Live Stage: OptoSonic Tea [us Brooklyn, NY]

opto02.jpgOptoSonic Tea :: May 17, 2010; 8:00 pm :: with live sets by: Nisi Jacobs (live visuals) with Michael J. Schumacher, Suzanne Thorpe, Philip White (live sound), and Adam Kendall (live visuals and live sound) :: invited respondent/moderator: Charlie Morrow :: Diapason, 882 Third Avenue, Brooklyn, NY (Sunset Park).

OptoSonic Tea is a regular series of meetings dedicated to the convergence of live visuals with live sound which focuses on the visual component. These presentation-and-discussion meetings aim to explore different forms of live visuals (live video, live film, live slide projection and their variations and combinations) and the different ways they can come into interaction with live audio. Each evening features two different live visual artists or groups of artists who each perform a set with the live sound artists of their choice. The presentations are followed by an informal discussion about the artists’ practices over a cup of green tea. A third artist, from previous generations of visualists or related fields, is invited specifically to participate in this discussion so as to create a dialogue between current and past practices and provide different perspectives on the present and the future. Organized by Katherine Liberovskaya and Ursula Scherrer and partly funded by the Experimental Television Center.

Nisi Jacobs creates multichannel video performance and installations. Her work has been exhibited in festivals at the Jeu De Paume Museum in Paris, Tribeca Film Festival, Hong Kong Film Festival, Circulo de Bellas Artes of Madrid, Maya Stendhal Gallery, SONAR festival at the Caracas Contemporary Art Museum, CalArts Film/Video Cinematheque, The Alejandro Otero Museum, National Cinématheque of Spain, Manchester Metropolitan University of England, River-to-River film festival, Ear to the Earth Festival; a CD release entitled ‘Weaves’, distributed by En’tract includes video by Nisi Jacobs released 2009. Upcoming performances include Synchroma Sonichrome¹, a score realized for bass/laptop/av at the VCW Performance, R.G.B.A.¹, a collaboration between DRAW/Sarah Bernstein/Stuart Popejoy at Brooklyn Arts Council, Dumbo 1st Thursday, a collaboration between DRAW and Philip White/Suzanne Thorpe of ‘thenumber46’ at Optosonic Tea, and a new DRAW installation in June at Diapason Gallery. Jacobs has curated multichannel video programs for Phatory Gallery, HOWL Film Festival, and SYNCH FESTIVAL of electronic art in Athens, Greece, and currently co-curates at Diapason Gallery where she has helped launch a new video scoring workshop, VCW, led and produced by Adam Kendall focusing on the development of performative video scoring systems.

Michael J. Schumacher‘s sound installations have been heard at Art in General, Apex Art, PS 1, The Kitchen and Sculpture Center in New York City, CCNOA in Brussels, Singuhr Gallery and Tesla in Berlin, the Museum for Applied Arts in Frankfurt , the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lyon, Triskel Arts Center in Cork, Ireland, Transmissions Festival in Chicago, Tone Deaf in Kingston, Ontario, The Sound Art Museum in Rome, )toon Festival in Haarlem, RADAR in Mexico City, Ostrava Music Days and others. 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. Schumacher¹s composition “Grid”, a computer generated score that unfolds in real time, has been in exhibitions in New York, Barcelona and Houston. He is currently creating a large scale continuous sound environment for the lobby of EMPAC in Troy, NY. In August 2007 Schumacher and Nisi Jacobs began DRAW, an audio-video performance group. Joined by Tom Chiu, Alex Waterman, Bruce Andrews and others, they create immersive live sets based on collaborative compositions. DRAW’s website is .

