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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...)

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Monday, 25 September 2006
Surrender: Wisteriax
Hello friends,
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.

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Friday, 8 September 2006
wisteriax reminder and a last minute booking...
Hi folks,
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...

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Wednesday, 19 October 2005
Zeitgeist Hallowe'en Party!
Mood:  don't ask
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

The lineup:

Red Skies
Lauri des Marais & Kris Thompson
Wisteriax (that's me)
Rob Byrd
Sun Rushing In
Turkish 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??)

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Wednesday, 1 June 2005
Sunday Set!
Mood:  spacey
This Sunday, I have a set at the Washington Street Arts Center in Somerville, MA. Here's the scoop!

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!

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Sunday, 22 May 2005
Death Sentence for Lulu...
Mood:  sad
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!

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Tuesday, 17 May 2005
The Doctor!
Mood:  suave
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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Friday, 29 April 2005
Saturday May 7th...
Mood:  vegas lucky
News Flash!

Next Saturday May 7th, I'll be playing an opening set at Skybar for some lovely/gothic/ethereal bands including:

Noah Maxner
Amber Spyglass

Skybar|518 Somerville Ave|Somerville,MA
21+Show|$6 Cover|Doors Open @ 7:30

Hope to see you there!!

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Friday, 25 March 2005
Chase away the Ides of March...
Sunday March 27th at Middle East Upstairs, I'll sit in with 2 of the opening bands for Dreamchild's long-awaited cd release party!

First up, I'll join the drone-tastic duo of Rob Byrd & Kris Thompson for a set of soundscapely magic around 9PM. And then later I'll join Annette Farrington's new lineup for a set of her enchantingly moody songs. Ultra Plush are also on the bill - with their new band!

Dreamchild will round out the evening with a grand performance to celebrate the release of their (gorgeously lush) 3rd CD: 'Lullabies for the Dead'
Middle East Upstairs
572 Mass. Ave. | Central Sq. Cambridge
18+, $8.00 | doors at 8:45pm … music starts at 9pm!


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Tuesday, 15 February 2005
Double Header Thursday!
Mood:  special
This coming Thursday night, I'll be sitting in with 2 great bands on the same bill! So please come check it out...

February 17th @ TT the Bear's Place
10 Brookline St. | Central Square, Cambridge
$8 | 18+ | 9PM

I'll sit in with opening act Turkish Queen on a couple of numbers, and then later on, I'll join The Beat Circus Collective for a few tunes!
also playing are with: Cerberus Shoal, Alec K Redfearn & The Eyesores, Gloria Deluxe. Should be a fine evening all around!

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