Saturday, May 30, 2009

OUTPOST186 Concert & Event Schedule, June 2009

Melissa Kassel - Saturday, 27 June, 8pm

OUTPOST: 186 ½ Hampshire St., Inman Sq. Cambridge - All Ages

OUTPOST wins Editor's Pick for BEST EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC VENUE in the Phoenix Best 2009!

OUTPOST featured in a short film, THE VENUE (april 2009)

20 March 2009 - Wednesdays are now open for rental, beginning April 2009.

19 August - Outpost just got a fabulous Yamaha U3 full-size upright piano! Come check it out!

OUTPOST DIRECTIONS: Near cr. Prospect, opposite Hess gas, behind 7-11. Big ‘186’ on R side. Follow walk at Left to gallery, REAR.

All shows 8pm door unless otherwise noted.
General admission, suggested donation at door.
No reservations, come early!
All shows all ages.
No smoking, alcohol, ether or laudenum please.

Outpost regularly exhibits visual art! If you are an artist and would like to exhibit @ Outpost, please send your website url to, or arrange to show your portfolio. Outpost does not charge for exhibits.


Outpost is now showing paintings by Scott Cahaly
On exhibit: "Geisha Girls", oils, 2000

Gallery exhibits may be viewed during scheduled shows or by appointment.


OUTPOST is currently available as a rental @ $40 per concert event.
CONTACT: Rob Chalfen, director:
DETAILS:OUTPOST PRODUCER'S HANDBOOK - You must read this before you produce a show @ Outpost!
NOTE: You must be 21 to produce events at Outpost.


Hhere’s a nice review of the 24 Nov. 08 Scarecrow Mobius gig at the Outpost by Jon Garelick of the Boston Phoenix:

Outpost featured in Cambridge Chronicle, 19 June 2008:

John Voigt featured in Cambridge Chronicle, 14 July 2008

Nice write up on Outpost in the Glob, Sunday 27 Jan. 2008 Outpost is the 2nd item:

on Richard Sandler's Films:
On our "Small Arts Group Die Off", 13 January:
Big Red & Shiny:
BILL MARX/The Arts Fuse: Boston Foundation to Small Theatres - Drop Dead Please!

nonprofit jobs

Garrison Fewell
Wednesday 3 June @ Outpost 8pm $5/10
"Garrison Fewell and the Variable Density Sound Orchestra"

celebration for Miki's return to Boston, New Artist Visa in hand !

Garrison Fewell - Guitar / Eric Hofbauer - Guitar / Kelly Roberge - Tenor
John Voigt - Bass / Miki Matsuki - Drums

The Variable Density Sound Orchestra is veteran Boston-based guitarist/composer Garrison Fewell's newest working ensemble. As the band’s name implies, its original music, composed and conceived by Fewell, explores a wide range of textures and musical interactions. “The goal,” he explains, “is to create balance, not allowing individual soloists, collective instant composing or pre-composed material to dominate for too long.”

Fewell actively shapes the ensembles music with the other musicians. [The music]ranges from completely improvised to original compositions with a stronger framework for individual expression, takes its inspiration from longstanding interests such as ancient cultures, spirituality, and the music of Albert Ayler, Anthony Braxton and Sun Ra.

"Guitarist Garrison Fewell has never stopped moving forward on his musical journey from accomplished post-bop guitarist to free-jazz explorer. You can still hear the thoughtfulness, tenderness, and intimacy; careful listening; and the rigorous construction of line and feel for melody. The Variable Density Sound Orchestra is a group well suited to realizing Garrison's concepts and compositions." -Ed Hazell

Thursday, 4 June @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o
An evening of diverse improv with Paul Metzger, Elaine Evans, Amen Dunes and Ernst Karel.

