8:00 PM20:00


Exploring Electronic Vistas…
Charlie Tokarz  (EWI, electronic saxophone, saxophones, flutes)
Bob Weiner   (  electric keyboard, percussion)

 Bob Weiner has toured and performed with Harry Belafonte, Itzhak Perlman, Betty Buckley, Jon Lucien, Dianne Reeves, Andy Statman, Rebecca Paris, Kenny Werner, Bob Moses and many others.  He taught at the Drummer’s Collective (NYC), New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music, as well as hundreds of private students.  He is the co-author of Afro-Cuban Rhythms for Drumset” with Frank Malabe and Brazilian Rhythms for Drumset” with Duduka da Fonseca.  He holds an undergraduate degree in history (UMASS- Boston) and a MA from Lesley University in music and human development, and is a has been practicing Buddhist meditation, Jungian studies and Qi Gong for many years.

Charlie Tokarz plays saxophone, flute, clarinet, and wind synth. He has played for silent films with Donald Sosin at MassMoca and the Museum of the Moving Image. He has done improvised scores for documentary film maker, John Pritchard featuring Adam Holtzman on keyboard.

Recent recordings include A Bissel Rhythm by Klezmer guru, Paul Green, a live recording for pianist, David Bartley, and original music by Skidmore dance faculty composer, Carl Landa. Through an association with Bob Weiner, he has played mostly improvised music at Kripalu Yoga Center, EarthDance and dance movement centers in a duo setting.

Extraordinary Renditions
Jay Elfenbein (electric viola da gamba)
Jack Corcoran (bass)
Bob Weiner (percussion)

The performances of Jay Elfenbein have been described by the New York Times as “played magnificently” and “with virtuosity and flair.” Principal bassist and violone player with Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Opera Lafayette, and the Washington Bach Consort, among others, he has also appeared as a viola da gamba soloist in both Bach Passions throughout the Northeast, and the Kennedy Center (Washington, DC), and on basse de violon with Tragicomedia, the Portland Baroque Orchestra, and others. He has recorded for Sony Classics, CBS, and Virgin, among others, and can be heard playing vihuela and vielle on Paul Simon’s Warner Brothers release, You’re the One.

Jay is the founder and director of the Ivory Consort, the medieval ensemble that receives critical raves for both its live concerts and its CDs, Music in the Land of Three Faiths and Troubadours Across the Pyrenees, and GambaDream, the creative new jazz/contemporary ensemble that features Mr. Elfenbein on electric viola da gamba on an adventurous self-titled CD. He is a published composer whose work has been commissioned and performed in the U.S., Japan, Canada, Europe and South America.

 Jack Corcoran is an emerging double bassist and composer based in the Connecticut River Valley. He plays music from the western art music tradition, jazz, and freely improvised music. Jack studied music at Hampshire College, and is currently working with Salvatore Macchia at UMass Amherst towards a masters in Double Bass Performance.

View Event →

8:00 PM20:00


Leah Bowden (percussion), Wendy Eisenberg (guitar), Jason Robinson (saxophone)

Leah Bowden is a percussionist and music scholar from California. She has performed, toured and recorded with red fish blue fish, William Winant, Anthony Davis, Mark Dresser, Steven Schick, Nicole Mitchell, Bang on a Can All-Stars, International Contemporary Ensemble, Kid Millions, El Otro Lado, Secret Drum Band and many others. Her 2018 dissertation (UC San Diego) represents the first scholarly work to date on Max Roach's historic percussion ensemble M'Boom. She is currently Acting Director of The Warren Smith Archives Project (Harlem, New York). Leah and her husband Philip reside in an 1850s farmhouse in Conway, MA. They maintain a small music studio, host artists, activists and other visitors, and graze Jacobs sheep on open pastures.

