Yarn/Wire Feedback: Episode 43
Apr 22, 2021 @7:30pm EDT – ONLINE: The UVA Department of Music and The Bridge PAI present Telemetry, a streaming event featuring Popebama. The NYC-based experimental duo will present the video premiere performance of Ryan Carraher’s …and try to become the Light? an ever-contorting, other-worldly journey of body, mind and reality, followed by Chin Ting Chan’s Fuse I, an exploration of hollow sounds, electronic triggers and ensemble interplay. Popebama will also perform co-composed work by the performers, Erin Rogers and Dennis Sullivan.
Music begins at 7:30pm streaming from https://www.twitch.tv/thebridgepai
from the edge
Johnstone Fund presents Popebama + Tower Duo
3pm EDT // Sun, Aug 9
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NYC-based duo Popebama (Erin Rogers, saxophone + Dennis Sullivan, percussion) and Columbus-based Tower Duo (Erin Helgeson Torres, flute + Michael Rene Torres, saxophone) team up for an afternoon of video premieres presented by the Johnstone Fund for New Music. Tower Duo leads the show with the premiere of “Deceptive Stillness: Isolation Vignettes” by Michael Rene Torres, a new work of 8 miniatures for flute and saxophone and video that explores eclectic scenes and sounds. Popebama takes the stage with the premiere of Wing, a story told through small sounds and sentence fragments by Obie award winning composer/playwright, Rick Burkhardt followed by the premiere of edgewise, a masked excursion into the world of electronic voice phenomena for two performers + electronics, by Kittie Cooper. The program will conclude with Rogers’ Light-On-Light – a fiery adventure in time and transit.
a debut album from Popebama
saxophones, vocals, electronics
percussion, vocals, electronics
Nation Building is a guide to forging a new sound world in four distinct tracks. Seasoned composer-performer- improvisers, Erin Rogers and Dennis Sullivan launched Popebama in 2016, pooling their collective everythings to uncover new ground. Through concept, play, notation, performance, and extensive touring, these four works, two by Rogers, two by Sullivan, are now available as studio versions, capturing the high-energy, virtuosic performances of Popebama’s noisy, experimental sound, that includes multi-instrument setups, text settings, and custom electronics.
Popebama @Charlotte New Music Festival
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Charlotte New Music Festival presents
Popebama (1pm) & the Byrne:Kozar:Duo (1:30pm)
Popebama will be present a series of quiet but energetic pieces amplifying small sounds in a small apartment. Composed in -the-moment, by Erin Rogers (saxophone) + Dennis Sullivan (percussion).
The Byrne:Kozar:Duo will be presenting music by Icelandic composer Finnur Karlsson, NYC based vocalist and composer Jeffrey Gavett, and a sneak preview of a new work by Beth Wiemann!
Popebama takes residency as part of the Collaborative Composition Initiative (CCI)
Popebama joins Unheard-of//Ensemble and composition faculty for the Collaborative Composition Initiative at Stony Brook University. As part of CCI’s intensive 5 day workshop from June 15-19th, 2020, Popebama will give a Q&A session followed by an evening performance via Zoom virtual meeting software:
June 17, 2020 // 5pm
Q&A – for CCI participants only
June 17, 2020 // 7pm
Concert performance by Popebama – for CCI participants only
Links will be provided.
Program: new works written for Popebama
Wing by Rick Burkhardt
edgewise by Kittie Cooper
Each of the twelve composer participants selected will workshop and premiere a new work written for Unheard-of//Ensemble. A typical day consists of composition lessons or open workshop rehearsals in the morning. Afternoon seminars focus on a wide variety of topics (fundraising, practical electronics in new music, performance and politicization in composition, graphic scores and notation), along with workshopping and group collaborations between composer participants. Each night features a concert by Unheard-of, faculty, and guests performing 21st century works alongside composer workshop premieres. All composer participants will receive audio and video recording of their work at the end of the festival.
More info on CCI HERE
Popebama + Decoder present:
Unterdeck // Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 // 8:30pm
Popebama in Berlin @KM28
Karl-Marx-Strasse 28 (Berlin Neukölln)
show: 8:30 // doors: 7:30
6:30 (doors) Le Poisson Rouge (map)
158 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10012
Popebama joins Bearthoven for their returns to LPR and the third annual ‘New Works’ concert. Performing works by Rogers, Sullivan and Rogers-and-Sullivan, Popebama will join the bill for an opening set. Bearthoven will presents NYC premieres of two substantial new pieces by Bang on a Can co-founder Michael Gordon and Kinds of Kings co-founder Shelley Washington.
Popebama Masterclass-Performance //
University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD)
Popebama travels to the great state of Minnesota in October! Pleased to be performing at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD), we will present works by Erin Rogers and Dennis Sullivan.
Monday, October 14, 2019 // 8:00pm
University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD)
Popebama travels to the great state of Minnesota in October! Pleased to be performing at St. Cloud State, we will present works by Jenna Lyle, Paul Pinto, Erin Rogers and Dennis Sullivan.
Tuesday, October 15 2019 // 7:30pm
Performing Arts Center Recital Hall
620 3rd Ave. So.
St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN
More info HERE
Time: 7:00 pm
Collaborative Composition Initiative
August 12-17, 2019
Stony Brook University
Unheard-of//Ensemble and composition faculty Erin Rogers host the Collaborative Composition Initiative at Stony Brook University. The CCI is an intensive 5 day workshop from August 12-17th, 2019 consisting of four concerts, daily seminars and master classes, and one-on-one collaboration with faculty and fellow composers.
Concert IV– Popebama
Thursday, August 15, 7pm
Staller Center for the Arts
Stony Brook University
Works by: Rogers, Sullivan, Pinto
Far Out Music/Outer Borough Series:
Experimental, improvised, new composed and other intrepid music in Queens.
Wednesday, April 24 // 9 PM
4019 Gleane St
Elmhurst, New York 1137
Popebama: Erin Rogers (saxophones), and Dennis Sullivan (percussion)
NYC-based composer-performers, apply text, electronics, and high-energy instrumental writing, to communicate to worlds beyond measly Earth (though we love Earth and the rich soil), through virtuosic execution of non-traditional sounds.
Ravish Momin (drum kit and electronics) & Ricardo Gallo (synthesizers)
Momin and Gallo will perform for the first time as duo bringing together their common interests in music technology and its possibilities for improvising and developing original beats rooted in their backgrounds in the music of South India, North Africa, Middle East, West Africa and its diaspora and Latin America.
Ball State University Festival of New Music presents Popebama
Mar 14-16 – Erin Rogers + Dennis Sullivan, featured composers/performers
49th Festival of New Music, Ball State University, Muncie, IN – CALL FOR SCORES
The School of Music at Ball State University featured guest artist Popebama at the 49th Annual Festival of New Music. From March 14-16, 2019, the “noisily virtuosic” duo of Erin Rogers and Dennis Sullivan performed adventurous works for saxophone, percussion and electronics over 5 concerts, including new works by Rick Burkhardt, Chin Ting Chan, and winners of the festival’s call-for-scores, Chelsea Loew and Jeff Herriott.
yarn/wire Residency @The Stone
Jan 30 – Yarn | Wire Stone Residency
Y/W premieres new works by Erin Rogers, Dennis Sullivan
+ performances by Popebama
The Stone, NYC
January 29: Yarn/Wire + Rick Burkhardt
January 30: Yarn/Wire + Erin Rogers, Dennis Sullivan & Popebama
January 31: Yarn/Wire + Katherine Young
February 1: Yarn/Wire + Annie Lewandowski (Powerdove)
February 2: Yarn/Wire + Travis Laplante
8:30pm | $20
more information here
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The New School
55 W.13th Street
Popebama in Boston
Dec 9 – Second Sundays Concert Series presents Popebama
Boston Sculptors Gallery
Photo credit: Aaron Jay Meyers
Oct 18 – Decoder Ensemble presents “Never Sleeps”
World premiere of new works by Erin Rogers, Dennis Sullivan, Tristan Perich & more.
