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May 282014


Saturday at Noa Noa, we’re throwing a good old-fashioned rock show with four of the best up-and-coming bands in town. The bill features Sudonistas, Shy Guy, Twiggs, and Whose Loofah? (Becca Hill from Spacemen Saturday Night). UPDATE: 05-31-2014. Twiggs had to cancel. Beef Oven joined the bill.

This is great stuff. Big deals in the making. Listen to the samples to see if it’s your thing.

This will be the second-to-last show at Noa Noa for the foreseeable future. The last will be for Regdar and the Fighters on June 21st. We’re putting house shows on hold in order to focus on personal projects, peace/quiet, and domestic bliss.

Shy Guy, Sudonistas, Twiggs, Whose Loofah?
Saturday, May 31st, 2014, doors at 8:30 p.m., show at 9 p.m., $5

@ Noa Noa (house)
620 Hamilton Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203
Park in front yard and surrounding business lots.

Feb 272014



Chicago new media artists Nick Briz and Jon Satrom will be in Nashville today through March 3rd for a Watkins College visiting artist series. On Friday, February 28th at 7:30 p.m., Watkins professor Morgan Higby-Flowers is bringing them to Noa Noa for a NO MEDIA show.

NO MEDIA is, as its website states, “an open improvisational realtime/performance media art event.” By “open,” they mean ANYONE can participate, including you. All types of expression are welcome, including music making, acting, dance, singing, visual art, poetry, storytelling, puppetry, etc.

Here’s how it works. When you arrive, you put your name in a hat. The hosts then draw three names. If your name is called, you have two minutes to prepare. Then you perform for 10 minutes with your two randomly-chosen collaborators. This is repeated until all the names are drawn. No documentation is allowed. It happens once and in realtime.

What makes this particular NO MEDIA event special is the fact that NO MEDIA co-creator Nick Briz will be performing alongside the locals.

If you use Facebook, you can find out more on the Facebook event page. If you’re interested in performing, contact Morgan at mhigbyflowers@gmail.com.

This is part of RipZipRarLANd, a four-day series sponsored by Watkins College featuring Briz and Satrom. The series also features lectures, workshops and a gallery opening. Check out the full schedule on the RipZipRarLANd Facebook event page.

Friday, February 28th, 7:30 p.m., free
@ Noa Noa (house)
620 Hamilton Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203

BYOB. Park in driveway or surrounding business lots.

Cat GIF by Morgan Higby-Flowers.

Feb 262014


Here’s Theatre Intangible episode 110: Hertenstein/Hunt/Sevits, recorded on September 13th, 2013.

Joe Hertenstein is a New York City-based drone/avant-garde/free improv drummer, originally hailing from Germany. He’s played with heavy hitters such as Mat Maneri, Anthony Coleman, Ken Filiano, Frank Gratkowski, Jon Irabagon, Achim Tang, Mikko Innanen, Todd Neufeld, Simon Jermyn, and Thomas Heberer.

How did this all come together? Double-bassist and Theatre Intangible participant Thomas Helton e-mailed me a few days before, letting me know Joe Hertenstein, the drummer in his new trio, was passing through Nashville and might be persuaded to perform. By a stroke of good fortune, I had a show booked at Noa Noa for the upcoming Friday with British noise artist Freudian Slit, the Nashville electronic duo Age, and Knoxville multimedia artists Virginia Griswold abd Morgan Higby-Flowers. Joe agreed to perform, and trumpet player Jamison Sevits and double-bassist Randy Hunt came on board to form an extemporaneous trio.

Everything was falling into place. Now we just needed a set of drums.

Joe wasn’t traveling with a set. My roommate Tommy’s set was with him at a show across town. We decided to Frankenstein together a set using Tommy’s spare drums, broken cymbals, and various bits of metal and wood laying around the basement. A lamp served as a cymbal stand. And yet Joe, Jamison and Randy took this limitation and turned it into something magical.

I also recorded the performances of Freudian Slit, Age, and Virginia and Morgan, and I’m including those recordings as free downloads directly below. I’m also embedding videos that Josh Gumiela recorded of the performances. As always, the podcast itself is in the player at the very bottom of the article. Enjoy.

Right click to download, middle mouse click to stream:
Freudian Slit live at Noa Noa
Age live at Noa Noa
Virginia Griswold and Morgan Higby-Flowers live at Noa Noa

Feb 172014


Here’s Theatre Intangible podcast 109: Lyrebird Artist Showcase, recorded on February 15
th, 2013.

Lyrebird is an experimental improv duo featuring Jeremy Bennett on electronics and Craig Schenker on saxophone and flute. Jeremy takes samples of Craig’s live sounds and weaves them into ever-evolving loops, which also feature field recordings and electronic synthesis. Craig then improvises new parts over Jeremy’s creations. We recorded this session in several short improvs. I later reordered the improvs and performed a bit of editing. You can hear the unedited sessions at the band’s Soundcloud page.

Lyrebird performed live at Noa Noa a month and a half after this podcast was recorded, and I’m including that performance as a free download. Download the live set here.