ILLUSION OF SAFETY, MURMER, JED SPEARE at Mobius
Saturday, October 25, 2008

Non-Event Presents

ILLUSION OF SAFETY
MURMER
JED SPEARE w/Steve Pyne and Louis Gesner

Mobius
725 Harrison Ave
Boston (South End)
(617) 542-7416
8 p.m. / $8

About the artists:

ILLUSION OF SAFETY has been the ongoing project of Dan Burke since 1983. As IOS, Burke has worked with numerous individuals in various combinations of one to 12 members. IOS has been continually evolving, never settling into an easy niche. each release, live performance, and sometimes individual piece often shifts abruptly from one atmosphere to another. Leading some to describe their output as schizophrenic. Burke describes his work as decomposition: using obscure sources, exhibiting a strong sense of balance in structure and sound color, juxtaposing the beautiful and the disturbing.

MURMER is the pseudonym of Patrick McGinley, a man with several passports which have taken him to many a foreign land in search of found sounds of the unsettled, the forgotten, the mysterious and the beautiful. His field recordings of activated environments (e.g. resonant industrial spaces, windswept telephone lines, bowed branches, gasping ventilator systems, etc.) originate from all of the locations where he has traveled; yet, the documentation of these sounds is the not the terminus of McGinley’s work. He is far more interested in extracting a particular emotional, transcendent, or metaphysical kernel from those sounds, and then recontextualizing that germinated sound into sympathetic compositions of magnificent dronemusik.

JED SPEARE has been working in music and time-based arts for over thirty years. From commissioned chamber works to extensive field recordings and electroacoustic music, his work from the eighties has been closely identified with San Francisco industrial culture with the creation of the album Cable Car Soundscapes on Smithsonian Folkways records in 1982. He is also known for his video and multimedia performance works which he has presented internationally over the past twenty years. In 2008, Family Vineyard Records released his double album, Sound Works 1982-1987, which has garnered significant critical acclaim. He is currently field recording, composing, and performing new music with collaborators, in consideration of the event and site; developing a Lowell soundscape project, in conjunction with 119 Gallery; and continuing the choreographic, video/film, and sound collaboration with Marjorie Morgan, Hocket.

STEVE PYNE is a composer and instrument builder who also performs under the name of Red Horse. A guitarist by training, but a mad inventor at heart, Steve played backup for Boyz II Men and jazz standards at the Waldorf Astoria in New York before discovering the joys of cracked electronics at a show by Vic Rawlings — he hasn’t looked back since.

LEWIS GESNER is an artist working predominantly, but not exclusively, in performance and sound mediums. He exhibits frequently in US and abroad, and has been developing systematic reductions for purposes of universal art making significance(s), using terms such as Instrumentism, Lower Consciousness, and SURformalism as an ongoing project and investigation.

This concert is supported in part by a grant from the LEF Foundation.