Paul Metzger

A virtuoso on a myriad of stringed instruments, Minneapolis-based experimental/progressive folk artist Paul Metzger focuses much of his creative energy on his 21-string modified banjo. A student of both Eastern and Western traditional music, Metzger first appeared on a split album that featured guitarist Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance) and lauded improv drummer Chris Corsano on one side and Metzger's unique improvisational guitar work on the other. He released the full-length Three Improvisations on Modified Banjo for Chairkickers Music in 2005, followed by Deliverance for the Locust
label in 2007. ~ James Christopher Monger, All Music Guide

Elaine Evans

Multi-instrumentalist Elaine Evans explores freeform improvisation with varied wind, string, and percussion instruments. Elaine’s current direction is improvisations with pocket trumpet and loop pedal, layering harmonies, dissonances, and rhythms. Elaine toured Europe with her trumpet and loop pedal in 2008. Elaine is a founding member of the International Novelty Gamelan, a group using the undeniable soul and approach of ancient Javanese musical tradition to create new, modern works of startling beauty and originality. Elaine composes for the group in addition to performing.

Amen Dunes

A lot of crazy shit can happen to a man when he goes solitary in a ramshackle Catskill Mountain home for an extended stretch of time-especially for a city kind of guy. But if Amen Dunes's 12 tracker DIA is one possible outcome of the guy alone-in-a-cabin- story, then a little tape saturated brain frying is something we should all live comfortably with because this is a batch of seriously raw & inspired loner psych grit that owes a debt to the diy soundz of the George Brigman's of the world. That was 2006. These days the lone wolf behind Amen Dunes -Damon McMahon calls a small two room apartment overlooking the Temple of Earth in North-Central Beijing home, where he watches old men fly kites and sing opera every morning. Who knows what'll come out of that.

Ernst Karel works with analog electronics and with location recordings, sometimes separately, sometimes in combination, to create audio pieces that move between the abstract and the documentary. His most recent albums are Electricals (another timbre, 2009) by EKG [], Falter 1-5 (Cathnor, 2009) with Annette Krebs, and Heard Laboratories, composed of recordings made in scientific research environments at Harvard University, to be released later this year on and/O

Friday 5 June @ Outpost, 8pm $5/10

the Vortex Series for New and Improvised Music presents:
The Vortex Other Dimension Ensemble
Rob Bethel - cello / Todd Brunel - clarinets
Aubrey Johnson - vocals / Emile Tobenfeld - visual poetry
This multidimensional group will approach music and art from every corner of a wide imagination. Rob Bethel is a critically acclaimed classical and avant guard cellist who plays in numerous groups around New England. A recent New England Conservatory graduate, Aubrey Johnson is carving a bold path as a jazz vocalist, making numerous local appearances and in festivals around the United States. Dr T is a frequent Other Dimension traveler as well as Todd Brunel, who always enjoys a ride to the Other Side!

Rob Bethel on youtube:
Aubrey Johnson on myspace:

Saturday, 6 June @ Outpost, 8pm $10
Michael Huse Trio (NYC)
Jeremy Quick - guitar
Alfred Marra - vibraphone
Michael Huse - bass

Wednesday 10 June @ Outpost 8pm $10 or b/o
"Search Music"
Nat Mugavero - drums / Eric Hofbauer - guitar / John Lockwood - bass / Leo Genovese - piano + surprise guests!

Brian Ellis

Thursday, 11 June @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Courtney Brown’s Sidewalk Tzara --> experimental absurdity
Hartford Sound Alliance

Bill Solomon (percussion), Lief Ellis (laptop/electronics), Matt Sargent (laptop/electronics/guitars) are members of the Hartford Sound Alliance, a flexible, CT-based collective of composers, performers, sound engineers, and artists. They regularly perform as a trio, creating visceral, improvisation-based music that especially focuses on the real-time recycling of live sound, collaborative processing, incorporation of field recording in live performance, and group composition. They have recently performed as a trio at Real Art Ways (Hartford, CT) [in collaboration with video artists Liz Stephens and Devan Mulvaney], the New Britain Arts Alliance Gallery (New Britain, CT), and the Hartford Art School (West Hartford, CT).

