Friday, July 31, 2009

OUTPOST186 Concert & Event Schedule, August 2009

Matthew Shipp, Saturday 8 August (photo: Dan Audain, Montreal Jazz Festival)

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


Saturday, 1 August @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o
avant garde jazz guitar & drums

Thursday, 6 August @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Courtney Brown’s Sidewalk Tzara --> experimental absurdity

Aaron Larget-Caplan, guitar
Called “a riveting artist” by the G. Acosta of the Washington Post, classical guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan rides the razor’s edge of the guitar, bringing together the traditional, non-traditional, & contemporary music into exciting and thought provoking programs. He is the founder of the Spanish music & dance group ¡Con Fuego! and the New Lullaby Project. Aaron was born in Oklahoma, raised in Colorado, and graduated from the New England Conservatory. He now resides in greater Boston with wife and muse Catherine.

Abram Taber, guitar and electronics

Abram Taber is a musician and educator currently residing in Medford, MA.

In addition to his day job as a high school music director, he performs in several musical ensembles including the Musical Theatre, Verre and Glancy, Dubler & Taber. He has previously performed with Paraffin Section, Pyotr, Slurred Murrays and Abernathy.

Abram has recently begun working as a solo performer, spurred on by the 2009 RPM Challenge. His solo performances combine elements of pre-composed themes and improvisation. Instrumentation includes electric bass, electric guitar, drums, voice, effects, found sounds and more. The music brings together ideas from minimalism, psychedelia, indie rock, avant-garde classical and noise.

Friday 7 August @ OUTPOST, 9pm $5/10
VORTEX series for new & improvised music presents:
“The Vortex Other Dimension Ensemble”
Todd Brunel - bass clarinet / Rob Bethel - cello / Esther Viola - oboe

Saturday 8 August @ OUTPOST, 3pm by donation

UnAffiliated Reading Series is proud to present
"Truck Darling" (Jeni Olin)
+ Guillermo Parra

"Truck Darling" (Jeni Olin) is the author of Blue Collar Holiday, published by Hanging Loose in 2005. Her most recent publication is a chapbook of pharmaceutical sonnets about antidepressants titled THE PILL BOOK from Faux Press, 2008.

Guillermo Parra was born in Cambridge, MA in 1970 (year of the dog). He is the author of Caracas Notebook and the forthcoming Phantasmal Repeats (Petrichord Books). His poems, essays and translations have appeared in Effing, The C.L.R. James Journal, Fascicle and 6x6. He lives in Durham, NC and writes the blog Venepoetics.

Matthew Shipp @ Montreal Jazz Festival

Saturday 8 August @ OUTPOST, 8pm $10 or b/o

subconsciouscafé presents
MATTHEW SHIPP - solo piano
(David S. Ware, Roscoe Mitchell, DJ Spooky, William Parker)
+Jim Hobbs - alto / Laurence Cook - drums

Matthew Ship performance video w Daniel Carter: saxophone William Parker: Bass Gerald Cleaver: Drums

Matthew Shipp (born December 7, 1960) is an American pianist, composer and bandleader.

Shipp was raised in Wilmington, Delaware, and began playing piano at six years old. His mother was friend of trumpeter Clifford Brown.

He was strongly attracted to jazz, but also played in rock groups while in high school. Shipp attended the University of Delaware for one year, then the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with saxophonist/composer Joe Maneri. He has cited private lessons with Dennis Sandole (who also taught saxophonist John Coltrane) as being crucial to his development.

Shipp has been very active since the early 1990s, appearing on dozens of albums as a leader, sideman or producer. He was initially most active in free jazz, but has since branched out, notably exploring music that touches on contemporary classical, hip hop and electronica. His dense, percussive style is often compared to Cecil Taylor's, although Shipp has argued such comparisons are mostly superficial.

Shipp has long been a member of saxophonist David S. Ware's quartet. He has recorded or performed with many musicians, including William Parker, DJ Spooky, Joe Morris, Daniel Carter, Roscoe Mitchell, Mat Maneri, High Priest and Beans of Antipop Consortium, and El-P.
(source: Wikipedia)

Marcia Deihl Birthday Flyer, 1980
Sunday 9 August @ Outpost, 2 - 5pm free
Settled? Settling? Unsettled? Come celebrate and bring your favorite bizarre song * * * Prizes for all * * * No gifts, please, but refreshments welcome.

