talibam! and sam kulik's //
discover atlantass

"Although wrapped in comedy and general forehead-slapping, Talibam! are completely serious in pushing artistic possibilities forward." -Clifford Allen, Austin TX

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june 21 - july 1 //
new performance series

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Part rock show, part absurd theater, Discover AtlantASS, is an opera in two acts that tells the story of a young teen named Franklin who gets abducted to the undersea world of Atlantis by a laid-back jazz fish revolutionary named Stinge. Together, they are ready to combat a disastrous oil spill which has nearly eradicated the vibrant community of poets, musicians, artists and fornicators who inhabit the undersea paradise.

The trio of Talibam! and Sam Kulik play all the instruments and nearly a dozen characters in this tale of adventure, jazz, sex and revolution. Originally conceived during the horrific Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010, the show's humor is balanced by explicit themes of political corruption and environmental disaster. Discover AtlantASS also exists as a CD and 30-page comic book, available at all shows.

Talibam is Matt Mottel (keyboard) Kevin Shea (drums) with Sam Kulik (trombone & bass)

Join Talibam! and Sam Kulik for the following special events during their run

Thrs June 21- 8pm Atlantass // Post Show performance by Christy & Emily
Fri June 22 – Ugly Duckling Poetry Night with poets Filip Marinovich, Jeffrey Joe Nelson & Corina Copp 7pm // 8pm AtlantASS curtain
Sat June 23- 8pm AtlantASS curtain // Post Show performance by Guardian Alien
Sun June 24- 8pm AtlantASS curtain
Tues June 26- 8pm AtlantASS curtain // Post Show performance by David Linton Bicameral Research Sound & Projection System
Thrs June 28- 8pm AtlantASS curtain // Post Show performance by Cooper-Moore
Friday June 29 - Pre Show Animation & Performance by Peter Glantz - 8pm // 9pm AtlantASS curtain
Sat June 30- Pre Show performance of Kurt Schwitters The Ursonate by Chris Meeders 730pm // 8pm AtlantASS curtain
Sun July 1- Pre Show Film presented by Tony Lowe & Spectacle Theater- 7pm // 9pm AtlantASS curtain


Hailing from New York, Talibam! Is one of the most potent and fascinating bands in contemporary music. With 18 European tours since '06, and 24 album releases since '05, the 8+ years of interplay between Matt Mottel and Kevin Shea have created one of the most unique and exciting live shows and some of the most powerful recorded documents of any era. Talibam!, founded in 2003 by Kevin Shea and Matt Mottel, have been consistently lauded for their creative output in features from Vice Magazine, The Wire, Pitchfork, The Village Voice, Blow Up, Drowned in Sound, TinyMixTapes and many more. They have over twenty records on a variety of internationally respected vanguard labels; ESP DISK, Bo Weavil, Azul Discografica, Blackest Rainbow, Pendu, Gaffer, Holidays, Wallace and more. Talibam! has been one of the most active underground American bands on the European scene, completing 18 tours since 2006, playing at the Wire Festival (2007), Dot to Dot (2007), Kraak Festival (2008), ZXZW (2008), Night of the Unexpected (2009), Ultra Hang (2010), Dis-Patch (2010), and B-Sides Festival (2011). They have collaborated across genre and medium, performing for artist Peter Coffin at Deitch Projects in 2008, and since 2009 in an ongoing collaboration with acclaimed choreographer Karole Armitage, performing with her at the Kitchen (2009), Torino, Italy (2009), Abrons Arts Center (2010), and Milan and London (October 2011). They seek radical musicians to work with and have found great results working with Cooper-Moore, Jon Irabagon, Alan Wilkinson, Rhys Chatham, Peter Evans, Ed Bear, and Sam Kulik.

Drummer Kevin Shea is well-known for his work as a member of Mostly Other People Do the Killing, People, Coptic Light, Storm & Stress, and the Peter Evans Quartet.

Keyboardist Matt Mottel is also a member of CSC Funk Band and leads his own group Platinum Vision.

Sam Kulik (b. 1982) has lived in New York since 2004, contributing his creativity as a trombonist, writer, singer, and bassist to an exciting diversity of collaborations. In the rock world his projects include Starring, Nervous Cabaret and a collaboration with singer Amanda Palmer. On the creative jazz scene he has performed with Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Peter Evans, and Mary Halvorson (among many), and was tapped to curate concerts at the Stone in December 2009. He contributes to large ensembles the Walter Thompson Orchestra, Kagel Nacht, and the Skeletons Big Band and has appeared in the theater works of Cynthia Hopkins, The Talking Band, The Mettawee River Theater Company, and Banana, Bag & Bodice.
A touring and gigging musician for years, his discography is now rapidly expanding with the releases in 2012 of "Talibam! and Sam Kulik Discover AtlantASS" (Belly Kids), a new Starring record (Northern-Spy), and his own "Escape from Society" (Hot Cup), on which his skills as a composer and vocalist are featured. www.samkulik.com

special guest bios

"In Christy & Emily's music, we find unconventional rockers with Brazilian baiao rhythms seated in a psychedelic netherworld, suicide ballads invoking the sordid tales in the Harry Smith Anthology and chords borrowed from Schumann and Liszt with a chorus that nods to Brian Wilson." - Digital In Berlin http://www.christyandemily.com

