Listening To Thursday

September 24th, 2015 · No Comments · By

Thursday September 24th:

@Tea Bazaar: Jacob Wick/Blood Moon/Peter Bussigel & Travis Thatcher/Golden Glasses 9:00, $7

@The Southern: Post Sixty Five/Devon Sproule and Friends 8:30, $10

@The Garage: Luray  8:00, $donation

Sadly, I am too pressed for time to give this night of music its due, and will have to block quote, not even taking the time to come up with a good Althusser joke or a discussion of the sounds of the space of the teahouse. Devon didn’t have a write-up at the Southern site, but it does appear that this time we are not lying when we say she will be playing. It’s a good night of music, I hope you make it out.


Jacob Wick

The rain in its avoided effects is a solo trumpet performance and listening exercise loosely based on a late essay by French philosopher Louis Althusser. In the essay, Althusser writes of subjects, objects, and events – you, that tree, a strike – passing through time as rain passes through the sky: forever in parallel, only meeting by a chance wind. In the performance, I will sit with the audience, in a circle, square, or other closed shape. We will listen to the space around us and place the sounds of the space along a horizontal plane, privileging none of them, allowing those that intersect to intersect, those that do not intersect to pass forever in parallel. The trumpet performance will become one of those sounds.

This night will be part of a midwest and eastern tour celebrating the release of the rain in its avoided effects (relay new composers 007) on Relay Records.

Blood Moon

Blood Moon is an improvised music ensemble consisting of Matthew Burtner on soprano saxophone, Rachel Devorah Trapp on French Horn, Ryan Maguire on pedal steel guitar, and Kevin Davis on cello. 

As colleagues in the UVa music department, the group formed in 2014 due a shared interest in the possibilities of free improvisation. The project has since come to serve as a forum for research into the possibilities for real-time composition and experimentation with the outer limits of instrumental technique. 

Due to the unusual instrumentation and their varied backgrounds as performers and composers, the group is able to draw on a number of diverse stylistic and instrumental traditions, allowing for the spontaneous creation of a kaleidoscopic array of musical textures during performance.

Peter Bussigel and Travis Thatcher
Description: Peter and Travis will create an
electro-acoustic-magnetic-ambient-meditative-noisy-sound collage.

Golden Glasses – The bestestestestest drummer in town yo.


Born from the mind of songwriter and frontman Hicham Benhallam, the Charlottesville-based band Post Sixty Five has been described as both moody and romantic, feverishly tugging at the heartstrings of its listeners with fragile guitar lines driven by a thunderous rhythm section. Formed in October of 2013, Post Sixty Five brings Benhallam’s devastating images to life with dizzy, delicate melodies and disarmingly earnest performances that weigh heavy on the heart.

Their debut EP, “I Think We’ll Be Okay,” explores spectrums of longing and desire in the style of indie darlings Death Cab for Cutie and The National. Recorded and produced by Blue Sprocket Sound owner Chris Jackson, “I Think We’ll Be Okay” wrestles with the troublesome, childlike sadness that threatens to tear us down as we grow up.

“Banjo-toting District songstress Shannon Carey might have named her band, Luray, after the tiny Shenandoah Valley town, but she reaches beyond the simplistic nature of old-time mountain songs, mixing them with undertones of indie rock experimentation. On Luray’s debut album, “The Wilder,” the standouts are Carey’s radiant voice, which fluctuates between soothing and soaring, and her melodic banjo strumming. Beneath the surface, though, keyboard layers, subtle electric riffs and well-placed echoes set the mood.” – Washington Post

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