Le Laboratoire Cambridge (new venue)
Sunday, June 7, 2015

Photo: Filipe Marques

Non-Event and the Goethe-Institut Boston present

POLE presents “Wald”
featuring MFO
Audio Visual performance
LUCY LEWIS (Opensignal, Primitive Languages)

with DJ WON’T

Le Laboratoire (Directions)
650 East Kendall Street
Cambridge, MA
(617) 945-7515
Doors: 8pm, Music: 9pm
Admission: $15 / 21+ (cash only at the door)

Dusseldorf-born, Berlin-based dub techno pioneer Stefan Betke (aka POLE) has devoted the past two decades to dismantling rhythmic structures and seeking out new beginnings, whether as label owner, producer or master engineer. Well known for his expansive slices of dub inflected minimalism, Betke found beauty in the creaks and crackles of a damaged Waldorf-4-Pole filter, which inspired his nom de plume in the mid 1990s. Betke’s work has since fluctuated between jazz, techno, house, dub, and beyond.

Pole made his belated Boston debut two years ago, when he almost literally knocked out the Back Bay power grid and brought the house down at the Goethe-Institut. He returns to town to present a sparkling, technologically complex A/V ballet with visual artist and designer Marcel Weber (MFO) at the Middlesex Lounge. Freely inspired by the light sculptures of Otto Piene and the dreamlike forms of the Ballets Russe, this multifaceted performance will meld new and old media forms – Betke’s analog mixers and effect appliances sharing the spotlight with Weber’s prisms, projectors and mirrors – as MFO translates Pole’s emotional, nature minded musical matter into a cosmos of sensory laden textures and disturbances. Pole’s musical themes of the last decade are enriched, looped and remodeled through MFO’s tightly choreographed visual language. For “Wald,” MFO will be working with photographs by Lea Fabricant.

>>Watch Pole, Live at the Boiler Room Berlin/CTM Festival

LUCY LEWIS is an artist and musician, based in Providence and New York. She works in a variety of media including sculpture and photography. She creates hardware-generated noise mixed with textural, mid-tempo beats, conjuring minimalism and groove in a wash that is intoxicating and meditative. Since 2009 she has performed at a variety of venues throughout the US and Canada. Lucy received a joint BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and BA from Brown University as part of the dual-degree program. Her solo release “OX” is now available on Primitive Languages. Lucy is a founding member of the Opensignal collective.  

>>>Listen to Lucy Lewis, OX on Bandcamp

Presented as part of the Goethe-Institut Boston’s New Music from Germany series