Presented by Electronic Music Foundation in collaboration with the Chelsea Art Museum, produced by Nina Colosi, Introductions was a series of occasional Saturday afternoon presentations in which leading artists who work with technology discuss and demonstrate their ideas.
Thanks to Roland Corporation for loudspeakers and keyboards. Thanks to Symbolic Sound Corporation for a Kyma system. These events are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.
Saturday, October 16, 2004 at 2pm
Richard Nunns: Traditional Maori Instruments and Electronics
One of New Zealand's most remarkable musicians, Richard Nunns, a European New Zealander, has become a living authority on Taonga Puoro — the traditional musical instruments of the Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand.
This has been a journey that has required respect, perseverance and sensitivity, characteristics that emerge in the depths of his own music. The unique and compelling voices of nga taonga puoro, the traditional instruments, have attracted the interest of a number of New Zealand's distinguished composers including Gillian Whitehead, and leading performers including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the New Zealand String Quartet.
In this informal presentation, Nunns will perform pieces with Maori instruments and electronics and discuss his concepts of combining traditional instruments with new technologies.
Saturday, October 16, 2004 @ 4pm
Timucin Sahin: Fretless Guitars & Wild Electronics
A native of Turkey, Timucin Sahin has lived in The Netherlands since 1992. He studied jazz guitar and classical composition at Amsterdam Conservatory and Manhattan School of Music. He tours widely and he has been awarded several important prizes, among them, in 2001, first prize at the prestigious Dutch Jazz Competition with his contemporary jazz trio 'On the Line'.
"Sahin has chops galore ... The chemistry evoked by Sahin's at times complex, beautiful compositions and the drummerless line-up make this an intriguing, original and witty listen." -- Jazzwise May 2004
In this informal presentation, Sahin will perform with interactive electronics and fretless electric guitars, incorporating different influences from contemporary music, jazz, and non-western music improvisation techniques.
Saturday, November 13, 2004 @ 3pm
Jaap Blonk: Outrageous sound poetry performance
One of the most innovative and striking vocal performers and sound artists in the world, Jaap Blonk keeps on searching the rich common ground between poetry and music. He is always after new sounds and combinations of sounds, without abandoning completely the semantics of language. His live performances are music, poetry and performance art all at the same time, and this particular performance will include a free jazz improvisation with Benjamin Chadabe on percussion.