Saturday Sep 13th 2014 @Pyramid Atlantic
Sonic Circuits Fest Benefit with Al Margolis & Daniel Barbiero, international electromatics, Erica Benay Fallin, Android Nectarine, Sun Speak
Al Margolis & Daniel Barbiero
If, Bwana was born on New Year's Eve 1984, making music that has swung between fairly spontaneous studio constructions and more process-oriented composition. A recent review of Margolis's work says: "Let it be declared that Al Margolis/If, Bwana is some sort of evil genius working with raw materials which are never adapted to a genre or a context, because they create one in that very moment. Those sources are radically altered up to an utterly unrecognizable state, anarchic manifestations moving in compact determination." (Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes). Al Margolis has been an activist in the 1980s American cassette underground through his cassette label Sound of Pig Music; he is the co-founder of experimental music label Pogus Productions, which he continues to run.
Daniel Barbiero and Al Margolis (If, Bwana) will perform a series of "duos" - compositions by Margolis for Barbiero, using Daniel's bass as the source material; live improv(s) for laptop and bass; and violin (or viola) and bass improvisations.
Erica Benay Fallin
Erica Benay Fallin is a classically-trained musician and visual artist whose interdisciplinary practice connects a constellation of shifting points through a network of tautological tunnels. A native of Reston, Virginia, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1989, and lived there until 2006, when she returned to the East Coast. In 2010 she resumed school to pursue a BFA at GMU. Ms. Fallin contributed flute and guitar to the extensive recording and rare live performances of Vacuum Tree Head, and participated in the conducted improvisations of the post-modern orchestra, Moe!Kestra! Her abstract photography and video art have been selected in juried competitions and shown at venues around the DC metro area. While at Mason, she began experimenting with an antique autoharp, amplified through a contact microphone run through an effects chain. This synthetic electro-zither and the flute are currently her primary sound modalities.
"international electromatics" is the duo project of electro-sonic artists Dave Vosh and Frank Vanaman. They perform on modular synthesizers and every performance is an improvisation. Previously they have performed at the National Electronics Museum in Linthicum, MD andBaltimore's now sadly defunct "hexagon space." Dave Vosh, born in Washington, DC, has been experimenting with electronic music since the 1970s and live performance since 2005 invarious solo, duo and trio projects involving modular synthesizers and otherdevices. He performs regularly in DC and Baltimore. Also born in Washington, DC and now residing in the Baltimore area, Frank Vanaman relies on anappreciation for popular music and jazz of the 1920s-1930s to somehow inform his abstract sonic work.
Sound explorers Basha, Paolo, and Winston launched the Android Nectarine project in 2013. Their instrumentation includes an array of synths and sound effects, viola, guitar and clarinet. It has been a fruitful year of industrial drone, free improvisation, infused with psychedelic collages, and circuit bending. Kick back with some headphones, grab a brew and enjoy the sweet juice.
SUN SPEAK is Matt Gold (guitar) and Nate Friedman (drums). SUN SPEAK performs original works of electric chamber music and is based in Chicago, IL.
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