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  • 7:00 PMPoet-tree En Motion Harvest Moon Seasonal Kick-Off Event!
  • Thumb rotunda pem website 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Poet-tree En Motion Presents

    The Fall 2014 Performing Arts Series!

    Wednesday-October 1st - Doors at 7pm

    Sunday-October 19th - Doors at 6pm

    Friday-November 7th - Doors at 7pm

    This ongoing seasonal series features a variety of multi-disciplinary performances & community art ranging from dance/movement/theater, live electronic/acoustic music, vocal/poetry/spoken-word presentations, circus/fire/flow arts, the visual art of live painting & VJ projections.

    Doors Open @ 7pm (except 10/19 @ 6pm)!!! 

    October 1st: Harvest Moon Seasonal Kick-Off Event! 

    • Plum Dragoness (a.k.a. Gabrielle de Burke)-Resident Performance Artist, Event Organizer & Arts Educator, known in Philly & abroad for her “unique style” of spoken word/vocals, dance/movement theater, fire & flow arts. 

    • Kerstenbrug-shares her original music with an extra stitch of "a love less hypothetical" in a mixture of older, newer, & maybe a cover or two. 

    • Get Lucid- this Philly based artist/activist collective brings innovative music, sounds, performance & visual art for communities & connections. 

    • Illian Village-the town of strange sounds & noising ranging from the smooth to the scary, here to spit rhymes for the art of shaking butts.

    • Setu Tribe- the Setu Tribe is a collection of Tribeswomen through their dances derived from personal experiences within the PEX community.

    • Steve Shorts-artistic vision combining mixed-media muralism w/ social sculpture, blending fine art, restoration construction & community service. 

    • VJ Spooky-this Philadelphia based VJ enhances events w/ a multimedia experience! 

    *Join the Facebook Group for Poet-tree En Motion (see “Events” for more info): facebook.com/groups/116980678334215

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  • 6:00 PMWho We Eat - animated infographic presentation on animal agriculture
  • Thumb counting flyer edited 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Harish Sethu of Counting Animals surveys the current state of animal agriculture in the U.S. and the forces shaping trends within the meat industry. Along with a quantitative examination of economic and other factors driving factory farming, the talk with also present a number-centric examination of the industry's practices from the animal's point of view. 
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  • 8:00 PMMAYHEM 4 | RED OCTOBER
  • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    DOC HERO - DON CEPHAS - KLAYE - DEUCE B.

    Ream Raw - Maine Dolly - Drew Smith

    Special Guest MARZ FERRER

    Tickets

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  • 2:00 PMGender Reel
  • 2:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Gender Reel time again. 

    Please join us at The Rotunda for two days of amazing film screenings, panel discussions, performance art pieces and Q&A's. 

    This year, we will be showcasing over 30 documentary and narrative films (short & feature in length) on the lives and experiences of gender non-conforming and transgender people. 

    Here is a list of the amazing films you can catch at GR Philadelphia:

    Trans Woman/Feminine:

    How I Gave Birth To Myself 

    In My Skin

    Joyeux Anniversaire

    The Tablet

    Trans Lives Matter! Justice for Islan Nettles

    Transvisible: The Bamby Salcedo Story [This film will only be shown in select cities]

    Trans Men/Masculine

    Brace [This film will only be shown in select cities]

    A Self-Made Man

    Shirts Vs. Skins

    Something In Between 

    The Baseball Project

    Zanderology

    Gender Non-conforming/Queer:

    Crazy Hot 

    Chuppan Chupai—Hide and Seek

    DOH! Oh Dear, A Female Tear 

    M.I.: A Different Kind of Girl 

    The Heartbreak of VD 

    How To Beautiful

    LGBT:

    Stark Electric Jesus 

    They Hate Me In Vain 

    When A Butch Dyke Dies 

    “…until justice rolls” 

    Urban Drag

    Youth/Family:

    Fragile 

    I’m Just Anneke 

    "Oversimplified" Episode 1: Origins 

    The Nanny Project

    The Family Journey: Raising Gender Nonconforming Children 

    Turn: A PSA by SupaFriends 2013

    Transgender Parents

    For a more detailed description of the films and a the Philadelphia film schedule please consult our website @ www.genderreelfest.com. 

    Tickets are $10 per day. However, no one will be turned away if they cannot afford one. 

    Films will be screened from 2 PM-10 PM on Saturday & Sunday.

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  • 2:00 PMGender Reel
  • 2:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Gender Reel time again. 

    Please join us at The Rotunda for two days of amazing film screenings, panel discussions, performance art pieces and Q&A's. 

    This year, we will be showcasing over 30 documentary and narrative films (short & feature in length) on the lives and experiences of gender non-conforming and transgender people. 

    Here is a list of the amazing films you can catch at GR Philadelphia:

    Trans Woman/Feminine:

    How I Gave Birth To Myself 

    In My Skin

    Joyeux Anniversaire

    The Tablet

    Trans Lives Matter! Justice for Islan Nettles

    Transvisible: The Bamby Salcedo Story [This film will only be shown in select cities]

    Trans Men/Masculine

    Brace [This film will only be shown in select cities]

    A Self-Made Man

    Shirts Vs. Skins

    Something In Between 

    The Baseball Project

    Zanderology

    Gender Non-conforming/Queer:

    Crazy Hot 

    Chuppan Chupai—Hide and Seek

    DOH! Oh Dear, A Female Tear 

    M.I.: A Different Kind of Girl 

    The Heartbreak of VD 

    How To Beautiful

    LGBT:

    Stark Electric Jesus 

    They Hate Me In Vain 

    When A Butch Dyke Dies 

    “…until justice rolls” 

    Urban Drag

    Youth/Family:

    Fragile 

    I’m Just Anneke 

    "Oversimplified" Episode 1: Origins 

    The Nanny Project

    The Family Journey: Raising Gender Nonconforming Children 

    Turn: A PSA by SupaFriends 2013

    Transgender Parents

    For a more detailed description of the films and a the Philadelphia film schedule please consult our website @ www.genderreelfest.com. 

    Tickets are $10 per day. However, no one will be turned away if they cannot afford one. 

    Films will be screened from 2 PM-10 PM on Saturday & Sunday.

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  • 7:30 PMIntro to Theatre of the Oppressed
  • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

    Intro to Theatre of the Oppressed

    Monday, October 6 • 7:30-9:00 p.m.

    Free • Pre-register by calling 267-282-1057 

    or email "tophilly@gmail.com"

    Theatre of the Oppressed (or “T.O.” for short) is a practice made up of images, sounds, movements, words and ideas taken from our collective experience in the world. Utilized by teachers, organizers, actors, activists and ordinary people in over 70 countries, Theatre of the Oppressed breaks down the dividing line between spectator and performer by inviting everyone to play theatrical games that hone our skills and spark conversations. These skills and conversations are the building blocks for more in-depth techniques that address power, privilege and oppression in our society and ourselves.

