Non-Event @goethe institut

Wednesday June 7, 2023, 8pm

Goethe-Institut Boston
170 Beacon Street, Boston
Doors: 7:30pm Performance begins promptly at 8pm
Admission: $15 / $10 for members and students (suggested donation)

No one will be turned away for lack of funds
Advanced tickets available

Non-Event is pleased to present the Berlin-based trio Sawt Out along with the duo of suzueri (Elico Suzuki) & Bonnie Jones.

About the artist

Since its foundation in 2015, the Berlin-based trio Sawt Out has shaped and refined its profile as a prominent improvisational unit. With their unusual acoustic instrumentation of trumpet and two sets of percussion these three gentlemen create bewildering sound worlds rich in detail and of tight musical interaction. Sawt Out has played numerous concerts throughout Europe, Asia and beyond. This concert will be their US debut.

Elico Suzuki (suzueri) is a Tokyo based sound and visual artist. Born in Yokohama, she studied Fine Art at Musashino Art University, BFA. After 10 years of working in gaming, she studied media/sound art at the Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences (IAMAS). She has released several albums including “Fata Morgana” (solo/2020) and “Live at Ftarri” (2016) with Roger Turner, Tetuzi Akiyama, and Makoto Oshiro. In 2023 she will release an album with Toshimaru Nakamura on SUPERPANG. She is also involved in several collaborative projects, including the band ‘a.hop’, with members from nine countries, including Ryoko Akama, Anne-F Jacques, and Bonne Jones, and as a contributor to Mopomoso TV, organized by the late John Russell.

Bonnie Jones is a Korean-American improvising musician, poet, and performer working with electronic sound and text. She performs solo and in numerous collaborative music, film, and visual art projects. Bonnie was a founding member of the Transmodern Festival and CHELA Gallery and is currently a member of the High Zero Festival collective. In 2010, along with Suzanne Thorpe she co-founded TECHNE, an organization that develops anti-racist, feminist workshops that center on technology-focused art making, improvisation, and community collaboration. Born in South Korea, she was raised on a dairy farm in New Jersey, and currently resides in Baltimore and Providence on the lands of the Susquehannock, Piscataway, Algonquian, and Narrangansett.

This performance is co-presented by the Goethe-Institut Boston

Idiopreneurial Entrephonics Festival, Wesleyan

Friday, February 17, 2023
World Music Hall, Wesleyan University

The first evening of the Idiopreneurial Entrephonics II festival of live electronic music begins with performances by Bonnie Jones and John Bischoff.

Bonnie Jones presents samesame, a multichannel electronic music, sonic counter-narrative. Using field recordings, circuit-bent electronics, samples, and historical recordings, samesame considers how the specificities of our individual experience and perception of the world are reflected and refracted within geopolitical and historical narratives.

John Bischoff presents Bitplicity and Visibility Study. Both works employ pulse-wave analog circuits sounding in audio and sub-audio realms that are animated by performer actions—primarily the momentary shorting of conductive points in each circuit. He rounds off the concert with Calliope, a take-off on Leon Theremin’s realization of Henry Cowell’s Rhythmicon, an instrument which automatically reiterates its tones at rates corresponding to the ratios of the sounding pitch combinations. But in Calliope the instrument is designed to have internal drift in all dimensions so the tones migrate out of tune and disassemble in time as each phrase develops.

LAMPO, samesame

December 10, 2022
The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
915 East 60th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60637

Bonnie Jones premieres samesame, a multichannel electronic music, sonic counter-narrative. Using field recordings, circuit-bent electronics, samples, and historical recordings, samesame considers how the specificities of our individual experience and perception of the world are reflected and refracted within geopolitical and historical conditions.

Presented in partnership with the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago; organized in conjunction with the exhibition, Monochrome Multitudes

Workshop: In this informal session, Bonnie Jones and participants consider her Lampo Folio score, Tetraphobia: a ritual for a now. She asks you to remember and briefly perform a sound from childhood. If you can’t attend in person, perform your sound for Bonnie by calling (845) 445-7587. Monadnock Building, 53 W. Jackson Blvd. #826. Sunday, December 11, 12 p.m.–12:30 p.m.

Catalytic Sound Festival, Rhizome

Saturday December 3, 2022
Rhizome, 6950 Maple St NW, Washington DC 20012

Two days of improvised performance featuring some of DC’s most forward-thinking musicians alongside stellar representatives of various East Coast communities.

Part of the month-long international Catalytic Sound Festival.

Saturday December 3 :: 5-10pm :: TICKETS // livestream tix
Marcia Bassett + Samara Lubelski
Bonnie Jones + Luke Stewart
Joe Morris
Dave Ballou + Mike Kuhl
Sarah Hughes

Sunday December 4 :: 5-10pm :: TICKETS // livestream tix
Mutual Aid Music [Nate Wooley / Joshua Modney / Lester St. Louis / Luke Stewart]
Chris Corsano
Sam Newsome
Janel & Anthony
No Trick Pony [Amy K Bormet / Brian Settles / Keith Butler Jr.]

Catalytic Sound is a music based co-operative designed to help create economic sustainability for its artists through patron support.

Made possible by a grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Poster by Nate Scheible.

Still life with groundswell @fringepvd

Friday, July 22 at 7pm
​Saturday, July 23 at 7 pm
Wilbury Theatre, 475 Valley St, Providence, RI

Still Life with Groundswell takes inspiration from personal stories of dislocation, disruption, and transformation. Emerging from a time of sustained isolation and uncertainty, we consider imaginative acts of reinvention and response.

t minus 2 is composed of the multidisciplinary artists Bonnie Jones, John Kolodij, and Mary-Kim Arnold. We make collaborative, improvisational, and conceptual sound and image work that privileges experimentation and chance. At times melodic and at others, discordant and noisy, our work offers multiple ways to receive and relate to sonic performance.

​Photo Credit: Xander Marro​

black mountain college museum + Art Center

Thursday, July 14th 2022 at 7PM
Streaming to Vimeo and Facebook

Memory for Intentions (2022)

For this commission, I used some archival performance footage from the past two years of the pandemic to make a hybrid, palimpsestic contemplation of the present. Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about the tension inherent in how we hold ourselves responsible to the past and how we allow ourselves to move past – move from the past in order to make. The call to “make it new” that is the legacy of experimental art practices is shifting – for there is nothing new, and those who want to erase the past are those who have less to lose from doing so or more to lose if the past is brought to bear in accountable ways in the present. Nothing is without history and no history is without the movement, flux, and relationality that shape the material of time. There is nothing new, but I believe there is transformation, re-weaving.