Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 7 PM – 10 PM
_moonraker presents Soniennes, April edition. Our special guests this month are Madam Data (Smth Savant) and Proem (n5md, merck).
Ian Douglas-Moore (NYC)
Pete Dennis & Dan Moser (PA)Wednesday May 1st
Doors – 7 Music – 7:30 all over by 10!
Ian Douglas-Moore’s music uses guitar, electric tones, and field recordings to examine the textures of layered resonant sounds as they engage with acoustic space. He performs often with saxophonist Paul Roth and writer/sound artist Pär Thörn, is a member of David First’s Western Enisphere ensemble, and can also be heard in noise rock band Gold Dime.
Pete Dennis is a musician and artist from Richmond, Virginia. He is primarily known for playing the acoustic bass and composing, though he is also a writer, electric bassist, teacher, painter, and poet. Beginning the study of music in earnest at age 12, he became enamored very quickly with the electric and acoustic basses and began performing regularly with blues bands, pop groups, theater pit orchestras, classical orchestras, cabaret drag shows, studio groups, and jazz bands. In 2015, Pete began studying at the Esther Boyer College of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he currently resides. During his time at the Boyer College, Pete began making regular trips to the Lower East Side of Manhattan to study with William Parker. Working with William Parker signaled a tremendous shift in the way Pete approached music and it has grown his love of music exponentially. Pete has been fortunate enough to perform with musicians like William Parker, Joe McPhee, Elliott Levin, Steve Swell, Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez, Mara Rosenbloom, Kofi Shepsu, Ayinde Williams, Luca Farrell and Leonid Galaganov, among others. His current groups are Oarsman, the Freedom Cadre, Search for the Infinite Light, the Abstract Sound, and various creative music chamber and large ensembles.
From playing bass with local free improvising collective Space Whale Orchestra to unfolding systemic compositions in the Boyer Electroacoustic Ensemble Project (BEEP), Philadelphia-based musician Dan Moser chases the sound into the cracks in the cement and gradient spaces.
Joe Moffett/Zach Rowden & Bonnie Lander/John Dierker
Saturday, May 25th
Doors at 7, music at 7:30 Done by 10
$8-10 sliding scale
Joe Moffett/Zach Rowden duo:
New York-based trumpeter and improviser Joe Moffett approaches his work with a keen interest in unconventional sounds and forms, collective composition, solo instrumental performance, and the intersection of words and music. He is a regular participant in the improvised/experimental music scene in Brooklyn and is a co-founder of ensembles such as Earth Tongues, Twins of El Dorado and the Kaplan/Merega/Moffett Trio. His material appears on Neither/Nor, Underwolf, Eh?, NotTwo, and Prom Night Records.
Zach Rowden deals with the acoustic and performative possibilities of the upright/electric basses. He is a soloist in Iancu Dumitrescu and the late Ana Maria Avram’s Hyperion Ensemble. Current collaborators include Tyshawn Sorey, Paul Flaherty, Michael Foster’s The Ghost, Robert Black, Chris Cretella, Matt Sargent. Charmaine Lee and Gus Caldwell. Venues that have welcomed him include Harpa (Reykjavik), Romanian Radio Hall (Bucharest), Cafe Oto (London), Heimathafen Neukölln (Berlin), Issue Project Room (New York), Firehouse 12 (New Haven), and Real Art Ways (Hartford).
Bonnie Lander/John Dierker duo:
Bonnie Lander is an avant-garde soprano, violinist, free improviser, and composer based in Baltimore. As a performer and composer Bonnie specializes in works that combine free improvisation with structured composition. In the past few years she has developed a series of theatrical works called “Inside Voices.” These works intend for the audience to experience the voices, noises, and emotional narratives in the performer’s mind through the operatic use of timbre, resonance, articulation as well as extended vocal techniques relating to everyday use of the voice. This combination provides a musical exploration of personal experience mixed with confrontational, visceral human expression.
Baltimore’s “Most Valuable Player,” John Dierker’s ongoing inspiration covers a huge range of music, from rock-and-roll and surf music to arcane forms of jazz and free improvisation. Unpretentious and extremely passionate, the evocatively high integrity screech and warble of Dierker’s horn can be heard most nights of the week at venues throughout the city with groups like The Swingin’ Swamis, New Volcanoes, il culo, and The Can Openers. He has a highly distinctive sound and is increasingly known outside of Baltimore in free jazz circles and through collaborations with musicians like Bonnie Lander, Jeff Arnal, Sean Meehan, and Lafayette Gilcrhist.