Festival Schedule

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High Jinx     (public performances)

Thursday 9/24 8pm

Alejandro Acierto (artist, musician) from Chicago
Luke Stewart (doublebass) District of Columbia/NYC

Norman Long (sound, art, design)
Mallory Linehan (violin)
Billie Howard (multiple instruments)

Video Commission
Jonathan Woods (video)
ABZyrd (sound)

Friday 9/25 8pm
Santa Fe, NM

Marisa DeMarco (Bigawatt) (voice) from Santa Fe
Jamal Moore, (reeds, percussion, electronics) from Baltimore

Raven Chacon (electronics, guitar)
Carlos Santistevan (upright bass, electronics)
Tatsuya Nakatani (extended percussion)

Video Commission
ACVilla (video), Thollem (sound) New Mexico: Outside In


Saturday 9/26 8pm
Baltimore, MD

Lucas Yasunaga, (ecosystem of synthetic animals) from Baltimore
Ada Pinkston, (movement, mixed media/uncategorized) from Baltimore

Neroj Patrick (bass)
Shelly Purdy (percussion)
Duncan Moore (electronics)
Susan Alcorn (pedal steel guitar)
Sue-C (live video processing)

Video Commission
Timothy Nohe, Baltimore

Sunday 9/27 8pm
Seattle, WA

Allison Clendaniel, (voice) from Baltimore
Marina Albero, (piano) from Seattle

Jim Knodle
Casey Adams
Heather Bentley (viola)
Evan Woodle (percussion)
Jenny Ziefel (clarinet, saxophone)

Silent Blaze
Melody Owen, machinima video
Dana Reason, music
Recorded in single take on Sept. 16th, 2020 during the Oregon Wildfires at Boxwood Labs, Corvallis Oregon. No post production edits made to the music.

While the main stage is invitation-only and booked a year in advance, there are many opportunities to perform at High Zero through High Jinx, our broadly participatory, informal and unofficial site specific and street performances held throughout the city starting a week before the festival, which are some of the wildest and most inspired public art events in Baltimore. PARTICIPATE AT YOUR OWN RISK!

What kind of High Jinx have we done in the past? Check out these great photos from 2008 at the bottom of the documentation page!



What do High Jinx need?

Directors: People who can decide on an event, organize it (what, where, who and when) and then follow through and execute it. This can be a simple event with one director/performer standing on a street corner or a complex event with many involved.

Performers: People who either have skills which satisfy the needs of a particular perfomance or people who want to perform in something that doesn't need specific skills

Places: A great site can dictate what should be perfomed there (ex. crossing over). Or, a great site can be perfect for anything you put in it.

Documenters: Video cameras, journalists, poets, photographers, sound recordists, spys.

Creative thinkers: High Jinx is almost "anything goes". Simple ideas can make beautiful events. What can you amplify? (knitting needles) Take the mundane and over emphasize it (ultrareductionist library band). Make music out of almost nothing by meerly changing the context of existing sounds (honkers). Just act silly (the hat band). Be visual (folded paper). Be weird (crossing over). Be conventional (music games). Show off your basement projects (invented instrument)

Promoters: People who'll tell people what's happening, where and when, post to email lists, put up flyers. People who will bring more people to get involved.

Schedule your own High Jinx performance.

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