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Thollem McDonas (solo piano) at Barking Legs Theater, Dec. 6
 
Wayne-O-Rama is now closed! It was open from Nov. 19, 2016 through Sept. 30, 2017. Designed by Emmy-winning artist Wayne White, it's a funhouse of Chattanooga history for all ages. Wayne-O-Rama is sponsored by See Rock City, Inc. and presented by The Shaking Ray Levi Society at the Tenn Arts space, with generous support from the Benwood Foundation, the Footprint Foundation, the Lyndhurst Foundation and the McKenzie Foundation.


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Past Events: 2011

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Egyptian Windmill Operators:
Col.Bruce Hampton, Dennis Palmer, Davey Williams

Sunday, December 25, 2011, 9 PM
Five Spot
1123 Euclid Ave (in Little Five Points), Atlanta, GA, 30307

Free admission

Prepare yourself for an insane evening of improvised avant-weird music featuring an unbelievable lineup assembled by the legendary Col. Bruce Hampton (from the Hampton Grease Band, Aquarium Rescue Unit, and Quark Alliance), with vocalist and Moog synthesizer wizard Dennis Palmer from the Shaking Ray Levis, and the astounding guitarist and one of the three "founding fathers of American free improv guitar" Davey Williams

"Bruce is the 8th Wonder of the World" - Billy Bob Thornton

James Falzone's Allos Musica Trio

Thursday, October 20, 2011, 7:30 PM
Barking Legs Theater
1307 Dodds Ave
Chattanooga, TN 37404

$10 advance/door
(click here to order tickets online)

Multi-faceted clarinetist/composer James Falzone is an acclaimed member of Chicago’s jazz and creative improvised music scene, a veteran contemporary music lecturer and clinician, the longtime Director of Music for Grace Chicago Church and an award-winning composer who has been commissioned by chamber groups and symphony orchestras among other institutions. His incredibly diverse career also includes sideman work in Tim Daisy’s chamber-jazz trio Vox Arcana, the French music ensemble Le Bon Vent and Dutch saxophonist Jorrit Dijkstra’s The Flatlands Collective.

“With the possible exception of John Carter,” writes AllAboutJazz.com’s Jerry D’Souza, “no precedents for his work spring readily to mind.” Critics have called him “an inveterate genre-crosser” (Matthew Lurie, Time Out Chicago), ”the finest improvising clarinetist in Chicago” (Neil Tesser, Examiner.com), and “witty, piquant and eminently listenable” (Michael G. Nastos, AllMusic.com). Cadence‘s Troy Collins adds, “Falzone blends an impressive array of influences into a singular style all his own.”

Formed in 2007 as an outgrowth of James' fascination with and study of Arabic music, the Allos Musica Trio plays Falzone's original compositions in addition to traditional and contemporary Arabic music. The trio has performed residencies and concerts throughout Chicago and the midwest and was the Ensemble in Residence for the MOMENTA Dance Company in November 2010

David Greenberger (Duplex Planet) and The Shaking Ray Levis

Thursday, October 20, 2011, 8 PM (doors at 7 PM)
Conundrum Music Hall
626 Meeting Street
West Columbia, SC, 29169
$10

Sunday, October 23, 2011, 8 PM (doors at 7 PM)
Bottletree
3719 3rd Ave South
Birmingham, AL

$10

David Greenberger, who has a painting degree, once took a job as activities director at a nursing home in Boston. His experiences there resulted in the creation of The Duplex Planet, a long-running publication, and to a number of books, several documentaries, a comic books series, and recordings. For the past decade his focus has been on creating monologues with music, which can be regularly on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered.” Terry Riley, Lou Reed, and Laurie Anderson are both collaborators and fans.

Shaking Ray Levis, founded by Dennis Palmer and Bob Stagner, 1986 are the first American group to record for INCUS RECORDS, one of the world’s most important improvisation-based record labels.  Over the decades they have performed and recorded with Derek Bailey, Fred Frith, Amy Denio, Reverend Howard Finster, Shelley Hirsch, Eugene Chadbourne, Frank Pahl, and John Zorn.

