Live Stage: Sound Installations at Diapason [us Brooklyn, NY]

diapason.jpgDiapason gallery for sound and intermedia presents Micah Silver: You and Me, Going, and Patrick K.-H. ScAS (ScotchAcoustic Session):: Two sound installations :: Programmed as part of Diapason’s exchange program with Moscow’s Theremin Center :: JUNE 14, 21 and 28 // SATURDAYS 2-8 PM :: FREE :: OPENING RECEPTION: JUNE 14 6PM :: 882 Third Avenue (between 32nd and 33rd Street) // Brooklyn, NY :: Subways: D, N, R to 36th Street :: 718.499.5070 // :: Sponsored by The Trust for Mutual Understanding.

Program Notes: You and Me, Going is the result of an imaginary unfolding — of a near-archaeological process through my recent work: of unearthing artifacts, brushing them off, finding new resonances with old things, and deducing / constructing narrative from emerging layers of association. My recent installations have required the capture and creation of vast libraries of audio material, much of which never found the right home. You and Me, Going is a landscape of these bits and a departure for me from working with algorithms to realize pieces that endlessly permute within stochastic bounds. For this project I wanted to refocus on the microscopic details of mixing and to discover how the more constructed basis for my recent works has been metabolised into intuitions and tastes. And so I returned to an entirely handmade approach. In one section of the piece, part of Agonism, a poem by Bethany Wright, is sung. The complete work is in the back of this program. (Micah Silver)

ScAS (ScotchAcoustic Session) was started in 2004 as series of live-acousmatic pieces based on scotch-tape sounds, recorded and edited by various types. It is a generative composition, so-called work-in-progress. The idea in the beginning was to limit sound source and to find structures for the following composition, starting from this material. In this way, it has such forms as: duo of sampler performance; sampler with dancer via MAX/MSP; and present 8-channel sound installation, which was made in Diapason Gallery in 2008, March

Micah Silver’s work often finds its balance in the irreconcilable fascinations of time perception and a closeness to the sensuality of sound. His work is constructed as a site of self-examination, creating frictions between the perceptual bounds of practical society and the optimistically impractical possibilities suggested by the work.

Shows have been mounted by the Jersey City Museum, Artspace New Haven, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, The James Joyce Centre, Dublin and others. Silver’s scores and text has been published in Nuke Magazine (Paris), The Journal of the Valkenberg Hermitage (Berlin), and will accompany a DVD by Diapason Gallery for Sound (NYC). He recently completed a 12-channel sound piece commissioned by the MATA Festival (April 08) and is working on a large-scale installation for Mass MoCA (February 09) and a collaborative, evening length performance/installation with poet Bethany Ides.

Silver was born in 1980 in North Carolina but grew up in a small town in western Massachusetts. He studied music and sound art at Wesleyan University with Alvin Lucier, Anthony Braxton, and Ron Kuivila and privately with Raphé Malik, Lewis Spratlan, and Earle Brown. In addition to his work as an artist, Silver is music/sound curator for the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Patrick K.-H. (aka Yakhontov Anton, b. 1980)
Visual-, video- and soundartist, composer, animator. During his childhood, he learned classical and jazz guitar, ballroom dance and visual art. Composed and performed classical and free-jazz music. Started to experiment with cutting tape at the age of 9, but did not understand the meaning of this media until he attend Theremin Center workshops in 1999, where he started to compose and perform concrete music.

From 2004 he was writing a lot of music and video for different theatre and contemporary dance projects, and turned to multimedia. Now his interests are more about self-organized dynamic systems, sound environment, and mixing early forms of video with post-digital technologies. As an example, concept of his last piece “Cinestetica” (2008, May) with choreographer Dina Khuseyn and media-artist D. Subochev is based on controlling video by sound and dance to produce special sort of animation in real-time by translating data from one media to another.

Member of Moscow Cyberorchestra. Many times marked with his creative fruits at different festivals: Altermedium -Moscow, Tseh- Moscow, Dialogue- Netherlands, Open Look-St.Peterburg, Touch-Arhangelsk, St Gallen -Austria, Interactiune-Kishineu, Russian Act- UK, Singapoore, Form of live-Moscow, Summer Lab “Dansstationen” – Sweden, Moscow International Film Festival, Noore Tantsu-Estonia, World Rose-Moscow, Moscow Autumn etc.

Special thanks to Andrei Smirnov, director of the Theremin Center

Diapason gallery for sound and intermedia is a non-profit performance and exhibition space that invites the public, artists and composers to engage with contemporary music and sound practices. Established in 2001 by composer Michael J. Schumacher and choreographer Liz Gerring, Diapason has built on his efforts at Studio Five Beekman, a sound gallery he founded in1996. With two high-quality multi-channel sound systems Diapason’s listening environment draws a regular audience, and Diapason continues to be the sole venue in New York City (and one of few internationally) that is dedicated to both presenting multichannel sound installations and providing space for composers and sound artists to experiment, exhibit and perform. Diapason is supported by NYSCA, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Phaedrus Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, The Trust for Mutual Understanding, Kirk Radke, and other generous individuals. Diapason is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.

Jun 10, 2008
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