[resource-net] Fri 17th & Sat 18th at NK Iancu Dumitrescu / Ana-Maria AVRAM / Steven Noll | Nadja / Vampillia / Crystal Shipsss

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FRIDAY May 17th 2013 Doors 21:30 | Start 22:00

Iancu Dumitrescu/Ana-Maria Avram Computer assisted music and instruments

Iancu Dumitrescu Hazard and tectonics (I) – 15’30”
Crepuscule (I) – 16’21”
Euphorion alpha (24’22”)

Ana-Maria Avram: Metalstorm (I)


Romanian-born Iancu Dumitrescu and his wife Ana-Maria Avram are  
leading figures in experimental and ‘spectral’ composition. Their  
prodigious output includes over 300 unique works and 30 joint CD  
releases on their own Edition Modern label.
The last two Cds Edityion Modern EDMN 1029 and EDMN1030 will be  
launched before the concert.

“ Dumitrescu’s music is spectral, electroacoustic, but above all it is  
a coherent totality grounded in a different conception. Of all living  
composers, Dumitrescu is the one who has most exploded sound.  
Dumitrescu’s work is a negation, from the depths, of everything in  
contemporary music symptomatic of distraction, of banalisation, and of  
a radical loss of purpose. His music is not a new convolution in the  
knot of modern music, but an unravelling of the curse. (…) One of the  
first pieces I heard was “Pierres Sacrées”; I was very struck – as  
were many other people – by the sound of this music. It seemed quite  
unlike the usual sound of contemporary composed music. It had far more  
distortion, noise and violence. There seemed to be a shift away from  
stable fundamental frequencies, and a greater emphasis on the unstable  
aspects of sound…”

Avram’s music is particularly remarkable because of the very real  
warmth with which she imbues each of her pieces. Whether composing a  
solo work which she herself performs, or a piece for electronics,  
pre-recorded tape, and an entire chamber ensemble, Avram has a  
brilliant flair for the dramatic paired with a sense of subtlety that  
lends great contrast and excitement to each moment of each of her  
works. (…) These clips included here are just a few examples of the  
already deep contributions Avram has made, to the world of New Music”  
. WFMU Radio Station



The music of Steven Noll explores the relationship of gesture and  
sound on the crest of current music technology. It is the marriage of  
the latest software technology with creative music instrument design.  
In collaboration with artist Farahnaz Hatam, some of the inventions  
spawned from this marriage are the photo voltaic Air Guitar, the Orb,  
and the Photon Balloons. Examples of performances along with  
recordings can be found at http://www.hearthat.org/,created and  
maintained by artist/webmaster Clause-Uwe Rank.

Born in 1958, at the age of 6, Noll began piano lessons and concluded  
his music education in 1980 at MSU with a degree in music composition  
and theory. Since then he has made his living as an accompanist for  
opera and ballet, working at schools and theaters in Darmstadt,  
Berlin, San Francisco, Paris and New York. His experience with the  
form and expression of classical music carries over into his  
avant-garde compositions. He has performed his own music in numerous  
underground and fringe venues in Europe and the USA.

His current repertoire consists of an amalgamation of just-intoned  
tunings using synthesized sound, processed live with sound effects  
algorithms using interactive keyboard controllers. The processed  
sounds are spontaneously sculpted into gestures creating a series of  
sonic vignettes. The music is symphonic in nature and is conceived to  
be auditioned as a symphony would be – as a vehicle for contemplation.  
Coincident with the music is the perennial idea of the active spirits  
of form, movement and ‘wisdom’ collaborating in the evolution of the  
perceptible universe, both subtle and manifest. The consequent sound  
waves present this collaboration in an eruption and metamorphosis of  
form and movement that conform to the subconscious ‘wisdom’ that  
permeates our perceptions. In the ethereal nature of the music itself  
is a mirror of our ethereal essence and subconscious inspiration.

