Brooklyn Rooftop Film Festival:  The Pine Barrens feat. The Ruins of Friendship Orchestra
7:45 PM19:45

Brooklyn Rooftop Film Festival: The Pine Barrens feat. The Ruins of Friendship Orchestra



David Scott Kessler | US | 104

Within the heart of New Jersey, the most densely populated state in America, a scorched wilderness stands in defiance of the encroaching megalopolis that surrounds it. Once deemed inhospitable; north and south, rural and suburban, harmony and disruption, truth and folklore, all merge and contradict around the stories that unite individuals living among the land. Spanning six years, the film paints a portrait of nature and identity that aims to capture the surreal wonder of the Pinelands during a time when corruption threatens to undermine its few protections. The Pine Barrens is scored live by The Ruins of Friendship Orchestra, a fusion of folk and electronic sounds, creating a layered experience transporting the viewer through this surreal landscape.

the Ruins of Friendship Orchestra

Ben Warfield - synthesizer

Laura Baird - vocals, flute, banjo

Veronica Jurkiewicz - viola

Jesse Sparhawk - harp, bass

John Pettit - guitar, trumpet, harmonium


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40th Street Summer Series:  Magdaliz and her Latin Ensemble Crisol
6:00 PM18:00

40th Street Summer Series: Magdaliz and her Latin Ensemble Crisol

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Gwendolyn Bye Dancefusion
Gwendolyn Bye Dancefusion is a professional modern dance repertory company and dance school. For over 30 years, they have reconstructed modern dance and created new works for the future. The school, located in University City, offers classes to adults and children.

with Magdaliz and her Latin Ensemble Crisol
Magdaliz and Her Latin Ensemble CRISOL, Spanish for melting pot, is an ensemble that has been performing in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas since 1997. This group is dedicated to the interpretation of a variety of folk and traditional music genres from all over Latin America and the Caribbean (e.g. Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, and other wonderful places).

40th Street Summer Series

The 40th Street Summer Series—co-produced by University City District, Penn, and The Rotunda—has grown into one of the most popular outdoor summer events in University City. This free outdoor series features internationally-recognized talent in one of “West Philly’s picturesque open green spaces” (Philadelphia Weekly). In the past, the Summer Series has featured internationally-acclaimed acts such as the Millennial Territory Orchestra, Man Man, and the Sun Ra Arkestra, playing free outdoor concerts that capture the soul of the neighborhood. 

We will be moving to a brand-new location just down the block with the same eclectic, fun shows you’ve come to know and love. The performances will now be held at 39th and Walnut Streets, just near Locust Walk. Save the date for June 15th, July 13th, and August 17th for three nights of fun!

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Zig Zag Blossom
8:00 PM20:00

Zig Zag Blossom

Vince Johnson is back with a new show “Zig Zag Blossom” debuting this Sunday, June 2nd! All are welcome to witness this happening of sound and movement. 📸: @ryanstrandgreenberg Dancers: @annmariego & Vince Johnson  #phillydance #performancegarage #dancetheatre #phillykerplop #music #movement #dance #danceperformance #philadelphia

Free admission

Dance: Maddie+Kayla, Annmarie+Vince, Stephen, + more

Sound: Matt, Veronica & Jenny

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Wally Gunn's "MOONLITE" at Princeton
5:00 PM17:00

Wally Gunn's "MOONLITE" at Princeton

MAY 19, 2019 | 5PM


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Wally Gunn's "MOONLITE" - NYC premiere
7:30 PM19:30

Wally Gunn's "MOONLITE" - NYC premiere

The artists of Variant 6 and Mobius Percussion, and Veronica Jurkiewicz, join hands for the New York Premiere of a new original work by Wally Gunn and Maria Zajkowski:

MOONLITE, an oratorio for voices, percussion, and viola based on the true crime queer love story of the 19th-century Australian bushranger Andrew George Scott, known as “Captain Moonlite.”

