[RESIDENCY] Amirtha Kidambi: Solo // Elder Ones
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
TICKETS: $15 ONLINE $20/15 DOORS
DOORS 7:00PM 90 MINUTES
Amirtha Kidambi‘s Yajna is a solo vocal ritual, a sacrifice to the metaphoric sacred fire to purge the dark energies of this era.
Amirtha Kidambi is invested in the performance and creation of music, from free improvisation and jazz, to experimental bands, and new music. She is a soloist, collaborator, and ensemble member in groups including Charlie Looker’s early music inspired dark folk band Seaven Teares, Mary Halvorson’s quintet Code Girl, analog percussion and light ensemble Ashcan Orchestra, and Darius Jones’ vocal quartet Elizabeth-Caroline Unit. As an improviser, she has played with Matana Roberts, Tyshawn Sorey, Ingrid Laubrock, Daniel Carter, Ava Mendoza, William Parker, Trevor Dunn, and many innovators in the New York scene. Recent collaborations include the premiere of AACM founder and composer/pianist Muhal Richard Abrams’ Dialogue Social, Darius Jones’ The Oversoul Manual at Carnegie Hall, a premiere of electronic composer Ben Vida’s work Slipping Control for voice and electronics with Tyondai Braxton at the Borderline Festival in Athens, Greece, the premiere of the late Robert Ashley’s final opera CRASH at the Whitney Biennial, a Jazz Gallery commission for Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl, the premiere of William Parker’s Soul of Light and a commission from the Jerome Foundation for her quartet Elder Ones at Roulette and artist residency at EMPAC to record the group’s debut album.
Elder Ones is the quartet performing the compositions of vocalist Amirtha Kidambi (Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl/Darius Jones’ EC-Unit). Situated in concentric musical circles and communities in New York City, her collaborators saxophonist Matt Nelson (Battle Trance/GRID), bassist Nick Dunston (Tyshawn Sorey Trio) and drummer Max Jaffe (JOBS/Peter Evans’ Being and Becoming) have crossed paths in the DIY underground and permutations of free improvisers in clubs and concert halls across New York City. The instrumentalists chosen for this project draw from a wide variety of vocabularies from hip-hop to the avant-garde, each bringing their highly individual language to the group. The quartet uses composed material and loose structures for improvisation, over a bed of Indian harmonium drones and synthesizer. Oscillating between worlds of raga, microtonality, jagged rhythmic precision and punishing brutality, Thyagaraja, Alice Coltrane or Stockhausen could be equally suspect sources of their sound.
NEW SCHOOL JAZZ BUILDING 2ND FLOOR THEATER 55 WEST 13TH STREET, NYC
6:00pm Doors Open
6:40pm Sasha Berliner Quintet
8:00pm Marquis Hill Blacktet
9:20pm Kate Gentile New Quartet
10:40pm Dan Weiss Starebaby
12:00am Darius Jones: LawNOrder
5:00 PM Check-in Begins
$50 SINGLE DAY ADV / $60 SINGLE DAY DOS
$85 2-DAY ADV / $95 2-DAY DOS
unlimited 31 "Mary Halvorson _ Ribbons of Euphoria"
2pm @ Minoriten JESSICA PAVONE
3:30 pm @ grain storage RAUMSCHIFF ENGELMAYR
Shabby Metal Radio Rap
7pm @ Schl8hof TRIO HEINZ HERBERT
Dominic Landolt, Ramon Landolt,
solo pedal steel guitar
Charlie Looker, Amirtha Kidambi,
Robbie Lee, Russell Greenberg
JOHN DIETERICH &
Martin Siewert, John Norman,
Sounds Wrong Feels Right pres.:
WILTED WOMAN (Primitive Languages, birdFriend)
AMIRTA KIDAMBI (Northern Spy)
DJ SHLUCHT (DIY Church)
VVK 9€ / AK 11€
file under: Hardware Techno Fun, Neue Katarnische Vocal Art, Improv, Tape-Loops, Noise
Wenn sich eine New Yorker Vocal Künstlerin, eine Hardware Techno Queen und ein Tape-Magician treffen, ist das entweder der Anfang eines postironischen Musiker-Witzes oder die letzte Sounds Wrong Feels Right Show des Jahres... Selbstverständlich findet eben Letzteres an diesem Abend statt.
