News: Hits Of Sunshine Documentary & Performance

If you looked at the lineup for the January 19th edition of Experimental Portland Presents… and thought, “You know what, I think I’ll wait until the February show,” well, I’d have to wonder if you were off your rocker. But then I would eventually calm down, and instead offer up this event for your viewing and listening pleasure.

As we reported here, Lisa Schonberg and Heather Treadway were invited to hang out in an artistic compound in Joshua Tree, California last year, with the intention of creating some new musics, art, and generally having their minds blown by the stark beauty of the landscape.

The two have, obviously, returned home to Portland and are now ready to present the work they did – named Hits of Sunshine – to their local fans. The event is happening on January 19th at 8pm at Disjecta. It is all ages, and will feature a live performance by Schonberg, Treadway, Allan Wilson, and Tara Jane O’Neil as well as a screening of the documentary made about their residency and the performances they did in Joshua Tree of the work.

I will now copy and paste the information from the Facebook event page below and leave it to you to decide what show you want to attend more.

Disjecta is excited to present the debut of Portland filmmaker Jodi Darby’s documentary Hits of Sunshine and a live performance by the Hits of Sunshine crew.

This fall, Portlanders Allan Wilson (chk!chk!chk!), Lisa Schonberg and Heather Treadway (Secret Drum Band/Explode into Colors) arrived at Joshua Tree, CA in two vehicles packed high with drums, fabric, amps and speakers. They spent a month at artist Andrea Zittel’s compound, A-Z West, and created new compositions of field recordings and percussion-focused music. Heather designed performance costumes, and video artist Julie Perini developed a program of video projections. Tara Jane Oneil added her magical sounds. All of their work drew directly from their desert surroundings.

They premiered their work in a series of site-specific performances at High Desert Test Sites in Joshua Tree in November 2012. The residency and performances were documented by Jodi Darby. Join us on the evening of January 19, 2013 for the premiere of Darby’s documentary film, and a live performance of the sound work, video, and fashion that Hits of Sunshine created in Joshua Tree.

ALL AGES// $8 admission // FREE for all supporters of our 2012 Kickstarter campaign


News: Tara Jane O’Neil To Perform SEV ENTRAIN At Holocene On August 26th

Tara Jane O’ Neil has already taken care of a successful Kickstarter campaign to pay for the recording of her new album, and she’s just subtly announced via her website that she’s signed with the venerable Thrill Jockey Records for its release. Now comes news that Ms. O’Neil is going to put on what she’s referring to as a “new composition…of song-based music within an experimental architecture.”

The title of the project is SEV ENTRAIN, and she and her collaborators will be premiering the piece at Holocene on Sunday, August 26th. I’ve sought out some more information about the project from Ms. O’Neil so until I do, I leave you now with the press release  information for the event and a poster for it.

Various members of this 7 studded all star ensemble have collaborated together in song, improvisation and other experimental projects for many years. The configuration of Tara Jane Oneil (solo, Rodan, a million other projects), Rachel Carns (the Need, Cloud Eye Control), Lisa Schonberg (STLS, Secret Drum Band), Kanako Pooknyw (Broken Water, Lyrebird), Heather Treadway (Secret Drum Band, Explode into Colors) is unique to this performance.

The musical composition is an interpretation of a graphic score, by TJO. Publication Studio has crafted a book that documents the process, ephemera and resulting score, in a very limited edition. This book will be available at the show.

The nature of this project is born out of TJO’s work of 20 years, collaborating on myriad projects with people all around the northern hemisphere. Its a continuation of her experimental work with rachel carns (score for the Vicious Red Relic, Love a fabulist memoir) and with lisa schonberg (cascadia ensemble and secret drum band). Not a rock band. Not a cult band. But something like both of them.

the performance will be recorded.

the performance and book are made possible in part by a grant from RACC.

News: Tara Jane O’Neil Seeks Support Via Kickstarter

In this modern music economy, more and more musicians that reside in the underground or just below the world of large indie labels are looking directly to their fans to help fund their future creative endeavors.

One artist that is seeking funding to complete a new album – and one that should drum up a great deal of support from her fellow creative community, as well as via her international fan base – is Tara Jane O’Neil. As the project video on her Kickstarter page states, O’Neil has worked with a wide variety of musicians and artists over the years, including Marisa Anderson, Samara Lubelski, Michael Hurley, and Papa M. That ability to adapt one’s guitar playing to mesh so easily with such disparate sounds is a rare gift and one that should be fostered at every turn.

To do so now, O’Neil has, again, turned to Kickstarter, seeking just under $7,000 to wrap up her next album, to be released in the first part of 2013. As she says on the project page:

Funds will go to studio time, travel expenses, compensation for musicians, some gear and the mixing and mastering of the album. Any donation monies that go beyond the minimum request will make it possible to tour next year. 

I have incredibly talented and magical friends who will contribute to this record. Musicians such as Dan Littleton (Ida, Elizabeth Mitchell), Jean Cook (Ida, Jon Langford, Pulp), Ida Pearle (Ida, Low), Mirah (solo, Thao and Mirah),Anna Huff (Anna Oxygen, Cloud Eye Control),  Lisa Schonberg (Explode into Colors) and Tim Barnes (everyone from Jim O’Rourke to Samara Lubleski).  I would love to be able compensate them for their time and genius.

O’Neil is offering up some great incentives in return for donations, including a CD or vinyl copy of the album, a CD of Unintended Side Effects (alternate takes, drones, and other audio ephemera from the recording process), or for the more flush reader, the chance to have O’Neil come and play for you in your hometown.

Take a few minutes to check out the Kickstarter page, and then, by golly, do consider throwing some money to the cause.