XFest 2019

The Firehouse, Worcester MA

Organizers: Stephanie Marie Germaine, Dei Xhrist, Tara Toms

DJ: Robo Rob

Friday Feb 22, 2019

Feb 22, 2019, 7:00pm Jake Nussbaum (drums), Adam Tinkle (sax, electronics), Cameron Farash (electronics), Craig Chin (guitar)

Feb 22, 2019, 7:30pm Federico Balducci (guitar), Heather Downing Purcell (guitar, recorder), Samuel Wenc (guitar), Ras Moshe Burnette (sax), Will Mik (electronics), Diana Yourke (movement)

Feb 22, 2019, 8:00pm Joe Brown (synth), Psychedelic Snakeskin (electronics), Will Mik (electronics)

Feb 22, 2019, 8:30pm Dylan Sherry (sax), Loren Groenendaal (movement), Craig Douglas (synth, voice)

Feb 22, 2019, 9:00pm Ophra Wolf (movement), Tracy Lisk (drums), Chelsey Hahn, Ryan Tomb (synth), Bonnie Kane (sax, bass)

Feb 22, 2019, 9:30pm Jon D. Venter (sax), Psychedelic Snakeskin (electronics), Tara Toms (voice), Curt Haworth (movement)

Photo by Mary Ann Kearns

Photo by Mary Ann Kearns

Feb 22, 2019, 10:00pm Matthew Azevedo (electroncis), Bbob Drake (electronics), Walter Wright (electronics), Asimina Chremos (movement)

Feb 22, 2019, 10:30pm MitchelKA (electronics), Ed Brandon (electronics)

Feb 22, 2019, 11:00pm Eric Weidenhof (synth), Max Hamel (electronics), Scott Prato (guitar)

Feb 22, 2019, 11:30pm Neil Horsky (stuff), Martin Freeman (electronics), Id M theft able (stuff)

Feb 22, 2019, 12:00am Robert Edge (bass), Mike Frengel (guitar), Joe Mygan (electronics), Liam Kramer-White (electronics)

Saturday Feb 23, 2019 - Workshops

Feb 23, 2019, 1:30pm Space in your face: In this workshop, we will explore the factor of S P A C E in our improvisational expressions. Space is infinite and everywhere, so much so that we can take it for granted. Space graciously and effortlessly accepts everything we put in it - light and sound as well as objects, bodies, gear, air… Space allows our expressions, our very existence, to be possible. What happens if we attend to space as something that can sense what is in it? What if we try to listen to space, feel space? What is space itself expressing? How do we partner with space as we play and improvise in our various ways? Asimina Chremos, facilitator, is a dancer and improvisor from Philadelphia who has been collaborating with musicians and sound artists for over 15 years.

Feb 23, 2019, 3:00pm Music as a second language: Neil Horsky

Saturday Feb 23, 2019

Feb 23, 2019, 6:30pm Ryan Tomb (synth), Scott Saleem (lapsteel/melodica), Jon D. Venter (sax), Olivia W-B (guitar)

Feb 23, 2019, 7:00pm Scott Prato (guitar), Paul Kafka-Gibbons (movement), Joe Brown (synth), Nico Tracy (electronics), Cameron Farash (electronics)

Photo by Daniel Sine

Photo by Daniel Sine

Feb 23, 2019, 7:30pm Robert Edge (bass), Ras Moshe Burnette (sax), Eric Balies (synth), Federico Balducci (guitar), Heather Downing Purcell (guitar, recorder), Cresent Malavet (electric saw)

Feb 23, 2019, 8:00pm Max Hamel (electronics), Eunhye Jeong (electric piano), Asimina Chremos (movement)

Feb 23, 2019, 8:30pm Angela Sawyer (electronics), Walter Wright (electronics), Tracy Lisk (drums), Martin Freeman (electronics)

Feb 23, 2019, 9:00pm Matthew Azevedo (electronics), Stella Silbert (bass, synth), Liam Kramer-White (electronics)

Feb 23, 2019, 9:30pm Craig Chin (guitar), Id M theft able (electronics), Jen Kutler (electronics), Francesca Ter-berg (bass)

Feb 23, 2019, 10:00pm Craig Douglas (synth, voice), Ophra Wolf (movement), Ed Brandon (electronics), Neil Horsky (stuff), Andrea Pensado (electronics)

Feb 23, 2019, 10:30pm Nicholas Bowers (electronics), Psychedelic Snakeskin (electronics), Joe Mygan, Bonnie Kane (sax, electronics)

Feb 23, 2019, 11:00pm Daniel Sine (electronics), Adam Tinkle (sax, electronics), Bbob Drake (electronics)

Feb 23, 2019, 11:30pm Angus McCullough (trumpets, electronics), Marco (electronics), Ian Kovac (bass, electronics)

Sunday Feb 24, 2019

Feb 24, 2019, 10:20am Seven Count: Jake Nussbaum (drums), Adam Tinkle (sax, electronics), Angus McCullough (trumpets, electronics)

Photo by Dei Xhrist

Photo by Dei Xhrist

Feb 24, 2019, 10:40am Open ensemble with Quad Trzypsy: Walter Wright, Max Hamel, Cameron Farash, Bbob Drake

Feb 24, 2019, 11:00am e/ému: Dance in the Age of Diminished Expectation: Joe Burgio, Paul Kafka-Gibbons

Feb 24, 2019, 11:20am Trio: Jeff Young, Vanessa Lefevre, MitchelKA

Feb 24, 2019, 11:40am Trio: Matthew Azevedo, Nicole Carroll, Hannah Reardon-Smith

Feb 24, 2019, 12:00pm Open ensemble (curated by Asimina Chremos): Asimina Chremos, Neil Horsky, Ian Kovac

Feb 24, 2019, 12:40 pm Open ensemble (curated by Ophra Wolf): Ophra Wolf, Max Hamel, Crescent Malevet

Feb 24, 2019, 1:30 pm Angelsbreath: Nico Tracy

Feb 24, 2019, 2:00 pm Open ensemble (curated by Bonnie Kane): Bonnie Kane, Walter Wright, Tracy Lisk, Craig Chin

Feb 24, 2019, 2:20 pm Open ensemble: Walter Wright, Ras Moshe Bennett, Crescent Malevet, Eric Baylies

Feb 24, 2019, 1:40 pm Violet Nox: Dez DeCarlo, Andrew Abrahamson, Alexis Desjardins

Marc Bisson

Photo by Wisteriax

In memory of Marc Bisson 1959-2018

The 11th XFest was dedicated to the late Marc Bisson, who passed away in September 2018 from pancreatic cancer. He was a lifelong guitarist, fumbling through enough genres and dozens of bands to build a vast repertoire of sonic understanding; he would amaze the young turks with his mad skillz, and rouse the old folk with familiar licks. He brought an encyclopedic knowledge of mid-century rock and experimental music to every conversation, and was always eager to share his passions of art, cinema, history, ephemera and the aesthetics of decay. He had crushes on all the pretty girls (and they were all pretty girls).