Non-Event and Sedimental records present
an evening of music and video with
OLIVIA BLOCK performing The War of the Ghosts
BULLOCK / CLUETT / DULIN Trio
About the artists
OLIVIA BLOCK creates original sound compositions for concerts, site-specific multi-speaker installations, live cinema, and performance. In a recent feature article in the April 2011 issue of The Wire magazine, Julian Cowley describes Block’s compositions as “finely nuanced textures of environmental material and occasional surges of sonic power blended with an elegant instrumental architecture.” Her compositions often include field recordings, musical scores, and electronic textures. Additionally, she performs her own partially improvised compositions for inside piano and electronics, and objects.
She has performed, premiered and exhibited her work throughout Europe, America, and Japan in tours in festivals including Sonic Light (Amsterdam), Kontraste (Krems), Dissonanze (Rome), Archipel (Geneva) Angelica (Bologna), Sunoni per il Popolo (Montreal), and many others. Additionally, she has presented work at the ICA (London), MCA (Chicago), La Biennale di Venezia 52nd International Festival of Contemporary Music, The Kitchen (NYC), ISSUE Project Room and Experimental Intermedia (Brooklyn). She has completed residencies and premiered works at Mills College of Music and The Berklee College of Music. Block has presented talks at additional universities in film, music, and media arts departments, including Yale University and Indiana University.
Her most recent release Karren on Sedimental was named one of the top albums of 2013 by Art Forum, Pitchfork, and the Wire.
MIKE BULLOCK is a composer, media artist, and porcelainist with over a decade of international activity. His work encompasses electroacoustic improvisation, installation, live video, contrabass, and synthesizer. Bullock performs across the US and in Europe, collaborating with a huge range of artists including Bertrand Gauguet, Andy Guhl, and Mazen Kerbaj, Pauline Oliveros, Bhob Rainey, Steve Roden, Keith Rowe, and Christian Wolff.
Bullock’s music has been released by numerous labels including Sedimental, Intransitive, Important, Winds Measure, Sedimental, Grob, 1.8sec, al Maslakh, and Homophoni. He holds a PhD from the Arts Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, and has taught and lectured in the US and Europe on field recording and improvisation. With Linda Aubry Bullock he is the co-founder of the art-edition label Shadowselves.
SETH CLUETT is an artist, composer, and performer whose work ranges from photography and drawing to video, concert music, and critical writing. His "subtle...seductive, immersive" (Artforum) sound work has been characterized as "rigorously focused and full of detail" (e/i) and "dramatic, powerful, and at one with nature" (The Wire). The recipient of grants from Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Fund, Meet the Composer, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Cluett has published articles for BYPASS, Shifter, Intransitive, The Open Space Magazine, Leonardo Music Journal, 306090, Earshot, and the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. He has presented at venues such as MassMoCA, The Kitchen, GRM, Palais de Tokyo, STEIM, and Dundee Contemporary Arts and work is documented on Line, Radical Matters, Sedimental, Notice, and Winds Measure recordings. In the fall of 2012, Cluett joined the faculty of Contemporary Arts at Ramapo College of New Jersey where he teaches courses in audio engineering as well as electronic and experimental sound practices.
A native South Carolinian, Brooklyn-based trombonist TUCKER DULIN attended music school at the University of Southern Mississippi, New England Conservatory, and The University California, San Diego. He has recently enjoyed the privilege of performing with Bryan Eubanks, Cat Lamb, Andrew Lafkas, Barry Weisblat, Ben Owen, Jason Brogan, Radu Malfatti, Stuart Dempster, Gust Burns, Seth Cluett and more. Some of Tucker’s other interests are web development and endurance training.
Our March Experimental Coffee House
1642 Beacon Street (Washington Square)
Brookline, MA 02445
TOOMS is a noise project founded by Philip Fryer and Ryan Stanis in May 2012. Using cassette tape loops, guitars, electronics and effects pedals, TOOMS renders dark sonic landscapes. In the words of Chris Collins of the Boston Hassle: "TOOMS takes it dark and slow, looping tapes for serene ambient soundscapes with dystopic, serrated edge." Their first performance took place at the All Visual Slideshow at Spectacle in Jamaica Plain as a live sound component to the work of over 30 Photographers. They have scored All Visual (now called Carousel) twice since then. Visuals are frequently included in TOOMS performances, both from their own work and from collaborative works with other artists, most recently Rhode Island based installation artist Sophia Sobers. Both Phil and Ryan received degrees from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where they first worked together. In addition to TOOMS, Ryan has been active with the hardcore band Curmudgeon, the sound project Strigiform, and various other visual projects. Phil is active as a performance artist, a curator, and one half of The Present Tense.
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 Opensound present
(Katt Hernandez (violin), Daniel M. Karlsson (guitar, electronics), Erik Blennow Calälv (bass clarinet), Ludvig Elblaus (electronics)
Samolis/Park Duo (flute, computer)
Vic Rawlings (cello, cracked electronics)
Dave Gross (saxophone)
Third Life Studio
33 Union Square (Somerville Ave)
8pm / $10
THE SCHEMATICS is a quartet which brings together acoustic, electronic and digital sources - throwing all boundaries between these things to the four winds to create a vast palette of attenuated sound.