ALSO, for Chattanooga folks:
David Greenberger Reception / Book Signing / Reading
Saturday, October 22, 2011, 7 PM
Winder Binder Gallery & Book Store
40 Frazier Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37405
Free admission
(Not accompanied by the Shaking Ray Levis for this spoken word event)


Wayne White and
The Shaking Ray Levis

Sunday, October 9, 2011, 6 PM
Winder Binder Gallery & Book Store
40 Frazier Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37405
Free admission

Wayne White is a brilliant painter and sculptor, an Emmy Award-winning puppeteer and set designer for Pee-Wee's Playhouse, and he has worked on acclaimed music videos for Peter Gabriel ("Big Time") and Smashing Pumpkins ("Tonight Tonight").  Join us for a dynamic presentation from White of his artwork and a live soundtrack created by the Shaking Ray Levis and White himself, on banjo.


Shaking Ray Levis
with
Kreamy 'Lectric Santa 
Future Virgins 
Possible Side Effects

Saturday, September 17, 2011, 10 PM
Sluggo's North
501 Cherokee Blvd.

Egyptian Windmill Operators:
Col. Bruce Hampton, Dennis Palmer, Davey Williams

Saturday, September 3, 2011, 9 PM
Bottletree
3719 3rd Ave South
Birmingham, AL

Prepare yourself for an insane evening of improvised avant-weird music featuring an unbelievable lineup assembled by the legendary Col. Bruce Hampton (from the Hampton Grease Band, Aquarium Rescue Unit, and Quark Alliance), with vocalist and Moog synthesizer wizard Dennis Palmer from the Shaking Ray Levis, and the astounding guitarist and one of the three "founding fathers of American free improv guitar" Davey Williams

"Bruce is the 8th Wonder of the World" - Billy Bob Thornton

Shaking Ray Levis

Saturday June 25, 2011, 9 PM
Sluggo's North
501 Cherokee Blvd.
$5

Trevor Watts and Veryan Weston

New Dischord 2011 Festival
Friday
, June 24, 2011, 8:00 PM
Barking Legs Theater
1307 Dodds Ave
Chattanooga, TN 37404
$10 advance/door

British saxophonist Trevor Watts has been associated with the British free jazz and improvised music scene since the mid-'60s. He is perhaps best known for his involvement in the Spontaneous Music Ensemble and in other projects with drummer John Stevens.  Over the years, Trevor Watts has toured all over the world, from the Americas to New Zealand. He has run workshops, received numerous grants and commissions for his music, and has collaborated with a number of other widely respected jazz musicians, including Archie Shepp, Steve Lacy, Don Cherry and Jayne Cortez.  Presented by Flying Fingers Productions, the Shaking Ray Levi Society, and New Dischord.

Egyptian Windmill Operators:
Col. Bruce Hampton, Dennis Palmer, Davey Williams

Saturday, June 18, 2011, 9 PM
Conundrum Music Hall
626 Meeting Street
West Columbia, SC, 29169
$10

Prepare yourself for an insane evening of improvised avant-weird music featuring an unbelievable lineup assembled by the legendary Col. Bruce Hampton (from the Hampton Grease Band, Aquarium Rescue Unit, and Quark Alliance), with vocalist and Moog synthesizer wizard Dennis Palmer from the Shaking Ray Levis, and the astounding guitarist and one of the three "founding fathers of American free improv guitar" Davey Williams

"Bruce is the 8th Wonder of the World" - Billy Bob Thornton

Riverbend and the Shaking Ray Levi Society present:

Bob Dorough and Friends

Friday, June 17, 2011, 7:15 PM
Riverbend Festival, Unum Stage
Festival information here

