calendar of events: 2019
$5-$20 suggested // no one turned away
Poetry READING & CONVERSATION: with award-winning poets Julia Bouwsma & Beatrix Gates. Bouwsma & Gates will present their approaches to creating an active conversation between personal experience and historical experience by investigating connections to and distance from histories in question. They will read from completed work and work-in-progress.
Julia Bouwsma lives off-the-grid in the mountains of western Maine, where she is a poet, farmer, editor, and small-town librarian. She is the author of two poetry collections: Midden (Fordham University Press, 2018) and Work by Bloodlight (Cider Press Review, 2017). Honors she has received include the 2019 and 2018 Maine Literary Awards; the 2016-17 Poets Out Loud Prize, selected by Afaa Michael Weaver; and the 2015 Cider Press Review Book Award, selected by Linda Pastan. Her poems and book reviews can be found in Cutthroat, Grist, The Ilanot Review, Poetry Daily, Poetry Northwest, RHINO, River Styx, Verse Daily, and other journals. She serves as Library Director for Webster Library in Kingfield, Maine.
Beatrix Gates’ Desire lines will be published by Artifact in 2019. She has published five collections, including Dos and In the Open, a Lambda finalist. She received the Huntington Library Jutzi fellowship to research astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt and shared a Witter Bynner Award with Electa Arenal for Jesús Aguado's The Poems of Vikram Babu. A returning fellow at MacDowell & VCCA, hybrid work appears in Scotland’s MAP and A Radiance of Attention: Jane Cooper with poems & translations in The Kenyon Review, Tarpaulin Sky and Tupelo Quarterly. At Granite Press, she published the bilingual IXOK AMAR.GO, Central American Women Poets for Peace. A Goddard MFA faculty member, she has taught writing and literature for over twenty years at Colby, NYU, CCNY, and BC’s QUEST University. She lives in Brooksville, Maine. . Beatrix Gates
To celebrate and mark the occasion of the opening of Mathew Ostrowski’s summerland, a new installation for the 3rd (Not-Quite-Annual) Sound Installations Festival, there will be a concert double-bill: a Voice and Movement Performance by the duo Echo Den, and sound-artist Matt Ostrowski on laptop and electronics.
Matthew Ostrowski & summerland
The Summer Land: An inhabitable sphere or zone of spiritualized matter in space. Andrew Jackson Davis, 1867
summerland is an installation for 24 antique telegraph sounders where all sounds are derived from the writings of Morse and transcripts of Fox’s communications with the Summer Land. This work attempts to seize from the ether the dead voices of Samuel Morse and Kate Fox, materializing language by reducing it to streams of particles, taking the form of an electromagnetic seance. New York City composer, performer and installation artist Matthew Ostrowski will perform solo with laptop and electronics for the opening of his piece.Summerland is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Carol Genetti & Asimina Chremos
Echo Den is the duo of Chicago-based experimental vocalist Carol Genetti and Philadelphia-based dance artist Asimina Chremos. The two have been performing together on and off for over 15 years, exploring a primal sisterhood through nuances of voice and gesture, sensitive improvisational practices, and deep inner listening.
Asimina Chremos multidisciplinary artist in dance, performance, improvisation, and fiber arts and veteran experimental vocal improvisor whose work extends to sound and visual art media. Carol Genetti are stopping for a concert on their Maine tour!
Carolyn Van Cise will guide us through some fundamentals of basket weaving. Some basic minimal materials will be provided --all contributions are welcome!
We will also have some available tools to share, but if you have sharp snips, flat pliers or other basket weaving tools please bring them along too.
the lowest of winds
Janet Underhill / Patrick Crossland / Leslie Ross
Following a short, collaborative residency, Jane Underhill (bassoon and contra-bassoon) & Leslie Ross (bassoon) will share an evening of improvisations and scored pieces--to be joined by returning guest, trombonist Patrick Crossland who wowed the audience here last summer.
Haynes / Platz / Smith / Crane
drums and percussion
The cooperative quartet is a New England-based cooperative ensemble steeped in the traditions of Free Music. Convened in Providence, RI, the group is a rare example of a working band, whose album - Search Versus ReSearch - was issued earlier this year in the Italian Setola di Maiale label. Expect the unexpected, delivered with great grace.
Caitlin Cawley and Melinda Faylor, dynamic improvisors and composers will each offer a solo performances of new pieces before joining forces in a group improv.
Brooklyn based pianist and multimedia collaborator/curator, Melinda Faylors’s Electric Kulintang Suite: Fantasy and Fugue is a work in progress and composed using recorded samples of the Kulintang ensemble gongs and drums of the Philippines manipulated live and complemented by prepared piano. This performance is accompanied by psychedelic images generated through the use of Google AI DeepDream
Caitlin Cawley, percussionist, improviser, educator and electronic musician based in Brooklyn, NY will present two pieces for speaking percussionist. The first is based on a short story by Sarah Turbin, David Bowie Finds his Umbrella in the Afterlife. The second is Introducing (object) by Carolyn Chen, for performer, recorded questions, and object.
