Valerie Kuehne & the Wasps Nests // Vicki Brown // Algae&Tentacles

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Valerie Kuehne & the Wasps Nests // Vicki Brown // Algae&Tentacles

Valerie Kuehne and the Wasps Nests is a band based in New York and Pittsburgh. Valerie leads the group on vocals and cello, Jeffrey Young plays violin, and Alex Cohen plays drums. In performance, they mix grindcore, cabaret, performance art, punk, and neoclassical art song, with a dash of free improvisation. Lucid Culture said that Valerie Kuehne is “part punk classical cellist, part performance artist, but her performance art isn’t the foofy, mannered kind – it’s oldschool 80s style and it has fangs. And it’s hilarious.” Shakefist Magazine called her “a fearless cello master with a relentlessly creative soul.” Her work in this project and others operates under principles of surprise and investigates obsession, comedy, decay, forensic pathology, sex, hypnogogia, viscera, spirituality, and death. She is an advocate for mental illness and addiction, incessantly seeking new ways to break down stigmas and misconceptions about both.

Violinist Vicki Brown explores the intimate liminal spaces between the light and dark, the seen and unseen, the known and unknown. She often describes her music as ‘elemental psychosonic landscapes,’ drawing on her curiosity of what it means to see 63 shades of green through the eyes of an orangutan, what the underside of a bird’s wing sounds like in flight, the drag and push of water as an iceberg makes its passage. Relying on her multiple loop pedals and improvisational approach, she capitalizes on repetition and unbeknownst moments that become integral to the music-making experience. She has toured the US and Europe and collaborates with dancers, film makers, painters, poets and bands.

Algae & Tentacles is a sound project based in Tucson, AZ. John Melillo and different collaborators construct sound-noises through singing, guitar-ing, keyboarding, looping, and other bodily and electronic means.

Friday 1/27
Valerie Kuehne & the Wasps Nests / Vicki Brown / Algae&Tentacles

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Valerie Kuehne and the Wasps Nests is a band based in New York and Pittsburgh. Valerie leads the group on vocals and cello, Jeffrey Young plays violin, and Alex Cohen plays drums. In performance, they mix grindcore, cabaret, performance art, punk, and neoclassical art song, with a dash of free improvisation. Lucid Culture said that Valerie Kuehne is “part punk classical cellist, part performance artist, but her performance art isn’t the foofy, mannered kind – it’s old school 80s style and it has fangs. And it’s hilarious.” Shakefist Magazine called her “a fearless cello master with a relentlessly creative soul.” Her work in this project and others operates under principles of surprise and investigates obsession, comedy, decay, forensic pathology, sex, hypnogogia, viscera, spirituality, and death.

TONY CONRAD TRIBUTE! Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present + Weyant’s TONY BECOMES A BUDDHA

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Since the early 1960s, Tony Conrad’s films and compositions have been the stuff of legend. His development and practice of Just Intonation and Minimalism through his work with Stockhausen and La Monte Young and his pivotal role in the formation of The Velvet Underground has been incredibly influential.  Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present by Tyler Hubby examines the pioneering life and works of this amazing artist, musician, activist and educator.   Opening the show will be Glenn Weyant conducting “TONY BECOMES A BUDDHA”.  Weyant’s original score is built upon sound ideas and philosophical ruminations put forth by Tony Conrad for an orchestra of amplified bowed guitars, cellos, violins, violas . These include but are not limited to: just intonation, 60-cycle amplifier ground hum tuning, improvisation, drone, noise, piezo amplification, harmonics and slavish Pythagorean demagoguery deconstruction. Orchestra is: Glenn Weyant, Samantha Bounkeua, Robert Villa, Sophie Gibson-Rush, Nik Rayne, Grant Beyschau, Connor Gallaher, Richard Young, John Melillo, Miguel Urbina, Jake Sorgen and Vicki Brown!!

LIVE SOUND//SILENT FILM -The Ådventures of Prince Åchmed with live score conducted by Scott Kerr

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The oldest surviving animated feature film and based upon based on the ancient stories “The Arabian Nights.” The Ådventures of Prince Åchmed is a 1926 German animated fairytale feature film by Lotte Reiniger. A handsome prince with a flying horse befriends a witch, meets Aladdin, and battles demons to win a princess. The film features a silhouette animation technique Reiniger had invented; the technique she used for the camera is similar to Wayang shadow puppets, though hers were animated frame by frame, not manipulated in live action. Micheal Henderson, Margaret McClelland, Stefanos Kokranis, Jillian LaCrux, and Kyle Bert join Scott Kerr in accompanying this marvelous film!

