachman-river/mp3s/

http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/20433-river/ 

Jake Fussell (Durham, N.C.)

Fussell's music blends together the best parts of Country, Blues, Folk and Old timey without ever giving into the cliches of any of these genres. His 2015 debut album, "Jake Xerxes Fussell" has received critical acclaim and we're excited to hear these songs stripped down to their bones in the intimate setting of the Tiny Bar.

http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/av/2015/01/album-stream-jake-xerxes-fussell---jake-xerxes-fus.html

http://www.paradiseofbachelors.com/jake-xerxes-fussell/ 

Nathan Bowles 

Nathan Bowles is a multi-instrumentalist musician and teacher living in the mountains of southwestern Virginia. His work, both as an accomplished solo artist and as a sought-after ensemble player, explores the rugged country between the poles of Appalachian old-time traditions and ecstatic, minimalist drone. Although his recent solo recordings prominently feature his virtuosic banjo, Bowles is also widely recognized as a masterful and versatile drummer, and he considers himself first and foremost a percussionist, with banjo as a natural extension of his percussive practice.

http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/19919-nathan-bowles-nansemond/

http://www.paradiseofbachelors.com/nathan-bowles/

Marian McLaughlin Trio | Wester Green | Tiny Bar Session 021
Aug
21
7:30 pm19:30

Marian McLaughlin Trio | Wester Green | Tiny Bar Session 021

Join us at Black Iris for Tiny Bar Session 021 with The Marian McLaughlin Trio and Wester Green. The Marian McLaughlin Trio is the newest form McLaughlin's music has taken for live performance, as McLaughlin (vocals, nylon-string guitar) and Foote (double bass, 12-string guitar) are joined by the immensely talented cellist-vocalist Katie Weissman. Achieving a remarkable range of sound for its small size, the trio distills the lush instrumentation of McLaughlin's recording output (strings, winds, percussion, electric guitars) into concentrated form, offering a musical experience at once intimate and expansive. The group has toured the eastern United States extensively, drawing widespread praise for its exceptional musicianship and adventurous interpretations of McLaughlin's songs. 

Doors: 7:30pm - $10 | Show: 8:00pm


www.marianmclaughlin.com
www.ethanfoote.com

Richmond's own Wester Green offers up melodic freak folk sounds that are simultaneously full of beauty and completely heart aching

https://www.facebook.com/westergreenband/

 

Chen + Fleisenberg + Nørstebø | Tiny Bar Session 020
Aug
12
7:30 pm19:30

Chen + Fleisenberg + Nørstebø | Tiny Bar Session 020

Tiny Bar Session 019 will present the exploratory sounds and voice of Berlin based Audrey Chen's, Philadelphia based percussionist Flandrew Fleisenberg and special guest Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø Norway on the trombone. 

Doors: 7:30pm - $6 - $10 | Show: 8:00pm


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.

Flandrew Fleisenberg: is a player of objects. Drums only fall peripherally into his spectrum, while he is mostly fascinated in coaxing out the inherent material characters of "mundane things". These wide manipulations of external implements draw an aural architecture around Chen's internally driven sonic language. Her own deeply personal yet unconventional uses of the voice and cello, in combination with Fleisenberg's material conjuring, creates a wordless discourse inside of a constantly breathing tactile space. 

Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø: is a trombonist working mostly within contemporary fields of music. Educated in improvised music and jazz from the music academies in Gothenburg (BA) and Oslo (MA), he is now based in the Norwegian capital.

An ambiguous relationship with the trombone has led him to explore both the boisterous and brassy side of the instrument, as well as it’s counterpoint in microscopic and ‘electronic’ sound possibilities. Utilizing a wide spectrum of playing techniques, from pure long tones to noise and the almost inaudible, he often works balancing the intuitive with the precisely constructed.
 

Mary Lattimore | Rosali Middleman
Jun
17
7:30 pm19:30

Mary Lattimore | Rosali Middleman

Here at Black Iris we're absolutely thrilled to be announcing the next Tiny Bar Session 018, with Mary Lattimore and Rosali Middleman. Lattimore is a harpist living in Philadelphia. She experiments with her Lyon and Healy Concert Grand harp and effects. Her solo debut, “The Withdrawing Room”, was released in 2013 on Desire Path Recordings.

