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CoPAC and the Shaking Ray Levi Society present:
Saturday, July 30, 2016
6:00 p.m.: Free urban foraging walk (donations accepted)
7:30 p.m.: Performances ($10 door)
Barking Legs Theater
1307 Dodds Ave
Chattanooga, TN 37404
Philadelphia-based percussionist Ben Bennett’s boyish, unassuming appearance provides no hints to the astounding, iconoclastic creativity within, fueled by a desire to get the most varied and visceral array of sounds from the simplest of instruments. Using a wide assortment of drums, cymbals, tubes, pieces of metal and various found objects, Bennett not only strikes them but also uses friction and his own lungs to gently coax or violently wrench unusual and unfamiliar sounds from them. Bennett has quickly built up a reputation in the universe of free improv with his solo performances, collaborations with many notable improvisers, and work in the trio Wrest with saxophonist Jack Wright and bassist Evan Lipson.
Within the last two years, Bennett has gained international notoriety for his series of “Sitting and Smiling” Internet videos, which feature him sitting without moving for four-hour blocks of time, bearing an enormous grin on his face. These 221 videos (and counting) have collectively garnered over three million views from people in over 200 countries and have been the subject of articles in The Atlantic, Vice and many other media outlets. Bennett is also a performance artist, spoken-word artist, sculptor and skilled urban forager.
Aaron Cowan is a multi-disciplinary artist living and working in Chattanooga, TN. He received his BFA in 3D Sculpture from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and works primarily in the expanded field of sculpture, including video and performance. He was a founding member of the Apothecary project space and is currently Director & Curator of the Swine gallery and project space. Cowan’s work exists between play and danger, self-sabotage and self-help, maturity and senescence. There is an examination of wants and needs, cycles and self-reflexivity in the context of expanded adolescence; drive, desire, violence & victory.
Tiny Mix Tapes, on Bennett’s album Spoilage
This July 30 event will feature two parts: a free urban foraging walk (6:00 pm), led by Ben Bennett, and outdoor performances starting at 7:30 pm (weather permitting) including a solo percussion set from Bennett and performance art from local artist/curator Aaron Cowan.
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The Shaking Ray Levi Society celebrates thirty years of extraordinary and challenging music and art in Chattanooga and beyond.
It is with our deepest sorrow at the Shaking Ray Levi Society that we have learned of the passing of Rev. Terry Fugate on February 13, 2015, who was the first treasurer of the Shaking Ray Levi Society and a co-founder.
We will have strong memories of Terry's infinite kindness, great musical talents, intelligence and rare insight. Terry is a former pastor of St. James Lutheran Church in Brunswick, Georgia and an early member of the Shaking Ray Levis performing group.
Shaking Ray Levi Society is greatly saddened by the loss of
Julian Ray Norwood on February 16, 2014, who was a
co-founder and the first president of The Shaking Ray Levi
Service for Julian Norwood
The work of the Shaking Ray Levi Society was praised in the latest VSA TN (Very Special Arts) newsletter:
"VSA Tennessee teaching artist, Bob Stagner, recently completed an artist residency at the Dawn School in Chattanooga involving studying the relationship between music and architecture. In this residency, the students first had to comprehend two art forms, then begin to understand advanced concepts for sound formation and structures, and build a vocabulary with a variety of percussion instruments. The students worked in groups with electronic devises and building models as well as with a variety of percussion instruments. The stories below are shared by the teaching artist with the permission of the students and their families:
Adeline is a 6th grader at Dawn School with severe depression and learning disabilities. She’s a delicate, soft spoken young lady who rarely talks above a whisper and remains part of the woodwork in most classes. Our workshop included architectural city shapes and their sound wave counterparts. Adeline created wave forms using two Moog devices, one for constant sound, the other for tone manipulation: vibrato, tempo, rate, pitch, and frequency. The result was a dynamic shift in her mood as she turned each dial to a new setting to match our cityscape of over 15 models. Her smile showed pure joy as she retained the concept and gained control of understanding wave/sound shape and an architectural shape.
Victor is 6th grader at Dawn School with Autism. His speech therapist felt our project would be ideal to encourage speech. After our 1st week, it was clear he would retain the exercises and gain confidence. Victor’s mother has remarked how excited her son was to be a valued group member. He has also shown more focus with tasks/lessons at home. Victor seemed very proud of new skills and has proved to be a strong class leader.
Funding provided by a grant through the VSA offices of the John F Kennedy Center for the Arts and the Tennessee Department of Education."
We at the Shaking
Ray Levi Society are deeply saddened by the passing of
Dennis Palmer, SRLS co-founder and artistic director for
over 26 years, on February 15, 2013.
Chattanooga native Dennis Palmer, 55, was a beloved musician, visual artist, storyteller, educator, mentor, and devoted friend of many.
A singular vocalist and nontraditional musician, called "the world's most colorfully inventive synthesizer player" by Creative Loafing, he co-founded the acclaimed free improvisation group The Shaking Ray Levis with drummer Bob Stagner in 1986, which was the first American band to record an album for the legendary British label Incus Records. Palmer has performed internationally with collaborators including Derek Bailey, Steve Beresford, Reverend Howard Finster, David Greenberger, Col. Bruce Hampton, Shelley Hirsch, Frank Pahl, Roger Turner, and Davey Williams.
As a visual artist, Palmer has exhibited his paintings, silk-screened prints, and other unconventional artwork both locally and internationally in cities including London and Los Angeles, and he has designed many CD and record covers.
A leader in the arts community, Palmer promoted the ideas of improvisation and creativity in thought, performance, and visual art to students of all ages through his work with the Shaking Ray Levi Society and developed outreach programs for under-served populations including students with developmental, emotional, or physical disabilities. Palmer served as President of The Association for Visual Arts (AVA) and on the board of directors for Mark Making, and he taught art in Hamilton County schools.
When teaching children, Dennis would ask them about the last time they had a good feeling. In his own words: "Clap your hands once and put your hands over your heart and give that good feeling to yourself. Next is to clap your hands again and sound off and give that feeling to everybody within the room. The third thing is to clap your hands, sound off and give that feeling out off to the whole universe."
Dennis was an inspiration for many and a strong advocate of "living in the moment" and "doing the highest good for all" in the community and beyond.
Chattanooga Pulse tributes: one, two
Creative Loafing tribute
Times Free Press tribute
Memorial Service for Dennis Palmer
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Visitation: 2 to 4 PM
Service: 4 PM
Chattanooga Funeral Home, East Brainerd Chapel
8214 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421
|p.o. box 21534 chattanooga, tn 37424 - phone: 423.910.9729|