Friday Nov 14th 2014 @Pyramid Atlantic
Rashad Becker, Eli Keszler, SLOW slow LORIS
Presented with Select DC
Rashad Becker is one of the most talented, technically knowledgable, and unexpected artists in the modern experimental electronic scene. He has worked closely with greats such as Basic Channel/Moritz Von Oswald at Dubplates & Mastering which has provided mastering duties to artists such as Kraftwerk, Richie Hawtin (Plastikman), Ancient Methods, and Terrence Dixon, to name a few. Here's a list of all the records that R. has put his mark on over the years (1,244 including releases for Blast First, Mego, Sähkö, Tresor, novamute, etc)
Born in Brookline, Massachusetts, Eli Keszler began playing drums at eight, composing at twelve, and playing in rock and hardcore bands throughout his teens. Now based in New York City, his work retains an intense physicality and ferocious energy developed from these early experiences with music composition. Keszler's installations and visual work use microprocessor-controlled motors to strike, scrape and vibrate various lengths of piano wire. These installations can be heard both autonomously and with accompanying ensemble scores or solo performance featuring Keszler's aggressive jarringly rhythmic and propulsive drumming. One of his most recent projects mounted 16 wires ranging from 100 to 800 feet long off the iconic Manhattan Bridge, activated by the vibrational patterns in the bridge's structure as well as by a complex mechanical system. "I like to work with raw material, simple sounds, primitive or very old sounds," Keszler stated in a recent interview on NPR's All Songs Considered, "sounds that won't get dated in any way." His installations are often accompanied by scores, drawings, diagrams, screen prints and writings-- a large body of which were recently compiled in a collection 'NEUM' which accompanied his installation at the South London Gallery. His installations and visual work have appeared at the Victoria & Albert Museum, South London Gallery, Tectonics Festival (Harpa Hall) Reykjavik, Centraal Museum in Utrecht, Boston Center for the Arts, Barbican - St. Lukes amongst other places. Keszler has toured extensively throughout Europe and the US, performing solo and in collaboration with artists such as Christian Wolff, Phill Niblock, Tony Conrad, Oren Ambarchi, Joe Mcphee, Jandek, Roscoe Mitchell, Anthony Coleman, T Model Ford, Ran Blake, and Ilan Volkov with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra. He has performed at venues including Muziekgebouw (Amsterdam), Barbican, ICA Boston and Moma PS1 and has recorded solo releases for labels such as PAN, REL Records and ESP-DISK'. He has received commissions and awards from MATA, Gaudeamus, String Orchestra of Brooklyn, Foundation For Contemporary Art funding and a Meet The Composers Grant recipient. Keszler is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music.
Slow Slow Loris
Slow Slow Loris is a collaboration of ANY and G6PD. The slow loris species is considered vulnerable or endangered. They are believed to be the gatekeepers for the heavens and are used in traditional medicine to ward off evil but a slow loris's life “is not a happy one, for it is continually seeing ghosts; that is why it hides its face in its hands."
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