|Thomas Peake Farewell Celebratory Concert & Peanut Boil
Sunday, December 20, 2009, 4 PM to 1 AM, $10 donation
Eyedrum, 290 MLK Jr. Dr. SE, Suite 8, Atlanta, Georgia 30312
was a humanitarian, a friend to many, and a tireless figure on the
Atlanta music scene, who helped nurture a community of musicians who
strayed from the middle of the road. He lost his life after
taking a fall in the Grand Canyon in September, and on December 20,
musicians will pay tribute to him at Atlanta's Eyedrum, including the Shaking Ray Levis, Flap, San Agustin, and DQE. All proceeds benefit East Atlanta Kids Club, a nonprofit mentoring and enrichment program for under-resourced children.
Shaking with Shelley
Tuesday, December 8, 2009, 8:30 PM,
Roulette, 20 Greene St, between Canal and Grand Streets, New York City
SHELLEY HIRSCH is
one of the most acclaimed and celebrated avant-garde vocalists today,
known for her fiercely unconventional singing techniques, intriguing
and compelling storytelling, fascinating improvisations, and
unforgettable stage performances. THE SHAKING RAY LEVIS and Shelley will present an explosive evening of improvisation at Roulette in New York City on December 8. Call 212-219-8242 for reservations.
The Stereophonic Confit Festival
16, 2009, 8 PM, $8
Gallery of Folk Art, 40 Frazier Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37405
THE STEREOPHONIC CONFIT FESTIVAL is a rare meeting of seven off-kilter international and regional musicians, including bluegrass/jazz banjo/guitarist EUGENE CHADBOURNE, freestyle percussionist TATSUYA NAKATANI (Japan), a twin-bass attack from JOEL GRIP (Sweden) and EVAN LIPSON, violinist ERNEST PAIK, and THE SHAKING RAY LEVIS (Moog and drums). Expect the strange and the sublime in an intimate, salon-type setting, and come early, because the price of admission includes gourmet appetizers! (Press release)
Arrington de Dionyso (Old Time Relijun) + Shaking Ray Levis: Workshops + Performance
Workshops: Wednesday, October 7, 2009, 6 PM, $20
Performance: Thursday, October 8, 2009, 6 PM, Free admission
CreateHere, 55 E Main Street, Suite 105, Chattanooga, TN 37408
CreateHere and the
Shaking Ray Levi Society present two nights of improvised shamanic
energy featuring Arrington de Dionyso and The Shaking Ray Levis,
October 7th and 8th.
The good times start with a workshop series on October 7. De Dionyso
will present “Unleashing the Voice in Creative Music: From Raw
Expression to Refined Technique,” a workshop exploring the voice
as an instrument of the body and soul, where participants gain
awareness of multiphonic vocal techniques with an emphasis on Tuvan
At the same time, The Shaking Rays will conduct their own
“Ol’ TIme Avant-Garde Workout" -A physical and cognitive
workout, where participants create a sonic vocabulary with their own
instrument of choice (or the provided percussion instruments). All
culminating into a live performance at CreateHere!
Space is limited, and the workshops come at a small $20 fee.
On October 8, CreateHere will host a live performance by de Dionsyo and
the Shaking Rays. But we’ve also got a little something extra
planned for you good people: workshop participants will transform from
students to performers. The performance starts at 6 pm, and is free and open to the public.
Join us for both events, and let the spirit of improvisation reign in
Take a gander at the event poster here.
Shaking Ray Levis
Saturday, October 3, 2009, 8:30 PM
Flying Monkey Arts Center, 2211 Seminole Dr. Ste 501, Huntsville, AL
Shaking Ray Levi's "Voice of the Dewclaws"
Saturday, September 12, 2009, 9 PM
Eyedrum, 290 MLK Jr. Drive SE Ste 8, Atlanta, GA, 30312
You won't find a more diverse line-up of improvisors 'round these parts than this quintet: the Shaking Ray Levis (Dennis Palmer on Moog synthesizer, Bob Stagner on Pearl percussion) with harpist Renee Nelson (from Envie) and Scott Burland and Frank Schultz (a.k.a. Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel).
