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STEIM on Tue, 23 Oct 2007 12:25:26 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-nl] [ STEIM ] STEIM concert announcement: Miya Masaoka and PIRX

STEIM presents:

Miya Masaoka (US)
PIRX (Marion WÃrle + Maciej Sledziecki, DE)

Date: Wednesday, October 24
Venue: STEIM, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, Amsterdam
Time: 20.30 hrs.
Entrance: 5 euros
Reservations and more information: knock {AT} steim.nl or 020-6228690

We are very happy to have renowned koto innovator Miya Masaoka and an active fresh duo from Cologne, PIRX. For many years, Miya has explored ways to expand her expression through improvisational techniques on her instrument and incorporating new technological tools with alternative media (like lasers, insects and plants). Marion and Maciej of PIRX are on the same pursuit to find a new voice in each of their instruments, but also see curating and organizing as an equally important practice in the process. We hope that the evening will highlight both the maturity and possible new directions of todays live electronic music.
video samples of Miya Masaoka: http://www.miyamasaoka.com/media_files/ video/index.html
audio samples of PIRX: http://www.satelita.de/musik/tonband0.html


Miya Masaoka:
Miya Masaoka, musician, composer, performance artist, has created works for koto, laser interfaces, laptop and video and written scores for ensembles, chamber orchestras and mixed choirs. In her performance pieces she has investigated the sound and movement of insects, as well as the physiological responses of plants, the human brain, and her own body. Within these varied contexts of sound, music and nature, her performance work emphasizes the interactive, live nature of improvisation, and reflects an individual, contemporary expression of Japanese gagaku aural gesturalism.

Masaoka's work has been presented in Japan, Canada, Europe, Eastern Europe and she has toured to India six times. Venues include V2 in Rotterdam, Cybertheater in Brussels, Elektronisch Festival in Groningen, the Cleveland Performance Art Festival, The Electronik Body Festival in Bratislava, Slovakia, Radio Bremen, Germany, Festival of Lights, Hyberadad, India, and the London Musicians Collective.

Since forming and directing the San Francisco Gagaku Society, Masaoka has been creating new ways of thinking about and performing on the Japanese koto. She has developed a virtuosic and innovative approach, including improvisation and expanding the instrument into a virtual space using computer, lasers, live sampling, and real time processing.

Masaoka has been developing koto interfaces with midi controllers since the 1980's originally with Tom Zimmerman, co-inventor of the Body Glove. Since then, she has she has worked at STEIM, Amsterdam, CNMAT, and with Donald Swearingen to build interfaces with the computer and koto, at times using pedals, light sensors, motion sensors and ultrasound. With the koto connected directly to her laptop, she records her playing live, and processes the samples in real time. This new koto is able to respond dynamically and interactively in a variety of musical environments, and improvise with the processed sounds.

Marion WÃrle - laptop
studied Architecture, attended classical piano lessons from the age of six.
Since 1993 she explores electronical sound-generating. Works in the fields of improvised contemporary music, computermusic and filmmusic.

Maciej Sledziecki - guitar
studied Jazzguitar and since 2006 composition.
Besides music for cinema he is working on extended techniques for the guitar.

Together they organize the concert-series NACHTJOURNAL in Cologne/D, a venue where exchange and inspiration happens between different disciplines of contemporary music. [www.satelita.de]
Since 2006 they are executive members of ZAM [Zentrum fÃr Aktuelle Musiken - Platform for Adventurous Music], that should become a lasting platform for the cologne music / multimedia-scene and is searching for similar initiatives outside the region to connect with. ZAM is more than just organizing concerts for contemporary music, but has also a strong focus on lectures and workshops. [www.z-a-m.eu]

In the duo PIRX they are working on a musical language, based on interaction between analogue and digital sounds. The generally analogue material used by Marion WÃrle is developed by diverse electronic manipulations to elements for her improvisations.
This vocabulary is a dynamic system that is created to communicate with traditional instruments.
Maciej Sledziecki uses the guitar as a sound-generator and percussion instrument. Preparations and a spare some use of electronic effects are characteristic for his playing. These sounds are material-scales for the collective improvisation between tonal and atonal borders.

The STEIM concerts are made possible by the Municipality of Amsterdam.

More information on concerts: http://www.steim.org/steim/activity.php

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