KONK PACK + WORK/DEATH at the Goethe-Institut Boston
Thursday, October 3, 2013

Non-Event and the Goethe-Institut Boston present

Tim Hodgkinson (lap steel guitar, electronics, clarinets)
Thomas Lehn (analogue synthesizer)
Roger Turner (drumsets and percussion)

Goethe-Institut Boston
170 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02116
8 p.m. / $15 ($12 for students)

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I’ve caught Konk Pack live a half dozen times through the years and have been knocked out on each & every occasion. What makes this trio special is that their music is so focused and intense, that you often feel exhilarated by listening. You can’t do anything else or have any distractions while listening since you will be swept away. - Bruce Gallanter | Onsen | August 2010

KONK PACK brings together three major figures in contemporary music. For over 10 years the group has amazed audiences at festivals and concerts all over the world with the sheer energy of its rapid-fire interplay, earning numerous critical accolades.

Since 1997, Konk Pack have toured regularly throughout Europe, completed three major tours of the US, and have been described by The Wire magazine’s Lee Henderson as “one of the most exciting improv groups in the world.” The group has released four compact discs on the German label GROB, and performed at major music festivals from Vancouver to Belgrade.

Increasingly lauded as a composer, with works featured at international contemporary music festivals, and a set of pieces for ensemble out on the acclaimed Mode new music label, Hodgkinson also has a powerful commitment to intense and highly energized performance practice. In over 30 years’ work he has placed himself in a series of definitive experimental music projects, whether as cofounder of the seminal Henry Cow group, as saxophonist with influential avant metal band God, or as bass clarinet soloist in the spectral compositions of Iancu Dumitrescu. His lap steel guitar playing remains completely uncategorisable, bringing subdued and not so subdued echoes of rock musics and other ethnicities to the mix.

Schooled both as a concert pianist playing contemporary repertoire and as a recording technician, Thomas Lehn deploys a huge musicality through his unique chosen outlet the analogue synthesizer. This instrument allows him extremely close and immediate contact with all aspects of sound modification - a vast gamut of living electronic sound produced with unmatched speed and fluency. Thomas Lehn simply represents a coming-of-age of electronic sound production in the domain of concert performance that sets a standard for the entire medium. He is therefore unsurprisingly an essential member of many of the most active and significant projects in this highly international and dynamic scene.

Over decades Roger Turner has brought the renowned volcanic power and finely honed precision of his drum work to ensembles that have often forged real connections with musicians both sides of the Atlantic. In addition he has worked extensively in the microscopic laboratory of the acoustic duo situation where he acquired a highly developed sense of detail and of dynamic control. One of that select group of world-class players who have collectively redefined the language of contemporary percussion. In Turner’s hands minute inflections of tension can shape the group’s musical direction and galvanize a new level of audience experience.

SCOTT REBER is a self-taught composer from Providence, who has performed under the name WORK/DEATH since 2004. Ostensibly beginning from noise and experimental electronics, his practice has expanded to trace paths through various histories of 20th-centure avant-garde music and art to communicate something particularly personal and current. Densely layered and emotionally charged, his music endeavors to orchestrate textured noise into larger structures, as well as to dissolve formal music into its constituent vibrations. Filling rooms with sound that is sometimes loud enough to become physical, he also uses arrays of tiny speakers to diffuse quiet sounds and field recordings of specific spaces into new environments.