Alex Swan – Puppets, voice, percussion, miscellaneous – Lowell
Alexandra Derderian (Alex Swan) is a visual artist and videographer currently working and living in Lowell, MA. She earned her BFA from University of Massachusetts Lowell with concentration in Painting and a minor in Creative Writing. She makes comedy videos, does improv performances, puppet shows, and plays drums in Inspector 34 and Table Trash.
Andrea Pensado – electronics – Salem Ma.
works with sound as performer, composer and programmer. She studied in Argentina and Poland where she graduated in Composition with honors. Pensado plays solos and collaborates frequently with other improvisers. She performs extensively across the United States and has been featured on numerous occasions in Europe and South America as well. Her performances take place in all sorts of varied venues from regular concert halls to art galleries, clubs, lofts, basements, record stores and “house-shows”. She has releases with Zeromoon, Feeding Tube Records, YDLMIER, Hidden Temples, Pan y Rosas, Ayurvedic Tapes and LITL. Since 2010, she also runs Sonorium, a quarterly series of experimental music in Salem, MA. Pensado uses Max as her main programming tool. The voice is constantly interwoven in her music. Occasionally, the combination of the performance situation, the often abrasive sounds, the irrational use of the voice and the inherent uncertainty of improvisations contributes to discoveries of unknown places in her mind.
Andy Allen – Woodwinds – Western Ma.
Asimina Chremos – Movement – Philadelphia
Asimina Chremos is based in Philadelphia, PA, USA. She is an independent artist and collaborator in dance, fiber arts, and writing. Her performance practice has evolved from classical ballet (she was a dancer with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre in the 1980’s) to regular appearances in improvisational contexts with sound-artists and noise musicians. She is currently interested in the effects of aging on the dancing body, uses of space and light in performance, and the ongoing problems of functioning as an “artist” in a capitalist economy. Learn more at asiminachremos.com.
Saxophone, flute, analog electronics, feedback – Holyoke Ma.
Dedicated improvisor and electro acoustic pioneer, Bonnie Kane’s music lives equally in the avant-garde, hard core and psychedelic arenas.
Integrating saxophone, flute, feedback and electronics, her work travels through genres of noise, free jazz and improv, psych rock, jam band, and bio-composition, manipulating sound into magic. “Not for the timid”.
Solo @ Sonorium Series, Salem, MA
Solo @ the Red Room, Baltimore, Md
Brittany Karlson – double bass – Boston Ma.
Brittany Karlson is a bassist and vocalist who lives, works, and plays in Boston, MA. Originally from Aurora, IL.
Cata Mtn Mouth – Loop Choir – Philadelphia PA.
“Cata Mtn is a lyricist, vocalist, and performance artist working primarily in the Mid-Atlantic. Her personal and collaborative work has been circulating for more than a decade. She currently coordinates the band Weird Year. Cata Mtn’s primary usefulness is in facilitation and organization. She has been on core organizing teams for festivals, retreats, choirs, audio/visual installations, collective programming, and much more. She currently leads mentorships for young musicians, improvised recording sessions and open jams for women, and a sonic experimentation program combining collaborative noise-making with sleep and dreams”
Christos Koulendros – Electronics – Lowell Ma.
On a quest to experience the divine through sound, CK hails from Lowell where he frequently communes as the band Egregoros.
Cilla Vee – movement, performance – Asheville NC
Cilla Vee (Claire Elizabeth Barratt) is an inter-disciplinary performing artist and director of Cilla Vee Life Arts.
Her work utilizes artistic disciplines of dance/movement, music/sound, text, media, visual and installation art – usually within the context of in-the-moment composition.
Originally from the UK, Claire received her professional training in London at The Laban Centre For Movement and Dance and at the London Studio Centre For Performing Arts. She also served an apprenticeship with the Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation in New York and has just completed an MFA in Creative Practice with the Transart Institute based in Berlin.
During the 1990s She was a founding member and co-director of Circle Modern Dance for ten years in Knoxville TN (now celebrating its 25th anniversary!) as well as resident choreographer for the Knoxville Opera Company and a dancer for Asheville Contemporary dance Theatre.
