of its own accord — 2005 Fall New Music Series
The Nihilist Spasm Band, (London, ON) with special guests 6785 (Victoria)
Film screenings: Monday, October 10, 2005, at 8 p.m., admission by donation
Performance: Monday, October 17, 2005
Workshop: Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Doors opened at 7:30 p.m., music began at 8 p.m.
Individual concert prices: $8 for members/students/seniors; $10 general admission
Series price: 10% of total price for three or more performances
If you are in London, Ontario, you may catch The Nihilist Spasm Band at Forest City Gallery, where they have been playing most Monday nights for more than 14 years; or you can come to Open Space Monday, October 17, at 8 p.m., to experience this loud, authentic national treasure.
The Nihilist Spasm Band is known as the world’s first noise band, and band members have been called the [grand]fathers of noise. The band was first formed in 1965 by John Boyle, John Clement, Bill Exley, Murray Favro, Hugh McIntyre, Art Pratten, Greg Curnoe, and Archie Leitch. Current Nihilist Spasm Band members on this Western Canadian tour are John Boyle on kazoo, ring modulator, thumb piano, and drums; John Clement on bass and drums; Bill Exley on vocals; Tim Glasgow and Murray Favro on guitars; Aya Ohnishi on kazoo and drums; and Art Pratten on Pratt-a-various and water pipe.
The following night, Tuesday, October 18, at 8 p.m., members of The Nihilist Spasm Band hosted a workshop for anyone arriving with instruments, noise-makers, and improvisational intentions; unsound minds and bodies welcome.
Why Are You Making All That Noise, a Nihilist Spasm Band documentary by filmmaker Don Alexander, screened on Monday, October 10, at 8 p.m., admission by donation.
Opening for the Nihilist Spasm Band was the Victoria Quintet 6785 in its inaugural performance. Organized by Dave Chokroun, 6785 is a local ensemble that mixes a multitude of musical components and genres to create a consensual free-feeling form. This group of uniquely talented local musicians includes bass player Dave Chokroun, trumpeter Alfons Fear, clarinetist and vocalist Francine Buchl, guitarist Isaac Flagg, and Rachel Wadham on keyboards, toys and drums.