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DEMI BROXA & AKI ONDA
FRIDAY JUN 15, 07:30 PM
The duo Demi Broxa (Jakob Schneidewind, bass/electronics & Agnes Hvizdalek, vocals) from Vienna combines electronic soundscapes with pure vocal sounds and minimalistic musical structures with organic improvisations. Using only voice, bass and electronics they create fascinating abstract songs that are both direct and complex. Operating between the poles of electronic and acoustic music, Demi Broxa creates hypnotic club music combined with bizarre sound events. Demi Broxa will be making their US premiere with this performance.
Aki Onda is particularly known for his "Cassette Memories" -- works compiled from a "sound diary" of field-recordings collected by using the cassette Walkman over a span of last quarter-century. He creates compositions, performances, and visual artworks from those sound memories. On this occasion, Onda plays cassette tapes he recorded during his travels to Morocco in 1988 and 2010.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
AKI ONDA is a New York-based composer, performer, visual artist, and curator. He often performs in interdisciplinary fields and collaborates with filmmakers, visual artists, and choreographers, including Ken Jacobs, Michael Snow, Raha Raissnia, Akio Suzuki, and Takao Kawaguchi. Onda's work has been presented by numerous institutions such as MoMA, The Kitchen, documenta 14, Pompidou Center, Louvre Museum, Palais de Tokyo, Bozar, and many others.
DEMI BROXA is the Vienna based duo of Jakob Schneidewind and Agnes Hvizdalek. Jakob Schneidewind is best known as the bassist for the Austrian techno band Elektro Guzzi. He has a classical education (studying music in Vienna) but gradually incorporated electronic instruments into his music production. His playing is characterized by precision and his sense for details. Agnes Hvizdalek is an improvising musician originating from Vienna's experimental music scene and is based in Oslo and Vienna. From an early age, she has dedicated her life to new music and to her fascination with the human voice. She uses her voice as an instrument in solo performances, live installations and international collaborations. Her vocabulary oscillates between simplicity and fragility, often sounding reminiscent of electronics while always staying unprocessed.