Jan 102015
 

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Panama City extended guitarist Scott Bazar and drummer Charles Pagano will perform a free improv set tonight at Betty’s Grill. Also performing are the duos of Joseph Allred / Matt Johnson and Chris Davis / Brady Sharp. Check the media below. More info on the Facebook event page.

Scott Bazar and Charles Pagano:

Joseph Allred feat. Matt Johnson and Witties Villa:

Chris Davis and Brady Sharp:

A Trio of Duos – Scott Bazar & Charles Pagano, Joseph Allred & Matt Johnson, Chris Davis & Brady Sharp
Saturday, January 10, 2015, 9 p.m., 21+
@Betty’s Grill, 407 49th Ave N, Nashville, Tennessee 37209

Oct 022014
 
Tatsuya Nakatani. Image by hearhums.blogspot.com

Tatsuya Nakatani. Image by hearhums.blogspot.com

 

Phenomenal percussion/sound artist Tatsuya Nakatani will returning to Nashville on Saturday, October 4th, and this time he’s enlisting eight Nashville artists for a gong orchestra. This is organized by local prepared guitarist Brady Sharp who has been helping Nakatani book shows in Nashville for years. This is the first time (that I know of) that Nakatani will be performing with a gong orchestra in Nashville.

Seeing and hearing Nakatani is a near transcendent experience. I can only imagine what that experience will be like augmented with eight gong players in the HUGE space where this went down.

Brady Sharp’s blog VKMusic has the details:

Percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani (from Kobe, Japan via Easton, PA) will be performing solo and then with the Nakatani Gong Orchestra. The Nakatani Gong Orchestra will be made up of 8 local Nashville musicians and local visual artists that will be well-schooled in Tatsuya’s intricate and unique conduction methods. Gongs are very complex resonating objects, and the clouds of harmonic textures produced by the subtle bowing, striking, and tapping of multiple gongs produces a very soothing, sonorous tide of harmonic waves that gives the audience a truly unique experience. No earplugs will be needed!

Mr. Nakatani has performed as a percussion soloist all over the world. His Gong Orchestra conductions have been performed at diverse venues all across the U.S. including the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

The show will be during the Wedgewood/Houston First Saturday Art Crawl, and will begin around 9pm after the art openings and events start beginning to wind down.

More info at VKMusic.org and NYCNash.

Tatsuya Nakatani Gong Orchestra
Saturday, Oct 4th, 9 p.m., $10 admission
@ Track One (1209 4th Ave. South – Corner of 4th and Chestnut)

Sep 222014
 

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Ambient bassist, vocalist, and Theatre Intangible participant C.J. Boyd will be back in Nashville tonight (Monday, September 22nd) and tomorrow for two great shows.

Tonight’s show is at Betty’s Grill, and it also features Circuit Benders’ Ball alumni Voight Kampff (Brady Sharp and Stephen Seifert) and Skoolgirl (Stan Richardson). More info on the Facebook event page.

On Tuesday, September 23rd, see C.J. at Queen Avenue Art Collective. This show also features Terror Pigeon, Infinity Fuck , What Moon Things, and Judah and the Spoox. More info on the Facebook event page.

To get an idea of what you’re in for, check out this awesome Theatre Intangible podcast we did with the C.J. Boyd Sextet and Cher Von (then called Lola).

CJ Boyd, Voight-Kampff Duo, and Skoolgirl
Monday, September 22nd, 9 p.m., $5
@ Betty’s Bar and Grill, 407 49th Ave. North, Nashville, TN

CJ Boyd, Terror Pigeon, Infinity Fuck, What Moon Things, Judah & The Spoox
Tuesday, September 23rd, 9 p.m., $5
@ Queen Ave Art Collective, E 178 Queen Ave, Nashville, TN 37207

Jul 242014
 

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Just a few short years ago, it was really difficult to find experimental programming in Nashville. But now our city has one of the most active experimental scenes in the country, thanks to the hard work and passion of people like Chris Davis, Leslie Keffer, Brady Sharp, Greg Bryant, Cody Bottoms, and Crom Giguere.

Take for example the evening of Friday, July 25th. Nashville hosts two must-see experimental lineups. At the new Wedgewood/Houston arts venue abrasiveMedia (I wrote about the space in Nashville Arts here), we have the duo Suzanne Thorpe and Bonnie Jones. Thorpe performs on flute, electronics, and laptop, and Jones performs on circuit-bent electronics and spoken word. They’re in town for an electronics workshop at Southern Girls Rock Camp, which I think is fantastic.

Stephen Trageser did a wonderful job of describing the event over at the Nashville Scene. Here’s an excerpt:

If you’ve ever been interested in experimental or improvisational music but found yourself intimidated by technology, jargon, or the prospect of successfully navigating a male-dominated field as a woman, don’t miss this show featuring cutting-edge female performers. Besides having several shelves of awards and advanced music degrees between them, Suzanne Thorpe and Bonnie Jones founded Techne, an organization that offers young women workshops in DIY electronics and instrument design.

The Voight-Kampff Duo (Brady Sharp on prepared guitar and Stephen Seifert  on synthesizers) will open. The event, which begins at 8:30 p.m., is organized by Brady Sharp.

On the same evening at Emma Bistro, Chris Davis and Tate Eskew’s experimental art company FMRL is presenting Jeremy Bible, Derek Schartung, Coupler, and Tate Eskew. Bible is an Ohio sound artist and founder of the label Experimedia. Here’s what Aquarius Records had to say about him:

Bible’s jittery splutter of tone into jagged sawtooth patterns and erratic squiggle recalls some of the polydactyl, generative work from Keith Fullerton Whitman or the scabrous digital errata of Florian Hecker. At times, it’s a frenzied, furious work; and at others, it can be austerely designed in the vein of Tietchens.

Derek Schartung, Coupler, and Tate Eskew are all amazing local musicians. Dig Deep Light Show will provide the visuals. The FMRL show begins at 9 p.m. I recommend starting the evening at abrasiveMedia and then high-tailing it over to Emma to catch as much of this as you can.

Over at Cult Fiction Underground, they’re screening the silent film The Temptress, starring Greta Garbo, Antonio Moreno, and Lionel Barrymore. What makes this a must-see is the live hammered-dulcimer score by Ricko Donovan. The Temptress is playing at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Of course, I recommend seeing the abrasiveMedia and Emma shows on Friday and catching this Saturday night.

 

An Evening with Suzanne Thorpe & Bonnie Jones, w/ The Voight-Kampff Duo
Friday, July 25th, 8:30 p.m., $6 – $10 donation.
@ abrasiveMedia
434 Houston St. in Houston Station, Nashville, TN 37203

FMRL Presents Jeremy Bible, Derek Schartung, Coupler, and Tate Eskew
Friday, July 25th, 9 p.m., $7. Purchase tickets at http://fmrlarts.org.
@ Emma Bistro
9 Lea Ave, Nashville, Tennessee 37210

Cult Fiction Underground: The Temptress Feat. Live Score by Ricko Donovan
July 25th & 26th, 8 p.m.
@ Logue’s Black Raven Emporium
2915 Gallatin Pike, Nashville, TN