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Meridian ~~~ RM/232 ~~~
Abraxas Saxophone Quartet
New Music Workshop

Meridian is an experimental percussion trio comprised of Tim Feeney, Nick Hennies and Greg Stuart. Their work focuses on setting percussion instruments and objects into chaotic vibration with mallets, scraping implements, fingers and/or bows.

RM/232 is a quartet of improvisors Rachel Whelan, Alex Wise, Jeff Vaughn, and Cameron Swett. They will be performing set of acoustic improvisation.

Abraxas Saxophone Quartet (Gabe Fadale/Sheldon Johnson/Andrew Wassum/Po-Fang Chang) will give the American premiere of Jürg Frey's Mémoire, horizon (2013/2014)

The New Music Workshop will perform Greg Stuart's "Waveform Subtraction for Florian Hecker (2014)"

Thursday, October 30 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

Unconscious Disturbance ~~~ Ritual Oblivion ~~~ Shaking Hands With Medusa ~~~ Perhaps ~~~ Behind The Sun ~~~ Human Beansauce

Unconscious Disturbance - Progressive Metal from Brooklyn NY for fans of Tool

Ritual Oblivion - Tech Death from Columbia/Florence SC for fans of The Acacia Strain

Shaking Hands With Medusa - Progressive Death Metal from Rock Hill SC for fans of Fallujah

Perhaps - Math Rock on tour

Behind The Sun - Progressive Metal from Clemson SC for fans of Opeth

Human Beansauce - One Man Progressive Metal for fans of Meshuggah

Tuesday, November 4 2014
7:30pm (doors at 7pm)

[ W o r d s e x p e r i m e n t a l l w e h a v e i s n o w . ]
[ W o r d s e x p e r i m e n t a l l w e h a v e i s n o w . ]

// Bring your ears and minds to the table and we will feast on suppositions and sonic forgeries. We see what we want to hear.

_for lovers of: words, silent films, romance, science fiction
_file under: experimental, happenings, acousmatic sound

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Max Smith // Columbia, SC
_oratorical prose with gestures

Storm & Chess // Charleston, SC
_minimalist multimedia performance art

Golden Hostage // Columbia, SC
_high fidelity electronic house music

Wednesday, November 5 2014
8:30pm (doors at 8pm)
[Show up before 8:30 & receive a personalized custom illustrated postcard & haiku.]
Suggested: $5

Nightmare Police ~~~ Antidrive ~~~ Oneforall

Nightmare Police": acoustic pop/punk all the way from Long Island!"

Thursday, November 6 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$5 21+, $10 under 21

Word of Mouth Productions and bigSphinx Productions
Walter Parks
w/ Whiskey Bears

Walter Parks, the longtime guitarist and sideman to Woodstock legend Richie Havens and leader of Swamp Cabbage, is returning to Columbia where he last played the Columbia Blues fest. Currently based in the New York City area, Parks is ga ining national and European momentum for his southern fingerpicked tremolo guitar style and raspy vocals which both conspire in tribute to his native Jacksonville, Florida upbringing. At 56, writer of theme songs for HBO, Discovery Chann el and film, Walter Parks has played The Glastonbury Festival in the UK, Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden. This past July, Walter performed a duet with Judy Collins at Lincoln Center in Manhattan for the Pete Seeger Tribute. Fans of Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits would be well advised to attend.

Friday, November 7 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

Thrifted Sisters Party!

We are having a pop-up shop! A chance to see our things in person, try them on, and talk over snacks and a cup of coffee! We would really love to see you there!

**After almost a decade of sisters-in-law-collective-awesomeness, the Th rifted Sisters decided to share with the masses our maniacal passion for vintage goods. What began as a hobby quickly became a conviction. The Thrifted Sisters are committed to bringing you the coolest stuff at even cooler prices.**

T o see more about what we're all about:

Saturday, November 8 2014
Noon to 4pm)


Tim Kaiser ~~~
Paul Metzger ~~~
Spider Bags

Tim Kaiser is a sonic wizard exerting prowess over his hand-crafted instruments. A rig of Frankenstein objects create a wall of sound as they react to light, the flip of a switch, a shifted knob or the plucking of a steel rod. Growing out of this array are audible undulations, sheets of reverb and unknown timbre -- all mutable, amorphous and evolving. Kaiser's tableau of instruments resemble a scientific laboratory, a steampunk console, entertaining our imagination and questioning our definition of music...

