Sep 122014


The Nashville Mini Maker Faire is Saturday, September 13th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Adventure Science Center. I’ll be there at the Make Nashville booth, showing off my Printrbot Simple 3D printer and lots of printed goodies, including the Make Nashville keychain bracelet pictured above. The bracelet is a joint project of Erica Ciccarone and myself. She did the sewing, I did the 3d design and printing. We’ll give them out while supplies last.

I’m also teaching a class on papercraft automata, using Rob Ives’ wonderful designs. What’s papercraft automata? This video explains it better than I can:

The FREE class is from 12 to 2 p.m. in the workshop tent. It’s for ages 5 and up (with a parent to help with the cutting and glueing).

Circuit Benders’ Ball alumn Mike Hester will be conducting a presentation in workshop tent from 3 to 3:45 pm on turning image files into sound and sound files into images. It’s really fascinating stuff, and you shouldn’t miss it.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Expect lots of creative making, including a hot-rodded Power Wheels race, the ever-growing Full Scale Millenium Falcon project, robot battles, screenprinting, electronics projects, and much, much more. See you tomorrow!


Sep 092014



After Boheme Collectif’s shuttering, Tyler Walker and Mike Kluge began transforming a small East Nashville storefront into their own art gallery, community center, and performance space. They’ve already thrown a few shows at Queen Ave Art Collective, but none as ambitious as Mike Kluge’s continuing series Future Night, which is making its Queen Ave debut tonight at 8 p.m. It’s the perfect time to check out the digs and enjoy experimental and electronic art installations by Tyler Blankenship, David Wright Lagrone, Mike Kluge, and Taylor O’Connor. Performers include Linear Downfall, sugar sk*-*lls, Black Cat Sylvester, Zorch (Austin), and Ava Luna (Brooklyn).

More info on the Facebook event page.

Future Night
Tuesday, September 9th, 2014, 8 p.m., $5
@Queen Ave Art Collective, 178 Queen Ave, Nashville, Tennessee 37207
Park at Post Office or Piggly Wiggly.

Aug 312014



FRML Arts is presenting a hell of a show at Emma Bistro tonight, featuring Sir Richard Bishop, Tashi Dorji, and Tate Eskew.

The FMRL Arts blog has the details:

Sir Richard Bishop, like Cameo, is a knight of the sound table. Comparisons to Larry Blackmon end there. His discography is both diverse and extensive in a variety of contexts–as a member of psychedelic ethnic forgers Sun CIty Girls with his brother Alan and Charles Gocher; in VU-related garage band Paris 1942 with brother Alan and drummer Moe Tucker; creating Arizonan laundryroom exotica with Eddy Detroit; reprising Square Nine’s strange surf-bowed tsunamis with Maybe Mental’s David Oliphant; creating blistering trio improvisations with Chris Corsano and Ben Chasny in Rangda; and performing nimble-fingered hothouse jazz tinged with eastern modalities as a solo artist, owing as much to Django Reinhardt as to Omar Khorshid.

Tashi Dorji is a Bhutanese free improvising guitarist based in Asheville, North Carolina. While attending high school in Bhutan he saw the movie, “The Thing Called Love,” set in Nashville at the Bluebird Cafe. Years later, he came to Nashville and tried to go to the Bluebird Cafe, where songwriters go to get discovered, only to find it was closed that day. Tashi Dorji’s guitar improvisations are spontaneous responses to a wide range of music he’s absorbed from around the world, but transformed into a personal style that avoids referentiality and folk-underpinnings. You won’t likely hear overt traces of Bhutanese folk melodies, but you may hear a six-stringed mockingbird fly nimbly with fingers stretched wide as Derek Bailey or Lenny Breau.

Tate Eskew has more than 20 years experience as a sound engineer, musician, and software engineer. He uses this experience and his fervent interests in ecology, regenerative design, and reconnecting with his own Cherokee ancestry to create a linkage between technology and nature through music. His process employs code-writing to create his own unique guitar sounds; using the studio as an instrument to create timbrally rich sonic building blocks; and finally playing the guitar to combine these units into delicate, occasional textures, which change with every performance.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Purchase advance tickets here.



FMRL Presents a Spectrum of Guitar w/ Sir Richard Bishop, Tashi Dorji, and Tate Eskew
Sunday, August 31, 2014, doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.
@ Emma Bistro, 11 Lea Avenue, Nashville, TN.

Aug 182014


Chris Davis and Tate Eskew’s FMRL arts series is proving to be the best thing to happen to the Nashville arts community in … well, a long dang time. Not even a month out of the gate, they’ve hosted heavy hitters like Jason Lescalleet and Jeremy Bible and booked upcoming shows with Sir Richard BishopLakha Khan, and Father Murphy. Tuesday, August 19th, they’re hosting Jessica Pavone and Raquel Bell‘s band Dark Tips and Evan Lipson and Bob Stagner‘s band Haint Whoop. By the way, these are officially my two favorite new band names.

The FMRL blog has the details:

Dark Tips conjure advice from the underworld through Jessica Pavone’s processed viola and Raquel Bell’s analog organ and both performers’ vocals.

Jessica and Raquel performed together (with Evan Lipson) in the incredible art-noise-punk group Normal Love, named for Jack Smith’s 1963 underground masterpiece of indeterminate cinema. Jessica has performed in groups led by Anthony Braxton, Lawrence “Butch’ Morris, Matana Roberts, Henry Threadgill, William Parker, Taylor Ho Bynum and in a remarkable duo with guitarist Mary Halvorson. She is also an accomplished composer, having received grants and commissions from the Aaron Copland Recording Fund, American Music Center, The Jerome Foundation and more.

Raquel is a visual artist and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, keyboards) with a stunning voice, most evident perhaps in her rock band Mesiko. Raquel also has extensive experience in live theatrical soundtracking and sound design having worked on productions including Harry Partch’s “Oedipus Rex”; a Louisville adaptation of Hamlet set in a 1920s river town and featuring music by The Slow Charleston featuring Bonnie Prince Billy; and installations and performances by visual artist Daphane Park.

FMRL will host the premiere performance of Haint Whoop, a duo comprised of Evan Lipson (acoustic upright bass) and Bob Stagner (percussion). Evan Lipson is a monster on the upright bass as anyone who attended his trio show with Jack Wright at Betty’s a few years back can attest. He’s an integral part of the vibrant arts community in Chattanooga where he moved to start a tiki bar with the late Dennis Palmer of Shaking Ray Levi Society. As mentioned above, he also played bass in Normal Love. Bob Stagner is an inspiring drummer and force of nature in the Chattanooga arts community. Through his pioneering free improvisation duo Shaking Ray Levi’s Society, he and Dennis Palmer created a distinctly Southern axis of activity bringing high level musicians like Derek Bailey, Borbetomagus, and more into the region. Bob doesn’t just play ‘free’ as his background playing hard country and honkytonk with Roger Alan Wade and his current regular gig as drummer with Annie Sellick in the Uptown Big Band will attest. He also works with The Rhythmic Arts Project, a music therapy organization which uses percussion instruction to empower disabled individuals to succeed in other areas of life.

Advance tickets are only $7 at the FMRL Arts site. $10 at the door.

FMRL presents Dark Tips and Haint Whoop
Tuesday, August 19th, 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show
@  Emma Bistro, 11 Lea Avenue, Nashville, TN