Performers listed alphabetically by first name.
…is a multimedia performance artist with leaky ears and teeth that wobble when met with sparkly stuff. From the San Francisco Bay Area, they’re a queer anarchist witch who grew up in the circus. They usually are having about nine different conversations at once—some with spirits from the beyond, most with themself. They are a fanciful collector of dreams, an avid explorer of all things erotic, and merely a blip in the rhizomatic cosmos that is human consciousness. They are currently studying the sociological relevance of pirates and cults at the esteemed Hampshire College. Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Shop
Lani Asuncion uses live performance, video, and sound to navigate landscapes and recall personal stories that are constructed into abstract narratives used to explore their identity as a multicultural, biracial womxn. Blending digital media with elements of nature Asuncion constructs interactive environments, like that in their HUMAN GARDEN & BIOSOUNDS series to present alternative perspectives to encourage conversations around green spaces and urbanization. She performs often throughout Boston in public and private spaces, and founded/organize the multimedia event series Digital Soup. laniasuncion.com, Facebook, Instagram
I am a visual artist, experimental filmmaker, and a self taught multi instrumentalist, I make recordings and play a variety of electronic and digital instruments, audio field recordings, loops, and samples. These videos are examples from the past 3 years experimenting with composing many short films. (mini movie + soundtrack) The music is improvised and recorded digitally. The imagery is shot with an iPhone on travels and home in the region. My cameras are very simple point and shoot, or iPhone video APPs. Capturing footage from the physical world and collecting imagery samples, abstracting the footage, either during the shooting phase or later in the editing phase. I try to let the process of pairing sounds with the imagery guide the development of the final composition. I employ the “exquisite corpse” method, much like a collagist, and I love to collaborate with other artists. Vimeo
Trumpet and guitar; Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band, Super Fine Grind (Derry NH)
Loren Groenendaal (they/she)is a dancer, improviser, choreographer, educator, facilitator, and curator situated on Lenape land now known as Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PA). She was born in central PA and nurtured by the ridge and valley region of the Susquehannock territory in the Appalachian mountains. Loren’s creative work through Vervet Dance often shows her love of nature often by highlighting patterns in nature as allegory for human experience. They also are interested in creating and being part of structures that allow for freedom for individuals and connection and adaptation between people. They are honored to have been an XFest regular and they particularly value dance and music improvisation because it highlights liveness of humans and the fleetingness of everything. Loren has served as a guest educator and touring performer of improvisation regionally and internationally- from Canada to Mexico and many places between. They have co-founded many organizations and events in support of improvisation in Philadelphia including: the Mascher Space Cooperative 2005, the Thursday Contact Improvisation Jam 2011, the monthly Philadelphia Underscore and The H-O-T Series of Philadelphia 2013, the Impermanent Society of Philadelphia 2015, monthly Philly Comp Improv Lab 2018 and the Dissolving Doors Festival 2019. She holds a CMA in Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, an MFA in Choreography from UNCG and a BA in Dance and Visual Art from Oberlin College. The teach creative dance to children, contact improvisation and contemporary dance to adults and improvisation for dancers and actors at Muhlenberg College. (Philadelphia PA) vervetdance.org; Youtube
Laurie Amat is an acclaimed vocalist, improvisational performer, experimental composer and teacher. Her approach to singing is informed by broad experience including pop, rock, traditional and inventive opera, spoken word, video, dance, theatre and performance art. (Providence RI) amatvoicesound.wordpress.com; Soundcloud
An American composer and improviser inspired by many forms of experimental artistic expression. His sonically rich and intricate music investigates sound and silence through extended instrumental techniques, microtones, amplified found objects, electronics, and generative approaches to texture and form. (Somerville MA) loubunk.com
From age 11 until his death, Cohen was passionately interested in composing, playing and listening to music. He was always active as a musician regardless of his other activities. In the early 1960s he organized, with Christian Wolff, a series of new music concerts in the Boston area. Later, he studied harpsichord privately and performed many times with young professional musicians and with amateurs of all abilities. For a number of years he was organizer and president of the Wayland Music Workshop, a group that provided amateur musicians of any ability the chance to perform in small, supportive settings.
From 2000 on, he devoted himself to music composition and to the performance of electro-acoustic music. He collaborated with several Boston artists, been involved in theatrical productions, and was co-director of the prominent concert series Opensound. jolc.net; All About Jazz
Lucio Menegon is a guitarist, composer, improvisor and sonic artist. His work encompasses avant rock, ambient soundscape, film soundtrack, twisted pop and free improvisation. A unifying theory of this mess has proven illusive and his many projects, recording credits and performances throughout North America and Europe are an ongoing effort to reconcile extremes and dispense with genre. (Joshua Tree CA) kingtone.com
Drummer Luther Gray, though largely self-taught, his musical training involved drum lessons from Kim Martin, Larry Bright, Steve Bagby, and Mickey Newman. In 1995 he graduated the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Music, after which he taught privately and performed in the Washington , D.C. area with, among others, Butch Warren, Cecil Payne, Webster Young, Tsunami, Liquorice, Peter Edelman, Jenny Toomey, Bob Butta, and Buck Hill. Since moving to Boston he has resumed teaching private drum lessons and has played with Joe Morris, Jay Hoggard, Joe McPhee, Timo Shanko, Cameron Brown, Allan Chase, Joseph Daley, Sabir Mateen, Roy Campbell, Ida, Geoff Farina, Andrew White, Rob Brown, Bill Lowe, Greg Abate, Raqib Hassan, Bill Pierce, Mitch Seidman, Steve Swell, Joe Beck, Fred Anderson, Ken Vandermark and many others. In addition to his performing schedule Luther teaches art and music at an after-school program for elementary school children. (Boston MA) All About Jazz