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  • 5:00 PMOutside! La ofrenda de la pandemia Covid-19
  • Thumb brujoart altar for day of the dead celebration 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS!From Brujo de la Mancha:La ofrenda de la pandemia Covid-19.I am planning to create a community ofrenda for the Day of the Dead, outside on The Rotunda's Front Plaza (the brick courtyard on the Walnut Street side of the building) for a few days. Everyone can contribute to this ofrenda from November 1st through November 5th, 2021.Come by any time day or night starting Monday November 1 at 5pm to leave items for the ofrenda. The ofrenda will come down at 7pm Friday November 5.There will also be live Aztec dancing and drumming from Ollin Yoliztli Calmecac (7pm) + a paper flower workshop (6-8pm) on Tuesday November 2, also on the front plaza. I'm inviting the community to participate, to add some kind of input. I'm the display/artist fixing the finished product/installation of the ofenda. I will make sets where people can put whatever they want.Ofrendas are a very visual, colorful, and emotional representation of a party or altar for the people that pass away! People use many different items that represent or give meaning to what they feel or think is good to give or would feel good to the souls of the loved ones. This ofrenda will be open to everyone who wants to offer something (it can be anything) to those who died during the Covid-19 pandemic.To me, this project is not limited to those who died from the virus. I think it is important to consider the impact of this pandemic in general. People die alone with the virus or not.Flowers donated by Zoe Fox Flowers!! Please follow and support Zoe at https://instagram.com/zoefoxflowers andhttps://www.bark.com/en/us/amp/company/zoe-fox-flowers/lpedv/ and https://www.pinterest.com/amp/pin/76561262404936767/No need to register or anything. Just stop by the Front Plaza outside during the times above and leave your offering! Please don't try to bring anything into the building.
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  • 5:00 PMOutside! Aztec dance and drumming + flower paper-making at La ofrenda de la pandemia Covid-19
  • Thumb altardemuertos 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS!From Brujo de la Mancha:La ofrenda de la pandemia Covid-19.I am planning to create a community ofrenda for the Day of the Dead, outside on The Rotunda's Front Plaza (the brick courtyard on the Walnut Street side of the building) for a few days. Everyone can contribute to this ofrenda from November 1st through November 5th, 2021.Come by any time day or night starting Monday November 1 at 5pm to leave items for the ofrenda. The ofrenda will come down at 7pm Friday November 5.There will also be live Aztec dancing and drumming + paper flower-making from Ollin Yoliztli Calmecac on Tuesday November, 6-8pmI'm inviting the community to participate, to add some kind of input. I'm the display/artist fixing the finished product/installation of the ofenda. I will make sets where people can put whatever they want.Ofrendas are a very visual, colorful, and emotional representation of a party or altar for the people that pass away! People use many different items that represent or give meaning to what they feel or think is good to give or would feel good to the souls of the loved ones. This ofrenda will be open to everyone who wants to offer something (it can be anything) to those who died during the Covid-19 pandemic.To me, this project is not limited to those who died from the virus. I think it is important to consider the impact of this pandemic in general. People die alone with the virus or not..No need to register or anything. Just stop by the Front Plaza outside during the times above and leave your offering! Please don't try to bring anything into the building.
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  • 9:00 AMOutside! La ofrenda de la pandemia Covid-19
  • Thumb altardemuertos 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS!From Brujo de la Mancha:La ofrenda de la pandemia Covid-19.I am planning to create a community ofrenda for the Day of the Dead, outside on The Rotunda's Front Plaza (the brick courtyard on the Walnut Street side of the building) for a few days. Everyone can contribute to this ofrenda from November 1st through November 5th, 2021.Come by any time day or night starting Monday November 1 at 5pm to leave items for the ofrenda. The ofrenda will come down at 7pm Friday November 5.There will also be live Aztec dancing and drumming from Ollin Yoliztli Calmecac on one of the evenings TBA.I'm inviting the community to participate, to add some kind of input. I'm the display/artist fixing the finished product/installation of the ofenda. I will make sets where people can put whatever they want.Ofrendas are a very visual, colorful, and emotional representation of a party or altar for the people that pass away! People use many different items that represent or give meaning to what they feel or think is good to give or would feel good to the souls of the loved ones. This ofrenda will be open to everyone who wants to offer something (it can be anything) to those who died during the Covid-19 pandemic.To me, this project is not limited to those who died from the virus. I think it is important to consider the impact of this pandemic in general. People die alone with the virus or not..No need to register or anything. Just stop by the Front Plaza outside during the times above and leave your offering! Please don't try to bring anything into the building.