In New York during the 2000s, with the support of arts advocates such as Chashama, Bronx Council on the Arts and Arts for Art, she began to develop and present her signature modes of work – including “Motion Sculpture Movement Installations” and “The Sound Of Movement” projects.
Claire has presented her work in venues as diverse as Jacob’s Pillow, the New York Botanical Gardens, Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center and Art Basel Miami. She has performed and taught throughout the USA, Canada, Europe and Japan and is always inspired by her interactions with the global improvisation community.
She is now based in Asheville, North Carolina.
Movement – Philadelphia
is an expatriate Californian who lived in New York City for twenty years before moving to Philadelphia in 2009. He holds a BA in Creative Writing from UC Santa Cruz and a MFA in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has an eclectic movement background ranging from athletics to modern dance and postmodern techniques, to yoga, contact improvisation and ballet. Curt toured internationally with David Dorfman Dance from 1990 to 2002, while creating over 15 original roles. He was a Movement Research Artist in Residence in 2001-2002, he has taught regularly at Movement Research and DNA (formerly Dance Space Center) in NYC and the ADF. He has taught and set work as a guest artist throughout the United States, Europe, South America and Asia and is currently a Professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. His work has been shown in Philadelphia at: the Annenberg Center, The Painted Bride, The Performance Garage, The CEC, PARD and various Fringe venues; and in NYC at: The Danspace Project, LA MAMA, DNA, Symphony Space, Movement Research at the Judson Church, IFNY, Dixon Place, PS122, Metamorphosis, DanceNow, New Dance Alliance; as well as at: Rockland Community College, Bennington College July Program, and Tanecne Divadlo in Bratislava, Slovakia and the ADF.
David Grollman is a percussionist from NYC who performs freely improvised music. He performs in art galleries, tiki bars, and venues of curious ambience made more curious by his mongrel sounds. David bows, scrapes, blows, slaps, rubs, caresses, abuses, and generally tests the limits of his instrument. Anything is game. Anything may be a participant if the musical conversation calls for it. Artist, instrument, audience, and environment become ambiguous terms, conspiring in a theatrical exploration of chance dynamics and serendipitous exchanges.
David Kontak – Original Instruments -NH
Dei Xhrist – Manchester NH
Duane Ingalls – Maine
(b. Machias Maine 1957) is a musician, instructor & artist, currently operating from Machias (again), as an adjunct in that village’s U Maine Interdisciplinary F A program & member/founder of music-centered acts Les Trois Etoiles, The Fieldguides, The Crows, and a few UMM ensembles… He’s worked/played on both US coasts (San Fran area, Boston area) with various music, theatre, and intermedia projects, including with Joel Chadabe, N B Aldrich, Eugene Chadbourne, Pauline Oliveros, Jaap Blonk, and If,Bwana…
Erika Nesse fractal music – Boston
I will be doing fractals generated based on live vocals
Frank Turek – Saxophone and electronics – Portland ME
Saxophonist Frank Turek has been performing free improvisation music since 2000 with his work with the trio Mystic Outbop Review. Turek has also performed solo under his own name and as Alonzo Holliday. In recent years Turek has brought in electronics to his performances with a unique midi-sax setup, with which he has used in the group 3D Jet Scooter.
Web site: heyexit.com
Bio: Hey Exit is Brendan Landis, a songwriter and noise musician living in New York.
Ian Kovac Jr Jr – Contrabass/Electronics – Eastern Massachusetts
A brief assessment of the sonic capabilities of the acoustic upright bass, as well as a demonstration of its general unwieldiness.
id m theft able – noise, avant-improvisation, sound poetry & Performance – Portland Maine
id m theft able performs within and without the realms of noise, avant-improvisation, sound poetry, performance, et c. et c. et c. using voice, found objects, electronics, and whatever else is available……
He has given hundreds of performances across 4 continents in settings ranging from the scummiest of squats to the fanciest of festivals.
James Goddard – MTL
of skin t0ne
Jesse Collins – wind instruments & electronics – Boston
Jesse performs in both solo and group contexts, focusing on the confusion of brass and woodwind instruments integrated with analog electronics and systems of feedback. As an improviser he works closely with many artists around New England
Joe Brown – drums, electronics – Lowell Ma
Joe Burgio is an explorer in time, space and form by way of improvisation.
