Friday Aug 19th 2011 @Pyramid Atlantic
Eli Keszler, Benjamin Nelson, Ben Miller, Berührung, David Pate, Yolt
Benjamin Nelson is a Boston based electronic musician. Performed primarily on modular synthesizer, Nelson's music is focused on reduction and detail, using long forms and slow development, gradually revealing inner rhythmic oscillations and shifting overtones. While informed by many classic minimalist traditions, Nelson seeks to overcome the sterile and anti-emotional trapping often associated with such music. Personal as process. Benjamin Nelson is also a co-curator of the Non-Event concert series. He has performed throughout the US and Europe sharing bills with a wide variety of acts such as Giancarlo Toniutti, C Spencer Yeh, Whitehouse, and others. New recordings are due out this summer on Intransitive Recording's Songs From Under The Floorboards, and Keith Fullerton Whitman's NO label.
Eli Keszler is an artist/composer/multi instrumentalist based in Providence Rhode Island. He creates installations using mechanical structures with microcontrollers, motors and acoustic materials. He combines these with integrated and intuitive visual designs that stand alone, as well as work as part of his live performances. He performs solo and composes for groups with them, using the installations in combination with his percussion, bowed crotales, guitar and invented instruments (using strings and motors). All of this creating his sound that is hard to pinpoint, balancing naturally beating harmonics, intense acoustic sustain, incredible density and fast, free rhythm. In addition to his solo releases, installations and performances, Eli has performed, recorded or collaborated with artists such as Phill Niblock (performing on a new work of his for Crotales and soprano saxophone), Aki Onda, Loren Connors, Jandek (I.C.A Boston and at NYU), Roscoe Mitchell (Art Ensemble of Chicago), Anthony Coleman (recording Lapidation released by New World Records), Joe Morris, Greg Kelley (Nmperign), T Model Ford, Ran Blake, Bryan Eubanks, Ashley Paul and Steve Pyne (Redhorse). He performed in the United States premiere of Mauricio Kagel’s Der Schall at Merkin Hall in 2008 led by Anthony Coleman. He has toured internationally finishing a 6-week European tour in December of 2009, performing at Colour Out Of Space Festival in Brighton England as well as Sound-Body-Movement in the Czech Republic. In addition to performing over 25 other gigs in England, France, Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Serbia. He has recently completed his second CD and his 7th release titled Tilt, which received a feature in Wire Magazine along with his duo LP with Ashley Paul (saxophone/clarinet/strings). In addition to his performing, his compositions have been performed at Jordan Hall, Issue Project Room, the 1st and 2nd Church of Boston, and Boston Conservatory. He is a graduate of the New England Conservatory where he studied composition with Anthony Coleman, Jon Malia and piano with Ran Blake, in addition to working as an assistant for installation artist Julianne Swartz. He also runs the label R.E.L records, which releases hand-made art edition LP’s, CD’s and Cassette designs. R.E.L has received features in Wire Magazine, The Boston Phoenix, Spex (Germany), The Sound Projector and Blow Up Magazine (Italy) and is distributed internationally by Metamkine and in the USA by Forced Exposure. Eli Keszler, along with Ashley Paul were selected as artists in residence at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn NY during the spring of 2008. His latest release Oxtirn is available now from ESP-DISK’.
“Three years in the making, Red Horse gobbles up a bunch of left-field string/drone/free moves, running from the singing static architectures of Harry Bertoia through Biota-scale scrabble-punk confusion, Haino/Nijiumu-esque percussive ritual, Alan Lamb-styled high-tension drones, the kind of automatic music championed by Fluxus operative Joe Jones and even scattershot free jazz..”
Wire Magazine/Volcanic Tongue
Using saxophones as source material, Miller sets up a wall of dense, varying frequencies through feedback and incidental improvisation. A slow-moving sonic interaction between instrument and device occurs by combining tape deck abuse, arcane electronics, malfunctioning analog synthesis and fkt-up drum loops. In the mid-70’s, Miller played alto sax in the art-punk band Destroy All Monsters (featuring Cary Loren, Niagara, the late Ron Asheton from The Stooges and Michael Davis from The MC5). Miller is composer and conductor for The Sensorium Saxophone Orchestra; NYC’s first full-on saxophone orchestra.
Berührung is an unstable experiment that joins Zach Mason, Gary Rouzer, sharp kitchen utensils, ungrounded electronics, contact mics and itchy toys. Will Zach wrap the audience in Slinkys? Will Gary peel carrots? Come and find out as Berührung explores the overlap of academic process and visceral sound.
David Pate was born in1954 and grew up in Clearwater Florida in the 1960's. As a reult of the many musical influences of that era, including Hendrix, Coltrane, Zappa, Sam Rivers and Ian Anderson,Pate's solo saxophone performances display a strange eclectic mix.After recieving an undergrauduate degree in Tampa, Pate moved to New York City in 1979. He persued graduate work at The Manhattan School of Music where he studied saxophone with Joe Allard.A paticipate in "loft" scene in the 80's,Pate performed with Ned Rothenberg, Larry Polansky and in many new music festivals,as well as many solo performances. Upon relocating back to Florida in the 90,s (winters are less stressfull) he became a member of SHIM, an inprovised music ensemble and performed with guest artists Eugene Chadbourne, LaDonna Smith,Davey Williams and others.He is a member of Sam Rivers Rivbea Orcheatra, and Bogus Pomp ,a Zappa tribute band. Both ensembles have toured The US and Europe. He is the director of jazz studies at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts, a school for the arts in St Petersburg.His spare time is spent bicycling and playing old man basketball.
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