Drummer and composer Matt Evans’s New Topographics is an aqueous collection of drum-driven, ambient adjacent, hypnotic soundscapes that radiate from a liminal zone between the physical and the digital. Here reworked for ensemble— the sounds of writing, typing, morse code, and others— swirling sonic byproducts from our communication systems— are combined with percussive improvisations and synthesized “creatures” to trace imagined landscapes. Embodied by an astounding group of performer/composers, synthetics and acoustics cross currents— unifying rubbery harmonies, wandering melodies, and incidental noises into a dreamy cybernetic ecology.
Matt Evans: percussion
Amy Garapic: percussion
Amirtha Kidambi: voice and alto sax
Domenica Fossati: flute
OHYUNG: violin and electronics
Ben Seretan: guitar and keyboards
Tristan Kasten-Krause: upright and electric bass
Matt Evans is a Brooklyn based artist, composer and percussionist creating cross-disciplinary productions and sculptural sound installations through an eco-fictional lens. Since moving to Brooklyn in 2012, Evans has maintained numerous musical projects: producing solo performances, writing commissioned compositions, working with choreographers, playing in bands, and performing with new music ensembles. As a solo artist, Evans produces drum performances and sound installations that capture the inexpressible absurdity of supermassive phenomenon (e.g. “global warming” or “the internet”) with a focus toward the fearlessness of the human individual in the face of such circumstances. His debut solo record “New Topographics” explores our cultural epoch’s existence between digital, physical, and natural realms via hypnotic compositions for percussion and electronics that “thrust the listener into hyperreal and phantasmal realms” (Wire Magazine).
Photo: courtesy the artist