Music by Wally Gunn
Libretto by Maria Zajkowski

Variant 6, voices
Mobius Percussion feat. Víctor Pablo
Veronica Jurkiewicz, viola

Captain Moonlite—a rogue, a brigand, a criminal, and a queer—is an outsider who chafes at the constraints of Victorian-era society. He dreams of founding a utopia for himself and the lover he met in prison, James Nesbitt. Unable to make a life in society upon their release, Scott and Nesbitt resign themselves to living outside it, and in pursuing this end, the pair, by misconduct and misfortune, fall foul of the law. Banding together with some other misfits, they set off on a grueling trek through Australia’s arid outback and find themselves in a series of increasingly desperate situations which culminate in a stand-off and shoot-out with police. An officer is shot and killed, and Nesbitt, also shot fatally, dies in Scott’s arms. Scott, stricken and defeated, is imprisoned and sentenced to death by hanging for his crimes. In his cell, he writes heartrendingly of his love for Nesbitt, his terrible loss, and his hope that he will be reunited with his lover in the next world.


This performance is presented in collaboration with Víctor Pablo of Mobius Percussion, with support from Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater and its Step Up Artists In Residence initiative, established with a grant from The New York Community Trust.

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Wally Gunn's MOONLITE with Variant 6, Mobius Percussion + Veronica MJ
8:00 PM20:00

Wally Gunn's MOONLITE with Variant 6, Mobius Percussion + Veronica MJ

Bowerbird is pleased to present Moonlite, a new work by composer Wally Gunn and librettist Maria Zajkowski performed by Variant 6, Mobius Percussion and Veronica Jurkiewicz. Moonlite is a concert-length oratorio based on the true story of the 19th-century Australian outlaw Andrew George Scott, known as “Captain Moonlite.” Captain Moonlite—a rogue, a brigand, a criminal, and a queer—is an outsider who chafes at the constraints of Victorian-era society. He dreams of founding a utopia for himself and the lover he met in prison, James Nesbitt. Unable to make a life in society upon their release, Scott and Nesbitt resign themselves to living outside it, and in pursuing this end, the pair, by misconduct and misfortune, fall foul of the law. Banding together with some other misfits, they set off on a grueling trek through Australia’s arid outback and find themselves in a series of increasingly desperate situations which culminate in a stand-off and shoot-out with police. An officer is shot and killed, and Nesbitt, also shot fatally, dies in Scott’s arms. Scott, stricken and defeated, is imprisoned and sentenced to death by hanging for his crimes. In his cell, he writes heartrendingly of his love for Nesbitt, his terrible loss, and his hope that he will be reunited with his lover in the next world.

Variant 6
Rebecca Myers and Kathryn Radakovich, sopranos
Elisa Sutherland, mezzo-soprano
Steven Bradshaw and James Reese, tenors
Daniel Schwartz, bass-baritone

Mobius Percussion
Mika Godbole
Nicole Patrick
Victor Pablo
Jessica Tsang

Veronica Jurkiewicz, viola


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8:00 PM20:00



Performing with Erik Ruin’s Ominous Cloud Ensemble:

Erik Ruin’s Ominous Cloud Ensemble is an ever-evolving, collectively-improvising large ensemble for projections and music, led by visual artist Erik Ruin, recently lauded by the New York Times for his “spell-binding cut-paper animations.” Erik manipulates intricate paper-cuts and painted films on overhead projectors to create abstract landscapes and fragmentary scenes that are nonetheless charged with meaning, merging with music that ranges from dark atmospherics to ecstatic peaks of dissonance. Members of the ensemble include a rotating cast of Philly’s finest musicians, who have collaborated with everyone from Anthony Braxton to the Sun Ra Arkestra to Bardo Pond.

