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almar on 01/03/2015 at 04:18PM

Happy New Year and If, Bwana things

Hi and a Happy New Year

To finish up 2014 and start 2015 with some nice things - some new and some older...

An interview by Nate Aldrich for New Music World, based on the 3 cdr set "Thirty", released on Jan 1 2014 to celebrate 30 years of If, Bwana (now 31!!!) as well as a link to "Thirty" on bandcamp
http://newmusicworld.org/2014/12/28/bwana-thirty/
http://ifbwana.bandcamp.com/album/thirty

Plus a couple of new pieces up on bandcamp (with some more to follow soon)
http://ifbwana.bandcamp.com/album/tridox-9

Also a very nice end of year review of the digital only release from this past year - "The Rationale for a Space Telescope"...as well as bandcamp link
http://classicalmodernmusic.blogspot.com/2014/12/if-bwana-rationale-for-space-telescope.html
http://ifbwana.bandcamp.com/album/the-rationale-for-a-space-telescope

I also released a cdr and download "Tibetan Belles" on Hal McGee;s label - review and link below
http://aural-innovations.com/blog/2014/12/if-bwana-tibetan-belles-haltapes-2014-cdrdl/
http://halmcgee.bandcamp.com/album/tibetan-belles

More music - cdr on the Buh Records label out of Peru
http://buhrecords.bandcamp.com/album/br59-if-bwana-toys-for-timo

And this is a couple of years old now - but the link just reappeared through Twitter, and so here was another interview - this one by Nate (!) Wooley, and includes some Pogus samples to listen to as well
http://soundamerican.org/al-margolis-and-pogus-productions


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almar on 03/06/2014 at 02:28PM

Experimental Intermedia March Concert/Video Series - March 7-22 - EI, NYC

EXPERIMENTAL INTERMEDIA
The Fortieth Anniversary of EI performances at 224 Centre Street, The Forty-fifth Anniversary of the Founding of Experimental Intermedia, the Forty-fifth Anniversary of the 224 Centre Street loft, and, not least, The Twenty-fourth Annual Festival  with no fancy name, Part Two (or B)               
Phill Niblock, curator      
     
March 2014 
 
Bolsa Ernesto de Sousa, a memorial fellowship named for the Portuguese Intermedia Artist, sponsored by the Luso-Americana Foundation and the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, in Lisbon, coordinated by Isabel Alves, presents an intermedia performance by:  
Pedro Sousa (Portugal)               Friday  7
A Song for True: Performance for Plural Larynx: "Using as an inspiration - Jerry True, an American saxophonist who used an air compressor to be able to play saxophone following a throat cancer operation, this composition aims at the experimentation of the saxophone as an unusual medium for the creation of drone music - exploring the microtonal, reflective and acoustic properties or differences that are characteristic of these woodwind instruments      

Benjamin Thigpen and Stefano Bassanese (USA/Italy/France)         
Sunday 9
Les Frères Bobine - Paris-based electroacoustic composers working regularly at GRM and fascinated by electromagnetism and gesturality; they collaborate on sonic research experiments and perform instant collective compositions based on newly-invented instruments and (silent) magnetic feedback loops; they will perform Les Aimants by Stefano Bassanese, malfunction30931 by Benjamin Thigpen, and a new collective work, Induction
 
Sarah Halpern (New York) A Video Presentation                  
Monday 10  
A series of collages made with printed text, found images and discarded film, mounted onto 35mm leader and projected frame by frame through a film strip projector; each of these new compositions presents the viewer with suggestive language and imagery, as an experiment in the perception of meaning            
 
Marica Radojčić Prešić (Belgrade, Serbia)  A Video Presentation                           Tuesday 11 
BRANCHING: - DIGITAL AMBIENT: diffracted projections of 3D animations and video, digital sound, sound effects; the artist was inspired by the tree; experts and public have found the project as a kind of mathematical poetic ambience through which public can walk - the tree is one of the oldest symbols with layers of meanings developed through history; old meanings culminated in the twentieth century with the mathematical theory of trees; and the branching itself, so much more powerful than the human step-by-step traveling through the crags of its own existence, has a power of growing-up, but also the power of disappearance – fatal power of Death         
      
Marco Donnarumma (UK)                 
Wednesday 12
Biophysical Music: This concert includes two music performances, Music for Flesh II and Ominous both for the Xth Sense, a biophysical musical instrument I perform with since 4 years; in these pieces I create music by literally composing in real time the sounds emitted by my body muscular tissues; by performing physical, whole-body gestures, muscle sounds are produced by my limbs, amplified, live sampled, and diffused through loudspeakers; the natural sound of my flesh and its virtual counterpart blend together into an unstable sonic object; this is what I call biophysical music, music that is a joint result of bioacoustic body mechanisms and physical performance
 
Hallveig Agustsdottir (Belgium, Iceland)                
Thursday 13
From Graphic Score To Sound Drawing - her performances are purified reflections on sound and image, finding their roots in the 'graphic score' as it started to appear in the 1950s in the works of composers such as J. Cage, E. Brown, and M. Feldman; each drawing leads towards and is at the same time the immediate result of a new composition; the improvised communication between artist, computer and musician creates an environment where sound and image combine and conduct each other - what remains is a witness; a drawing / a video composition capturing the gesture of drawing, melody and rhythm; with David Watson, collaboration                
 
SCREEN COMPOSITIONS 10 curated by Katherine Liberovskaya             Saturday 22
A Video Presentation
Screen Compositions celebrates its 10th edition this year! as always a collection of intersections of moving image with sonic art; a program of screen works representing dynamic two-way collaborations between video/ film artists and sound/ music artists specifically intended for single-channel projection with no live or performance component; featuring collaborations by: Carlos Casas / Ghedalia Tazartes; Bradley Eros / Rachael Guma; Kit Fitzgerald / Peter Gordon; Richard Garet / Wolfgang Gil; Sarah Halpern / Matt Wellins; Victoria Keddie / Scott Kiernan; Hedya Klein / Bulbul; Carole Kim / Toshimaru Nakamura + Lewis Keller; Katherine Liberovskaya / Al Margolis (If,Bwana); Marie Verry / Yvan Etienne
 
Our programs are supported by the New York State Council on the Arts, The David & Sylvia Teitelbaum Fund, Inc, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and the Phaedrus Foundation 
224 Centre Street at Grand, Third Floor, N Y 10013       
9pm         
212 431 5127, 431 6430
www.experimentalintermedia.org and www.XIrecords.org

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