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Ravish Momin | Hibachi Sequence
May
24
7:30 pm19:30

Ravish Momin | Hibachi Sequence

Ravish Momin | Hibachi Sequence | $10

Black Iris is incredibly excited to present Ravish Momin performing solo percussion and electronics. Ravish Momin is a versatile percussionist/composer/electronic musician/educator currently residing in New York City.  He has received prestigious performance grants from Meet The Composer, The Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, US Artists International and Arts International.   His unique ‘world-percussion’ approach has led him to also work as a sideman with a diverse range of musicians.  Most notably, he has recently performed with pop-star Shakira on nationally televised appearances in the US on "The View" (ABC), "Rockefeller Tree Lighting" (NBC) and the "Rachael Ray Show" (ABC), and also recorded with her for iHeart Radio and Yahoo Music.

He is also the leader of the acclaimed world/Jazz ensemble Tarana.  They have performed at major festivals and venues across the world; amongst their highlights, they have performed at The New Music and Sound Summit (Austin, TX 2016), Festival Alfonsino (Monterrey, MX 2016), Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage (DC, 2016), Rough Trade/New York (Brooklyn, NY, 2015), Columbia University's Live from Lerner (New York, 2014), The Mexico City Sound Encounter (Mexico, 2013), Kaunas Jazz Festival (Lithuania, 2012), The San Servolo Jazz Festival (Italy, 2010), The Calgary Jazz Festival (Canada, 2009), Jazz Lent (Maribor, Slovenia, 2009), Cultural Festival Zacatecas (Mexico 2009), Jazz Ao Centro Festival (Coimbra, Portugal, 2008),  The Yardbird Suite Jazz Club (Edmonton, Canada, 2007), Detroit Institute of Art (US, 2006),  Mediawave Festival (Hungary, 2006), the Jazzin’ Tondela (Portugal, 2005), the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery (Washington, DC, 2005), the New Music Circle (St. Louis, MO, 2005),  9th Annual Asian American Jazz Festival (Chicago, IL, 2004) and the Taipei Arts Festival (Taiwan, 2004.)  They have also toured widely in the UK, Europe and China.  In New York City, they've performed at Columbia University, the Rubin Museum of Asian Art, Knitting Factory, The Stone,  and various music venues across Brooklyn and Manhattan, They have also been featured in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Chicago Reader, TimeOUT Magazines (London, Lisbon, HongKong and Chicago), ‘Village Voice’ (New York), Redstar Magazine (China) and various other domestic and international publications.

Hibachi Sequence is the solo project of Richmond based percussionist James Gibian. Hibachi Sequence is an experimental drum/performance piece featuring live improvised percussion with incorporated VHS video and electronic sampling.

Sahba Sizdahkhani | David Moré
May
18
7:30 pm19:30

Sahba Sizdahkhani | David Moré

Sahba Sizdahkhani | David Moré | May 18 | $6 - $10

Iranian musician Sahba Sizdahkhani serves as a unique crossroad of East meets West. Inspired heavily by 1960’s free-jazz and Persian Traditional Music, he constantly channels the fire-energy and longing for connectivity these two stormy histories represent. Sahba began playing drums at age 12, and santour, an ancient string instrument, just a few years later. A momentous breakthrough resulted upon hearing The John Coltrane Quartet for the first time, making him a stalwart believer in free improvisation as the only means to attaining maximum expansion, revelation, and flight during a performance.

Sahba has recorded with artists on the imprints of Dischord Records, Southern Lord, and Drag City and has appeared live with Peter Brotzmann, Devendra Banhart,  Miho Hatori (Cibo Matto), Marc Ribot, Eli Keszler, and Mary Halvorson. He completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Maryland in Art History and Archeology and currently resides in California.

David Moré 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.

Curved Light | Gardener
May
15
7:30 pm19:30

Curved Light | Gardener

May 15 | Tiny Bar at Black Iris | Curved Light | Gardener | $6 - $10 RSVP

Curved Light is the audio/visual duo of Peter Tran and Deirdre Smith. Conceptualized in Baltimore and formalized in Austin, they utilize the modular synth for sound and vision to create immersive, psychedelic fourth worlds that thrive in a live context. Curved Light has shared the stage with S U R V I V E, Suzanne Ciani, and Lower Dens.

“It’s one of 2017’s first great electronic full-lengths, and makes it look easy.” - Sputnikmusic

Gardener is "Ex-Make Noiser Dash Lewis returns with a new set of deeply-creviced compositions for voice and modular synthesizer. All tracks are performed live, and in this four-song suite, Dash's talent for loop building and deconstruction shines. 

Pieces flourish with a breadth of emotion; constantly building and churning. Heavy waves of bass cascade upon gentle layers of vocal chanting. Lights shimmer from deep within the void. 

The witness is treated to a truly organic experience as vocal layers intertwine with sequenced patterns and thunderous drones. Gardener exemplifies a true "Die Mensch-Maschine" ethos. When coupled with live construction of vocal knots, one can easily appreciate the synthesizer as an actual cyber-entity as well as performative instrument." 
-Joe Bastardo, Moss Archive 

Wham City Comedy & Cricket Arrison
Apr
22
8:00 pm20:00

Wham City Comedy & Cricket Arrison

Black Iris and Unusual Uptown are coming together to present Wham City Comedy Saturday, April 22nd. Wham City Comedy is Ben O'Brien, Alan Resnick and Robby Rackleff, they are a comedy & video collective based in Baltimore known for their bizarre viral videos and absurdist presentational performances. They have created a series of infomercials for Adult Swim including Unedited Footage of a Bear, Live Forever As You Are Now W/ Alan Resnick, Commencement Speech, and most recently This House Has People In It. They never repeat material so they only tour once a year - don't miss your chance!

