BONYCH Festival Artist: Ikue Mori

The BONYCH festival is excited to be welcoming Ikue Mori to our artist line up, especially as Ikue has not played in the area in some time. If you have yet to attend one of Ikue’s shows, you will not be disappointed.

Ikue Mori moved from her native city of Tokyo to New York in 1977. She started playing drums and soon formed the seminal NO WAVE band DNA, with fellow noise pioneers Arto Lindsay and Tim Wright.  DNA enjoyed legendary cult status, while creating a new brand of radical rhythms and dissonant sounds; forever altering the face of rock music.

 In the mid 80's Ikue started to employ drum machines in the unlikely context of improvised music. While limited to the standard technology provided by the drum machine, she nevertheless forged her own highly sensitive signature style.  Throughout the 1990's she collaborated with numerous improvisors throughout the US, Europe, and Asia, while continuing to produce and record her own music.  In 1998, she was invited to perform with Ensemble Modern as a soloist along with Zeena Parkins and composer Fred Frith.  In addition, "One Hundred Aspects of the Moon" was commissioned by Roulette/Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust.  Ikue won the Distinctive Award for Prix Ars Electronics Digital Music category in 1999.

In 2000 Ikue started using the laptop computer to expand on her signature sound, thus broadening her scope of musical expression.  That year the KITCHEN ensemble commissioned a piece by her, which they premiered and was called "Aphorism."  She was also awarded a Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship.  In 2003 the RELACHE Ensemble commissioned her to write a piece for the film "In the Street" which was premired in Philadelphia. Ikue started working with visuals to be played by the music in 2004. In 2005 she was awarded an Alphert/Ucross Residency.  Ikue received a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in 2006.  In 2007 the Tate Modern commissioned Ikue to create a live sound track for screenings of Maya Deren's silent films, and in 2008 Ikue celebrated her 30th year in New York and performed at the Japan Society.  Recent commissions include those from the Montalvo Arts Center and SWR German radio program, and the Shajah Art foundation in UAE. Current working groups include MEPHISTA with Sylvie Courvoisier and Susie Ibarra, PHANTOM ORCHARD with Zeena Parkins, a project with Koichi Makigami and various ensembles of John Zorn.  She also has a new duo Twindrums project with YoshimiO. 

 Workshop and lectures in various schools include the University of Gothenburg, Dartmouth Collage, New England Conservatory, Mills Collage, Stanford University, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

The BONYCH festival is on August 31st. Tickets are only $20 and include both the music and all day BBQ - truly a new cultural event not to be missed!

Purchase tickets here.

CINGHIALE & STEVE MARQUETTE: U.S. Tour August 26-September 2, 2019

BONYCH festival is lucky to be a stop on the Cinghiale & Steve Marquette 2019 tour!

Saxophonists Mars Williams and Ken Vandermark met in Chicago during the early 1990s and were part of a new wave of activity taking place in the city during that decade, one that involved the work of a diverse number of projects and musicians based around significant venues for adventurous music at the time, Hothouse and the Empty Bottle.  As part of that activity, which included legendary improvised music groups the NRG Ensemble and Vandermark Five, Mars and Ken formed the duo Cinghiale, both composing for the group and building off the rapport that they had been developing through their various collaborations at that time.

 In February of 2019 they reconvened the project, composing a new book of material together and presenting it in Chicago and at the Instigation Festival in New Orleans.  The music, solidly grounded in foundations built over decades also projected into future possibilities, based on projects and developments in their individual work.  The excitement over this potential quickly led to a decision to put Cinghiale on the road later in the year, working on the new material, composing some additional pieces, and recording the music at the end of that tour.

 Steve Marquette is part of a contemporary evolution taking place on the Chicago music scene, one that is again cross-pollinating between categories and genres, combining improvisation with new and experimental music, underground rock, and noise.  He belongs to the trio, The Few, which has been an instrumental part of the resurgence of individuality among younger players in the city.  Steve's solo music builds off of that trio's activity and collaborations with many other artists, particularly musicians based in New Orleans.

 The time feels right to bring these generations of creative musicians together to present new work.  The energy and commitment toward the tradition of searching for personal languages- so integral to Chicago's music history going back to the early 20th century, continuing toward the landmark work of the AACM, and going further forward from there- puts their attitude toward the artistic search completely in common and on target in these times.

