21.Oct.2017 – “ab uno pluribus” (Phase II) October 2017 Session

By | October 17, 2017

WHEN: Saturday, October 21st, 8:00PM ////  WHERE: NYU Music Dept. Rm 220 (24/32 Waverly Place, NY 10003 / Enter through 31 Washington Place on weekends) /// $10 at the door; open to the public.


Phase II of this monthly, now four year old experimental, audio-visual event series begins this Saturday with electro-acoustic compositions and live-improvised music by:

AKIO MOKUNO [laptop + MIDI controllers]
HANNAH SELIN [viola, voice + MAX/MSP processing]
RUSS ALDERSON [analog synths + nature samples]
WvS [digital synths + bass guitar MIDI controller]

with live visuals by PASAKORN NONTANANANDH (aka AKALIKO).

In its monthly sessions Ab Uno Pluribus presents new exploratory experiences in the audio-visual realm. The versatile energies of select live musicians and video artists are synthesized into explosive though unrehearsed solo and group performances. You will never hear or see the same thing twice.

Doors 7:30pm, show 8:00pm, $10, BRING YOUR OWN YOGA MAT!

Curated by Wolfgang von Stuermer (aka WvS) / Produced by Sofy Yuditskaya, Miah Artola & WvS



RUSS ALDERSON is an experimental musician and bass player from Brooklyn, NY. Russ entered into the Brooklyn noise scene in 2010 with his solo project, Xanthocephalus and in 2016 established Halcyon Motor Skills. Alderson enjoys the blend of sounds from the natural and urban worlds with electronic noise, beats and sequences. Russ has performed his improvised compositions live at multiple venues including Ambient Chaos @ Spectrum, Broad Channel, Prospect Range, Trans Pecos, Silent Barn and The Stone while also appearing in venues in upstate New York and Massachusetts.

Alderson’s music has been released on several independent music labels which include Baked Tapes, Tranquility Tapes, Skell, Ghetto Naturalist Series, Kendra Steiner Editions and Gilded Throne.

Prior to entering into experimental music and continuing today, Russ has played the bass guitar for a variety of musical acts from post punk to pop to cabaret to singer/songwriter accompaniment. Russ’ bass playing maintains a thoughtful, melodic quality showing a deep appreciation for harmony and composition.

AKIO MOKUNO is an electroacoustic music composer, audio engineer, singer-songwriter, noise bassist and multimedia performer. After exploring psychedelic/new wave bands in Nagoya, Akio moved to New York, in 1994, and joined the post-no wave/noise band Electoputas, as a bass and voice performer. Inspired by musique concrète (concrete music) and electronic music, in the late 1990s, Akio started improvising a sampler (Yamaha SU10 + Akai S2000) using an optical MIDI controller. He has performed with a number of renowned free jazz/experimental musicians and visual artists, including Damo Suzuki, Sabir Marteen, Tatsuya Yoshida (Ruins), Frank Marino, 99 Hooker (Rev.99), Ron Anderson, Chris Forsyth, Kenta Nagai, Hitomi Honda, Maria Chavez, Angie Eng, Noriko Nakano and Benton-C Bainbridge.

Akio earned a BFA (Sonic Arts) from the City College of New York, an MFA (Performance and Interactive Media Arts) and a MM (Music Composition) from Brooklyn College, CUNY. He studied under Paul Kozel, John Jannone, David Grubbs, Douglas Geers, Vito Acconci, and Morton Subotnick. He was the commissioned artist for the 13th Biennial Arts and Technology Symposium at Connecticut College (2012). His composition, Mullaly Park 9/10, was selected for the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (2014) and received the Max Mathews Award for Excellence in Sonic Arts from the Conservatory of Music in Brooklyn College as well.

PASAKORN NONTANANANDH aka AKALIKO ia an Experimental Visual Artist, motion graphic designer and Visual Jockey (VJ) based in New York. He works both in digital media and handcraft techniques. He produces his own unique style of artwork, by adapting his profession commercial computer skills with the analogue experimental processes and seeks new possibilities and combined them together, which can be developed and transformed into many medias e.g. moving image, installation, photography and live visual performance. His early art co-exhibition, which he developed his hand drawing artwork into moving-image sequence and projected them on the sculpture of another artist, or, the previous experimental short film project he animated his drawing on the computer and project them on himself and recorded these processes onto the camera.

Composer, violist and vocalist HANNAH SELIN juxtaposes acoustic instruments with electronic sounds, field recordings and recorded interviews to imagine new and unlikely sound-spaces. Her work ranges from solo instrumental and chamber music with and without electronics, to songs, music for dance, orchestral music and sound installations. She performs frequently throughout New York City with ensembles including Ensemble Mise-En, the AEON Ensemble and the Delphi Chamber Orchestra as well as her own group, GADADU, at venues including Carnegie Hall, Roulette and Le Poisson Rouge.

After receiving the 2015 Miriam Gideon Award for excellence in the study of musical composition, Hannah was selected as Composer-In-Residence with the Brooklyn College Orchestra in the spring of 2016. She was a finalist in the 2016 Verdant Vibes Call for Scores, and has been commissioned by saxophonist Carlos Gontijo and violists Karen Ritscher and Kallie Ciechomski. With GADADU, Hannah has participated in residencies at Avaloch Farm Music Institute and at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. Hannah has studied composition with Wang Jie, Per Bloland and Missy Mazzoli, viola with Karen Ritscher, Robert Vernon and C.J. Chang, and voice with Fay Victor. She was selected as a 2018 resident at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program.

The audio work of New York City based sound organizer WvS is comprised of highly abstract and dense sound-layers, noise-oriented organic sonic textures and ambient soundscapes.

WvS studied computer music, classical composition and music theory in Europe with Wolfgang Rihm, Mathias Spahlinger and in the US with John Cage. He attended the ‘Darmstadt Ferienkurse fuer Neue Musik’ and many European Computer Music conferences, lectured at IDEA, was Artist in Residence at Harvestworks/PASS (NYC), exhibited in Spain at the Barcelona Museum of Modern Art, performed in New York City with sound-installations, solo and in collaboration with Dok Gregory, Peter Principle, Jeremy Slater as “Plan 23”, as well as with Richard Garet, Kyung-Mi Lee, Sarah Bernstein, Eric Barry Drasin, Lady Firefly and others at Spectrum, Roulette, Sonic Front, Figment Festival, Governors Island Art Fair, Diapason, SHARE, BPM, Grace Exhibition Space, GrayZone Kingston, Goodbye Blue Monday, Flux Factory, Warper Party, the Knitting Factory, MonkeyTown ({R}AKE + FLOW), Generator Sound Gallery amongst other places, and managed Knitting Factory Records for many years.

Having previously composed music for orchestras, chamber ensembles & solo instruments and conceptualized + realized computer controlled interactive performances, WvS currently focuses on performances and sound-installations of entirely computer-generated sound structures without the use of electro-acoustic samples or ‘field recordings’.