Outer Ear returns in Fall 2012 for another series of five concerts by a diverse array of acclaimed experimental composers, improvisers, and sound artists from Chicago and beyond.
Performances begin at 8pm.
$10/8 students/ESS members
Berlin-based clarinetist/composer/performer Michael Thieke is equally at home across a broad range of musical environments, exploring the minutiae of sound, timbre and noise, with a particular interest in microtonality and related sound phenomena, and with a preference for long-term collaborations and collective work. Though he is influenced heavily by electronic music, he works primarily in acoustic environments.
Thieke is currently involved in a number of projects that focus on diverse and contrasting facets of his musical interests, such as experimental song forms, collectively composing projects, improvising collectives, and music on the fringes of jazz. He has performed in Europe, Japan, the US, Canada, and Russia with groups such as The International Nothing, The Pitch, Splitter Orchester, The Magic I.D., Hotelgäste and Der Lange Schatten.
Thieke's appearance is made possible in part by:
ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAM SHOWCASE
We are pleased to present performances and excerpts of the final work of the recipients of the 2011-2012 Artist Residency Program: Leah Beeferman, Lori Felker, Cauleen Smith, and Michael Zerang & Spires That in the Sunset Rise.
Brooklyn animator and sound artist Leah Beeferman used her residency time to complete the soundtrack to an animated video project she currently has in process. "The soundtrack will be composed primarily of recordings made in science laboratories—those working in particle physics, condensed matter physics, mechanical engineering, microscopic imaging, and other areas. These recordings, many of which are already completed, will be edited together abstractly, both processed and in their original forms." We will play back some of the audio from the project at the showcase.
Lori Felker has been working on a series of "television programs" that employ the trappings of the archetypal public access television shows (e.g, gardening how-to's, travel guides, etc.) to "explore our public self in contrast and in dialogue with our inner monologue." Her current project in the series, IT DOESN'T MATTER, apes teen science shows like Mr. Wizard and Bill Nye the Science Guy, and explores the topic of "matter" and its opposite: "doesn't matter." She used her residency time to record theremin and synthesizer sounds, complete ADR, and complete the post-production audio mix for her video, which will be screened at the showcase.
Cauleen Smith produced THE POCKET, a limited edition run of vinyl 12" LPs that was one component of a multimedia installation at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art in May. "The LP will be a series of conversations (both fictional and actual), dramatic narratives, and sonic essays crafted with synthetic and diegetic sounds that explore the way in which the city of Chicago and its black working class citizens, musicians, and artists facilitated Herman Blount's metamorphosis into the stellar artist known as Sun Ra. The LP will be a limited edition of 1500, hand silkscreened cover (an homage to Sun Ra and Alton Abraham's small pressings) and a booklet which includes writings from a spectrum of artists and scholars ruminating on Sun Ra's process of Becoming in Chicago." She availed herself of the materials in ESS's Sun Ra/El Saturn Collection to inform and augment her work. One side of the LP will be played back at the showcase.
Madison psych folk duo Spires That in the Sunset Rise (Kathleen Baird, Taralie Peterson) and percussionist Michael Zerang took a period of three days to "explore the various combinations of instruments that [they] employ and create compositional frameworks for them." At the end of each of these days, they performed live at ESS as part of this fall's Outer Ear series. The recordings are in the process of being edited and manipulated down into an album length release. The group will perform a live set as part of the showcase.
JOSEPH CLAYTON MILLS
In conjunction with The Patient, Joseph Clayton Mills' exhibit in Audible Gallery, Mills will present the performance of an original composition based on fragmentary texts by Franz Kafka, composed as mundane communications from his deathbed, rendered mute by tuberculosis of the larynx. He will be joined by ESS regulars Olivia Block, Noé Cuéllar, Steven Hess, and Jason Stein.
Joseph Clayton Mills is an artist, writer, and musician who lives and works in Chicago. His text-based paintings, assemblages, and installations have been exhibited in Chicago, New York, and Europe, and his work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker. His fiction and criticism have been published both in the United States and abroad, most recently in the magazine Wolf Notes and the architectural journal Log, and he is the author of the short-story collection Zyxt (Entr’acte 2010). He is also an active participant in the improvised and experimental musical community in Chicago, where he has performed and collaborated with such notable musicians as Adam Sonderberg and Steven Hess (as a member of the band Haptic), Sylvain Chaveau, Jason Stein, Tony Buck, Mark Solotroff, Fred Lonberg-Holm, and Olivia Block, among many others. His recordings have appeared on numerous labels, including FSS, Bloodlust!, and Entr’acte.