We look forward to welcoming Mars Williams and Steve Marquette to the Alternate Space for the first time! The BONYCH Festival will take place on August 31, 2019 at The Alternate Space. Join the festival by purchasing tickets here.

BONYCH Music Festival and BBQ: August 31, 2019

In what promises to be a landmark event on the 2019 music calendar, the BONYCH Music Festival presents an all day event of exceptional concerts and great food on August 31st, starting at 2pm.  Putting together essential artists from three key music centers in North America (Boston, New York City, and Chicago), BONYCH will give listeners an extraordinary opportunity to hear a wide range of creative aesthetics found in contemporary music - from purely improvised to compositionally based, from acoustic to completely electronic - represented by four configurations of musicians. 

 The artists include pioneering and legendary Ikue Mori (in two settings, solo and trio), MacArthur prize winner Ken Vandermark, key representatives of Chicago's musical renaissance in the 1990s (Mars William) and new millennium (Steve Marquette), and essential member of Boston's improvised music scene for more than three decades, Curt Newton.

 BONYCH will begin at 2:00pm with a BBQ with food and beer that will run throughout the course of the day, and has the following concert program:

 3:00pm: Steve Marquette, solo guitar

4:00pm: Cinghiale, the reed duo of Ken Vandermark and Mars Williams

5:00pm: Ikue Mori, solo laptop/electronics

6:00pm: Ikue Mori (laptop), Curt Newton (drums), and Ken Vandermark (reeds), performing as a trio

 The festival coincides with a tour in the States for Cinghiale and Steve Marquette, and will be the first performance by Ikue Mori in the Boston area in years.  In addition, this will be the initial collaboration between Mori, Vandermark and Newton.  BONYCH tickets are only $20 and include both the music and all day BBQ - truly a new cultural event not to be missed!

Purchase tickets here.

Wooley Uses Arts Grants To Bring More Awareness To Jazz Music

Upcoming performer at The Alternate Space, Nate Wooley, was a 2016 recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA) Grants to Artists Award.

 Wooley's 2016 Grants to Artists award supported the recording and production of [Syllables] (Pleasure Of The Text Records, 2017), a solo work consisting of four CDs, a book of essays, and a book of scores that raises questions about the necessity of success and failure in instrumental technique. With his award Wooley also commissioned composer Christian Wolff's first piece for solo trumpet, For Trumpet Player (2017).

 Upon receiving the award, “ I decided... that I would invest in the creation of long-term musical projects that would push me physically and conceptually as well as confront the public's view of my work as being jazz-based. It was the time to do this anyway, and the support given by the FCA allowed me to move forward without hesitation... it gives me a great amount of satisfaction to know that, for the next five years, I can make every artistic statement I would like without the fear of economic disaster. ”

 The Deeply Discounted II/Sequences of Snow event will take place on April 25th at The Alternate Space located at 125 Walnut Street, MA 02472. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Nate Wooley Seeks To Broaden Representation of American Music

Nate Wooley will be co-headlining the upcoming April 25th performance at The Alternate Space, alongside Ken Vandermark. What some may not know is that Wooley, who has gathered international acclaim for his idiosyncratic trumpet language, also has another passion - broadening the definition of American music.

 Wooley is the curator of the Database of Recorded Music (DRAM) and the editor-in-chief of their online quarterly journal, Sound American, both of which are dedicated to broadening the definition of American music through their online presence and the physical distribution of the music through Sound American Records. DRAM is a not-for-profit resource providing education communities with on-demand streaming access to CD-quality audio, complete original liner notes and essays from independent record labels and sound archives. The primary focus is the preservation and dissemination of important recordings that have been neglected by the commercial marketplace, recordings that may otherwise become lost or forgotten.

 DRAM is available to anyone at a participating university, college or public library.

 The Deeply Discounted II/Sequences of Snow event will take place on April 25th at The Alternate Space located at 125 Walnut Street, MA 02472. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

An Interview with Ken Vandermark

If you’re interested in getting to know a bit more about upcoming performer Ken Vandermark, we recommend watching this interview which details how he went from being a film student to a 7-11 employee to the musician he is today.

 Interview with Ken Vandermark

 The Deeply Discounted II/Sequences of Snow event will take place on April 25th at The Alternate Space located at 125 Walnut Street, MA 02472. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

A Genius in the Midst

We are lucky to welcome a recognized genius to The Alternate Space for an upcoming performance on April 25.