Sunday, May 5th @ 8PM

Vox Populi Gallery

$8-10 sliding scale

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8:00 PM20:00




April 23, 2019
Philadelphia, PA, United States Martha ADDRESS AND MAP

Time Tuesday April 23rd @ 8:00 PM  Admission Free/Donation requested

Heart Of The Ghost:

“For the past two years, few improvisation units have been as omnipresent in the D.C. area as Heart of the Ghost. For good reason: The trio of alto saxophonist Jarrett Gilgore, bassist Luke Stewart, and percussionist Ian McColm is something of a trinity of the finest free jazz improvisers in the region. If you’ve seen Heart of the Ghost in concert, then you know—Gilgore, Stewart, and McColm’s performances feel like a kind of séance, with the trio locked into a musical conversation with one another.

Though Gilgore’s skronked-out sax wailings anchor the tracks, no one part is greater than the sum of the whole. McColm’s inventive percussion techniques feel like a rhythm from another world, and Stewart—easily one of the most prolific and talented bassists in the region, if not the entire country—takes his instrument to new dimensions.” – Matt Cohen/Washington Citypaper

“…But free music is about right now, wherever you are at, anyplace that the right players get together and play. If you have a chance to hear Washington, D.C. trio Heart of the Ghost, rest assured that you’ve found another portal into the creative vortex that spontaneously lifts hearts, minds and bands off the stand. Their freewheeling improvisations tap into the same defiant spirit decanted by Mingus and the Minutemen, which is to say that the freedom is in the playing, but it’s also a conscious reaction to the ways in which people are not free. You can hear protest in alto saxophonist Jarrett Gilgore’s brays and peppery interjections. You can hear mourning and defiant creation in bassist Luke Stewart’s continually shifting frameworks of woody-toned dark motion. And you can hear the moment-to-moment dance necessary to keep it moving or just keep standing in drummer Ian McColm’s shifting tonal surfaces and rhythmic cascades.”-Bill Meyer/Dusted

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Veronica MJ/Matt Engle/Dan Capecchi trio:

Veronica Jurkiewicz (MJ) is a violist, violinist, and vocalist based in Philadelphia.  She is drawn to sound involving the intersection of experimental, improvisational, and traditional practice.

Veronica is often seen playing in a string quartet performing new/experimental music, singing Bach, improvising alongside Afro-Cuban percussionists, interpreting new musicand bringing chamber music to the people with Classical Revolution Philly.

Matt Engle (bass) has been an active member of the Philadelphia creative and improvised music scene for over 15 years. He is a member of the Dan Blacksberg Trio, Bobby Zankel small group, and Sonic Liberation Front among others.

Born and raised in the Twin Cities of Minnesota (St. Paul and Minneapolis), percussionist Dan Capecchi moved to Philadelphia in the fall of 2002, where he became increasingly interested and active in the world of improvised music. Dan has been involved with Shot x Shot, Peter Robbins, Jeff Baumeister, and Toshi Makahara as well as
short term engagements with Susie Ibarra and others.

This event made possible by a donation from Martha Bar Kensington.



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Debussy's "Nocturnes" with the Curtis Symphony Orch/Yannick Nezét-Seguin
8:00 PM20:00

Debussy's "Nocturnes" with the Curtis Symphony Orch/Yannick Nezét-Seguin


Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor

RAVEL                      Une Barque sur l'ocean
DEBUSSY                 Nocturnes
BRUCKNER             Symphony No. 9 in D minor

Throughout his meteoric rise to become a leading conductor of his generation, Yannick Nézet-Séguin has consistently captivated musicians and audiences with interpretations that are engrossing, scintillating, and deeply personal. His musical passions spring to life through the evocative colors and nuance of Ravel’s Une Barque sur l'océan; the steely grays and dusky impressionism of Claude Debussy’s Nocturnes; and the sweeping majesty of Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9.

Soprano I as a part of the women’s chorus of Choral Arts Philadelphia, Matthew Glandorf - music director


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 the great blue heron @ Bartram's Garden
8:00 PM20:00

the great blue heron @ Bartram's Garden

The Great Blue Heron

Free Jazz Big Band

Bartram’s Garden Barn

Saturday March 30th at 8pm-9:30pm
Five to Seven Dollars, Sliding Scale.