    Here in Philly we kick off our 2014-2015 season with a free workshop that touches on some of the key practices of T.O. and the ways we can use it for personal and social transformation. Anyone of any experience and background is welcome to attend, just let us know that you’re coming by calling 267-282-1057, or email “tophilly@gmail.com”.

    ________________________________________________ 

    Playing with Power: An Image Theatre Intensive

    3 Mondays: Oct 27, Nov 3, Nov 10 from 7 to 9 p.m.

    at the Rotunda • 4014 Walnut Street • West Philly

    This series is free provided that participants attend all 3 sessions.

    To pre-register, call 267-282-1057 or email "tophilly@gmail.com"

    Like iconic photographs from history, Theatre of the Oppressed uses still images to highlight systems of power and ignite dialogues around contentious issues. In this three-part series we will play “The Great Game of Power”, a technique for sculpting images out of everyday objects to illustrate conflicts and struggles faced by those around us. When we add ourselves as actors into the picture, scenes spring to life as debates between people and politicians, friends and neighbors, and family members who can’t quite see eye-to-eye. We’ll enrich this work with some readings and discussions and create opportunities to carry our scenarios not just to the stage, but to the actual people and places embroiled in argument.

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    More events soon to come. Call or email 267-282-1057 / "tophilly@gmail.com" for more info.

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  • 8:00 PMDada Tapan Kanti Baidya
  • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Fire Museum

    presents

    Dada Tapan Kanti Baidya was born in Bangladesh.  In 1976, he won the Gold Medal in the National Music Competition which enabled him to a full scholarship to study North Indian Classical Music at the Visva Bharati University in India.  There he studied with variousmasters from different Gharana/schools such as Pt Prasun Kr Benergee, Smti Mamta Dasgupta (Patiala Gharana), Pt Nemai Chand Baral (Dagar Gharana Dhrupad), Ustad Eunus Hossain Khan (Khyal Agra/Atroli Gharana), Mohan Sing Khangura, Pt Aloke Chattergee (kirana Gharana Khyal).

     After earning his Masters in Music in 1982, he returned to Bangladish where he served as a professor of North Indian Classical Vocal at the National music and arts academy in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  He appeared regularly in public as well as television as a Classical vocal performer.  In 1986, he established his school, Sadarang Sangit Shamaroha (Sadarang School of Music) based on his own style and technique of vocal performance (Gharana).

    Admission is FREE; donations encouraged. 

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  • 8:00 PMAndrew's Video Vault screens The Goose Woman (1925) and Penn and Teller Get Killed (1989)
  • 8:00 PM - 11:30 PM FREE Screenings Continuous From 8 PM on the Second THURSDAY of Every Month! This program is made possible through the generous support of the Cinema Studies Program and The Rotunda at the University of Pennsylvania. ****VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.**** OCTOBER 9 The Goose Woman (1925 / 80 minutes) Ripped from the headlines of the “Hall-Miller” case—a disgraced opera singer with an illegitimate child sees a chance to reclaim the spotlight by insinuating herself as a material witness in a high profile trial. Penn and Teller Get Killed (1989 / 89 minutes) Gleefully morbid comedy from Penn and Teller where, on live TV, Penn Jillette publically asks someone to threaten his life, and the candidates pour in. Co-starring Caitlin Clarke and the great David Patrick Kelly. NOVEMBER 13 Arsenal (1929 / 70 minutes) In Aleksandr Dovzhenko’s drama, a Ukrainian solider returns home after the trauma of The Great War and seeks political reform in his village. The Virgin Soldiers (1969 / 95 minutes) Legendary stage impresario John Dexter’s first film features a bunch of randy soldiers in 1950s south-east Asia as a commentary on then current Vietnam anxieties. DECEMBER 11 Traffic in Souls (1913 / 88 minutes) The dark side of the American experience is illuminated in this examination of two immigrants seduced into prostitution by nefarious pimps and flesh traffickers. Wild Oranges (1924 / 88 minutes) An escaped prisoner terrorizes a political exile and his granddaughter in director King Vidor’s Florida-shot thriller. FREE Screenings Continuous From 8 PM on the Second THURSDAY of Every Month! This program is made possible through the generous support of the Cinema Studies Program and The Rotunda at the University of Pennsylvania. ****VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.****
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  • 5:00 PMSANCTUARY
  • Thumb sanctuary savethedate 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    SANCTUARY

    OCTOBER 10, 11, AND 12!!! 

    This event will take place in the sanctuary of The Rotunda. Please enter on Walnut Street.

    The Rotunda and Bowerbird are pleased to announce SANCTUARY, the culmination of a multi-month residency project for artists in the 8,000 square foot sanctuary space of The Rotunda. From an open call of more than 160 applications, these artists were selected to produce site-specific sound-based projects for The Rotunda's main sanctuary, a space which features a 4-story, 80-foot diameter dome, and a large open floor plan. Residencies will take place during the summer of 2014 and will culminate in performances and gallery showings the weekend of October 10 - 12, 2014.

    ARTISTS

    John Phillips & Carolyn Healy

    Michael & Linda Bullock

    Jorge Cousineau

    Tiona McClodden

    Daniel Fishkin

    SCHEDULE

    Friday, October 10

    Open gallery hours - 5pm to 10pm  Performance showings at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm

    Saturday,October 11, Noon to 10pm

    Open gallery hours - Noon to 10pm  Performance showings at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm

    Sunday, October 12, Noon to 10pm

    Open gallery hours - Noon to 10pm  Performance showings at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm

    PROJECTS

    RESIDUAL SIGNAL

    by John Phillips & Carolyn Healy

    Viewing: Partially on view (no video or sound) during gallery hours.  Performed nightly at 9pm.  

    Statement:  

    “Residual Signal” is a site-specific installation by Carolyn Healy, visual artist, and John JH Phillips, media artist, created in response to the architectural and acoustic character of the Sanctuary. The artists enjoyed looking, listening, measuring and exploring the Sanctuary from mid-July on. Healy was attracted to the high shelf running around the circumference and created a “frieze” of found objects, quietly illuminated. Phillips discovered that the space is a large parabolic dome with many intriguing acoustic features that he integrated into his score. Three ceiling video projections add dynamic counterpoint to the sound and sculpture.

    Artist Bios: 

    John Phillips and Carolyn Healy collaborate on site-specific installations. John works in sound and moving image while Carolyn creates the sculptural environment and designs the lighting. Their work has been seen in museums and university galleries, performance and alternative venues, as well as rough industrial and historic sites, including LaMama and Symphony Space, NYC; the Cini Foundation, Venice, Italy; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Eastern State Penitentiary; PAFA; International Computer Music Conference, Beijing, China; Suyama Space, Seattle;  storefronts and warehouses in several Philadelphia Live Arts / Fringe Festivals; Disston Saw Works, as part of Hidden City; and Globe Dye, Philadelphia. 

