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Anne La Berge: Utter + Pablo Rubio-Vargas & Mélodie Around the World: Bassonancia

Fri., Mar. 10, 2017
Doors at 7:30pm | Show at 8pm
Radius Gallery
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Amsterdam-based flutist and electronic musician Anne La Berge performs Utter, based on the linguistic complexities of mother-child communication. BASSONANCIA explores the resonance of the bassoon with digital sound and vacuums.

Anne La Berge: Utter

Anne La Berge’s solo concert Utter features richly moving interactive works that weave together performer, audience and digital technology. From her new collaborative work Utter to the Byzantine-inspired Oneiricon from Yannis Kyriakides, La Berge combines virtuosity, innovation and raw emotion in a way rarely seen on today’s stages.

Anne La Berge’s career as flutist/improviser/composer stretches across international and stylistic boundaries.

Her performances bring together the elements on which her international reputation is based: a ferocious and far-reaching virtuosity, a penchant for improvising delicately spun microtonal textures and melodies, and her wholly unique array of powerfully percussive flute effects, all combined with electronic processing. Many of her compositions involve her own participation, though she has produced works intended solely for other performers, usually involving guided improvisation and text. In addition to creating her own work she regularly performs in other artists’ projects in a range of settings from modern chamber music to improvised electronic music.

Anne La Berge performs regularly with Robert van Heumen in their duo Shackle.  At the heart of their duo is a self-designed, digital cueing system that operates as a sometimes-visible third member. She is a member of MAZE, an electroacoustic ensemble dedicated to performing experimental musical forms. She is an active artist in Splendor Amsterdam, a collective of 50 musicians, composers and stage artists who have transformed an old bathhouse in the center of Amsterdam into a cultural mecca.

She can be heard on the Largo, Artifact, Etcetera, Hat Art, Frog Peak, Einstein, X-OR, Unsounds, Canal Street, Rambo, esc.rec., Intackt and Data labels which include recordings as a soloist and with Ensemble Modern, United Noise Toys, Fonville/La Berge duo, Rasp/Hasp, Bievre/La Berge duo, Apricot My Lady, Big Zoom, the Corkestra, La Berge and Williamson duo and MAZE.

Her music is published by Frog Peak Music (US) and by Donemus (NL). She is the co-director, with her husband David Dramm, of the Volssp Foundation that supports innovative projects for composed and improvised music.

Pablo Rubio Vargas & Mélodie Around the World: BASSONANCIA

We explore the resonances of the bassoons using analog and digital tech like vacuums and granular processing. The entire interaction between the two musicians relies on schemes of improvisation and fixed media. BASSONANCIA resembles reminiscences of historical instruments combined with Mexican soundscape recordings that transform into a warp sonic disruption.

Pablo Rubio-Vargas

Pablo Rubio-Vargas is a multimedia artist/composer from Aguascalientes, Mexico. He is currently studying the DMA in Composition at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Pablo has been fortunate to work with several outstanding musicians such as the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) Arditti String Quartet, Horacio Franco, Mélodie Michel, Wilfrido Terrazas, Eva Zondler, Alexander Bruck, Bergamasque Duo, Eight Blackbird Ensemble, and Daniel Sanchez, among several others.

Currently is working with David Dunn as his advisor, exploring diverse topics such as Natural Acoustic Composition Phenomena, expansion on Sonorus Mexican Identity, among others. He studied composition with Ignacio Baca in Queretaro. In 2013 he completed the MFA in Improvisation, Composition & Technlogy at UC, Irvine. Working with Christopher Dobrian as his advisor.

Mélodie Around the World

I come from a Early Music background, with a special focus on historical bassoons. In 2014-2015 I went for a world travel through 14 countries over 4 continents, meeting traditional musicians and exchanging views on historically informed performance and on traditional and non-western classical musics.

In 2016 I’ve been in residence in Casa Allen - Casa das Artes in Porto, Portugal. I used this time to experiment new relationships between the musician’s body and the audience. I developed then other projects in Portugal, as “ComCordas” with four musicians playing plucked instruments from different musical cultures, and a solo “le Cinquième Temps” including voice, dance and wind instruments.

