50 minutes of new & early music in DC
- improviseD chambeR musiC foR recorderS anD electronicS
performed by Tom Bickley, with Joe Zitt
Wednesday 9 June 1999 8 - 8:50 pm
Washington Art-O-Matic (main stage)
1346-1348 Florida Av NW
open to the public, donation requested
Composer/performer Tom Bickley presents a program of early and new music
for recorders, other winds, and electronics. Spanning the years 1200-1999,
improvisation is a critical element in each of the pieces on the program.
Included are the first DC performances of the solo version of Pauline
Oliveros' "In Consideration of the Earth" (composed for Tom Bickley and
Norman Lowrey), Bickley's "Issa & Basho" and "The Listening Room" (in a
new version with poet Joe Zitt). A new piece, "Temporal Divisions of an
English Nightengale," combines a 17th century melody and digital delay to
create a sonic aviary.
Tom Bickley (vocals, recorders, didjeridoo, electronics, etc.) studied
Gregorian chant and other medieval music, and African American sacred
music. He is certified by Pauline Oliveros to teach the meditative improv
techniques of Deep Listening(TM). In addition to his work with Joe Zitt
and Matt Davis in Comma, he has performed with Pauline Oliveros, Anne
LeBaron, the Denison/Kimball Trio, the Scratch Orchestra and others. His
compositions have been performed in concert and on radio in his native
Texas, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Maryland, Washington, DC and
Germany. His work is available on CD on Quarterstick (DK3s Neutrons) and
MetatronPress (Comma's (voices)), and in privately issued CDs by
composer/performer Norman Lowrey (riverdream through us and spiritdream,
both with Pauline Oliveros). In DC he teaches at Capitol Hill Arts
Workshop and assists with the multicultural liturgical music at St.
Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church.
Joe Zitt (text and vocals) performs with Tom Bickley in the trio Comma. He
studied electronic and ethnic music at Rutgers University and cantorial
music (briefly) at Yeshiva University. His texts and music have been
performed across the United States, and his book "Shekhinah: The Presence"
was published by Metatron Press. He founded and manages Silence: the
Internet John Cage Mailing List, and develops technologies for human
empowerment near Washington, DC. Zitt's works are available on CD from
Metatron Press (Commas (voices) and the upcoming release feldMorph),
"Gentle Entropy" on DAM (www.mp3.com) and the privately issued "Yes,
That's My Real Name (and other stories)".
For more information, please contact Tom Bickley via email
(tbickley@...) or telephone (202 546 1477).
Coming Wed. 30 June 1999: Summer Deep Listening (TM) on Capitol Hill, an
evening workshop led by Tom Bickley at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop