Carlos Giffoni is a prolific Venezuelan electronic musician who resides in the New York City area since the year 2000. Currently using modular synthesizers, hand made custom instruments, and various types of analog and digital synthesis in the composition of electronic music pieces, as well as improvising live with local
and international musicians. His recent solo work has focused in live analog synthesizer pieces that put his style in a line with early Brian Eno, Cluster and Conrad Schnitzler while maintaining the harsher edge of his previous noise works. Carlos remains a major figure in the US and international experimental music scene, performing live in New York and in a number of tours and festivals in the US, South America, Europe and Japan. He is the curator of the No Fun Fest, a yearly event in Brooklyn bringing together a wide variety of international experimental musicians as well as running the No Fun Productions label. His work has been featured in many publications including The New York Times, The Wire, Pitchfork, Art Forum, Tokion, Signal to Noise and many others. He also holds an MFA in design and technology from Parsons School of Design, where he occasionally teaches classes and workshops.
after being in music schools from age of 3 to 25, korean cellist/improviser/composer okkyung lee finally found her artistic freedom in new york's lower east side where she moved in 2000.
since then, she has performed and recorded with numerous artists such as laurie anderson, lotte anker, derek bailey, kjell bjørgeengen, carla bozulich, nels cline, chris corsano, sylvie courvoisier, mark dresser, fred frith, john hollenbeck, vijay iyer, lindha kallerdahl, andrew lampert, christian marclay, billy martin, miya masaoka, min xiao-fen, thurston moore, ikue mori, lawrence D. "butch" morris, larry ochs, jim o'rourke, zeena parkins, marc ribot, wadada leo smith, skuli sverrisson, spencer yeah and john zorn to name a few.
okkyung has released the following albums: her debut album as a leader, Nihm on Tzadik; a duo recording with christian marclay, Rubbings on My Cat is an Alien label's split LP series and also on Silnet place as CD format; 30-minute companion cd of her own compositions in collaboration with artist colin stinson for his art book Dust to Dust, and a solo cello album I saw the Ghost of an Unknown Soul and it Said... on thurston moore's Ecstatic Peace label. most recentlyCheck for Monsters, live recordings from a mini tour with steve beresford and peter evans, is out on Emanem label.
in early 2009, Kisaeng Becomes You, a multi-media project co-produced and co-choreographed by dean moss and yoon-jin kim,based on the prose of korean courtesans from last centuries. saw its world premier at Dance Thater Workshop, which garnered rave reviews from New York Times and Village Voice and others.
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