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Collaborative Performance with Jiemei Lin at the Contemporary Arts Center

Scroll Improvisation: Collaboration featuring Joe Hedges and Jiemei Lin

June 24th, 2013 8:00 PM
44 E 6th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: 513.345.8400

The Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati will host a performance featuring yours truly Joe Hedges and Jiemei Lin this Monday, June 24, 2013 at 8:00pm in The Living Room.  The Living Room is a current exhibition located on Level 2 of CAC that also serves as a flexible arena for summer performances every other monday.  Our performance, Scroll Improvisation, is a collaboration that celebrates the connection between art and music.  Jiemei and I graduated together from the University of Cincinnati’s MFA program.  This is our first performance together.

Contemporary Arts Center

Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati

During the hour long performance I will create improvisational music that combines pre-recorded and live elements while Mei creates a large scroll drawing on the floor.  The piece will investigate the function and history of narrative Chinese scrolls in a contemporary fashion while exploring the idea of the western living room as a venue for improvisational ambient and folk music.  Other themes include notation and recording as well as cultural identity and control.

Jiemei Lin is an artist, designer, and total badass from Hangzhou, China now living in Cincinnati, OH. Her most recent works combine sculptural elements, found objects, drawings and video works that interrogate the effects of the industrial revolution on Eastern culture, while revealing and questioning her own hybrid identity as an immigrant.  But Lin’s greatest passion is drawing. Her ability to create beautiful, spontaneous drawings with graceful natural lines is truly remarkable. Please consider stopping by to see this in progress while I try to keep up!

Here is a link to the event on the CAC’s website.

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solo album cover reveal part 1 of 3

joe hedges album cover reveal

joe hedges album cover reveal

joe hedges album cover reveal

joe hedges album cover reveal

joe hedges album cover reveal

joe hedges album cover reveal

joe hedges album cover reveal

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falling in love with you (Joe, T, Amos, and Elvis)

hey guys. trying something different today.
today’s journal is audio. click here to listen.

this is the new elvis number one collection.

this is where we played.


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The first full day of SWIM availability come to a close. Cool. If you haven’t been paying attention to anything on this website, SWIM is the name of our debut album. It came out today (well, today to me, as i have not been to sleep). Please please buy it. Buy two. Or fourty. They make excellent Christmas gifts.
We stopped at a certain CD and appliance store on our way from Middletown, OH to Detroit, MI today. T bought a copy, while i bitched at the dude working in “service” about getting my f’ing laptop back. It’s been floating in certain CD and appliance store/certain computer company purgatory for TWO months. I am told that there’s absolutely nothing that can be done. Nor do they know whether or not it was actually repaired. I am strugling to keep this website updated on this old computer, (that a friend graciously loaned to us for the tour), while some idiot in California is playing solitare on mine. While i would advise you to purchase our CD at this certain CD and appliance store, i definitely wouldn’t reccomend getting your laptop repaired there. Unless you need a great excuse to punch someone in January, when you begin to lose your mind about not having it returned yet.

Not much to do at the moment, and i am alone in a hotel room, so i’m just going to keep typing.

Today was fun. Dishwalla and Nine Days rocked as usual. I finally got to chat with John from Nine Days about their leaving Epic and what not… If you haven’t heard, they were dropped from Epic records recently (actually, they asked to be let go, after Epic refused to release their new album). The music business is strange. I don’t claim to understand it, nor is it possible, nor do i ever really want to. The one thing all music industry professionals and artists agree on, is that it’s a strange, screwed-up business. If i had a record label, i would sign Nine Days immediately (and about four trillion other bands). They make good music. All political BS aside, isn’t that what it’s all about? You make good music? Cool. You’re signed. That should be it. In heaven, there is no business. Only the music. Anyway, please go download the new Nine Day’s album. Record label? What record label? How about the internet.

Getting lots of feedback about our album. Thanks to those of you who bought it already, and thanks for letting us know what you think of it. FYI, if you’ve been to a store that’s sold out of it, chances are they’ll re-order shortly. Some stores will get more in within a couple days; some stores take a week to get more copies. And then there are the stores that aren’t carrying it, or aren’t carrying it yet…can’t do much about that. But i swear there are plenty of copies in stores and on the internet.

Talk to you soon.

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