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F r i d a y   F e b r u a r y   2 3 r d

Load-in / soundcheck 5pm – 730pm
Dinner 6pm – 10pm (potluck, bring & label a dish)
Performances 8pm – 1am
DJ — Robo Rob
MC — Tooky

V i d e o :   Katherine Liberovskaya, Christopher Konopka, Walter Wright

8pm Hey Exit (guitar), Psychedelic Snakeskin (tapes, electronics), CASAS (electronics), Heather Downing Purcell (guitar), Crescent Malavet (electronics)

830pm Lure (electronics), Michael Peters (vocals, electronics), Al Margolis (violin, electronics), Chris Strunk (percussion), Asimina Chremos (movement), Kristen Stake (movement)

9pm Slippy (guitar, electronics), Michael Barrett (electronics), Mitchelka (electronics), Layne Garrett (guitar, electronics)

930pm Andrew Neumann (electronics, video), Lou Bunk (styrofoam, contact mics), Jeffrey Young (violin), Frank Turek (sax), Duane Ingalls (banjo, voice, percussion)

10pm Curt Haworth (movement), Caroline DeCunzo (Electronics), Stella Silbert (bass, Synth), Kevin Dacey (percussion, electronics), Joe Brown (electronics), Loren Groenendaal (movement)

1030pm Joe Burgio (movement), Em Kaldenbaugh (electronics, voice), Bonnie Kane (sax, flute, electronics), Sean Saman (electronics), Angela Sawyer (voice, electronics), Crank Sturgeon (himself)

11pm Shogo Haraguchi (bass, electronics), Ophra Wolf (movement), Neil Horsky (percussion, contact mic), Alex Derderian (puppets, video, electronics)

1130pm Craig Chin (guitar, electronics), Liam Kramer-White (electronics), Max Hamel (electronics), Ras Moshe Burnett (Tenor Sax,Soprano Sax and Flutes)

12am Dave Grollman (percussion), Nico Tracey (electronics), Id M Theft Able (mouth stuff), Steve Norton (saxophones), Hiroshi Mehata (electronics, voice)

1230am Anthony Levin-Decanini (percussion, tapes, prepared guitar), Tara Toms (voice), Robin Meeker-Cummings (electronics), Scott Prato (guitar)

100am Alex Pelchat (Guitar), Joe Mygan (electronics), Steph Germaine (electronics, tapes), Ian Kovac (synth, upright bass)



S a t u r d a y     (day)     F e b r u a r y     2 4 th

AM Load-in 11am
Brunch and coffee 12pm to 3pm (potluck, bring & label a dish)
Workshops and performances 12pm to 5pm


Performance in the Main Gallery 12 – 5pm

“Boston’s drinking water flows over a history of colonization and forced evacuation. In “Memory Flow/Water of Boston” the Metonymy Collective revives layers of memory and systemic violence that are submerged under the Quabbin Reservoir. The Swift River Valley was home to two major displacements. The indigenous communities that inhabited the area were replaced by the pioneer towns, after suffering violent attacks that led to their genocide. The pioneer towns were also eventually removed for Boston to build a ‘safe’ and pristine body of drinking water.

During Xfest, the Metonymy Collective will install a labyrinth of memory and history inside the Dorchester Art Project. A labyrinthian structure of plastic membranes, pictures suspended in water, paper cuts and projected textures, will turn the space into a memory chamber…….” read full statement


W O R K S H O P S   will be held in the Theater room at Dorchester Art Project on Saturday February 24th from NOON – 5pm. Donations are welcome at the door, but no sign-ups or money required to attend. questions?

12 pm – 1 pmE x p l o d i n g   S o n g s  workshop by EarthsEdgeArts
“Teams choose a simple song (any kind, we’ll have some “lead-sheets” if needed) and apply their methods/instruments to it & perform it after 5 min huddles.”

1 pm – 2pm  – I n t e r p r e t i v e  A r t  G a m e  by Music as a Second Language – A Surrealist-style chain game with improvised music and visual scores.

2pm – 4pm – C y b o r g i s h   C o l l a g e   Hosted by Asimina Chremos
“There is more to Xfest than sound. The performances are interesting to look at as well. There are boxes, tables, wires, blinking lights, and our bodies. In this workshop we will take some time appreciate how our instrumental setups and objects make sculptures and scenic designs that we can play with and be part of.”

