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Dec 4, 2020

Alex Ward

Alex Ward is a composer, improviser, and performing musician. His primary instruments are clarinet and guitar. He has also performed on alto sax, piano/keyboards, bass guitar, and as a vocalist.

Alex's involvement in improvised music dates back to 1986, when he met the guitarist Derek Bailey. Since 2006, he has been...


Nov 26, 2020

Born in Philadelphia in 1930 David Amram was raised on a dairy farm in Feasterville, Pennsylvania, where, he says, he loved hearing “the old hog callers, who excelled in this special style of performing art,” he writes. “Whether or not they impressed any hogs, these farmers made me see that you can find music and...


Nov 20, 2020


Nov 13, 2020

In the summer of 1968 artist Fayette Hauser was picked up hitch-hiking by Nancy Gurley, the wife of James Gurley, the guitarist for Big Brother and the Holding Company. Nancy brought Fayette to San Francisco and into the belly of the counter-culture.

She began to live communely with other artists and in the fall of...


Nov 6, 2020

Martin Rev along with his band mate Alan Vega were two of Lydia's first friends in New York City. The sounds created by Martin and Alan are some of the era’s most influential. In fact, their band Suicide is often recognized as the first group to ever describe itself as punk.

Suicide never worried that much...