Two of the most powerful and inventive acoustic bass players High Zero has ever witnessed. Thomas Helton plays at the Red Room with Michael Formanek. Both men inhabit the worlds of free improvisation and jazz. There’s no telling what journey they will follow, this evening. Thomas Helton will also be playing with Kevin Patton in their group pH. This […]



The Red Room is pleased to present an evening of jazz-influenced free improv by local musicians Steve Olson (drums), Mark Lysher (bass), and Todd Marcus (bass clarinet) expanding the auditory space occupied by the appearance of a jazz trio. Steve Olson will open the evening with a solo on drums/percussion/objects/recorded sounds.



An Instructive Lecture/Musical Performance by Stanley Schumacher, Jason Smeltzer and Professor Musikmacher. STANLEY SCHUMACHER AND THE MUSIC NOW ENSEMBLE is a collective of improvisers and composers of exceptional musicianship and imagination. The members of the collective perform in various combinations of players in order to offer a kaleidoscope of instrumentations consistent with the philosophy of free improvisation. Stanley Schumacher founded […]


The Red Room is a volunteer-run space in Baltimore dedicated to mind-expanding experimental culture, headquartered at Normals Books and Records.