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September 23, 2010

High Zero Festival opens tonight

The musical arm of the High Zero festival officially opens tonight.

High Zero, Baltimore's experimental music festival, has been a presence in the city since 1999.

Although it coincides with Virgin Mobile FreeFest, High Zero is much more than just music.

At the festival, there will be noise installations, workshops, guerilla street performances, and something called “Ghost Dancers,” where a pedal steel guitarist and a movement artist will “explore the porous border and the fathomless universe in each of us that lies beyond.” Top that Ludacris.

The opening party for the noise installations was Sept 21, but tonight is the first of the major concerts. After the jump, the schedule for the rest of the festival:

Thursday, Sept. 23:

Solo: Shelly Blake-Plock (stringed instruments)

Group One: Ami Dang (sitar, voice, electronics); Owen Gardner (strings); Liz Meredith (viola); Tuna Pase (voice, flute, laptop)

Group Two: Karen Borca (bassoon); Tiffany Defoe (saxophone); Shayna Dunkelman (percussion); Ju Suk Reet Meate (trumpet); Marc Miller (guitar)

Group Three: Michael Muniak (feedback); M.C. Schmidt (electronics); Dragos Tara (Max/MSP, acoustic bass); Keith Fullerton Whitman (electronics)

Group Four: Tiffany Defoe (saxophone); Andrea Neumann (inner piano); Juanjosè Rivas (circuit bending); Wobbly (electronics)

Friday, Sept 24:

Solo: Andrea Neumann (inner piano)

Group One: Tiffany Defoe (saxophone); Hans Koch (bass clarinet); Stewart Mostofsky (electronics)

Group Two: Karen Borca (bassoon); Ami Dang (sitar, voice, electronics); Ayako Kataoka Tomoko Sauvage (porcelain bowls, water)

Group Three: Owen Gardner (strings); Liz Meredith (viola); Andrea Neumann (inner piano) Dr. Johannes Rosenberg (violin, technology)

Group Four: Drew Daniel (electronics); Dan Deacon (electronics, tuba); Tuna Pase (voice, flute; laptop); Juanjosè Rivas (circuit bending)

Saturday, Sept 25:

Two special sets conceived and curated by Ayako Kataoka and Dan Deacon. Doors open at 11 a.m.

Ayako Kataoka's ensemble: Peter B, Drew Daniel, Shayna Dunkelman, Ju Suk Reet Meate, Wobbly

Dan Deacon's ensemble: Stewart Mostofsky, Shelly Blake-Plock, Karen Borca: bassoon Ami Dang, Dan Deacon, Shayna Dunkelman, Tiffany Defoe, Owen Gardner, Hans Koch, Tuna Pase

Saturday, Sept 25

Solo: Gary Smith (guitar)

Group One: Karen Borca (bassoon); Hans Koch (bass clarinet); Liz Meredith (viola); Michael Muniak (feedback); Tuna Pase (voice, flute, laptop)

Group Two: Shelly Blake-Plock (stringed instruments); Dr. Johannes Rosenberg (violin, technology); Wobbly (electronics)

Group Three: Ju Suk Reet Meate (trumpet); Marc Miller (guitar); Stewart Mostofsky (electronics); Tomoko Sauvage (porcelain bowls, water)

Group Four: Shayna Dunkelman (percussion); Juanjosè Rivas (circuit bending); Gary Smith (guitar)

Sunday, Sept 26:

Solo: Keith Fullerton Whitman (electronics)

Group One: Owen Gardner (strings); Marc Miller (guitar); Gary Smith (guitar)

Group Two: Shelly Blake-Plock (stringed instruments); Dan Deacon (electronics, tuba); Ju Suk Reet Meate (trumpet); Ayako Kataoka (electronics); Hans Koch (bass clarinet)

Group Three: Tomoko Sauvage (porcelain bowls, water); M.C. Schmidt: electronics

Group Four: Drew Daniel (electronics); Shayna Dunkelman (percussion); Keith Fullerton Whitman (electronics); Wobbly (electronics).

Concerts will be held at The Theater Project, 45 W Preston St. For more information on High Zero, visit their web site

Photo: High Zero Foundation

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Posted by Erik Maza at 5:04 PM | | Comments (1)
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As we get another "Get Out" typed post, I'm starting to feel sorry for Erik, me and the wife both worked for the Sun. They really are either trying to make money in the histoic ways and pushing you towards that realm which they think will make them money and advertising dollars- rather than appease the the readers- or push the paper in the hole, prompt for purchasing. Trib. Co. is very astute on current business as I have learned- do yall still use Lotus Notes?

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