Tuesday 11 August @ Outpost, 8pm $5/10
alpaca beretta (pittsburgh)
+anita fix (new york)
bach watson bach on the banjo from boston

alpaca beretta (pittsburgh)
somewhere between the pickin' strings and quaint country harmonies of the 1920's and the mystical electronic wonderland of the 2020's, you'll find alpaca beretta. their sometimes harmonious, sometimes dissonant dulcimer-uke-electro-rama tells stories of whiskey, barrooms, love, murder, farm living, paleontology, greek mythology, whiskey, bank robberies, springtime, and many other things that are essential to understanding our humanity.

anita fix (new york)
Anita Fix and Return the Land is a folk propaganda agenda presented through queer performance, absurd fictional jabs, and blatant non-fiction pleas aimed at adding to the dialogue of preservation of original peoples and their voices, and also marginalized people and their voices. we recognize the european experiment on this continent and other former tribal lands as a complete failure, whereby arrogant would-be caretakers have flunked the boyscout test (they/we have not left the campsite (the land) as we have found it, they/we have not improved said land, and they/we have not packed in and packed out). we advocate a a complete abdication of the U.S. government and way of life and surrender to the leadership of the original peoples of this hemisphere.

Thursday 12 August @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Birds Swimming * Fish Flying
Improvisations based on that
(and other things)
the music of james merenda
James Merenda - alto sax, piano / John Turner - bass
John Mclellan - drums

guests – Vanessa Morris - voice / Scott Sandvik - guitar

Friday 14 august @ Outpost - 8pm, $5/10
Sounds in Bloom & Chagall Performance Collaborative presents:

Saturday 15 August @ Outpost 8pm $10 or b/o
green umbrellas presents
Junko Simons/Jane Wang/Tom Plsek
Junko Simons - cello / Jane Wang - bass / Tom Plsek - trombone, electronics

Sunday 16 August - 7 + 8:15pm - $4 donation

“The Holocaust: Memory and Legacy" by Susie Davidson
New one-hour documentary film on local Holocaust survivors

Monday 17 August @ Outpost, 8pm $5/10
Radio Friendly: Songs by American Pirates performs
"Wars and Tornadoes"
+ John Cage's "Lecture on Nothing"
Aaron Jones - piano, organ, toy piano, auto-harp and voice
Mick Buschbacher - guitar and voice
Anna Marsh - bassoon
Radio Friendly performs arrangements of Tom Waits, Hank Williams and the Louvin Brothers, as well as original settings of William Blake in a style described as primitive, neo-baroque folk (or just a scary childrens show). Led by Aaron Jones who studied harpsichord at the Early Music Institute of Indiana University. Anna Marsh will be joining the group on baroque bassoon along with Mick Buschbacher, guitar. The show will close with a performance of John Cage's 'Lecture on Nothing.'
Take a listen:

Tuesday 18 August @ Outpost, 8pm $5/10
Joe Onishi Electroacoustic Trio
Joe Onishi - synth
Noell Dorsey - vocal
Andrew Eisenberg - percussion

Wednesday 19 August @ Outpost, 8pm - $10 or b/o
from San Francisco:

Royal Kent - poet / Monica Williams - flute / Greg Mcray - drums / Patrick Mahon - bass / Rick Campbell - percussion

COPUS combines powerful poetics with lyrical melodies and strong beats.

In September 2007 COPUS premiered 'The Elements - A World Rhythm Jazz Opera' featuring music, spoken word, dance, and video as part of the Unite Africa Now worldwide festival

PHOENIX RISING presents soundscapes of light and energy

Monica Williams - flute / Wendy Loomis - pianist, composer

PHOENIX RISING are creators of Soundscapes from San Francisco, and who have been creating a buzz in the new age and healing arts communities. Their latest CD has been on the NAR Charts for the last 5 months, having airplay on both national and international radio stations and cable music programs (reaching #9 in March). They were nominated for best Acoustic Album of the Year in 2009 by the LA Music Awards, and Best New Age Song of the year in the 2008 Hollywood Music Awards. Composer/pianist Wendy Loomis has won the ASCAPlus award for composition for the past 2 years and flutist Monica Williams is an Eastman alumna who has won a long list of flute competitions.

