WHEN: Saturday, December 9th, 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.
Join us on this Saturday, 12/9 for the last session of the year where we will present electro-acoustic live music in 8.1 surround sound by:
– MERCHE BLASCO [EMF activity + e-guitar + e-toothbrush]
– KEN MONTGOMERY [violin + electronics]
– NERVE [electronics]
– MICHAEL J. SCHUMACHER [sexy laptop]: new 8 channel composition
with live visuals by BLEUE LIVERPOOL,
and live dance by ANDREA BEEMAN, THE ENCHANTRESS OF BIOLUMINOSITY.
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, Merche Blasco, Miah Artola & WvS
ANDREA BEEMAN, THE ENCHANTRESS OF BIOLUMINOSITY, is a performing artist, choreographer, yoga instructor & dance teacher whose versatile performance palette ranges from the traditional dances of the Middle East & India to technologically savvy multimedia performance art. She has performed in venues ranging from concert halls to burlesque reviews in NYC & abroad & just concluded an 8 year run with the post-punk/new wave electronic dance band Crash Course in Science. http://EnchantressofBioluminosity.com
MERCHE BLASCO is an sound artist and composer based in New York. Her work involves building instruments with weird names, engineering participatory performances and doing electroacoustic improvisations with custom instruments and household appliances. She has presented her performances and installations at Sonar Festival (Spain), NYCEMF, La MaMa, the High Line, NIME conferences, Sonic Art Circuits (Washington), Mapping Festival (Geneva), Queens Museum of Art (NYC), Harvestworks (NYC) and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago, Chile, among others. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Wire magazine. http://half-half.es
BLEUE LIVERPOOL born & raised Brooklyn, NY, is a multimedia artist and filmmaker of Caribbean descent. She utilizes an array of visual fragments and superimpositions of light to convey attention and questions towards themes of ritual, provocation, displacement, migration, resistance, and personal philosophy within the Queer and Diaspora identity. She has conducted experiments at The Rubin Museum of Art, The Artist Space, RECESS NYC, and most recently in a group show at The New Museum. Liverpool was awarded the Mary Ellen Mark Scholarship and will be taking residency at the International Center of Photography this coming Fall 2017. http://bleueliverpool.studio
KEN MONTGOMERY is a New York-based artist whose involvement in the cassette-culture and mail-art movements of the late seventies and early eighties led to the creation of Generator, the first sound art gallery in New York City: Located in the East Village in 1989 and 1991 in Chelsea, Generator’s octophonic sound system, wide scope and novel approach toward noise and sound art made it a vector-point for some of the most interesting and important artists from around the world. Generator was re-created at AVA gallery in 2013, the Print Shop at MoMA PS1 in 2014 and in October 2017 at Sediment Arts, Richmond Virginia.
After working in Berlin with Conrad Schnitzler in 1985 Montgomery began performing Schnitzler’s Cassette Concerts and his own multi-speaker concerts, often in total darkness to create a pure listening experience. Montgomery also creates visual art and has a steady practice of international correspondence art via postcards. As the Minister of Lamination (a.k.a. Egnekn) he is the world’s foremost practitioner of sonic Lamination Rituals. Montgomery has collaborated with a wide variety of artists including Conrad Schnitzler, Al Margolis, Andrea Beeman, David Lee Myers (Arcane Device), Zoe Beloff, Michael Zodorozny (Crash Course in Science), and Istvan Kantor (Monty Cantsin). Montgomery’s music has been released on the finest labels in the world – Noise Below (Greece), Chocolate Monk and Touch (UK), VOD Records (Germany), Esplendor Geometrico, (Spain), Staalplaat and De Fabriek (The Netherlands), Firework Editions (Sweden), XI Records, Banned Productions, GD Stereo, Pogus and Tellus (USA), XV Parowek (Poland), and Monovision (Russia).
Past projects collaborating with Andrea Beeman, the Enchantress of Bioluminosity:Excerpt from Moon Ragas from Andrea Beeman, performed at The Stone in New York City February 19, 2012. With Adam Krauss and Marielle Allschwang
8 Track Magic: A Light Odyssey performed by Gen Ken Montgomery & Andrea Beeman, the Enchantress of Bioluminosity, at Hanson Records, Oberlin, Ohio, December 2013.
Closing Night at the AVA Generator: https://vimeo.com/82812875
The Enchantress of Bioluminosity performs to live music & slides by Gen Ken Montgomery & Michael Zodorozny at the closing of the AVA Generator show.
NERVE (Steve Hui) is a Hong Kong-based multidisciplinary artist whose practice mines the boundaries between contemporary music, sound art, multimedia theatre and underground subcultures. His main interests are crossing boundaries, experimenting tradition and remixing art forms. His works have been appeared at Hong Kong Arts Festival, Microwave International Media Art Festival and New Vision Arts Festival. As a composer Steve has received commissions from City Contemporary Dance Company, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Zuni Icosahedron. As a performer he has played at CTM Vorspiel, Kill the Silence, Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival and Outlook Festival Hong Kong. He is a graduate of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and is a 2017 Asian Cultural Council fellow in New York. http://lo4nerve.com
MICHAEL J. SCHUMACHER has worked with spatialized sound, computers and electronics since the 1980s, creating multi-channel, generative “Room Pieces” presented in galleries, museums, concert halls, public and private spaces. XI records has published a dvd set of five sound installations as computer applications, playable on up to eight speakers, which may be installed on a computer to create sound environments in the home. His building-wide installation at EMPAC, in Troy New York, ran 24/7 for one year.
Schumacher’s interest in the relationship of musical form and architecture led to the founding of Diapason Sound Art, a gallery devoted to the presentation of multi-channel installations, long-duration performances and intermedia artworks. The gallery’s two high quality sound systems and its attention to the details of heightening aural perception made it an optimal space for creating and experiencing minimalist and process-based work. In its 15 years of existence, made possible by the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Radke, Diapason presented over 300 artists, at a time when sound art was emerging as a distinct practice in the United States.
Schumacher studied music composition with Stanley Applebaum, Bernhard Heiden, John Eaton and Vincent Persichetti and piano with Seymour Bernstein, John Ogdon and Shigeo Neriki, and has degrees from Indiana University and Juilliard. He has collaborated with choreographers, poets, musicians and filmmakers. He’s an adjunct professor at NYU and has guest-lectured at Bard and RPI as well as having recently been the Varèse professor at Berlin’s TU.
Official Website: abunopluribus.com
Video Archive of previous sessions: vimeo.com/album/2830942