Coming to Sonic Circuits

From DC’s Sonic Circuits:

Friday April 16
Doors 730pm Music 8pm SHARP
Pre-concert Lecture by Philip White at 7:30
8230 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring MD 20910
located three blocks south of the silver spring metro station (red line)
Free parking in gated lot out front


In his youth he studied the saxophone and performed in free jazz and avant rock bands. At the same time he was getting obsessed with multitrack tape machines, record players and effect boxes and he started experimenting with many different instruments and sound making devices. After college he briefly studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and worked for several years as an assistent for the contemporary composer Josef Anton Riedl.

Since the late 1995 he works and lives in Berlin where he became an active and integral force of the so-called “Berlin Nouvelle Vague” and the blossoming “real time music” scene. From the middle of the nineties onwards his interest and activities almost completely shifted towards live-electronics and after testing various instrumentations (hard- & software samplers, signal processing, contact mics, field recordings, …) he developed his own and quite unique electro-acoustic set-up which he calls “rotating surfaces”. Various objects and materials (from wood, metal, plastic, paper or violin bows and cymbals) are played directly on the rotating metal plate of the turntable and the vibrations are simply amplified with a small condensator microphone. With this set-up he covers many different styles of contemporary experimental music – ranging from extreme reductionism via ambient, industrial, musique concrete, electronica to harsh noise.

Besides his favorite setting – the direct duo-confrontation with the likes of Chris Abrahams (AUS), Andrea Belfi (I), Alexei Borisov (RUS), Sebastian Buczek (PL), Phil Durrant (GB), Gunnar Geisse (D), GX Jupitter-Larsen/The Haters (USA), Sven Ake Johansson (S/D), Andrea Neumann (D), Dawid Szczesny (PL), Martin Tetreault (CAN), Marcel Türkowsky (D) or Sabine Vogel (D) – he is member and founder of many different ensembles like Perlonex, Snake Figures Arkestra, Phosphor, Blind Snakes, Tree People, Decollage, Berlin Sound Connective, N.I.E., ….

He has collaborated with numerous international artists (most notably Don Cherry & Charlemagne Palestine) and toured and performed clubs & festivals all over Eastern and Western Europe, Australia, Israel, Malaysia, New Zealand, Russia, Ukraine & the USA. He released many albums on labels like Zarek, Edition Zangi, edition x, Irrah, Potlatch, Bad Alchemy, Charhizma, Staalplaat, Nexsound, Non Visual Objects, Improvised Music From Japan, Absinth or Ambiances Magnetiques and he was part of radio/television broadcasts and productions on Arte, ORF-Kunstradio, ORF-Zeitton, BR2, DLR, DLF, WDR3, DRS2, SR, HR, Radio Copernicus, CBC Canada, (…)

Furthermore he has been curating festivals of experimental music from the early 90s onwards (FAM, Erase & Reset, Time Shifts & T.I.T.O., …) and has been realizing with increasing intensiry sound installations and conceptual works since 2005.

R Keenan Lawler
is a Louisville Kentucky based musician,sound artist, improviser and composer.For nearly thirty years he has been a restless explorer of sound from rock to electro- acoustic improvisation and many points in between. Since the late nineties he is best known for developing a highly idiosyncratic difficult to categorize language on the metal bodied resonator guitar fueled by minimalism,blues,asian and african musics,ancient and modern classical, psychedelia and jazz. Lawler is known for solo performances and recordings and also as a collaborator and perfomer working with a diverse range of like-minded artists among them: Matmos, Rhys Chatham ensembles, Charlambides, Pelt, My Morning Jacket, Tatsuya Nakatani,Paul K and the Weathermen,Connor Bell, Mike Tamburo and the Universal Orchestra of Pituitary Knowledge,David Watson, Helena Espvall,Lukas Ligeti, Ut Gret, Ignaz Schick, John Butcher, Christian Kiefer and Jon Mueller. Lawler’s music can be found on such labels as Important,Tompkins Square,New American Folk Hero, Music Fellowship, Rebis, Eclipse and Table of the Elements who released the acclaimed,”Music for the Bluegrass States”. He performs live regularly and has participated in such festivals as High Zero,Fantastic Voyagers,Time of Rivers,Transmissions,Greetings Fellow Pickers,Terrastock 7 and Table of the Elements Bohrium. His sound art has been presented in PS1 Brooklyn,Henry Art Seattle.and in Louisville via collaboration with artists Thaniel Ion Lee ,Valerie Fuchs and Russell Hulsey.

