curated by David Kant and Alex Wand
The Happy Valley Band is the Great American Songbook heard through the ear of a machine. Directed by bandleader David Kant, the ensemble plays transcriptions of popular music classic, made through a process of machine listening and sound analysis. The result is a hyper-complex and microtonal setting, with the machine-mediated score accompanying the original voices of popular music icons such as Elvis, James Brown, and Patsy Cline. The Happy Valley Band is Alexander Dupuis (guitar), Beau Sievers (drums), Andrew Smith (piano), Mustafa Walker (bass), Conrad Harris (violin), Pauline Kim Harris (violin), and David Kant (saxophone), plus frequent special guests. http://www.happyvalleyband.com/
Desert Magic will be performing a collection of original rounds about nature and the cosmos entitled A Round The Sun. We are releasing recordings of this music piecemeal on the solstices and equinoxes of the year 2015 on www.a-round-the-sun.com. Desert Magic is Alex Wand, Steven Van Betten and Logan Hone.
Todd Lerew - Tribunal of Eternal Revolution
Jeremos Kamphuis - Hymns
Manfred Werder - 2012(7)
Jeromos Kamphuis (1990) is a composer based in The Hague. He studied with Antoine Beuger in Germany and holds a master's in music composition from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. His music has been performed throughout Europe, the United States and in the Middle East.
Todd Lerew is a Los Angeles-based composer and instrument builder whose work deals with the physical properties of sound and the nature of perception, exploring the use of sound as a plastic medium, and considering a performance environment as leverage towards moving more deliberately.
Manfred Werder's 2012(7) is one of an ongoing series referred to by the composer as 'found sentences'.
This performance is made possible with support from The Netherlands Performing Arts Fund.
aaron bresley - still: (sky/light) for two players and still: (blur) for one player: part of an ongoing series that seeks to explore a particular relationship between perception and determination, especially in terms of distance
john eagle - tuning #3: ear-training exercises in untempered space
Graham Lambkin and Michael Pisaro perform together to celebrate the release of their erstwhile disc, _Schwarze Riesenfalter_. About that disc, Ed Howard has written: “They layer and collage their sounds into a cohesive, almost overwhelming sound world in which individual contributions matter far less than the totality. (…) Rich and immersive, this music is thrillingly balanced between restraint and release, between high drama and quietude.” (reddy brown objects)
The May 4th performance at the wulf. will depart from this text:
The twilight stills the lament
Of the cuckoo in the wood.
Deeper bows the wheat,
The red poppy.
A black storm threatens
Above the hilltop.
The ancient trill of the cricket
Dies in the field.
The foliage of the chestnut
Stirs no more.
Your dress rustles
On spiral stairs.
Silently glowing candle
In the darkening chamber;
A silvery hand
made it go out;
Night of no wind, no stars.
(Georg Trakl, trans. Michael Pisaro)
Pianist Maya Dunietz will perform piano pieces and songs by legendary Ethiopian composer Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou.
Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou, born in 1923, is an Ethiopian composer, pianist and nun, living in Jerusalem. She was trained in Western classical music, and lived in Ethiopia, Switzerland, Italy, and Egypt before settling in Israel. In 2013, Maya Dunietz initiated and directed a tribute to Guèbrou at the Jerusalem Season of Culture, which included the first ever publication of Guèbrou's piano pieces, and a series of concerts performed by Dunietz, among others. Over the past two years, Dunietz has been performing recitals of Guèbrou's music around the world. For more information -click here-.
Maya Dunietz, born in 1981, is a composer, pianist and sound artist. Her work ranges between composing for ensembles and choirs, performing as a pianist and singer, creating performance and sound installations, and building electronic instruments. Dunietz founded the experimental vocal ensemble Givol Choir and is a member of the Israeli band Habiluim. During 2015, Dunietz will be teaching at CalArts as part of the Schusterman Family Foundation artists in residence program. In January 2016, she will have her first solo exhibition at the Center For Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv.
Four new and recent works:
TALK RADIO (2011), a radio-driven opera in which the actions taken by each performer are dictated via uncoordinated, quasi-random scanning of frequencies (monitored via headphones).
false positives (2015), an in-progress circuit for amplified percussion quartet and tuning forks.
SLIPS (2015), in which a text is distorted via loosely synchronized extensions to vowels or sibilants.
KARAOKE (2015), a loosely synchronized assemblage of “inside out karaoke” (or perhaps “car karaoke”) performances, i.e. quasi-private accompaniments to one album (monitored via headphones).
Powerdove's music has been described as "music oscillating between gentle madness and mutant avant-garde" (Longuer D'ondes). A recent exploration at the intersection of song and improvisation has resulted in a suite of powerdove songs arranged for homemade electronics, sampler, and acoustic guitar. For the concert at the wulf, powerdove's Annie Lewandowski will perform these songs solo. http://annielewandowski.com
Ulrich Krieger is presenting a new version of his irregular-ongoing band project 'Blood Oath', a bastard child of experimental music and (doom) metal. Blood Oath will perform the premiere of Fathomless. Slowly shifting asynchronous crippled a-symmetries repeating in endless time warp annihilated variations opening portals to parallel darknesses. This resurr(er)ection of Blood Oath is Ulrich Krieger - saxophone/composition, Joshua Carro - drums, tba - bass.
1st - Mostly new pieces, all of them in unison.
55 Things (2013)
5 Minutes for Percussion Quartet (2014)
Soft Targets (2015)
2nd - a solo set of live-mixed field recordings
Jürg Frey - Sam Lazaro Bros. (1984)
Mark So - songs without end (dark interiors) (2014)
David Mahler - Children in the Grasses without Knowing Colors (1973)
Joseph Kudirka - sections 53-77 from Solidarity (2007)
mark so, keyboards/tape
Liew will be defusing sound and playing no input mixer. Jon Almaraz will join as a special guest on guitar. Come get cosy with dreamlike sounds.
