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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

Plus a couple of new pieces up on bandcamp (with some more to follow soon)

Also a very nice end of year review of the digital only release from this past year - "The Rationale for a Space Telescope" well as bandcamp link

I also released a cdr and download "Tibetan Belles" on Hal McGee;s label - review and link below

More music - cdr on the Buh Records label out of Peru

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

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

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

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       
212 431 5127, 431 6430 and

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almar on 10/02/2013 at 07:04PM

Hudson, Bushwick ..& then Europe

Upcoming gigs in nY and abroad

Oct 5: Hudson, NY: The Spotty Dog, 440 Warren St. at 8:00pm, Time Zones 0.4 - Private Mutations by Guy De Bievre?performed by:?Peter Zummo, trombone; Al Margolis, percussion and live electronics; Guy De Bievre, lap steel and live electronics

Oct 6: Brooklyn: Silent Bomb: $7, 8pm doors, 9pm music Silent Barn, 603 Bushwick Ave: Phill Niblock / Katherine Liberovskaya + Al Margolis + Leslie Ross / Marcia Bassett + Barry Weisblat / Bob Bellerue + Philip White + Jeff Donaldson

If, Bwana European tour Oct-Nov 2013

Oct 11: London: Secret Anarchy Garden, The Yard, Queen?s Yard?, White Post Lane?, Hackney Wick, 7:30-11:00pm: If Bwana, Blood Stereo, Adam Bohman, Tom White, Mark Peter Wright, Acchiappashpirt, and Adrian Northover

Oct 17: Berlin: Sowieso Neukölln e.V., Weisestr. 24: If, Bwana/Iku Sakan/Kakawaka /Paak

Oct 19: Berlin: Ausland, Lychener Str. 60, with Pierce Warnecke and Gerald Fiebig

Oct 21: Hamburg: Studio KO*OP, Beerenweg 1: If, Bwana & futureduck (Al Margolis (USA), Robert Klammer, Peter Kastner), 21:00

Oct 22: Bremen: Sendesaal Bremen, Bürgermeister-Spitta-Allee 45, 20:00

Oct 23: Munich: Lothringer13, Ein Kunstraum der Stadt, Lothringer Strasse 13

Oct 24: Augsburg: Lab30: Kulturhaus abraxas, Sommestr. 30, 22:30 (10:30 pm)

Oct 27: Gent: EI Huis, Sassekaai 45: Installation opening: ?Rant Dance? video by Katherine Liberovskaya, music by If, Bwana

Oct 30: Gent: Logos Tetrahedron, Bomastraat 24-26-28: Work for Robot Orchestra, plus live performance

Nov 1: Frankfurt: "Institut für neue Medien" (INM), Schmickstraße 18

Nov 2: Koln: Ausstellungshalle Alte FeuerwacheTheater, Melchiorstr. 3, with  ?Nathan Bontrager (part of Phill Niblock 80th birthday celebration)

Nov 5: Koln: Ausstellungshalle Alte Feuerwache, Melchiorstr. 3, with Anna Homler and Joker Nies (part of Phill Niblock 80th birthday celebration)

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almar on 06/26/2013 at 10:45PM

Spotty Dog June 29th...

me with the following crew - short solo sets and a group collab....

June 29th, 8pm

Performance (greis/electronics), both  solo and collaborative, with Doug Van Nort, Eric Leonardson, Jefferson Pitcher and Jonathan Chen

Spotty Dog Books and Ales
Hudson, NY

come on out if you can

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almar on 06/20/2013 at 05:28PM

If, Bwana/Phill Niblock/Katherine Liberovskaya tonight!!

A Variation of Sets
by Phill Niblock /
Katherine Liberovskaya /
Al Margolis (If, Bwana)

Thursday June 20th
9 pm
Experimental Intermedia
224 Centre Street at Grand, Third Floor
New York NY 10013
212 431 5127, 212 431 6430

A Variation of Sets

- Part 1: Katherine Liberovskaya, live video and Al Margolis (If,
Bwana), music (prerecorded and live sounds)

- Part 2: Al Margolis (If, Bwana) music (prerecorded and live sounds)

- Part 3: Live Video by Katherine Liberovskaya, with live mixing of
sound collage pieces by Phill Niblock
In this live set Niblock mixes between audio pieces based on diverse
field recordings which are very different from his music compositions.
Liberovskaya mixes video with Jitter/Max/MSP from a vast personal
database of clips shot over the past fifteen years.

- Part 4: Music and Films by Phill Niblock
Phill will show a film from Brasil 1983, that was transferred from
16mm film to HD video last Friday (June 14) at Postworks.
The film was previously transferred to video in 1986, from a vidoeola
(a film editing flatbed table with a camera inside), to VHS and 3/4
inch video tape.
This is the premier showing in this new format!!
With music from the new Touch double CD, to be released October 15
2013 (just after Phill's 80th birthday).

