Concert #1: September 17th, 8 pm:
-Improvisational works –
Text fragments of the Popol Vuh
John Voigt – Narration, bass
Linda Clave – spontaneous visual art
Curt Newton – percussion
Matt Samolis – flute, flax
Josh Jefferson – saxophone etc.
Angela Sawyer– voice, game calls, electronics
Tom Plsek – trombone,
Voigtdog – bass
Liz Tonne – solo voice
John Voigt – Electro-Acoustic-Bass. Occasional performances with Chick
Corea, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Keith Jarrett, Bill T. Jones, Captain
Kangaroo, Tuli Kupferberg (Fuggs), Rex Harrison, Jemeel Moondoc, Thurston
Moore (Sonic Youth). Broadway Musicals: Hello Dolly, Hair, My Fair Lady.
His fiction and non-fiction prose, and poetry have been published by major
publishing houses . He was Library Director at Berklee College, and taught
at Mass. College of Art. Lectured and former member of the Board of
Overseers at the Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers.
Recorded on Aum Fidelity, Ayler (Sweden), Box Holder, Cadence, Clean Feed
(Portugal), Eremite, MoonFood, and RRRecords.
Trombone explorer Tom Plsek has been stretching trombones and our concepts of them for years. His compositions include pieces for ensembles and solo trombone often incorporate improvisation, technology, and performance art. Tom has performed with such artists as Jerry Hunt, Malcolm Goldstein, Phill Niblock, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Joe Morris, Marjorie Morgan, and with the Outsider Quartet. He has performed at New Music American in 1983 and 1986. He is a member of the Mobius Artists Group and Chair of the Brass Department at Berklee College of Music in Boston. The Gu series, a monthly performance series created with Marjorie Morgan and based on one of the hexagrams from the I Ching, was selected by the Boston Globe as one of the top ten dance events in Boston for the year 2002. He performed a solo concert at the Forfest Festival in Kromeriz, Czech Republic in the summer of 2004. In May 2005 his piece “Collateral Damage Noted for 100+ musicians was premiered on Boston city hall plaza to critical acclaim. More recently he performed as guest composer/performer with EnsoArts in Galway, Ireland in November 2005, the Hochschule fur Musik in Trossingen, Germany in May 2006 and the Acoustical Society of America in Providence, Rhode Island, in June, 2006. He is a member of the Acoustical Society of America for which he has given many presentations mostly about the use of technology with brass instruments. He is featured on several recording including “Firehouse Futurities,” 1999: Rastascan Records (BRD038) and Tautology (005); and “Jump or Die; 21 Braxton Compositions 1992,” Music and Arts (CD-843). The CD “MVP LSD” with Joe Morris, guitar and John Voigt, bass was released 2009 and has received numerous positive reviews.
Liz Tonne is a Vocal Artist whose work is inspired by the unorthodox use of the human voice. Sometimes this manifests in singing, but more often, mimics sound; bird songs, mechanical devices, unknown languages, or vocalizations that conjure forgotten memories. She is an improviser and an interpreter of contemporary composition using voice as a sound source. She is the long time member of experimental music ensembles The BSC and undr quartet.