The Exsufflation Series #3: Polyorchard + Jack Wright

For the third edition of the Exsufflation Series at The Carrack on May 16th, we will be joined by special guests! The legendary Jack Wright (saxophone), Zachary Darrup (guitar), & Patrick Crossland (trombone) will be joining David Menestres (bass) & Dan Ruccia (viola) for an evening of free improvisation. Music starts at 8pm. Donations suggested. BYOB

 

On May 17th, the quartet of Jack Wright, Zachary Darrup, Patrick Crossland, and David Menestres will be performing at Neptunes Parlour. Doors at 8pm, Music at 9pm. $8

The Exsufflation Series #2: Those of the Gray Wind

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.

Polyorchard will be Jason Bivins, Jil Christiansen, Laurent Estoppey, Bill McConaghy, David Menestres, & Charles Phaneuf.

Duo version of Collapss (Laurent Estoppey & Steve Landis) open with video work by Emily Aiken.

Photo of Polyorchard at the first Exsufflation concert March 21,2017. Laurent Estoppey, Shawn Galvin, Charles Phaneuf, & David Menestres. Photo by Emily Leon.

 

Polyorchard at Glenwood Books

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.

Polyorchard will be Laurent Estoppey, Bill McConaghy, David Menestres, Michael Thomas Jackson, and member of ensemBle baBel from Switzerland.

 

Eugene Chadbourne Presents the International Wonder of Weird Songbook

Eugene Chadbourne Presents the International Wonder of Weird Songbook every Monday in January at Neptune’s Parlour. Featuring a rotating army of weirdos including the Chadbourne Family Singers (Molly, Lizzie, and Jenny Chadbourne), Carrie Shull, Laurent Estoppey, James Gilmore. Dave Doyle. Joe Westerlund, myself, and other assorted oddities.

Doors at 8pm. Music at 8:30pm. $8 at the door.

 

Michaela Davies DUTY at Currents

I’m one of seven people performing Michael Davies DUTY this weekend at CURRENTS: Santa Fe International New Media Festival at El Museo Cultural in the Santa Fe Railyard.

5 performances:

Friday June 10 at 7:30pm & 10:00pm

Saturday June 11 at 5:00pm & 9:30pm

Sunday June 12 at 11:00pm

From Michaela’s website:

Duty explores sonic possibilities and human limits, harnessing the bodily convulsions produced by electrical impulses to control seven performers in a work composed in one octave for fourteen handbells. The title of the work refers both to the movement of a bell and the enforced physical obligation of the performers, and references Pavlovian classical conditioning experiments pairing the sound of a bell with another stimulus to elicit conditioned responses in subjects.

A performative realization of a system where agency is dispersed across people, objects, and the environment, the work creates a distributed system where the artist/composer executes pre-determined motor actions in the performers via electric muscle stimulation (EMS).

A composition converted to MIDI triggers two custom-built EMS devices, which deliver electrical impulses to specific points on the performers’ arms via electrodes attached to their skin, causing their muscles to contract and generating specific involuntary movements at changing velocities.

Variations in voltage, frequency and pulse width dictate different muscular responses in the performers, ranging from unnatural jolts to unnervingly fast movements. Duty uses the induction of involuntary movement to explore the way physical (and psychological) constraint can determine both a musical outcome and extend sonic possibilities. Expanding the potential of the human body beyond conscious control the use of electric muscle stimulation in this context enables experimentation with rhythmic structures and fast movements that the performers would be unable to achieve of their own volition. The ensemble of performers create a unified somatic instrument; a conduit for complex rhythmic soundscapes and visually unnerving movements.

The application of EMS to musical performance provides a novel way to explore the interface between technology and live performance, and raises interesting questions regarding creative agency in the creation of music. The transmogrification of the performers’ body as an input/output device literalizes aspects of musical performance, where musicians frequently describe feeling like conduits or transcribers of a creation that is not their own. A perverse take on Schoenberg’s (1911) claim that “art is born not of ‘I can’ but of ‘I must’”, Duty explores the liminal space between didactic execution and free interpretation inherent in all musical performance.

