2019 Worcester

February 22-24, 2019

The Firehouse, Worcester MA


DJ: Robo Rob

Photos 1 and Photos 2 by Craig Chin

Friday, February 22, 2019

Jake Nussbaum (drums), Adam Tinkle (sax, electronics), Cameron Farash (electronics), Craig Chin (guitar)

Federico Balducci (guitar), Heather Downing Purcell (guitar, recorder), Sam Wenc (guitar), Ras Moshe Burnette (sax), Will Mik (electronics), Diana Yourke (movement)

Joe Brown (synth), Elizabeth Karp (electronics), Will Mik (electronics)

Dylan Sherry (sax), Loren Groenendaal (movement), Craig Douglas (synth, voice)

Ophra Wolf (movement), Tracy Lisk (drums), Chelsey Hahn, Ryan Tomb (synth), Bonnie Kane (sax, bass)

Jon D. Venter (sax), Elizabeth Karp (electronics), Tara Toms (voice), Curt Haworth (movement)

 Photo by Mary Ann Kearns
Photo by Mary Ann Kearns

Matthew Azevedo (electronics), Bbob Drake (electronics), Walter Wright (electronics), Asimina Chremos (movement)

Matthew Azevedo (electroncis), Bbob Drake (electronics), Walter Wright (electronics), Asimina Chremos (movement)

Eric Weidenhof (synth), Max Hamel (electronics), Scott Prato (guitar)

Neil Horsky (stuff), Martin Freeman (electronics), Id M theft able (stuff)

Robert Edge (bass), Mike Frengel (guitar), Joe Mygan (electronics), Liam Kramer-White (electronics)

Saturday, February 23, 2019 – Workshops

1:30pm Space in your face: In this workshop, we will explore the factor of S P A C E in our improvisational expressions. Space is infinite and everywhere, so much so that we can take it for granted. Space graciously and effortlessly accepts everything we put in it – light and sound as well as objects, bodies, gear, air… Space allows our expressions, our very existence, to be possible. What happens if we attend to space as something that can sense what is in it? What if we try to listen to space, feel space? What is space itself expressing? How do we partner with space as we play and improvise in our various ways? Asimina Chremos, facilitator, is a dancer and improvisor from Philadelphia who has been collaborating with musicians and sound artists for over 15 years.

3:00pm Music as a second language: Neil Horsky

Saturday, February 23, 2019 – Improv challenges

Ryan Tomb (synth), Scott Saleem (lapsteel/melodica), Jon D. Venter (sax), Olivia W-B (guitar)

Scott Prato (guitar), Paul Kafka-Gibbons (movement), Joe Brown (synth), Nico Tracy (electronics), Cameron Farash (electronics)

Robert Edge (bass), Ras Moshe Burnette (sax), Eric Balies (synth), Federico Balducci (guitar), Heather Downing Purcell (guitar, recorder), Cresent Malavet (electric saw)

Photo by Daniel Sine

Max Hamel (electronics), Eunhye Jeong (electric piano), Asimina Chremos (movement)

Angela Sawyer (electronics), Walter Wright (electronics), Tracy Lisk (drums), Martin Freeman (electronics)

Matthew Azevedo (electronics), Stella Silbert (bass, synth), Liam Kramer-White (electronics)

Craig Chin (guitar), Id M theft able (electronics), Jen Kutler (electronics), Francesca Ter-berg (bass)

Craig Douglas (synth, voice), Ophra Wolf(movement), Ed Brandon Jr (electronics), Neil Horsky (stuff), Andrea Pensado (electronics)

Nicholas Bowers (electronics), Elizabeth Karp (electronics), Joe Mygan, Bonnie Kane (sax, electronics)

Daniel Sine (electronics), Adam Tinkle (sax, electronics), Bbob Drake (electronics)

Angus McCullough (trumpets, electronics), Marco Wunderlich (electronics), Ian Kovac (bass, electronics)

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Seven Count: Jake Nussbaum (drums), Adam Tinkle (sax, electronics), Angus McCullough (trumpets, electronics)

e/ému: Dance in the Age of Diminished Expectation: Joe Burgio, Paul Kafka-Gibbons

Trio: Matthew Azevedo, Nicole Carroll, Hannah Reardon-Smith

Ensemble (curated by Asimina Chremos): Asimina Chremos, Neil Horsky, Ian Kovac

Ensemble (curated by Ophra Wolf): Ophra Wolf, Max Hamel, Crescent Malevet

Angelsbreath: Nico Tracy

Ensemble (curated by Bonnie Kane): Bonnie Kane, Walter Wright, Tracy Lisk, Craig Chin

Photo by Wisteriax


The 11th XFest was dedicated to the late Marc Bisson, who passed away September 2018 from pancreatic cancer. He was a lifelong guitarist, fumbling through enough genres and dozens of bands to build a vast repertoire of sonic understanding; he would amaze the young turks with his mad skillz, and rouse the old folk with familiar licks. He brought an encyclopedic knowledge of mid-century rock and experimental music to every conversation, and was always eager to share his passions of art, cinema, history, ephemera and the aesthetics of decay. He had crushes on all the pretty girls (and they were all pretty girls). https://marcbisson.wordpress.com