A Rich Sonic Swim w/ Michael Lytle & Nick Didkovsky

Friday, October 1, 2010 @ 8:30 pm

Michael Lytle – clarinet family
Nick Didkovsky – guitar

Michael Lytle and Nick Didkovsky have been playing together for over 25 years. It began with Nick’s band “Dr. Nerve”, a highly energetic new music/rock/jazz blend (still performing and recording), continued through special projects like “The Monkey Farm”, a mixture of poetry and conducted improvisation, to their most recent project, the trio “Swim This” with Gerry Hemingway on drums and percussion. “Swim This” is a highly innovative improvisational ensemble that mixes electronics, multiphonics, large sound complexes, irregular rhythms, and some avant-guard jazz with mostly European Classical New Music elements. It is quite the “Sonic Swim” that Nick and Michael continue on the occasion of this duo. You can hear a recording of the trio “Swim This” on the web. http://www.punosmusic.com/pages/swimthis/


Michael Lytle (aka elewhale) has been a New Music Improvisor since 1968. He has performed with William Parsons, Karl Berger, George Cartwright, Garette List, David Moss, John Zorn, Nick Didkovsky, Dave Douglas, Hans Burgener, Martin Schutz, Gerry Hemingway, Mark Dresser and has been involved in over 30 recordings since the 5* rated Iowa Ear Music of 1976. An early Electronic Music composer, Lytle invented the set of totally unique methods of clarinet family sonic modulation and performance, called the “most radical of his generation” by Joachim Berendt, that he will be demonstrating on October 1st.

Nick Didkovsky is a guitarist, composer, band leader, and software programmer. In 1983, he founded the rock octet Doctor Nerve. He presently resides in New York City, where he composes, creates music software, and teaches computer music composition at New York University and Columbia University. He is the principle author of the computer music language Java Music Specification Language (www.algomusic.com). He has composed music for Bang On A Can All-Stars, Meridian Arts Ensemble, Fred Frith Guitar Quartet, California EAR Unit, New Century Players, Ethel String Quartet, Electric Kompany, ARTE Quartett, and other ensembles. His Punos Music record label offers CD releases of his more extreme musical projects (www.punosmusic.com).