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Pavone/Halvorson in DC tonight, Thintap Woodsap/Afuche on Tuesday

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  • Scott Verrastro
    Clavius Productions presents: Sunday, July 15 Velvet Lounge 915 U St NW WDC http://www.velvetloungedc.com $8, 21+, doors at 9pm Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone
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      Clavius Productions presents:

      Sunday, July 15
      Velvet Lounge
      915 U St NW WDC
      $8, 21+, doors at 9pm

      Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone (experimental guitar/viola duo, mem. of Anthony Braxton's Septet)
      Judith Berkson (solo Wurlitzer organ)
      Motreb (improv guitar/drums duo from VA)

      Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone

      "Their experimental instincts, sharpened by an affiliation with Anthony Braxton, commingle with a folksy lyricism; sometimes they even sing, without a trace of protective irony." (Nate Chinen, The New York Times)

      "They listen as though they're hotwired into each other's brain, their taut structural discipline prompting a domino effect of great ideas." (Philip Clark, The Wire)

      Mary Halvorson is a guitarist, composer and improviser living in Brooklyn. She grew up in Boston and studied jazz at Wesleyan University and the New School. Since 2000 she has been performing regularly in New York with various groups and has toured Europe and the U.S. with the Anthony Braxton Quintet (Live at the Royal Festival Hall, Leo Records) and Trevor Dunn’s Trio-Convulsant (Sister Phantom Owl Fish, Ipecac Recordings). She has also performed alongside Joe Morris, Nels Cline, John Tchicai, Elliott Sharp, Lee Ranaldo, Andrea Parkins, Marc Ribot, Tony Malaby, Oscar Noriega and John Hollenbeck. Current projects which Mary composes for and performs with include a chamber-music duo with violist Jessica Pavone (Prairies, Lucky Kitchen, 2005); The Mary Halvorson Trio with John Hebert and Ches Smith; and the avant-rock band People (People, I & Ear Records, 2005). She also performs regularly in ensembles led by Taylor Ho Bynum, Ted Reichman, Peter Evans, Tatsuya Nakatani, Jason Cady, Matthew Welch, Brian Chase and Curtis Hasselbring.

      New York native Jessica Pavone is a string instrumentalist and composer based in Brooklyn who holds degrees in viola performance, music education and composition. She's studied viola with tons of classical teachers, improvisation with Leroy Jenkins and is continuously learning by working within a community of creative musicians in New York, most notably through her work with composer Anthony Braxton.

      Most recently, she tours Europe and the United States with The Anthony Braxton Sextet and Twelve+1tet and in a collaborative duo with Mary Halvorson (guitar, viola, and voice). She currently leads two ensembles; The Pavones and Quotidian and improvises in groups led by William Parker,Taylor Ho Bynum, and Matana Roberts. She plays bass guitar with; Minnows, Christy and Emily, and Jason Cady and the Artificials.

      She has performed at a number of international music festivals including, the Molde Jazz Festival in Norway, The Banlieues Blues Festival in Paris, The Victoriaville Festival of New Music in Canada, the Santa Annarresi Jazz Festival in Italy, All Tomorrows Parties in England, Jazz em Augusto in Portugal, The Wels Unlimited Festival in Austria, and at the Ciclo Jazz Foundation in Spain.

      As a composer, she has received commissions to write chamber music for The Eastern Winds and Till by Turning, and her pieces have been heard throughout the northeast in venues such as the Kitchen and Issue Project Room in New York and Real Art Ways in Hartford, Connecticut.

      As an instrumentalist, she has interpreted new music by musicians such as Glenn Branca, Butch Morris, Matthew Welch, James Fei, Matt Bauder, David Grubbs, Loren Dempster, Aaron Siegel, and Andrew Raffo Dewar.

      Since 2000, she has documented her music via her self-run label Peacock Recordings, which was recently awarded a grant from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music Recording Program, and her growing discography and list of works can be witnessed via her web site, www.jessicapavone.com.

      Judith Berkson

      Judith started singing when her father taught her the blessing over wine in 1981. She joined the family group which toured Chicagoland and the Midwest playing shows at community centers and synagogues. After music conservatory she moved to Brooklyn where's she's been writing music and playing in bands. Judith likes the challenging music, teaching Schoenberg harmony, speaking in 3rd person, finding good clothes and hanging out with her sick creative friends.

      Judith has played with folk legend Theodore Bikel, saxophonist Steve Coleman and has performed new music by Milton Babbitt, Joe Maneri and Osvaldo Golijov. Her voice was the basis of "Twilight" a multimedia project by Hans Breder and Carlos Cuellar at DOSA museum in Germany. She has worked with composer Gerard Pape who runs the Center for Music Iannis Xenakis in Paris (CCMIX) and sang the American premier of his "Two Electro-Acoustic songs" in 2004. Judith is also a Cantor and works at Old Westbury Hebrew Congregation on Long Island.


