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Live at

The Gatherings Concert Series

Saturday 15 May 2010 8:00pm

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


Spyra, the renowned German Electronic Musician, returns to Philadelphia and the remarkable setting of St. Mary's Hamilton Village on 15 May 2010 as part of The Gatherings Concert Series



Spyra - 24 March 2007
Live at The Gatherings Concert Series


Spyra (aka Wolfram Spyra) is a German synthesist with strong roots in the Berlin-School of Spacemusic. Embracing these essential concepts, he creates electronic realizations with a transportative quality. Mixing dreamy electronics with enticing synthetic percussion, Spyra delivers an extremely appealing music. Charged with rhythm and catchy melodies, his music brings the ideas of classic 1970's Spacemusic into the present tense.

Spyra is a musician and sound artist from Kassel in Germany. He produces music that spans the boundaries between contemporary Electronic Music and rave culture. Compositions are derived from classic Cosmic Music structure yet influenced by 21st century sensibilities. His work defies classification as it is embraced by fans from many generations.

Spyra began his career in the early 1990's constructing soundscape installations at various locations in Germany. He has collaborated with a wide range of visual artists, musicians, producers and DJs and has released over 14 albums - beginning in 1995 with Home Listening is Killing Clubs.

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The ascent to Electronic Music fame began when Spyra first came in contact with Pete Namlook, who, in the 1990's, produced many young talented artists for his newly formed FAX label. Through Namlook, Spyra started releasing a series of CD's dedicated to various forms of electromagnetic waves, of which Sferics was the first. These early releases showed Spyra developing a fresh approach to Electronic Music that combined classic influences with contemporary and modern elements. More albums on FAX (including the Virtual Vices series in collaboration Pete Namlook), as well as CDs for the Manikin and Ricochet Dream labels followed. Presently, after years of creative endeavor, Spyra finds himself at the forefront of the current EM scene.

SeQuest Review: SeQuest by Spyra/Lang

Every composer writes in the influences they grew up with. Throughout his interesting career the celebrated German synthesist Spyra has built upon a foundation of classic 1970s era Klaus Schulze as a basic inspiration, as well as 80s Prog-Rock and 90s IDM, to create a fascinating range of original Electronic Music - which takes the listener well beyond what his predecessors and contemporaries ever imagined. With each new Spyra CD we experience a new cycle of intimacy. On SeQuest (66'09") Spyra, with Chris Lang, creates an irresistibly likable Spacemusic. With its traditional virtues of melody and harmony the resplendent tone poetry may at times be airy, but never air-headed. Even spaced rhythms pulse and echo in intriguing patterns as lead lines, bold and expressive, seem to speak directly to the listener. Unafraid to be slow and sultry, on SeQuest Spyra and Lang also realize music meant to touch the heart once it has massaged the mind. Critics often miss the complexities of this music. Spyra is among the most expressive musicians working in the EM genre. The manner in which he moves through significant moods, textures and energy levels enlivens his pieces with a mysterious emotional atmosphere - within which we as listeners are grateful to be in contact.

- Chuck van Zyl/STAR'S END Ambient Radio   14 May 2010

High Phidelity Review: High Phidelity by Spyra

Listening to High Phidelity it is easy to hear Spyra drawing upon techno influences as much as the mysterious moods of the spacemusic realm. He views the body and mind as parts of the same organism, and the medium of electronica as a path between many stylistic directions. On this double live CD, Spyra explores the boundaries between opposites, and manages to realize music that is always inviting and consistently engaging. Made up of concert excerpts drawn from 2007 activity, High Phidelity finds Spyra playing with space on STAR'S END, bursting with color and inflection at E-Day, soaring along melodic lines and dancing shapes at Hampshire Jam and weaving beautiful leads amidst complex interlocking patterns and repetitive motifs at The Gatherings Concert Series. The sound is vibrant, simultaneously loose and ordered, and with a tight grip on the groove. Spyra gives us the spacey and the dancey, but never the same way twice.

- Chuck van Zyl/STAR'S END Ambient Radio   6 March 2008

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The Gatherings Concert Series presents Spyra live in concert on Saturday 15 May 2010 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: $20 available at the door, night of show; $10 for full-time students with proper ID (available at the door).

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The 2010 Season at The Gatherings Concert Series is supported in part by Ricochet Dream. An independent record label and listener association located in Red Bank, NJ, Ricochet Dream is dedicated to music releases relating to its TD themed Ricochet Gathering events and other noted artists.

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