Michael Zerang: Monday, March 2 at Myopic Books

264078_239900632705250_8350292_nMichael Zerang and I play together in the venerable weekly Improvised-Experimental Music Series…

7:30 p.m. Monday, March 2 at Myopic Books
1564 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago IL 60622
(773) 862-4882
Admission free

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Michael Zerang is a first generation American of Assyrian decent, a professional musician, composer, and producer since 1976, focusing extensively on improvised music, free jazz, contemporary composition, puppet theater, experimental theater, and international musical forms. Read Michael Zerang’s full bio here.

We start at 7:30 p.m. and I estimate our set will end around 8:30 p.m. Parking is difficult on Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. Public transportation may be your best option. The Damen Avenue CTA Blue Line station is just around the corner, and CTA buses stop at the intersection of Damen, North, and Milwaukee Avenues.

In the Media | Sound experts make art of the noise all around

On January 19 Chicago Tribune, columnist Barbara Brotman published this interview with me.

We discussed urban soundscape awareness, the upcoming soundwalk in Ryerson Woods and concert by Chicago Phonography, on Sunday, January 25, 2015 organized in partnership with the Brushwood Center, Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE), and World Listening Project. If you can pass the pay wall with a digital subscription to the Chicago Tribune, I’m told there is a video interview with me in the online version of the article. The soundwalk and performance was free for public participation. MSAE will report on the event in late February.

Review of “Rub” by Auris + Gino

Rub by Auris, art by Eric LeonardsonOur CD Rub by Auris with Gino Robair received a very positive review by Dave Madden. Auris is my trio with Julia Miller and Christopher Preissing. Rub was released in 2013 by Public Eyesore, and is available on SquidCo.

 

Rub is a dazzling display of virtuosity. So much talent across musical chops and knowing how to use that Ivory Tower perfection to offer new music is almost criminal.” Read the whole review here in The Squid’s Ear.

Review of Articular Facet in Rhinofest

Chicago Reader critic Justin Hayford reviews the Articular Facet performance of “Bracken (for Christian Wolff)” by Nicolas Collins, including Department of Sound faculty, Julia Miller in Rhinofest, February 4 at the Prop Thtr.

Video of 2014 Myopic Books Performance

Video a performance on May 19, 2014 with Carol Genetti (voice), Albert Wildeman (bass), and Katherine Young (bassoon); I am performing on the Springboard. This was recorded and edited by John Dworkin. The performance took place in the weekly Myopic Books Improvised/Experimental Music Series in Chicago.

 

Excerpts: Carol Genetti, Eric Leonardson, Albert Wildeman, Katherine Young from John Dworkin on Vimeo.

7PM, Wed. Feb. 4 Articular Facet Performs Bracken In RhinoFest 2015

7PM , Wed. Feb. 4 RhinoFest 2015
Prop Theater
3502 N Elston Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60618

I perform in “Bracken (after Christian Wolff)” by Nicolas Collins (2014) with Articular Facet.
Bracken adapts the language of circuits and software for interpretation by any instrument. A computer generates and projects a live streaming score that that directs the payers to interact with one another following rules derived from binary logic and various methods of analog and digital signal processing. Articular Facet first performed Bracken for the Chicago Composers’ Consortium in 2014.

Performers include: Sam Bradshaw, contrabass; Johanna Brock, violin; Mark Hardy, electronics; Deirdre Harrison, voice and objects; Ed Herrmann, skatchbox; Dan Godston, trumpet; Eric Leonardson, springboard; Jeff Kowalkowski, Nord; Julia Miller, electric guitars; William Jason Raynovich, cello; Sid Samberg, viola and piano; Will Soderberg, electronics

Also performed this evening, “The Hound” by Mark Hardy.

Explanation and instructions of Bracken score.

Ragdale Residency | January 2015

In January I am honored to be an artist-in-residence at Ragdale, a non-profit artists’ community in Lake Forest, Illinois. The estate includes live-in studios and a 50-acre prairie. My 25-day residency will provide time for many interests. This includes studio work, writing, class preparation, tour planning, and acoustic ecology. I will lead a public soundwalk for the World Listening Project and Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology at the Brushwood Center in Ryerson Woods on Sunday, January 25. Continue reading

Different Worlds | Review of Rub

The Sound Projector bannerThe Sound Projector, the wonderful, British music magazine and radio show, posted a Rupert Loydell’s new review of “Rub,” my 2013 CD with Auris and Gino Robair.

Auris is my trio formed in 2007 with Julia Miller and Christopher Preissing. Rub is available as a joint label on Public Eyesore and Pan Y Rosas.
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Phonophon 5 Year Anniversary Double-CD

Phonophon compilation CD

 

I am pleased to announce [rec.phonophon], a new double CD release celebrating the fifth year of the Phonophon concert series of phonography and experimental music in Frankfurt am Main.

Curated by the Verein zur Förderung von Phonographie und experimenteller Musik (society for the advancement of phonography an experimental music), Phonophon has featured more than 50 concerts with local, national and international artists.

As a participating artist in 2012 my contribution to the project is “Howard CTA Station (Live Dec. 2013).”

The CD is in an edition of 500. “40 tracks give the listener the chance to go on a trip through a diverse and ever expanding sound universe.” To order a copy, listen to samples, etc., please visit http://compilation.phonophon.de/. All proceeds help organize future projects.

 

Signal Culture Cook Book

It’s a pleasure to announce publication of the Signal Culture Cook Book, an e-book showcasing media production recipes and tips from 23 artists doing experimental work in video, sound, digital and related media. Edited by Tammy McGovern, with an introduction by Gerar Edizel: “How to Make and Use a Piezoelectric Contact Mic” is my contribution described with clear illustrations and alternative applications.
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The Signal Culture Cook Book is a collection of techniques and creative practices employed by artists working in the field of media arts. Articles include real-time glitch video processing, direct laser animation on film, transforming your drawing into a fake computer, wi-fi mapping, alternative uses for piezo mics, visualizing earthquakes in real time and using swarm algorithms to compose new musical structures. There’s even a great, humorous article on how to use offline technology for enhancing your online sentience – and more!

signalculturelogosquare3Contributors to the cookbook include Atif Akin, Brett Ian Balogh, Jason Bernagozzi, Michael Betancourt, Alan Bigelow, Michael Bosworth, Angélica Piedrahita, Carl Diehl, Nicholas Economos, Jesse England, Pascale Gustin, Darius Kazemi, Eric Leonardson, Evan Merz, Ellen Pearlman, Kristin Reeves, Stephanie Rothenberg, Bill Sack, Ruth Sergel, Michael Trigilio, Lee Montgomery, Charles Woodman, and Judson Wright.