RELEASE DATE: Sunday 24 April 2011

PRESS CONTACT: JS Adams [ curator ]




7:00 PM


Artisphere Dome Theatre

1101 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington VA 20910 USA


The eleventh 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 audio, the digital arts, performance art and spoken word. The annual event features live performances from established and upcoming local talents as well as seeks to introduce Washington audiences to new sounds and challenging visions from across the globe through digital contributions.

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

Admission is $10.00 and available at the door and online.

Artisphere is two blocks from the Rosslyn Metro (Blue/Orange Line) Metro station. Free event parking for patrons is available on evenings and weekends. Please use the N. Kent Street garage entrance after 5:00 p.m. Validation is required and can be secured at the front desk at any time during your visit. Please take the elevator to the Main Lobby or "ML" and turn towards the U.S. Post Office; Artisphere entrance will be directly in front of you. directions

Live Performers + Digital 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. Her music has appeared in shows on the Discovery Channel, VH1, MTV and other cable television networks. Stanton is one of 24 female electronic artists and deejays profiled in Pink Noises: Women in Electronic Music and Sound (Tara Rodgers; Duke University Press, 2010), alongside Anne Lockwood, Ikue Mori, Pauline Oliveros, Le Tigre and Mira Calix. Last year, Stanton released a 30-minute download EP influenced and created with iPhone Touch applications. Her 19th release, Deeper, was released earlier this year. Her YouTube channel and blog feature product reviews and demos. For QUEERING SOUND 11, Bev plans an improvisational trial-and-error/show-and-tell project with her latest toy, the AKAI synthstation25, a midi controller for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Noisemakers will be available to the first 50 audience members and you are invited to play along! [LIVE PERFORMANCE]
website . youtube . blog

MARK BEAZLEY is foundering member of the group Rothko. Rothko stopped making music in October 2010. Mark now plays in Rome Pays Off, with original Rothko member Crawford Blair and Chris Gowers from Karina ESP, and also in Low Bias with Graham Dowdall aka Gagarin (performing with Roshi ft. Pars Radio, Pere Ubu, Nico, Eric Random & The Bedlamites and others), and in Signals with Chris Gowers and Philip Julian (Cheapmachines). Mark is also founder of Trace Recordings, whose first release was the thought-provoking and moving 'Wish for a World Without Hurt' collaboration between him and BLK w/ BEAR. Selections from 'Wish for a World' were used in the Discovery Channel's poignant 'The Flight that Fought Back' program and other film and television productions. [LIVE PERFORMER_USA PREMIERE]
website . soundcloud

Mark Beazley - Where Do I Go by Mark Beazley

Rothko & BLK w/BEAR - Wish For A World Without Hurt by Mark Beazley

OLIVER BENDORF was born and raised in Iowa City, Iowa. He will return to the Midwest this fall after a three-year stint in Washington, D.C., to begin the MFA program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as the Martha Meier-Renk Distinguished Graduate Fellow in Poetry. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Drunken Boat, Sugar House Review, Blood Orange Review, 55, and Collective Brightness, an anthology from Sibling Rivalry Press. He was recently named an 'Emerging LGBT Voice' by the Lambda Literary Foundation. When not writing poems, he enjoys birding and coming up with new flavors for his homebrewed kombucha. [LIVE READING]

BLK w/ BEAR is a full-band effort of JS Adams (prepared vinyl + turntables + loops), Doug Poplin (cello + effects), PD Sexton (bass + source electronics + effects) and now Renee Shaw (video), whose recordings of warm drones and broadcast interference have accompanied film/video projects in NYC and London, as well as BBC and Sun television programming; as well as 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 forthcoming Yonokiero remix project, Sorry about your Remix, on Front & Follow (UK) and a split CD with Nine Strings on Cohort Recordings (USA). The band.s back catalogue is available on Sonic Circuits. District of Noise imprint (USA), Trace Recordings (UK), Front & Follow, and Ultra Red.s Public Record download label (USA). Poplin also performs as part of the Bach Sinfonia and Sad Emoticon with Rich Morel; Adams is a nationally-exhibited visual artist and part of the turntable-deconstruction duo VLT_BLK and STYLUS turntable ensemble; Reneé Shaw is an installation and performance artist; under her VJ POPPINS persona, she manipulates video output through live, spontaneous editing; and Sexton also performs as a solo artist.

BLK w/BEAR sound like The Books drank a bunch of cough syrup and morphed to look exactly like Peter Brotzmann . Isaac Linder, 2005

...like Basic Channel at their most abstract, and after a severe nervous breakdown . Wire Magazine, 2010

[LIVE PERFORMANCE] website . soundcloud

DANIELLE EVENNOU is the daughter of a car salesman and stenographer. Born and raised in New Jersey, she values persuasion, shorthand, humor, and shiny things. With Regie Cabico, she is the co-host of Sparkle: a queer-driven reading series for all, at Busboys & Poets. She has performed her poems alongside musicians and trapeze artists. Her work has been featured at Sunday Kind of Love, Queering Sound, Cheryl's Gone, Capital Pride, and Come Hear! in New York City. Her poems have appeared in Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Blue Collar Review, Objet d'Art, Xenith and DCist. In 2010, Evennou was the recipient of a Young Artist Grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the winner of the 27th Annual Larry Neal Writer's Award in poetry. Her first chapbook, Queen of Tuesday, was published in 2010. She is currently studying public administration at the George Washington University with plans to inject iambs into tax code. [LIVE READING]

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, now also held nationwide including NYC, San Francisco, San Diego, Provincetown, Atlanta and Chicago. In addition to his video work, Nick's other projects include photography, lighting design and a local independent film, The Saferoom. His contribution to QUEERING SOUND this year is a video created for partner Rich Morel's DEATHFIX project with filmmaker and musician Brendan Canty. [DIGITAL CONTRIBUTOR]