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    THE CHILLS, 2014

    by Tiona McClodden

    Viewing: Listening station and installation available during all gallery hours.  

    Statement:  

    The project that I plan to conduct within the Sanctuary brings in the use of field recordings to serve as an examination of my family's relationship to music of the African Diaspora, from 1930 to present day. I am creating a series of binaural sound recordings using small mics that will be located within my ears, in order to achieve an immersive surround sound.  I’m interested in bodily responses to specific sounds or musical compositions, also known as autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR), described as a distinct, pleasurable tingling sensation in the body or “the chills”.  

    I am recording within the 40th Sanctuary and on the street, sourcing Philadelphia-based members of the African-American community to sing songs from the genres of Negro Spirituals, Gospel, R&B, Soul, Hip Hop, Jazz, Orisha music, encouraging them to produce the "beat" of the music by utilizing only their bodies and/or the fixtures within the Sanctuary itself. I'm exploring how sound plays a part in how memory is constructed and recalled within the body. I'm also going to be re-recording and playing the "sweet spots" of songs that personally give me “the chills" in each genre above to play within the final mix.

    The final presentation of this project involves installing the recordings with headphones on a series of pews located within the Sanctuary, providing visitors a chance to sit and listen with the goal of reproducing the feeling of being present wherever the sounds were recorded.

    Artist bio:

    Tiona McClodden is a filmmaker and visual artist. Themes explored in McClodden's films have been social change, social realism, re-memory and more recently biomythography. She has produced, written and directed a range of films including her award winning feature-length documentary film, black./womyn.: conversations with lesbians of African descent, a short narrative film Bumming Cigarettes, and an experimental film portrait, roots.|&|rigor. featuring Philadelphia based sculpture artist Lorna Williams. She also recently debuted the exhibition of the first part of her upcoming four part series, Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic, Movement I - The Visions.

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    COMPOSING THE TINNITUS SUITES

    by Daniel Fishkin

    Viewing: On view (as a sculptural work) during gallery hours.  Performed nightly at 8pm.  

    Statement:

    My ears sing to me.  It started in 2008, on the evening following my college thesis recital.  The music was not loud that night, but afterwards I heard a high buzzing sound, and it has not stopped since.  I have an incurable condition called tinnitus.  Doctors offer no solace besides, “You get used to it.” Early in 2010, I read about Willie Morris, a former sheriff who shot himself after being unable to cope with tinnitus.  In his suicide note, he wrote, “I hope that my death will help bring about some cure for those that suffer with tinnitus, by bringing attention to it. […] It is important that my life will not be wasted.”  Well, I was listening.  In the absence of a medical cure, I vowed to find a creative solution.

    Composing the Tinnitus Suites is an ongoing project in which I try to create a musical situation where tinnitus can thrive, rather than interfere.  For this work, I have invented an instrument/installation, the Lady’s Harp, consisting of pressure transducers and 20 foot long piano strings, and I explore its sound while simultaneously listening to my own tinnitus.  I will continue this work for as long as my ears ring.  

    Artist bio:

    Daniel Fishkin’s ears are ringing. Composer, sound artist, and instrument builder. Completely ambivalent about music. Daniel studied with composer Maryanne Amacher and with multi-instrumentalist Mark Stewart of Bang-On-A-Can All-Stars. He has performed as a soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra, developed sound installations in freight elevators and abandoned concert halls, and played innumerable basement punk shows. Daniel’s lifework investigating the aesthetics of hearing damage has received international press (Nature Journal 505 09 1 2014); he is also a “tinnitus ambassador” of the Deutsche Tinnitus-Stiftung as an ally in the search for a cure. Daniel teaches analog synthesis at Bard College and is currently pursuing an MA in Music Composition at Wesleyan University. His influences include exotic hardwoods, his ex-girlfriends, and the histories of electronic music.

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    FOR VIOLET OAKLEY

    by rise set twilight (Linda Aubry Bullock and Mike Bullock)

    Viewing: On view during all gallery hours.  Optimum viewing (with video projections) after dusk ~ 6:30pm)

    Statement:

    For Violet Oakley is a collaborative work by rise set twilight (Linda Aubry Bullock and Mike Bullock), and is dedicated to the designer of the chandelier upon which the piece is built. Built by Tiffany & Co., the 1,500 lb. chandelier was designed by Oakley in 1911 for the First Church of Christ Scientist, which held its services here. The piece pays homage to one of America’s great women artists, while elevating her work out of neglected architectural detail and foregrounding its organic shapes.

     

     Linda created a series of translucent porcelain pieces whose forms evolved out the original glass vessels that held the chandelier’s dozens of electric bulbs, and which she painted with fine, vine-like patterns derived from the chandelier’s morphology. Mike also created a network of LED lights, activating in patterns derived from Oakley’s own words and illuminating the porcelain from within. Using sounds recorded by both artists of voices, harp, contrabass, and electronics, Mike composed a two-channel audio piece that vibrates directly through body of the chandelier. Finally, Linda and Mike collaborated on the twin video projections that bookend the chandelier and the opposite wall.

    Artist bio:

    Rise set twilight is the intermedia duo of Mike and Linda Bullock. Layering analog synths, video and film projections, and sculptural pieces, rise set twilight creates immersive performance-driven events and installations. Their work together has appeared at venues including Fylkingen in Stockholm, Sweden; EMPAC in Troy, NY; and the Ontological Theatre at St. Mark’s Church, NYC. Rise set twilight have collaborated with a range of performers including the Strange Attractor collaborative from Cork, Ireland. Linda and Mike also make porcelain under the name Aubry Arts.

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    Threshold

    by Jorge Cousineau

    Viewing: On view (as a sound work) during gallery hours.  Performed nightly at 7pm.  

    Statement:

    Threshold is a series of experiments, amplifying the the sounds we normally perceive as silence, utilizing the architectural and acoustic properties of the Sanctuary itself. Using only microphones and speakers without additional treatment the sounds were recorded and played back repeatedly, in different locations and configurations. In a sense the building became the instrument, resonating and reverberating the hum of daily city life.

    Artist bio:

    Jorge Cousineau was born in Dresden, Germany, where he attained his diploma in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts. In 1997 he moved to Philadelphia to work as a theater designer and has since created sets, lights, sound and projections for numerous dance and theater productions in Philadelphia and regionally. He is a recipient of two Independence Foundation Fellowship grants and was awarded the F. Otto Haas Award for Emerging Theater Artist. Jorge has received several Barrymore Awards for sound and set design, a Lucille Lortel Award in NYC and the 2011 Pew Fellowship in the Arts. Together with his wife Niki he operates Subcircle, a collaborative performance/installation group.