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almar on 02/09/2013 at 04:25PM

New Pogus release: Drums & Drones by Brian Chase

New Pogus Release

 (Pogus 21070-2) (CD/DVD set)

A first for Pogus! This fantastic new 2 disc set by Brian Chase, drummer for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, contains both a CD of the music and a DVD of the music with videos by New York video artists Ursula Scherrer and Erik Z.

This recording is exactly what it says it is ? drums and drones - based on Just Intonation tuning theory

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almar on 12/07/2012 at 06:00PM

The Twenty-third Annual Festival with no fancy name, Part One (or A) December 2012

         December 2012

David Linton, David First, David Watson(NYC)Wednesday 12

D D D @ XI on XII /XII /XII      Why would three veteran musicians, with back-stories crossing the last three decades of New York experimental music, undertake a joint event at Experimental Intermedia -  welcome to the Creepy Triangle Variety Show:  Ex Post Facto: David First, David Linton, & David Watson : guitars, video, feedback, drones, bagpipes, percussion, voice, electronics and distended cinema; reshuffling their decks, dealing a fresh round and waiting to take you away  -     @ XI XII/XII/XII @ IX

Linton:;;         First: Watson:

Zach Layton (NYC)  Thursday 13

New works for bowed electric guitar and electronics...a series of improvised and composed works exploring non-standard tunings and aperiodic rhythmic structures derived from autonomic nervous system activity

Al Margolis and Doug Van Nort (USA)Friday 14

For this laptop duo project, the musicians utilize acoustic materials and capture/transform one another's sound in an endless loop; both use digital means - Van Nort tends to favor sculpting/ stretching from small sound fragments, while Margolis often likes to make collages out of 

larger sound segments; they will be joined by Katherine Liberovskaya providing live video; you can hear them:

Jon Abbey (USA)                  DJing continuously from  3-11 PM           Saturday 15

Erstwhile Records programs a very special day/night of electroacoustic music created from 2009-2012, including work from Keith Rowe, Jason Lescalleet, Toshiya Tsunoda, Michael Pisaro, Taku Unami, Toshimaru Nakamura, Antoine Beuger, and many more. 

Frédéric Acquaviva (FR / Berlin)                                               Sunday 16

A three hour concert with four pieces mixing texts sounds and instruments into both a conceptual and physical sound by one of the radical french experimental acousmatic composers; world creations of "Lore Ipsum", a voices + electronic composition and " {...} " (2010), the total compression of his sounds works since 1990; his new CD-DVD "Aatie" (2011-2012 with videos) and "Le Disque"(2009-2010), with sounds recorded in a BDSM dungeon and psychiatric hospital, partly created in NY last year; with Frédéric Acquaviva, spatialization and Loré Lixenberg (UK), mezzo-soprano /


Rie Nakajima and Miki Yui (J, GB; J, De)  Monday 17

Accompaniment for A-O-I-E-U              Rie Nakajima meets Miki Yui

found objects, toy-instruments playing with small sounds; real sounds playing with acoustic memories   


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: 

Ana Carvalho (Portugal)Wednesday 19

with Andrea Parkins and Ben Owen - “Refractive composition for live video and sound in two parts” develops from multiple experiments with refraction, where chance is essential in the connection between process and performance, and between structures of collaboration and of creation

Portfolio:; Personal blog:; Vimeo:

Long term project:


Our programs are supported by the New York State Council on the Arts,the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, andthe Phaedrus Foundation 

224 Centre Street at Grand, Third Floor, N Y 10013       

9pm, unless otherwise advised   212 431 5127, 431 6430 and


On December 20, 5 - 7pm, at White Box, 329 Broome Street, NYC - there will be a book launch for a new book of articles about Phill Niblock, which will include 4 DVDs of video, entitled "Working Title".

The event will be part of: Ear to the Earth, in collaboration with MA.P.S at White Box: 100 x John - A festival of sound and image

In the spirit of the 100th anniversary year of his birth, this festival salutes John Cage for his leadership in what Joel Chadabe called "the great opening up of music to all sounds".

Thursday December 20 -5 - 10pm - opening party; Program:   5-7 - Meet Phill Niblock: Working Title, a book release reception ; 7-10 - Cageian mix; Friday, December 21 - 8pm - multimedia introduction; performances; Saturday, December 22- noon - 10pm - sounds and images; Sunday, December 23 - noon - 10pm - sounds and images and Christmas party


And for the second time in history, Phill Niblock will be at Roulette in Brooklyn on Friday December 21, the Winter Solstice, for six hours of Music and Film/Video – 6pm to 12am

ROULETTE, 509 Atlantic Ave  (and 3rd Ave), Brooklyn, (917) 267-0363

For $10 tickets for this concert, you can book online and use the coupon code - Niblock2012 (it's not case sensitive). You can book until 4pm the day of the concert, and you cannot have this price at the door.

