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Wednesday, October 19, 2011
$15 General Admission
Plays Well With Others Festival is a 3 night mixed-genres festival exploring music, dance, video, and performance.
Dance artist Anna Azrieli presents “if you look up” – a landscape of scattered, subtly vibrating bodies in the space. Unceasing movement transforms both performers and viewers alike. A lone figure emerges from the simple yet overwhelming rhythm. Alex Escalante presents a new solo improvised dance work – combining movement and manipulated vocals in performance. Avant-turntablist – and previous Jerome Foundation Commission recipient – Maria Chavez presents short solo electro-acoustic sound pieces using a collection of new and broken needles that she calls “pencils of sound” and a selection of records, which provide the palette.
Alex Escalante is a Brooklyn based choreographer/performer. His work employs
various mediums including dance, theater, film and live music. Escalante’s
works delve into current socio-political issues, creating a performance space in
which viewers are invited to examine and reflect upon their own beliefs. Born in Los Angeles, Escalante received a BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase. In 1999 he moved to New York City and has subsequently performed and toured with Donna Uchizono Company, Jennifer Monson/Birdbrain, Doug Varone, Doug Elkins, David Neumann, Gerald Casel and the Metropolitan Opera. Escalante also works as a freelance photographer and is a teaching artist in the NYC public schools working with at-risk youth.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Volume (III) is an improvising quartet featuring electro-acoustic harpist
Shelley Burgon, turntable-ist Maria Chavez, laptop artist Stephan Moore and
electro-acoustic flutist Suzanne Thorpe.
Harpist Shelley Burgon is a performer and composer currently based in New
York City. She is a member of Stars Like Fleas and the chamber ensemble
Ne(x)tworks. As a soloist Burgon ventures into the world of spatialized
electro-acoustic music by processing her sound and moving it through many
channels. She has performed with a variety of people such as Jennifer Choi,
Fred Frith, Raz Mesinai, Butch Morris, Anthony Braxton and more.
Peruvian avant-turntablist Maria ChavezÂ¹s work is focused on short solo
electro-acoustic sound pieces. Her instrument is a collection of new and
broken needles that she calls Â³pencils of soundÂ² and a selection of records,
which provide the palette. Many of her live sound installations have been
focused on the different attributes of the paradox of time and the present
moment, with many influences stemming from improvisation in contemporary
art. She has traveled extensively, sharing the stage with Pauline Oliveros,
Alan Licht, Phil Niblock, Otomo Yoshihide, just to name a few. Some spaces
that she has performed in include the Contemporary Arts Museum in Bordeaux,
France, Akademie der Kunste in Vienna and Berlin and Sonoteca in Lima, Peru.
She was an artist in residence with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and
the DIA:Beacon Museum and will be a perform at the Whitney Museum this
summer as part of Christian Marclay’s retrospective of works. For her work
she has been awarded the Jerome FoundationÂ¹s Emerging Artist Grant and the
Van Lier Fellowship.
Stephan Moore is a composer, performer, audio artist, sound designer and
curator based in Brooklyn and Providence. His creative work currently
manifests as electronic studio compositions, improvised solo performances,
sound installation works, scores and sound designs for collaborative
performance pieces, and sound designs for unusual circumstances. Evidence,
his long-standing project with Scott Smallwood, has performed widely and
released several recordings over the past decade. He has created custom
music software for a number of composers and artists, and has taught
workshops and numerous college-level courses in composition, programming,
sound art and electronic music. He curates the annual Floating Points
Festival at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, where he also serves on the Art
Advisory Board. From late 2004 to mid-2010, he performed over 250 concerts
with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, serving as their sound engineer and
music coordinator, and as a touring musician.
Suzanne Thorpe is a composer and performer of electronic music who enjoys
revealing the peripheral consciousness, exposing coexisting perspectives and
concurrent realities via composition, performance and installation. She
performs and composes for acoustic and electronic instruments, extending her
voice with an ever-evolving set-up of analogue and real-time software
components. Her recent compositions are multi-channel works that employ
psycho-acoustic phenomena, aural harmonics and tuned filtering systems, and
have been featured at Issue Project Room (NYC), Diapason (NYC), The Stone
(NYC), Activating the Medium Festival (San Francisco), No Idea Festival
(Austin, TX), Redux Contemporary Art Studios (Charleston, SC), Pyramid
Atlantic Center for the Arts (Silver Spring, MD), and other venues. As an
improviser she has performed with Chris Brown, Annette Krebs, Maggie Nicols,
Bhob Rainey, Pauline Oliveros, Gino Robair, Zeena Parkins, Ulrich Krieger
and Miya Masaoka, among others. Before her solo career, she was a founding
member of the internationally acclaimed Mercury Rev, with whom she composed,
performed, recorded, produced and toured from 1989 through 1998, earning
numerous critical accolades . She has been awarded support for her work from
Meet the Composer and NYFA, and has a discography of over 20 recordings
released on the Sony, V2, Beggars Banquet, Geffen, Specific Recordings and
Tape Drift labels.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Born in Peru, avant-turntablist Maria Chavez currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. With a collection of new and broken needles that she calls “pencils of sound” and a selection of records, she creates electro-acoustic sound pieces.