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  • 9:00 AMOutside! La ofrenda de la pandemia Covid-19
  • Thumb altardemuertos 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS!From Brujo de la Mancha:La ofrenda de la pandemia Covid-19.I am planning to create a community ofrenda for the Day of the Dead, outside on The Rotunda's Front Plaza (the brick courtyard on the Walnut Street side of the building) for a few days. Everyone can contribute to this ofrenda from November 1st through November 5th, 2021.Come by any time day or night starting Monday November 1 at 5pm to leave items for the ofrenda. The ofrenda will come down at 7pm Friday November 5.There will also be live Aztec dancing and drumming from Ollin Yoliztli Calmecac on one of the evenings TBA.I'm inviting the community to participate, to add some kind of input. I'm the display/artist fixing the finished product/installation of the ofenda. I will make sets where people can put whatever they want.Ofrendas are a very visual, colorful, and emotional representation of a party or altar for the people that pass away! People use many different items that represent or give meaning to what they feel or think is good to give or would feel good to the souls of the loved ones. This ofrenda will be open to everyone who wants to offer something (it can be anything) to those who died during the Covid-19 pandemic.To me, this project is not limited to those who died from the virus. I think it is important to consider the impact of this pandemic in general. People die alone with the virus or not..No need to register or anything. Just stop by the Front Plaza outside during the times above and leave your offering! Please don't try to bring anything into the building.
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  • 9:00 AMOutside! La ofrenda de la pandemia Covid-19
  • Thumb altardemuertos 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS!From Brujo de la Mancha:La ofrenda de la pandemia Covid-19.I am planning to create a community ofrenda for the Day of the Dead, outside on The Rotunda's Front Plaza (the brick courtyard on the Walnut Street side of the building) for a few days. Everyone can contribute to this ofrenda from November 1st through November 5th, 2021.Come by any time day or night starting Monday November 1 at 5pm to leave items for the ofrenda. The ofrenda will come down at 7pm Friday November 5.I'm inviting the community to participate, to add some kind of input. I'm the display/artist fixing the finished product/installation of the ofenda. I will make sets where people can put whatever they want.Ofrendas are a very visual, colorful, and emotional representation of a party or altar for the people that pass away! People use many different items that represent or give meaning to what they feel or think is good to give or would feel good to the souls of the loved ones. This ofrenda will be open to everyone who wants to offer something (it can be anything) to those who died during the Covid-19 pandemic.To me, this project is not limited to those who died from the virus. I think it is important to consider the impact of this pandemic in general. People die alone with the virus or not..No need to register or anything. Just stop by the Front Plaza outside during the times above and leave your offering! Please don't try to bring anything into the building.
  • 6:30 PMBIGGA DRE (Amun Sen Hotep Re) pres. SOLIDARITY DAY Weekend - Meet & greet artists & activists "Pre Screening" PREMIERE of ESCHATOLOGY (Bring Our Girls Back) #Eschatology #BringOurGirlsBack A PSA - Fri. Night Film, Food, Fun, & Activism Awareness
  • Thumb img 20210420 174806 823 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM BIGGA DRE (Amun Sen Hotep Re) presents SOLIDARITY DAY Weekend in PhiladelphiaMeet and greet the artists and activists "Pre Screening" PREMIERE of  ESCHATOLOGY  (Bring Our Girls Back) #Eschatology #BringOurGirlsBackA PSA (Public Service Announcement) Friday Night Film, Food, Fun, and Activism Awareness.  Special Invited Guests TBADoors open at 6pmBigga Dre is a songwriter, recording artist, and producer for a variety of key players in the music industry from Grammy(r) recipients to new and upcoming artists. It is no surprise that his Chester Digital Story reflects his passion. His story, much like his music, is embedded with brilliant lyrics, hidden symbolism and rhythmic catchy lines that capture all Hip-Hop lovers and  resonates with those who know they’re home when they’re in Chester. ESCHATOLOGY (Bring Our Girls Back) is the title track from his highly anticipated-album. Read more about Bigga Dre’s work in his interview with All Hip Hop here.Check out Bigga Dre's "C-City Investment" for Chester Made here: chestermade.org/c-city-investmentCONNECT WITH BIGGA DREEMAIL ADDRESS: officialbiggadre@gmail.comDONATE: https://app.99pledges.com/fund/eschatology2021FOLLOW: @officialbiggadre (Instagram)DOWNLOAD: officialbiggadre.hearnow.comAdmission is FREE (donations are encouraged)
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  • 8:00 PMSOLD OUT! In-person! community: A site-specific sonic organization by Dan Blacksberg
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    Registration is full but there's a waiting list at the Eventbrite link below. 