José Rivera (aka Proxemia) creates electroacoustic music and experimental sound works that explore the intersections of aural and spatial experience. His practice is primarily expressed through multichannel installation and performance, sound design, location recording, cartography, and architectural design. Recent projects have been exhibited at the ICA Boston (Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933–1957), MIT’s MediaLab and List Visual Art Center, and Le Laboratoire in Cambridge. Along with numerous collaborations, his fluid body of work also includes an open-air performance space for a youth dance and drumming group in rural Ghana. His current work examines resonance, transmission, meteorological phenomena, weather mapping, electromagnetic signals, and the history of RADAR technologies. http://proxemiasound.net
Matt Lee – Detuned Snoopy guitar – Montreal
Matt Lee is a miscreant from Montreal, who mostly plays rock crap these days but reveals his hidden past as an electroacoustician and concrete jammer with the occasional free improv show. The mission here is to see how much joy one can eke from a detuned guitar that someone made in the form of snoopy.
Matt Robidoux Western Ma
(b.New Hampshire,1985) is a Western Massachusetts based composer, guitarist, sound artist, music therapist, film maker and nonprofit concert promoter interested in exploring the relationships of performer, environment, and experiencer; public/collective based art above individual ownership; sensory association, cognitive and incidental; musical processes and empowerment of differently abled people; performing in unconventional spaces and settings; re appropriation and transcription of popular musics. He holds a B.A. in Music (Keene State College/Franklin Pierce University) where he studied classical guitar with Jose Lezcano and Scott Sanchez, improvisation with Scott Mullett and (post undergraduate) harmonic theory with Chris Weisman. As composer and improviser, Robidoux’s work covers aesthetic ground from song and improvisation based textural/melodic guitar work to sound collage and performance art, rooted in the ethos and presentation of DIY/underground music. Current touring and recording collaborations include solo (Feeding Tube Records), Sunburned Hand of the Man (Three Lobed Recordings), Banjo Assault (Kendra Steiner Editions, New Edition Publications), Vindas Film Group (16MM film/performance duo) and 23 Ensemble. Previous units include Curse Purse (Feeding Tube, Körper / Leib) and Speedy Ortiz (Carpark Records). He has performed throughout North America and Europe and heads the label Hidden Temple Tapes.
Matt Weston plays percussion and electronics, and has performed throughout the US and Europe. He has appeared on CNN, VH1, and CBS TV.
He has collaborated with Arthur Brooks, Bill Dixon, Kevin Drumm, Paul Flaherty, Charles Gayle, Milford Graves, Mary Halvorson, Le Quan Ninh, Ben Miller (ex-Destroy All Monsters), Roger Miller (Mission of Burma), Jim O’Rourke, William Parker, Smog/Bill Callahan, Jack Wright, and many others.
His work has earned critical praise from such publications as theWire, the Village Voice, Signal To Noise, Cadence, All About Jazz, and Vital Weekly His solo works have garnered international acclaim, as have his recordings with Barn Owl, Tizzy, and Thrillpillow.
He has recorded for the Tautology, Sachimay, Breaking World Records, Imvated, Crank Satori, BoxMedia, and Drag City labels. He currently records for his own 7272Music label.
In addition to his solo work, Weston is currently a member of the Arthur Brooks Ensemble V; and Arc Pair with drummer Amanda Kraus.
Max Lord – Buchla Electric Music Box – Boston Ma.
Max Lord is a Boston-based improvisor who has worked in a variety of rock, noise, electronic and improv settings. Though originally identifying as a percussionist, since 2000 he has performed with Buchla electronic instruments. As a collaborator and organizer, he is closely associated with the experimental movement community and has performed with Sara June (as Lord and June) since 2006. His most recent recording as Ghost Grass, The Wooden Man was released in 2016.
