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THURSDAY, SEP 15 2016, 08:00 PM

Maja Osojnik, Maria Chavez & MV Carbon + Dorit Chrysler & Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller (ADULT.)

A packed evening at the ACFNY as part of the ongoing Moving Sounds Festival "Dame Electric": Maria Chavez (Lima/NYC) and MV Carbon (Brooklyn) have been collaborating for years. For the very first time, Maja Osojnik (Austria/Slovenia) will join them on stage, for an entirely new artistic collaboration.

Following that, another rare event: Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller of the highly renowned Detroit-based duo „ADULT.“ will collaborate with Austrian theremin player, Dorit Chrysler to premiere a performance including a vacuum cleaner, created for "Dame Electric".

This year’s Moving Sounds Festival, titled Dame Electric, was conceived by New York/Austrian musician, educator, and curator, Dorit Chrysler. Dame Electric centers on pioneer female performers of analog electronic music from Austria and the US. It brings together different backgrounds and generations of artists and composers to actively exchange and collaborate. In addition to concerts and live visual performances in venues across NYC, the six-day festival includes workshops, a panel discussion and a special screening of the extended trailer for the upcoming documentary film on legendary pioneer analogue electronic musician, Suzanne Ciani.

Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller have been collaborating across disciplines since 1997. Together they created the band ADULT., inspired by electro, electropunk and synthopop elements. Having released five albums and 18 singles to date, their sixth album will come out in spring 2017 after a yearlong creative process. They have toured the world multiple times, performing in places such as Moscow, Bogotá, and Sao Paulo. In 2014, they received a Knight Arts Challenge Award for their "Detroit House Guests" concept, turning a Detroit home into a residency space for six distinguished musicians. In October, they shared the stage with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, presenting composer Tod Machover's "Symphony in D."  As Kuperus/Miller, they create site specific sound and video work which has been presented at the Mattress Factory (Pittsburg), Lille 3000 (Lille, FR) and D'lectricity (Detroit). They also make films, which have been screened at venues such as the Anthology Film Archives (NY), Distrital Film Festival (MX), and the Detroit Institute of Arts. 

Born in Graz and best known for her theremin style, Dorit Chrysler also has a prolific performing career as a vocalist, guitarist and producer.  One of the few theremin virtuosos worldwide, she is the founder of the New York Theremin Society and America’s first theremin school for children. Following her Musicology studies in Vienna, she moved to New York to start a career as a writer, producer and musician. Her solo work ranges from electronic pop to film soundscapes – most recently for the soundtrack of the HBO documentary “Going Clear”. She has performed with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, collaborated with numerous international artists and produced a wide range of compositions, some of them commissioned by the Venice Biennale and the MoMA Film Department. Recipient of several residencies and grants, she is also the subject of a documentary in the making  following her most recent travels to China, Japan, Russia, and Brazil.

Born in Slovenia in 1976, Maja Osojnik lives and works in Vienna, Austria, as a singer, composer, improvising electroacoustic musician, sound artist, mostly using voice, Paetzold bass recorders, own field recordings, DJ-CD, tapes and other lo-fi electronic devices, toys, trash and found objects. Osojnik made a name for herself in different musical fields, such as early music, contemporary, experimental, jazz, free improvisation, sound art and heavier music.She composed for theater, dance, animation movies, film, silent film, sound installations and diverse ensembles, and wrote lyrics/texts for different projects, among them Maja Osojnik Band, Broken.Heart.Collector and Rdeča Raketa. As part of her artistic activity, she gave workshops on improvised music in Austria, Slovenia and Korea, founded Maja’s Musik Markt and co-organised the 7th Viennese Soulfood Festival in 2013. Performing at renowned venues all over Europe, Maja Osojnik also received several awards and scholarships.

Born in Lima, Peru, Maria Chávez is best known as an abstract turntablist, sound artist and DJ. Aspects of chance and coincidence are recurring themes within her work and unite her sound sculptures and installations with her solo turntable performance practice. She is currently a research fellow in the Sound Practice Research Department at Goldsmiths, University of London. Chávez has given lectures at numerous institutions, collaborated with various international artists and performers and presented award-winning sound pieces. She has been granted several residencies and also been active as a curator. In 2017, Maria Chávez will be artist-in-residence at the CEC ArtsLink Backroom Residency in St. Petersburg, Russia and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in Captiva, Florida.

MV Carbon is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist and composer. Her work is comprised of live performance, installation, projection, and sound. Embracing a non-traditional approach to music, she plays cello, reel to reel tape, gongs, amplified objects, synthesizers, electronics and crafted instruments. Her current work explores interchangeability, the human mechanism, perceptive states of consciousness, and the empirical force of nature. She has composed work for solo piano, cello, flute as well as for the The String Orchestra of Brooklyn. Carbon has collaborated with numerous artists and performed at venues including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), PS1-MoMA (NY), the Guggenheim BMW Lab (NY),The Tate Modern (UK) and many more.

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