Washington Post Express: Plug In, Tune Down: D.C.'s Sonic Circuits Festival
D.C.'S PREMIER NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL brings together local experimenters with adventurous musicians from around the world.
On the outer edges of D.C.'s music scene is a buzzing network of rebellious noisemakers and improvisers. Stridently individualistic, the scene's musical misfits make up a loose collective of artists that expands each year, thanks in part to a rotating cast of dedicated event organizers eager to please stalwart supporters.
Last year's demise of the Warehouse Next Door turned out to be a major setback for the out-music crowd — the space had long been ground zero for the city's most offbeat artists and a focal point for connecting with likeminded experimenters from out of town. Since then, area noiseniks have persisted mostly in art galleries, make-do house venues and a born-again Velvet Lounge.
It's timely, then, that the Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music should return to the nation's capital on Sunday.
Now in its eighth year, Sonic Circuits brings together notable new composers, sound artists and otherwise insurgent musicians from around the world with D.C.'s own avant-garde standard bearers for a full, jam-packed week of performances at various venues around town.