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Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 | 8pm-10pm
Fire Museum Presents: João Castro Pinto, Bhob Rainey & Apologist

Fire Museum Presents: João Castro Pinto, Bhob Rainey & Apologist
Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 | 8pm-10pm | $8-$10 sliding scale


João Castro Pinto

João Castro Pinto started his activity as a composer / performer of experimental music, and as a sound and intermedia artist, in the second half of the 1990s. His production comprehends the domains of soundscape composition, intermedia, live electronics improvisation (solo and with instrumentalists), electroacoustic / acousmatic music and radio art. Castro Pinto has presented his work extensively in Europe, America and Asia.

João Castro Pinto’s academic path is reflected in his work, to the extent that it suggests his artistic concerns and aesthetic interests. He graduated in Philosophy, from the F.C.S.H. at the New University of Lisbon, being currently focused on the completion of his PhD studies in science and technology of the arts (Computer Music soundscape composition) at the Catholic University of Portugal – C.I.T.A.R. (Research Center for Science and Technology of the Arts), where he is a researcher.

João Castro Pinto has presented his work in festivals, events and venues internationally, and has collaborated with various artists. His work is avaibible from multiple record labels. João Castro Pinto is a composer published and officially endorsed by MISO MUSIC PORTUGAL’s – MIC.PT – Portuguese Music Research & Information Centre. His music is also frequently presented in events organized by CIME – International Confederation of Electroacoustic Music and by ISCM – International Society for Contemporary Music.

Bhob Rainey

Bhob Rainey is an award-winning composer / performer, saxophonist, and sound designer. In the 1990s and early 2000s, he was instrumental in defining the “lowercase” or “EAI” movement in non-idiomatic improvisation, exemplified by his work with trumpeter Greg Kelley in Nmperign. In 2000 he founded The BSC, an improvising large ensemble, in which he developed techniques for an improvisational discipline that were eventually outlined in his 2011 publication, Manual. He has performed globally and collaborated with numerous improvisers of both the (then) current and previous generations, including Axel Dörner, Andrea Neumann, Günter Müller, Michel Doneda, Lê Quan Ninh, and many others.

Since the mid-2000s, Rainey has been creating electroacoustic and algorithmic works, often in cross-disciplinary collaborations. He has been a regular collaborator with theater company New Paradise Laboratories, composing the music and sound design for The Adults (2014) and O Monsters (2016). Recently, he composed, designed, installed, and performed the music in JungWoong Kim’s site specific dance piece, SaltSoul (2016).

Rainey was awarded the Pew Fellowship in the Arts in 2013, and in 2014 he received a Subito grant from the American Composers Forum to complete a multimedia project with filmmaker Catherine Pancake. Among other things, he is currently working on a third project with New Paradise Laboratories and is creating a series of generative, sometimes interactive, music apps. To date, Rainey has over 30 releases as a leader or co-leader.


Apologist is Rose Rae, a native Philadelphian making music with synthesizers and field recordings. “Apologist exists as a strong presence, but with a whole different demeanor. The strength exists like a knot in your throat, wrenching your insides and keeping you from speaking. It’s more like an ugly-crying sorry than it is a hole punched in drywall. There is an odd comfort in bawling ones eyes out to the point of feeling physical pain that is so much stronger than the stupidity of physical anger and damage. It’s beautiful and it’s hurt, like walking out on to your steps barefoot to see a first snow. You know it’s cold, but you are willing to face the consequences.”- David Coccagna.

Please note that Vox Populi is located on the third floor of a historic warehouse building at 319 N. 11th Street and that there are five steps leading from the street-level to the first-floor landing where the passenger elevator picks-up/drops-off. The entry into/out of the elevator is 29-inches wide, so may not accommodate all wheelchairs or motorized chairs. Any individual requiring a ramp to navigate this entryway is encouraged to get in touch with Vox Populi ahead of time to coordinate ramp-access and discuss accessibility details. Our ramps may not be suitable for all wheelchairs or motorized chairs, so we strongly encourage anyone requiring a ramp to be in touch at: or 215.238.1236.

Fire Museum Presents: João Castro Pinto, Bhob Rainey & Apologist
December 10, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
December 10, 2019 @ 10:00 pm