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8/10-12 | Madison New Music Festival 2018, “They’re Still Here” premiere

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Madison New Music Festival Schedule

Friday, 8/10 7:30pm at Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, 227 State St.

MNMF Opening Night 2018: Sounds of the ’60s and Beyond!  [tickets]

Hear sounds born out of the ’60s counterculture with works exploring minimalism, social and political engagement, and electronic experimentation, as well as the music they inspired for decades to come. The program will include a mixture of instrumental, vocal, and electroacoustic music, with featured guest artist Conduit. Highlights include composer and Lawrence Conservatory faculty Evan Williams’ “Bodies Upon the Gears” for clarinet, viola, and audio from Mario Savio’s 1964 speech urging the importance of civil protest; Steve Reich’s “New York Counterpoint” for amplified clarinet and tape; and Andy Akiho’s “Stop Speaking” for solo snare in conversation with digital playback. There will be a cash bar, as well as opportunities to explore the exhibits, including the MMoCA’s current exhibition “Far Out: Art of the 1960s.”

Complete Program: Music by Melissa Dunphy, Angelica Negron, Evan Williams, Steve Reich, Gilda Lyons, Anna Meadors, Kyle Tieman-Strauss, David Lang, and Andy Akiho

Performed by: Conduit (Zach Manzi, clarinet and Evan Saddler, percussion); Caitlin Mead, soprano; Kristina Teuschler, clarinet; ZouZou Robidoux, cello; Jeremy Kienbaum, viola; Heather Zinninger Yarmel, flute.

Saturday, 8/11 2:00pm at Bethel Lutheran, 312 Wisconsin Ave.

MNMF Concert #2: Sounds of Reflection [tickets]

Madison New Music Festival continues with an afternoon program that invokes spirituality, morality, and reflection. Hear music including organ interludes performed by Madison Symphony Orchestra organist Greg Zelekand Vital Organ Project founder Tyler Jameson Pimm, soundscapes for viola and piano by Morton Feldman and Toru Takemitsu, African spirituals arranged for instrumental chamber ensemble, and the renowned Langston Hughes set to music by composers including Madison’s Scott Gendel.

Tickets: $15/$5 for students.

Program: Music by Toru Takemitsu, Trevor Weston, Morton Feldman, Daniel Ficarri, John Weaver, Tyler Pimm, Tania J. Leon, John Musto, Ricky Ian Gordon, and Scott Gendel.

Performed by: Jeremy Kienbaum, viola; Satoko Hayami, piano; Caitlin Mead, soprano; Scott Gendel, piano; Kristina Teuschler, clarinet; Micah Cheng, cello; Alex Norris, violin; Greg Zelek, organ; and Tyler Jameson Pimm, organ.

Sunday, 8/12 7:30pm at Robinia Courtyard, 829 E Washington Ave

MNMF Closing Night 2018! [tickets]

Polish off your weekend with a drink at Robinia Courtyard as you listen to the world premiere of “They’re Still Here,” a new work by local multi-instrumentalist B.C. Grimm featuring 9 instruments ranging from cello to Chinese pipa. Then, kick back for a set of solo string music from violinist Aaron Yarmel and violist Jeremy Kienbaum, featuring pieces by Philip Glass, Ursula Mamlock, and one of Yarmel’s own improvisations. Finally, musicians from all three concerts close out the festival together with a performance of Julius Eastman’s “brilliant and brazen” 1973 piece, “Stay On It.” This rarely performed work ends our musical weekend with a bang– and a groove! There will be a cash bar.


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Live set up for BC Grimm’s new 30min piece, “They’re Still Here”.

“They’re Still Here”  Program Notes

Composed August, 2018 by BC Grimm (b 1986) for the Madison New Music Festival

This piece explores how those who have passed away continue to pop up in the everyday moments of our lives.  You’ll hear field recordings of my day-to-day experience fused with instrumental sound design.  These scenes recreate and reference real life moments I’ve had in the wake of these deaths.

“They’re Still Here” is dedicated in loving memory to Patrick Kelly, Ross Sutherin & Brian White-Stout and to the Grimm, Sutherin, Kelly, Morrow, White-Stout & Brethauer families.

