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"A" Trio & Mike Bullock live at Goethe-Institut Boston: video watch party, Friday 22 July

Updated: Jul 30, 2022

Watch the online premiere of video of "A" Trio / Mike Bullock (solo)

Recorded live at the Goethe-Institut Boston, May 15, 2022

8pm – Mike Bullock 8:30pm – "A" Trio (Mazen Kerbaj, Sharif Sehnaoui, Raed Yassin)

I couldn’t really have asked for a better way to end my mostly-pandemic-related live performance drought: cranking two of my electro-acoustic compositions through a substantial PA system, in a nice-sounding room, in the familiar, friendly environment of a Non-Event show at the Goethe-Institut in my hometown of Boston; being the opening set for 3 of my friends who also happen to be a positively brilliant improvisation trio. Click the link above to watch both sets, professionally recorded and edited, starting tonight at 8 PM Eastern US time (UTC-4).

My set consists of two pieces:

  1. “Ritual for the alleviation of Dmitri Shostakovich’s fears” is a piece I first made for Marc Weidenbaum’s Disquiet Junto group, where Marc sends participants prompts from which to compose short pieces. While I haven’t participated in a while, I’ve always liked the idea, and this was my favorite of the pieces I made from the earlier days. As source material, Marc sent us some stems from an orchestra performance of Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony, shared with us by Los Angeles-based orchestra wildUp. I’ve always wanted to perform this piece live, with a big PA, subwoofer and a mixer in a good-sounding room, which is what happened here.

The second piece, “Mobilettes,” is composed from recordings of two different events:

  1. A rally of dozens of mopeds, or mobilettes, in the sleepy village of Aulus in the French Pyrénées. Recorded during a workshop residency at CAMP in 2018.

  2. Excerpts from “LANALOG,” co-created with Linda Aubry; a multi-media, multi-location performance for live 6-hour broadcast on WGXC FM in August 2015. Performers were spread out across Wave Farm in Acra, NY, where we were in residence at the time.

Massive gratitude to Susanne Bolle and Non-Event; Goethe-Institut Boston; Mazen, Sharif, and Raed; Marc Weidenbaum;; Galen & Tom of Wave Farm/WGXC, and all the performers who joined us there: Sarah Clewett, Seth Cluett (no relation), Chris Corsano, Tomie Hahn, Eric Hardiman, Adam Sprinkle, Leif Sundstrom, and Matt Weston.

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