Performance, Talk and Potluck
a joint benefit for Restorative Art Works and the Hancock County Community Reparations Board
All proceeds benefit R.A.W and the HCCRB
Join performers and board members for a community potluck dinner after the show --bring a dish If you can!
Restorative Art Works
a theater and writing group comprised of current and former incarcerated residents who along with interested community members will present a spoken word piece on the theme of 'Justice' that invites audience response and conversation. The presentation will include an excerpt from a one man show 'FIRE' that examines issues and experiences associated with long term incarceration, poverty, violence, redemption and successful reentry into community.
Hancock County Community Reparations Board
will give a brief introduction to what is happening in Hancock County within the judicial system and with schools. Actively seeking new Board members, the HCCRB will discuss ways in which folks can get involved--from mentors to board members.
Board members and mentors will be available for discussion and questions at the potluck, after the performance.
Between Day and Night
Greg Kowalski / Dave Seidel / Geoffrey Koetsch
Between the Day and the Night is a non-narrative performance inspired by the found footage of the French master Georges Rouault burning of 315 of his paintings in a factory furnace in 1947. Devoid of dialog, the piece is an audio-visual poem in which the performer is immersed in sounds and images created by his own movements. Interactive apparatuses trigger sound and visual events that give a voice to the old footage and the ashen remains of the canvases.
hours: Fridays 4–6 pm, Sundays 1–4 pm, and by appointment
Opening night -June 15, 7:30 pm- will feature an artist talk by Steve Norton on his composition Requiem and a live performance of Luciano Chessa’s installation #ooffoo #ffooff.
Observe from a distance. Or get closer to the art: Framed art on the wall murmurs. The sound is shaped by increasing and decreasing light proximities, by proxemics.#00FF00 #FF00FF can be the resulting counterpoint of frequencies. Merging audiovisual installation and music instrument building, #00FF00 #FF00FF, encourages both action and contemplation. Flipping receiver's and transmitter's agencies, viewers and mirrored artworks become, intermittently, spectators and performers.
Requiem is an electroacoustic music composition whose topic is human-driven extinction and whose sound materials are exclusively the sounds of ten birds and two frogs—all species which have gone extinct during the era of recorded sound. Requiem enables us to hear them once again, ad aeternum. This is a unique moment in the history of life (and death) on earth, and the beginning of a new era.
A sound construction that uses remains found in the old Penobscot Cannery--a discarded electrical factory box, can lids, metal ducts and unused canning cans--is concieved to hang on the façade of the building while using the flowing Winslow Stream which runs beneath it to sound the strings of the instrument.
a multi-media portrait
Walter Wright’s installation is based on patterns and rhythms observed during his residency. He walked the area around The Cannery taking photos, recording video, and looking for textures, patterns and rhythms that are part of the natural and built environment. Rather than using traditional means of composition, he used these observations in creating the sound and video for the installation.
water harp funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.
WALTER WRIGHT, During his residency Walter walked the area around The Cannery taking photos, recording video, and looking for textures, patterns and rhythms that are part of the natural and built environment. Rather than using traditional means of composition, he will use these in creating the quadrophonic sound and multi-channel video installation, and in preparing ‘scores’ to be performed by himself and guest musicians.
Walter Wright is an interdisciplinary artist, his practice includes computer programming, electro-acoustic music, and video performance. His focus is on "improvisation as a way of being present in the world."
MICHAEL ROSENSTEIN, explores the interaction of acoustic and electronic sounds in collectively improvised settings and compositional frameworks. Process is central to his practice. This includes building and modifying sound-gathering devices, amplified surfaces, salvaged instruments, and simple oscillators. It extends to gathering recordings at ocean beaches, bogs, subways, city walks, and as part of architectural investigations utilizing microphones, photo diodes, contact microphones, hydrophones, and electromagnetic sensors. He develops these raw sonic sources, transforming, distressing, and combining them, and feeding off of the unstable sonic results.
AN&R Trio, is NATE ALDRICH (recordings), STEVE NORTON (reed instruments and electronics) and LESLIE ROSS (bassoon and electronics)- with nearly 90 years of performance experience among them, they have played experimental and electronic music together since 2015. AN&R creates improvised sound environments using extended instrumental techniques, electronic processing and field recordings that are rich in texture and subtlety.
A trio of visionaries, JILL BURTON, voice/movement (Gainesville),WADE MATTHEWS, electronics (Madrid), and ANDREW DRURY, floor tom (New York) with over a century of combined experience whose methods employ technology running from the Stone Age to the Digital Age but whose product is a timeless ritual of collective human imagination.
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.
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.
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.
and on Cymbal Baths.