The packed program of artists this year include young bioacoustic performer Marco Donnarumma, seminal Lebanese free improviser Mazen Kerbaj, and from California we have Laetitia Sonami and James Fei presenting a new collaboration for unstable instruments and modular synths. The evening will also have special intimate performances by Daniel Schorno and Sybren Danz in STEIM’s analog sound bunker. And to finish off the night some DJ sets by DJ’s Foom and Snoid. Mark your calendar, it’s sure to be a blast!
Date: Tuesday 18 June, 2013
Time: 20:30 (Door open 20:00)
(No pre-sale, be on time! full = full)
Location: STEIM Concert Space, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, Amsterdam
Marco Donnarumma is a new media and sonic artist, performer and teacher, born in Italy and is based in London. Weaving a thread around biomedia research, musical and theatrical performance, participatory practices and subversive coding, Marco looks at the collision of critical creativity with humanized technologies. His biophysical system Xth Sense won the first prize in the Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition and was named the 2012 “world’s most innovative new musical instrument” by the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, US. Recently, he curated the publication Biotechnological Performance Practice (eContact!, 14.2).
He has performed at major arts events including (ISEA, Venice Biennale, WRO Biennale), specialized festivals (FILE, Panorama, Sonorities, Némo, Mapping, Piksel, Re-New, Laboral, EMAF) and major academic conferences (NIME, ICMC, Pure Data Convention, Linux Audio Conference@Stanford CCRMA, SICMF). His projects have been reviewed on BBC, Reuters, Wired, Create Digital Music, We Make Money Not Art, Rhizome, Weave, Digicult, and appeared in the book “New Art/Science Affinities” (CMU and Studio for Creative Enquiry, US). He was artist in residence at STEIM (NL), Inspace (UK), and the National School of Theatre and Contemporary Dance (DK). His work has been funded by the European Commission, British Council, Creative Scotland, New Media Scotland, and the Danish Arts Council. Currently, Marco is a ERC-funded PhD student for the Embodied Audio Visual Interaction (EAVI) Research Group at Goldsmiths University, supervised by Professor Atau Tanaka.
Mazen Kerbaj is one of the founders of the Lebanese free improvisation scene, both as a trumpet player and as an active member in the MILL association that organizes the annual Irtijal festival (www.irtijal.org) in Beirut since 2001. In 2005 he launched Al Maslakh, the first label for experimental improv music in the region (www.almaslakh.org). In 2009, after fructuous collaborations with Lebanese cult punk rock band Scrambled Eggs he launched a new sub-label, Johnny Kafta’s Kids Menu (www.johnnykafta.com) to produce alternative and experimental rock music from Lebanon.
Between 2000 and 2011, Mazen Kerbaj performed extensively solo and with various groups in the Middle East, all around Europe, and in the USA. Regular and occasional partners includes: Sharif Sehnaoui, Christine Sehnaoui, Raed Yassin, Charbel Haber, Franz Hautzinger, Lê Quan Ninh, Bertrand Denzler, Stéphane Rives, Mats Gustaffson, Guillermo Gregorio, Gene Coleman, Michael Zerang, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Jim Baker, Jack Wright, Michael Bullock, Vic Rawlings, David Stäckenas, Martin Küchen, Axel Dörner, Ricardo Arias, Jason Khan, The Ex, Jarrod Cagwin, Thomas Lehn, Joe McPhee, Raymond Boni, John Butcher, Martin Blume, Tony Buck…
Sparrows and Ortolans: Laetitia Sonami and James Fei
This is the first tour of the collaboration between Laetitia Sonami and James Fei. While the materials and techniques used by the two musicians are distinctly different, both employ tactile interface coupled with electronic systems that exhibit complex behavioral response. Sonami will introduce her new spring-based instrument (the Digital Spring Spyre). She constructed this new “instrument” around a web of springs whose vibrations are analyzed by neural networks (Rebecca Fiebrink’s Wekinator). It exhibits particularly erratic behaviors…. Fei’s setup consists of a mix of vintage Buchla and self-constructed analog modules. The system is driven by multiple feedback loops, often on the brink of instability. Signals are recursively routed through microphones, spring reverb, and between audio and control voltages. Circuit elements are also modified by touch, integrating the non-linearities and the immediacy of the body with the electronic processes.
BLACKBOXed live at the SOUNDBUNKER: Sybren Danz and Daniel Schorno
Over the past year STEIM’s Sybren Danz has blown new life into the 1970′s vintage ‘Blackbox’ modular synthesizer by restoring three of the four existing systems to their former glory. Together with former STEIM artist and Soundbunker director Daniel Schorno they explore and introduce the new setup as much as other new additions in a series of short duo-performance-interventions.
After numerous unsurfaced compositions under aliases ‘Devotion’s Mould; The Void’ and ‘Fatalist Vixen Mission’, Sybren Danz returns after a three year silence since his last performance supporting Atari Teenage Riot at the Paradiso to do a couple of short sessions at the STEIM Soundbunker. A rare and unique opportunity to observe an animal in it’s natural habitat.
Under the alias ‘zitegeist’ Daniel Schorno travels the globe performing on eponymous analoge and digital vintage instruments. His musical noosphere is of razor edge sounds cut & cued from laser fast livesampling resynthesis and crackle light sculpting. Zitegeist has played alongside luminaries like dj sniff, collaborated on ‘noiseroom’ with jan st werner and duo’ed with netochka nezvanova. the soundbunker is a zitegeist project.