WED 11/9
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, Adam Cooper-Terán, Nik Rayne, Grant Beyschau, Connor Gallaher, Richard Young, John Melillo, Miguel Urbina, Jake Sorgen and Vicki Brown!!

MAD SONIC SCIENTISTS!: Tim Kaiser + Igloo Martian + Skincage + Fawn Bones

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An evening of electro-acoustic innovations featuring Minnesota’s mad genius Tim Kaiser!  Kaiser is a sonic inventor exerting prowess over his hand-crafted instruments. A rig of Frankenstein objects creates a wall of sound, reacting to light, the flip of a switch, a shifted knob or the plucking of a steel rod. Growing out of this array are audible undulations, sheets of reverb and unknown timbre– all mutable, amorphous and evolving. Kaiser’s tableau of instruments resemble a scientific laboratory, a steampunk console, entertaining our imagination and questioning our definition of music. Joining Kaiser are Fawn Bones, Skincage and Igloo Martian!!

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.

WED 3/9
ORNETTE COLEMAN TRIBUTE: Shirley Clarke’s Ornette: Made in America

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Ornette: Made in America captures Ornette Coleman’s evolution over three decades. Returning home to Fort Worth, Texas, in 1983 as a famed performer and composer, documentary footage, dramatic scenes and some of the first music video-style segments ever made chronicle his boyhood in segregated Texas and his subsequent emergence as an American cultural pioneer and world-class icon. Among those who contribute to the film include William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Buckminster Fuller, Don Cherry, Yoko Ono, Charlie Haden, Robert Palmer, Jayne Cortez and John Rockwell. The film focuses on the struggles and triumphs of Ornette Coleman’s life as well as on the inspired intelligence that spawned his creativity and ensured his success. Experimental pioneer, Shirley Clarke’s film explores the rhythms, images and myths of America seen through they eyes of an artist’s ever-expanding imagination and experience.

FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER TIMES FOUR!!! (Live Sound / Silent Cinema)

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Tonight in conjunction with Tucson’s Big Read Connects, EV presents the most avant-garde interpretation of an Edgar Allen Poe’s tale, The Fall of the House of Usher. Made in Los Angeles in 1928 by James Watson & Melville Webber this B&W American expressionist horror masterpiece will be scored four times by 4 amazing Tucson musicians/bands. Featuring sound & text from Algae & Tentacles, Lousie LeHir + Annie Dolan, Carbon Canyon, and Robert Villa. Come for the love of Poe, music and musical experimentation!

WED 2/24
FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER (times) FOUR!!! (Live Sound / Silent Cinema)

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Tonight in conjunction with Tucson’s Big Read Connects, EV presents the most avant-garde film interpretation of an Edgar Allen Poe’s tale, The Fall of the House of Usher. Made in Los Angeles in 1928 by James Watson & Melville Webber this rarely screened black & white American expressionist horror masterpiece will be scored four times by 4 amazing Tucson musicians/bands. Featuring sound & text from Algae & Tentacles, Lousie LeHir + Annie Dolan, Carbon Canyon, and Robert Villa. Come for the love of Poe, music and musical experimentation!

ERIC SCHLAPPI’S Poseidonis (premiere)

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with Skincage + Igloo Martian + sunfucked + Lunar Halo (featuring Nik & Grant of the Myrrors)

This show will a be a album release performance of Schlappi’s entire epic sound suite Poseidonis with accompanying live visuals.

Schlappi says “It’s from a story by Clark Ashton Smith. Poseidonis is basically Atlantis. Smith was influenced by Madame Blavatsky who was a medium around the same time as Aleister Crowley and wrote a lot about Atlantis and unearthed secret histories of the occult. “ Featuring the heavy sounds and wild manifestations of Tucson’s  DIY expanded NOISE community!

SAT 2/20
ERIC SCHLAPPI’S Poseidonis

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with Skincage + Igloo Martian + sunfucked + Lunar Halo (featuring Nik & Grant of the Myrrors)

This show will a be a album release performance of Schlappi’s entire epic sound suite Poseidonis with accompanying live visuals.

Schlappi says “It’s from a story by Clark Ashton Smith. Poseidonis is basically Atlantis. Smith was influenced by Madame Blavatsky who was a medium around the same time as Aleister Crowley and wrote a lot about Atlantis and unearthed secret histories of the occult. “ Featuring the heavy sounds and wild manifestations of Tucson’s DIY expanded NOISE community!

JIM COLBY’s Sonaural with filmmaker Patrick Cain + Altrice

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SONAURAL is the debut performance of an electronic music project by Tucson-based artist JAMES COLBY (Vox Urbana/New Doubt). Each composition is created entirely from field recordings collected in Tucson over the past 6 months and mangled into half-recognizable leftfield beats and drones. DC-based film artist PATRICK CAIN will induce synesthesia with accompanying live video manipulations, and the night will culminate with a DJ set from local producer legend ALTRICE. Come and dance to concrète wrangled directly from the concrete urban prairies of Tucson!

YAYOI KUSAMA: I Love Me + Karima Walker

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This fantastic documentary profiles the avant-garde Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929), a polka-dot-loving eminence recognized throughout the international art world. Kusama is one of the most influential and most collected artists of the 1960s; this film follows her creative process in her later years, working on a massive solo exhibition. At once an endearing and an intimidating character, Kusama has been widely quoted as saying “If I didn’t make art, I’d probably be dead by now.” As each work comes to completion, we witness the essence of Kusama’s art welling up in the conflict between life, death, and love. Opening the show will be multi-instrumentalist & songwriter Karima Walker who will be channeling Kusama’s ecstatic energies into a minimalist folk-scape of image and sound.