    SANCTUARY is made possible through a Philadelphia Knight Arts Challenge Grant from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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  • 12:00 PMSANCTUARY
  • Thumb sanctuary savethedate 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    SANCTUARY

    OCTOBER 10, 11, AND 12!!! 

    This event will take place in the sanctuary of The Rotunda. Please enter on Walnut Street.

    The Rotunda and Bowerbird are pleased to announce SANCTUARY, the culmination of a multi-month residency project for artists in the 8,000 square foot sanctuary space of The Rotunda. From an open call of more than 160 applications, these artists were selected to produce site-specific sound-based projects for The Rotunda's main sanctuary, a space which features a 4-story, 80-foot diameter dome, and a large open floor plan. Residencies will take place during the summer of 2014 and will culminate in performances and gallery showings the weekend of October 10 - 12, 2014.

    ARTISTS

    John Phillips & Carolyn Healy

    Michael & Linda Bullock

    Jorge Cousineau

    Tiona McClodden

    Daniel Fishkin

    SCHEDULE

    Friday, October 10

    Open gallery hours - 5pm to 10pm Performance showings at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm

    Saturday,October 11, Noon to 10pm

    Open gallery hours - Noon to 10pm Performance showings at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm

    Sunday, October 12, Noon to 10pm

    Open gallery hours - Noon to 10pm Performance showings at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm

    PROJECTS

    RESIDUAL SIGNAL

    by John Phillips & Carolyn Healy

    Viewing: Partially on view (no video or sound) during gallery hours.  Performed nightly at 9pm.  

    Statement:  

    “Residual Signal” is a site-specific installation by Carolyn Healy, visual artist, and John JH Phillips, media artist, created in response to the architectural and acoustic character of the Sanctuary. The artists enjoyed looking, listening, measuring and exploring the Sanctuary from mid-July on. Healy was attracted to the high shelf running around the circumference and created a “frieze” of found objects, quietly illuminated. Phillips discovered that the space is a large parabolic dome with many intriguing acoustic features that he integrated into his score. Three ceiling video projections add dynamic counterpoint to the sound and sculpture.

    Artist Bios: 

    John Phillips and Carolyn Healy collaborate on site-specific installations. John works in sound and moving image while Carolyn creates the sculptural environment and designs the lighting. Their work has been seen in museums and university galleries, performance and alternative venues, as well as rough industrial and historic sites, including LaMama and Symphony Space, NYC; the Cini Foundation, Venice, Italy; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Eastern State Penitentiary; PAFA; International Computer Music Conference, Beijing, China; Suyama Space, Seattle;  storefronts and warehouses in several Philadelphia Live Arts / Fringe Festivals; Disston Saw Works, as part of Hidden City; and Globe Dye, Philadelphia. 

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    THE CHILLS, 2014

    by Tiona McClodden

    Viewing: Listening station and installation available during all gallery hours.  

    Statement:  

    The project that I plan to conduct within the Sanctuary brings in the use of field recordings to serve as an examination of my family's relationship to music of the African Diaspora, from 1930 to present day. I am creating a series of binaural sound recordings using small mics that will be located within my ears, in order to achieve an immersive surround sound.  I’m interested in bodily responses to specific sounds or musical compositions, also known as autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR), described as a distinct, pleasurable tingling sensation in the body or “the chills”.  

    I am recording within the 40th Sanctuary and on the street, sourcing Philadelphia-based members of the African-American community to sing songs from the genres of Negro Spirituals, Gospel, R&B, Soul, Hip Hop, Jazz, Orisha music, encouraging them to produce the "beat" of the music by utilizing only their bodies and/or the fixtures within the Sanctuary itself. I'm exploring how sound plays a part in how memory is constructed and recalled within the body. I'm also going to be re-recording and playing the "sweet spots" of songs that personally give me “the chills" in each genre above to play within the final mix.

    The final presentation of this project involves installing the recordings with headphones on a series of pews located within the Sanctuary, providing visitors a chance to sit and listen with the goal of reproducing the feeling of being present wherever the sounds were recorded.

    Artist bio:

    Tiona McClodden is a filmmaker and visual artist. Themes explored in McClodden's films have been social change, social realism, re-memory and more recently biomythography. She has produced, written and directed a range of films including her award winning feature-length documentary film, black./womyn.: conversations with lesbians of African descent, a short narrative film Bumming Cigarettes, and an experimental film portrait, roots.|&|rigor. featuring Philadelphia based sculpture artist Lorna Williams. She also recently debuted the exhibition of the first part of her upcoming four part series, Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic, Movement I - The Visions.

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    COMPOSING THE TINNITUS SUITES

    by Daniel Fishkin

    Viewing: On view (as a sculptural work) during gallery hours.  Performed nightly at 8pm.  

    Statement:

    My ears sing to me.  It started in 2008, on the evening following my college thesis recital.  The music was not loud that night, but afterwards I heard a high buzzing sound, and it has not stopped since.  I have an incurable condition called tinnitus.  Doctors offer no solace besides, “You get used to it.” Early in 2010, I read about Willie Morris, a former sheriff who shot himself after being unable to cope with tinnitus.  In his suicide note, he wrote, “I hope that my death will help bring about some cure for those that suffer with tinnitus, by bringing attention to it. […] It is important that my life will not be wasted.”  Well, I was listening.  In the absence of a medical cure, I vowed to find a creative solution.

    Composing the Tinnitus Suites is an ongoing project in which I try to create a musical situation where tinnitus can thrive, rather than interfere.  For this work, I have invented an instrument/installation, the Lady’s Harp, consisting of pressure transducers and 20 foot long piano strings, and I explore its sound while simultaneously listening to my own tinnitus.  I will continue this work for as long as my ears ring.  

    Artist bio:

    Daniel Fishkin’s ears are ringing. Composer, sound artist, and instrument builder. Completely ambivalent about music. Daniel studied with composer Maryanne Amacher and with multi-instrumentalist Mark Stewart of Bang-On-A-Can All-Stars. He has performed as a soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra, developed sound installations in freight elevators and abandoned concert halls, and played innumerable basement punk shows. Daniel’s lifework investigating the aesthetics of hearing damage has received international press (Nature Journal 505 09 1 2014); he is also a “tinnitus ambassador” of the Deutsche Tinnitus-Stiftung as an ally in the search for a cure. Daniel teaches analog synthesis at Bard College and is currently pursuing an MA in Music Composition at Wesleyan University. His influences include exotic hardwoods, his ex-girlfriends, and the histories of electronic music.

