POLYORCHARD + GHOST TREES
TUESDAY September 12
947 E. Main St, Durham, NC 27701
$5 suggested donation
Jil Christensen, Laurent Estoppey, Bill McConaghy, David Menestres, Charles Phaneuf
Part of the ongoing Exsufflation Series. Premiering new works written for Polyorchard by D. Edward Davis and Laurent Estoppey.
Followed by a set from Ghost Trees, Seth Nanaa and Brent Bagwell,
TUESDAY August 15 8pm
947 E. Main Street, Durham, NC
$5 suggested donation
The band will be Jil Christensen, Bill McConaghy, David Menestres, and Charles Phaeuf. We will be performing two works by David Menestres and one by Will Redman in addition to other odds and ends.
On view by appointment from July 6 to July 21, 201.
Opening Reception, Thursday, July 6
with music performance at 8:00 pm by Polyorchard.
Polyorchard will be Bill McConaghy, David Menestres, Charles Phaneuf, and Christopher Robinson.
Crossing The Blue Hour, by Peter Francis Barnett and Shane C. Smith
it’s a moment (?)…
It occurs over the course of a few seconds… a vivid recollection of a night in a room… she’s on the foot of the bed talking, her hands clasped together in front of her. In the window behind her, a red neon sign.
Guest Room is pleased to present a new photographic series by Peter Francis Barnett and new mixed-media sculptures and paintings by Shane C. Smith.
The Blue Hour is a series of six photographs inspired by the visual aesthetic of David Lynch’s 1986 drama Blue Velvet and specifically by the character Dorothy Vallens.
-Peter Francis Barnett
The Blue Hour (Blue Lady No. 2), Peter Francis Barnett
1983, Shane C. Smith
Crossing, is a real noir, the ghost of Sarah Fox, whose body was found in Inwood Hill Park, the woods I walk in daily. Born in 1983, she is my age, now gone; I walk the same paths through the yellow tulip trees.
-Shane C. Smith
Peter Francis Barnett is a photographer and multimedia artist exploring the “constructed image” and its function in contemporary culture. He has shown work in New York, Los Angeles and Prague.
Shane C. Smith’s venues circle between unsanctioned performance spaces and curated museum exhibitions. Exhibitions and performance venues include the Institute of Contemporary Art, Maine College of Art, Portland Maine; the John and June Allcott Gallery, UNC; Ackland Museum, UNC; DAC Gallery, Los Angeles; and the American Museum of Natural History, NYC.
All images are subject to copyright. Gallery approval must be granted prior to reproduction.
The Polyorchard Exsufflation Series at The Carrack with special guest Andrew Weathers. Andrew and David will play a duo set followed by a group set from Polyorchard. Polyorchard will be performing a new work written by Andrew, the first work on Polyorchard’s ongoing Outside Series of commissions. The Outside Series features works from composers outside the core group of Polyorchard.
Polyorchard will be Jason Bivins (guitar), Laurent Estoppey (saxophones), Bill McConaghy (trumpet), David Menestres (bass), Christopher Robinson (saxophones), Dan Ruccia (viola).
Music starts at 8pm. Donations accepted. BYOB.
The second concert in the ongoing Exsufflation Series will happen April 18th at The Carrack (947 E. Main St., Durham). Polyorchard will be performing my new composition “Those of the Gray Wind,” very loosely based on the book of the same name by naturalist Paul A. Johnsgard, notated completely with concrete poetry techniques. The music starts at 8pm. The event is free and open to all. BYOB.
Duo version of Collapss (Laurent Estoppey & Steve Landis) open with video work by Emily Aiken.
Polyorchard plays a rare daylight gig at Glenwood Books in Greensboro (1212 Grove St.) on Saturday April 15 at 4pm, part of the Perciever of Sound League monthly series.
the action of breathing forth or blowing; this action used as an exorcism in some rites of baptism
Polyorchard is pleased to announce The Exsufflation Series, a new monthly residency at The Carrack in Durham. Following on the heels of the successful monthly Free Improvised Tuesday series, The Exsufflation Series will focus on the grey area that Polyorchard has been mining for the last four years: the intersection of jazz, classical, & experimental traditions. In addition to free improvisation, the repertoire will be drawn from all manners of music with a special focus on spontaneous compositions from the ensemble, commissioning new works from members of Polyorchard and from other composers around the world, and selections from the repertoire of late twentieth/twenty-first century classical music.
The first date in the series, March 21, marks the first Polyorchard performance in NC since May of 2015. Performers for March 21 will include:
Laurent Estoppey (ensemBle baBel, collapss, Christian Marclay, etc.)
Shawn Galvin (New Music Raleigh, NC Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, etc.)
Bill McConaghy (MicroEast Collective, etc.)
David Menestres (leader of Polyorchard, Eugene Chadbourne, etc.)
Charles Phaneuf (hardest working man in showbiz)
On March 21, Polyorchard will be performing “An Answer to An Inquiry” based around a text of Agnes Martin.
