ASHER / JASON KAHN DUO at the Axiom Gallery
Friday, September 26, 2008

Non-Event and the Axiom Gallery Present

w/Brendan Murray / Howard Stelzer Duo

AXIOM Center for New and Experimental Media
141 Green Street
Jamaica Plain, MA
8 p.m. / $7 suggested donation

About the artists:

Zürich based sound artist JASON KAHN’s work includes sound installation, performance and composition. He was born in New York in 1960, grew up in Los Angeles and relocated to Europe in 1990. Kahn performs both solo and in collaborations, using percussion, analog synthesizer or computer in different combinations. He composes for electronics, acoustic instruments and environmental recordings. Kahn has performed throughout Europe, North and South America, Japan, Mexico, Korea, Israel, Turkey, Russia, Lebanon, Egypt, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Australia. This will be his third performance with Non-Event.

ASHER THAL-NIR is a local composer and sound artist. His work is composed using recordings of acoustic and electronic instruments, location recordings and found recordings which are manipulated in various ways. His work has been published online by 12k/term, Conv, Laboratoire Moderne, and Homophoni, and on CDr by Conv and Leerraum. He has upcoming cdr and dvd-r releases scheduled on Conv, Mystery Sea, Leerraum and his own Sourdine label.

BRENDAN MURRAY is a self-taught musician living in Somerville, MA. In his music, he balances spontaneous sound making and compositional rigor, with an emphasis on drones and repetition. He records and processes instruments and tapes until all traces of instrumentality are blurred, leaving only large blocks of pure sound. His most recent full-length CD, Commonwealth has just been released on the 23Five label.

HOWARD STELZER’s visceral improvised music utilizes the qualities inherent to cassette tape and tape players; namely hiss, the roll of tape across play heads, the crackle of dirt caught inside old players, play speed altered manually by pressure from fingers applied to the tape’s reels. Stelzer’s work tends to employ space and silence as well as gritty low-fidelity noise, and is almost always centered on the physicality of live performance.

Non-Event concerts are supported in part by a grant from the LEF foundation.