Thursday August 21st
Magda Mayas is a pianist and curator currently based in Berlin, Germany. Mayas studied jazz and improvisation at UniversitÃ¤t der KÃ¼nste, Conservatorium van Amsterdam in 2001 under Misha Mengelberg and completed a diploma at Hochschule fÃ¼r Musik Hanns Eisler under Georg Graewe in 2005.
During this time she began developing a specific set of techniques for inside-piano performance. Mayas has concentrated her musical investigations on the piano and its sonic possibilities, utilizing extended techniques, amplification and preparations as a process of abstraction, whilst focusing on the physicality of both internal and external parts of the piano.
As a continuation of this research Mayas founded the festival Tasten-Berliner Klaviertage featuring contemporary and innovative approaches for the piano. Mayas performs internationally in a variety of roles as interpreter, solo and in collaboration with a large number of musicians and composers: in a duo with Tony Buck, in the trio Phono Phono with Michael Renkel and Sabine Vogel, the Quartet Mayas/Nutters/ Olsen/Glavez and as part of the Amsterdam based N-Collective. She has appeared in various festivals including The Total Music Meeting, Konfrontationen and Festival of Exiles. Over the years Mayas has performed with many leading figures in improvisation such as Johannes Bauer, Wilbert de Joode, Steve Heather, Annette Krebs, Christoph Kurzmann, Andy Moore, Thomas Lehn,Tristan Honsinger, Frank Gratkowski and Michael Moore.
Saturday August 23rd
asher thal-nir brendan murray richard garet
This event will consist of a collaborative aural and visual live performance between Boston artists’ Asher Thal-Nir and Brendan Murray, and NYC artist Richard Garet. The show will range from combinations of solo, pair, and trio groups exploring the interconnected dialogue of improvised live sound and video performance. The sound presence will focus on exploring different parameters affecting the listening experience by ranging from quadraphonic to the full spectrum of the ISSUE Project Room’s 15 channel speaker system. The sound can be expected to range from computer processing, micro-tonal, minimal drone, phonography, phenomena found by live-room-sampling, and self-generated sounds. The live moving image will vary from an optical-sensory-overload color field exploring light phenomena, to static and minimal recorded footage.
Asher Thal-Nir is an artist living and working in Somerville, Massachusetts. His sound work is composed using recordings of acoustic and electronic instruments, location recordings and found recordings which are combined and processed in various ways. His work has been published online and on disk by Con-V, Leerraum [ ], Mystery Sea, The Land Of, Laboratoire Moderne, Winds Measure, Transparent Radiation, Term. And Homophoni, with upcoming solo and collaborative releases on Einzeleinheit, Leerraum [ ], and/OAR, Gears of Sand, Room40, and Sourdine. For additional info visit: http://www.myspace.com/asherthalnir
Brendan Murray is a self-taught musician living in Somerville, MA. He has actively recorded and performed with electronics since 1999. He regards his music as a balance between spontaneous sound making and compositional rigor, with an emphasis on drones and repetition. He records and processes instruments and tapes until all traces of instrumentality are blurred, leaving only large blocks of pure sound. He has recorded four full-length CDs, four cdrs and two cassettes for various record labels in the United States and Europe. Murray has also toured extensively throughout the United States as a solo performer and as a member of various improvising ensembles. He is actively involved with long distance collaborations with musicians and sound artists such as Seth Nehil, Richard Garet and Chuck Bettis. He is also a founding member of the group Ouest, with longtime friends and collaborators Jay Sullivan and Howard Stelzer. Other activities include playing drums and guitar in the rock band Paper Summer, composing music for film and occasionally presenting a concert series in the Boston area; “Uppercase Sound”, which features upcoming and established electronic musicians from New England. Published Works (solo): Not Now CD, create-transmit records (US), 2001–“Garden” 