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May 012013

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Here’s episode 96: Cenobium Artist Showcase.

Cenobium is an evolving collective of improv musicians based out of Nashville. Exploring the worlds of post modern jazz and the avant garde, Cenobium pushes the boundaries of improvised acoustic music. For this event, Cenobium took the form as a trio featuring Craig Schenker on saxophone, Randy Hunt on upright bass, and Jamison Sevits on trumpet.

I recorded this performance at Gallery F on October 10th, 2011 as part of the exhibition Scientists and Artists Picture the Intangible. Tim Kaiser, Jeremy Walker, and Santa’s Workshop also performed. We released the Jeremy Walker performance as a free download and the Santa’s Workshop performance as Theatre Intangible episode 75. Thanks for listening.

Mar 192012

JJ Jones stylin' at the Gallery F Closing Party

The Gallery F closing show was a phenomenal night of art and music and a bittersweet ending to one of Nashville’s most innovative spaces. (Note: It may one day relocate elsewhere on the campus of Scarritt Bennett Center.) Thomas Helton and a group of Nashville improvisers performed Theatre Intangible episode 81 Ghosts in the Hollow live at the gallery. That was just one of many spectacular performances. If you weren’t there, well . . . sucks for you!

Not so fast, cowboy! I recorded several of the performances, and now I offer them up for your listening pleasure.

First, we have what for lack of a better name I’m calling “The War Improv,” starring Randy Hunt on double-bass, Chris Murray on sax, Craig Schenker on sax, Tommy Stangroom on drums, and yours truly on samples. Craig Schenker conceived this structured improv around the Gallery F closing exhibition “23 Years Without War.” I’m pretty sure we blew eardrums with the grenade-filled finale.

Next up is Mike Hiegemann and Rhendi Greenwall performing “The Nashville Scene,” a sharp commentary on the state of music in Music City. Rhendi created the visuals, which were projected over Mike as he performed the music. I wasn’t able to videotape the performance, but the duo is planning on releasing a video soon.

Finally, we have “The Fire Trilogy” by Pop Collage, a project by The Human Snowglobe JJ Jones and Mike Hiegemann. Words. Can’t. Describe. Just. Listen.

Right click to save. Left click to stream. Enjoy!

1. War Improv

2. The Nashville Scene

3. The Fire Trilogy

Jan 312012

You don’t know what you’ve got ’till it’s gone. On February 27th, the space where Gallery F resides at Scarritt Bennett Center will be converted into a student center. There are talks to relocate Gallery F to another area on the Scarritt Bennett campus, but the award-winning art space’s future is uncertain.

I’ve been helping to organize a show for experimental jazz bassist THOMAS HELTON at Gallery F on February 26th for some time. The show was to coincide with the closing reception for the exhibition “23 Years Without War.” With the news of the gallery’s closing, we’ve decided to turn the show into one last hurrah for Gallery F.

Director Sabine Schlunk has been a tireless supporter of experimental art in Nashville, and the gallery’s absence will be sorely felt. Sabine tells me the powers that be at Scarritt Bennett are thinking of moving the gallery to another area on campus, but the details are still up in the air. One thing is for certain though: This will be the last Gallery F event at the current space.

Come show your support for one of Nashville’s most innovative spaces. Be sure and tell Sabine Schlunk what Gallery F means to you. And stay for the kick-ass lineup of performers:

* Thomas Helton
* Theatre Intangible Live
* Craig Schenker TBA improv group
* The Nashville Scene (Mike Hiegemann and Rhendi Greenwell)
* JJ Jones

THOMAS HELTON is a composer and experimental jazz double bassist from Houston, Texas. Inspired by the great improvisers Peter Kowald, Evan Parker, and William Parker, Thomas plays every inch of his double bass — bowing, plucking, beating, and scratching out otherworldly timbres. He performs around the world and with jazz greats such as Tim Hagens, Milt Jackson, Monty Alexander, Mark Elf and Ernie Watts. Thomas plays like a man possessed, lost in communication with some invisible entity, blind to everything but his instrument and the music. Thomas appeared on one of my favorite T.I. podcasts to date. Check it out: Podcast 9 –  Crow Helton Rauh Schenker.

Thomas will be screening his brand new video “I,” a synesthetic collaboration with video artist Jonathan Jindra. See a preview of the video below.

Saxophonist CRAIG SCHENKER will perform an improv based on the exhibition’s theme of war featuring a to-be-announced roster of local talent.

Thomas will join Craig and others for a THEATRE INTANGIBLE live improvisation based on the exhibition’s theme of war.

“THE NASHVILLE SCENE” aka RHENDI GREENWELL and MIKE HIEGEMANN (not to be confused with the local weekly paper) will reprise their celebrated Nashville City Limits audio-visual performance. JJ JONES (The Human Snowglobe) will close the night with cappella songs. All have appeared on Theatre Intangible at one time or another.

$5 suggested donation to the touring performer. More details on the Facebook event page.

February 26th, 5:30 – 10:00pm
Gallery F @ Scarritt Bennett
1000 19th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37212

Nov 262011

“The Conglomeration,” James Perrin, Exhibited at Gallery F, Scientists & Artists Picture the Intangible

 TWO podcasts in one weekend! Have I gone mad?!? Nope, just trying to catch up.

Here’s podcast 75: SANTA’S WORKSHOP Artist Showcase.

Jeremy Bennett and Grant Parker formed Santa’s Workshop in late 2010 on the campus of University of Tennessee Knoxville. The two friends decided to form a band in order to stretch beyond the creative boundaries of their very different musical backgrounds. Grant’s primary instrument is bass, and he studies jazz and classical performance at UT. Jeremy makes experimental electronic music and plays drums and piano. Their goal with Santa’s Workshop is to establish a cohesive musical dialogue between their two seemingly-unrelated disciplines.

For Santa’s Workshop, Grant performs on guitar and bass, culling feedback from his amplifier and an assortment of pedals and analog devices. Jeremy triggers and manipulates self-recorded audio samples using Ableton Live. Jeremy currently lives in Nashville. Grant lives in Knoxville, two hours away. They tell me the separation is in some ways useful as it keeps each focused on his respective path. Bridging those paths, after all, is what defines Santa’s Workshop.

The performance you’re about to hear was recorded at Gallery F on October 10th 2011 as part of the exhibition Scientists and Artists Picture the Intangible. TIM KAISER, JEREMY WALKER, and CENOBIUM also performed. You can download the Jeremy Walker performance here. Look for the Cenobium audio as an upcoming podcast.

If you like the show, tell a friend or leave us feedback on iTunes. Enjoy!