Minneapolis guitarist Paul Metzger showcases a maximalist aesthetic and a tinkerer's sense of adventure in his rambling, percussive solo works. Over the course of 30 years, playing modified banjo and acoustic guitar, he's honed a style that's austere and verbose, elegant and rustic.

Spider Bags: Rollicking garage punk band with roots in Chapel Hill and Brooklyn.

Monday, November 10 2014
8:30pm (doors at 8pm)

Spottiswoode and His Enemies ~~~
Danielle Howle

Spottiswoode and His Enemies: Although his songs travel the gamut from raw rock and roll anthems, confessional jazz ballads and gospel-inflected hymns to vaudevillian ditties and although His Enemies seamlessly switch gears and instruments, there is a distinct signature to Spottiswoode's work and a compelling emotional unity to the band's shows. WXPN's Dan Reed concurs: "They do something that few bands can do: evoke real emotions, sometimes several different ones in a single song". Paste Magazine describes the live show as "nothing short of transportive!"

Considered by many to be South Carolina's best kept musical secret, Danielle Howle is a punk rock girl with the voice of a honkeytonk angel. Opening for such diverse acts as Bob Dylan, Ani Difranco, Fugazi, and Indigo Girls, she has garnered worldwide acclaim while somehow remaining under the radar of mainstream America. Now is the time for South Carolina to share it's secret with the rest of America.

Tuesday, November 11 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

ebb:flow music collective

Join us on Nov. 13th for an evening of music for instruments with electronics! Musicians taking part are:
Travis Baird, Dani Emory, Jacquelene Falcon, Jung Chieh Hsu, John Kammerer, Dorian Neuendorf, Nyamka Odsuren, Maria Ortiz-Laboy, Philip Snyder, Jeff Vaughn

Thursday, November 13 2014
8:30pm (doors at 8pm)
$5 General Admission / $3 Students

We'll be performing 5 great pieces:

"Handcrafted Ale" for beer and computer - Eric Honour
"Etude 1" for viola and pre-recorded electronics - Nico Muhly
"Fathoms" for horn and live processing - Steven Snowden
"Ground Round" for trombone and live processing - Steven Snowden
"longing for peace in the garden of lost children" for ensemble and live processing- Evan Chambers


The ebb:flow music collective is excited to present:


"After my family, my three great loves in the world are music technology, experimental music, and high-quality beer...This work extends the sound world that exists around the enjoyment of a great beer through live granular and spectral audio processing in Max." - Honour


"These Etudes...are designed as performance pieces as well as practice etudes for dealing with the messy fifth-based string crossings my harmonic language sometimes outlines." -Muhly


1. a unit of length equal to six feet (approximately 1.8 meters) chiefly used in reference to the depth of water; originally derived from the length of outstretched arms.

1. to measure the depth of by means of a sounding line; to sound.
2. to penetrate to the truth of; comprehend; understand.


"For the past couple of years, I have had a bit of a fascination with the unique sound of cattle auctioneers in the United States. Their chant presents specific rhythms, pitches and cadences that serve to intensify the auction process and encourage rapid bidding. The end result is a uniquely musical and mesmerizing form of communication. After listening to and watching several auctions, I decided that this could be successfully explored by utilizing the unique voice-like characteristics of the trombone in conjunction with live electronics.
After working on this piece for a while, I couldn't help but think of how strange the auction process must be for the cows themselves. Ultimately, this dictated the form of the piece and caused me to produce something more darkly humorous than I had originally intended." -Snowden


"The piece draws on the semi-improvisational instrumental form from Albania called kaba, or "music with tears". Although it is not specifically about Albania, I was inspired by the great sadness and the sighing pull of the lines in kaba; it seemed an especially good carrier for the content of the piece, composed as it was during yet another war. Longing for peace in the garden of lost children was written for eighth blackbird" -Chambers

Frode Gjersted Trio with Steve Swell

The Frode Gjersted Trio has its roots in the free-jazz tradition, the way it was defined by Coleman, Mingus, Dolphy and Coltrane. All tough, the trio also takes inspiration from the European free scene.

Frode Gjerstad has for many years declared his enthusiasm towards small line-ups, and especially the trio which gives space for the musicians, but is at the same time very depending on the musician's physics and musicality. With close to 100 recordings as a leader/co-leader he has established himself as a major saxophonist on the international scene. His trio's have included Johnny Dyani, Kent Carter and John Stevens, William Parker and Rashied Bakr, and; William Parker and Hamid Drake, whom he toured in Europe with in 2010.

