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The Ministry of Inside Things plus Hallowed Bells - 18 November 2017

The Ministry of Inside Things Consisting of electronic musician Chuck van Zyl and electric guitarist Art Cohen, The Ministry of Inside Things are considered among the most innovative of US spacemusicians today. While their music touches on many of the hallmarks of Berlin-School Spacemusic, MoIT bring their own influences and innovation to the process. The result is a sound that is uniquely individual.

The Ministry of Inside Things, plus electronic duo Hallowed Bells performed at The Gatherings Concert Series on 18 November 2017. This show offered no admission charge. Thanks for your donations!

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Jeff Pearce plus Eyes Cast Down - 7 October 2017

Jeff PearceJeff Pearce is well known to the Spacemusic community for his unique approach to the electric guitar. Pearce produces tones that rarely betray their origin as they are processed, delayed, distorted and looped to create complex harmonies and timbres. His music is compelling and moody, traversing the Space, Ambient, Experimental and New Age genres, and ranges from deep, dark soundworlds to bright, elegant, melodic compositions.

Jeff Pearce, plus Eyes Cast Down, performed at The Gatherings Concert Series on 7 October 2017. This show offered no admission charge. Thanks to everyone who attended!

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Hotel Neon plus Datadrift - 16 September 2017

Hotel NeonThe music of Hotel Neon is characterized by blissed-out, gently moving forms and slowly evolving atmospheres. Their understated works for processed electric guitars and deep warm electronics entices the audience into a dreamy, wordless state. Emphasizing texture and mood, Hotel Neon provides an open-ended sonic environment meant for optimal being. As textural contrasts in sound reach the mind's eye through the body's ears, the movement of mood from dark to light may stir the listener's soul.

Hotel Neon, plus noted Electronic Musician Datadrift, performed at The Gatherings Concert Series on 16 September 2017. This show offered no admission charge, and donations were gratefully accepted! Thanks to everyone who attended!

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The Gatherings Concert Series 25th Anniversary 1992 - 2017

The Gatherings 2017 The first event in The Gatherings Concert Series was sponsored by public radio station WXPN as a listener get-together for the program STAR'S END. "The Gathering" was held rather unceremoniously in the Kade Center of Wayne Hall in West Philadelphia on 9 May 1992, and, along with free pop and snacks, featured a live concert with local synth trio Xisle.

In 2017 The Gatherings Conert Series will mark the 25th anniversay of its first event with several special concerts. Please check back for news and updates on our silver season! Thanks for all your support!


The Gatherings Concert Series - Concert Releases on Bandcamp

The album The Gatherings 20 May 2017 (58'55") presents the complete live performance by Ombient (Mike Hunter) and Chuck van Zyl during the 25th Anniversary Season of this most venerable innovative music series. Their realization KL-93 was made live, in the heat of the moment, before an enthusiastic, informed audience. As these conditions are known for revealing the creative spark, we find both musicians and their listeners experiencing this extraordinary music together in the act of being made.

This work, and that of contemporaries such as Arc, Cosmic Ground, Free System Projekt, Node and Redshift, draws on higher-order capacities. Theirs is a minimalism that speaks volumes. By carefully exploiting the intrinsic technological limits of 1970s Electronic Music this duo enlarges the medium's expressive range and proves that this genre is an organism that continues to grow and change with each new manifestation. Today's artists hope to elevate the Spacemusic experience to one of mystical proportions - as they continue to push this sound as far as it can go.

Proceeds from the sale of The Gatherings 20 May 2017 by Ombient w/Chuck van Zyl go to support the efforts of CIMA of PA, the IRS recognized, non-profit, all-volunteer organization which oversees The Gatherings Concert Series in Philadelphia.

Please learn more about albums meant to support The Gatherings Concert Series by accessing: thegatheringsconcertseries.bandcamp.com


The Gatherings Concert Series 2018 Season

The Gatherings 2018 In 2018 The Gatherings Conert Series returns with innovative performances from a line-up of internationally acclaimed musicians, including:

  • Chuck van Zyl on 21 April 2018
  • Robert Rich & Markus Reuter on 21 May 2018
  • Ian Boddy on 20 October 2018
  • Saul Stokes on 17 November 2018
  • Please save these dates, and regularly check back to this website for updates on these shows, additional concert listings and news on Advance Individual Tickets and Season Tickets!

