Ring out the feast of Sts. Nereus & Achilleus the Red Room Way with West Coast Weirdos NOOR and MSHR (Mesher) and that li’l slice of Hometown Heaven, MAX EILBACHER.
NOOR is Portland-based polymath Nour Mobarak, making her hotly-anticipated Baltimore debut this night. Though she cut her teeth as an improvisor with inveterate freak-out collective SMEGMA, Nour brings us her kinder, gentler solo flights with manipulated voice and small instruments.
In addition to her musical activities, Nour is a poet of international acclaim and an actress, her starring role in Mati Diop’s “Snow Canon” having taken her all the way to the 2011 Venice Biennial. WHAT CAN’T NOUR DO?
“also she has really amazing luggage with free-pivoting wheels, i’ve never seen anything like it.” -Mark Iosefescu, cultural eminence
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NOOR’s co-Portlanders MSHR are “a collaborative creative organism comprised of BIRCH COOPER and BRENNA MURPHY. The duo produces interactive installations, sculptures and ritualistic performances that place the human body into a dynamic relationship with sound and light, generating expanded sensory experiences.” Sounds like a hit!
Baltimore native and Red Room stalwart MAX EILBACHER ably rounds out (triangulates?) this mighty bill, bringing who knows what manner of sensory disruption. In case you only know him for his starring roles in local “aktionist unit” NEEDLEGUN and minimalist prog quartet HORSE LORDS, you will be delighted to find out that he is also an electronic musician of great skill, weirdness and sensitivity with a debut record freshly out on the venerated SPECTRUM SPOOLS imprint. He is also an experimental filmmaker, somewhat reminiscent of the MIKE KELLEY/PAUL MCCARTHY collaborations but with a disorienting narrative style and kitchen-sink approach to special effects all his own.