$2 Tickets availabe to Southwest Philly Residents or ACCESS Card Holders

“The Great Blue Heron” is a newly formed collective of some of Philadelphia’s very best Avant-Garde and Free Jazz musicians performing improvised compositions through deep listening and creative reaction. Led by Bass Clarinetist Mike Watson.

As with the heron itself, the music strives for patience, timing, and grace. Yet searches for detail and knows when to fly away.

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Groupmuse!  Potluck!
6:30 PM18:30

Groupmuse! Potluck!

Celebrate the beginning of Spring with food and music in our West Philly home!

It's a potluck, it's a house party, it's a string quartet in our living room, and we cannot wait to share the night with our neighbors. Nico is the new Philly Regional Community Manager for Groupmuse, and this is our first time hosting our own Groupmuse (more to come!). 
We will be making a healthy amount of food, but be sure to bring a dish and/or drink to share before the music starts.

Looking forward to filling our home with music, food, and you!

Featuring the Bismuth Quartet with guest violinist Mandy Wolman

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8:00 PM20:00


Admission: Free, Pay what you can 

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BISMUTH QUARTET performs Johanna Beyer’s String Quartet II and String Quartet IV

Bowerbird is honored to present a two evening retrospective of pioneering composer Johanna Beyer. The first evening features her percussion music and the second evening features her chamber music.

Although Beyer’s music was overlooked during her lifetime and for decades after her death, it was some of the most experimental and prophetic work created during the 1930s. Music of the Spheres (1938) is the first known work scored for electronic instruments by a female composer. The fourth movements of her two clarinet suites (1932) are some of the earliest examples of a pitch-based approach to rhythmic processes, which would not be fully explored again until the late 1940s by composers such as Elliott Carter and Conlon Nancarrow. Several of her works anticipate the minimalist music of the 1960s, most notably the fourth movement of her first String Quartet. She included tone clusters in Clusters, a suite for solo piano, and the duet, Movement for Two Pianos. The large clusters in these works often require the pianist to play the keys with their forearms. Perhaps Beyer’s most important and overlooked contribution to the development of new music is her repertoire for percussion ensemble. The Percussion Suite of 1933 is one of the earliest examples in this genre and differs from those of her contemporaries in that it “explores the understated and quiet expressive possibilities of percussion.
We extend our thanks to Frog Peak Music and Amy Beal and their dedication in  recovering Beyer’s work, without whom these concerts would not be possible.  


Dissonant Counterpoint
Michael Tan

Michael Tan

Michael Tan

Three Songs for Percussion, Voice, and Piano
Eva Kastner-Puschl, voice
Andy Thierauf, percussion
David Hughes, piano

Movement for Double Bass and Piano
Joshua Machiz, double bass
David Hughes, piano

Suite for Violin and Piano
Molly Germer, violin
David Hughes, piano

Sky Pieces
Alize Rozsnyai, voice
David Hughes, piano

Robin in the Rain
Alize Rozsnyai, soprano
Eva Kastner-Puschl, alto
David Hughes, piano

Have Faith!
Alize Rozsnyai, soprano
Nicholas Handahl, flute

Four Pieces for Oboe and Bassoon
Meghan Woodard, oboe
Dominic Panunto, bassoon

Solo Clarinet Suite I
Sean Bailey, clarinet

String Quartet II
Bismuth Quartet:

Carlos Santiago and Gabe Miller, violins

Veronica Jurkiewicz, viola

Carolina Diazgranados, cello

String Quartet IV
Bismuth Quartet

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Wayfinder #5:  Victor Haskins' SKEIN + Bismuth Quartet
8:00 PM20:00

Wayfinder #5: Victor Haskins' SKEIN + Bismuth Quartet

WAYFINDER presents

Bismuth Quartet


Victor Haskins' Skein (Richmond VA)
celebrating Victor's new album "Showing Up"
Matt Engle, bass
Mike Szekely, drums

Friday, March 15th
Music @ 8pm
$10 suggested donation / all proceeds to the musicians
Drinks for sale

