Nicolas Collins: !Trumpet
Petr Válek: Noise
Guest: George Cremaschi – double bass5 June 2019, 7 PMGHMP, Stone Bell House
Nicolas Collins, who works with experimental musical instruments and electronic music, introduced his new instrument to Prague.
"Composition for 2 Zen Turn Tables, Coincidence and Artificial Intelligence".
New York born and raised, Nicolas Collins (1954) studied composition with Alvin Lucier at Wesleyan University, worked for many years with David Tudor, and has collaborated with numerous soloists and ensembles around the world. He lived during most of the 1990s in Europe, where he was Visiting Artistic Director of Stichting STEIM (Amsterdam), and a DAAD composer-in-residence in Berlin.
Since 1997 Collins has been editor-in-chief of the Leonardo Music Journal, and since 1999, a Professor in the Department of Sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The second edition of his book, Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking, was published by Routledge in 2009. Collins has the dubious distinction of having played at both CBGBs and the Concertgebouw.
George Cremaschi was born in New York, where he studied music and composition. He lived for many years in California and currently lives in Prague, where he teaches film sound at FAMU. Cremaschi makes use of a variety of approaches in the overlapping areas of music, sound art and noise. Some of his current projects include the groups KRK (with Matthew Ostrowski), Rohr Rohr (with dieb13 and Gino Robair) and Lambs Gamble (with Fritz Welch and Eric Boros). Cremaschi is also a co-founder (with Petr Vrba) and director of Prague Improvisation Orchestra (PIO). As an improviser he has worked with many people including Liz Allbee, Marshall Allen, Han Bennink, Greg Goodman, Mats Gustafsson, Joelle Leandre, Thomas Lehn, Paul Lovens, Louis Moholo, Butch Morris, Evan Parker, Rova Quartet, and Cecil Taylor.
Collins’s and Válek's concert in Prague was organized by Agosto Foundation and Galerie hlavního města Prahy.
These performances took place as part of the upcoming exhibition project Zvuky Kódy Obrazy: Akustický experiment ve vizuálním umění (Sounds Codes Images: Acoustic Experimentation in the Visual Arts) which will open in June at Prague City Gallery – House at the Stone Bell. The accompanying program is organized in collaboration with the Agosto Foundation.