PHILL NIBLOCK at Brown Hall at NEC
Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Non-Event and EMMA Present
in collaboration with the Together Festival
PHILL NIBLOCK
with performances by Eli Keszler, Ashley Paul, Neil Leonard, and John Mallia
and compositions by Katarina Miljkovic and Benjamin Nelson

Brown Hall at the New England Conservatory
290 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
7:30 p.m./FREE

PHILL NIBLOCK is a New York-based minimalist composer, multimedia artist, and the director of Experimental Intermedia, a foundation born out of the flames of 1968’s barricade-hopping. For the past forty-plus years, he has been a maverick presence at the outer fringe of the avant garde. In concert, Niblock constructs loud, 24-track, digitally-processed monolithic microtonal drones. The result is sound without melody or rhythm. Movement is slow…geologically slow. Simultaneously, he projects films of the movement of people working or abstract, black and white images floating across the screen.

ELI KESZLER is a composer, artist and multi-instrumentalist based in New York City. In performance, he often plays drums, bowed crotales and guitar in conjunction with his installations. In his ensemble compositions, he uses extended strings, motors, crotales, horns and mechanical devices to create his sound, balancing intense harmonic formations with acoustic sustain, fast jarring rhythm, mechanical propulsion, dense textures and detailed visual presentations.

Multi-instrumentalist and composer ASHLEY PAUL uses a unique mixture of saxophone, clarinet, voice, prepared strings and bells to create a dream-like mash of minimalist, psycho-accoustic experiments, floating melodies, metallic clatter and screeching bit-reed tones. She combines these disparate elements to create introverted songs, and intuitive forms. Performing solo, Ashley brings to the stage her own eclectic set-up, forging a dense sound closer to a small band than just one person, often playing multiple instruments simultaneously to accompany sparse melodies from her voice and saxophone.

NEIL LEONARD is a sound artist/composer/saxophonist. His work includes jazz performance; composition for orchestra with computer generated video/sound; sound/music for dance, theater, installation and film. He collaborates with musicians/composers in North America, Latin America, Europe, China and Russia. Leonard is the Artistic Director of Berklee’s Interdisciplinary Arts Institute and Professor of Electronic Production and Design at Berklee College of Music.

JOHN MALLIA lives and works in Boston where he has been Director of the Electronic Music Studio and a member of the Composition faculty at New England Conservatory since 2005. His primary interests include chamber music with an electronic component, multichannel acousmatic work, and multimedia installation. Much of his work is informed by constructs and concepts involving real and implied physical spaces.

Composer KATARINA MILJKOVIC investigates interaction between science, music and nature through collaborative musical performance. This interest led her to the mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot’s essay “The Fractal Geometry of Nature” and self-similar complex structures resulting in the cycle, Forest, a dreamy piece, along the lines of Feldman or Brown. Entirely captivating.” (Signal to Noise). Her generative music has been described as “a refined, hypnotic dream” (Danas), “a work of musical and visual slow-motion with only a few delicately elaborated musical metaphors” (Radio Belgrade), “an ambient tone poem… that moved hypnotically through the sonic frame” (Lucid Culture). Miljkovic has been on the faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music since 1996 and is the recipient of the Louis Krasner and Lawrence Lesser award for excellence in teaching.

BENJAMIN NELSON is a Boston-based composer and musician. Originally a classically trained cellist, Nelson switched his focus to experimental music early on, relocating to Boston in 2003 to study composition and electronic music at Northeastern University. Having toured throughout the US and Europe performing solo and in various bands and ensembles, Nelson’s current focus is on minimal long form compositions integrating live electronics with acoustic sound to explore the relationship between duration, ear fatigue, and stream separation. Nelson is also the assistant director and co-curator of the Non-Event concert series, and an artist representative for classical and contemporary musicians.