Chavez made her New York City debut in a duet with Thurston Moore, collaborated with Otomo Yoshihide as part of the 2007 Wien Modern Festival, and recently shared a stage with Pauline Oliveros and Lydia Lunch during Vienna’s Phonofemme Festival 2009.
Having also performed at such internationally acclaimed venues as STEIM (Amsterdam) and Sonoteca (Lima, Peru), she was awarded a Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Grant by New York’s Roulette Intermedium in 2008 and was recently selected to be a recipient of the Van Lier Fellowship which is generously offered to young sound artists by The Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of the New York Community Trust.
Friday, June 19, 2009
ROULETTE BENEFIT $20
Curated by Shoko Nagai
Okkyung Lee – cello
Kato Hideki – bass/analog synth
Maria Chavez – turntable
Satoshi Takeishi – percussion, electronics
Shoko Nagai – piano, moog, auto harp
Elliott Sharp – guitar
A native of Korea, Okkyung Lee has been developing her own voice in contemporary cello performance, improvisation and composition. Using her solid classical training as a springboard, she incorporates jazz, sounds, korean traditional music, and noise with extended techniques
to create her unique blend of music. Okkyung has released her debut album, Nihm on Tzadik; a duo recording with Christian Marclay on My Cat is an Alien label’s split LP series; and a solo cello album I saw the Ghost of an Unknown Soul and it Said.
Kato Hideki (Kato:family name; Hideki: given) is a Japanese-born composer/bassist/multi-instrumentalist, who lives in NYC. He is the co-founder of Death Ambient with Ikue Mori & Fred Frith. His other groups as a leader are: Green Zone with Otomo Yoshihide & Uemura Masahiro; OMNI wtih Nakamura Toshimaru & Akiyama Tetsuzi. His compositions include: solo piece “Turbulent Zone” for electric bass with prime number tuning; “Tremolo of Joy” for his band with Charles Burnham, Briggan Krauss, Ed Tomney & Calvin Weston. Besides his own projects, Kato collaborates with Nicolas Collins, James Fei and Ursula Scherrer. As a bassist and composer, he has worked with Andy Gonzalez, Eyvind Kang, John King, Karen Manter, Zeena Parkins, Jim Pugliese, Michael Schumacher, Steve Swallow, John Zorn and among many others. He is also a member of analog synthesizer collective, Analogos at Diapason Gallery. (http://www.katohideki.com/)
Born in Peru, avant-turntablist Maria Chavez currently resides in
Brooklyn, New York. With a collection of new and broken needles that
she calls “pencils of sound” and a selection of records, she harnesses
the electro-acoustic sounds of vinyl and needle.
Chavez made her New York City debut in a duet with Thurston Moore of
Sonic Youth, collaborated with fellow turntablist Otomo Yoshihide as
part of the 2007 Wien Modern Festival, and recently shared a stage
with Pauline Oliveros and Lydia Lunch during Vienna’s Phonofemme festival 2009.
Satoshi Takeishi, sound artist, drummer, percussionist, and arranger is a native of Mito Japan. He studied music at Berklee
College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. While at Berklee he developed an interest in the music of South America and went
to live in Colombia. He spent four years there and forged many musical and personal relationships. One of the projects he
worked on while in Colombia was ‘Macumbia’ with composer/arranger Francisco Zumaque in which traditional, jazz and
classical music were combined. With this group he performed with the Bogota symphony orchestra to do a series of concerts
honoring the music of the most popular composer in Colombia, Lucho Bermudes. In 1986 he returned to the U.S. and his
interest expanded to the rhythms and melodies of the middle east where he studied and performed with Armenian-American
oud master Joe Zeytoonian. Since moving to New York in 1991 he has performed and recorded with many musicians such as
Ray Barretto, Carlos ‘Patato’ Valdes, Eliane Elias, Marc Johnson, Eddie Gomez, Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman, Anthony
Braxton, Mark Murphy, Herbie Mann, Paul Winter Consort, Rabih Abu Khalil, Erik friedlander, Paul Giger, Toshiko Akiyoshi Big
Band and Pablo Ziegler to name a few. He continues to explore multi-cultural, electronics and improvisational music with local
musicians, composers and touring all over the world. http://home.earthlink.net/%7Etakeishi
Shoko Nagai- Born in Nagoya, Japan, composer and pianist. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 1999, she
moved to New York City and quickly established herself in the downtown jazz scene performing with such renowned artists as
John Zorn, Rasheid Ali, Miho Hatori (cibomatto), Cuong Vu, Ikue Mori, Butch Morris, Guillermo E Brown, Matana Roberts, Tom
Rainy to name a few. The Shoko Nagai Quintet which features some of New York’s best musicians has performed extensively at
the BlueNote, The Stone, The Kitchen, Location One, Vision Festival as well as at other top New York clubs and concert. Nagai
