February 22nd, 2017
7PM - Free Entry
Formed in late 2014, experimental improvisation trio, Bad Jazz, has been taking audiences on improvised auditory journeys that defy the normal explanations of musical theory. Their music is a stream of consciousness, ebbing and flowing from one texture to the next. Although the personnel of the group is variable, key members include Bryan Day, Tania Chen and Ben Salomon. The three met in San Francisco, California but come from a diverse geographic background. Tania is from London, England, Bryan hails from Omaha, Nebraska and Ben originates from Littleton, New Hampshire. Many of the noises emanating from the group come from hand made instruments designed and built by the performers. Other sounds are more traditional, such as piano, random percussion and analog synthesizers. No sound discrimination allowed, whether loud, soft, scratchy or melodic. The only rule is that there are no rules. This makes for new and fresh performances with performance. Bad Jazz's second release, Tincture, is available on Oakland's Friends and Relatives records.
Tania Chen is a performance and video sound artist, experimental musician and free improviser. She performs internationally on piano, keyboards, digital, vintage electronics and found objects. Tania has recorded and collaborated with Stewart Lee, Steve Beresford, Henry Kaiser, William Winant, Wadada Leo Smith, Thurston Moore, David Toop and with the bands Bad Jazz and Tender Buttons. Forthcoming recordings are John Cage's "Electronic Music for Piano". Her solo recordings include Michael Parsons & Cornelius Cardew's Piano music, John Cage's "Music of Changes" and a forthcoming recording of Andrew Poppy's piano music.
Bryan Day is a sound artist, musical instrument designer and conceptual artist. His sound work focuses on the subtle textural interplay of natural recordings and amplified electronic sounds generated by his invented instrumentation. Using scavenged electronics, repurposed mechanical components, and amplified materials that you might find in your garage or your great uncle's office, he re-imagines them into constructivist sound sculptures. In addition to his own audio work, he has run the Public Eyesore / Eh? labels since 1997.
Ben Salomon has been resigned to being a full fledged sound addict since birth. A constant fascination with musical practice has taken him around the globe to collaborate in numerous contexts from the excitingly noisy to unassuming cocktail muzak. Recent travels include performances and recording in the UK with Bill Baird. With Bad Jazz, Ben enjoys manipulating custom built acoustic feedback processes warped through time based effects, improvising his way from thought to thought, texture to texture. Home is New Hampshire, USA where he and family operate the best guitar store north of Boston.
December 8th, 2016
BBW noise ensemble
Rare performance in the US by Danish Sound Artist Ingrid Plum. Plum will perform a new work in response to recently studying with Meredith Monk.
BBW noise ensemble will follow (formerly Plazapalooza) 9PM.
"6 - Guitar Walls of Noise, Modular Synths, 60's Hits, Questions."
Ingrid Plum is an artist working with Sound, Voice, Space and Video.
Plum uses her voice with extended technique, improvisation, field recordings and electronics, to create layered soundscapes, spoken word and songs. Having performed and exhibited installation sound art and visual art since 2002, she creates work that sits between sound art, improvisation, multi-media installation, neo-classical and contemporary Nordic folk music.
The intimacy Plum creates in her recordings and live performance has the honesty of a confessional with the sonic scope of the forests and open coastlines of her native Denmark, that inspire much of her music. With installations that create meditative, sensory stimulative environments and performing stripped back, minimal gigs, she entices you into her hushed world.
IDIO: Soundlab was a series of experimental sound art installations and performances curated by sound artist and DJ Maria Chavez, and produced by IDIO Gallery, in 2016.
August 25 - 29, 2016
“Advocatus Diaboli” is a sonic environment that plays off of the ambiguous nature of language and meaning. Carbon uses multi- channel audio, and projection, to demonstrate the remonstrances of disambiguation.
Opening + Artist Talk // Thurs Aug 25
Immersive Performance // Friday Aug 26
On View // All Weekend
MV Carbon is a Brooklyn based interdisciplinary artist. Her work is comprised of live performance, installation, projection, music and sonic sculptures. She aims to transform space with the use of projection, audio and sculptural environments. Her intention is to provoke an extrasensory awareness through warping the boundaries of time and space. She endorses a fluid exchange between the spectator and the art form and often calls for interaction. She works to transcend the limitations of categorization and to contrive an ongoing sense of attainability. Her current work explores interchangeability, the human mechanism, perceptive states of consciousness, and the empirical force of nature.