SATURDAY May 18th 2013 Doors 21:30 | Start 22:00

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Nadja is a Canadian duo made up of Aidan Baker (guitar, vocals, drum  
machines) and Leah Buckareff (bass, accordion, vocals) alternately  
based in Toronto and Berlin. Originally began as a solo project by  
Baker in 2003, Buckareff joined Nadja in 2005 to bring the project out  
of the studio and into live settings. Together, the duo creates music  
which has variously been described as ‘ambient doom,’ ‘dreamsludge,’  
and ‘metalgaze,’ combining the atmospheric textures and elements of  
shoegaze and experimental/ambient music with the heaviness and volume  
of metal and noise music.

Nadja has released numerous recordings on such labels as Alien8  
Recordings, Hydrahead Records, Beta-Lactam Ring Records, Robotic  
Empire, and their own label, Broken Spine Productions. Nadja has  
toured and performed extensively around the world, appearing at such  
diverse festivals as SXSW, FIMAV, Roadburn, and Unsound.

In addition to Nadja, Baker is also active as a solo musician and a  
writer. He has released many solo albums and is the author of four  
collections of poetry. Buckareff is also the owner-operator of  
Coldsnap Bindery, a production house of handmade books, and curator of  
The Wunderkabinet, a wandering exhibition of art, craft, and curious.

A self-styled “brutal orchestra,” Vampillia formed in 2009 in Osaka,  
Japan and combines classical instrumentation with heavy guitars and  
drums, mixing operatic vocals with death metal yowls, simultaneously  
exploring drone, noise, doom, and pop. With members from such bands as  
Boredoms, World’s End Girlfriend, Ruins, Vampillia has toured  
extensively in Japan, Australia, and USA, but as yet minimally in  
Europe. In 2011 they released their debut album “Alchemic Heart” on  
Important Records and recorded their follow-up “Some Nightmares Bring  
You Aurora Rainbow Darkness” with Ben Frost at Greenhouse Studios in  


Like all great voyages, Crystal Shipsss began with a vision.
One morning in Montreal, a bleary-eyed Dane named Jacob Faurholt awoke  
to see that all of the friends he was visiting were making music, not  
for a living – but as their living. Soon afterward, Faurholt saw  
himself returning to Europe where he quit his teaching job in Denmark  
and began building the tender framework for his one-man musical vessel  
called Crystal Shipsss.
Before setting sail through a sonic seascape of innovative, industrial  
and introspective songs that share the same wavelengths as early Jesus  
& Mary Chain, the Pale
Saints and the Boo Radleys, Faurholt set up a port of call in Berlin.
“I have been fascinated with the artistic energy of Berlin since I  
irst visited in 1999,” says Faurholt, who (prior to Crystal Shipsss)  
recorded ive albums. These works include a collaboration with  
legendary producer and engineer, Kramer, best known for his work with  
Galaxie 500, Low, and Daniel Johnston. Faurholt embarked on writing  
and recording the songs that became the album “Yay” in the summer of  
2010, in between acting jobs as an extra for German soap operas. “I  
only recorded when I felt inspired, and with the idea of just making  
music without overthinking it,” explains Faurholt, whose Berlin  
apartment has guitars, ukuleles, tambourines, a piano and melodica in  
place of furniture.
While the Crystal Shipsss’ debut album does boast conventional  
songwriting, Jacob’s living room production expands upon the  
experimental aspect of albums such as David Bowie’s “Heroes” and the  
simple wisdom of Galaxie 500′s “On Fire”. Nearly every song on “Yay”  
takes the listener on a less-than two-minute trip through a “light and  
airy to heavy fuzzed out journey into Faurholt’s extraordinary range  
as a songwriter,” (Floorshime Zipper Boots). “Yay” has gleaned other  
positive reviews through its limited cassette release via Portuguese  
label, Cakes and Tapes. Over the years Faurholt has played a long list  
of shows, sharing the stage with bands such as The Black Heart  
Procession, CocoRosie, Efterklang, and Grizzly Bear.


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