4pm – 5pmX f e s t  Past, Present & Future Growth. Held by Steph Germaine



S a t u r d a y   N i g h t   F e b r u a r y   2 4 t h

Night Load-in / soundcheck 5pm – 730pm
Dinner 6pm – 10pm (potluck, bring & label a dish)
Performances 7pm – 12am
DJ — Robo Rob
MC — Sneff

Video — Katherine Liberovskaya, Jonas Bers, Walter Wright, Christopher Konopka, Victoria Shen

7pm Kat Dobbins (Trombone), Nico Tracy (electronics), Nick Rocco (tapes, electronics), Chris Strunk (percussion), Lee Martin (electronics), Duane Ingalls (voice, percussion, banjo)

730pm Lure (electronics), Heather Downing Purcell (guitar), CASAS (electronics), Liam Kramer-White (electronics), Dr. T (movement)

8pm Curt Haworth (movement), David Johnston (electronics), Shogo Haraguchi (bass, electronics), Id M Theft Able (mouth stuff), Alex Derderian (puppets, electronics), Psychedelic Snakeskin (tapes, electronics)

830pm Andrew Neumann (electronics, video), Layne Garrett (guitar, electronics), Michael Barrett (electronics), Em Kaldenbaugh (electronics, voice), Crank Sturgeon (himself)

9pm Ophra Wolf (movement), Federico Balducci (guitar), Asimina Chremos (movement), Steve Norton (saxophones), Michael Peters (vocals, electronics), Kevin Dacey (percussion, electronics)

930pm Al Margolis (violin, electronics), Sam Potrykus (bass, electronics), Hey Exit (guitar), Max Hamel (electronics), Joe Burgio (movement)

10pm Neil Horsky (percussion, contact mics), Sean Saman (electronics), Paul Kafka-Gibbons (movement), Anthony Levin-Decanini (percussion, tapes, prepared guitar), Joe Mygan (electronics)

1030pm Crescent Malavet (electronics), Craig Chin (guitar, electronics), Robin Meeker-Cummings (electronics), Loren Groenendaal (movement), Jada Yvette (Sitar), Ian Kovac (synth, upright bass)

11pm Mitchelka (electronics), Matt Azevedo (electronics), Angela Sawyer (voice, electronics), Dave Grollman (percussion), Scott Mizrachi (guitar, bass, percussion)

1130pm Scott Prato (guitar), Frank Turek (sax), Slippy (guitar, electronics), Joe Brown(electronics), Tara Toms (voice)

12am Bonnie Kane (sax, flute, electronics), Ras Moshe Burnett (Tenor Sax, Soprano Sax and Flutes), Em Kaldenbaugh (electronics, voice), Hiroshi Mehata (electronics, voice), Alex Pelchat (guitar)


S u n d a y   F e b r u a r y   2 5 t h

Load-in 11am
Brunch and coffee 12pm – 3pm (potluck style, label and bring a dish)
Performances 12pm to 6pm
MC – Alaina (JP)
DJ – Mickey O’Hara (Worcester)

12:00 Tough Day Tubing (plus Chermos and friends)
12:30 Max Hamel, Ras Moshe Burnett, V. Shen, Ophra Wolf
1:00 EarthsEdge (Maine)
1:30 Bonnie Kane (Holyoke)
2:00 Emu
2:30 Jazz Massagers (JP)
3:00 Peace Loving (western Ma)
3:30 Arty Slang (Lowell)
4:00 A campbell payne (Boston)
4:30 Gaiamamoo (Japan)
5:00 Redux
5:30 Bird Consent





Friday March 3rd, Saturday March 4th and Sunday March 5th 2017
Holyoke City Hall (ballroom)
536 Dwight Street Holyoke Massachusetts
FRIDAY MARCH 3RD Performances 7pm to 12am


WORKSHOPS 1pm to 5pm

1pm to 2pm
Improv 101
Host Walter Wright

2pm to 3pm
Simple-structure acoustic playtime
Hosts Duane Ingalls, Ej Hampson

3pm to 4pm Moving/Sounding with the Inner/Outer Child: Simple/Complex is Work/Play
Host Loren Groenendaal

4pm to 5pm
Space Balm Ritual
Host Asimina Chremos

For a more detailed description of the Workshops please visit:

6pm to 10pm
Lineups will be listed soon

Featuring DJ Rob & Cilla Vee the DaDa GoGo dancer!
Friday & Saturday nights.

12pm until 5pm

Weeping Bong Band
Donkey NoNo
Ben Hersey
Id’m Theftable
EMU (Joe Burgio Paul Kafka performing Lefts of Spring)
Les Trois Etoiles

Library Sounds Series and Boston Hassle present…
School of the Museum of Fine Arts
230 The Fenway in Boston (library, 3rd floor)
7-10pm Open to the public, on the spot open ensembles
Bring an instrument (movement and video artists welcomed)!
$5 to $10 suggested donation
“In keeping with past traditions we ring in this years Xfest with a pre-show celebration. Improvisors and artists from Boston and beyond warm up for the 3 day long festival by playing in on the spot ensembles. We welcome anyone to join us, especially those interested in being invited to play next years festival. Everyone is paired in groups by pulling names out of a ‘hat’. “