Lampo Fall Schedule

From Chicago’s Lampo:

Fall/Winter 2013

THU SEPT 26 6pm
Conversations at the Edge
The Gene Siskel Film Center
164 North State Street

In a rare joint appearance, filmmaking luminary Takahiko Iimura and Tokyo-based sound artist Tomomi Adachi present an evening of films and performances. Since the early 1960s, Iimura has been renowned for his groundbreaking films and videos, ranging from surreal underground narratives to elegant explorations of time and perception, many produced with performance artists and avant-garde composers. Adachi has garnered similar acclaim for his work with voice, electronics and self-made instruments. The two will present four of Iimura’s early films, a selection of Adachi’s sound works, including the Chicago premiere of the ten-voice “Minna no Uta (Song for Everyone),” and a new collaboration for film, voice and electronics.

Tonight’s program includes Iimura’s films “Junk” (1962), “Love” (1963), “Onan” (1963) and “Flowers” (1968-69) with music by Takehisa Kosugi, Yoko Ono, Yasunao Tone and Adachi. Together, Iimura and Adachi perform with “White Calligraphy,” Iimura’s 1967 film of Japanese characters copied from the 8th century text Kojiki and scratched directly onto black leader. Here, the filmmaker manipulates the projection while Adachi improvises with voice and electronics. Adachi also will perform sound poetry works and improvise with his self-made instruments. In “Minna no Uta (Song for Everyone),” a DJ sends sounds from turntables to headphones worn by ten voice performers, who imitate what they hear. The audience cannot hear the original turntable sounds.

SAT OCT 12 8pm
Graham Foundation
Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Admission FREE; RSVP info soon.

Ben Vida, of Brooklyn, formerly from Chicago, returns to screen a new video piece and premiere a 4-channel electronics work that the artist and traitor made for the occasion. We joke, Ben.In “Tztztztzt Î Í Í…” Vida presents the video realization of his sound poem of the same title, voiced by Sara Magenheimer, Tyondai Braxton and Vida himself, who writes:

In showing the visual record of the vocalists’ performances re-coupled with the synthesized translations of those vocalizations, the physical actions of the performers are reframed. We perceive a more abstracted relationship between the actions of the face and the quality of the synthesized sounds. We can perhaps understand the relationship through a rhythmic syncing but the complex and polyphonic nature of the soundtrack complicates a clear read of the causality between vocalist and voice.

SAT NOV 2 8pm
Graham Foundation
Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Admission FREE; RSVP info soon.

Mark Fell, in his Chicago solo debut, presents new tonal work from music he developed as guest composer at the historic EMS in Stockholm. Mark Fell (b. 1966, Rotherham, England) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Sheffield, England. After studying experimental film and video art at the local polytechnic he reverted to earlier interests in computational technology, music and synthetic sound. In 1998 he initiated a series of critically acclaimed record releases, featuring both collaborative projects (notably, SND with Mat Steel) and solo works, on labels including Mille Plateaux, Line, Editions Mego, Raster Noton and Alku.

In 2003 Fell contributed to a project led by the British Algorist Ernest Edmonds at Loughborough University in the UK, enabling him to study the philosophy of technology in relation to contemporary art. During this project he developed a close relationship with Yasunao Tone, with whom he would exchange ideas and offer technological support. Encouraged by Tone, Fell developed an interest in the philosophy of Martin Heidegger which would lead to a shift of focus from philosophy of technology, to technology and time, principally music, technology and time.

SAT NOV 16 8pm
The Post Family Gallery
1821 West Hubbard Street
Admission FREE; RSVP info soon.

For this very special evening we happily welcome Eli Keszler, as he performs solo percussion and creates a gallery installation that becomes part of the performance. Come early and stay late to view “Reading Lampo,” an exhibition of Lampo design, posters past and other selections from our 15-year archive of printed matter, organized with friends at the Post Family.

In Keszler’s installation, multiple tuned and extended piano wires of varying length are extended around the space, overlapping in geometric formations and tuned in a tightly knit harmonic pattern. The wires are struck, scraped and vibrated by microprocessor-controlled mechanical arms, making harmonically complex tones that are percussive yet resonant. Keszler plays drums and percussion with the sounds from the installation.

SAT DEC 7 8pm
Graham Foundation
Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Admission FREE; RSVP info soon.

New work and a novel direction from Steve Hauschildt (Ex-Emeralds). For Lampo, the Cleveland-based artist premieres music made in part by gesture—translating movement into sound and, he writes, “conducting the music in a three-dimensional field.”