Suzanne Thorpe is a composer, performer, arts activist and educator. With her work, Thorpe explores coexisting perspectives, peripheral consciousness, and concurrent realities. Her recent compositions are multi-channel works that employ psychoacoustic phenomena and tuned filtering systems. They have been featured at Issue Project Room (NYC), Diapason (NYC), The Stone (NYC), Activating the Medium Festival (San Francisco), No Idea Festival (Austin, TX), Redux Contemporary Art Studios (Charleston, SC), Pyramid Atlantic Center for the Arts (Silver Spring, MD), and other venues. As an improviser she has performed with Chris Brown, Annette Krebs, Maggie Nicols, Bhob Rainey, Pauline Oliveros, Gino Robair, Zeena Parkins, Ulrich Krieger, David Dove, Chris Cogburn, and Bonnie Jones among others. She has been awarded support for her work from Meet the Composer and NYFA, and has a discography of over 20 recordings released on Sony, V2, Beggars Banquet, Geffen, Specific Recordings and Tape Drift. Thorpe is a founding member of the alternative group Mercury Rev, with whom she worked from 1989 2001, earning numerous critical accolades, and a gold record for 1998’s Deserters’ Songs. From time to time, she can be heard with J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr., or with the Wounded Knees. Currently she is touring with feedback artist Philip White as the duo thenumber46 in support of their newly released recording Bleach & Ammonia.

Philip White‘s performances center on a non-linear feedback system, which consists of a mixer and several homemade circuits. In addition to his work with analog and digital electronics, White has written extensively for chamber ensembles and created a large body of intermedia pieces that explore meaning in information transmission. He currently performs with Suzanne Thorpe (thenumber46) and Chuck Johnson (with chuck johnson with philip white). Recent and upcoming performances/exhibitions include Diapason (NYC), The Frying Pan (NYC), The Stone (NYC), Sonic Circuits (DC), Redux New Media Festival (Charleston, SC), Galerie Neurotitan (Berlin), Youngblood Gallery (Atlanta), the Red Room (Baltimore), Toy Room Gallery (Sacramento), 701CCA Gallery (Columbia, SC), Stu-stu-studio(Richmond, VA), Princeton University, Bent Festival 2010, NYCEMF 2010 and a featured spot on thenumber46’s debut Bleach and Ammonia was recently released in cassette format on Tape Drift Records. Philip also writes about music, contributing to the Wire magazine, SEAMUS Journal, and Notes. In 2008, Philip received his MFA in Electronic and Recorded Media from Mills College where he worked with Chris Brown, Hilda Parades, Helmut Lachenmann, Roscoe Mitchell and James Fei. While there he taught both Sound Art and Electronic Arts.

Adam Kendall is a videoist and musician living and working in Brooklyn, NY. He treats video as dynamically and improvisationally as traditional performance arts and as a medium capable of detailed, structured composition. Adam regularly performs and screens pieces both solo and in various collaborations, organizes the a/v performance series {R}ake, and runs the Video Composition Workshop. He is a software developer and incorporates his own programming in his performances and pieces.

Charlie Morrow (1942 USA) is a composer, sound artist and producer whose work spans many styles and genres. He is based in Barton VT and Helsinki FI. In the 60s: Soundscapes for ‘The Knoll Furniture Show’ at Le Louvre, a sound portrait of Marilyn Monroe at Sidney Janus Gallery, the score and sound design for Frances Thompson Films ‘Moon Walk One’ and arrangements for The Rascals and Vanilla Fudge. In the 70s: explorations of the New/Old, outside the concert hall with shamanic chants, ‘A Healing Piece’ play for Performance Group now Wooster Group, Concert for Fish on Little Neck Bay, with poet Jerome Rothenberg the New Wilderness Foundation concerts, broadcasts, recordings and publications, collaborations with Fluxus artists including Corner, Higgins, Knowles, Hendricks. International Solstice event broadcasts with Wave Music series 40 Cellos, 30 Harps, 100 Musicians w lights, 60 Clarinets and a boat. In the 80s: Toot N Blink Chicago for two fleets of boats with radio DJ commands, Copenhagen Waves for all Copenhagen. Improvising on pocket trumpet and shell horns with Derek Bailey, Don Cherry.
Co-Founded the Ocarina Orchestra, Grand Conch Chorus. A Light Opera at La Mama with Min Tanaka dancers and Western Wind vocal ensemble. In the 90s: 64 channel sound installation for Hall of Planet Earth American Museum of Natural History, international radio Circumpolar Greeting Arctic Spring,
sound/music for art interactive Scrutiny in the Great Round, Tokyo New York Copenhagen 3 City Dance via video conference. In the 00s: True 3D sound and WIndsails electronic and landscape works and installations.

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