XFest 2014

Fri-Sun Feb 21-23 at Gateway City Arts, Holyoke MA

XFest 2014: Improvised music, visuals, movement, and poetry. FREE
Updated and corrected program here.

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119 Gallery and Open Field Initiative present XFest 2014, a festival of improvised music, visuals and movement. The format of the festival is simple and challenging: on Friday and Saturday nights 20+ visiting artists and 60 local artists perform in 20 half-hour sets, 10 sets per night. On Saturday afternoon visiting groups perform and on Sunday afternoon local groups’ perform. Throughout the festival there will be an exhibit of collages and videos by Stephanie Lak.

This year the festival will be held at Gateway City Arts, 92 Race Street, Holyoke MA.

“Improvisation can give us the skills to deal with many social and aesthetic issues of the twenty-first century. Although we have become adept at talking about aesthetic hybridity, cultural alerity, crossing borders (both earthly and cyber), and global fusion; few of us have really studied what physical and intellectual practice will make our bodies and minds ready for this brave new world … Improvisation can lead us out of our habitual responses by opening up alternative experiences – new physical sensations and appetites … Although this practice begins with attentiveness to corporeal experience it also develops a mental flexibility that can provide an intellectual map with which to chart new pathways for negotiating awkward and difficult crossings.” ~ Ann Cooper Albright, Taken By Surprise

Friday February 21

8:00pm – TJ Borden, Ryan Baker, Marc Bisson
8:20pm – Jill Burton, Stephanie Lak, Jane Boxall, Dei Xhrist, Shorty Mc
8:40pm – Patrick Cain, Al Margolis, Steve Norton, Christos Koulendros
9:00pm – Jeff Carey, Dave Seidel, Jen Gelineau
9:20pm – David Dugas Dion, Chris Welcome, Andy Kivela, Matt Samolis
9:40pm – flandrew fleisenberg, Alex Pelchat, Andrea Pensado
10:00pm – Bonnie Kane, Shayna Dulberger, Steve Norton, David Russell
10:20pm – Martin Freeman, Erik Brown, Walter Wright
10:40pm – Dave Grollman, Jack Wright, Karen Langlie, Tom Crean
11:00pm – Ras Moshe, Dave Miller, Ramon Castillo, Gabby Fluke-Mogul
11:20pm – Jane Boxall, Robert Pepper, Andrew Newman, Ted Lee
11:40pm – Doug Van Nort, Brendan Landis, Andy Crespo, Michael F Dailey Jr

DJ – Robo Rob
Movement – Claire Elizabeth Barratt
Video – Katherine Liberovskaya

Saturday February 22

2:00pm – CRUNCH: Andrea Pensado, Jack Wright, Walter Wright
2:45pm – CrankGUTS: Crank Sturgeon, GUTS Diagram-A
3:30pm – HOT DATE: Shayna Dulberger, Chris Welcome
4:15pm – Leftovers Diable: David Dugas Dion, Alex Pelchat
5:00pm – Gelineau VanNort Liberovskaya Margolis


8:00pm – Ras Moshe, Abram Taber, Frank Turek, Mitch Ahern
8:20pm – David Dugas-Dion, Joey Molinaro, Paul Conant, James Ham
8:40pm – Alex Pelchat, Chris Welcome, Conrad Benjamin, Forbes Graham
9:00pm – Patrick Cain, Jeff Carey, Crank Sturgeon, Arkm Foam
9:20pm – Jill Burton, Brendan Landis, Adam Bosse, i’d m Theft Able
9:40pm – TJ Borden, Jack Wright, Shayna Dulberger, Kevin Dacey, Todd Brunel
10:00pm – Doug Van Nort, Robert Pepper, Andy Goulet, Neil Young Cloaca
10:20pm – Stephanie Lak, Laurie Amat, Brett Renaud, Andy Allan
10:40pm – Dave Grollman, Bonnie Kane, Dave Miller, Zack Root
11:00pm – Martin Freeman, Rick Breault, Mike Funaiole, Sita Magnuson
11:20pm – Al Margolis, Kate Lee, Jim Magnuson
11:40pm – Jimmy Hughes, Miss Olivia Kennett, Steve Norton

Movement – Claire Elizabeth Barratt, Joe Burgio
Video – Patrick Cain, Katherine Liberovskaya

Sunday February 23

2:00pm – Laurie Amat, Dave Seidel Duo
2:30pm – EMU: Joe Burgio, Paul Kafka-Gibbons
3:00pm – Ben Hersey
3:30pm – Chill City Icon: Kevin Dacey, Travis Hagan, Brett Mason
4:15pm – Tough Day Tubing: Crank Sturgeon, Stephanie Lak, Al Margolis, Steve Norton, Walter Wright
5:00pm – Egg, Eggs!: Jen Gelineau, Ted Lee, Shorty Mc, Brett Renaud, David Russell

Supported by the artists, Holyoke LCC and the MCC.



Local press coverage: CBS 3 Springfield

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