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SAT FEB 7 8pm
Graham Foundation
Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Admission FREE; RSVP here
American composer Arnold Dreyblatt performs two works—Turntable History / Spin Ensemble, created from recordings of an MRI machine, and Nodal Excitation, a 1979 work for amplified "excited strings" bass, strung with piano wire. Lampo and the Graham Foundation are pleased to welcome him for his first Chicago performance since '08 and only his third since the late 1990s.
In Spin Ensemble (2011), Dreyblatt creates a palette of acoustic signals and patterns from recordings of an MRI machine (specifically the "Siemens Magnetom Symphony Maestro Class") in the Martin-Luther-Hospital in Berlin. He considers the device something like a giant Tesla coil, in which the alignment and resonances of a powerful magnetic field are gradually altered by rotating radio frequencies. Under Dreyblatt's direction, Siemens technicians operated the machine expressly for these recordings, searching for software settings to generate a desired sound. Later he analyzed the audio segments, and grouped them by pitch, rhythm and density. For the resulting composition, these files have been combined and fused, but they have not been digitally treated in any way.
On Nodal Excitation he writes: "In the spring of 1979 I was approached to perform at a downtown performance festival in New York. I had been developing a prepared double bass prepared with unwound music wire, in order to excite the higher overtones. Over time, I worked on a repertoire of isolated percussive and bowed attacks, and these evolved into a continuous rhythmic technique in which I could excite chords of overtones above the fundamental."
Arnold Dreyblatt (b. 1953, New York, N.Y.) is an American media artist and composer. One of the second generation of New York minimalist composers, Dreyblatt studied music with Pauline Oliveros, La Monte Young and Alvin Lucier, and media art with Woody and Steina Vasulka. In the late 1970s he invented a set of new and original instruments, performance techniques, and a system of tuning. Often characterized as one of the more rock-oriented of American minimalists, Dreyblatt has cultivated a strong underground base of fans for his transcendental and ecstatic music with his Orchestra of Excited Strings. He has lived in Berlin since 1984.
Presented in partnership with the Graham Foundation; organized in cooperation with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Department of Sound and Department of Visual Critical Studies.
SAT FEB 28 8pm
Graham Foundation
Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Admission FREE; RSVP here.
Jennifer Walshe and Tony Conrad perform together as Ma La Pert—using voice, violins, viola, bass, autoharps, auto-tune, keyboard, shells, broken plastic, words, parts of words, stories, chanting, jigs, screaming, shouting, broken drum skins, bells, green furry outfits, breastplates, wire, bird calls, and old lady dresses.
The Quietus nails it better than we can blurb:
"Walshe really is a startlingly resourceful singer, barking like a dog one moment, moving into unearthly glossolalia the next, totally persuasive even when singing with a mouthful of popping candy. Conrad grounds her in the most complementary way. His violin, these days, is a blackened, battle-scarred object, trailing extra strings and preparations. When he finally alights on a searing drone, the spirit of 60s dream music flickers into life, inspiring Walshe into a passage of soaring vocal purity. Similarly, Walshe's surrealist virtuosity inspires a looseness in him. He stamps on a canvas attached to contact mics, she stamps back in her silver glitter shoes."
Jennifer Walshe (b. 1974, Dublin, Ireland) is an Irish composer, vocalist and conceptual artist of multiple virtual identities. Her installations, orchestral-, chamber- and music theater works have been commissioned and presented all over the world. She is also an active improviser, performing regularly with musicians in Europe and the U.S. and in various duos including Ma La Pert with Tony Conrad and The People's United Telepathic Improvisation Front (PUTIF) with Tomomi Adachi. Separated from each other by thousands of miles, Walshe and Adachi improvise telepathically, synchronizing start and end times, then mixing recordings later.
Since 2007 Walshe has developed Grúpat, a project in which she has assumed twelve different alter egos—all members of the art collective Grúpat—and created compositions, installations, graphic scores, films, photography, sculptures and fashion under these alter egos. In 2009 the collective was invited to put on a retrospective exhibition at the Project Arts Centre in Dublin, this was followed in 2010 by a solo exhibition at the Chelsea Art Museum in New York, and in 2011 her work was exhibited and performed at the ICA in London as part of the Cut & Splice Festival. Recent projects include THMOTES, for sending text scores via Snapchat, announced under the moniker The Milker Corporation, and The Signing, a shadow puppet opera composed in collaboration with Tony Conrad, performed in Toronto in 2014.
