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November 2016

Tourniquet Noise Series @ Kitty Cat Klub (21+)

November 21, 2016 @ 9:00 pm
Kitty Cat Klub, 315 14th Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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RSVP on Facebook I will be performing some manner of drone/noise along with Family Planning, Smiling Celebrity, and Meyers.

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December 2016
Free

Schubert Club Courtroom Concert – “Indra’s Ear” – RenegadeEnsemble

December 8, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Landmark Center, 75 W 5th Street MN
Saint Paul, MN 55102 United States
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RenegadeEnsemble will be performing my song cycle Indra's Ear as part of the Schubert Club Courtroom Concert series. Full Program Here

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Jazz Piano @ Mason City Public Library

December 27, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Mason City Public Library, 225 2nd St. S.E.
Mason City, IA 50401 United States
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I will be playing jazz piano (standards and holiday tunes) over the lunch hour at MCPL as part of their holiday music series.

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January 2017
Free

Arcanum: New Music by Emerging St. Olaf Composers

January 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Fosnes Rehearsal Room, 1500 St. Olaf Ave
Northfield, MN 55057 United States
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Arcanum: New Music by Emerging St. Olaf Composers Joshua Weinberg '15: flute/harp Michael Betz '15: piano/narration Fosnes Rehearsal Room, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN Jan 21st, 2pm RSVP on Facebook Program: Moon Phases for harp and narration (2016) - Joshua Weinberg (b. 1993) I. Orbit and Rotation II. Lunation III. New Moon IV. Quarter Moon V. Perigee and Apogee VI. Full Moon ascension: suite for unaccompanied solo flute (2015) - Michael Betz (b. 1992) i. ballade - "acedia" ii. toccata…

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Free

Aliro Voices: Old Wine in New Bottles

January 22 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 1465 Viuctoria St N
Saint Paul, MN 55117 United States
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RSVP on Facebook On January 22, Aliro Voices will present their winter concert: Old Wine in New Bottles. The performance will feature folk music from all over the world in modern arrangements, including pieces from Finland, Estonia, India, Germany, Ireland, Appalachia, and the African American tradition. The program will include arrangements by singers Michael Betz, Kurt Hattenberger, and Ian A. Cook. This will be the premiere of my arrangement of traditional German drinking song/bass solo showpiece Im Tiefen Keller. I…

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February 2017

Drone Not Drones: The 4th Annual 28-Hour Drone

February 24 @ 7:00 pm - February 25 @ 11:00 pm
The Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55454 United States
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I'm looking forward to participating in the 28-hour continuous drone for the second time. All proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders. Although the schedule is still being finalized, I will most likely be playing one of the "quiet hours" slots: in the neighborhood of 5am. RSVP on Facebook Purchase Tickets Official Website - Full roster/schedule of artists will be updated. Event will be live-streamed.

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March 2017
Free

Tourniquet Noise Series – “Rites of Spring”

March 20 @ 9:30 pm - March 21 @ 1:00 am
Kitty Cat Klub, 315 14th Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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RSVP on Facebook Improv noise combos--duos paired up randomly at beginning of night. Featuring: Seth Ryan Seth VanHorn Adam Zahller Grant Richardson Elaine Evans James Allen Graham Jess Anderson Michael Betz Leo Brochu Dan Raskin Jesse Matthew Petersen

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April 2017
Free

Comets ov Cupid, Celica, Typewriter, Psychomantic the Ritual Death Cult, Betz/Petersen @ Hexagon

April 15 @ 9:30 pm
Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55406 United States
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RSVP on Facebook I will be performing an improvised duo set with guitarist Jesse Matthew Petersen. We first did this at the March installment of the Tourniquet Noise Series, and it was well-received. Here is the recording from that performance:

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May 2017

Yeah Maybe #17 (the garage sale show)

May 20 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Yeah Maybe, 2528 E 22nd St
Minneapolis, MN 55406 United States
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RSVP on Facebook I will be performing a synthesizer set at 2:00pm. Tables: Beyond Repair Gas Gallery and Press Hair and Nails Joe Krasean The Third Rail Tuck Under Projects Sadie Halie Why World Womens Woodshop Music (outside): 12pm - 3pm, programmed by Six Families Food: 1$ lemonade 1$ brownies (in conjunction with Seward Garage Sale Dayz)

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Punk-Ass Classical XI

May 26 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
1065 21st Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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RSVP on Facebook Punk-Ass Classical heads back to Northeast to sing, scream and shout in celebration of our second full year of concerts. Kyle Hutchins, a formerly Minnesota based musician, is back in town for a limited time, performing works for solo voice by Kurt Schwitters and local composer Joey Crane. Punk-Ass Classical veterans Michael Betz and Anika Kildegaard join with a group of singers to perform vocal music by renowned 20th century innovators Luciano Berio and John Cage. Poster…

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June 2017
Free

Sound Bath: an Evening of Ambient Space Music

June 12 @ 9:00 pm
Kitty Cat Klub, 315 14th Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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RSVP on Facebook Sound Bath: an Evening of Ambient Space Music curated by Dave Onnen of the Space Rock Band Thunderbolt Pagoda Artists to perform that night Comets ov Cupid (solo) www.cometsovcupid.com Michael Betz http://michaelbetzmusic.com/ Adam Biel https://adambiel.bandcamp.com/ and DJ Mutant will be spinning some otherworldy cosmic soundscapes.

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Free

Piano/Synths @ Mason City Public Library

June 23 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Mason City Public Library, 225 2nd St. S.E.
Mason City, IA 50401 United States
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I will be performing improvised music on piano and synthesizers.

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