Thursday, August 27, 2009

September 3, 8pm, Sidewalk Tzara #7: qfwfq duo, Brian Ellis, April Ranger


qfwfq duo
, video and sound performance

Composer and sound artist Andrea Pensado teamed up with digital artist Greg Kowalski in Krakow, Poland, in 1997 to form Qfwfq duo. The duo's main concern has been live sound-image interaction and the use of movement to articulate complex sounds and digital visual material. Their work is highly performatic and often involves the use of sensors and/or motion tracking devices. The elements of Qfwfq’s artistic language are: interactivity, which is treated as an expressive parameter in itself, projected images, electronic sound, voice, movements and / or actions.

View a sample of their work, Rara avis (2007):

Rara Avis from Qfwfq duo on Vimeo.

Brian S. Ellis, spoken word poetry

Brian S. Ellis is a poet who performs writing of his own devising. He has been reading in the New England area for four years, and has been touring nationally for two. This includes but is not limited to several local and national slam poetry competitions. His first full book of poems was published in two thousand eight with Write Bloody Books. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize twice. For more information go to

April Ranger, spoken word poetry

April Ranger is perhaps best known in Boston as the winner of Emerson College's Nicole DusFresne Playwriting award, but she became an almost instant Cambridge favorite when she began reading regularly on the Cantab open mic. Since day one, her vivid, original imagery has been eliciting longing sighs from our audience, making her the local master of the Oh-I-Wish-I-Had-Written-That poem.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

August 6, 8pm, Sidewalk Tzara #6: Aaron Larget-Caplan, Abram Taber


Aaron Larget-Caplan, guitar

Called “a riveting artist” by the G. Acosta of the Washington Post, classical guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan rides the razor’s edge of the guitar, bringing together the traditional, non-traditional, & contemporary music into exciting and thought provoking programs. He is the founder of the Spanish music & dance group ¡Con Fuego! and the New Lullaby Project. Aaron was born in Oklahoma, raised in Colorado, and graduated from the New England Conservatory. He now resides in greater Boston with wife and muse Catherine.

Abram Taber, guitar and electronics

Abram Taber is a musician and educator currently residing in Medford, MA.

In addition to his day job as a high school music director, he performs in several musical ensembles including the Musical Theatre, Verre and Glancy, Dubler & Taber. He has previously performed with Paraffin Section, Pyotr, Slurred Murrays and Abernathy.

Abram has recently begun working as a solo performer, spurred on by the 2009 RPM Challenge. His solo performances combine elements of pre-composed themes and improvisation. Instrumentation includes electric bass, electric guitar, drums, voice, effects, found sounds and more. The music brings together ideas from minimalism, psychedelia, indie rock, avant-garde classical and noise.