Latest Review from New Age Retailer - 'Ascension' by Phoenix Rising

“One of the more interesting releases so far this year, Ascension from Phoenix Rising (pianist Wendy Loomis and flutist Monica Williams) musically “interprets” the seven charkas using an assortment of acoustic instruments played by both the duo and six different guest artists. Despite this “mixed bag” approach, the CD’s musical theme is manifested by the presence of Loomis (who composed the tracks) and Williams (who arranged them). Other artists on the CD are Jennifer Lim on guzheng, Debra Podjed on tabla, Jessica Styler on hang drum, Suellen Primose on cello, Irina Mikhailova on vocals, and Karen Segal on guitar. You can tell by these diverse global instruments that the album bears some world music influences, but overall this is better described as contemporary acoustic music. Or you could simply say these eight women craft music of warmth and beauty that touches the heart and soul with gentleness and grace. Either way, Ascension is a musical delight to be cherished.” ~Bill Binkelman, “New Age Retailer”

Thursday 20 August @ 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 21 August @ Outpost 8pm $10 or b/o
Jeremy Quick Trio
Jeremy Quick - Guitar
Shane Allessio - Acoustic Bass
Miki Matsuki - Drums

The Jeremy Quick Trio will be performing original jazz compositions and arrangements of contemporary popular and alternative songs.

Saturday 22 August @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o
Steve Lantner Triowith special guest Laurence Cook
Steve Lantner - piano / Joe Morris – bass / Laurence Cook - drums

Tuesday 25 August @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o
from Longy comes
Justin Meyer - Bass / David Mitton - Alto sax / Andrew Frankhouse - Tenor / Pablo Elurhans - drums

Wednesday 26 August @ Outpost, 8pm $5/10
search music sessions with Nat Mugavero
Eric Hofbauer - guitar / Nat Mugavero - percussion, zen lunacy / weekly guests tba

Thursday 27 August @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o
Dave Bryant - piano
Tom Hall - tenor sax
John Voigt - bass
Eric Rosenthal - drums

Friday 28 August @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o
3 Solo Non-Computer Electronic Performances:
Ming Ming Dance Co
+ Many Mansions (Whitehaus Collective, JP)


Wednesday 2 September @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o
en route to Tangelwood:
Ben Powell Quartet
Ben Powell - Violin
Cedric Hanriot - Piano/Organ
Aaron Darrell - Bass
Devin Drobka - Drums

Thursday, 3 September @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Courtney Brown’s Sidewalk Tzara --> experimental absurdity
Andrea Pensado - electronics /Greg Kowalski - video (Krakow, Poland)
+Brian S. Ellis - poet

Composer and sound artist Andrea Pensado teamed up with digital artist Greg Kowalski in Krakow, Poland, in 1997 to form Qfwfq duo. The duo's main concern has been live sound-image interaction and the use of movement to articulate complex sounds and digital visual material. Their work is highly performatic and often involves the use of sensors and/or motion tracking devices. The elements of Qfwfq’s artistic language are: interactivity, which is treated as an expressive parameter in itself, projected images, electronic sound, voice, movements and / or actions.

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.

April Ranger, spoken word poetry

April Ranger is perhaps best known in Boston as the winner of Emerson
College's Nicole DusFresne Playwriting award, but she became an almost
instant Cambridge favorite when she began reading regularly on the
Cantab open mic. Since day one, her vivid, original imagery has been
eliciting longing sighs from our audience, making her the local master
of the Oh-I-Wish-I-Had-Written-That poem.

Friday 4 September @ OUTPOST, 8pm $5/10
VORTEX series for new & improvised music presents:
Todd Brunel - clarinets / Gary Fieldman - drums / Julee Avalone - flute

Gary Fieldman is the leader of Field Affect and the Know Trio. He has performed with Joanne Brackeen, David Liebman, Bill Frisell, Ben Monder and Bevan Manson, and has recorded with Don Byron and George

Todd Brunel has performed with Bobby Watson, the Butch Morris Group, and has made appearances in the SEAMUS festival, Carnegie Hall and Preservation Jazz Hall in New Orleans. Both Gary and Todd are members
of Musaner and the Circadian Rhythm Kings.

