Wave World + The Tangent Project - 21 April 2012
Wave World is a synthesizer and computer based musical project made up of Gert van Santen, Harry Kessels and Rolf van Slooten. Their style of music is decidedly in the post-New Age Ambient sphere and remarkably well suited to the widescreen computer-generated film it accompanies in the live medium. This Dutch/Canadian trio offers an incredibly dynamic live show. Their music travels easily between rich textures of floating synth harmonics and infectious electronic rhythms and melodies, all in coordination with brilliant, big-screen computer graphics.
Wave World returned to Philadelphia and
Broekhuis Keller & Schonwalder
|Broekhuis Keller & Schonwalder - 12 May 2012
It is obvious by the vast musical output of the German trio Broekhuis, Keller & Schonwalder that they are playing something out of their own lives - filling the vast emptiness of space with their active imaginations. Whether it is a warm lead line swirling back and forth along the keyboard or icy chords slowly changing and holding, their music works well due to the casual intimacy between each musician. Songs ramp up and wind down in wonderfully dramatic cycles. With harmonic waves of pastoral synth strings and celestial choirs drifting along at the pace of the cosmos, to expressive keyboard solos hovering above interlocking drumming and sequencer patterns, their live performances whirl in a pool of rhythm and sound.
Broekhuis Keller & Schonwalder made their USA concert debut at The Gatherings Concert Series on 12 May 2012.
David Wright - 15 September 2012
The music of David Wright spans a broad spectrum of styles but is always thematic and with strong melodic structure. Combining romanticism, sequences, atmospherics and varied rhythmic elements, his music has been characterised as emotive and expressive with eastern and jazz tinged elements. In 1989 Wright founded the AD Music record label, which has since built up a roster of 27 artists and more than 100 CD releases. Wright has performed numerous concerts in the UK and Europe (both as a solo performer and with his groups "Code Indigo" and "Callisto"), including The London Planetarium (with Jonn Serrie) and Duisburg (with Klaus Schulze). David Wright made his stateside concert debut in Philadelphia as part of The Gatherings Concert Series on 29 September 2007.
David Wright returns to Philadelphia and
Ian Boddy - 13 October 2012
Ian Boddy's music consistently sounds fresh; seeming to exist in an eternal now. Continually coming up with new ideas and approaches, Boddy redefines his relationship with Electronic Music at each outing. His innovative contributions to Electronica retain fragments of a time gone by and make for a daring and passionate vision of a present constantly slipping into the past. His works possess more than just the tricks and technology of their time. Boddy's songs are of innocence and experience and cast a wide resonance - one that speaks from the past to the present.
Ian Boddy returned to Philadelphia and
|Chuck van Zyl & Terry Furber - 17 November 2012|
Best known as host of STAR'S END and as coordinator of The Gatherings Concert Series, Chuck van Zyl has also been making his own unique style of electronic music since 1983. Sometimes referred to as "the children of space", Chuck van Zyl's generation of musicians are more than just carrying on an earlier tradition. Seeing creativity as a component of his own personal spirituality, van Zyl's musical realizations are fueled by everything from music technology to a greater cosmic awareness. His musical sensibilities evoke a sense of discovery, with each concert marking a new frontier of sound.
Terry Furber has been influenced profoundly by Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Pink Floyd and the multitude of music and artists emerging out of this experimental school. While referencing the Spacemusic of the '70s, his group Orbital Decay charts unexplored territory in both mood and in sound. Existing on a plane outside the oppressive rush of modernity, Furber's music quotes the classics without mimicking them. He demonstrates a masterful grasp of the vintage gear around which this genre gravitates and explores the past in a new way. Creating layers of space with harmonies warm and golden, runs of pumping sequencer patterns and strident lead lines, his work explores the inner darkness of electronic music - yet out on the verge of ethereality the music gleams like new.
The performance debut of the new Spacemusic duo Chuck van Zyl & Terry Furber took place at
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