    communityA site-specific sonic organization by Dan Blacksberg

    Rescheduled from July 17!!!

    Admission is FREE

    The curators of this event request that everyone in attendance show proof of vaccination at the door. Masking, social distancing, and contact tracing enforced. Seating is very limited. Registration required. Please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-tickets-187646294117

    Dan Blacksberg - Trombone

    D.Hotep - Guitar & Electronics

    Tessa Ellis - Trumpet

    Veronica MJ - Viola

    Tara Middleton - Voice & Electronics

    Salina Kuo - Percussion

    Julius Masri - Percussion & Electronics

    Nick Millevoi - Guitar

    Jared Radichel - Bass

    Joey Sullivan - Drums

    Program NotesFrom 1977 - 1994, guitarist and free improvisation pioneer Derek Bailey ran his festival Company Weeks, bringing together improvising and experimental musicians from across the world. His collective group Company aimed to bring together exciting combinations of musicians who might not have otherwise have had the chance to play together.

    community brings together improvising and experimental musicians from across the city of Philadelphia who should have had regular chances to play together and regularly cross paths in a vibrant musical ecosystem. The piece is a storyline of musical scenes that will unfold over three 30-minute performances. Each set will introduce new scenes as the musicians, many of whom have not played with each other either ever or at least in over a year, get more and more in tune as individuals and as an ensemble. 

    The aim of community is to set up a kind of temporary musical biosphere for an afternoon where we musicians will interact with each other in exciting and fun ways and invite a small audience to join us on the inside. The scenes of the piece are designed to mimic some of the actions of a healthy music scene: getting to know each other, jamming, forming bands, having shared sounds or repertoire. It is my hope that participating in music making drawn from these kinds of activities will give people energy to go out and do that work beyond the one day of our performance.

    It has been a hell of a year and a quarter since life drastically changed for so many of us. While the world of live music in Philadelphia and beyond is reawakening, many of us feel that things will never be the same. One thing I am committed to more than ever coming out of this is making room for people to show up as their full selves, especially when creating something collectively. community is a small chance to draw on all that is great about the creative music of Philadelphia: it’s people and sounds, past and present, to do just that. 

    I hope you come watch us, and I hope you enjoy the music. 

    Sincerely, Dan Blacksberg

    Dan Blacksberg forges a singular voice as a composer, trombonist, and educator by bridging multiple paths of music making from the traditional to the avant-garde. Dan is recognized as one of the foremost practitioners of traditional klezmer trombone, and is a respected voice in jazz, new music, and free improvisation. His work includes genre-busting compositions like chamber suite Name Of The Sea, commissioned by the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, performances with Anthony Braxton and doom metal band The Body, and work with klezmer luminaries such as Frank London, Elaine Hoffman Watts, Michael Winograd, and The Other Europeans. Dan currently teaches jazz and klezmer at Temple University, coordinates the Instrumental and Dance programs at Yiddish New York with Deb Strauss, and is the musician-in-residence at Kol Tzedek Synagogue. He also makes the Radiant Others Klezmer Podcast.

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    Tessa Ellis - TrumpetTessa Ellis has been fascinated by the sound of the trumpet since she was a four-year-old hearing the instrument for the first time. Her work as a Philadelphia-based freelance trumpeter and teaching artist is inspired by her lifelong drive to create new and nuanced sounds. Tessa is a founding member of the Arcana New Music Ensemble and the Opus 5 Brass Quintet and has enjoyed genre-bending performances with Hanson, Amos Lee, Square Peg Round Hole, and Caracara. She studied with David Bilger at the Curtis Institute of Music and earned a Bachelor’s of Music (2017) and a Community Artist Fellowship Diploma (2018). As an orchestral musician, she has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic, the Lancaster Symphony, Orchestra 2001, and Symphony in C. Tessa was a finalist in the 2016 Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Solo Competition and she has won first place in two divisions of the National Trumpet Competition. 

    D.Hotep - Guitar and ElectronicsFrom integral working relationships through the 1990s with rapper Kwame's DJ Tat Money, to Khan Jamal's Phila. Jazz Composer's Forum or Rogi Kenyatta's La Tumba, to his own ensemble JazGuardian with Philly drummer Kimpedro, his musical trajectory led to him becoming the guitarist for the Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen for more than the last two decades. Concurrent to ongoing Arkestra duties, he's found opportunities to collaborate with a wide array of notable local, regional and international artists, musicians and arts organizations. He is currently recording with the guitar/vocal electronic-jazz duo Jupiter Blue, and continuing to work at incorporating remote mixing, media scoring, and instrument tracking services for clients as diverse as ballet companies, independent artists, and music library publishers into his portfolio. He is scheduled to begin co-teaching a course in improvisation strategies at Curtis Institute of Music during the 2022 school year.

    Veronica MJ - ViolaVeronica Mercedes Pazymiño Jurkiewicz is an instrumentalist, vocalist, educator, and curator based in Philadelphia.  She is drawn to sound involving the intersection of experimental, improvisational, and traditional practice; has a passion for creating and realizing diverse types of artistic programs and performing art experiences; and is an active member of the avant-garde music scene.

