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MOVING SOUNDS FESTIVAL | CONCERT
FRIDAY SEP 14, 09:00 PM
For this concert at the Bohemian National Hall at Czech Center, which is part of this year's Moving Sounds Festival, the Austrian Cultural Forum is pleased to present New York-based composer and pianist Annie Gosfield. She specializes in the use of de-tuned samples and industrial and technological noises in order to explore a sound world that constantly shifts between ‘music’ and ‘noise’. Moving Sounds has been devoted to presenting musicians who explore the interrelation between sound, music, and technology, and Gosfield is certainly a rigorous practitioner of electro-acoustic music-making.
This concert will feature music from Gosfield's newly released CD “Almost Truths and Open Deceptions” along with signature pieces that emphasize the varied aspects of her work: industrial-inspired music played by her electric band, a chamber piece inspired by deteriorating 78’s, the latest installment in her series for solo instruments and electronics, and a piece for violin and satellite sounds. Compositions from the new CD include the world premiere of Phantom Shakedown, performed by the composer on piano accompanied by a broken shortwave radio, a cement mixer, and tube noise; and Cranks and Cactus Needles, performed by “The Pearls Before Swine Experience”, a new music quartet from Stockholm. Violinist George Kentros will duet with interstellar sounds in Lost Signals and Drifting Satellites, and Gosfield’s trio will perform her signature industrial-inspired piece EWA7. This varied program melds acoustic instruments, electronics, and noise, revealing the composer’s fascination with the sounds of machines, archaic technology, and deterioration.
Lost Signals and Drifting Satellites (2003, 8 minutes, for violin and electronics)
Performed by George Kentros (violin)
Phantom Shakedown (2012, 8 minutes, for piano and tape) world premiere
Performed by Annie Gosfield (piano)
Cranks and Cactus Needles (2000, 7 minutes, for flute, piano, violin, and cello)
Performed by THE PEARLS BEFORE SWINE EXPERIENCE - George Kentros (violin), Sara Hammarström (flute), Mats Olofsson (cello), Mårten Landström (piano)
Performed by Annie Gosfield (sampling keyboard), Roger Kleier (electric guitar), Ches Smith (percussion)
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Annie Gosfield's work combines notated and improvised music, electronic and acoustic sounds, writing music for others and playing in her own group. Her music is often inspired by the inherent beauty of non-musical sounds, such as machines, destroyed pianos, warped 78 rpm records and detuned radios. Hailed as “a star of the downtown scene” by the New Yorker magazine, her varied work methods have taken her music on a path through concert halls, universities, art spaces, and punk clubs. “Almost Truths and Open Deceptions”, her new CD on Tzadik Composer’s series features a cello chamber concerto, a work for piano accompanied by a broken shortwave radio, chamber works inspired by anachronistic technologies, and a five-minute blast by her band inspired by her grandparents’ experiences in the Industrial Revolution.
Dedicated to working closely with performers, Gosfield has created new works and collaborated with Joan Jeanrenaud, Lisa Moore, Felix Fan, Frances-Marie Uitti, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, MIVOS Quartet, Athelas Sinfonietta, Talujon Percussion, and many soloists and ensembles worldwide. She has performed with John Zorn, Fred Frith, Chris Cutler, Derek Bailey, Silvie Courvoisier, and Roger Kleier, among others.
Gosfield (Photo by Josh Gosfield) has been awarded fellowships from the American Academy in Berlin, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts and the Siemens Foundation. Also active as a writer and teacher, she is a regular contributor to the New York Times series “The Score”, and has been the Milhaud Professor of composition at Mills College, a visiting lecturer at Princeton University and a visiting artist at Cal Arts.
>> For more information, please visit anniegosfield.com
Guitarist Roger Kleier’s style draws from contemporary classical music, improvisation, extended techniques, sound manipulation, and the American guitar traditions of blues, jazz, and rock. His quartet “El Pocho Loco” with Annie Gosfield, Trevor Dunn, and Ches Smith, is dedicated to his unique take on guitar instrumentals. Roger’s CD’s include “KlangenBang”, “Deep Night, Deep Autumn” and "The Night Has Many Hours".
Drummer/percussionist Ches Smith improvised with punks and metalheads in his native California prior to his percussion studies at Mills College. His projects include These Arches, Congs for Brums, and Good for Cows. He also performs with Marc Ribot, Trevor Dunn, Roger Kleier, Mary Halvorson, Secret Chiefs 3, and Tim Berne.
The Pearls Before Swine Experience are a Stockholm-based ensemble that is dedicated to bringing new music to new venues. They have commissioned a new repertoire of short pieces (approximately five minutes in length) that includes more than 80 works from 18 countries. Their list of commissions continues to grow, including pieces by Tristan Murail, David Lang, Anders Hillborg, Lars Ekström, Mikael Edlund, and Jouni Kaipainen.
Swedish-American avant-garde violinist George Kentros studied at Yale University and the Stockholm School of Music. As soloist and member of chamber music formations for New Music, such as the Swedish group The Pearls before Swine Experience, George Kentros performs in Europe, Japan and the USA. He has been involved in several CD productions, among others with works by Annie Gosfield, and writes theatre music.
ABOUT THE SERIES
For the fourth consecutive year, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York has teamed up with the Argento New Music Project’s director, Michel Galante, to produce Moving Sounds, a festival dedicated to music, visual media and aesthetic dialogue that features emerging and pioneering artists who focus on electronically generated music, and those who are at the interface of classically instrumented and electronic music.
Bohemian National Hall at Czech Center
321 E 73rd St.,
New York, NY