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Published on Feb 7, 2010
This is from the 5th day of 81 APT, the 3rd International Neoist Apartment Festival. This was where the Merzaum part of the event started to kick in. Marshall Reese, Kirby Malone, Ro Malone, & others were the mainstays of Merzaum's organizing. They organized some GREAT FDAs (Festival of Disappearing Arts) that really made performance in BalTimOre THRIVE. This night started off w/ Marshall's "Microsongs Portarama" about European & American exploration & exploitation of Africa. As w/ all Merzaum productions, this was thoughtful & innovative. But just try getting that out of this shitty vaudeo. The footage is thanks to Lizard Media Systems. Lizard was one of the only people I knew who cd afford to buy the new-fangled VHS camcorder. Its light-sensitivity & resolution were practically zilch but, by my impoverished standards, this was FANTASTIC. At any rate, to compensate for the 3rd generation lo-res here I've adjusted the brightness & contrast so that we can even SEE ANYTHING that Marshall's doing. I DO remember liking this performance - esp the careful preparation that Marshall had put into it. PLUS, I'm always a sucker for multiple projections. Following this was a performance w/ Lsa Jane Kohner on cello & Tom DiVenti on steel drum. DiVenti was one of the most active punk-poet-performers in BalTimOre & he'd given some of the best performances along those lines that I'd ever seen. He was also the singer/guitarist in BalTimOre's primo punk band, Da Moronics (founded 1977), the founder of the Apathy Project, & the guy who ran Apathy Press. What's remarkable here is that he played STEEL DRUM - something somewhat out of character & something that showed he was capable of diverse things. Alas, again, a completely crummy recording & NO visuals other than David Yaffe's notes as crawl text. Topping off the night was Mitchell Pressman's contrabass solo. I don't even have a lousy recording of this, wch is too bad b/c Mitchell was a great bass player. Fortunately, I publish audio K7s w/ him playing on them so I excerpted from one of those here. The diversity of TALENT in BalTimOre & in this festival was phenomenal & the cross-breeding between scenes & disciplines superb. - February 4, 2010 notes from tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE