Performers listed alphabetically by first name.
Described twenty years ago as an “undergrounder by design,” Jack Wright isa veteran saxophone improviser based mainly in Philadelphia. He has played mostly on tour through the US and Europe since the early 80s in search of interesting partners and playing situations. Now at 76 he is still the “Johnny Appleseed of Free Improvisation,” as the late guitarist Davey Williams called him in the 80s, on the road as much as ever. He continues to inspire players outside music-school careerdom, playing sessions with visiting and resident players old and new. His partners over the years are mostly unknown to the music press, and too numerous to mention. He’s said to have the widest vocabulary of any saxophonist, including leaping pitches, punchy, precise timing, sharp and intrusive multiphonics, surprising gaps of silence, and obscene animalistic sounds. He has had a book published, Jan. 2017, The Free Musics, which is becoming very popular among improvisers. A reviewer for the Washington Post said, “In the rarefied, underground world of experimental free improvisation, saxophonist Jack Wright is king”. But for a true assessment listen to the music he and his partners create: Spring Garden Music, for sounds and writings. (PA)
Jackson Kovalchik / CASAS
Drone. Industrial. Doom. Ambient. Improvisation. Spastic Beat. (Brooklyn NY)
Jada studies sitar in the Dhrupad tradition of classical Indian music. She layers this ancient, often improvisational, style meant to induce peace and contemplation, upon beds of experimental drone. Influenced by the practice of raga-rasa, Jada evokes emotional discourse and plays with the transformation of both inner and outer music. (Brighton MA)
Member of Seven Count: comprised of three multidisciplinary artists (Adam Tinkle (sax, visuals, electronics), Angus McCullough (trumpet, visuals, electronics), Jake Nussbaum (Drums) with backgrounds in disparate media, Seven Count came together in 2016 to investigate the experiential, spiritual, and political efficacies of sound. We view improvisation not just as a way of making art, but as an ethical response to deep listening, presence in the moment, and being in relation to others.
An adventurous percussionist, working across diverse musical genres. She focuses on rock and hiphop drum kit, and art-music marimba and vibes; she is actively touring and recording as a soloist, collaborator and session player. Jane has performed in concert halls, art galleries, cafes, castles, kindergartens, hospitals, universities, forests and festivals from Rome to San Francisco, and Manhattan to France. Born in England and raised in Scotland, Jane completed her BA and MA in Music at the University of York (UK), and her Doctorate in Percussion Performance at the University of Illinois. Burlington VT)
His work is often described as a cinematic experience, utilizing acoustic guitar, sitar, modified audio cassette tape loops and open reel tapes; provoking memories of past and beyond, warm and rich as does the noise from a record needle touching an LP; at times violently explosive yet soothing and irresistible. (Brooklyn NY)
jb ledoux performs as Jo Bled & leads the le duo. Jo Bled is solo electronics/drums and the le duo is a sprawling improvised psychedelic experimental band. jb has been playing drums for 35 years and uses percussion as a way to explore and deal with psychic pressures and cosmic forces. (Burlington VT)
Jed Speare was an artist and arts manager working in a variety of media and settings. Initially trained in music composition, he presented sound, performance, video, installation, conceptual, multimedia and community-based works locally, nationally, and internationally in festivals and locales such as San Francisco, Amsterdam, Canada, Taiwan, Croatia, Czech Republic, Poland, Belarus, Bulgaria, France, and Italy. (Boston MA)
A sound based performer who modifies found objects that are signifiers of power, gender, queerness and intimacy to create atypical instruments. For this festival, I will be playing hacked vibrator synthesizers with processing through an instrument pickup. Ambient noisy drones can be expected. (Hudson NY)
…has danced with Boston Liturgical Dance Ensemble, Margot Parsons, Cambridge Chamber Ballet Ballet, and Impulse Dance Company. He has performed recently with Chu Ling Dance, Rozann Kraus, Foremost Dance Troupe, Mariale Celiman, Angel Dance Company, and Back Pocket Dance Company. He is currently performing ‘Drosselmeyer’ in Jose Mateo’s Ballet Theater production of “The Nutcracker.” (Cambridge MA)
Joe Brown / 2KJB
Abstract synth music/noise sculptor. (Lowell MA)
Probably carbon-based. (Northampton MA)
Logging a thousand performances in 44 states and 25 countries “twisting and warping minds,” (Decibel Magazine) Pittsburgh-based experimental black metal/ solo grind violinist Joey Molinaro’s “stomping and ferocious playing is inescapable” (Foxy Digitalis).
Acoustic or electric, Molinaro “executes the spirit and function of hardcore punk and Appalachian folk” (Foxy Digitalis) with “vocals [that] haunt, like a preternatural voice from beyond the pale” (Razorcake).
Always fast, heavy and explosive, his songwriting style reaches into grindcore, black-metal, avant-garde, bluegrass, late-romantic, acoustic rock, and flamenco styles. He has retired his vegetable-oil fueled automobile and rugged backpack and now tours almost exclusively by motorcycle.
Joey’s work is available through Inverted Music, Gold Bolus, Labelship, and Auris Apothecary records. His reworking of The Inalienable Dreamless by Discordance Axis led to his collaboration with the band’s founder on the final album by Gridlink.
Circuit bending, tapes. (Poughkeepsie NY)
Film Score and
with ethnic world instruments to create nightmare landscapes to sooth the other parts of your soul. (Pepperell MA)
Electronics. (Warwick NJ)
Musician (bass, spoken word, performance art). Occasional performances with Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Keith Jarrett, Bill T. Jones, Captain Kangaroo, Tuli Kupferberg (Fuggs), Jemeel Moondoc, Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), and in Broadway musicals. Music educational and biographical essays published in leading reference books and journals. Appearances on nationwide television and radio. Taught privately—and at The Boston Conservatory, Berklee, Massachusetts College of Art, Northeastern University, and Boston Arts Academy. Served on the Board of Overseers at the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University. Twelve recordings, one video released. (Boston MA)
Jon D Venter
Free improv, free jazzish. (Wallingford CT)
(b.1977, NY USA) Jonas Bers is a Hudson-Valley based media artist working with hand-built and hacked audiovisual systems. Bers’ performances use salvaged scientific apparatus, VHS-era editing machines, surveillance equipment, and military surplus devices as tools to generate both sound and video in real-time.
Experimental electroacoustic investigations exploring the intersections of aural and spatial experience. (Boston MA)
Joe Bastardo is a multi-faceted creative maker residing in central Massachusetts. Equal parts graphic designer and musician, Joe uses his skillset to help others execute their artistic goals in both audio production and brand awareness.
Bicycle wheel. (Portland OR)
Cellist Junko Fujiwara has been performing and advocating innovations in contemporary and improvised music while teaching and maintaining Western classical and jazz traditions over a span of nearly thirty years. Based in New England, she has enjoyed the diversity of performing in a variety of musical genres at many venues not just on the East Coast but also in the Midwest and internationally in Europe. Among her current performing groups are: Eric Hofbauer Quintet, BOLT: Adventurous Improvised Music, and Mimi Rabson’s String Theory Trio, where some of her own original compositions are featured. Downbeat Magazine, Boston Globe, and Spontaneous Music Tribune (Poland) are some of the internationally-renown publications that have given recognition of her work. (Salem NH)