On Wednesday, June 18th, one of the most exciting young jazz/electronica groups on the international 'post-jazz' scene - The Kandinsky Effect - will perform live at a FREE outdoor concert held at United Therapeutics' BioWall Plaza, a new urban space in downtown Silver Spring. The Kandinsky Effect's members are based in New York City and Paris, France; this will be the transatlantic trio's first-ever Washington D.C. area appearance. The trio use sax, bass, drums and electronics to merge acoustic and electronic sounds, creating music that is both energized and entrancing, danceable and compelling. Igloo Magazine called them "..full of creativity, individuality, expressivity and outside of the box thinking," and noted that their music "will appeal to fans of Aphex Twin and Boards of Canada, but also to fans of Squarepusher’s older work and of course to jazz aficionados...." Fans of music as wide ranging as indie and progressive rock can also find something to enjoy in this energetic and dynamic group.
The concert starts at 5 pm Wednesday June 18 and ends by 7 pm; rain date is the next day, Thursday June 19, from 12-1:30pm. BioWall Plaza is walking distance from the Red Line/Silver Spring Metro, and near metered street parking and county parking garages. Food is available for sale at nearby restaurants and food trucks.
We invite you to join us at this event, which promises to be an enchanting way to end your mid-week work (or vacation!) day. Enjoy Silver Spring as you've never done before: hearing an international ensemble's metro-DC premiere in an intimate and beautiful outdoor setting. BioWall Plaza is part of a new headquarters complex, notable for its striking contemporary architecture and “green” design, being built by biotech company United Therapeutics on downtown Silver Spring’s northern edge.
Cutting-edge music - and architecture - is thriving on the edge of downtown Silver Spring MD. Several Silver Spring-based music companies are helping drive DC's status as a mecca for innovative, experimental music. This year - 2014 - marks avant garde record label Cuneiform Records' 30th anniversary in downtown Silver Spring, and as part of its anniversary celebrations, it joins forces with concert presenter Sonic Circuits (coordinators of an experimental music festival in DC and a music series at Pyramid Atlantic) as Music Lab to invite the public to experience adventurous music and architecture first-hand.
"Transatlantic sax-bass-drums trio...adept at mixing creative jazz and electronics...
Ghostly washes of sound echo and float...otherworldly ambient treatment...4/5 stars
-All Music Guide
"...drawing its inspiration from contemporary dance and electronic musics, as well as from jazz... an egalitarian mix of acoustic and electronic sounds. The Kandinsky Effect manages this tricky combination with confidence, crafting music that stimulates the brain and the dancing shoes simultaneously."
-All About Jazz
www.thekandinskyeffect.com - www.cuneiformrecords.com - www.dc-soniccircuits.org
- The New York City Jazz Record
SONIC CIRCUITS, headquartered in downtown Silver Spring, is a Washington, DC area presenter for experimental music. Its goal is to expose audiences to cutting edge contemporary music that defies genres, and offer artists new platforms to present their music and opportunities to network and collaborate with artists from around the world. Since 2001, Sonic Circuits has organized an annual festival that brings world-class avant-garde musicians like Fennesz, Richard Pinhas & Merzbow, Magma and Faust to DC, spotlights the local music scene, and attracts local, national and international audiences. The Sonic Circuits Festival has been held in a wide range of venue, including the Atlas Center for Performing Arts (2013, 2012), the French Embassy (2010), Warehouse Next Door (2009) and many more. As part of its 2011 Festival, Sonic Circuits presented a free outdoor performance of Terry Riley’s “In C” by a 22-piece ensemble (including Janel Leppin on cello), conducted by Anthony Pirog, at Silver Spring’s Civic Center/Veterans Plaza. In addition to the festival, Sonic Circuits programs a year-round series of experimental music concerts at Pyramid Atlantic in downtown Silver Spring. Sonic Circuits is presented in part by Improv Arts Inc., a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to supporting the artistic and career development of artists and creating new markets for contemporary music. For more information, please see: http://dc-soniccircuits.org/
CUNEIFORM RECORDS, one of the most longstanding and widely respected record labels in the international avant-garde music scene, has been based in downtown Silver Spring since its founding in 1984. It specializes in cutting-edge music that challenges, redefines and/or transcends genres, including rock (avant-progressive, experimental, R.I.O., chamber rock), jazz, electronic, classical, ambient/world and much more. Over 30 years, it has released, distributed and internationally promoted at least 370 recordings by many of the world’s best avant-garde artists. Besides The Kandinsky Effect, Cuneiform's roster includes such fast-rising stars as John Hollenbeck's The Claudia Quintet, Rob Mazurek's Sao Paulo Underground, Steve Moore, and The Ahleuchatistas, in addition to such long-established avant-garde icons as Wadada Leo Smith, Soft Machine, Richard Pinhas/Heldon, Univers Zero, David Borden/Mother Mallard Portable Masterpiece Co., Robert Wyatt and more. Cuneiform releases frequently appear in music critic’s Best of Year lists. In recent years, Cuneiform itself has placed in the top 10 contemporary jazz/Creative Music labels worldwide in several international critics polls (New York City Jazz Record/USA; El Intruso International Critics Poll-Argentina (ranked at #2; above ECM at #3!); Musica Jazz-Italy, DownBeat-USA). In 2013, one of Cuneiform’s releases, Wadada Leo Smith’s Ten Freedom Summers, a monumental musical tribute to the Civil Rights movement, was named one of the three official finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in Music, the most prestigious award in American music. For more information on Cuneiform, see: http://www.cuneiformrecords.com
BIOWALL PLAZA is a radically unique, multi-dimensional public space that integrates cutting-edge architecture and landscape design, nature and technology, and art/vision with music/sound. It is part of an architecturally striking complex of buildings being built in downtown Silver Spring by United Therapeutics, a biotechnology company focusing on the development and commercialization of unique products to address the unmet needs of patients with chronic and life-threatening conditions. Designed by Schick Goldstein Architects, the United Therapeutics complex won a 2010 LEED Gold Award for Excellence in new Building Design and Construction from the US Green Building Council. Located on Cameron Street between Spring and Fenton, one block north of Colesville Road, BioWall Plaza fronts the complex’s main entrance. Designed by landscape architect Oehme van Sweden & Associates, who also designed the World War II Memorial in Washington in DC and various projects at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, the New York Botanical Garden, and elsewhere, BioWall Plaza is a circular, stone-paved outdoor space featuring a fountain, native plantings, and sculptural seating (some illuminated internally with shifting colors) that face a 16”x 9” video screen displaying nature scenes. Ambient music emerges from hidden sound sources on the plaza and along nearby sidewalks. A unique urban space that feels at once open and intimate, organic and carefully composed, BioWall Plaza is an ideal setting to hear The Kandinsky Effect perform their music, music at once global and intimate. For more information on BioWall Plaza and Oehme, van Sweden’s other landscape projects, see: http://ovsla.com/portfolio/commercial-portfolio/united-therapeutics/