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Nov 152014


FMRL Arts has a great lineup at Emma Bistro tomorrow evening featuring Thollem Electric’s “Howled Ground” and the duo Dylan Simon and Ryan Norris. Here’s the press release:

Thollem Electric’s Howled Ground – solo electronic piano improvisations from acclaimed keyboardist Thollem, a tireless improvising artist who’s recorded and performed for labels like the revived, revered ESP-Disk and with performers ranging from John Dieterich (Deerhoof), Mike Watt (The MInutemen; The Stooges), and Pauline Oliveros.

Simon and Norris (analog modular synthesizer collaboration between Dylan Simon and Ryan Norris)

Advance tickets are available at fmrlarts.org.



Thollem Electric’s Howled Ground with Simon and Norris
Sunday, November 16tth, 8 p.m., $10
@ Emma Bistro, 11 Lea Avenue, Nashville, TN

Jun 212013

Instrument-maker, circuit-bender, ambient musician and one of the coolest people on the planet Tim Kaiser is returning to Noa Noa on Saturday, June 29th for a very special performance. He’ll be in the area for the Louisville Experimental Festival. We’re very fortunate that he agreed to make a stop in Nashville.

You NEED to be at this show. I know I say that a lot, but seriously. This time. NEED.

Who is Tim Kaiser?

Tim Kaiser is well known in the atmospheric experimental music scene for his blending of acousto-electric contraptions and Frankenstein electronics to create ethereal, layered drones. His sonic landscapes have been called “experiments in adventurous art” and “eclectic genius” by the likes of Make Magazine, Wired, the New Art Examiner and the Associated Press. Mr. Kaiser was featured on the PBS program MakeTV and has headlined numerous experimental music festivals in the US.

Check out his appearance on MakeTV where he discusses his instrument building:

Incredibly cool.

This will be the fourth in a new series of experimental concerts at Noa Noa. The theme for the night is “Inner Space — three acts building their own private fantasy world through instrument design, hardware hacking, and music. ”

Dylan Simon & Amy Blackburn Simon will blend voice, synthesizer, and hurdy gurdy into a tapestry-gilded gateway to the dream world.

Devin Bell (Blight Side of Life) will harness the power of audience smart phones and use them as multi-channel speakers in which to broadcast his circuit-bent drone set. That’s right, your phones are the speakers!

Incidentally, all three acts are Circuit Benders’ Ball alums.

More info on the Facebook event page. Don’t miss this very special show!

Noa Noa Experimental Series #4: Inner Space
Tim Kaiser, Dylan Simon & Amy Blackburn Simon, Devin Bell
Doors at 8:30pm, show at 9pm sharp
Suggested donation $7 to $10 to touring band.
BYOB. Park in front yard and surrounding business lots.

Noa Noa (house)
620 Hamilton Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203

Jun 262012

Boston area violinist and electronic improvisor MORGAN EVANS-WEILER will perform at Noa Noa on Friday, June 29th. Fans of the extended instrument technique of artists like JOHN BUTCHER, THOMAS HELTON, and local BRADY SHARP should not miss this show. Check out the clip below to see what I’m talking about.

Also performing are the esoteric synthesis of DYLAN SIMON and the ambient tape loops of SPARKLING WIDE PRESSURE. All and all, it’s an evening of challenging and fascinating music. It all goes down at 8pm sharp on the back porch of Noa Noa.

Before you head over, stop around the corner at Chestnut Studios to see new openings at Seed Space and Threesquared. At the former, the opening reception of “Fortune Holiday,” a new installation by NICOLE BAUMANN. At the later, an opening of 2D works by our good friend MATT CHRISTY. Both receptions are from 6 to 8pm at Chestnut Studios, 427 Chestnut Street, Nashville, Tennessee 37203.

More info about the Noa Noa show at the Facebook event page.

Friday, June 29th, 8pm, all ages, byob, $5
An evening of experimental, abstract music featuring
Morgan Evans-Weiler
Dylan Simon
Sparkling Wide Pressure

Back yard @ Noa Noa (house)
620 Hamilton Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203
Park on street, business lots, or walk from Chestnut Studios

Jun 062012

The Nashville Scene asked me to write a critic’s pick on this show. I’m allowed to quote myself, right?

Thanks to forward-thinking programming by the Nashville Symphony and the Blair School of Music, and the tireless efforts of people like Chris Davis, Leslie Keffer, Brady Sharp and David Maddox, Nashville is finally beginning to embrace avant-garde. If you enjoy expanding your musical horizons, consider free improvisation duo Thomas Lehn and John Butcher a trade-your-firstborn-to-attend event. They are two of the most important players in the European free improv scene. Lehn plays unearthly sounds out of an EMS Synthi A, a unique 1970s analog synthesizer that supplants the Moog-style patch bay for a matrix of Battleship-like resistor pegs. His sputtering, crackling, and at times combative timbres are just as unique as the instrument he plays, and a far cry from the soothing tones of ambient electronic music. If Evan Parker is the pioneer of extended saxophone technique, John Butcher is the lab scientist. Formerly a theoretical physicist, Butcher meticulously catalogs every sound he discovers on the sax — and I do mean every sound. Where most musical adventurers remain content mapping out the big spaces in the middle, Butcher charts every crack, crevice and blind alley. He’s famous for treating the room as an extension of the instrument (having recorded in caves, oil tanks and underground reservoirs), and you can be sure the amazing acoustics of the chapel at DPC will play a big part in both players’ performances. Mass at Dawn helmer Dylan Simon will open with a new work for analog synth based on the Sumerian myth of Inanna. He told me he aims to open a portal into the dream world by manipulating our everyday environment — equal parts opera, science experiment and mass hallucination.— Tony Youngblood

Couldn’t have said it better myself! More info on the Facebook event page.

Thomas Lehn and John Butcher w/Dylan Simon
Downtown Presbyterian Church
Thursday, June 7, 8 pm, all ages, $6-$10