George Quasha reading at 'T' Space (Rhinebeck, New York) on Saturday 7-11-15 his "preverbs" poem for architect José Oubrerie, on the occasion of the latter's exhibition of The Chapel of the Mosquito. Full title of the poem, commissioned by Susan Wides (Director) for Steven Holl (architect/proprietor of 'T' Space), is
"The First House:
outrageous unspoken statements of living architecture
or the lingual life of buildings".
Axial Music performance at Bard College (Olin Auditorium), Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, March 9th, 2015, with David Arner (piano), Clark Coolidge (drums), George Quasha (drums), and Charles Stein (voice). The performance followed a reading by Clark Coolidge and Bernadette Mayer. Both events were initiated by the student group called the Bard Publishing Arts Initiative under the direction of Kim Dinh Pham and with the collaboration of Vladimir Nahitchevansky and Nick Binnette.
Axial performance by George Quasha and Charles Stein as part of the 23rd Annual Subterranean Poetry Festival in the Widow Jane Mines, Rosendale, New York, August 25th, 2013, curated by Anne Gorrick as part of the Cadmium Text Series. George Quasha on percussion and reading texts ("Enearthing Sounds (preverbs)"); Charles Stein vocal art including text (from "Tornado Island").
Axial performance here combines axial music and axial poetics.
AXIAL MUSIC follows a principle of spontaneous interpersonal composition without the intention of honoring precedent or previous patterns, guided instead by radical following of actual sounds generated in an intentional field. When successful the sound event has a life independent of the musicians and may generate an altered state of listening. See, for instance, "Axial Music for Beach Box," White Box, New York City: vimeo.com/48916974.
AXIAL POETICS works similarly but within language as a site of self-generating composition which reveals its content in process. See, for instance, "preverbs": vimeo.com/19930870 and vimeo.com/25802929.
More on the AXIAL PRINCIPLE in drawing, sculpture, music, poetry, and video at quasha.com; also poetry, drawing, and photography at charlessteinpoet.com.
Thanks to Sherry Williams for camera work and technical assistance.
AXIAL MUSIC for BEACH BOX
Friday 8-31-12 performance at White Box (New York City):
David Arner (keyboard, balophone, percussion)
John Beaulieu (keyboard, harmonica)
George Quasha (percussion, balophone)
Charles Stein (voice, recorder. harmonica)
Axial Music follows a principle of spontaneous composition without the intention of honoring precedent or previous patterns, guided instead by radical following of actual sounds generated. When successful the sound event has a life independent of the musicians and may generate an altered state of listening. In addition to sound events, the performance has visual components, including axial drawing & video. The projected video, "Mouth Logic" by George Quasha, includes a trombone solo by George Lewis.
Curated by Juan Puntes as part of the end-of-summer performance/art series "Beach Box," which featured a few inches of beach sand covering the whole gallery floor (329 Broome Street, east of the Bowery). Camera: Sherry Williams; technical assistance: Susan Quasha.