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Popebama

New York, NY         

Following St. Peter’s veneration in 33, Popebama formed 2000 years later in a swarm of warm honey and wooden harmonicas, collecting sounds of years past and forging textures of tomorrow. Through flawless execution of non-traditional techniques, the “noisily virtuosic” (Cleveland Classical) duo explores the boundaries of performance, applying text, theater, electronics, improvisation, and high-energy instrumental writing, to communicate with audiences in fresh and imaginative ways.

Specializing in works conceived by NYC-based composer-performers Erin Rogers (saxophone) and Dennis Sullivan (percussion), Popebama has collaborated with yarn/wireDecoderAnne La BergeBrandon LopezNina DanteJessica PavoneStephe Cooper, composers Paul PintoMatthew ShlomowitzEric WubbelsJenna LyleDaniel SillimanPatrick ChanAndrew Greenwald, and shared bills with artists such as Rage ThormbonesIt Foot It EarsOn StructureBranford MarsalisAperture DuoChristian Smith, and Norway’s Tøyen Fil Og Klafferi. The duo has performed in living rooms, concert halls, record shops, auditoriums, garages, abandoned warehouses, cafes, university recital halls, storage rooms, bookstores, basements, and theatres, for audiences ranging from 1000 ecstatic fans to 1 sound guy. Popebama has been featured on NyMusikk Bergen (Norway), the inaugural SPLICE Festival (Michigan), Edmonton Fringe Festival (Canada), Permutations (Brooklyn), Splendor (Amsterdam), Home AudioAvant GarasementSound Traffic Series (Cornelia Street Cafe), Diabolical Records (Salt Lake City), VU SymposiumStudio Loos (The Hague), and Bodies-As-Technology (CPR), with lauded performances at the 2017 New Music Gathering (Bowling Green State University), NASA 2018 Biennial (Cincinnati), and the inaugural Re:Sound Festival (Cleveland) and given masterclasses/performances at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg (Germany), UMass Amherst, and the Walden School Young Musicians Program (New Hampshire). In 2019, Popebama will headline the Ball State University New Music Festival with a featured appearance on yarn|wire’s Stone residency (NYC).

Shedding Waste

by Dennis Sullivan

Performed by Popebama (Erin Rogers, saxophone; Dennis Sullivan, percussion)
May 11, 2017
New Music Gathering
Bryan Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center
Bowling Green State University

Shedding Waste is a comparison of hi-fi vs. lo-fi sounds. Each timbre produced by the tenor saxophone is mimicked by some sort of found or discarded object (minus the melodica) in the percussion setup. These sounds are placed directly next to each other for 1-to-1 comparison or combined in a multitude of ways to produce new timbres.

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Wormhole

by Erin Rogers

Performed by Popebama (Erin Rogers, Dennis Sullivan)

SPLICE Festival // January 26, 2018
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI

With a focus on manipulated air, Wormhole ventures across electronic and acoustic universes with excessive instrumental baggage. Each sound vehicle, from saxophone-to-bellow-foot-pedals-to-whistles-to-megaphones, produces sound via a degree of forced air, the two performers visually embedded within a junkyard of mechanisms. Sound points are amplified via standard, contact, and capsule microphones.

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