Julee Avalone
A local freelance artist and multi-instrumentalist, Julee also performs with the New England Skyscraper conducted by Lawrence Butch Morris. Check out a video of Julee here:

Saturday 5 September @ Outpost, 8:00pm $10 or b/o
Garrison Fewell / Eric Hofbauer Duo

Garrison Fewell - guitar, slide, sticks, bells and percussion
Eric Hofbauer - guitar, metal box, sticks and percussion

The duo's latest release, "The Lady of Khartoum", is an eclectic series of duets inspired by the deeper roots of jazz in the music of West Africa, Persia and the Arabic-Islamic world that juxtaposes ancient traditions with the language and techniques of contemporary improvisation.

Most of their duets are completely improvised and reference such diverse elements as Congolese mythology, Delta blues, Sun Ra, a muezzin’s call to prayer and the sonorities of traditional instruments such as the oud, kora and African thumb piano. The duo also plays original compositions as well as interpretations of music by Thelonious Monk and John Tchicai.

The duo is also featured in Garrison's newest project, the Variable Density Sound Orchestra with a CD on Creative Nation Music. A 6 piece band featuring trumpeter Roy Campbell, Jr, and Italian reedman Achille Succi, the VDSO has a newer but as yet unreleased recording that expands to a nonet and adds trombonist Steve Swell and saxophonist Kelly Roberge to the mix with double basses John Voigt and Dmirty Ishenko powered by drummer Miki Matsuki.

In keeping the Variable Density theme, Garrison and Eric will improvise their way through the evening and play some tunes from their recordings with the larger ensemble. Yes Folks, they will play ALL the parts of nine instruments simultaneously on just TWO GUITARS! (Well, sometimes they throw in a third guitar, but only four hands).

creative nation music

Tuesday 8 September @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o
Raed Yassin Quartet (Amsterdam)
Tuesday 8 September @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o
Raed Yassin Quartet (Amsterdam)
jeff carey - live electronics /morton olsen - percussion / audrey chen - cello, voice / raed yassin - acoustic bass

Friday 11 September @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o
Joe Morris’ WILDLIFE.
Joe Morris - bass / Petr Cancura - saxophones / Luther Gray - drums

Saturday 12 September @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o
Jacob William Quintet
Laurence Cook - drums / Steve Lantner - piano / Jim Hobbs - alto / Forbes Graham - trumpet / Jacob William - bass

Sunday 13 September @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o
Insurgent Theatre
+ "Xiphoid Dementia"

Monday 14 September @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o
Dave Bryant/Mike Rivard/James Kamal Jones
Dave Bryant - piano / Mike Rivard - bass / James Kamal Jones - drums

Tuesday 15 September @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o
Ken Silverman / Blaise Siwula / John McLellen
Ken Silverman - guitar, hand percussion / Blaise Siwula - reeds John McLellen - drums

Thursday 17 September @ 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 18 September @ Outpost - 8pm, $5/10
Sounds in Bloom & Chagall Performance Collaborative presents:

Saturday 19 September @ Outpost 8pm $10 or b/o
green umbrellas presents
Lance Bryant & Lyricalia String Quartet
Lance Bryant - sax
Andrew Eng & Miguel Garcia-Bender - violins
David Koonce - viola
Junko Simons - cello

Thursday 24 September @ Outpost 8pm $10 or b/o

Ginger Ibex
Sharon Crumrine - keys / Betty Widerski - mezzo viola / Michael Steigman - drums / Jane Park - violin / Ann Marie Bottcher - cello

Friday 25 September @ Outpost 8pm $10 or b/o

an evening of
Strange Guitar with
Jeff Platz Trio
+Kevin Frenette Group
+Chris Welcome Group (Brooklyn)

Saturday 26 September @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o
Steve Lantner Quartet
Allan Chase – saxophones / Steve Lantner - piano / Joe Morris – bass / Luther Gray – drums

Wednesday 30 September @ Outpost, 8pm $5/10
search music sessions with Nat Mugavero
Eric Hofbauer - guitar / Nat Mugavero - percussion, zen lunacy / weekly guests tba


Thursday 1 October @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o
Courtney Brown’s Sidewalk Tzara --> experimental absurdity

Friday 2 October @ Outpost, 8:00pm $10 or b/o
Garrison Fewell tba
Garrison Fewell - guitar + guests

Sunday 4 October @ Outpost, 8pm
Tom Hall presents Session 3
Tom Hall - Tenor & Bari sax
Jeff Galindo - Trombone
Marty Ballou - Bass

SESSION 3 is a series of shows of freely improvised music with a mix of various musician friends and colleagues, many of whom are not a part of the improv scene per se but who I think are great improvisers who would thrive when turned loose in a free improvisatory setting. A little cross pollination, maybe resulting in a few improvised hybrid species... who knows!?!