    Tara Middleton - Voice and electronicsTara Middleton is a 2019 Pew Fellowship nominated vocalist, violinist, and lyricist. Currently, she is the vocalist for the world renowned Sun Ra Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen, she also leads her own ensemble Jupiter Blue .She has studied under several prominent musicians, including Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, Booker Rowe, Gerald Price, Dr. George Allen, and Patty Wackenhut. In the 1990s, Tara co-founded The Foundations Singers, an African folksong oriented a cappella trio that garnered wide acclaim throughout the tri-state folk music community. Since then, she has performed and recorded as a featured vocalist with several ensembles, incorporating a broad range of songbooks and styles, including straight-ahead jazz, Portuguese Brazilian, Afro-Cuban/Caribbean, and Operatic avant-garde. Most recently she has worked as a vocalist and instrumentalist with Bowerbird's Arcana New Music Ensemble, and as a recording artist, and performer with Philadelphia Jazz Project. Recently Tara was commissioned to compose an original work for BalletX co-writing her first ballet “Twelve Bells”, she has collaborated with Nick Millevoi's Desertion Trio to rave reviews in Rolling Stone magazine. Tara’s most recent work can be heard on the newly released Sun Ra Arkestra album “ Swirling” in which she wrote the lyrics for the title track.

    Salina Kuo - PercussionSalina Kuo is a Philadelphia-based person (settler of Lenape territory) interested in accessibility for music performance + music education. She opposes accessibility's "novel" reputation, and seeks to create nuanced, meaningful art from simplicity. She composes theatrical works for found objects, and writes/arranges songs for vibraphone and voice under “St. John’s Wort.” She holds a B.M. in music education from Temple University. There she studied orchestral repertoire, jazz vibraphone, latin percussion, and drumset. She teaches private drumset + piano lessons, and has performed at the Oh My Ears New Music Festival, Toronto Creative Music Lab, and Steve Weiss Mallet Festival. She will participate in the 2021 Montreal Contemporary Music Lab.

    Julius Masri - Percussion and ElectronicsJulius Masri is a Philadelphia based multi-instrumentalist and performer/composer for the city's dance community. Originally born in Tripoli, Lebanon, he moved to the States in 1990 at the age of 12, and picked up drumming a year later. His primary teachers in highschool included Philadelphia instructors Carl Mottola and Klezmer drummer extraordinaire Elaine Hoffman-Watts. As an undergraduate at Bard College, he studied with AACM's Thurman Barker, Richard Teitelbaum, and Joan Tower. Current projects include grind metal band Night Raids, avant jazz groups Sirius Juju, Dromedaries, and trombone & synth duo Superlith ("Best of Bandcamp'' for February 2021). A new solo album titled "The Arabic Room", under the project name Mephisto Halabi, is slated for release in the fall.

    Nick Millevoi - GuitarNick Millevoi is a guitarist and composer whose music reflects his interest in the history of guitar music. He currently leads the band Desertion Trio and his discography includes records of psychedelic rock, noise music, avant surf, and explosive jazz versions of doo-wop hits which have been released by labels such Cuneiform Records, John Zorn’s Tzadik label, and Clean Feed/Shhpuma label. As a guitarist, Millevoi has performed and recorded with musicians such as Nels Cline, John Zorn, Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Marc Ribot, Fugazi bassist Joe Lally, and many others. He has performed on NPR’s Jazz Night in America and Tiny Desk Concerts series and tours across the US and Europe, stopping everywhere from punk rock basements to New York’s Town Hall. Nick’s music has been reviewed by Rolling Stone, NPR, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Noisey/Vice, and Bandcamp Daily. 

    Jared Radichel - BassJared Radichel is an emerging improviser and songwriter based in Philadelphia, PA. They hold a bachelors degree in jazz performance from Temple University, where they studied improvisation under Dan Blacksberg. They are currently an active member of Philadelphia’s DIY community, and have been organizing outdoor performances throughout the city.

    Joey Sullivan - DrumsJoey Sullivan is a drummer, improviser and organizer based in Philadelphia. Holding a degree in jazz performance from temple university, his drumming is equally influenced by conversational rhythms of jazz, the wide sound pallet and playfulness of improvised music as well as the minimal propulsion of rock music. He has collaborated with Jared Radichel, James McMain, Pete Dennis, Tammy Huynh, Kevin Eichenberger, Kevin Murray, Leo Suarez and many others.

    Admission is FREE

    The curators of this event request that everyone in attendance show proof of vaccination at the door. Masking, social distancing, and contact tracing enforced. Seating is very limited. Registration required. Please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-tickets-187646294117

    Registration is full but there's a waiting list at the Eventbrite link

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  • 6:00 PMOnline! Free Panel on The Power & Challenges of Working Together
  • Thumb vdanov82021 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM VDA Panel: The Power & Challenges of Working Together

    Join us for a panel discussion of Philadelphia artist co-ops, and learn about the power and challenges of working together.

