how to play berlin, without leaving home

In the VaultFor his recent set at Noiseberg in Berlin, Jeff Surak included samples of Gary Rouzer and me playing Gyorgy Kurtag’s Ligatura, recorded inside the vault at Pyramid Atlantic. Which certainly beats lugging a double bass onto a plane.

Photo of Gary and me inside the vault by Jeff Surak.

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dancing about architecture, outside

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Some images of The Subtle Body Transmission Orchestra, with dancers, performing on the grounds of the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center building during last weekend’s Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music.

Sam Byrd, percussion; Tim Harding, alto saxophone; Rich O’Meara, vibraphone; Tom Wall, baritone saxophone; Jeff Surak, benevolent Dictaphone; Amanda Blythe, Ken Manheimer and Sarah Schaffer, dance.
Photographs by Gary Rouzer

sonic circuits 2014

Outside Pyramid Atlantic. Photo by Nico Barbiero.

Outside Pyramid Atlantic. Photo by Nico Barbiero.

The Subtle Body Transmission Orchestra (Sam Byrd, percussion; Tim Harding, alto saxophone; Rich O’Meara, vibraphone; Tom Wall, baritone saxophone; me, double bass) with Dictaphone interventionist Jeff Surak and dancers Amanda Blythe, Ken Manheimer, Sarah Schaffer and Hannah Whitley kick off Day 2 of the 2014 Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music on Saturday at 5:30 PM with a site-specific improvisation on the grounds surrounding the Pyramid Atlantic building (pictured above), 8230 Georgia Avenue in beautiful downtown Silver Spring. And that’s just the beginning of an entire evening’s worth of music and multimedia.

(The Sonic Circuits festival starts tonight at 7:30 at Pyramid Atlantic and runs through Sunday.)

margolis & barbiero @ pyramid atlantic

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Last night I had the great pleasure of playing a set with Al Margolis. We’d collaborated virtually, and it just seemed like time to try it in real life. We did a couple of pieces from The Rationale for a Space Telescope and a couple of improvisations. Here’s a video excerpt from 4 Dock PO, which Al composed from sound samples provided by cellist Nathan Bontrager.

Photo by Jeff Surak.