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Opensound: Saturday! March 9, Third Life Studio, Union Sq. Somerville

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  • Louis Bunk
    Opensound, a monthly concert series of improvised and experimental music ** Next Concert: Saturday, March 9 2013 ... Concert curated by Adam Foam! duo: Arkm
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 27, 2013
      Opensound, a monthly concert series of improvised and experimental music

      ** Next Concert: Saturday, March 9 2013

      Concert curated by Adam Foam!

      Arkm Foam, cassette players
      Vic Rawlings, open circuit electronics

      Los Condenados
      Andrea Pensado, vocals, laptop
      Walter Wright, touch sensitive electronics
      Jules Vasylenko, bamboo saxophone

      Shea Mowat, himself

      Babies of Brazzer
      Mark Johnson, contact mics, electronics
      Angela Sawyer, vocals, electronics

      Saturday, March 9, 2013

      Third Life Studios
      33 Union Square
      Somerville, MA
      (Almost at the heart of Union Square, on the segment of
      Somerville Ave. coming into Union Square from Porter Square)

      For directions and parking:

      Doors open after 7:30. / music at around 8:00 p.m.
      $8 admission

      Opensound is a monthly concert series that explores improvised and experimental music, bringing artists from disparate backgrounds together for unique events in Somerville MA. The process of improvisation combines the distinctive voices of its individual performers. The music that results is often surprising, unconventional and dynamic. It s not uncommon to hear music made of electronic crackles, noisy multi-phonics, gurgling, hissing, quiet vocalized gibberish, atonal noodling, bowed metal, blowing sounds, post-everything harmony, and a thousand shades of hullabaloo.

      You may also see video and dance cohabitating with buzzes, clicks, drones, wooshes, and bleeps in a bizarre galaxy of pitch and spectra!

      Some Bios

      Andrea Pensado works with sound as a performer, composer and teacher. She has been using digital media and live interactive musical systems since 1995. She studied in Argentina and Poland. At first, she composed mainly for acoustic instruments. However, she gradually felt more attracted by different sound realms. Today, the abrasive digital noise of her improvisations is far away from her earlier pieces. Harsh dense layers of sounds, often interwoven with her voice, combine hybrid synthesis and sampling techniques to create a highly personal sound language, which reflects an intuitive, emotional and paradoxically also logical approach to music making. She currently lives in the US.

      Vic Rawlings (Boston- amplifier/ prepared cello, speaker elements/ exposed circuitry) employs a still and unstable sound language that traverses from the visceral excess of the Laurence Cook Disaster Unit to the extreme austerity of undr quartet. He has designed and built 2 separate instruments to realize this aesthetic, including extensive and invasive cello preparations- some directly based on obscure baroque instrumentation. The amplified cello is used as a resonant wooden microphone. He also continually develops an electronic instrument from the exposed circuit boards of sound processors, effectively producing an analog synthesizer with a highly unstable interface. This electronic instrument is realized by a flexible array of exposed speaker elements, chosen for their often unpredictable and idiosyncratic acoustic qualities. His solo performances deny conventional assumptions about the use of time and refuse alliance with dominant trends in improvised music.

      Walter Wright is an improviser, interdisciplinary artist, and community arts advocate. Educated as an architect, he has graduate degrees in engineering and interdisciplinary art. He is a co-founder of 119 Gallery where he produces new music and performance events including XFest, an annual festival for improvised sound, video and movement. He teaches new media at UMass Lowell.


      Upcoming 2013 Concerts

      April 27: Evans-Weiler septet, Gentry, 2lous, Kirchoff
      May 11: Jack Wright, Auddity, G. Lomon, Apocalypso
      June 15: Cage Variations III, Frennette Trio, Flunk w/ id m theftable.
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