Julie Mckendrick & Daniel Ryan / Akkolyte / Damon Smith & Sarah Ruth / Monte Espina


Sep 22 2021


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Julie Mckendrick & Daniel Ryan / Akkolyte / Damon Smith & Sarah Ruth / Monte Espina
Damon Smith is in town and will be performing 2 Ben Patterson (one of the founders of the Fluxus movement!) pieces-one of which is an upright bass and voice duo that he will perform with Sarah Ruth
More about Damon Smith:
Damon Smith studied double bass with Lisle Ellis and has had lessons with Bertram Turezky, Joëlle Leandré, John Lindberg, Mark Dresser and others. Damon’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, as evidenced by his CAMH performance of Ben Patterson’s Variations for Double Bass, collaborations with director Werner Herzog on soundtracks for Grizzly Man and Encounters at the End of the World, and an early performance with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.
Damon has collaborated with a wide range of musicians, including: Cecil Taylor, Marshall Allen (of Sun Ra’s Arkestra), Henry Kaiser, Keith Rowe, Jaap Blonk,Roscoe Mitchell, Michael Pisaro, Wadada Leo Smith, Weasel Walter, Marco Eneidi, Wolfgang Fuchs, Peter Brötzmann and Peter Kowald. After many years in the San Francisco Bay Area, and six great years in Houston, Texas working regularly with Alvin Fielder, Sandy Ewen, Thomas Helton, David Dove & Chris Cogburn. Damon moved to the Boston area in the fall of 2016 and began working with Jeb Bishop, Pandelis Karayorgis, Joe McPhee and Ra-Kalam Bob Moses and many others. Damon has run Balance Point Acoustics record label since 2001, releasing music focusing on transatlantic collaborations between US and European musicians.
Sarah Ruth is a diverse musician and artist – a multi-instrumentalist, she employs hammered dulcimer, harmonium, electroacoustic sound art, and extended vocal techniques. She performs frequently both solo and with multiple bands and improvisational ensembles in the North Texas area. She is a University of North Texas graduate where she focused on vocal studies and electroacoustic composition. She has also studied with Meredith Monk and members of her vocal ensemble. She enjoys varied collaborations and has worked as a sound artist for art and photography installations and an accompanist for modern dance. She has performed with Damon Smith, Tatsuya Nakatani, Jaap Blonk, Liz Tonne, Sarah Gamblin, Rosemary Candelario, Susan kae Grant, Lisa Cameron, Tom Carter, and Aaron Gonzalez, to list a few. She tours nationally and her recent albums have been released on Obsolete Media Objects, Pour le Corps Music and Tofu Carnage Records. She also hosts a radio program called Tiger D on KUZU LP broadcasting in Denton at 92.9 FM and streaming online at kuzu.fm, playing music and often featuring guest musicians to curate and discuss their playlists.
Julie Mckendrick and Daniel Ryan will perform as a duo for the first time! They recently performed together at an Improv Lotto in a large ensemble, excited to hear their sounds as a duo!
Julie McKendrick is an artist and educator living in Texas.
She performs live under the persona MOMWOW and experiments with animation, video and sound.
She has taught performance art, computer art and animation at the University of North Texas and Richland College and currently teaches media art at UMass Amherst.
Daniel Ryan (b. 1994) is a transmedia artist, composer, performer, and curator. Daniel’s practice exists between the boundaries of performance art, sculpture, composed and improvised music, drawing from a background in collage, digital image and video arts, folk and classical guitar methods, and sound design. Daniel makes use of found objects, guitars, feedback, software, and the details inherent to individual performance spaces to create a work that holds the medium in regard while exploring the thingness of the things that make up the medium, and the perceptual contingencies that define or construct the medium. Daniel showcases the intersection of a variety of contemporary composed and improvised musics as a curator with the intention of highlighting the unique sonic capabilities of informal settings. During undergraduate studies at the University of North Texas, Daniel studied with Louise Fristensky and David Stout, and previously Nick Schillace and Jessica Kropog. Daniel has performed with Rebecca Novak, Ryan Seward, Louise Fristensky, Chase Gardner, Claire Rousay, Sam Friedland, Derek Rogers, and Adriana Valls among many others.
Akkolyte, the duo of brothers Aaron and Stefan Gonzalez, with seemingly effortless prowess combine elements of grind, thrash, hardcore, and jazz that will melt your face even on a chill autumn evening yo!
Both Aaron and Stefan have collaborated with so many legends such as Eugene Chadbourne, Jandek, Tatsuya Nakatani, Tom Carter, Damon Smith, and have toured extensively both nationally and internationally.
Monte Espina is an electroacoustic free improvisation duo, consisting of Ernesto Montiel and Miguel Espinel, both Venezuelan-born and North Texas-based. The pair perform in tandem, exploring the possibilities of sinuous sonic environments amid amplified sounds and signal processing. Their music is an exploration of abstract aural declarations performed with live signal processing by extended technique magicians!

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