NOVELLER is the solo project of Brooklyn-based guitarist and filmmaker Sarah Lipstate. Handling the electric guitar as her muse, Lipstate summons a sonic palette so rich as to challenge the listener to conceive of how it's housed in a single instrument manipulated by a solitary performer. She released her first two full-length albums on Brooklyn noise label No Fun Productions in 2009. Noveller's latest full-length, 'Desert Fires' came out via Lipstate's own imprint, Saffron Recordings, in July of 2010. Saffron Recordings also released a split LP between Noveller and unFact (David Wm. Sims of the Jesus Lizard) last year. Lipstate is currently working on 'Glacial Glow', the follow-up to 'Desert Fires' to be released by Weird Forest in 2011. Recently, Lipstate performed at the Suoni Per Il Popolo fest in Montreal, Decibel Festival in Seattle, and Unsound Festival in Krakow. Noveller has toured the U.S. and internationally, at times supporting acts such as Xiu Xiu, the Jesus Lizard, Man Forever, Aidan Baker, and Emeralds. She has previously performed as a member of Cold Cave, Parts & Labor, and One Umbrella. Lipstate has also participated in Rhys Chatham's Guitar Army, and Glenn Branca's 100 guitar ensemble. [LIVE PERFORMER]

NOVELLER "ALONE STAR" from Matt Kleiner on Vimeo

ROME PAYS OFF is a new group, formed by original Rothko members Mark Beazley and Crawford Blair in February 2010, with Chris Gowers from Signals and Karina ESP now joining them on treated electric guitar. Their debut album, 'There's No Simple Explanation' is available on Trace Recordings. The band provides a playful and witty video created by Crawford Blair to "Song 10" from the album. Blair previously contributed an audio piece in his Nowhereians guise to Queering Sound 2006. [DIGITAL CONTRIBUTORS]
website . soundcloud

JOSEPH ROSS is a poet working in Washington, D.C. His poems have been published in many anthologies and journals including Poet Lore, who nominated him for a Pushcart Prize, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, and Tidal Basin Review. He co-edited Cut Loose the Body: An Anthology of Poems on Torture. He currently teaches in the College Writing Program at American University and is the Interim Poetry & Lectures Coordinator at the Folger Shakespeare Library. [LIVE READING]

STEPHEN SPERA was born in Philadelphia and studied at the University of the Arts, and had a successful career as artist, photographer, and musician before moving to Manhattan. Spera's works have been exhibited all over the world, and is represented in many fine collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the J. Paul Getty Museum. He is author of many books and was included in Dennis Cooper's Little Caesar anthology of American poets under thirty. Stephen has performed in front of audiences worldwide and has received fellowships and grants, including 'Meet the Composer' in NYC. Spera has had great critical acclaim with his '4{H2O}' CD on Parvoart Recordings (Germany) and his contribution to the 'TEN' compilation on Trace Recordings, for which he also designed the packaging. Using everything from old tape decks and analogue effects to cutting edge software, his audio works suggest more of a homage to the blurry reverie and sometimes unsettling disorientation of dreams or memories of childhood experiences. He is also founder and curator of an online museum of the curious, strange and imaginary, the Museé Vaché. [DIGITAL CONTRIBUTOR]

SPERA chalkwhite sea by stephenspera

DAN VERA is the author of The Space Between Our Danger and Delight (Beothuk Books, 2008). His poems have appeared in Beltway Poetry Review, Delaware Poetry Review, Gargoyle, The Amistad, Konch, and the anthologies Full Moon On K Street, DC Poets Against the War and Shaping Sanctuary. He is co-founder of Vrzhu Press, publisher of Souvenir Spoon Books, edits the Gay culture journal White Crane, co-hosts the Capitol Hill reading series, and helped create the new poetry incubator Poetry Mutual of America. [LIVE READING]

U.S. GIRLS is actually one U.S. girl, named Megan Remy. Packing nothing more than a reel-to-reel tape deck, a microphone and various stomp boxes, U.S. Girls delivers a maelstrom of classic pop filtered through something unknowable. The exact genre of U.S. Girls is a moving target. Some group her in with the female electronic artist "bliss" movement, but the influence of classic rock is as evident as the harsh touch of electro-punk pioneers Suicide. A rewarding mix of cut-ups and reconfigurations; an even more fully realized excursion into a hazy alternate universe where pop vocals and muzzy scree fuse in harmony, all presenting deceptively ethereal and delightfully haunting. [LIVE PERFORMER]


THE NEW GAY (TNG) is an online resource for alternative queer events, culture and ideas. TNG is a blog for those frustrated with monolithic queer culture and it's limited offerings and strives to provide our readers with access to the rest of the queer experience. TNG is home to everyone over the rainbow whether you are LGBTQ or don't quite fit in a box.

The TRIANGLE ARTISTS GROUP is an affiliation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer artisans from throughout the Washington-Baltimore area and covers 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, modern composition, avant-garde improvisation, electronic drone and experimental folk, as well as live video and film programs, presented year round. The 2011 Sonic Circuits festival is scheduled for September 16-18 at Pyramid Atlantic, Silver Spring, Maryland.

ARTISPHERE is a new breed of urban arts center that features four distinct performance venues, three visual art galleries, a 4,000 square foot ballroom, HERE restaurant and a free Wi-Fi town square. With intimate co-located spaces and multiple programs occurring simultaneously, Artisphere was designed for people and art to collide. Its unique footprint encourages visitors coming for a familiar activity to try something new. Artisphere is managed by Arlington County's Cultural Affairs Division and supported in part by the Rosslyn BID, individuals, corporations and foundations.

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