New Rituals for

Invented Instruments, Daxophones, Reeds, and Percussion

Attention lovers of wooden sound-making contraptions. Daxophonists Daniel Fishkin (New York City) and Sam Burt (Baltimore) collaborate with friends in this first performance of a two-city event. Expect bowed wood, springs, thrums, eldritch near-human utterances, clatters, clacks, and whistles evoked by seasoned intuitive improvisers.

Daniel Fishkin will be joined by jack-of-all-trades creator Jim Strong (Philadelphia). Both musicians are active builders, designing new contraptions for making and manipulating sound. Sam Burt will be joined on reeds and percussion by Jamal Moore and by daxophonist Eric Franklin.

This show starts at 8pm.

This event owes a debt to the late Hans Reichel who invented the daxophone.

Daniel Fishkin’s ears are ringing. Composer, sound artist, and instrument builder. Completely ambivalent about music. Daniel studied with composer Maryanne Amacher and with multi-instrumentalist Mark Stewart. He has performed as a soloist on modular synthesizer with the American Symphony Orchestra, developed sound installations in abandoned concert halls, and played innumerable basement punk shows. Daniel’s lifework investigating the aesthetics of hearing damage has received international press (Nature Journal, 2014); as an ally in the search for a cure, he has been awarded the title of “tinnitus ambassador” by the Deutsche Tinnitus-Stiftung. Recent activities include Composing the Tinnitus Suites: 2016, a concert series about hearing damage, taking place in Philadelphia, PA, supported by a Project Grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Daniel received his MA in Music Composition from Wesleyan University, has taught analog synthesis at Bard College. After a stint working toward his PhD at University of California, San Diego, Daniel returned to the East Coast, and now lives in Queens, NY.

Jim Strong is an interdisciplinary artist, musician, and curator based in the Philadelphia Area. He works in fields as varied as painting, instrument building, performance, collaborating with landscape design, dance and theater companies and the curation of publications, exhibitions, festivals, and event programming.

He Operates the Music/Publishing Imprint, Cor Ardens (Flaming Hearts) + A regular series called Mutual Irradiation which pairs Experimental performance in conversation with Quaker Silence, Participatory Learning and Deep Listening Practices. He is a founding member of Impermanent society of Philadelphia, an organization of dancers, musicians and educators promoting the art form of free improvisation and he is a current member of Vox Populi Gallery in Philadelphia, PA where he co-chairs the Black box theater space and 4th wall video series.

Samuel Burt is a composer and daxophonist in Baltimore. He also plays clarinet and bass clarinet. Burt is a co-curator of the High Zero Festival and the Red Room series. He currently performs in the band Coy Fish. Burt has constructed over 20 daxophones for people around the world. Burt studied music composition at the Peabody Institute and University of Georgia. He lectures at Towson and Johns Hopkins Universities. bandcamp

Eric Franklin plays a Daxophone built by fellow Baltimorean Samuel Burt. He has explored Theremin and Former Guitar for the last 20 years. He often collaborates with Dan Conrad, Neil Feather, Bob Wagner, and plays in the group Phobodeimos with Jenny Moon Tucker and Pony Payroll Bones.

Jamal Moore is a multi-instrumentalist, composer/performer and educator from Baltimore. His background includes California Institute of The Arts (M.F.A. 2012) and Berklee College of Music (B.M 2005). Some notable luminaries Jamal has worked with are Wadada Leo Smith, Nicole Mitchell, Sabir Mateen, Roscoe Mitchell, David Ornette Cherry, and Dr. Bill Cole. Jamal currently leads his own groups, Akebulan Arkestra, Napata Ensemble, Black Elements Quartet, Organix Trio, and Interstellar Duo. He also collaborates with Luke Stewart in Ancestral Duo.


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