Brian S. Ellis, spoken word poetry

Brian S. Ellis is a poet who performs writing of his own devising. He has been reading in the New England area for four years, and has been touring nationally for two. This includes but is not limited to several local and national slam poetry competitions. His first full book of poems was published in two thousand eight with Write Bloody Books. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize twice. For more information go to

Sunday 14 June @ Outpost 8pm $10 or b/o
Dave Bryant - piano / Curt Newton - drums / Neil Leonard - sax & electronics / Jeff Song - cello & kayagum
Please join us this Sunday for an adventuresome performance with this imaginative ensemble. I’m looking forward to my first opportunity to play with multi-instrumentalist Jeff Song, as well as the chance to reconnect with Neil and Curt.

Wednesday 17 June @ Outpost 8pm $10 or b/o
"Search Music"
Nat Mugavero - drums / Eric Hofbauer - guitar / John Lockwood - bass / Leo Genovese - piano + surprise guests!

Thursday 18 June @ Outpost 8pm $10 or b/o
Dave Fox 4: “Adventures in Sound”

Bruno Raberg - bass / Josh Rosen - keys / David Tronzo - guitar Dave Fox - drums

Friday 19 June @ Outpost - 8pm, $5/10
Sounds in Bloom & Chagall Performance Collaborative presents:

Monday 22 June @ Outpost 8pm $5/10
improvisations in sound design featuring:
futureboots (nyc), jerohme spye (baltimore), the machinist (chicago),
mikrosopht (boston), minusbaby (nyc), & protman (chicago)
for more information on artists and events please visit
"...sounds, whether they be electronically generated, tapes, fields, ambient, spoken, or *gasp* traditional physical instrumentation - largely improvised...we are happy with the experimental and strange atmospheres of the best sound-designed film
and stage work and other experimental avant garde sonic explorations."

tues 23 June - private rehearsal.

James Merenda
Wednesday 24 June @ Outpost - 8pm $10 or b/o
playing the music of James Merenda

James Merenda - alto saxophone
Tom Duprey - cornet
John Turner - electric bass
Jared Seabrook - drums
Andrew Stern - guitar

This is a brand new project with all new music from James Merenda

James Merenda - alto sax

Creating a thriving jazz scene for musicians of all levels to play live and make connections, James has been hosting weekly and monthly open jam sessions at Costello’s in Jamaica Plain, the Center for Arts in Natick , Matt Murphy’s Pub and The Mission since 2001.

Always active, James has performed with; Ran Blake at the Knitting Factory, the Darmstadt Jazz Festival in Germany and recorded on Hatology Records; with Roswell Rudd and Beat Science, Cameron Brown, Joe McPhee, Joe Hunt, former Ornette Coleman keyboardist Dave Bryant and drummer James Kamal Kones, Grammy Award winning pianist David Maxwell, the Either/Orchestra, the Ardvark Orchestra, the Slip, contemporary guitarists Marc Ribot, David Fiuczynsdi, Dave Tronzo and with drummer Bob Gullotti. James has also performed on Radio France, Radio Europa in Italy and in Holland, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Sweden, Denmark and Belgium.

Tom Duprey - cornet

Tom and James met while attending New England Conservatory in the mid-late '80s. Between that time period and now, Tom has been involved in many trumpet pursuits in all genres. He has performed with Robert Gullet, Dionne Warwick, Johnny Mathis and Tommy Tune, as well as local groups such as Newburyport Choral Society Orchestra, The Brass Connection Brass Quintet, and the Boston Gay Men's Chorus.

John Turner - electric bass

A veteran of the New England jazz scene, bassist John Turner has performed and recorded with many New England area and national artists, including the Either/Orchestra, Charlie Kohlhase, Scott Hamilton, Roswell Rudd, Lee Konitz, members of Ornette Coleman's Prime Time, the White Heat Swing Orchestra, and many others.

Andrew Stern - guitar

Boston guitarist Andrew Stern keeps busy in a multiplicity of musical styles and settings. A musical character actor, he often finds himself making his sound contribution to new and adventurous musical situations. Andrew is a member of Fat Little Bastard, Beat Circus, Andromeda4, Union Suit, the Gill Aharon Trio and also performs regularly with his jazz combo at many fine establishments around Boston and New York.

