UTEC, 35 Warren St. Lowell MA: March 6 – 8, 2020
Organizers: Dei Xhrist, Walter Wright, Tara Toms
The venue is a beautifully renovated church – the oldest LEEDS Platinum certified building – about a mile from mass transit, with nearby off-street parking, handicap access and elevators, and wonderful beautiful necessary climate control.
XFest-pre-fest will be hosted in Lowell at the Wire Factory on March 5, Thursday.
Friday, March 6
Improv challenges 6pm – 11pm
Saturday, March 7
1pm Performance aspects of experimental music (Michael Mambrino). Discussion and hands-on exploration of techniques to break out of your performative comfort zone. Free, all ages
2pm Music as a second language (Neil Horsky, Ian Kovac, Scott Mizrachi). XFest Etiquette: conversations and group musical experimentations related to listening, dynamics, supporting others, silence, etc. Free, all ages
3pm Improvisation & Decision-making (Gahlord Dewald). Three different ways to be a part of the creation of new sounds and new ideas in our world. Free/donation/trade
4pm Icepick to the Moon screening and Q&A with director Skizz Cyzyk
“As a radio station music director in the late 80’s, a record came across my desk that changed my life. It was called “Car Radio Jerome” by Rev. Fred Lane & His Hittite Hotshots. I simply didn’t know what to make of it, but I knew that I liked it and had never heard anything quite like it before.” This led Skizz Cyzyk to investigate the origins of Fred Lane, and his subsequent exposure to the Raudelunas arts collective. 99 min screening followed by Q&A. Tickets $10 – at door or contact xfestma @ gmail . com to reserve.
Improv challenges 6pm – 11pm
Sunday, March 8
2pm Improvisation 101 (Walter Wright). Improv 101: the basics, exercises in spontaneous group composition. Listening to, looking for, and feeling form. Mutuality! Bring an instrument or just use what you are. 1.5 hrs. Free, all ages
3:30pm Graphic Score & Found Sound (Ben Miller). Ben Miller will present a Composed Improvisation Workshop using simple structures to organize creative events. Exploring the innate talent of all those who attend will be the focus. Attendees can bring a musical instrument, or obscure soundmaking device, or voice. There will be two small tape machines and a transistor radio for sound sources, too. Found Sound is encouraged!
Regarding musical technique, we will use whatever we know. If you can sight read, great. If you are unable to read music, no problem. Whatever abilities we have as a large ensemble, we will utilize accordingly. If an attendee is more interested in Dance or Painting, rather than sound, please feel free to attend. We can incorporate more than 1 medium. Musicians, Vocalists, Non-Musicians, Dancers, Painters, anyone is welcome.
In a group setting, attendees will utilize both chance operations and deliberate decision-making to create a Composed Improvisation. Chance operations include rolling dice, use of random numerical sequences, etc. The difference between Composition and Improvisation is both wide and closely knit. Composition is pre-organized ideas. Improvisation is executing, or arranging anything without previous preparation. Our Composed Improvisation will be recorded and sent to all attendees as an MP3. Attendees may videotape, if they wish. Tickets $5-10 – at door
Improv challenges 5pm – 9pm: number and names of players drawn from a hat
1 Joe Brown, Ben Miller, Dei Xhrist
2 Kwami Winfield
3 Bbob Drake
4 Alessandro Maione, Alexandra Derderian, Ras Moshe
5 Ben Miller, Vanessa LeFevre
6 Dei Xhrist, Jim Warren, Joe Brown
7 Tracy Lisk, Kwami Winfield