Scene I   Passing of a Friend, The Work Day Begins

Tenor Viola da Gamba with field recording

Scene II   News Cycle On Fire: Rbt. Mueller’s Lonely Russia Probe

Gaohu Cantonese fiddle with foley, field recording, 1940’s radio broadcast, singing bowls, violoncello, dizi flute, bawu flute, xiao flute, sheng mouth organ

Scene III   Do I Tell The Children?  No, Teach On.

Violoncello with field recording, pipa lute, tenor viola da gamba, violoncello, contracello

Scene IV   Fluorescence Hums The Harmonic Order of Nature

APC40 (electric hum in just intonation)

Scene V   Morning Routine, Scrambled Brains

Field Recording with foley

Scene VI   A Call With My Brother, Wise Counsel

Sarangi-Cello in pipa tuning with claps, cajon, motorcycle

Scene VII   Ask The Corn Spirits

Gaohu fiddle with bawu flute

Scene VIII   Hermie’s Chimes, They’re Still Here

Guqin Zither with pipa lute, gaohu fiddle, dizi flute

Scene IX   Funeral Grave

Violoncello

Scene X   Temple of Ancestors

Sarangi-Cello in pipa tuning with pipa lute, synthesis

Scene XI   Transfigurations

Guqin zither with pipa lute, Russian folk harp, singing bowls

Scene XII   Schoolyard in Snow; Children Play On

Tenor Viola da Gamba,

APC40 (electric hum in equal temperament), field recordings, foley


 

June 28-30 | LunART Festival celebrating Women in the Arts!

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It has finally arrived!  The 2018 LunART Festival celebrating women composers, performers, visual artists, choreographers, and more!  This festival, spearheaded by Sound Out Loud flutist Iva Ugrčić, has a mission to: “… support, inspire, promote, and celebrate women in the arts through public performances, exhibitions, workshops, and interdisciplinary collaboration; thus enriching our community and creating a welcoming space for learning and experimentation.” 

Please do yourself a favor and take a scroll down LunART Fest’s official facebook page, you’ll find post after post highlighting all of the fantastic musicians participating in this festival!

DONATE TO THE CAMPAIGN – Help support this event and sustain it for future seasons!

LunART Festival write ups by: Isthmus; Madison 365; Diversity.Wisc;

More from LunART: [This] festival strives to cultivate a vibrant, safe space for women, unveiling our artistic leadership and creating the opportunity to put our hearts and souls into what we believe in.

Throughout history, artists have created and used their works as a powerful way to comment on social issues. They have raised questions, challenged norms, and encouraged people to observe controversial subjects through a different lens. Gender issues are currently at the forefront of political and social discussions, and we want to support women across the globe as they navigate the gender imbalance in artistic fields.

This three-day festival features a remarkable range of women, diverse and varied in their artistic vision, but with the shared passion and desire to make their voices heard!

Our 2018 Artist in Residence is award-winning composer Jenni Brandon. She will coach the LunART Festival “From Page to Stage: Emerging Composers Workshop,” offering master classes, lectures, and discussions about collaboration and career tools.  ”


2018 LunART Festival Dates and Featured Events

Thursday, June 28:

6pm Free | Lecture “Beyond the Muse: Women’s Musical History” presented by musicologist Andrea Fowler @ Madison Museum of Contemporary Art Lobby: 227 State Street, Madison Wisconsin 53703

“The main idea behind this talk is to highlight the varied roles that women play in the music industry. We are performers, composers, and scholars, yes. And those roles have been public for quite some time. But we are also pedagogues, consiglieri, critics, and administrators, not to mention conductors, librarians, and educators. My goal with this talk is to explore some examples of these roles and to demonstrate how women’s cultural agency is a vital part of music in the 21st century.”

7pm $20 Tickets“Moon Dances” Opening Gala Concert” @ Madison Museum of Contemporary Art Lobby: 227 State Street, Madison Wisconsin 53703

Enjoy this opening event featuring music by Composer-in-Residence Jenni Brandon; 2018 Call for Scores Winners Katy Abbott & Veronika Krausas; Valerie Coleman and Cecilia McDowall; with special guests Katrina Schaag, writer and Zhalarina Sanders, hip-hop artist.

