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FMRL presents Seth Chrisman w/Neon Black and Brady Sharp
Friday, August 26th, 2016 at 9:00pm
Betty's Grill407 49th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37209-3442
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::Seth Chrisman (Hudson, NY)
Seth Chrisman is a musician and multimedia artist based in the Hudson Valley, New York. His work explores texture and repetition, while being rooted in concepts of place. Extended techniques, location recordings, and radio receptions are woven together to create undulating and centrifugal sonic environments.

::Neon Black
"Neon Black weave palettes of dreamlike sound into driving pop numbers and spoken word poetry, prompting deeper connection with their audience though meandering introspection."--Neon Black

::Brady Sharp
Brady Plays prepared guitar with selected objects and homegrewn laptop-based processing to create textural, spacial music. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2_j3Vgfl-I


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FMRL presents Ava Mendoza/Jessica Pavone/Rodger Coleman
Saturday, August 27th, 2016 at 8:30pm
::Jessica Pavone (NYC)
Jessica Pavone (composer, viola, violin, el.bass) has performed in countless improvisation, avant jazz, experimental, folk, soul, and chamber ensembles since moving to NYC in 2000. She currently plays with Normal Love, in a duo with guitarist Mary Halvorson, with Anthony Braxton's ensembles and as a solo violist. As a composer, The Wire magazine praised her “ability to transform a naked tonal gesture into something special,” and The New York Times described her music as "distinct and beguiling...its core is steely, and its execution clear."

Pavone’s recent works for solo viola and voice stem from years of concentrated long tone practice and an interest in repetition, song form, and sympathetic vibration. She combines her long tone rituals with delay, understated melodies and sparse lyrical content while continuously experimenting with new forms. She is interested in the physicality of performing her somewhat larger-than-comfortable instrument and believes that cultivating physical bodies as a strong container for her thoughts is part of the creative process.

As an instrumentalist, she has personally worked with and interpreted new music by; Aaron Seigel, Andrew Raffo Dewar, Elliott Sharp, Glenn Branca, Henry Threadgill, Leo Smith, Jason Ajemian, Jason Cady, Jeremiah Cymerman, John King, Matana Roberts, Matthew Welch, Tristan Perich, Tyondai Braxton and William Parker; and, has played strings in bands such as Christy and Emily, Pure Horsehair, White Blue Yellow and Clouds, Joy Mega, and The Artificials.

Pavone has toured extensively throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe, performing in venues ranging from international music festivals, universities, and art galleries, to community centers and basements. Her music has premiered in venues in New York City such as, Roulette, Issue Project Room, and The Kitchen, and at the Klangbad Festival in Sheer, Germany. In 2011 she was featured in NPR’s “The Mix: 100 Composers Under 40.” She has received grants and commissions from the Aaron Copland Recording Fund, the American Music Center, New Music USA for her collaboration with choreographer, Anna Sperber, The Kitchen, MATA, The Jerome Foundation, The Tri-Centric Foundation, Experiments in Opera, and the chamber music collective, Till By Turning.

Pavone’s music is available from Taiga Records, Tzadik, Thirsty Ear, Porter, Skirl, and Peacock Recordings.

::Ava Mendoza (NYC)
"My name is AVA MENDOZA. I play guitars and stompboxes and write music. Currently I'm based out of Brooklyn, NY. I have played guitar for most of my life and been active for the last decade playing my own music and in many different groups. In any context I try to bring expressivity, energy and a wide sonic range to the music I play. I've toured throughout the U.S. and Europe and recorded or performed with a broad spectrum of musicians including singer Carla Bozulich (The Geraldine Fibbers, Evangelista), Fred Frith (Massacre, Henry Cow, Art Bears), Nels Cline, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Weasel Walter, Tune-Yards, and more. I've played on recordings released by labels Weird Forest, Tzadik, Clean Feed, NotTwo, ugEXPLODE, Resipiscent, New Atlantis, and others.

Friendly critics have called me "Oakland's avant-jazz virtuoso" (Brad Cohan, Village Voice), "a versatile and virtuosic guitarist" (The San Francisco Film Society), "a wizard on a semi-circle of effects pedals, but… equally adept with FX-less technique," (Lars Gotrich, A Blog Supreme/NPR Jazz). I was recently named one of Guitar World‘s “10 Female Guitarists You Should Know”.

My main project these days is UNNATURAL WAYS .


