Baltimoreans at High Zero Festival 2012

Baltimore Sun reporter

Some 40 musicians -- half of them from the Baltimore area -- are scheduled to participate in this weekend's High Zero Festival. From the local musicians, we asked Shelly Blake-Plock to pick three whose performances might offer the most promise.

Jimmy Joe Roche: Analog synth, video

Roche is a member of the arts collective Wham City. His videos have screened internationally in venues including the Royal Academy of Arts in London, Boston Institute of Contemporary Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum. Roche is a recipient of the 2012 new work residency at Harvestworks in New York City and is preparing for a two-man show with fellow artist Nathaniel Mellor at the Baltimore Museum of Art in the summer of 2013.

"I think a good word for the sound he makes is frenetic," Blake-Plock said.

M.C. Schmidt: Electronics

M.C. Schmidt is a solo sound artist and member of the band Matmos. The duo has shared the stage with Terry Riley, the Kronos Quartet, Bjork, Leprechaun Catering, Marshall Allen, Sam Haberman, Antony Hegarty and others.

"Two years ago, he played a set, the majority of which was done with drumsticks on the railings where the audience was seated," Bake-Plock said.

John Dierker: Saxophone, clarinet

Dierker has worked in a variety of musical settings, collaborating with Peter Zummo, Jason Willett, Jad Fair and the Basement Boys. He is a longtime member of Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanoes. Currently he is working with Quartet Offensive, Microkingdom and 3081, a group that includes Michael Formanek, Dave Ballou and Will Redman.

"Among musical circles, John Dierker has often been referred to as the most valuable player in Baltimore," Blake-Plock said.

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