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May 072013

Photograph by Gus Powell

The Chestnut/Houston/4th-Avenue art triangle I like to call “NoHo” is the place to be this Friday. In my last blog post, I told you about Robbie Hunsinger’s reactive sound sculpture opening at Seed Space. That exhibit is open from 6pm to 8, but you should plan to arrive right at 6.

That will give you enough time to head over to Zeitgeist Gallery at 7pm to catch NYC avant jazz guitarist Mary Halvorson‘s new band Secret Keeper (with double-bassist Stephan Crump). I’ve been to nearly all of the Indeterminacies programs, and this one has me the most excited.  Rodger Coleman writes on his blog NuVoid,

I was recently asked to curate the May 2013 “Indeterminacies” event at Zeitgeist Gallery. At first, I wasn’t sure what to do but after some thought, I decided to really go for it: Why not bring Mary Halvorson to Nashville? Well, as it turns out her new band, Secret Keeper, a duo with bassist, Stephan Crump, will be touring the states in support of their upcoming CD on IntaktSuper Eight. Fortuitously enough, we have them confirmed for Friday May 10! … The New Yorker has labeled Mary Halvorson “the current it girl of avant jazz guitar” while The New York Times just decreed Nashville “the nation’s ‘it’ city.”  I suppose this is just a confluence of events. Whatever, it is going to be awesome!

Nashville writer, artist, and overall cool person Veronica Kavass will moderate. More info on the Facebook event page.

Friday night at Zeitgeist also marks the opening of Greg Pond‘s new art exhibition. Greg is an installation artist, hacker, 3D printing pioneer, filmmaker, musician and Associate Professor of Art at University of the South in Sewanee. He most recently created, along with Benton Bainbridge, the interactive installations at the Ballet Mécanique show at Blair School of Music. I’ve certainly gushed about him in the past.

Greg writes,

I have a solo show of sculpture, images generated from software, and sound for the first exhibition at the new home of the Zeitgeist Gallery. It will be on view from May 10 to June 8. The reception for the exhibition will be June 1. On the evening of May 10 there will be an Indeterminacies performance in the gallery. I will be on hand during this event.

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Greg also recently completed a multi-year documentary project about contemporary life in Kingston 12, Jamaica called Born in Trench Town. Greg will screen the documentary at some point during the exhibition’s run. I’ll let you know the screening date as soon as it’s announced. Based on the trailer below, it looks like a must-see!

Oh, by the way, all of these Friday events are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Born In Trench Town Trailer from Greg Pond on Vimeo.

Secret Keeper (Mary Halvorson / Stephan Crump) Indeterminacies / Greg Pond Art Exhibition Opening
Friday, May 10th, 7pm, free
Zeitgeist Gallery (new location)
516 Hagan Street
Nashville, Tennessee 37203

Apr 302013
John Latartara Indeterminacies. Photo by Kim Sherman.

John Latartara Indeterminacies. Photo by Kim Sherman.

Here’s episode 95: John Latartara Indeterminacies, recorded November 8th, 2011 at Zeitgeist Gallery in Nashville, TN as a part of their Indeterminacies series.

Indeterminacies is a series of performances organized by Zeitgeist Gallery‘s Lesley Beeman and Lain York. It’s based on John Cage’s idea about creating processes with no predetermined outcome, welcoming the unexpected and learning from the accidental.

John Latartara is associate professor of music theory and music technology at the University of Mississippi and a composer who specializes in the use of computer technology to create music. He has music released on the Centaur, Sachimay, and Visceral Media record labels.

The piece he performed at Zeitgeist deals with the issues of God, Transience, and Death. John combined interviews he conducted and otherworldly-sounds generated on his laptop. You can see an excerpt of the performance in the video below. The piece is the basis for a new album he’s currently working on. During the performance, John projected video art by his college at Ole Miss, Brooke White. Thanks for listening!

Apr 292012

Yes, THAT TERRY RILEY!!! Zeitgeist Gallery have pulled out all the stops for their May INDETERMINACIES. Anticipating a large response, the FREE event will take place at the The Blair School of Music.

From the Facebook event page:

Indeterminacies has partnered with, the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, the Blair School of Music and ArtNowNashville.com for a special conversation with world renowned composer Terry Riley and award winning music critic Tim Page and NSO conductor Giancarlo Guerrero. ArtNowNashville writer John Pitcher will moderate a lively conversation.

The following weekend the Nashville Symphony Orchestra will premier a newly commissioned Terry Riley work for electric violin performed by Tracy Silverman.

Special thanks to John Pitcher for organizing this event.

A discussion with Terry Riley, Tim Page, Giancarlo Guerrero, and John Pitcher
May 1st, 6-8pm, free and open to the public
Steve and Judy Turner Recital Hall at The Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt
2400 Blakemore Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee

Apr 112012

The second Indeterminacies show of the season looks amazing! KYLE BAKER, who curates the experimental audio gallery SoundCrawl each October, will moderate.

The Indeterminacies Facebook event page has the details:

MICHAEL GARDINER is a music theorist and a laptop composer/improviser. His research interests include aspects of musical space in 12th century chant (with an analytic dissertation on Hildegard von Bingen), Japanese noh theater, and computer generated images of musical sound. Michael’s articles have appeared in Current Musicology and Sonus and his recordings are available on Centaur and Visceral Media labels. His project for the postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh involves the separate analytic space (or heterotopia) that emerges when theory looks at processes in place of musical works through unlikely, even incongruous pairings of genres. Some of these pairings include: overlain vector-screens in jazz pianist Art Tatum’s improvisations and Richard Wagner’s Tannhauser Overture; Francois & Louis Couperin’s 17th century conception of the keyboard suite and the iPod’s modular construction; and sonic-landscape studies through the field recordings of Francisco Lopez and the orchestral works of Gustav Mahler and Olivier Messiaen. He also looks forward to many wonderful conversations…

This FREE event happens at 6pm on Thursday, April 12 at Zeitgeist Gallery in Hillsboro Village. See you there!

1819 21st Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37212