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Winter Soiree

December 15, 2023 7:30 pm 10:00 pm

doors at 7:30pm / music at 8pm

Corey Fogel hosts another Winter Soiree, featuring an assortment of creative musicians, both local and traveling from Portland, San Francisco, and New York. Persimmons will inevitably be involved, too. 

Unity Garnish is a platform for artworks composed and produced by Derek Blackstone and Sam Klickner. Often referred to in shorthand as UG, the Portland based duo has established an obtuse identity online and irl, combining elaborately detailed composition with nearly irresponsible electronic collage, gratuitous inside-joking and self-reference. The two are also visual art collaborators; Klickner being an established illustrator and designer known for his maximalist digital airbrush style and Blackstone a compulsively organized archivist and photographer— their releases, live performances and online presence are accompanied by their profuse visual artworks, costumes and memes. Unity Garnish’s new single “STEAM” is out now on New York record abel A New Age for New Age.

Nick Podgurski is a New York based musician, composer, and educator. He is a former full-time member of Extra Life, GRID (with bassist Tim Dahl and saxophonist Matt Nelson), and the band Yukon. He has collaborated with such artists as Lydia Lunch, Jessica Pavone, Tristan Kasten-Krause, Colin Marston, and others. Solo he is known for long ambient keyboard works. Notable recordings include: Living Mithridate (2015), The True Character of Time (2020), Felt In a Flashing Light That Illumines The Desert (2020), deep drone trilogy First Snow/Fourth Field/Night Prayer (2022), and Invisible Gift (2022). 

Since 2020 he has been composing for/collaborating with small ensembles. MONAD: for ensemble a NYFA commission with violist Jessica Pavone, bassist Tristan Kasten-Krause, and vibraphonist Cory Bracken and Secret In The Heart, a duo with violinist Zach Paul (Touch Music), are well documented examples. Podgurski is the sole consistent member of Feast of the Epiphany, a group who has reinvented itself continually since 2009. Feast of the Epiphany creates uniquely challenging and singular music. Its concerns are derived from and oriented precisely towards the members of each specific iteration of the group.

lina tullgren is an artist, improviser, performer and poet. their work explores space, duality, relationships and the divine. recent works of both song music and improvised violin have been released under Astral Spirits, Ba Da Bing! and Captured Tracks record labels. they live in Los Angeles.

Corey Fogel (b 1977) is a percussionist, composer, and artist based in Los Angeles. Fogel works across genres and mediums to explore many facets of improvisation. He approaches sound, textile, collaborators, gestures, and objects as viable materials for spontaneous, time-based experimental performance, often fusing sculpture, video, musical traditions, theatricality, and ritual. He recently earned his Ph.D. in UC Irvine’s Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology program, with research on abstract, graphic music notation for improvising musicians. 

Fogel performs and composes in many rock, jazz, noise, folk, and chamber music capacities. Recent collaborations include: Julia Holter, Tashi Wada, Patty Waters, Abigail Levine, Phil Minton, Simon Leung, Simone Forti, Judith Berkson, Raven Chacon, Yoshi Wada, Michael Winter, Robert Blatt, Maya Dunietz, John Butcher, John Butle, John Russell, Todd Barton, Misha Marks, Brian Allen, Alexander Bruck, Patrick Shiroishi, Haley Fohr, Liz Glynn, Chris Speed, Mark Dresser, Kathleen Kim, Ezra Buchla, Tony Malaby, Dev Hoff, John Dieterich, Carlin Wing, Sam Mickens.

Syrinx from SF bay area noticed the middle chapter (#7) of Wind In The Willows is called Piper at the Gates of Dawn.

some abstract tensions clothed in a drama among animals / A technique for actors, a tradition of techniques to perform and present again the dramas / and a bit of funding from an embassy to bring not the whole troupe of monkeys but one summarist to try to put it all across :

What it was like. Body bending. (not an embassy really but a zoo Also put to political use like the loan agreements for those pandas. sad horse trailers – combustion byproducts