Saturday, June 18, 2011, 10 PM
JJ's Bohemia
231 East MLK Blvd
Chattanooga, TN, 37403
$6

Composer, pianist, and vocalist Bob Dorough is a highly respected figure in the jazz world, influencing Mose Allison and having worked with Miles Davis, Blossom Dearie, and other legends, but his best known creations are the memorable songs he wrote for the Saturday morning children's television series Schoolhouse Rock!, including "Conjunction Junction" and "Three Is a Magic Number."  Dorough will perform with a special backing band, featuring Bob Stagner (Shaking Ray Levis) and Sweet and Lowdown members Kenny Palmer and Joe Lance.

Who-Fest [11]
Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29, 2011, 10 AM - 6 PM
Free Admission
Renaissance Park on Chattanooga's north shore
Chattanooga, TN

WHO-FEST is the area's best-known folk arts festival, and for the fourth year in a row, the Shaking Ray Levi Society curates the music for WHO-FEST, picking a fun and diverse lineup for all ages.  As always, admission is free!

The Who-Fest [11] musical line-up includes:
Saturday, May 28, all day:  Performances and workshops from dulcimer player extraordinaire Christie Burns and the Folk School of Chattanooga.
Sunday, May 29, 1 PM: NPR commentator and Duplex Planet creator David Greenberger with The Shaking Ray Levis.
 


Flying Fingers Productions and the Shaking Ray Levi Society present:

Gyan Riley and Shane Perlowin (of Ahleuchatistas)

Saturday, May 28, 2011, 8:00 PM
Barking Legs Theater
1307 Dodds Ave
Chattanooga, TN 37404
$10 advance/door (click here to order tickets online)

This will be an evening of visionary music featuring two of the top young guitarist/composers at the forefront of exploratory music of the new century.

Gyan Riley is a virtuoso guitarist and composer from Northern California who has performed both as a soloist and in ensemble with various artists such as Zakir Hussain, Michael Manring, Dawn Upshaw, the San Francisco Symphony, the Falla Guitar Trio, the World Guitar Ensemble and his father, the pioneering minimalist composer Terry Riley.  His latest album, Stream of Gratitude on John Zorn’s Tzadik Records, is an astounding recital of original works that draw upon and expand the rich legacy of classical music for solo guitar, with dedications to artists such as J.S. Bach and John McLaughlin.  Gyan’s diverse body of work embraces original compositions, contemporary classical repertoire, and improvisation. As a composer, Riley’s style brings together elements of virtuosic classical guitar, Indian raga, jazz, flamenco, and American fingerpicking.

Shane Perlowin is a voraciously eclectic guitarist, composer and improviser, based in Asheville, North Carolina.  Though involved in a large variety of ongoing musical enterprises, he is most widely known for his avant-noise-rock project Ahleuchatistas, which has released six albums on different labels, including his very own Open Letter Records, Tzadik Records, and Cuneiform Records.  In 2010, Perlowin self-released his debut solo album The Vacancy in Every Verse, which features looped ambient textures, fiery noise, solo acoustic guitar, and a guitar/bass/drums trio. Perlowin’s solo acoustic guitar music is rooted in the American finger-style tradition of John Fahey and Mississippi John Hurt, but mixed with his own idiosyncratic twists, drawing influence from 20th century atonal classical music, traditional Chinese music, African music, and  avant-garde jazz.


Shaking Ray's Drum Workout at Finster Fest

Sunday, May 15, 2011, 2:30 PM
Free Admission
Howard Finster's Paradise Gardens
Summerville, GA

Participants create a sonic vocabulary with hand drums and simple percussion instruments. This workshop offers a physical and cognitive workout, as well as experience in teamwork and creative collaboration. It's a hands on experience! (Drums are provided.)

