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Friday, March 29, 2019 | 8-11pm
Mutual Irradiation: Andrea Pensado, Petra, Luxin Zhang, [], Donna Parker, Zach Rowden/John McCoWen Duo

Mutual Irradiation: Andrea Pensado, Petra, Luxin Zhang, [], Donna Parker, Rowden/McCowen

Friday, March 29, 2019 | 8-11pm | Suggested Donation

About the Line-Up

An evening of experimental musicians merging with and submerging traditions of Vocal Music, Electronic Synthesis, Performance Art and Free Improvisation.

Andrea Pensado works with sound as a performer and programmer. She has been using digital media and live interactive musical systems since 1995. She studied in Argentina and Poland. At first, she composed mainly for acoustic instruments. However, she felt gradually more attracted by different sound realms. Today, the abrasive digital noise of her music is far away from her earlier pieces. Harsh dense layers of sounds, often interwoven with her voice, combine hybrid synthesis techniques to create a highly personal sound language, which reflects an intuitive, emotional and paradoxically also logical approach to music making. She currently lives in the US.

Petra improvises noisily with homemade and off-the-shelf electronics and voice. Her searching, unexpected multimedia work “drives malfunctioning machinery in chaotic directions” (Bristol 24/7) and shows that “even mundane sounds… can be beautiful” (Cville Weekly) through resonances of instrumentality and access. Petra is based in Providence, Rhode Island.

Luxin Zhang is an interdisciplinary artist and curator who works in the fields of performance, video, sound and photography. As a classically trained vocalist, she creates video and performance that seek to break down the hierarchy of the stage by bringing the performance to the viewer, and playing with audience expectation. Widening the lens of performance and stage to include original audience, gallery viewers and mundane “off stage” scenes expands the spectrum of a song’s larger subliminal language. She is a member of Vox Populi Gallery.

[] is a new quartet featuring Carol Zou, Clint Takeda, Eugene Lew and Matthew Lee.

Donna Parker has been playing noise since 2001 and almost has the hang of it by now.

Zach Rowden deals with the acoustic and performative possibilities of the upright/electric basses. He is a soloist in Iancu Dumitrescu and the late Ana Maria Avram’s Hyperion Ensemble. Current collaborators include Tyshawn Sorey, Paul Flaherty, Michael Foster’s The Ghost, Robert Black, Chris Cretella, Matt Sargent. Charmaine Lee and Gus Caldwell. Venues that have welcomed him include Harpa (Reykjavik), Romanian Radio Hall (Bucharest), Cafe Oto (London), Heimathafen Neukölln (Berlin), Issue Project Room (New York), Firehouse 12 (New Haven), and Real Art Ways (Hartford).

About Mutual Irradiation

Mutual Irradiation is an interdisciplinary performance and lecture series initiated by Jim Strong. Referencing a Quaker devotional text, Mutual Irradiation refers to as an inner radiance which can be mutually drawn between the listener and the one being listened to, in the pull of deep conversation and sharing. A category of listening which in a social and reciprocal context behaves like the connecting of a circuit, beginning a transmission of radiance, intimacy, ideas, blueprints…

Upcoming Mutual Irradiation:
4.5.19: Elizabeth A. Baker and Jim Strong at Moore College of Art
4.16-17: Yuko Kaseki Butoh/ Movement Workshop and performances at Vox Populi Gallery

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

Mutual Irradiation: Andrea Pensado, Petra, Luxin Zhang, [], Donna Parker, Rowden/McCowen
March 29, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
March 29, 2019 @ 11:00 pm