Liew Niyomkarn is an artist and an experimentor who works with sound, sculpture and electronic circuit. Her work is known for its ecstatic and unpredictable events and often expresses a flexibility and impermanent behavior. Liew seeks to discover new ways to engage physiological responses associated with sound and space. Her audio work has been performed in Thailand, New York, Portland, Berlin and Los Angeles.
Ora Clementi is the duo of Canadian sound artist crys cole and Australian composer-performer James Rushford. cole is known for her solo work in live performance and sound installations as well as innumerable improvised collaborations with artists that includes Oren Ambarchi, Keith Rowe, Tim Olive,Tetuzi Akiyama, Lance Austin Olsen, Jamie Drouin and Mathieu Ruhlmann. Rushford has an established career as a composer of contemporary classical music, as well as various projects with Joe Talia, Oren Ambarchi, Klaus Lang, Jon Rose, Michael Pisaro, Graham Lambkin and Iancu Dumitrescu.
Ora Clementi is a unique investigation of liminal performance states in an interpersonal context, often focusing on text and speech as preconscious thought processes. Central to cole and Rushford's duo are questions surrounding interpretation, the function of memory, semiotics, and the syntactical discipline of sound within both listener and performer. Utilizing various musical approaches in unorthodox and disorienting ways, their work often incorporates organ/piano, field recordings, electronics, contact mics, flutes, ocarinas and percussive tools. Using movement and both amplified and acoustic sound, they play with sonic perception and seek to create a dreamlike context hovering between musical moments and pure abstraction.
Elsewhere Lands is a multi-layered media project about theme parks and their audio-visual abstractions. On a road trip in 2013 Lisa Truttmann and Guido Spannocchi researched and visited many parks, interviewed workers and visitors, took notes and thought about the places, their (hi)stories, tales, myths, memories and futures, accumulating a collection of audio-visual material. What was planned as a film project turned into a far more abstracted media art installation with documentary and essayistic elements. In August 2014 Truttmann and Spannocchi converted an old granary in Austria into an exhibition space to present 13 photo collages, a media installation, and a video projection of the interviews. The wulf. has now given the artists the opportunity present their project, give insight into their audio-visual archive, and screen excerpts of the interviews.
Visual: by Lisa Truttmann, www.lisatruttmann.at
Audio: by Guido Spannocchi, www.audioguido.com
Special thanks to the interviewees and supporters while traveling
Supported by BKA and the Piatti family
Sadja will be presenting selections from "In Slow Motions", a new work for live electronics composed while in residence at EMS in Stockholm. Westbrook's performance will present new work that explores the construction of synthetic spaces built from documentation of choreographed listening activities and performed field recordings.
Doron Sadja is an American artist and composer whose work explores modes of perception and the experience of sound, light, and space. Working primarily with multichannel spatialized sound – combining pristine electronics with lush romantic synthesizers, dense noise, and computer-enhanced acoustic instruments, Sadja creates post-human, hyper-emotive sonic architecture.
Byron Westbrook is an artist and musician based in Brooklyn NY. He works with listening, space, perception and awareness, often pursuing routes with social engagement. His electronic sound interventions play with dynamics of perception of space, sometimes as multi-channel sound performances or as installation work using video or lighting. He has presented work at ICA London, Clocktower Gallery, ISSUE Project Room, Roulette, Diapason Gallery, Eyebeam (NYC), Human Resources (Los Angeles), The LAB (San Francisco), International House (Philadelphia), VIVO (Vancouver), Instants Chavirés (Paris), O’ (Milan) among others. He has an MFA from Bard College, where he studied with David Berhman, Marcus Schmickler, Laetitia Sonami and Marina Rosenfeld. He has also worked closely with Phill Niblock at Experimental Intermedia Foundation in NYC since 2005. He has been an artist in residence at Clocktower Gallery, Wassaic Project, Diapason Gallery and is a 2014 Civitella Ranieri Fellow. He has releases with Sedimental, Los Discos Enfantasmes, Three:Four Records and will have an LP release in Spring 2015 with Root Strata. www.byronwestbrook.com
Experimental vocal works by Coleman Zurkowski. The concert will also feature select works by Danny Wood, Chris Schunk, and Andrew Young.
Works by Joshua Carro, Mel Powell, Christina Ward, Christian Wolff, and Andrew Young. With Special Guest Sharon Kim, voice.
CAMMISA BUERHAUS as THE INTIMATE INTERN
CECILIA CORRIGAN as THE MANACLED MORMON
Cammisa Buerhaus is a composer and sculptor who works between sound and performance. She is known for her sculptural instruments. She is a founding member of the performance group Full Disclosure, the band Daikyo Furoshiki, and runs Wild Flesh, a private press record label. Her work has recently been presented by Kunsthalle Basel, Home Alone 2, MoMA PS1, and Issue Project Room. She is currently acting with The NYC Players.
Cecilia Corrigan is a writer and performer based in New York. Her debut book,Titanic (Northwestern University Press, 2014) was awarded the Madeleine P. Plonsker Prize. Titanic was on Flavorwire’s Top Ten Academic Press books and Flavorwire’s Top Ten Poetry books of 2014. She has previously worked on HBO'sLuck for show-runner David Milch, and recently finished her first feature screenplay. She also writes fiction and performs stand up comedy.
The Red-Light is a piece for piano, viola, percussion, visuals and electronics. With Eric Heep - programing and visuals; Davy Sumner - percussion; Manuel Lima - piano; Jordan Dykstra - viola and loop pedals; Justin Scheid - electronics.