The 5th installment of WAYFINDERS @ the Mothership

A Matt Engle & Veronica MJ production

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Camae Ayewa Poem Premiere
6:00 PM18:00

Camae Ayewa Poem Premiere


Camae Ayewa (Moor Mother) premieres a new poem commissioned by the Arthur Ross Gallery in honor of Marian Anderson, the celebrated Philadelphia-native classical singer. In the process of creating this new poetic work, Ayewa conducted research through the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts’ archive of Marian Anderson’s personal documents, published and unpublished interviews, ephemera, musical scores, and related archival materials. Ayewa will be accompanied by a new work specially composed for the occasion by frequent collaborator Keir Neuringer, informed by research of Marian Anderson’s personal musical score collection. Neuringer (saxophone) will be joined by Veronica MJ (viola) and Ashley Tini (vibraphone). This event is timed to coincide with Marian Anderson’s birthday of February 27th.

Camae Ayewa is a poet and the author of the book of poetry Fetish Bones, published by the Afrofuturist Affair (2016). Fetish Bones shares the same title as her debut album Fetish Bones by Moor Mother released on Don Giovanni Records. Her poetry is rooted in a practice she has created called “Anthropology of Consciousness,” which invokes an understanding that spiritual energy is not stagnant but continuous in every dimension as spiral and boundless information. Her poetry is ageless, intergenerational, and not outside of, but through the bounds of time. Her poetry recovers that which we have been forced to forget and realigns ancestral meridians that serve as our guides to our inner and outer worlds throughout existence.

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ENCOUNTERS @ The Mothership
8:00 PM20:00

ENCOUNTERS @ The Mothership

February 8th

Veronica MJ solo - original piece by Dan Blacksberg



Susan Alcorn, pedal steel

Julius Masri, keyboards

Dan Blacksberg, trombone

Temple University’s Boyer College Electroacoustic Ensemble Project (BEEP)

Music @ 8:!5pm

$15/general admission

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Members of Classical Revolution @ Dickens Day Celebration
2:00 PM14:00

Members of Classical Revolution @ Dickens Day Celebration

Sunday's shindig starts at 1:45 p.m. at Griffith Hall at the University of Sciences, next to the park, with a performance by Classical Revolution Philly. At 2 p.m, the readings begin: the performers include Kevin Quinn, a north New Jersey resident and member of the New York Dickens Fellowship, who will read from "Great Expectations"; Ceil Mann, from Media, will read from "The Pickwick Papers"; Larry Beck, an actor, and West Philadelphia resident, will read from "Dombey and Son"; and Ruthanne E. Ankney, who for the past three years has driven from her home near Pittsburgh to participate, will read from a Dickens short story, "The Chimes."

Veronica MJ, voice

Brendan Evans, guitar

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Jerry Blavat and Friends 40th Anniversary Show
8:00 PM20:00

Jerry Blavat and Friends 40th Anniversary Show

A Philadelphia institution in his own, Jerry Blavat AKA Geator with The Heater AKA the Boss with the Hot Sauce has been filling Philadelphia's radio waves with golden oldies classics for decades. This will be his 40th concert at the Kimmel Center!

The Miracles
Kim Weston
Brenda Holloway
The Stylistics
Sonny Turner former lead singer of The Platters
Jay Siegel’s Tokens
The Chantels
Plus Some surprises!

Hal Keshner: Orchestra Conductor

Mike McCourt: Music Director and Arranger 


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Kimmel Center Presents:  Dan Blacksberg Residency kick-off show
8:00 PM20:00

Kimmel Center Presents: Dan Blacksberg Residency kick-off show

Dan Blacksberg, composer and trombonist, will explore and fuse connections between jazz, klezmer music, and Jewish and non-Jewish music from the Middle East and North Africa. “I want to dig into the continuum of sounds and people that spreads from the Middle East through Eastern Europe, and a shared history of change that resulted from bringing our cultures to this country. I want to showcase those sounds, and add to them jazz’s ability, primarily through improvisation, to tell my own story [and] explore connections between music cultures of mine like klezmer and jazz, and those from the Middle Eastern to which I am connected but still an outsider.” Joining Blacksberg in bringing this project to life is Nick Millevoi (electric guitar), Chad Taylor (drums), Matt Engle (bass), and Veronica MJ (viola).

