Bhob Rainey (Philadelphia):
Bhob Rainey, a soprano saxophonist and composer, is best known as a solo artist and as one half of Nmperign, with whom he plays alien extended technique effects that are influenced by electronic music, environmental sounds and free improvisation.
Rainey studied at the New England Conservatory of Music with free jazz saxophonist Joe Maneri. Rainey's music during his early- to mid-twenties was, like Maneri's, characterized by long microtonal lines. Rainey's first CD, Ink, featuring Dan DeChellis, was released in 1997. After a controversial 1998 solo concert in Washington D. C. attracted a considerable amount of attention to Rainey's music, he and trumpeter Greg Kelley formed Nmperign with the goal of avoiding linear approaches to form and melodic contour. Nmperign, including Rainey, Kelley and Tatsuya Nakatani, recorded its first CD in 1998. Since 1998, Rainey has recorded extensively, including a number of projects with nmperign (minus Nakatani) and collaborations with musicians and composers like Jason Lescalleet, Le Quan Ninh, Ralf Wehowsky, etc. He continues to pursue a more sound-based (as opposed to note-based) approach in his work with nmperign, whereas his solo work, while far from traditional, often involves the use of more melodic lines. Since 2000, he has also led the bsc, a large ensemble that uses both acoustic instruments and electronics.
Beginning in 2005, Rainey has released a handful of works based around electronics and field recordings, notably his 2006 collaboration with Ralf Wehowsky, I don't think I can see you tonight, and his solo EP, Two Bites of a Bitter Sweet.
Rainey also occasionally appears as a sideman in more traditional settings, most recently in recurring work with ex-Galaxie 500 indie rock duo Damon & Naomi, for whom he has also done horn and string arrangements.
Lea Bertucci (New York City):
Lea Bertucci is an interdisciplinary artist, composer and improvisor who works with installation, sound, video and photography. As an instrumentalist, she focuses on the Bass Clarinet in an electro-acoustic context. The timbre of the Bass Clarinet is amplified and abstracted with the aid of electronics. Feedback is an essential part of the extended technique, as the body of the instrument becomes a resonant chamber and the pitch of the feedback is controlled with key work. 1/4 inch tape collage contribute structural and textural elements. Lea has been an artist-in-residence at The Wave Farm, Smack Mellon, LMCC, The Queens Museum of Art and Roulette. She was also awarded a Young Composers' commission from Roulette in 2012. She has performed solo and collaborative works at venues such as Issue Project Room, The Kitchen, Anthology Film Archives, Artists' Television Access in San Francisco, St. Marks Ontological-Hysteric Theater, The Wave Farm, Galapagos Artspace, Roulette, The Queens Museum of Art and the High Zero Festival.
Michael Fischer (Vienna):
Michael Fischer works on the speech immanence of sounds on saxophone, violin, soundscapes and conducted instant compositions. In 1999 he started implementing the electro-acoustic phenomenon feedback, developing the feedback_saxophone, based on a non-effect, analogue set-up.
Exploring the common grounds and images of articulation and sound, he worked with significant artists in experimental movie, op-art, conceptual art, visual poetry such as Marc Adrian, Dmitri Prigow or Gerhard Rühm and has ongoing extensive collaborations with writers in experimental poetry. In 2005 he launched the Vienna Improvisers Orchestra; as instant composition conductor, he also works with international large ensembles/choir, f.i. for the new music festival Wien Modern.
He has collaborated with John Edwards, Marcos Baggiani, Mark Sanders, Felicity Provan, Hilary Jeffery, Michael Vatcher, Joao Castro Pinto, Daisuke Terauchi, Atsuhiro Ito a.m.o. and with early key-figures in improvised music Irene Schweizer, William Parker, Denis Charles or Burton Greene.
As soloist, ensemble musician and instant composition conductor he performs in Europe, Libanon, Japan, the USA and Canada within contexts of new music, improvised music and noise and gives guest-lectures at Bruckner University/A, University for Architecture/FL, Seiwa College/J, Conservatorio Superior Vigo/E, Goethe Institute Palermo/I a.o.
10/1 - Mecca Normal & Oceans Roar 1000 Drums @ Random Tea Room
10/8 - Dada Tapan Kanti Baidya (dhrupad/hindustani vocals) @ The Rotunda
10/16- Tipple (Frode Gjerstad, Kevin Norton & David Watson) & Keir Neuringer
10/19 - Colin Fisher/Mike Gennaro/Nick Millevoi, Bad Luck & Skye Skjelset
10/25 - Li Daiguo/Rick Parker & Northern Valentine
11/1 - Thollem McDonas @ House Gallery 1816
11/5 - Junzo Suzuki & Kohotek @ The Marvelous
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