JAN ST. WERNER + ANDY GRAYDON at the Goethe-Institut
Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Non-Event and the Goethe-Institut Boston present

JAN ST. WERNER (Fiepblatter, Lithops, Mouse on Mars)

Goethe-Institut Boston
170 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02116
Doors: 7:30pm | Music: 8pm
Suggested donation: $15

Cologne producer and sound artist JAN ST. WERNER is perhaps best known for his work in Mouse on Mars, which he formed with Andi Toma in the early 90s. Over two decades, the duo has charted a perpetual course of reinvention, indulging in complex, heavily hybridized forms that synthesize everything from ambient, techno, and dub to post-rock and next-level electronics and releasing via labels like Too Pure, Domino, and their own Sonig imprint.

In the mid-90s, Werner began releasing music as Lithops and as one half of Microstoria with Markus Popp of pioneering electronic/glitch unit Oval. His output as Lithops — said to rub the outer edges of inferential electronics, and often sounding as though they began their lives as studio accidents, all fumbly, peripatetic rhythms emerging from a haze of muffled bass and overdriven synth textures — continued well into the 2000s, published by labels such as Moikai, Sonig, and Thrill Jockey. In 2013, St. Werner began producing records under his own name with Blaze Colour Burn, the first in a run of experimental albums called Fiepblatter on Thrill Jockey. The most recent installment in the series, Miscontinuum Album, saw release on the label in late 2014 and was originally created for a live opera performance in Munich; Popp composed the libretto. It is part of a larger project that encompasses visual works, installations, writings, software, and lectures.

Including sound works, films, media installations, photographs and performances, American artist ANDY GRAYDON’s work focuses on the relationship between audiovisual recording and the projective imagination. Exhibitions include shows at The New Museum, Art in General, and Participant Inc. (all New York); The Berlinische Galerie, Berlin; The Frye Museum, Seattle; Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna; Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK; The Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel; The Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii. His sound works have been released by Nonvisual Objects (Vienna), mAtter (Tokyo), Winds Measure Recordings (New York), Contour Editions (New York) and Leerraum (Switzerland). Collaborations include performances and recordings with Kenneth Kirschner, John Hudak, Kato Hideki, sawako, David Grubbs, Amnon Wolman, Pierre Gerard, Takeshi Nishimoto, Ben Owen, Zach Layton, and Richard Garet. Graydon was born and raised in Maui, Hawaii and relocated to Cambridge, MA in 2014.

This concert is part of the Goethe-Institut Boston’s “New Music from Germany” concert series.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism, and Special Events.