Saturday, April 19, 2014


clip_image002Clarinet Panic (Toronto)
Travis Johns (Baltimore)

WHEN: Sunday, April 20; Doors at 8:30 PM, show at 9:00 PM

Clarinet Panic was formed in 2009 when composer/cellist Cory Latkovich awoke from a dream in which he was in a cello/sax/drums trio playing driving persistent minimalist punk. He immediately began transcribing this music and enlisted saxophone player Ruhee Dewji and D Alex Meeks to learn this challenging music. This became the the foundation of the music in the 2013 EP GF//RW. Introducing electric guitar into the line up and shuffling members between 2012 and 2013 saw a new era of Clarinet Panic begin including many iterations of the band such as: Clarinet Panic Deluxx, Chamber Panic Deluxx and Trance Panic Deluxx. Cory utilized these regroupings of the band to fragment, extend and juxtapose pieces of old as well as new music into long form presentation. In 2014 Clarinet Panic Deluxx released it's EP No Tasseomancy which turns the focus of the band once again towards pieces which are shorter and very dense. Cory and D Alex return on cello and drums respectively and are joined by Karen Ng on alto saxophone and Sebastian Shinwell on electric guitar.

Travis Johns is a composer and sound artist recently transplanted to Baltimore from San José, Costa Rica. Using processed field recordings, prepared instruments and homebuilt analog electronics, he creates pieces that blur the lines between performance, composition and installation, often using the environment and biological processes as inspiration for his works. He holds a B.M. in Technology in Music and Related Arts from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, studies conducted with Tom Lopez, as well as an MFA from Mills College in Electronic Music and Recording Media, studies conducted with Chris Brown, Les Stuck and Hilda Paredes. He has participated in residencies at such places as the Atlantic Center for the Arts and RPI's Create @ iEar, and has had work featured by el Museo Centroamericano de Arte Video (MUCEVI), the Electronic Music Foundation, Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), and the Bienarte 8 Costa Rican Bie nnial, and in January 2013 represented Costa Rica alongside visual artist Paulina Velazquez-Solis at the Biennial of the Central American Isthmus, in Panama City, Panama.

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