The 16th concert in the SONORIUM series featuring improvised experimental music and performance. With PALIMPSEST (Dave Seidel and Laurie Amat) SAMARA LUBELSKI THE SAMUEL BOAT QUINTET MAGICK WINDOWS No. 3
Laurie Amat is an artist at Providence’s AS220. She most recently returned from The European International Looping Festival Tour with performances in France, Italy and Switzerland. www.amatworks.com Dave Seidel makes music under the name mysterybear; his CD “~60 Hz” came out in 2014 on the Irritable Hedgehog label. www.mysterybear.net
Samara Lubelski has played with and recorded a who’s who of the art/noise/improvised/folk scenes. Her first solo outing, 1997’s In the Valley, was a major installment in the recorded legacy of experimental string music. Current projects include an improvising duo with Marcia Bassett, a long-standing collaboration with German collective Metabolismus, and violin with Thurston Moore. Her most recent solo record, String Cycle, was released by Ultra Eczema in 2014. http://www.samaralubelski.com/ https://soundcloud.com/tags/samara%20lubelski
The Samuel Boat Quintet are Sam Lisabeth (guitar), Katie McShane (guitar), Billy McShane (keyboard), Jesse Heasley (bass) and Simon Hanes (bass). Fresh, fun (and sometimes hilarious) young musicians from JP—A MUST SEE!!! https://samlisabeth.bandcamp.com/
MAGICK WINDOWS is a research interface. It can take any form at any location and never is repeated. Each project is numbered and then catalogued for viewing in the library at www.magickwindows.com
Presented by Andrea Pensado and Vanessa LeFevre. $10.00 donation requested—all proceeds to the artists.
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