Croniamantal

Spawn of the Electric Possible!

Croniamantal is a lab project featuring bards and improvisors in creative collaboration



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Phases of Croniamantal
phase 2 

bard: Rod Smith
theremin: Amber Dunleavy
cello: Paolo Vallodolid
analog synth (Fenix): Pat Gillis
guitar & found stuff: Layne Garrett
didjeridoo & flute: Michelle Marcoccia
cheesy keyboard & springamajig: Jeff Bagato

performances:
April 6, 2008--Electric Possible

phase 1 (a + b +c)

bard: Buck Downs (a, b)
theremin: Amber Dunleavy (a, b)
viola: Paolo Vallodolid (a)
violin: Nancy McDonnell (b)
analog synth (Fenix): Pat Gillis (a, b)
laptop/programming: Pressly Dowler (a, b)
cheesy keyboard: Jeff Bagato (a, b)

performances (phase 2)


 


Nov 16--Croniamantal performs at Lyceum in Alexandria, VA!

Electro-acoustic free improvisation ensemble Croniamantal will be joining poets Anselm Berrigan, Charled Bernstein, Buck Downs, Mel Nichols, Tom Raworth, and others in a special tribute to experimental poet Rod Smith called "In Memory of my Theories." This special event is produced by the Alexandria Performing Arts Association and Yockadot Poetics Theatre Project. The event will include readings, talks, performance, theatre, and music circling and celebrating the work of leading experimental poet Rod Smith.

"In Memory of My Theories" has nationally and internationally known poets Charles Bernstein, Tom Raworth, Nada Gordon, and more, coming to town to join Smith and others from the vibrant DC Metro-area poetry community in a genre-busting event celebrating the edges of poetic form. With "poetics theatre" by National Poetry Series winner Rodrigo Toscano, and experimental music by Croniamantal backing poets Smith and Mel Nichols.

Croniamantal--Named for the anti-hero of Guillaume Apollinaire's surrealist novel The Poet Assasinated, El Possible's first electro-acoustic free improvisation laboratory project gathers a set of local free improvisors and one avant garde poet to create some exciting new sounds. Current members include Pat Gillis (TL0741) on analog synthesizers; Amber Dunleavy (Echolalia) on theremin; Paolo Vallodolid on cello; Layne Garrett (Cutest Puppy in the World) on guitar and found stuff; Michelle Marcoccia (Ms. Conception) on didjeridoo and flute; and Jeff Bagato (Tone Ghosting) on cheesy keyboard & springamajig. Their bards for this incarnation will be George Mason U. poetry prof Mel Nichols and legendary DC avant garde poet Rod Smith, long holding it down as editor of Aerial/Edge magazine; his new book Deed was issued by University of Iowa Press. Rod was voted "DC's Best Poet" for 2008 by Washington City Paper. Check out some of his work here.

Schedule of artists:

3:30 Doors open

4:00 Buck Downs, Mark McMorris, Michael Hall, Adam Good, Lauren Bender, Chris Nealon, Gary Sullivan

5:30 Nada Gordon, Heather Fuller, Doug Lang, Tina Darragh, Peter Inman, Rodrigo Toscano

7:00 Charles Bernstein, Anselm Berrigan, Tom Raworth

8:30
Croniamantal with Rod Smith and Mel Nichols

Rod Smith: In Memory of My Theories, featuring Croniamantal
Sunday, Nov 16 4-10pm
FREE! event--Donations accepted
location:
Lyceum
201 S. Washington St.
Alexandria, VA

info: 703-400-2984

http://www.dcpoetry.com

Sept 18--Croniamantal + readings by Michael Kimball and Danika Stegeman @ Cheryl's Gone reading series, Big Bear Coffee, 1700 First St, NW, WDC (1st & R streets). This show is FREE and starts at 8pm.

performances (phase 1)

1a--played at El Possible 25 on 6/5/05

1b--played at In Your Ear/DCAC on 6/19/05

1c--(including all the above) played at Library of Congress, Pickford Theatre on 7/25/05 on program of lectures and peformance featuring Jeff Bagato talking on the Stereofernic Orchidstra, Jim Adams on Mut-O-Scope recordings, and performance by BLK w/Bear.

Recordings

sound clip from 5/31/05

Next show




Jan 14--Croniamantal + Music Over Mind Mind Over Matter at Electric Possible, DCAC, 2438 18th St, NW, WDC (Adams Morgan); 7:00 start; $5 admission
 
 

OUT NOW!!: Croniamantal (phase 1) CDR from Panic Research Audio.
 

Who is Croniamantal?

Named for the anti-hero of Guillaume Apollinaire's surrealist novel The Poet Assassinated, El Possible's first electro-acoustic free improvisation laboratory project gathers a set of local free improvisors and one avant garde poet to create some exciting new sounds. Current members include Pat Gillis (TL0741) on analog synthesizers; Amber Dunleavy (Echolalia) on theremin; Paolo Vallodolid on cello; Layne Garrett (Cutest Puppy in the World) on guitar and found stuff; Michelle Marcoccia (Ms. Conception) on didjeridoo and flute; and Jeff Bagato (Tone Ghosting) on cheesy keyboard & springamajig. Their bard for this incarnation will be legendary DC avant garde poet Rod Smith, long holding it down as editor of Aerial/Edge magazine; his new book Deed was issued by University of Iowa Press. Rod was voted "DC's Best Poet" for 2008 by Washington City Paper. Check out some of his work here.

from the Exact Change books website:
"Apollinaire was modernism's first champion, and after his early death in 1918, he became its first saint. Lying in a hospital bed in 1915, recovering from combat wounds suffered in World War I, Apollinaire assembled the fragments of a tragicomic, mock-epic, and occasionally obscene autobiography-a-clef: The Poet Assassinated. This novella recounts the life and death of Croniamantal, whose birth is 'saluted' by the Eiffel Tower's 'beautiful erection,' who rises through the Parisian literary world to proclaim himself 'the greatest of living poets,' and who is then torn to pieces by a mob. A statue built 'out of nothing, like poetry and glory,' is constructed in his honor."