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Wednesday, June 24th 2015

Improvisation and treatment are dealt with in a performance by Colin Black from Australia, a presentation by Jen Baker on her work with Dafna Naphtali as Clip Mouth Unit, and a performance by Derek Baron of the group Causings.

 

Derek Baron - http://www.derekianbaron.com

performing: "Harpist"

Derek Baron is a musician and sound artist from Chicago, IL, currently based in Brooklyn, NY.  In this piece for drumset, objects, and signal processing, he explores archival memory, cloud storage, and the sonic possibilities of total digital recall.  Derek is a founding member of the experimental improvising collective Causings.

Jen Baker - http://www.jenbakersounds.com

presenting her work with Dafna Naphtali as Clip Mouth Unit

Jen Baker is a NYC-based trombonist who champions new music, often featuring multimedia aspects. As a soloist, she has appeared at festivals around the world as both a performer and masterclass teacher. Jen has premiered numerous solo and chamber works, including her self-composed First Nation's Ley, Concerto for Multiphonic Trombone in San Francisco. As a founding member of Bang on a Can's Asphalt Orchestra and the musical theatre work, Beowulf, she has toured internationally and nationwide. She has also performed with TILT brass, S.E.M Ensemble, SFSound, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and has worked with a variety of artists including Yoko Ono, Fred Frith, Pauline Oliveros, Susan Marshall, and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. She is featured on the soundtrack to Werner Herzog's Oscar-nominated  Encounters at the End of the World, and can also be heard on Blue Dreams, an album of her own solo multiphonic compositions.

 

Colin Black - http://www.colinblack.com.au

performing:

The Cracks In The Mind Between Here And There!

In this work Black builds an improvised multi-facetted intimate aural geography in which human imprint is present. The work artistically unearths various dimensions and properties of our notions of place, space and culture. It is a form of live sonic ethnography that seeks to reveal the complexities and diversity that exists in communities and our relationship with localities. This work focuses on bringing attention to elements of culture that could remain silenced, restrained in private thought or overlooked aurally due to the overbearing “noise” of stereotypes, preconceived beliefs and concepts. Because the work is a synthesis of various streams of collected sonic data, it differs from pure fielding recording (e.g. phonography or audio journalism) in that the improvised work artistically expresses this collision of data containing sometimes contradictory elements.

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Short Bio

 

Colin Black

“… amongst the most significant Australian creative artists of his generation, a composer/sound artist who has created a significant body of important work in a relatively short time, work which spans installation, sound art, fìlm, radiophonic works, and beyond, with many of these works having gained international attention.” - John Davis, CEO Australian Music Centre, 25 February 2011

Colin Black is an internationally acclaimed composer/sound artist having won the 2003 Prix Italia Award and being described by Prof. Seán Street in his book The Poetry of Radio: The Colour of Sound as a “key figure” in radio art and experimental sound based work. Black’s work explores concepts related to fragility, the morphology of cultures, our changing relationship with place, and human mortality. His work aims to enfold the un-embraceable through the ephemeral metaphor of sound that disappears instantly once it is heard. For Black, audio recordings are artistic elements that are poignant reminders of people, places, objects and events that have already changed, past or no longer exist. Black is a doctorial graduate of the University of Sydney where he was a recipient of the University of Sydney Postgraduate Awards Scholarship and more recently he has become a visiting research fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London.

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What Color Is

Friday, June 28th 2013

What is color? Questions of Qualia are always confusing. Friday, June 28th, 4 performers attempt to define what color could possibly be with extensions of what is normally defined as musical performance at Panoply Performance Laboratory.

Suggested Donation $5-15 (all of which goes to the artists)

No one turned away Beer lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery

BIOS of performers: Jen Baker is a NYC-based trombonist who promotes new music, often featuring multimedia aspects. As a soloist, she has appeared at festivals around the world as both a performer and masterclass teacher. Jen has premiered numerous solo and chamber works, including her self-composed First Nation's Ley, Concerto for Multiphonic Trombone in San Francisco. As a founding member of Bang on a Can's Asphalt Orchestra and the musical theatre work, Beowulf, she has performed in festivals internationally and nationwide. She has also performed with TILT brass, S.E.M Ensemble, SFSound, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and has worked with a variety of artists including Yoko Ono, Fred Frith, Pauline Oliveros, Susan Marshall, and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. She is featured on the soundtrack to Werner Herzog's Oscar-nominated Encounters at the End of the World, and can also be heard on Blue Dreams, an album of her own solo multiphonic compositions. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxochPElhlI

Dafna Naphtali is a sound-artist/ improviser/composer from an eclectic musical background. As a singer/guitarist/electronic-musician she performs and composes using her Max/MSP programming for sound processing of voice and other instruments. She’s received commissions and awards from NY Foundation for the Arts, NY State Council on the Arts, Meet the Composer, Experimental TV Center, Brecht Forum, and residencies at STEIM (Holland), Music OMI and iEAR at Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute. She’s twice received commissions from American Composers Forum (1999 work for pianist Kathleen Supové plus Disklavier, and in 2010 for Magic Names vocal ensemble),. Dafna is a 2011 recipient of Franklin Furnace Fund award to develop work with Eric Singer’s LEMUR music robots. She has been teaching, programming and consulting about computer music since1995 at Harvestworks (New York) and as a freelancer, and has done sound design and/or programming work for the projects of many artists at the forefront of digital and interactive music. Dafna can be heard on Mechanique(s) (Acheulian Handaxe), on What is it Like to be a Bat? (Tzadik/Oracles) (4 Stars, All Music Guide) with Brazelton and Danny Tunick, Her newest CD Chatter Blip with Chuck Bettis is on Acheulian Handaxe. http://dafna.info/

Lipchitz (Ryan Krause and David Grollman) Ryan Krause A graduate of the New England Conservatory, Ryan Krause is a composer and gallery director (1oh9.com) who has been experimenting with extended vocal techniques and narratives in solo and duo performances (recently as Lipchitz with David Grollman). Use of techniques pioneered by Stockhausen and Trevor Wishart are paired with the casual and nonsequitur.

David Grollman A percussionist from NYC who performs freely improvised music. He performs in art galleries, tiki bars, and venues of curious ambience made more curious by his mongrel sounds. David bows, scrapes, blows, slaps, rubs, caresses, abuses, and generally tests the limits of his instrument. Anything is game. Anything may be a participant if the musical conversation calls for it. Artist, instrument, audience, and environment become ambiguous terms, conspiring in a theatrical exploration of chance dynamics and serendipitous exchanges. Men Are Just Desserts A semi-spontaneous series of bromantic one-night flings,

Jason Anastasoff creates duos with some of the hottest men in the improvising music scene, Primarily as a double bassist, he is a member of the Prom Night Records family (http://music.promnightrecords.com/album/obscure-directions), a recurring face in thingNY and Panoply Performance Laboratory's works, a collaborator with Danielle Russo Dance Company and ChristinaNoel & The Creature, and also some other random bits. Sometimes there's a tuba.

Tonight, he will be joined by Devin Gray (http://devingraymusic.com/), percussionist and long-time compatriot of Maine. From his bio: An artist interested in multiple musical directions and one who strives for quality and sincerity in his work. His exciting energy has compelled him towards many different musical directions and projects. Considered by his contemporaries as cutting edge, Gray shows promise as an artist that will not only move the music forward, but one who will share his unique musical vision with the world of music. Devin Gray’s fresh approach to modern drumming has enabled him to play with many of America’s great jazz musicians. He has performed and recorded with innovative musicians of contrasting styles and backgrounds such as: Tony Malaby, Gary Thomas, Ingrid Jensen, Dave Burrell, Dave Ballou, Michael Formanek, George Garzone, Chris Speed, Sam Rivers, John O’Gallagher, Ellery Eskelin, Kris Davis, Ted Rosenthal, Dave Liebman, Andrew D’Angelo, Vardan Ovsepian, Bill McHenry as well as many others. Devin has been fortunate to perform in many places around the globe and continues to make peace with his audiences. He is a top call young drummer in many modern jazz circles in New York City as well as multiple cities on the East Coast of America. Current projects include a quartet recording (Dirigo Rataplan) and tour of compositions written for, Ellery Eskelin, Dave Ballou, and Michael Formanek. He is currently living, playing, and composing in Brooklyn, New York.

DeLesslin George-Warren (b. 1991) is a composer, artist, and performer raised in Rock Hill, SC just off of the Catawba Indian Nation’s reservation where he learned his tribe’s drumming, dancing, and pottery making. He has performed with choirs and ensembles in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee while simultaneously having works premiered by the York County Choral Society, Westminster Catawba Singers, Church of Our Saviour Choir, First Presbyterian Church Choir, Ars Gaga String Quartet, the Black Rock String Quartet, and others. He currently performs in various locales in and around Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) where he studies voice, composition, and performance art. http://www.delesslin.com/

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