Monday, February 23, 2009

It List: Monday

There isn't a whole lot going on tonight other than the usual stuff:

Cool Out (the Cavern)

Paul Slavens (Dan's Silverleaf)

...so we figured we'd use this space to give you a brief head's up about tomorrow's No Idea Fest at Lola's in Ft. Worth. Curated in part by the members of Zanzibar Snails, the festival is celebrating its sixth year of existence this year, and will be making its first appearance in the DFW area. The Ft. Worth edition of the festival (there will also be performances in Austin, San Antonio, Houston and New Orleans) will feature several prominent improvisational musicians who have earned a great deal of respect in improv circles worldwide, including Annette Krebs, Jason Kahn and Tatsuya Nakatani.

Click the links for more info, but in case you want to read a little first, here are some excerpts from the bios Michael Chamy recently helped put together for his festival blog:

Annette Krebs:

Guitarist Annette Krebs is a key member of a young group of Berlin musicians who emerged in the late 20th century with a new, radical, and influential musical aesthetic. This group of artists, sometimes called the Reductionist school, mix composition and improvisation to form a music for which silence is as potent as sound. Dynamics are important, and part of the aesthetic involves extremely quiet gestures that draw the listener in, focusing the ear on subtle detail. Juxtaposition is a key component, as the expected and the unexpected are deftly employed elements of composition. Krebs, a master of musical texture, may seem more like a sculptor than a guitar player. A classically trained performer, Krebs has radically reinvented the guitar to suit her music.

She lays the guitar—an amplified one—flat on a table and precisely carves out sonic shapes and colors from a variety of objects applied to the instrument. The result is fascinating. A window between action and sound is made clear. Process and composition are revealed. Through amplification, microscopic sound is enlarged, as with a magnifying glass, to become the material for music-making.


Jason Kahn:

Jason Kahn's work includes sound installation, performance and composition. He was born in New York in 1960, grew up in Los Angeles and relocated to Europe in 1990. He currently lives in Zürich. He has given concerts and exhibited sound installations throughout Europe, North and South America, Japan, Mexico, Korea, Israel, Turkey, Russia, Lebanon, Egypt, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Australia. He performs both solo and together with musicians like Dieb13, Steinbrüchel, Kim Cascone, John Hudak, Steve Roden, Günter Müller, Kevin Drumm and Toshimaru Nakamura, using percussion, analog synthesizer or computer in different combinations.

He composes for electronics, acoustic instruments and environmental recordings. For larger groups of directed improvisation he has devised a system of graphical scores. Kahn creates his sound installations for specific spaces. The focus of these primarily non-visual works lies in the perception of a space through sound.
In 1997 Kahn founded the independent label Cut, producing to date twenty-five CD's, both of Kahn's own work and other artists.

“Kahn's work bears some similarity with the late music of Morton Feldman. What Feldman and Kahn often manage to do is suggest that what you’re hearing when you’re listening to their compositions is a continuum: moment without time.”
- Brian Marley, The Wire


Tatsuya Nakatani

Tatsuya Nakatani (percussion) is originally from Osaka, Japan. In 2006 he performed in 80 cities in 7 countries and collaborated with 163 artists worldwide. In the past 10 years he has released nearly 50 recordings on CD.

He has created his own instrumentation, effectively inventing many instruments and extended techniques. He utilizes drumset, bowed gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, metal objects, bells, and various sticks and bows to create an intense, organic music that defies category or genre. His music is based in improvised/ experimental music, jazz, free jazz, rock, and noise, yet retains the sense of space and beauty found in traditional Japanese folk music.

In addition to live solo and ensemble performances he works as a sound designer for film and television. He also teaches Masterclasses and Workshops at the University level. He also heads H&H Production, an independent record label and recording studio based in Easton, Pennsylvania. He was selected as a performing artist for the Pennsylvania Performing Artist on Tour (PennPat) roster as well as a Bronx Arts Council Individual Artist grant.

15 Comments:

Anonymous lame night said...

staying home and masterbating and making fun of people using twitter

5:02 PM  
Anonymous dad said...

sounds like my night... minus twitter.

5:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sounds like an avant-garde shitfest

5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sounds like an avant-garde shitfest

6:00 PM  
Anonymous Austin-centric person said...

i heard their were "Denton-centric people" on here?

6:38 PM  
Anonymous for the love of music said...

http://www.ntxshowlist.com

7:08 PM  
Anonymous zzzzzzz said...

no idea: you have "NO IDEA" how fucking BORING this sounds.

7:25 PM  
Anonymous mc said...

zzz, just depends on where you're coming from. Jason Kahn used to be labelmates with Husker Du & Dinosaur Jr. on SST when he was the drummer for Universal Congress Of, before he got bored with rock (even "interesting" rock), moved to East Berlin after the wall fell, started playing free improvised music and started incorporating synths and textures into his work ...

for my money he's one of the least boring people around.

to each his own

7:49 PM  
Anonymous um said...

www.noidearecords.com

7:55 PM  
Anonymous hah said...

no relation. move along .... move along ....

8:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No Idea sounds great. Glad D/FW gets a taste.

8:51 PM  
Anonymous jerald said...

is mc married? he sounds ~ss~~steamy~~~

10:29 PM  
Anonymous aaron gonzalez said...

NO IDEA HAS BEEN MOVED TO LOLA'S STOCKYARDS
not lola's saloon

105 W. Exchange
under the Star Cafe
817-386-5008

Spread the Word

5:20 PM  
Anonymous NO IDEA FEST MOVED TO LOLA'S STOCKYARDS Due to Lola's Sixth being shut down by the health dept, the No Idea Festival has been MOVED to Lola's Stockyards at 105 W. Exchange underneath the Star Cafe ... near the corner of Exchange and N Main. If you're coming from the east your best bet is to exit I-35w at Northside Drive or NE 28th. Lola's Stockyards Saloon 105 West Exchange Ave. Fort Worth, TX 76106 It's not that far from the other Lola's .... bear with us while we serenade the North Side of Cowtown w/ some wyyyyrdnisss said...

IT'S TRUE

5:31 PM  
Anonymous tuesdays said...

A lot of times the Rubber Gloves open mic is the most favorable on tuesdays, why don't you list that as a "of note"?

12:50 PM  

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