Tania Chen – Piano & Objects
M.C. Schmidt – Electronics & Objects
Jon Leidecker – Mobiles & Electronics
Experimental pianist Tania Chen is joined by two improvising electronic musicians: The Concrète Vaudevilliian M.C. Schmidt (of Matmos) and recovering plunderphonicist Jon Leidecker (aka Wobbly) for an improvised set of interactions between piano and electronics. The trio opens with a set based around one of pioneer of indeterminate music Morton Feldman’s scores for solo piano. This will be the first time the trio has performed together and are expected to produce sonically familiar, yet wildly surprising work.
Tania Chen, distinguished interpreter of the New York School of 20th century piano composition, spends much of her time playing on grand pianos, analyzing scores by 20th century composers, and creating her own visual sound compositions. Improvisation and experimentation are at the core of her practice, both on the piano and on toys and electronics found in pound and dollar stores. Chen currently divides her time in New York, San Francisco, and London. She performs solo and collaboratively, most recently with Wadada Leo Smith, Thurston Moore, David Toop, and Jon Leidecker (Wobbly of Negativland). Her latest album John Cage’s Electronic Music for Piano was released by Omnivore Records.
M.C. Schmidt is a solo sound artist, video artist and member of the band Matmos which has enjoyed making albums and/or sharing the stage with Robert Wilson, Ahnone, Bjork, Zeena Parkins, Dan Deacon, So Percussion, Marshall Allen, the Kronos Quartet, and Francois Bayle. He enjoys synthesis, digital and analogue, and playing percussion on unusual objects and the piano. He was educated at Cal Arts and at the San Francisco Art Institute. In the present day in Baltimore he is a supporter of The True Vine Record Shop, Normal’s Books and Records, and The High Zero Foundation.
Jon Leidecker has been producing under the name Wobbly since 1990, improvising with recordings to create music which inherently resists the act of being captured. Recent performances deploy a battery of mobile devices driven by their built-in microphones, reacting instantly with error-prone variations on the notes and sounds they believe they are hearing: a tightly-knit orchestra with inhuman reflexes, resulting in structures which the human performer influences more than controls. Wobbly’s live and studio collaborations include work with Negativland, Dieter Moebius & Tim Story, Matmos, People Like Us, Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins, and Tania Chen.