released 3 differnt recordings. Nagai has performed in Finland (Tampere Jazz festival 2008), Italy (Sicily Jazz Festival 2007)
Brasil (res Festival 2007)Norway (Natt Jazz Festival 1998) in Germany (Electro music festival in Berlin 2009, Moers Jazz Festival 2006), touring in Japan, US, Switzerland, and Israel. She is also workng on a new project “Vortex” which is a free improvisation duo with piano (Shoko Nagai) and electronics (Satoshi Takeishi). They scored Japanese full featured movie called ” Starfish Hotel” directed by John Williams. Also Shoko Nagai scored French featured movie called ” L’ Amour Cache’ ” conducted by Butch Morris. 2004 Grant for JazzJaunts winner. A project in which seven jazz artists will compose and premiere compositions that incorporate musical traditions from their cultural roots, spanning South Africa, Cuba, Brazil, South India, Iraq, Japan, and the Jewish Diaspora. She is curating @ The Stone in 2010. www.myspace.com/shokonagai
Elliott Sharp leads Orchestra Carbon, Tectonics, and Terraplane and has pioneered use of fractals, chaos theory, and genetics in musical composition. His collaborators have included Ensemble Modern; Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan; Debbie Harry; computer artist Perry Hoberman; blues legend Hubert Sumlin; jazz greats Jack deJohnette and Sonny Sharrock; and turntablist Christian Marclay. Sharp’s work was featured at New Music Stockholm 2008 and at the Frankfurt Klangbiennale 2007 with “On Corlear’s Hook” for the Radio-Sinfonie Frankfurt. His music-theater work “Binibon” premiered in May 2009 at The Kitchen and he has also recently composed the score to Toni Dove’s science-fiction film “Spectropia.” “Doing The Don’t”, a feature documentary by Bert Shapiro on Sharp’s work has just been released on DVD.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Full Description:"A re-enactment of a spontaneous moment that happened on the Queensboro Bridge in November of 2007.
Thomas Dexter- visuals, Maria Chavez- sound. "
Maria Chavez is an avant-turntablist from Peru who focuses on electro acoustic sound of vinyl and needle. She has a collection of needles from immaculate to ruined that she calls her "pencils of sound" and a collection of records that provide the palette. She has toured with Christiina Carter (Charlambides, Scorses), performed with Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth in her New York City debut, and recorded with London-based laptop artist Kaffe Matthews, with whom she will collaborate on a live sound installation in London in the summer of 2008.
Chavez has curated and performed in galleries and sound spaces around the world, including STEIM (Amsterdam), El Cervatino (Merida, Yucatan), the Kitchen (NYC), and Issue Project Room (Brooklyn), where she was an artist-in-residence for the fall of 2006. In November, she collaborated with fellow turntablists Otomo Yoshihide, dieb13, and ErikM as part of the Wien Modern festival of contemporary music in Vienna. In June and July 2008, she will participate in an artist-in-residency program with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company at the Dia Foundation's museum in Beacon, New York.
She was recently awarded the Jerome Emerging Artist Grant from Roulette International in SOHO, NYC, as well as a Meet the Composer grant for a Deep Listening Institute performance at SOHO's Emily Harvey Gallery in April.
Chavez will also be included alongside Ikue Mori, Mira Calix, and Marina Rosenfeld in a book entitled "Pink Noises: Women on Electronic Music and Sound," written by Tara Rodgers and due to be published by Duke University Press in 2008.Tara's website
Her sold-out 2005 solo CD "Those Eyes of Hers" "shows indeed a great love for the way out experimental possibilities of turntablism" (Vital Weekly).
Thomas Dexter is an experimental media artist and performer based in Brooklyn NY. His work with audio/visual performance attempts to draw from (and quite literally draw on) film and the histories of expanded cinema and electronic sound. In his performances, part exorcism, part analysis, Thomas employs abstract mark-making and _expressionistic erasure on 16mm film as a way to dramatize the life-cycle of creative praxis; loudly celebrating the interpenetration of creation and destruction. The resulting images are both traditionally projected and sonified through an array of homemade audio synthesizers.
Thomas has damaged projectors at performance venues and galleries throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan including Issue Project Room, Monkey Town, Third Ward, and The Tank, alongside artists such as Phil Niblock, Luke Dubois, Bradley Eros, Zach Layton, Lucio Pozzi and many others. Most recently he was a featured performer in Material Matter; a retrospective sponsored by American Abstract Artists at Side Show gallery in Williamsburg was an artist in residency at The General Store gallery in Elkhorn Iowa.