SoundSpace: Free Music and Community
Our January SoundSpace featured a wide array of improvisors who are active in their respective communities: Alvin Fielder, (founding member of the AACM), Damon Choice (Sun Ra), Chandra Washington (Sun Ra), Adam Rudolph and his Go: Organic Orchestra (Co-presented by CoFG), Damon Smith, Dave Dove, trombonist and director of Nameless Sound, The Home of Easy Credit (NYC / Denmark), new choreography by Nick Kepley, featuring Ballet Austin, SSBT (Chris Cogburn, Steve Jensen and Parham Daghighi), Bel Curore Sax Quartet, Bob Hoffnar, steel guitarist, Kati Hernandez-Cowles, performance artist. Press: Arts + Culture Texas
TRAFFIC JAM is a project that creates new works for an ensemble of cars, trucks, and bicycles. These works will be performed at the 2016 Fusebox Festival at the Blue Starlite Drive-In, featuring a massive choir of 80 carhorns, a bicycle fitted with horn speakers broadcasting FM radio, sound installations played on car stereos, and choreographed pedicabs.
Our next SoundSpace program at the Blanton Museum is an exploration of unusual timbre and the novel processes used to create it. Featured are a premiere by Travis Weller and his consort of hand crafted instruments, Sam Cusumano of Electricity for Progress / Data Garden, Dan Lippel of the acclaimed International Contemporary Ensemble, Chris Cogburn, curator of the No Idea Festival, and bassist extraordinaire Damon Smith.
Dan Robinson of Your Media created a stunning video archive of our performance of The Way of Timbre for trombones, didgeridoos, and sine waves. The performance occurred at the James Turrell Skyspace located at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
You can watch the video here.
KLRU / PBS put together a very fine mini-documentary of our production of Music for Wilderness Lake.
You can watch it free here.
I wrote a piece for trombones, didgeridoos, and sine waves for the James Turrell Skyspace at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Commissioned by the Artosphere Festival, the premiere was June 21st at dusk on the Summer Solstice.
Here is the trailer.
Music for Wilderness Lake
I produced a performance of R. Murray Shafer's Music for Wilderness Lake at The Contemporary Austin - Laguna Gloria June 27-28. The work is a piece of "environmental music" performed at Dusk and Dawn by twelve trombone players, arranged along the perimeter of a lake, signaled by nautical flags on a raft floating in the water.
In our case, we used a beautiful, handmade canoe built by local artist Aldo Valdés Böhm.
The most recent SoundSpace concert coincided with Veronica Roberts' Converging Lines exhibit, chronicling the work of Eva Hesse and Sol Lewitt. This program included works by Glass, Reich, LaMonte Young, Terry Riley and featured line upon line percussion, the Invincible Czars, Outlier, One Ounce Opera, and the Felix Quartet.
Installation at Austin City Hall
Recycled Sounds is a project that creates novel, recycled instruments and installs them in unexpected public places. Over a series of workshops with students and faculty from Austin SoundWaves, we explored improvisation, composition, and acoustics. The project culminated with a downtown performance and several large-scale instrument installations in collaboration with Travis Weller and Jebney Lewis. These instruments will be on display for the next thirty days at the the Austin City Hall Parking Garage. Austin American Statesman article Austin 360 video
The Oct SoundSpace concert featured the Austin premiere of Anthony Braxton's Composition No. 19, for 100 marching tubas. James Fei directed the performance. You can watch a video of the entire performance here.
Music on Pearl is a project in collaboration with the Philly Youth Workshop and Jeb Lewis that will install large scale instruments along the Pearl St alleyway in Chinatown North. You can follow the project's progress here.
This project is sponsored by the Asian Arts Initiative Social Practice Lab.
Signal has released a new recording: Shelter is the product of an unusual three-way collaboration among Bang on a Can’s founding composers. Scored for 3 sopranos and 17-piece ensemble, Shelter explores and contrasts what the concept of Shelter means to different cultures. This premiere recording, under conducting of Brad Lubman and production of Michael Riesman, has been released on Cantaloupe Records. You can listen to the recording in its entirety on the Atlantic Monthly website.
New Lachenmann / Signal CD
In 2010, I joined Helmut Lachenmann and Ensemble Signal for a series of rare performances, highlighting Lachemann's groundbreaking work over the past 50 years. These performances were recorded at EMPAC and include Lachenmann performing his solo piano pieces Guero, Ein Kinderspiel, and Wiegenmusik, as well the narration in “...Zwei Gefühle...” Now available on CD, on Mode Records. DVD release in 5.1 surround sound on Mode Records forthcoming. Amazon iTunes
New Residency in Philadelphia
2012-2013 I'll be Artist-in-Residence at the Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia. I'll working with their Social Practice Lab, which focuses on "Philadelphia’s Chinatown North as a dynamic neighborhood site for local and national artists to explore contemporary visual and performing arts that forge alliances to encourage neighborhood development and positive change within the community."
Austin Critics' Table Award
SoundSpace won the Austin Critics' Table Award, thanks to the many musicians and artists that performed. Stay tuned for the next show on Oct 21st, which will feature Henry Brant's mesmerizing work, Orbits, for 80 trombones, organ, and soprano.