The Event Horizon Concert Series

East coasters in the Tri-State area that are looking for some interesting live music this summer should plan a trip to Philadelphia. That’s where the Event Horizon Concert Series calls home. Don’t worry folks, Sam Neil isn’t going to put you through a meat grinder in space here. The only space here will be the genre of music.

Held at the Rotunda on the University of Pennsylvania campus in West Philadelphia, the Event Horizon Concert Series features musicians and groups who perform ambient, electronic, experimental and space music. There’s a concert near monthly in the summer, and bi-monthly the rest of the year.

Let’s take a look at what’s coming up:

May 6th – Dan Malloy, Jair-Rohm Parker Wells, Chuck van Zyl

Dan Malloy – A Philadelphia instrumental guitar player who has played over 100 shows since 2005. He is always looking for ways to expand his sound. Starting out primarily as an acoustic player, he soon started playing electric guitar and added a delay pedal, then another and then another. Nowadays his sound is built on multiple loops with the occasional use of reverse reverb and pitchshifting.

Jair-Rôhm Parker Wells (born October 13, 1958) is an American free improvisation bassist (bass guitar and electric upright bass), composer and conceptualist. He is one of the founding members of the improvising band Machine Gun which featured Thomas Chapin. He resided in Stockholm, Sweden from 1985 until 2010. Presently residing in Bangkok, Thailand, he has been active internationally as a promoter of improvised and experimental music performing and recording extensively. He has collaborated with Karl Berger, Daniel Carter, Jaron Lanier, John Sinclair and Tony Scott among others.

Chuck van Zyl – Philadelphia area Spacemusician Chuck van Zyl, best known as host of STAR’S END (WXPN‘s renowned radio program of spacemusic dreamscapes) and as coordinator of The Gatherings (Philadelphia’s premiere concert series of innovative music), Chuck van Zyl has also been making his own unique style of electronic music since 1983.


June 4th – Neil Nappe, Iron Gump & Sean Hoots, Onewayness

Neil Nappe – An Electronic/Guitar Synth and Progressive Acoustic guitarist, Neil Nappe is well known for his work with Roland Guitar Synthesizers as well as some of the earliest work with the then-emerging standard of MIDI and personal computers in music. His critically acclaimed LP ‘July’, released on Larry Fast’s Passport/Audion label, was one of the first works of its kind, recorded entirely with guitar-synth and MIDI sequencing. His work cuts across a staggering variety of compositional styles. Nappe remains an innovator who eagerly embraces cutting-edge, experimental and often unwieldy technologies, at

Iron Gump, for the last seven years, has been traveling and living in Maui, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Philadelphia. Spontaneously connecting musically with different artists aound the world.Through his musical exploration he has gained a deeper understanding about allowing the instruments to play him and to listen/feel the other musicians playing as well.  His connection to sound has become his passion and his way of creating a space for people to explore. The universe sings!

Sean Hoots is a maker of music living in the land of West Philadelphia.  Perhaps best known for his roots/rock project Hoots & Hellmouth, Hoots has been writing, recording, and performing original music across a myriad of genres for the past three decades.  The last few years have found him delving deeper into the mysterious, crafting sprawling soundscapes from found-sounds, synths, guitars, and vocal manipulations.  This world of contemplative, meditative music, especially when combined with the talents of Iron Gump, offers a unique opportunity for performer and listener to share a soul-plumbing experience.

Onewayness is Adam Holquist, a composer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist from Erie,Pennsylvania. He uses guitars, pianos, analog and digital synthesis, spoken word and field recordings, and a variety of hardware and software tools to create atmospheric and textural music which draws influence from a variety of sources.  These may include: ambient, drone, minimalism, post-rock, and vintage and contemporary electronic ‘listening music’.


August 6th – Markus Reuter and Friends

Markus has spanned the world of music: from his development of “Playnotes”, a recursive compositional software tool, to performing with some of progressve rocks icons like Tony Levin, Adrian Belew and Pat Mastelotto as well as recoring with the ambient electronic legends Ian Boddy and Robert Rich. Few players cross genres like Markus, who brings the sensibilities of both worlds together in the best possible way.


More concerts are sure to be added, so to keep an eye out and also find more information, check out Event Horizon Series.

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