Thursday, October 1, 2009

OUTPOST186 Concert & Event Schedule, October 2009

Darius Jones (photo: Petra Cvelbar) The Darius Jones Trio see Monday 19 October

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



OUTPOST is available for meetings, rehearsals & (non-musical) daytime events!

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)

19 August 2008 - Outpost has acquired 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.
NOTICE OF RATE CHANGE: Bookings from 1 Sept. 2009 will be $50 per event. Still cheap!
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.


Blog review of 27 Aug. 2009 Dave Bryant show

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


Thursday 1 October @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o
Fluxist Event
The performance is a production of the Institute for Intermediate Studies, a collaborative performance art group based in Berlin and Boston. The October 1st performance will be a Fluxist concert going on simultaneously in Berlin and Cambridge, with groups of artists in each city performing the same scores, though with different performances.

Friday 2 October @ Outpost, 8:00pm $10 or b/o
Garrison Fewell + Vortex Other Dimension Ensemble tba
Garrison Fewell - guitar
“The Vortex Other Dimension Ensemble”
Todd Brunel - bass clarinet / Rob Bethel - cello /
Esther Viola - oboe / John Mclellen - drums

Saturday 3 October @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o
"the ishmaeLites"

You are invited to the debut of a musical group that has members who are descended from people who once traveled in an annual route in the American Midwest in the 1800s. Going by the Indiana towns of Mecca and Morocco, passing the Illinois village of Mahomet, the 'Tribe of Ishmael' was a group of nomadic families with a passion for music and dance. The 20th century destruction of that tribe is detailed in a new book, "Inventing America's 'Worst' Family." Now, with a song-cycle that honors their forbears, the ishmaeLites are beginning a concert campaign to return to Indiana and the nomadic life of their ancestors. This benefit will also help the ishmaeLites in their support of Prairie Restoration. As the Great Plains empty out, the ishmaeLites are proposing a nomadic option for a sustainable future that
includes returning some of the Prairie to its original glory. Come join the caravan!

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

The Sessions is a series of performances hosted by saxophonist Tom Hall, bringing creative musicians from any and all musical styles and genres together and turning them loose in a free improvisatory setting. For Session III, the third event in this series, Tom invites trombonist Jeff Galindo and bassist Marty Ballue to join him at The Outpost for an evening of trio improvisations.

Tom Hall (Tenor and Baritone Sax) has spent his life improvising all kinds of music, in groups such as Your Neighborhood Sax Quartet, Bob Neiske’s Wolf Soup, Bruce Katz Band, Club d’Elf and with people like John Medeski, D.J. Logic, Jon Damian, Matt Maneri, Tim Ray, Duke Levine, Curt Newton, Dave Bryant and Dave Tronzo.

Marty Ballou (bass) is a sought after session man in all genres of jazz, blues, folk, and pop. His performing and recording credits include Jay McShann, Jimmy Witherspoon, Scott Hamilton, Herb Ellis, John Hammond, Garth Hudson, Duke Robillard, Dave Maxwell, Greg Piccolo, Jerry Portnoy and Bruce Katz.

Jeff Galindo (trombone), one of the top free-lancing trombonists in the Boston area, has toured with Phil Woods, Makoto Ozone, Robin McKelle, and The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. In Boston, Jeff performs regularly with the Greg Hopkins Big Band and Nonet, Charlie Kohlhase and the Explorers Club, Pandelis Karyorgis, and his own double quartet with George Garzone.

Monday 5 October
8pm - private rehearsal

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 / Lristen Iskandrian / John Dermot Woods

Matthew Derby is the author of Super Flat Times: Stories. His writing has appeared in McSweeney's, Conjunctions, Guernica, Fence, and The Believer, where he served as an editor from 2004-2007.

Kristen Iskandrian's work has been published in Gulf Coast, American Letters & Commentary, Memorious, Denver Quarterly, La Petite Zine, Action Yes, and other journals. She received her PhD in English from University of Georgia, where currently she is an instructor of composition and creative writing. With her husband, daughter, and cantankerous cat, she lives outside of Athens in a funny little house.

John Dermot Woods lives with his family in Brooklyn, NY. He is the author of The Complete Collection of people, places & things (BlazeVOX). His comic chapbook, The Remains, is forthcoming from Doublecross Press. He edits the arts quarterly Action,Yes and organizes the online reading series Apostrophe Cast.

