Inside Out XV

Inside Out XV


Sun, Jan 12 – 8:00pm

In its third season, Inside Out aims to spotlight both veterans and new innovators from our immediate musical community here in Brooklyn, which remains one of the most dynamic and influential hotbeds of jazz and creative music worldwide. The fifteenth installment features the Ashcan Orchestra, Booker Stardrum, John McCowen and Miranda Javid

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Set I – Booker Stardrum + John McCowen

Booker Stardrum + John McCowen perform to a film by Miranda Javid

John McCowen is a Brooklyn-based composer and performer. His work focuses on extending the possibilities of the clarinet family. John embraces long-form drones, difference tones, and beating harmonics as a means to extrude the dimensions within – treating the clarinet as an acoustic synthesizer. His discography includes releases on Edition Wandelweiser, International Anthem, Astral Spirits, NNA Tapes, and more. Performances include Le Guess Who Festival (NL), Norður og Niður Festival (IS), Hot Air Music Festival, Bowling Green New Music Festival, Supersonic Festival, Berkeley Art Museum(BAMPFA), The Stone, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, International Clarinet Festival 2014, and more. John was the 2017 artist-in-residence at Lijiang Studio in Yunnan, China. He received the Elizabeth Mills Crothers Award for excellence in music composition in 2016 from Mills College where he received an MA in Music Composition under Roscoe Mitchell. He also holds a BA in Music Composition/Clarinet Performance from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale where he studied under Eric P. Mandat. He is a former member of Chicago avant-rock group Wei Zhongle.

Booker Stardrum is a Los Angeles based performer-composer. His recent compositions are sculptural, involving the dense layering of instruments, a focus on pan-tonality and an intuitive approach to rhythm. Booker’s sophomore solo release ‘Temporary etc.’ (NNA, 2018) is a highly personal amalgamation of electro-acoustics, minimalism, ambient, jazz, and contemporary experimental electronic music.

Using integrative sampler technology, Booker’s live solo set seamlessly synthesizes acoustic and electronic sounds, combining drums, cymbals, and bells with deconstructed and reimagined recorded samples of horn instruments, vocals, synthesizers, and other collected sonic ephemera.

Aside from his solo practice, Booker has dedicated himself to the art of percussion across multiple platforms, having recorded and performed with rock-based groups like Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Landlady, Lee Ranaldo, and Weyes Blood, in addition to more experimental and free improvisation collaborations with Nels Cline, VaVatican, and many more.

Booker has toured in the US, Europe, Asia, and South America and has performed at such festivals as Meltdown (U.K.), Brighton (U.K), Rewire (NL), Le Guess Who (NL), Festival Bo:m (ROK), Hopscotch (US) and Ecstatic Music (US). His discography includes solo and collaborative releases on independent labels such as NNA Tapes, Northern Spy Records, Mexican Summer, Saddle Creek, Prom Night Records and Home Tapes.

Miranda Javid is a writer, animator, and art-educator with a Masters in Fine Art from the University of California Irvine and a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her drawings have shown at Commune1 in Cape Town, S Africa, The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Mint Museum of Art in North Carolina, and Vox Populi in Philadelphia, PA. Her films have shown nationally and internationally at festivals like the Ann Arbor Film Festival and Cutout Film Festival in Mexico City. She is a Kenan Fellow, a member of the Drawing Center’s Viewing Program and a recipient of the Nancy Harrigan Prize, given through the Baker Artist Fund. Currently, she lives in Los Angeles, where she spends her time studying the history of elasticity in animation and takes long walks when she’s trying to think of narrative ideas.

Set II – Ashcan Orchestra

The Ashcan Orchestra is simultaneously the audio/visual work of composer Pat Spadine, a collection of toy, re-appropriated, and homemade instruments, and a revolving performance ensemble based in NYC since 2007. On stages and basements, indoors and out, it has been presenting new music and rituals in celebration and emulation of the physics and mathematics that bind the known universe.

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General Admission, BKCM Students & Families