Expect solos, duos, and trios, plus ad hoc groupings devised by the
musicians, in the spirit of the most exciting, dynamic improv game
WHAT CHEER? BRIGADE
Friday, July 31, 2009
7 PM: South end of the Walnut St. Bridge
8 PM: Winder Binder Gallery (40 Frazier Ave.)
Chattanooga, TN 37405
Free admission, but donations are appreciated for the touring band.
The WHAT CHEER? BRIGADE from
Providence, RI is a 19-piece mobile party, like a marching band on an
atomic fireball sugar rush that darts from New Orleans brass band tunes
to Bollywood dance numbers to whirlwind Balkan folk to bombastic hip-hop, with a ton of surprises
along the way. The SRLS brings their merry insanity to Chattanooga on
July 31 (Fri.), starting at the south side of the Walnut Street Bridge
(7 PM) and parading over to the Winder Binder Gallery (40 Frazier Ave.)
for an outdoor dance 'splosion.
KENOSHA KID: Steamboat Bill, Jr.
Saturday, July 25, 2009, 7 PM
Barking Legs Theatre
1307 Dodds Ave
Chattanooga, TN 37404
$10/$5 for AEC members
KENOSHA KID from Athens, GA delivers a one-of-a-kind movie viewing experience, accompanying the classic Buster Keaton silent film Steamboat Bill, Jr.
with a completely original, vibrant soundtrack. Their
performance will have something for everyone: a jazz concert, a
film, a chamber ensemble, and a comedy all rolled into one. Presented
in conjunction with the AEC as part of its 2009 Back Row Film Series and Flying Fingers Productions.
Opening the evening will be two classic short films with original
scores created and recorded just for this event by SRLS members.
FOLK ARTS FESTIVAL
23 & 24, 2009
Renaissance Park (North Shore)
Chattanooga, TN 37405
For the second year, the Shaking Ray Levi Society is
curator for the Stage and Pavilion events at WHO-FEST, the region's best known folk arts festival arranged by David Smotherman of the Winder Binder Gallery of Folk Art.
This year's diverse lineup promises to be action-packed and fun for folks
of all ages!
is a rare guitarist/banjo player and off-kilter songwriter, who is equally
comfortable with bluegrass, folk, or free jazz and has worked with a
wide range of artists such as Camper Van Beethoven, John Zorn, They
Might Be Giants, and Sun City Girls. Chadbourne will be performing with
The Shaking Ray Levis
-who use analog/digtal synthesizers, samplers, vocals, and percussion
to create their “ole-timey avant-garde” sound.
The Michigan trio
Little Bang Theory is the brainchild of composer/sonic artist
Frank Pahl, creating vibrant pieces and soundtracks
from Bernstein & Morricone -using only children’s toys and
instruments, including toy pianos, melodicas, music boxes, and hand
Spears is like Jimi Hendrix on a thumb piano, astounding audiences
with his electric kalimba performances that must be seen to be believed,
drawing from varied styles such as African music, rock, funk, flamenco,
and jazz. http://www.myspace.com/kevinspears
is a prize-winning hollerin’ champion and member of the acoustic
trio The Sure Shots -which echoes country, Western
swing, and backwoods Americana without succumbing to nostalgia or camp.
Duet for Theremin
and Lap Steel creates a combination of sounds from two non-fixed-pitch
instruments and laptops in an improv environment with a disregard for
traditional styles, creating rich textures, swooning collages, and hypnotic
The Atlanta band Envie
resides in an unusual musical landscape, with harp and piano playing
from band leader Renee Nelson and a sound that Stomp
and Stammer calls “Intricate and pretty art-rock with a punchy
pop undercurrent.” http://www.myspace.com/enviemusic
The new collaboration The
River of Flavortaste is Chattanooga’s gnome mythology
pop band, making sounds from electronics and instruments like the accordion,
banjo, and chord organ.
