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Electronic Music Takes Over Washington, D.C.

Catherine Lewis reports:
Between now and the beginning of February, three electronic shows will strike in the city of Washington, D.C. (Well, only three that we're reporting. We're sure these things happen all the time.) Saturday, January 19th is the release party for Chessie's third disc, Overnight, released on Plug Research, at the DC Arts Center. Chessie began in 1993 as the solo project of Stephen Gardner (ex-Lorelei) but has since expanded to be a collaboration with Ben Bailes. Chessie's sound is based on the noises of trains and captures the experience of traveling by rail. Also playing that night is Andy Ingalls' project Nein Volt.

On January 22nd, John "SK" Rickman will be putting on his Electric Circus at the Black Cat. Rickman has been hosting Electric Circuses for over a year now in cities from Richmond to Baltimore to New York City. This version features three acts: Philip Samartzis (a lecturer in Sound and Media Arts at RMIT in Australia and a composer of experimental soundscapes), Nautical Alamanac (a Baltimore duo who improv using a wide array of electronic gadgetry), and Mikroknytes (DC-based drony electronics with violin).

Finally, February 3rd brings "Lunar Magus" at Decatur Blue, another in the series of Mass Particles-sponsored experimental electronic shows. February's event brings Zbignew Karkowski (formerly of Sensorband) and Zipperspy together with Trance and the Arcade-- Chuck Bettis' solo electronic project (Bettis is a member of the All-Scars and the founder of Mass Particles).

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.: Philip Samartzis: just click here
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.: Originally published: 17 January 2002