The Grocery and Sonic Frontiers present a series of monthly participatory workshops beginning tonight and running until June 10. These casual, exploratory music sessions will provide an open and low-pressure environment for interested attendees to investigate improvisation, new compositions, interactive electronics and other musical practices through focused listening, discussion, and hands-on engagement.
The workshops take place at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at The Grocery, an artist-run studio, exhibit, and performance space located at 900 Main Avenue, two blocks north of the main intersection in downtown historic Northport.
Bring your instrument, or just come to listen. No previous experience is necessary. The workshops are free and open to the public (a $1-$10 donation is suggested).
Dans les arbres and the Dewar/Feeney/Hopson Trio will perform a joint concert Wednesday night via Internet2. Dans les arbres will be in Colorado Springs, CO and the Dewar/Feeney/Hopson Trio will be in Tuscaloosa, AL. Live audio and video streams will be sent between each venue, allowing the musicians to play together in (near) real time.
Wednesday November 5 8:30pm (Central) Sonic Frontiers and the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Music/Peak FreQuency Creative Arts Collective presents
Dans les arbres
with Andrew Dewar, Tim Feeney, Holland Hopson
in a telematic performance
Moody Recital Hall
Colorado Springs CO
Free and easy on Louisa Street. This feels like the perfect way to start the summer: playing a house concert with Thug Duo (Simon Lott and Justin Peake) in New Orleans on Saturday. It’s an early show, so come on out and there will still be time to catch some food or music or both afterwards.
Saturday May 31 5:30pm
721 Louisa Street (btw Royal and Dauphine)
New Orleans LA
Thug Duo: Simon Lott & Justin Peake
Wednesday April 9, 8pm
4036 5th Ave S
Birmingham AL 3522
I’ll be presenting my Radicans project which uses small motors and soundbug transducers to transform ordinary objects in the performance space into speakers. Tables, chairs, trashcans and windows come to life in a chorus of electronic chirping, buzzing and spinning drones.
Tomorrow Kathryn Fouse and Adam Bowles kick off a four city tour presented by the Birmingham Art Music Alliance. They’ll perform a program of new compositions for piano duo, including the premiere of my piece Cypher, A Circle.
Thursday, Oct. 3, 8:00 pm – Oakwood University, Huntsville AL
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 7:30 pm – University of Montevallo, Montevallo AL
Friday, Oct. 18, 7:30 pm – Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville AL
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1:15 pm – Shelton State University, Tuscaloosa AL
Spain on My Mind – Adriana Perera
Limited Transit – Michael Coleman
Frequent Flyer – Cynthia Miller
Left of Center – William Price
Cypher, A Circle – Holland Hopson
Three Movements for Two Pianos – Edwin Robertson
So I Can See Willy – Monroe Golden
I’m excited to perform next week as part of the Sonic Frontiers season. I plan to play a set of pieces for banjo and electronics drawing from the material on Post & Beam, adding a few new twists, and hopefully including one or two “sound bug” pieces from my Radicans project.
Also on the bill is Justin Peake, a New Orleans based percussionist/composer known for his work as Beautiful Bells. Justin is a Tuscaloosa native, so this will be a homecoming performance for him.
I think it’s going to be a great night!
Thursday March 7 2013 at 7:30pm Bama Theatre Greensboro Room
600 Greensboro Ave.
Admission is Free.
Holland Hopson’s Post and Beam was released last year, but I stupidly didn’t fall in love with it until recently. I guarantee you’ve never heard anything like it — beautifully performed original and traditional folk songs set against an electronic dreamworld. I can’t think of a recording that provides a more powerful study in contrasts — heartfelt and alienating most of all. Check it out and see if you don’t think the Maxified banjo is not the up-and-coming instrument of the decade!