IDIO: SOUNDLAB 5
Friday, JULY 1
OPENSIGNAL is a collective of artists concerned with the state of gender and race in experimental electronic-based sound and art practices. In the past, they have organized performances, talks, installations, and releases with the hopes of highlighting and supporting diverse perspectives in the field. For IDIO's SoundLab, members of OPENSIGNAL present sound and multimedia-based works in performance. http://opensignalcollective.org/
Akiko Hatakeyama is a composer, singer, and audio-visual performer/artist who is a native of Yokohama, Japan. She is interested in crossing boundaries between traditionally written music, improvisation, electronics, computer based live interactivity, and visual components. Storytelling, memories, and nature often play an important role in Akiko's work, and she most often finds beauty in simplicity. Designing and building instruments/controllers is a part of her current study, and engaging with physical matter, including her body, is an important aspect in her performance. Akiko is a founding member of OPENSIGNAL, a collective of artists concerned with the state of gender and race in experimental electronic-based sound and art practices. http://akikohatakeyama.com/
Caroline Park is a composer, musician, and artist working within the minimum in experimental electronic music. Her 2015 digital release "less than human" was called "transportive ... a hissing, humid approximation of summer and wet earth to surround" (The Wire) and "luminous and droning ... best experienced in full body" (Disquiet).
As a composer-performer, Caroline collaborates frequently with Asha Tamirisa in duo situations, performs as 1/4 of the electro-improv quartet BUMPR (Peter Bussigel, Stephan Moore, Tim Rovinelli), and performs as 1/3 of a trio with Beth McDonald and Matt Samolis. Caroline has shared the stage with Andrea Pensado, Laura Cetilia, Vicky Chow, Bonnie Jones, Suzanne Thorpe, Mem1, Steve Roden, a canary torsi, Luke Moldof, Forrest Larson, Vic Rawlings, Lyn Goeringer, Ed Osborn, Betsey Biggs, Jim Moses, Callithumpian Consort, Stephen Drury, Yukiko Takagi, Los Angeles Children's Chorus, R We Who R We, Evidence, Dollshot, and Arnold Dreyblatt. Performances, both solo and collaborative, have occurred at AS220, Machines With Magnets, RISD Museum, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Middle Oak Parking Garage, Jordan Hall, Goethe-Institut Boston, Boston Center for the Arts, Cafe Fixe, Third Life Studio, Studio Soto, Spectrum, Silent Barn, New Museum, The Invisible Dog, the Stone, 295 Douglass, 16 Beaver, ISSUE Project Room, Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, and the Central Conservatory of Music, in concerts presented/curated by OPENSIGNAL, SEAMUS, CTRL+ALT+REPEAT, R.K. Projects, Non-Event, SICPP, Opensound, Boston CyberArts, Pauline Oliveros, ((audience)), Saint Louis Symphony, and Musicacoustica Beijing.
A Los Angeles native, Caroline received B.M. and M.M. degrees in composition at the New England Conservatory and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Multimedia and Electronic Music Experiments at Brown University (MEME@Brown). Her CD "OCTAVLUV" was called "glowing" and "beautiful" (The Sound Projector), and her digital release "field" was described as music existing "in an abstract zone, where space bends and algorithms are allowed bountiful time to work their fractal, generative beauty" (Disquiet). Solo discography can be found on Private Chronology, Bathetic Records, Visceral Media Records, Pure Potentiality Records, Absence of Wax, and Pan y Rosas Discos. Caroline is a founding member of OPENSIGNAL, a group of artists concerned with the state of gender and race within electronic and computer-based art practices. She lives and works in Providence, RI.