Oct 25 – Artist talk + Concert // Hochschule für Musik Freiburg // starts at 12pm
Oct 28 – Popebama performs at Splendor with The Shackle Affair
Nov 2 – Popebama performs at nyMusikk Bergen with Toyen Fil og Klafferi
Popebama @UMass Amherst
Popebama kicks off the season with a visit to UMass Amherst on September 6th, premiering new works by Jenna Lyle and Daniel Silliman, presenting masterclasses on saxophone & percussion + performances of our greatest hits
Thursday, September 6 @7:30pm
Bezanson Recital Hall
Fine Arts Center
151 Presidents Dr
Amherst, MA 01003
FREE / open to the public
1:10-2:15pm (open to the public) classroom TBA.
The Walden School
Popebama works with young musicians and premieres student works at The Walden School Summer Music Camp.
The Walden School
Popebama // Tuesday Night Mega Power Concerts // Arete Gallery
Will Lang Presents: Tuesday Night Mega Power Concerts
June 19th // $15
Popebama: Erin Rogers (saxophones) / Dennis Sullivan (percussion), NYC-based composer-performers, apply text, electronics, and high-energy instrumental writing to communicate to audiences through virtuosic execution of non- traditional sounds.
More info HERE
Popebama @Re:Sound 2018 // Cleveland Uncommon Sound Project
Re:Sound is an annual new music festival that brings together and showcases pioneers in the arts with diverse programming at venues throughout Cleveland.
Popebama plays FRIDAY, JUNE 8 – 8:00PM
By connecting local and visiting artists, the festival further propels the innovation and artistry flourishing in Northeast Ohio.
Check out a review of the concert from Cleveland Classical.
Photo credit: Noa Even (L) & Megan Sullivan (R)
Popebama is bringing the rig to Cincinnati for the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference, alongside Branford Marsalis/James Bunte, beatboxer Derek Brown and Om Srivastava’s sax-tabla coalition.
Wormhole by Erin Rogers
Shedding Waste by Dennis Sullivan
Saturday, March 10 @7pm
290 45221, CCM Blvd,
Cincinnati, OH 45219
Living Room: Stephe Cooper / Jessica Pavone / Popebama
Sunday, February 11, 7:30pm
465 Seneca Ave
Ridgewood, NY 11385
This program is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Friday, January 26, 8pm
Concert II: Dalton Recital Hall
Western Michigan University
Popebama performs all new works for saxophones, percussion, and electronics:
Wormhole by Rogers
Gamma Chamber by Sullivan
Splice Festival Schedule
Winter Shitfest at H0l0
Thursday, January 11
Popebama plays The Winter Shitfest at H0l0 with:
THE MESS ESPECIALE (+ Matt Nelson – Chris)
BORDREUIL, MATTREY, ALI
MATTHEW FRERCK & CO
1090 Wyckoff Ave.
Brooklyn, New York
FB event click HERE
Bodies as Technology
Sunday, December 10, 8pm
CPR – Center for Performance Research
361 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
A robot improvises on bata drums and synths. A real and a ‘human’ cello play one another. Mobile colored lightbulbs choreograph a tiny electronic orchestra.
Six composer-performers present radical perspectives on the body as a form of technology. Works by Efraín Rozas / Viola Yip / Dennis Sullivan / Weston Olencki / Bethany Younge / Jenna Lyle
with Popebam (Erin Rogers/Dennis Sullivan) / Nina Dante / Laura Cocks / Eric Fernandez / Lester St. Louis
The first in a new series of curated events directed by composers Viola Yip and Julian Day. Come hang with us afterwards!
Live Music Life Drawing w/ Brandon Lopez, Nina Dante
We’re playing a live drawing improv session and it’s open to the public!
