PFB5- Strings, Wings, and Pings


Fri Mar 24 2023 at 07:00 pm


Chi Movement Art Center | Philadelphia, PA

By this point, our ears have been fully fermented and a bit of differentiation is in order. The stars and moons revel in this juxtaposition, their luminousness alternately surreal and warm, but nonetheless clouded in a mystery of a higher power calling to us. We know instinctively that we have come from this beyond, and yet what are we to do but ponder. Perhaps, act. Perhaps, be real. Perhaps listen and hope we are transported.
Headlining this dusk is the Arcx Quartet led by Carlos Santiago- a preeminent voice in classical music whose improvisations are that of a wind-fueled furnace. Roiling. Powerful. Combustible. Preceding them will be the spring emergence of BORBS! As they seek to grow vines along the audience's interiority, whose fruit and flowers beckon the carriers of seeds and insects, till we are turned into a collective ecoscape.
Opening will be the ambient electronic all-in-one PurePly, a joyous tone-meister to liven the spirit before the thunder.

tickets are available at
$10-20 advance, $20 day of
Arcx Quartet
Carlos Santiago- Violin
Veronica MJ- Viola
Thomas Kraines- Cello
Matt Engle- Contrabass

BORBS- The Aviary Ensemble of Philadelphia

BORBS is an mystery, borbs are flying, borbs are everywhere, borbs sings, borbs destroy, borbs eat plastic, borbs eat joy, borbs live between your floors, borbs eat ya bugs, borbs are chaos, borbs want justice, borbs want freedom, borbs are not property, borbs are providence, borbs for earth, borbs for love, borbs tap trees, borbs sip sap, borbs fly into your soul.
We are rambunctious multi-instrumentalists whose sole purpose is to evoke and strengthen the aviary tendencies within us. Anything could happen.
Aaron Pond- Whistles, Flutes, percussion, clarinet, reeds, mbira, voice, 'bone, horn, whatever else is lying around.
Gabe Preston- Single Reeds, Double Reeds, percussion
Thomas Patteson- Saxophone, bells
Jessica Brown- Horn, percussion, whistles, voice
Max Englemen- Bassoon, Percussion

PurePly is a Afro–Latinx American experimental songwriter and electronic musician located in Philadelphia. They specialize in crafting dynamic soundscapes by merging iPad-generated audio with live improvisation. They earned a Bachelor of Arts in Trombone Performance from Temple University.

Carlos believes in the power of music to create transformative moments that may be experienced and shared between performer and listener. In this 'sound space', we can challenge, cherish, and celebrate our humanity and move towards liberation. Carlos Santiago is a violinist and co-founder of the Bismuth String Quartet.
Matt Engle grew up in the Philadelphia area and has been an active member of the creative and improvised music scene for 20 years. He has contributed to many varying musical situations and has previously performed with Dan Blacksberg, Bobby Zankel, Sonic Liberation Front, Bird Fly Yellow, Shot By Shot, The Scriptors, Yapp, Jarrett Gilgore, Split Red, Dave Liebman, Tim Young, Marshall Allen, Anomalous Warmth, Watson, Roberto Pace, Sam Newsome, Rick Iannacone, Jaimie Branch, Elliot Levin, Anthony Pirog, Raymond King, David Middleton, Vince Johnson, Veronica MJ, Muhammad Ali, Oliver Lake, Seth Meicht, Tim Berne, Jack Wright, Thurman Barker, Jay Lunar, and Brandon Seabrook among many others.
Max Engleman is a bassoonist and multi-instrumentalist originally from Evansville, Indiana. His main gig is teaching undergraduates philosophical aesthetics at Temple University, but in the end all he really wants to do is make music by the river. He also plays guitar (and some other things) in an experimental rock group called Spirit Furnace.

Aaron Pond grew up near the everglades, became aware of life’s true beauty on Sarasota Bay, and a real philadelphian while working at The Discovery Center. His closeness to the birds, frogs, water, and the precipice of destruction inspires BORBS.He’s a graduate of the now embattled New College of Florida and proudly represents its unconstrained spirit. Aaron flirts with intuition as a form of gnostic revelation.
Thomas Patteson is a family man of strong conviction. He believes that the nourishment and cultivation of sinusoidal arrangements to be our best chance at salvation
Jessica Brown is an artist, philosopher, and educator in Philadelphia, PA. Through the mediums of fabric, photography, sound, digital and physical paint she explores the interpersonal dynamics of the senses. She draws inspiration from the earth, the birds, and her friends and family..
Gabe Preston is a woodwind multi-instrumentalist and composer born and raised in Philadelphia. Their expansive expertise of woodwind instruments currently consists of soprano/alto/tenor/baritone saxophones, clarinet/bass clarinet, flute/piccolo, oboe/english horn, and bassoon. Their main solo project is GPS, or Gabe Preston Sounds, an experimental fusion jazz band mostly consisting of Preston's original music, with a debut album entitled [to the stratosphere] currently available on all streaming platforms. Preston is also
involved with a multitude of other projects in the Philly area as a sideman, including Mobbluz, Soul Frequency, You Do You, Stella Ruze, and Hodgepodge, breaching a wide variety of different genres and even different instrumentations. As the project name GPS implies, Preston is always open to exploring different avenues of creating music, whether it be solo or with others, and whether it be on the paper or paperless.
A member of the Daedalus Quartet, cellist Thomas Kraines has forged a multifaceted career as a cellist and composer, equally comfortable with avant-garde improvisation, new music, and traditional chamber music and solo repertoire. In addition to his work with the Daedalus Quartet, Mr. Kraines performs frequently with the Network for New Music, the Arcana Ensemble, and in numerous other ensembles. An accomplished composer of chamber music, his works have been performed around the world by artists such as pianists Awadagin Pratt and Wayman Chin, violinists Corey Cerovsek and Jennifer Frautschi, sopranos Maria Jette and Ilana Davidson, and the English Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Kenneth Woods. Kraines has given musical improvisation workshops and performances at the Longy School of Music, the University of Florida at Gainesville, and the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught at the Peabody Conservatory, the Longy School of Music, the Killington Music Festival, Yellow Barn, and Princeton University, and currently teaches at the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, violinist Juliette Kang, and their two daughters, Rosalie and Clarissa.

Where is it happening?

Chi Movement Art Center, 1316 S 9th St,Philadelphia,PA,United States, Philadelphia, United States

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