Wednesday, December 5, 2007

NanoHz No.6: 12/16 (Sun), Ghost Print Gallery, RVA

HzCollective Presents: NanoHz No.6 - an evening of avant garde improvised music, sound art, & cracked electronics.

Sunday December 16, 2007
@ Ghostprint Gallery
220 W. Broad St.
Richmnd, VA 23220
$3 - $5 [suggested donation]

::::Bernhard Gal (Austria)
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::::Jesse Kudler (philly) + Jason Talbot (richmond)
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::::Scott Allison (washington, d.c.) + Caustic Castle (richmond) + Andy Hayleck (Baltimore)
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:::: Stephen Vitiello (Richmond, Va)
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:::: Bernhard Gal :::: ::::

The Austrian artist, composer and musicologist Bernhard Gal has become internationally known as one of the most prolific sound artists of a younger generation. During the past ten years Gal has created around 50 sound installations and media art projects, combining sound, light, objects, spatial concepts and video projections into intense and often site-specific interdisciplinary art works. He also composes music for acoustic instruments and electro-acoustic music, as well as performing live as a (laptop) musician.

Born in Vienna, Austria in 1971, Gal began to nurture his interest in music and (sound) art around 1985. After studies at Vienna's University of Music (Sound Engineering) and the University of Vienna (Musicology), and a year-long residency in New York City in 1997–98, he has focused on his compositional and artistic activities. He runs the record label Gromoga Records and is director of the Austrian art organization 'sp ce'. Together with Ernst Reitermaier, he curates the Viennese Festival 'Shut up and Listen!'. Currently, Gal lives as a freelance composer and artist in Vienna and Berlin where he also teaches sound art at the University of Arts.

An important aspect of his work is the combination of music with other art forms, in solo projects as well as in collaborations, e.g. since 1997 with the Japanese architect Yumi Kori ('audio-architectural installations'). As a (laptop) musician, Gal performs in solo concerts and has worked together with musicians such as Tung Chao-Ming, Kai Fagaschinski and Jennifer Walshe.

Gal's work has been presented in concerts, sound installations, exhibitions, and radio portraits in Europe, Asia, and the Americas and performed by ensembles worldwide. He has been invited to numerous international music and art festivals (including Wien Modern Vienna; ICMC Berlin; MaerzMusik Berlin; Nuova Consonanza Rome; MATA Festival New York; Soundfield Chicago; Mutek Montreal) and frequently gives lectures and workshops.

For his music and art projects Gal has received numerous awards, including the Karl Hofer Prize Berlin 2001, an Annual Grant from SKE-Fonds Vienna 2002, a composer fellowship from the DAAD Artists in Berlin Programme 2003, and the Austrian State Scholarship for Composition 2004. Bernhard Gal's music has been made available on more than 25 audio publications. In 2005, the German publishing house Kehrer Verlag Heidelberg published the comprehensive catalogue book 'Installations', documenting Gal's intermedia installations since 1999.

::::Jesse Kudler:::: ::::

Jesse Kudler, born 1979, improvises on guitar, synthesizer, and electronics and makes music on the computer. He attended public school until Wesleyan University, where he studied music with Ron Kuivila, Alvin Lucier, and a little bit with Anthony Braxton, among others. He eventually became active as an organizer and performer in improvised, experimental, and electronic music, forming a regular duo with fellow student Jonathan Zorn and leading the large electronic improvising ensemble Phil Collins. Kudler has also worked as a recording engineer for various projects.

In his various travels, Kudler has performed or shared stages with Jason Soliday, Brent Gutzeit, TV Pow, Nmperign, Howard Stelzer, Jason Talbot, Jason Zeh, Kyle Bruckmann, Taiwan Deth, Lotus, PSI, Milo Fine, Ellen Weller, Marcos Fernandes, Matt Bauder, Brainpaw, Mike Shiflet, Peter B, Horse Sinister, Pauline Oliveros, Matt Weston, Hrvatski, Greg Davis, Illusion of Safety, Daniel Menche, GOD, Sixes, Jack Wright, Tomas Korber, and many others.

:::: Jason Talbot :::: ::::

Performs and records solo, modifying a single turntable with minimal preparations to create a cascading wall of noise and subtle, creaking musique concrete.

:::: Scott Allison ::::

Memeber of DC freeprov group Kohoutek - electronics, contact mics, field recordings, treated speakers, turntable, six string acoustic and electric (learning), hurdy gurdy (all badly played with little virtuostiy). Ocassionally collaborate with like minded people such as Ben Owen, Jeff Surak, Walter Gross, Andy Hayleck, Ilya Monosov, Jeff Barsky, Tyler Higgins, Damian Taylor, Bonnie Jones, Paul Pavlovich, Mpld, Ting Ting Jahe, Chris Jeely, Chris Grier, and others... Live in a dirty little house with a tar covered back yard, have some shitty carpets, a dead kombucha sponge on by the front door, some old lamps, a few skulls, an old laptop held together w/tape and currently no internet connection. Red Stripe and fine japanese beers.

:::: Stephen Vitiello ::::

"Electronic musician and sound artist Stephen Vitiello transforms incidental atmospheric noises into mesmerizing soundscapes that alter our perception of the surrounding environment. He has composed music for independent films, experimental video projects and art installations, collaborating with such artists as Nam June Paik, Tony Oursler and Dara Birnbaum. In 1999 he was awarded a studio for six months on the 91st floor of the World Trade Center's Tower One, where he recorded the cracking noises of the building swaying under the stress of the winds after Hurricane Floyd. As an installation artist, he is particularly interested in the physical aspect of sound and its potential to define the form and atmosphere of a spatial environment." Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain catalog for the exhibition Ce qui arrive/Unknown Quantity, 2002

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