      Two Safranin bands plus the amazing Echolalia...

      Monday, July 16
      Velvet Lounge
      915 U St NW WDC
      $6, 21+, doors at 9pm

      The Antiques (Washington DC black jangle post-funk)
      The Offering (VA shoegaze)
      Echolalia (solo theremin)

      The Antiques
      "For fans of semi-obscure '80s British acts such as Comsat Angels and the Chameleons UK ... well, here is your new favorite band. The songs are dramatic without being overwrought, as the band doesn't get bogged down with unnecessary instrumentation. A thick organ sound envelops tracks such as "Painted Post Road" and "Don't Stand in My Room," which plod along gingerly while Greg Svitil gives a perfect deadpan delivery of lines like, "Don't light up my life / Yours is the light I don't need / When did you become such a creep? / When did you become so psychotic?" Things are more sprightly on "One Day You'll Be Sorry Too" and "Auburn Aumbry," recalling some different obscure '80s U.K. acts -- let's say Felt and Orange Juice this time. People who are serious about their 7" record collection will seriously love this album." –Washington Post
      The Offering
      The Offering of Fredericksburg, Virginia are no stranger to noise violations. Started in 2005 by Charles Pinto and former guitarist and vocalist Andrew Cooke, the band's mission to modernize, but experiment with, what the two considered to be "the classics" was clear. As many bands had done in the past, the two forged their music on the foundation of guitar, bass, and drum machine, forgoing a drummer for no better reason than to create a unique sound. The result was nothing short of that. Pinto's dark, primal rhythms encompass what becomes epic turns song after song, and his driving sometimes distorted bass lines compliment the percussion amply.
      Upon Cooke's parting, guitarist Billy Noom took the role of lead quite naturally. His jangly but somehow still melancholy guitar work, leads the band efficiently guiding second guitarist Shane Huffman's harmonious and piercing riffs throughout the journey. Coupled with Huffman, keyboardist Chris Critzer provides at times eerie background soundscapes, but also fills the role as a strict keys player nicely. Critzer also fills in as second percussionist on many songs, yielding only a single tom-drum as his tool. The band's live show is a finely tuned psychedelic freak-out and their tendency to sound check and tune instruments at higher volumes than most band's entire sets has earned them a spot as one of the noisier independent bands in America.
      "Dark vocals, sheets of blistering paint-peeling guitars, and a propulsive drum rhythm combine to make some fantastic music akin to New Order, Skywave, Ceremony, Jesus and Mary Chain, The Chameleons, etc."- Tonevendor
      Influenced by Found recordings, random thoughts while daydreaming, things around the apartment, walking down the street, and "ideas or phrases I hear on tv, the radio, or in everyday conversation.," Echolalia is "sometimes quiet, sometimes noisy, sometimes spooky, sometimes funny, sometimes sad or other times a mix of everything."  A member of DC's legendary freak champions Alzo Boszormenyi and the Acid Achievers. 


      Tuesday, July 17
      Velvet Lounge
      915 U St St NW WDC
      $7, 21+, doors at 9pm

      Thintap Woodsap (experimental psych-pop)
      Afuche (Latin free jazz from Brooklyn)

      Thintap Woodsap

      The press calls Thintap Woodsap "frighteningly
      talented" (Boston's Weekly Dig), but he isn't so frightening anymore. See, he will have eaten only bananas and water for a week by the time you see him and he will have lots of paper and crayons and other fun activities for you to do. He'd bring a durian for fun and sniffing but the last time he did that, the authorities ripped out the floor of the studio where he was recording thinking there was a gas leak.

      So, now for the credentials and name dropping in
      one long, confusing sentence: Thintap's compositions and improvisations range from very complex, mammoth pieces for orchestra to neo-vaudeville musicals, noise rock operas, long term collaborations with the thaumaturgical Stormy Laughter, and with the utterly original dancer, Zack Fuller, percussionists Tatsuya Nakatani, Will Redman, and Jeff Arnal, and violinist Katt Hernandez, and reed players John Dierker and John Dikeman to intimate songs that he sings and plays on the piano and
      accordion all by himself, which you will hear this evening. He has also enjoyed many lentil dinners with Joe Maneri and if you want to do some snooping, he also has the name, "Jonathan Vincent". He is a completely original and nutritious protein without any gimmicks or fashionably processed sarcasm. Missing him in your lifetime will really dissapoint your children.

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