XFest 2013

Friday-Sunday February 22-24 @ 119 Gallery, UnchARTed, LTC
Improvised music, visuals, movement, and poetry.

Daphne Oram developed her own “Oramics” electronic music system.

119 Gallery presents XFest 2013, a festival of improvised music, visuals, movement, and poetry. The format of the festival is simple and challenging: 25 visiting artists and 70 local artists perform. On Friday and Saturday evening there are 10 half-hour sets that feature visiting artists with local artists at 119 Gallery. This year, on Saturday afternoon visiting and local poets read with the musicians at UnchARTed Gallery. On Sunday afternoon local bands will play at Lowell Telecommunications Corp.

Lino prints by Mitchel Ahern, Visual Scores by Joe Burgio, collages by Id m Theftable, and paintings by Victoria Valente; special gallery exhibits will be open Tuesday February 12 -Saturday March 9, 12noon-5pm at 119 Gallery, UnchARTed, and LTC.

“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

The first day of XFest. It begins in the evening at 119 Gallery with 10 1/2hr sets. Visiting artists/performers are grouped with local artists/performers. The process is somewhat random. The general rule is that you play with people you have never played with before. A number of sets include movement and all the sets have live video.

  8:00pm Andrew Neumann – laptop; Abdul Hamid Sherzai – electronics; Chris Welcome – guitar
  8:30pm Dirk Adams – voice, electronics; Mark Johnson – electronics; Chester Hawkins – electronics; Dave Grollman – snare drum
  9:00pm Eric Dahlman – trumpet; Forbes Graham – trumpet; Nikola Ragusa – flute; Joe Brown – bass; Luther Gray- drums
  9:30pm Jill Burton – voice; Co – laptop; Andy Allen – sax; Tom Hall – sax; Mitchel Ahern – homebrew instruments
10:00pm Ras Moshe – sax, flute; Steve Norton – reeds; Ryan Baker – toys; Evan Lipson – upright bass
10:30pm Natalie Spehar – cello; Mike Funaiole – analog synth; James Ham – synthesizer; Shayna Dulberger – upright bass, electronics
11:00pm Joey Molinaro – trumpet, violin; Stephanie Lak – voice, electronics; Kevin Dacey – electronics; fleisenberg – drums
11:30pm Id m Theftable – voice; Marc Bisson – guitar; Rick Breault – laptop; fleisebberg – drums
12:00am Steve Norton – reeds; Bonnie Kane – sax, flute; open slot; Valerie Kuehne – cello; Michael F Dailey Jr – drums
12:30am ARKM Foam – himself; Amelie Brodeur – flute; Jimmy Hughes – analog synth; Dave Miller – drums; Joe Brown – percussion

Movement by Claire Elizabeth Barratt , Joe Burgio, Teresa Czepial and Andrew Duncan. Live video projection by Gregory Kowalski and Emile Tobenfeld. Between sets DJs DA and Robo Rob.


The second and the busiest day of the festival starts with brunch at UnchARTed, followed by an afternoon of performances featuring visiting artists. It begins with a series of Fluxus performances followed by Jazz and Poetry.

Again, the evening features 10 1/2hr sets at 119 Gallery. In each visiting artist/performers are grouped with local artist/performers. A number of sets include movement and all the sets will have live video.

12:00pm Brunch at UnchARTed, provided with help from The Sock Hop.?

  1:30pm Fluxus Performance: Id m Theftable, Crank Sturgeon with Dave Grollman
  2:00pm Local Poets: Michael Hoerman, and Steven Anstey with Rick Breault – laptop; Stephanie Lak  – voice, electronics; Walter Wright – drums + Joe Burgio, Paul Kafka-Gibbons and Gordon Marshall with Joshua Jefferson – saxes; fleisenberg – drums
  3:00pm Visiting Poets: Steve Dalichinsky with Ras Moshe – flute, sax; Chris Welcome – guitar; Evan Lipson- upright bass + Yuko Otomo with Shayna Dulberger – upright bass
  4:00pm Apocalypso: Joe Burgio – movement; Shayna Dulberger – upright bass, electronics; Chris Welcome – guitar; Walter Wright – electronics
  4:30pm Jack Wright Group: Jack Wright – sax; Ron Stabinsky – piano; Ben Wright – upright bass; Johnny McLellan – drums

Live art by Corey Luebbers and Lindsey Parker.

  6:00pm Doors open at 119 Gallery

  8:00pm Jed Speare – laptop; Dave Seidel – electronics; Jack Wright – reeds; Ben Wright – upright bass; Dave Miller – drums
  8:30pm Jill Burton – voice; Steve Norton – reeds; Dave Grollman – snare drum
  9:00pm Angela Sawyer – voice, objects; Kate Lee – guitar; Shayna Dulberger – upright bass, electronics; Setheyny Loueb-Pen – drums
  9:30pm Chester Hawkins – electronics; Andrea Pensado – laptop; Chris Welcome – guitar; fleisenberg – drums
10:00pm Bonnie Kane – sax, flute; Ron Stabinksy – piano; Angela Sawyer – voice, objects; Evan Lipson – upright bass
10:30pm Ras Moshe – sax, flute; Nikola Ragusa – flute; Abram Taber – bass; feisenberg – drums
11:00pm Valerie Kuehne – voice, cello; Stephanie Lak – voice, electronics; Dei Xhrist – voice electronics; Crank Sturgeon – himself; Heather Noecker – drums
11:30pm Todd Brunel – clarinet; Joshua Jefferson – saxes; Christos Koulendros – electronics; Jeffu Warmouth – drums
12:00am Amelie Brodeur – flute; Joey Molinaro – violin; Zach Root – bass; Seth Bailin – drums
12:30am Jim Jeffers – guitar; Chris Welcome – guitar; Eric Stewart – guitar; Dave Miller – drums

Movement by Claire Elizabeth Barratt, Joe Burgio and Paul Kafka-Gibbons. Live video projection by Gregory Kowalski. Between sets DJs DA and Robo Rob.


The final day of the festival begins with brunch at LTC. The afternoon features local artists and bands.

12:00pm Brunch @ Lowell Telecommunications Corp

  2:00pm Conjoined Twins + 1: Crank Sturgeon joined with Id m Theftable + Steve Norton – reeds, electronics
  2:45pm O-AM: Steve Norton – reeds; Stephanie Lak – voice, electronics; Walter Wright – electronics
  3:30pm Steamfunk: Junko Fujiwara – cello; Stephanie Lak – voice, electronics; Andrea Pensado – voice, laptop; Angela Sawyer – voice, objects?  4:15pm BiRdOrGaN: Marc Bisson – guitar; deiX – vocals, electronics; Mike Funaiole – analog synth; Michael F Dailey Jr – drums with Gregory Kowalski – live video
  5:00pm Heavy Fragile: Allison Lorenzen – performance; Sam Tremble – performance, mic, electronics

119 Gallery promotes contemporary and new media art, innovative ideas and cutting-edge techniques with a rich program of exhibitions, performances and community-based arts services. We welcome people of all ages, backgrounds and means to explore and experience new, innovative art.

Supported by the artists, Lowell Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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