    About this event

    Vision Driven Artists (VDA) exists to increase resources and opportunities for local artists and arts organizations.

    Join us for a panel discussion of Philadelphia artist co-ops, and learn about the power and challenges of working together.

    ABOUT VISION- DRIVEN ARTIST

    Vision Driven Artists - Philly RESOURCES is an online community of local artists who are interested in sharing resources, collaborating on projects, learning about opportunities, and building a more equitable arts scene.

    If you want to market your art, events, fundraisers, performances, etc. please do so at Vision Driven RESOURCES - Philly PRESENTS [Closed Group]: https://www.facebook.com/groups/VDAPhillyPresents

    If you would like to learn more about Vision Driven Artists, please follow our Facebook Page to learn about events, resources, opportunities, and workshops: https://www.facebook.com/VisionDrivenArtists/

     

    This event will take place on Zoom. Registration is required in order to receive the link. Please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vda-panel-the-power-challenges-of-working-together-tickets-168316092965

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  • 8:00 PMIn-person! DOUBLE FEATURE! (Hosted by Dan Buskirk - WPRB, Fleisher Arts Memorial) THE DAY SHALL COME (2019, dir. by Chris Morris, 87 min, U.K./U.S.) THE STORY OF A THREE-DAY PASS (aka “La Permission”) (1967, dir. by Melvin Van Peebles, 87 min)
  • Thumb the day   three day pass 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM BRIGHT BULB SCREENING SERIES 2021

    Free Screenings @ 8pm The Second Thursday of Each MonthFIRST SCREENING OF 2021! (see COVID policy below)

    DOUBLE FEATURE!

    (Hosted by Dan Buskirk - WPRB, Fleisher Arts Memorial)

    THE DAY SHALL COME (2019, directed by Chris Morris, 87 minutes, U.K./U.S.)THE STORY OF A THREE-DAY PASS (aka “La Permission”) (1967, directed by Melvin Van Peebles, 87 minutes, France)Two concise comedies/social commentaries on the bill, first is British director Chris Morris' devastating and under-seen 2019 film, THE DAY SHALL COME. Morris' comic expose details the FBI's record of first dreaming up terrorist schemes, then recruiting gullible citizens to entrap. Here, special agents recruit the horse-mounted Moses of Miami (North Philly-born theater actor Marchánt Davis in his film debut) and step-by-step attempt to radicalize him and his handful of followers' preposterous beliefs. Also starring Danielle Brooks (Taystee from ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK), Anna Kendrick and comedian Jim Gaffigan. Heavily inspired by the case of “The Liberty City Seven.”The only thing more outrageous than the jokes are the facts that inspired it.”- Pete Debruge, VARIETYSecond-billed is the 1967 debut of the recently-transitioned director Melvin Van Peebles (SWEET SWEETBACK's BADASS SONG), THE STORY OF A THREE-DAY PASS. The French New Wave inspired hundreds of films but only one was made in France by an African American expatriate. Based on Van Peebles' autobiographical novel, THREE-DAY PASS examines the mind-set of Corporal Turner (Harry Baird, stirring in his only leading role) as he hits Paris looking for romance on a weekend leave from the barracks. Van Peebles is determined to dazzle and the film is awash with surreal asides and satiric barbs as he illustrates the inner and outer turmoil inherent in being a black man in France in the 1960s. The film features the final performance of Nicole Berger from Truffaut's SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER and includes music by guitar great Mickey Baker.“A kind of gentle cross between 'Hiroshima Mon Amour' and 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner'—a little hard to imagine, it is true, but less pretentious than the first and less false than the second.”- Renata Adler, The New York Times

    Admission is FREECOVID POLICY

    - Everyone over the age of 2 will be required to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. 

    - Performers and attendees will be asked to stay home if they feel unwell or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with Covid within 10 days of the event. - We will engage in contact tracing. We will register attendees at the front desk, and will require them to alert us if they become sick after the event. 
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  • 8:00 PMIn-person! Event Horizon series feat. Neil Cippon, Karl Fury, and Don Slepian
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    PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR THE ROTUNDA'S COVID POLICIES AND BEST PRACTICES.

    Saturday November 13th, The return of The Event Horizon Concert Series!

    Featuring: Neil Cippon, Karl Fury, and Don Slepian

    Niel Cippon- Bass underscored Ambient Looping Soundscapes.

    Neil Cippon is a Philadelphia based musician, playing in bands since the late 80’s. Played and recorded with King Carcass, Hoist and Mark’s Blues Band. Neil Cippon’s current project explores the ambient textures that are possible with six string electric bass modified by pedals, filters and loopers combined with synthesizer sequencing.