Sunday, 11 October @ Outpost - 8pm, open donation
Ian Thal presents a reading of his play
What: A staged reading of Total War, a five-act play by Ian Thal (Readings, Theatre)

Press Contact: • • 617-547-2048

Last time Ian Thal staged a reading of his play, Total War, at Cambridge’s Outpost 186, the event was picketed by a lone protester who came with several signs and placards and accosted both audience and actors as they arrived.
Despite the provocations, which included a number of anti-Semitic chants, Thal regarded the evening a success, as it allowed him the opportunity to present a stripped down reading of the play and make plans for a rewrite of a play that had already been named a semi-finalist in the 2009 Dorothy Silver Playwriting Competition.

Total War is a five-act play set at a Catholic university where the student newspaper has published a Holocaust denial advertisement. Before faculty, students, and staff can begin the expected dialogue on free speech and religious pluralism, an anarchist-cell using the nom de guerre of “Total War” begins a campaign of guerrilla art attacks.

Though a work of fiction, Total War was inspired by events Thal witnessed while attending graduate school. The play explores the history (and potential futures) of Jewish-Catholic relations, historical memory, and the conflict between grass-roots activism and institutional power. It is a story made timely after the scandal surrounding Vatican’s recent lifting of the excommunication of the anti-Semitic Society of Saint Pius X and its Holocaust-denying Bishop, Richard Williamson.

Ian Thal is best known locally as a mime, puppeteer, and poet. He has performed with Bread and Puppet Theatre, was a founding member of Cosmic Spelunker Theater and frequently performs with the commedia dell’arte troupe, i Sebastiani. He has taught mime and commedia at The Huntington Theatre, The Stoneham Theatre, and Open Air Circus. His poetry has appeared in such magazines as BOOM! For Real, Flash!Point, Poesy, Ibbetson Street Press, and Crooked River Press and the anthologies Becoming Fire: Spiritual Writings from Rising Generations (Andover, MA: Andover-Newton Publications), Tokens: Contemporary Poetry of the Subway (New York: P & Q Press.) and Out of the Blue Writers Unite, and the forthcoming Crude: Poetry After the Age of Oil (Columbus, OH: Pudding House Press) and has been exhibited at Boston City Hall and incorporated into a public installation at the 2003 Boston Cyberarts Festival. His blog about Bread and Puppet Theatre is on the reading list for a course currently offered at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Tuesday 13 October - 8pm, private rehearsal

Thursday 15 October @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o
Dave Fox 4 in “Adventures in Sound”
David Tronzo - guitar / Phil Grenadier - trumpet / Dylan Coleman-Tuntstall - bass /
Josh Rosen - piano, keys, special effects / Dave Fox - drums, percussion

Friday 16 October @ Outpost - 6+8pm, $5/10
Sounds in Bloom & Chagall Performance Collaborative presents:
8pm: Joe Moffet & Rita Banerjee

Trumpeter Joe Moffet and Poetess Rita Banerjee team up to host the Inter-Disciplinary Arts Cafe, featuring Steve-Lacey-inspired aural effects and flowing spoken word. Also, come at 6pm to participate in the Cambridge Writers Workshop, a cozy gathering of writers and whistle-wetting pen-itching literature enthusiasts seeking to share with one another their latest tasty prose and poetry licks.

Saturday 17 October @ Outpost, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, by donation

Urban Homesteader's League Pot Luck Workshop & Skill Swap
We've been holding these monthly local and seasonal food potlucks/free stuff swaps, and they've been a ton of fun. We've typically been getting between 15 and 30 people attending.

Here's a link to the site:

Saturday 17 October @ Outpost 8pm $10 or b/o
green umbrellas presents
Junko Simons - electric cello / Laurence Cook - drums / Jim Hobbs - alto

Sunday 18 October @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o
Ursonate Urchestra
Dada artist Kurt Schwitters’s classic “Sonata In Primeval Sounds,” also called “Ursonate,” is performed by vocalists Andy Laties and Rebecca Migdal, and percussionist Eric Blitz, with John Landino (tronbone, trumpet, cello), Denis Luzuriaga (synths), and Glove (guitar, tape measure), plus special guests, invented-instrument-makers Mitch Ahern (electoluxopipeophone, crutch)and Pronoblem (bass, board, cane, clarinet),