3 inch CDR, Kissy (US) 2002–Animation CDR, naninani recordings (FR), 2002–Resting Places CD, Sedimental Recordings (US) 2005–Everybody Wants ï£¿@e Tide CDR, Audiobot (Belgium) 2005–Ocean Of Dirt, Mountain Of Steam CDR, Gameboy (US/JP) 2006–Wonders Never Cease CD, Intransitive Recordings (US) 2006–Due Locations CS, Long Long Chaney (IT) 2007–Scared In My Heart CS, Twonicorn (US) 2007–Commonwealth CD, 23Five Recordings (US) 2008. Forthcoming works: The Cold Piano, Students Of Decay CDR 2008–Fondness CD, Students of Decay 2008–N175 (Music for Mixed Instruments and Electronics) CD. Collaborative Recordings: “The Social Life Of Small Urban Spaces” with Howard Stelzer on VARIIOUS compilation, Intransitive Recordings, 2000–The Please “Breakfast” 3 inch CDR , Chewtoy/Chloe Recordings 2004, The Please is: Mike Bullock, Linda Aubry Bullock and Brendan Murray–Sillage with Seth Nehil CD Sedimental Recordings 2007–Of Distance CD with Richard Garet, 2008. Soundtracks: HUMAN HEART EXPLODES d. Matt Orefice, 2006. Color NTSC video, 90 minutes. With Katt Hernandez (violin), Mike Bullock (contrabass) and Vic Rawlings (cello). For additional info visit: http://www.brendanmurray.com
Richard Garet is a sound and video artist. He is interested in the phenomena found and produced in aural and visual time-based media, in nature’s processes, and human beings’ relationship with both artificial and natural environments. Garet explores the it-referential, communicational, and sensory characteristics of the various media he utilizes. Additionally, he focuses on the investigation of aural and visual spatial-contexts, relational structures, process, materiality, and form. Even though Garet’s work suits the standard gallery setting, many of his other activities as an artist explore the various practices of experimental sound and video performance. All of these modes are additional ways in which Garet’s work exposes the audience to visual and physical acoustic sensory perception. Richard Garet has collaborated in the past with artists Andy Graydon, Gill Arno, Ben Owen, Gil Sanson, and Andre Goncalves through the EA collective. He has also collaborated with Brendan Murray, Shimpei Takeda, Sawako, Chica Ijima, Bruce Tovsky, Bruce Mcclure, Adam Kendall, Jeremy Slater, Peter Eudenbach, Wolfgang Von StÃ¼rmer, Zimoun, Zach Layton, and Aaron Kadoch. His discography include works such as â€¢ L’avenir” (solo), and the compiler â€¢ V-P V-F is V-N 7″ compilation series, 7001, have been released in 4/2008 by the NYC, based label WINDS MEASURE RECORDINGS. Also the Austrian label NON VISUAL OBJECTS released in 07/2007 â€¢ Extract: Portraits of Sound Artists–22 various artists: Book and Double CD cat# nvo_11, in 12/2006 â€¢ Intrinsic Motion–CD (Solo) cat# nvo _008, and in 10/2005 â€¢ TERRITORIUM–CD (Compiler) cat# nvo_004. In 2008 Richard Garet has lined up a series of forthcoming releases such as â€¢ Four (solo) / Double CD — AND/OAR – Seattle, Washington, USA, â€¢ Antonioni: Trilogy & Epilogue (compilation) — AND/OAR – Seattle, Washington, USA, â€¢ Winter (Solo) / DVD Audio Surround 4.0 — Leerraum, Switzerland, and a collaborative release â€¢ Of Distance, Richard Garet and Brendan Murray, UNFRAMED RECORDINGS, NYC, USA. Richard Garet’s collaborative past releases include â€¢ Balancing Act with Controlled Dynamics / EA (collective) 2006 — WINDS MEASURE RECORDINGS – NYC, USA, and the 03/2008 online release â€¢ Balancing Act with Controlled Dynamics: Take Two / EA (collective) CON-V, Madrid, Spain. For additional info visit: http://www.richardgaret.com
Wednesday August 27th
silver hauches – circumstantial guitars
SILVER HAUNCHES (a band with dance) was formed to serve as bridge between the parallel cultures of DIY “contemporary” dance and “independent” music. Being from both these worlds Steven Reker is trying to see how they might take cues from one another to inform workand sustainability. In this project Tei Blow, Marilyn Maywald and he are experimenting with music as a circumstantial element in the environment of unrelated dancing through prepared guitars. The guitars and sounds they produce will act as a kind barometer for the atmosphere established by the dancers. There will also be a set of songs that were generated through the lens of music as gesture/movement.