Upcoming Concerts

ERNST KAREL/BHOB RAINEY
CAROLINE PARK
Boston City Hall
Friday, September 30, 2016

OFFAL at Café Fixe
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

OLIVIA BLOCK + ANIMAL HOSPITAL
Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

ERNST KAREL/BHOB RAINEY
CAROLINE PARK
Boston City Hall
Friday, September 30, 2016

City Hall mezzanine (photo: Bill Lebovich)

Non-Event, the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, and HUBweek present
Concrete Sounds: Multichannel Experimental Electronics in Boston City Hall

ERNST KAREL + BHOB RAINEY
CAROLINE PARK

Boston City Hall
Mezzanine Level (enter through City Hall Plaza)
One City Hall Plaza
Boston, MA
Doors: 6:30 pm | Event begins: 7:00 pm
FREE (RSVP, space is limited)

Eventbrite - Concrete Sounds: Ernst Karel/Bhob Rainey + Caroline Park at City Hall

About the artists

ERNST KAREL makes electroacoustic music and experimental nonfiction sound works for multichannel installation and performance. His recent projects are edited/composed using unprocessed location recordings; in performance he sometimes combines these with analog electronics to create pieces which move between the abstract and the documentary. Recent nonfiction films on which he has done sound work include The Iron Ministry, Manakamana, and Leviathan, all produced in the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University, where as a Lecturer on Anthropology, he teaches a class in sonic ethnography.

BHOB RAINEY is an award-winning composer / performer, saxophonist, and sound designer. He holds a Masters in Music Composition from New England Conservatory, where he studied with iconoclastic microtonalist Joe Maneri, jazz legends Paul Bley and Ran Blake, and the mathematically gifted composer Pozzi Escot.

In 1998, with trumpeter Greg Kelley, Rainey founded the duo Nmperign, which was highly influential in an emerging phase of non-idiomatic improvisation often referred to as "lowercase" or "EAI" (Electroacoustic Improvisation). In 2000 he founded The BSC, an improvising large ensemble, in which he developed techniques for an improvisational discipline that were eventually outlined in his 2011 publication, Manual. By the mid-2000's, Rainey began to produce electronic and algorithmic works. He spent five years collaborating with German composer Ralf Wehowsky (RLW) on the 2007 release, I don't think I can see you tonight, which, along with Nmperign and Jason Lescalleet's Love Me Two Times (2006), established him as a formidable electronic composer who synthesizes streams of musique concrete, computer music, and improvisation.

CAROLINE PARK is a composer, musician, and artist working within the medium of experimental electronic music. Her 2015 digital release "less than human" was called "transportive ... a hissing, humid approximation of summer and wet earth to surround" (The Wire) and "luminous and droning ... best experienced in full body" (Disquiet).

As a composer-performer, Caroline collaborates frequently with Asha Tamirisa in duo situations, performs as 1/4 of the electro-improv quartet BUMPR (Peter Bussigel, Stephan Moore, Tim Rovinelli), and performs as 1/3 of a trio with Beth McDonald and Matt Samolis. A Los Angeles native, Caroline received B.M. and M.M. degrees in composition at the New England Conservatory and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Multimedia and Electronic Music Experiments at Brown University (MEME@Brown). Her CD "OCTAVLUV" was called "glowing" and "beautiful" (The Sound Projector), and her digital release "field" was described as music existing "in an abstract zone, where space bends and algorithms are allowed bountiful time to work their fractal, generative beauty" (Disquiet). She lives and works in Providence, RI.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts + Culture.

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OFFAL at Café Fixe
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Non-Event Presents
Our October Experimental Coffee House
featuring

OFFAL

Café Fixe
1642 Beacon Street (Washington Square)
Brookline, MA 02445
617-879-2500
7 p.m./$5

OFFALis Donald Shaw, a composer and performer currently based in Providence, Rhode Island. He studied jazz at the New School and is a member of Fat Worm of Error.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts + Culture.

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OLIVIA BLOCK + ANIMAL HOSPITAL
Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Non-Event, WZBC. and the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum present
multichannel works in the Great Engines Hall

OLIVIA BLOCK
performing Sonambient Pavilion (Bertoia Sounds) and Dissolution 2
ANIMAL HOSPITAL

Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
2450 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02467 (map)
Doors: 6:30pm, Performance: 7pm
Admission:
Door: $15 general admission / $10 members/students

Eventbrite - Olivia Block + Animal Hospital

OLIVIA BLOCK creates original sound compositions for concerts, site-specific multi-speaker installations, live cinema, and performance. In a recent feature article in the April 2011 issue of The Wire magazine, Julian Cowley describes Block’s compositions as “finely nuanced textures of environmental material and occasional surges of sonic power blended with an elegant instrumental architecture.” Her compositions often include field recordings, musical scores, and electronic textures. Additionally, she performs her own partially improvised compositions for inside piano and electronics, and objects.

She has performed, premiered and exhibited her work throughout Europe, America, and Japan in tours in festivals including Sonic Light (Amsterdam), Kontraste (Krems), Dissonanze (Rome), Archipel (Geneva) Angelica (Bologna), Sunoni per il Popolo (Montreal), and many others. Additionally, she has presented work at the ICA (London), MCA (Chicago), La Biennale di Venezia 52nd International Festival of Contemporary Music, The Kitchen (NYC), ISSUE Project Room and Experimental Intermedia (Brooklyn). She has completed residencies and premiered works at Mills College of Music and The Berklee College of Music. Block has presented talks at additional universities in film, music, and media arts departments, including Yale University and Indiana University.

ANIMAL HOSPITAL is a project created by Kevin Micka. Three albums have been produced under this name since its birth in 2004. A live performance of Animal Hospital consists of Kevin alone and is based on the idea of building a piece of music up from scratch into a completely fleshed out arrangement often containing enough parts to employ many musicians. The music often references many familiar aspects of contemporary rock and pop music but is open to venture out into much more experimental territory. As of 2011, Kevin has begun exploring a new avenue for live performance by translating his music into a large ensemble format, sometimes topping 30 members.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture.

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REINIER VAN HOUDT
Goethe-Institut Boston
Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Non-Event presents

REINIER VAN HOUDT (piano, electronics)
performing
Michael Pisaro, Green Hour, Grey Future

Goethe-Institut Boston
170 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02116
8 pm / $12 / $10 members & students

REINIER VAN HOUDT started working with taperecorders, radio's, objects and various string-instruments at a young age. He studied piano at the Liszt-Akademie in Budapest & the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He developed a fascination for matters that escape notation: sound, timing, space, physicality, memory, noise, environment - points beyond interpretation and improvisation. He has built himself an unusual repertoire that consistently resulted from personal quests; be it from collaborations with composers & musicians, from research in archives, from the composing and staging of music-performances or from unorthodox studies of classical music.

He premiered music by Robert Ashley, Alvin Curran, Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji, Francisco López, Charlemagne Palestine, Yannis Kyriakides, Maria de Alvear, Jerry Hunt, Michael Pisaro, Walter Marchetti. He has also worked with John Cage, Alvin Lucier, Luc Ferrari, Olivier Messiaen and Christian Marclay. Reinier van Houdt plays in Current 93, recently releasing an album with contributions by Nick Cave, John Zorn and Antony Hegarty. He is also one of the moving forces behind the experimental music outfit MAE/MAZE.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts + Culture.

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