Bevin Kelley, who is also Blevin Blectum, is a sound designer and electronic musician. She is half of Blectum from Blechdom (with Kristin Grace Erickson aka Kevin Blechdom) and a third of The Traveling Bubble Ensemble (with Kelley Polar and Elise Kuder). On Ricky Katowicz’s The Ricky Rainbow Beard Show, she plays the recurring role of Doctor Sound. She has performed and toured extensively since 1998, with releases on Aagoo, Estuary Ltd., Tigerbeat6, DeluxeRecs, Praemedia, Vague Terrain, Phthalo, and more. A new record on the Parisian label Darling Dada will be out in the not too distant future. She currently lives and works in the soft lush green summer underbelly of Providence, RI. http://blevinblectum.com
Asha Tamirisa is a media artist most interested in experimental audiovisual composition, instruments and interfaces, and gender and race as it relates to our understanding of technology. Her work has been presented at venues such as the ICA Boston, UnionDocs (NYC), The Tank (NYC), Spectrum (NYC), I-Park Foundation (CT), WomanMade Gallery (Chicago), and on festivals/series such as Magic Lantern Cinema (PVD/NYC), the Drone Cinema Film Fest (NL), Altered States Film Festival (UK), Opensound (Boston), OPENSIGNAL (Providence), sonic.focus (Brown University) Non-Event (Boston), Akron Film+Pixel, Lion vs. Gorilla (Chicago), and Substructure (Boston). She has released music on Private Chronology and has an upcoming release on Pan Y Rosas. She is a founding member of OPENSIGNAL, a group of artists concerned with the state of gender and race within electronic / computer based art practices. She holds a B.A. from Oberlin College and is currently a doctoral student in the Multimedia and Electronic Music Experiments [ MEME ] program at Brown University. http://ashatamirisa.net/
Bridget Feral and Wilted Woman is a collaboration between 2 electronic musicians from Providence, RI. Wilted Woman is now in Berlin, so the piece will be performed by Bridget Feral, though WW will be present through the structure and form. Wilted Woman's previous work has centered on funky rhythms and synth magic; Bridget's work is in sound-collecting and fractured voices.
Matthew Ostrowski (New York)
Western Electric Nº1
Sound Art Installation
On view June 1 - 4
Opening Wednesday, June 1st at 6PM
Performances by Nagual, Evan Zierk and Sunset Diver on Saturday, June 4th
Western Electric Nº 1
In collaboration with Ende Tymes IV: Festival of Noise and Experimental Liberation, IDIO Gallery is proud to present the work of Matthew Ostrowski for the fifth installation of the Soundlab series, curated by Maria Chavez. Western Electric is an unending musical work for a collection of automated rotary telephone bells. Using computer models based on the swarm intelligence of creatures like crickets and fireflies, small-world network algorithms, and Markov chains, it is both an environmental installation and a durational piece of music. This means that each telephone is 'aware' of what its neighbors are doing sonically, and determines its actions based on a decision chain which weights its possible activities such as type of sound, frequency, and intensity on the activities of its neighbors.
The work implies an alternate reality in which obsolete instruments have an ancient knowledge - not the advanced consciousness of communication devices as we experience them today, but as a primitive will whose intentions are utterly alien to us, expressed in a language of peals and clicks, a form of dialogue very different from that for which it was originally designed. It is also a formal exploration, exploiting the timbral possibilities of the telephonic carillon, spatial diffusion, and machine intelligence.
About the artist: A New York City native, Matthew Ostrowski has been creating art with electronic and digital media for over twenty years, having worked as a composer, performer and installation artist, exploring work with music, multimedia, video and theater. Using digital tools and formalist techniques to engage with quotidian materials -- sonic, physical, and cultural – Ostrowski's work explores the border between the virtual and phenomenological worlds.
His work ranges from live electronic performance to installations incorporating video, multichannel sound, and computer-controlled objects. Ostrowski has collaborated with a large number of artists in the US and abroad, including David Behrman, John Butcher, Diamanda Galás, Nicolas Collins, Anne LaBerge, The Flying Karamazov Brothers, and many others. He regularly performs in the duo KRK, with Prague-based contrabassist George Cremaschi, and with R. Luke Dubois in the multimedia duo Fair Use.
Ostrowski's productions have been seen or performed on six continents, including the Wien Modern Festival, Transmediale in Berlin,the Kraków Audio Art Festival, Sonic Acts in Amsterdam, PS 1 and The Kitchen in New York, the Rencontres Internationales video festival in Madrid, and Yokohama's dis_locate Festival. He has received numerous awards, including a NYFA Fellowship for Computer Arts.
