God, Love, Death, Afterlife, Perversion and Depravity; philosophical subjects that even after 300,000 years of human existence still remain theoretical and controversial- and none better to unpack them then River L. Ramirez through their heightened, experimental comedic style that their mother often calls “disturbing and not for me.” Gathering highbrow and lowbrow authorities alike, from musicians to characters, comedians to writers, this series promises to be an unhinged meeting of minds for the ages.
Featuring Machine Listener, Nappy Nina & Kinlaw
House band: Sarah Galdes & Lou Tides
River L. Ramirez (they/them) is a Brooklyn-based artist, comedian and writer who wrote, produced and directed the comedy special program “Pervert Everything” for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. Ramirez has appeared on the HBO comedy series ‘Random Acts of Flyness’ and in the final season of Comedy Central’s ‘Broad City’. Most recently they have had a residency at Barishnykov Arts Center where they premiered their latest musical piece “GHOSTFOLK”
Ramirez has written for High Maintenance, The National Lampoon Radio Hour. Ramirez can be seen in a recurring role in the HBO comedy series Los Espookys opposite Fred Armisen and, opposite Glenn Close, in John Cameron Mitchell’s musical anthology podcast Anthem and featured as Charly in BIRDGIRL. Named one of Comedy Central’s Up Next Comedians for 2018, Ramirez was featured in the San Francisco Cluster Fest comedy festival, and performed at the Public Theater in New York as part of the January, 2019, Under the Radar Festival.
Matthew Gallagher As Machine Listener, Pittsburgh-based Matthew Gallagher artist and musician, creates enormous and agile sets of noise music that skirt the blunt and brutal tendencies of the genre for more curious, engaged experiences. They have shared the stage with acts such as Aaron Dilloway, W00dy, Jeremy Bible, High Aura’d and Mothcock.
Nappy Nina is an Oakland born writer, emcee and producer. Her debut album The Tree Act was released in January 2019 with LucidHaus and has received much acclaim. She has been featured on tracks with Yeaji, Quelle Chris, and Son Lux as well as many other talented artists. Her rap efforts have led her to perform around the U.S. as well as spread her west coast chill to France, Switzerland, Germany, Norway, and Rotterdam. A nomad at heart, Nina is currently residing in Brooklyn but leaving every chance she gets.
Kinlaw is an audio composer, choreographer, and artist focusing on empathic potential and agency developed by performance. Their productions have been featured throughout New York City in institutions like MoMA, MoMA PS1, New Museum, Pioneer Works, and Mana Contemporary, as well as throughout Europe. Kinlaw is the current music resident at Pioneer Works and previous member of New Inc, focusing on Experiments in Art and Technology and psychoacoustical research at Bell Labs. Kinlaw is an MFA candidate at Bard College, Milton Avery School of the Arts.