Walshe studied composition at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and Northwestern University. In 2000 she won the Kranichsteiner Music Prize during the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt. Between 2003 and 2005 she was a resident at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart. Walshe has received commissions from Ultraschall, Ars Musica, Wien Modern, Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, Donaueschinger Musiktagen and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. In 2007 she received a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in New York, and a year later she received the Praetorius Music Prize for composition from Lower Saxony's Ministry of Science and Culture. She lives in London.
Tony Conrad (b. 1940, Concord, N.H.) is an experimental filmmaker, artist, composer and musician who divides his time between Buffalo and Brooklyn. A pioneer of drone-based minimalist music, he was a member of the Theatre of Eternal Music—also known as The Dream Syndicate—which included John Cale, Angus MacLise, La Monte Young, and Marian Zazeela, and has collaborated with numerous filmmakers, artists and musicians such as Jack Smith, Mike Kelley, Tony Oursler and Jim O'Rourke. He played alongside Lou Reed, John Cale and Walter De Maria in the rock group The Primitives, which predated the formation of The Velvet Underground.
In 1966 Conrad made The Flicker, a visually intense film that is a landmark in structural filmmaking. In seeking to "dismantle the authoritarian boundaries of film culture" during 1972–4 he "turned to extended duration as a conceptual armature'" with his "Yellow Movies" series of paintings. In 1973 he collaborated with the band Faust; their album Outside the Dream Syndicate is a classic of minimal music.
Over the last several decades Conrad has composed numerous audio works for amplified strings using just intonation. Select recordings include Four Violins (1964), Joan of Arc (1968), Fantastic Glissando (1969), Slapping Pythagoras (1995), Outside the Dream Syndicate – Alive (with Faust, 1995) and Early Minimalism Volume One (1997). In recent years, Conrad's art and music has been informed by his research and writing about traditions in Western music and geometry from Pythagoras to the present.
Presented in partnership with the Graham Foundation
SAT APR 11 8pm
The Renaissance Society
Bond Chapel, 1050 East 59th Street
Admission FREE; No RSVP required.
Ordinarily you record a gig and then release the live recording. Tonight, C. Spencer Yeh turns the tables (turntable?) and performs his new long-player, Solo Voice I – X, presented in its entirety.
Solo Voice I – X is Yeh's first LP focused entirely on the voice. "[His] practice has its most obvious precedents in the sound poetry scene of the '60s and '70s—recalling an outlier group like the Four Horsemen, at their most raw and a-verbal, as much as the circles and canons forged around post-Lettrist France—as well as in figures like Joan La Barbara." (Primary Information)
If Yeh used "studio techniques to fold the temporality of performance in on itself," writes Primary Information of the production process, removing the breaths and letting his vocalizations run together, then here he doubles back, as he performs his edited composition in real time.
C. Spencer Yeh (b. 1975, Taipei, Taiwan) is recognized for his interdisciplinary activities and collaborations as an artist, composer and improviser, and for his music project Burning Star Core. Recent presentations of work include The Companion at the Liverpool Biennial, Modern Mondays at MoMA, In Tones From Light to Dark at Performa 13, Excursus IV at the ICA Philadelphia, Kinomuzeum at Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, the Pérez Art Museum in Miami FL, Electronic Arts Intermix NYC, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston TX, and a Jerome Foundation Commission from Roulette Intermedium. Yeh also collaborated with Triple Canopy for their contribution to the Whitney Biennial in 2014. Recent recorded works include Ambient (with Robert Piotrowicz), 1975 (as C. Spencer Yeh), Transitions (as CS Yeh), and Wake Up Awesome, a collaboration with Okkyung Lee and Lasse Marhaug on the Software label. Primary Information will publish Solo Voice I – X in 2015.
Yeh also works as a programmer and trailer editor for Spectacle Theater in Brooklyn, and recently co-organized Spectacle's residency as part of the Museum of Arts and Design's NYC Makers: A MAD Biennial. Beginning in 2015, his video works will be distributed by Electronic Arts Intermix. He is also a contributing editor to BOMB magazine. Yeh studied film at Northwestern University, lived in Cincinnati for many years, and is now Brooklyn-based.
