Jun 262014
 

Louisville Experimental Festival

I can’t say enough good things about Douglas Lucas’ yearly Louisville Experimental Festival, happening this weekend at Dreamland. (See my writeups about previous years here.)

This year, the organizers set out to only invite bands who had never played the fest previously, which resulted in the most exciting lineup to date. Highlights include Nashville’s own The Cherry Blossoms, NYC abstract turntablist Maria Chavez, extended-technique percussionist Tim Feeney, Los Angeles composer and Merzbow collaborator John Wiese, Arizona sound artist and “natural found object” instrumentalist Jeph Jerman, experimental percussionist and Sonic Youth collaborator Tim Barnes, NYC composer and field recording artist Anne Guthrie, cassette tape manipulator Jason Zeh, and so much more. On top of all that, Michael Esposito will demonstrate “electronic voice phenomena,” a technique used by paranormal researchers that basically looks for hidden spirit speech in audio recordings made in spooky places. However, you don’t have to believe in ghosts to enjoy Esposito’s layering of EVP recordings into sound art.

This is a perfect excuse to road trip to one of the best cities in the country. Here’s the full schedule and media streams from a few of the artists.

Louisville Experimental Festival
June 27th – 29th, 2014
@ Dreamland
810 E. Market Street, in the alley behind Decca Restaurant
Louisville, Kentucky

$15 per day, tickets sold at door.

Friday, June 27th:

(music starts at 7 p.m.)

MARIA CHAVEZ
MICHAEL ESPOSITO (Phantom Airwaves)
TIM FEENEY
JIM MARLOWE / STEVE GOOD / DAN WILLEMS (members of Tropical Trash, Ut Gret, and Sick City Four)
AARON ROSENBLUM

Saturday, June 28th:

(music starts at 7 p.m.)

JOHN WIESE
JEPH JERMAN / TIM BARNES
BILLY GOMBERG / ANNE GUTHRIE
WASTELAND JAZZ UNIT
Steve Good poetry reading (backed by Norman Minogue, Mike French, Thaniel Ion Lee, and Douglas Lucas)

Sunday, June 29th:

(music starts at 6 p.m.)

THE CHERRY BLOSSOMS
JASON ZEH
CHATOYANT
ENSEMBLE PAMPLEMOUSSE
MISHA FEIGIN / JOEE CONROY / JACKIE ROYCE

 

Feb 072013
 

Louisville Experimental Festival
The Louisville Experimental Festival recently announced a call for submissions for the 2013 fest, taking place June 26th – 30th. I was able to attend the fest last year, and I had a blast!

Nashville experimental musicians: please submit to this fest! I’d love to see some of the amazing acts in this city get Louisville exposure. If you are accepted, I can guarantee you will find inspiration in other acts that festival director Douglas Lucas curates. To submit, send the following info to douglasglucas at gmail dot com.

1. Your name(s):
2. Project name:
3. Home city:
4. Project website and link to some of your music (and/or video):
5. Any special requests (equipment, preferred date, etc):

The submission deadline is April 1st, but the sooner you submit, the better.

Douglas also just launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the festival. The backer rewards include the ridiculously-good-deal of full festival admission plus poster for $25. Even if you can’t attend, throw some financial support to the best experimental festival in the region.

I interviewed Douglas on episode 82 of Theatre Intangible. We discussed the Louisville Experimental Festival, his experimental solo project Mu, the Kentucky experimental scene, and more. Check it out here.