the december 1952 project tonight at sonic circuits

Tonight at 7:15 PM The December 1952 Project will be performed during this concluding evening of the 2018 Sonic Circuits Festival.  The precis:

December, 1952 saw the coincidence of two incongruous and presumably causally independent events: Earle Brown’s composition of the classic graphic score December 1952, a work within the larger set of unconventional scores Brown titled FOLIO, and the alleged acquisition by flying saucer contactee George Adamski of a communication in Venusian script. In the spirit of objective chance, The December 1952 Project conjoins these two signs of their times with a realization of December 1952 by the wind and string ensemble Exfoliage, followed by J. S. Adams’ Sloth Ensemble’s performance of a new work for sound and projections inspired by Adamski’s Venusian text.

Exfoliage is Jimmy Ghaphery, flute; Jeff Kahan, oboe; Will Robin, alto saxophone; Tom Wall, baritone saxophone; Patrick Crossland, trombone; Robin Hayward, tuba; Daniel Barbiero, double bass and arrangement.

For more about the genesis of the project, listen in to the 19 September episode of WOWD-LP’s Coda program, at the station’s online archive.

That’s tonight at 7:15, at Rhizome, 6950 Maple Street in Takoma Park DC. Silver space suits optional.

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wowd-lp visit now online

For a limited time, my guest appearance on WOWD-LP’s Coda show will be available from the station’s online archive. Matt and I talked about the upcoming Sonic Circuits Festival, The December 1952 Project, and more.

a sign from above?

WP_20150920_15_22_11_ProNot a divine admonition not to play, just a request to stay out of the vault.

This past weekend was the 2015 Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music, held at Pyramid Atlantic (pictured). Three solid evenings of sounds and performance art. My festival report is here; coming soon are photos and a link to an improvisation with Eva Zoellner on accordion, Gary Rouzer on prepared cello, and myself on double bass.