Flying Fingers Productions and the Shaking Ray Levi Society present:
Rob Mazurek's Starlicker
feat. John Herndon of Tortoise and Jason Adasiewicz of Exploding Star Orchestra

Thursday, May 12, 2011, 7:30 PM
Barking Legs Theater

1307 Dodds Ave
Chattanooga, TN 37404

$8 at the door

STARLICKER, a trio comprised of Rob Mazurek (cornet), John Herndon (percussion), and Jason Adasiewicz (vibraphone), is Rob Mazurek’s newest project. Deeply rooted in the Chicago and international avant-garde, jazz and post rock scenes, Mazurek, Herndon and Adasiewicz expel sound with pervading energy and other-worldly delicacy.  Starlicker is a unique trio, blending the origins of sound with imperative immediacy and sublime power.

Flying Fingers Productions and the Shaking Ray Levi Society present:

Matthew Shipp: A Solo Piano Concert

Friday, April 15, 2011, 8:30 PM
Barking Legs Theater
1307 Dodds Ave
Chattanooga, TN 37404
$15 adv (click here to order tickets online) / $17 door / $10 students (door only)

Matthew Shipp is one of the most acclaimed jazz pianists of the past two decades, truly being one of the leading lights of a new generation of jazz giants.  He has reached the holy grail of jazz in that he possesses a unique style that is all his own—and he’s one of the few in jazz that can say so today.

Having recorded over 40 albums as a leader or co-leader, Shipp has created pioneering work with hip-hop artists DJ Spooky, Antipop Consortium, and El-P, and has collaborated with notables such as Roscoe Mitchell (Art Ensemble of Chicago), William ParkerDavid S. Ware, Jason Pierce (a.k.a. J Spaceman of Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized), and Spring Heel Jack.

“Mr. Shipp is finding success on his own terms,” writes Nate Chinen of The New York Times.  His diverse and independent body of work has earned him a reputation as “exciting and daring” (Will Layman, PopMatters), “entertaining and demanding in equal parts” (Gary Giddins, JazzTimes) and “one of the most talented players of this era” (Tad Hendrickson, Spinner).  “Even a passing listen will tell you that he’s smart,” adds Michael J. West of the Washington City Paper.  “Close attention reveals that he’s exponentially smarter. Shipp is a musician of scholarship and precision, harmonic and otherwise.”

This is a rare treat for the South—Matthew Shipp’s ONLY scheduled performance in 2011 occurring within 500 miles of Chattanooga, TN. Hear Shipp play an intimate, one-of-a-kind performance on Barking Legs Theater’s 1916 Steinway grand piano.  A question-and-answer session with the artist will follow the performance.  
Supported in part by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.

"A true artist and visionary...the real thing" (Henry Rollins of Black Flag)

"A composer and improviser of the highest order" (Troy Collins, All About Jazz)

“A true American eccentric…at his best, he gets you to hear music in a different way:  you’re in the maze with him, sure enough, but there’s no place you’d rather be.” (Adam Shatz, The New York Times)


Egyptian Windmill Operators:
Col. Bruce Hampton, Dennis Palmer, Davey Williams, Duane Trucks, Kevin Scott

Saturday, March 26, 2011, 8 PM
Barking Legs Theater
1307 Dodds Ave
Chattanooga, TN 37404

$12 adv (plus $0.50 svc online)/$15 door, $10 under 25 at the door

Prepare yourself for an insane evening of improvised avant-weird music featuring an unbelievable lineup assembled by the legendary Col. Bruce Hampton (from the Hampton Grease Band, Aquarium Rescue Unit, and Quark Alliance), with vocalist and Moog synthesizer wizard Dennis Palmer from the Shaking Ray Levis, the astounding guitarist and one of the three "founding fathers of American free improv guitar" Davey Williams, drummer Duane Trucks (who has backed Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi), and bassist Kevin Scott.  Presented by Flying Fingers Productions.

The Egyptian Windmill Operators will also play Atlanta on Saturday, March 12 (9 PM) at the Five Spot (1123 Euclid Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307).

"Bruce is the 8th Wonder of the World" - Billy Bob Thornton



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