Saturday Apr 11th 2015 @Pyramid Atlantic
Audrey Chen & Margaret Rorison & Flandrew Fleisenberg Trio, Janel Leppin & Anthony Pirog & J. Surak Trio
Audrey Chen (voice/cello) and Flandrew Fleisenberg (percussion) and Margaret Rorison (16mm film projection)
Fleisenberg is a player of objects. Drums only fall peripherally into his spectrum, while he is mostly fascinated in coaxing out the inherent material characters of "mundane things". These wide manipulations of external implements draw an aural architecture around Chen's internally driven sonic language. Her own deeply personal yet unconventional uses of the voice and cello, in combination with Fleisenberg's material conjuring, creates a discourse inside of a constantly breathing tactile space.
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Audrey Chen is a Chinese-American musician who was born into a family of material scientists, doctors and engineers, outside of Chicago in 1976. Parting ways with the family convention, she turned to the cello at age 8 and voice at 11. After years of classical and conservatory training in both instruments, with a resulting specialization in early and new music, she parted ways again in 2003 to begin new negotiations with sound in order to discover a more individually honest aesthetic.
Now, using the cello, voice and occasional analog electronics, Chen’s work delves deeply into her own version of narrative and non-linear storytelling. A large component of her music is improvised and her approach to this is extremely personal and visceral. Her playing explores the combination and layering of the homemade analog synthesizer, preparations and traditional and extended techniques in both the voice and cello. She works to join these elements into a singular ecstatic personal language. Over the past decade, her predominant focus has been her solo work with the cello, voice and electronics, but she has more recently begun to shift back towards the exploration of the voice as a primary instrument.
Recent projects, aside from performing solo, include her voice only duo with London based artist, Phil Minton, a duo with NYC abstract turntablist, Maria Chavez and a collaborative project with German conceptual artist, John Bock. Her most recent album releases (2013) include, a quartet LP with Nate Wooley, C. Spencer Yeh and Todd Carter on Monotype (Warsaw), and a duo record with Phil Minton on Subrosa (Brussels).
Chen has performed across Europe, Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, Taiwan, Brazil, Canada and the USA.
Some festival appearances include: Festival Beyond Innocence (Osaka, JP), Maerzmusik (Berlin, DE), Plateaux Festival (Torun, PL), Color Out of Space (Brighton, UK), Wels Music Unlimited (Wels, AT), 2PI Festival (Hangzhou, CN), Jazz a Luz (Luz-Saint-Saveur, FR), Festival Muzzix (Lille, FR), La Voix est Libre (Toulouse/Paris, FR), NowNow Festival (Sydney, AU), Uncool Festival (Poschiavo, CH) and the Next Festival (Bratislava, SK).
And venues such as: Covent Garden (London, UK), Radialsystem (Berlin, DE), Zacheta National Gallery (Warsaw, PL), Museé du quai Branly (Paris, FR), Radio France (Paris, FR), Theatre Bouffes du Nord (Paris, FR), Bimhuis, (Amsterdam, NL), Rote Fabrik (Zurich, CH), Teatro Fondamenta Nuove (Venice, IT), DOM (Moscow, RU), Anton Kern Gallery (NYC, US) and Robert Wilson's Watermill Center (Water Mill, NY, US).
In 2011, in addition to her performances, she was awarded the prestigious Mary Sawyers Baker Prize, an award that was established to support individual artists living, and working in Maryland. Since 2011, she relocated to Berlin, Germany from Baltimore, MD USA and continues to maintain an active international touring schedule.
David Harrington of the Kronos Quartet has described her work as "fascinating and gripping" and "possessing something extremely vital and vivid...."
Flandrew Fleisenberg plays percussion on an ever changing assortment of ephemera and modified drum parts coaxing texture and tone both familiar and bizarre. Attentive to room resonance, ambience and collaborator, fleisenberg playfully utilizes sound and presence to explore space, time, and relationships. A graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston) with a focus in conceptual art, he is musically self-taught and has developed a cadre of idiosyncratic techniques that are all his own. flandrew has been involved in the improvised and creative music community since 2001 performing solo, in ad-hoc improv groupings, and in set projects. A recent migrant to Philadelphia, fleisenberg is an active producer and advocate of improvised music and dance across the region.
Recent and favored implements: Cannon ball, 10' ball chain, catering platter, doors, loose cymbals, sticky sticks, soup pans, glass window, steel spring, floors, walls, air, sand, paper, rope, ping ping balls, a couple glasses of wine, some luck, and good fortune.
Current collaborations: Skinny Vinny (duo with Joshua Jefferson), Vervet Dance (Loren Groenendaal), fleature (duo with Neil Feather), duo with Audrey Chen.
"Marcel Duchamp: funny phony. flandrew fleisenberg: Einstein of drums."
- Gordon Marshall, poet laureate of the Boston improv scene
Margaret Rorison is a filmmaker and curator from Baltimore, Maryland. Her work often develops from extensive walks through rural and urban landscapes, combining memories, field recordings and text. She is interested in the potentials of storytelling through the use of 16mm projection and sound and often projects her films along other experimental sound artists. Her work has screened at The Ann Arbor Film Festival, CROSSROADS, Images Festival, Mono No Aware VI & VII, Sonic Circuits Festival and Microscope Gallery. She is the co-founder and director of the experimental film and workshop series, Sight Unseen and has been a member of The High Zero Foundation since 2011.
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