Marko Timlin [Finland]
thenumber46 (Suzanne Thorpe + Philip White) [US]

Defragmented: a concert of emergent systems, features Finnish based composer/sound artist Marko Timlin alongside thenumber46, the collaborative effort of electro-acoustic flutist Suzanne Thorpe and electronic musician Philip White. Both Timlin and the number46 employ improvisation and non-linear analog systems to create music in which a delicate balance exists between the human and machine. A music at once intuitive and mechanical. Explosive and subdued. Violent and meditative.

Defragmented: concert of emergent systems will consist of a set by the number46, a solo set by Marko Timlin, and a trio performance with all artists.

Layne Garrett

Matt Rogalsky

Saturday April 17
Doors 10pm Music 10:30pm SHARP
Comet Ping Pong
5037 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008-2024

Emily Hay
Emily Hay is a flutist, vocalist and pianist who extends the traditional roles and capabilities of her instruments by incorporating the complexity of contemporary classical technique with the spontaneity and experimentation of free improvisation. The result is startling interpretations of sound and intense ensemble interaction. Her explorations on the flute and alto flute embody unusual tone colors and soaring rhythmic structures, augmented by electronically generated effects and often overlapped by unusual vocalizations ranging from primal to operatic with lyrics and sounds from the stream of consciousness.

Hay is an active member of the Los Angeles and “left coast” music communities, and has performed in avant garde, art rock, free improvisation, electro-acoustical and contemporary classical ensembles such as U Totem, The Motor Totemist Guild, The 5 UU’s , Otherparts, I Am Umbrella, Adam Rudolph’s Go Organic Orchestra, The Emily Hay Collective, The Rich West Ensemble, The Jeff Kaiser Okodektet and The Vinny Golia Large Ensemble. Recordings of her work have been released on Cuneiform Records, Recommended Records, Nine Winds, Meta, pfMentum, Public Eyesore and Dragnet Records. She has toured and performed throughout Europe, Canada and the U.S. with concert highlights at the Bimhuis/Amsterdam, the Ottomat/Italy, New Music America Festival/Montreal, Art Rock Festival/Frankfurt, Kulturni Dom/Yugoslavia, Staion de Art Sankt Peter/Cologne and the Reithalle/Switzerland.

Motoko Honda
Motoko Honda is a pianist, keyboardist, improviser, composer, and sound architect living in Los Angeles. Graduated from California Institute of the Arts, Motoko has been active as a Electro-Acoustic-Prepared Piano soloist, Band leader, Sound artist collaborating with visual artists and dancers, and Recording artist for films covering wide range of music from classical, avant-garde, jazz, punk, contemporary, world and new music.

Being a frequent “pick of the week” by Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Weekly, also documented as a featured musician in documentary film “Good Ear”, she has performed at major venues such as Ford Theater, Barnsdall Gallery Theater, REDCAT/Disney Hall/MOCA, and many festivals. Continuing to pursue the boundaries of different kind of music, Motoko is known to weave through genres of music and create something unique and personal every time.

Blue Sausage Infant
Washington DC native Chester Hawkins has peformed as BLUE SAUSAGE INFANT since 1986. The sound of BSI encompasses brutalist noise, dark drones, pounding neo-tribalism, krautrock-flavored psychedelia, cut-ups, and bleak ambience. Instrumentation involves a mix of electronics and organics: Everything from synths and digital signal processors to squeaky dog toys, scrap aluminum, and electric toothbrushes. The idea is to induce trance states by any means necessary.

BSI has produced 14 full releases under the Intangible Arts imprint and has contributed to compilations across the USA and elsewhere. Collaborators include Violet, Haunted Toilet, Changes to Blind, New Carrollton, Lida Husik, and Stolen Government Binder Clip. A selection of BSI material has been used for the soundtrack to Tim Ashby’s film ‘Surface To Air,’ due for release in 2010. This show will celebrate the release of BSI’s latest CD.

Strotter Inst.
Strotter Inst. is generating dense sound- and rhythm-structures by using five modified and manipulated Lenco-turntables and various cut or scotched records. The music ranges from a low-fi rumble changing into concrete clicks and scrapes, followed by epic drones and multilayered broken beats to fall back into tricky bass-meditations. Hardly using sounds from LP’s the main source of sound are the prepared pick-ups (i.e. sewing needles or strings instead of the diamond or the extended use of rubber bands). The treatment involves the unclean nature of the sounds as part of the music.

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