Darius Jones

Monday 19 October @ Outpost, 8pm $10
subconsciouscafe presents cd release:
The Darius Jones Trio featuring Cooper-Moore & Rakalam Bob Moses
The Darius Jones Trio
Darius Jones: Alto sax and Compositions
Cooper-Moore: Piano and Diddley-bow
Rakalam Bob Moses: Drums

Darius Jones is an extraordinarily gifted young alto saxophonist and composer; Man'ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing) is his remarkable debut as a leader. Jones joined the New York music community in 2005, after living and studying in Richmond, VA. In his short time here, he has amazed and inspired musicians and audiences from widely divergent backgrounds with his meticulously honed musical gifts. Soul-power is at his foundation; forward looking expression always at the fore. Some bands Jones currently works with are the Cooper-Moore Trio, Mike Pride's From Bacteria to Boys, William Hooker's Bliss (East), and Trevor Dunn's Proof Readers. Jones also has a band with Travis LaPlante, Andrew Smiley, and Jason Nazary called Little Women; their first record Teeth came out in 2008.

Man'ish Boy is a deeply personal work that found Jones meditating on his life growing up in the south: not an easy life, but one suffused with familial love, hard work and self-assurance. His experiences in church, particularly hearing gospel choirs – the ecstatic combination of powerful individual voices coming together to create something greater – were a deep inspiration for this project. An abiding respect for elders and the breadth of life experience they bring led Jones to ask master musicians Cooper-Moore (piano, diddley-bo) and Rakalam Bob Moses (drums) to be part of this project. Jones first met Moses at a performance while still in Virginia, and they have had a close relationship ever since. Jones joined forces with Cooper-Moore, a fellow Virginian and church-goer as a youth, after moving to NYC. Cooper-Moore was asked specifically to also play diddley-bo here: a one-wire stringed instrument with roots in the deep south via Africa; with it, he most definitely brings the organic funk.

Herein: ballads of deeply affecting tenderness, an intense polyrhythmic excursion that literally does chase the ghost in holiness fashion, a series of open-ended pieces that further display the remarkable improvisational gifts of the three musicians, and more. The album's bonus track, Chaych!, features Darius' regular working trio with fellow younger highlights on the NYC new music stage Adam Lane: bass and Jason Nazary: drums, and makes abundantly clear the connection between juke joints and churches of the deep south. –SJ

"Darius Jones is one of those rare talents that when you first here him you scratch your head because its all there-the concept,the virtuosity,a real improvisational mind-i feel really good about the future of this music knowing that a real and pure talent like Darius exists."
matthew shipp

"A phenomenal debut, Man'ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing) presents the singular artistry of Darius Jones; a new voice poised to receive widespread acclaim from the jazz underground." Troy Collins, All About Jazz

As a child prodigy Cooper-Moore played piano in churches near his birthplace in the Piedmont region of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. His performance roots in the realm of avant jazz music date to the NYC Loft Jazz era in the early/mid-70s. His first fully committed jazz group was formed in 1970 - the collective trio Apogee with David S. Ware and drummer Marc Edwards. Sonny Rollins asked them to open for him at the Village Vanguard in 1973, and they did so with aplomb. A recording of this group was made in 1977, and later issued as Birth of a Being on hatHut under Ware’s name. Following an evidently rather trying European tour with Ware, Beaver Harris, and Brian Smith in 1981, Cooper-Moore returned home and completely destroyed his piano, with sledgehammer and fire, in his backyard. He didn’t play piano again until some years after, instead focusing his energies from 1981-1985 on developing and implementing curriculum to teach children through music via the Head Start program. Returning to New York in 1985, he spent a great part of his creative time working and performing with theatre and dance productions, largely utilizing his hand-crafted instruments. It was not until the early 90s, when William Parker asked him to join his group In Order To Survive, that Cooper-Moore’s pianistic gifts were again regularly featured in the jazz context. In the early 'aughts the group Triptych Myth was his own first regular working jazz group in decades and together they blazed some trails (may again!) and released two albums; one rich formative, one exquisite. Cooper-Moore's creative story continues well-strong and unabated into the present day. -SJ

"One of New York's most effusive but reclusive musical geniuses, Cooper-Moore is a one-man New Orleans jazz funeral flailing like the Grambling State marching band across a vaudeville stage." - Andy Battaglia,