Wendy Eisenberg is an improvising guitarist, banjo-player, vocalist and songwriter. She has written for and performed in numerous projects, including the critically acclaimed experimental band, Birthing Hips, described by NPR as “brainy, noisy punk based in sonic adventure, technical mastery, and rejection of the status quo." Her work as an improviser has led to collaborations with Ted Reichman, Joe Morris, Damon Smith, John Zorn, Matt Mitchell and Zach Rowden, among many others. Eisenberg has premiered work by Mitchell, Zorn, Maria Schneider, and Bill Holman, as well as the work of her many peers.  In addition to her work as a collaborative artist, she has two solo careers: improviser/composer, and songwriter. Wendy’s debut improvisational solo guitar record as an improviser will come out on Steve Lowenthal's VDSQ imprint in 2018. Her “songs” album, Time Machine, released on HEC Tapes in April 2017, was re-released on vinyl on Feeding Tube records in September 2018. She also has a trio album with Trevor Dunn and Ches Smith on John Zorn's Tzadik label.

The music of American saxophonist and scholar Jason Robinson ("rugged and scintillating," New York Times) thrives in the fertile overlaps between improvisation and composition, acoustic music and electronics, tradition and experimentalism. Initially a devotee of post-1960s jazz and creative music, Robinson is celebrated for bringing together various historical directions in jazz--bebop, post-bop, the avant-garde--with an improvisatory and compositional sensibility drawn from and extending the languages of John Coltrane, Albert Ayler, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, and Lester Young. His musical interests, however, span far and wide. He is a critically acclaimed distinctive voice in a new generation of creative musicians in equal dialogue with jazz, popular music, experimental music, and electronic music. Robinson's primary group is his New York-based Janus Ensemble, which ranges in size from a quintet with reedist Marty Ehrlich, guitarist Liberty Ellman, bassist Drew Gress, and drummer George Schuller, to the full nine-piece version of the group with the addition of reedist JD Parran, trombonist and tubist Bill Lowe, tubist Marcus Rojas, and drummer Ches Smith. Robinson has released 15 albums as leader or co-leader and appeared on nearly 50 albums in total. He performs regularly as a soloist (acoustically and with electronics), with his group the Janus Ensemble, and in a variety of collaborative contexts. He has performed at festivals and prominent venues in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Panama, and throughout Europe and/or recorded with Peter Kowald, George Lewis, Anthony Davis, Amiri Baraka, Drew Gress, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Marty Ehrlich, Eugene Chadbourne, Earl Howard, Toots and the Maytals, Groundation, Bertram Turetzky, Mark Dresser, John Russell, Roger Turner, Gerry Hemingway, Kei Akagi, Mel Graves, Liberty Ellman, Babatunde Lea, Mel Martin, Marco Eneidi, Lisle Ellis, Raphe Malik, Mike Wofford, Philip Gelb, JD Parran, Dana Reason, David Borgo, Contemporary Jazz Orchestra (at Pearl's, San Francisco), the La Jolla Symphony, SONOR (UCSD), and the San Francisco Mime Troupe, among others. As a scholar, Robinson’s work investigates the relationship between improvised and popular musics, experimentalism, and cultural identity. He has published articles and reviews in Ethnomusicology, Jazz Perspectives, and Critical Studies in Improvisation/ Études critiques en improvisation. Robinson is Associate Professor of Music at Amherst College.

Dave Haughey (cello), Jamie MacDonald (bass)

Brought together as orchestra sideman for Panopera, Jamie MacDonald instantly felt an instant kinship with Dave Haughey and invited him to explore where improvisation might take them without limits on sound, form or texture. 

Dave Haughey changes the way people think about the cello. His holistic approach to modern cello playing encompasses myriad genres and techniques, making him one of the most versatile young cellists in the world. He is an improviser, composer, and teacher who is always searching for new ways to expand the unique capabilities of the cello, thus trailblazing a path to a world where the instrument is known not only for is place in classical music but also a versatile and ubiquitous tool for music making in any genre. Jamie Macdonald is known in the New England-area as a professional, musical, eclectic bassist who likes to blur genres rooted in tradition but exploring its boundaries. Together they are sure to surprise and expand what the expectations of two bass oriented string instruments are capable of.

