NEWS:

Dilating Nexus Series, through August

Jessica Pavone, Dark Tips, Orthodox Hell, Pukelust, Aug 18, Artifact

Soul in a Box, Aug 30, Mark Making

Shaking Ray Levis on cover of Signal to Noise



Founded in 1986, the Shaking Ray Levi Society is a volunteer-run, 501(c)(3) non-profit arts education organization.

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The mission of the Shaking Ray Levi Society is to nurture and support music, film, and performance art that is challenging, non-traditional, and falls outside the mainstream, in order to help nourish the cultural growth of Chattanooga.

This is done by sponsoring shows by artists recognized on a national and international level, supporting original work by area musicians and filmmakers, and engaging the community through workshops and educational outreach programs.



The SRLS is a funded agency of ArtsBuild

 

NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS:

ArtsBuild, Human Conduct, Secret Weave and the Shaking Ray Levi Society present:
The Dilating Nexus Series

April 26: An Evening with Tapes at Artifact Gallery, 1080 Duncan Ave.
May 31: Lupton City Snake Show at Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave.
June 21: Random Gear Festival at Estate of Confusion, 301 East Main St.
July 19: Breathing Artifacts at Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave.
August 30: Soul in a Box at Mark Making, 2510 North Chamberlain Ave.



The DILATING NEXUS is a monthly series of non-conventional events and ritualized social experiments housed in a variety of “total environments” throughout Chattanooga, Tennessee. The five-month series aims to stimulate rarefied, esoteric, and unknown actions within the region, while honoring and highlighting cutting-edge work that is already in existence. Each of the events is presented as a provocation to galvanize marginalized performers and artists from all disciplines, pushing them into unforeseen situations and inspiring them to respond in genuinely spontaneous, creative, and resourceful ways.

Typically, festivals present professional or esteemed artists who are expected to represent their individual skills, but for the Dilating Nexus series, the emphasis is less on the individual and more on the collective. Furthermore, by approaching each event in a non-hierarchical manner, both seasoned and emerging artists are presented on equal footing, forming new and unexpected collaborations, with a mixture of local and national performers.


Secret Weave and the Shaking Ray Levi Society present:
Jessica Pavone
Dark Tips
Orthodox Hell
Pukelust


Monday
, August 18, 2014, 8 PM
Artifact

1080 Duncan Ave
Chattanooga, TN 37404
$7 door

Jessica Pavone / Dark Tips

Composer, violist and violinist Jessica Pavone 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 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 has been praised by numerous publications including The Wall Street Journal, Downbeat, Time Out New York, Cadence, All About Jazz and Chicago Reader, and her music has been released on John Zorn’s Tzadik label, Thirsty Ear, Porter, Skirl and Peacock Recordings.



Dark Tips is the new duo of Jessica Pavone and Raquel Bell, conjuring advice from the underworld with original compositions for processed viola, analog organ and voice. Vocalist Raquel Bell is a visual artist and multi-instrumentalist, known for her striking vocals in the bands Normal Love and Mesiko, and she has extensive experience in live theatrical sound design on projects such as Harry Partch’s Oedipus Rex and the Hamlet adaptation Crawling Between Heaven and Earth with music featuring Bonnie “Prince” Billy.

Opening the evening are two Chattanooga acts driven by uncompromising female artists. Orthodox Hell is a musical outlet for some awkward obsessions, including but not limited to: religious extremism, shortwave broadcasting, and organized crime. Provocative and disquieting, Pukelust offers a digital diary with graphic splendor and the exhaustive misery of complete emptiness.

ArtsBuild, Human Conduct, Secret Weave and the Shaking Ray Levi Society present:
Soul in a Box
(Dilating Nexus Series Part V)


Saturday
, August 30, 2014, 7 PM
Mark Making
2510 North Chamberlain Ave.
Chattanooga, TN 37406
$5-10 door (sliding scale)

Soul In a Box

On the evening of February 15th 2013, Chattanooga lost its greatest artist, musician, storyteller, improviser, educator, and cultural/mystical icon DENNIS J. PALMER (of the Shaking Ray Levis and Shaking Ray Levi Society). Upon his passing, among his numerous musical instruments, an RC-30 LoopStation was discovered by Palmer's lifelong artistic collaborator and friend Bob Stagner. This small box contained over an hours worth of concise sound loops that Palmer created to use in an upcoming Shaking Ray Levis performance.

For the fifth and final installment of the DILATING NEXUS series, we have hand-selected some of the most forward-looking artists from Chattanooga and beyond to make use of Palmer's unreleased samples as the sonic source material for their work. Local visual artists of equal caliber have also been summoned to create works that are inspired by and/or make use of Palmer’s unique visual world. Their images will be projected simultaneously in conjunction with each performance. Each participant has been deeply affected/impacted by Palmer's personal vision, legacy, and friendship in various ways.

A "brand-new-never-been-HEARD-before" message from Palmer himself will also be transmitted at the conclusion of the evening.

Audio:
AETHER JAG (Baltimore)
BABY MAGIC
EV MHIR
FRANK PAHL (Detroit)
GUEST ROOM
PROPHETS & KINGS
LOVE, EXECUTION STYLE
NOWS (Atlanta)
RED OKRA KING
RICK WEAVER (Baltimore)
SEGAWORMS

Visual:
ASHER LOVE
MELISSA HOESMAN JOHNSON
WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW


The 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 Society.

Julian will be remembered for his remarkable energy and passion for the arts, generosity, and persistence to challenge the SRLS and others in meaningful, illuminating ways.

Times Free Press obit
Shawn Chapman Funeral Home obit

Funeral Service for Julian Norwood
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Visitation: 12 PM
Service: 1 PM
Shawn Chapman Funeral Home
2362 Highway 76
Chatsworth, GA 30705


VSA TN
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.

Dennis Palmer

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.



Body tribute 
Chattanooga Pulse tributes: one, two
Chattanoogan obit.
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
423-698-2541



The Shaking Ray Levis are featured in the latest issue of Signal to Noise magazine (issue #64, Fall 2012), gracing the cover (photography by Bob Wright) and interviewed by Chad Radford in a fascinating and provocative article.




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