7th Annual Transmodern Festival April 15 – April 18, 2010
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    Picture 30Artist and musician Marcia Bassett began releasing solo works as Zaïmph in 2003, appropriating the name from Gustav Flaubert’s hallucinatory novel Salammbô. In Salammbô, the Zaïmph is the holy magical veil that guards the statue of the moon goddess Tanit.

    In this lunar spirit, Zaïmph’s music conveys an atmosphere of glittering bedlam concealing nocturnal vistas of transcendence, bliss, and eternity. Under the Zaïmph veil, Bassett utilizes guitar and vocals to transform both song and noise, creating shimmering metallic drones that unexpectedly shift to cracked ragas or brutal, white-hot noise. Her sound is both seductive and laden with crackling premonitions of ultimate apocalypse.

    Apart from numerous releases on her own Heavy Blossom imprint, Zaïmph CDs and LPs have appeared on independent labels such as Hospital Productions, W.M.O.r, Utech Records, Gypsy Sphinx, and Volcanic Tongue. Her latest LP appears on No Fun records, a label curated by Carlos Giffoni and related to the New York based No Fun festival, where Bassett has appeared in various guises (including Zaïmph) over the years.

    As a co-founder of Philadelphia’s shambolic psychonauts un and tectonic drone pioneers Double Leopards, Bassett’s roots deeply entwine with the American noise underground, and mapped sonic regions still only dimly understood by subsequent travelers. As gaps in Double Leopards activity gradually expanded, Bassett joined up with Matthew Bower in Hototogisu, where her mastery of cacophonous eardrum shred achieved monolithic proportions.

    Bassett is a frequent collaborator with a wide spectrum of musicians including Helen Espvall (Espers), Samara Lubelski, Margarida Garcia, and Jenny Graf (Metalux). She is a member of Zaika (with Tom Carter of Charalambides) and Purple Haze (with Taylor Richardson of Infinity Window).

    Bassett currently lives in an ill-coded building perched above urban vistas of delicately arranged trash in New York City.

    …ever-changing, fluid… intensely changing formations of blissful drone polyphony.” – foxy digitalis, April 2007

    The riffs slowly crawl across the cold night air, slowly becoming more and more psychedelic… dissolving into pure madness.” – Brainwashed, Dec. 2007

    “…blasting a hole through the flimsy wall that separates ‘dark psychedelic’ and ‘free drone-rock’.” – Paris Transatlantic, Summer 2009

    “Grim tales… coalesce into a leaden curtain of narcotic minimalism.” – The Wire, Sept. 2007

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    Picture 3Ben Russell is an itinerant media artist and curator whose films and performances have been presented in spaces ranging from 14th Century Belgian monasteries to 17th Century East India Trading Co. buildings, police station basements to outdoor punk squats, Japanese cinematheques to Parisian storefronts, and solo screenings at the Rotterdam Film Festival and the Museum of Modern Art.  A 2008 Guggenheim award recipient, Ben began the Magic Lantern screening series in Providence, Rhode Island, is co-director of the artist-run space BEN RUSSELL in Chicago, and he currently teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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    pod blotzPod Blotz is artist Suzy Poling from Oakland, California. The project is experimental and combines sonic tones with tape manipulation, vocals, theremin and organ drone. Pod Blotz aural sounds are very textured and accompany a stark visual component of video, mirrors and light experiments. Its informed by Musique Concrete and Science Fiction concepts and soundtracks.

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    fpThe Baltimore Annex Theatre was founded on January 1st, 2008 with the rental of unit 2W of The Copycat Annex on the corner of Oliver St. and Greenmount Ave. Initial company members included tenants Josh Van Horne, Jake Hostetter, Rick Gerriets, and Kaitlin Murphy as well as Evan Moritz, though official incorporation did not take place until 13 months, a dozen plays, two dozen music shows, and several dozen volunteers later. As of February 19th, 2009 The Baltimore Annex Theatre became a not-for-profit corporation consisting of 6 board members (Kaitlin Murphy, Ryan Mitchell, Michael Farley, Tim Paggi, Rick Gerriets) and existing because of the help of Baltimore’s creative community. Organized solely for charitable, religious, educational and scientific purposes, our mission is to provide a creative space for diverse artists in order to search for new ideas through performance and the arts with an emphasis on theatre.

    The theatre’s base of operations continues to be its live/work space/office at 419 E. Oliver St. in apartment 2W, though as part of our mission we’re seeking to expand our definition of creative space by establishing collaborative relationships with other local arts collectives and theatres. The Baltimore Annex Theatre has collaborated with or presented: Wham City, Black Cherry Puppet Theatre, Load of Fun Theatre, The Gossip Factory (NYC), Missoula Oblongata, Insurgent Theatre (Milwaukee), Bedlam Theatre (Minneapolis) and the Copycat Theatre. We have also presented the work of students from Maryland Institute College of Art and Johns Hopkins University, produced as part of their curriculum and also outside the academic context.

    The Annex Theater board members are Michael Farley, Rick Gerriets, Jake Hostetter, Ryan Mitchell, Evan Moritz, Kaitlin Murphy, Tim Paggi, and Josh Van Horne.

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    April Danielle LewisApril Danielle Lewis was born in 1980 in Okinawa, Japan. She is an installation and performance artist and independent curator residing in Baltimore. In 2009 she earned a BA from Towson State University with a concentration in Printmaking and in 2006 she received an AA in visual arts from Anne Arundel Community College. April lives and works in Baltimore.

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    Sarah JableckiSarah Jablecki earned her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from Maryland Institute of Art. She has been a College Instructor, Waitress, and Professional Cleaner since. Her work has has been exhibited across the Mid-Atlantic and North East, granted numerous awards such as the the Marty Forscher Fellowship Fund for “recognition of humanitarian efforts, remarkable storytelling ability, and creativity” as well as the Robert Mapplethorpe Award, and the Roberta Polevory Award of the Baltimore Community Foundation. Her work has appeared in publications including Photographers Forum, Photo District News, and AI-AP with Nan Goldin, Terry Richardson, and Sofia Copolla. Her current work deals with issues of intimacy, sexuality, and occult culture through drawings, photography, and humorous fiber works. She currently lives in her favorite city where she is hellbent on becoming the best artist and person she can be.

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    Jen Kirby

    Jen Kirby is a Baltimore-based artist who works with a variety of materials to create temporary and typically site-specific installations which change the psychological space in a given setting. The pieces are meant to highlight personal phenomenological experience and invite at once both stillness and dynamism.

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