Wir versprechen eine Reise durch das Totale Tape-Loop-Hörspiel-Chaos von DJ SHLUCHT, die magische Contemporary Vocal Art von AMIRTA KIDAMBI - die sich selbst mit einem traditionellen, indischen Harmonium begleitet - und den finalen Weckruf der Power Goddess schlechthin WILTED WOMAN. Ein Abend im Zeichen der Gratwanderung zwischen DIY- und Hochkultur, Folk und Techno und dem allseits bekannten absurd-schönen Mix dieser Konzertreihe.
Amirtha Kidambi - compositions, vocals, harmonium, Matt Nelson - soprano saxophone, Nick Dunston - bass, Max Jaffe - drums and sensory percussion
November 1st - Berliner Festspiele - Berlin, Germany
November 3rd - Festiwal Jazz Jantar - Gdansk, Poland
November 4th - Alchemia - Krakow, Poland
November 5th - Mozg - Warsaw, Poland
There's a new album out in the world, and it's Dave Ruder's Qualms Rectified. Dave will trot out a bunch of material from the new album alongside Jeff Tobias, Paul Pinto, Angela Morris, and Sam Morrison.
BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE ART FROM
stevie may ::: hall of gems ::: with Rachel Lyngholm (video) Jenna Snyder (Johnson Mcgee)(guitars) and Jack Meriwether (movement)
Doors at 8pm, show at 9pm. $10
At 2:30 p.m., Carolee Schneemann joins the exhibition’s curators Sabine Breitwieser and Branden W. Joseph, together with Stuart Comer, Chief Curator of Media and Performance Art at The Museum of Modern Art, in a conversation surrounding her work, featuring an introduction by Peter Eleey, Chief Curator, MoMA PS1.
At 4 p.m., composer and vocalist Amirtha Kidambi assembles an inter-generational quartet in a set of improvised music accompanied by Miya Masaoka on the toto, Erica Dicker on the violin, and Andria Nicodemou on the vibraphone.
A Flux Factory production, our 2nd annual Flux-a-Thon is part parade, part dinner/dance party, part participatory art showdown, part walkathon, but 100% Fluxy.
All are invited to march with teams through LIC from our home base, Flux Factory to the wildnerness-hidden-amid-the-skyscrapers community garden Smiling Hogshead Ranch. After our celebrity panel bestows honors on our teams, we'll celebrate all night with drinks, food, performances, DJs, site-specific installations and more!
Proceeds from the Flux-a-Thon support Flux's free public art exhibitions and help keep costs low for our Artists-in-Residence.
Experimental Vocalist and Composer
A fixture in the NYC experimental music community, Amirtha Kidambi's work is varied, dynamic and deeply evocative. She's worked collaboratively with Robert Ashley, Tyondai Braxton, Ashcan Orchestra, and Seaven Teares (among many others), and leads her own critically-acclaimed band, Elder Ones. We'll be graced with a rare solo performance at the Flux-a-Thon after party.
PUSSY GRABS BACK -- THE BAND
DJ Mr. Twin Sister
Bryan Ujueta is the drummer of Mr. Twin Sister, who have released on Domino Records, been sampled by Kendrick Lamar, and have a new self-titled LP. He also spins records around NYC as DJ Mr. Twin Sister, enticing crowds to dance with a delectable mix of funk, disco and house.
Direction, Choreography by Patricia Nicholson
Part 1. "Justice" composed by Oliver Lake
Part 2. "Soliloquy for the Children who lost Everything & the Flowers that Saved Them" composed by William Parker
Live Video Art: Bill Mazza
Dancers: Miriam Parker, Jason Jordan, Guanglei Hui,
nna Pauline Gichan, Patricia Nicholson,
Voices: Fay Victor, Amirtha Kidambi, Lisa Sokolov, Andrea Wolper, Jean Carla Rodea
Strings: Melanie Dyer, Jean Cook, Gwen Laster, Brandon Lopez
Reeds: Oliver Lake, Abraham Mennen, Lee Odom, Ras Moshe, Dave Sewelson, Karen Borca
Horns: Vincent Chancey, Jaimie Branch
Rhythm Section: Cooper-Moore, Hamid Drake, William Parker, Dan Kurfirst
Art Installation: Melanie Dyer, Jackson Krall, William Parker, Patricia Nicholson
April 14th - Bossa, Washington DC
April 15th - Black Iris Gallery, Richmond VA
April 16th - TBD, North Carolina
April 17th - Mammal Gallery, Atlanta GA
April 18th - Duke University (Duke Coffeehouse), Durham NC
April 19th - An Die Musik, Baltimore, MD
April 20th - Bowie State University, MD
April 21st - Peabody University (workshop), MD
Improvisers Ingrid Laubrock (sax), Peter Evans (trumpet), Amirtha Kidambi (voice), and Travis Laplante (sax) play with Sky Macklay's installation MEGA-ORGAN in an evening of unpredictable sonic splendor! These world-renouned players will each play a solo with MEGA-ORGAN and wil end with a group improv.