    Multi-Instrumentalist Karl Fury amongst his handcrafted electro-acoustic creations.Karl Fury is a multi-instrumentalist and composer from New Jersey. His musical background ranges from rock to jazz, world music, ambient, electronic and free improvisation. He has performed at numerous venues including the Trenton Avant Garde Festival, Artworks, the Cosmic Crossings and Event Horizon concert series, NEEMfest, EEEMfest, Mountain Skies 19, Columbia and Princeton University and live radio broadcasts from WPRB, WTSR, WDVR and WLFR. He performed and recorded for several years in the world music duo Near East and the electronic music trio The Melting Transistor. He continues to collaborate and record with the Equinox Project an improvisational electronic music trio. Karl collaborates with Dr Brad Garton from Columbia University on an irregular basis. Karl is also involved in three new musical duos, Beard Farm with Tom Bruce, Oblique Strategists with Mario-enrigue Paoli and Quantum Elf with Floyd Bledsoe. He also records and performs solo as both Karl Fury and Tars Obscura and currently has a solo release on the da/73 label. Karl plays a number of different stringed instruments, electronic controllers such as the Linnstrument and the Sensel Morph, homemade noise boxes, and utilizes computers and the Ipad as sound sources and processors in his music.

    Don Slepian, Bell Labs “Alles Machine” Digital Synthesizer, February 1980.

    Don Slepian is a true pioneer of electronic music. He started composing in 1969 and released his first compilation cassette in September of 1978. He left Hawaii and came to Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ, where he was “Artist in Residence” in computer music for the next two years. In 1980 he released three more cassette tapes on the Hawaiian record label Plumeria Productions: The Sea of Bliss, New Dawn, and Open Spaces. In 1981 he self-released his first LP, Computer Don’t Breakdown. In 1982 he signed to Fortuna Records, who brought his music to a much wider audience with several releases throughout the ’80s. The same year he released a collaborative tape with Lauri Paisley as Synarios called Uncontrolled Voltage in a classic electronica style. Slepian combines unique skills in music and electronics with a lifetime of improvised keyboard music performance. Born into a scientific family, Slepian showed both musical and technical talent early in life. In 1968, he programmed computers and built electronic music circuitry, sculpting sound with classic electronic music studio tape techniques. Starting in 1972, he was a tester on the early internet as a member of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). He was also a synthesizer soloist with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of Honolulu Theatre for Youth, and ARP Synthesizer Sales Rep for Hawaii. 

    Visuals

    Niel Cippon will provide his own video artwork. Old school Spirographic Laser Illuminations by Mike Hunter (aka Ombient.)

    Admission is FREE

    ROTUNDA COVID POLICIES AND BEST PRACTICES- 50 people MAX will be permitted in the venue during an event. This includes audience, staff, and performers. - Everyone over the age of 2 will be required to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. - Performers and attendees will be asked to stay home if they feel unwell or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with Covid within 10 days of the event.- We will engage in contact tracing. We will register attendees at the front desk, and will require them to alert us if they become sick after the event. 

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  • 4:00 PMIn-person! Black Art Conversations workshop
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    Black Art Conversations

    Wed. Oct. 20, 6-8pm, Sun. Nov. 14, 4-6pm, and Wed. Dec. 15, 6-8pm

    Black Art Conversations - a free in-person public video-streamed event encompassing curated discussions about the creative sector.

    About this event

    A 3-part series of moderated discussions and live performances showcasing local independent Black artists, intersecting cultures, spanning generations to celebrate the emerging works they've produced and their experiences in the industry.

    The event is organized by Shekhinah B. and supported in part by Creative Philadelphia (Office of Arts Culture and the Creative Economy) and The Rotunda.

    COVID Safety Guidelines & Precautions

    - Everyone over the age of 2 will be required to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. 

    - Performers/presenters and attendees will be asked to stay home if they feel unwell or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with Covid within 14 days of the event.

    - Event organizers or the venue will register attendees and performers/presenters ahead of time or at the front desk, depending on the event, and will require them to alert us if they become sick after the event so that we can let everyone else know.

    You must register to attend, seating is limited due to COVID restrictions. Please register at:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/black-art-conversations-tickets-164183839283

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  • 6:00 PMIn-person! Poet~tree En Motion Pres. Honoring the Ancestors: The Fall Harvest Rhythm & Flow Festivities
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    Poet~tree En Motion Presents 

    Honoring the Ancestors: the Fall Harvest Rhythm & Flow Festivities

    Featuring Live Music Meditations, Spoken Word/Poetry, Dance/Theater/ Mindful Movements & Fire/Flow Ritual Performances! 

