wisteriax: experimental cello weblog
Thursday, 8 May 2008
Spring update from wisteriax
Hope you're all having a lovely Spring!
Just an update on a couple of shows I have coming up.
This Saturday, I'll be performing at 119 Gallery as part of a very special ensemble called "Impromptu 3." We aRE: Michael Bloom -- Table Guitar and Bass
Eric Crawley -- Harpejji, synth and electronic percussion.
Karen Langlie (that's me!) Augmented cello.
Video improvisations by the incredible Dr. T and movement by Cilla Vee will be a part of the performance as well, so this set is going to be chock full of sweet audio-visual treats.
119 Gallery, 119 Chelmsford St, Lowell | 8PM | 978 452 8138 | ht$5-10 donation | all ages
Then on Sunday May 18th I have a solo set at The Nave Gallery in Somerville. Also on the bill are Harts Horn (all the way from Indiana) and Astro Al (from a planet near you.) Should be a good time for all!
Sunday, May 18, 2008 | 7PM | The Nave Gallery
155 Powderhouse Rd, Somerville, Massachusetts 02143 |
$5.00 | all ages
Hope to see you there!
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Thursday, 25 October 2007
Hooray for press!
I was recently interviewed by Margaret Smith about my upcoming Halloween performance at Gallery 119
in Lowell, MA. Click here
to read the full story.
Monday, 13 August 2007
If you're looking for something to do this Halloween, stop by Gallery 119 in Lowell, MA for the October installment of "Kitty Chick's Flicks: Film as Art"
I'll be brewing up a soundtrack to the creepy silent classic film Nosferatu. Movie starts at 8. All ages. Donations appreciated.
Gallery 119 is at 119 Chelmsford St. in Lowell:
Posted by wisteriax at 11:32 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 25 October 2007 12:11 PM EDT
Thursday, 14 December 2006
a metamorphosis transformed...
Video artist and photographer extrordinaire Jeff DeRose has captured a most amazing transformation in his latest short film. I'll give you a hint, but you should really view it yourself to experience the full intensity of the piece.
It shows something that probably happens in your own backyard on a regular basis. Something natural & beautiful, yet something you have probably never watched up close. And though it is a completely natural occurrence, this up close view makes it seem like something from another world...something a bit unsettling and frightening...I am honored that he's chosen to use my music as a soundtrack!
You can view the piece at his website: Ice-Axe.com. I've watched it over and over, and each time I view it, more of the magic is revealed. (I should also add that there's a bit of a twist, but you'll see what I mean when you watch it...I have already told you too much...)
Posted by wisteriax at 3:42 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, 14 December 2006 3:46 PM EST
Monday, 25 September 2006
I would like to invite you to join me this Thursday, September 28th at Gallery 119 for Surrender, a live music/participatory art event put on by the folks at OUtlET. I'll be performing soundscapes throughout the evening. Hope you can stop in.
Here are the detaiLS:
September, 28 2006 | 8-11PM | Gallery 119 | 119 Chelmsford St., Lowell, MA 01851 | CoST: $3 (i hear it is free if you dress to impress though!)
p.s. If you wish to be removed from this list for any reason, please let me know.
Friday, 8 September 2006
wisteriax reminder and a last minute booking...
Just a reminder that I am performing at Khaki Gallery in Wellesley tonight from 6-8 PM. Please come out and support photographer extrordinaire Christy Romanick at the opening of her "Green" shOW:
Tonight - Friday Sept 8th, 6-8PM | Khaki Gallery | 9 Crest Rd. (behind Peet's Coffee) | Wellesley, MA 02482 | 781.237.1095
In addition, I'd like to let you know about a last-minute booking. This Sunday evening I will perform an opening set at ZuZu for my good friend Ajda the Turkish Queen. Her solo set is delightful, and the atmosphere at ZuZu can't be beat! Sunday September, 10 | ZuZu | 474 Mass Ave (Central Square) | Cambridge, MA 02138 | 21+ | 10:30PM
Hope to see you this weekend!
p.s. as always - if you wish to be removed from this mailing list, please let me know...
Wednesday, 19 October 2005
Zeitgeist Hallowe'en Party!
I'm pleased to be taking part in one of the most awesome experimental/ambient/ethereal/noise lineups this year! Here's the details:
Sunday, Oct 30th | Zeitgiest Gallery: 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA | 6:30PM to 12Midnite |$5 suggested donation | clickety click for more details
Red Skies Lauri des Marais
& Kris Thompson
Wisteriax (that's me)
Sun Rushing InTurkish Queen
Live Video Mixing by Dr. T. throughout
I've performed and recorded with Turkish Queen, Kris Thompson, and Rob Byrd ad they are some of my favorite-est people! (Not to mention super-talented musicians.) Please come out & see this amazing show. Oh yeah - free refreshments (candy!) will be served between acts. And Hallowe'en costumes are encouraged but not required. (yikes, i'd better get to work on mine...any good ideas??)
Wednesday, 1 June 2005
This Sunday, I have a set at the Washington Street Arts Center in Somerville, MA. Here's the scoop!
Sunday, June 5 | WASHINGTON STREET ARTS CENTER
321 Washington St., Somerville, MA | 7:00 PM | (617-623-5315)
I'm sharing the bill with the fantabulous Sara Cooper, and Plunge Into Death
(or rathter, Plounge
Into Death, a lounge version of PID's magnetic industrial voodo, which I just can't wait to see for myself!)
Your presence will make this all the better...hope to see you there!
Sunday, 22 May 2005
Death Sentence for Lulu...
The cello I've been playing at gigs for the past few years (Tallulah) has developed a disturbing crack on her neck, right where it curves upward from her body. Looking closely, I can see that it has cracked and separated in the past, and has been reglued.
Now, this is not the only issue the instrument has - it is what I (lovingly) call a "beater" and was purchased cheaply for the purpose of not risking my better instrument in chaotic environments. But I've become very attached to Lulu (as you can probably tell by the fact that I've given her a name,) and I don't really want to lose her...
Long story short - I finally was able to take Lulu in for an estimate today and the luthier shook his head and sent me packing. "I hate to have to tell you this," he said,"but there's nothing I can do for you." The he made a comment about my cello being a "strange old instrument."
I'm not going to give up just yet, because this fellow is obviously used to working on high-end instruments, which may be part of the reason that he wasn't able (or willing?) to help. But I am wondering if maybe it is a lost cause and I ought to start looking for another beater.
*sigh* Even if someone was willing to try fixing her, I'd probably get another year or so out of Lulu before she needed to be retired...But saying goodbye is not easy and I don't want to do it!
Tuesday, 17 May 2005
So a few months back (October 2004 to be exact) I got up excruciatingly early one morning to do a little cameo in an Eskimo Films
production called The Doctor
. It was a surreal experience involving (among other things) a demonic ventriloquist's dummy with a pistol, and a whacked-out child psychologist "Doctor" in white pancake makeup. I played a 1920's looking vaudeville cellist who really just sits in the corner of the theater and makes horrible screeching noises on the strings...my specialty!
It was such a strange morning, I had almost thought it to be a dream...but...At 7:30 PM on May 26 at Coolidge Corner Theater
in Brookline, MA the film will finally see the light of dusk! Although I will be unable to attend the world premiere, I'm sure it'll be a happening event...if you go, please let me know how it goes!! I am very excited to have been a part of the filming & hope to see a screening soon...
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