Just Duet

Just Duet  (Cynthia Goosby and Scott Charvet) are the unholy spawn of a night at the beer hall. Their aim is to explore the ways in which they can combine our music with our other interests–humor, film, vegan cuisine, cats, et cetera –in order to create a fun performance experience that can’t be replicated.

Their set at NMASS2018 will include such pieces as:

Theatric No. 10 (Casey Cangelosi)
Bad Touch (Casey Cangelosi)
Drum ‘N’ Bass Clarinet (Benjamin Taylor)
Songs from the Barstool (Adam D. O’Dell) *world premiere
I;m thinking about thos beans (Adam D. O’Dell)
Coffee Dad (Adam D. O’Dell)
Jeffpardy (Adam D. O’Dell) *world premiere

“I need this horse…… kings need horses” (Adam D. O’Dell)

You will be able to see them perform at Dimension Gallery on Friday night July 20th at 11pm.


Lovely War

Lovely War is:

Frank Benn (keys/synth)
Matt Latour (drums)
John Jung (bass/guitar)
Cece Yentzen (baritone uke/ vox)

Lovely War began as an experimental collaboration among Austin multi-instrumentalists with varied musical backgrounds. At NMASS this year, this quartet will explore improvisation with modern dancer Yvonne Keyrouz.

See and hear Lovely War at Ground Floor Theatre Saturday 7/21/2018  afternoon

Mister Smile

Mister Smile is an experimental post-rock/fake jazz trio performing both original songs and more-or-less obscure works by artists of the last 60 years.

Daniel Mee (drums) has performed in a variety of styles, ranging from indie rock to experimental music to African marimba. He is currently a member of the Houston sludge metal band Omotai. Daniel is a native of Atlanta and has lived in Austin since 2008. Mister Smile represents his first effort as a bandleader.

Jeremy Erwin (keyboards) has performed as a member of Cape Suites, Unfortunate Heads, Glorium, and Lanoceros. He prefers music recorded in 1974, enjoys the morning, and quits most bands after 23 months. Listen as he struggles to find The One.

Laura Dykes (bass) is a graduate of Oberlin University who likes to explore timbre and rhythmic space.  A frequent collaborator with movement, theatre, and visual art she is equally at home in classical, rock or avant-garde.

Toto Miranda (visuals) is a founding member of the Octopus Project and Woozyhelmet.

You will be able to see Mister Smile perform inside Ground Floor Theatre at 8pm on Sunday, July 22nd

DAMN Ensemble

The DAMN Ensemble is a musical entity in constant flux. It consists of musicians and video artists from the North Texas area. We have performed in many different enviroments, attempting to bond with whatever area we are in and synthesize the influences within us and around us. We process these influences into a sound and into visions for the audience to benefit from. Each performance is improvisational with intention. We hope to leave the audience with an impression of subliminity, hopefully with a fully blissful experience.

The DAMN Ensemble on July 21st at NMASS will consist of:

Seth Graham

Seth Graham is a Ohio based artist, composer and co-owner of Orange Milk Records with an academic background in Philosophy. He focuses on compositions which highlight tropes across a broad range of musical genres using midi data, Max MSP and samples. His intention is to manifest intersections of classical avant garde and modern popular music with compositions ranging from playful sample arrangements to dense digital synthesis. Seth Graham’s work has been published by music imprints Orange Milk and Noumenal Loom. He was commissioned by the Russian Ensemble Kymatic to write 4 pieces in tribute to Philip Glass that was performed in October of 2017 at the Museum of Media and Arts in Moscow. These recordings are scheduled to be released on Recital in 2018.

See and hear Seth perform within Dimension Gallery at 7:30pm on Saturday July 21st


“CONFESSIONAL,” featuring Jamison Williams, Jim Ivy, Thomas Milovac, and Charles Pagano.

Dynamic structured free improv quartet, performed by seminal Floridian free-improvisers; an absolute tour-de-force of collaborative inventiveness, personal exposition, and a monumental dedication to one’s voluntary freedom of creative expression. Our secrets will be exposed for all.

