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May 222014


There’s a can’t-miss show tonight at Zeitgeist, and it’s absolutely free: Brooklyn jazz duo Ingrid Laubrock and Tom Rainey.

The Facebook event page has the details:

Originally from Germany, Ingrid Laubrock has been living in the UK since 1989 and is now residing in Brooklyn. She performed and recorded with: Anthony Braxton, Dave Douglas, Kenny Wheeler, Tim Berne, Mark Helias, Michael Formanek, Mary Halvorson, Tyshawn Sorey, Evan Parker, Steve Beresford, John Edwards, Veryan Weston, Luc Ex, Django Bates’ Human Chain, Evan Parker, The Continuum Ensemble and others.

Her current groups are Sleepthief, the new octet, the NY based quartet Anti-House and and the collaboration Paradoxical Frog with pianist Kris Davis and drummer Tyshawn Sorey. She is also part of the Tom Rainey Trio, Mary Halvorson’s Septet, Kris’ Davis Quintet, Catatumbo, Haste and Luc Ex’ Sol 6 and Sol 12.

Put the name of Tom Rainey in that big file titled “Drummers Who Deserve as Much Acclaim as the Bandleaders They Play With.” And in the case of Rainey, that’s saying a lot, because he tends to keep good company on-stage and in the recording studio. He has been the drummer of choice for a range of renowned creative artists from the relatively straight-ahead to the uncompromisingly avant, including Kenny Werner, Jane Ira Bloom, Fred Hersch, Mark Helias, Brad Shepik, Tony Malaby, Angelica Sanchez, Nels Cline, Andrea Parkins, Tim Berne, and David Torn. Rainey’s voluminous recording credits and the artistic caliber of the musicians he’s supported would easily place him on the A-list of drummers closely identified with the New York City modern creative jazz scene roughly from the late ’80s onward, including Gerry Hemingway, Joey Baron, Bobby Previte, John Hollenbeck, Kenny Wollesen, and Jim Black.

Laubrock and Rainey are also participating in a free artist talk at noon at the Nashville Public Library.

Watch the video below to see what you’re in for.  The performance goes down at 7 p.m. at Zeitgeist Gallery in Wedgewood/Houston.

Zeitgeist Indeterminacies presents Ingrid Laubrock and Tom Rainey
Thursday, May 22nd, 2014, 7 p.m., free show, all ages

@ Zeitgeist Gallery
516 Hagan Street
Nashville, Tennessee 37203

Nov 132013
Rodger Coleman shows off the Stan Link score he will play Thursday

Rodger Coleman shows off the Stan Link score he will play on Thursday

Composer and Blair School of Music professor Stan Link returns to Zeitgeist Gallery‘s Indeterminacies program on Thursday, November 14th. He’s joined by moderator Mark Volker and pianist Rodger Coleman, both Indeterminacies alumns.

Indeterminacies is a series of performances at Zeitgeist Gallery organized by 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.

In a recent video blog, Rodger Coleman discusses the upcoming performance. The relevant bit starts at 1 minute 40 seconds, synced-up here if you want to check it out. Rodger says that he will be performing a score for piano that Stan wrote while still a student in Vienna. At the time, Stan was studying under Roman Haubenstock-Ramati, a pioneer in the compositional technique known as graphic notation. For this piece, Stan invented his own graphical notation that maps the movement of the fingers. In the score sheet that Rodger is holding in the picture above, the lines refer to specific fingers. The dots represent when the fingers move in time. Rodger discusses the challenges of translating such a score into something musical in the video blog.

There may other compositions on Thursday’s docket, but we’ll just have to wait and see. RSVP on the Facebook event page.

Stan Link appeared previously at Indeterminacies in 2011 and 2012. Theatre Intangible recorded the 2011 performance and released it as a podcast here. We also recorded Mark Volker’s 2011 Indeterminacies performance, available here. Rodger Coleman performed with Sam Byrd at a 2012 Indeterminacies.

Indeterminacies with Stan Link, Rodger Coleman and Mark Volker
Thursday, November 14th, 2013, 7 p.m.
Free and open to the public.

@ Zeitgeist Gallery
516 Hagan Street
Nashville, Tennessee 37203

Sep 272013


There are TWO must-see shows tonight in Nashville, TN. At 7 p.m. at Zeitgeist Gallery, Joo Won Park will foley everyday objects like bananas and spatulas and process the sounds through the real-time audio synthesis program SuperCollider. At 9 p.m., Boheme Collectif will host the latest installment of the experimental/electronic art and music showcase Future Night. More on the latter in the next post.

I’ve been incredibly excited about the Joo Won Park Indeterminacies show ever since Zeitgeist’s Lesley Beeman turned me on to the artist’s YouTube channel a few months back. Check out the below videos to get an idea of what exactly Joo Won does.

Indeterminacies is a series of performances organized by 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.

Here’s the description from the Facebook event page:

Joo Won Park (b.1980) wants to make everyday sound beautiful and strange so that everyday becomes beautiful and strange. He performs live with toys, kitchenware, vegetables, umbrellas, and other non-musical objects by digitally processing their sounds. He also produces pieces made with with field recordings, sine waves, and any other sources that he can record or synthesize. Joo Won draws inspirations from listening Florida swamps, Philadelphia skyscrapers, his 2-year-old son’s play, and other soundscapes surrounding him. He has studied in Berklee College of Music and the University of Florida, and currently serves as an assistant professor of music at the Community College of Philadelphia. Joo Won’s music and writings are available on ICMC DVD, Spectrum Press, MIT Press, and PARMA recording.

John Latartara was the very first performer signed up for Indeterminacies. (Theatre Intangible recorded it. That podcast is available here.) He’s coming back to moderate the discussion portion of the program.

As always this event is free and open to adventurous and inquisitive people.

Saturday morning, Joo Won will teach two FREE workshops at Fort Houston (organized by Zeitgeist Gallery). Here are the details:

Composing Soundscapes

Free Event
September 28, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

“This class is for musicians, non-musicians, tech-savvy and luddite alike. You will learn the fundamentals of composing music using sampled sound from the environment. Materials: Bring a recording device (portable recorder, phone, laptop, or what have you) and a playback device with good speakers. Leave your preconceptions at home.”

Intro to Music Coding with SuperCollider

Free Event
September 28, 2013, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

“In this workshop/demo, instructor Joo Won Park will go over the basics of coding sound with SuperCollider. SuperCollider is one of the most powerful and versatile sound synthesis freeware available for electronic music composers. It is a tool to understand fundamental digital signal processing techniques as well as a platform to experiment with new compositional and synthesis ideas. SuperCollider can be used to build interactive performance systems and generate algorithmic compositions. To get the maximum benefit from the workshop, please download SuperCollider at www.audiosynth.com to your laptop. The program is available for PC, Mac, and Linux. This class is for electronic musicians, sound artists, music-oriented programmers, and music technology enthusiasts.”

Reserve your spot at the workshops at the Fort Houston classes page.

Indeterminacies: Joo Won Park with John Latartara
Friday, September 27th, 2013, 7 p.m., free show

@ Zeitgeist Gallery
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!