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WTF is "experimental" music? :: Undercommonalities

photo of Amy Mills by Justina V
Monday, August 29th 2016

We sneak in three performances with underlying... commonalities... listen, think, and probably expound upon whether or which of these is "experimental" - or if that's even worth talking about these days.

Sean Ali & Feng // Amy Mills // Julia Santoli // Kevin Marin


Sean Ali & Feng

Bassist, composer, and improviser Sean Ali from Dayton, Ohio has been living in New York City since 2003, where he participates in the city’s vibrant experimental music scene both as a performer and curator. His current projects include: Fester, Hag, LathanFlinAli, Mattrey.Bordreuil.Ali, Natura Morta, PascAli, Phantom Circuit, While We Still Have Bodies, and solo performances. He is co-founder and member of the new music label Prom Night Records. He is co-founder and former curator at 65Fen Music Series. Sean Ali performs regularly in New York City and has toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe.

Beijing/New York based Feng makes cross-disciplinary performances that are sound-oriented, humorous, improvised and site-specific, by integrating a variety of sound strategies within his own vocabulary gained from daily life: storytelling, field recording, cited Youtube videos, live Karaoke, Asian pop music, noise and improvisation, as well by morphing in between different performer's roles: the vibration source, the narrator, the commentator, the spectator, etc. As a curator, Feng produces monthly improvised and cross-disciplinary concerts at Chinese American Arts Council. He also manages Muted Portraits, a record label that releases only spoken-word context surrounding particular pieces of music. His instrument design "Tri-O", a MIDI controller based on geometric system-generated data irregularity, which was chosen the third place winner of 2014 Guthman Musical Instrument Competition judged by Cycling '74 CEO David Zicarelli. Gao recently received 2016 Elektronmusikstudion (EMS) Residency in Stockholm, Sweden.

Amy Mills

Amy Mills is a musician and photographer living and working in the NYC area. She has experience working in creative marketing, graphic design, photography, retouching, composing, and music. 
She grew up on the west coast in Portland, OR but migrated east to study classical trumpet at the Boston Conservatory. After one year she transferred to Mass. Art and studied Photography / Interrelated Media / design, then earned her masters in music composition and recording from Purchase College SUNY.
Her fine art work draws from a broad spectrum of influences and often combines multiple disciplines.

Julia Santoli

Julia Santoli is a multi-media artist based in New York. Her work synthesizes image, gesture, and sound while navigating memory and presence—how past experience manifests in the present as ruins, and how these traces transform through mediation to/from the body within the ghost-nature of sound. Her explorations take the form of vocal performance and body-generated audio feedback, sonic installation, video, and prints. She completed her BFA from the School of Visual Arts (Visual and Critical Studies), and has presented performative and visual work throughout New York.

Kevin Marin

Kevin Marin is a member and founder of Tropical Resources in addition to several DJ, sound-based and conceptual projects across New York City. Kevin will be engaging with the liminal space in between performances throughout the evening.

Nobrow Art-Music

Monday, October 7th 2013

PET BOTTLE NINGEN An avant-garde rocketship which journeys through musical worlds of composition featuring three of New York City’s finest young “Downtown” musicians, saxophonist Nonoko Yoshida, guitarist Dave Scanlon and drummer Dave Miller.

JOEY MOLINARO Performing the music of Dave Scanlon, Amy Mills, Adam Matlock, Joe White, and Lucio Menegon in addition to original video and performance art works.

AMY MILLS Trumpeter, composer, guitarist, instrument builder and bandleader of chamber art-metal band Epistasis performs original works for multiple instruments and electronics.

JOHN KRASZ seeks to bridge the musico-poetic divide through text-based arrangement and syllabic musical notation. His work struggles with such spectra as poverty and ornament, rigor and effortlessness, justice and militancy.

$5-15 donation beer lovingly provided by the Brooklyn Brewery

Avant! Guitar! Night! (guest curator Lucio Menegon)

Thursday, May 23rd 2013

This episode of Avant! Guitar! Night! will feature a killer combination of re-contextualized guitar sounds and re-contextualized projections.

Sandy Ewen -

Amy Mills -

Esther Chlorine -

note: unfortunately, Sabrina Siegel had to bow out of the evening to mutual sadness, but taking her place is Esther Chlorine, keeping the original three lady lineup intact, in name at least.


Sandy Ewen uses extended technique and objects on her guitar - panning the resultant manipulations across two amplifiers to great effect.

Amy Mills creates and customizes her own Frankenstein guitars/instruments, getting really great sounds with a subtle composition sensibility.

Esther Chlorine are Greg Garbage on tapes and Brendan Landis on guitar and together emit "entropic post-coital papacy ritual, dank pond moss reflections and shrunken head chatter tenderly eviscerate a hallowed ground of cracked earthen thrones."

*** There will be projections of Sandy's mesmerizing visual art as well as some other surprise art visual stuff.

*** Avant! Guitar! Night! is an ongoing series curated by Lucio Menegon. The next A!G!N! is June 19.

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