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music is (Speaking Portraits) [Vol. I--v. 1.4]-- In his ongoing video art work of “speaking portraits,” artist/poet/sound-artist George Quasha puts an impossible, but unavoidable, question before musicians/composers of all kinds and in many places: what is music? In response musicians let us in on their private space of music definition. This intimate view of speaking faces, each filling the screen, shows how different it is for artists/musicians to say what art or music is than for others (critics, historians, philosophers, viewers). For a particular musician, music may not only be an object, a thing historically defined, but something close to the core of one's life, perhaps even a singular event. Here we gain unique access to its nature in the person speaking. 33 MUSICIANS IN VOL. I: Rafal Augustyn, David Behrman, Bhaka Tulku Rinpoche, Ben Boretz, Anthony Braxton, Marek Choloniewski, Jey Clark, Marilyn Crispell, Margaret DeWys, Scott Diamond, Paul Flaherty, Mariano Gil, Brenda Hutchinson, Susie Ibarra, Franz Kamin, George Lewis, Chris Mann, Miya Masaoka, Joe McPhee, Meredith Monk, Thurston Moore, Silvia Nakkach, Pauline Oliveros, Elizabeth Panzer, Laetitia Sonomi, Rosalie Sorrels, Andrew Sterman, Carl Stone, Richard Teitelbaum, Joan Tower, Gary Weisberg, Elie Yarden, Pamela Z+ More details
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Line-Up includes: Douglas Ewart (soloist), Mwata Bowden, Matana Roberts, saxophones, clarinets; Nicole Mitchell, flute, voice; Edwin Daugherty, alto saxophone; Edward House, tenor saxophone; Leon Q Allen, Rasul Siddik, Jerome Croswell, trumpets; Isaiah Jackson, trombone; Dee Alexander, Taalib-din Ziyad, Saalik Ziyad, voices; Ann Ward, voice, piano; Khari B, spoken word; Tomeka Reed, cello; Junius Paul, Dawi Williams, Leonard Jones, basses; Art "Turk" Burton, percussion; Dushun Mosley, Reggie Nicholson, drums and percussion; Mary Oliver, violin; Miya Masaoka, koto; George Lewis, Mwata Bowden, conductors+ More details
A Public Lecture by Professor George Lewis Introductions by: Associate Professor Robert Burke President/Vice Chancellor Ed Byrne The loosely constituted field of interactive music has drawn upon AI and practices of free improvisation in creating a new kind of music-making that includes machine subjectivities as central actors. These “creative machines” have been designed to stake out musical territory, assess and respond to conditions, and assert identities and positions–all aspects of improvisative interaction, both within and beyond the domain of music. Meanwhile, theorizing relations among people and interactive systems as microcosms of the social promotes system design and real-time interaction aimed at achieving nonhierarchical, collaborative, and conversational musical spaces. The resulting hybrid, cyborg sociality has forever altered both everyday sonic life and notions of subjectivity in high technological cultures, and this talk opens up a set of question-spaces regarding the nature and impact of these transformations. George E. Lewis is the Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music at Columbia University and the 2013 Ernest Bloch Visiting Professor of Music at the University of California, Berkeley. The recipient of a 2002 MacArthur Fellowship, a 1999 Alpert Award in the Arts, a 2011 United States Artists Walker Fellowship, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lewis studied composition with Muhal Richard Abrams at the AACM School of Music, and trombone with Dean Hey. A member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) since 1971, Lewis’s work in electronic and computer music, computer-based multimedia installations, text-sound works, and notated and improvisative forms is documented on more than 140 recordings. His work has been presented by the American Composers Orchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Either/Or, Talea Ensemble, Dinosaur Annex, Ensemble Pamplemousse, Wet Ink, the Turning Point Ensemble, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Ensemble Erik Satie, Orkestra Futura, Eco Ensemble, and others, with commissions from the 2010 Vancouver Cultural Olympiad, OPUS (Paris), IRCAM, Harvestworks, Studio Museum in Harlem, the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, and others. Most recently,Lewis has served as Paul Fromm Composer in Residence, American Academy in Rome; Resident Scholar, Center for Disciplinary Innovation, Franke Institute for the Humanities, University of Chicago; and CAC Fitt Artist In Residence, Brown University. Lewis has been honored with the 2012 SEAMUS Award from the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, and his widely acclaimed book, A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music (University of Chicago Press, 2008) is a recipient of the American Book Award. Lewis is the co-editor of the forthcoming two-volume Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies.+ More details
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TRANSCRIPT: Lucie Vítková: When I used to play the accordion in restaurants, a waiter with a tray would pass, "carrying away" the sound or changing it, changing its timbre. And I was thinking "yeah, that is perfect!". George E. Lewis: Tento způsob práce nám ukazuje, že tvořivostí jsme nadáni vlastně všichni. Pokud nemůžete tvořit, nemůžete přežít. Iva Bittová: Vytváří to, přináší to určitý druh bohatství, jestli mi rozumíte, a také schopnost být sám sebou. ABOUT vs. INTERPRETATION 2014: The Agosto Foundation presents the vs Interpretation Festival and Symposium — an exploration of diverse practices in improvisational arts — from July 16-20 in the city of Prague, Czech Republic. The Festival and Symposium features an interrelated blend of performances, workshops and lectures by some of the best international artists, performers and thinkers in the field of improvisation. Symposium topics include a range of interests from Dada, Jazz and Deep Listening to reflections on Western, Asian and African practices. Here are some highlights: Festival: George E. Lewis, Pauline Oliveros, Joёlle Léandre, Petr Kotik and Barbora Sojková, Annie Gosfield and Roger Kleier, Michal Rataj and Jaromír Typlt, Iva Bittová, Ivan Palacký and Dafne Vicente-Sandoval, Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya, Dawn of Midi, Lukas Ligeti, Cristina Maldonado, Pasi Mäkelä, David Rothenberg, Edward Powell, Markus Popp, Marco Eneidi, Prague Improvisation Orchestra, Stratocluster, Lucie Vítková and more Workshops: Iva Bittová, Pauline Oliveros, Markus Popp, Allison Johnson, Joëlle Léandre Symposium: Lucie Vítkova, Vanessa Tomlinson, Ivan Palacký, Lisa Cay Miller, Dimitris Papageorgiou, Don Ritter, Lukas Ligeti, Mary Oliver and more Keynotes: George E. Lewis, Pauline Oliveros vs Interpretation is made possible through the generous support of some of Prague`s most respected experimental art spaces — Školská 28 Communication Space, Experimental Space NoD — and the media support of Czech Radio Jazz and HIS Voice Magazine. Check www.agosto-foundation.org for specific times, ticket sales, locations and more info about the artists and presenters. PRODUCTION CREDITS: Camera and Sound: Marko Bogdanovič Devin Febbroriello Editing and Motion Graphics: Marko Bogdanovič Sound Concept: Tomáš Procházka Graphic Artist: Evan Dorlot Produced by the Agosto Foundation+ More details
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Big FOOTAGE Productions presents a recap of the The INK LIFE Tour at Ft. Meyers, Florida. Shout out to all the Tattoo artists who showed off their work. Make sure to check out more pics of this event at www.BigFOOTAGEProductions.com and Follow us on TWITTER @BigFOOTAGE.+ More details
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