7th Annual Transmodern Festival April 15 – April 18, 2010
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    P2203100003Otter’s Nest is a collaborative group of professionals from different disciplines.  Jimmy Roche (video), Bonnie Crawford (visual art), Milton Reder (computers), and Rose Burt (audio) work together on projects, exploring ideas and methods that hold a common interest for them.  They met at their current workplace, the Johns Hopkins Digital Media Center, where they learn, experiment, create, teach and play.

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    Joseph Keckler (Gian Maria Annovi) ___-1“Joseph Keckler is the real deal and I can’t recommend anyone more.”– BlackBook Magazine

    “Keckler commands the stage with erotic bravado, launches into dramatic monologues and embodies so many different personae that you can’t help but wonder whether he’s possessed by spirits or if his body cannot help but channel all of the voices in his head. Sensual, cathartic, overwrought and deeply philosophical, his psychotic twists and turns can bring his audience either to tears (from laughter) or to a numbed silence.” - New York Press

    “Divine”– Time Out New York

    “Think: David Sedaris meets Diamanda Galas” -The Village Voice

    “Keckler’s voice [has] extraordinary range, richness and malleability, as he sings from low baritone to glass-shattering falsetto.” -The Irish Times

    Joseph Keckler is a New York City-based singer, writer, and multi-media performance artist. Nights of his work have recently been presented at The New Museum, Joe’s Pub, NYU Performance Studies, and Ars Nova.  In his performances he fuses storytelling, which veers from humorous and trenchant to disturbingly oneiric, with a classically trained and chameleonic voice to create multiple-character fantasias, often bringing the banal to an operatic intensity. He is currently in the midst of recording an album and writing his first collection of stories.

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    carlytreeptak/crap talky/play track

    petter of kitties

    time traveller

    flower whisperer

    master hypnotist


    capricious crafter


    esoteric librarian

    potion aficionado

    lover of life

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    Blues Control - photo 1Blues Control is Lea Cho and Russ Waterhouse – a keyboard, guitar, and tape music duo from Philadelphia.  Although initially conceived in NYC as a reflection of their love of both classic rock and the avant-garde, Blues Control has since evolved into a far wider-ranging creative outlet.

    After two years of making new age music as Watersports, Russ and Lea played their first Blues Control show in 2006 on a whim.  They have since toured extensively in North America, the UK, and continental Europe; playing galleries, living rooms, museums, discos, and DIY venues.  They’ve also opened for Animal Collective, Cluster, and Henry Flynt; wrote and performed an alternate soundtrack to Lewis Klahr’s Tales of the Forgotten Future; and played for third graders in Oakland.

    After several cassette releases, in 2007 Blues Control put out their first two full-length records: Puff (Woodsist/Fusetron) and Blues Control (Holy Mountain), and in 2008 they put out a 7″ of holiday music as part of Sub Pop’s Singles Club.  In the summer of 2009 they released their third and best record, Local Flavor (Siltbreeze), which placed high on many music critics’ year-end lists.

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    lichens4Lichens is Robert Lowe’s personal vehicle, created for performance and recording solo and with collaborators. Lichens has performed in Chicago, beginning at the Arthur magazine sponsored Million Tongues Festival in summer 2004 and New York solo and in duos. Lichens live is a transfixing experience, looping wordless vocals into curtains of drone. Lowe adds acoustic and electric guitars, percussion and other effects to create alternately thick and delicate works. Lowe has recorded and released a Lichens CD-R on his own, each hand assembled and released in a limited edition. Lichens contributed a track to the One Bright Sunny Day compilation CD, the debut releases from the Chicago-based IC Recordings label. Further touring is planned. In addition to the release of The Psychic Nature of Being (which is being released on vinyl by the estimable folk/psych/heavy imprint Holy Mountain) Chocolate Industries is releasing a limited edition 7 inch single by Lichens packaged inside a book of art Lowe curated with contributions by Jon Beasley, Justin Schaeffer, Devendra Banhart and others.

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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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    Khaela Maricich Khaela Maricich is a performing artist and pop musician. Under the name The Blow she has released a number of music albums and toured nationally and internationally. Working in music venues as well as art spaces, her performances explore and exploit the conventions of each format. Her recent work interweaves elements of narrative performance art with traditional pop-show dynamics. She has presented at such venues as The Kitchen, Irving Plaza, The Warhol Museum, Henry Fonda Theater, Great American Music Hall, and Wexner Center. She lives and works in New York City.