CT-SWaM: Phill Niblock – Intermedia Variations

Hours: 9:00PM-11:00PM
Cost: Free
Programming Series: Rec. Play.
On the occasion of renowned experimental composer and filmmaker, Phill Niblock’s 80th birthday, CT-SWaM (Contemporary Temporary Sound Works and Music), Eyebeam’s late night concert series, presents the artist’s intermedia works in three constellations. Including the world premier of a new piece for two violins performed by Pauline Kim and Conrad Harris, and live video dedicated to and performed by Katherine Liberovskaya.

The performances will include:

World premiere of UNIPOLAR DANCE (an anagram of Pauline Conrad). Music by Phill Niblock, Live Video by Katherine Liberovskaya. This piece is dedicated to Katherine Liberovskaya.

Live sound collage in a duo with Katherine Liberovskaya on live video.

And A CAGE OF STARS with Rhodri Davies, electric harp (28 minutes), and
TWO LIPS, a version with the Coh Da guitar quartet (Robert Poss, Susan Stenger, David First, Seth Josel) (23 minutes) with the premiere of the new video transfer of the film BRASIL83.

These pieces are to be published on a new double CD on Touch – Touch Five, on October 14 2013, at the Kontraste Festival in Krems Austria.

PHILL NIBLOCK is an intermedia artist using music, film, photography, video and computers. He makes thick, loud drones of music, filled with microtones of instrumental timbres which generate many other tones in the performance space. Simultaneously, he presents films / videos which look at the movement of people working, or computer driven black and white abstract images floating through time. He was born in Indiana in 1933. Since the mid-60’s he has been making music and intermedia performances which have been shown at numerous venues around the world. Since 1985, he has been the director of the Experimental Intermedia Foundation in New York where he has been an artist/member since 1968. He is the producer of Music and Intermedia presentations at EI since 1973 (about 1000 performances) and the curator of EI’s XI Records label. In 1993 was formed an Experimental Intermedia organization in Gent, Belgium – EI v.z.w. Gent – to support the artist-in-residence house and installations there. Phill Niblock’s music is available on the XI, Moikai and Touch labels. A DVD of films and music is available on the Extreme label.
KATHERINE LIBEROVSKAYA is a video/media artist based in Montreal and New York. Involved in experimental video since the 80s, she has produced numerous videos, video installations and performances shown at various events and venues around the world. Since 2001 her work predominantly focuses on collaborations with composers and sound artists notably in live video+sound performance where her live visuals seek to create improvisatory “music” for the eyes. Frequent collaborators include Phill Niblock, Al Margolis/If,Bwana, Zanana, Kristin Norderval, Hitoshi Kojo, David Watson, David First and o.blaat (Keiko Uenishi). Recent projects have involved: Shelley Hirsch, Chantal Dumas, Leslie Ross, Richard Garet and Dorit Chrysler. Concurrently she curates and organizes the Screen Compositions evenings at Experimental Intermedia, NYC, since 2005 and the OptoSonic Tea series with Ursula Scherrer at Diapason, NYC, since 2006.

STRING NOISE: Hailed by the New York Times as an “enterprising violin duo” with “lightning fast reflexes and warmly matched sounds,” String Noise is comprised of “two of the most focused and lustrous-toned avant stalwarts” in New York City: Conrad Harris & Pauline Kim Harris. Since 2012, String Noise has premiered noise-guided music for two violins by Eric Lyon, large-scale multimedia work with music by Randy Woolf, and electroacoustic compositions by Canadian sound artist and composer Gordon Monahan. They were highlighted in Performa 2011 in Will Cotton’s first live stage performance, and have also premiered violin duos by Christian Wolff, John Zorn, David Lang, Richard Carrick, Paul Marquardt, Petr Kotik, and many other composers. They have performed at DiMenna Center for Classical Music, ISSUE Project Room, Roulette, The Stone, Firehouse Space, Spectrum, EXAPNO, Rockwood Music Hall, and Bowery Electric.
String Noise can be heard on Elizabeth Hoffman’s “Red Is the Rows,” just released on Perspectives of New Music/Open Space, and on a forthcoming release on Experimental Intermedia featuring a new duo by Phill Niblock. Also forthcoming is Index 0, a 2-LP set including premiere recordings of duos by Elizabeth Adams, Stephanie Huegenin, and Andrew C. Smith, and quartets by Beau Sievers and Jack Callahan.

PAULINE KIM HARRIS: Hailed by the New York Times for her “lightning-fast reflexes,” Pauline Kim Harris has been notably described as “a sorceress of the violin.” A Grammy-nominated artist (Universal/Decca), she engages her audiences world-wide in ground-breaking classical and genre-bending crossover, to the envelope-pushing experimental/ avant-garde.
Most recently, her recording of John Zorn’s “Passagen” for Solo Violin was released on Tzadik. She will soon be featured in a double vinyl album of works composed for String Noise, her “enterprising violin duo” with husband Conrad Harris of FLUX Quartet, as well as a CD of music by composer Phill Niblock.
Some highlights include performances with Peter Gabriel, Sting, Jeff Beck, Jay Z, John Cale and Joni Mitchell and recordings for Lenny Kravitz, Jane Siberry, Tyondai Braxton and David Byrne/Fat Boy Slim. Ms. Harris is also a violinist in the highly- acclaimed disco phenomenon, Escort, named Top 50 in the Rolling Stone Magazine (2012).
She has collaborated with Gordon Monahan in a piece for violin and theremin (Harmonic Shift) for choreographer Margie Gillis and appeared as a soloist in the premiere of “Short Memory” by Pam Tanowitz for the New York Theatre Ballet.
Recent performances include a production of Samuel Beckett plays with the Cygnus Ensemble directed by Joy Zinoman, the southeast asian premiere of John Zorn’s “Contes de Fees” with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, shows with Project SiS (with cellist Christine Kim) and world premieres by John Zorn and David Lang with String Noise in collaboration with Collide-O-Scope Music. She is also a member of the S.E.M Ensemble, Ostravska Banda, OBSq, Ensemble LPR and the Wordless Music Orchestra.
As quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Pauline Kim Harris is “always trying to expand and create a new listening experience.” She curated a series this spring in NYC at Spectrum (Premieres! Plus) and The Firehouse Space (June Jamboree).

Violinist CONRAD HARRIS has performed new works for violin at Ostrava Days, Darmstadt Ferrienkürse für Neue Musik, Gulbenkian Encounters of New Music, Radio France, Warsaw Autumn, and New York’s Sonic Boom Festival. In addition to being a member of the FLUX Quartet, he is concertmaster/soloist with the S.E.M. Orchestra, Ostravská Banda, and STX Ensemble. He has performed and recorded with such artists as Elliot Sharp, “Blue” Gene Tyranny, Jean-Claude Risset, Rohan de Saram, and Tiny Tim. A solo CD featuring premiers by Alvin Lucier, David Behrman, Robert Ashley, and Gordon Mumma will soon be released on Mode Records as well as a recording of John Cage’s “Freeman Etudes.” A specialist in the music of Iannis Xenakis, he has performed and recorded many of his works and has also written a chapter in “Performing Xenakis” on Mikka and Mikka S. He has also recorded for Asphodel, Vandenburg, CRI, and Vinyl Retentive Records.

CT-SWaM (Contemporary Temporary Sound Works and Music) is Eyebeam’s late night concert series curated by Eyebeam Alumni Daniel Neumann, happening intermittently in Eyebeam’s Main Space.

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