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Marc Fiaux

Video Artist

Marc Fiaux works in photography, video and sound design to create a heightened perception of space; Mixing together physical and virtual architectures, rendering real what was thought a figment of one’s imagination. Coming from a visual background, his practice maintains a good eye for design while expanding a multimedia approach that focuses on the acoustics of imaginary interiors through multi-sensorial installations.

marcfiaux.com

Biophonic Beats @ Pine Box Rock Shop [2018.04.27]

l’Ao brings Biophonic Beats, for gated benjolin and trombone, to Pine Box Rock Shop. Come out for beats and vegan treats.

This time we will be joined by special guests Gahlord Dewald on bass and Marc Fiaux on live visuals.

Biophonic Beats is a simulacrum of the interlocking sonic umwelten created by different species of vocalizing non-human animals. In any given environment, the sounds created by an individual species will shift and adapt to changes in the soundscape. The shifting, adaptive texture of Biophonic Beats is derived from the manufactured human rituals of communal dance; re-imagining anthropophony as biophony.

Friday, April 27, 2018, 9:30pm
Pine Box Rock Shop
12 Grattan St. Brooklyn, NY 11206
21+

[photo credit: Yuri Pires Tavares]
Check out the video of our performance on January 27:

 

 

[photo credit: Yuri Pires Tavares]

Tuned Squared [2018.04.20]

Tuned Squared
co-produced with Composers Concordance
April 20 @ 7:30pm
Broadway between 45th and 46th Streets

Outside, on top of the subway grate, in the pedestrian zone
Times Square, NYC

FREE

 

‘Tuned Squared’ is a co-production of Composers Concordance and l’Artiste ordinaire. Melissa Grey will direct a performance of Pauline Oliveros’s Tuning Meditation (1971), a vocal improvisation beginning with a single pitch, at the outdoor site of Max Neuhaus’s sound installation Times Square (1977). The installation exposes a rich sound texture of the resonance of the Square’s underground tunnel junction, which would otherwise remain unheard. By responding to this through voice, as a group, we aim to create a participatory, ecstatic experience with and for passers-by through sound. Our presence and activity will create a two-way conduit, amplifying Neuhaus’s original sound while contributing to Times Square’s sound.

 

‘Tuned Squared’ is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement / Creative Learning, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. LMCC.net

 

l’Artiste ordinaire is a collaborative partnership between Melissa Grey & David Morneau. Specializing in sound-based performances, they create expansive projects that allow them to collaborate and connect with musicians, artists, engineers, scientists, creative technologists, and designers. artisteordinaire.org/

 

 

For more information please contact:
l.ao@artisteordinaire.org

 

Contributors

l’Artiste ordinaire

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council

 


Update: Performance Videos:

Performance 1:

 

Performance 2:

Biophonic Beats @ Marshall University [2018.03.28]

We are honored to be “Edwards Distinguished Professor of the Arts” Visiting Artists at Marshall University this spring. During our residency we will be presenting an expanded version of Biophonic Beats that will include student ensembles performing as groups of instrumental species in our sonic ecosystem.

Biophonic Beats is a simulacrum of the interlocking sonic umwelten created by different species of vocalizing non-human animals. In any given environment, the sounds created by an individual species will shift and adapt to changes in the soundscape. The shifting, adaptive texture of Biophonic Beats is derived from the manufactured human rituals of communal dance; re-imagining anthropophony as biophony.

 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Marshall University
[complete details coming soon]

 
[photo credit: Yuri Pires Tavares]

Ab Uno Pluribus [2018.03.24]

We will be performing a special edition of Biophonic Beats on Ab Uno Pluribus “from one to many” — a monthly audio-visual event in Manhattan (since 2014). There will be two other acts and a group improvisation to conclude the evening.

