SOUND OFF: 11/27 with Audrey Chen, Bora Yoon + Luke DuBois


*Includes performances postponed due to Hurricane Sandy.Doors open 7pm for reception.
Opening Performance by Tamara Yadao at 7:45pm
Performance by Bora Yoon + Luke DuBois at 8:30pm.
Performance by Audrey Chen at 9:15pm
All times are approximate.Open to the Public ($5 donation requested.)

Sound Off is an intimate performance series of sound art and experimental music that connects audiences with composers, musicians, artists, and one another. It takes place in a simple loft: no stage, no curtain, and little distance between performer and audience.
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Bora Yoon will present ( (( PHONATION )) ), a multimedia solo performance with live video projections by R. Luke DuBois.

Using a sound designer’s approach to performance composition, ( (( PHONATION )) ) is an immersive audiovisual environment that utilizes a viola, cell phones, Tibetan singing bowls, water, turntables, metronomes, radios, custom instruments, and other objects as well as the Body Electric, a custom sensor technology developed by DuBois and Harvestworks Digital Media Center. This device enhances interactivity between the physical, musical, and visual realm using groundbreaking gaming infrared technology, allowing Yoon to create sounds through gesture and electronics.

Bora Yoon is an internationally renowned musician who has performed at Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Nam June Paik Museum (Seoul), Singapore Arts Festival, Festival of World Cultures (Poland), Patravadi Theatre (Bangkok), Walker Art Center, Bang on a Can Marathon, TED (Cannes Festival), and museums and galleries across the globe. She has been awarded grants by the New York Foundation for the Arts, Asian American Arts Alliance, Billboard, BMI, and the Arion Foundation; published by SubRosa, Innova, Swirl Records, and the Journal of Popular Noise; presented by TED Conferences, and electronics giant Samsung; commissioned by the SYMPHO, Young People’s Chorus of NYC, and the Sayaka Ladies Chorale of Tokyo.

Luke Du Bois is a composer, artist, and performer who explores the temporal, verbal, and visual structures of cultural and personal ephemera. He holds a doctorate in music composition from Columbia University, and has lectured and taught worldwide on interactive sound and video performance. Stemming from his investigations of “time-lapse phonography,” his work is a sonic and encyclopedic relative to time-lapse photography. Just as a long camera exposure fuses motion into a single image, his projects reveal the average sonority, visual language, and vocabulary in music, film, text, or cultural information. Exhibitions of his work include: the Insitut Valencià d’Art Modern, Spain; 2008 Democratic National Convention, Denver; Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis; San Jose Museum of Art; National Constitution Center, Philadelphia; Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art, Daelim Contemporary Art Museum, Seoul; 2007 Sundance Film Festival; the Sydney Film Festival; the Smithsonian American Art Museum; and PROSPECT.2 New Orleans. His work and writing has appeared in print and online in the New York Times, National Geographic, and Esquire Magazine. An active visual and musical collaborator, DuBois is the co-author of Jitter, a software suite for the real-time manipulation of matrix data developed by San Francisco-based software company Cycling’74. He appears on nearly twenty-five albums both individually and as part of the avant-garde electronic group The Freight Elevator Quartet. He currently performs as part of Bioluminescence, a duo with vocalist Lesley Flanigan that explores the modality of the human voice, and in Fair Use, a trio with Zach Layton and Matthew Ostrowski, that looks at our accelerating culture through elecronic performance and remixing of cinema.

Audrey Chen is a Chinese-American musician who was born into a family of material scientists, doctors and engineers, outside of Chicago in 1976. Parting ways with the family convention, she turned to the cello at age 8 and voice at 11. After years of classical and conservatory training in both instruments, with a resulting specialization in early and new music, she parted ways again in 2003 to begin new negotiations with sound in order to discover a more individually honest aesthetic.

Now, using the cello, voice and analog electronics, Chen’s work delves deeply into her own version of narrative and non-linear storytelling. A large component of her music is improvised and her approach to this is extremely personal and visceral. Her playing explores the combination and layering of a homemade analog synthesizer, preparations and traditional and extended techniques in both the voice and cello. She works to join these elements into a singular ecstatic personal language.

Recently, her primary focus has been her SOLO project but she is also involved in many various collaborations. Among musicians, she has worked with Phil Minton, Tetuzi Akiyama, Toshimaru Nakamura, Ko Ishikawa, Tomomi Adachi, Matana Roberts, Elliott Sharp, Aki Onda, Phill Niblock, Frederic Blondy, Jerome Noetinger, C. Spencer Yeh, Nate Wooley, Mats Gustafsson, Mazen Kerbaj, Michael Zerang, Tatsuya Nakatani, Le Quan Ninh, Joe Mcphee, Susan Alcorn, Michele Doneda, Paolo Angeli, Gianni Gebbia, Dylan Nyoukis plus many more. Some more current projects have included: duos with Phil Minton, Luca Marini (kamama), Frederic Blondy, Robert van Heumen (abattoir), Katt Hernandez (Isabel), Nate Wooley (heave and shudder), Wouter Jaspers, and Id M Theft Able.

Chen has performed in Europe, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, Taiwan, Brazil, Canada and the USA. In 2011, in addition to her performances, she was awarded the prestigious Mary Sawyers Baker Prize, an award that was established to support individual artists living, and working in Maryland. She has now recently relocated to Berlin, Germany from Baltimore and tours actively.

Tamara Yadao is a multimedia performance artist who uses audiovisual technology to address notions of representation. She abstracts recorded expressions of the body to investigate formal relationships between movement and electronic media. Pieces are purposed for the single channel, multi-channel performance installation and live performance. Among others, her work has been screened/performed at the Brooklyn Museum, Dixon Place, the Kitchen, Knitting Factory NY and Symphony Space.

More info:
Bora Yoon + Luke DuBois ((phonation)):

16 Beaver Street ( 4th Floor ) NYC
(Between New and Broad Street)

Sound Off is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and with generous sponsorship from Narragansett Beer. This evening’s performance is also made possible with funds from the NY State Council on the Arts / Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.


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