RELEASE DATE: Sunday 17 March 2009
PRESS CONTACT: JS Adams [ curator ]


7:00 PM


  • BLK w/ BEAR + VJ Poppins
  • Dead Violets
  • Grapefruit Experiment
  • Nick Lopata
  • Elite Barbarian


  • Arthur Loves Plastic
  • Regie Cabico
  • Danielle Evennou
  • Eryca Kasse
  • Dan Vera
  • The Window Shoppers
  • Pyramid Atlantic

    8230 Georgia Avenue
    Silver Spring MD 20910 USA


    The 2009 installment of Queering Sound again gathers together artists - with a non-exclusive curatorial focus towards gay, lesbian and post-gender-identified participants - who explore alternative avenues of expression through sound, the digital arts, noise and spoken word. Pyramid Atlantic will host two evenings of both established and upcoming local talents as well as serve to introduce Washington audiences to new sounds and visions.

    Compact discs, recordings, publications and other merchandise from contributors will be available for sale.

    Admission is $5.00 each night and available at the door. Doors open 30 minutes before performance.

    Pyramid Atlantic is located a three blocks south of the Silver Spring Metro (Red Line); Gated parking is available for free in front of the building. Please enter on the Ripley Street, side entrance.

    Saturday 06 June Performers + Contributors

    BLK w/ BEAR is a full-band effort of JS Adams (prepared vinyl + turntables + loops), Doug Poplin (cello + effects) and PD Sexton (bass + source electronics + effects), whose recordings of warm drones and broadcast interference have accompanied film/video projects in NYC and London, as well as BBC television programming. Selections from the internationally-acclaimed Wish for a World without Hurt collaboration with London's Rothko were used in the Discovery's Channel's Emmy-nominated The Flight that Fought Back production; broadcast in the USA, UK, Russia, Japan and Germany. BLK w/ BEAR's newest recordings include the LDWR.net free download planned for the 2009 Long Division with Remainders' 14 versions of the same EP box set collection; Ultra-red's What is the sound of the war on the poor? advocacy project; and Trace Recordings' TEN compilation. BLK w/ BEAR for this performance will be Adams and Poplin.

    VJ POPPINS aka Renee Shaw is an installation and performance artist who embraces the phenomenon of synaesthesia. Drawing from archival footage, VJ Poppins manipulates video output through live, spontaneous editing. Like a DJ, she scratches through multiple layers of moving images searching for that perfect mix to create visual juxtapositions and non-linear narratives. VJ Poppins believes identity is a mix of visuals, narratives, genders, complex codes, data and race, commercial and institutional information. VJ Poppins is interested in the intersections of cultural synchronism between personal and communal narratives, identity, and experiences; performance is an attempt to synthesize a community of diverse interests and enthusiasms in this canonical and hierarchical world in which cultures are meshed. She borrows from everywhere trying to form new adjacencies, claiming new mixes, and forging new identities that are not fixed.

    DEAD VIOLETS is a noise behemoth, a drone core juggernaut, an ominous transatlantic storm cloud, a black as bile, three headed beast. Dead Violets is Jeffrey Surak, Bethany Moore and Sweden's Thomas Ekelund (Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words). For Queering Sound, Dead Violets will be a duo of Surak (noises) and Moore (voice + sound poetry). Surak (aka Violet) is a veteran experimenter from Washington, D.C. Since the early 1980s, he has explored the netherworld between improvisation and composition to create something between the two auditory realms of experimental music. He also contributed to the soundtrack of Bruce La Bruce's queer zombie film, Otto: Or, Up With Dead People. Bethany Moore has been writing poetry, stories, and songs since early childhood. A practicing Wiccan for many years, she enjoys using her voice and words to convey her observations and experiences. Much of her work explores issues of human despair, spiritual journeying and emotional analysis.

    GRAPEFRUIT EXPERIMENT is a semi-open music project with Carey Sargent and Wendy Hsu as core members (2/3 of Pinko Communoids and founding members of HzCollective). Wendy works with electric guitar and accordion, preparing them with found objects such as alligator clips,paper clips, and clothespins, and playing them with effect pedals, bows, brushes, mallets, and other percussive objects. Carey is a percussive noise maker, encouraging tones to rise and sing from wood, metal, skin and plastics that are more used to being struck. For additional information, please visit http://grapefruitexperiment.wordpress.com/.

