PREVIOUSLY

AUDITORIUM EPISODE IV

Friday, October 14th, 2011. At Judson Memorial Church in Greenwich Village.

BEN NEILL is a composer, performer, producer, and inventor of the mutantrumpet, a hybrid electro-acoustic instrument. His music blends electronica, jazz, classical and ambient music influences, blurring the lines between DJ culture and acoustic instrument performance. He has been called “the mad scientist of dancefloor jazz” (CMJ), “a musical powerhouse, a serious and individual talent” (Time Out London), and “a creative composer and genius performer” (Time Out NY). benneill.com.

ROWAN is a multi-instrumentalist who is best known for her improvisational work blending acoustic harp with laptop. She is a member of the chamber group Ne(x)tworks, as well as the bands Family Dynamics, Stars Like Fleas and MERCE, and has performed at notable performance series including the MATA Festival, Whitney Museum’s Christian Marclay Festival, MoMA Monday Nights, MoMA PS1 Warm Up and Saturday Sessions. In May 2009, Ms. Burgon premiered a new piece for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company Hudson Valley Project at Dia:Beacon.  rowan-music.com

WATSON is the ambient electronic musical project of multi-instrumentalist Frank Watson Rose IV from the outskirts of Santa Fe, NM where he produces the under wide skies close to three mountain ranges and many coyotes. Watson performs almost exclusively with monome devices (monome.org/), he organized the first Monome Community Tour in September of 2010, spanning 8 countries. In May, he produced the Gridfest, bringing in 13 electronic artists from around North America to Santa Fe to perform and give workshops for a three-day festival. This September he released his third album “Unconditional”. watsonsound.ws.

ZEMI17 is a composer, musician, sound and installation artist based in Brooklyn, NY. He is the co-creator, composer and art director for the Gamelatron, the world’s first fully robotic gamelan orchestra. He is a featured artist of the Berlin software company Ableton Live, teaches audio production at Dubspot, performs with the group Zero Gravity Thinkers, and is the resident DJ for the legendary Danger warehouse parties. He has received grants and awards from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, The Trust for Mutual Understanding, New York State Council on the Arts, Indonesian Foreign Ministry, The Berlin Arts Council, EU / European Commission, James F. Robison Foundation, and The Soros Foundation. zemi17.net.

 

AUDITORIUM EPISODE III

Friday, August 12th, 9pm-2am. At Safe Harbor in Soho.

DIMENSIONS is Brooklyn-based musician Michael D. Kusmierczyk. With a background in sculpture Michael uses samples and loops blended with live performance in collage like juxtaposition to create shifting textures that evolve at geological speeds. He also runs the cassette label Shattered Fixtures Tapes.  soundcloud.com/dimensionsmusic

O.BLAAT is the solo project of sound artivist, social composer, and a core member of SHARE, Keiko Uenishi. She is known for works formed through experiments in restructuring and analyzing one’s relationship with sounds in sociological, political, cultural and/or psychological environments. Confirming the reputation as a “hard-to-categorize” artist, her recent activities have expanded into the fields of upcycling arts (LandFilles with Katherine Liberovskaya, DailyRoutines with Melissa Lockwood-IQTest and Ana Santos), social net project (BroadwayDreams, on-going collective blink video clips archiving project) and short video works.soundleak.org.

NOVELLER is the solo project of Brooklyn-based guitarist and filmmaker Sarah Lipstate. Handling the electric guitar as her muse, Lipstate summons a sonic palette so rich as to challenge the listener to conceive of how it’s housed in a single instrument manipulated by a solitary performer. Recently, Lipstate performed at the Suoni Per Il Popolo fest in Montreal, Decibel Festival in Seattle, and Unsound Festival in Krakow. She has toured the U.S. and internationally, at times supporting acts such as Xiu Xiu, the Jesus Lizard, Man Forever, Aidan Baker, and Emeralds. sarahlipstate.com.