View Event →
8:00 PM20:00


Ben Davis, solo cello

English cellist Ben Davis has been heavily involved with jazz and improvisation in the UK and Europe for many years. He has played and recording with Ingrid Laubrock, Simon Nabatov, Ellery Eskerlin, Wada Leo Smith, Mulatu Astatke, Mary Halverson and Bobby McFerrin. His own group’s debut CD “Basquiat Strings with Seb Rochford” was nominated for the Mercury Prize 2007. He moved to Chicago in 2016 where he collaborated with resident musicians Greg Ward, John Moulder and Tomeka Reid and formed a trio with guitarist Sam Mosching and drummer Steve Hunt.

Nathan Blehar, Tony Falco Duo

Nathan Blehar is a tenor and soprano saxophonist who makes his home in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts. After studying saxophone and composition at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Nathan spent the next years touring in Europe, South America, and the United States playing with the likes of Andre Matos, Leo Genovese, Jeremy Udden, Mike Baggetta, Francisco Mela, Robert Stillman, and many others. Nathan made his home in Lisbon Portugal and Brooklyn NYC before eventually settling in Western Massachusetts. Here he has pursued singing and songwriting in addition to his first love and discipline in improvised music on the saxophone. He has appeared live and on recordings with folk artists Zak Trojano, Kris Delmhorst, Matt Lorenz, and as a solo artist. His most recent project is a series of monthly duo recordings with drummer Tony Falco. 

Tony Falco is a drummer based in Greenfield, MA. He graduated from the New England Conservatory, and has recorded and/or performed with Nathan Blehar, Bob Moses, John Medeski, John Lockwood, Don Pate, Tiszii Muñoz, Paul Shaffer, Lew Soloff, Aryeh Kobrinski, Dan Blake, Garth Stevenson, Conor Elmes, Josh Sinton, and Owen Stuart-Robertson, among others.

View Event →
8:00 PM20:00


Terzett: Ron Freshley (winds), Jon Messmer (strings), Anders Griffen (brass & percussion)

The music is alive as a devotional form, not necessarily in the religious sense, rather creating an opening or interruption that allows us to experience what is hidden and to accept with passion our given situation. When we experience our music this way, it subverts our absorption in time, reveals the depth of our own reality, and opens us up to the mysteries of music.

Ron Freshley has been living in the Pioneer Valley for over 40 years, composing and improvising music as a leader or member of different ensembles. He studied with Lee Konitz and Yusef Lateef, and has worked with David Wertman, Lynn Lovell, Karl Rausch, and many others. Originally from the northwest, Jon Messmer has been living in the Pioneer Valley for more than 20 years, playing free style double bass with a variety of musicians including Paul Flaherty, Chris Corsano, Randal Colbourne and Kazuto Sato. Ron and Jon have been creating together for over 15 years, have worked with Doug LaRosa and Adam Scotera in Lila 33 and have an ensemble called 4 Gong Confucian with Batya Sobel and Bob Markey. Anders Griffen, a Northampton resident for four years, is a recent collaborator of theirs. He is a native of Brooklyn, New York, who took part in the Harlem and downtown jazz scenes and was part of the Antifolk scene in its heyday, performing with a diverse range of artists from Regina Spektor and Diane Cluck to Roy Campbell and Frank Lowe.

Composer/performer/filmmaker Jake Meginsky, a New Music USA award winner and Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow, has collaborated and performed with an extraordinary range of musicians including Milford Graves, Joan La Barbara, Kim Gordon, Vic Rawlings, Greg Kelley, Bhob Rainey, Joe McPhee, Thurston Moore, William Parker, Daniel Carter, Paul Flaherty, John Truscinski, Arthur Brooks, and Bill Nace.

View Event →
8:00 PM20:00


Jefferson Pitcher | Guitar, Bowl
Jason Robinson | Saxophone
Bob Seiner | Drums, Percussion

A set of mostly free, exploratory, improvisations from the organizers of Soundworks Gathering.

