1. A duet between founders of two experimental labels: Curt Brown and Fletcher Pratt. Curt Brown is a multimedia artist and writer from Akron, Ohio currently residing in Oakland. He is a co-founder of the Akron-based arts collective Rubber City Noise and has released music and performed with a variety of projects and groups: Black Unicorn, Cane Swords, Mousecop, Wyld Stallyns, Baingan Bharta, etc. [eucarya.net / rubbercitynoise.com] Fletcher Pratt is a Winnipeg based musician specializing in noise and experimental music, using synthesizer, tapes and various other intruments. He runs a label called Midori.
2. In January members of the RITUAL 1: thicket ensemble met to accompany Mari Osanai, Dana Iova-Koga and Shinichi Iova-Koga’s performance. Now, Suki O’Kane, Tim Kim, and Katherine McDonald reconvene to combine voice, guitar, violin, processed water and objects. This performance furthers an investigation catalyzed by inkBoat’s 95 RITUALS (for Anna Halperin). This creative collective is developing and performing a monumental set of works informed by Anna:
“Ritual is another word that needs a new definition… Ritual, as I use the term, refers to an artistic process by which people gather and unify themselves in order to confront the challenges of their existence.”
3. Violinist Jeffrey Young, visiting from Brooklyn, will perform a quirky selection of his own music for solo violin and live electronics under the heading Jeffrey Young’s Magical Kingdom of Dust, including in-your-face theatrics, unabashed shredding, and oceanic soundscapes. He’ll also play a short piece for speaking violinist and retuned violin by Paul Pinto, a fellow member of New York’s thingNY composer-performer collective.
4. BARBED WIRE – new graphic scores by Phillip Greenlief
Phillip Greenlief – reeds
Elzbieta Polak – violin
Lisa Mezzacappa – bass
BARBED WIRE is a series of 37 new graphic scores, composed in December 2014 during a composing retreat in Coastal Maine. All scores are for trio; Berkeley Arts is proud to present these new works performed by three separate trios in March April and May 2015.