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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 262013


This Sunday, Zeitgeist Gallery will premiere the first Indeterminacies in their new NoHo (NOrth of HOuston St.) building at 516 Hagan Street. (Technically Zeitgeist is just south of Houston, a stone’s throw from Noa Noa/Theatre Intangible Studios.)

The Sunday program features Robert Bond & Denny Jiosa performing with Chinese middle school students via a Skype call. Very cool stuff.

Here are the details from the Facebook event page:

As part of the evening’s program, Robert will be joined by the Fran Zinder’s Ma’anshan No.2 Middle School class via internet video feed for a cross cultural, improvisational set featuring music by Robert mixed into the poetry, prose and songs presented by young Chinese students half a world away. Officials from the Natl. Committee on US-Chinese Relations and the US Consulate in Beijing will be joining us, again via internet link, for this performance.

Here’s a link to the school in Google Maps.

Robert Bond is a recording artist, producer and composer whose career has spanned continents and musical genres. He is a graduate of Indiana University School of Music where he studied both jazz and classical music. While at IU, he also studied table drumming, including a master class with Ustad Alla Rakha, the legendary accompanist of Ravi Shankar.

Working to empower the next generation of musicians, Robert has taught at Lavelle School for the Blink in New York, for M.Y. Young Audiences, as artist in residence for Fundacio “la Caixa” in Spain, for the Osher Lifelong learning Institute at Vanderbilt University, and as Adjunct Professor at Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt, teaching recording skills and studio performance.

Robert founded a learning platform in technical, performance and business skills for young musicians called The Total Artist Concept. Creative producing concepts, audio engineering and technology, studio performance and critical listening, along with business and relationships are explored in an intensive workshop setting.

Decidedly not geared toward purists, guitarist/composer Denny Jiosa’s music blends cool Wes Montgomery-esque jazz with elements of rock & roll, gospel, R&B, and blues, growing out of his extensive experience as a wide-ranging Nashville session musician and producer.

His first solo recording, Moving Pictures, appeared in 1995; it was followed by 1996’sInner Voices (which contained the radio hit “Lights of the City”), 1998’sJazzberry Pie, and 1999’s Among Friends. Jiosa’s music has proven especially popular with new adult contemporary and smooth jazz radio formats.

In June of last year, Fran Zinder was recruited by the National Committee on United States – China Relations. She accepted placement at #2 Middle School in Ma’anshan, Anhaui, China. She teaches English and American Culture to Senior 1, 2, and 3, which correspond to U.S. 10th, 11th and 12th grades. In addition to her teaching duties at #2 Middle School, Ms. Zinder participates at the school with Chinese teachers in a dance classes, regularly assists Chinese English teachers and is a debate coach, working with students several hours every school night to prepare for the national debate competition at the end of April. Ms. Zinder takes Chinese painting classes twice a week at a local university, and is a volunteer at the Ma’anshan Senior Center. Welcomed into the city with banquet invitations from the mayor of Ma’anshn, high-ranking government officials and city business leaders, she felt she had truly “arrived” when she saw herself on the advertising video that plays on the city buses.

Robert Bond & Denny Jiosa Indeterminacies
Zeitgeist Gallery [NEW LOCATION]
516 Hagan Street, Nashville, TN 37203
Sunday, April 28th, 2013, 7:30pm, free show

Nov 012012

Tonight is the last Zeitgeist Indeterminacies event of 2012! Composer Stan Link is performing and percussionist Robert Bond is moderating. Both teach at Blair School of Music. The series title Indeterminacies is taken from a John Cage idea of processes whose outcome is not predetermined.

On the Facebook event page, Zeitgeist provocatively hinted at something special by writing that the event, “will only ever occur here [tonight.]” I’m guessing they’re referring to this: Stan wrote three special pieces just for tonight’s show. Once they are performed, the master copy (and only copy) of the score will be destroyed. I’ll accept wagers on methods of destruction with odds to office shredder and engulfed in flames.

Here’s the press release from Zeitgeist Gallery with the full details:

Thursday, November 1, 6-8pm, public invited

In the gallery: New work from: Richard Feaster

Zeitgeist is pleased to announce the last installment of the Fall 2012 Indeterminacies program featuring Nashville-based composer and musician Stan LinkRobert Bond, musician, educator, and critical thinker will moderate a conversation.

Stan will present three pieces he has composed especially for this performance:

  • “Flametree”– soprano, guitar and live computer processing
  • “Passing Through” marimba and computer
  • “Event” for viola and guitar.

These pieces will be performed once from an original score and then the score will be destroyed.

The program will feature:

  • Stan Link, composer and computer processing
  • Michael Slayton, composer
  • Zach Bowers, marimba
  • Shelby Flowers, marimba
  • Kevin Rilling, marimba
  • Ali Cole, soprano
  • Emma Dansak, viola
  • Josh McGuire, guitar
  • Jonathan Rattner, video artist

Stan Link is Associate Professor of Composition at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music and an internationally recognized composer and performer. He attended the Oberlin Conservatory and studied composition with Ed Miller and Richard Hoffmann. He later became a student of Roman Haubenstock-Ramati at the Vienna Hochschule fur Musik and went on to study composition at Princeton with Paul Lansky, Steven Mackey, Peter Westergaard and Claudio Spies. He taught composition at La Trobe University in Melbourne Australia and at the University of Illinois. As a creator of a wide range of acoustic and computer music ranging from solo chamber pieces to a ballet for orchestra, electric guitar and African drums, his pieces have been heard on concerts, broadcasts, webcasts and new music festivals across the United States, in Europe, and Australia.

Robert Bond is a drummer, performer, producer, remixer, educator and consultant. He is currently adjunct teaching at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute also at Vanderbilt. He has recorded for the Rough Trade and d-Pulse labels, and served as creative for the London Symphony Orchestra. He is also currently a facilitator for the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy.

This event is free and open to the public.

Stan Link Indeterminacies
6:00pm until 8:00pm, free show
Zeitgeist Gallery
1819 21st Avenue South, Nashville, TN