Claire Arenius | Drums
Mitch Sideman | Guitar
Jamie MacDonald | Bass

View Event →
8:00 PM20:00

Soundworks Gathering #9

Matan Rubinstein
Composer, pianist and electronic musician, making music in a variety of contexts and venues from works for orchestra and chamber groups (with and without electronics), to Jazz Orchestras and combos, as well as projects for dance, film, television and interactive media. Among his notable credits as bandleader are the Modular Music Ensemble, a Nine-piece Genre-bending group, and Sada, for a small group of improvisers, both dedicated to performing his original compositions. Originally from Israel, Matan has lived and worked in Brooklyn, NY and Madison, WI, where he received a doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin in music composition. He now lives with his wife and three daughters in the Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts. Matan is on music faculty at Marlboro College.

Carl Clements 
Saxophonist/flutist/composer Carl Clements performs internationally in a variety of styles, with a particular focus on jazz, Hindustani classical music, and various forms of improvised and pre-composed music. He is featured on numerous recordings, and has performed at jazz festivals and concerts in the US, Europe, Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. He received a ethnomusicology at the CUNY York Graduate Center, an MFA in Jazz Performance from CalArts, a BM in Jazz Composition and Arranging from Berklee College of Music, and has studied North Indian classical music on the bansuri since 1989. As an educator, Clements’ primary areas are jazz performance, theory, and ethnomusicology, and he is currently Visiting Director of Jazz Performance Amherst College.

May Old Acquaintance Be Forgot is an experimental collaboration between a musician-academic and an academic-storyteller. Combining music with storytelling, Jonathan Hulting-Cohen and Kimberlee Pérez address, interweave, and dialogue across the tensions, pleasures, and connections that emerge from the colliding and disparate spheres they work within, embody and live: classical music and performance art, upper-middle and working-class, and white-Jewish and mixed-race Chicana. The two met as participants in the UMass Interdisciplinary Studies Institute where each eyed the other’s world with curiosity and uncertainty and which led to an unexpected New Year’s Eve at the symphony.  

 Jonathan Hulting-Cohen is a concert saxophonist and assistant professor at UMass Amherst. His work includes new and historical classical music, including concertos, solo repertoire, and chamber music.  Concerto engagements have led him across the country to perform with orchestras in Philadelphia, California and Michigan, and his work in chamber music has resulted in collaborations with David Shifrin and Rudresh Mahanthappa at Chamber Music Northwest and Princeton University, respectively. His saxophone sextet, The Moanin' Frogs, won First Prize at the 2018 MPrize Chamber Arts Competition and has appeared on stages from The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., to The Gong Show on ABC. Recording and touring with harpist Jennifer R. Ellis in the Admiral Launch Duo resulted in their debut album in 2018 on Albany Records. As a solo artist, Jonathan explores the fringes of classical music through commissioning and performing genre-bending works. He toured these pieces as "Timbre|ine" to Croatia, Scotland, and universities in the South and Midwest, and is preparing them for recording. Jonathan earned his BM and MM under Donald Sinta at the University of Michigan and is a Conn-Selmer and D'Addario Woodwinds Artist.

Kimberlee Pérez is a queer chicana, reluctant academic, and sometimes storyteller. Her interests in the politics of belonging and coalition, intimacy, personal narrative and solo performance occasionally lead her out of the comforts of solitude and silence and into various publics. Like this one. Current thoughts on belonging manifesting through projects in progress, including her book project Queer Intimacies: On the Politics of Belonging in Performance. She is also working on an essay about the experience of survival, and another on audiencing across difference. Recent performances include Rubbing Up Against Difference (On the Complex Erotics of Audiencing), South of Living: Queer Belonging in Dangerous Times, and You Can Get Anything You Want. Performances in progress include The Quietest Camper and a (not quite) musical performance, Sideways with Phil (A Roadtrip Musical).

View Event →
8:00 PM20:00

Soundworks Gathering #8

Wayne Smith | Arctic Moth

Arctic Moth represents the collaborative work of cellist Wayne Smith and sound artist/musician Lysha Smith.  The pair seeks to explore new sonic territories that emerge from the synergy of classical cello and modern electronic sound design techniques.  Improvisation is essential to the duo's current explorations--each session or performance is unique unto itself.  The soundscapes that unfold vacillate between claustrophobic drones and soaring, sweet melodic bliss and originate almost entirely from the cello itself as it's vibrations ooze through analogue circuits and digital wizardry.