Audiences can expect the work to be a “musical playground” combining and juxtaposing different musical vocabularies, idioms, and cultures to create unique and exciting compositions.

This concert is FREE !!

SEI Innovation Studio

Inside the Kimmel Center

2 levels below ground floor

300 S Broad St

Philadelphia, PA 19102

BYOB Performance

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Advent Lessons and Carols "The Great O Antiphons"
7:00 PM19:00

Advent Lessons and Carols "The Great O Antiphons"

The choir of the Church of the Good Shepherd will offer a service of Lessons and Carols patterned around the lessons and anthems based on the great "O Antiphons" of Advent. The music is mostly by local and living composers: Philip Stopford, Michael Djupstrom, Benjamin Boyle, David Ludwig, Melissa Dunphy, Orlando Gibbons, Eriks Esenvalds and Philip Moore. In addition, there will be many familiar hymns to sing as well. 
All are invited to the Rectory following the service for a festive reception! 
Father Nazereno, Presiding 
Mathew Glandorf, Organist and Choirmaster

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Ben Patterson:  Methods and Processes with Arcana New Music Ensemble
8:00 PM20:00

Ben Patterson: Methods and Processes with Arcana New Music Ensemble

Ben Patterson: Methods and Processes

Bowerbird and the Arcana New Music Ensemble are excited to present the music of Ben Patterson (1934-2016), an important and under-recognized leader of the early Fluxus movement, an international, interdisciplinary community of experimental artists that began in the early 1960s. The program represents Patterson’s wide range of compositional strategies.  For example – Paper Piece (for 1 to 5 performers) is a text score that invites musicians to –  “shake, break, tear, crumple” – paper in an improvisatory exploration of its sonic properties.  String Music on the other hand is a graphic score with detailed performance instructions and intricate notation more reminiscent of Stockhausen’s Kontakte.

Early in Patterson’s career, as an African American classically trained double bassist, he sought to “break the color barrier” and be the first black musician to play in an American symphony orchestra. As Patterson noted, “in the end, even though such a famous conductor as Leopold Stokowski fought strongly on my behalf, America was not yet ready for a black symphony musician, and so I went to Canada.”  During his initial brush with expatriate life, Patterson performed as a contrabassist with the Halifax Symphony Orchestra and the Ottawa Philharmonic Orchestra, and also became involved with electronic music, working in Ottawa with Canadian pioneer Hugh Le Caine and performing his own experiments.

In 1960 he moved to Europe  and was active in the contemporary music scene, performing in festivals in Cologne, Paris, Venice, Vienna and elsewhere.  During this pre-Fluxus period he created and performed some of his early seminal works: Paper Piece (1960), Lemons (1961) and Variations for Double-Bass (1961). Patterson assisted George Maciunas in organizing the historic 1962 Fluxus Festival in Wiesbaden. His interview with Emmett Williams – for the opening of this festival – was one of the first articles about Fluxus. In 1963 Patterson moved to New York, where he participated in Fluxus manifestations until the late 1960s – when he returned to pursue “an ordinary life.”

During the next two decades he pursued a career in arts administration – managing a variety of music, theater, and dance companies and serving as administrator or consultant to municipal, state, and federal arts funding agencies. Although he remained outside the Fluxus scene during this period, he did occasionally surface with performances and new works for such events as the 20th Anniversary Fluxus Festival in Wiesbaden in 1982 and the 1983 Bienal de Sao Paulo, Brazil, and has been well represented in the various exhibitions throughout the USA of the Silverman collection.

After a nearly twenty-year hiatus, Patterson reemerged in the late 1980s to resume his career as an artist. In 1989, Patterson returned to Europe to live, creating a vast repository of scores, paintings, and sculptures. He has exhibited or performed widely in major and minor venues in New York, Brisbane, Prague, Winnipeg, Tusa (Sicily), Athens, Kassel, and elsewhere.  



