In her recent work, Dee reflects on the various physical movements she performs during physical activity. For example, in The Relationship Between my Foot and the Ground, Dee explores the relationship between the body and the ground during activities such as running and walking. She is interested in the kinaesthetic, auditory and visual experience of unilateral movement. In recent work, Dee has also reflected on overexertion, injury and body awareness. As a broad theme, Dee is interested in the relationship between mental health and physical exercise.
Following a period of devotion to the experimental theatre of Antonin Artaud as a teenager, an encounter with the Doors altered his course to music. His first band Lost Aaraaff, was named after a poem by Edgar Allen Poe. For Haino, much of the 1970s served as an incubation period of sorts; then, in 1978, he emerged again as a public performer with his rock group, Fushitsusha. Over the next several decades he would establish many other musical groups, including Aihiyo, Varja and Sanhedolin.
Haino’s output as a solo artist has been just as extensive. He considers himself a vocalist first and foremost, but guitar has also played a central role in his performances and recordings from the beginning. He continues to explore an impressive array of traditional, contemporary and invented instruments in his work. The eclecticism of his achievements and the broadness of his vision are both owed to and reflected by his wide pool of influences, among them medieval troubador music, Marlene Dietrich, Billie Holiday, Iannis Xenakis, Syd Barrett and Blind Lemon Jefferson. Despite the “voraciously globe-swallowing” nature of his music, Haino’s creative impulses still have strong local ties to Japan; he is deeply influenced by both traditional Butoh dancing and ma, the Japanese concept of empty space and silence in music. He has collaborated with Faust, Peter Brötzmann, Loren Mazzacane Connors, Derek Bailey, Stephen O’Malley, Merzbow, Oren Ambarchi, Jim O’Rourke and Pan Sonic, amongst many more.
Hennies is currently a member of improvised music group Meridian with Greg Stuart and Tim Feeney, a duo with sound/performance artist Jason Zeh, and the Queer Percussion Research Group with Jerry Pergolesi, Bill Solomon, and Jennifer Torrence. In late 2017, she premiered the groundbreaking work Contralto at Issue Project Room (NYC), a film featuring a cast of transgender women with a live score for string quartet and three percussionists.
In 2013, Hennies founded the record label Weighter Recordings, releasing works by artists working at the fringes of contemporary music.
Photo of Sarah Hennies by Mara Baldwin
Reidy has collaborated with notable musicians such as Jon Rose, Anthony Pateras, Suze Whaites, Clayton Thomas, George Lewis, Phil Minton, Judy Bailey, Bob Ostertag, Tony Buck (The Necks) and Liz Kosack. She has produced works for notable groups such as Ensemble Offspring (AU), the Berlin Splitter Orchestra, Small Room (DE), the Living Room Theatre, as well as many ongoing active projects in Australia and Europe. Julia has performed widely across Europe and Australia, including appearances at Angelica Festival (Italy), Ulrichsberg Jazz Festival (Austria), Berlin Jazz Festival (Germany), and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK).
Photo of Julia Reidy (c) Photomusix/C. Marx
He has performed extensively worldwide over the past twenty years, has given countless lectures and workshops, co-curated music festivals and organized concerts and film events in the US and beyond. He has also composed works for dance, video-games, film and audio installations. On top of all of this, he has been involved in researching, championing and distributing experimental music worldwide, beginning with his early days at US distributor Forced Exposure and through his online distribution shops Mimaroglu Music (2003–2015) and Broken-Music (2016–present).
He is currently performing geographically and thematically relevant Live Electronic Music works under the “Redactions” banner, and he has recently done so for the GRM’s Immersion festival in Paris, Documenta 14 in Athens, MaerzMusik’s The Long Now in Berlin, and at the Don Buchla Memorial Concerts in San Francisco.