Sound Ideas: Workshop and Performance at Rhizome DC

RhizomeDC presents the next in a series of concerts of experimental and improvised music featuring pre-show workshops with world-class improvising musicians.

Workshop with Bonnie Jones at 530 pm – email laynegarrett at yahoo dot com to RSVP – free and open to all – (workshop details below)

Doors for the concert open at 730pm, performances start at 8 sharp – $10 suggested donation – featuring:

Bonnie Jones
Lab Mice


Bonnie will lead participants in an exploration of resonance via sine tones: their relationships to the performance experience, and also a more intuitive/iimprovisational approach to considering sine tones with text.

Bonnie Jones is a Korean-American writer, improvising musician, and performer working primarily with electronic music and text. Born in 1977 in South Korea she was raised on a dairy farm in New Jersey, and currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland. Bonnie creates improvised and composed text-sound performances that explore the fluidity and function of electronic noise (field recordings, circuit bending) and text (poetry, found, spoken, visual). She is interested in how people perceive, “read” and interact with these sounds and texts given our current technological moment. Bonnie has received commissions from the London ICA and has presented her work in the US, Europe, and Asia and collaborates frequently with writers and musicians. She received her MFA at the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College.

Lab Mice (Gary Rouzer on amplified objects and tapes and Chris Videll on electronics and objects) was conceived back in November 2012 and went through several stages before our first performance in April 2013. We wanted to create something new, not just a combination of our usual sounds and tendencies. Chris usually pays heavy drone electronics, while Gary tends towards amplified objects with quickly changing textures. Gary decided to slow down his playing using circular motions and amplified motors. Chris chose to speed up his reaction time with his electronics and also used bowed cardboard and wood. The results sound machine-like yet warm and unpredictable. We both employ electronic and acoustic sound sources. The dynamics vary from silence to near silence to quiet.

Back Alley Theater is at the corner of 14th / Kennedy / Colorado Streets NW – go down the stairs at the corner into the basement

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