Saturday Jan 26th 2013 @Pyramid Atlantic
Rinus Van Alebeek, J. Surak, Janel Leppin, Cory O'Brien
Rinus van Alebeek
Rinus van Alebeek (1956, Heerlen, The Netherlands) is a writer who uses his (environmental) recordings on tape to narrate a story. During the nineties he published two books (pseud. Philip Markus) in his native country. The first novel (De Weg naar Oude God) won the prestigious Geert Jan Lubberhuizen Prijs, a yearly award for the best first novel.
An accidental encounter with electronic and avant garde music in the year 2000 at the Lem festival in Barcelona, and an introduction to the cassette culture gave way to his further artistic development.
In the first decade of this century van Alebeek made a thorough research on how to make or manipulate recordings. Thanks to a great number of concerts, sometimes an average of ten in a month, he developed an approach of which people say it is ‘ between noise and pure poetry.’
“Rinus Van Alebeek is a peculiar observer of reality and an artist who instinctively transforms lo-fi tape recordings into evocative sound poems, being able to create a “détachement” towards the used media, which is a characteristic of the most original artists.”
Luis Costa, president of Binaural and Associação Cultural de Nodar,
Avant garde cellist Janel Leppin crosses genre boundaries in her approach with her work and the many musical projects she adds her voice to. Adapting her sound with electronics Leppin winds through territory showing where she has been in her extensive musical training as well as where she is going. Her forthcoming solo album brings out her versatile interests where she composes for analog equipment alongside acoustic and electric instruments to create soundscapes interwoven with jagged contemporary jaunts, includes dream pop vocal works, persian classical glimpses and psychedelic reveries. With her recent release Where is Home on avant jazz label Cuneiform Records by her duo Janel and Anthony this is sure to be an exciting record. Leppin lives in Seattle, Washington where she works with phenomenal figures of the underground music world. She divides her time touring in her group Janel and Anthony around the world.
Cory O'Brien is a computer musician and electro-acoustic improvisor who lives in Washington, DC. His work is a hyper-dense collision of feedback networks and extended technique percussion. The static, hovering compositions are meditations on the intersection of external environment and internal perception. Feelings of movement, tension and vertigo create a hyper-spacial awareness in the listener. The specific focus of his work is on internal sounds; the resonance of materials like plexiglass and metal, the chaotic life of feedback networks. This focus is realized through improvised performances set within strict compositional rules. The result has been called "louder, dirtier, gritty and angular, but still with ingredients of microsound" by Vital Weekly.
Plus a selection of recent avant garde short films:
1.Manor Road by Stephen Broomer- Trains travel to and from a fixed point in space beneath a variable coloured horizon. shot on 16mm film
2.Broad Channel-by Sarah J. Christman- Over the course of four seasons, the nuances of everyday activity are examined along one narrow stretch of public shoreline in New York City's Jamaica Bay. Moments of recurrence and change cycle through an ecosystem rooted in migration.
3.Journal of Drifting Hours-reel 3-by Chris H Lynn- Drifting moments, summer hours, lyrical passages, landscape studies and visual notations explored on unedited super 8 film
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