Events downtown

Jul 13

the gravity sessions Apohadion Theater | 107 Hanover St. 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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the gravity sessions at Apohadion Theater – July 13th
PORTLAND – On Friday, July 13th at 8pm the gravity sessions will be presented at the Apohadion Theater. Co-founded by trumpeter/composer Mark Tipton and poet Gil Helmick, this innovative monthly series provides a consistent venue for free expression through refreshing collaborations within a spectrum of artistic disciplines, viewpoints, ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds. Since its inception in November 2017, the gravity sessions has presented a host of diverse regional and national artists, and has drawn enthusiastic, capacity audiences.

Featured artists for July 13th include: David Kontak – Sonic Explorer, Poet Nicholas Coulombe, Les Sorciers Perdus (Mark Tipton – trumpet, Ryan Blotnick – guitar, Tyler Heydolph – bass & Beau Lisy – drums), poet Gil Helmick, and visual artist Rush Brown.

The performance will include four sets: 8PM – Les Sorciers Perdus (LSP) with poet Gil Helmick; 8:30PM – poet Nicholas Coulombe with LSP; (break); 9:15PM David Kontak; 9:45PM collaborative pieces, including video art – TBA. Throughout the evening visual artist Rush Brown will be capturing the performances live on his easel.

Admission is by a suggested donation of $10/person, and wine and beer are available for purchase at the venue.


David Kontak invents and builds his own instruments, which he then performs improvised music on. Hailing from Peterborough NH, David explores sound with a quiet, determined, and meditative passion. He originally began building instruments for people with disabilities, to give them more of an opportunity to express themselves, and soon found that he was inventing new possibilities in musical vocabulary!

Nicholas Coulombe is a witness poet from Pownal, Maine. He has been featured around New England and was a co-host of the spoken word open mic & venue “Port Veritas” between August 2015 and January 2018. Nick received an AS in Education from SMCC, in which he also founded a boffer club called “The Northern Horde” where he facilitated foam sword fighting. Nick can be found hosting poetry and boffer events at the annual geek culture celebration “PortConMaine”. Nick’s poetry will have you laughing, crying, and craving. Nick’s work is scheduled for publication in the upcoming editions of “good fat”, “i can count to 10”, and “The Poets of Maine”.

Les Sorciers Perdus (LSP) specializes in performing new works by director Mark Tipton, including jazz and contemporary works, performance art installations, and original silent film scores. LSP has performed at Bowdoin and Colby Colleges, SPACE Gallery, The Strand in Rockland, Waterville Opera House, and The Grand in Ellsworth, and has been featured in the Portland Press Herald, on Maine Public Radio, and on WCSH-6. Highlights in their 2018 schedule include: “The Phantom Carriage” at The Grand, “Safety Last!” and “Robin Hood” at The Strand, “7th Heaven” at the Maine International Film Festival, and a Summer 2018 Maine Tour.

Trumpeter/Composer Mark Tipton has toured the US and Europe, has performed with Maria Schneider, David Liebman, Ray Barretto, and Quincy Jones, and teaches at Bowdoin College and the University of Maine in Orono. He holds a BM from Oberlin Conservatory and an MM from Mannes College of Music, and has written over two dozen silent film scores, as well as works for jazz bands, chamber ensembles, solo instruments, and orchestra. His original composition multi-track trumpet album, New Mythologies will be released this Summer.

Guitarist/Composer Ryan Blotnick has toured throughout the US and Europe, has performed with Bill McHenry, Kresten Osgood, and Lee Konitz, and has released several critically-acclaimed jazz albums. He holds degrees from William Patterson University and the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen.

Bassist Tyler Heydolph has been active around the New England jazz and improvised music scene for over a decade. He can be heard on Les Sorciers Perdus’ debut album, “Alchemist’s Dream” and drummer Alex Snydman’s “Fortunate Action,” and performs with Tracy McMullen and Ear Bus.

Southwest Harbor based drummer Beau Lisy has studied jazz and African drumming extensively, teaches at the Ellsworth Community Music Institute, and performs with Up Ensemble, Mike Bennett and Balantama, and Paul Sullivan.

Poet/lyricist Gil Helmick’s 2016 collaboration with Belgian vocalist Mélanie De Biasio was awarded Track of the Year by BBC Radio. Their October, 2017 album release, “Lilies,” while currently touring 60 cities in Europe, is a featured concert at the 2018 Montreal Jazz Festival.

Maine visual artist Rush Brown’s work has been shown in numerous galleries including the Maine Jewish Museum, Maine Center for Contemporary Art, and New Canaan Society of the Arts (CT), and his 260-foot long mural can be seen at the J. M. Wright Technical High School in Stamford, CT. He holds a BFA from CalArts Oakland and an MFA from NYU.


“When Mark Tipton’s trumpet enters, it’s ensaring, something you can give yourself over to entirely…” (Sam Pfeifle, Portland Phoenix)

“Ryan Blotnick…[is] a vital contemporary voice.” (Time Out New York)

“Gil Helmick’s poetry is powerful and delivery deceptively quiet.” (Michael Simmons, Huffington Post)

DATE: Friday, July 13, 2018


LOCATION: 107 Hanover St., Portland, Maine, 04101



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