Drawing from his background in a wide field of genres including rock, classical, film, theater, improvised, and electronic music - composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist Hahn Rowe has developed a uniquely personal sonic language which melds acoustic sounds with the infinite textures available through analog and digital processing, creating atmospheric, sensual, and polymorphic soundscapes.
3 time Bessie Award recipient, Hahn has performed and/or worked with artists such as Hugo Largo, Glenn Branca, David Byrne, Foetus, Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods, among many others.
Matthew Ostrowski is a pioneer in live electronic music, having worked as a composer, improvisor and installation artist for over 20 years, exploring work with alternative controllers, multimedia, and theater. An unreconstructed formalist with a continuing interest in density of microevents and rapid change, his work has been seen in festivals on every continent except Antarctica. He has performed solo and with a variety of international musicians, and is currently most active as one half of KRK with contrabassist George Cremaschi and audio visual trio Fair Use.
Ostrowski will be performing two works with the collaboration of inanimate systems: "atopia:levigation and apophenia", an audio-visual work for live webcrawler, and "Three (out of four) States of Matter", for a common household experience and live processing.
Kurt Ralske presents his research into the experimental films of Fritz Lang and F.W.Murnau. With the rediscovery of this little-known genre, 1920s Berlin moves forwards and backwards in time simultaneously. The price of admission to this parallel universe is only your credulity. “Through the slightest of digital interventions, these lost landmarks of early experimental cinema have been retrieved from the Akashic Record.”
KAMAMA is Luca Marini (drums/percussion) and Audrey Chen (cello/voice/electronics)
KAMAMA in Cherokee means both elephant and butterfly. There is no overlap in meaning
other than the supposed resemblance of the long trunk and flapping ears to the proboscis
and wings of that insect. This duo loosely embodies elements of this kind of disparate
pairing. Chen and Marini combine the raw energies resultant from and continuously
growing out of their respective histories and experiences. Since their first encounter in
early 2010 and after playing fifty some concerts all across the US and europe, they have
been forming a new language which steadily deepens, evolves, converges and exposes their inherent similarities and striking differences. It is ecstatic music. It is contrary music. and at times, they depart completely from one another as two distinct creatures,
but then are drawn back into the fold of an undeniable tenderness and comprehension. www.myspace.com/kamamaband
AUDREY CHEN is a Chinese-American musician who was born into a family of
material scientists, doctors and engineers, outside of Chicago in 1976. Parting ways with
the family convention, she turned to the cello at age 8 and voice at 11. After years of
classical and conservatory training in both instruments, with a resulting specialization
in early and new music, she parted ways again in 2003 to begin new negotiations with
sound in order to discover a more individually honest aesthetic. Now, using the cello, voice and analog electronics, Chen’s work delves deeply into her
own version of narrative and non-linear storytelling. A large component of her music
is improvised and her approach to this is extremely personal and visceral. Her playing
explores the combination and layering of a homemade analog synthesizer, preparations
and traditional and extended techniques in both the voice and cello. She works to join
these elements into a singular ecstatic personal language.
LUCA MARINI (1982) is a German/Italian drummer who has traveled to and lived in
a multitude of places around the world. After studying drums at conservatories in Paris,
Montreal, Amsterdam and New York, he continued to develop his own method and
techniques while living in Berlin. Due to this diversity in his personal history, he speaks
over four languages and his approach to music is also distinguished by this fluency and
ability, to move freely between and synthesize various styles. Utilizing the standard drum
kit as a foundation, Luca incorporates traditional drum techniques, various objects and
preparations to achieve a wide spectrum of textures, timbres and sounds.