In a broader sense, Duty questions assumptions about agency and free will both in musical performance and everyday contexts. An enquiry into the nature of agency within systems where cognition is distributed across people, objects and environment through technologies of connection, Duty explores what happens when embodied experience is disrupted or extended, and what kind of agency is created in these distributed systems.

 

June 17 in Santa Fe, NM with High Mayhem

For those of you that don’t know, I am about to move from Raleigh, NC (where I’ve been based for the last 5.5 years) to Santa Fe, NM.

My first gig in Santa Fe will occur on June 17th at High Mayhem along with solo sets from CJ Boyd and The Uninvited Guest. The magic starts at 8pm (MDT). Tickets can be bough here. And for those not in Santa Fe, you can live stream the event here.

Really excited to be moving out to the desert/mountains of Northeastern New Mexico and honored to be taking part in a High Mayhem event.

From The Uninvited Guest:

We are very excited to feature 3 very different and amazing solo bass acts.

We have a limited number of presale tickets available for the in studio performance.

By your tix for $10 in advance – Use the ticket link above. An email will be send to you giving you the address to attend the in-studio performance.

Bassist, composer, vagabond, CJ Boyd uses low-end loops and voices in order to try and stop time. On perpetual tour since March 2008, movement and stasis are both at the center of his music. Though solo performance takes up the bulk of his time and effort, he also plays in the bands Desert Center, Kurva Choir, Rhonya, and Move. His non-stop travels between North America and Europe have been propelled by vans, cars, trains, buses, planes, and boats, but most of all a commitment to ceaseless discovery and re-invention. His oceanic sounds provide a home for the homeless and journeys to the homebound. more at http://www.cjboyd.com/ and https://www.joyfulnoiserecordings.com/cj-boyd/

David Menestres – new transplant from North Carolina, making his Santa Fe debut – more at davidmenestres.com

“The Uninvited Guest”- Carlos Santistevan High Mayhem co-founder, director, and audio engineer making a rare solo performance. A diverse and eclectic musician from groups such as iNK oN pAPER, The Late Severa Wires, The Uninvited Guests, Out of Context, A. Barnhouse and more!

 

 

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May 2: Polyorchard + Jon Mueller

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.

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Buy advance tickets here.

IndyWeek Preview:

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

 

From Jon:

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

 

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April 13: Polyorchard opens for Michael Pisaro and Greg Stuart

On April 13th Polyorchard will be opening for the composer Michael Pisaro and percussionist Greg Stuart and the Nightlight as part of the Experimental Music Study Group.

From the EMSG:

Monday, April 13, Nightlight, 8pm – EMSG performance + Polyorchard + Michael Pisaro and Greg Stuart
Tuesday, April 14, The Carrack, 8pm – Michael Pisaro and Greg Stuart: numbers and the siren
Join the Experimental Music Study Group for a captivating two-night residency featuring California-based composer Michael Pisaro and South Carolina-based percussionist Greg Stuart. A member of the Wandelweiser collective, Michael Pisaro crafts intricate soundscapes that hover at the boundaries between sound and silence, drawing attention to the act of listening. Greg Stuart’s inventive percussion music explores alternative techniques including sustained friction, gravity-based sounds, and sympathetic vibration. For nearly a decade, Pisaro and Stuart have collaborated on heralded projects and released recordings on the Gravity Wave label, forging a close bond between composer and performer.
On April 13 at Nightlight, Pisaro and Stuart perform closed categories in cartesian worlds, ethereal music for crotales and sine tones; performers from the Experimental Music Study Group will perform Pisaro’s fields have ears (4); and local improv collective Polyorchard will perform a set. And at the Carrack on April 14, Pisaro and Stuart unleash the spellbinding numbers and the siren, a ninety-minute duo for percussion and electronics in which distant sounds seep into the main performance space from a separate location. Both nights will offer a typically EMSG mixture of the unfamiliar and the enchanting: we hope to see you there!
$7 cover


(Set order: EMSG, Polyorchard, Pisaro/Stuart, Crowmeat Bob/Patrick Gallagher)
*Note: there will be an EMSG discussion meeting at 6:30pm prior to the performance; if you are interested in participating, please email williamlrobin@gmail.com