WHO-FEST and the Shaking Ray Levi Society have partnered with Very Special
Arts (VSA) of Tennessee to present a number of talented local and regional
performers who have overcome various difficulties to create their remarkable
Conductor Sandy Conatser
leads the Blair School Dulcimer Choir, comprised of
teenagers with autism, and Conatser will also present a workshop to
explain her teaching techniques.
Award-winning vocalist Wes
Heydel has performed for VSA at the Ryman, Country Music Hall
of Fame, MTSU, and at other functions.
Lake Rise Place
is a jazz trio featuring Elliott McClain, a 14-year-old
pianist who is blind.
Vocalist Amanda Stevens from
Cottontown won second place in the 2008 VSA Arts TennesseeYoung Soloist
program and has performed at Dollywood.
will be featured at WHO-FEST, including an art workshop, dulcimer workshop
with Sandy Conatser, dance workshop with Polly Curtis, movement workshop
with Ann Shea, and a drum workshop with Eddie Tuduri, the founder of The
Rhythmic Arts Project (TRAP). Also, there will be a panel discussion with
the topic of “Disabilities in the Arts.”
Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga, City of Chattanooga
Therapeutic Recreation Services, Inner Windows Therapeutic Massage, National
Endowment for the Arts, Orange Grove Centers, Shaking Ray Levi Society,
TN Arts Commission, The Rhythmic Arts Project, Winder Binder Gallery of Folk Art.
Scheduled Performances for Saturday May 23:
- 11 AM-noon: Orange Grove
- 12 noon-1 PM: Little Bang
- 1-2 PM: Kevin “KalimbaMan”
- 3-4 PM: Blair Dulcimer Choir
- 4-5 PM: The Sure Shots /
- 5-6 PM: Eugene Chadbourne
and the Shaking Ray Levis
(Saturday May 23)
- 10:30-11:30 AM: Art workshop
- 12 noon-1:30 PM: Drum workshop
with Eddie Tuduri (The Rhythmic Arts Project)
- 2:30-3:00 PM: Dulcimer workshop
with Sandy Conatser
Scheduled Performances for Sunday May 24:
- 11 AM-noon: Amanda Stevens
- 12 noon-1 PM: Wes Heydel
- 1-2 PM: Lake Rise Place
- 2-3 PM: Envie
- 3-4 PM: Duet for Theremin
and Lap Steel
- 4-5 PM: The River of Flavortaste
(Sunday May 24)
THE ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC CUPCAKE FESTIVAL II
- 11 AM-noon: Dance workshop
with Polly Curtis
- 12 noon-1 PM: “Disabilities
in the Arts” panel discussion
- 2:30-3:15 PM: Movement workshop
with Ann Shea
SATURDAY, APRIL 11,
8:00 PM -$5
WINDER BINDER GALLERY OF FOLK ART
40 FRAZIER AVE, CHATTANOOGA, TN, 37405
JEFF MCLEOD / NEON VIKING FUNERAL VS. SECRET GUILT / AMANDA CAGLE &
McLeod of Montgomery, Alabama is a musical mayhemist and
multi-multi-instrumentalist making sounds with whatever he can get
his hands on. Over the past 15 years, he has recorded albums with
Steve Albini, founded The Subversive Workshop magazine and
the Alabama Improv Co-op, and toured, composed, and worked with countless
like-minded musicians. Among the many bands with which he is involved
are Zepubicle, Reverse Engineer, Gezoleen, Liquid Brick, Autosymptomatic,
bert, Doctor Midnight, and Skryxl, not to mention his solo guitar
improvisational work, which he will unleash at his Chattanooga performance.
Reed (of Hoth, Sand Mountain, and Gravebound) and Chris
Griffin (Blue Rose Case, Gravebound) comprise the commercially
unacceptable outfit Neon Viking Funeral, described
as “…somewhere between the electronic duo Autechre and
the Japanese noise master Merzbow…Griffin supplies beats from
a laptop while Reed creates a deafening sonic tidal wave using two
microphones, a synth, and an arsenal of effect pedals. On his approach,
Reed says, "I use the stuff I use basically because I love screaming
and hitting things. If people dig it, fine. If they leave the room,
that?s OK as well.?” -Chattanooga Pulse, Sept.
