calendar of events: 2018

 Sept 29 // 12 pm Kindling Fund info-session,
1 pm sound installation preview
& potluck community lunch
the info-session is for The Kindling Fund which supports artist-organized projects that engage audiences and incorporate the visual arts in meaningful ways. With a focus on experimentation, the Fund distributes grants to Maine artists ranging from $1,500 - $5,000. Successful applications value unconventional engagement, critical dialogue, collaboration, and create new models for presenting artists' work. https://kindlingfund.org/

Requiem by Steve Norton is an installation based exclusively on the sounds of extinct animals and can be viewed after the info-session.

Please join us at 1pm for a Potluck lunch. Bring a dish or nibble if you can -plates and cutlery, conversation and new encounters will be awaiting!

  New Music Saturdays
collaborative in(ter)vention series
collaborative in(ter)vention series where for four consecutive Saturdays, July 21 & 28, August 4 & 11, artists are invited to come and work together before presenting a concert.

Concerts

three reed solos, a duet,a trio.

Kathryn Porter composer and oboist, founder of Oboe Brilliance hailing from NC will perform  ‘A Dozen Roses’, a set of movements for solo oboe, part of her ‘100 Flower Series’.
Beth Weimann bass clarinetist and professor at Orono will perform her 2017 piece; 'An Anxious Awareness of Danger' which uses material from a Gabriel Kahane song as an electronic source and as a musical quotation. She will also perform a solo unaccompanied acoustic piece.
Leslie Ross improviser and bassoonist will play a piece with multiple microphones and quadraphonic speakers, as well as an acoustic short structured score based on the ghazal form.
The evening will conclude with a group improvisation.
 
al margolis + n.b.aldrich
(+) duane ingalls

Al Margolis (often under If, Bwana) composer/performer, improvisor , and painter, and N.B.Aldrich new media artist, musician and educator residing in Sedgwick are both known for pushing the boundaries of electronic and instrumental music for over 30 years.
Joining forces together  as a duo for the first time they promise an evening of sonic invention.

Machias born Duane Ingalls, artistic researcher and sound artist, will intervene throughout the evening with improvised vocals and low-tech devices.


three bass take a plunge //
Skip La Plante

Damon Smith’s explorations into the sonic palette of the double bass have resulted in a personal, flexible improvisational language based in the American jazz avant-garde movement and European non-idiomatic free improvisation. Visual art, film and dance heavily influence his music; http://www.balancepointacoustics.com
Patrick Crossland trombonist performer/composer ardent advocate of new music collaborations, and avid improvisor has worked widely as a soloist and chamber musician with prominent conductors and orchestras, and a wide range of musicians and dancers. http://www.patrickcrossland.com
Leslie Ross bassoonist and sound installation artist, immersed in experimental music since the mid 80’s has played and exhibited throughout North America and Europe. She relocated to rural Maine in 2014 and launched The Cannery at South Penobscot. http://leslieross.net
Skip La Plante invents, builds, composes for, performs on and teaches with musical instruments built from trash. He has co-founded MUSIC FOR HOMEMADE INSTRUMENTS in 1975, has built over 200 instruments and has composed music for over 100 modern dance and off-off Broadway theater presentations. His Favorite food is wild raspberries.
Walter Wright + Lauren Tosswill + Gregory Kowaski // Frank Mauceri

Composer, saxophonist, and visual artist Frank Mauceri teaches in the music department of Bowdoin College, lives in southern Maine, and has performed with a number of jazz groups in the U.S., Germany, and Japan. His compositions include chamber music, computer-generated sound art, and jazz arrangements. His series of works for solo saxophone with computer processing explores improvised interaction with responsive digital systems. For the August 11 opening set, Frank will perform improvised studies for saxophone with interactive signal processing.
As a video artist, Greg Kowalski has worked widely with sound-artists. A common feature of his performance and design work is the projection of real-time interactive imagery using systems of his own design which he names "digital action painting." Greg has also worked widely, in the US and abroad, as theater director and filmmaker; among many other projects, his 2014 direction of Sarah Kane’s “Crave” received an award at the 2014 International New York Fringe Festival. This was followed by an adaptation of Samuel Beckett’s “Play.”
Lauren Tosswill is a Portland-based, multidisciplinary sound and performance artist. She has been performing original solo sound and movement pieces since 2016 and has collaborated on live performance work with Kerry Anderson since 2014. Her debut record of experimental recordings, "my home in the year," was released in January of 2018 on the label enmossed.
Walter Wright, architect, systems engineer, interdisciplinary artist, percussionist and, with his partner Mary Ann Kearns, co-founder of 911 Electronic Media Arts Inc. and 119 Gallery, works with choreography, computer programming, new media, and on "improvisation as a way of being present in/to the world." He built his first analog synthesizer in the mid 1970’s; was an early video animator; wrote one of the first CAD systems; has taught widely in media and design; and has directed and shown work in media, computer and animation everywhere from WNET to NY's The Kitchen. He has a couple of Bugbrand Board Weevils, a Little Blue Boy, a Horndog, his AVSynth, and plays drums and percussion. --If you can think of it, Walter has probably done it.
  POSTPONED,tbd (june 3 // concert for solo violin)
Returning to the Cannery, violinist Robert Simonds offers a fresh, dynamic and varied program --from Biber to Bach to Bill Monroe to Avro Pärt-- exploring the influences of Baroque, American and European folk music on the works of today's composers.
www.roberthuntsimonds.com

april 20 // community workshop:
needle-felting

Daksha will guide us through an introduction to needle felting and it's possibilities from sculpture to jewelry to applique....

Please bring a household sponge (as large as you can find). Needles and roving and tea will be supplied, however certainly bring along any roving or yarn or wool fabric you might like to use or share.

RSVP encouraged so that we have an idea of how many might attend, but drop-ins are welcome.
march 9 // community workshop: beeswax tapers

South Penobscot Knitting and Craft Circle will hold its first community workshop. Guiding us through the process as we each get to make a set of candles, Cat McNeil will share techniques for hand dipping beeswax taper candles. Supplies, beeswax, wick and tea, are furnished, if you'd like otherwise to contribute, bring along an ounce of beeswax or nibbles to share.
!EXTENDED! to October 22 // 2nd annual sound installation festival
Fridays 4–6 pm, Sundays 1–4 pm, and by appointment
*CYMBAL BATHS -- now offered at the close of installation hours:
Fridays at 6pm / Sundays at 4pm
*Tom Hamilton’s "City of Vorticity" -- an ongoing participatory “aural score” with an open invitation for any individual musician to interact with the soundscape by performing with it.
See below for more information on the Installations
and on Cymbal Baths.