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Sat, Nov 04



Whispered Secrets 2 + BORBS

Migrating musicians of from the Hudson River Valley collide with Philadelphia's Aviary Ensemble. Rare Instruments. Strange People. Much Love. Notable Touring Acts Al Margolis (If, Bwana) - Electronics, Tom Law- Viola de Gamba, Craig Chin- Sampler, Northeasterners Tracy Lisk and Irman Peck

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Whispered Secrets 2 + BORBS
Whispered Secrets 2 + BORBS

Time & Location

Nov 04, 2023, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Philadelphia, 1170 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19146, USA

About the event

Oh, you were wrong, fall migration has not ended. There are still some birds yet to make their journey. This night, they arrive, resplendent even in drabber colors. Some, coming from the hudson river valley, the birds with knowledge stored, learning and unlearning like a ball of yarn rolled across a floor, a cosmic plane which cuts across time. Al Margolis (If, Bwana), Craig Chin, Tom Law.

They are joined in foraging the waxy berries by some locals, the rumbling tumbling Tracy Lisk on drums, the sustainer Irman Peck.

Of course, there are those which cut against the grey of late fall. And that is us, that is the one which are traveling from an ever present now to the ear to spinal column to the heart. BORBS. Feverish, maniacal, resplendent, newly unmoored on the lazy river, this could be paradise.


3 Sets-

Tracy Lisk- Drums 

Al Margolis- Electronics 

Irman Peck- Cello

Craig Chin- Sampler 

Tom Law- Viola de Gamba


Aaron Pond- Horn, Voice, Clarinet, Reed, Percussion, 

Jessica Brown- Horn, Voice, PBone, Percussion 

Max Englemen- Bassoon, Guitar, Percussion 

Gabe Preston- Saxophones, Clarinets, Double Reeds, Flute


Tom Law is a composer/improviser from Saugerties NY who performs laptop-based electroacoustic music with viola da gamba. He performs regularly with Al Margolis (contact mics, violin, etc.) as Duo Denum, and also with percussionist Kevin Cheli in the Cheli/Law Duo. . Al Margolis is a composer/performer, improvisor, and painter. Since 1984, often under his project name If, Bwana, he has worked in the field of non-commercial, non-popular music and sound.

Duo Denum sampler:

ERRANT SPACE is: a project of composer/recordist Craig Chin. Its goal is spatio-temporal dilation through sound. Performances are site-specific, spontaneous compositions influenced by both the physical characteristics of the space they are performed in and the occupants of that space.

Tracy Lisk is a percussionist who mainly performs on drum set, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ms. Lisk’s history as a painter informs the substance of her improvisations which contain references to rhythmic structures while maintaining a suspended continuity. She has collaborated with William Parker, Grammy nominated saxophonist Gary Hassay, electronics innovator Andrea Pensado, (US, AR), dancer Ryuzo Fukuhara (JP, SI), Mia Zabelka (AT), and cellist Helena Espvall (SE, PT) among others.

BORBS is an mystery, borbs are flying, borbs are everywhere, borbs sings, borbs destroy, borbs eat plastic, borbs eat joy, borbs live between your floors, borbs eat ya bugs, borbs are chaos, borbs want justice, borbs want freedom, borbs are not property, borbs are providence, borbs for earth, borbs for love, borbs tap trees, borbs sip sap, borbs fly into your soul.

We are rambunctious multi-instrumentalists whose sole purpose is to evoke and strengthen the aviary tendencies within us. Anything could happen.

An improviser, composer and producer since the 1970s, Irman performs with various stringed, keyboard, and electronic instruments.   A founding member of Los Dominos, the Suns and Wormhole Superette, Irman is presently working with the duet “Fronds & Fringe”, and the supergroup “CREEMEEZ”.

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