Echo Chamber: a day of experimental music
Friday, March 29
$5 admission, free for MOCA Members
Please join MOCA Tucson for a day of new, experimental music in The Great Hall. Performers/times are as follows:
Kristen Miologos (Phoenix), 2:30pm-6:30pm
Kristen Miologos seeks out emotional liminal spaces of her hyphenated Greek-American identity through the production of objects, performance and sound. By sonically documenting labor, a focus is placed on primal gestures performed by the body while creating, and interacting with, material. Kristen will be on-site during MOCA’s regular hours doing a live performance of “Sonic Textile”, a four-hour performance with theremin, Boss RC-1 looping pedal, kitting needles, and yarn.
Karima Walker (Tucson), 7pm-7:30pm
Karima Walker is an experimental musician and videographer from Tucson, Arizona. Interweaving drone, field recordings, tape loops, and traditional song structures, she creates large, paced arrangements that provide a horizon for her minimal, ambient songwriting. She regularly collaborates with visual artists, choreographers, and musicians across genres, and has recently shown her work at The Loft Cinema, Artifact Dance Project, Exploded View, and the Tucson Noise Symposium. She actively tours nationally and internationally, and her work has been reviewed and featured in Pitchform, MOJO Magazine, GoldFlakePaint, and the MTV Documentary Transformation.
Michael Dauphinais (Tucson), 7:45-8:30pm
An advocate of contemporary music and multi-disciplinary collaboration, pianist Michael Dauphinais has played music by John Cage with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and has also collaborated with choreographer Yanira Castro, Art.If.Act Dance Project and ACME (Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble). He has performed recent premieres of works for piano and live electronics by Stephan Moore and John King, and he recently played an evening of Moore’s works at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He has also been featured in symposia at The University of Arizona celebrating the music of Charles Ives, Aaron Copland, Olivier Messiaen and George Crumb. Mr. Dauphinais’s most recent collaborative project, the site-specific dance and sound installation Wilderness with sound artist/composer Stephan Moore and choreographer Yanira Castro and company, premiered at the 2010 Filament Festival at EMPAC (Troy, NY); further performances have taken place at Vanderbilt University, Franklin and Marshall College (PA), The Invisible Dog Art Center (Brooklyn, NY) and at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Michael Dauphinais earned degrees in music from Western Michigan University (BM) and Arizona State University (MM and DMA); his teachers have included Andrew Campbell, Eckart Sellheim, Sylvia Roederer and Phyllis Rappeport. He currently serves on the music faculty at The University of Arizona where he teaches solo and collaborative piano, and is the vocal coach for UA Opera Theater.
Bryan Jacobs (San Diego), 8:45-9:30pm
Composer, performer, and sound artist, Bryan Jacobs’ work focuses on interactions between live performers and electronic sound. His pieces are often theatrical in nature, pitting blabber-mouthed fanciful showoffs against timid reluctants. The sounds are playfully organized and many times mimic patterns found in human dialogue. Hand-built electromechanical instruments controlled by microcontrollers bridge acoustic and electroacoustic sound worlds. These instruments live dual lives as time-based concert works and non-time-based gallery works.
His music has been performed by ensembles such as the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Wet Ink, International Contemporary Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Ensemble Pamplemousse, and defunensemble. He has had performances at Festival Ai-maako (Chile), La Muse en Festival (Paris, France), Festival Archipel (Geneva, Switzerland), Musica nova (Helsinki, Finland), MATA festival, St. John’s Church (Limerick), Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Borealis Festival (Bergen, Norway), and others. His acoustic and electroacoustic compositions have earned him national and international awards and scholarships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, American Academy of Arts and Letters, Bourges International Electroacoustic Music and Sound Art competition, Centre for Computational Musicology and Computer Music, and RTÉ Lyric FM. He has participated in residencies at La Muse en Circuit in Paris and Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe, Germany. He regularly performs his own compositions for guitar or voice with electronics at venues such as the Stone (NYC), Miller Theater (NYC), and the Wulf (LA). In addition to his artistic endeavors, Bryan is the co-founder of Qubit, a New York-based new music initiative that presents mostly emerging artists whose work involves creative uses of technology, and is a member of the composer/performer collective Ensemble Pamplemousse.