Mary also writes harp parts for songs and recordings, performing and recording with such great artists as Meg Baird, Thurston Moore, Sharon Van Etten, Jarvis Cocker, Kurt Vile, Steve Gunn, Ed Askew and Fursaxa. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-W3w37RDXIY

Opening the evening will be Rosali Middleman. Middleman's stunning debut LP from Philadelphia-based artist, Out of Love is hard to pin down. It rolls like an omnipotent fog through the canyons of Topanga, smothering the once-bohemian enclaves of East / West Village NYC, all the while blinding every vibrant peak ’n’ hollow from the Ozarks to the Appalachian Mountains. The guitars are sublime, with occasional flickers of higher-key psychedelia punctuating the breathless, reflective cadence that is Rosali’s transcendent delivery.  

Doors 7:30 $10 cash | Reserve a space at Steady Sounds (Buy records!)

Escapism | Fred Thomas | Haunted
May
27
7:30 pm19:30

Escapism | Fred Thomas | Haunted

And now for something completely different... Next Friday, May 27th in the Tiny Bar at Black Iris, session 017 is a triple threat! Escapism (Ian Svenonius) / Fred Thomas / Haunted will each be presenting their own brand of social commentary. From psychotherapy inspired interrogations of the mundane to pulsating rants against manufactured world views, Ian, Fred and Emily operate as vehicles of truth delivering challenges to the status quo. Don't miss it!

Doors 7:30pm | $10 Cash | Cash Bar

Space is limited | Reservations available at Steady Sounds (buy some vinyl)

Michaela Anne | Tiny Bar Session
May
19
7:30 pm19:30

Michaela Anne | Tiny Bar Session

As part of her album release tour, Nashville based, Michaela Anne will be performing a Tiny Bar Session at Black Iris. 

Upon releasing her 2014 album, Ease My Mind, singer-songwriter Michaela Anne garnered considerable acclaim for her introspective songwriting. The New York Times praised the “plain-spoken songs of romantic regret and small-town longing” and the Village Voice listed it among its Top 5 Country Albums of the year. Since then, however, this once-solitary diarist has transformed herself into a gregarious storyteller. Michaela Anne has discovered her inner extrovert.

Bright Lights and the Fame, recorded at Farmland Studio in Nashville, is full of sharp observations and easy wit, with several upbeat numbers tailor-made for the dance floor of the nearest honky-tonk. While there are gentler, more personal aspects to it that recall her earlier work,Bright Lights and the Fame displays a newfound brashness, starting with the album’s cover image, in which Michaela Anne sports a bedazzled denim outfit, a vintage find that’s perfect for catching the spotlight.

 

"Stunningly introspective”  

-Rolling Stone

"Her soprano is reminiscent of Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton, and her songwriting shows promise of reaching those heights, too."                                                                           

-CMT

"Michaela Anne's lovely album "Ease My Mind" is full of plain-spoken songs of romantic regret and small-town longing, written by her and sung in a sweet voice."

- The New York Times

Bonnie Jones & Fern Silva | Sound & Film Program
May
11
7:30 pm19:30

Bonnie Jones & Fern Silva | Sound & Film Program

We're incredibly excited at Black Iris to be presenting a night of film and electronic music with NYC-based filmmaker Fern Silva and Baltimore-based electronic musician Bonnie Jones on May 11th in the gallery. 

Doors 7:30pm | $5 - $10

Featuring a 16mm film program: 

Scales in the Spectrum of Space 2015, 7mins - Commissioned by the Chicago Film Archive and in collaboration with jazz musician Phil Cohran, Scales in the Spectrum of Space explores the documented histories of urban life and architecture in Chicago. Culled from 70hrs of footage and incorporating 30 different films, Scales weighs in on the pulse of the Midwest metropolis.

Wayward Fronds 2014, 13mins - Wayward Fronds references a series of historical events that helped shape the Florida Everglades today, while fictionalizing its geological future and its effects on both native and exotic inhabitants. Guided by recent talks in the Florida legislature to finally disburse billions of dollars in restoration funds, events in this film unfold by giving way to a future eco-flourished Everglades. Nature begins to take over, engulfs and tames civilization after centuries of attack, and even guides it into its mysterious aqueous depths, forcing humans to adapt and evolve to its surroundings.

