Live Stage: OptoSonic Tea [us Manhattan, NY]

mori.jpgOptoSonic Tea:: Friday May 30th,2–8 :: 8:30 pm :: Live sets by: Pamela Z, Daniel Vatsky and Chris Jordan (video) and John Cohrs (audio):: Invited respondent/moderator: Miya Masaoka :: Suggested donation: $ 7 :: Experimental Intermedia :: 224 Centre Street at Grand, Third Floor, NY 10013 :: 212 431 5127, 212 431 6430

OptoSonic Tea is a regular series of meetings dedicated to the convergence of live visuals with live sound which focuses on the visual component. These presentation-and-discussion meetings aim to explore different forms of live visuals (live video, live film, live slide projection and their variations and combinations) and the different ways they can come into interaction with live audio. Each evening features two different live visual artists or groups of artists who each perform a set with the live sound artists of their choice. The presentations are followed by an informal discussion about the artists’ practices over a cup of green tea. A third artist, from previous generations of visualists or related fields, is invited specifically to participate in this discussion so as to create a dialogue between current and past practices and provide different perspectives on the present and the future.

Organized by Katherine Liberovskaya and Ursula Scherrer.

About the artists:

Pamela Z is a San Francisco-based composer/performer and audio artist who works primarily with voice, live electronic processing, and sampling technology. She creates solo works combining operatic bel canto and experimental extended vocal techniques with found percussion objects, spoken word, digital processing, and a MIDI controller called The BodySynthª (which allows her to manipulate sound with physical gestures.) In addition to her solo work, she has composed and recorded scores for dance, theatre, film, and new music chamber ensembles. Her large-scale multi-media works have been presented at Theater Artaud and ODC in SanFrancisco and at The Kitchen in New York, and her audio works have been presented in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum in New York and the Diszesanmuseum in Cologne. Her multi-media opera Wunderkabinet based on the Museum of Jurassic Technology (created in collaboration with Matthew Brubeck and Christina McPhee) has been presented at The LAB Gallery (San Francisco) in 2005 and at REDCAT (Disney Hall, Los Angeles) in 2006. Pamela Z has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe, and Japan. She has performed in numerous festivals including Bang on a Can at Lincoln Center in New York, the Interlink Festival in Japan, the Other Minds Festival in San Francisco, Pina Bausch Tanztheater Festival in Wuppertal, Germany, and La Biennale di Venezia in Italy. She is the recipient of numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Creative Capital Fund, the CalArts Alpert Award in the Arts, the ASCAP Music Award, and the NEA and Japan/US Friendship Commission Fellowship. She holds a music degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. For more information visit

Daniel Vatsky is a Brooklyn-based intermedia artist and VJ since 2001. He has created video for multimedia artist Laurie Anderson, comedian Chris Rock, documentary filmmaker Ric Burns, and serves as the visual coordinator of The Psychasthenia Society, a multimedia theater group combining realtime video with live music and storytelling. Recent works include “The Last Friday”, an interactive video game about the Critical Mass bicycle rides in New York City. His current project – which will be used in this performance – is a high-definition video mixer built in software. For more information:

Chris Jordan explores the medium of light, movement, and time through the use of technology. His installations have appeared at the Moma, the New Museum, the Whitney, the Museum of Natural History, Times Square, numerous galleries and clubs; and the incidental spaces inbetween. The common elements that define Chris’ work include explorations into memory, photography, film, interactivity, and of course, projections. By examining the political and social implications technology has on us through a diversity of media, his work questions and challenges the viewer to redefine traditional perceptions of audience and performer. In addition Chris teaches interactive design at Baruch College and NYU; and organizes T-Minus, G33kXmas, rooftop movies, and visualist salons in New York City.

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Jon Cohrs ( is an artist/recording engineer who runs Spleenless Mastering in Brooklyn, New York. He used to perform with the now defunct Portland band, Orange and Allred and now plays in a duo with Australian composer Rae Howel, called Rabbits without Spleens. Their upcoming record will be out later this fall. For more info go to

Miya Masaoka resides in New York City and is a classically trained musician, composer and sound/installation artist. She has created works for solo koto, laser interfaces, explosive powders, model trains, laptop and video. She has also made works for sculpture installations and notated scores for ensembles, chamber orchestra and mixed choirs. She has been a guest with the Berkeley Symphony, Bang on a Can, So Percussion Ensemble, Pharoah Sanders and the Toshiko Akiyoshi Big Band. Her work has been performed throughout the world including the Venice Biennale 2004, the Miller Theater, NYC, Merkin Hall, V2 (Rotterdam), Ircam, (Paris), KunstRadio (Vienna), Radio Breman (Germany), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), Le Centrale (Canada), and festivals including DEAF (Ireland), Victoriaville (British Columbia), London Musicians¹ Collective’s Festival of Experimental Music (England), Other Minds Festival and Redcat Theater (USA), and she has toured to India six times with violinist virtuoso Dr. L. Subramaniam. Commissions include Engine 27/Harvestworks, Gerbode Foundation, Wattis Fellowship, British Broadcasting Co. (BBC), Asian Art Foundation, Alonzo King and Lines Ballet, Kathleen Supove. Other ensembles performing her work include Volti, Ensemble of the Piedmont Choirs, San Francisco Choral Society
and Rova Saxophone Quartet. She has been awarded the prestigious Alpert Arts Award, the ASCAP and The New Langton Arts Award, NEA and Meet the Composer. Residencies include Other Minds, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Headlands Center for the Arts, Western Front (Vancouver), Jacob’s Pillow and STEIM (the Netherlands), Other Minds Residency, and the Asian Cultural Council Japan Fellowship and Bang on a Can People¹s Commissioning Grant. She has collaborated and worked with many leading artists including Pauline Oliveros, Steve Coleman, Cecil Taylor, Fred Frith, Christian Wolff, Henry Brandt, Andrew Cyrille, Reggie Workman and Vijay Iyer. Sound installations (group exhibits) include Center for Art and Visual Culture (University of Maryland), Lincoln Center Out of Doors (Homemade Instrument Day), the Kitchen (Charles Morrow¹s Cube), 2006 Winter Olympics (Torino, Italy), The Kitchen; Graphic Notation in Contemporary Music (2007). She is currently on faculty of the Bard College Milton Avery School of the Arts MFA Program in Music/Sound (since 2003).

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May 25, 2008
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