IDIO: SOUNDLAB 3
Kristoffer Raasted + Ragnhild May (Denmark)
Wednesday, April 27th
IDIO: SOUNDLAB 2
Sarah Hennies and Animal Hospital (US)
$5-7 Suggested Donation
Sarah Hennies' Gather & Release is the result of years worth of composer Sarah Hennies’ exploration of the vibraphone in synthesis with her recent experiences of identity, obsession, anxiety, tension, grief, and loss. Over the course of an hour, Hennies entangles highly focused percussion playing with field recordings, sine waves, signifiers from her personal & family history (including a 20+ year old recording of her grandfather reciting poetry), and bilateral stimulation, a tool for anxiety release and a major component of EMDR therapy (a branch of psychotherapy that focuses on relieving the patient of disturbing memories as a treatment for psychopathology). Gather & Release is challenging, personal, immediate, yet reserved.
Sarah Hennies (b. 1979, Louisville, KY) is a percussionist and composer currently residing in Ithaca, NY. Her work is primarily concerned with an immersive, psychoacoustic presentation of sound brought about by an often grueling, endurance-based performance practice that Nathan Thomas of Fluid Radio described as "a highly sophisticated and refined performance technique...that starts and ends with listening and encourages a different way of listening from its audience." She received her M.A. in percussion from the University of California-San Diego in 2003 where she studied with renowned percussionist Steven Schick, and is currently a member of Meridian, a percussion trio with Tim Feeney and Greg Stuart. Prior to relocating to Ithaca, Hennies was based in Austin, TX, for ten years where she performed with the Austin New Music Co-op, The Weird Weeds and a variety of other projects.
Kevin Micka is a multi-instrumentalist based in Boston, MA. During his solo performances, Kevin often operates a selection of electronics, instruments and effects, using them to patiently construct a layered nest of phrases and patterns consisting of fragments of live captured drum beats, guitar chords, scrapes, chucks, chimes, and melodies. Woven together, these sounds result in anything from more conventional songs to meticulously and deliberately crafted movements with elements of improvisation. His music can reference many familiar aspects of contemporary rock and pop music as well as more experimental compositions. Since the winter of 2011, a large ensemble version of his music has taken shape. Those performances have consisted of up to 40 musicians surrounding an audience in unique venues. Three albums have been produced under the moniker Animal Hospital and have been supported with extensive touring, during which Kevin has shared the stage with acts as diverse as The Jesus Lizard, Beirut, No Age, MAIN, Thrones, Dosh, Os Mutantes, Codeine, Man Forever & So Percussion. Kevin has also been a contributing member of the band Neptune since 2011.
IDIO: SOUNDLAB 1
Nao Nishihara (Japan)
Feb 25 - 29
Japanese sound artist Nao Nishihara has built a site-specific sound installation at IDIO and will open the show with a sound performance on Thursday, Feb 25th at 6PM.
Sound Art Curator-in-Residence Maria Chavez will host a panel discussion with the artist on Sunday, Feb 27th learn more about his process and practice.
About Nao Nishihara:
Focusing on the sound, Nishihara’s works have 2 aspects: sound and body. Using sound, he tries to reveal the our ears' natural abilities. Using objects, he tries to rediscover the body, provoking movement and showing limitation. His works also include field recordings, study/ documentation of foghorns and instrument production. He did the Japanese translation of the books Sound Art (by Alan Licht, Film Art Inc., 2010) along with Kazue Kobata and Hiroshi Egaitsu, and A Brief History of Music (by H.U. Obrist, Film Art Inc., 2015) with Fumiko Uchiyama and others.
Nishihara was born in Hiroshima in 1976. In 1998, he left Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (Czech Language) before graduating. In 2009, he graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts, with a degree in Musical Creativity and the Environment. In 2011, he obtained a master’s degree in Intermedia Art from Tokyo University of the Arts. Nishihara is visiting New York as the grantee of the Asian Cultural Council and Omomuki Foundation, from December 2015 to June 2016. He has performed at Experimental Intermedia and Harvestworks among other places during his US stay.
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