Arctic Moth began improvising together in 2015 and the following year teamed up with violinist Patrick Doane to compose an original score for Dziga Vertov's 1929 silent film Man with a Movie Camera.  The group performed the score live summer of 2016.  Since, they have established a studio in Shelburne Falls, MA where they continue to explore the possibilities of merging the sweet musicality of classical strings and the latent possibilities of modern electronic music technology.  

Wayne Smith | Lysha Smith
Cellist, Wayne Smith, gave his recital debut at the Kennedy Center in 1996, and has appeared as soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Italy, Germany, Romania, Hungary, Austria, Poland, and China. He has played with the New Jersey Chamber Music Society, the National Chamber Orchestra, the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonic of New Jersey, the Princeton Chamber Symphony, and the Heidelberg Castle Festival Orchestra in Heidelberg, Germany, among other groups, and was a featured soloist on the PBS Series “Musical Encounters”.  He has recorded and performed with such artists as Joe, Richard Smallwood, and the Spin Doctors’ Anthony Krizan, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and the Moody Blues.  He has also enjoyed an active teaching career and has taught lessons and master classes at Amherst College, Salisbury State University in Maryland, and the University of Massachusetts. He did his undergraduate studies at the Eastman School of Music with Steven Doane and his graduate studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with Astrid Schween.

Lysha Smith is a sound artist, producer and musician from Shelburne Falls, MA.  He works with machines/electronics to create a palette of morphing organic soundscapes, in an effort to paint the air with sound.  Improvisation and spontaneity are key elements in all of Lysha's work, this most apparent in his work with cellist Wayne Smith and their Arctic Moth project.  Lysha graduated from Marlboro (VT) College in 2018 with a degree in Sound Studies, where his work was centered around finding a synergy between sound art and meditation via studio recordings, live performance and sound art installations.

Stephen Katz piece:  What Goes Around? Featuring Wayne Smith (cello), Bob Weiner (percussion)

How will our live/ambient/realtime/found sounds get caught up in electronic loops to become trancelike, repeating patterns that become mending, meditative music via improvised responses?

Cellist, teacher, and award-winning composer Stephen Katz has charted new territory for the rhythmic potential of the cello with the groundbreaking strumming approach he calls Flying Pizzicato. He has performed his compositions at Carnegie Recital Hall and toured internationally as a soloist, and with the Paul Winter Consort, Rachael Sage, and the Essex String Quartet. Stephen is also an improviser and composer in the Dance world, having made music for hundreds of “movement jams” using digital looping hardware to weave dynamic tapestries of sound. As a co-founder of the movement/theater company Seen & Heard with the late dancer and monologist BJ Goodwin, he literally danced with the cello while accompanying the dramas they played out on stage. Stephen has been featured on national radio broadcasts in the USA and is a NEA grant recipient. As a film composer he won a Jury Prize Gold Medal at the Park City Film Music Festival and has scored films broadcast nationally on PBS/Independent Lens. He is composer/music director for IMBOLC RIVERFIRE, an epic, festival celebration of fire, light, pageantry, song, dance, spectacle held in Hudson, NY on 2/2/19. A native of San Francisco, Stephen received a Master of Music degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and lives in Western Massachusetts. See for recordings and publications.


View Event →
8:00 PM20:00

Soundworks Gathering #7

Shumoto & The Byrde | Guitar, Amplified Bowls, Water.
Shumoto & The Byrde is the mostly improvised duo of Austin Hatch and Jefferson Pitcher.  Using multiple amplifiers and sound sources, they create a sonic landscape of clanging, clicking, drifting, and swelling drones, with plenty of melody and an intense focus on overtones and space.  With a deep interest in blurring the lines of composition and improvisation, theirs is a vast, meditative, and at times explosive sound world.  

Jefferson Pitcher is a guitarist and composer originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. He spent his formative years involved in the DIY Berkeley punk-rock scene, at 924 Gilman Street, which still influences him today.  While much of his work explores free improvisation, he also draws heavily on his gift for melody, as well as on the simple repetitions of minimalism, the space and North African influence of flamenco, and a history of performing and recording in the West Coast indie-rock scene as a singer-songwriter, where he fronted the band Above the Orange Trees.

