As part of ThoughtWorks Arts Improvising the Net(Work) residency in partnership with CounterPulse, during January Dilate Ensemble presented CATENA, a hybrid audio-visual performance both live online and in-person. A non-looping visual and densely textured sound experience, performers and audience members explored livestreams from two completely different physical spaces inside CounterPulse’s Tenderloin San Francisco building. Seamlessly integrated remote, distributed and off-site sound and movement performances were mixed into the live time environment. CATENA explored what the imprint of a physical space and the bodies within can be, given the harsh restrictions imposed by a Covid induced lockdown.
Presented in collaboration with
Sarah Weaver, Ph.D. is a New York-based contemporary composer, conductor, technologist, educator, and researcher working internationally as a specialist in large ensemble and network arts. Her work innovates contemplative concepts on network, synchrony, synthesis, and interconnection for artistic and social purpose. Weaver has composed solo, chamber, and large ensemble works for groundbreaking musicians for twenty-five years, integrating influences of classical, jazz, world, contemplative, electronic music, and individual music languages of performers. She is an innovator in network arts advancing live performance via the internet by musicians and artists in different geographic locations. Weaver is the Director of NowNet Arts and Sarah Weaver Ensemble, Executive Director of JackTrip Foundation, Editor of the Journal of Network Music and Arts (JONMA), and Faculty of The New School College of Performing Arts. www.sarahweaver.org
Dilate Ensemble is an audio-visual collective featuring:
Carole Kim (S. California): micro video installation
Carole Kim is a media artist with a focus on video projection for multimedia installation, performance and photography. She has a very hands-on, tactile approach to the materials she works with, pushing the moving image to take on optical, spatial and dimensional form. Her work has been presented in a wide range of contexts including experimental music, theater, art, dance and site-specific installation. She is grateful for an ever-expanding community of collaborators across disciplines energized by a process of exploration in the moment. www.carole.kim
Gloria Damijan (Vienna): extended toy pianos, percussion
Gloria Damijan studied piano and music pedagogy at Music University Vienna with a focus on contemporary music and free improvisation. She has studied with Manon-Lìu Winter, Burkhard Stangl, Franz Hautzinger and Ian Pace and collaborated with Stefan Fraunberger, Vinzenz Schwab, Klaus Filip, Arnold ‘Noid’ Haberl, Christine Schörkhuber and Ye Hui. Working together with composers Tamara Friebel, Margareta Ferek-Petric, Veronika Mayer,Matthias Kranebitter. Damijan has performed in Vienna, Graz, Innsbruck, Berlin, Barcelona, Lisboa, Porto, Oslo, Hamburg and is a member of the Viennese Improvisers-Network snim. gloriadamijan.wixsite.com/website
Scott L. Miller (Minnesota): Kyma, electronics
Minnesota composer and electronic musician Scott L. Miller is described as a creator of ‘high adventure avant garde music of the best sort’ (Classical-Modern Music Review). Best known for his electroacoustic chamber music and ecosystemic performance pieces, his music is characterized by collaborative approaches to composition, exploring performer/computer improvisation, and re-imagining ancient compositional processes through the lens of 21st century technology. He is a Professor of Music at St. Cloud State University and Director of Recordings for the Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the U.S. (SEAMUS). www.scottlmiller.net
Luisa Muhr (New York): voice
Luisa Muhr is a multi-lingual, multi- and interdisciplinary performer, improvisor, director, installation artist, sound artist, and theater maker, originally from Vienna (Austria), lives and works in New York, and is at home in the experimental/avant-garde. As a performer she specializes in performance, vocal, movement, installation, sound, and theater arts. Amongst many projects and commissions she is currently developing an opera with six-times Grammy winner Arturo O’Farrill, and has been commissioned by the Austrian Cultural Forum NY and Roulette Intermedium to create two new interdisciplinary installation pieces. www.luisamuhr.com
Jon Raskin (N. California): sax, concertina, electronics, recycled materials
Jon Raskin has been a member of Rova Saxophone Quartet for the last 43 years exploring the relationship of improvisation and composition, developing and honing the language of ensemble music and researching linguistic possibilities of the saxophone. He has performed and/ or recorded with Anthony Braxton, Fred Frith, Sam Rivers, Tim Berne, Phillip Johnston, Leo Smith, Frank Gratkowsi, Phillip Greenlief and Henry Kaiser. www.jonraskin.com
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