Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Tortuga Quartet concert information

As you may know, the Eagles is closed due to renovations.
The Tortuga Quartet concert is being moved to:

The Hyde Park Library
35 Harvard Avenue, Hyde Park, MA 02136
The concert will begin no later than 6pm. Stop by after work! We have to be done by 8pm.

Any questions please send an email to themusicworkshop at gmail dot com or leave a comment.

Check the Tortuga Quartet out on myspace!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

November 13 - Little Women and Qfwfq Duo at The Music Workshop

Little Women
"Little Women is terrifying. Their first full-length, Teeth, is the kind of stuff that haunts Archie Shepp and Cecil Taylor in their worst nightmares. The Brooklyn quartet's saxophone bleats, beyond-angular guitar lines and purposeful, spastic drumming commands'll find incredible form and structure and even hints at traditional bebop tonality within Little Women's incredibly dense walls of sound, which effectively separates them from the bulk of free jazz/noise acts...Anyone who has seen this live has first-hand knowledge of terror." - Impose magazine

Qfwfq Duo
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. They moved to the US after having lived 5 years in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Sabir Mateen + New Language Collaborative and Forbes Graham

We're really excited to present Sabir Mateen on Thursday. I've personally seen him play with Cecil Taylor's large ensemble, and he has also worked with many, many, other musicians over the years. Including local musicians such as the members of New Language Collaborative.

So we really hope that you will come down to Hyde Park tomorrow and check out the music:

Sabir Mateen (reeds and woodwinds)
with New Language Collaborative:
Eric Zinman (piano, euphonium)
Glynis Lomon (cello)
Syd Smart (percussion)
and Forbes Graham (trumpet)

This show is a $10 suggested donation.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Stephen Haynes + Peter Evans at The Music Workshop this Thursday

Join us for a wonderful evening of music at The Music Workshop! Legendary trumpet player Stephen Haynes and future legend Peter Evans will be stopping by.

Peter Evans (solo trumpet)
Stephen Haynes / Peter Evans / Forbes Graham (trumpet trio)
Stephen Haynes / Forbes Graham / Glynis Lomon (cello) / Bill Lowe (trombone)

Stephen Haynes

Peter Evans

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Photos and video from last Thursday

Hanging out

The Points North

The Points North

Uncle Shoe

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Uncle Shoe and The Points North this Thursday!

We'd like to welcome Uncle Shoe as well as The Points North to The Music Workshop this Thursday! You can check Uncle Shoe out on myspace.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Videographers night this Thursday, George Korein on September 4!

Here's a clip from a video that I will be showing this Thursday:

Artists-at-Large and The Music Workshop present:
George Korein (from Philadelphia)
at The Fraternal Order of Eagles
15 Dana Avenue
Hyde Park, MA 02136

George Korein was half of the industrial metal collage cut-up duo Infidel?/Castro! Now the mad hatter post prog/punk/everything musician delivers punishing digital metallic drones, deformed synthetic noise rock, creepy incandescent electronic sinewaves, from the smoking ruins of a destroyed hard drive.

For more information:

Show starts at 8pm
$7 suggested donation

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

A poem I read at last week's poetry night

To a Lady on the Death of three Relations.

WE trace the pow'r of Death from tomb to tomb,
And his are all the ages yet to come.
'Tis his to call the planets from on high,
To blacken Phoebus, and dissolve the sky;
His too, when all in his dark realms are hurl'd,
From its firm base to shake the solid world;
His fatal sceptre rules the spacious whole,
And trembling nature rocks from pole to pole.
Awful he moves, and wide his wings are spread:
Behold thy brother number'd with the dead!
From bondage freed, the exulting spirit flies
Beyond Olympus, and these starry skies.
Lost in our woe for thee, blest shade, we mourn
In vain; to earth thou never must return.
Thy sisters too, fair mourner, feel the dart
Of Death, and with fresh torture rend thine heart.
Weep not for them, and leave the world behind.
As a young plant by hurricanes up torn,
So near its parent lies the newly born--
But 'midst the bright ehtereal train behold
It shines superior on a throne of gold:
Then, mourner, cease; let hope thy tears restrain,
Smile on the tomb, and sooth the raging pain.
On yon blest regions fix thy longing view,
Mindless of sublunary scenes below;
Ascend the sacred mount, in thought arise,
And seek substantial and immortal joys;
Where hope receives, where faith to vision springs,
And raptur'd seraphs tune th' immortal strings
To strains extatic. Thou the chorus join,
And to thy father tune the praise divine.

by Phillis Wheatley

Friday, August 8, 2008

Videos from Today's Media and last night's Open Session

Check out these videos from the Today's Media performance and last night's Open Session. Next week is Poetry Night, see you there!

Today's Media

Tommey solo - last night

Forbes solo - last night

Tommey and Forbes - last night

Saturday, July 26, 2008

The Music Workshop is moving to Thursdays in August!

Hey everybody-
Next Monday's duo between Luther Gray and Forbes Graham will be the last concert or event held on Monday. Starting in August we are moving to Thursdays. Hope to see you then! We are also starting a new event called Musicians-at-Large, a sort of open rehearsal. If you are a band needing a cheap rehearsal space and don't mind a couple random strangers peeping in on the creative process, this is for you! Rehearsal space is certainly expensive so this might be a low cost alternative that works for you.

See you in August!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Call to Artists - "Today's Media" July 21 @ The Eagles

"Today's Media" - an interactive work with audience and performers, examines the way we experience and absorb the contemporary written word. We are seeking musicians, dancers, and visual artists to participate. Comment here or send an email to if you are interested.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

June events at The Music Workshop

This coming Monday is Noise Night! If you ever wanted an opportunity to crank it to eleven, Monday would be that time. We are also going to have a poetry open mic, and a couple of open sessions. Check out the upcoming events for more information. See you there!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

May events at The Music Workshop

Come on by in May! We will be having a informal discussion group on contemporary improvisation on the 19th. We'll also be having multi-instrumentalist Jamal Moore, and guitarist Dennis Moser (aka usr/sbin) on the 5ht and the 12th respectively.

Look forward to seeing you!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Immersions - film screening - 4/14/08

To celebrate it's 7th anniversary, Artists-at-Large presents a screening of "Immersions" by Dr. Emil Tobenfield.

"Immersions" is a genre-crossing intermedia improvisation
series built around the core of Doctor T (Video), Dean Stiglitz
(ElectroFlute and Electronics) and Ramona Herboldsheimer (Hammered
Dulcimer and Other Things) with guest musicians and sometimes dancers
or other visual artists. The performance is a dialog between music
and imagery, with the performers in each medium reacting to the other.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Celebrate National Poetry Month with The Music Workshop April 7th

From the Academy of American Poets:
"Inaugurated by the Academy in April 1996, National Poetry Month (NPM) brings together publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools, and poets around the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events."

Artists-at-Large founder Thomas C. Seegers, Jr., aka Tommey will be reading and all are invited to participate.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

New Language Collaborative - 3/10

New Language Collaborative
Eric Zinman - piano, euphonium
Glynis Lomon - cello
Syd Smart - percussion

These musicians are some of the first that I (Forbes) had the pleasure of playing with when I moved to the Boston area and they are also some of the finest that you'll find here. They've been working together for decades and it shows in their sound. Syd, Glynis, and Eric have a wonderful musical lineage going back to the Black Music program of Bennington College run by Bill Dixon. Syd was one of the founders of the Friends of Great Black Music loft in Chinatown. They've worked with a lot of great musicians over the years. This is a must see event. I will be joining them on the second set as well.