Scott Amendola (Nels Cline Singers, Charlie Hunter Quartet), Liz Allbee, Vijay Anderson, Bran(...)pos, Carla Bozulich (The Geraldine Fibbers, Evangelista), Sheldon Brown, Tony Buck (The Necks), members of Caroliner, Nels Cline (Wilco), George Cremaschi, Tim Dahl (Child Abuse, Lydia Lunch), J.A. Deane, Marco Di Gasbarro (Squartet), John Dikeman (Cactus Truck), Thomas Dimuzio, Shayna Dunkleman, Marco Eneidi, Luc Ex, Ben Goldberg, Fred Frith (Henry Cow, Art Bears, Massacre), Vinny Golia, Phillip Greenlief, Franz Hautzinger, Jacob Felix Heule, Devin Hoff (Good for Cows), Gerri Jager (Knaalpot), Darren Johnston, Henry Kaiser (Crazy Backwards Alphabet), Annette Krebs, Thollem McDonas, Lisa Mezzacappa, Butch Morris, Matt Nelson, Hexlove aka Zac Nelson, Kanoko Nishi, Nick Podgurski (Extra Life), Porest aka Mark Gergis, Gino Robair, Aram Shelton, John Shiurba, SF Sound, Damon Smith, Moe! Staiano, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Raphael Vanoli (Knaalpot), Weasel Walter (The Flying Luttenbachers), Mike Watt (Minutemen, fIREHOSE), Wobbly (Negativland), Tune-yards, William Winant (Mr. Bungle), Kenny Wollesen (Sex Mob), Theater of Yugen, dancers Leyya Mona Tawil, Yuko Kaseki, and Manuela Tessi.
::Rodger Coleman
"Rodger Coleman studied piano and woodwinds through high school and went on to attend the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where he picked up the electric guitar. Along with few other NEC alums and Richmond drummer Sam Byrd, he formed the punk-jazz band, UYA (a/k/a Upstanding Young Americans), and their eponymous CD was nominated for a Boston Music Award in 1991. Although the band gigged regularly around Boston and New York (documented on the 1993 Live At The Willow Volumes 1 and 2 cassettes), a proper follow-up album never materialized, although their cover of “Dancing Shadows” was featured on Rastascan’s Wavelength Infinity: A Sun Ra Tribute in 1995.

After the demise of the band, Rodger and his wife relocated to Nashville, where he built a modest home studio and continued to periodically make music with Sam Byrd, who conveniently has family nearby. A live CD, Indeterminate (Improvisations for Piano and Drums) was self-released in 2012 and a studio recording, Cosmologies, was pressed on limited edition vinyl in 2014. More recently, Perihelion, a download-only album featuring a more electronic, space-rock sound, received an honorable mention in Avant Music News’ “Best of 2016 (So Far).”

8:30 pm
9 pm

$10-$15 sliding scale admission
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FMRL presents Sean Hamilton/The Altered Statesman/Satan Pubes
Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 at 9:00pm
Betty's Grill407 49th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37209-3442
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Al::Sean Hamilton (Tampa, FL)
Performing drumset and real-time electronics in a live experience of his ongoing LOCI project.
::The Altered Statesman
Superb music made by a handpicked ensemble of great players which may include TJ Larkin, Ron Eoff, Rob Crawford, but always has Steve Poulton's songs as its focus
::Satan Pubes
John Allingham and Chris Davis from Cherry Blossom's noggin attempts and crab tunes.
9 pm

$7-$10 sliding scale admission
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FMRL presents Marshall Allen & James Harrar Soloriens Native Unity Tetrad
Sunday, September 4th, 2016 at 9:00pm
American Legion Post 823204 Gallatin Pike
Nashville, TN 37216
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::Marshall Allen + James Harrar's Soloriens Native Unity Tetrad

Saxophonist Marhall Allen and leader of Sun Ra's Arkestra since Ra's passing is a living legend and a national treasure. He will appear in a small group setting with his longtime collaborator, filmmaker and saxophonist James Harrar. This "Soloriens Native Tetrad" will perform live improvisations on saxophones, wind synthesizers, drums and bass to experimental films made by Harrar. Each performance is a unique response to personally crafted images. We are thrilled to present this unique and beautiful evening of audiovisual arts.

Here is more information on James Harrar and Cinema Soloriens taken from their web site:


"James Harrar plays Tenor Sax, Crumar & Akai EVI, Hulusi, Bulbul Tarang, Koto, Kora, voice and electronics.

Since 1994, In addition to continued collaboration with Marshall Allen, Harrar has performed with many talented musicians and groups within Cinema Soloriens and outside: Daevid Allen (Gong, Soft Machine), Arthur Doyle, Anne La Berge, Chris Cutler & Geoff Leigh (Artaud Beats, Henry Cow), Michael Gibbons (Bardo Pond), Cathy Hayden, Giovanni Barcella, Eric Thielemans, Charles Cohen, Yahya Abdul-Majid & Art Jenkins
(Sun Ra Arkestra) to name a few.

James Harrar has been crafting densely lyrical film-poems since the late 1980’s exhibiting at prestigious venues all over the world such as the Museum of Modern Art, Anthology Film Archives, The Andy Warhol Museum and Yamaguchi Center for Art & Media to name a few. His films are personal in a very direct and explicit sense.

In an intimate form, Harrar attempts to imprint thoughts, dreams and conceptual ideas onto the open-minded viewer while
examining the possibilities of perception.

Throughout his career, Harrar has tried to give the viewer new visual experiences while challenging fixed notions of visual language and individual seeing. "


8:30 pm doors; 9 pm start
$20 admission
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FMRL presents Battle Trance/John Olson 'Read-n-Reed'
Saturday, September 10th, 2016 at 7:00pm
Soft Junk Records919 Gallatin Ave, # 14
Nashville, TN 37206
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We're honored to co-present with Third Man Books and Soft Junk Records this performance at the Sept. 10th East Side Art Stumble

::John Olson (East Lansing, MI)
John Olson is a great writer. Folks who subscribed to the Hanson/American tapes listserve may recall his endless written rants on so many great records. His always razor-sharp rhetorical wit laid on paper or spoken as his early aughts habit of making Nostradamus predictions before the show. He will read selections from his yearlong journal of daily record reviews, "Life Is a Ripoff," published by Third Man Books. This reading will be followed by a live performance.

::Battle Trance (NYC)
Battle Trance return to Nashville following their Super Bowl Sunday 2014 appearance at Emma. Anyone who saw that show will attest to the power of this band live. This is Slayer reimagined as a saxophone quartet that just keeps getting better.

$10-$15 sliding scale admission
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