Program

Katrina Therese Schaag
The Infinite Woman feminist writing project

Jenni Brandon Music, composer-in-residence
Meditations for piano, violin, viola and cello

Veronika Krausas, 2018 Call for Scores Winner
Hopscotch Tarot for mezzo soprano and violin

Cecilia McDowall
The Moon Dances for flute and piano

Jenni Brandon
The Dreams of Birds for alto flute and piano

Katy Abbott, 2018 Call for Scores Winner
Glisten for piano solo

Valerie Coleman-Page Flutist & Composer
Trio Toccata for oboe, bassoon and piano

Friday, June 29:

7pm $20 Tickets | “The Woman with the Unfathomable Eyes” Friday Gala Concert, Promenade Hall, Overture Center for the Arts: 201 State St, Madison, WI 53703

Program

Xinyan Li, 2018 Call for Scores Winner
Mongolian Impressions for solo bassoon, percussion, and string quartet

Katrin Talbot
poetry reading and photo exhibition

Jenni Brandon
Sun Songs for soprano, English horn, cello, and piano

​Galina Ustvolskaya
Composition No.1 “Dona Nobis Pacem” for tuba, piccolo and piano

​Fanny Mendelssohn 
Three Pieces for piano four hands

Doina Rotaru
Japanese Garden for bass flute/piccolo and electronics

​Jenni Brandon
The Woman with the Unfathomable Eyes
for small chamber ensemble, narrator, and dancer

9:30pm Free | “That’s What She Said” Anthology @ Bos Meadery: 849 East Washington, Madison, Wisconsin 53703

That’s What She Said is a story-share production in which local women share real stories about their fears, their joys, their lives. Created in 2014, it is produced by The Bricks Theatre (Madison, WI) and directed by Molly Vanderlin (Owner/Producer, The Bricks Theatre). It has received great reviews, and after fifteen shows, The Bricks Theatre has decided it might have a great idea!

Saturday, June 30:

10am Free | Panel Discussion: “Collaboration in the Arts” – with Jenni Brandon, Katrina Schaag, and Zhalarina H. Sanders, @ The Bubbler at Madison Public Library: 201 W. Mifflin St., Madison, Wisconsin 53703

Join us for a Saturday morning chat about the Collaboration is the Arts led by our fabulous guest artists: 

Jenni Brandon – composer
Kelly Parks Snider – visual artist
Katrina Therese Schaag, PhD. – writer

This engaging panel discussion is for anyone interested in arts entrepreneurship, and for those who want to learn how artists work together. Participation from attendees is encouraged.

2-3pm Free | “From Page to Stage: Emerging Composers Workshop” – Composition master class with Jenni Brandon @ Outreach Concert, Capitol Lakes Grand Hall: 333 W Main St, Madison, Wisconsin 53703

We are extremely excited to welcome 6 talented composers to LunART’s 2018 educational program “From Page to Stage: Emerging Composers!” Join us for the concert dedicated to showcasing their works!

7pm $20 Tickets | “Women’s Voices” Closing Gala Concert  @ First Unitarian Society Auditorium: 900 University Bay Dr, Madison, Wisconsin 53705

Join the LunART Festival in celebrating women in the arts! Enjoy this event featuring music by Composer-in-Residence Jenni Brandon, 2018 Call for Scores Winner Ingrid Stölzel, and Abbie Betinis, Hildegard von Bingen, Linda Kachelmeier, Elizabeth Alexander, Marilyn Bliss, Brianna Ware, Madeleine Dring, & Amy Beach. ​Featuring Festival Women’s Choir conducted by Kathy Otterson.

With special guests: visual artist Kelly Parks Snider and photographers Jennifer Bucheit & Katrin Talbot. 

9:30pm Free | “Starry Night”performance: 2014 International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion and folk singer-songwriter Helen Avakian, and rock band Tiny Dinosaur @ Robinia Courtyard: 829 E Washington Ave, Madison, Wisconsin 53703

Come enjoy our fabulous guest artists, singer-songwriter Helen Avakian and Tiny Dinosaur rock band, and join us in celebrating the end of our inaugural 2018 season!

