Long Island City, NY–On June 21 and in conjunction with Socrates Sculpture Park’s annual celebration of the Summer Solstice, Norte Maar collaborates with Socrates Sculpture Park to present SOUNDEVENT: an evening of site-specific sound performances at Socrates Sculpture Park. For this event noted international sound artists will create unique sound platforms that encompass the entire park. Employing a range of techniques from traditional instrumentation, amplification of objects, juxtaposition of voices and experimental electronic sound, many of the performances will be durational. SOUNDEVENT is free to the public and will be held June 21 from 5-10pm.
Featured artists include:
Tristan Perich is a contemporary composer and sound artist from New York City inspired by the aesthetic simplicity of math, physics and code. His award wining work coupling 1-bit electronics with traditional forms in both music, visual art, and installations have been presented in venues around the world such the World Science Festival, American Mavericks Festival at the Kitchen, Sonar, Ars Electronica, Mass MOCA, the Whitney Museum, SxSW and most recently at The Museum of Modern Art’s Soundings: A Contemporary Score at The Museum of Modern Art.
In 2009 Perich received the Prix Ars Electronica and was a featured artist at Sónar 2010 in Barcelona. In February 2010 he won, with his Loud Objects collective, third prize in the Guthman Instrument Competition at Georgia Tech with a circuit bent electronic system. Works of Perich have been performed by the Bang on a Can, Calder Quartet and Meehan/Perkins. His work has been reviewed by The Wire among many others. Perich was the Edward E. Elson Artist-in-Residence of the Addison Gallery of American Art, serving as a composer, musician and visual artist. In 2013, Perich was artist-in-residence at MIT’s Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST), presenting public performances and lectures.
For SOUNDEVENT, Perich will present Observations. Performing with Perich will be Russell Greenberg who as a founding member of the piano and percussion quartet, Yarn/Wire has collaborated with many of today’s leading composers to craft a body of new, wide-reaching and vital repertoire. At the vanguard of contemporary music, Yarn/Wire frequently tours the United States and performances have been labeled as “fearless” (TimeOutNY), and “intrepid/engrossing” (The New York Times). Russell is also a member of the Wet Ink Large Ensemble, either/or, and often appears with other prominent groups such as the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Argento, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and sfSound. His breadth of experience as an international performer has led to a unique approach and viewpoint on contemporary music and teaching, and he strives to share this experience with varied audiences.
Composers Inside Electronics.
Composers Inside Electronics (CIE) is a group of composer/performers dedicated to the composition and live collaborative performance of electronic and electro-acoustic music using both software and circuitry designed and constructed by individual composers. CIE members also create interactive sound installations.
The group was formed in 1973 with David Tudor and is known for its pioneering use of original live electronics for both performance and installations, including David Tudor’s Rainforest project. The current members include founders John Driscoll and Phil Edelstein along with Tom Hamilton, Matt Rogalsky, and Doug Van Nort, and include guest performers.
An ongoing commitment to collaborative performance of new individual and group works is central to CIE’s evolution. The group’s work includes the use of: custom-built software instruments, resonant sculptural instruments, rotating and focused loudspeaker systems and ultrasonic instruments with an emphasis on creating a rich sonic architecture. Numerous works utilize the resonant character of the performance spaces as instruments. The group specializes in performances and installations that focus on the integration of theatrical and musical elements. CIE is currently offering a range of performance works as well as short and long-term sound installations.
SOUNDEVENT will feature the following members of CIE:
John Driscoll is a founding member of the pioneering group Composers Inside Electronics and collaborated on David Tudor’s “Rainforest IV” project since its inception in 1973. He has performed extensively in the US and Europe with: CIE, Douglas Dunn & Dancers, David Tudor, and as a solo performer. His work involves robotic loudspeaker instruments, compositions and sound installations for unique architectural spaces, and music for dance. His recent work “Speaking in Tongues” (2012) uses custom ultrasonic instruments and he is currently an artist-in-residence at Harvestworks completing a new performance/installation work “Voices in My Head” for highly focused sound fields. He is presently working with the David Tudor Trust on planning for an exhibition on David Tudor and the re-construction of Tudor’s works from the Pepsi Pavilion in 1970.
Phil Edelstein is a founding member of Composers Inside Electronics. He has collaborated on the “Rainforest IV” project since its inception at New Music in New Hampshire in Chocoruha in 1973 including evolution of the automated installation version “Rainforest V” in 2009. His work involves composing software, architected sound installations, sculptural sound fields and objects implemented in electronic media, circuitry and algorithm. Recent works have used fractals and data mining as compositional tools for construction of sound fields in work such as “Fractoloy”, a series of chaotic activated patches. An extension of this is “Impulsion” in which synthetic and encoded reverberant spaces and objects are folded upon themselves and acoustically rendered.
You Nakai makes music and other works as part of No Collective. Recent works include “Concertos No.4” (National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, 2012), performed with ball-speakers kicked around by blind athletes in a completely darkened space, and “Vesna’s Fall” (Judson Church, Black Mountain College, 2014), a decidedly modernist dance piece made in collaboration with Lindsey Drury. You is also a PhD student in Musicology at NYU, writing a dissertation on the music of David Tudor. His research is funded by Fulbright scholarship.
Matt Wellins builds self-designed analog electronic instruments, writes algorithmic video software, and fosters an on-going interest in the experimental loft theater of 1970s New York. Occasionally, he coaxes himself to perform in front of other human beings – most notably in collaboration with 16mm filmmaker Sarah Halpern – and has done so at venues such as Anthology Film Archives and the Museum of the Moving Image. Along with Michael Johnsen, he maintains the Electronic Music Resource at Ubu.com.
Jacob Kirkegaard with Katinka Fogh Vindelev.
Jacob Kirkegaard is an artist and composer who works in carefully selected environments to generate recordings that are used in compositions or combined with video imagery in visual, spatial installations. His works reveal unheard sonic phenomena and present listening as a means of experiencing the world.
Kirkegaard has recorded sonic environments as different as subterranean geyser vibrations, empty rooms in Chernobyl, Arctic calving glaciers and tones generated by the human inner ear itself. Currently based in New York, Kirkegaard has presented his works at galleries, museums and concert spaces throughout the world, including MoMA in New York, Louisiana in Denmark, KW in Berlin, The Menil Collection & the Rothko Chapel in Houston and at the Aichi Triennale in Nagoya, Japan. His sound works are released on the Touch, Important Records & Posh Isolation labels.
Katinka Fogh Vindelev is a modern classical singer who works in the fields of contemporary classical music and experimental sound art. In 2012 she formed the innovative, classical ensemble “We like We” in Copenhagen. Their debut album is to be released on “The Being Music” label in the fall of 2014. Now based in Berlin, Katinka works as a soloist with various bands and classical ensembles that tour around the world. She is developing a solo performance called i am now: that mixes her classical voice with vintage synthesizers. In July 2015 Katinka will make her opera debut in a new and innovative production, commissioned by the Copenhagen Opera Festival.
For SOUND EVENT at Socrates, Kirkegaard and Fogh Vindelev will compose and perform Tone Poem for Richard Strauss, an interpretation of composer Richard Strauss‘ final completed works, “Vier Letzte Lieder” (Four Last Songs) from 1948. By extracting and working with minute fragments and phrases, they tease out what they see as the essence of these songs written so close to the composer’s death.
Lesley Flanigan is an experimental electronic musician living in New York City. Inspired by the physicality of sound, she builds her own instruments using minimal electronics, microphones and speakers. Performing these instruments alongside traditional instrumentation that often includes her own voice, she creates a kind of physical electronic music that embraces both the transparency and residue of process — sculpting sound from a pallet of noise and subtle imperfections. Her work has been presented at venues and festivals internationally, including Sonar (Barcelona), The Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park (Chicago), the Guggenheim Museum (New York), ISSUE Project Room (Brooklyn), The Stone (New York), TransitioMX (Mexico City), CMKY Festival (Boulder), the Roskilde Museum of Contemporary Art (Denmark) and KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin.
Maria Chavez is influenced by improvisation in contemporary art yet her work expands outside of the sound world straddling different disciplines of interest.The sound installations, visual objects and live turntable performances of Maria Chavez focus on the values of accidents and unique, complicated possibilities with sound-emitting machinery like the turntable.
