Mario Diaz de Leon is a composer, performer, and recording artist, whose creative work explores intersections of sound, spirituality, and technology. His music has been acclaimed by the New York Times, Pitchfork, and the New Yorker, and he has received commissions from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, International Contemporary Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, and TAK Ensemble. Diaz de Leon is concurrently active in modern classical music, experimental electronic music, improvisation, and metal, having produced more than one dozen albums of his work in collaboration with chamber ensembles, as a solo electronic artist, in the duo Luminous Vault, and with the improvisation trio Bloodmist. Having previously taught at Columbia as Core Lecturer, he is currently Assistant Professor of Music and Technology at Stevens Institute of Technology.
Cyrus Pireh was born in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, usa, on March 22, 1981. As a composer, Cyrus’s works involve sign manipulation with the purpose of keeping the interpretive field open. As a guitarist, Cyrus seeks the limits of the body and the self. As an anarchist, Cyrus actively works to dismantle hierarchy and to heal the damages done by capital’s division of people into performers and audience, producers and consumers. In music, it is not possible to obstruct one sound with another. All sounds combine to create one harmony. Humans in harmony liberate each other. Cyrus Pireh complete bio: 4gre.org/C/bio.html
IE (pronounced “eeeee”), from Minneapolis, MN, is a band devoted to experiences of hypnotic minimalism—sonic rituals from the future. For this performance IE is singer, bassist, and saxophonist Mariel Oliveira (XOXO tech, The Controversial New Skinny Pill); keyboardist Michael Gallope (Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang, Skeletons, Starring, Oneida, Man Forever); with special guest Jeff Tobias.
Diamond Terrifier is Sam Hillmer, a Brooklyn-based musician, artist, and curator. He is the founding member of the band Zs and one half of the art duo Trouble (with Laura Paris). Diamond Terrifier is his solo saxophone project, though sometimes features electronics and/or a host of collaborators. For this event, Diamond Terrifier presents: EMANATE / CRENELLATE, video premiere. Video by Laura Paris (Trouble) and Lawrence Mesich. Videography by Alexander Perelli.
Composer and musicologist Clara Latham’s research and creative practice focuses on the relationship between sound, technology, sexuality, and the body. She has published articles in Sound Studies, Women & Music, Contemporary Modern European History, the Opera Quarterly, and the edited volume Sound, Music, Affect: Theorizing Sonic Experience. Before joining the faculty at the New School, Clara taught at MIT, Harvard, and Dartmouth. She has performed as a vocalist and instrumentalist with many groups including Starring, New Pope, The Fancy, Frankie Rose, and The Gongs.
A livestream will be available free of charge at 8pm on the day of the performance and archived for future viewing. Watch below or on YouTube.