Madison singer-songwriter and guitarist Helen Avakian is the 2014 International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion, and was voted Favorite Acoustic Act by Rhythm and News Magazine. She is also a recording artist, producer, and guitar instructor specializing in acoustic guitar music. 

Time for some indie pop emerging from the primordial ooze of the isthmus to weave tiny tales. It’s Mesozoic music for the masses. Tiny Dinosaur is an indie rock band of four females giving a warm embrace to folk, punk, and pop to tell you a story.


Partners

LunART Festival has partnered with area art organizations including:

  • Overture Center for the Arts
  • Madison Museum of Contemporary Arts
  • First United Methodist Church
  • Madison Public Library
  • Capitol Lakes Retirement Center and First Unitarian Society
  • Robinia Courtyard
  • Bos Meadery
  • Field Table

LunART is supported by:

  • Dane Arts and Madison Arts Commission
  • 2018 UW Arts Business Competition, 2nd place
  • finalist for 2018 National Flute Association’s C.R.E.A.T.E. Project Competition

Composer In Residence – Jenni Brandon

Call For Score Winners


Emerging Composers Participants

  • Grace Hale
  • Donna Howard
  • Meg Huskin
  • Seolhee Kim
  • Alissa Stolt
  • Amy Thomas

Performers

  • Sarah Ambrose, flute
  • ARTemis Women’s Choir
  • Helen Avakian, singer-songwriter
  • Yana Avedyan, DMA piano
  • Jennifer Bucheit, photographer
  • Melanie Cain, DMA voice
  • Matthew Coley, percussion
  • Thomas Curry, DMA tuba
  • Lara Saville Dahl, DMA oboe
  • Shannon Farley, violin
  • Andrea Fowler, musicology
  • Vincent Fuh, piano
  • Jose García-Taborda, clarinet
  • Ina Georgieva, viola
  • Brian Grimm, cello
  • Amy Harr, cello
  • Satoko Hayami, piano
  • Heartland Marimba Ensemble
  • Kyle D. Johnson, DMA piano
  • Buzz Kemper, narrator
  • Michael Koszewski, percussion
  • Jason Kutz, piano
  • Leanne League, violin
  • Sarah Leuwerke, mezzo-soprano
  • Wes Luke, violin
  • Blakeley Menghini, DMA viola
  • Juliana Mesa, bassoon
  • Kathleen Otterson, conductor
  • Marie Pauls, viola
  • Jennifer Paulson, viola
  • Breta Saganski, percussion
  • Valerie Clare Sanders, violin
  • Katie Schaag, PhD
  • Kelly Parks Snider, visual artist & activist
  • Elspeth Stalter-Clouse, violin
  • Kristina Teuschler, clarinet
  • Tiny Dinosaur, rock band
  • Liz Sexe, dancer & choreograper
  • Samantha Sinai, cello
  •  Katrin Talbot, photographer and poet
  • Lawren Brianna Ware, piano & composition
  • Jacqueline Wilson, DMA bassoon
  • Aaron Yarmel, violin
  • Iva Ugrčić, flute

 

5/4 | ALL Jazz Fest 2018 @ Schenk’s Corners

Fri, 5/4 |  ALL Jazz Fest 2018 @ Schenk’s Corners

Don’t miss the inaugural ALL Jazz Fest on Friday, May 4th during Spring Gallery Night. Starting at 5pm, enjoy free jazz concerts at 7 venues in Schenk’s Corners (Atwood/Winnebago) featuring 17 top local jazz ensembles, including Russ Johnson’s Headlands with special guest Greg Ward.

