Flying Fingers Productions and the Shaking Ray Levi Society will present the Old-Timey Avant-Garde Series at Barking Legs Theatre. Molecules, Korybantes, Red Okra King will perform Oct. 3 at 9 p.m., $10, Konk Pack on Oct. 11 at 8 p.m., $10, Nief-Norf Project on Oct. 12 at 8 p.m., $10, Dennis Palmer Date Night Movies on Oct. 13 at 8 p.m., free, and The Home of Easy Credit Oct. 19 at 8 p.m., $10.
Taking its name from the paradoxical description of The Shaking Ray Levis performing group, The Old-Timey Avant-Garde Series in the month of October aims to hold fast to the band’s tradition of breaking traditions. Centering on a birthday celebration for the late Dennis Palmer, co-founder of both the band The Shaking Ray Levis and the non-profit arts education organization The Shaking Ray Levi Society, the series will feature a wide variety of astounding, ear-and-mind-opening sounds from both the improvised and composed music realms.
Reviews for the artists:
The Molecules, Korybantes, Red Okra King: Thursday, Oct. 3, 9 p.m., $10
Formed in 1990, the Bay Area trio The Molecules built a reputation for its frenetic, no-holds-barred live performances and unclassifiable, unique rock amalgam that stretches the limits of punk, noise, prog-rock and more, featuring front man guitarist/vocalist Ron Anderson who was a founding member of the legendary no-wave/noise band Rat At Rat R in the early ‘80s. Opening the show will be the brand new free-improv trio Korybantes featuring bassist Evan Lipson (Normal Love), drummer Bob Stagner (Shaking Ray Levis) and Rick Weaver (Dinner Music), and the world’s foremost expert on gnome mythology, Red Okra King.
Dennis Palmer Birthday Weekend: Oct. 11-13
Konk Pack: Friday, Oct. 11, 8 p.m., $10
Konk Pack brings together three major figures in contemporary music. On lap steel and clarinet, Tim Hodgkinson (London) is a composer, ethnomusicologist and co-founder of the art-rock group Henry Cow. Thomas Lehn (Cologne, Germany) plays exclusively on vintage analog synthesizers in numerous international ensembles. Roger Turner (London) is one of the most innovative improvising percussionists of the last four decades and has performed with artists such as Cecil Taylor, Annette Peacock and Evan Parker.
Nief-Norf Project: Saturday, Oct. 12, 8 p.m., $10
Nief-Norf is a contemporary music ensemble devoted to performing, studying and commissioning imaginative and challenging musical works. Utilizing a flexible roster of musicians, nief-norf performs works from both the historical and emerging avant-garde, and shares their commitment to this music through creative programming concepts, educational initiatives, and interdisciplinary collaboration. www.niefnorf.org
Dennis Palmer Date Night Movies: Sunday, Oct. 13, 8 p.m., free
Dennis Palmer’s friend and Outside Pleasures radio show collaborator Tom Landis presents a free evening of classic experimental cinema. In his words: “Hear ye Hear ye! Ya’ll come on down fer some cinema lovin’: It’s Dennis Palmer’s birthday and he’s treatin’ everbawdy to some fun and snuggling! Meet Salvador Dalí, Luis Buñuel, Peyton Farquhar and many more.” Also to be screened is Paradise Garden with the Shaking Ray Levis, a new documentary by filmmaker Lee Shook, featuring Dennis acting as a tour guide through folk artist Rev. Howard Finster’s visionary installation.
The Home of Easy Credit: Saturday, Oct. 19, 8 p.m. $10
Danish multi-instrumentalist Louise Dam Eckardt Jensen and bassist Tom Blancarte comprise the Queens-based duo The Home of Easy Credit, challenging the boundaries of free-improvised music, jazz, folk and pop music, and creating a dark, beautiful and thrilling sound world with apocalyptic musical narratives.