mon se taire truc presents
Tim Barnes & Jeph Jerman
Thursday 23rd February
Shakespeare’s, S3 8UA
“Across a dozen years, the duo of Jeph Jerman and Tim Barnes has offered powerful, minimal music rooted in a shared dedication to the creative act of listening. Jerman is a veteran of the creative music scenes in Denver and Seattle, and in more recent years has been thoroughly investigating the sonic possibilities of the desert Southwest where he lives and works. Tim Barnes’s resume as a percussionist, engineer, and curator is studded with all-star collaborators including Tony Conrad, Sonic Youth, Ken Vandermark, Royal Trux and Tower Records” (Confront Recordings).
Blue Yodel is the solo vocals and noise project of Fiona Kennedy, one part of the much-missed Hunter Gracchus, and one half of the much-loved Singing Knives Records.
more to be confirmed…
This Autumn is afeet with planning for future events but to begin with are three gigs:
Saturday 13th September sees the return of weirdos Freaking Glamorous Teapot at the Three Cranes as part of this organised by Mr Poot.
On Thursday 20th October I’ll do a set supporting artist Claire Potter as part of Enjoy Your Homes‘s series at Bank Street Arts. Much of the series is derived in some way from texts of various kinds. I’m not sure what I will do yet, perhaps a piece of mine and a piece by someone else (vote now!).
…and on Wednesday 2nd November mumei publishing presents: ‘small sound / small occurrence’ with performances from Miki Yui, Ryoko Akama, and me at Access Space.
Also, in the world of letters, recently published is Perspectives on the Music of Christopher Fox: Straight Lines in Broken Times edited by Rose Dodd and featuring a stellar array of musicologists, performers and composers writing on everyone’s favourite vulpine composer. I have contributed a chapter on the matter of style in Fox’s music.*
Another publication released last month is Jennie Gottschalk’s Experimental Music Since 1970 which brings an original slant to the definition of what experimental music is and briefly discusses my out-of-doors suite…
More to follow, but that’s all for now…
(*Also, Changing the System: The Music of Christian Wolff, which I co-edited with Philip Thomas is now out in paperback – hurrah!)
(pic by Patrick Shen)
These last few days in Sheffield has seen the return of the annual Doc Fest at which Patrick Shen’s exploration of quietude and noise In Pursuit of Silence was given its UK premiere preceded, as it has been elsewhere, by a performance of 4’33” (by me in this instance). As I found, the piece still has the power to inspire a gamut of responses from humour to concentrated listening to irritation…
Next up, at the start of July I am taking part in Music and/as Process where I’ll be exploring some more pieces from out-of-doors suite in the Austen-esque surroundings of Bath Spa University.
Bank Street Arts from today till 4th June
In 1790 Xavier de Maistre embarked on an epic journey. A journey during which he never left his room. Confined for 42 days having taken part in a duel he spent his time describing his movements from bed to chair to desk and all points in between…
I have started to assemble the material I have received so far.*
It’s been very much a matter of trial and error and I think it will continue this way as I try to find a balance between presenting the various items in and of themselves as part of an exhibition/installation and in thinking of how they contribute to a score of sorts. Step by step I will wend my way, we shall see…
(*You can still contribute your journeys using the sketchbook provided in the gallery or to firstname.lastname@example.org).
Plans are moving apace for Bending Boundaries, 3 evenings of extraordinary and varied
wonderment organised with Mick Beck at Sheffield’s renowned Over-the-Top:
Weds 11th May
a possible plan to girdle the Earth from me and Nathan Bettany
Thurs 12th May
Fri 13th May
8pm kick offs, £5 (£3) each night or £10 (£6) the lot.