Masaoka, Chen, Grüsel, Nagai (1 Albums, 2 Tracks)
- Miya Masaoka
- Audrey Chen
- Hans Grüsel
- Kenta Nagai
– About the artists: Miya Masaoka is a composer, inventor of the Laser Koto and LED Kimono, and musician who has recorded with Fred Frith, George Lewis, Pauline Oliveros, John Butcher, Gino Robair, Carla Kihlstedt and has performed with Wadada Leo-Smith, Pharoah Saunders and the Berlin Opera. She learns from insects about sound and movement and explores the physiological responses of plants, human brains, and her own body. She is founding director of the San Francisco Gagaku Society.
Audrey Chen leads exploration in violoncello, electronics and larynx. A sought-after soloist, her collaborators include Phil Minton, Jerome Noetinger, ID M Theft Able, Toshimaru Nakamura, Frédéric Blondy, Nate Wooley, and C. Spencer Yeh. Chen’s visceral performances evoke nonlinear narratives ranging from unbridled conflagration to intimate shrouds of frozen breathing.
Hans Grüsel is maestro of the eponymous Hans Grüsel’s Krankenkabinet, an ever-changing woodgrain diorama of dark forest characters wielding handcrafted electronics, concrète recording, acoustic instruments and tap shoes dragging lost Teutonic rites into the stumbling failure of the future. Based in San Francisco since 1999, Grüsel has collaborated with M.V. Carbon, Headboggle Domo in Auralsize, Liz Allbee, Midmight and Caroliner.
Kenta Nagai crafts sound and vision from his base in NYC. His fretless guitar playing is featured on Eugene Chadbourne’s “Guitar Festival Summer 1999”. On shamisen, a traditional Japanese string instrument, Nagai has performed widely including Carnegie Hall and the Hirshhorn Museum at The Smithsonian Institute. From 1999 until 2002 he was a composer in residence at The Cave Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
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