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May 032013
T.J. Borden. Photo by Jung | Media.

T.J. Borden. Photo by Jung | Media.

Here’s Theatre Intangible episode 97: T.J. Borden and Steven Dunning artist showcase.

These two solo performances were recorded August 5th, 2012 for a show also featuring Ypsmael and Lawrence Crow. Episode 98 will feature those performances.

Buffalo, New York experimental cellist and composer T.J. Borden has worked with artists such as Tony Conrad, Steven Mackey, Jack Wright, Thomas Helton, Evan Lipson, and DJ Spooky. He’s also a member of Wooden Cities, a
Buffalo-based new music collective of musicians dedicated to performing the work of emerging and underrepresented composers.

A native of Buffalo, Steven Dunning is a Nashville-based violinist who has performed with the Huntsville Symphony, the Amherst Chamber Ensembles, and Country Music Hall-of-Famer Ray Price. He last appeared on Theatre Intangible episode 81: Ghost in the Hollow. Thanks for listening!


Aug 012012

Ypsmael live at A Day and a Night Festival, Cambridge. Photo by John Boursnell

If you still have some steam left after a killer weekend of shows, don’t miss this Sunday show at Noa Noa, featuring New York experimental cello player T.J. Borden. If you like the extended technique of double-bassist and T.I. participant Thomas Helton, then you’ll really dig T.J. At the end of the post, check out the just-published video (and when I say JUST, I mean in the last 5 minutes. I was the first viewer!) of T.J. performing with Steve Ricks and Christian Asplund at Locust Salon. One of the players appears to be bowing a cardboard box!

The dual headliner is Ypsmael, the mixed media project of Cambridge, UK-based German artist N. Ismael M. As his bio reads: “Ypsmael granularly unfurls delicate and atmospheric soundscapes, formed by clouded loop narratives and subtle build-ups of hazy drone swells. Slow-glowing pulses of audio detritus meld into chasms of warm, powdery noise washes and subdued vocals. Ypsmael studies ways to create and devise a personal vocabulary to this eclectic formula, focusing on the textural and cinematic properties of effects-treated vocal layering, field recordings and live instruments (e.g. baritone guitar, bass, piano, melodica, glockenspiel) as a main ingredient for in situ accidentalist composition. Recordings are usually made in one take; live performances are usually free improvisation.”

Hell yes!

Also on the bill are locals Stephen Dunning (experimental violin) and Lawrence Crow (open-source soundscapes).

Because it’s a Sunday, this show will begin promptly at 8pm! More info on the Facebook event page. Full disclosure: I organized this show.

Other great shows this weekend: Friday at Betty’s: Nudity, SAURuS, and Foster Dad. Saturday at Noa Noa: Big Waves of Pretty, Stephen Molyneux, Samuel Steelman, and Promised Land.

T.J. Borden, Ypsmael, Lawrence Crow, Steven Dunning (Nashville)
Sunday, August 5th, 2012
Doors at 7pm, music at 8pm sharp

byob, $6 to $10 suggested donation to touring bands, park on street or in nearby business lots
Noa Noa (house)
620 Hamilton Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203