Joe Monteiro Video Tapes, 2000-2005
Joe Monteiro created a detailed catalog of each performance. This catalog is located in Series 5: Ephemera. Each tape has been described using Monteiro's catalog, which includes venue, location, performers, instruments, and date of performance.
The collection contains recordings of two improvisational music festivals: Autumn Uprising and June. The Autumn Uprising Festival of New Improvised Music includes recordings from the fifth (October 11-14, 2001) and sixth annual (October 4-6, 2002) festivals. The venue for both years was the ICA Theater at 955 Boylston Street in Boston, Mass.
June is Boston Area Women of Electronic, Experimental, and Improvisatory Music that took place at the Tremont Theater in Boston, Mass. on June 22, 2003.
The collection also contains a catalog description of each recording (compiled by Joe Monteiro), concert flyers, and newspaper clippings of concert reviews.
- Monteiro, Joe (Creator, Person)
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Monteiro recorded concerts between 2000 and 2005, becoming the unofficial documentarian of the Cambridge area creative music scene. The Zeitgeist Gallery in Cambridge, Mass. was the catalyst for the scene. Owned by Alan Nidle, the Zeitgeist Gallery was originally located on the corner of Broadway and Norfolk Streets. Friday night concerts called the Playground Series began in 1997. Subconscious Cafe, also held at the Zeitgeist Gallery, were curated by Cambridge resident Rob Chalfen.
On April 26, 2002, the Zeitgeist Gallery was destroyed by fire. The Playground and Subconscious Cafe Series moved to various locations, including the Shadow Box Underground in Roxbury and the Boston Dance Company in Cambridge. The Playground series ended on February 21, 2003 at the Laboratory. The Subconscious Cafe continued at the newly opened Zeitgeist in July 2002.
In 2005, the improvisational music scene in Cambridge began to slow down. The small art galleries and venues were forced to close due to raising rents.
Cambridge area musicians that typically appeared at the Zeitgeist Cafe in both the Playground and Subconscious series were James Coleman (theremin), Dave Gross (saxophone), Mike Bullock (bass and electronics), Vic Rawlings (cello and electronics), Bhob Rainey (saxophone), Greg Kelley (trumpet), Liz Tonne (voice), Howard Stelzer (tapes and electronics), Jason Talbot (turntables and electronics), Katt Hernandez (violin), Brendan Murray (electronics), and Linda Gale Aubry (electric harp and electronics).
In addition, there were dozens of musicians and groups from all over the United States and the world who played in this music scene. (A detailed list of the regular groupings and visiting musicians and where they lived at the time is located in Joe Monteiro's catalog in Series 5.)
Joe Monteiro, an amateur percussionist, played in a few shows that he recorded. He plays flea market percussion, the metal tree, and roto-toms.
6.6 Linear Feet
2.3 Cubic Feet
9 boxes (1 half Hollinger and 8 oversize)
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Organization of Collection
Series 1: Catalog, 2000-2005
Series 2: Autumn Uprising, 2000-2005
Series 3: June, 2003
Series 4: DVD Recordings of Catalog, 2000-2005
Series 5: Ephemera, 2000-2005
Series 1 through 4 are organized in numerical order by tape number. Series 5 is organized alphabetically by folder title.
- Autumn Uprising Festival of New Improvised Music
- Boston (Mass.)
- Boston Area Women of Electronic Experimental and Improvisatory Music
- Cambridge (Mass.)
- Clippings (information artifacts)
- Fliers (printed matter)
- Hyde Park (Boston, Mass.)
- Improvisation (Music)
- Inman Square (Cambridge, Mass.)
- Jamaica Plain (Boston, Mass.)
- June (Music Festival)
- Music festivals
- Roxbury (Boston, Mass.)
- Zeitgeist Gallery (Cambridge, Mass.)
- Finding aid to the Joe Monteiro Video Tapes, 2000-2005 098
- Alyssa Pacy
- 13 April 2016
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