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    FOR VIOLET OAKLEY

    by rise set twilight (Linda Aubry Bullock and Mike Bullock)

    Viewing: On view during all gallery hours.  Optimum viewing (with video projections) after dusk ~ 6:30pm)

    Statement:

    For Violet Oakley is a collaborative work by rise set twilight (Linda Aubry Bullock and Mike Bullock), and is dedicated to the designer of the chandelier upon which the piece is built. Built by Tiffany & Co., the 1,500 lb. chandelier was designed by Oakley in 1911 for the First Church of Christ Scientist, which held its services here. The piece pays homage to one of America’s great women artists, while elevating her work out of neglected architectural detail and foregrounding its organic shapes.

     

     Linda created a series of translucent porcelain pieces whose forms evolved out the original glass vessels that held the chandelier’s dozens of electric bulbs, and which she painted with fine, vine-like patterns derived from the chandelier’s morphology. Mike also created a network of LED lights, activating in patterns derived from Oakley’s own words and illuminating the porcelain from within. Using sounds recorded by both artists of voices, harp, contrabass, and electronics, Mike composed a two-channel audio piece that vibrates directly through body of the chandelier. Finally, Linda and Mike collaborated on the twin video projections that bookend the chandelier and the opposite wall.

    Artist bio:

    Rise set twilight is the intermedia duo of Mike and Linda Bullock. Layering analog synths, video and film projections, and sculptural pieces, rise set twilight creates immersive performance-driven events and installations. Their work together has appeared at venues including Fylkingen in Stockholm, Sweden; EMPAC in Troy, NY; and the Ontological Theatre at St. Mark’s Church, NYC. Rise set twilight have collaborated with a range of performers including the Strange Attractor collaborative from Cork, Ireland. Linda and Mike also make porcelain under the name Aubry Arts.

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    Threshold

    by Jorge Cousineau

    Viewing: On view (as a sound work) during gallery hours.  Performed nightly at 7pm.  

    Statement:

    Threshold is a series of experiments, amplifying the the sounds we normally perceive as silence, utilizing the architectural and acoustic properties of the Sanctuary itself. Using only microphones and speakers without additional treatment the sounds were recorded and played back repeatedly, in different locations and configurations. In a sense the building became the instrument, resonating and reverberating the hum of daily city life.

    Artist bio:

    Jorge Cousineau was born in Dresden, Germany, where he attained his diploma in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts. In 1997 he moved to Philadelphia to work as a theater designer and has since created sets, lights, sound and projections for numerous dance and theater productions in Philadelphia and regionally. He is a recipient of two Independence Foundation Fellowship grants and was awarded the F. Otto Haas Award for Emerging Theater Artist. Jorge has received several Barrymore Awards for sound and set design, a Lucille Lortel Award in NYC and the 2011 Pew Fellowship in the Arts. Together with his wife Niki he operates Subcircle, a collaborative performance/installation group.

    SANCTUARY is made possible through a Philadelphia Knight Arts Challenge Grant from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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  • 12:00 PMSANCTUARY
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    SANCTUARY

    OCTOBER 10, 11, AND 12!!! 

    This event will take place in the sanctuary of The Rotunda. Please enter on Walnut Street.

    The Rotunda and Bowerbird are pleased to announce SANCTUARY, the culmination of a multi-month residency project for artists in the 8,000 square foot sanctuary space of The Rotunda. From an open call of more than 160 applications, these artists were selected to produce site-specific sound-based projects for The Rotunda's main sanctuary, a space which features a 4-story, 80-foot diameter dome, and a large open floor plan. Residencies will take place during the summer of 2014 and will culminate in performances and gallery showings the weekend of October 10 - 12, 2014.

    ARTISTS

    John Phillips & Carolyn Healy

    Michael & Linda Bullock

    Jorge Cousineau

    Tiona McClodden

    Daniel Fishkin

    SCHEDULE

    Friday, October 10

    Open gallery hours - 5pm to 10pm Performance showings at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm

    Saturday,October 11, Noon to 10pm

    Open gallery hours - Noon to 10pm Performance showings at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm

    Sunday, October 12, Noon to 10pm

    Open gallery hours - Noon to 10pm Performance showings at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm

    PROJECTS

    RESIDUAL SIGNAL

    by John Phillips & Carolyn Healy

    Viewing: Partially on view (no video or sound) during gallery hours.  Performed nightly at 9pm.  

    Statement:  

    “Residual Signal” is a site-specific installation by Carolyn Healy, visual artist, and John JH Phillips, media artist, created in response to the architectural and acoustic character of the Sanctuary. The artists enjoyed looking, listening, measuring and exploring the Sanctuary from mid-July on. Healy was attracted to the high shelf running around the circumference and created a “frieze” of found objects, quietly illuminated. Phillips discovered that the space is a large parabolic dome with many intriguing acoustic features that he integrated into his score. Three ceiling video projections add dynamic counterpoint to the sound and sculpture.

    Artist Bios: 

    John Phillips and Carolyn Healy collaborate on site-specific installations. John works in sound and moving image while Carolyn creates the sculptural environment and designs the lighting. Their work has been seen in museums and university galleries, performance and alternative venues, as well as rough industrial and historic sites, including LaMama and Symphony Space, NYC; the Cini Foundation, Venice, Italy; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Eastern State Penitentiary; PAFA; International Computer Music Conference, Beijing, China; Suyama Space, Seattle;  storefronts and warehouses in several Philadelphia Live Arts / Fringe Festivals; Disston Saw Works, as part of Hidden City; and Globe Dye, Philadelphia. 

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    THE CHILLS, 2014

    by Tiona McClodden

    Viewing: Listening station and installation available during all gallery hours.  

    Statement:  

    The project that I plan to conduct within the Sanctuary brings in the use of field recordings to serve as an examination of my family's relationship to music of the African Diaspora, from 1930 to present day. I am creating a series of binaural sound recordings using small mics that will be located within my ears, in order to achieve an immersive surround sound.  I’m interested in bodily responses to specific sounds or musical compositions, also known as autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR), described as a distinct, pleasurable tingling sensation in the body or “the chills”.  

    I am recording within the 40th Sanctuary and on the street, sourcing Philadelphia-based members of the African-American community to sing songs from the genres of Negro Spirituals, Gospel, R&B, Soul, Hip Hop, Jazz, Orisha music, encouraging them to produce the "beat" of the music by utilizing only their bodies and/or the fixtures within the Sanctuary itself. I'm exploring how sound plays a part in how memory is constructed and recalled within the body. I'm also going to be re-recording and playing the "sweet spots" of songs that personally give me “the chills" in each genre above to play within the final mix.

    The final presentation of this project involves installing the recordings with headphones on a series of pews located within the Sanctuary, providing visitors a chance to sit and listen with the goal of reproducing the feeling of being present wherever the sounds were recorded.

    Artist bio:

    Tiona McClodden is a filmmaker and visual artist. Themes explored in McClodden's films have been social change, social realism, re-memory and more recently biomythography. She has produced, written and directed a range of films including her award winning feature-length documentary film, black./womyn.: conversations with lesbians of African descent, a short narrative film Bumming Cigarettes, and an experimental film portrait, roots.|&|rigor. featuring Philadelphia based sculpture artist Lorna Williams. She also recently debuted the exhibition of the first part of her upcoming four part series, Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic, Movement I - The Visions.

