New Ear Festival 2019
Wednesday, January 9 – Sunday, January 13
Each night in the Media Room: Eric LoPresti, Center-Surround
Center-Surround is a two-channel video which uses martial arts to reframe the problem of nuclear weapons on an intimate personal scale. Philosopher Timothy Morton calls nuclear weapons a ‘hyperobject’ -- a phenomenon so immense and irreversible that it is impossible to fully comprehend. Center-Surround juxtaposes video of sparring aikido practitioners with animation listing the name and date of each of the 2056 nuclear explosions in history, starting with the first atomic test in 1945, up to the most recent tests in North Korea. Using martial artists rhythmically throwing each other to the ground as a metaphor for the nuclear arms race, Center-Surround invites viewers to feel, in a small way, these terrifying weapons, not as abstraction or cinematic fiction, but as complex interactions between real human beings.
Eric LoPresti makes artwork about deserts, nuclear weapons and color. His paintings and digital works juxtapose abstract elements with representations of the vast landscapes of the American west, tracking cultural representations of conflict and beauty within our transforming ecology. Following in the painterly tradition of the apocalyptic sublime, LoPresti explores how our lives are shaped by trauma and aesthetics. LoPresti holds a BA in Cognitive Science from the University of Rochester and an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. SuperBloom, a solo show of his work, is currently on view at New Mexico State University.
Wednesday, January 9
Mary Lucier will perform the original slide version of her Polaroid Image Series, begun in 1969 as a collaboration with Alvin Lucier, based on his composition I am sitting in a room.
Mary Lucier began working in video in the 1970s, after first exploring sculpture, performance and photography. Early works, such as Dawn Burn (1975) and Bird's Eye(1978), are empirical records of the optical effects of light on the camera's eye
Luke Stewart | Miriam Parker | Patrick Cain
Luke Stewart, Miriam Parker and Patrick Cain will present Live is the Medium, an audiovisual performance that amplifies the moment of improvisation through the interaction of the performers with speakers and projectors. Stewart plays the acoustic bass through an amplifier to engage with sonic feedback, while Cain uses camera and projector feedback in a parallel visual process. Parker creates another visual statement with movement, connecting the body with the higher concept of abstraction.
Bob Bellerue is a noise composer, experimental musician, and creative technician. His electronic sound work is focused on resonant feedback systems, using amplified instruments/ objects/ spaces/ circuits in combination with electronics and Supercollider programming. Bob's work has been presented at The Kitchen, Issue Project Room, Experimental Intermedia, Cafe Oto, Centre de Cultura Contemporanea de Barcelona, Roulette, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and many other venues and festivals. His discography includes dozens of releases on various labels, including his own Anarchymoon Recordings and Sleepy Hollow Editions. He curates and produces the Ende Tymes Festival of Noise and Experimental Liberation (currently in its 8th edition).
Thursday, January 10
Leila Bordreuil is a Brooklyn-based cellist, composer and sound artist from France. She accesses concepts as diverse as jazz, contemporary classical, noise, and experimental traditions but adheres to none of them. Her work has been described as “steadily scathing music, favoring long and corrosive atonalities.” Driven by a fierce interest in pure sound and inherent texture, Leila challenges conventional cello practice through extreme extended techniques and amplification methods. Her composed works frequently incorporate sound-spatialization by way of site-specific pieces and multichannel installations.
Charmaine Lee is a New York based vocalist. Her music is predominantly improvised, favoring a uniquely personal approach concerned with spontaneity, playfulness, and risk-taking. Beyond extended vocal technique, Charmaine uses amplification and microphones to augment and distort the human voice. She has performed with leading improvisers Nate Wooley, id m theft able, and Joe Morris, and maintains ongoing collaborations with contemporaries Conrad Tao, Zach Rowden, Lester St. Louis, Leila Bordreuil, and Ben Bennett.
David Wesley Sutton
Better known under the project LXV, US producer David Wesley Sutton also presents work under his own name which is equal parts INA-GRM intricacy and unstable basement electronics through which Sutton manipulates antecedently unknown synthesis techniques into sublime spiritual landscapes. In his work Sutton spatially arranges processed voices, digital fragments and fractured synthesized and sampled media into sound environments which have been described as:
''Sleek jagged contraptions, reflect virtual utopianism.
Kieran Morris is a New York based musician working with electronics and recorded sound. More often presenting work as Negation, his output is rooted in the noise tradition and driven by specific concepts or urges. Current efforts are marked by attention to improvised phrasing, densities of both sound and silence, and the practice of listening.
Friday, January 11
Milford Graves Full Mantis
Milford Graves Full Mantis, directed by Jake Meginsky and co-directed by Neil Young, is a portrait of renowned percussionist Milford Graves, exploring his kaleidoscopic creativity and relentless curiosity. Graves has performed internationally since 1964, both as a soloist and in ensembles with such legends as Albert Ayler, Giuseppi Logan and Sonny Sharrock. He is widely considered to be a founding pioneer of avant-garde jazz, and he remains one of the most influential living figures in the evolution of the form.
Susie Ibarra | Brian Chase
The duo of Susie Ibarra and Brian Chase brings together two drummers expanding the vocabulary and artistic range of their instrument. Influences range from world folk traditions to the contemporary avant-garde; as a result, drums and percussion receive new treatment in expressing rhythm, texture, and mood. For their set together, Susie and Brian will perform a series of intertwined solos and duets. This concert program is very special as it brings together a lineage of teacher and student. Milford Graves was a principal teacher for Susie Ibarra, and Susie Ibarra was a principal teacher for Brian Chase. The relationship of teacher and student at this level is one that is everlasting.
Saturday, January 12
Nadav Assor lives and works in Providence, RI. Assor’s work takes on systems of technological mediation that are frequently military-industrial in origin, from eye-tracking cameras to drones to telepresence-robots. Low-fi versions of these are critically repurposed as a means for creating communities, intimate human dialog and visceral audio-visual-tactile experiences.
Dorit Chrysler | LARY 7 (visuals)
Dorit Chrysler weaves layers of microtonal Theremin loops with analog tracks and live vocals, creating cinematic soundscapes. She has performed with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, is featured on the soundtrack of the HBO documentary Going Clear, and has just completed the soundtrack for a TV Crime Series. Her works have been commissioned by MoMA, the Venice Biennale and The French Cultural Ministry. She is the founder of The New York Theremin Society and “Dame Electric”, a festival dedicated to female Pioneers in Analog Music.
Stephen Vitello | Taylor Deupree
Stephen Vitiello and Taylor Deupree create rich, quiet, textural soundscapes with modular synthesizers, electric guitar, field recordings and keyboards. This performance marks the release of Fridman Variations, a vinyl co-produced with the gallery on Deupree's 12k label, the lead track of which was recorded at New Ear 2018 in our previous home at 287 Spring Street.
Sunday, January 13
The New York Theremin Society
At the evening concert, eight Thereminists will present new works and explorations, continuing the experimental Theremin Lab that started in 2006 at Issue Project Room when the NY Theremin Society was founded. Featuring Performances by: Gabriel and Rachael Guma, Matt Dallow, Charles Hobbs, Cornelius Loy, Dorit Chrysler, and The Thereminoes.