Beginning April 1st $8 Advanced tickets will be available at Steady Sounds 322 W. Broad St. Door tickets if available are $10.

Door 7:30pm | Show 8pm

Tiny Bar Session 035 | Elder Ones
Apr
15
7:30 pm19:30

Tiny Bar Session 035 | Elder Ones

Black Iris is excited to be presenting Tiny Bar Session 034 with the Elder Ones.  A fixture of New York’s experimental scene, the vocalist Amirtha Kidambi makes her bandleading debut on Holy Science, fusing classical Indian music, drone, and free jazz with an original perspective.

In New York’s experimental scene, the presence of vocalist Amirtha Kidambi on a concert bill has been a consistent indicator of quality. In 2013, she impressed in a live appearance with the legendary composer and improviser Muhal Richard Abrams. At the 2014 Whitney Biennial, she was part of a youthful ensemble that gave the premiere of one of the final operas by the late visionary Robert Ashley. Until forming the group Elder Ones, though, Kidambi had yet to create a vehicle for her own compositions. 

Cindy Baker | Fashion Plate Performance
Apr
14
6:00 pm18:00

Cindy Baker | Fashion Plate Performance

Cindy Baker is a Canadian artist whose performance work addresses gender culture, queer theory, art theory and the implications of fat-shame. Cindy will host her Fashion Plate project, inviting student designers and garment makers to produce garments for Cindy to showcase in a fashion catwalk show that confronts the design industry’s disregard for fat and deviant bodies.

Tiny Bar Session 034 | Tatsuya Nakatani | CGI Jesus
Apr
6
7:30 pm19:30

Tiny Bar Session 034 | Tatsuya Nakatani | CGI Jesus

Join us for Tiny Bar Session 034 with sound artist/percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani. 

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

Tonight, Thursday April 6th at 730pm we're excited to be presenting Tatsuya Nakatani in the Tiny Bar at Black Iris! Nakatani is an acoustic sound artist and master percussionist originally from Osaka, Japan. He has released over eighty recordings in North America and Europe. Recognized for his constant touring, Nakatani criss-crosses the country every year inspiring audiences with his pioneering sound. Nakatani teaches master classes and workshops at universities, giving students an opportunity to share his unique musical approach and philosophy for creating visceral, non-linear music. Having invented many instruments and extended techniques utilizing drums, gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, wooden sticks, metal objects, and the bows and mallets he handcrafts in his Kobo; he creates an intense, intuitively primitive, expressive music that defies genre. His work references improvised-experimental music, free jazz, and noise, while still retaining the sense of space and beauty found in traditional Japanese folk music.

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

Tiny Bar Session 033 | Marian McLaughlin Trio & TBA
Mar
25
7:30 pm19:30

Tiny Bar Session 033 | Marian McLaughlin Trio & TBA

Join us for Session 033 as The Marian McLaughlin Trio returns to the Tiny Bar at Black Iris. 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 | Cash Bar

Tiny Bar Session 032 | The Bones of JR Jones & Gull
Mar
15
7:30 pm19:30

Tiny Bar Session 032 | The Bones of JR Jones & Gull

We're excited to to be hosting The Bones of JR Jones second session at the Tiny Bar at Black Iris this time with local favorite Gull opening the evening. Session 032 will be a high energy evening that you won't want to miss!

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

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.”

Gull: Richmond based Gull is a solo performance who blends together percussion, voice, guitar and electronics to generate a swirl of sound that engulfs the listener. 

Tiny Bar Session 031 | Tashi Dorji & Gardener
Mar
13
7:30 pm19:30

Tiny Bar Session 031 | Tashi Dorji & Gardener

Tiny Bar Session 031 | Doors 7:30pm $6-$10 | Show 8pm

Tashi 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.

 Dorji presented his debut LP on Hermit Hut, the label created by Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance) in 2014. Since then Tashi has released music in various formats on labels such as Bathetic Records, Cabin Floor Esoterica, Blue Tapes, Marmara Records, Feeding Tubes,VDSQ & MIE.

Gardener is the ongoing experimental ambient voice & modular synth project of ex-NoiseMaker Dash Lewis. Pieces flourish with a breadth of emotion; constantly building and churning. Heavy waves of bass cascade upon gentle layers of vocal chanting. Lights shimmer from deep within the void. 

A Day Without A Woman | Write A Wrong
Mar
8
12:00 pm12:00

A Day Without A Woman | Write A Wrong

Black Iris Invites YOU to Write a Wrong!

 

In solidarity with the Day Without A Woman’s strike, Womens March and all groups fighting oppression, sexism, racism, xenophobia, and hate, Black Iris invites all people to join together in action. Without women we are nothing. Our doors will be open to the public and we will provide the materials needed to write your representatives at a local, state and federal level. Coffee and refreshments will be provided. Please come by to fill out a postcard. Meet members of your community who are committed to a more just society. The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice.

 

When: Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 8th from 12pm to 5pm. 

Where: Black Iris, 321 West Broad st. Richmond VA 23220

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/