ARCHITEUTHIS WALKS ON LAND (Katherine Young and Amy Cimini)
+ MARIA CHAVEZ /
DANIEL NEUMANN duo
+ JESSE KUDLER /
IAN M. FRASER duo
Bowerbird Presents GATE
@ The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
8pm; FREE ADMISSION
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Sawing, sputtering, gurgling and wailing,Architeuthis Walks on Land is every bit the displaced and terrifying cephalopod that the name suggests. The viola and bassoon are two instruments rarely associated with free improvisation and noise; yet violist Amy Cimini and bassoonist Katherine Young rip it up with particular aplomb, weaving disjunct lines, constructing chaotic sound masses, and raising towering monoliths. Crafting their improvised materials into tight structures, they capture the compositional, timbral and expressive breadth of this uncommon coupling: from divergently soloistic to profoundly intertwined playing, from a slowly unfolding intimacy to a jagged and kinetic style. Cimini and Young have been performing together as Architeuthis Walks on Land since 2003. The duo developed their early style within Chicago’s rich experimental music community, and are now based in Brooklyn.
Avant turntablist, Maria Chavez and experimental composer/ audio engineer,Daniel Neumann discovered a shared interest in the theory and practice of the present moment and related contemporary art. Both are using their professional, technical skills (audio engineering/ turntablism) in an atypical manner to create new and challenging live pieces. Starting with regular recording sessions using Chavez’s turntable work and Neumann’s mobile recording facilities, the two started collaborating. In one rare scenario, Neumann recorded Chavez’s solo performance at Merce Cunningham’s studio by placing microphones inside of John Cage’s piano. In #01, Neumann will work with room microphones, computer, and prepared piano board recordings while Chavez improvises with her turntable. The two will combine their practices to create a site sensitive piece for the Rotunda in Philadelphia, PA.
Philadelphia-based improvisers Jesse Kudler and Ian M. Fraser have worked together in various groupings, including a trio with Tim Albro and the quintet Benito Cereno, but they have been intensely focusing on their duo project for the past year. Combining Fraser’s digital laptop programming and Kudler’s analog, instrumental, and mechanical devices, their duo creates busy, detailed pieces that are informed by contemporary computer music aesthetics, electro-acoustic improvisation, noise, contemporary composed music, field recordings, and silence.
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