The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

We're Performing June 9th in Philadelphia!

Fire Museum Presents:

Alan Sondheim/Helena Espvall/Azure Carter Trio

Dan Joseph

Jesse Kudler/Barry Weisblat Duo

Saturday, June 9th 8:00PM
Highwire Gallery
2040 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA

Alan Sondheim, Azure Carter (Brooklyn) & Helena Espvall (Philadelphia)

RECORD RELEASE SHOW! .The animists of Mari El aren.t the last pagans, not
by a long shot. Cauldron is on the job, too, working the hot-stick on Ley
lines from Giant.s Despair to Kingdom Come, with a backpack full of old
tube equipment and spools of magnetic tape. Cauldron spins secret messages
encoded in lace and tosses the achillea millefolium to see where to go
next. Cauldron wants to remind you that all you see is not all there is.
The margins of .things. are crawling, if you know how to look: ancient
spirits, saints, faeries, fractal elves, jeweled self-dribbling
basketballs, etc. etc. etc. The trick is to find your way back to an
unmediated life. So take Cauldron.s hand. Ignore the fire-exit signs
warning you that an alarm will sound. It won.t. Push the door open.
stumble into brighter light. the untended back lot behind our shared
reality. where weeds push stark flowers through cracks in the cement. once
you get out there everything is so quiet, all you hear is the
breezes-s-s-s. butterflies and blue lizards flit and skitter amid the
rubble of forgotten thoughts. .How wonderful that you're here!. they say.
.You come so rarely! We're so delighted to see you!.

Cauldron deals out a three of cups: Alan Sondheim, a pioneer of mystical
ear-tweak and sci-fi sonic ritual sound, chamber-improv gypsy cellist
Helena Espvall, and eco-trance singer Azure Carter. thrice to thine and
thrice to mine, and thrice again, to make up nine. Channeling the ghosts
of Opal Whiteley and Lou Harrison, Cauldron conjures the scratch and shush
of the Big Bang out of wood, wind and cat-gut. Whenever you listen to it,
this album is always over too soon, just like life. Fire Museum and
Tequila Sunrise Records deal out a two of pentacles: not to get all
.Yankee Candle. here, but we only made 250 of these, so grab one before
they melt away like chemtrails in the sunset sky." - Fred Astarte, Tequila
Sunrise Records

Dan Joseph (Brooklyn):

Dan Joseph is a free-lance composer based in New York City. He began his
career as a drummer in the vibrant punk scene of his native Washington,
DC. During the late 1980s, he was active in the experimental tape music
underground, producing ambient-industrial works for independent labels in
the U.S. and abroad. He spent the .90s in California where he studied at
CalArts and Mills College. His principal teachers include Pauline
Oliveros, Alvin Curran and Mel Powell. Equally influential where his
studies with Terry Riley during several workshops in California and
Colorado. As an artist who embraces the musical multiplicity of our time,
Dan works simultaneously in a variety of media and contexts, including
instrumental chamber music, free improvisation, and various forms of
electronica and sound art. Since the late 1990s, the hammer dulcimer has
been the primary vehicle for his music. As a performer he is active with
his own chamber ensemble, The Dan Joseph Ensemble, as well as in various
improvisational collaborations and as an occasional soloist. He has
collaborated with a variety of creative artists including Miya Masaoka,
Pamela Z, Loren Dempster, JD Parran, Pauline Oliveros, India Cooke,
William Winant and John Ingle.
Dan Joseph.s work has been presented at Merkin Concert Hall (NYC),
Diapason Gallery for Sound (NYC), Roulette (NYC), Deep Listening Space
(Kingston, NY), The Kitchen (NYC) Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF),
New Langton Arts (SF) and other venues. He has received commissions from
several ensembles and performers, including Gamelan Son of Lion, the SF
Sound Group, baritone Thomas Buckner, flutist Jacqueline Martelle and
clarinetist Matt Ingalls. . - bio

Jesse Kudler (Philadelphia) & Barry Weisblat (Brooklyn) Duo:

Jesse Kudler, born 1979, creates concrete music on the computer, composes
low-tech multi-channel sound works, and improvises on cheap consumer
devices: a no-name electric guitar, hand-held cassette recorders, radios
and transmitters, various small junk, and pedals/electronics. In his
various travels, Kudler has performed with Matt Bauder, Kyle Bruckmann,
Chris Cogburn, James Coleman, Tim Feeney, Brent Gutzeit, Bonnie Jones,
Jason Kahn, Mazen Kerbaj, Toshimaru Nakamura, Pauline Oliveros, Bhob
Rainey, Vic Rawlings, Christine Sehnaoui, Mike Shiflet, Jason Soliday,
Howard Stelzer, Christian Weber, Matt Weston, Jack Wright, Jason Zeh, and
many others. Current and "recent" projects include: sound installation; a
duo with Ian Fraser; solo performance; HZL, an environmental electronics
duo with Tim Albro; duos with Chris Cogburn, Christian Weber, and Chandan
Narayan; Benito Cereno (with Dustin Hurt, Chandan Narayan, Tim Albro, and
Ian Fraser); Tweeter, a treble-intensive noise trio with Alex Nagle and
Eli Litwin; and various ad hoc groupings. Kudler is the co-founder and
co-Director (with Ian Fraser) of the Philadelphia Sound Forum.

Barry Weisblat was born in 1975 in Brooklyn. He is a sound artist and
electronic instrument builder who extensively experiments with
electro-magnetic devices, solar technology, homemade and modified circuits
for application in sound generation/manipulation, audio engineering and
photography. Weisblat has collaborated with Margarida Garcia, Tower
Recordings, Mattin, Tim Barnes and Tetuzi Akiyama, and has built
instruments for Peter Kowald, Toshio Kajiwara, Manuel Mota and Matt
Valentine. He has sound engineered for Erstwhile Records, Dean Roberts and
Jon Gibson. - bios

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