CV + JAB
November 10th, 2017 at 7pm
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma is a New York based musician that has been active in bands and as a solo artist since the late 1990's. His most recent releases on the Brooklyn based Mexican Summer label place drum machines and layers of guitars into duologue with tape hiss, synthesizers and analogue noise. He is a longtime collaborator with the filmmaker Paul Clipson, and has more recently made records and performed with Liz Harris / Grouper as Raum as well as Felicia Atkinson. He and long time friend and collaborator Alexis Georgopoulous (ARP) are releasing their first record as a duo later this year on the UK based Emotional Response. He founded the label Root Strata in 2005, which has released music by a diverse range of artists including Oneohtrix Point Never, Harold Budd, Byron Westbrook and Grouper. He currently co hosts the monthly NTS show Raga Vibrations with musician Greg Davis, which features selections of Indian classical music.
Félicia Atkinson is a French composer and visual artist living in Rennes, France. After recording several records under the Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier moniker, she has been releasing music under her own name since 2013. Having moved to the French Alps for two years she recorded her highly acclaimed album “A Readymade Ceremony” (Shelter Press 2015) and the material for her collaborative album with NY-based musician Jefre Cantu-Ledesma" Comme un Seul Narcisse" (Shelter Press 2016). With those two albums, she reached a milestone in her musical research, defining the seminal elements of her composition tools: concrete music, asmr voices, minimal electronics, field recordings, improvisation with guitar and piano, abstract distortions and infra basses, always held by a strong sense of musical harmony. Her latest release, “Hand in Hand”, is easily her most ambitious to date. It sees Atkinson foreground her voice, whilst limiting other instrumental elements to an almost austere minimum, thus creating space – somewhat reminiscent of dub music – for her lyrical experiments to assume a rare presence and materiality. She co-runs the label and imprint Shelter Press with Bartolomé Sanson since 2012.
CV & JAB is the collaboration of Christina Vantzou and John Also Bennett. The pair first worked together when Bennett was commissioned by Vantzou to record synthesizers on her No. 3 album. As their creative dialog developed, it became necessary to establish a separate entity as a vehicle for new collaborative work. The pair utilize modular synthesizers, field recordings, flutes, virtual instruments, and piano to create an enveloping yet delicate surrealist canvas of sound. Their first release, Thoughts of a Dot as it Traverses a Surface, was recorded in collaboration with visual artist Zin Taylor in Münster, Germany. Taylor invited the duo to interpret his ninety-meter panoramic wall drawing as a musical graphic score. An LP documenting the performance will be released on Shelter Press in the coming months. CV & JAB have performed together in Japan and Europe, and Ambient Church will be their debut US performance.
Christina Vantzou is an artist based in Brussels, Belgium. She has composed and released three albums of ambient-classical music on Kranky. A Missouri native of Greek descent, Vantzou co-founded The Dead Texan, toured with Sparklehorse, and began writing orchestral arrangements on a midi keyboard in the late 2000’s. Self-taught, she works in the tradition of drone music with classical instruments, synthesizers, and samples. Simultaneously working in film and video, her trance-inducing visuals have evolved in parallel with the music. Vantzou has received widespread critical acclaim for both audio and visual elements of her numbered series and her music has appeared in documentaries and TV series, most recently HBO’s The Young Pope. In performances, her minimal chamber-drone pieces are accompanied by videos and films and often feature loose interpretations of earlier recordings. Vantzou is currently working on Nº4 to be released in 2018.
.John Also Bennett is a composer, musician and sound designer based in Brooklyn, New York who uses analog and digital synthesis in addition to acoustic instruments and sound. He is a member of the trio Forma and founding member of the duo Seabat, as well as composing and performing with flute and synthesizers under his own name in an ambient minimalist style. He has collaborated and performed in New York and around the world with numerous musicians, artists and organizations, including Jon Gibson (of the Philip Glass Ensemble), Christina Vantzou, Peter Burr, Zin Taylor, Data Garden, RVNG Intl., and Richard Kostelanetz. His work as a composer for animation and short films has been screened at international film festivals including the Sundance Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, 25FPS International Experimental Film/Video Festival, London International Animation Festival and ESPTV.
After his debut album, Through the Cardial Window (Kranky, 2006), Gregg Kowalsky began composing and performing electro-acoustic material with a focus on multi channel, site-specific works with elements of psychoacoustic phenomena. He is most known for his Tape Chants series, which explores the acoustics where the performances occur by setting up cassette players around the space with tape loops tuned to sine waves using only the cassette players’ speakers for amplification.
Kranky released the first recorded version of Tape Chants in 2009. In 2011 he was commissioned to perform Tape Chants in the WWII Battery Townsley military bunker in the Marin Headlands in Northern California. The performance was recorded and later released on vinyl by Giuseppe Ielasi, who also collaborated on the release entitled Battery Townsley (Senufo Editions, 2011). Kowalsky also collaborated with Dutch Lutist Jozef Van Wissem on Movements Through Marble and Stone (Amish, 2012), which was the final release of the Tape Chants series. He currently resides in Los Angeles after a decade in Oakland, California where he completed a MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media at Mills College under the tutelage of Fred Frith, Maggie Payne and Pauline Oliveros.
Location: First Unitarian Congregational Society
Date: Friday, November 10th, 2017
Time: Doors 7pm, Show 8pm