His sound installations have recently been presented in North America and Europe in galleries and institutions including Carroll/Fletcher Gallery (London), National Art Centre (Tokyo), American Medium Gallery (NYC), New Media Gallery (CAN), Serralves Museum (POR), Edith-Russ-Haus fur Mediakunst (GER), Vitra Design Museum (GER), Laboral (ESP), Gallery B-312 (Montreal), Fonderie Darling (Montreal), Titanik Gallery (FIN), The Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe (USA), and BIAN 2014 Digital Art Bienale (Montreal). His installations have been awarded in the Prix Ars Electronica 2013 (honourable mention, Hybrid Art category), the 2014 Edith-Russ-Haus Awards for Emerging Media Artists, and the Excellence prize in the 2015 Japan Media Arts Festival. His work has been positively reviewed in publications such as Artforum, Hyperallergic, ETC Media, Neural magazine, Musicworks, Creator’s Project, The New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.
In 1983 he studied in Tokyo with shakuhachi master Yamaguchi Goro.
Collaborations, his ABC radio feature won the Prix Italia in 1989. His interest in radio continued with many ABC features over the next two decades. In 1990 Denley was a member of Derek Bailey’s Company for a week of concerts in London. Derek also included a paragraph of Jim’s writing about solo improvisation in a revised version of his classic text Improvisation published by the British Library.
In 2006 he made a radiophonic work from recordings he made in the Budawang Mountains south west of Sydney. These recording became the CD, Through Fire, Crevice and the Hidden Valley, this CD gained an honorary mention in the Prix ARS Electronica in 08. He made Coexistence – a radio manifesto of his ideas about playing music in the Australian bush — for the ABC, from recordings from the Budawangs, in May 08. Subsequent performances at festivals in Australia have continued this focus on exploring the sonic in outdoor performances.
In August this year he travelled to the Solomon Islands to make a radio program for the ABC about their flute music. He increasingly sees his music as existing within Australian and Pacific cultural traditions, with locality having a powerful presence.
Drumm has collaborated with many artists working in similar fields, including Japanese guitarist Taku Sugimoto, multi-instrumentalist and producer Jim O’Rourke, and many European improvisers such as Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson German trumpeter Axel Dörner and P16.D4’s Ralf Wehowsky as well as s+r alumni Jason Lescalleet, Bhob Rainey and Leif Elggren.
Alvin Lucier has pioneered in many areas of music composition and performance, including the notation of performers’ physical gestures, the use of brain waves in live performance, the generation of visual imagery by sound in vibrating media, and the evocation of room acoustics for musical purposes. His recent works include a series of sound installations and works for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, and orchestra in which, by means of close tunings with pure tones, sound waves are caused to spin through space.
Lucier performs, lectures and exhibits his sound installations extensively in the United States, Europe and Asia. He has visited Japan twice. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States and received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of Plymouth, England. In recent years his work has been celebrated as the focus of festivals in the USA, Scotland & Iceland and this autumn in Switzerland to mark his 85th year.
Jim Denley is Australia’s foremost improviser with a career spanning over three decades. An emphasis on spontaneity, site-specific work and collaboration has been central to his work. He sees no clear distinctions between his roles as instrumentalist, improviser and composer. He was recently awarded a Fellowship by the Australia Council for 2006 + 07 and is currently working towards a paradigm shift in the notion and perception of the saxophone; to establish it’s relevance to ancient and current traditions in Australian music, and to extend it’s range with the addition of innovative electronics and miking.
Kim Myhr (born 1981) is a prominent voice on the experimental music scene in Norway, both as a composer and as a guitarist. He has performed throughout Europe, Australia, Asia, North and South-America. Myhr’s last solo record «All your limbs singing» recieved wide critical acclaim. His solo music explores the acoustic possibilities of the 12-string guitar, and can remind the listener of early music of Ligeti and of Morton Feldman, but it also contains an energy and simplicity similar to american folk music. As a composer, Myhr wrote «Stems and cages” for the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra in 2009, a large ensemble including Sidsel Endresen, Christian Wallumrød, Jim Denley among others. Kim wrote another piece for the orchestra for the 2012 Ultima Festival called “In the end his voice will be the sound of paper”, this time featuring the voice of Jenny Hval, released in 2016. Myhr works frequently with dance, notably writing music for productions by Italian choreographer Francesco Scavetta, and French/Norwegian stage artist Orfee Schuijt.
Ingar Zach is one of the leading percussionists/improvisers from Norway. He is known for the wide range of sounds in his drum kit and he uses his percussion in a very dynamic but still energetic way. Now living in Madrid, he concentrates on his solo work and his regular ensembles. He has been dedicated to experimental music and folk music for the last five years and he is now touring and recording with his regular ensembles but in Europe, Canada, USA, South America and Asia. He founded the Norwegian label for improvised music, SOFA, together with guitar player, Ivar Grydeland in May 2000 and the SILLÓN label in 2005.
Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Since 2008 they have created a series of immersive performances in abandoned and public spaces in Montréal and abroad including Wellington Tunnel, St Urbain Underpass, Bain St-Michel (Montréal), Mãe D’ Água (Lisboa, PT), Tunnel Bénedit-Jobin (Marseille, FR), Rotonda Besana (Milan IT), Vapaan Taiteen Tila (Helsinki, FI) and Sottopassaggio di Porta Vescovo (Verona, IT). These performances combined french horn, field recordings with the inherent sonic environment.
They have collaborated with various festivals and organizations including Suoni per Il Popolo, Inaudibles, Montréal Highlights Festival/Nuit Blanche, HTMlles, matralab, Pop Montréal (Montréal, QC), Audioparc & Galerie Verticale (Laval, QC), Nes Artist Residency (Skagaströnd, IS), Summer We Go Public (Skagaströnd, IS), Eastern Bloc (Montréal, QC), Sound Development City (Lisbon, PT & Marseille, FR), Äänen Lumo (Helsinki, FI), Videosoundart Festival (Milan, IT), Art in Odd Places (New York, NY), Live Arts Cultures (Venice, IT), P A T H Festival (Verona, IT), MADAM (Milan, IT) and Les Digitales (Lausanne, CH).
Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present (special preview)
Directed by Tyler Hubby
2016, USA, 102 min
Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present is a feature documentary about the pioneering life and works of artist, musician, and educator, Tony Conrad who has remained an enigmatic figure for fifty years. The film traces Tony’s incredible history in the now legendary downtown New York underground scene of the 1960s through to the present as he is finally being recognised for his decades-sweeping art and film projects.
The film cross cuts between Tony’s historic challenges to the very foundations of film, music and 500 years of Western thought, with deeply personal current moments and rumination and interviews of well-known contemporary artists and musicians who contextualise the influence Tony has had on their work and the greater art/music movements at large. The combined effect reveals not only a playful approach to life and art making but one that is motivated by a deep sense of justice that infuses flickering light, single note music and our education systems with powerful political radicalism.