     

    6-9pm (Doors @ 6pm)

     

    This ongoing seasonal series features a variety of multi-disciplinary performance, arts & culture presentations… This Event includes (but is not limited to) Live Percussion & Music Journey,  Spoken word & Poetry, Dance/Movement Meditations, Ritual ‘theatre’ + Fire & Flow Arts!Plum Dragoness / aka Gabrielle de Burke Theatrical Dancer/Lyrical Poetess/Mindful Movement Instructor/Arts Educator & Event Host(bring your mats or kick it old school without for this Mindful Movement Class Infused with a Fusion of Yoga, Kung fu/Tai chi, Qigong… Plus a DanceTheater Ritual w/ the Spoken Word! DragonSpiritArts.com, ThePlumDragoness.com

     

    Scott Soniq (Sonic Flower ReikiSound™ Immersion) w/ Guest Angela Armour (Healing Sound Bath Artist on Tongue Drum +)…A Collaborative Experience where the healing resonance of Crystal Singing Bowls meets the reverberation Bells, Strings, Gongs, Ambient Drums & More. EarthTribeHealingArts.com

     

    Stoop Kid Studios

    Trio of Fire artists present “the Fire that Feeds My Soul” in service of mind, body & soul with the healing power of fire & self-expression. facebook.com/StoopKidStudios

     

    Ollin Yoliztli Calmecac

    A visually captivating portrait of Aztec Dance kept alive by modern keepers of the culture investigating indigenous history and the retention of cultural heritage in the context of modern immigration. ollinyoliztlicalmecac.org

     

    Jan Jefferies 

    Philly based Percussionist Extraordinaire & Drummer bringing the soul-full ancestral beatz & rhythms + Spearheads M.O.M. (Music Over Matter) facebook.com/jan.jeffries.58

    *Masks Must be Worn when Inside the Venue (Check in Required for Contact Tracing)! 

     

    Artist Bios:

     

    Stoop Kid Studios

    Fire/Flow Performer & Founder of Stoop Kid Studios-Reese Crawley, will lead the trio presenting for this event, bringing passion through the talent that has been honing over years as a multi-disciplinary Artist. Behold their stunning visual display and showmanship that will leave audiences talking about for years… Stoop Kid Studios LLC is Available for Services ranging from Photography & Videography to Fire/Flow Arts Performances for Special Events & More facebook.com/StoopKidStudios

     

    Ollin Yoliztli Calmecac 

    Meaning “School of Blood Moving in the Heart” in the Nahuatl language of the Aztecs, Ollin Yoliztli Calmecac is a dance and cultural troupe based in the heart of South Philadelphia. A visually captivating portrait of the group told through their own voices, Aztec Dance in Philadelphia raises 

    questions about indigenous history and the retention of cultural heritage in the context of modern immigration. “We consider it a school because we are learning about the culture we have lost,” says one of the group’s members. The dancers of Ollin Yoliztli Calmecac bring their audiences a pre-Columbian heritage with roots in central Mexico. Kept alive by modern keepers of the culture like those in this trilingual Spanish/English/Nahuatl documentary, Aztec dance has followed the paths of contemporary Mexican immigrants into the United States. That migration has brought Aztec culture here, to Philadelphia. Aztec Dance in Philadelphia is an engaging resource for educators teaching modern immigration and a colorful testament to the resilience of indigenous cultures. facebook.com/oycphiladelphia, ollinyoliztlicalmecac.org

     

    Plum Dragoness (a.k.a. Gabrielle de Burke) 

    Native to West Philadelphia, this multi-talented thespian, dancer, martial artist, instructor, poetess and writer who has been involved with performing arts since childhood. She is known for her poetic style, vocal performance, fire dance, flow arts and choreographic flair throughout Philadelphia and abroad. Over the past 15 years, she has toured not only as a solo artist, founding member/core performer/assistant artistic director of Archedream for HumanKind among many others. She has also independently released 2 albums of original work with the project Plum Dragoness & the Elements, known for its fusion of multi-media, live world beat musical infusions, spoken word vocals & lyrical poetry. She has also helped bring together the all female performance group trio known as The Femme-Mynistiques, who will officially release their debut EP “Here She Comes…” in the summer of 2016. Since 2007, Plum has been a resident performance artist, as well as host and organizer for the successful performing arts series known as Poet-tree En Motion at The Rotunda! This has allowed her the opportunity to share her own creative performances (including collaborative projects she initiated) and work created by a plethora of other unique artists with the west Philadelphia community and beyond! Gabrielle’s work as a healing arts practitioner and instructor continues to intersect with her work as an inter-disciplinary performance artist through the incorporation of Internal and Martial Arts forms in combination with Dance, Poetry and Theater presentation. Gabrielle has been teaching in, around the Philadelphia area & abroad since 2000. Gabrielle owns/operates a Yogic & Mindful Movement studio outside of West Philadelphia called Dragon Spirit Arts where she offers classes, workshops, events, teacher training. If you dig It… 

