Imaginary Values presents:
Keith Rowe / Kjell Bjørgeengen + Rick Reed + Giacinto Scelsi
Admission TBA ($10 big space/$15 small)
Keith Rowe (France/UK) – guitar
Kjell Bjorgeengen (Norway) – live video
Rick Reed (Austin) - Buchla Music Easel, video
Giacinto Scelsi: Le réveil profond 1977
Damon Smith - double bass
Rowe trained as a painter, adopted the agenda from the plastic arts and applied it directly to the electric guitar, developed various prepared guitar techniques: placing the guitar flat on a table and manipulating the strings, body and pickups in unorthodox ways to produce sounds described as dark, brooding, compelling, expansive and alien. He has been known to employ objects such as an American Express card, rubber eraser, springs, hand-held electric fans, alligator clips, and common street debris on the guitar.
A feature in Guitar Player magazine described a Rowe performance as “resemble a surgeon operating on a patient.” Rowe often incorporates live radio broadcasts into his performances, (via an earpiece the guitar’s pickups will transmit the radio signals, and broadcast them through the amplifier).”
Keith Rowe and Kjell Bjørgeengen have been working on this project for several years. It deals with a precarious situation both artistically and technically resulting in a music / video performance that cannot be easily preconceived.
Bjørgeengens video is audio generated and produced in real time with no pre- recorded images.
The project explores a feed back system where Bjørgeengen’s oscillator generates video which is linked to Rowe’s system by means of radios, pick coils and light sensors. The output from Rowe’s mixing board is then routed back to Bjørgeengen’s system and fed into the video which in turn is sent back to Rowe, creating a feedback loop.The interaction is direct, and puts both performers in to a delicate and precarious situation where the tiniest movement will have a great impact on the outcome.
Rick Reed (b. 1957) has been creating audio compositions since the early 80's. His works are intuitive studies of electricity, frequency fluctuations, and improvised 'on the fly' solutions to symmetry problems in electronic sound. Since 2000, he has centered his live work on using short wave radio, synthesizer, and sine wave generators processed with various effects devices to create complex macromal drones with a surface of aesthetic elegance and beauty. Reed lives in Austin, Texas, and has performed throughout the United States and Europe. His music has been used by filmmaker Ken Jacobs in three of his experiential films, Spiral Nebula, Mountaineer Spinning, Capitalism: Child Labor. In addition to his solo work, he's been a member of Austin groups such as Fear and Tension Corporation, The Abrasion Ensemble, Frequency Curtain, SIRSIT, and is currently a member of the world's only CM von Hausswolff cover band in existence 'The House of Wolves'.
For the Houston show, Reed will be playing a Buchla Music Easel. His performance will also include a visual element (video).
Giacinto Scelsi (Italian pronunciation: [dʒaˈtʃinto ˈʃɛlsi]; 8 January 1905 – 9 August 1988) was an Italian composer who also wrote surrealist poetry in French.
He is best known for writing music based around only one pitch, altered in all manners through microtonal oscillations, harmonic allusions, and changes in timbre and dynamics, as paradigmatically exemplified in his revolutionary Quattro Pezzi su una nota sola ("Four Pieces on a single note", 1959). His musical output, which encompassed all Western classical genres except scenic music, remained largely undiscovered even within contemporary musical circles during most of his life.