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Tue, May 07



* Big Storm Coming- Power Vibe + BORBS

Steph Richards (Braxton's Zim Composition, St. Vincent, Deerhoof) brings her new quartet Power Vibe for an evening of groovy inside/outside electrified improvisations . BORBS is celebrating the release of their debut album Motivic Consciousness BORBS provides an opening aviary spectacle.

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* Big Storm Coming- Power Vibe + BORBS
* Big Storm Coming- Power Vibe + BORBS

Time & Location

May 07, 2024, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

ELCA, 1542 E Montgomery Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125, USA

About the event

The Supply is bringing in some heavy hitters for a Tuesday. Lucious and strange  tones encircle grooves which push the borders of the sensical. Steph  Richards once again is delivering lyrical lines, bonkers textural work,  and a magic that ties it all together. BORBS is celebrating the release of their debut album Motivic Consciousness on Wish Fulfillment.

Advance Tickets are $10 to $20 and available here.

 No One Turned Away for Lack of Funds.

Power Vibe

Steph Richards, trumpet

Joshua White, piano

Stomu Takeishi, bass

Max Jaffee, drums, sensory electronics


Aaron Pond- Horn, Voice, Flutes, Melodica, Percussion, Grasses

Jessica Brown-Horn, Voice, Flutes, Percussion

Max Engleman- Guitar, Gong, Melodica, Bassoon

Gabe Preston- All of the reeds

artist bio:

Steph Richards is a dynamic experimentalist known for her innovative approach to the trumpet and interdisciplinary expression as a composer. A "rising force in avant-garde jazz..." (Jazz Times), Steph has collaborated with visionaries ranging Henry Threadgill, Anthony Braxton Muhal Richard Abrams and John Zorn to art pop luminaries Yoko Ono, St. Vincent, David Byrne and Laurie Anderson.

Richards' latest full-length, Power Vibe marries avant garde and saturated vibe with an infectious and patently pleasing tunefulness. “Sensory electronics” –– subtle but compelling textures and tactile rhythms which are physically triggered by drum-mounted sensors –– compel fascination here, interweaving a kind of aural hyper-lucidity throughout the record. Though boldly original, this music strides sure footedly alongside the work of contemporaries like Nicole Mitchell and the late Jaimie branch. What’s more, the record is built around a series of musical cues that, when played, redirect all the players to move into a new structure. The trick is that any of the players can play one of these cues at any time, ensuring that the music unfolds in an even more radically democratic way than in totally open-ended improvised music performance. While Richards’ virtuosity and boundless creativity is clearly on display here, pianist Joshua White, whose playing sometimes veers into McCoy Tyner rapture, and drummer Max Jaffe do more than simply support –– instead, their playing proceeds from a sense of commitment and soulfulness that is born of that redistribution of power. And Stomu Takeishi’s upright and electric bass guitar playing helps to push these tunes headlong into realms of groove and infectious kinesis that make it what it is: a powerful vibe.

BORBS is dedicated to the birds in their awe inspiring nature, their terror, their beauty. This band utilizes sound schemas, gesture-codes, and light compositional thoughts as an organizing operandi. The sonic world is a mythical transduction of our ever-depleting/degrading/transforming natural spaces. While we never play compositions per say, nor do we ever stay in a particular mood for a long time, it seems very clear that sunset has a certain sound to it, the blistering afternoon heat, the deep winter morning. There are characters. We may be constantly redefining ourselves but we are most distinctly stars in the sky. If you trapped us in an elevator you would hear the words "Kabuki Theater meets the Art Ensemble meets Jurassic Park"

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