SCHEDULE
Monona Bank

  • 5pm – Anders Svanoe Double Trio
  • 6pm – Anders Svanoe Trio
  • 7pm – Major Vistas
  • 8pm – Tony Barba

Studio Paran (outside)

  • 5pm – Space Junk
  • 6pm – Jon Hoel Trio
  • 7pm – Ted Keys Trio
  • 8pm – MRS. FUN

MadCity Music

  • 6pm – YINS
  • 7pm – Shaper

Maven Vocal Arts

  • 6pm – Eli Bucheit Trio
  • 7pm – Lundberg/Packard Quartet
  • 8pm – Lesser Lakes Trio

Union Hair Parlor

  • 7pm – Brennan Connors & Stray Passage w/ special guest Greg Ward
  • 8pm – Lucas Koehler Combo

Arts + Literature Laboratory

  • 9:15pm Russ Johnson’s Headlands w/ special guest Greg Ward

Alchemy

  • 10:30pm – Tony Castaneda’s Latin Jazz Band

Special thanks to our sponsors: Monona Bank, SASY Neighborhood Association, Dane Arts & WORT!


 

5/3 | Nan Cheney March For Justice Awards @ Monona Terrace

Nan Cheney March For Justice Award

Thr, 5/3 | 5:00-7:00 PM @ Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center 

1 John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI 53703

Register Here:  https://conta.cc/2qqrxyI

Forward Community Investments is pleased to announce the 2018 Nan Cheney March for Justice Award recipient . . . it’s the awesome Will Green! Per Salli Martyniak, FCI’s president, “When I asked people who was that one person in our community who led with courage, conviction and passion but whose accomplishments were not always given the spotlight they deserve, the person who rose to the top was always Will. Now, it’s our privilege to shine the spotlight on Will!” FCI will be honoring will on May 3, 5:00 to 7:00pm, at Monona Terrace. 

Will Green is the recipient of the Second Annual Nan Cheney March for Justice Award

Drumroll, please . . . this year’s Nan Cheney March for Justice Award recipient is Will Green. Will is a consummate doer and giver in Madison. He runs Mentoring Positives, a nonprofit that mentors and guides youth – many of them youth of color – in Madison’s Darbo neighborhood. For more than 10 years, Will and his wife, Becky, have touched the lives of more than 2,500 young people, teaching them what it means to reach their fullest potential and offering them the resources to overcome peer pressure.

Thanks to Will’s own “can do” attitude, Mentoring Positives also introduces youth to entrepreneurship through the production of Off the Block salsa. For the last seven summers, Will and his team of youth entrepreneurs have grown and harvested tomatoes, turned those tomatoes into salsa and marketed and sold jars of Off the Block salsa in Metcalf’s and other stores across Dane County. Sale proceeds go towards supporting the work of Mentoring Positives.

In addition to leading Mentoring Positives, Will is the girls’ varsity basketball coach at Madison’s LaFollette High School. It’s a natural “second job” for Will who played a good game of b-ball when he attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Will’s inspiration for all of his work was his mom, Muriel Pipkins, who raised Will and his two brothers to be caring, kind individuals who give back to their communities. It’s fitting that Mentoring Positives bears the same initials as Will’s mom. It was upon her death that Mentoring Positives was started. To this day, Muriel is recognized as the inspiration behind Will’s work. And, we are thrilled to keep her spirit going through Will who is the inspiration to the young men and women he mentors. Honoring Will as this year’s recipient of the Nan Cheney March for Justice $15,000 grant is the right thing to do!

~ all information via Forward Community Investments

Brian Grimm will provide light cello music as guest enter on behalf of Monroe Street Arts Center.


4/15 | “Seasons of Change” Wellness Retreat @ Blue Mounds Dharma Center

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If you need to shake off the last clings of Winter and transition into Spring; join us for a day long wellness retreat this Sunday, 4/15 at the Blue Mounds Dharma Center.  From 10:30am-5:00pm we will practice yoga, contemplate dharma talks, explore movement meditation, learn healing touch and listen to ancient string vibrations.

See the poster above for more details.