Filip Marinovich is the author of ZERO READERSHIP and AND IF YOU DON'T GO CRAZY I'LL MEET YOU HERE TOMORROW (both from Ugly Duckling Presse.) Poems have been published in EOAGH, Esque, Aufgabe, Brooklyn Rail, and on the Poetry Society of America website. Filip is currently at work on a new epic, WOLFMAN LIBRARIAN. Filip has been teaching at the Coalition School for Social Change since 2000. Lew Press published chapbook, a car/APome (2011). Gneiss Press published chapbook, Caption My Caption (2010). UDP published, Road of a Thousand Wonders - a collectedselected pomes 1999 - 2010 (2011). 24 Golden Bears, forthcoming from Gneiss Press. Has published Greetings, a magazine of the arts since 1999. Curates a reading & performance Series at Unnameable Bokes in Brooklyn, every Thursday in the thick of Spring.

Jeffrey Joe Nelson: Living in Brooklyn since 1997. Teaching at the Coalition School for Social Change since 2000. Lives with a wife. Two children: Luna,Age 9; Eli, Age 1. A bird & a dog. Lew Press published chapbook, a car/APome (2011). Gneiss Press published chapbook, Caption My Caption (2010). UDP published, Road of a Thousand Wonders - a collected selected pomes 1999 - 2010 (2011). 24 Golden Bears, forthcoming from Gneiss Press. Has published Greetings, a magazine of the arts since 1999. Curates a reading & performance Series at Unnameable Bokes in Brooklyn, every Thursday in the thick of Spring. Blue-grey eyes. Hairis blonde in the summer & dirty in the Winter.

Corina Copp is most recently the author of Pro Magenta/Be Met (Ugly Duckling Presse 2011). Recent work can be found in the PEN Poetry Series, CLOCK, Boston Review, BOMB, Cambridge Literary Review, and other journals; and will be anthologized in Out of Everywhere: Linguistically Innovative Poetry by Women in North America and the UK (second edition). Her plays include: Tell No One (Small Press Traffic/Invisible Dog 2011), WALTZ (E. 13th Street Theater 2010) and A Week of Kindness (Incubator Arts/Brick Theater 2007). Copp is a curator with the Segue Foundation and a recent editor of The Poetry Project Newsletter (2009-2011). She is currently working on The Whole Tragedy of the Inability to Love: A Performance Trilogy.

Guardian Angel- Helmed by Greg Fox -- a busy fellow has drummed in Teeth Mountain, Liturgy, Dan Deacon Ensemble, and Man Forever (Kid Millions/Oneida) and plays solo as GDFX -- Guardian Alien follow the road to enlightenment previously trod by the likes of Hawkwind and other space adventurers. guardianalien.tumblr.com/

Originally a percussionist David Linton has created sound for many collaborative dance, theater, & performance settings since his arrival in downtown NY in the early 1980's. Since 2002 Linton's fascination with instantaneous collaborative audio visual communication among select units of electronic musicians and visualists has assumed the form of a live television Manhattan cable/webcast project - UGTV - Unitygain Television - for which he is producer/director - and an occasional performer.

Cooper-Moore is a composer-improviser, instrumentalist, designer andbuilder of musical instruments, and music educator, living and working in New York City. A native of the Piedmont area of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Cooper-Moore began studying piano at age eight. Four years later, he was listening to the musics of Thelonius Monk, Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman, and working on improvisation. While his attention was focused on piano performance in New York clubs and touring abroad, Cooper-Moore began designing and building musical instruments and played them in collaboration with all kinds of artist at lofts, galleries, artist spaces, museums, and in the streets of New York City. He has over the years built an extensive instrument collection, using such material as paper, bamboo, metal, wood, and acrylic. He most often performs with his ashimba (a type of xylophone), bass diddly-bow, horizontal hoe-handle harp, three stringed fretless banjo, and electric mouth bow. His instruments have been exhibited at the Thread Waxing Gallery, NYC, and The Goddard Riverside Community Center, NYC.

Peter Glantz is an influential theater and film director who has guided underground and commercial performances in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and his home base of Providence, RI. His touring shows have traveled to over 30 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada appearing in state parks, rock clubs, abandoned buildings, museums, and even the occasional theater. He is honored to have directed performers that include Andrew W.K., Becky Stark, and Miranda July, and worked with artists including Jacob Ciocci and Ben Jones from Paper Rad, Leif Goldberg from Forcefield, Erin Rosenthal, Jim Drain, Ron Rege, Jr., and Kevin Hooyman.

Schwitters composed and performed an early example of sound poetry, Ursonate (1922–32; a translation of the title is Original Sonata or Primeval Sonata). The poem was influenced by Raoul Hausmann's poem "fmsbw" which Schwitters' heard recited by Hausmann in Prague, 1921.[23] Schwitters performed the piece regularly, developing and extending it, until finally publishing his notations for the recital in the last Merz periodical, 1932.[24]

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