She’s a PhD student at the UCSC since September 2016.

Indexical’s concerts in Santa Cruz are supported in part by the Arts Council of Santa Cruz County.

Arts Council of Santa Cruz County

We explore the resonances of the bassoons using analog and digital tech like vacuums and granular processing. The entire interaction between the two musicians relies on schemes of improvisation and fixed media. BASSONANCIA resembles reminiscences of historical instruments combined with Mexican soundscape recordings that transform into a warp sonic disruption.

### [Pablo Rubio-Vargas](http://indexical.org/artists/pablo-rubio-vargas)

Pablo Rubio-Vargas is a multimedia artist/composer from Aguascalientes, Mexico. He is currently studying the DMA in Composition at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Pablo has been fortunate to work with several outstanding musicians such as the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) Arditti String Quartet, Horacio Franco, Mélodie Michel, Wilfrido Terrazas, Eva Zondler, Alexander Bruck, Bergamasque Duo, Eight Blackbird Ensemble, and Daniel Sanchez, among several others.

Currently is working with David Dunn as his advisor, exploring diverse topics such as Natural Acoustic Composition Phenomena, expansion on Sonorus Mexican Identity, among others. He studied composition with Ignacio Baca in Queretaro. In 2013 he completed the MFA in Improvisation, Composition & Technlogy at UC, Irvine. Working with Christopher Dobrian as his advisor.

### [Mélodie Around the World](http://indexical.org/artists/melodie-michel)

I come from a Early Music background, with a special focus on historical bassoons. In 2014-2015 I went for a world travel through 14 countries over 4 continents, meeting traditional musicians and exchanging views on historically informed performance and on traditional and non-western classical musics.

In 2016 I've been in residence in Casa Allen - Casa das Artes in Porto, Portugal. I used this time to experiment new relationships between the musician's body and the audience. I developed then other projects in Portugal, as "ComCordas" with four musicians playing plucked instruments from different musical cultures, and a solo "le Cinquième Temps" including voice, dance and wind instruments.

She's a PhD student at the UCSC since September 2016.

oneirocriticon is a interactive score based on an early Byzantine dream interpretation book (book of Daniel).

The score itself has two modes – one in which the player scrolls through the actual book – word for word – and one in which words are randomly picked from the text and morphed with the next random word. The letters of the words are assigned to notes, based on frequency charts and the player can navigate and manipulate the speeds and sounds created by the score.

The work explores some territory of video-score explored in earlier works such as karaoke etudes and the way Laptops can be used as instrument, screens and notational tools at the same time. There are also some cryptographic elements in the way projected text is used to create semantic relationships to what we are hearing.

As well as the score having the function of communicating musical data to the musicians (and language data to the audience) – the program produces sound which adds to the musical soundscape and influences the musical decisions being made by the musicians.

The piece was developed on the Processing platform. The original version as written for MAZE and as been performed at the Angelica Festival in Bologna and the Amsterdam Orgelpark.

Yannis Kyriakides was born in Limassol, Cyprus in 1969 and in 1975 emigrated with his family to Britain. After travelling for a year with his violin in the near east, learning traditional music, he returned to England to study musicology at York University, later being drawn by the music of Louis Andriessen to move to The Netherlands, with whom he studied under at the Hague Conservatory.

As a composer and sound artist he strives to create new forms and hybrids of media, synthesizing disparate sound sources and exploring spatial and temporal experience. He has focused in the majority of his work on ways of combining traditional performance practices with digital media.
He has written over ninety compositions, of which recent large scale works include: memoryscape (35′) for video and ensemble (musikFabrik, WDR) ; satellites (50′) for ensemble and electronics (Seattle Chamber Players); disco debris (interactieve installatie, Amiens Maison de la Culture). an ocean of rain (80′) opened the Aldeburgh Music Festival in 2008. Two sound installations will be shown at the Dutch pavillion of the Venice Bienalle 2011.

