Monday, May 20, 2013

Electroacoustic Music Thursday at Channel Center

Doug Van Nort

Electroacoustic Music and Solo Voice

Doug Van Nort,

Liz Tonne,


 Ed Osborn and Jed Speare in concert

Thursday May 23

Studio Soto
10 Channel Center St.
Fort Point, Boston

8pm suggested donation $10

Doug Van Nort is an experimental musician that explores the radical sculpting of recorded sound materials and electroacoustic composition/improvisation. Van Nort regularly performs solo, in the trio Triple Point with Pauline Oliveros and Jonas Braasch, in a duo with Al Margolis (If, Bwana) as a member of the Composers Inside Electronics and regularly collaborates with an array of artists across musical styles and artistic media. He has presented his work in a wide variety of venues and contexts internationally, and his music appears on several labels including Deep Listening, Pogus and Zeromoon.

Liz Tonne is a vocal artist inspired by the unorthodox use of the human voice. Her work explores the infinite possibilities of the human voice, unmodified by electronic effects and typically without amplification. As an improviser she deconstructs the traditional role of the singer as a story teller or "melodic center", using her voice purely as a sound source. Originally from Pueblo, Colorado, Liz moved to Boston in 1985 where she became immersed in Boston's underground rock scene. In the 1990's she joined Mile Wide, an eclectic art-rock ensemble. whose experiments in improvisation led Tonne to collaborate with other improvisers, notably with Jonathan LaMaster's Saturnalia. Tonne is a member of the undr quartet, formed with James Coleman, Greg Kelley and Vic Rawlings in 1998. She is also a member of The BSC, a large ensemble of Boston improvisers directed by Bhob Rainey. 

Ed Osborn's sound art pieces take many forms including installation, sculpture, radio, video, performance, and public projects. His works combine a visceral sense of space, aurality, and motion with a precise economy of materials. Ranging from rumbling fans and sounding train sets to squirming music boxes and delicate feedback networks, Osborn's kinetic and audible pieces function as resonating systems that are by turns playful and oblique, engaging and enigmatic. Osborn has performed, exhibited, and lectured, and held residencies throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and South America. The recipient of many awards including a DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Stipendium and a Guggenheim Fellowship, he is represented by the Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco and is on the faculty of the Visual Art Department at Brown University.

Jed Speare is an artist and arts manager working in a variety of media and settings. Initially trained in music composition, he has presented sound, performance, video, installation, conceptual, multimedia and community-based works locally, nationally, and internationally in festivals and locales such as San Francisco, Amsterdam, Canada, Taiwan, Croatia, Czech Republic, Poland, Belarus, Bulgaria, France, and Italy. He is known for his work, Cable Car Soundscapes (1982, Smithsonian Folkways Records) and Sound Works 1982-1987 (2008, Family Vineyard). He initiated an extensive sound recording project at Deer Island and its associated pump stations in the Boston area, culminating in site-specific concerts at Deer Island and Nut Island by New England Phonographers Union in 2011 and 2012. He is a member of the Mobius Artists Group and is Director of Mobius and Studio Soto.

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