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The Minstry of Inside Things

plus

Hallowed Bells

Live at

The Gatherings Concert Series

Saturday 18 November 2017 8:00PM

St. Mary's Hamilton Village
3916 Locust Walk in Philadelphia, PA

Free Admission/Donations Accepted


Spacemusic force The Ministry of Inside Things at long last returns to The Gatherings Concert Series and the remarkable setting of St. Mary's Hamilton Village on Saturday 18 November 2017. Electronic duo Hallowed Bells is set to open.

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The Ministry of Inside Things Consisting of synthesist Chuck van Zyl and electric guitarist Art Cohen, Philadelphia-based The Ministry of Inside Things are considered to be among the most innovative of US spacemusicians. Equally influenced by the early groundbreaking music of Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze and Ash Ra Tempel as well as that of Pink Floyd and The Grateful Dead, their work pushes across a diverse sonic terrain. Based on live improvisation, The Ministry of Inside Things creates electronic realizations that flow from theme to theme, within the context of a composed suite of music. Through use of textures and atmospheres as well as harmony, rhythm and melody, the group transports the listener on an internal aural excursion.

The Ministry of Inside Things exist outside the confines of the recording studio and in the realm of the live performance. As MoIT, Art Cohen and Chuck van Zyl continue a tradition of bringing an otherwise methodical studio based art form out into the spontaneity of the performance environment.

Their third CD Ambient Elsewhere (2008) feels dark and isolated when compared to their two earlier releases. While Everlasting Moment (2003) explored the edges, dynamics and tension of space and atmosphere, and Contact Point (2006) embraced the more unified themes of cosmic, biospheric and macrocosmic interaction, Ambient Elsewhere moves through strange new territory in-between and outside of traditional Spacemusic. Drawn from a range of chilling themes, this album sonifies wintertime, desolate landscapes and the soul's midnight. Moving through the timbral badlands of the empty quarter, their offers up a courageous intimacy. Always bringing unique influences and innovation to the music process, MoIT produces a sound that is consistently individual and personal.

The Ministry of Inside Things returns to Philadelphia and The Gatherings Concert Series on Saturday 18 November 2017. Electronic duo Hallowed Bells will provide an opening set.

The Ministry of Inside Things - Live on STAR'S END 12 November 2017 (excerpt)

Trilogy by MoIT Album Notes: Trilogy (3CD) by The Ministry of Inside Things

Trilogy is a reissue of three complete live recordings by The Ministry of Inside Things. Released initially as very limited CDRs, the three reissued live albums are replicated as professionally manufactured CDRs. Each set includes an insert with release notes and is packaged inside a deluxe box with a silver, foil-stamped cover.

Trilogy is limited to 100 hand-numbered copies, signed by Chuck van Zyl, Art Cohen & Peter D Gulch.

Disc One:
Live at The ICA Philadelphia PA 20 March 1998
Chuck van Zyl & Peter Gulch: Synthesizers/Art Cohen: Guitar
Originally Released in Limited Edition by Synkronos Music in 2008

Disc Two:
Live at The Philadelphia Museum of Art 16 September 1998
Chuck van Zyl & Peter Gulch: Synthesizers/Art Cohen: Guitar
Originally Released in Limited Edition by Synkronos Music in 2008

Disc Three:
Live on Emusic 12 July 2001
Chuck van Zyl: Synthesizers/Art Cohen: Guitar
Originally Released in Limited Edition by Synkronos Music in 2008

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Hallowed Bells

Hallowed Bells is the project of Philadelphia-based musicians Alison Stout and Darian Scatton. Creating electronic songs-without-words this young duo weaves together sweet, lyrical melodies, dissonant harmonies, and mesmerizing noisescapes - producing a unique and personal synthesized landscape of sound.

Utilizing old analog and homemade synths, Hallowed Bells performs nearly everything live on hardware - constructing loops, sequences and analog synth patches in real time. With its shimmering tones, twinkling lights and archaic technology their work reveals a dreamworld that evokes the retro-futuristic mysticism of classic science fiction.

Founding Hallowed Bells in 2013, as two experienced musicians fully immersing themselves in the world of electronic music for the first time, Alison Stout and Darian Scatton began their collaboration by creating detailed compositions suffused with rich dissonance and engaging metrical turns. Inspired by Modernist music, they found themselves increasingly enchanted by the infinite orchestrational possibilities of electronic sound. Determined to understand both the realization of sounds, and what drove the technology behind the circuits, Stout and Scatton dove headfirst into synthesizing tones and building instruments from scratch. Presently, they play their richly layered music using an all-hardware setup - which is dominated by analog synthesizers and vintage electric organs. Their sound is reminiscent of the electronic orchestrators of the 1970s, interspersed with organic beats, improvised noise and fathomless dark ambient textures.

Hallowed Bells debuts at The Gatherings Concert Series on Saturday 18 November 2017

Color Wheel by Hallowed Bells

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The Gatherings Concert Series presents The Ministry of Inside Things plus Hallowed Bells live in concert on Saturday 18 November 2017 at 8:00PM (doors open at 7:30pm) in the church sanctuary of St. Mary's Hamilton Village 3916 Locust Walk (just east of 40th & Locust) on the Penn campus in West Philadelphia. Admission: Free! No reservation neccesary. Donations Gratefully Accepted!



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CIMA of PA CIMA of PA - The Corporation for Innovative Music and Arts of Pennsylvania

The Ministry of Inside Things plus Hallowed Bells at The Gatherings Concert Series on 18 November 2017 is funded by CIMA of PA (The Corporation for Innovative Music and Arts of Pennsylvania), the all-volunteer, non-profit organization responsible for organizing and producing The Gatherings Concert Series. The basic mission of CIMA of PA is to bring innovative music concerts to the public and further the advancement of this form of art.

Continuing to further the cultivation of innovative music by exciting the efforts of musicians, and to gradually unfold, enlighten, and invigorate the talents of our community, in 2017 The Gatherings Concert Series marks the 25th anniversary of its first event.

For more about CIMA of PA, please access the Mission Statement

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For more about The Ministry of Inside Things, please access the:
  • The Ministry of Inside Things STAR'S END Profile at: www.starsend.org/moit.html
  • Photos of The Ministry of Inside Things live at The Gatherings Concert Series
    in Philadelphia on 28 June 1996
  • Photos of The Ministry of Inside Things live at The Gatherings Concert Series
    in Philadelphia on 2 March 1997
  • Photos and Reviews of The Ministry of Inside Things live at The Gatherings Concert Series
    in Philadelphia on 11 August 2002
  • Photos and Reviews of The Ministry of Inside Things live at The Gatherings Concert Series
    in Philadelphia on 15 November 2003
  • Photos and Reviews of The Ministry of Inside Things live at The Gatherings Concert Series
    in Philadelphia on 20 May 2006
  • Photos of The Ministry of Inside Things live at The Gatherings Concert Series
    in Philadelphia on 28 September 2008

For more about Hallowed Bells, please access the:

The Gatherings Concert Series is presented by the all-volunteer staff of The Corporation for Innovative Music and Arts of Pennsylvania

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