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If Something Is On Fire, Maybe It Needs To Be: Philly saxophonist Keir Neuringer on distilling a troubled world into turbulent jazz

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Keir Neuringer | photo by Peter Gannushkin | courtesy of the artist

The moment you hear Keir Neuringer‘s alto-saxophone vibrating through an art museum — the warm tones bouncing off of avant garde sculptures — and watch those tones solidify into zoetropic color and immerse themselves into Muhal Richard Abrams collages, the only thing that seems to make sense, in the moment, is that you’re watching a reinterpretation of jazz.

It’s with his decidedly experimental (and experiential) band Irreversible Entanglements (featuring Camae Ayewa, aka Moor Mother, on poetic vocals) and his crashy, noise ‘n blues and equally experimental/experiential outfit Neuringer/Dulberger/Masri that Keir is able to accomplish this feat. With the release of Irreversible’s self titled debut on Don Giovanni Records, and the N/D/M trio’s Dromedaries on Already Dead Tapes, Keir has stepped into the same spaces where the conversation on jazz is being informed by artists like Matana Roberts, Tyshawn Sorey and, of course, Kamasi Washington. His rustic, granola-outdoorsmans meets suburban punk dad visage aside, Neuringer channels the spirit of this young jazz movement, often moving beyond the genres confines, yet remaining steadfastly reverential to its roots, expressions, and most importantly to him, the genre’s intrinsic radical politics.

The Key sat down with this eclectic, inspiring musician and discussed what it’s like to transmit waves of change in a world that doesn’t seem to want to. Continue reading →

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Watch Double Decker Music Series vol. 5, featuring King Britt & Keir Neuringer

King Britt and Keir Neuringer | photo by Bob Sweeney
King Britt and Keir Neuringer | photo by Scott Troyan | scotttroyan.com

Last month’s Double Decker Music Series video showcased the performances of electronic composer King Britt and multi-instrumentalist/poet Keir Neuringer.

Double-decker buses normally zip around Philly every day, showing off the city’s rich history to tourists. Series founder Sebastian Petsu thought that since Philadelphia  has such an extensive music scene as well, why not combine the two in a one-of-a-kind tour experience? Thus, the Double Decker Music series was born. It’s an intimate mobile concert and a guided tour on an open-top bus. Continue reading →

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Double Decker Music Series returns on May 31 with Christopher Sean Powell and The Sun Flights

Gretchen Lohse | Photo via bowerbird.org/newsite/events/doubledecker/
Gretchen Lohse | Photo by Scott Troyan | via bowerbird.org

The beloved Double Decker Music Series, “an intimate mobile concert experience,” is returning on May 31 with Christopher Sean Powell and The Sun Flights on board.

You may have your favorite live-music venue in the city, but there’s debatably nothing like watching multitalented Philly musicians perform while basking in the changing scenery and afterglow of Philly.  Continue reading →

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The Fire Museum presents: “The Last Hurrah at the Highwire Gallery” with Marshall Allen and Sonic Sphere (happening on 12/14)

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Marshall Allen | Photo by Alan Nahigian

 

We knew this day was coming, but it still pulls at our heart strings. Following last month’s announcement that Fishtown’s Highwire Gallery would be closing and halting The Fire Museum Presents residency indefinitely, The Fire Museum has announced the Gallery’s final event, appropriately named “The Last Hurrah” happening on December 14th.

Sun Ra Arkestra director and famed alto saxophonist / multi-instrumentalist Marshall Allen will be gracing Highwire Gallery with jazz, world-fusion, and afro-futuristic compositions with the support of Sonic Sphere, a group consisting of members from Sonic Liberation Front. The highly talented and multi-faceted Keir Neuringer will also be performing at the event, providing solo saxophone improvisation with acoustic and electronic inclinations that aim to bring socio-political concerns to the forefront in an artistic and meaningful way.

The event takes place at Highwire Gallery on December 14th at 8:00p.m.; tickets and information can be found here.  Watch Marshall Allen (center) perform with Milford Graves and Henry Grimes below.