Non-Event, the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, and HUBweek present
KEITH FULLERTON WHITMAN
performing “Redactions” for modular synthesizer
Opening remarks by Julie Burros of the Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture
Introduction to the history of concrete architecture in Boston by architect Chris Grimley, author of Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston (Monacelli Press)
Boston City Hall
(enter through City Hall Plaza)
One City Hall Plaza
Doors: 6:30 pm | Event begins: 7:00 pm
FREE and open to the public, but an RSVP is requested
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Electronic musician and composer Keith Fullerton Whitman performs a new work for modular synthesizer within the enormous interior mezzanine of Boston City Hall. Taking his cues from the raw concrete forms and cavernous space of this icon of so-called Brutalist architecture, Keith will use the room’s unusual and complex acoustics to shape and diffuse the piece.
KEITH FULLERTON WHITMAN is a musician currently based in Cambridge, MA. Starting in the mid-1990’s while working on a Music Synthesis degree at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Keith began exploring electronic music’s many facets, eventually producing dozens of full length albums, singles, remixes, and compilation appearances for labels such as Kranky, Editions Mego, PAN, Carpark, Room40, Amethyst Sunset, Amish, NNA Tapes, No Fun Productions, Agents of Chaos, Arbor, Digitalis Limited, Ekhein, Heavy Tapes, Rare Youth, Root Strata, and many more.
Over the past 15 years, Keith has given over 500 performances of his music - everything from solemn held-tones to pointillist reckless-abandon - at venues ranging from “punk” basements to some of the most celebrated European & North American festival stages, such as Akousma, CTM, Dissonanze, Electronica En Abril, Kontraste, LUFF, Mutek, Novas Frequencias, Présences Électroniques, Skanu Mesz, Sonic Acts, Suoni Per Il Popolo, Unsound, Werkleitz, etc. In addition, he has given dozens of talks, taken part in colloquia, set up fIlm & audio installations, and organized music festivals, concerts for other performers, and film events in the Boston area & beyond.
A 2011 joint commission from Sonic Acts, Kontraste Krems, and Le Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM) led to a week-long session in the fabled INA-GRM studios in Paris, during which Keith realized a life-long dream, completing an 80-channel, long-form Musique Concrète work entitled “Rythmes Naturels” utilizing many of the idiosyncratic early-electronic instruments held in the studio’s archive.
CHRISTOPHER GRiMLEY —a founding partner of over,under— is a designer and curator with an education in architecture. He is co-director of over,under’s pinkcomma gallery, where he has curated more than thirty exhibitions, including several installations about Boston’s legacy of modernism. Chris’s broad range of expertise and research agendas enable design and conceptual coherence across complex projects involving everything from urbanism to architecture to exhibitions to graphic work that ranges scales from books to environments. Chris teaches at Northeastern University, the Rhode Island School of Design, and Wentworth Institute of Technology.
City Hall mezzanine (photo: Bill Lebovich)