At Work with JEM of Symmetry – April 27

From deep in the Pine Barrens of southern Jersey come the chill beats of At Work. This is a solo project of Todd Steponick, whose work has been played from the Tate Modern in London to the raves of Philadelphia.

At Work

At Work (Todd Steponick)

At Work has been at work since 2001, producing original work and remixes for Batona Records. He has performed with a wide variety of south Jersey and Philly experimentalists, including Funkstorung, Alka, City Rain, Rekall, Knife Jams, MAD, Jason Carr, Vytear/Black Unicorn, and Clocklife. If you enjoyed the spare glitchy beats of Ben Neill at our October show, you’re going to love At Work. Here’s a sample:

Opening for At Work is JEM of Symmetry, the performance moniker for Jose Murcia. JEM performed at last year’s summer solstice celebration of music Make Music New Jersey. Here is a video clip of him performing on that occasion:

This is the last musiXplore show for this season, but we’re busy lining up great experimental musicians and composers from New Jersey and the Hudson Valley for 2014-2015. We hope you’ll come out and say hello!

Diane Moser Video

It was standing room only for Diane Moser on March 16! She played a beautiful set with great variety and feeling. Here’s one of Diane’s performances:

You can view the almost the entire show from these links:

Barry Chabala opening set

Diane Moser’s set, including two songs performed with her son Chad Moser at the end.

Please note, one movement is missing from the performance of Diane’s new suite “Music for The Last Flower”. To hear the complete suite, please consider purchasing the music as performed by her quintet:
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Proceeds support musiXplore’s experimental music concert series as well as the talented musicians who make the sounds!

Barry Chabala at musiXplore

Barry Chabala

Guitarist Barry Chabala

For our opening act for Diane Moser on March 16, musiXplore presents guitarist Barry Chabala. Barry was born in Passaic and lives in Rockaway. His playing is informed as much by the history of blues, R&B and rock as it is by John Cage and Morton Feldman.

Over the past several years, Barry has performed and/or recorded extensively the works of Wandelweiser composers Michael Pisaro and Antoine Beuger among others, and has released recordings on several labels, including Erstwhile, Winds Measure, Copy For Your Records, Pisaro’s Gravity Wave, and his own Roeba Records.

His latest release is unbalanced in (unbalanced out) on the Another Timbre label which features Toshimaru Nakamura, Bonnie Jones, Gabriel Paiuk, Tisha Mukarji & Louisa Martin alongside Barry’s acoustic guitar.

Diane Moser Solo – March 16

The finest jazz composer in New Jersey is performing at musiXplore on Sunday, March 16. She is the musical director, pianist and contributing composer of Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band, a 17-piece big band formed for the purpose of developing and presenting new music for big band. Since 1999 she has led her quintet, The Diane Moser Quintet, and since 2002 The Diane Moser Trio. Diane has an enviable history of collaborations with musicians like Oliver Lake and Diamanda Galas, compositions for movies, musical theater and dance companies and numerous grants, awards and critic’s accolades.

Diane Moser

Composer Diane Moser

But the musiXplore concert will be something a little different: Diane Moser Solo. You’ll get to hear the sumptuous beauty of her piano playing, unclouded by accompaniment. Here’s one sample of her solo piano. Diane writes: “This is the third movement from my new quintet recording ‘Music for The Last Flower’, inspired by the James Thurber book ‘The Last Flower-A Parable in Pictures’ (1939) Diane Moser-composer. On my recording this track segues into the next 3 tracks..but not here..so the ending will be somewhat abrupt.”

For part of the concert, Diane will be joined by her son Chad Moser. With him on laptop and her on piano, they’ll do some electronica free-improv: another side of Diane you haven’t seen before!

Comp Cord Ensemble Video

Peter Jarvis, Gene Pritsker and Dan Cooper put on a great concert at musiXplore on February 16. We’re so proud to be able to present such capable and talented musicians and composers. Here is one piece from the show:

You can view the entire show from these playlists: opening act Headbrain’s performance and the Comp Cord Ensemble’s set. Thanks once again to all the musicians!

Headbrain at musiXplore

For our opening act this coming Sunday, February 16, Hoboken art rockers Headbrain will perform a set of their spooky improvisation. For this show, Headbrain’s lineup will include Elizabeth Walsh and Adam Budofsky. Here is one of their videos to give you an idea of their style and sound:

The main act on Sunday will be the Comp Cord Ensemble (Peter Jarvis, Gene Pritsker and Dan Cooper), see our previous post for more details about them. Show time is 1pm, $5 suggested donation.

Peter Jarvis, Gene Pritsker & Dan Cooper – Feb. 16

You might think we’re hosting a jazz trio: Peter Jarvis on drums, guitar by Gene Pritsker, accompanied by Dan Cooper on bass. But all 3 of the musicians are avant-garde luminaries. They’re deeply involved in the Composer’s Concordance organization and perform frequently in the tri-state area.

Cooper Jarvis + Pritsker

L to R: Dan Cooper, Peter Jarvis, Gene Pritsker

Dan Cooper plays the formidable 7-string bass and has studied with Philip Glass, Steve Mackey and Paul Lansky. His performance and recording career is worldwide. Click here for his biography.

Peter Jarvis composed music for Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom. The movie score went on to receive nominations for both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award in 2013. He has also performed music for multiple episodes of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.

Peter runs the New Music Series at William Paterson University, where he presents a wonderful selection of work by 20th and 21st century composers. One of these concerts is coming up on Monday, Feb. 3 at 7pm, here are more details. There is much more about Peter on the Wikipedia page about him.

Gene Pritsker is also in Wikipedia, where it mentions his work with Joe Zawinul and Kristjan Järvi. Gene creates works that are both fun and complex, melding influences as varied as Frank Zappa, J.S. Bach and William Jame’s Varieties of Religious Experience with stellar guitar technique.

To give you an idea of the variety of music we’ll hear, we’ve included two videos of Peter and Gene performing together at DROM and at William Paterson:

There will be an introductory set by Headbrain.

Bob Lukomski Video

On January 19, 2014, Bob Lukomski performed at musiXplore. Here is one piece from his Delicate Arch series:

There is also a longer Delicate Arch piece that he performed at the same concert. It includes an explanation from Bob about the genesis of the series. Click here to view it.

Bob Lukomski – January 19

New Paltz composer Bob Lukomski has had an unusually diverse musical career. While many composers settle into a genre, Bob has been active in popular music as a songwriter and recording artist, in sacred music with works for choir and organ, in music for dance (His electronic work Look at Me (when I talk to you) was a collaboration with choreographer Lynn Neuman and the Artichoke Dance Company) and electronic music, as composer, performer and co-ordinator of the Hudson Valley Coterminous Collectiv. This only skims the surface, you can read a more complete CV here.

Bob Lukomski

Composer Bob Lukomski

For his musixplore appearance, Bob will performing selections from his Delicate Arch series, on which he has been working since 2011. Below are some pieces from Delicate Arch to whet your appetite:

Delicate Arch #1

Delicate Arch #2

Delicate Arch #5

There will be an opening set by ArtCrime.

Beta Test Music Video

Beta Test Music played at musiXplore on November 17, 2013. Here is the theme to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that they performed:

There are also videos available for the other pieces they performed: Still Alive from Portal, Necromorphs from Dead Space 2, and the themes from Romancing SaGa, DuckTales and Castlevania.

Guitarist David Beardsley played the same day, but that video has some technical problems we are cleaning up.