Tender Feet 2013, 10mins - Tender Feet was shot on the road in the southwest leading up to the not quite so cataclysmic and transformative events anticipated to take place around Dec. 21st 2012. As digits flipped on the odometer, so did the days in the Mayan calendar shedding light and darkness on charred forests, arid landscapes, falling stars, destructive vortexes, fortune telling traffic signs, and ticking time bombs…

Passage Upon the Plume 2011, 7minsPlumes dust the arid land, east to west, shapeshifting as they lift in ascension. Something lowers. An ark ran aground where revolution took root: ropes raise stones in baskets. Hearts heavier and lighter than the feather, permitted passage. Tethered or freed, resting from life or dawning anew. — Charity Coleman

Jones will be performing her solo electronic music work Good Vibrations. Good Vibrations is a sound/text piece inspired by the moment when words read on a page play a song in your head. The piece uses samples, electronics, field recordings, and texts, traversing the spaces between memory, sound and language, ever seeking these most unusual moments of resonance. 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:  Fern Silva (b. 1982, USA/Portugal) uses moving image to produce a sonic and cinematographic language for the hybrid mythologies of globalism. His films consider methods of narrative, ethnographic, and documentary filmmaking as the starting point for structural experimentation. He has created a body of film, video, and projection work that has been screened and performed at various festivals, galleries, museums and cinematheques including the Media City, Toronto, Berlin, Locarno, Rotterdam, New York, London, Edinburgh, and Hong Kong International Film Festivals, Anthology Film Archive, Gene Siskel Film Center, Cinemateca Boliviana, Museum of Art Lima, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Museum of Modern Art P.S.1, and Cinema du Reel at the Centre Georges Pompidou. He has curated film screenings at venues including the Nightingale Cinema, Gallery 400, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. He was listed as one of the Top 25 Filmmakers for the 21st Century in Film Comment Magazine’s Avant-Garde Filmmakers Poll, is the recipient of the Gus Van Sant Award from the 49th Ann Arbor Film Festival as well as grand prizes from the 2015 Curtas Belo Horizonte and 25FPS Film Festivals. He studied art and cinema at the Massachusetts College of Art and Bard College. He teaches moving image at Bennington College and is based in Brooklyn, NY. http://www.fernsilva.com/ 

Bonnie Jones is a Korean-American writer, improvising musician, and performer working primarily with electronic music and text. Born in 1977 in South Korea she was raised on a dairy farm in New Jersey, and currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland. Bonnie creates improvised and composed text-sound performances that explore the fluidity and function of electronic noise (field recordings, circuit bending) and text (poetry, found, spoken, visual). She is interested in how people perceive, “read” and interact with these sounds and texts given our current technological moment. Bonnie has received commissions from the London ICA and has presented her work in the US, Europe, and Asia and collaborates frequently with writers and musicians. She received her MFA at the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College. http://www.bonniejones.wordpress.com

Tiny Bar Session | Brian Jones Trio
May
6
7:30 pm19:30

Tiny Bar Session | Brian Jones Trio

Black Iris is excited to announce Tiny Bar Session 015 with the Brian Jones Trio. Consisting of Daniel Clarke on piano, Randall Pharr on bass and Brian Jones on percussion, the trio has covered a wide range musical motifs, releasing dozens of offerings on the Slang Sanctuary Label. May 6th's performance will be an exciting evening of well executed musical dialog,  fulfilling and challenging expectations, while exploring the perimeters of our definition of jazz.

https://brianjones.bandcamp.com/

Doors at 7:30 | Tickets $10 (available at Steady Sounds)

 

Evil Sword | Wume | David Moré
Apr
30
7:30 pm19:30

Evil Sword | Wume | David Moré

BLACK IRIS GALLERY is excited to announce the upcoming performance of Wume | Evil Sword | David Moré | on April 30th. Join us for an evening of unfolding rhythms and melody, lo-fi lyrical rants and mysterious collaborations. Doors at 7:30pm _ $6-$10 _ Drinks at the Tiny Bar.

EVIL SWORD: The forgotten mystery of the past. A dim cloud lit from behind by the moonlight, the whispering in the distance. Who is the king? The king is dead! That is why the drums beat so. Where are we? There is no way of knowing but let us tie a ribbon to this tree. Alternately lumbering stiffly or dancing in a trance. A beast gnawing on a bloody stump!

WUMEis April Camlin and Albert Schatz. They live and work in the fair land of Baltimore, Maryland after spending their formative years in Chicago. Their music explores polyrhythmic structures through the lens of kosmische and is in a constant state of evolution and self-reflection. Albert and April began the collaboration as a development of April’s drumming and Albert’s interest in keyboards and synthesis. It became an exercise in pushing their abilities and conjuring vibes.

DAVID MORE´: is a sound artist, musician wannabe, and occasional maker of objects. Current projects include listening to weak electromagnetic signals from (maybe) Jupiter using a home built radio telescope, as well as weekly practice sessions with his mildly electric fish pet fish, Alex Halsted, via Skype. In 2004, as well as in 2013, he was quite honored to perform at the High Zero Festival of Improvised Experimental Music in Baltimore,alongside such luminaries as Daniel Higgs, Joe McPhee, and Susan Alcorn. His projects have been presented through Art in General (NYC) and the University of Illinois at Chicago, amongst others." Hope that helps.