 

Ab Uno Pluribus
Saturday, March 24, 2018
NYU Waverly Labs for Computing & Music
31 Washington Place, New York

 

[photo credit: Yuri Pires Tavares]


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Performance video:

Kepler–19 @ Pete’s Candy Store [2018.03.09]

l’Ao returns to Pete’s Candy Store with special guest Jessica Bowers for an expanded performance of Kepler–19, for benjolin, sequenced gates, trombone, and mezzo-soprano. Kepler-19 is part of our Photon Ecstasy project.

Friday, March 9, 2018, 9:00pm
Pete’s Candy Store
709 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

[photo credit: Marc Fiaux]

 


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Performance video:

Jessica Bowers

Mezzo soprano Jessica Bowers has performed with Utah Opera, Anchorage Opera, Opera Boston, Caramoor International Festival, Central City Opera, and Ohio Light Opera. Roles include Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, The Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, The Queen in John Harbison’s A Full Moon in March, Ruth in Pirates of Penzance, Nicklausse in The Tales of Hoffmann, Mrs. Peachum in Three-Penny Opera, Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Old Lady in Candide. She has performed recitals with Poetica Musica, Sonora Trio, and she plays regularly with guitarist Oren Fader as The Bowers Fader Duo. Recently she has performed with The Theater for the New City, The Sonora Trio, Litha Symphony Orchestra, Soft Series, and Composers Concordance. In the winter of 2018, she will sing the world premiere of Emily Brontë – Through life and death, a chainless soul, a monodrama written for her by Akemi Naito, at Tenri Cultural Institute. She will also sing with The Satori Ensemble in Bethlehem, PA.

For more information, please visit www.jessicabowers.net

 

[photo credit: Yuri Pires Tavares]

Biophonic Beats @ Pine Box Rock Shop [2018.01.27]

l’Ao brings Biophonic Beats, for gated benjolin and trombone, to Pine Box Rock Shop. Come out for beats and vegan treats.

Biophonic Beats is a simulacrum of the interlocking sonic umwelten created by different species of vocalizing non-human animals. In any given environment, the sounds created by an individual species will shift and adapt to changes in the soundscape. The shifting, adaptive texture of Biophonic Beats is derived from the manufactured human rituals of communal dance; re-imagining anthropophony as biophony.

Saturday, January 27, 2018, 9:30pm
Pine Box Rock Shop
12 Grattan St. Brooklyn, NY 11206
21+


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Performance video:

Toy Piano Resident Artist Outreach [2018.01.03]

l’Ao will be unveiling our new performance piece, Biophonic Beats, as part of our residency at the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve for the 2018 Florida International Toy Piano Festival.

Biophonic Beats is a simulacrum of the interlocking sonic umwelten created by different species vocalizing non-human animals. In any given environment, the sounds created by an individual species will shift and adapt to changes in the soundscape. The shifting, adaptive texture of Biophonic Beats is derived from the manufactured human rituals of communal dance; re-imagining anthropophony as biophony.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 6 PM
James Weldon Johnson Branch Library
1059 18th Ave S, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33705
free

Trappist–1

Trappist–1 is composed to activate the acoustic properties of the performance space. We create ringing clouds of sound that resonate with the room. These clouds fade into silences, allowing for the interpenetration of the sonic environment, here the groaning of the barge, the roar of passing helicopters, and the too-familiar coughing of audience members. These sounds are picked up by our microphones and processed by our system, becoming enmeshed in the performance.

 

 

Star typeultra-cool red dwarf star
Alternate names: 2MASS J23062928-0502285
Constellation: Aquarius
Right ascension: 23h 06m 29.283s
Declination: −05° 02′ 28.59″
Distance: 40 light years (12 parsecs)
Planets:

  • Trappist–1 b – sub-Earth type (mass smaller than Earth, likely a rocky planet)
    • Mass: ~0.8 Earth Mass
    • Orbital Period: 1.51087 Earth days (0.004 Earth years)
  • Trappist–1 c – sub-Earth type (mass smaller than Earth, likely a rocky planet)
    • Mass: ~1.63 Earth Mass
    • Orbital Period: 2.4218 Earth days (0.007 Earth years)
  • Trappist–1 d – sub-Earth type (mass smaller than Earth, likely a rocky planet)
    • Mass: ~0.33 Earth Mass
    • Orbital Period: 4.0498 Earth days (0.011 Earth years)
  • Trappist–1 e – sub-Earth type (mass smaller than Earth, likely a rocky planet)
    • Mass: ~0.24 Earth Mass
    • Orbital Period: 6.0995 Earth days (0.017 Earth years)
  • Trappist–1 f – sub-Earth type (mass smaller than Earth, likely a rocky planet)
    • Mass: ~0.36 Earth Mass
    • Orbital Period: 9.2064 Earth days (0.025 Earth years)
  • Trappist–1 g – sub-Earth type (mass smaller than Earth, likely a rocky planet)
    • Mass: ~0.566 Earth Mass
    • Orbital Period: 12.3528 Earth days (0.033 Earth years)
  • Trappist–1 h – sub-Earth type (mass smaller than Earth, likely a rocky planet)
    • Mass: ~0.086 Earth Mass
    • Orbital Period: 18.7662 Earth days (0.051 Earth years)

Kelson Productions

 

Kelson Productions provides audiovisual and production management services for live events of all kinds, for clients in education, industry, theater, fashion, non-profit, and the arts. Whether it’s a live concert, a gala dinner, a panel discussion, a fashion show, an address by a world leader–our teams of managers, designers, and technicians work together to ensure that the technical elements of your event run smoothly, on time, and on budget.

We emphasize thorough pre-production planning and consultation, with prompt and efficient communication throughout the process.

With an extensive pool of qualified production staff, and a large stock of top-of-the-line equipment to choose from, we can provide fully scalable production services for events with audiences of all sizes — while delivering the flexibility and personal attention that your event deserves.

kelsonproductions.com

Kelson Productions provides technical support for Soft Series.

Tom Piercy

Thomas Piercy is a critically acclaimed musician with orchestral, concerto, recital and chamber music appearances throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. He has been described by The New York Times as “Brilliant…playing with refinement and flair…evoking a panache in the contemporary works.” A versatile artist defying categorization – performing on the Emmy Award-winning Juno Baby CDs and DVDs; performing with pianist Earl Wild and Frederica von Stade; working with Leonard Bernstein; appearing in a KRS-ONE music video; playing hichiriki in Japan; recording with members of Maroon 5; premiering over 200 works composed for him; performing on Broadway and Off-Broadway, television, radio, and commercial recordings. Recordings for Albany, Capstone, DGI, Changing Tones, NJST, Tonada Records and more. More information: www.thomaspiercy.com

Payton MacDonald

Payton MacDonald (b. 1974, Idaho Falls, Idaho) is a composer/improviser/percussionist/singer/educator. MacDonald was a founding member of new-music chamber orchestra superstars Alarm Will Sound and has also toured internationally as a solo marimbist and a member of various chamber ensembles including Galaxy Percussion, NJPE, Present Music, and Verederos. He has commissioned many works from today’s leading composers, including Charles Wuorinen, Don Freund, Elliott Sharp, and many others. And many of the world’s best ensembles have performed MacDonald’s music, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, JACK Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, et al. MacDonald has performed in the world’s best venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Barbican, and many more. MacDonald studied music at the University of Michigan (B.F.A.) and the Eastman School of Music (M.M., D.M.A.). His composition teachers include Sydney Hodkinson, Robert Morris, Dave Rivello, Bright Sheng, and Augusta Read Thomas. His percussion teachers include John Beck and Michael Udow, and tabla with Bob Becker and Pandit Sharda Sahai. Further studies include Dhrupad vocal with the Gundecha Brothers. MacDonald has been to India many times, including for nine months as a Senior Fulbright-Nehru Fellow. The Los Angeles Times described MacDonald as an “. . . inventive, stylistically omnivorous composer and gifted performer . . .” MacDonald serves as a Full Professor of Music at William Paterson University and he is a Co-Artistic Director of SHASTRA, an organization the brings together the great music of India and the West.

paytonmacdonald.com

 

[photo credit: Julianne Karr]