Negativland, Dan Burke and Thomas Dimuzio, Laetitia Sonami

Saturday, March 1, 2014
9 pm $16
The Uptown
1928 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94612
United States

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Locking tightly on one side while pulling apart as polar opposites on the other, Dan Burke (Illusion of Safety) and Thomas Dimuzio are like two magnetic poles. Equally inspired by sound, noise, static, interference, transcendence, and song, this dynamic duo will summon the demons of hell while ascending to ethereal realms. Ripe with juxtapositions unfolding into long and intense suspensions, and even verging on melodicism as evidenced on their previous releases Hz (Sonoris) and Upcoming Events (No Fun Productions). “Quiet can be the loud, and loud can be the quiet - if someone can proof that point then it's Thomas Dimuzio and Dan Burke.”— Vital Weekly

Scott Arford is incredibly active in the San Francisco Bay Area underground music scenes. He has produced numerous works for sound and video including multichannel installations, live performances, CD and DVD projects. He was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2005 Prix Ars Electronica. Arford has shown his in numerous venues including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Dissonanze 7 in Rome, Italy; LUFF Festival in Lausanne, Switzerland; Observatori Festival in Valencia, Spain; the Sounding Festivals in Guangzhou, China and Taipei, Taiwan; the LEM festival in Barcelona, Spain; Liquid Architecture in Melbourne, Australia; the Festival de Video/Arte/Eolectronica in Lima, Peru; Sonic Light in Amsterdam; and the Center for Contemporary Arts in Kitakyushu, Japan. In 1995 Arford founded 7hz, a warehouse/performance space. From 1995 to 2002, 7hz was San Francisco’s leading venue for noise and experimental music.

Years before the art of musical appropriation was made commonplace by remix and mash-up artists, Negativland (who formed in 1979), pioneered the use of mass-media cut-ups with jam-packed sound collages that sharply critiqued popular culture. Founded in the suburban San Francisco area by high-school friends Mark Hosler and Richard Lyons, the self-styled “Culture Jammers” began as an experimental group with a penchant for found sound and studio post-processing via tape manipulation and collage techniques. Their breakthrough album, ESCAPE FROM NOISE (1987), was distinguished by controversy when the band issued a disinformation campaign linking their song “Christianity Is Stupid” as the impetus behind the mass murders committed by Minnesota teen David Brom. The band continued to be dogged by controversy with its 1991 EP release, U2, a satiric send-up of the Irish-rockers peppered with profane rants from disc jockey Casey Kasem. The release embroiled them in a convoluted legal battle with U2’s label, Island Records, who sued the group for copyright violation.

Composer, performer, and sound installation artist Laetitia Sonami was born in France and settled in the United States in 1975 to pursue her interest in the emerging field of electronic music. She studied with Eliane Radigue, Joel Chadabe, Robert Ashley and David Behrman. SonamI’s work combines text, music and ”found sound” from the world, in compositions which have been described as ”performance novels. Her signature instrument, the Lady’s Glove, is fitted with a vast array of sensors which track the slightest motion of her enigmatic dance: with it Sonami can create performances where her movements can shape the music and in some instances visual environments. Sonami has been performing in numerous festivals across the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan and China. Awards include the Alpert Award in the Arts (2002), Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts Award (2000), the Civitella Ranieri Fellowship (2000), Studio Pass-Harvestworks residency (2001) and a Creative Work Fund award (2000) for a collaboration with Nick Bertoni and the Tinkers Workshop.

Vozzt is an electro-acoustic duo, based in Oakland + San Francisco, CA, making music which straddles the disciplines of improvisation and song form. Jeanie-Aprille Tang is an audio visual artist + electro-acoustic composer/improviser, and member of improvisation trio Dapplegray, and IMA, a duo of alternative time perceptions. Her instruments are hardware electronics and plexiglass. Evelyn Davis is an improvisor, inside pianist/pianist, organist, composer, and songwriter, and vox/keyboardist for Cheer-Accident (Chicago).