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MOVING SOUNDS FESTIVAL | PERFORMANCE
MICHELLE NAGAI: WORK / REST
SATURDAY, SEP 21 2013, 02:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Presented within the framework of the Moving Sounds 2013 festival, Work/Rest was created by Michelle Nagai, and explores the rhythms and ethos of rural farm life in Japan. Touching on the mysteries of enlightenment, agricultural routine, seasonal change, and the wisdom of elders, the piece offers a glimpse of an alternative sense of sounding, listening, and knowing. Percussionists Michael Evans and Andrew Drury collect and categorize sound objects throughout the day, a work-in-process open to the public. The piece culminates with a live show in which Evans and Drury perform, accompanied by a series of comic mistranslations that describe and comment on photographic images of mid-20th century rural Japan.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Andrew Drury is a drummer/composer whose work encompasses a stunning range of tradition and exploration while manifesting a core of rhythmic savvy, intense energy, and meticulous sonic control. A former student of the legendary drummer Ed Blackwell, Drury is known for a swinging and lyrical approach to the drum set, and for being able to leave audiences spellbound with his use of extended techniques. One of few percussionists performing at a world class level in both jazz and in experimental idioms that don’t obviously spring from jazz, Drury has appeared in 25 countries and on 40 cds as a soloist, as a bandleader, and in groups with artists such as Myra Melford, Chris Speed, Elliot Sharp, and Andrea Neumann. Currently he leads a quartet with Briggan Krauss, Ingrid Laubrock, and Brandon Seabrook. He performs with 10^32K (featuring Frank Lacy), Jason Kao Hwang, Jack Wright, TOTEM>, IRON DOG, JD Parran’s clarinet ensemble, Dan Peck, Daniel Blake, and others.
Michael Evans is an improvising drummer/composer whose work investigates and embraces the collision of sound and theatrics, combining ordered systems with intuitive choices of sound making using found objects, homemade instruments, the theremin, and various digital and analog electronics. He has worked with a wide variety of artists nationally and internationally including EasSide Percussion, Fast Forward, Fulminate Trio, Alexander Hacke (Einsturzende Neubauten), Susan Hefner, Gordon Monahan, Evan Parker, William Parker, Psychotic Quartet, LaDonna Smith and Peter Zummo.
Composer/sound artist Michelle Nagai creates original music and sound for electronics and live players, ephemeral performance events, video, dance and theater. In tandem with her work as a composer, Nagai's published writings reflect a deep engagement with the intersection of words, sounds, places and ideas. In 2012, Nagai lived in rural Japan, the recipient of a creative artist fellowship from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission. She now resides in rural New York State, where she continues to explore connections between sound and place, while working toward completion of a doctoral dissertation in composition at Princeton University. Nagai’s work has been presented in North America, Japan and Europe with the support of numerous institutions including the American Composers Forum, the Deep Listening Institute, Harvestworks, Eyebeam, the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art, Nature and Dance, the Jerome and McKnight Foundations, Meet the Composer, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts.
ABOUT THE SERIES
For the fifth consecutive year, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York is producing 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.
622 Degraw Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11217
$10 cover for the entire day.