Open Source: Erika Bell, Bonnie Jones & Suzanne Thorpe

June 25, 2018, 8:0pm
the wulf. @Coaxial Arts
1815 S Main St., Los Angeles, CA US 90016

 

Bonnie Jones (Electronics) and Suzanne Thorpe (Flute, Electronics), two critically acclaimed musicians will perform an improvised piece titled Convergence & Divergence, in 3 Parts.

Bonnie Jones is a Korean-American improvising musician, poet, and performer working with electronic sound and text. She performs solo and in numerous collaborative music, film, and visual art projects. Bonnie was a founding member of the Transmodern Festival and CHELA Gallery and is currently a member of the High Zero Festival collective. In 2010, she co-founded TECHNE https://technesound.org/, an organization that introduces young female-identified women to technology-focused art making, improvisation, and community collaboration. TECHNE’s programs are delivered through partnerships with grassroots organizations that share an aligned commitment to racial and gender equity. She has received commissions from the London ICA and Walters Art Museum and has presented her work extensively at institutions in the US, Mexico, Europe and Asia. Bonnie was a 2018 recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award. Born in 1977 in South Korea she was raised on a dairy farm in New Jersey, and currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland.
https://bonnie-jones.com/

Suzanne Thorpe (electroacoustic flute)
http://www.suzannethorpe.com/

Erika Bell is a Los Angeles composer and instrumentalist whose work is lightly focused on textural construction, irregular ensemble groupings, and a structure-based approach.

This event is part of the wulf.’s second Open Source electronic music series. Made possible in part by donations from the DCA Los Angeles.

TECHNE @Tucson Noise Symposium

Tucson Noise Symposium
April 24 – 28, 2018
Hosted by MOCA Tucson, University of Arizona, Exploded View Cinema
http://phonophilia.com/tns/ for complete schedule

Suzanne and I will be hosting a contact microphone workshop with the Arizona school district, a panel discussion and a concert.

The TNS is an annual, several-day festival/conference in Tucson, Arizona, in April, with related events at other times. (You can see information about our inaugural 2017 fest here.

The 2018 symposium will be April 24 – 28. Featured guests include Bonnie Jones and Suzanne Thorpe (Techne), Jon Leidecker, John Niekrasz, Zachary Watkins, Lana Del Rabies, Jessica Schwartz, Amy Cimini, and more. Venues include Exploded View Microcinema, Dunbar School Project, University of Arizona Music School, and Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art.

The idea is: Let’s gather together people doing noise in Tucson (and beyond!) Let’s listen to all the different ways they are doing noise. Everything is open to everybody and each show is 5 dollars or free.

 

M.C. Schmidt/Jon “Wobbly” Leidecker, Bonnie Jones, Rob Magill

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Rhizome
6950 Maple St NW, Washington DC 20012

Doors at 730, Music at 8 sharp! $10 suggested donation

A set of improvised digital sound collage and music by M.C. Schmidt and Jon “Wobbly” Leidecker. You may know M.C. Schmidt from his work with his band Matmos. Matmos has made recordings and performances with Robert Wilson, Ahnone, John Wiese, Zeena Parkins, Marshall Allen, Terry Riley, The Kronos Quartet and many more. Wobbly is a member of the band Negativland and has made recordings and performances with Fred Frith, People Like Us, John Oswald, Ann McGuire, and many more. They will be improvising in quadrophonic sound. Sometimes funny, sometimes breathtakingly beautiful, they probably don’t know which will happen or what the difference is, really.

Bonnie Jones is a Korean-American improvising musician, poet, and performer working with electronic sound and text. She performs solo and in numerous collaborative music, film, and visual art projects.

Bonnie’s work explores the fluidity and function of electronic noise (field recordings, circuit bending) and text (poetry, found, spoken, visual). Her art seeks opportunities within different mediums to expose the fluid nature of individual identity, history, form, and meaning.

As an arts organizer, Bonnie was a founding member of the Transmodern Festival and CHELA Gallery and is currently a member of the High Zero Festival collective. In 2010, she co-founded TECHNE https://technesound.org/, an organization that introduces young female-identified women to technology-focused art making, improvisation, and community collaboration. TECHNE’s programs are delivered through partnerships with grassroots organizations that share an aligned commitment to racial and gender equity.

Bonnie received her MFA at Bard College where she studied with Laetitia Sonami and Marina Rosenfeld. She has received commissions from the London ICA and Walters Art Museum and has presented her work extensively at institutions in the US, Mexico, Europe and Asia, including the LA MOCA, Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, and REDCAT. Her collaborative sound works have been shown at the Swiss Institute, Whitney Museum, and Hunter College.