In 2012, Chavez wrote and illustrated Of Technique: Chance Procedures on Turntable – a how-to manual for those interested in learning the abstract turntablism techniques that she developed with the turntable. Chavez also works as an independent sound art curator in NYC, collaborating with various organizations and art spaces, helping to produce events and festivals that present the latest of what is being shown in the sound art world. Being an independent curator helps to expand Maria’s artistic research when developing new projects for her own practice.
MV Carbon is a builder, painter, performer and composer. She uses magnetic tape, sculptural sound objects, field recordings, hand-built circuitry, projection, and interactive media in her performances and installations. Her work explores expectation, empowerment, magic, fetish, imagination, and interpretation by way of questioning the associations made with imagery in the context of contemporary visual culture. Experiential situations are a significant component to her work as she embraces the immediacy of the situation at hand. Her intention is to objectify emotions through music, costume, manipulation of objects, and imagery, to investigate the multifaceted layers of perception. MV Carbon is currently based in Brooklyn, NY.
Andrew Hurst and Shona Masarin.
Andrew Hurst is a Brooklyn based multi media artist. He has created an extensive musical archive that includes solo and group recordings as well as soundtrack commissions for Saatchi & Saatchi NY, Gleich Dances and most recently Cori Olinghouse & Shona Masarin’s dance film “Ghost Line” which premiered at Danspace December 2013. Recent solo exhibitions of his collage work have been held at Storefront Gallery, English Kills Art Gallery, and Norte Maar in Brooklyn.
Shona Masarin is a Brooklyn based Australian filmmaker whose work involves the physical, alchemic, and sculptural manipulation of found images and materials to create abstract animations. She has received funding for her work from the Jerome Foundation, the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes, Australia Council for the Arts, and the Ian Potter Cultural Trust.
For SOUND EVENT at Socrates, multi-media artist Andrew Hurst and filmmaker Shona Masarin will create an expanded cinema piece incorporating multiple projections with an accompanying soundtrack performed live by the duo.
Doug Van Nort.
Doug Van Nort is an experimental musician and sound artist/researcher whose work is dedicated to the creation of immersive and visceral sonic experiences, and to fostering personal and collective creative expression through composition, free improvisation and generally electro-acoustic means of production. His instruments are self-made and idiosyncratic systems that explore a sculptural approach to working with sound, and improvisation in partnership with machine processes. His source materials include any and all sounds discovered through attentive listening to the world.
Van Nort regularly presents his work in N. America and abroad. Recent projects have spanned telematic music compositions, transforming an elevator into an electroacoustic sculpture, interactive textiles, creating + performing with machine listening+improvising systems, interactive music composition for a dance piece based on muscle sound, and performing sonified data streams from NASA’s Kepler mission. The unifying thread in this work is that it begins from the experience of listening, and a fascination with the complex and embodied nature of listening in environments that are immersed in sound.
Recent projects have spanned telematic music compositions, transforming an elevator into an electroacoustic sculpture, interactive textiles, creating + performing with machine listening+improvising systems, interactive music composition for a dance piece based on muscle sound, and performing sonified data streams from NASA’s Kepler mission. The unifying thread in this work is that it begins from a fascination with the complex and embodied nature of listening in environments that are immersed in noise.
Audra Wolowiec is an interdisciplinary artist from Detroit, MI, currently based in Brooklyn, NY. Through sculpture, installation, text and performance, she makes conceptually-driven work with an emphasis on sound and language. Her work has been shown at Magnan-Metz, REVERSE, Art in General, Norte Maar, the Center for Performance Research and has been featured in the Brooklyn Rail, Time Out, WNYC, and thresholds (MIT Dept of Architecture). She currently teaches at Parsons, The New School for Design and SUNY Purchase.
For SOUND EVENT at Socrates, Wolowiec will present Warm-up. Warm-up features a roaming chorus of voices. Gradually building in volume then dissipating into the crowds, the vocal practices of performers warming up to perform overlap in a perpetual state of becoming. In this live performance, nonverbal properties of the voice register to create intimate encounters in public space. Performers include Marisa Clementi, Davina Cohen, Ali Kennedy Scott, Clara Pagone, Katie Vason, Sonia Villani, and Keeley Walsh.