Jamison Williams (soprano sax)

Relentlessly creative, and challenging the boundaries of extended techniques, Jamison Williams’ role in defining the pursuit of expressive freedom through the use of the instrument cannot be understated; from founding the Experimental Arts Union of Florida, +SoLo Sound Gallery, and Vantage Bulletin publishing, to designing the educational curriculum currently taught at [neu]Sonics Music Initiative, his energy is contagious and an inspiration.


Jim Ivy (alto sax)

Jim Ivy is an improviser and composer currently residing in Apopka, FL. His main form of expression is using reed instruments (in particular, saxophones) but he can also be found performing on shakuhachi, electronics, balloons, and an arsenal of game calls and whistles. He has worked with such International artists as Davey Williams, Wade Matthews, Simeon Coxe III, David Dove, Emily Hay, Kris Gruda, Jill Burton, and Doug Mathews.


Thomas Milovac (double bass)

Thomas is becoming recognized as a talented, bassist with roots in the jazz tradition as well as a deep passion for musical and sonic exploration. His playing and work reflects elements of the Free Improvisation, Bebop, No Wave, European Classical Music, and Noise.


Charles Pagano (drums)

Currently playing with Steve Gilmore (Phil Woods Quartet) and the occasional trio with Tatsuya Nakatani and Scott Bazar as well as filling in for Jabo Starks (James Brown) on his house gig at the Red Bar. Past musical compatriots include Gene Bertoncini, Stew/The Negro Problem, Larry Willis, Beck, Kevin Ayers, Enrico Rava, James Emery (String Trio of NY), Cedric Lawson (Miles Davis),Gene Bertoncini, Giacomo Gates, Ted Howe and Russ Kassoff. Interned at Creative Music Studio NY with Dave Holland, Leo Smith, Oliver Lake, Anthony Braxton, Ed Blackwell, Karl Berger, Bob Moses, Don Cherry. 

Background in free playing thanks to Creative Music Studio (http://www.creativemusicfoundation.org/) and the Woodstock, NY scene…. Mostly self-taught drummer & composer.

See and hear this group of improvisers within Ground Floor Theatre at 11pm on Friday July 20th

Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe

Robert Lowe

Lichens is the moniker of artist Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, created for performance and recording solo and with collaborators.

Lowe was previously a member of 90 Day Men before beginning his solo project.[1] In live performance, Lichens compositions are spontaneous arrangements of voice and modular synthesizer patch pieces. In the past, Lowe would utilizing acoustic and electric guitars, and on some occasions, percussion. Lichens’ first release was The Psychic Nature of Being, a three-track album recorded as a one-time improvisation without overdubbing. In 2007, Lichens released Omns, which was intended to be a continuation of The Psychic Nature of Being using slightly different techniques in recording and editing.[2] Since 2007 Lowe has been focused on live performance and the physicality of sound as well as many releases and collaborations.

In 2008, Lichens toured extensively opening for instrumental post-rock band Explosions in the Sky and played at their curated All Tomorrow’s Parties music festival.

Lowe performed in the noise rock supergroup Singer, playing bass and providing vocals on two albums for Drag City with Todd Rittman and Adam Vida of U.S. Maple and Ben Vida of Town & Country.

He performed tambura and vocals for stoner/doom metal band Om on their albums God Is Good and Advaitic Songs, and also joined them on stage.[3] He contributed with vocals on the album Monument to Time End by black metal band Twilight.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lichens_(musician)

Jeff Young & Paul Pinto

“Jeff Young and Paul Pinto, Patriots, Run for Public Office on a Platform of Swift and Righteous Immigration Reform, Lots of Jobs, and a Healthy Environment: An Opera by Paul Pinto and Jeffrey Young” was created in 2011 as a parody of contemporary politics and politicians. The half-hour piece focuses on issues of immigration and national identity. Jeffrey Young and Paul Pinto collaboratively created the text, music, and staging, scoring the piece for their own voices, violin, percussion, a turntable, and lots of cardboard boxes. In “…Patriots…,” instrumental music alternates with sung and spoken words, zany and humorous topical quips alternate with personal, pointed critiques of the political zeitgeist, fully notated sections merge into structured musical and textual improvisations, and tonal harmonies mix with less traditional musical effects. The piece has been performed principally on three tours of the US, including seven West Coast performances in 2011, 17 cities in 17 days in 2013, and four more West Coast performances in 2016.