Born in 1977 in South Korea she was raised on a dairy farm in New Jersey, and currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland. https://bonnie-jones.com/

Rob Magill is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, poet, painter and label-owner residing in Southern California with nearly 50 albums in the works. https://weirdcry.bandcamp.com/album/a-direct-threat

Union Docs: Creative Field Recording Workshop

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Creative Field Recording
Friday, Mar 23 at 11:00 am – Sunday, Mar 25 at 6:00 pm
Union Docs, NYC

A three-day intensive on the theory and practice of field recording for various forms of sound design led by Zach Poff. I’ll be leading a session that will collaboratively explore the line from recording to use of recordings for composition and performance techniques with an emphasis on improvisational music approaches and performances incorporating text, visuals and other elements.

In his 1985 essay, Listening Roland Barthes wrote “Based on hearing, listening (from an anthropological point of view) is the very sense of space and of time… Noises have been the immediate raw materials of a divination; to listen is, in an institutional manner, to try to find out what is happening”

Sound has a special relationship to emotion, instinct, and memory, both individual and collective. Tapping into an ancient area of our brain, sound provides immediate information telling us where we are, if it is safe, and how we should feel about that.

This three-day intensive and immersive workshop, with lead instructor Zach Poff, will have its participants considering the path from listening, to recording, to designing sound for various project forms. Covering topics and techniques from listening to Deep Listening, soundwalks and sound recording in the field, the relationship between the soundscape and sound design, and what is carried and created on the path from recording and recordings, to sound art, performance, and design.

No Idea Festival 2018

No Idea Festival 2018
February 22 – 25
Austin Texas
http://noideafestival.com

Thomas Lehn analog synthesizer → vienna
Marcus Schmickler laptop → cologne
Judith Hamann cello → melbourne
Bonnie Jones electronics → baltimore
Tetuzi Akiyama guitar → tokyo
Greg Saunier drum set → baltimore
Akira Sakata alto saxophone, clarinet, voice → tokyo
Marshall Trammell drum set → kansas city
Bhob Rainey soprano saxophone, laptop → philadelphia
Birgit Ulher trumpet, radio, objects → hamburg
Juanjosé Rivas electronics → mexico city
Juan García double bass → mexico city
– – / dashes percussion, electronics, text → vancouver
Sean O’Neill electronics, light → austin
Damon Smith double bass → boston
Liz Tonne voice → dallas
Chris Cogburn percussion, electronics → austin / mexico city
Raquel Bell voice, organ → austin
Parham Daghighi guitar → austin
Stefan Gonzalez drum set → dallas

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit – John Cage’s “Indeterminacy”

Performance
Sunday, December 10 at 4pm
Indeterminacy by John Cage performed by Bonnie Jones, Bill Harris, Maia Asshaq, and Jason Murphy

Admission: Free (suggested $5 donation)

DEPE Space Residency
Ben Hall: Slow an Alarm Until it’s a Tone
October 27, 2017- January 7, 2018

Drawing upon a fascinating array of references—from Ornette Coleman to punk rock back patches, Richard Pryor to the fourth chapter of Don Quixote and Kwame Ture—Ben Hall’s exhibition features a series of monoprints, free takeaway posters, videos, and paintings which explore how sound can influence and inspire radical thought. Throughout the exhibition Hall will host performances, readings, and live recording events where sound—in this case the voice of the Detroit community—is transformed into artifact through the production of vinyl records.

Ben Hall is an artist, curator, percussionist, and composer. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Bennington College and his Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University. His work has been presented at the Museum of Modern Art and Lincoln Center in New York City, at INSTAL in Glasgow, Scotland, and the kunstenentrum BELGIE in Belgium. He is a curator for Baptizum.com, the world’s largest online Black American spiritual collection and also produces new American improvisational music on his record label brokenresearch, including the last small group recordings of visionary trumpeter and composer Bill Dixon.

Rensselaer Lecture and Performance

Bonnie Jones: Opening the Circuit / Switching the Power Paradigm
Monday, November 20 at 4 PM – 6 PM
EMPAC Beta Studio

A discussion and open-circuit music performance by Bonnie Jones, Baltimore-based electronic musician, community organizer, and co-founder of TECHNE, an organization that offers DIY audio technology workshops for young female-identifying women and girls.

This event is part of the Open Source Art Music and Culture course at RPI, but is open to the public. It is free. EMPAC Beta is on the south-east corner of the top floor of EMPAC.