Some 40 musicians -- half of them from the Baltimore area -- are scheduled to participate in this weekend's High Zero Festival. From the local musicians, we asked Shelly Blake-Plock to pick three whose performances might offer the most promise.
Jimmy Joe Roche: Analog synth, video
Roche is a member of the arts collective Wham City. His videos have screened internationally in venues including the Royal Academy of Arts in London, Boston Institute of Contemporary Art and the
. Roche is a recipient of the 2012 new work residency at Harvestworks in
and is preparing for a two-man show with fellow artist Nathaniel Mellor at the
in the summer of 2013.
"I think a good word for the sound he makes is frenetic," Blake-Plock said.
M.C. Schmidt: Electronics
M.C. Schmidt is a solo sound artist and member of the band Matmos. The duo has shared the stage with Terry Riley, the Kronos Quartet,
, Leprechaun Catering,
, Sam Haberman, Antony Hegarty and others.
"Two years ago, he played a set, the majority of which was done with drumsticks on the railings where the audience was seated," Bake-Plock said.
John Dierker: Saxophone, clarinet
Dierker has worked in a variety of musical settings, collaborating with Peter Zummo, Jason Willett, Jad Fair and the Basement Boys. He is a longtime member of Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanoes. Currently he is working with Quartet Offensive, Microkingdom and 3081, a group that includes Michael Formanek, Dave Ballou and Will