Fri, Dec 1 @6:30pm
Pete’s Candy Store
709 Lorimer St
Brooklyn, New York 11211
Popebama joins Brandon Lopez and Nina Dante THIS FRIDAY, starting at 6/6:30p for a life drawing session curated by Amy Garapic of TIGUE. The quartet will play an improvised music set accompanied by contemporary dance superstar Fiona Lundie. At 7:45p the music continues with PRIMA.
Participation is up to you. Drawing is not required, but greatly encouraged. The music & company will be bonkers regardless.
6p- Come mingle, grab a drink, a seat, & set up
6:30-745p – Draw or just enjoy as Nina, Brandon, Dennis, Erin & Fiona mesmerize your eyes & ears.
745-845p – PRIMA will perform. Keep drawing if you like.
Rage Thormbones // Popebama
Wednesday, November 29, 8:00pm
Scholes Street Studio
375 Lorimer St
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Two duos with unnecessarily nonsensical names play some weird and hard music for y’all.
Erin Rogers – Wormhole
Dennis Sullivan – Gamma Chamber
CATHERINE LAMB – PERIPHERY [FOR TWO]
CHARLIE SDRAULIG – ALIKE AND APART
ADI SNIR – STRAINER
(popebama is erin rogers, saxes & other stuff; dennis sullivan, percussions & other stuff too)
[RAGE THORMBONES IS WESTON OLENCKI AND MATT BARBIER PLAYING TROMBONES SOMETIMES]
Sound Traffic Series
Monday, September 11, 8:30pm
Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia St
New York, NY 10014
Popebama performs Call Center by Erin Rogers for Actor/Soprano saxophonist + Percussion/electronics. Sound Traffic series, curated by Hitomi Honda, is a concert series that features composers. Other works on the program by Howie Kenty, Lynn Bechtold and Akio Mokuno.
Image created by Yuka Murakami
Popebama in Canada
Popebama makes its international debut at Edmonton’s famous Fringe Festival! Works by Dennis Sullivan, Matthew Shlomowitz, Georges Aperghis, and Erin Rogers.
Monday, August 21 @8pm
Tickets available at the Fringe Box Office
Wee Book Inn
10310 Whyte Ave.
Edmonton, AB, Canada
Catch all the other great acts as part of New music Edmonton’s “Bring Your Own Venue” (BYOV):
Living Sculpture Garden:
July 24, 2017 // 12pm-2pm
Interdisciplinary artist Brandon Perdomo will host performers from NYC during an afternoon of contemporary theater, dance, with music by Erin Rogers and Dennis Sullivan (Popebama). The performance is also a culmination of his earlier workshops at Socrates: ‘Masks for MVMT’ Saturday Sculpture Workshop on July 22 and Living-Sculpture Garden pop-up installations on July 24 (12-2pm) and July 26 (7-9pm). Perdomo’s performative work has manifested as a modern presentation of dance and theater incorporating music, multi-media presentation, and practice from Ankoku Butoh.
FREE. NO RSVP REQUIRED.
Socrates Sculpture Park
32-01 Vernon Boulevard
Long Island City, NY 11106
2017 New Music Gathering
Popebama plays the 2017 New Music Gathering at Bowling Green State University, hosted by the Mid-American Center for Contemporary Music.
New Music Gathering 2017
BGSU | May 11-13
DAY ONE | Thursday, May 11
Moore Musical Arts Center
Bowling Green, OH
Jordan Ashley Curcuruto
Installation 1: The New Music Remix Machine by Warren Enström & Jason Charney generates an evolving sonic tapestry using recordings submitted by the New Music community.
Full schedule of events: HERE
$50 Conference Pass Presale ($60 at the door)
$20 Day Pass
Popebama (Erin Rogers & Dennis Sullivan) are playing the goodbye-party to the firehouse and a hello-party to the new space in sunset park. Show goes from 4:00 – 12:00 and on. We’re on at 5:40! Jonathan Kane’s band February will close out the night starting around 11. There will be a 50/50 cash raffle and the usual beer and wine available.
