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03-15-19 | Songs for Listening | Dustin Hurt

03-15-19 | Songs for Listening | Dustin Hurt

Bowerbird founder and director Dustin Hurt picked tunes for Friday, March 15 at Songs for Listening. Dustin founded Bowerbird in 2006 with a mission to expand public understanding of experimental music, moving away from easy tropes such as 'cutting edge' or 'contemporary', and instead striving to engage with experimentalism as a timeless & recurrent artistic practice. Over a dozen years, the organization has presented over 600 events at venues across Philadelphia. During this time Bowerbird has presented several large multi-event festivals dedicated to single composers; these have included Morton Feldman (2010), John Cage (2012), and Julius Eastman (2017 in Philly) and (2018 in NYC).

Dustin is a listener and programmer drawn to rare material and dedicated to resurrecting pieces that have, for decades, lived only in music library archives. At the same time, he's deeply devoted to the live experience and living artists — bringing community together to engage and participate with music he's curated is central to his enterprise. Over more than a decade in Philadelphia, he's provided a rare kind of sustenance through programming.

'Something Wild in the City: Mary Ann's Theme' by Morton Feldman, performed by Ensemble recherche from 'Morton Feldman: Something Wild - Music for Film'
'I Woke Up in a Fucked-Up America' by Lonnie Holley from 'MITH'
'Ever Now' by Beverly Glenn Copeland from 'Keyboard Fantasies'
'I Ain't Waiting' by Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band from 'Intensity Ghost'
'Guitka' by Yasmin Williams from 'Unwind'


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