Saturday Mar 26th 2011 @Pyramid Atlantic
Moonrise Hernandez & quux duo, EMMI (Expressive Machines Musical Instruments), Chuck Bettis+Amanda Huron, Dan Peck Trio, Byron Westbrook trio
Moonrise Hernandez & quux duo
Praised for his "exceptional control and musicality" (Fresno Music Critic) and "innovation" (New University Newspaper), saxophonist Michael Straus has firmly established himself as an important new voice for contemporary and experimental music. He is responsible for the commissioning and premieres of over seventy compositions and can regularly be seen collaborating with composers, visual artists, robots, turntablists, conductors, dancers and instrumentalists around the world. He has been featured artist at music festivals internationally with recent performances at Ireland's Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music, New York City's The Stone, Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s 8 Days in June Festival, Minneapolis' Spark Festival of Electronic Music & Art, Berlin's Universität der Künste, Italy's Festival Internazionale del Sassofono, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, Paris' Eglise Saint-Merri and Amsterdam's World Minimal Music Festival.
Expressive Machines Musical Instruments
We are a group of composers seeking new modes of acoustic sound generation. Our goal is to develop and compose for instruments that maximize temporal, timbral, dynamic, and harmonic possibilities. This quest has led us to create robotic musical instruments. Computer controlled mechanical instruments allow for the marriage of extreme precision and the richness of acoustically generated sound. Robotic instruments take computer music out of its traditional black box and reunite sound generation with visible physical gestures. Thus our instruments exhibit a stage presence and theatricality absent from music produced by speakers alone.
Dan Peck Trio
The Dan Peck Trio is comprised of Dan Peck (tuba, compositions), Tom Blancarte (double-bass), and Brian Osborne (percussion). Formed in 2008, the group focuses on improvisation and Dan's compositions. The trio functions as a tuba-fronted ensemble, but there is equal emphasis on a blending together of the bass instruments, creating an atmosphere of dark frequencies. The sound of the Trio spans from landscapes of near-silence to massive, apocalyptic sound sculptures. Dan's through-composed pieces for the group exploit the lowest possible sounds and harmonies of their instruments, and are heavily inspired by Doom Metal. The Trio's debut LP, Acid Soil is out now on the Heat Retention Records label. Purchase the record here, or email me directly.
The album has recently received airplay on WFMU (Scott McDowell Long Rally, Inner Ear Detour with David, Wm. Berger My Castle of Quiet), and was "tweeted" by the Wire and Larry Dolman of Blastitude.
"...hypnotically suspended session at the exact mid-point between jazz and doom" - The Wire
"Point well struck between Kentucky doom gnarl (Matt Minter art, yikes) and NYC jazz exactitude" - Blastitude myspace.com/DANPECKTRIO
Chuck Bettis was raised in the fertile HarDCore soil, nourished within Baltimore's enigmatic avant garde gatherings, and currently blossoming in New York's downtown musical tribe. He has performed with John Zorn, Fred Frith, Jamie Saft, and Afrirampo to name a few. Some of the musicians Bettis has recorded and played live with are as follows; Ikue Mori, Nautical Almanac, Audrey Chen, Yellow Swans, Toshio Kajiwara, Mick Barr, Carlos Giffoni, etc, plus a long history of punk bands he was in (most notably the experimental punk band Meta-matics as well as the enigmatic All Scars). Currently he is working on many of his experimental projects such as Brown Wing Overdrive, Mudang Rouge (quintet with Jerry Lim, Evan Rapport, Josh Blair), Period (quintent with Mike Pride, Charlie Looker, Darius Jones), Hell Hoarse (duo with Brendan Murray), Chatterblip (duo with Dafna Naphtali), and a duo with Berangere Maximin in addition to improvising, recording, or composing with an array of musicians from around the world.
Amanda Huron is a percussionist, flutist, vocalist, and teacher who lives in Washington, D.C. She has played in Miracles, Caution Curves, Vertebrates, and various other musical projects. She currently plays in Weed Tree. She is also one of the founders of Radio CPR, a neighborhood radio station in Washington, D.C.
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