balloons, electronics, composition
Sean Meehan, snare drum and
Barry Weisblat, homemade electronics
Alvarez, field recordings
a performance created with unorthodox musical instruments and techniques.
Musicians play within an environment of rainforest and jungle sounds
distilled from field recordings by ornithologist Mauricio Alvarez from a
natural reserve in the Colombian Amazon.
was born in Bogotà, Colombia, in 1965. He has also lived in Barcelona,
The Hague, and currently resides in New York. He studied composition and
electroacoustic music with Chilean composer Gabriel Brncic at the Phonos
Foundation in Barcelona and flute with Hiroshi Kobayashi and Joan Bofill,
also in Barcelona. He holds a BA in Anthropology from Hunter College in
New York City.
Most of Arias' music
is improvised and made in collaboration with other musicians. Apart from
occasionally playing the flute, he uses unconventional instruments and
found objects as sound sources. He has performed with a shifting array of
small found objects, amplified with piezo-electric transducers. Since 1992
he has focused almost exclusively on the balloon kit, a number of rubber
balloons attached to a suitable structure and played with the hands and a
set of accessories, including various kinds of sponges, pieces of
Styrofoam, rubber bands. His tape pieces have been heard at the Ciclo
Nuevas MFAsicas (Montevideo), Festival Synthese (Bourges), Instituto
Colombo-Americano (Bogotà), and The Institute of Sonology (The Hague),
among other places. He recently presented an installation piece at the
Zeppelin Sound art Festival in Barcelona. Arias has published essays in
Experimental Musical Instruments (Vol, 13, #2, 1997), and Leonardo Music
Journal (Vol. 9, 1999).
became musically active in the late 80's at the Amica Bunker series for
improvised music, which was then housed at ABC No Rio in New York City.
Meehan's interest in improvisation and collaboration has taken him around
the world where he has performed solo and with many local artists
including players of folk instruments, computer artists and avant-garde
flower arrangers. Current performances generally find Meehan playing only
the snare drum in a manner that sheds conventional usage and reconstructs
the conception and function of the instrument. Meehan's published
recordings document some of his collaborations including work with Sachiko
M; Mamoru Fujieda and Michihiro Sato; Edwin Torres and Muigel Algarin; and
Tamio Shiraishi. Other contributions to the material world include the
construction of performance objects that serve as "compositional things."
Included in this are the pieces gift iii, which musically activates a sink
full of dishes; gift iv, for woodblock; and audio, a boxed set of four
cassettes to be played in the mind.
has been a sound engineer, electronic instrument builder, collaborator and
photographer. During the past few years he has focused on live performance
with homemade circuits and modified electronic toys, radios and
electro-magnetic devices. His collaborators include Tim Barnes, Toshio
Kajiwara, Matthew "mv" Valentine, Samara Lubelski, Dean Roberts, Klenn
Koche, Tetuzi Akiyama, Sean Meehan, Chris Corsano, Peter Kowald, Daniel
Carter, and Margarida Garcia. Ornithologist Mauricio Alvarez graduated
from the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotà, Colombia. For over ten years
he has traveled the country extensively, gathering ornithological census
data and recording animal and environmental sounds. He currently works as
a researcher for the Instituto de Investigaciones de Recursos Biologicos
Alexander Von Humboldt with headquarters in Villa de Leiva, Colombia. He
directs the Animal Sound Bank which houses more than 6000 recordings of
birds and other animals, as well as environmental sounds from across
Colombia: http://araneus.humboldt.org.co/inventarios/bsa.html. The
recorded sounds in Chiribiquete are used with kind permission of the
Instituto Alexander von Humboldt.
This work in progress
will be presented in its final form on May 24th, 2003 at Engine 27 in New
York City (www.engine27.org) with an instrumental quintet
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