News and Updates
Some pictures by Sean Deyoe from Bandwagon! at Machine Project on Jan. 29th, the debut of my new software for electroacoustic improvisation:
I had a blast playing with The Shpil at the LA Holiday Celebration on the 24th! We did a medley of mostly Hannukah songs but managed to sneak in some other tunes too, including Jarabe Tapatío (popularly known as the Mexican Hat Dance) and my own composition Twirly Moustache. Video is forthcoming but in the meantime here's a photo from rehearsal:
Just in time for the People Inside Electronics concert, there's a little bit about me in the latest article by LA culture blog Out West Arts. It's about how young artists are increasingly making use of online tools and social media to disseminate and fund their works, and I'm mentioned alongside superstar Eric Whitacre, composer Dale Trumbore and one of my favorite new music ensembles, wildUp. Excellent company!
I'm on a brief respite here in scenic Michigan before continuing my East Coast "tour." That means a quick and sloppy update:
1) I recently presented a paper about my experiences and discoveries performing with Mimi (Multimodal Interaction for Musical Improvisation) at the International Symposium of Performance Science in Toronto. Despite my presentation being somewhat off-the-beaten-path for the conference, I was really pleased to find a very engaged and intelligent audience that asked great questions and provided valuable feedback. The presentations I attended were very interesting as well, including a keynote by Roger Kneebone looking at surgery as performance (!).
2) Coming up very soon is a concert on 9/12 in NYC that I'm very proud to be a part of: Echoes of Experience, associated with artist Quintan Ana Wikswo's Prophecy of Place exhibition at the Yeshiva University Museum. The concert also features composers Veronika Krausas, Pamela Madsen and Anne LeBerge, performances by Andrew Tholl, Nadia Francavilla and Andrew Miller, and choreography by Alexandra Shilling.
3) Finally, People Inside Electronics, the concert series I direct with Aron Kallay, is returning to Los Angeles on 9/17. I'm really excited about this one because we're working with one of my favorite LA chamber ensembles, the Eclipse Quartet. We also set up a Kickstarter fund to help cover our production costs, and as of today we're 108% funded! (But you can still donate until Friday if you want.)
Blocking the Exits, a recent collaboration with video artist Christopher O'Leary, is currently on display as part of the Speculative exhibit at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE). Here are some brief video excerpts:
Chris asked me to create some music/sound design to accompany his video project, a vision of the apocalypse comprised entirely of still photographs that have been animated through morphing algorithms. It was a pleasure to work with Chris; his images are so evocative that when he showed them to me I had almost immediate sonic "images" come to mind. There's a mesmerizing, disassociative slowness to the progression of images as well, which inspired a similar graduality in the sonic accompaniment. Each musical vignette follows a very simple, drawn-out process from beginning to end (e.g. high to low, sparse to dense, etc.). Usually when I'm working on a composition I feel compelled to disrupt that kind of process, or complicate it with another process, but in this case it seemed to fit the mood and theme of the project to doggedly pursue it to the bitter end, and to view the apocalpyse not as a bang or a flash or a burst, but as an ongoing, inevitable, eternal moment.
Speculative is on display at LACE (6522 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028) until August 28th.