Doors at 7:00
Free dinner at 7:15
Music at 8:00
Part of Judson Memorial Church's Bailout series http://classic.judson.org/bailouttheater
MEGA-ORGAN: The Interactive Improvisation Space is an installation of inflatable harmonica-playing sculptures located in the loft of Judson Memorial Church in Greenwich Village. MEGA-ORGAN will transform the loft of Judson Memorial Church into an ensconcing, living, breathing instrument. Judson has a pipe organ that sadly no longer functions. MEGA-ORGAN will resonify the organ using inflatable sculptures built from flexible plastic and flowing from the organ pipes and walls. The sculptures will have dozens of harmonicas affixed inside their air-escape points. High-power fans will animate the sculptures and excite the reeds, creating rich, organ-like, droney walls of sound. The fans will be controlled by a combination of motion sensors that react when viewers/listeners enter the space.
Sponsored by New Music USA https://www.newmusicusa.org/projects/mega-organ-the-interactive-improvisation-space/
Please also visit MEGA-ORGAN during open gallery hours March 26th-April 5th! https://www.facebook.com/events/1274190912646565/
A Tribute to my dear friend, collaborator and mentor, Pauline Oliveros. I know she is listening.
In Vagina Dialogues -a performance sound composition -- Miya Masaoka enacts the registers of aurality, hearing and engagement that involve the giving and receiving of sound.
In these vagina listening sessions, the body’s vaginal orifice a receptor and giver of sound, whereby sound is transmitted and felt through the entire body. In this scenario, vaginas are empowered as the producers of sound, no longer mute and silent. 16 vagina identified queer friendly participants will be vibrating together on resonating chairs with transducers. Come and try a chair yourself or sit in the audience!
Join us for this performance followed by an informal discussion January 12 at 8:00 (Please stay for the later sets with Byron Westbrook and Ursula Scherrer)
January 12, 8:00 PM
287 Spring Street
New York, NY 10013
NEW EAR FESTIVAL - curated by Peter Evans
January 8- 15 - 8pm
Jan 8 (6pm) - Tribute to Pauline Oliveros and launch of 9 Evenings + 50 video archiveJan 9 -
Jan 9 Amir ElSaffar, Ole Mathison, Tomas Fujiwar
Jan 10 - Kassa Overall
Jan 11 - Ohal Grietzer, Victoria Keddie
Jan 12 - Miya Masaoka, Byron Westbrook, Ursula Scherrer
Jan 13 - Tomeka Reid, Jamie Branch, Selina Trepp
Jan 14 - Diego Espinosa
Jan 15 - Levy Lorenzo, Lea Bertucci
Jan 16 - Yulan Grant
Bruce Williamson – tenor saxophone
Hui Cox – guitar
Michael Bisio – bass
Michael Wimberly - drums
8pm Cooper-Moore / Behroozi
Cooper-Moore – strings, perc.
Daro Behroozi - tenor, bs clarinet
9pm Amirtha Kidambi Choir
voices: Amirtha Kidambi, Jean-Carla Rodea, Anais Maviel, Charmaine Lee, Emilie Lesbros, Kristin Slipp
January 7th Winter Jazzfest Marathon - 8pm
New School Glass Box Theater 55 West 13th Street NYC
6:40pm John Hébert’s Rambling Confessions
8:00pm Amirtha Kidambi's Elder Ones
9:20pm Adam O'Farrill's Stranger Days
10:40pm Ben Allison's Think Free
12:00am Ben Wendel Seasons Band
a break from the usual... no 75 Dollar Bill, per se, tonight!
