hemlock next monday (san francisco)
- BRINK: Other-Minded Music series
presents Christopher Willits and Blevin Blectum
Wednesday, May 25, at Hemlock Tavern in San Francisco
San Francisco, CA (May 17, 2005) — BRINK: Other-Minded Music, a new monthly
concert series by Other Minds, presents performances by Bay Area artists
Christopher Willits and Blevin Blectum on Wednesday, May 25, at Hemlock Tavern
(1131 Polk St., San Francisco; 21 and over only; $7 cover). Willits will
perform a continuous live improvisation with guitar, computer, and homemade
software, and Blectum will present a new piece of video and audio incorporating
field recordings, with the working title “ARGIOPE ORBWEB.”
Deemed by the San Francisco Bay Guardian as “the center cell of a rather
complex indie-rock-avant-garde-electronic-art Venn diagram here in the Bay
Area," Christopher Willit’s musical focus is characterized by guitar harmonies
processed through custom-designed computer software, which generates a unique
mixture of improvised melody and rhythm. Notes and phrases hook and weave,
creating complex patterns of interlocking rhythms, melodies, and textures.
Willits has released music on the labels 12k (USA), Ghostly International (USA),
Fallt (Ireland), Sub Rosa (Belgium), Nibble (USA), Ache Records (Canada), and
Plop (Japan), and has toured extensively in the U.S. and Japan.
Blevin Blectum (formerly half of the duo Blectum From Blechdom) now works in
solo or in the company of audio/video band SAGAN (with Wobbly and J Lesser),
and occasionally moonlights as one of the voices of Drew Daniel's Soft Pink
Truth. Living and working in Oakland, CA, she continues to create electronics
with a more oblique slant on the basic BFB sensation of
things-not-quite-right-here: clanking, creaking grooves and anti-grooves like “a coal-powered
spacecraft from some steam-punk parallel universe, puffing and straining as it
struggles to reach escape velocity, chopped, timed and stretched to the
breaking/boiling point, generally fucked-with samples of everything from
hand-slapped rain-drenched leaves and antique broken Beatnik banks to ProTooledFree
classic disembodied-blissful-transvestite-stand-up-comic vocals.” Blevin
recently released her third solo CD “Magic Maple” on Praemedia.
Launched on April 27, 2005, BRINK: Other-Minded Music is a monthly concert
series providing an intimate setting for performances by local, national, and
international musicians and composers, with a focus on music experimentation.
Held at Hemlock Tavern’s recently renovated, 100-person capacity performance
space near downtown San Francisco, the series reflects Other Minds’
commitment to the world community of composers and sound artists, and presents a new
opportunity for developing “other-minded” artists, as well as artists
seeking a more intimate forum to congregate and perform their works. Curated by
Other Minds Program Director Bernard Francis Kyle and board member David
Katznelson, along with guest curators, the series runs the last Wednesday of every
month at 9:30 p.m.
21 and over only. Cover charge: $7.
ABOUT HEMLOCK TAVERN
Hemlock Tavern is located at 1131 Polk Street, between Post and Sutter, one
block east of Van Ness Avenue. Hemlock features a newly expanded live music
performance room, physically separate from the main bar, which was originally
designed by studio recording engineers and underwent a renovation and
expansion in January 2005. While retaining much of its beloved intimacy and charm,
the room is now a somewhat bigger, and all-around improved, version of itself
with a new 16' x 10' stage. The Hemlock Tavern received the 2004 SF Weekly
award for "Best Intimate Venue."
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