Depending on what happens, once it gets going it's possible I may want to expand it into an open free improv workshop, where players of all persuasions come together each month to explore specific aspects of improvisation.

Friday 9 October @ OUTPOST, 9pm $5/10
VORTEX series for new & improvised music presents:
“The Vortex Other Dimension Ensemble”

Saturday 10 October @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Jacob William Trio
Jacob William - bass / Jim Hobbs - alto / Luther Gray - drums

Sunday, 11 October @ Outpost - 3pm, open donation

Small Animal Project Reading Series presents
matthew derby & kristen iskandrian

Friday 23 October @ Outpost, 8pm, $10 or b/o
Eric Zinman - piano / Laurence Cook - drums / Linda Clave - painting

Saturday 24 October @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o
STEVE LANTNER - solo piano

Sunday 25 October @ Outpost, 7 + 8:15pm, $4
Susie Davidson presents : FILM

Monday 26 October @ Outpost 8pm $10 or b/o
Bryant / Leonard / Song / Newton
Dave Bryant - keyboards
Neil Leonard - saxophones and electronics
Jeff Song - cello and kayagum
Curt Newton - drums

Wednesday 28 October @ Outpost, 8pm $5/10
search music sessions with Nat Mugavero
Nat Mugavero - percussion, zen lunacy + weekly guests tba


Wednesday 11 November @ Outpost 8pm $10 or b/o
an evening of singer/songwriters with:
Ben Reynolds/ Glenn Jones / Eric Carbonara

Ben Reynolds, a Glasgow-based singer songwriter and acoustic instrumentalist has recently released an album on Tompkins Square Records

Sunday, 22 November, 3 pm, @ Outpost - open donation

Small Animal Project Reading Series presents
Lily Brown, Andrew McDonald, & Joshua Marie Wilkinson

Saturday 28 November @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o
Steve Lantner Quartet
Allan Chase – saxophones / Steve Lantner - piano / Joe Morris – bass / Luther Gray – drums


Monday 14 December @ Outpost, 8 pm
Small Animal Project Reading Series presents
Jack Christian, Cheryl Clark Vermeulen, Zach Savich


VORTEX - 1st Fridays, 8pm $5/10
Microtonal soundscapes painted over a radiant sea of anarchy. New and improvisational music, featuring various guest artists in different incarnations, seeking truth and the voice that brought them to this point. Hosted by Todd Brunel -

Sounds in Bloom is an internationally performing poetry-music-movement-art collaborative that performs in theaters, bookstores, concert halls, art galleries, educational settings. and forests. Sounds in Bloom recently started the Chagall Performance Art Collaborative Series, which is currently in residence at Outpost 186 in Cambridge every third Friday of the month.

Together with saxophonist/composer Dennis Shafer (co-founder), they collaborate with a variety of international artists, and give workshops to children and adults.
subconsciouscafe new chamber music : - occasional Saturdays, 8pm $10 or b/o
Rob Chalfen's long-running improvised music series continues at OUTPOST and elsewhere. Innovative chamber music at play on the spectra of jazz, electronic, classical and world. Also may be dug by the non-subconscious mind.

THE WHIMSY! - 1 Sunday/mo, 8PM $5 or b/o
Song & poesy, bohemian vaudeville, open mic
Hosted by Markus Nechay -

Steve Lantner presents : 4th Saturdays

Dave Pryant presents : monthly, by announcement

subconsciouscafe : Rob Chalfen :
VORTEX : Todd Brunel :
The Whimsy! : Markus Nechay -
Steve Lantner presents : slantner@comcast.net
Courtney Brown
Dave Bryant presents :
Josh Jefferson :
Joseph Moffett :
John Mulrooney : poetics -

This disclaimer is for reflexive and tautological purposes only, and may not be construed as eluding responsibility for any errors, typos, or logical absurdities, real or imagined, that may be contained in this notice, without further notice.

Thank you,
Harlan T. Flash
Corresponding Secretary,
Outpost World Enterprises