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Larnie Fox and Bodil Fox, Ypsmael, Morgan Evans-Weiler, Theresa Wong/Kanoko Nishi-Smith/Jacob Felix Heule/Tom Djll

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Date(s) - 04/18/2018
7:30 PM - 10:30 PM

Canessa Gallery


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Our second April show features two touring artists, Boston based violinist Morgan Evans-Weiler and sound artist Ypsmael from southern Germany. Also performing from the bay area will be Larnie and Bodil Fox on invented creations and a super ensemble featuring Theresa Wong, Kanoko Nishi-Smith, Jacob Heule, and Tom Djll.

Larnie Fox is a visual and sound artist known for sound installations, performances, monumental bamboo sculpture, and painting. His kinetic/sound sculptures and new instruments have been shown in numerous one-person and group shows and performances in the SF Bay Area and nationally. He is a founding member of 23five, a non-profit to promote sound art, directed the Crank Ensemble who performed on hand-cranked instruments he built, and currently is performing with the new music group FLEX. He holds an MFA in Painting from the University of Utah and is the former Executive Director of Arts Benicia and former Director of the Children’s Fine Art Program at the Palo Alto Art Center. He lives, works and collaborates with his wife Bodil in Benicia.

Ypsmael is an electroacoustic performance project originating in England in the late 2000s. Crafting textural washes of sound and live loops without a computer or presets of any kind, Ypsmael uses electronic and acoustic sound sources, sonic artifacts and audio detritus derived from an array of instruments, live electronics, bent and amplified objects and sometimes field recordings at the core of his compositional and improvisational approach. In over a hundred live appearances around Europe and across the Atlantic, Ypsmael has been collaborating with or performing solo in support of the late Dieter Moebius (Cluster), Damo Suzuki (Can), Simon Whetham, Nate Young & Mike Connelly (Wolf Eyes, Failing Lights), Seymour Wright (lll人), Raphael Ortis & Louis Schild (Leon), Simon Scott (Slowdive), TJ Borden, Valerie Kuehne, Jack Wright, Steve Norton, Crank Sturgeon, I’d M Thfft Able, Christian Kobi, Ryan Jordan, Alexander Tucker, Pimmon, Mike Shiflet, John Chantler, Olivier Dumont & Rodolphe Loubatière, Circuit des Yeux, Ben Bennett, Franziska Baumann, Adam Parkinson, Emptyset, Hackacomb and many more.

Morgan Evans-Weiler is a Boston based artist and educator whose work ranges from composition and sound installation to drawing, video and design. Evans-Weiler maintains a busy performance schedule and has performed throughout the United States. He has collaborated and performed with Jürg Frey, Seth Cluett, Sarah Hennies, Mike Bullock, Dave Gross, Bhob Rainey, Dafne Vincent-Sandoval, Jed Speare, Antoine Beuger, Magnus Granberg, Christoph Schiller and many others. He is director of the New England based ensemble ‘Ordinary Affects’ whom have performed works by Magnus Granberg and Joseph Kudirka and premiered works by Antoine Beuger, Eva-Maria Houben, Ryoko Akama, Jürg Frey and Michael Pisaro. He has toured nationally and internationally. He recently presented his work in London, Berlin, Huddersfield, Nantes, Besancon and completed a ten day residency at Elektronmusikstudion in Stockholm. In 2014 he was invited to perform at the High Zero Festival of Experimental Improvised Music. His recent album ‘Violin/Sine’ was called ‘transfixing’ by writer Steve Smith and included in the Boston Globe’s list of ‘Best Local Classical Albums of 2015’. His music has been released on the ‘Suppedaneum’, ‘Another Timbre’ and ‘Weighter Recordings’ labels and he has forthcoming releases on and ‘ErstAEU’ and ‘Rhizome(s)’.

Theresa Wong is a composer, cellist and vocalist active at the intersection of music, experimentation, improvisation and the synergy of multiple disciplines. Her works include The Unlearning (Tzadik 2011), 21 songs inspired by Goya’s Disasters of War etchings, O Sleep, an improvised opera exploring the conundrum of sleep and dream life and Venice Is A Fish, a collection of solo songs.

Kanoko Nishi-Smith is an artist currently based in SF/Bay Area. Despite her early training in classical piano performance and past involvement in Contemporary/New music performances, her most recent interest has primarily been in improvisational music making, both in a solo context and in collaborations with other artists. She has been exploring both on the piano, as well as on her second instrument, koto (13, or 17-string Japanese zither), various extended techniques in addition to more traditional ones, widening the range of vocabularies on each instrument and enabling them to adapt to different situations, both musical, and interdisciplinary.

Jacob Felix Heule is an improvising percussionist with a special interest in friction techniques. His music is shaped by intuition, listening, and following where the sounds lead. He embraces limited instrumentation – like a single drum and a single cymbal – as a commitment to exploring the depth of his instruments.

Tom Djll studied electronic music with Stephen Scott at the Colorado College, working with the EMS Synthi 100 system at Packard Hall. He spent the years 1981-1993 working with the Serge Modular Music System before enrolling in Mills College Contemporary Music Program, where he extended his quest to develop and integrate an idiosyncratic trumpet language into an electronic sound environment, while also pursuing advanced improvisation studies, formally, with Pauline Oliveros, and, informally, with Jack Wright. While at Mills, Djll concentrated on microtonal composition, split-tone trumpet technique, and computer music. He also worked extensively with Chris Brown, resulting in contributions to Brown’s recordings LAVA (Tzadik) and DUETS (Artifact).

Further refinement of trumpet languages and free improvisation with his band GROSSE ABFAHRT was undertaken from 1999 – 2010, published on the Emanem, Creative Sources, and Setola di Maiale labels. Beginning in 2012, Djll gradually re-introduced electronics into his sound-set. The results are heard in projects like hackMIDI (extreme electro-mechanical piano music), piano + analog electronics in TENDER BUTTONS (with Tania Chen and Gino Robair), delicate environments in EUPHOTIC (with Cheryl Leonard and Bryan Day), austere acoustic spaces with KOKUO (Kanoko Nishi-Smith, John McCowen, Jacob Felix Heule, and Kyle Bruckmann).

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