NATHAN WHEELER is an improvisatory composer and performance artist specializing in digital interactivity and interdisciplinary collaboration. Much of his work focuses on altering mental states and questioning audience/performer boundaries utilizing a hybrid of electronic and acoustic textures, and many performances feature collaborations with guest musicians, dancers, and film/video artists. He has performed at various international electronic arts festivals including Communikey and the SPARK festival, and at the Denver Art Museum and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. He has shared the stage with the likes of William Basinsky, Tim Eriksen, Albert Mathias (LiveHuman, La Alternativa Dance), Mark McGuire (Emeralds), and Janet Feder. nathanwheelermusic.com.

ZEMI17 is a composer, musician, sound and installation artist based in Brooklyn, NY.  He is the co-creator, composer and art director for the Gamelatron, the world’s first fully robotic gamelan orchestra. He is a featured artist of the Berlin software company Ableton Live, teaches audio production at Dubspot, performs with the group Zero Gravity Thinkers, and is the resident DJ for the legendary Danger warehouse parties. He has received grants and awards from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, The Trust for Mutual Understanding, New York State Council on the Arts, Indonesian Foreign Ministry, The Berlin Arts Council, EU / European Commission, James F. Robison Foundation, and The Soros Foundation. zemi17.net.

 

AUDITORIUM: EPISODE TWO

Saturday, June 25 9pm-2am. At Safe Harbor Studios in Soho.

EZEKIEL HONIG is a New York City native, and founder/label manager for the Anticipate and Microcosm labels.  Ezekiel concentrates on his idiosyncratic brand of emotively warm electronic-acoustic music. Using the sounds of plastic, metal, wood and air in collaboration with Rhodes, guitar, horns, piano and other instrumental origins, his music is one of contrast and contradiction, combining minimal, abstract tendencies with a core of timeless harmonics – pairing inviting, fuzzy chords with clunky and dirty “mishaps.” Honig performs regularly,  from Le Poisson Rouge to inflatable bubbles, Roulette to The New Yorker Festival, and many points in between, including Mutek (Montreal, Canada), Plateaux Festival (Torun, Poland), Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro (Milan, Italy), and the Detroit Electronic Music Festival. www.ezekielhonig.com

KILOWATTS (James Watts) is a classically trained pianist, although his work now embraces the bulk of electronic genres, including breaks, IDM, techno, and downtempo.  Coming off the wildly successful Invisible Allies tour with Bluetech, KiloWatts has come home with a head full of new ideas for the studio – some tangible, others bananas. Whether expressing the warmth of the heart through lush chords and melodies, or engaging extraterrestrial aliens through twisted granular tractor beams, James Watts is committed to sharing music with the world, and beyond. kilowattsmusic.com

MARIA CHAVEZ is an avant-turntablist whose work focuses on solo electric-acoustic sound pieces using a collection of new and broken needles, which she calls “pencils of sound.” Many of her live sound installations explore the paradox of time and the present moment, with many influences stemming from improvisation in contemporary art. In 2008, the Jerome foundation awarded Chavez an Emerging Artist Grant, and in 2009 she received a Van Lier Fellowship. She was an artist in residence with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and the DIA:Beacon Museum and recently performed for Christian Marclay and the Whitney Museum of American Art as part of Christian Marclay: FESTIVAL. mariachavez.org

MERCE is a duo comprised of harpist/electronic musician SHELLEY BURGON (aka ROWAN) and turntablist MARIA CHAVEZ. The duo performs improvised based song pieces based on loops and live processing. Merce has performed at Roulette, Issue Project Room and most recently for the Saturday Sessions at MoMA PS1 and the Stone. Facebook

ROWAN is a multi-instrumentalist who is best known for her improvisational work blending acoustic harp with laptop. She is a member of the chamber group Ne(x)tworks, as well as the bands Family Dynamics, Stars Like Fleas and MERCE, and has performed at notable performance series including the MATA Festival, Whitney Museum’s Christian Marclay Festival, MoMA Monday Nights, MoMA PS1 Warm Up and Saturday Sessions. In May 2009, Ms. Burgon premiered a new piece for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company Hudson Valley Project at Dia:Beacon. Shelley holds an MFA in Electronic Music from Mills College where she studied with Pauline Oliveros, Fred Frith, Chris Brown, Alvin Curran, Maggie Payne and Karen Gottlieb. She is inspired by Maryanne Amacher who was one of her early mentors and currently performs solo under the name Rowan. Facebook