2008. Secret Guilt member Tony Levi (also
of Sand Mountain and Gravebound) is a proponent of Chattanooga's noise
scene, fresh from participating with Reed onstage at the inaugural
Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN earlier
this year. (http://www.myspace.com/neonvikingfuneral)
Cagle and Ernest Paik are multi-instrumentalists who share
a fascination with the possibilities of free improvisation, using
a variety of unconventional extended techniques. Vowing to never repeat
themselves, the duo has used completely different instrumentation
for each performance so far. Cagle is currently a member of the Rough
Shapes and has performed with the Shaking Ray Levis, Davey
Williams, Land Camera, and Christabel and the Jons. Paik has composed
and recorded music as a solo artist for film, television, and radio.
BIG EARS '09
6-9 - Knoxville, TN (Bijou Theatre)
artists include: Phillip Glass, Antony and The Johnsons, Fennesz,
Matmos, Michael Gira (Angels of Light/Swans), The Necks, Jon Hassell +
Maarifa Street, Pauline Oliveros, Negativland, Shaking Ray Levis and many
the festival's site for
The mission of BIG EARS is to offer an exciting and dynamic platform of
musical and artistic discovery, presenting a variety of adventurous, exploratory
concerts and performances, installations, discussions, and interactive
experiences by artists possessed of singular and unique visions that stand
apart from the mainstream.
SHAKING RAY LEVIS FEATURING SHELLEY HIRSCH
Binder Gallery (Frazier ave, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Thursday Jan. 8th @ 8pm
Caledonia Lounge (256
W Clayton St, Athens, Georgia 30601)
Saturday Jan. 10th
10pm: The Christ Figures around 10:30pm: The Shaking Ray Levis & Shelley
Hirsch around 11pm: Pocketful of Claptonite around 11:30pm: Diet Rock
Star THIS SHOW IS curated by Leslie Grove.
(born 1952 in Brooklyn,
is a singer, performer, and composer. Central to Hirsch's work are her
versatile vocal abilities, which are often enmeshed in a kaleidoscope
of electronic music and sound effects.
Born and raised in New York City, Hirsch dropped out of high school and
moved to San Francisco, California, where she worked in experimental theater,
vocal techniques, and began composing pieces for voice.
In Berlin she had her first experiences in improvised music with Sven-Åke
Johansson, deepent in collaborations with Jon
Rose and - back in New
York City - with Christian
Marclay. She has appeared at festivals throughout Europe and performed
at the Kitchen, Roulette, BAM and other venues in New York.
She appears on the recordings of John
Staley and many others. Her regular partners are Christian Marclay,
Weinstein and Anthony
In 1988 she released the LP "Singing" and a year later another LP/CD "Haiku
Lingo" with Weinstein. Her most recent work "O Little Town of East New
York" can be found on Zorn's label Tzadik in the series "Radical Jewish
Culture". Hirsch also collaborated with DJ
Bijma, Chantal Dumas, David
Moss, Min Xiao Fen, Jerry Hunt, Toshio Kajiwara, Jin
Hi Kim, Marina Rosenfeld and Ned
Rothenberg. She recorded with September Band (Rüdiger
Reichel and Paul
Lovens) and with X-Communication (Butch
Morris, Martin Schütz and Hans Koch), too. Hirsch can also be heard
interpreting compositions such as Cathy
Berberian's „Stripsody“ or Alvin
Hirsch has also collaborated with visual artists Barbara Bloom and Jim
Hodges, choreographer Noemie LaFrance, and filmmakers Nina Danino
(Tenemos soundtrack with Sainkho
Namtchylak, 2001), Zoe Beloff, Abigail Childs, and Lee Sachs.