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Help Pauline Anna Strom

photo by Aubrey Trinnaman

Friends,

We’re writing on behalf of a friend: musician and remote healer Pauline Anna Strom (Paula). Paula is visually impaired (blind since birth), elderly (in her 60s), and lives in a rent-controlled apartment in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco with her two reptiles, Little Soulstice and Miss Huff. Since the 70s this apartment has been the center of Paula’s universe, and is the very place where Trans-Millenia Music , a collection of her sound explorations from the 80s that RVNG released in 2017, was conceived and recorded. 

Paula recently fractured a part of her hip after falling over some furniture on her apartment balcony. She crawled, with her twenty pound cyclura iguana in her arms, back into the apartment to call for an ambulance. Paula was admitted to a hospital where she had a successful surgery followed by almost a month at Jewish Home & Rehab Center, but was returned to her apartment last week when her appeal for additional rehabilitation time was rejected. She is slowly regaining her physical faculties, though is in an immense amount of pain. This pain was very recently amplified by the sudden / shocking passing of a close friend and caretaker. 

Paula is essentially – and fiercely – an independent person. Her insurance covered a part of her rehab, but now she is contending with the cost of additional hospital billing, in home physical therapy visits, and general living expenses. While Paula would much prefer to cover accumulating bills through her healing practice fees, her condition, recovery, and the (necessary) professional assessments / disruptions do not make that an immediately solvent solution.

With Paula’s permission, we’ve set up a GoFundMe page to help offset these bills (her insurance only covered $28 of the ambulance bill, to provide some perspective) and living expenses for the next few months.

Just before her accident, Paula was composing new music for the first time in decades. We are anticipating some of that music to arrive to our Brooklyn headquarters soon, and depending on her comfort level, offering some of it immediately on Bandcamp to help raise some financial support and awareness to Paula’s predicament.

We are also looking for volunteers in the Bay Area who may be able to contribute some time to her mutual care calendar. Almost more pressing than financial aid and in the absence of her trusted friend’s passing, Paula needs help with lifting / carrying dishes and groceries, feeding the reptiles (we’ve met them; they are sweethearts), sorting the mail, reading digital displays on her synthesizers and phone. It would be any day of the week after 2 pm. Paula is a reiki master and is able to offer sessions in exchange for help around her apartment.

Thank you so much for consideration. It means the world to Paula, and to us.

RVNG Intl.
https://www.gofundme.com/pauline-anna-strom-recovery

May 7, 2019

Fifteen Years of No E’s

fifteen years of no e’s ~ celebrate with us by taking 15% off your order at shop.igetrvng.com with the discount code (you guessed it) FIFTEEN ~ today through december 12

https://shop.igetrvng.com

every order includes a complimentary fried-eyed RVNG smiley sticker and a 2018 compendium CD with singles from this year (and a few surprises for the next)

thank you for your support

November 29, 2018

Colin Self – Siblings – Available Now

we are proof of the foresight with the story we write ~ Colin Self’s Siblings manifests today in many ways, the limited vinyl edition features artwork by Raúl De Nieves, a hand-stamped affirmation, + 12-page lyric booklet

buy the vinyl or the digital version at the RVNG shop – your purchase includes a bonus track, “Once More”, the a capella of “Emblem” and instrumental of “Stay With The Trouble”.

buy now

November 2, 2018

Tashi Wada with Yoshi Wada and Friends – “Mutable Signs” – Video by Dicky Bahto

“‘Mutable Signs’ is a duet of Julia Holter and me, fellow Sagittarians. A star lit at dusk.” – Tashi Wada

watch Dicky Bahto’s video for their duet below. Tashi, Julia, and Corey Fogel will perform Nue at Zebulon in Los Angeles with DJ support from Pete Swanson and Carlos Nino on Wednesday, October 17th. It’s a free t’ing.

October 16, 2018

Tashi Wada Group & The Kesh Ensemble – National Sawdust, NYC – October 2, 2018

on tuesday, october 2, tashi wada will perform nue with his father yoshi wada, julia holter, and corey fogel at national sawdust in brooklyn, new york. todd barton and his new kesh ensemble will perform works from barton’s collaboration with ursula k. le guin, music and poetry of the kesh, at the beginning of the evening.

tickets are available now, yet are close to gone: purchase

September 27, 2018

Lena Willikens & Sarah Szczesny – Phantom Kino Ballett – September 19, 2018

Phantom Kino Ballett is an audiovisual drama created by Amsterdam-Cologne-based collaborators Lena Willikens and Sarah Szczesny. An assemblage of performance, installation, soundtrack and video, the work gathers and distributes sonic, optical, and experiential references widely and to delirious effect.

For Commend See, the Ballett’s tactility and collectability are expanded. An artist edition of 15 vinyl pieces and 300 cassettes capture two alternate takes of its soundtrack, with paper materials commemorating its character. The cassette edition includes a 40-minute addendum called “Passage Transkript,” a soundscape created by Willikens & Szczesny inspired by their time in Kyoto, Japan in the fall of 2017. Purchase at the shop.

All proceeds from this release will be donated to agisra e.V., a non-profit organization advocating on behalf of migrant women and against sexual and racist violence. agisra is based in Cologne, Germany, and was chosen by Lena and Sarah.

August 9, 2018

Oliver Coates – Charlev

first new music to surface since 2016’s Upstepping and Remain Calm collaboration with Mica Levi, “Charlev” are the early sounds / sights from RVNG’s new journey with Oliver Coates:

download from us or stream from them

Oliver joins Thom Yorke on tour through EU & UK this spring – full run of dates are below:

05/28/18 – Teatro Verdi – Florence, IT
05/29/18 – Fabrique Milano – Milan, IT
05/30/18 – Halle 622 – Zurich, Switz
06/01/18 – Tempodrom – Berlin, DE
06/03/18 – Ancienne Belgique – Brussels, BE
06/04/18 – Royal Theatre Carré – Amsterdam, NL
06/07/18 – Usher Hall – Edinburgh, SL
06/08/18 – Roundhouse – London, UK
06/10/18 – Palace Theatre – Manchester, UK
06/12/18 – L’Olympia – Paris, FR
06/13/18 – Le Transbordeur – Lyon, FR

April 25, 2018