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    COMPOSING THE TINNITUS SUITES

    by Daniel Fishkin

    Viewing: On view (as a sculptural work) during gallery hours.  Performed nightly at 8pm.  

    Statement:

    My ears sing to me.  It started in 2008, on the evening following my college thesis recital.  The music was not loud that night, but afterwards I heard a high buzzing sound, and it has not stopped since.  I have an incurable condition called tinnitus.  Doctors offer no solace besides, “You get used to it.” Early in 2010, I read about Willie Morris, a former sheriff who shot himself after being unable to cope with tinnitus.  In his suicide note, he wrote, “I hope that my death will help bring about some cure for those that suffer with tinnitus, by bringing attention to it. […] It is important that my life will not be wasted.”  Well, I was listening.  In the absence of a medical cure, I vowed to find a creative solution.

    Composing the Tinnitus Suites is an ongoing project in which I try to create a musical situation where tinnitus can thrive, rather than interfere.  For this work, I have invented an instrument/installation, the Lady’s Harp, consisting of pressure transducers and 20 foot long piano strings, and I explore its sound while simultaneously listening to my own tinnitus.  I will continue this work for as long as my ears ring.  

    Artist bio:

    Daniel Fishkin’s ears are ringing. Composer, sound artist, and instrument builder. Completely ambivalent about music. Daniel studied with composer Maryanne Amacher and with multi-instrumentalist Mark Stewart of Bang-On-A-Can All-Stars. He has performed as a soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra, developed sound installations in freight elevators and abandoned concert halls, and played innumerable basement punk shows. Daniel’s lifework investigating the aesthetics of hearing damage has received international press (Nature Journal 505 09 1 2014); he is also a “tinnitus ambassador” of the Deutsche Tinnitus-Stiftung as an ally in the search for a cure. Daniel teaches analog synthesis at Bard College and is currently pursuing an MA in Music Composition at Wesleyan University. His influences include exotic hardwoods, his ex-girlfriends, and the histories of electronic music.

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    FOR VIOLET OAKLEY

    by rise set twilight (Linda Aubry Bullock and Mike Bullock)

    Viewing: On view during all gallery hours.  Optimum viewing (with video projections) after dusk ~ 6:30pm)

    Statement:

    For Violet Oakley is a collaborative work by rise set twilight (Linda Aubry Bullock and Mike Bullock), and is dedicated to the designer of the chandelier upon which the piece is built. Built by Tiffany & Co., the 1,500 lb. chandelier was designed by Oakley in 1911 for the First Church of Christ Scientist, which held its services here. The piece pays homage to one of America’s great women artists, while elevating her work out of neglected architectural detail and foregrounding its organic shapes.

     

     Linda created a series of translucent porcelain pieces whose forms evolved out the original glass vessels that held the chandelier’s dozens of electric bulbs, and which she painted with fine, vine-like patterns derived from the chandelier’s morphology. Mike also created a network of LED lights, activating in patterns derived from Oakley’s own words and illuminating the porcelain from within. Using sounds recorded by both artists of voices, harp, contrabass, and electronics, Mike composed a two-channel audio piece that vibrates directly through body of the chandelier. Finally, Linda and Mike collaborated on the twin video projections that bookend the chandelier and the opposite wall.

    Artist bio:

    Rise set twilight is the intermedia duo of Mike and Linda Bullock. Layering analog synths, video and film projections, and sculptural pieces, rise set twilight creates immersive performance-driven events and installations. Their work together has appeared at venues including Fylkingen in Stockholm, Sweden; EMPAC in Troy, NY; and the Ontological Theatre at St. Mark’s Church, NYC. Rise set twilight have collaborated with a range of performers including the Strange Attractor collaborative from Cork, Ireland. Linda and Mike also make porcelain under the name Aubry Arts.

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    Threshold

    by Jorge Cousineau

    Viewing: On view (as a sound work) during gallery hours.  Performed nightly at 7pm.  

    Statement:

    Threshold is a series of experiments, amplifying the the sounds we normally perceive as silence, utilizing the architectural and acoustic properties of the Sanctuary itself. Using only microphones and speakers without additional treatment the sounds were recorded and played back repeatedly, in different locations and configurations. In a sense the building became the instrument, resonating and reverberating the hum of daily city life.

    Artist bio:

    Jorge Cousineau was born in Dresden, Germany, where he attained his diploma in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts. In 1997 he moved to Philadelphia to work as a theater designer and has since created sets, lights, sound and projections for numerous dance and theater productions in Philadelphia and regionally. He is a recipient of two Independence Foundation Fellowship grants and was awarded the F. Otto Haas Award for Emerging Theater Artist. Jorge has received several Barrymore Awards for sound and set design, a Lucille Lortel Award in NYC and the 2011 Pew Fellowship in the Arts. Together with his wife Niki he operates Subcircle, a collaborative performance/installation group.

    SANCTUARY is made possible through a Philadelphia Knight Arts Challenge Grant from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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  • 6:30 PMMohsen Namjoo: Artist’s Talk and Music Demonstration
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    Thursday, October 16, 6:30-8 PM – FREE

    Location: The Rotunda , 4014 Walnut Street (see map)

    Artist’s Talk and Music Demonstration Mohsen Namjoo discusses his life and music, and being labeled a political dissident by his home country of Iran.

    Co-sponsored by: The Rotunda and University of Pennsylvania’s Middle East Center and Greenfield Intercultural Center

    Mohsen Namjoo is an Iranian artist, songwriter, singer, music scholar and setar (traditional Persian lute) player based in New York. Born in 1976 in Torbat-e Jam, Iran, Namjoo began his musical training at the age of twelve, studying under Nasrollah Nasehpoor until the age of eighteen. In 1994 Namjoo began to study Theater and Music at the University of Tehran, where he was trained under Alireza Mashayekhi, Azin Movahed and other masters. Namjoo also studied Iranian folk music under Haj Ghorbane Soleimani. His unique music style resembles a patchwork of Persian classical poetry of Hafez, Rumi or Saadi with western music, namely rock, blues, and jazz. Hailed as “the Bob Dylan of Iran” by the New York Times, Mohsen Namjoo is a visionary artist who speaks for and touches the souls of today’s youth. Seamlessly blending the Classical with the Modern, the ancient with the current, Mohsen Namjoo is a true musical maverick.

    This program is made possible by the generous support of the William Penn Foundation and Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts’ Building Bridges Program

    Classical and Contemporary Persian and Arab Music

    Al-Bustan Music is pleased to open the Fall 2014 Concert Series with Iranian singer/songwriter/setar master MOHSEN NAMJOO.

