Composer-accordionist Ben Richter’s just-intonation accordion solo Laramidia creates an alien tonal landscape alternating among timbral fluctuations, melody and drone, and gradual resolution of shimmering, pulsing microtonal intervals. Inspired by nonhuman consciousness, Ben’s music orients toward new orders of magnitude in musical parameters to auralize the vast and infinitesimal timescales we do not experience in everyday life. Portions of Laramidia are featured on new 2CD Aurogeny (December 2023, Infrequent Seams), the follow-up to 2017’s Panthalassa: Dream Music of the Once and Future Ocean, hailed by Stephen Smoliar (The Rehearsal Studio) as “likely to offer a profound impact on the very nature of listening.” Ben is also the Artistic & Executive Director of Ghost Ensemble and music/sound curator of UMass-Amherst’s Futuring Lab, holds a Performer-Composer DMA from CalArts, and has collaborated with Loadbang, Middle Ear Project, SEM Ensemble, Nomi Epstein, Carmina Escobar, Jeonghyeon Joo, Phill Niblock, Pauline Oliveros, Michael Pisaro, and David Rothenberg.

With local openers:

Event location:

425 E 31st St, Baltimore, MD 21218

The Red Room is a volunteer-run space in Baltimore dedicated to mind-expanding experimental culture, headquartered at Normals Books and Records.