Spring Tour 2018

Washington Street Art, Somerville MA

Come out for a night of improvisation, song, movement and mayhem with Elka Bong (Walter Wright and Al Margolis), Dei Xhrist and Ensemble InEdit. Dei will perform solo, Elka Bong will hit as a duo, the three will join forces, and Ensemble InEdit will perform their piece “Variations on New Material”.

Al Margolis (aka If, Bwana) was an activist in the 1980s American cassette underground through his cassette label Sound of Pig Music; was co-founder of experimental music label Pogus Productions, which he continues to run. Active under the name If, Bwana since 1984, he makes music that has swung between fairly spontaneous studio constructions and more process-oriented composition.

Walter Wright is an interdisciplinary artist, whose practice includes computer programming, electro-acoustic music, and video performance. His focus is on “improvisation as a way of being present in the world.” Wright has developed software and hardware for artists including the Video Shredder, a desktop video processor for the TARGA2K. Currently he works with Max/MSP, softVNS, and Processing. His programs and sketches are available on his blog. Wright performs with several groups including Egregoros, ensemble inédit ?!, and Tough Day Tubing. He plays a Bugbrand Board Weevil, contact mics by Crank Sturgeon, drums and percussion, and audio visual synthesizer.

Dei Xhrist is a multidisciplinary artist using sound, performance, and sculpture. She began performing music in 2006, spinning loops and lock grooves on multiple record players. Voice was added initially as a background element supporting Theremin and less conventional sound sources to create audio cut-ups and soundscapes. Xhrist’s voice, now her dominanting instrument, has been compared favorably to Diamanda Galas. She uses glossolalia, jazz, lounge, and belle voce with a graceful stage presence that has been known to evolve into a physical assault past the fourth wall.

Ensemble InEdit is a group of improvisers working with sound and movement. Their work is a collective realization of performance structures, using materials and methods that are graphic, relational, conceptual, imperative and emergent. Their process is experimental and evolutionary, and strives to integrate the spontaneity of improvisation with the compositional integrity of set pieces.