RAFAEL TORAL/CHRIS CORSANO DUO at the Fleisenberg Floft
Thursday, March 03, 2011

Non-Event presents

RAFAEL TORAL/CHRIS CORSANO DUO
with Jay Sullivan
and Flandrew Fleisenberg

381 Congress Street
Boston (Fort Point), MA
8 p.m. / $10

RAFAEL TORAL plays experimental electronic instruments. Strongly interested in phrasing, he calls his style “post-free jazz electronic music”, once described as “a brand of electronic music far more visceral and emotive than that of his cerebral peers”. Toral’s Space Program, while researching performance possibilities, delivers music that is full of clarity, articulating silence and sound in a thoughtful, yet physical way.

Formerly known for his drone/ambient work with guitar and electronics and acclaimed records such as Wave Field (1994) or Violence of Discovery and Calm of Acceptance (2000), he has radically renewed his approach to music, launching the jazz-inspired and alien-sounding Space Program in 2004.

To describe CHRIS CORSANO as a drummer seems somehow a gross underestimation. He started playing drums when he was 13 years old and, since then has dedicated the better part of his life to frenetic percussion, avant-garde experimentation, and generally making sweet cacophony from whatever happened to be within his arm span. An extraordinarily inventive musician, he has collaborated with a wide variety of musicians, including Jandek, Burning Star Core, Paul Flaherty, Mick Flower, Six Organs of Admittance, Thurston Moore, Nels Cline, and Bjork.

Turntablist JAY SULLIVAN has been a mainstay of the New England noise and experimental music scene for almost a decade. Working with distressed vinyl, vintage record players, and a variety of electronic ephemera, he creates his richly crackling music out of dense fields of hiss and hum. In addition to his solo work, he has a longstanding duo project with cassette tape maestro, Howard Stelzer, called Skeletons Out and a newer trio called Ouest with Stelzer and sound artist, Brendan Murray. His collaborators range from local legend Vic Rawlings to Jeph Jerman and Richard Francis. He has releases forthcoming on Little Enjoyer, Banned Productions, and Semata

FLANDREW FLEISENBERG plays percussion on an assortment of everyday ephemera and modified drum parts that he has reduced and eroded thru a process of playing and breaking them. A graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston with a focus in conceptual art, he is musically (ha!) self-taught and has developed a cadre of idiosyncratic techniques that are all his own. His approach is dually informed by art/music history and his oddly shaped technical skills. Fleisenberg has been involved in the Boston improvised and creative music community since 2002 performing solo, in ad-hoc improv groupings and in set projects. Additionally, he organizes an ongoing series of performances at the floft.