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BUZZED IN THE SEASONAL CUSP

 

It's once again seasonal cusp time in Tucson, where Winter lingers and Spring beckons.

The past few months have been unusually wet for the
Sonoran Desert, capping mountains in snow and tinting the earth in newly minted emerald green.

Already wildflowers are peppering hills and washes with Technicolor punctuations.

And with this abundance of pollen the bees are active, filling the air with their
excited drones.

So naturally it is a good time for projects to emerge as well.
 
On April 2 TransfiX, a multi-media performance installation will take place at the
Monorchid Gallery, 214 E. Roosevelt, Phoenix Ariz. 

This collaborative event is centered around the performance work of
Rachel Bowditch's company Vessel, with images and sound by Adam Cooper-Teran and poetry by Logan Phillips . Adam and Logan are also key members of Verbobala.

For my part in this work, I'll be bringing The Electric Ferris Box, The Feed Back Accentuator, assorted power tools, prepared guitar, child-size violin and Stylophone to create a multi-dimensional immersive sound environment.

Built without a net, I anticipate this event will take us to some interesting vistas.

Later that week on April 8 (7 p.m.) in Tucson, I'll be presenting Noise Where Prohibited, a one-person show at
The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA: 265 South Church Avenue).

As composed, Noise Where Prohibited is a work  for original instruments ( The Kestrel 920, The Electric Ferris Box, DroneZilla, The Feedback Accentuator, Blu-Blu), radio waves, television signals, prepared guitar, sine waves, child-size violin, assorted power tools and amplified wire extensions.
 
However, the work itself is highly unpredictable, relying upon elements of chance, chaos and string theory for the ultimate outcome.  

The new MOCA space is wonderful and I look forward to working with the natural acoustics the old firehouse provides.

And last but not least, recently I had a chance to meet with
Steve Hise a local filmmaker, musician, activist and author.

Steve recently completed an updated version of
Wild vs. Wall, his critically acclaimed short feature produced for the Sierra Club.

If you ever wondered what the impact of building walls and assorted infrastructure along the U.S./Mexico border is on the fragile borderland ecology,
Wild vs. Wall is a good place to start.

Not to mention, Steve and I laid down the ethereal guitar and bass duets heard in the film.

So that's pretty much the Tucson buzz for now.

Stay tuned and in touch.

Glenn