Bob Moses
Drummer, composer, artist, poet, dancer, visionary, nature mystic: Bob Moses's life has been a continuous quest for vision, spirit, compassion, growth, and mastery in a multiplicity of art forms. A partial list of stellar musicians Bob Moses has worked and/or recorded with both as a leader and a sideman includes: Charles Mingus, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Jim Pepper, Larry Coryell, The Free Spirits, Dave Liebman, Gary Burton, Keith Jarrett, Steve Swallow, Michael Gibbs, Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays, Paul Bley, Herbie Hancock, Jack DeJohnette, Jaco Pastorius, Hal Galper, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Steve Kuhn, Sheila Jordan, Bobby McFerrin, Dave Sanborn, Bill Frisell, Eddie Gomez, Don Alias, John Scofield, Terumasa Hino, Dave Holland, Charlie Haden, Hermeto Pascoal, Jovinos Santos Neto, Danillo Perez, David Sanchez, Chucho Valdes, Jimmy Slyde, Savion Glover, Gregory Hines, Stan Strickland, Tiger Okoshi, Nana Vasconcelos, Obo Addy, John Medeski, Vernon Reid, DJ Logic, Badal Roy, Ravikiran, Master Anand, Raqib Hassan, Sam Rivers, Pharoah Sanders, Tisziji Muñoz, and many others. Moses's first recording as a leader was the 1968 album Love Animal, with Jim Pepper, Larry Coryell, Steve Swallow, and Keith Jarrett. The albums Bittersuite in the Ozone and Love Everlasting, the later recorded with spiritual master and guitar genius Tisziji Muñoz, both received five stars in Downbeat. The album Love Everlasting, recorded September 23, 1987, features Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, John Medeski, and John Lockwood, while the album Drumming Birds, also 1987, features percussion duets with Billy Martin.

"Leave it to Moses, a multi-directional shamanistic groovilator, to put all the pieces together. On Time Stood Still, another sprawling production of DeMille-ian scale. He seamlessly blends Monk, funk, tap, hip hop, bebop, big band, blues, Bahia, Tanzania, and the avant garde into one organic package while paying homage to the spirits of Gil Evans, Charles Mingus, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and Jaco Pastorius."-Bill Milkowski, Downbeat

Friday 23 October @ Outpost, 8pm, $15 or b/o
Eric Zinman - piano / Laurence Cook - drums / Linda Clave - painting

One painter creates bright moving colors

2 musicians create a percussion orchestra of varying mass/density/seemingly infinite timbre/ sparkling lines ................high and low frequencies, shakes and tremors ......sounds of unknown origin

Dynamics is rhythm.........Rhythm is form........the ensemble is empathy in action

Linda Clave - painting 36X36
Eric Zinman - piano, yamaha CP300
Laurence Cook - drums, percussion table, casio keyboard

"We will entertain you in the most Halloween way"- ez

Saturday 24 October - Gentle Flow Yoga class, 10-11:15am, $12 donation

Yoga builds strength and flexibility withing a framework of mindfulness.
It can help reduce stress and improve concentration. This mixed level
class will explore standing poses, twists, forward bends, back bends,
and inversions withing a moderate flow practice. Special attention will
be paid to correct alignment and injury prevention.Please join us in
comfortable clothing and bare feet.

Bring a mat if you can (a limited number are available to borrow).
For more information email the instructor, Naomi Bennett, at

NOTE: Due to the fact he is ALL THUMBS, Dr. Lantner will not be able to appear. Junko Simons will lead a stellar aggregation to be announced.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 :
"The Holocaust: Memory and Legacy"

featuring Boston-area Holocaust survivors, children of survivors, Holocaust educators and liberating World War II soldiers, and music from blues virtuoso Ronnie Earl, Klezmer musician Glenn Dickson (Shirim, Naftule's Dream), the Terezin Chamber Music Quartet, and singer Rosalie Gerut.

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

Tuesday 27 October @ Outpost, 8pm
the Unusual film series

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

Thursday 29 October @ OUTPOST, 8pm $5 or b/o

markus nechay presents
“The Whimsy!” Song & poesy, bohemian vaudeville, open mic

Friday 30 October @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o
Bruno Raberg & Allan Chase
Bruno Raberg - bass / Allan Chase - alto sax