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May 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Jim Ryan – Reeds  began making music in earnest during the late 60s Free Jazz craze in Paris, France.  At that time he created the Free Music Formation, a band that played Paris and Amsterdam.  He appeared in D.C. during the early 80s with the Art Performance Group and then in the late 90s on the S.F. Bay Area experimental scene with his group Forward Energy.  He plays winds, reeds, brass, and amplified kalimba.

Jon Lipscomb (b. 1987) is a guitarist and improviser based in Malmö, Sweden . With a heavy emphasis on free improv, noise and free jazz, he performs in the U.S.A. and Europe and has collaborated and improvised with Brandon Lopez, Jarrett Gilgore, Anders Lindsjö, Ole Mofjell, Jaimie Branch,  Ian McColm, Amirtha Kidambi, Dave Treut, Anais Blondet, Jason Nazary, Sam Weinberg, Andrew Smiley, Luke Stewart, Zach Rowden, Kurt Kotheimer, Sam Ospovat, Chris Pistiokios, Nick Jozwiak, Ola Rubin and Anders Uddeskog.

Projects include The Invisible Party, the Swedish Fix, Lipscomb Quartet, LSM, Whoarfrost, Reina Terror, Windhorse, Start Again Ensemble, ad hoc improvisation and solo improvisation.

Originally from Randallstown, Maryland,  he learned guitar as a teenager by playing gigs in many Baptist churches around west Baltimore. He was introduced to free improvisation by attending performances at the Red Room and playing with John Berndt.

Listen to his recordings here:



Dan Kurfirst is an NYC/Washington DC based percussionist, composer and improviser. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, his music is a product of his good fortune to have been brought up amongst people of all different cultures and master practitioners of varying musical styles.

He has performed extensively in the NYC/DC world music and improvised music scenes for years and has performed with various groups throughout Europe, India and the Middle East.

Over the years Dan has been blessed to work alongside a who’s who of global, creative, improvising musicians, including Matt Darriau, Tom Chess, Hamid Drake, Adam Rudolph, Oruc Guvenc, Daniel Carter, Cheick Hamala Diabate, Brad Shepik, Gabriel Marin, William Parker, Daro Behroozi, Brandon Terzic, Kane Mathis and Ras Moshe – to name just a few.

Dan co-leads Ensemble Fanaa, a trio which explores the intersection between African American, North African and Middle Eastern musical traditions.

He recently worked as Musical Director for the Childrens Museum of Manhattan’s America To Zanzibar exhibit, helping to develop a touchscreen application for the Children to explore music of the Islamic world from India to Egypt to Indonesia.


May 12, 2019
7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Rhizome DC
6950 Maple St NW
Washington, DC United States
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