Here, in this multimedia performance with video, Hauschildt will use the Buchla Lightning for the first time. This specialized controller was designed by synthesizer pioneer Don Buchla and operates on the principles of optical triangulation. It works by spatially sensing the horizontal and vertical movement of tiny infrared transmitters that are built into two wands. As the wands are moved in space, data such as velocity, acceleration and pitch is tracked. This data is then transformed into MIDI information and sent directly to his synthesizers and electronics, allowing Hauschildt to control the system through gesture as opposed to a traditional keyboard.

AMN Reviews: James Murray – The Land Bridge (Slowcraft)

The Land Bridge by James Murray sounds like bereavment in its earliest, most visceral stage, before a cry can even reach the lips. The intimacies of sorrow are peeled slowly back, down to aching muscle.  On “Give Blood”, Murray seems to even scrape bone.

Distraught and exacting music, beautifully played but with only the occasional glimpse of consolation. Whether by bell, guitar, organ, voice or piano, each track is a dirge, stretching agonizingly, maybe grazed by electronics, reaching for refutation of awful truths that cannot be offered.

The disc is Murray´s second for his Slowcraft label (after Floods), described as a platform for the “unhurried”. The plain, austere gatefold sleeve and squared typesetting is an exquisite extension of his stringently exquisite musical aesthetic.

Stephen Fruitman

Tonight in Nashville: Freudian Slit, Joe Hertenstein, Age, Virginia Griswold & Morgan Higby-Flowers

From Nashville’s Theatre Intangible:

Freudian Slit is a British Genderqueer activist come noise musician. Messing up some supersized menu items for your viewing pleasure. And hopefully your bleeding ears. Joe Hertenstein is a New York City-based drone/avant-garde/free improv drummer, originally hailing from Germany. He’s played with heavy hitters such as Mat Maneri, Anthony Coleman, Ken Filiano, Frank Gratkowski, Jon Irabagon, Achim Tang, Thomas Helton, Pascal Niggenkemper, Mikko Innanen, Todd Neufeld, Simon Jermyn, and Thomas Heberer. Tonight, he’ll be joined by special guests Randy Hunt and Jamison Sevits. Age explores electronic copying nastiness as a new tonal language – Josh Gumiela and Luke Rainey, based in Nashville, TN. Virginia Griswold & Morgan Higby-Flowers make dirt-filthy, loud, stroboscopic noise and visuals cutting through wet porcelain.

Noa Noa Experimental Series #6: Supersized Mess
Featuring Freudian Slit, Joe Hertenstein, Age, Virginia Griswold & Morgan Higby-Flowers
Friday, September 13th, 2013
Doors at 9:30pm, show at 10pm sharp

Noa Noa (house)
620 Hamilton Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203

Resonance at San Francisco’s Exploratorium

English: Roscoe Mitchell, moers festival 2009
English: Roscoe Mitchell, moers festival 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From the Exploratorium:

Resonance at the Exploratorium: Unheard Sounds, Undiscovered Music

Sarah Cahill hosts the new Resonance music series at the Exploratorium
Series debuts with performance by Cheryl E. Leonard, October 10, 2013

Take a journey inside contemporary music with Resonance, a bimonthly evening series that features musicians and sound artists performing their work and discussing their ideas, techniques, and inspirations with radio host and pianist Sarah Cahill. Hear a musical instrument made from penguin bones, learn how remixed sound samples can form the backdrop for a lounge act, and discover songs that were composed by the wind and rain. It’s an exploration of unheard sounds, and undiscovered music at the world’s most experimental museum.

The series debuts October 10, 2013 at 7pm with a performance by Cheryl E. Leonard, a composer, performer and instrument builder who creates instruments from a raw materials that range from glass shards and pinecones to glaciers and boxspring mattresses. (Hear recordings by Leonard here and see a performance of her composition Sila here.)

Resonance performances will be held in the Exploratorium’s Kanbar Forum, an experimental performance space equipped with a state-of-the-art Meyer Sound Constellation acoustic system, which can vary the acoustics of the room to fully immerse the audience in every sonic detail.

“We’re featuring artists who use any, and every, means to create sound,” says Wayne Grim, curator of the Resonance series. “Many of these artists may be unknown to the general public, which by no means is a reflection of their relevance. By focusing on unheard sounds and undiscovered music, we want to uncover the how and why of music making, and observe, question and celebrate sound and its makers. Sarah Cahill, who is an extraordinary musician and scholar, is the perfect voice to lead this exploration.”