ZEMI17 is a composer, musician, sound and installation artist based in Brooklyn, NY.  He is the co-creator, composer and art director for the Gamelatron, the world’s first fully robotic gamelan orchestra. He is a featured artist of the Berlin software company Ableton Live, teaches audio production at Dubspot, performs with the group Zero Gravity Thinkers, and is the resident DJ for the legendary Danger warehouse parties. He has received grants and awards from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, The Trust for Mutual Understanding, New York State Council on the Arts, Indonesian Foreign Ministry, The Berlin Arts Council, EU / European Commission, James F. Robison Foundation, and The Soros Foundation. zemi17.net gamelatron.com

ZERO GRAVITY THINKERS (ZGT) is an ongoing collaboration of Peter Principle performing with prepared guitar, bass, and synthesizer; Dok Gregory performing with theremin, synthesizer, and sampler; and Zemi17 performing with EWI wind midi contoller, sampler, and tenor saxophone. In addition to various recording projects and live stage presentations, ZGT has created sound installations, music for dance, multimedia performances and soundtracks. They have performed in locations as diverse as The Brooklyn Bridge, on Governors Island and along the East River as well as event spaces like the Issue Project Room, Chelsea Art Museum, Midway and Galapagos. zgt.me

 

AUDITORIUM: EPISODE ONE

Friday May 13 9pm-2am. At Factory Studios in South Williamsburg.

GREG ‘COSMO D’ HEFFERNAN is a producer and cellist who’s background in classical music, jazz, studio production, and electronic music have given him a distinct musical identity.  On stage, his cello improvisations combined with bass-influenced electronic dance music and DJing provide a one-of-a-kind listening experience.  In the studio, both solo and as 1/3rd of the production crew Archie Pelago, he melds electronic and acoustic instruments with original beats and textures, always providing an emotionally impactful vibe to his ever-evolving sonic palette. cosmod.net

DAVID LAST is a musician and visual artist living in Brooklyn New York. He is a founder of the Konque label and music project.  His tracks range from electronic dance music to cinematic orchestral ambience depending on the setting. This is not surprising, as he has been creating music for a variety of venues; the dancefloor, Imax film, video installation, childrens’ animation, and albums. As a result of a broad curiosity about music, each project is considered anew as its own sonic world. davidlast.net

DOK GREGORY has been composing, performing and recording experimental electronic music since 1983. He has toured and performed in festivals throughout the United States, Europe, Russia and South America. Dok’s audio-visual works have been featured in programs at the Forum Des Images in Paris, Basel Art Fair in Switzerland, The Kitchen and Lincoln Center in NYC, to name but a few. In 2007 he began work on the ISRS system (a shortwave radio synthesizer) and continues to research, development and deployment the technology. Dok has also toured and collaborated extensively as a member of Silence Corporation, Psychic TV, Trance Pop Loops and the Ransom Corps.

LESLEY FLANIGAN is a New York-based sound sculptor, composer, vocalist, and performer. Inspired by the physical materiality of sound, she focuses on amplification itself as the subject of her performances, which weave sound from her voice with hand-built feedback electronics. Her performances have been presented in numerous venues, festivals, and art spaces internationally including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Issue Project Room, Sonar (’10 Barcelona; ’10 Chicago), Transitio_MX (’09 Mexico City), NIME (’08 Genoa; ’09 Pittsburgh), ICMC (’07 Copenhagen), and Bent (’08 LA; ’09 NY) lesleyflanigan.com

ZEMI17 is a composer, musician, sound and installation artist based in Brooklyn, NY.  He is the co-creator, composer and art director for the Gamelatron, the world’s first fully robotic gamelan orchestra. He is a featured artist of the Berlin software company Ableton Live, teaches audio production at Dubspot, performs with the group Zero Gravity Thinkers, and is the resident DJ for the legendary Danger warehouse parties. He has received grants and awards from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, The Trust for Mutual Understanding, New York State Council on the Arts, Indonesian Foreign Ministry, The Berlin Arts Council, EU / European Commission, James F. Robison Foundation, and The Soros Foundation. zemi17.net gamelatron.com