Our August Experimental Coffee House
1642 Beacon Street (Washington Square)
Brookline, MA 02445
ISOLDE TOUCH is the project of Asha Sheshadri, a multimedia artist currently working out of Southern California. Her live performance hinges on the relationship between sonic and visual, through experimentation with computer, voice, text and video synthesis. Harsh rhythmic elements are layered with lush vocal counterpoint, illuminating the intersection between the soft and abrasive, the naturally-occurring and machine-generated. Her work has been released through Digitalis Ltd. and Further Records and displayed in spaces including the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Eyebeam Art+Technology Center, and SDSpace4Art. Asha received her BA from Boston University and will be pursuing her MFA at the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania in the fall.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Brookline Commission for the Arts, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Non-Event and Balagan present
BRUCE MCCLURE (16mm projectors, effects)
DAVID GRUBBS (guitar, vocals)
GEOFF MULLEN (field recordings, electronics)
Cash bar only (no cc)ABOUT THE ARTISTS
BRUCE MCCLURE, an architect turned filmmaker with a penchant for thunderous noise, utilizes multiple 16mm projectors and short film loops to create rhythmic strobes and drones, all filtered through an array of guitar effects pedals and turned up to 11. The sound-image relationship slowly evolves as the loops drift through different phases of syncopation. The physicality of the flashing light and penetrative audio results in a visceral, transcendent experience.
Bruce McClure graduated with a degree in Architecture in 1985 and worked for 23 years in small firms on residential projects. In 1994 he redirected his attentions toward “the immateriality of [cinematic] pursuits,” building simple devices using light intervals to affect the perception of motion and space. Eventually the film projector was adopted as his primary tool. Incandescent light and optical sound were organized into “projector performances.” McClure’s unconventional use of optical sound in conjunction with shuttered light has earned him a unique place at festivals in the United States and abroad. His exploitation of the film projector as a picture and sound device has enabled him to move from “cinema” to the music hall. In 2009 he was the opening act in Brooklyn and Chicago for a reunion of seminal Industrial music group Throbbing Gristle.
DAVID GRUBBS is Professor of Music at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. At Brooklyn College he also teaches in the MFA programs in Performance and Interactive Media Arts (PIMA) and Creative Writing. He is the author of Records Ruin the Landscape: John Cage, The Sixties, and Sound Recording (Duke University Press).
Grubbs has released twelve solo albums and appeared on more than 150 commercially-released recordings. He is known for his cross-disciplinary collaborations with writers Susan Howe and Rick Moody, visual artists Anthony McCall, Angela Bulloch, and Stephen Prina, and choreographer Jonah Bokaer. His work has been presented at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, MoMA, the Tate Modern, and the Centre Pompidou. Grubbs was a member of the groups Gastr del Sol, Bastro, and Squirrel Bait, and he has performed with the Red Krayola, Will Oldham, Tony Conrad, Pauline Oliveros, and Loren Connors, among many others. He is a grant recipient from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts; a contributing editor in music for BOMB Magazine; director of the Blue Chopsticks record label; and a member of ISSUE Project Room’s Board of Directors.
GEOFF MULLEN is an artist and musician from Providence, Rhode Island. Recent projects have included site-specific installation, sculpture, photography and video, collage, educational workshops, and performance. Geoff has presented work throughout the USA, Canada, and Europe—in venues ranging from concert halls, clubs, museums, galleries, basements, schools, streets, and city gardens. His music has been released on most available audio media, and he is the founder of Rare Youth, an independent record label dedicated to the support of local (RI) underground music. Geoff completed his MFA at Bard College, and is currently an adjunct faculty member at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design.
Non-Event and the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum present
Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
2450 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02467 (map)
Doors: 6:30pm, Performance: 7:00pm
$15 general admission / $10 members/students
Please RSVP at email@example.com or 617-277-0065
Advance tickets will be available.
Hot tea and cookies will be provided
Parking is limited, so bike, walk, or take the T, if you can!
LAWRENCE ENGLISH is composer, media artist, and curator, based in Australia. Working across an eclectic array of aesthetic investigations, English’s work prompts questions of field, perception and memory. He investigates the politics of perception via live performance and installation to create works that ponder subtle transformations of space and ask audiences to become aware of that which exists at the edge of perception.
He is the founder of the Room40 label, which celebrates its fifteenth anniversary this year.
JOHN CHANTLER is an experimental musician and curator, born in Autralia, now based in Sweden, whose work is currently centered around the modular synthesizer system that he first explored in a trio album with Lawrence English and the Japanese musician Tujiko Noriko in 2009
This summer John Chantler will release Still Light, Outside, which is an extended suite in four parts for pipe organ and electronics that combines passages of stark minimalism centred at the bodily invasive extremes of the organ’s register with striking explosions of colour; massed chords shot through with heavy distortion and electronics that operate according to their own dream logic.
This program is supported in part by grants from the Boston Cultural Council and the Brookline Commission for the Arts, local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Non-Event and SMFA present
TETUZI AKIYAMA, JASON KAHN, BRYAN EUBANKS, TOSHIMARU NAKAMURA
School of the Museum of Fine Arts
230 The Fenway, Room 202
8pm / $15 general admission / $10 members + students / FREE for SMFA students
TETUZI AKIYAMA is one of Japan's most active experimental guitarists. He manages to successfully bridge many directions in his music, ranging from Texas boogie and free noise to highly restrained acoustic work.
TOSHIMARU NAKAMURA has made a name for himself since the late 1990's in improvised and experimental electronic music with his use of the no-input mixing board, an instrument yielding a wide range of sonic possibilities within the framework of a chaotic feedback system he has developed over many solo and collaborative concerts.
BRYAN EUBANKS is active as a composer of electronic music and as an improviser. He plays the soprano saxophone both as acoustic instrument and as part of a unique feedback system built and designed by himself, using open circuit boards and custom analog circuitry.
On drum set, JASON KAHN's playing swings across a wide spectrum of approaches, ranging from ecstatic propulsion and rhythmic drive to abstract sound textures using a variety of found metal objects and cymbals.
Together, these musicians will fuse free improvisation, noise, experimental electronics and the uncategorizable in a fresh and vibrant approach to group playing and spontaneous music creation.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism, and Special Events, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.