Rick Brown will play a set (as brownout) first, soon after 8:00. Singing, droning, possibly hitting a few things. No plywood, probably. This doesn't happen often.
Also not a frequent presence, the improvising quartet of Che Chen, Sue Garner, Daniel Carter and Amirtha Kidambi will play the 2nd set of the evening, starting soon after 9:00.
This is the 3rd night of a week of shows involving 75 Dollar Bill (Che Chen and Rick Brown). Full schedule is here:
Saturday November 12 @ The Park Church Co-op
AdHoc x Northern Spy Presents
Special Collaborative Performance by
Rhys Chatham / Oneida
'What's Your Sign?' record release on Northern Spy
'Amore Per Tutti' record release on NNA Tapes
Amirtha Kidambi Elder Ones
'Holy Science' record release on Northern Spy
| The Park Church Co-op |
129 Russell St @ Nassau | Greenpoint, Brooklyn
G-Nassau | 8pm | $13+ | all ages
11/2, 5pm - Amherst College, Western Mass (Arms Music Center, Room 3)
11/3, 8pm - Casa del Popolo (La Sala Rossa) w/ Paso Doble, Montreal, Canada (4848 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1R5, Canada)
11/4, 8pm - Zula Presents, Gift Shop Gallery w/ Dave Gould, Hamilton, Canada (21 Rebecca St., Hamilton)
11/5, 8pm - Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY (341 DELAWARE AVE.
BUFFALO, NY 14202)
11/6 - Trinosophes, Detroit, MI (1464 Gratiot Avenue, Detroit, MI 48207)
11/7, 9pm - Elastic Arts w/ Dave Rempis-Mars Williams Duo, Chicago, IL (3429 W Diversey Ave, 2nd Fl, Chicago, IL 60647)
11/8 - Oberlin College (4:30pm) + New Ghosts Presents at Bop Stop Election watch party at 8pm, show at 9pm , Cleveland, OH
11/9, 8pm - City of Asylum, w/ Joey Molinaro's Pariah Dog, Pittsburgh, PA (324 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh , PA , 15212)
11/10, 8pm - Fire Museum Presents at Savery Gallery w/ Keir Neuringer and Madame Data, Philadelphia, PA (319 N 11th St (Ground Floor), Philadelphia)
11/11, 8:30pm + 10pm - Firehouse 12, New Haven, CT (45 Crown St, New Haven, CT 06510)
"The aggressive and sublime first album by the band Elder Ones, Holy Science, is a kind of gauge for how strong and flexible the scene of young musicians in New York’s improvised and experimental music world can be. At the center of it are drones and phonemes." - Ben Ratliff, The New York Times
Amirtha Kidambi Elder Ones have signed to Northern Spy Records! Come out to Knockdown Center's lovely Ready Room to meet the band and catch a special performance. Levy Lorenzo and Peter Evans will perform as a duo. NSPY friends/family will be playing records.
11pm Amirtha Kidambi Elder Ones
10pm Peter Evans / Levy Lorenzo
9pm NSPY DJs
This is a free event.
Vocalist Amirtha Kidambi will be visiting from New York and performing in a quartet with trumpeter Greg Kelley and local improvisational luminaries Lori Goldston, cello, & Greg Campbell, percussion.
Seattle violinst/composer Austin Larkin will also be performing a set this evening, as well as Anacortes' organic concretist Geological Creep.
Tickets: $15 General, $10 Members
Tickets available at the door only
NYC based improvising vocalist and Bay Area native Amirtha Kidambi, and Oakland’s own Zachary James Watkins, met in the basement music venue of a bar in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood on the border of Brooklyn and Queens. Amirtha and Zachary immediately struck a chord speaking candidly about race politics in experimental music, and the rapid gentrification of their hometowns and home bases, with a silent nod to the connections between these issues in the microcosm of their artistic communities, and the institutional and systemic racism and unrest in the macrocosm of America. The conversation was brief, but a connection was made. This concert is a continuation of that conversation, in communion with POC and women in the Bay Area, expanding the dialogue from coast-to-coast in their respective artistic communities. They will be joined by Marshall Trammell (percussion), Jeanie-Aprille Tang (electronics), Nava Dunkelman (percussion) and Lisa Mezzacappa (bass) in large group and small formations.