We are excited to welcome back Swiss sound poets Jacques Demierre and Vincent Barras for another appearance at Outer Ear; this time, they will present a collaboration with New York-based Australian composer Chris Mann and Swiss sound engineer Thierry Simonot. Barras and Demierre will collide their interests in deconstructing and recomposing the sonorities of ancient and modern language with Mann's virtuosic explorations of language, systems, and technology. Simonot will spatialize the trio's vocalizations through a multichannel system of speakers.
Jacques Demierre is a pianist, performer and composer based in Geneva. His musical and sound work takes various directions: improvised music, contemporary music, sound poetry and sound installation. His compositions and sound realisations are concerned with the activity of listening and with sound space, and develop a very cross and interdisciplinary conception of music. He collaborates with many improvising musicians, Barre Philips,Urs Leimgruber, Thomas Lehn, Joëlle Léandre, Axel Dörner, Fritz Hauser, Sainkho Namtchylak, Hans Koch, Brandon Labelle, Jason Kahn, Butch Morris and many more.
Vincent Barras is performer, historian, translator also based in Geneva. He teaches at the University of Lausanne (history of medicine) and at the High Schools of Art and Applied Art in Geneva (sound, history of the body). He is member of Contrechamps Editions in Geneva (contemporary music and aesthetics) and programmer of sound poetry and art language festivals (La Bâtie Festival and Roaratorio in Geneva). He has published various books, essays, articles, on body theory, medicine and psychiatry, contemporary poetry and music. He has translated books by Galen, Edoardo Sanguineti, Theodor Adorno, Carl Dahlhaus, Georges Seferis, John Cage, Eugen Gomringer, Simon Cutts, Robert Lax.
Thierry Simonot is a sound engineer in Geneva, Switzerland who specializes in sound playback though multiple loudspeaker arrays in fixed and site-specific contexts. His projects and collaborations include multichannel diffusion of both pre-recorded and live improvised sound sources. Collaborators have included Urs Leimgruber, Vincent Barras, Jacques Demierre, Rudy Décelier, Roger Turner, Dimitri Coppe, and others.
Chris Mann is an Australian composer based in New York. Working in the unique field of Compositional Linguistics, Mann’s focus is on the technology and philosophy of speech. Since 1989, he has performed with Machine for Making Sense and most recently Chris Mann and the Impediments. He has been Artist in Residence at Harvestworks and RPI. His commissions include: Astra Choir, John Cage, Composers Forum, Paris Autumn Festival, Australian Biennale, Radio France, Ars Electronica, Radio Telefis Eirann, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio, Revue Telematique d’Art Contemporain, Dance Works, Dance Exchange, Lingua, Art et Lectures, Abraxas, Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, la revue parlée, V2, Australian Network for Art and Technology, Goethe Institut, Shire of Healesville, Anzart, Christian Television Association, Commission for the Future, International Synergy, ABC Staff Union, Australia Council, Perth Institute for Contemporary Art, Festival de la Batie, Sprach Ton Art, Brisbane Biennial, BBC, Taklos Festival, ORF, Urban Aboriginal, American Society for Cybernetics, bobeobi, Adelaide Festival, Experimenta, Interpretations.
Made possible with the support of the Canton of Geneva.
HEAR IN NOW
HEAR in NOW is a collaborative trio performing primarily original jazz-tinged avant-classical compositions. Originally brought together in the winter of 2009 by an Italian concert promoter for the WomaJazz festival in Salsomaggiore Terme, Italy, the trio, feeling a great sense of musical chemistry, have since kept the momentum going. Residing in three separate locales, the women of Hear in Now bring together elements from their indivIdual regions for a unique sound experience by exploring free improvisation along with through-composed pieces.
HiN is comprised of Mazz Swift (NYC) on violin/vocals, Silvia Bolognesi (SI, ITALY) on doublebass and Tomeka Reid (CHI) on cello. As individuals all three are active performers in the international music scene, having performed and/or recorded with William Parker, Anthony Braxton, George Lewis, Nicole Mitchell, Butch Morris, Vernon Reid, Burnt Sugar and Members of the Black Rock Coalition, Enrico Rava, Keiko Bondjeson and the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. HiN released their self-titled debut record this past February on Rudi Records.