Performers listed alphabetically by first name.
DJ. (East Providence RI)
Percussionist performing freely improvised music. He performs in art galleries, tiki bars, and venues of curious ambiance made more curious by his mongrel sounds. David bows, scrapes, blows, slaps, rubs, caresses, abuses and generally tests the limits of his instrument. Anything is game. Anything may be a participant if the musical conversation calls for it. Artist, instrument, audience, and environment become ambiguous terms, conspiring in a theatrical exploration of chance dynamics and serendipitous exchanges. (New York NY) Jazz Right Now article
Drummer, improviser and educator with work spanning avant-garde, experimental and improvisational music. Significant projects include the Tzadik recording ensemble PET BOTTLE NINGEN with Nonoko Yoshida and David Scanlon; GSI Studio band KARL 2000 with Daniel Rovin and Austin White; and work with Martin Bisi. Miller’s work is based on acoustic drum and percussion aesthetics with predominantly improvisational performance ideology. Having spent a decade based in New York City (and residencies in Japan), Miller collaborates constantly with various musicians including Daniel Carter, David Schnug, Satoko Fujii, Chuck Bettis, Natsuki Tamura, Jonas Labhart, Balise Siwula, Ryan Clackner and Marco Cappelli. (New York City NY) davemillerdrums.wordpress.com; Bandcamp
Non conforming bringer of light and love. (New York NY)
As a guitarist, was part of the Downtown NYC new music scene in the 1980s. Performed and recorded in ensembles led by composers Lois V Vierk, Scott Johnson, Guy Klucevsek, and Bill Obrecht. Co-led the band People Falling. Premiered the electric guitar version of Lois V Vierk’s 五 Guitars (Go Guitars) for five microtonally-tuned guitars, live and on Simoom (Experimental Intermedia CD, 1990), and recorded Vierk’s Red Shift on River Beneath the River (Tzadik CD, 2000). Appeared on Klucevsek’s Flying Vegetables of the Apocalypse (Experimental Intermedia CD, 1991). Performed in a wide variety of venues, ranging from night clubs (CBGB, Mudd Club) to downtown performance spaces (The Kitchen, Dia Art Foundation, Dance Theater Workshop) to concert halls (New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Minneapolis’ Walker Arts Center) and at several new music festivals (New Music America in Los Angeles, Bang On A Can in New York, and Styrian Autumn in Graz, Austria).
Since 2004, focused on the composition and performance of electronic music, usually with a microtonal and/or drone basis. Festival participation includes Electronic Music Midwest, SEAMUS, North Country Electronic Music Festival, XFest, and PVDLoopFest. (Peterborough NH) mysterybear.net
David Tamura is a Japanese-American New York City-based multi-instrumentalist. He was a member of Von LMO‘s band on the album Red Resistor, which was described as “brilliantly tight”. He has played with many musicians on the New York noise rock scene. He is one of the main forces behind The Jazzfakers, where he plays guitar, keyboards, and saxophone; one reviewer writes “it’s him that provides the powdery, blues-rich tenor melody that boards the loose-boned march of Oh Rise New, adding a recognizable jazz voice to the restless buzz-keyboard swirls and mosquito-drill guitar, the rambling bass tune and the childlike organ which hangs and fidgets on a single disruptive chord“. (New York NY)
Devin Brahja Waldman is a New York saxophonist, drummer, synthesizer player and composer who leads the band BRAHJA, whose sixth album was released by RRGEMS Records in September, 2019. Waldman has accompanied his aunt, outrider poet Anne Waldman, since the age of ten. He has performed with Patti Smith, William Parker, Nadah El Shazly, Malcolm Mooney, Thurston Moore, Godspeed! You Black Emperor, Charles Hayward, Mette Rasmussen and Yoshiko Chuma. Waldman is a member of New York City’s Heroes Are Gang Leaders (led by poet Thomas Sayers Ellis and saxophonist James Brandon Lewis) as well as Sam Shalabi’s Land of Kush (Constellation Records), and the Norwegian hardcore group MoE; he is a co-founder and producer for the Moroccan music ensemble Ziad Qoulaii Allstars— whose debut album will be released by Akuphone in 2020— and the NYC/Philly duo Notable Deaths. As a youngster, Waldman was taken under the wing of pianist Paul Bley. Waldman is a co-producer for Fast Speaking Music —a NYC poetry and music label which has released the works of Amiri Baraka, Meredith Monk, Eileen Myles, CAConrad, Fred Moten, Daniel Carter, Thurston Moore, Joanne Kyger and many others. (New York NY) brahjawaldman.com
Dirk Adams works with sound in a variety of ways. Much of his live electronic work is informed by his experience in Gang Clan Mafia, employing improvised techniques to coax morphologically fluid timbres and sonic signifiers from layers of loops, beats, and voice. In recent years, he has explored a personal style of synthesis involving a misuse of Protools. breathmarks.templeofmessages.com
Doug Van Nort is an artist, researcher, composer and improviser. His work is concerned with distributed agency and sensorial immersion in improvised performance contexts that are mediated by affective and visceral experiences of the sonic and haptic senses, and guided by the the complex and embodied nature of listening. (Toronto ON) dvntsea.com
Musician, instructor & artist operating out of Machias ME and parts south. Member and founder of music-centered acts Les Trois Etoiles, The Fieldguides, The Crows, and a few other ensembles. He’s worked/played on both US coasts with various music, theatre, and intermedia projects including performances with Joel Chadbourne, N B Aldrich, Eugene Chadbourne, Pauline Oliveros, Jaap Blonk and If, BWANA. (Machias ME) Youtube
Soundscape Design & Piano Musings. As a Postmodernist Classical Composer, Improvisational Pianist & Experiential Performance Curator, Dubravka Bencic is dedicated to transmuting states of being through artistic expression. Her compositions venture into a myriad of shapes and forms during each performance, taking the audience through a panoply of soundscapes. The style she refers to as “piano dancing” is a dynamic interlace of rhythm and sound, resonating the ineffable. By designing and directing collaborative multi-disciplinary events, Dubravka aspires to integrate artistic communities via cross-pollination of genres, and thus bring about a sense of cultural wholeness. This notion of community building also translates into a multitude of musical collaborations with electronic, experimental and acoustic musicians, as well as with artists of various disciplines. (Pittsburgh PA) dubravkabencic.com/dbpiano; FaceBook
Saxophonist and wind player well versed in free improvisation with a background in jazz. I’m part of several experimental and free projects, have some contemporary classical experience, and am also part of a few more straight-ahead groups in the jazz / folk / funk space. (Brooklyn NY) dylansherry.com