Since that time, Pitcher has released music with Standard Recording Co. (USA), Digitalis Recordings (USA), Camera Obscura (Australia), Tape Drift Records (USA), Moonpalace (Spain), Dutch East India (USA), Words on Music (USA), Tract Records (USA), and his own Mudita Records (USA). He has performed and recorded with a wide range of artists including Pauline Oliveros, Fred Frith, Ikue Mori, Okkyung Lee, Scott Amendola, Rosie Thomas, Christian Kiefer, J. Matthew Gerken, Denison Witmer, Sarah Weaver, Mark Dresser, Mike Bullock, Tim Keiper, Doug Van Nort, Jonathan Chen, David Gibson, Kristina Forester, Ron Guensche and many more. He has twice been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and has been well reviewed by Pitchfork, Blurt, The Melbourne Sun, Prefix, and Harp magazines.  Pitcher holds an MFA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he studied improvisation and composition with Pauline Oliveros and Tomie Hahn.

Austin Hatch is the frontman of Americana indie band Matt Byrde, and the primary composer of the duo song-based project called Shadowcat.  He daydreams about fronting a traditional jazz quartet with a perfectly subtle trumpeter.

Wendy Eisenberg | Guitar Improvisations

Wendy Eisenberg is an improvising guitarist, banjo-player, vocalist and songwriter. She has written for and performed in numerous projects, including the critically acclaimed experimental band, Birthing Hips, described by NPR as “brainy, noisy punk based in sonic adventure, technical mastery, and rejection of the status quo."  Her work as an improviser has led to collaborations with Ted Reichman, Joe Morris, Damon Smith, John Zorn, Matt Mitchell and Zach Rowden, among many others. Eisenberg has premiered work by Mitchell, Zorn, Maria Schneider, and Bill Holman, as well as the work of her many peers.

In addition to her work as a collaborative artist, she has two solo careers: improviser/composer, and songwriter. Wendy’s debut improvisational solo guitar record as an improviser will come out on Steve Lowenthal's VDSQ imprint in 2018. Her “songs” album, Time Machine, released on HEC Tapes in April 2017, was re-released on vinyl on Feeding Tube records on September 7th. She also has a trio album with Trevor Dunn and Ches Smith on John Zorn's Tzadik label, set for release this October.

View Event →
8:00 PM20:00

Soundworks Gathering #6

Priscilla Page, Djola Branner, and Shakeel Sohail Gilbran CullisTell That

“I want to tell the American story from the kitchens where I learned it. Because there were so many hips, recipes, a multiplicity of languages…so many possibilities before you cracked the egg. I wanna tell that.”  -Laurie Carlos

Laurie Carlos was an innovator of theatrical form whose voice continues to shape the jazz aesthetic in performance today. She is an art mother to Priscilla Page and Djola Branner, as well as a generation of  contemporary creative spirits in theater. Blending poetry, music, and movement, the trio builds a storyscape intertwining the personal and the political. Featuring texts by Laurie Carlos, Djola Branner, and Priscilla Page alongside improvised music by bassist Shakeel Sohail Gilbran Cullis,Tell That is an exploration of individual voices weaving together a tapestry of global perspectives. 

Priscilla Page is a writer, performer, dramaturg, and educator who believes creative expression is a powerful tool for the transformation of self and society. Her performance credits include La Llorona in Quiero Volver by Diana Alvarez; ensemble member in Latinas con Pluma; and solo performance poetry/storytelling in When the Women Gather and Women Who Are Free. She regularly publishes essays, articles, and reviews on the intersections of race, culture, feminism, and theater. She is a contributing editor for Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light: A Play by Joy Harjo and A Circle of Responses, forthcoming from Wesleyan Press.

