**Lee Ranaldo** — performing solo electric guitar
Musician, composer, visual artist, writer, producer, and founding member of Sonic Youth. Recent solo albums include:
Electric Trim (2017) Mute
Acoustic Dust (2014) El Segell
Last Night On Earth (2013) Matador
Between the Times and the Tides (2012) Matador
Continued works with partner Leah Singer (Sight Unseen; Contre Jour) have been large scale, multi projection, often quadraphonic sound + light events, w Lee performing ‘suspended guitar phenomena’ in various locations around the world (recently: China, Australia, Iceland, Greece).
Orchestral Composition “Hurricane Transcriptions” based on wind sounds recorded during Hurricane Sandy Oct 2013 performed by Kaleid...oskop Ensemble (Berlin) at Holland Festival (June 2013) and by Ensemble Offspring (Sydney) at Sydney Festival (January 2014). A newly-realized quartet version of this work will be performed with Dither Quartet (Brooklyn) in 2015. Also continued work with Glacial Trio (with David Watson and Tony Buck) and Text of Light Group (with Alan Licht and Ulrich Krieger), which improvises to films by Stan Brakhage.
Leeʼs artworks and videos have been on view in the past couple years in gallery and museum shows in Porto, Halifax, Miami, Tampa, Vienna, Prague, Gent, Bratislava, Auckland, Salt Lake City and in Brooklyn and most recently at the VOLTA fair in Manhattan in 2015. Artist-in-Residence: CNEAI, Paris (2007, 2008); NSCAD, Halifax, Nova Scotia (2013); Villa Arson, Nice, France (2014).
Greg Fox is a multi-instrumentalist, interdisciplinary artist, and teacher born and based in New York City. A versatile and prolific creative, Fox studied percussion with Guy Licata, Thurman Barker, Marvin “Bugalu” Smith, has a B.A. in Integrated Arts from Bard College, and has toured, recorded and released numerous records with Liturgy, Guardian Alien, ZS, Ex Eye, Skeletons, Teeth Mountain, Dan Deacon, Colin Stetson, Ben Frost, and many more.
Fox’s solo work is concerned with finding and creating gestural points of procedural interaction that reconcile seemingly unrelated interstitial spaces, using sound to create and describe emotional and geometric architectural territories. Using the drums as a main interface of communication, in tandem with Sensory Percussion, Fox describes, animates and accesses hidden synesthetic landscapes.
The Gradual Progression is Fox’s latest collection of music released on RVNG Intl. On the album, Fox uses tonal palettes, or virtual instruments invented for each piece, in an intuitive and expressive way through Sensory Percussion’s hardware/software system that overlays sensors onto acoustic drums. Throughout the record, Fox’s rigorous inner rhythms serve as the mandalic vessel for unbound expression and arrangement. An exploration of selfhood that employs new methods of externalizing his polyrhythmic virtuosity into non-physical realms signals both a reconciliation of disparate musical ventures and a new elevated stage in the artist’s oeuvre.
Fox’s unique ability to combine percussion, organic sounds, and technology coalesced on his 2014 album Mitral Transmission. Over multiple visits to the basement lab of master jazz drummer and holistic healer Milford Graves, lab and medical equipment were used to make extremely hi-fidelity recordings of his resting heartbeat. Custom software rendered the waveforms into a rich MIDI score, which was then used as the basis for the compositions found on the record- a work that can be unflinchingly explosive, fluttering and merciless in one instance, yet poised and withholding in the next.
**Bentley Anderson + Mystic Ruler**
Bentley Anderson plays total thrash trash electric guitar electricity. Mystic Ruler plays semi-modular fully-analog synth sequencer sins. En masse they improvise music like a blind poet's lucid dream of pagan black candles over a deathonic dim sea.
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