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March 2019 Frequency Fridays: Laura Ortman (NYC) + Lorene Bouboushian (NYC) + Devotional (DET) + Jacoti Sommes (CMH)

March 1, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm


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Our March 2019 Frequency Fridays show features experimental composer/musician/artist Laura Ortman (LAX), performance artist Lorene Bouboushian (DET), experimental music quartet Devotional (DET), and experimental electronic musician Jacoti Sommes (CMH). Accompanying Jacoti on visuals is Columbus-based video artist Donnie Mossman. Date: Friday, March 1 2019. Location: 13 E. Tulane Rd. 43202. Admission: $10 for one, $15 for two. Doors open 8pm. All ages, BYOB. Our Frequency Fridays 2018-2019 season is supported by grants from the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Columbus Foundation.

About the artists:

Laura Ortman (White Mountain Apache) is a Brooklyn, NY composer, musician and artist. She produces solo albums, live performances and film/art soundtracks and frequently collaborates with artists in film, music, art, dance, multi-media, activitism and poetry, such as Tony Conrad, Jock Soto, Raven Chacon, Nanobah Becker, Okkyung Lee, Martin Bisi, Caroline Monnet, Michelle Latimer and Martha Colburn. She plays violin, Apache violin, piano, electric guitar, keyboards, pedal steel guitar, sings through a megaphone, and makes field recordings. Ortman’s notable performances includes venues at the Whitney Museum of American Art, The National Museum of the American Indian, the Museum of Modern Art, The Kitchen, MoMA P.S. 1, Centre Pompidou, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, SF MoMA, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, The Knitting Factory, CBGB’s, St. Marks Church, Dia Art Foundation, the Wave Farm, amongst countless other established and DIY venues in the US, Canada and Western Europe.

Lorene Bouboushian works within dance, experimental music/noise, and performance art. They build a rhizomatic practice through visible forays into performances and workshopping, and less visible forays into writing, dialogue, modes of care and support, and resource sharing. They utilize “self-exposure and vulnerability in real, risky ways” [CultureBot, 2011], and produce “thought-provoking commentary on social limits” [Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2016]. They have shared their work in galleries and theaters in Seattle, Madison, Athens, and Beirut, performing in festivals including New Genre Festival (Tulsa), Miami Performance International Festival, QueerNY and Queer Zagreb, Inverse Performance Art Festival, and Month of Performance Art-Berlin. They have shared their interdisciplinary teaching practice at universities in Kentucky, Beirut, and Mexico. They have collaborated with Forced Into Femininity (as missdick vibrocis), Kaia Gilje, Lindsey Drury, Matthew D. Gantt, Valerie Kuehne, and Panoply Performance Lab, and performed for Yoshiko Chuma, Yvonne Meier, Melinda Ring, luciana achugar, Daria Fain, and Kathy Westwater. They are a former member of NYC based collectives XHOIR (organized by Colin Self), Feminist Art Group (organized by IV Castellanos), and Social Health Performance Club. They are currently an Artist-In-Residence at Movement Research, in process as a dancer with Jill Sigman/Thinkdance, working with a think-tank through 9 PROPOSITIONS (Panoply), and a member of the Civic Reflex cohort (also Panoply).

Devotional is a four-piece group consisting of Andrew Coltrane (electric sitar), Jeff Meier (tenor guitar), Mike Audia (percussion) and Mike Khoury (amplified viola). The four members are veterans of different music communities but have a shared interest in the music of South India. The ensemble has conducted research on South Indian music ranging from forming their own book club to review and discuss Carnatic music theory, to primary research conducted at South Indian temples in Michigan. The group conducts their research both collectively and individually and brings their respective interpretations to bear in their own interpretation of this music in the confluence of noise, improvisation, rock and Carnatic expression. Devotional has been invited to perform with proto-psychedelic punk legends Simply Saucer and X_X.

Jacoti Sommes is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and hardware maestro well known in his Native Columbus, Ohio for captivating performances with his theater performance band Hug’s and Kisses.