Djola Branner is an interdisciplinary artist/educator who combines movement, sound and light to create compelling portraits of American life for the stage. His original dramas give voice to individuals historically absent from the theater, and explore a diverse range of human experience. Co-founder of the award winning performance group Pomo Afro Homos, Branner toured nationally and internationally with their shows Fierce Love: Stories From Black Gay Life and Dark Fruit, performing in venues as varied as college cafeterias and the Lincoln Center. His work has been supported by Creative Capital, the Jerome, McKnight and Bush Foundations, and published in such anthologies as Colored Contradictions, Staging Gay Lives and Voices Rising: Celebrating 20 Years of Lesbian and Gay Black Writers. He is a member of the Dramatists’ Guild.

Shakeel Sohail Gibran Cullis is a South African bassist currently studying at Berklee College of Music’s Global Music Institute. He has performed with renowned musicians such as Nduduzo Makhathini, Bokani Dyer, Kyle Shepherd, and Louis Moholo-Moholo. He has also performed alongside Madosini, Mark Fransman, Claude Cozens, Jonno Sweetman, Keenan Ahrends, Andrew Lilley, and Linda Sikhakhane. He plays in a variety of ensembles ranging in style from straight ahead jazz to swing, South African jazz, Latin and Cuban music, contemporary South African jazz, free jazz, Nigerian ogu music, Nigerian jazz and traditional Xhosa Music ensembles. He recently performed at the Oslo Jazz Festival, Norway (Herr Nilsen & Sentralen) (2017); Grahamstown National Jazz Festival (2016); Joy of Jazz Festival; Cape Town International Jazz Festival (2016); Buyel'ekhaya Festival, East London (2016/2017); Infecting the City Festival, Cape Town (2017).   

Mike Bullock | Fossar/Geysir | Listening session

Fossar/Geysir is constructed from recordings made around the southwest of Iceland at various waterfalls (fossar) and at Geysir (the geyser after which all others are named). Edited only for beginnings and endings and stitched into a continuous journey by foot around and through Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, and a little-known waterfall, anonymous to me, featuring a salmon ladder.

Mike Bullock is a composer, improviser, visual artist, and writer based in Holyoke, MA. Bullock has been performing since the mid 90s at venues across the US and in Europe, including Fylkingen in Stockholm, Sweden; Instants Chavirés in Paris; Café OTO in London; Experimental Intermedia and ISSUE Project Room in New York City; The Philadelphia Museum of Art; and EMPAC in Troy, NY. In June 2015, Bullock received a Performance Grant from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage.

Bullock is the Philadelphia Ambassador for The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland [KREV]and also serves as the KREV Minister of Fine Noise and Light.

View Event →
8:00 PM20:00

Soundworks Gathering #5

Jessica Pavone | Solo Viola
Pavone’s recent works for solo viola and voice stem from years of concentrated long tone practice and an interest in repetition, song form, and sympathetic vibration. She combines her long tone rituals with delay, understated melodies and sparse lyrical content while continuously experimenting with new forms. She is interested in the physicality of performing her somewhat larger-than-comfortable instrument and believes that cultivating physical bodies as a strong container for her thoughts is part of the creative process.

 Pavone has toured extensively throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe, performing in venues ranging from international music festivals, universities, and art galleries, to community centers and basements. Her music has premiered in venues in New York City such as, Roulette, Issue Project Room, and The Kitchen, and at the Klangbad Festival in Sheer, Germany. In 2011 she was featured in NPR’s “The Mix: 100 Composers Under 40.” She has received grants and commissions from the Aaron Copland Recording Fund, the American Music CenterNew Music USA for her collaboration with choreographer, Anna SperberThe KitchenMATA, The Jerome Foundation, The Tri-Centric FoundationExperiments in Opera, and the chamber music collective, Till By Turning.

Pavone’s music is available from Taiga Records, Tzadik, Thirsty Ear, Relative Pitch, Porter, Skirl, and Peacock Recordings.

Bromp Treb | Sound (s).
Bromp Treb is a long-running music/sound/performance project of artist Neil Cloaca Young. Bromp Treb is the clumsy body-music/noise of eager uncertainty. Celebrating crooked rhythms and complex textures interjected with joyful spasms of dysfunction, Bromp Treb is built on an improvised and intuited foundation of electronic sound synthesis, samples, tapes, voice and percussion. Since 2002 or so, Bromp Treb has put many recordings in circulation and has performed at fancy-pants places like ICA Boston and the High Zero Festival as well as countless basements, bars, lofts, living rooms, closets and art spaces all around North America and Europe.