The Ashcan Orchestra presents a collection of new electro-mechanical toy instruments, and new works. The instruments will be built from handbells, toy pianos, slide whistles, and percussion and be automated by light, sound, and other sensors using simple CMOS digital logic chips, and mechanical memory. The first part of the evening will consist of new pieces for the individual instruments and ensemble. In the second half, the instruments will comprise a chamber ensemble sized “music box” with performers using sound and light to play a longer theatrical composition which uses the rules of digital logic, inherent to their electronics, as musical material.
The Ashcan Orchestra is simultaneously the audio/visual work of composerP. Spadine, a collection of toy, re-appropriated, and homemade instruments, and an revolving performance ensemble based in NYC since 2007. On stages and basements, indoors and out, it has been presenting new music and rituals in celebration and emulation of the physics and mathematics that bind the known universe.
[COMMISSION] Ashcan Orchestra: New Instruments and New Works is made possible, in part, by the Jerome Foundation.
The Jerome Foundation, a long-time supporter of young composers, was a mainstay in Roulette’s early development and continues to help us fulfill our mission by presenting ambitious work by promising artists. Each year, the Jerome Foundation supports five artist residencies and four commissions at Roulette.
For her third and final show as a 2015 Artist-in-Residence, Lea Bertucci will premiere new works for voice, tape and electronics at ISSUE’s 22 Boerum Theater. Developed over the course of 2015/16, these new works embody her recent approaches to composition and recording technique. Environmental sound sources and manipulated instruments/objects form an ominous sound-world, where states of alienation, ambiguity and transcendence are examined.
The performance will feature guest vocalists Max Alper, Amirtha Kidambi, and Kathleen Baird.
MIDDLE GREY presents MEDICINE MIRROR: a double cassette release on Cryptic Carousel recordings and a release show
with performances by:
Muyassar Kurdi Middle Grey Fake Humans Daniel Carter, Che Chen, Sue Garner & Amirtha Kidambi Quartet
and live video synthesis by Corey Bauer of Cryptic Carousel.
about the artists:
MUYASSAR KURDI “. . . a Dadaistic performance that falls between musical absurdity and autistic choreography. Completely concentrated upon her bizarre ritual, the singer – dressed in black – emits tortured vocalizations and cries worthy of Yoko Ono in full flight, all of it juggling with electronic effects and white noise. It’s incredibly in-your-face and perturbing but makes you smile too: the sheer pleasure of making a racket…” – L’Alsace (France) http://muyassarkurdi.com/
FAKE HUMANS Fake Humans is the duo of Carl Didur (Zacht Automat, Battleship Ethel, No Dynamics) and Colin Fisher (Not the Wind Not the Flag, Bernice, Body Help, Caribou, etc). The name is an homage to a source of mutual inspiration—Philip K. Dick—and is not self-reflexive. Their combined musical vocabulary forms a unique lexicon of modal jazz, prog, minimalist and free improvisational nouns and verbs which they use to communicate a universal call to Awaken. Their affinity for extemporaneous freakouts tempered by a desire to engage with beauty and serenity suggest an implicit acknowledgment of the complexities of this process. http://fakehumans.blogspot.ca/
MIDDLE GREY Middle Grey is a collaboration between Anastasia Clarke (Silent Isle) and Jackson Randall. Voice, synthesizers, and electronic instruments drive their travels along spectra between improvisation and premeditation. They sonify a tension of opposites: restrained choruses are punctuated by guttural vocal outpourings, or industrial intensity is overtaken by subtle microrhythms. The duo is united by a desire to create a music that provokes, nourishes, and heals. http://middlegrey.bandcamp.com/
DANIEL CARTER, CHE CHEN, SUE GARNER & AMIRTHA KIDAMBI First-time quartet performance between members whose bios are too extensive, impressive, and wide ranging to possibly list: http://www.aumfidelity.com/carter.html https://chechen.bandcamp.com/ http://www.amoeba.com/sue-garner/artist/140167/bio http://www.amirthakidambi.com/bio/
COREY BAUER Corey Bauer is a sound and video artist, analog media specialist, and circuit designer. He is also the founder of experimental music organization/cassette label Cryptic Carousel. http://crypticcarousel.com/
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