Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Non-Event and the Goethe-Institut present

with Michael Bullock

Goethe-Institut Boston
170 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02116
8 p.m. / $10

Please note a very special addition to the concert!

Andrea Neumann and Bonnie Jones will be having an open rehearsal from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. This is a unique opportunity to see what goes into preparing for a concert such as this. In addition, this is the first concert of their tour, and so the opportunity to experience two very practiced improvisers get musically reacquainted before the concert is a very interesting one. Neumann and Jones will also field questions from the audience about their practice.

Musicians, students, and the general public are cordially invited. Admission to the workshop is free (donations for the musicians will, however, be accepted).

About the artists

ANDREA NEUMANN studied piano at the Hochschule der Kunste in Berlin. Since 1996 she has been primarily active as improviser and composer in the areas of experimental and new music. In the process of exploring the piano for new sound possibilities, she has reduced the instrument to strings, resonance board and metal frame. With the help of electronics to manipulate and amplify the sounds, she has developed numerous new playing techniques, sounds, and ways of preparing the dismantled instrument, which she calls the “inside-out piano.” Neumann has released recordings on Erstwhile, Sedimental, Rossbin, Charhizma, Zarek, and the Japan Improv label. This is her second appearance at Non-Event.

BONNIE JONES lives in Baltimore, MD. Bonnie Jones is a Korean-American interdisciplinary artist working primarily with sound and text. As a composer and improviser she re-purposes digital delay pedals as circuit-bent electronic instruments, directly playing the exposed circuit boards with instrument cables to produce raw and often chaotic electronic sound. Her sound palette challenges the accepted languages of contemporary music as well as the conventional modes of playing associated with electronic musicians. Jones’ multimedia performance works use projected text and live writing to improvise with musicians, video artists, dancers, and other writers. The work draws on her background as a poet and explores a form of writing “off-the-page” that directly interacts with the audience and other collaborators.

MICHAEL BULLOCK is a composer, performer, visual artist, and writer living in Boston. His modes of work include electroacoustic composition, improvisation, drawing, and video. Bullock performs across the US and in Europe, collaborating with a huge range of artists, including Pauline Oliveros, Christian Wolff, Steve Roden, Bhob Rainey and Greg Kelley of nmperign, Mazen Kerbaj and Theodore Bikel. Bullock also performs with the BSC, an octet of Boston-based improvisers; as the trio MAWJA with Kerbaj and Vic Rawlings; and in the sound & light duo, rise set twilight.

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