    Many Thanks for your continuing support and generosity!

    The Gatherings Concert Series 2018 Season


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    Projekt Projekt - Gothic Atmospheres

    The 2017 Season at The Gatherings Concert Series is funded in part by Projekt. An independent record label based in Portland, OR, Projekt is dedicated to the music releases of Alio Die, Black Tape For a Blue Girl, Jeffrey Koepper, Steve Roach, Erik Wollo and other innovative artists.

    For more about Projekt, please access: www.projekt.com


    The Gatherings Thank You!

    The Gatherings Concert Series and The Corporation for Innovative Music and Arts of PA have worked very hard to build an international reputation for producing provocative and daring works of artistic excellence. Donations from the community have a direct and important impact on this work.

    We keep the price of admission low to encourage new and diverse audiences to experience the wealth of music at The Gatherings. As a non-profit organization, our ticket prices do not cover the entire cost of producing some of the highest quality concert experiences in the country. We rely on contributors to help us continue our tradition of quality programming. Thank You for your kind support!

    For details on underwriting opportunities with The Gatherings Concert Series, please send an email


    The Corporation for Innovative Music and Arts of Pennsylvania

    The Corporation for Innovative Music and Arts of Pennsylvania was established on 7 January 2002. "CIMA of PA" is the all-volunteer, non-profit organization responsible for organizing and producing The Gatherings Concert Series. The basic mission of CIMA is to bring innovative music concerts to the public and further the advancement of this artform.

    On 18 April 2003, CIMA filed Form 1023 (Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code) with the Internal Revenue Service. On 9 February 2004, the IRS determined that The Corporation for Innovative Music and Arts of Pennsylvania is exempt from federal income tax under section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code as an organization described in section 501(c)(3). Donations to CIMA of PA are deductible as charitable contributions on the donor's federal income tax return.


    The Gatherings CD Compilation

    The Gatherings 2On 22 April 2006 CIMA of PA released a 2CD anthology made possible through the generous support of 20 individuals from The Gatherings community. The Gatherings volume 2 features excerpts from pre-year 2000 performances in The Gatherings Concert Series. All of the music included on The Gatherings volume 2 was recorded live in Philadelphia at events produced by the all-volunteer staff of The Gatherings Concert Series. The artists included on this disc are among the most recognized and talented in their field and have donated their music to help further the cause advocated by the series. Please access The Gatherings volume 2 CD webpage for full details.


    The Gatherings at Yahoo! Groups

    Yahoo! Groups logo Have updates emailed to you periodically in the form of a newsletter by joining The Gatherings Concert Series Group at Yahoo! Groups. Whether it's news about concert series developments, reviews of events or updates on related artists, receiving the newsletter is a convenient way to keep informed of the events presented by The Gatherings Concert Series.

    Click on the provided link and follow the easy instructions for signing up. Once your registration has been confirmed, you will receive notices about upcoming events in the series. This is not a discussion group, email addresses will not be made public. There is no fee for this service and you can unsubscribe at any time.

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    The Gatherings CD Compilation

    Gatherings Concert Series In the Summer of 2002, Synkronos Music released an anthology CD featuring excerpts from past Gatherings Concert Series concerts. The Gatherings compiles previously unreleased live tracks by: Kevin Bartlett, Bionaut, Jeff Grienke, The Ministry of Inside Things, Ben Neill, Robert Rich and Steve Roach. The Gatherings anthology disc is available for a modest donation to CIMA of PA at the next and future Gatherings concerts. Please access The Gatherings CD webpage for full details.


    The Gatherings website is still under development. If the information you are seeking is not available here (i.e. images, reviews, scrapbook and/or announcements of past concerts), please access The Gatherings area of the STAR'S END website at: www.starsend.org/gatherings.html.

    The generous people at CyberWorkx have helped create The Gatherings website. Please access this website by using the URL:   www.thegatherings.org   Thank you!


    Sincere Thanks To These Fine Organizations For Their Profound Help With The Gatherings Concert Series

    STAR'S END   Echoes   Cyberworkx

    Synkronos Music St Mary's Digital Underground