新年快樂!15 Feb: Enter the Fire-Dragon — Marsh, Wright, Lasqo & Samas @ Turquoise Yantra Grotto

新年快樂!

“Sparkling, fiery, flowing like molten iron, the Fire Dragon’s flying dance greets Spring!”

Start things out with a *bang* and join us to open the Dragon Year with special guests: extraordinary East Coast saxophonist Jack Wright, and Bob Marsh, performance artist, musical agent provacateur/éclatiste, mad cellist/bassist/pianist/guitarist/found-instrumentist/vocalist/+++ (& tap-dancer!)

We’re also privileged to present Bob Marsh’s unique invented instrument, the Silver Park, as played by its invented musician, Mr. Mercury (see more below).

I’ll be joining our guests throughout on the Gamelan Piano, laptop & the Steinway and also play some meta-rāgas and material from my album Turquoise Sessions during the between-set candlelight tea.

Fellow TYG-Host David Samas will sing and play in both sets with extended vocal techniques of Хөөмей (Tuvan throat/overtone singing), Inuit vocal competitions, bird & whale song, as well as a virtuoso performance on his Zen Industrial Carillon.

大坑舞火龍

Part of this unique experience will be based on MSP (laptop) transmigrations of field recordings from the 大坑舞 (Tai Hang Dancing Fire Dragon), made when I lived in Hong Kong. The Fire Dragon is a grand and awesome creature made of thousands of huge lit incense sticks that does a triumphant dance on Lunar New Year in its district of Tai Hang.

Check it out:

Tai Hang Fire Dragon (大坑舞火龍)

Tai Hang Fire Dragon (大坑舞火龍)

Bob Marsh will channel the Fire Dragon in one of his unique sonic suits, with added sparkle from laser light FX for an immersive son et lumière (optionally, he may also chase a flaming pearl…).

Sonic suits are part of Bob’s poetry technology toolbox, simultaneously instrument, costume, and shamanic sound device.

Bob in performance with Brenda Hutchinson at the 2011 Outsound Festival:

Bob Marsh & Brenda Hutchinson @ Outsound Music Festival 2011 (Photo: Peter B. Kaars, http://www.peterbkaars.com)

We’ll also be visited by Mr. Mercury, world’s foremost player of the unique Silver Park.

The Silver Park (Photo: Amanda Chaudhary - http://www.catsynth.com)

Mr. Mercury on the Silver Park, with Massimo Falascone at R-de-Choc, 21 May 2010.

M. Mercure avec Massimo Falascone à R-de-Choc, 21 mai 2010

M. Mercure à R-de-Choc, 21 mai 2010 (pour plus de détails sur R-de-Choc et son organisateur, Pascal Marzan, svp. voir: http://r-de-choc.blogspot.com)

Joining us also will be (in)famous East Coast saxist Jack Wright.

Jack Wright with Guillaume Viltard, St. Marks Church, London, Nov 2007

After teaching at Temple University in the 60s and leaving academia in the early 70s to engage in radical politics and community organizing, Jack directed his energies into music. Through years of near constant touring throughout the US and Europe, often performing for audiences in cities and towns where improvised music had never before been heard, he came to be regarded as something of an underground legend, “the Johnny Appleseed of Improvised Music”. He is accused of impersonating pigs, ducks and human blowhards, but lately has been remembering the proper use of the saxophone –to support up the tottering universe. He and his partners are true believers in absolutely free, unrestrained, unstructured, unselfconscious improvisation.

Er wächst in einen Klang-Fluß... Jack Wright auf Toulouse

The Washington Post says, “In the… world of experimental free improvisation, saxophonist Jack Wright is king”.

The German publication, Bad Alchemy, says: “Wright does not make music, he embodies it, he transforms it with a naiveté of another order. It grows into a sound river, he is part of the diaphragm through which the heterogeneous whispers.”

Jack says: “…and yet because I feel I‘m working with a certain material the end result is not mine… I‘m not expressing myself so much as aiding the material to express or organize itself.”

Bob Marsh (R) & Jack Wright (L) - 2 Great Tastes That Taste Great Together!

More Bob:

http://www.bobmarsh.net/

http://edgetonerecords.com/marsh.html

More Jack:

http://www.springgardenmusic.com

Turquoise Yantra Grotto music circle takes place in a unique space near Glen Park in San Francisco, offering, in addition to a normal piano, site-specific invented instruments like the Gamelan Piano, Zen Industrial Carillon, and the new Ventifacto Crystalithophone (pictured below) — a cozy laboratory to explore the world chamber music of the future in an unexpected dialog between global roots traditions and modernist music.

The New Cookie: David Samas' Ventifacto Crystalithophone

As usual, on hand will be a shamanic healer and a neo-tea practitioner (our hosts) to facilitate your listening experience.

Planning continues for Wayang Turquoise puppet opera accompanied by the gamelan piano in the new year.

A scene like nowhere else.

Tea from 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm. $12-$15 donation. Due to limited seating, by advance reservation only.

To reserve, send me an email at joe@joelasqo.com, and I’ll confirm and send location and details. (Please note in case of allergies: Birds are present in the venue).

Look forward to see you at this once-in-a-lifetime show!

Joe

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