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Trauma Salon : Serotonin & Selectivity

Thursday, June 4th 2015

The short answer is shit isn't working properly. We observe defectiveness in nature: the end of laughter.
We feel & know that something is terribly wrong. We absorb. It hurts. Exactly how much is beyond our control.
Little by Little we shock ourselves into truth, trick ourselves into joy, find solace in the fact that nothing lasts, including our biochemical composition. In such a way, we endlessly grow.

Epitaphs Live: Colleen McCarthy & David Grollman
The epitaph is a short verse honoring the deceased, inscribed on his tombstone. It can be a brief record of his life, an aphorism, or words he lived by.
An extreme mood state can cause a warped perspective, in which that ephemeral moment of suffering feels like "the story of my life." At the lowest depression, one might feel like he is dead already. --Say it were so, how would the epitaph read?
"Epitaphs" (Colleen McCarthy-Smee, 2015) is a book of short verses honoring the deceased and the not-dead-yet who suffer(ed) variously psychoses and suicide.
In performance, David Grollman and Colleen McCarthy improvise of the book, with David accompanying himself on snare.

Natalia Steinbach
I have struggled and suffered with depression and suicidality for most of my life. In this performance piece I will be sharing some of my experiences as recalled through journal entries written about a year ago. As an artist and as an individual who has dealt with trauma, I hope to raise awareness and promote education concerning mental illness, along with providing support and hope to others who are dealing with similar issues. I have learned a lot from personal devastation and I feel that others can too, whether it be from their own trials and strife or through empathy for those around them.
https://www.facebook.com/NataliaBSteinbach

Brandon Lopez
I'll be presenting solo works for upright bass, partially composed elsewhere, mostly composed in real time. The work, for me, is about consecration and organization in derogatory and chaotic sounds. The previous statement is reductive. I hope It helps you think, comforts you, disturbs you, gives you something.
Gives you something, and takes away your time.
https://tongueinteeth.wordpress.com/

Beuys Club
Meow, yowl, fight, publicly fornicate. territory, food, trash, eat. meow yow meow yow. i'm an urban cat. we are cats. mama and babycat, rattle my cans. street. sleep under a tree, in a bush in your yard. eat your trash. chase a rat. meow moew moew. if you dont sepak cat thats a personal problem. cage us, sanitize us, civilize us, transform my meow. impulse to reproduce, soothed. i am we are pre surgical, now post surgical. my yowl my cat i am a terror, idolize me.
http://www.jackiedu.net/#!beuys-club/cl5u

with closing remarks by Esther Neff

According to Google; cheese, chocolate, fish & sex really do help. Thanks, Google.

The Freedom Garden guest curates

Thursday, February 26th 2015

8 30pm

Discussion with Zachary Pruitt and Harrison Weiss

9 pm
Twins of El Dorado
Founded by Kristin Slipp (voice) and Joe Moffett (trumpet), Twins of El Dorado is a new art song ensemble that explores the intersection of text and music.

9 30 pm
Angelo Spagnolo (is tight)
performance art and beautiful music

10 pm
Brandon Lopez(TAPE RELEASE)
solo upright bass between postmodern freeform and European classical music

10 30 pm
Adam Robinson(brutal)
Saxophone
Lynn Thu Tun
Light Installation

Flandrew Fleisenberg and 2 Brandons

Friday, October 25th 2013

Flandrew Fleisenberg and Jesse Collins

Flandrew Fleisenberg plays percussion on an assortment of everyday ephemera and modified drum parts that he has reduced and eroded through a process of playing and breaking them. A graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston with a focus in conceptual art, he is musically self-taught and has developed a cadre of idiosyncratic techniques that are all his own. Flandrew has been involved in the improvised and creative music community since 2001 performing solo, in ad-hoc improv groupings and in set projects. http://lifeoffleisenberg.blogspot.com/

Spending the past couple of years playing in improvised groups around Boston, Jesse Kenas Collins has come to value both the sonic and social importance of such work. For the sake of mobility he has dedicated this last year to playing cornet, a reconnection with his first instrument. What began out of convenience has led to a new personal vocabulary on the horn, guided by use of reed attachments. http://www.kenascollins.com/

Brandon Lopez and Brandon Seabrook http://www.seabrookpowerplant.com/wp/albums/

beer lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery

$5-15 suggested donation at the door

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