He has been featured composer at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2007 and will be in November Music Festival 2011. He has released about 10 CDs of his music of which the most recent is “Antichamber”, a double CD collection of electroacoustic chamber music, which won a French Qwartz
electronic music award.

In September 2000 he won the Gaudeamus composition prize for his composition a conSPIracy cantata – regarded by The Wire magazine as “a modern classic in the making”. The CD “Wordless” recieved an honorary mention in the Prix Ars Electronica 2006. Together with Andy Moor and Isabelle Vigier he founded and runs the CD label for innovative new electronic music, Unsounds. He teaches composition at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague.

http://www.kyriakides.com/

Telemachus was originally composed for the dance production My Private Odyssey in collaboration with Club Guy & Roni and Stadstheater Mainz. Homer’s Odyssey provided a loose backdrop for an intensely personal look at the differences between “coming home” and “going home.” Telemachus’ search for his father is played out in a multilayer texture of flute chorus and authentic ship communications reworked into Homer’s narrative. Emerging from a rich, electronic texture of sea signals, we hear a lone boy calling F(oxtrot), A(lpha), T(ango), H(otel), E(cho), R(omeo).

David Dramm (b.1961) was born in Illinois, growing up in San Diego, California. The international press has dubbed him an ‘American iconoclast.’ As a composer, singer, guitarist and lyricist Dramm “moves effortlessly between the worlds of classical music, improvisation, rock music, theater and dance.”

His composition studies began with Robert Erickson and, later, at Yale University with Louis Andriessen and Earle Brown.
His music has been performed regularly throughout Europe and elsewhere including Warsaw Autumn, Holland Festival, EXPO in Biel, and the Finnish ‘Time of Music’ Festival. Major commissions have included works for Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Rotterdam Philharmonic, ASKO/Schoenberg, Radio Chamber Philharmonic, Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Albany Symphony, Frances-Marie Uitti, Anne La Berge, Monica Germino, Club Guy & Roni, Dansgroep Krisztina de Châtel and Scapino Ballet.

Dramm’s daringly unconventional pop arrangements for artists such as John Cale, Low, Ellen ten Damme and Junkie XL have been widely broadcast and recorded.

Recordings of his music are available on Wergo, BVHaast, New World, Vanguard Classics, Challenge, ATTACCA, Einstein, Composer’s Voice and X-OR. Dramm’s music is published by MCN/Donemus and voLsap Music.

David Dramm is a co-founder of Splendor Amsterdam.

http://www.daviddramm.com
http://splendoramsterdam.com

Utter maps out the emotional and linguistic complexities of mother/child communication. The intimate, innovative setting features Anne La Berge together with 6 iPads that create a two-way guiding system where performer and media discover each other, exploring Utter’s rich sonic and visual fabric.

http://isabellevigier.com

http://www.lownorth.nl

This project is funded by the Creative Industries Funds NL and the Performing Arts Fund NL. http://stimuleringsfonds.nl/en/

http://www.fondspodiumkunsten.nl/

Anne La Berge’s career as flutist/improviser/composer stretches across international and stylistic boundaries.

Her performances bring together the elements on which her international reputation is based: a ferocious and far-reaching virtuosity, a penchant for improvising delicately spun microtonal textures and melodies, and her wholly unique array of powerfully percussive flute effects, all combined with electronic processing. Many of her compositions involve her own participation, though she has produced works intended solely for other performers, usually involving guided improvisation and text. In addition to creating her own work she regularly performs in other artists’ projects in a range of settings from modern chamber music to improvised electronic music.

Anne La Berge performs regularly with Robert van Heumen in their duo Shackle.  At the heart of their duo is a self-designed, digital cueing system that operates as a sometimes-visible third member. She is a member of MAZE, an electroacoustic ensemble dedicated to performing experimental musical forms. She is an active artist in Splendor Amsterdam, a collective of 50 musicians, composers and stage artists who have transformed an old bathhouse in the center of Amsterdam into a cultural mecca.