View Event →
8:00 PM20:00

Soundworks Gathering #4

Salvatore Macchia and Jazer Giles | Contra-Temp

Contra-Temp is an exciting contemporary music duo that features composer/performers Salvatore Macchia (Contrabass), and Jazer Giles (Electronics). Formed in 2015 the duo has performed numerous concerts in a wide variety of settings throughout the Northeast. Its repertoire runs the gamut from completely notated pieces, to works which feature partial or sometimes complete improvisatory frameworks. Their concerts also include mixed media elements which often including video. Featured works will be Macchia’s Gargoyles for Bass, Live Electronics and Interactive Video, Giles’s Chiasmus for Bass, Synthesizer and Live Electronics, a score which includes both written and improvised material, and finally a free improvisation based on a ground bass of former UMass composition professor Robert Stern and Amherst resident Robert Stern.   

Tristatic Video + Live Score

Tristatic is Jacqueline Dougherty, Julia Handschuh, and Haley Morgan. This trio makes performance for video, generating work through the embodied exploration of space and identity, and using a camera to document, amplify, and share their playtime. Based in Atlanta, GA and Turners Falls, MA.

Live Score performed by: Batya Sobel, Haley Morgan, Stephanie Lak, and Jenifer Gelineau.

View Event →
8:00 PM20:00

Soundworks Gathering #3

Destination Freedom (for quadrophonic sound)
Yvette Janine Jackson
Destination Freedom begins in the cargo hold of a tall ship transporting Africans to the Americas and traverses time in search of freedom. It is a radio opera - a meditative electroacoustic experience presented in darkness. A fixed media, multichannel composition, it features members of the Invisible People ensemble: Judith Hamann (‘cello), Tommy Babin (double bass), Nick Lesley (drums), Malesha Jessie Taylor (voice), and Yvette Janine Jackson (piano). Freedom (Next Episode) is the sequel to Destination Freedom .

 Infinities of Yonder/ness
Daniel Warner (live electronics) + Jason Robinson (saxophone) 
Infinities of Yonder/ness is an improvisational electro-acoustic homage to Sun Ra. The "comprovisation" draws on material from Sun Ra's 1970 album The Solar-Myth Approach Vol. 1.  The piece is built on heavily transformed versions of the Sun Ra samples,  pre-recorded musical "commentary" by my wonderful Hampshire College colleague Marty Ehrlich, and live improvisation by my friend and collaborator, Jason Robinson. The title of my piece is drawn from the liner notes for the original BYG-Actuel album by Tam Fiofori.

View Event →
8:00 PM20:00

Soundworks Gathering #2

Set 1
Fine Noise and Light:
Mike Bullock & Linda Aubry

Set 2
Pioneer Valley Creative Music Gathering Bass Ensemble
Wes Brown, Mike Bullock, Michael Harrist, George Kaye, Jamie MacDonald, David Picchi, Wayne Roberts, Fumi Tomita.

Jason Robinson, conductor
Compositions by Carl Clements, Bruno Raberg, and Jason Robinson


View Event →
7:00 PM19:00

Soundworks Gathering #1

7pm, Series Kickoff Reception, free and open to the public
Show starts at 8pm, $10 donation

Set 1
Jason Robinson (tenor saxophone, alto flute)
Matan Rubinstein (keyboard)

Set 2
From Water to Wood: a “conduction” style piece by Bob Weiner featuring:

Don Anderson (trumpet), Claire Arenius (percussion), John Caban (guitar), 
Carl Clements (woodwinds), Stephen Katz (cello), Jamie Macdonald (bass), 
Stephen Page (keyboard), Priscilla Page (spoken word), Jefferson Pitcher (guitar)
Jason Robinson (woodwinds), Wayne Smith (cello), Bob Weiner (conductor)

View Event →