Do you like dogs? What about space or church or guns? A little something for everyone at our next Downrange Telemetrics performance at the New Ruckus. We’ll be performing a selection from our new piece “Space Dog Gun Dog Church Dog.” FREE and also interesting.
Saturday, April 1, 2017 2:30-4:30 p.m.
at Hamline Midway Library
Want to expand your writing techniques? Join performer and poet Becca Barniskis who will lead a poetry workshop on using “found text” like hip hop beatmakers use samples. We’ll select text from books, newspapers, magazines, song lyrics, video games, etc. and arrange the fragments in different patterns. We’ll look for the collision of unexpected elements through this “sampling,” and expand our notion of what poetry is and what it can do. Feel free to bring your phone or laptop or tablet if you want to make some recordings—or just yourself!
Saturday, February 25, 2017 Downrange Telemetrics performs as part of the Punk-Ass Classical series.
7:30 pm * 1322 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105-2607
“This time around we gather in Saint Paul for music that plays with voice and language. At this performance we welcome Downrange Telemetrics, a far ranging experimental duo featuring vocalist Becca Barniskis and guitarist Nick Jaffe. In addition Singer/composer Bethany Battafarano brings “Oda a la paz”, a new collaboration with a group of singers and instrumentalists Nicolas Muñoz and Vladimir Garrido that was recently premiered at the Cedar Cultural Center. “Oda a la paz,” fuses western classical and Latin American musics, made of poems from contemporary Peru and Ecuadorian folklore.
We ask for a $5-$10 donation to help pay our performers and composers and to make Punk-Ass Classical a stable and reliable source of live music in the Twin Cities.
Punk-Ass Classical fosters a lively, diverse, and inclusive contemporary classical and experimental music community in basements, attics, and living rooms throughout the Twin Cities.”
(Poster by Katharine Linnea)
Saturday, March 4, 2017 Pancake7 performs at the Hook & Ladder
6-8 pm to celebrate Paula Cisewski’s Double Book Launch!
A multimedia poetry party with reading, music, live art making, diversions, refreshments, raffle prizes, and extra special guests, hypermodernsupafunkrocksou
ldisco band Pancake7
FREEEE and everyone is welcome.
Silent auction proceeds and 20% of book sales will be donated to the ACLU.
Celebrating the release of Cisewski’s third and fourth full-length poetry collections:
The Threatened Everything, Burnside Review Press
Quitter, co-winner of the Diode Editions Book Prize
Quitter, co-winner of the Diode Editions Book Prize
Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Hamline Midway Library in St Paul, Becca is leading a FREE poetry-writing workshop for families and people of all ages from 5-6 pm.
Great poems can come from anywhere! This workshop, led by poet and performer Becca Barniskis, offers families a friendly environment in which they can experiment with the words all around us to create poems that they can share, recite, or even illustrate with each other.
More details here.
Becca is teaching a 2-session “Poetry Boot Camp” Saturday, Feb 4 & also Feb. 11 from 9 am – 12 noon at the Loft! Details on the class and how to register here.
Selected Videos and Performances:
Downrange Telemetrics Mobile Unit in Action:
Musical demonstration of Molecular Electronics-Based Guitar Pedal:
Poetry and Music Samples
click image below to read three poems by Becca from her Wilderness Machine series
click image below to listen to music by Nick: “Katyusha” from the album Sputnik I
Join Downrange Telemetrics (Nick and Becca) on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016 along with 3 other super-dope composers/groups. DT will be premiering a new piece and soliciting feedback from YOU–if you’re there. And you should be. Our piece, entitled “Cervello Spazio Cosmico #2” is a translation of the drawing of the same name by artist Star Wallowing Bull (the photo below is the work-courtesy of Bockley Gallery, Minneapolis). 7 pm FREE as part of New Ruckus Composers Night.
Ever wonder where poets get their ideas?
Sundress Publications has this cool site where you can hear poets read a poem that matters to them and then read an interview with them about it. See the link to my contribution below.
Downrange Telemetrics with the Halley Devestern Band at Bedlam Thursday, August 25, 2016 – 9 pm
Pancake 7 & Downrange Telemetrics with X Slave and the Halley Devestern Band at Amsterdam Bar Tuesday, August 23, 2016 – 9 pm
Linesmasher #2 at Reverie Sunday, August 21, 2016 – 9 pm
Don’t Stay in Your Lane
Linesmasher#2, an evening of music and poetry that defies description. 1, 5 or 10 dollardonation (pay what you can) Hosted by futurefunk adventurists Pancake7. Featuring performances by MC Katana Da Don, poet Sharon Chmielarz, and wearable art by Tamiko French of Soulspeak Expressions. Open mic for all singers, MC’s, poets and musicians. A collection will be taken up for the Justice for Philando Castile Fund.
Four poems from my manuscript “Welcome to the Ice Cream Village” are just out in the latest issue of Sporklet! Check it out here.
Benefit show for the Justice for Philando Castile Fund at Acadia Cafe Friday, July 29, 2016
music starts at 9 pm
An eclectic bill of funkrock, hip hop, rock and heavy folk, united to raise funds for the Justice for Philando Castile Fund started by Philando’s family. $5 suggested donation–all proceeds to be donated to the fund.
Parking validation for lot behind the venue. Acadia: 329 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55454