Donny Who Loved Bowling

Donny Who Loved Bowling (Joe Griffin and Christopher Petkus) returns to NMASS to premiere their new longform work “Chapterhouse.” They will be joined by their compatriots from the 2019 live band–Cynthia Goosby, Scott Charvet, and Andrew Trent—with video accompaniment created by Rebecca Ramirez.

Christopher Petkus has been involved with Church Of The Friendly Ghost since 2004 and has an excellent story about once having to break in to the original building to perform a show there. In addition, Christopher has been a member of Donny Who Loved Bowling (with Joe Griffin) since its inception in 1998, and has been affiliated with NMASS since 2011. Further musical affiliations include RIGID, Mongoose, and {Re}:tkus.

Rebecca Ramirez aka Pilgrimess aka Sweet Cheeks is a videographer, painter, musician, performance artist and friend to animals y humanos alike. Once she started being born, she never stopped and hopefully never will.

Cynthia Goosby’s passion for music has taken her all over the world, including solo and festival performances around the U.S., Canada, Italy, and Ireland. In addition to her involvement in several local chamber and improvisatory ensembles, she also teaches and enjoys composing and arranging. Goosby holds a Masters degree in Clarinet Performance from Bowling Green State University and Bachelors degrees in Clarinet Performance and German from Ball State University. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, spinning literal and metaphorical yarns, and playing the piano badly.

Andrew Trent has been writing, performing, and producing music across numerous genres for over 40 years. A bassist to the bone, Andrew has his ears locked on the low end intersection of rhythm, melody, and harmony. His latest project is the pointedly political post punk pop of Moth:November.

Joe Griffin is a founding member (with Christopher Petkus) of Donny Who Loved Bowling. He has been a performing musician since 1977, playing guitar and singing at summerfests, car shows, frat parties, art galleries, wedding receptions, bars, theaters, clubs, and NMASS 2019. Joe creates sound design and composes music for theatre in and around Chicago. His other musical manifestations have resulted in a few pop-rock albums; soundtrack recordings for the Warhammer 40k RPG, Bard Fiction (Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction as played by a sixteenth-century ensemble) and A Klingon Christmas Carol; and the instrumental record “excessive machine.”  

Scott Charvet is an active percussionist and educator in Austin, TX, teaching private lessons by day and performing across town by night. A California native, Scott is an alumnus of California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo (B.A. Music – 2011) and Bowling Green State University in Ohio (M.M. Instrumental Performance – 2017). As a performer, he touts a literal binderful of experience (some 100-200+ concerts so far) with a variety of groups and organizations, including the the Austin Brass Band, Density 512, Mongoose, the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, the Santa Clara Vanguard, and even a few rock bands here and there. Scott has also participated in master classes with Steven Schick (U.C. San Diego), Matthew Duvall (Eighth Blackbird), Daniel Karas (Grand Rapids Symphony), the Boston Brass, and the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet. His music tastes range from the traditional to the surreal, but his absolute favorite is music with character, funk, and groove; the fun stuff that makes you dance. Outside of music, Scott thoroughly enjoys watching movies, writing screenplays, listening to podcasts, and eating vegan comfort food.

Beatrice Charvet Goosby was born July 11, 2021. This is her first NMASS performance