Jen Stock / Lainie Fefferman

Thursday, October 23, 2008. 8:30 pm

Jen Stock

w/ guest Geremy Schulick, guitar

City Scars and Grainary : live audiovisual pieces that correlate images of the landscape with ambient granular soundscapes and found sounds.

Jennifer Stock is a composer and sound artist who combines sound and image for live performance. Current projects include “City Scars,” and “Granary,” which use audiovisual laptop performance to correlate video with granular soundscapes and found sounds. Recent performances include the New Composers Series at White Box Gallery in Chelsea, the EMF Lab Productions Concert Series at Flea Theater, the Untapped series at the Tank, and the New West Electronic Arts Organization Festival at Roulette, as well as sets at Galapagos, the Chelsea Art Museum, the Knitting Factory, Yippie Museum Cafe, Monkeytown, and the Lit Lounge. She also curated a year-long concert series called Sound Art; these “audible adventures” (Steve Smith, Time Out) culminated in a six-hour concert in Washington Square Park that presented a cross section of contemporary experimental music to a broader public. She holds a B.A. in Music and English from Yale and is currently pursuing a PhD in music composition at CUNY. For info: http://www.soundbookone.com.

Lainie Fefferman

with Matt Welch (bagpipes), Dither (Simon Kafka, Taylor Levine, Josh Lopes, James Moore), Anne Hege (voice), Sarah Paden (voice), Sara Phillips Budde (clarinet), James Moore (banjo), and Missy Mazzoli (melodica).

Tonight composer and multimedia artist, Lainie Fefferman presents Tekiah – the worlds first bagpipe and electronics piece inspired by the jewish liturgy, Tongue of Thorns – an homage to the Velvet Underground and 16th century counterpoint for electric guitar quartet performed by Dither, Celestial Mechanics – “using the vibrations of the female body to evoke the movement of celestial phenomena” for women’s vocal trio, and new songs for her post-minimalist folk funk ensemble, Phthia.

As a composer and multimedia artist, Lainie Fefferman crosses stylistic boundaries and defies conventional genre classification. Her music draws from a wide range of influences: classical and folk, western and non-western, spiritual and zany. She has worked with visual artists, filmmakers, choreographers, and all styles of musical performers. Her past, present and future collaborators include: pianist Michael Mizrahi, electric guitar quartet Dither, So Percussion, the New York Virtuoso Singers, and the Yale Collegium Musicum. Her recent performance projects include avant-garde vocal trio Celestial Mechanics and post-minimalist folk funk band Phthia. She got her B.A. from Yale in both Music and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (focusing largely on the chant traditions of Judaism and Islam) and is currently enjoying the pursuit of a PhD from Princeton in composition. As a side career, she has enjoyed rich success with her soulful kazoo playing, including a performance of Louis Andriessen’s “Worker’s Union” with the Bang on a Can All-Stars. She has participated in workshops including: the Sentieri Selvaggi composer workshop in Milan (with Julia Wolfe), the Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble Workshop in New York City, the Bang on a Can Summer Residency in North Adams, Massachusetts, and the Summer Arabic Music Retreat with Simon Shaheen at Mount Holyoke College.