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Thursday, April 17th 2008 - 8pm

- the Coup d’etat music series -

an evening of solo saxophone performances
Bhob Rainey
Dave Gross(gdg)
Josh Jefferson

Bhob Rainey's music has become a model in the world of experimental sound. He is the founder of both nmperign (with trumpeter Greg Kelley) and the BSC, which he also directs. Collaborations with musicians such as Ralf Wehowsky, Le Quan Ninh, Gunter Mueller, and Lionel Marchetti, dancers Nicole Bindler and Yukiko Nakamura, and filmmakers Loren Boyer, Harvey Benschoter, and William Pisarri highlight Rainey's broad experience and outline a complex body of work that continues to expand and surprise. His music occupies a charged space between synthetic and organic sound, bringing forth improbable sensual and narrative experiences through virtuosic extended techniques, homemade synths and sound processors, found recordings, and a kind of living silence that is apt to wreak havoc with the perception of time.

Dave Gross (gdg)
Called "One of Boston's steadfast explorers," by the Boston Globe, saxophonist David Gross has been performing for more than a decade. Among a slew of others whose names are perhaps not as recognizable, Mr.Gross has performed with Phil Minton, Eddie Prevost, Steve Roden, John Olson, Gino Robair, Martin Tetreault, Tom Carter, Glenn Spearman, Raphe Malik and many members of the Boston free-improv scene including Bhob Rainey, Greg Kelley, and Laurence Cook. Currently, Gross is transforming the saxophone into exactly what it is: a metal tube with keys, mouthpiece, and a reed.

Josh Jefferson
i am a collage artist and i also play alto sax and bass clarinet. i started playing improv, free music in 2001. since then i have been focusing on more extended techniques and abstract sounds...the more improv music i play the more abstract and exploratory i want to become...

Saturday, April 19th 2008 - 8pm

- the Coup d’etat music series -

Myo (Baltimore)
Jay Sullivan
Ernst Karel

Myo is Cory O’Brien, an improviser who works with digitally processed voice and objects. Described by Vital Weekly as “louder, dirtier, gritty and angular, but still with ingredients of microsound.” Collaborations include Kenneth Yates (of Harm Stryker, Insects with Tits), video artist Metaphreaq, and visual artist Jesse Hartgraves (as Clouds-Out). He currently lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland.

Jay Sullivan
"Turntablist Jay Sullivan has been a mainstay of the New England noise and experimental music scene for the past five years or so. Working with distressed vinyl, vintage record players, and a variety of electronic ephemera, he creates his richly crackling music out of dense fields of hiss and hum. In addition to his solo work, he has a longstanding duo project with cassette tape maestro, Howard Stelzer, called Skeletons Out and a newer trio called Ouest with Stelzer and sound artist Brendan Murray."

Ernst Karel
Ernst Karel works with analog electronics and with location recordings, sometimes separately, sometimes in combination, to create audio pieces that move between the abstract and the documentary. Karel’s work in audio also takes or has taken the forms of electroacoustic improvisation and composition, fieldwork-based academic research in the anthropology of sound, recording and mixing for public radio and for nonfiction film and video, klezmer and Balkan brass band trumpet playing, CD mastering, and solo and collaborative sound installations, among others.


Tuesday, April 8th 2008 - 8pm

- the Coup d’etat music series -

Vic Rawlings / Mike Bullock

Calliope Quartet

The Vic Rawlings/Mike Bullock duo
combines classical string instruments and electronics in ways that reveal the core elements of each. Rawlings plays amplified cello and an electronic instrument he built out of exposed circuit boards and speaker cones. Bullock plays amplified contrabass, test oscillators, and feedback. The result is a stark sound world utterly alienated from the glib fluidity commonly associated with bowed strings. The sounds are byturns deep-frozen and blisteringly hot. The rhythms are those of hands moving over a workbench or methodically slashing tires. After playing in various bands together since 1997, Rawlings and Bullock first played as a duo in summer 2000. They toured France in October 2003 in support of “Fall of Song” [Chloë]. They returned to France in 2004, and in fall 2005 they toured throughout the eastern U.S. as a trio with Lebanese trumpeter Mazen Kerbaj.

e Quartet

The Callio
pe Quartet is an electro-acoustic group that was started in order to focus on low-volume, low-velocity music, taking a conventional instrumental ensemble (percussion/electronics, trumpet, guitar, bass) and playing unconventional music. One of our concepts for this project is an exploration of extremes and a natural meeting point between composition and improvised music.

Lou Cohen, composer, performer and digital animator, has been writing algorithmic music for over 50 years. He studied with John Cage and others, and his music has been presented in many venues in Boston and beyond. Lou has performed with John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Christian Wolff, Ken Ueno, Tim Feeney, Vic Rawlings, Jack Wright, Katt Hernandez, and many others. Lou improvises live sound and live animation.

Sound and silence are allies in the minimal yet intricate music of Lou Bunk. In both his acoustic and electro-acoustic music, timbre unfolds alongside harmony, while extended instrumental techniques, microtones, and a rejection of the virtuosic paints an alien and sometimes barren soundscape.