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OPENSOUND, Sat June 15 11 2013, Third Life Studios, Union Square Somerville

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  • Louis Bunk
    Opensound, a monthly concert series of improvised and experimental music ** Next Concert: Saturday, June 15 2013 ... John Cage: Variations III performed by:
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      Opensound, a monthly concert series of improvised and experimental music

      ** Next Concert: Saturday, June 15 2013

      John Cage: Variations III
      performed by:
      Joe Burgio
      Lou Cohen
      Kevin Frenette
      Steve Norton
      Michael Rosenstein

      Laurence Cook, drums
      Steve Norton, reeds
      Tom Plsek, trombone

      Lou Cohen, wiimote/laptop solo

      Kevin Frenette, guitar
      Forbes Graham, trumpet
      Saturday, June 15, 2013

      Third Life Studios
      33 Union Square
      Somerville, MA
      (Almost at the heart of Union Square, on the segment of
      Somerville Ave. coming into Union Square from Porter Square)

      For directions and parking:

      Doors open at 7:45. Music at around 8:00 p.m.
      $8 admission

      Opensound is a monthly concert series that explores improvised and experimental music, bringing artists from disparate backgrounds together for unique events in Somerville MA. The process of improvisation combines the distinctive voices of its individual performers. The music that results is often surprising, unconventional and dynamic. It s not uncommon to hear music made of electronic crackles, noisy multi-phonics, gurgling, hissing, quiet vocalized gibberish, atonal noodling, bowed metal, blowing sounds, post-everything harmony, and a thousand shades of hullabaloo.

      You may also see video and dance cohabitating with buzzes, clicks, drones, wooshes, and bleeps in a bizarre galaxy of pitch and spectra!

      Some Bios

      John Cage was born September 5, 1912, in Los Angeles, California. By 1939 he had begun to experiment with increasingly unorthodox instruments such as the "prepared piano." He also experimented with tape recorders, record players, and radios. His 1943 percussion ensemble concert at the Museum of Modern Art marked the first step in his emergence as a leader of the American musical avant-garde.

      Lou Cohen, born 1937, has composed music since age 11. He studied mathematics at MIT, and has studied music privately. Composition teachers include John Cage, Ernst Levy and Alan Kemler. He studied harpsichord and early music performance practice with John Gibbons. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Readings that have influenced him a great deal: Joseph Schillinger's The Mathematical Basis of the Arts and The Schillinger System of Musical Composition; and Iannis Xenakis's Formalized Music.

      Boston-based saxophonist Steve Norton has been performing and recording for over 30 years, with a bunch of folks to whom he is deeply and forever in debt. His recent work has taken a turn toward more sound-based concerns and investigations into performance gestalt. His focus is on improvisation, which is filtered through a strongly compositional sensibility. Current projects include Duck That, Grizzler, Symptomatic, Kilter, Metal & Glass Ensemble, Spam, solo performance and duos with Vic Rawlings, Curt Newton, Matt Samolis, Noell Dorsey, Marc Bisson and Katt Hernandez.

      Boston area guitarist Kevin Frenette has performed throughout the Northeast USA making music that is inspired by both avant-garde jazz and contemporary improvisation. He studied guitar, composition, and music theory at UMASS-Dartmouth where he received a BA in Theory/Composition. He has performed and/or recorded with such artists as Tatsuya Nakatani, Jack Wright, Joe Giardullo, Pandelis Karayorgis, Daniel Levin, Andy McWain, Forbes Graham, Luther Gray, Jane Wang, James Rohr, Curt Newton, John McLellan, Eric Rosenthal, Blake Newman, Kit Demos, Croix Galipault, Gordon Allen.

      Have a Great Summer!
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