Mia Friedman – Banjo, Voice, Violin – Western Ma
Michael Peters ( cymbals / metals / voices / et cetera ) – Albany, New York
Michael Peters is the author of Vaast Bin and other assorted language art works. As certain as he is uncertain of access to “the real,” Peters probes this periphery in a variety of old and new media, utilizing sound-imaging strategies as a poet, a visual poet, a fictioneer, an essayist, an ecologist, and a musician. Peters cut his teeth in Poem Rocket, and has collaboarated, performed, improvised, and recorded with figures like Al Margolis, Erik Carlson of Area C, members of The Post-NeoAbsurdists Anti-Collective, Evan Lipson, and Jack Wright. See also http://www.michael-peters.com/
Mike Barrett – Synths and objects – Western Ma.
Since 1999 Michael has been a consistent part of the western mass noise/weirdo scene. He has booked many shows at Flywheel and other diy spaces bringing new and difficult music to the valley. And through a steady stream of short-run art-edition cdrs and tapes he has carved a small niche for his dark post industrial vision.
Nicholas Serrambana – Upright Bass – CT
Nicholas Serrambana is a college freshman excited to continue his relationship with the bass during his remaining years of schooling. Thus far, his limited background has been mostly in the jazz idiom. He is thrilled to move from being an XFest attendee to an XFest performer.”
Omeed Goodarzi – Guitar – Western Ma.
is an auraist and music teacher from the New England potato known for “licking his weight in wild caterpillars” while finger plucking guitars. He plays surrealist parlor games with donkey no no and writes songs on his own time. Wee snaw!
Paul Kafka-Gibbons is a dancer and choreographer in Boston. He dances with Joe Burgio in E/Ému, with Lynn Frederikson in Lynn and Paul Dance, and with Jeanne Traxler’s Peanut Butter & Jelly Dance Co. He coordinates THANG, two day-long new music and dance events, in Somerville, MA… See kafka-gibbons.info for more on THANG.
Ras Moshe Burnett- Jazz/New Music-Tenor Saxophone and Flute – Brooklyn NY
Ras Moshe Burnett comes from Brooklyn NY (3-22-68) and has been playing Saxophones since nine years of age. His Grandfather and Father were Jazz saxophonists in the Brooklyn area.
He started playing with roots Reggae bands in 1984, forming his own Jazz ensembles in 1987 to the present, mostly in the avant-garde idiom.
Ras started on Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone and Flute, switching to Tenor Sax in 1992. He began a music series called “Music Now!” in 1999 that continues today, originally at The Brecht Forum and now at The Brooklyn Commons.
He believes in the positive effect that new music can have on social and personal change.
Rehtse Ttelps – synthesizer and samples. – MTL
Ghost of Emily Bronte resurrected as a bottle blonde synth player who just wants to have fun but can’t. Rehtse also plays in the mallgoth duo Jilted X and is the singer in Sacral Nerves.
Riprap (aka Elizabeth Karp) – Echo, tapes, loops, vocals, and video – NY
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been making music and visual art. Schooled and self-taught. I enjoy very much collaborating and hope to continue performing if the Cosmic High Desert Forces will let me.
Sam Potrykus – tapes/turntable – Boston Ma.
www.bostonhassle.com. As co-founder of Boston cultural nonprofit BRAIN Arts Sam Potrykus organizes shows and compiles listings for Boston Hassle, is the editor-in-chief for the free monthly newspaper Boston Compass and facilitates Brain Arts weekly meetings. He entered the music-making community in around 2005 most notably as a member of the Whitehause Family Record playing in many projects over the years such as Needy Visions, Peace, Loving, Lord Jeff, Ambitious Tugboat and other WFR-related projects. These days he occasionally plays with Colin Langenus, Residual Echoes, Los Greys and in a hardcore band with Angela Sawyer called -1. Last year was his first time performing at X-Fest.
Guitar – Holyoke Ma
Sneff Craft – clowning/sound/improv – Worcester Ma.
“Sneff Craft is a mash up of solo project “Mulch Craft” (bizarre scenes, sounds, feelings) of Jeff Giarrusso and his clown persona “Sneff” (a mischievously unpredictable brub born out of street performance experimentation and the Pochinko clown technique). A never before seen or attempted pairing. Jeff is a visual multi-media artist, musician, and clown currently residing in Worcester MA. Other current projects include “Hair Stylist”, “Dailey Special”, and “Tinder Fungus”.
Todd Brunel – clarinets – Greater Boston
guitar, banjo – Western Ma.
Travis hagan – Boston