Saturday, April 27th / Afternoon Show
- Phenoma (NC)
- S.E.M Ensemble & guests
Julius Eastman "Macle"
- Panel Discussion
with Petr Kotik, Nick James Scavo, DeForrest Brown Jr., Elizabeth Lang, and Kimathi Moore
at Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center
Saturday, April 27th / Evening Show
- Jeff Witscher (OR)
- S.E.M. EnsembleJohn Cage
“Concert for Piano and Orchestra”
- Voice Training (NY)
at Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center
Saturday, April 27th / Late Show
- Shane Parish (NC)
- Motown Willie (NC)
at Static Age Records
Phenoma is Elizabeth Lang and Kimathi Moore.
Based in Asheville, North Carolina (US), Liz Lang / Auracene composes work at the vertex of emotive arc and multi-faceted sound design.
Using voice, chant, piano, found sound and tweakish technology her compositions share otherworldly moods and spaces. She has appeared in solo and collaboration (Wyrm, Le Scrambled Debutante, Solumenata, River Guerguerian) on releases out of Germany, Poland, Russia and the US from: Jacktone Records, Sealt Records, Drone Records, Aquarellist, The Relaxation Company, Roil Noise, Impulsy Stetskopu.
Kimathi Moore is an electronic artist born in Paris, France whose love for electronics and sound experimentations goes back to his early childhood days. Now Kima lives in Asheville, North Carolina and spends much of his time daydreaming, field recording and going to old abandoned railroads and buildings to gather found sounds.
Julius Eastman (1940-1990) was an artist who, as a gay, black man, aspired to live those roles to the fullest. He was not only a prominent member of New York's downtown scene as a composer, conductor, singer, pianist, and choreographer, but also performed at Lincoln Center with Pierre Boulez and the New York Philharmonic, and recorded experimental disco with producer Arthur Russell. 'Eastman is something of a cult figure among composers and singers', reads a 1980 press release.
Despite his prominence in the artistic and musical community in New York, Eastman died homeless and alone in a Buffalo, NY hospital, his death unreported until eight months later, in a Village Voice obituary by Kyle Gann. He left behind few scores and recordings, and his music lay dormant for decades until a three-CD set of his compositions was issued in 2005 by New World Records. In the years since, there has been a steady increase in attention paid to his music and life, punctuated by newly found recordings and manuscripts, the publication of Gay Guerrilla, a comprehensive volume of biographical essays and analysis, worldwide performances and new arrangements of his surviving works, and newfound interest from choreographers, scholars, educators, and journalists. 'The brazen and brilliant music of Julius Eastman…commands attention: wild, grand, delirious, demonic, an uncontainable personality surging into sound', writes Alex Ross for The New Yorker.
Jeff Witscher (b. 1983, Long Beach, Calif.) currently manages his own custodial and maintenance company, Vincent’s Expert Cleaners in Portland, Ore. He has recorded under many different names, Rene Hell perhaps being the most known. He focuses primarily on making sound compositions with his computer, using field recordings, the internet, text-to-speech software and computer-generated synthesis as well as video works for his live performances. He is currently working on a record for Alter. Recent solo recordings include Approximately 1,000 Beers (2018), Fly Monkey Sisaj Kura (2017), Cob Music (2016), Bifurcating a Resounding No!(2014), Meclu (2013) and Vanilla Call Option (2013).
S.E.M. Ensemble was founded in 1970 when Petr Kotik organized a group of musicians of the fellows at the Center of the Creative and Performing Arts, SUNY/Buffalo. The first S.E.M. Ensemble concert was presented in April of that year in Buffalo at the Domus Theater in the former showroom of the Pierce- Arrow car manufacturer. The program included works by Cornelius Cardew, John Cage, Petr Kotik and Rudolf Komorous. Under the headline, “Ensemble Audience in Retreat,” the concert review’s opening sentence read, “An audience of 17, including wives and other relatives, remained out of an original 100 attendees, at the conclusion of the newly-formed S.E.M. Ensemble, setting some sort of local record…”
Since then, S.E.M. Ensemble has established itself as one of the distinguished ensembles for new music in the U.S., maintaining a continuous schedule of concerts in New York, touring annually in Europe and also performing in South America and Japan. New York Times has hailed SEM, “S.E.M. Ensemble represents the best of what is left of the experimental tradition.”
Jaclyn Miller is a Queens-based sound artist working at the imaginary intersection of queer poetics, game theory and digital synthesis. Recording under the moniker Voice Training, she has recently presented sound pieces at Issue Project Room, Bridget Donahue Gallery, Alyssa Davis Gallery and the Data Feels Launch Party at Commend NYC.
Shane Parish is the guitarist for the celebrated avant-rock band Ahleuchatistas (Tzadik / International Anthem / Cuneiform). His electric guitar works are intense environments, exposed to the elements, and populated by assorted creatures. As an acoustic soloist, he creatively interprets and deconstructs folk music and jazz tunes, plays original cutting-edge poly-rhythmic and contrapuntal works, and transforms the instrument, via preparations and detuning, into a mini-percussion ensemble, banging out pulsating rhythmic trances reminiscent of John Cage's prepared solo piano works. Parish's 2016 collection of folk interpretations Undertaker Please Drive Slow (Tzadik Records) was described by composer John Zorn as "reminiscent of John Fahey and Robbie Basho, at times of John Cage and Morton Feldman, Shane uses these beautiful songs as launching pads for his creative flights of fancy, at times boiling them down to their very essence. A spiritual project that will keep you riveted from first note to last.” His latest releases are Child Asleep in the Rain (Nullzone Tapes), December (self-released), Autodidact (Humanhood Recordings), and a duo album with guitarist Wendy Eisenberg called Nervous Systems (Verses Records).