    Mohsen Namjoo will collaborate with Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble:

    Hanna Khoury – violin

    Hicham Chami – qanun

    Kinan Abou-afach - cello

    Hafez Kotain – percussion

    Saturday, October 18 at 8pmLocation: Trinity Center for Urban Life, 22nd and Spruce St. (see map)

    PURCHASE TICKETS HERE*

    *Al-Bustan is committed to the highest-quality concert experience for our audience. Due to the nature and length of this program, children under 8 years of age are not permitted. We thank you for your understanding.

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  • 2:30 PMHansel and Gretel
  • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

    Touch of Classics! is bringing Humperdinck’s opera masterpiece Hansel & Gretel for two performances at The Rotunda, SATURDAY OCTOBER 18 AND SUNDAY OCTOBER 19, both at 2:30pm

    Touch of Classics!'s James R. Longacre and Dorothy Cardella bring this fully staged and costumed opera for the enjoyment of young and 
old.

    Everyone knows the story of the two children’s adventure after their Mother sends them into the dark and eerie woods in search of strawberries. Hansel and Gretel get lost in the deepest part of the wood until they discover the magical gingerbread house of the evil Witch, who quickly captures them and prepares to make them the latest batch of gingerbread children to add to her collection. Gretel outsmarts her and pushes the Witch into the oven freeing all the other children from her magical spell and ending her reign of terror.

    WITH: Teri Seri as Hansel, Dorothy Cardella as Gretel, Sharon Derstine as The Mother, Edward Bogusz as The Father, Sandra Hartman as The Sandman & The Dew Fairy, and James R.. Longacre as The Witch

    Stage Director: Michael Tunney, Music Director: Joseph Krupa, Choreography: Patty Nasuti

    Cost of the opera is $15.00 for Adults and $10.00 for Children, and all are encouraged to dress in costume for the performances! Check out Philly Fun Guide's Funsavers (after October 10) for last minute info on 50% off on tickets to the October 18th performance!

    Refreshments will also be available. _____________________________________________________________________________________________

    For a quarter of a century, Philadelphia's own Touch of Classics! Musical Entertainment has been bringing to audiences the finest in vocal musical entertainment in the Tri-State area. Dorothy Cardella and James R. Longacre, husband and wife duo have performed together in a variety of musical performances throughout the United States. Their specialties range from Opera to Operetta and Musical Theater, along with cabaret and ethnic music. Individually, they have performed in productions with companies such as Opera Delaware, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Arden Theater and Bristol Riverside Theater, each having made a solo debut at Carnegie Hall in New York premieres. Dorothy has been soprano soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Delaware Symphony Orchestra, and James has performed a leading role with the Metropolitan Opera Guild, along with making a solo debut at Avery Fisher Hall. Graduates of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, they are recognized together by their company name, Touch of Classics! Musical Entertainment. They are available for concerts, parties and holiday events.

  • 6:00 PMPhilly Youth Poetry Slam and open mic
  • 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    YOUTH NIGHT OPEN MIC & POETRY SLAM

     (nearly) Every 3rd Saturday of the month, except August, PYPM hosts a youth-led open mic and poetry slam for teens to come and share their work in a safe, uncensored environment at The Rotunda. Young people from all over Philadelphia come to express themselves in front of a supportive audience where they can grab the microphone and be heard! 

    ***Interested in slamming or signing up for the open mic? See Slam Rules/Schedule, and Registration for full details. Date: Every 3rd Saturday from September through June Time: 6PM sharp (doors open at 5:45PM) PYPM YOUTH SLAM TEAM & BRAVE NEW VOICES Teens who participate in the slams earn points to qualify for the semi-final and final slams to make the PYPM Slam Team. Each year PYPM sends a Youth Slam Team to represent Philadelphia at The Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Festival to compete against over 50 other poetry teams from around the world. The festival is held in various cities across the U.S giving teens an opportunity to travel, from Los Angeles to Chicago. Youth poets earn their spot on the team by competing in Youth Night Slams. PYPM won first place at Brave New Voices in 2011 and 2007. Admission: $7 youth and Students with ID / $10 Adults / ($5 for students who attend workshop that day)

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  • 2:30 PMHansel and Gretel
  • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

    Touch of Classics! is bringing Humperdinck’s opera masterpiece Hansel & Gretel for two performances at The Rotunda, SATURDAY OCTOBER 18 AND SUNDAY OCTOBER 19, both at 2:30pm

    Touch of Classics!'s James R. Longacre and Dorothy Cardella bring this fully staged and costumed opera for the enjoyment of young and 
old.

    Everyone knows the story of the two children’s adventure after their Mother sends them into the dark and eerie woods in search of strawberries. Hansel and Gretel get lost in the deepest part of the wood until they discover the magical gingerbread house of the evil Witch, who quickly captures them and prepares to make them the latest batch of gingerbread children to add to her collection. Gretel outsmarts her and pushes the Witch into the oven freeing all the other children from her magical spell and ending her reign of terror.

    WITH: Teri Seri as Hansel, Dorothy Cardella as Gretel, Sharon Derstine as The Mother, Edward Bogusz as The Father, Sandra Hartman as The Sandman & The Dew Fairy, and James R.. Longacre as The Witch

    Stage Director: Michael Tunney, Music Director: Joseph Krupa, Choreography: Patty Nasuti

    Cost of the opera is $15.00 for Adults and $10.00 for Children, and all are encouraged to dress in costume for the performances! Check out Philly Fun Guide's Funsavers (after October 10) for last minute info on 50% off on tickets to the October 18th performance!

    Refreshments will also be available. _____________________________________________________________________________________________

    For a quarter of a century, Philadelphia's own Touch of Classics! Musical Entertainment has been bringing to audiences the finest in vocal musical entertainment in the Tri-State area. Dorothy Cardella and James R. Longacre, husband and wife duo have performed together in a variety of musical performances throughout the United States. Their specialties range from Opera to Operetta and Musical Theater, along with cabaret and ethnic music. Individually, they have performed in productions with companies such as Opera Delaware, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Arden Theater and Bristol Riverside Theater, each having made a solo debut at Carnegie Hall in New York premieres. Dorothy has been soprano soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Delaware Symphony Orchestra, and James has performed a leading role with the Metropolitan Opera Guild, along with making a solo debut at Avery Fisher Hall. Graduates of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, they are recognized together by their company name, Touch of Classics! Musical Entertainment. They are available for concerts, parties and holiday events.

  • 6:00 PMPEM: Fall 2014 Flow Arts Workshop, Spin Jam/Jam Session & Fire Show!
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    PEM: Fall 2014 Flow Arts Workshop, Spin Jam/Jam Session & Fire Show!