Variations for Double Bass (1961-62)

String Music (1960)

Duo for Voice and String Instrument (1961)

Simple Opera (1996)

Pond (1962)

Paper Piece (1960)

Overture (1961)

A Disturbing Composition (1961)


Anthony Bob, flute
Erin Busch, cello
Veronica Jurkiewicz, viola
Josh Machiz, bass
Tara Middleton, violin and voice
David Middleton, electric guitar and bass
Andy Thierauf, percussion

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Up Unzipped with Philly Kerplop!
8:00 PM20:00

Up Unzipped with Philly Kerplop!

Philly Kerplop has a free show this Sunday, Dec. 9th at Fringe Arts @ 8pm. Reserve your spot here. Come out around 7/7:30pm to hang, maybe have a drink and/or a bite. We will start the show sharply at 8pm. We are calling this one Up Unzipped. It features music by Jenny and Veronica. The physical performers are Kilo and Sanchel.

Disclaimer, we proudly aren't fitting in with the Kimmel Center Crowd or anything you'd see on the Avenue of The Arts. 

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LIBRE ATASCOS presents:  Cuddle Magic // Cuenca
8:00 PM20:00

LIBRE ATASCOS presents: Cuddle Magic // Cuenca


Cuddle Magic (brooklyn-based avant-pop)

Cuenca (philly impro-wanderers)
Travis Woodson
Matt Engle
Prof. Z (Mike Szekely)


Doors @ 8pm
$10 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds)

Hi5 Studio
1320 N. 5th Street
(MAAS building garden entrance on 5th Street)

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Gavin Bryars:  Laude with the Arcana New Music Ensemble
8:00 PM20:00

Gavin Bryars: Laude with the Arcana New Music Ensemble

Gavin Bryars: Laude

  • Thursday, December 6, 2018

  • 8:00 PM  10:00 PM

  • University Lutheran Church3637 Chestnut StreetPhiladelphia, PA, 19104United States (map)

…The music of Gavin Bryars falls under no category. It is mongrel, full of sensuality and wit and is deeply moving. He allows you to witness new wonders in the sounds around you by approaching them from a completely new angle. With a third ear maybe… Michael Ondaatj

Arcana performs Gavin Bryars medieval inspired “Laude” (songs) with improvised interludes by electronic musician Jesse Kudler.

English composer Gavin Bryars (b. 1943) emerged in the late 60s, playing bass with improvisers Derek Bailey and Tony Oxley, and working with composers John Cage, Cornelius Cardew and John White. His first major works – The Sinking of the Titanic (1969), originally released on Brian Eno’s Obscure label in 1975, and Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet (1971) – were remarkable for their juxtaposition of music concrete and found sounds with rich, beautiful harmonies.

Since 2001 Bryars has been writing a number of pieces based on a large collection of 13th century ‘Laude’ -short mediaeval devotional songs to the Virgin Mary. Bryars notes, “Over the last few years I have written a number of pieces for unaccompanied voice based on the texts and format of the “lauda”, a large collection of songs which appears in a manuscript collection from thirteenth-century Cortona. These laude are religious (but non-liturgical) songs that were performed outside churches and in other public places. In setting these texts for voice I do not imitate the style of the original but rather the spirit and form, and also relish the challenge of writing something quite austere and self sufficient.”


Lauda Dolce II for solo viola
It Never Rains for electric guitar, viola, cello, double bass
Tre Lauda Dolce for solo cello
Laude Cortonese Vol. 3 for soprano, tenor, viola, cello, and double bass
Lauda: The Flower of Friendship for electric guitar, viola, cello, double bass

Alize Rozsnyai, soprano
Bryan Umberto Hoyos, tenor
Brendan Evans, electric guitar
Veronica Jurkiewicz, viola
Julia Morelli, cello
Matt Engle, double bass

Jesse Kudler, organ/electronics


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