Aaron Pond is a musician, birder, and writer living in Philadelphia. He performs on street corners, tea shops, and from the branches of trees. He studied music and economics at New College of Florida but feels like he learned the most from a lil blue heron that would frequent Sarasota Bay. You can find him at avant-garde concerts all over Philly.
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Bowerbird’s Liminal States series presents Laraaji
A musical bedtime
Bowerbird presents multi-instrumentalist Laraaji in its Liminal States series, streaming concerts with an unlikely goal: to put the listener to sleep. Aaron Pond reviews.
Philly's No Rent Records presents new albums from Kyle Press and Boy Dirt Car
DIY music for the home and the heart
Quarantined at home but craving the one-of-a-kind music of Philadelphia’s illustrious DIY scene? Aaron Pond is, too, with Kyle Press’s ‘Overtones, Drones, and Saxophones’ and Boy Dirt Car’s ‘Venice Beach.’
Not So Silent Cinema and the Bismuth Quartet present Murnau’s ‘Faust’
Fresh eyes on 'Faust'
Mephisto’s battle for a good man’s soul still compels today, but a new Not So Silent Cinema score for Murnau’s ‘Faust,’ by Brendan Cooney and members of the Bismuth Quartet, highlights an enduring trauma. Aaron Pond reviews.
Atlas Obscura presents Janaka Stuckey’s ‘Ascend Ascend’
The edgelord poet
Atlas Obscura presents a mildly amusing performance of Janaka Stuckey’s necrophilous ritual poetry. Aaron Pond Reviews.
On facing the music: A post-educational diversity statement
The meritocratic mythos
Music-maker Aaron Pond tried to fit in with students of the "masters," but learned he was expendable and illegitimate. So he found his own way. What’s yours?
The Annenberg Center and The Crossing present ‘The Crossing @ Christmas’
Death, devastation, and birds
‘The Crossing @ Christmas’ came to Rittenhouse Square for an evening of death, devastation, and birds. Aaron Pond reviews.
Bowerbird presents ‘Neil Feather: Sound Mechanic’
Neil Feather’s wildly unique instruments surprise, delight, and make mischief in pieces including composer Rosie Langabeer’s latest work-in-progress, ‘IDIOSYNCROPHILIA.’ Aaron Pond reviews.
Ars Nova presents Moor Mother and Roscoe Mitchell
A pair of multiplicities
Ars Nova shatters the fabric of reality with a duet by Moor Mother and Roscoe Mitchell, part of its October Revolution of Jazz & Contemporary Music program. Aaron Pond reviews.
Philly Fringe 2019: Blythely Oratonio and company at Late Night Snacks
Opera, drag, and pure electricity
The Fringe Festival’s Late Night Snacks presents the future of Drag Operatics in a South Philly auto-repair shop. Aaron Pond reviews.
Free Fringe Philly: Eibhleann Clyne presents ‘In Pasta’
This show is a snack
With the Free Fringe's 'In Pasta,' a heroic everywoman faces her imposter syndrome. Aaron Pond reviews.
In the city of Philadelphia, to exist is to make music
Music is about watching the baton, following the notes, and controlling your sounds—a furtive tune in your own headphones, judged worthy by somebody else. Or is music something different? Aaron Pond considers.
PhilaMoCA presents Florist and Ami Dang
The Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art presented an evening of utter chillness with performances by Florist and Ami Dang. Aaron Pond Reviews.
BlackStar Film Festival presents Blitz Bazawule’s ‘The Burial of Kojo’
Death and transcendence
Blackstar Film Festival presented the Philly premiere of director Blitz Bazawule’s first feature-length film, ‘The Burial of Kojo.’ Aaron Pond reviews.
The Met Philadelphia presents Herbie Hancock and Kamasi Washington
How do you love me?
Kamasi Washington and Herbie Hancock star in a marathon of cheese and ill-taste at the Met Philadelphia. Aaron Pond reviews.
The Double Decker Music Series presents Madam Data and Ursula Rucker
Bowerbird’s Double Decker Music Series transformed the cityscape into an unparalleled concert experience, welcoming Ursula Rucker and Madam Data. Aaron Pond reviews.