C. Spencer Yeh first appeared at Lampo in January 2007, performing Two Mouths Breathe as One (from behind a wall at the Renaissance Society) and Amplified Violin. In May 2009 he joined Michael Johnsen in a duo improvisation. He returned in November 2012 to perform live with new video work created for Lampo and other videos including Baby Birds, Eclipse, Scrub Study and IMVIS.
Presented in partnership with the Renaissance Society
SAT MAY 16 8pm
Graham Foundation
Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Admission FREE; RSVP info here.
Rich dronics in quad sound—and maybe something rufescent from CM von Hausswolff.
Since the end of the 1970s, Carl Michael von Hausswolf (b. 1956, Linköping, Sweden) has worked as a composer using recording devices (camera, tape recorder, radar, sonar) and as a conceptual visual artist combining performance art, light- and sound installations and photography.
His audio compositions are complex drone works—pure, intuitive studies of frequency, distorted electricity and churning feedback. He has performed throughout the world, alone and with collaborators including Russell Haswell, Pan Sonic, the Hafler Trio, Erik Pauser and John Duncan. Hausswolff received a Prix Ars Electronica award for Digital Musics in 2002.
In his visual practice Hausswolff has long explored the color red, particularly interested in how red light transforms different architectural and topographic settings into real-world monochromes. Works include Red Pool (Cities on the Move 1999); Red Night (SITE Santa Fe 1999); Red Code (CCA Kitakyushu 2001); Red Empty (Lampo/WhiteWalls 2003); Red Mersey (Liverpool Biennial 2004); Red Zoo (Kalingrad 2006); and Red October (Moscow Bienniale 2009).
Other major exhibitions and performances include Documenta (1997, 2012), Johannesburg Biennial (1997), ICC Tokyo (2000), Biennale di Venezia (2001, 2003, 2005, 2007), Portikus (2004), The Land Foundation (2005), The Morning Line, Thyssen-Bornemisza (2010), Stedelijk Museum (2013), and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2014).
Hausswolff is also co-monarch (with Leif Elggren) of the Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland, all areas of no-man's land, territories between national boundaries on both land and sea, digital and mental spaces. This nation has its own national anthem, flag, coat of arms, currency, citizens and ministers.
CM von Hausswolff's first Lampo appearance dates back to February 2001, when he performed Circulating over Square Oceans. In August 2003 he screened two films for Lampo—Hashima, Japan, 2002, directed by CMvH and Thomas Nordanstad, and Pan Sonic Plays Kurenniemi (2002), directed by Mika Taanila. During that '03 visit he also began work on his special project for Lampo and WhiteWalls, published as Red Empty (Chicago 2003) and the audio work There Are No Crows Flying around the Hancock, which he premiered in March 2005.
Presented in partnership with the Graham Foundation
SAT JUN 13 8pm
Graham Foundation
Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Admission FREE; RSVP here.
Will Guthrie offers his powerful solo percussion work in a rare U.S. appearance.
Will Guthrie (b. 1977, Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian drummer and percussionist living in France. He works in many different settings of music: live performance, improvisation and studio composition, using various combinations of drums, percussion, objects, junk, amplification and electronics. He plays solo, and in The Ames Room (with Jean-Luc Guionnet and Clayton Thomas), Elwood & Guthrie (with Scott Stroud), and Thymolphthalein (with Anthony Pateras, Natasha Anderson, Clayton Thomas and Jérôme Noetinger). He also runs the experimental improvised CD label, Antboy Music, and is part of the collective CABLE#. Regular collaborators past and present include Jean-Philippe Gross, Julien Ottavi, Jérôme Noetinger, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Keith Rowe, David Maranha and Anthony Pateras. Guthrie lives in Nantes.
Will Guthrie made his Chicago debut in May 2008, performing at Lampo with Jérôme Noetinger and Jean-Luc Guionnet.
Presented in partnership with the Graham Foundation
The Lampo series of performances is a project of Lampo, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization. Current programs are supported in part by the MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Metabolic Studio, a direct charitable activity of the Annenberg Foundation, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, mediaThe foundation inc., the John W. and Clara C. Higgins Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Essential contributions also come from individuals, members and volunteers.

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