ZERO SUM GAME
WHEN: June 24-27; Doors at 8:30, music at 9 PM
WHERE: The Red Room at Normals Books and Records, 425 E. 31st Street, Baltimore
Four days of experimental and improvised music at the Red Room. Each night is focused on the distinctive sound of the following artists respectively: Mario de Vega (electronics), Ben Bennett (percussion) Jack Wright (sax) and Kier Neuringer (sax).
Tuesday, June 24th
Mario de Vega + Bonnie Jones // Hurricane (Harper, Mostofsky, Roche)
Overlapping relations between stability, failure, simulation and ambiguity with site-specific interventions, sound events, electronic devices, process-oriented projects and sculpture.
Wednesday, June 25th
Ben Bennet // Ben Bennet, Jaimie Branch, Paul Neidhardt, Jeff Carey
"The crux of Bennett’s output is formed through his anomalous showmanship and in the resourceful nature of the instruments he tailors. If there is ‘value’ to be found in his art, then these aspects surely make for a sensible starting point. Recycled objects and household items are transformed into contraptions assembled for a purpose unknown to the performer until the very moment he drags them before baffled onlookers, inserting them into an orifice or smashing them with an unrelated implement. Such instances of universal obscurity add to the queer web of noise that makes the resulting sound so riveting from the perspective of the audience." —Tiny Mixtapes
Thursday, June 26th
Jack Wright / Andrew Drury / Patrick Crossland
Described twenty years ago as an "undergrounder by design," Jack Wright has been a saxophone improviser traveling through the US and Europe since the early 80s in search of interesting partners and playing situations. Now at 71 he is still the "Johnny Appleseed of Free Improvisation," as guitarist Davey Williams called him. His range is from fiery, breathless free jazz to quiet, breath-filled, and often animalistic sounds. Sometimes he even makes saxophone sounds. A reviewer for the Washington Post said, "In the rarefied, underground world of experimental free improvisation, saxophonist Jack Wright is king."
Friday, June 27th
These ceremonies are physical exhalations of grief at the loss of his mother months before the recording—by turns contemplative, ecstatic, restrained, and unbridled. They reveal Neuringer’s prodigious technical vocabulary and physical stamina, as well as his idiosyncratic compositional influences and sensibilities. Central to all of it is the uncompromising urgency that is a key facet of Neuringer's creative work.