Thursday, February 20, 2014

XFest 2014: Improvised music, movement and visuals. February 21-23 at Gateway City Arts, Holyoke MA

XFest 2014: Improvised music, movement and visuals.
February 21-23 at Gateway City Arts, Holyoke MA

119 Gallery and Open Field Initiative present XFest 2014, a festival of improvised music, visuals and movement. The format of the festival is simple and challenging: on Friday and Saturday nights 20+ visiting artists and 60 local artists perform in 20 half-hour sets, 10 sets per night. On Saturday afternoon visiting groups perform and on Sunday afternoon local groups’ perform. Throughout the festival there will be an exhibit of collages and videos by Stephanie Lak.
This year the festival will be held at Gateway City Arts, 92 Race Street, Holyoke MA.
“Improvisation can give us the skills to deal with many social and aesthetic issues of the twenty-first century. Although we have become adept at talking about aesthetic hybridity, cultural alerity, crossing borders (both earthly and cyber), and global fusion; few of us have really studied what physical and intellectual practice will make our bodies and minds ready for this brave new world … Improvisation can lead us out of our habitual responses by opening up alternative experiences – new physical sensations and appetites … Although this practice begins with attentiveness to corporeal experience it also develops a mental flexibility that can provide an intellectual map with which to chart new pathways for negotiating awkward and difficult crossings.” ~ Ann Cooper Albright, Taken By Surprise
Friday February 21
8:00pm – TJ Borden, Val Keuhne, Ryan Baker, Marc Bisson
8:20pm – Jill Burton, Stephanie Lak, Jane Boxall, Dei Xhrist, Shorty Mc
8:40pm – Pat Cain, Al Margolis, Joshua Jefferson, Christos Koulendros
9:00pm – Jeff Carey, Joey Molinari, Dave Seidel, Jen Gelineau
9:20pm – David Dugas Dion, Chris Welcome, Andy Kivela, Matt Samolis
9:40pm – flandrew fleisenberg, Alex Pelchat, Kit Demos, Andrea Pensado
10:00pm – Bonnie Kane, Shayna Dulberger, Steve Norton, David Russell
10:20pm – Martin Freeman, Sam Tremble, Jimmy Hughes, Erik Brown
10:40pm – Dave Grollman, Jack Wright, Karen Langlie, Tom Crean
11:00pm – Ras Moshe, Dave Miller, Ramon Castillo, Gabby Fluke-Mogul
11:20pm – Matt Weston Robert Pepper, Andrew Newman, Ted Lee
11:40pm – Doug Van Nort, Brendan Landis, Andy Crespo, Michael F Dailey Jr
DJ – Robo Rob
Movement – Claire Elizabeth Barratt, Joe Burgio, Loren Groenendaal, Allison Lorenzen
Video – Gregory Kowalski, Katherine Liberovskaya
Saturday February 22
2:00pm – Gelineau VanNort Liberovskaya Margolis
2:45pm – Heavy Fragile: Allison Lorenzen, Sam Tremble
3:30pm – HOT DATE: Shayna Dulberger, Chris Welcome
4:15pm – Leftovers Diable: David Dugas Dion, Alex Pelchat
5:00pm – CRUNCH: Andrea Pensado, Jack Wright, Walter Wright
8:00pm – Ras Moshe, Abram Taber, Frank Turek, Mitch Ahern
8:20pm – David Dugas-Dion, Joey Molinari, Paul Conant, James Ham
8:40pm – Alex Pelchat, Chris Welcome, Kassie Carlson, Forbes Graham
9:00pm – Pat Cain, Jeff Carey, Crank Sturgeon, Arkm Foam
9:20pm – Jill Burton, Brendan Landis, Adam Bosse, i’d m Theft Able
9:40pm – TJ Borden, Jack Wright, Kevin Dacey, Todd Brunel
10:00pm – Doug Van Nort, Robert Pepper, Andy Goulet, Neil Young Cloaca
10:20pm – Stephanie Lak, Laurie Amat, Brett Renaud, Andy Allan
10:40pm – Dave Grollman, Bonnie Kane, Dave Miller, Ben Raymond, Zack Root
11:00pm – Martin Freeman, Val Keuhne, Rick Breault, Mike Funaiole, Sita Magnuson
11:20pm – Shayna Dulberger, Al Margolis, Kate Lee, Nick Williams, Jim Magnuson
11:40pm – flandrew fleisenberg, Sam Tremble, Miss Olivia Kennett, Lou Bunk
DJ – Robo Rob
Movement – Claire Elizabeth Barratt, Joe Burgio, Loren Groenendaal, Allison Lorenzen
Video – HEXbeam, Gregory Kowalski, Katherine Liberovskaya
Sunday February 23
2:00pm – Laurie Amat, Dave Seidel Duo
2:30pm – EMU: Joe Burgio, Paul Kafka-Gibbons
3:00pm – Ben Hersey
3:30pm – Chill City Icon: Kevin Dacey, Travis Hagan, Brett Mason
4:15pm – Tough Day Tubing: Crank Sturgeon, Al Margolis, Steve Norton, Walter Wright
5:00pm – Egg, Eggs!: Jen Gelineau, Miss Olivia Kennett, Ted Lee, Shorty Mc, Brett Renaud, David Russell, and more
Supported by the artists, Holyoke Local Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

XFest 2014 moves to Western MA.

119 Gallery is bigger than it looks. Each year we host nearly 500 artists and over 2500 visitors. In addition to promoting new and established local artists and performers, we have hosted artists from as far away as Canada, Europe, Australia, and Japan. XFest is 119 Gallery's biggest annual event.

Since it began in Lowell in 2009, XFest has developed into an event for attendees from greater Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and the whole of New England. This year's move to Holyoke allows us to include more New England performers, in particular those from the active, new music scene in the Pioneer Valley. In addition, XFest 2014's Holyoke location is readily accessible to attendees from Montreal, Western New York, and Pennsylvania.

119 Gallery is growing to be more regional in scope. We look forward showcasing artists from the entire state, across New England and the Northeast. We are partnering with the Open Field Initiative in order to bring our programming - exhibitions and events - to a larger, regional audience.

XFest 2014 is produced by Walter Wright of 119 Gallery and Jen Gelineau from the Open Field Initiative, and supported by all our friends, benefactors, and the artists; as well as the Holyoke Local Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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