Resonance is at 7pm on the 2nd Thursday of every other month, beginning October 10, 2013. Admission to the museum on Thursday evenings is for ages 18 and up from 6-10pm. Admission to Resonance is included with museum admission, however space is extremely limited (150 seats) and visitors should arrive early in order to secure a seat. Please stop by the table just past Admissions to pick up your Resonance ticket on a first-come, first-served basis. Kanbar Forum doors open at 6:15 p.m. Tickets for unfilled seats will be released at 6:45. Live video of the event will also be streamed into our webcast studio, which holds an additional 100 people. The season features performances by Cheryl E. Leonard (October 2013), Roscoe Mitchell (December 12, 2013), Anne McGuire and Wobbly (February 13, 2014), Jem Finer (April 10, 2014), and Colleen (a.k.a. Cécile Schott) (June 12, 2014).

Newsbits: Upcoming Brighton Show / Upcoming Melbourne Show / Shipp CD Release Show / Release and Tour

avant-garde pianist Matthew Shipp
avant-garde pianist Matthew Shipp (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On the Edge presents, on September 25th, 2013 – 8pm, Tony Bevan + Hákarl, Good Companions, at the Safe House, 132 Dyke Road, Brighton BN1 3TE

Candlesnuffer (Guitar & Preparations), Jonathon Nokes (Modular Synth & Vox), and Judith Hamann (Cello) will perform at The Alderman, 134 Lygon St., Brunswick, Melbourne, also on September 25 as part of the Avantwhatever series.

Matthew Shipp will celebrate release of his new CD at SubCulture Piano Fest on September 21st in New York.

Jonah Parzen-Johnson has an upcoming 7″ vinyl release, Look Like You’re Not Looking (Primary Records), and subsequent national tour. The tour will include: 10/1 – Windup Space – Baltimore MD, 10/2 – TBA – Washington DC, 10/3 – BoyzHouse – Richmond VA, 10/4 – The Flatiron – Greensboro NC, 10/5 – Apothecary – Asheville NC, 10/6 – Rip Rig – Philidelphia PA, 10/7 – 186 Carpenter – Providence RI, 10/8 – Tree House – Northampton MA, 10/9 – Lilypad – Boston MA, 10/10 – Spotty Dog – Hudson NY, 10/11 – Spectrum – New York NY, 10/12 – Uncertainty Music Series – New Haven CT.

Match&Fuse Bands Tour the UK

From Match&Fuse:

OCTOBER: WorldService Project …acid-fried funk Time Out
with Ozma (France) enough raw energy to power a small city Irish Times

2 October LONDON, The Vortex, Gillett Square Dalston N16 8AZ 8pm £10/8
3 October BRISTOL, The Plough, 223 Easton Rd, BS5 0EG 8pm, £7/5
4 October LONDON, Workshop with kids in Edmonton
5 October NOTTINGHAM, Cafe Bar Contemporary, Weekday Cross, NG1 2GJ FREE 9pm

Ozma are Adrien Dennefeld guitar; David Florsch saxophones; Edouard Séro-Guillaume bass; Stéphane Scharlé drums. 10 years of Ozma’s post jazz riffs, counterpoints, explosions of sound… full of influences: Jimi Hendrix, Radiohead, King Crimson, Sonic Youth, Dave Holland, Alas No Axis, Esbjörn Svensson, Mark Turner and Air.

WorldService Project is like a four-way cage fight between Frank Zappa, Loose Tubes, Stravinsky and Meshuggah… in a Monty Python universe.

Owls are Not What They Seem (Poland) & Tubax (Italy) & WorldService Project

20 November LONDON Rich Mix 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, E1 6LA, £10/8 (London Jazz Fest.) 7.30pm
21 November GUILDFORD The Boileroom, 13 Stoke Fields, GU1 4LS, £7/5, 8pm
22 November BRIGHTON Green Door Store, Trafalgar Arches, Lower Goods Yard BN1 4FQ £7/5 8pm
23 November NOTTINGHAM Cafe Bar Contemporary, Weekday Cross NG1 2GJ FREE 9pm

Polish trio Owls Are Not What They Seem are an explosive mix of distorted bass, precise and dynamite drums with psychedelic electronic; a drum’n’bass arranged for punk/hardcore setting.

Explosive gets a repeat on all 3 bands on the bill. Psychedelic bravado and funk rhythm, Italian trio Tubax are Giacomo Schirru Manca bass, Davide Stampini synth, sampler, guitar, and Alberto Fogli drums.

And WorldService Project.!audio/c1wis