 In 1999, Ken Vandermark was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship “Genius” grant. Vandermark was awarded a $265,000 prize which was then awarded on an age-based scale to creative leaders and meant to enable them to pursue their creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations. The fellowship was somewhat controversial, due to Vandermark's relative youth and obscurity. He was 35 and known mostly in Chicago, while other jazz performers awarded the fellowship were older and better-known.

 In the 20 years since the prestigious award was given, Vandermark has made a name for himself both nationally and internationally in the jazz music scene. While he may now call Chicago home, the Massachusetts native is excited to return to New England for this one-of-a-kind performance at The Alternate Space alongside trumpet player Nate Wooley.

 The Deeply Discounted II/Sequences of Snow event will take place at The Alternate Space located at 125 Walnut Street, MA 02472. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Meet The Musician: Nate Wooley

Leading up to the April 25th improvisational performance, Deeply Discounted II/Sequences of Snow, at TAS - we are going to introduce you to the two artists gracing our workshop for this one of a kind performance.

 Nate Wooley will be joining Ken Vandermark for the special performance. He began playing trumpet professionally with his father, a big band saxophonist, at the age of 13. Wooley grew up in a small Oregon town, a place of relative quiet and slow time reference. This instilled in Wooley a musical aesthetic that has informed all of his music making for the past 20 years, but in no situation more than his solo trumpet performances.

Wooley's solo playing has often been cited as being a part of an international revolution in improvised trumpet. In recent years, Wooley has been gathering international acclaim for his idiosyncratic trumpet language. Time Out New York has called him “an iconoclastic trumpeter”, and Downbeat’s Jazz Musician of the Year, Dave Douglas has said, “Nate Wooley is one of the most interesting and unusual trumpet players living today, and that is without hyperbole.”

 Wooley has numerous albums to his name, the most recent of which - Deeply Discounted II/Sequences of Snow - will be featured at TAS on April 25.

The Deeply Discounted II/Sequences of Snow event will take place at The Alternate Space located at 125 Walnut Street, MA 02472. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Meet The Musician: Ken Vandermark

Leading up to the April 25th improvisational performance, Deeply Discounted II/Sequences of Snow, at TAS - we are going to introduce you to the two artists gracing our workshop for this one of a kind performance.

First up is Ken Vandermark. Vandermark is a Massachusetts native and will be coming home for this special, one-time gig. A fixture on the Chicago-area music scene since 1989, Vandermark is a jazz composer, saxophonist and clarinetist. He has earned wide critical praise for his playing and his multilayered compositions, which typically balance intricate orchestration with passionate improvisation.

He has led or been a member of many groups, including the Fourth Stream while an undergraduate at Montreal’s McGill University, Lombard Street and Mr. Furious in Boston, and the Joe Harriott Project in Chicago. These are just a few of the many groups Vandermark has been a member of. He has since collaborated extensively with other artists.

Vandermark has numerous albums to his name, the most recent of which - Deeply Discounted II/Sequences of Snow - will be featured at TAS on April 25.

The Deeply Discounted II/Sequences of Snow event will take place at The Alternate Space located at 125 Walnut Street, MA 02472. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

DEEPLY DISCOUNTED II/SEQUENCES OF SNOW: A Night of Improvisational Performance by Ken Vandermark & Nate Wooley

TAS is excited to welcome back Ken Vandermark and Nate Wooley for an improvisational performance on April 25, 2019. Vandermark and Wooley are TAS veterans and we expect the duo to put on a performance not to be forgotten.

The duo will be performing long-form compositions from their third recording together, an LP titled Deeply Discounted II/Sequences of Snow, released in December 2018. TAS is one of the first stops on the US tour in support of the LP. The duo will perform some pieces from their first three recordings alongside a new set of music composed in collaboration using the “exquisite corpse” method first made popular by the Surrealist art movement.

The event, sponsored by Seven Cycles, brings improvised jazz music into a bicycling manufacturing environment where creativity, motion and hard work happen. The musicians will play together to create an organic combination of jazz tradition, free improvisation, and modern composition.

The Deeply Discounted II/Sequences of Snow event will take place at The Alternate Space located at 125 Walnut Street, MA 02472. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.