Keith Rowe

Keith Rowe
with Ben Hall

Friday, March 12
Fairchild Chapel
50 W. Lorain St.
Oberlin, OH
9pm, free admission

Keith Rowe is an English free-improvisation tabletop guitarist and painter. As one of the founders of both the greatly influential AMM in the mid-1960s and M.I.M.E.O., Rowe has created a body of work that represents one of the most formidable challenges to contemporary music in the past half-century. Trained as a visual artist, he has painted works that have been featured on the covers of many of his own albums. After years of obscurity, Rowe has recently emerged to some critical and popular notoriety, and since the late 1990s has kept up a busy recording and touring schedule. He is seen as a godfather of electroacoustic improvisation, with many of his recordings released by Erstwhile Records.

Opening this concert will be a performance from Detroit-based percussionist and MMG-favorite Ben Hall. A collaborator of Bill Dixon, John Olson, Nate Wooley, Joe Morris, and many others, Ben curates the Brokenresearch imprint.

Tim Feeney/Vic Rawlings

Friday, February 26
Fairchild Chapel
50 W. Lorain St.
Oberlin, OH
9pm, free admission

Tim Feeney and Vic Rawlings have performed as a duo since 2005. Their music explores an unpredictable relationship with making sounds, achieved by elaborate preparation of acoustic soundboxes, such as drums or cello, and expanded via original electronic instruments, ranging from naked circuit boards to amplified kitchen objects. They focus on the meta-musical potential of unstable sounds and silences, exploring austere combinations of sound and the otherworldly ripple effects that pulse through a silent space or alert ears. The group has toured throughout the eastern United States, and released its first CD, In Six Parts, on the Sedimental label in Fall 2007.
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Jason Lescalleet

Jason Lescalleet
Revelation Blitz
The Family

Sunday, February 14th
Fairchild Chapel
50 W. Lorain St.
Oberlin, OH
9pm, free admission

“Lescalleet’s sound world occupies a space between noise, contemporary composition, and minimal electronics. Using decidedly primitive tactics and equipment (e.g. antiquated reel-to-reel recorders, damaged tape, etc.), his work focuses on extreme frequencies and microscopic audio detail. Jason Lescalleet is the finest tape music-artist you’ll find working today. He’s also been a member of Due Process, worked with Nmperign, Joe Colley, Jason Kahn, John Hudak, Bhob Rainey, and most recently Graham Lambkin in their Breadwinner project which has yielded unprecedented and glorious results in the electroacoustic music of today. Lescalleet lives and works in the state of Maine.”

Theo Angell

Thursday, February 11th
Fairchild Chapel
50 W. Lorain St.
Oberlin, OH
9pm, free admission

“Theo Angell is an artist, a musician, a filmmaker, and a shaman. He lives and works in New York City, but plies his trade all over the country. Angell is perhaps best known for his work in Hall of Fame (with Samara Lubelski) and Jackie-O Motherfucker. His newest album is Auraplinth, his best solo effort yet, released on the Digitalis label.”

Forbes/Laughlin duo

Friday, November 13th
Fairchild Chapel
50 W. Lorain St.
Oberlin, OH
9pm, $5 suggested donation

Mike Forbes (Chicago) – sax
J. Guy Laughlin – percussion

Maths Balance Volumes (Toledo)
Skin Graft
David Russell

Brothers Peeesseye

Brothers Peeesseye
Thursday, October 15th, 2009
9pm at Fairchild Chapel

Brothers Peeesseye
J. Guy Laughlin

The three-headed monster of Peeesseye multiplies, divides and subtracts to form the strange two-part BROTHERS PEEESSEYE starring Jaime Fennelly on harmonium & electronics and Chris Forsyth on guitar for the first Peeesseye related US tour in recent memory.

Evan Parker & Ned Rothenberg Duo

Evan Parker & Ned Rothenberg

Saturday, September 26th
Fairchild Chapel
50 W. Lorain St.
Oberlin, OH
9pm, free admission

Two of the greatest reed players of our time. Ben Ratliff in The NY Times, called the pairing, “an ideal partnership.” Downbeat described their 2006 Live at Roulette recording as “a hugely exciting encounter that should utterly floor fellow saxophonists.” Evan Parker may be the most formidable saxophonist since John Coltrane. “If genius is the sustained application of intelligence,” writes Richard Cook, “then Evan Parker merits the epitaph.” Born in Bristol, England in 1944, Parker has developed the possibilities of unpremeditated music more deeply than almost anyone. “Other kinds of music might entertain you, cheer you up or pump the blood,” writes Manfred Pabst, “but Rothenberg’s clarifies the mind and throws your soul wide open.”