Come out and support a great community venue, committed to hosting under-represented art. Huge thanks to Sandra Sprecher for her tireless work in this regard.
Home Audio, Brooklyn
Popebama plays Home Audio, Brooklyn
Saturday, November 12, 2016 @8:00pm
69 Clifton Pl, Unit 1
Permutations Season 5: Popebama/Ogni Suono
Popebama (Erin Rogers, saxophones and Dennis Sullivan, percussion) and Ogni Suono (Noa Even and Phil Pierick, saxophones) team up for the opening concert of Permutations’ 5th Season at Scholes Street Studio. Ogni Suono will present the New York premiere of my piece “Clamor.”
October 8, 2016, 8pm
Scholes Street Studio
375 Lorimer St.
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Cash Only: $15 / $10 students
Popebama (Erin Rogers, saxophone; Dennis Sullivan, percussion) will perform four adventurous works featuring saxophone, multi-percussion, vocals, and electronics. Northern Cities, the 5th of Matthew Shlomowitz’s Letter Pieces, combines physical activities and sound events invented by the performers and performed within a fixed order, structured by the composer. Paul Pinto’s Hack It is a virtuosic scene for very quick speakers from Paul’s upcoming opera-in-development Thomas Paine in Violence. Broken Umbrella by Erin Rogers is an embellished excerpt from the Call Center scene of thingNY’s opera This Takes Place Close By, featuring a day-in- the-life of a 911 operator. Shedding Waste, by Dennis Sullivan, invites the listener into a virtuosic sound world using table-top percussion to mimic and distort the extended techniques in the saxophone.
Matthew Shlomowitz — Letter Piece #5 – Northern Cities
Paul Pinto — Hack It!
Erin Rogers — Broken Umbrella
Dennis Sullivan — Shedding Waste
Ogni Suono’s program features pieces from SaxoVoce, a long-term project exploring the wide-ranging musical, dramatic, and theatrical possibilities inherent in the synthesis of saxophone and voice. In Vocalise II, Felipe Lara explores new timbral, rhythmic, harmonic, and expressive possibilities by means of playing and singing through the saxophones simultaneously, echoing twelfth-century Pérotin organum. Kate Soper’s OTOTOI uses the two players, their instruments and their voices, to dramatize the dialogue between the terror of the future and the dread of the present expressed in Aeschylus’ Agamemnon. Full of instrumental racket, vocal noise, and sounds from somewhere-in-between, Erin Rogers’ Clamor is an oversaturation of human and instrument. Inspired by the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins, Zach Sheets uses the contours of the performers’ voices as seeds from which the melodic shapes bloom in his dare-gale, speaks and spells.
Kate Soper — OTOTOI (2015)
Felipe Lara — Vocalise II (2016)
Zach Sheets — dare-gale, speaks and spells (2016)
Erin Rogers — Clamor (2016)
VU Symposium, Park City, UT
Popebama – Shedding Waste
Jim Santy Auditorium
Park City Library (3rd Floor)
1255 Park Ave
Park City, Utah 84060
Popebama, Trash Stack, Radical 2, Sam Kulik & Amirthda Kidambi @ JACK, Brooklyn
Dennis Sullivan and I have a new project called Popebama. We’re really excited to be playing a new work by Dennis for saxophone, percussion and implements. This piece is going to rock your world, along with the whole line-up so don’t miss it!
Sunday, April 24th, 8pm
505 Waverly Ave
Radical 2 – Dennis Sulllivan and Levy Lorenzo
Popebama – Dennis Sullivan and Erin Rogers
Trash Stack – Ed RosenBerg, Dennis Sullivan, and Jay Sorce
Sam Kulik’s “The Broadcast”
Morton Feldman’s “Voices and Cello” + Improvisations
Amirtha Kidambi – voice
Alice Teyssier – voice
Leila Bordreuil – cello