    Visit: www.DragonSpiritArts.com + ThePlumDragoness.com

    Follow: + facebook.com/4PlumDragoness +facebook.com/DragonSpiritArts

    Listen: soundcloud.com/plum-dragoness + tunecore.com/music/plumdragoness +

    cdbaby.com/PlumDragonessandTheElements

     

     

    Sonic Flower ReikiSound™ (a.k.a. Scott Soniq)

    From Philadelphia, this certified Reiki Master and ReikiSound ™ Immersion practitioner is also a seasoned DJ and producer. Throughout the years, Scott’s experiences showed him the immense healing potentials that sound can deliver; this was coupled with 25 years of independent study and self-evolution. His amazing Journey led presently to many diverse communities in the Philadelphia area. One present aspect of Scott’s Journey is Sonic Flower: a totally immersive and Life Enhancing sound experience. Participants rest horizontally or seated comfortably while bathed in the sound-field from 7 quartz crystal singing bowls. The tones emanated are deeply resonant and are not only heard, but can be felt in one’s body; immersed in a field of deep coherence -- a structured yet always-evolving cache of information that is rich in potential and waiting to be tapped. Typical ReikiSound™  Immersions usually last for 60-75 minutes and can be merged with your Inner or Outer Work. 

    Private and couples sessions are offered, which are tailored to the client’s needs, or group ReikiSound™ Immersions are offered in which a field of vibration is created intuitively for the highest benefit of the whole group. Also offered are Sonic Chakra Tune-ups, which require active participation by the client. Sonic Flower is also open and available to collaborate on any appropriate workshop/event. 

    Sonic Flower also creates deep-listening ambient DJ sets using self-produced, as well as other producer’s musics. He also creates  ecstatic-body-music-DJ-sets under the moniker Butter&Eggs. The Journey is yours to choose; and this Journey is ours. Make your cells happy in a field of vibration.  facebook.com/SonicFlower, EarthTribeHealingArts.com

    Admission is FREE (Donations Suggested & Appreciated) 

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  • 7:00 PMQueer Cinema for Palestine: Philly
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    Queer Cinema for Palestine: Philly

    Join us for a screening & discussion of short films by filmmakers responding to Queer Palestinians’ calls to boycott TLVFest.

    The Queer Cinema for Palestine film festival, taking place from Nov. 11-20, is a global response to queer Palestinians’ calls to boycott th TLVFilm Fest. 50 filmmakers have pulled their films from TLVFest and 200 have pledged to boycott the event. We bring QCP to Philly by screening short films from some of these artists at The Rotunda on Nov. 19.

    Tickets will be on a pay-what-you-can basis. Donations will go to filmmakers and artists whose work we are featuring in the event and panel.

    Full film line-up:

    The War Within, Zaher Saleh (2017)

    Cinema al Fouad, Mohamed Soueid (1993)

    Congress of Idling Persons, Bassem Saad (2021)

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    Seating is limited. Masking, contract tracing, and social distancing will be enforced. A small reserve of tickets will be available at the door on a first come-first serve basis. Donations are welcome. Please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/queer-cinema-for-palestine-philly-tickets-210750058097

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  • 11:00 PMOnline! Liminal States featuring Percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani
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    Bowerbird is pleased to present Liminal States, a series of late night, live streamed concerts intended to be listened to as you fall asleep. Aiming to center and calm, the musicians will seek to lead listeners to that magic space between awake and asleep. Tune in and bliss out. Percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani will perform multiple bowed gongs from the desert near his home in New Mexico.

    This event is part of the Liminal States Series

    ABOUT THE ARTISTTatsuya Nakatani is an avant-garde percussionist, composer, and artist of sound. Active internationally since the 1990’s; Nakatani has released over 80 recordings and tours extensively, performing over 150 concerts a year. His primary focus is his solo work and his large ensemble project, the Nakatani Gong Orchestra. With his activity in the new music, improvisation and experimental music scenes, Nakatani has a long history of collaboration. He teaches master classes and lectures at universities and music conservatories around the world. Originally from Japan, he makes his home in the desert town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Nakatani creates his distinctive music centered around his adapted bowed gong, supported by an array of drums, cymbals, and singing bowls. In consort with his hand carved Kobo Bows, it is an instrument he has spent decades developing. Nakatani approaches his orchestral project (NGO) as an arrangement of formations of vibrations, incorporated in shimmering layers of silence and texture. Within this contemporary work, one can still recognize the dramatic pacing, formal elegance and space (ma) felt in traditional Japanese music.

    Admission to this online event is Free / Pay What You Wish. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tatsuya-nakatani-tickets-204673342477 A link will be sent to you the day of the event. The performance will start at 11:00pm Eastern Time and will run approximately 45 mins.

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