Pressure Drop Vol 1 performance series launched at 118 Elliot

Periodic pop-up shows will allow musicians and artists from non-traditional genres to share weekend nights at 118 Elliot

BRATTLEBORO — 118 Elliot will kick off `Pressure Drop Vol. 1' this Saturday with performances by John Levin, Patrick Spurlock, `Stella's Mayhem' and `If Not I Than Who Then.' The Pressure Drop series will make occasional weekend nights available for more esoteric and challenging work by independent artists, musicians, dancers and filmmakers. The series will offer an opportunity for local and visiting artists to come together as a community in support of new and experimental work. Shows will be by donation only and all funds will go directly to the participating performers.

"Pressure Drop Volume 1" brings together Jonas Fricke, who will be performing as `If Not I than who Then,' Levin, Spurlock and the band Stella Mayhem (Blaise Siwula, Aron Namenwirth and John Loggia) with additional participants to be added.

Stella's Mayhem features Blasie Siwula who is also performing on Sunday Sounds at 118 Elliot the next day, June 18. Siwula, recently returned from touring southern Europe, has performed with many great Jazz Legends including Cecil Taylor. He is joined by Aron Namenwirth and Loggia, both longtime performers in the Williamsburg Brooklyn, mixing punk, Jazz and conceptual art in a unpredictable journey through exotic sonic landscapes.

Levin's music explores a world of sustained tones, harmonics, and changing tunings that is best created with vintage analog synthesizers. I also draw inspiration from medieval polyphony, drones, early minimalism, and free improvisation.

Spurlock will also be performing solo analog synthesizer. He creates layers of processed recorded concrete sounds woven together into a densely textured sonic environment.

Fricke of "If Not I Than Who Then" has described his performances as "Mystery Music." He has played in many different bands in the Brattleboro area and is a founding member of the Future Collective an open collective of artists and performers who produce shows and support independent artists in the area.

Doors at 118 Elliot St. open at 7 p.m. For more information visit the 118 Elliot website at or email


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