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Recent News

Cousin Tam's Laugh Shack!

posted by Tom Hill
2014 Nov 17th, a Monday
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Ever wondered what laughter feels like? Now you can! Come on inside Cousin Tam's Laugh Shack, an old-fashioned fun place. There's sawdust on the floor and comedy in the mouths. See a man tell a joke! See another man make fun of that first man! Will there be music? You betcha! Will there be prizes? Not unless you consider laughter a prize, in which case you're already a winner. All ages are welcome granted you don't mind a dirty word or two. And remember, you're only as sad as you admit.

Join us Nov. 22, 2014 at 8:00 PM. As always, all ages are welcome and admission is just $5.

Doby Watson!

posted by Tom Hill
2014 Oct 30th, a Thursday
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TATSUYA NAKATANI Returns with workshop and collaborative performance.

posted by Tom Hill
2014 Sep 15th, a Monday
Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center is pleased to continue its 20th Anniversary year with world-class percussionist, Tatsuya Nakatani on Tuesday, September 30. Nakatani will present a closed workshop for a small group and conclude with a collaborative performance that evening.
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Tatsuya Nakatani performs around the world with his unique style of percussion that mixes traditional Japanese music with the sounds of rock, jazz, experimental, and improvisation. He is well known for his inovative use of kitchen utensils and Chinese gongs.

Nakatani has brought a number of principles from the ancient Japanese artistic tradition. Among these is the notion of "ma" (best described as silence functioning as the space in which music occurs). The silence, which envelops the room, becomes an important component in his music. Sounds blossom and fade from, and back into, silence.

Tatsuya first performed at the LNAC in 2005 with Jack Wright “the free-jazz Johnny Appleseed” and French reed player Michel Doneda. He has made seven appearances since then including most recently December 2013 with the Nakatani Gong Orchestra and in October 2012 with Darin Gray and a Bhuto dancer.

Nakatani will conduct a workshop for local musicians on free-improvisation, listening, extended techniques, and his personal philosophy. Participants of the workshop will collaborate in ensembles led by Nakatani in the 8:00 PM concert of the same evening.

To participate in the 5:30 PM workshop, RSVP to Tom Hill at tomhill.tch@gmail.com or 314-814-3633. The fee for the workshop is a sliding scale of $15 to $20. Admission for the concert is $8, and begins at 8:00 PM. Seating is limited, and tickets are available at the door or in advance here:

Dva asks if you're really happy

posted by Tom Hill
2014 Sep 10th, a Wednesday

Dva from Czech Republic have something to say about personal satisfaction in today's world and they point to in their song Mulatu. Dva says, "The track 'Mulatu' is about unemployment and the pressure to look satisfied at any cost. The song ends in the chorus: 'I want to give up!'” The official video by animator Jára Plachý presents the message in a sneering barrage of false happy faces prancing through their day to day.

Don't miss Dva here at Lemp on September 23. It will be a $6 show since this pair has great travel expenses.

See you then!

DAMA/LIBRA (WA)/ Within/ K R Schlüter/ Anodes

posted by Tom Hill
2014 Aug 18th, a Monday
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After 25 years of friendship and many more of developing each's respective craft, Joe Phelps and G. Stuart Dahlquist come together to form Dama/Libra, and the music produced by this duo is as simple and direct as it is beautiful. While each carries an impressive pedigree - Phelps known for his work in 90's underground rockers Silkworm, and Dahlquist from Sunn O))) and Burning Witch - the music of Dama/Libra carries itself even higher, a difficult feat under the weight of this music which is heavy as well as fresh and new.

Rich textures of electronic sounds, dynamic arrangements, and haunting vocal lines combine to reference the heavy darkness of Sunn O))) revealing the the light within. Their music is purely honest and purposeful. There are no frills here.

Dama/Libra will perform at Lemp on August 26, an intimate and open space in which Phelps and Dahlquist will be performing at eye level with the audience - the perfect environment for this group. Tickets are $5 at the door. This and all LNAC events are open to all ages. The concert will begin at 8:00 PM.

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