BHOB RAINEY + BONNIE JONES at the Goethe-Institut
Thursday, February 20, 2014

Non-Event presents
a special quadrophonic show with

BHOB RAINEY (quadrophonic electric storm)
BONNIE JONES (text, sound, projection)

Goethe-Institut Boston
170 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02116
8 p.m. / $10 / $8 for students with ID)

BHOB RAINEY is a composer / performer. He has a long and well-regarded history as an improviser, known for a masterful yet often understated technique that transforms the soprano saxophone into an electronic-like, textural, or percussive device. He is also known for his ongoing critique of improvisational practice, which has brought influential concepts and stylistic components into the practice as a whole. While Rainey has worked with numerous improvisers globally, he is best known for his solo work, Nmperign (with trumpeter Greg Kelley), and his direction of the improvising large ensemble, The BSC.

Rainey also works in the realm of electronic and algorithmic composition. He finds sounds inside forlorn flagpoles and discarded trash or through chaotic equations and simulated schools of fish. He takes concepts like artificial life and machine learning and puts them into dialog with aesthetic aspirations. The rough, unheard, and unloved sounds are given voice, producing a music that is complex yet strangely approachable; weird but welcoming. His collaborations in this area are not only with algorithms and electrons, but also with regarded composers such as Ralf Wehowsky, Jason Lescalleet, and Chris Cooper.

In 2013, Rainey was awarded the prestigious Pew Fellowship in the Arts for his work in these areas.

BONNIE JONES is a Korean-American writer, improvising musician, and performer working primarily with electronic music and text. Born in 1977 in South Korea she was raised by dairy farmers in New Jersey, and currently resides in Baltimore, MD. Bonnie creates improvised and composed text-sound performances that explore the fluidity and function of electronic noise (field recordings, circuit bending) and text (poetry, found, spoken, visual). She is interested in how people perceive, “read” and interact with these sounds and texts given our current technological moment. Bonnie has received commissions from the London ICA and has presented her work in the US, Europe, and Asia and collaborates frequently with writers and musicians including Ric Royer, Carla Harryman, Andy Hayleck, Joe Foster, Andrea Neumann, Liz Tonne, and Chris Cogburn. She received her MFA at the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College.