EKG + solo sets
Le Laboratoire Cambridge
Sunday, June 18, 2017


Photo: Peter B. Kaars

Non-Event presents

EKG (Ernst Karel + Kyle Bruckmann)
performing Alvin Lucier, Serenade (1993)
(for oboe and string quartet, instead with oboe and four prerecorded oscillators, in quad)
+ solo sets

Le Laboratoire (Directions)
650 East Kendall Street, Cambridge
Doors: 6:30pm, Music: 7pm
$10 general admission | $5 students | FREE for Non-Event members

Eventbrite - EKG performs Alvin Lucier + solo sets

EKG is capable of a languorous lyricism, while in other cases this tendency is willfully crushed and ground down into a gritty landscape of fine-grained glass and silt. Open and inviting tones draw the listener in at the same time tenser noisy outbursts work to alienate. Tightly controlled grainy textures splutter to life and dissolve into hovering drones … the effect is of an irregular pendulum’s swing – a fevered and woozy oscillation through tension and release. (Steve Rybicki, Fake Jazz)

EKG is the collaborative electroacoustic duo of ERNST KAREL (analog electronics) and KYLE BRUCKMANN (oboe, English horn, and/or analog electronics). The music is situated between acoustic and electronic, improvised and premeditated, disruptive and meditative; it crackles and hums with precariously restrained potential energy. Combining traditional and extended wind techniques with anachronistic electronic processing, EKG carefully sculpts a bizarre yet organic soundworld of shifting tones, sudden and creeping textures, elusive suggestions of possible melody, and microscopic noise.

Formed in the hotbed of Chicago’s mid-90s experimental music community, EKG has slowly, quietly, continued sporadic work as Ernst and Kyle have drifted apart across the continent (and, for one short period, the Atlantic Ocean), releasing four full-length albums on another timbre, Formed, Sedimental, and Locust Music, following their debut EP on Crank Satori. Their music has appeared in such vilms as Rebecca Baron’s Detour de Force and Brett Story’s The Prison in 12 Landscapes. They will soon be geographically reunited as fellow residents of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Having currently not played together since the 2013 San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, they have chosen for this program to present recent individual works, along with the East Coast Premiere of their realization of Alvin Lucier’s Serenade (1993, for oboe and string quartet, instead with oboe and four prerecorded oscillators, in quad).

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 & Culture.