Wed 10/5
LIVE SOUND//SILENT FILM – The Ådventures of Prince Åchmed with live score conducted by Scott Kerr

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The oldest surviving animated feature film and based upon based on the ancient stories “The Arabian Nights.”The Ådventures of Prince Åchmed is a 1926 German animated fairytale feature film by Lotte Reiniger. A handsome prince with a flying horse befriends a witch, meets Aladdin, and battles demons to win a princess. The film features a silhouette animation technique Reiniger had invented; the technique she used for the camera is similar to Wayang shadow puppets, though hers were animated frame by frame, not manipulated in live action.Micheal Henderson, Margaret McClelland, Stefanos Kokranis, Jillian LaCrux, and Kyle Bert join Scott Kerr in accompanying this marvelous film!

SEVEN WOMEN, SEVEN SINS + Burning Palm’s What the Daisy Said

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Seven brilliant and controversial women filmmakers were invited to direct for this the 1986 omnibus, Seven Women, Seven Sins: Helke Sander (Gluttony), Bette Gordon (Greed), Maxi Cohen (Anger), Chantal Akerman (Sloth), Valie Export (Lust), Laurence Gavron (Envy), and Ulrike Ottinger (Pride). Each filmmaker had the opportunity of choosing a sin to interpret as they wished. The final film reflected this diversity, including traditional narrative fiction, experimental video, musicals, and radical documentary. Opening the show, Burning Palms breathes haunting new life into Mary Pickford’s 1910 silent film What the Daisy Said with a live score commissioned by the Mary Pickford Foundation.  

WED 9/7
SEVEN WOMEN, SEVEN SINS + Burning Palm’s What the Daisy Said

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Seven brilliant and controversial women filmmakers were invited to direct for this the 1986 omnibus, Seven Women, Seven Sins: Helke Sander (Gluttony), Bette Gordon (Greed), Maxi Cohen (Anger), Chantal Akerman (Sloth), Valie Export (Lust), Laurence Gavron (Envy), and Ulrike Ottinger (Pride). Each filmmaker had the opportunity of choosing a sin to interpret as they wished. The final film reflected this diversity, including traditional narrative fiction, experimental video, musicals, and radical documentary. Opening the show, Burning Palms breathes haunting new life into Mary Pickford’s 1910 silent film What the Daisy Said with a live score commissioned by the Mary Pickford Foundation.

FRI 5/20
Årabrot (Norway) & Chronovorus & Eric Schlappi

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8pm, all ages, $10

Norwegian noise – rock pioneers Årabrot are just coming back to the US and Exploded View in May!! After a killer show last year at EV, they are touring in support of their new release The Gospel . The new album The Gospel was recorded partly with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio and partly in an old church in the woods of Dalarna, Sweden. Ted ParsonsStephen O’malley and Erlend Hjelvik (Kvelertak) are some of the musicians contributing on this album along with noise-lord Lasse Marhaug and Andrew Liles (Currant 93/Nurse With Wound) who’s occasionally played live with the band. Local Black Metal mavens Chronovorus will support this ear/mind altering event.

LA MERMA: Revolutionary Punk Rock from Nogales, Sonora

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Documentary film & La Merma LIVE!!

This show is a tribute to the passion & history of the venerable Sonoran (MX) punk rock band La Merma!! Opening the night is a screening of Tino Valera’s 2010 documentary La merma, 15 años de camino (The Decline 15 Years Down the Road ) which documents one of the most important punk rock bands on the northern border of Mexico and testifies to their history and outrageous journey of life in a city (Nogales, Sonora ) that “at times seems to vanish” . Three albums, numerous members and fifteen years down the road, this film is a window into the events that moved a generation hungry for identity. The second half of this evening features La Merma’s shouting out the truth and performing live and loud at EV!

SAT 4/23
LA MERMA: Revolutionary Punk Rock from Nogales, Sonora

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Documentary film & La Merma LIVE!!

This show is a tribute to the passion & history of the venerable Sonoran (MX) punk rock band La Merma!! Opening the night is a screening of Tino Valera’s 2010 documentary La merma, 15 años de camino (The Decline 15 Years Down the Road ) which documents one of the most important punk rock bands on the northern border of Mexico and testifies to their history and outrageous journey of life in a city (Nogales, Sonora ) that “at times seems to vanish” . Three albums, numerous members and fifteen years down the road, this film is a window into the events that moved a generation hungry for identity. The second half of this evening features La Merma’s shouting out the truth and performing live and loud at EV!