Tiny Bar Session with Weatherman | Aspidistra
Apr
29
7:30 pm19:30

Tiny Bar Session with Weatherman | Aspidistra

Join us in Black Iris Gallery, April 29th for hypnotic sounds of Chicago based Weatherman. The Weatherman is pianist/vocalist Annie Higgins, drummer Jason Toth, and Joshua Dumas on exploratory electronics. Also sometimes harmony vocals from Angela James and special guests such as clarinetist James Falzone. Their first releases appeared in the form of 3 singles released in 2015 on La Société Expéditionnaire. They have shared bills in Chicago with the likes of Juana Molina, Psalm One, Cathedrals, and Ryley Walker.

Opening the evening is James Anthony and Erin Gerety's Aspidistra. An aspidistra is a common houseplant whose blossoms look something like raw, bleeding hearts. Aspidistra formed in the spring of 2015 and is a Richmond, VA based noise pop duo with Erin Gerety on vocals and Jimmy Anthony on electronics, and then there’s all that stuff about fangs and the pangs of sadness and sex and flowers opening outward in slow motion.

Doors 7:30pm 

WEATHERMAN

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Wild Geese     

Swimming the Atlantic

 

ENE | Catholic Church | Snake Union
Apr
21
7:30 pm19:30

ENE | Catholic Church | Snake Union

We have a great line-up April 21st at Black Iris Gallery! SNAKE UNION is Chuck Bettis (All Scars, 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.
https://ratroute.bandcamp.com/album/specimens

Opening the evening is ENE (Scott Hudgins) with a set of broken rhythms layered with electronic sweeps and swells, then premiere of experimental project, "Catholic Church" (Johnny Skritza & Marty Key) Things are going to get weird and be great! 

Doors 7:30pm $6-$10 | Drinks in the Tiny Bar | Cash Only

Tiny Bar | Mozart Festival | The Nile
Apr
16
11:00 am11:00

Tiny Bar | Mozart Festival | The Nile

Black Iris Music will be hosting multiple performances on Saturday between 11am and 2pm in The Tiny Bar. The music will be amazing and Ethiopian cuisine will be presented by our friends from The Nile! Coffee, mimosas and beer will be available as well so come early and stay late.

Classical Revolution RVA announces 3rd annual Mozart Festival! 

On Saturday April 16, 2016 Classical Revolution RVA will host the 3rd annual Mozart Festival! This year’s event will be held in various galleries, restaurants, and businesses in Jackson Ward. Over a hundred musicians will join forces to fill the arts and culture district with the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for the day-long music festival. For this year’s festivities, Classical Revolution RVA will curate several musical concerts, children’s art and music activities, a comedic opera, educational talks, arias with a full orchestra, and a special Mozart-themed burlesque performance to close out the night. All events other than the burlesque show are free and open to all of Richmond’s music lovers! The burlesque show tickets and all other information on the event can be found at www.MozartFestRVA.com

For more information please contact Ellen Cockerham Riccio, Executive Director of Classical Revolution RVA at Ellen@classicalrevolutionrva.com

Mozart Festival event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1074673629261815/

 

Anna Webber's "Simple Trio" | Scott Clark Quartet
Apr
2
7:30 pm19:30

Anna Webber's "Simple Trio" | Scott Clark Quartet

The next Tiny Bar Session at Black Iris is coming up and we're excited to be hosting the Brooklyn based trio Simple. Fronted by the brilliant Anna Webber, Simple has been receiving praise for pushing the boundaries of what we've come to consider the forefront of jazz/new music in this country. Scott Clark 4tet will be opening the evening with their own flavor of genre defying compositions and performances. Join us Saturday April 2nd for a night evening that will challenge your imagination, rewarding you with an aesthetic gift that only music can give.

Doors: 7:30pm | Tickets $10, available at Steady Sounds Monday March, 28th

“SIMPLE” (Skirl) is her best work yet, recorded with two of the best musicians working in New York’s compositional, high-concept avant-garde — the pianist Matt Mitchell and the drummer John Hollenbeck. These pieces are bracing, argumentative and engineered to show the range of the group members: fulminous, intense collective improvisation; rapid, chromatic steeplechases; research into long tones and textures.
-Ben Ratliff, New York Times
 

http://www.annakristinwebber.com/     |    www.scottwclark.com