$80

Only 5 spots are left!
RSVP by contacting Shannel:
ymassageyoga@gmail.com


4/11 | Thollem’s Hot Pursuit Of Happiness w/ Glassmen, Space Tugboat and Stray Passage @ The Frequency

Wed, 4/11 | @ The Frequency

121 W Main St, Madison, WI 53703

Doors 7pm // Show 7:30pm

18+ ID Required
$8 (+$3 minor surcharge @ door)

Thollem
Glassmen
Space Tugboat
Brennan Connors & Stray Passage

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With a synthesizer and a microphone, Thollem’s Hot Pursuit Of Happiness forges elements of Punk Rock, Blue and Psychedelia, among many other influences. Including new songs and solo arrangements of Tsigoti songs, with “fluid keys pulverization” (Brad Cohan, Spin Magazine), Thollem’s work is ”political debauchery and a forward vocal delivery … that comes a-swingin’ right out of the gate” (Chocolate Grinder, Tiny Mix Tapes)

Over the last decade, Thollem’s toured non-stop internationally, recording with over a hundred different musicians from a wide variety of genres resulting in more than 60 albums on 22 different vanguard labels. As a vocalist, Thollem’s been releasing albums the last 10 years with his Italian agit-punk band Tsigoti (5th album soon), Hand To Man Band (Mike Watt, John Dieterich, Tim Barnes) and Andy Kaufman plus his initial solo album ‘Machine in The Ghost’. He’s planning on releasing the first HPOH album later this year.

Thollem has performed and recorded with members of Deerhoof, The Minutemen, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Half Japanese, Wilco, Unwound, Old Time Relijun, Cibo Matto, Jealousy Party, Stars Like Fleas, Tenderizor and more. 

www.thollem.com/hot-pursuit-of-happiness

Personal Note: Thollem McDonas is one of my favorite perma-tour Experimental artists.  He has been very influential to my free improvisation explorations in the last decade.  I’m thrilled to share a bill with him once again!  Also, I can’t wait to see Angela, I always learn so much from her.  It’s been a couple of years, they are beautiful people and there’s much to catch up on.  Thollem has collaborated with GrimmusiK Records in the past on both the Colias experimental/ambient compilation, live free-improv collaborations at Dobra Tea, and with a marvelous performance at our Audio For the Arts series (can’t seem to hunt down the live recording for that, unfortunately).  Thollem has an overwhelming discography, check out his extensive releases here.  < So much wonderful music to explore in his collaboration filled catalog.

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Brennan Connors & Stray Passage (Madison, WI) is a jazz trio that embraces free and structured improvisation, original compositions, groove based material, and sound exploration. The breadth of a performance ranges from fiery high energy music to focused minimalism, all while maintaining a sense of narrative organization and compelling ensemble interplay.  “Emergence” CD (setola di miale) available at the show!

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Glassmen (Madison, WI) is experimental indie rock with guitar, organ pedals, drums, and vibrato. The sound, sometimes jarring, is fragile, sharp, and reflective — like glass.

Sarah Jennings Evans started Glassmen in 2012 after being diagnosed with a rare joint condition that left her unable to use her arms.  She created music with voice, organ pedals, and loops of old recordings.  Guitar came back as her arms recovered.  Meanwhile, multi-instrumentalist Vivian Lin (TUO TUO) kept busy playing in other people’s side projects (The Party Drug, The Divine Hammers), but was looking for a musical home.  She joined Glassmen in 2015 to add drums and vocals.

Personal Note:  I’ve been meaning to get on a bill with Glassmen for a couple of years now and it’s finally going down!  ^ Check out this live version of Needle, love the sound.  Excited to hear their live set!

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Space Tugboat (Madison, WI) is dark catchy punk rock, with a twist of demented humor of reality. 

Personal Note:  Big thanks to Dan from Space Tugboat for hooking up the show and taking care of booking.  Dan has supported Stray Passage for years and given us opportunities to play.  Now we finally get to share a bill together!!


 

3/10 | Brian Grimm live at Colectivo (Monroe St.) for Second Saturdays

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Second Saturdays – Live Music @ Colectivo Monroe St.

Live music from 6-8pm. Free!

Featuring members of the Madison Classical Guitar Society & Monroe St. Arts CenterJoin on Facebook

Come enjoy live music, great coffee, and craft beer on the second Saturday of every month at Colectivo’s Monroe St. cafe in Madison!Second Saturdays @ Colectivo Monroe St.

Sat 3/10 | Brian Grimm will perform on guqin (an ancient Chinese zither) and acoustic violoncello, which he teaches next door at Monroe Street Arts Center.  For more about Brian Grimm’s live set, visit Brian Grimm Classical/World EPK.