Two presentations of collective art-making at the crossroads of sound and action, from artists based in Miami and New York
Composer Gustavo Matamoros and the Miami-based sound art collective Frozen Music (with David Dunn and Rene Barge) presents the New York premiere of their multichannel performance piece March in NY. Using custom-designed audio technology to activate and stimulate indoor and outdoor spaces, the Frozen Music collective engages otherwise inaudible phenomena in the fields of science, nature and architecture.
When & where
Thursday, March 1, 2018 @ 8pm
Roulette, 509 atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn
Tickets $15 - $20 Online / $20 - $25 Doors
For decades, composer and experimenter Ben Manley has been instrumental in the construction and realization of sonic environments in New York and beyond. For this concert, Manley presents a program of electroacoustic solos, duets with Julia Santoli (voice), and Jason McMahon (acoustic guitar), and a trio with guitarists David Watson and David First.
Composer and experimenter Ben Manley explores the natural variability of wind, amplified small vibrations, and resonant objects to generate dynamic musical environments. Manley has worked extensively in music and audio in New York City and has presented solo performances and installations of light and sound across the country and overseas. Manley has collaborated with Sean G. Meehan, Connie Crothers, Ursula Scherrer, Jim Staley, Dan Evans Farkas, Jens Brand, Linda Austin, and the Manley Family Trio, and has appeared with Composers Inside Electronics at the Lincoln Center and with Essential Music and the Downtown Ensemble. He has installed realizations of works by Alvin Lucier, including The Queen of the South and Music on a Long Thin Wire, at Studio Five Beekman, Greenwich House Music School, ISSUE Project Room, Subtropics 18 in Miami, and MFA, Boston. As a curator, Manley has presented festivals of experimental music at the Jack Tilton Gallery and elsewhere including House Mix: 19 Pianos, 19 Improvisers & 19 Microphones (a collective performance/recording/playback event), Electro-Whammy (w/ Ron Kuivila, Ben Manley, Matt Rogalsky), and say YES! to experimental music (w/ Jens Brand, Dan Evans Farkas, Ben Manley, Phill Niblock).
Frozen Music is an artist research collective and experimental music ensemble that designs and realizes interdisciplinary music in response to the acoustical characteristics of a given site. It focuses upon the making of otherwise inaudible phenomena audible in science, nature and architecture. Each performance is a kind of acoustical “tuning” or redrawing of the existing aural landscape through direct sound generation and amplification. FM is a unique vehicle for the development and implementation of a novel kind of extended electroacoustic music presentation. We use new and custom-designed audio technology to engage audiences in activations of indoor and outdoor spaces that promote an aural perception of the world. Rather than a traditional ensemble—where each musician contributes a single voice to a collective—FM arises from a confluence of sonic activation strategies where each performer engages with their own autonomous audio gestalt and unique instrumentation to simultaneously occupy and stimulate the same acoustic environment.
Gustavo Matamoros is a composer/sound artist whose creative work spills over into a category Chris Mann calls, “Community Design.” His work, presented internationally, is "among the most innovative work using sound as a medium created anywhere.” — David Dunn, Irreversible Magazine. Aside from a number of public art installations, multichannel performances and musique concrete works, he has organized and curated 24 Subtropics Festivals, and runs experimental music and sound art projects from his Miami Beach, Lincoln Road studio, Audiotheque.
As a composer, David Dunn primarily engages in site-specific interactions or research-oriented activities. Much of his work is focused upon the development of listening strategies and technologies for environmental sound monitoring in both aesthetic and scientific contexts. Dunn is perhaps best known for his articulation of frameworks that combine the arts and sciences towards practical environmental activism and problem solving. He currently makes a living as a typically reluctant academic who divides his time between Santa Fe, New Mexico and Santa Cruz, California.
René Barge’s work includes drawing, painting, collage, sculptural objects and sound installation. He majored in Time Based Arts under the guidance of Christine Tamblyn. Since 1992 René Barge performs with Cavity. He began performing solo and collaborative concerts in 1995 and began installing work in 1999. In 2007 he established Fron-d, an online label dedicated to making his sound work and collaborations accessible.