    Wednesday-October 1st - Doors at 7pm 

    Sunday-October 19th - Doors at 6pm

    Friday-November 7th - Doors at 7pm

    This ongoing seasonal series features a variety of multi-disciplinary performances & community art ranging from dance/movement/theater, live electronic/acoustic music, vocal/poetry/spoken-word presentations, circus/fire/flow arts, the visual art of live painting & VJ projections…

    Doors Open @ 7pm (except 10/19 @ 6pm)!!! 

    October 19th: Flow Arts Workshop, Spin Jam/Jam Session & Fire Show!

    (Workshops begin @ 6pm, followed by Jam & Performance)

    • Angela Ayako Flow Artistry-expressive hoop dance performance & wellness practitioner, class/workshop instructor & inspired movement guide (leading Hoop Meditation workshop 6pm).

    • Seven Textures (Lauren Raske & friends)-from solo to full-scale circus productions, presenting flow/fire arts workshops & powerful bright shows (leading Poi Vinyasa workshop @7pm). 

    • Philly Flow Posse (Plum Dragoness, Michelle Armour & Angela Ayako)- presents a tribal inspired dance groove trio w/ Hoop, Staff & Poi flows.

    • Diabolo Dave- a talented entertainer that performs a number of skills for a wide range of audiences w/ “the heart of an educator and the spirit of a performer" & One mans exploration of physics. 

    *Join the Facebook Group for Poet-tree En Motion (see “Events” for more info): facebook.com/groups/116980678334215

    **more info on workshops tba!

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  • 8:00 PMJapanese silent vampire film SANGUIVOROUS with live score by percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani
  • Thumb takatani 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    Sanguivorous (“Kyuketsu”  吸血), the first silent Japanese vampire movie, will descend on the US this fall again. With live musical accompaniment by Japanese percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani, this event combines experimental filmmaking, cutting-edge contemporary music -- and fangs.      

    The film: 

    SANGUIVOROUS (56 minutes) – A young woman suffering from mysterious physical ailments is horrified to discover that she’s descended from generations of vampires. When she’s with her boyfriend, she struggles to control her peculiar appetite. But it’s in her blood… 

    Sanguivorous is written and directed by Japanese filmmaker Naoki Yoshimoto and features the renowned avant-garde butoh dancer Ko Murobushi.

    The artist:

    Originally from Osaka, Japan, invents his own instruments to create an intense, organic sound that defies category or genre. His music is grounded in improvisation, yet it retains the sense of space and beauty found in traditional Japanese folk music.

    Admission is $10 General Admission / $8 Students 

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  • 8:00 PMEvent Horizon Series pres Jeff Carey, Hallowed Bells, Michael Rabito
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    Event Horizon Series

    presents

    Jeff Carey makes hardcore digital noise music with a joystick a gamer keypad and an array of strobe lights. Computer based synthesis, noise, and improvisation combined with a no-safety-net aspect of gestural control makes his music totally physical and visceral. No overdubs and no backing vocals.

    "He's acting on raw instinct here - he refuses the clinical approach to programming software or composing music, and strives to throw himself bodily at his machines, replacing all mechanical moving parts with human flesh, blood, and bone. In pursuit of this all-organic goal, virtually everything else is jettisoned, starting with recognisable notes or melody." -- Ed Pinsent, Sound Projector on "Impulse"

    Carey studied Audio Technology at American University (1994) and computer music at the Institute for Sonology (2002). He as been honored with awards from the Maryland State Arts Council for non-classical music composition and the National Endowment for the Arts via DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities. His acousmatic and electro-acoustic works with the N-Collective have been featured in festivals in the US, Europe, and Scandinavia. He has released a number of CDs and records as 87 central (Staalplaat, JDK Productions, Universal), Office-R(6) (Lampse, +3DB), SKIF++ (Fridgesounds, LINE/12k), under his own name (CWnil, Banned Production, IO Sound) and with MoHa! (Jeff Carey's MoHa! 7" on Rune Gramophone).

    Hallowed Bells - Philadelphia-based duo Hallowed Bells is the project of two experienced musicians fully immersing themselves in the world of electronic music for the first time. When Alison Stout and Darian Scatton began collaborating in 2013, creating detailed compositions suffused with rich dissonances and metrical turns inspired by Modernist music, they found themselves increasingly enchanted by the infinite orchestrational possibilities of electronic sound. They became determined to understand both the synthesis of sounds and the creation of synth circuits and dove headfirst into synthesizing sounds and building synthesizers fro  scratch. Now, they play their richly layered music using an all-hardware setup dominated by analog synths and organs.B Their sound is reminiscent of the synth orchestrators of the 1970s, interspersed with organic beats, improvised noise and fathomless dark ambient textures.

    Michael Rabito is a musician who has been discovering his propensity for the fusion of opposites for many years now. He started taking the electric guitar seriously when he was eleven and was playing out professionally by the time he left for college with his band in Vermont.  After a move to Boston the bringing together of the free flow of improvisation and the rigidity of structure increased as he played with a group of Berklee College of Music musicians for about five years. During this time his interest in loops, synthesizers and keyboards began to grow and helped to fuse space, harmony, action and dissonance. This has all culminated with his latest project back in the Princeton area called Manifested; A progressive fusion of funk, rock, dance and ambient music that has brought the group to New York, Boston, Philadelphia and many points between within their first year. They can be heard here with more information at their facebook page. Michael also performs interactive ambient space music with local visual artist Ted Klett. They will be preforming at Art All Night on June 15th -16th and can be heard at on the AutonomicDrone soundcloud page.

    Admission is FREE

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  • 10:00 AMLocust Moon Comics Festival
  • Thumb cropped lmcf14 poster top1 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

    Philly's third annual celebration of comics and the graphic arts. Come for the creators, the comics, the burritos & the ice cream (both the best on the east coast), the animals, and of course the free after-party.

    Creators coming for this year's Locust Moon Comics Festival include Bill Sienkiewicz, Paul Pope, Mark Schultz, Denis Kitchen, Nathan Fox, Jose Villarrubia, Farel Dalrymple, Jim Rugg, Rebecca Mock, Tom Scioli, Box Brown, Jg Jones, Dave Bullock, Yao Xiao, Dean Haspiel, & Ron Wimberly!

    Entry is donation-based and optional -- and for kids it's absolutely free, no question!

    Festival website: http://locustmoonfest.com/

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  • 9:00 PMThe Gathering
  • 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM

    (nearly every last Thursday) 

     9pm-1am

     Established in 1996, The Gathering is the longest/strongest-running truly Hip Hop event in Philly. 

    The Gathering IS b-boys/b-girls, pop-lockers, emcees, graffiti writers, DJs, men, women, and children of all ages enjoying an organic, community-based celebration of The struggle, the Love, and the culture of Hip Hop. DJs spin Hiphop, breaks, and funk all night, and there are open cyphas, a tag wall, and a featured performance and graffiti panel each month. 

    Admission is $5

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