Jared Seabrook - drums

Jared Seabrook was born in Foxboro, MA. He began playing drums at 11, and has since become one of the most active gigging drummers around. Jared has played a variety of musical styles throughout the US, Europe, and Canada. He has performed with a number of musicians including Wynton Marsalis, John Medeski, and Leo Genovese. Jared currently lives and performs in Boston.

Thursday 25 June @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o
Steve Lantner Quartet
Allan Chase – saxophones / Steve Lantner - piano / Joe Morris – bass / Luther Gray – drums

Lo Galluccio
Friday 26 June @ Outpost - 8pm, $10 or b/o

Eric Zinman - piano / Lo Galluccio - vocals

has been performing spoken word and song since the early 90’s in NYC with a band called, “Fish Pistol” – bandmates were Dave Tronzo, Roy Nathanson and Brad Jones. Her first solo project was “Being Visited” an avant-garde pop CD on the Knitting Factory label, followed by a track for John Zorn on the Marc Bolan CD. Since moving to Boston in 2001, she’s produced a second solo CD, “Spell on You” featuring jazz/gospel pianist Geoffrey Dana Hicks and published a chapbook of poems called, “Hot Rain” and a book on Cervena Barva Press called, “Sarasota VII.” New York DJ Vin Sclesa wrote of “Being Visited,” “by turns mysterious, seductive, surreal and spacy.” She’s honored to be collaborating with Eric in an exploration of old and new works and welcomes ee cummings as a special guest.

ERIC ZINMAN (piano/keyboards)
Eric Zinman, piano, was born in Boston in 1963. At the forefront of creative music for more than 20 years, Eric Zinman’s piano playing is known internationally and has been described as a “fleet and appealing touch”. Rooted in the language of the avant garde, his vision embraces the role of the piano in the orchestras of the future, the piano’s relation to the trap set drums, its touch, the way it can surround the other instruments and mark varying shifts in weight, the way the piano can also move lyrically within the whole from varying densities of sound masses to sparkling melodies spanning the whole keyboard.

“I am interested in the sensual nature of sound, with the piano that is first and foremost TOUCH. FORM, then, is a manifestation from beggining to end of dynamics and within that the phrasing, silence and an arresting balance between the pedaled and un-pedaled sounds.”

Eric Zinman has played with Craig Schildhauer, Raqib Hassan, Toshi Makihara, Sabir Mateen, Marco Eneidi, Lisle Ellis, Peter Valsamis, Tatsuya Nakatani, Glynis Lomon and Blaise Siwula, Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky, Jan Roder, Thomas Rehnert, John Voigt and Laurence Cook. Mr. Zinman has also composed music for dance and theatre using verbal
directives as well as graphic scores. He is recorded on Ayler and Cadence Records.


Melissa Kassel

Saturday 27 June @ Outpost - 8pm, $10 or b/o

Melissa Kassel Group

Melissa Kassel - Voice / Tom Zicarelli - piano
Bruno Raberg - bass / Phil Grenadier - trumpet
Original Songs Mixed with Jazz Improvisation
This music represents the beautiful and mysterious side of improvised jazz. From the very first notes that Melissa Kassel sings, the audience is emotionally drawn in to the music. There is a direct line from her heart to her voice – If you have ever heard her sing you will never forget it. The songs are simple, but unusual and dreamlike. The almost telepathic communication between the musicians on stage is as fascinating as the music itself. There is space, suspense, and surprise. You won’t find a more lyrical trumpeter than Phil Grenadier anywhere. His tone is effortless. Notes hang in the air and slowly dissolve. When Phil and Melissa play together you can close your eyes and you won’t be able to tell which is the voice and which is the horn. Bruno Raberg is the engine of rhythm that propels the music forward but lets it turn in any direction at any moment. The sound of the bass is big and round and warm -- sometimes you think you hear a drummer but there is no drummer. Tom Zicarelli plays the keyboard like a palette of colors. He coaxes the piano from a whisper to a roar and back again as if he’s receiving signals from some invisible antenna. Just when you think you're drifting into orbit, the music comes back home to where it started. If you're searching for inspiration and a transcendent musical experience, look no further.

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