Jon Rune Strøm has emerged the Norwegian scene as a bassplayer with extremely high energy and stamina. Taking inspiration from William Parker, Johnny Dyani and Harry Miller, he represents a new generation of Norwegian bassplayers.

Paal Nilssen-Love is Norway's most active drummer and has established himself as a powerful and a most dynamic musician through regular groups with Mats Gustafsson, Ken Vandermark, Peter Brötzmann and Terrie Ex amongst others.

Steve Swell is well known for his many collaborations with Cecil Taylor, Bill Dixon, Alan Silva, William Parker, and his many projects including "Slammin' The Infinite" with Sabir Mateen, The Ullmann/Swell 4tet featuring Barry Altschul, "Fire Into Music" with Hamid Drake and his large ensemble, Nation Of We.

Friday, November 14 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

an Arnold Taylor situation

Songwriters Showcase

The Musician and Songwriters Guild of South Carolina is pleased to kick-off a new quarterly tradition in Columbia to celebrate the talent of the Guild and support the growing culture of local music aficianados by hosting a "Songwriter Showcase" event. This showcase will feature three exceptionally talented Guild members "in the round": Chris Compton, Jeff Liberty and Justin Tweito.

Releasing his first self-recorded album in 2009 (Field Tech), Chris Compton played all the instruments himself (including flute, saxophone, banjo, mandolin, keyboard and drum programming). This versatility and unique talent pervades his solo work as well as the recently released debut EP (Woodshed Sessions: Volume 1) of his "Americana Exotica" band, The Ruby Brunettes. His voice has a timeless and distinct delivery with heavy blues influences, while his songs are driven by the stories of his Carolina homeland and his enigmaic, creative alt-folk songwriting style.

A native of Irmo, SC, Justin Tweito has been making music his whole life. He wrote his first song at 8 and started recording in his home at 14. From recording his own songs and leading the church youth band in high school, Justin grew significantly in his knowledge of music. Now in college, he fronts the indie rock band Tweito. They are releasing their first full-length album October 2014 entitled The Great Story.

Jeff Liberty earned his blues chops on the sidewalks of New Orleans' French Quarter, the back streets of St. Louis, and Beale Street in Memphis. He has long been a mainstay of the South Carolina Blues scene, establishing himself as an electric guitarist primarily fronting his three-piece, Texas style Blues band. As a solo artist and songwriter, he incorporates a folky, rootsy acoustic guitar, improvised foot percussion and tongue-in-cheek lyrics. Voted "Best Local Solo Artist" in Columbia's Free Times 2000 Reader's Poll, he has also extensively toured the southestern United States bringing his gravelly voice and unique musical approach to audiences at both the club and festival circuits.

Monday, November 17 2014
(doors at 6:30pm)

presented by The Musician and Songwriters Guild of South Carolina

Bombadil ~~~ Stefanie Bannister ~~~
Kappa Alpha

Bombadil's last album was almost its swan song. The quartet of singers, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists -- Stuart Robinson, Daniel Michalak, Bryan Rahija and James Phillips -- recorded All That the Rain Promises in ten days, while living in a barn in Oregon. The barn was so cold, they had to warm their hands by a wood-burning stove between takes. The album's sparkling blend of folk, rock and gentle psychedlia earned rave reviews, but Michalak's continuing hand problems made the future look grim. He'd developed a case of neural tension that made playing and driving painful. They toured sporadically and were't sure about the future of the band.

Happily, a regimen of relaxation and stretching exercises has Michalak's pain under control, and the band is rebuilding its momentum. They spent most of 2012 touring and recording the songs that became Metrics of Affection. The album is their most melodic and adventurous outing yet, a cornucopia of styles marked by mischievously surrealistic lyrics and their familiar lush harmonies. Their inventive arrangements add funk, country, boogie woogie, rap, early rock and hints classic pop songwriting, circa 1940, to their already eclectic sound.

Stefanie Bannister recorded "I Admit I am Glad" with Harper Marchman-Jones in Charleston during the summer and fall of 2013. Her Bandcamp says that the album includes "almost every song I've ever written". Bannister's voice is silky smooth paired with a baritone ukulele that she completely owns playing several different ways throughout. Lyrically the album is cathartic staying close to home and relatable like an open book to her youth and coming of age experiences. Stylistically the songs sway from track to track with a different vibe, each song accented by changes of pace like a front porch conversation. Sometimes fast and excited and the next laid back and reminiscent.
- SC Scene

Kappa Alpha is a project of Mr. William Busbee and Mr. Adam Cullum.

Thursday, December 4 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$5 at the door or RIGHT HERE