She can be heard on the Largo, Artifact, Etcetera, Hat Art, Frog Peak, Einstein, X-OR, Unsounds, Canal Street, Rambo, esc.rec., Intackt and Data labels which include recordings as a soloist and with Ensemble Modern, United Noise Toys, Fonville/La Berge duo, Rasp/Hasp, Bievre/La Berge duo, Apricot My Lady, Big Zoom, the Corkestra, La Berge and Williamson duo and MAZE.

Her music is published by Frog Peak Music (US) and by Donemus (NL). She is the co-director, with her husband David Dramm, of the Volssp Foundation that supports innovative projects for composed and improvised music.

I come from a Early Music background, with a special focus on historical bassoons. In 2014-2015 I went for a world travel through 14 countries over 4 continents, meeting traditional musicians and exchanging views on historically informed performance and on traditional and non-western classical musics.

In 2016 I've been in residence in Casa Allen - Casa das Artes in Porto, Portugal. I used this time to experiment new relationships between the musician's body and the audience. I developed then other projects in Portugal, as "ComCordas" with four musicians playing plucked instruments from different musical cultures, and a solo "le Cinquième Temps" including voice, dance and wind instruments.

She's a PhD student at the UCSC since September 2016.

Pablo Rubio-Vargas is a multimedia artist/composer from Aguascalientes, Mexico. He is currently studying the DMA in Composition at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Pablo has been fortunate to work with several outstanding musicians such as the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) Arditti String Quartet, Horacio Franco, Mélodie Michel, Wilfrido Terrazas, Eva Zondler, Alexander Bruck, Bergamasque Duo, Eight Blackbird Ensemble, and Daniel Sanchez, among several others.

Currently is working with David Dunn as his advisor, exploring diverse topics such as Natural Acoustic Composition Phenomena, expansion on Sonorus Mexican Identity, among others. He studied composition with Ignacio Baca in Queretaro. In 2013 he completed the MFA in Improvisation, Composition & Technlogy at UC, Irvine. Working with Christopher Dobrian as his advisor.

Anne La Berge’s career as flutist/improviser/composer stretches across international and stylistic boundaries.

Her performances bring together the elements on which her international reputation is based: a ferocious and far-reaching virtuosity, a penchant for improvising delicately spun microtonal textures and melodies, and her wholly unique array of powerfully percussive flute effects, all combined with electronic processing. Many of her compositions involve her own participation, though she has produced works intended solely for other performers, usually involving guided improvisation and text. In addition to creating her own work she regularly performs in other artists’ projects in a range of settings from modern chamber music to improvised electronic music.

Anne La Berge performs regularly with Robert van Heumen in their duo Shackle.  At the heart of their duo is a self-designed, digital cueing system that operates as a sometimes-visible third member. She is a member of MAZE, an electroacoustic ensemble dedicated to performing experimental musical forms. She is an active artist in Splendor Amsterdam, a collective of 50 musicians, composers and stage artists who have transformed an old bathhouse in the center of Amsterdam into a cultural mecca.

She can be heard on the Largo, Artifact, Etcetera, Hat Art, Frog Peak, Einstein, X-OR, Unsounds, Canal Street, Rambo, esc.rec., Intackt and Data labels which include recordings as a soloist and with Ensemble Modern, United Noise Toys, Fonville/La Berge duo, Rasp/Hasp, Bievre/La Berge duo, Apricot My Lady, Big Zoom, the Corkestra, La Berge and Williamson duo and MAZE.

Her music is published by Frog Peak Music (US) and by Donemus (NL). She is the co-director, with her husband David Dramm, of the Volssp Foundation that supports innovative projects for composed and improvised music.

Anne La Berge: Utter + Pablo Rubio-Vargas & Mélodie Around the World: Bassonancia

Fri., Mar. 10, 2017
Doors at 7:30pm | Show at 8pm
Radius Gallery
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$15 General / $10 Students
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