Thursday, October 18th - Saturday, October 20th
8:30 PM Admission $15 Students $10 MEMBERS FREE
20 Greene St (between Canal and Grand St)
Phill Niblock Festival
Composer, filmmaker and photographer Phill Niblock, who also runs the Experimental Intermedia Foundation in SoHo, writes noble, hypnotic, majestic music guaranteed to mess with your head. The works are constituted of sustained sounds for large instrumental ensembles of the same family (all strings, all flutes, all trombones, etc.) that very gradually change their timbre and pitch characteristics. Niblock's big microtonal drones develop without melody or rhythm, according to an almost imperceptible, geographically slow notion of movement. His recent films are painstaking studies of manual labor, giving a poetic dignity to the sheer grueling slog of fishermen at work, rice-planters, log-splitters, water-hole dredgers and other backbreaking toilers. Beyond the stunning sounds and hypnotic images, Niblock deliberately designs systems wherein his materials intersect in unintentional, yet uncanny combinations to which the audience can’t help but superimpose its own meanings and forms.
Thursday, October 18th
Program includes: Guitar too, for four: Version Three (Rafael Toral, Robert Poss, Susan Stenger, David First on guitars played with E-bows) and Stosspeng (2007) for two guitars in stereo (Susan Stenger and Robert Poss on electric guitars and electric basses).
Friday, October 19th: Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya: Video / Sound Collaboration
In this live set Niblock mixes between audio pieces based on diverse field recordings (which are very different from his music compositions.) Liberovskaya mixes video using Jitter/Max/MSP and drawing from a vast personal database of clips shot over the past fifteen years. Katherine Liberovskaya is a Canadian video & media artist, working predominantly in experimental video since the late eighties. In 2003 she began exploring live video mixing in improvisation with live new music/sound. Since, she has performed live video mixing at a variety of venues in NY, Montreal and Europe with a number of music/sound artists including: o.blaat, Toshio Kajiwara, Shelley Hirsch, Vortex, Anthony Coleman and Al Margolis (aka If Bwana.) The program includes: A new piece for Organ (World Premier), Three Orchids for three orchestras (performed by Trio Scordatura plus one [Alfrun Schmid, voice; Elisabeth Smalt, viola; Bob Gilmore, synthesizer; plus Guy De Bievre, dobro]) and 4 Chorch +1 (2007).
Saturday, October 20th
The program includes: Six Pieces for Ulrich Krieger, didjeridu and saxophones, Didjeridoos and Don'ts, Ten Auras Live, Sea Jelly Yellow, Parker's Altered Mood, aka, Owed to Bird, Alto Tune and Sax Mix. Ulrich Krieger on didjeridu and alto, tenor and bari saxes.
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Added by roulette on October 4, 2007