Jul 202013
 
Insect Factory

Insect Factory

The fifth installment in the Noa Noa Experimental Series is happening Monday, July 22nd, and this one is a doozy: Insect Factory, Public Speaking and Dig Deep Light Show w/ Live Improv Score.

The theme is “Mood Light:  three acts altering mood with color and sound,” and it garnered a Critic’s Pick from Joe Nolan at the Nashville Scene:

Insect Factory’s music would be the perfect thing to listen to if I were writing this pick in a space station, generations removed from my earthbound ancestors, chronicling the aching edge of the species’ evolution into some wholly new thing as it hurtles toward an ever-more-unknowable end. Jeff Barsky is the man behind the project, and the densely layered, repetitive, droning tracks he creates are as surprisingly dynamic as they are pleasantly hypnotic. In addition to the Factory’s cosmic mood-making, this event at Noa Noa will include the soulful noise of Public Speaking. The band’s debut full-length Blanton Ravine is being talked up as a masterful meld of sound collage and sexy pop sensibilities. Tonight’s show should make clear whether Brooklyn artist Jason Anthony Harris and his bandmates are messing with a mismatched mash-up or connecting disparate elements to create something genuinely unique and lasting. Tonight’s festivities will culminate in a colorful light show by Dig Deep, featuring the projector magic of Scott Sanders and Dave Shambam. Their swirling spectrums will be accompanied by the live musical improvisations of Tim Carey, Alan Fey, Matt Hamilton, Mike Hiegemann, Craig Schenker and Chris Watts.

Joe did a wonderful job with the profiles of the performers. I just want to add one bit about Dig Deep Light Show. Members Scott Sanders and David Shambam will wash an entire side of the Noa Noa basement with vivid, hypnotic oil abstractions magnified on overhead projectors. Normally visual artists get relegated to making pretty backgrounds for live music. For this show, we wanted to flip the balance. In the most ambitious Noa Noa set up so far, a six piece orchestra featuring marimba, horns, synths and guitars will make improvised music to the visuals. The musicians will stand behind the audience. Yes, the visual artists get the spotlight for a change. We’ll be recording the improv for a future Theatre Intangible podcast. This show will be be one of the coolest things ever to happen in our basement. Because of the ambitious set-up, Dig Deep will probably go first, so make sure you arrive on time if you don’t want to miss the indoor fireworks show.

More info on the Facebook Event Page.

Insect Factory, Public Speaking, Dig Deep Light Show w/ Live Improv Score
Monday, July 22nd, 8:30pm, $5 suggested donation to touring bands

@ Noa Noa (house)
620 Hamilton Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203
BYOB. Park in front yard and surrounding business lots.

May 232013
 

Moonlight-Pineapple

Here’s episode 102: Moonlight Pineapple, recorded on the Noa Noa back porch on April 6th, 2011. We organized this show around Charlie and Chris Rauh’s visit back to Nashville from New York City and DC respectively. We did two improvs that night, the first with a set group of participants, and the second, a free for all tag team with a who’s who of the Nashville avant garde music community. Episode 101 featured the first. You’re about to hear the second.

Since this was nearly two years ago and it featured so many people, to be honest, I can’t completely remember everyone who played on it. But I’m pretty sure that it featured Randy Hunt, Rhendi Greenwell, Tim Norton, Charlie Rauh, Chris Rauh, Sarah Robey, Chris Murray, Craig Schenker, Jamison Sevits, and Tommy Stangroom. I apologize if I forgot anyone. I did the recording, live mixing, editing, and mastering.

The idea for this was that any participant could walk off at any time and tag in someone in the audience to replace him or her. There are some really nice moments on this. Thanks for listening!

May 222013
 

restless-mariner

Here’s Theatre Intangible episode 101: Restless Mariner, recorded on the Noa Noa back porch on April 6th, 2011 and starring Randy Hunt, Chris Murray, Charlie Rauh, Chris Rauh, Craig Schenker, Jamison Sevits, and Tommy Stangroom. We organized this show around Charlie and Chris Rauh’s visit back to Nashville from New York City and DC respectively. Since Charlie moved to New York City in 2010, he’s been making quite a name for himself playing with such esteemed musicians as Ingrid Laubrock, Tom Rainey, Connie Crothers, Daniel Carter, Ken Filiano, and Hill Greene.

We did two improvs that night, the first with a set group of musicians who came in one at a time throughout the performance, and the second, a free for all tag team with a who’s who of the Nashville avant garde music community. Episode 102 will feature the second. You’re about to hear the first. I did the recording, live mixing, editing, and mastering. Thanks for listening!

 

May 012013
 

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Here’s episode 96: Cenobium Artist Showcase.

Cenobium is an evolving collective of improv musicians based out of Nashville. Exploring the worlds of post modern jazz and the avant garde, Cenobium pushes the boundaries of improvised acoustic music. For this event, Cenobium took the form as a trio featuring Craig Schenker on saxophone, Randy Hunt on upright bass, and Jamison Sevits on trumpet.

I recorded this performance at Gallery F on October 10th, 2011 as part of the exhibition Scientists and Artists Picture the Intangible. Tim Kaiser, Jeremy Walker, and Santa’s Workshop also performed. We released the Jeremy Walker performance as a free download and the Santa’s Workshop performance as Theatre Intangible episode 75. Thanks for listening.