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almar on 10/25/2012 at 05:25PM

Borah Bergman RIP

On a sad note, Mutable Music artist Borah Bergman - our friend and colleague - passed away October 18, 2012. He will be missed.

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almar on 04/10/2012 at 03:45PM

Al Margolis/Doug Van Nort duo - april gigs

2 upcoming gigs in April - wll be laptop duo performances with Doug Van Nort - 

you can check out what we sound like here:

April 11th, 2012 

Uncertainty Music Series 

(also on bill: Liz Allbee)

Elm Bar 
372 Elm St 
New Haven, CT
April 28th, 2012 
Spotty Dog Books and Ales
(also on bill: Not the Wind, Not the Flag)
440 Warren St.
Hudson, NY
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almar on 03/15/2012 at 03:51PM

The Twenty-second Annual Festival with no fancy name, Part Two (or B)


The Thirty-eighth Anniversary of EI performances at 224 Centre Street, The Forty-third Anniversary of the Founding of Experimental Intermedia, the Forty-third Anniversary of the 224 Centre Street loft, and, not least,

The Twenty-second Annual Festival  with no fancy name, Part Two (or B)                  Phill Niblock, curator


March 2012


Carl Stone              Tuesday  20

New pieces for laptop electronics from 2011 and 2012


Mia Zabelka              Wednesday 21

Project M - Mia Zabelka, e-violin, voice, electronics, contact microphones; Mia Makela, visuals; with special guest Martin Janicek, sonic objects - Zabelka's new solo focuses on the development of experimental improvisational techniques with the voice and violin, a process she calls "automatic playing"; she explores the relationships between the body, gesture, sound, machines and space using also live electronics to expand the sonic spectrum; the visualization of Mia Makela creates a synaesthetic experience; Martin Janicek - sculptor, sound artist and musician from Prague, CZ, works with acoustic qualities of various materials; he will use the sonic objects realized during the ongoing residency at Triangle Art Association studios NY (supported by Visegrad Fund)


Christian Kobi (Bern)          Thursday 22

"untitled #2" for saxophone was developed in Budapest between summer and winter 2011; it explores the non-understanding of a language, on the inner search for articulation, and the

microscopic examination of voice, air, and the instrument; it is the second part of a solo

saxophone trilogy, following the 2010 piece "Canto"                          trailer:


Alwynne Pritchard (UK/Norway)          Friday 23         

The composer and vocalist (voice, harmonica, electronics) will perform a set based on sentimental 19th century parlor songs


Gert-Jan Prins (Amsterdam , NL)          Sunday 25

Will present a solo electronics set: Cavity: the NYC version; combining the use of self-built analogue equipment with an awareness of aural surfaces and dimensions, creating dense textures colored by rumbles, inner bass waves, a rattle, a flow…; how to empty a space after saturating it, how to play with expectations by reversing them…; spatial sense: both the sense of sculpting space with frequencies, and the sense of space inside electronic circuits…; open form /closed system…energetic, urgent, temporal, visceral, and delicate   


Screen Compositions 8          Monday 26

curated by Katherine Liberovskaya           

The eighth edition of Screen Compositions is, 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 Andrade / Rafael Attias; Elle Burchill / Andrea Monti; Macha Godovannaya / Phil Corner; Ali Hossaini / Paola Prestini; Katherine Liberovskaya / Phill Niblock; Jenny Pickett / Julien Ottavi; Nana Schulz / Josef Novotny; Peter Shapiro / Chuck Bettis; Steina / Joan La Barbara


Screen Compositions - Solo Practices         Tuesday 27

curated by Katherine Liberovskaya           

Screen Compositions - Solo Practices presents, for the first time in the context of this series, visual-sonic single-channel screen works where the same artist is responsible for both the image and the music/sound; with pieces by: Betsey Biggs; Richard Garet; Miya Masaoka; Ikue Mori; Phill Niblock; Michael Northam; Andrea Parkins; Matt Rogalsky; Byron Westbrook;  followed by several audio-video pieces by Richard Lainhart - who sadly suddenly passed on December 30th - as a small homage to his life and work


Koosil-ja and Geoff Matters (Korea, New York)           Wednesday 28

Ecology of Image of Body (March 2012 edition) - choreographer Koosil-ja, assisted by media artist Geoff Matters, shares a glimpse into her current experiments and explorations; using the body in motion, brainwaves, sound, image, and words, Koosil-ja questions the boundaries of the body, the nature of presence, and the definition of Dance


Emanuel Pimenta (Portugal)           Thursday 29

Beethoven's Cage, M and Ocean 2: three concerts and two movies, all simultaneous;

50 minutes

Our programs are supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, 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 and

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