Formed in 2011, the band is based in Stockholm. The members are all deeply involved in the city's improvised, electronic and experimental music communities. They met at the Electronic Music Studio, where they began recording and performing at nearby Fylkingen. The music contains reference to everything from Morton Feldman to Rembetika to Etta James to Sonic Youth, overt and secret, spun into new language and structure. The great array of approaches within the groups' four points are sharply focused into a distinct music which is simultaneously understated and intense, densely layered in sound and in silence.
MATT SAMOLIS has been working in sonic and visual mediums since 1987. He began studying flute, and later composition and tenor banjo. He has worked with ensembles at New England Conservatory, Brandeis University, Berklee, and Tufts, as well as Open Hand Theatre, Pilgrim Research Collaborative, Mobius, Roy Hart Theatre, and numerous other projects. Currently, his primary focus is composition, and performing as a flutist with various performance groups. He also curates a concert series for new music at the Church of the Advent Library in Boston.
CAROLINE PARK is a composer, musician, and artist who works primarily within minimal means in experimental performance and installation. Her latest release, field, was recently described by Marc Weidenbaum (Disquiet) as music existing "in an abstract zone, where space bends and algorithms are allowed bountiful time to work their fractal, generative beauty."
As a composer-performer, she has shared the stage with artists including Mem1, Steve Roden, a canary torsi, Evidence, Dollshot, and Arnold Dreyblatt, and has worked with a variety of ensembles and performers including the Callithumpian Consort, Sound Icon, Los Angeles Children's Chorus, cellist Laura Cetilia, and pianists Stephen Drury and Yukiko Takagi. Her music has been performed by herself and other musicians at venues including The Invisible Dog, the Stone, 295 Douglass, 16 Beaver, and ISSUE Project Room (NYC), Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, RISD Museum, and AS220 (Providence), Jordan Hall, Goethe Institut-Boston, Boston Center for the Arts, and Studio Soto (Boston), Ambassador Auditorium (Los Angeles), and the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts (St. Louis, MO), in concerts curated by CTRL+ALT+REPEAT, R.K. Projects, Pauline Oliveros, ((audience))'s Sound Off, Non-Event, Saint Louis Symphony's Urban Alchemy, Together: New England Electronic Music Festival, Musicacoustica Beijing, SICPP: Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice, Boston Microtonal Society, and Boston CyberArts. Caroline is 1/4 of BUMPR (with Peter Bussigel, Stephan Moore, and Timothy Rovinelli) and is 1/2 of a collaborative duo project with Asha Tamirisa. She is also a founding member of opensignal, a group of artists concerned with the state of gender and race within electronic and computer-based art practices.
VIC RAWLINGS is a composer, improvisor, teacher, and instrument builder based in Boston. He performs and teaches across North America and Europe. He uses instruments of his own design: an amplified/extensively prepared cello and a highly unstable electronic instrument with an array of exposed speaker elements. He collaborates with a broad range of artists (Christian Wolff, Ikue Mori, Andrea Neumann, Sean Meehan, and Bhob Rainey), and works in film, theater and dance. His writings have appeared in a variety of journals and his work has been widely reviewed.
He gives artist talks and leads master classes and workshops at numerous and diverse institutions, including Harvard, Princeton, Oberlin Conservatory, schools for the blind, high schools, grade schools, juvenile detention facilities and homeless shelters. His sound-based music curriculum engages students of all levels in participatory experiences that broaden their appreciation of the phenomenon of sound and the possibilities presented by music.
Non-Event and Balagan present
ROBERT AIKI AUBREY LOWE (voice, synthesizer, visuals)
BEN RUSSELL (16mm projections)
Hot on the heels of their collaboration on the film, A Spell to Ward of the Darkness, Lowe and Russell will join forces once more to present an evening of improvised vocalizations and musical compositions accompanied by live-manipulated 16mm film projections.
315 Massachusetts Avenue
Admission: $10 / 21+
ROBERT AIKI AUBREY LOWE is an artist and composer who works with voice in the realm of spontaneous music often under the moniker of Lichens. Most recently, creating patch pieces with modular synthesizer and tonal vocal work has been a focus of live performance and recordings. Quality of sound through the marriage of synthesis coupled with voice has allowed for a heightened physicality in the way of ecstatic music, both in a live setting and recorded. The sensitivity of analogue modular systems echoes the organic nature of vocal expression which in this case is meant to put forth a trancelike state to usher in a deeper listening through sound and feeling. His works on paper tend towards human relations to the natural/magical world and the repetition of motifs. Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
BEN RUSSELL is a media artist and curator whose films, installations and performances foster a deep engagement with the history and semiotics of the moving image. Formal investigations of the historical and conceptual relationships between early cinema, documentary practices, and structuralist filmmaking result in immersive experiences concerned at once with ritual, communal spectatorship, and the pursuit of a “psychedelic ethnography.” A 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship and 2010 FIPRESCI Award recipient, Ben has had solo screenings and exhibitions at the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, IL), the Rotterdam Film Festival, the Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, OH), the Viennale (Austria), and the Museum of Modern Art (New York). He began the Magic Lantern screening series in Providence, Rhode Island, was a co-director of the artist-run space BEN RUSSELL in Chicago, has toured worldwide with film/video/performance programs, and played the light-sensitive skull in a double drum trio called BEAST. He currently resides in Paris, France.