The music begins at 8pm, every third Tuesday. The events are free and open to all.
Future dates in the series:
Chris Vitiello writing in IndyWeek: “The revolving, motley assortment of classical, jazz and rock musicians have played practically every kind of music in every possible configuration in almost every Triangle venue, emerging as a vital and wonderfully vexing force of the area’s sonic fringes.”
Allison Hussey’s Concert Preview in IndyWeek:
Much like taking a dip in a flowing river, you never take in the same Polyorchard show twice. Combining elements of free jazz, classical music, and whatever the hell else they feel like, Polyorchard is a free-form experimental music collective that challenges—and often outright transcends—boundaries of genre and style. The group went on an extended hiatus that began in the spring of 2015, when leader David Menestres decamped for a spell in New Mexico. Menestres has since returned and so, too, has Polyorchard. The group has long relied on a revolving roster of players, and this week’s iteration features Laurent Estoppey and Charles Phanheuf on saxophones, New Music Raleigh cofounder Shawn Galvin, and Menestres on bass. Tuesday night’s gathering is the first in a monthly series at The Carrack that runs through August.
The Carrack http://thecarrack.org/ 947 E. Main St., Durham, NC 27701
Polyorchard’s first album “Color Theory in Black and White” https://polyorchard.bandcamp.com/
Polyorchard performs “Between Know and Then” a tribute to Sun Ra on his 100th birthday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67MmaJlV9h0&list=PLjACqM_Pm2eiA00JAZizc5xJhootMqKFv
Polyorchard performs Terry Riley’s 1964 composition “In C” on the 50th anniversary of it’s premiere https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVwqgd_jwss&list=PLjACqM_Pm2ei6ImXQKnagWbEugQ9LP5YH
Live recordings https://soundcloud.com/polyorchard
Polyorchard will be opening for the great Jon Mueller on May 2 at Neptunes Parlour. Very excited to be opening for one of my favorite musicians (Death Blues, Volcano Choir, Collections of Colonies of Bees, Pele, etc.). The show will start promptly at 7:30pm.
Jon Mueller is one of music’s most versatile drummers. Pounding on the kick and cracking at the snare, he has served as the engine behind the rock-scrambling bands Pele, Collections of Colonies of Bees and Volcano Choir (essentially a collaboration between that last act and Bon Iver). As an improviser, he’s created long-form, stamina-demanding pieces that turn simple beats into pulsing, tantric drones. And as a bandleader, he built Death Blues, a cathartic and communal collective that treated symphonic forms, gospel choirs and string arrangements as methods for going loud and triumphant. For this solo tour, he will create an immersive, meditative soundworld using a hand drum and wordless vocals that he loops and mutates in real-time. Don’t be surprised if the set rattles your perception; Mueller’s ecstatic explorations have a tendency to do that. With Polyorchard. 7:30 p.m., $10, 14 W. Martin St., Raleigh, 919-833-1091, www.kingsbarcade.com. —Grayson Haver Currin
Within a 40 minute solo performance of percussion and voice, using a hand-made Arabic bass drum and looped wordless vocals, Mueller conjures world music and sound while remaining very particularly other worldly. Drawing from minimalism and a variety of musical and non-musical disciplines, including meditation, trance, and physical stamina, Mueller’s solo performances have been described by audiences as resilient, intense, and meditative.
The aim of Mueller’s solo performance is to engage an audience in listening practice by creating a variety of input both recognizable and not, understood and not, which causes a unique experience in each individual.
Jon Mueller has been a drummer and percussionist for over twenty-five years, performing throughout North America, Europe, United Kingdom, and Japan at places such as New Museum (New York), The Arnolfini (Bristol, UK), Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, (Montréal, QC), Issue Project Room (New York), Guggenheim Museum (New York), Alverno Presents (Milwaukee), Hopscotch Fest (Raleigh), SXSW (Austin) and Cafe OTO (London, UK). His recordings have been released by record labels such as Table of the Elements, Type Recordings, Hometapes, Important Records, SIGE Records, Taiga Records, and others. A founding member of the bands Volcano Choir, Collections of Colonies of Bees, and Pele, he has also worked with musicians Rhys Chatham, Jarboe, James Plotkin, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Marcus Schmickler, Asmus Tietchens, and Z’EV, dancers Molly Shanahan and Heidi Latsky and filmmaker Scott Kawczynski, among others. In recent years, Mueller has directed the multi-disciplinary project Death Blues, encouraging presence and celebration of each moment. More info at www.rhythmplex.com.
“An audacious ringleader for new music.” – Pitchfork
“A complex experience you touch, live in, and meditate on.” – NPR
“Cerebral, emotional, and spiritual in nature.” – A Closer Listen
From the EMSG:
Tuesday, April 14, The Carrack, 8pm – Michael Pisaro and Greg Stuart: numbers and the siren
Polyorchard + Microkingdom will be playing a house show on Saturday February 28 at 719 Devereux St. (Raleigh, 27605). Show starts at 8pm with an $8-10 suggested donation at the door, cash only.
And the new album