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
Boston City Hall
Mezzanine Level (enter through City Hall Plaza)
One City Hall Plaza
Doors: 6:30 pm | Event begins: 7:00 pm
FREE (RSVP, space is limited) *** RSVP at limit / now at wait list ***
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 Massachusetts Cultural Countil and Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts + Culture.