Thursday, June 2: Absolute Tonalist Society Society at N’Namdi Center For the Contemporary Art It’s the inaugural performance for this long-conceived ensemble that reunites some frequent collaborators in a new context. Featuring the distinct woodwind voices of Faruq Z. Bey and Michael Carey, two of Detroit’s elder statesman of the avant-garde, paired with the dynamic rhythm section of childhood friends Joel Peterson and
Kurt Prisbe, The Absolute Tonalist Society is Freedom Music in the truest sense. Musical investigations without allegiance to any style, genre or method.
Faruq Z. Bey- saxophones, poetry
Michael Carey- saxophones, bass clarinet, flute
Joel Peterson- strings
Kurt Prisbe- Percussion
Doors at 8 pm; $15 suggested
6/25 Odu at New Center Park
7/4 Immigrant Suns at New Center Park
7/16 Immigrant Suns at Concert of Colors
7/17 Odu at Concert of Colors
7/22 and 7/23 The Firehouse Project, presented by 2:1, featuring the music of Frank Pahl, Clem Fortuna, Marko Novachcoff, Joel Peterson, Jeffrey Williams.
and Thollem McDonas
Céleste Boursier-Mougenot: untitled (Series #3) + index (v.4)
May 11 – September 1
Monday – Saturday, 12-6 PM
FREE + open to the public
EMPAC public spaces Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY, USA
Two continuously playing sound installations by French artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot create a special sonic atmosphere in EMPAC’s lobby spaces. The first installation, untitled (Series #3), unfolds on the mezzanine. A current moves floating bowls, dishes, and glasses in several pools of water, and as these objects touch, the space is filled with their fleeting, floating music.
The other sounds moving through the lobby come from two computer-played pianos, positioned at the entrances at each end of the building. The music played by the pianos in the installation index (v.4) is an interpretation of EMPAC’s communication network activity. Software written in collaboration with EMPAC’s IT team monitors the networks and translates bits and pieces into musical notes for the pianos—using the computers and pianos to connect work and play.
Céleste Boursier-Mougenot’s work merges the realms of the musical and the visual, mining unexpected sources for their musical potential and creating situations or devices in which sonic events turn into visual material or visual objects and events get transposed sonically.
A native of Nice, France, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot was born in 1961. He lives and works in Sète, France. His works has been exhibited worldwide and are part of major public and private collections, including Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Museum of Old and New Art, Australia; the Israel Museum, Jerusalem; the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; and the Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris.
Steve Severin – Blood Of A Poet
Nascitari – Simulacro
Fukte/Soma – Cycle
Dead Air Fresheners – Separated By Commas
Marcus Schmickler – Palace Of Marvels (queered pitch)
Gog – Heavy Fierce Brightness: Spells of the Sun
Crash At Every Speed – Pedestrian X-ing
Suncarcass – Naked Unwanted
Dead Body Collection – Stockings Bloody Stockings Part II
Hanna Hartman – H^2
Andreas Brandal – Underground
Dysania – Astral Projections Crass – Penis Envy
NightSatan – Midnight Laser Warrior