OPENSOUND: improvised and experimental music
March 10, 2012
TuvaTronic: clarinet + voice + computer
Ken Ueno, voice and electronics
Gregory Oakes, clarinet and electronics
Karlheinz Stockhausen: Spiral (1968)
Frederick Rzewski: Les Moutons de Panurge (1969)
Christopher Bailey, from Sand
Augustus Arnone, keyboard, shortwave receiver
Christopher Bailey, keyboard & laptop(s)
Lou Bunk, guitar
With special guest:
Steve Norton, saxophones
Matt Samolis, flute
David Dominique, leader of "non-musicians"
Videos by Bebe Beard
With sound by Lou Cohen
Lou Cohen, wiimote/laptop
Steve Norton, reeds
Matt Samolis, flute
Walter Wright, analog synths
Opensound is a monthly concert series that explores improvised and experimental music, bringing artists from disparate backgrounds together for unique events in Somerville MA. The process of improvisation combines the distinctive voices of its individual performers. The music that results is often surprising, unconventional and dynamic. It s not uncommon to hear music made of electronic crackles, noisy multi-phonics, gurgling, hissing, quiet vocalized gibberish, atonal noodling, bowed metal, blowing sounds, post-everything harmony, and a thousand shades of hullabaloo.
You may also see video and dance cohabitating with buzzes, clicks, drones, wooshes, and bleeps in a bizarre galaxy of pitch and spectra!
Program Notes and Bios
Winner of the 2006-2007 Rome Prize and the 2010-2011 Berlin Prize, Ken Ueno, is a composer, vocalist, improviser, and cross-disciplinary artist. His music coalesces diverse influences into a democratic sonic landscape. In addition to Heavy Metal sub-tone singing and Tuvan throat singing, he is also informed by European avant-garde instrumental techniques, American experimentalism, and sawari or beautiful noise, an aesthetic in traditional Japanese music. Ken’s artistic mission is to champion sounds that have been overlooked or denied so that audiences reevaluate their musical potential.
Collide-O-Scope Music is a contemporary music collective with a focus on presenting a diverse spectrum of music and visual media, emphasizing the integral connection between emerging technologies and the formation of new aesthetic environments.
Bebe Beard earned her BFA in 1976, her MFA from Mass College of Art’s Studio for Interrelated Media in 1996. In recent years she has received grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, St Botolph’s Club Art Foundation and the Gottlieb Foundation Emergency Assistance; held residencies at Djerassi Resident Artists Program, MacDowell Colony and the Experimental Television Center in Owego, NY. She has exhibited in a wide variety of venues – alternative spaces, galleries, and theaters nationally and internationally.
Walter Wright is a video artist, teaches studio art at Lasell College, and is the Director of 119 Gallery. One of the first video animators, he worked at Computer Image Corporation in the 1970's animating letters and words for The Electric Company. He was an Associate Director at the Kitchen. He left NYC to join the Experimental Televsion Center where he pioneered video performance touring with the Paik/Abe Video Synthesizer. In the 1980's he taught video art, sound art and computer graphics at William James College and Virginia Commonwealth University. In the 1990's he worked as a software engineer for Truevision.
Multi-reedist Steve Norton is best known for his work with the 1990s Boston-based band Debris. Debris was an ambitious, exuberant, puzzling band that puzzled together serialism, free jazz and funk. Their music is in equal measure exhilarating and exhausting. Recent projects include the duck-call trio, Duck That, with Joshua Jefferson and Angela Sawyer; Matt Samolis' Metal and Glass Ensemble; a trio-without-name performing a stunning rendition of Steve Lacy's "Tips," with Noell Dorsey on voice and Samolis on flute; and a duo with Vic Rawlings, Symptomatic.
Matt Samolis has been working in sonic and visual mediums since 1987. He began studying flute, and later composition and tenor banjo. He has worked with ensembles at New England Conservatory, Brandeis University, Berklee, and Tufts, as well as Open Hand Theatre, Pilgrim Research Collaborative, Mobius, Roy Hart Theatre, and numerous other projects. Currently, his primary focus is as a composer, and as flutist with various local performance groups and his drone alliance, The Metal & Glass Ensemble.
Gregory Oakes is one of the most exciting and energetic clarinetists of his generation. From his Carnegie Hall debut with members of Ensemble Intercontemporain and Pierre Boulez to his performances as a member of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Oakes has been praised by critics for his “outstanding performance” (New York Times) and “jazzy flourishes”(Denver Post). American Record Guide says “Oakes is the rare player who has both excellent classical training and a mastery of the otherworldly procedures demanded by non-traditional repertoire,” and Fanfare Magazine lauds the “formidable technical armamentarium at his command.”