    ELITE BARBARIAN is the work of Benjamin Page. Selections from his album, It's only when you get to the end that it all makes sense (Front and Follow), are set to video for Queering Sound. Moving between static moods and beat-waves, from reflective abstraction to moments of searing intensity, this record is the result of improvisations using hardware synths and samplers. Ben is also half of Rocketumbernine with his brother Tom, whom are both part of innovative London instrumentalists, Rothko.

    NICK LOPATA lives in lovely Takoma Park, Maryland. He has been creating and editing video for Blowoff, the popular deejay event thrown by Bob Mould and Richard Morel at Washington DC's 9:30 club, and now hosted in NYC, San Francisco, Provincetown, Atlanta and Chicago. Nick has created video set to 'Lets Go Back to Morse Code' by Elite Barbarian for this year's Queering Sound. In addition to his video work, Nick's other projects include photography, lighting design, and a local independent film, "The Saferoom."

    Sunday 07 June Performers + Contributors

    ARTHUR LOVES PLASTIC is Bev Stanton, who was born in the Bahamas and raised near Walt Disney World. She has won over a dozen Washington Area Music Awards in the Electronica category, including 2007 Electronica Recording Wammie for the album Beneath the Watchful Eyes. Her music has appeared in shows on the Discovery Channel, VH1, MTV and other cable television networks. Last year, two of her tracks appeared on the Geico Caveman's iPod.

    THE WINDOW SHOPPERS are Linda Smith (guitar + vocals), Bev Stanton (bass + recording production), Mary Fox (vocals + lyrics), Chris Chernes (percussion) and Paul Baroody (drums). Born in a basement in NE Baltimore, the Window Shoppers make music that might be most accurately described as improvisational punk rock. Inspired by the likes of The Bush Tetras, X Ray Spex, Pylon and Patti Smith (though not really sounding like any of them), the Window Shoppers never play their songs the same way twice. Their album Clear Your Dirt is available from CD Baby.

    DANIELLE EVENNOU is a poet and ex-cheerleader from Central New Jersey.  Her poems have appeared in Objet d' Art and Blue Collar Review. She is currently board president of the DC women's spoken word organization, mothertongue.

    REGIE CABICO has appeared on two seasons of HBO's Def Poetry Jam. His work appears in over 30 anthologies including The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. He is a pioneer of the spoken word movement having won top prizes in the National Poetry Slam and as a former Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam Champion. He is the artistic director of Sol & Soul, an arts and activist organization.

    DAN VERA is the author of The Space Between Our Danger and Delight (Beothuk Books, 2008), his first full length collection of poems. His work has appeared in various print and online publications. He is also edits of the Gay culture journal White Crane, founder of Brookland Area Writers & Artists, and co-publisher of VRZHU Poetry Press. He makes his home in Washington D.C. with his partner Peter Montgomery and their operatic dog, Roofus.

    ERYCA KASSE is a Jewish, lesbian poet and writer, working on her masters in social work. She lives in DC with her two cats Nina and Olive.

    The TRIANGLE ARTISTS GROUP is an organization of more than 100 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer artisans from the Washington-Baltimore area and includes a wide spectrum of visual, literary, and performance arts.

    SONIC CIRCUITS seeks to foster the spirit of collaboration through the diversity of participating artists, and its varied programming appeals to arts enthusiasts of all type; offering experimental and avant-garde electronic music to free jazz, noise rock, electronic drone and experimental folk, as well as live video and film programs, presented year round. The 2009 Sonic Circuits festival is scheduled for September 22-27 at various venues around the Metro DC area.

    PYRAMID ATLANTIC is a non-profit contemporary arts center dedicated to the creation and appreciation of hand papermaking, printmaking, the digital arts and the art of the book. For nearly 25 years, Pyramid has provided opportunities for the discovery and creation of these fine arts through imaginative programming for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.

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