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Friday, January 16th
Audrey Chen, Flandrew Flesenberg & Lead Pipe
Experimental Music / Membrane Channel

Audrey Chen
Flandrew Fleisenberg
one solo set each and a duo set
Mel Bentley

AUDREY CHEN is a Chinese-American musician who was born into a family of material scientists, doctors and engineers, outside of Chicago in 1976. Parting ways with the family convention, she turned to the cello at age 8 and voice at 11. After years of classical and conservatory training in both instruments, with a resulting specialization in early and new music, she parted ways again in 2003 to begin new negotiations with sound in order to discover a more individually honest aesthetic.
Now, using the cello, voice and analog electronics, Chen’s work delves deeply into her own version of narrative and non-linear storytelling. A large component of her music is improvised and her approach to this is extremely personal and visceral. Her playing explores the combination and layering of a homemade analog synthesizer, preparations and traditional and extended techniques in both the voice and cello. She works to join these elements into a singular ecstatic personal language.


Flandrew Fleisenberg (Philadelphia):

Flandrew plays percussion on an assortment of everyday ephemera and modified drum parts that he has reduced and eroded through a process of playing and breaking them. A recent migrant from Boston, Flandrew is busily planting roots across Philadelphia co-curating the H-O-T improvised music and dance series as well ad hoc events around town. Flandrew has been involved in the improvised and creative music community since 2001 performing solo, in ad-hoc improv groupings and in set projects.

Ongoing collaborators include: Josh Jefferson (Skinny Vinny), Neil Feather, Bonnie Kane/ Joo Won Park (I’m with Joo Won), id m theftable


Lead Pipe is sound artist, Stephanie Bonham who moved to Philly from Austin in 2013. Her soundscapes incorporate field recordings, drones, infinite loops, synthesizers, effects pedals, drum machines and distorted vocals.
Lead Pipe will be joined by long time collaborator Paul Irvin Brinkley – manipulating radio and records – he played bass synth with Lead Pipe from 2012-2013 in Austin, then moved to Philly in 2014 when they resumed collaboration. His other projects involved in: Templo X, Mirror Travel, Mermaid Blonde…


Mel Bentley

Mel Bentley sporadically organizes readings and multidisciplinary performance in Philadelphia. Obstacle, Particle, Spectacle, was released from 89plus/Luma Foundation as part of the exhibition “Poetry Will Be Made By All.” Chapbooks “Stub Wilderness” and “&parts” were released from Well Greased Press and Damask Press, respectively.

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Audrey Chen, Flandrew Fleisenberg & Lead Pipe
January 16, 2015 @ 8:00 pm
January 16, 2015 @ 10:00 pm
$7 – $10
319 N 11th Street, Third Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107 United States