[Microsound-announce] darmstadt presents Gisburg, Moth and Blarvuster...8/21 at SPIEGELTENT

zach layton zachlayton at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 15 19:32:31 EDT 2006

Hey all...the darmstadt series continues this coming monday, August 21st
with Gisburg, Moth (Sam Hillmer and Ben Gerstein) & Matthew Welsch's
Blarvuster.  I really love the spiegeltent environment.  I don't know
quite how to describe the somewhat dark and decadent, weimar-era,
mirror-laden ambience in that place, but it's really beautiful and
completely unlike any venue you've heard contemporary music in.  Highly
recommended.  I hope you can make it!

All info, including advanced ticket sales and directions can be found at

see below for details:

Darmstadt presents a premiere series of experimental
contemporary music and new media.
Darmstadt, "classics of the avant garde", the Brooklyn based
contemporary music outfit curated by Zach Layton 
presents a special series of concerts for the 
Speigeltent. Internationally acclaimed chamber ensembles 
play contemporary music by young composers and classic
20th century works by John Cage and Xenakis. Major figures
from New York’s leading experimental new media community
present live real-time improvisatory electronic audio visual
performances. Homemade synthesizers, oddball educational
films and psychedelic visuals round out the series.
A downtown premiere series sure to be unlike anything
you’ve ever seen at the South Street Seaport.

Gisberg plays:
W.A.L.S.C.H 2 
a film noir music theater piece about a hit man who has a
contract on himself and who is big fan of Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

Gisburg is a singer/ composer from Salzburg, Austria.
She has toured around the world as a concert singer for
new music theater with Dieter Schnebel and his vocal group:
Die Maulwerker.  1985 until 1992 she lived in Berlin where
she attended the Berlin University as a guest student for
composition and modern music theatre with Prof. Dieter
Schnebel and Prof.

Witold Szalonek and for visual arts with Eva Maria Schön.
Settling down in NYC in 1992 She recorded 3 CDs with her
own composition on John Zorn’s label Tzadik.  She received
composition grants from the state of Austria, the City of
Vienna and Salzburg, and the CCP grant from American
Composers Forum, and the Jerome Foundation.  She is a
member and assistant conductor for the Chinese Hai-Tien
choir with Mrs. Pi-Chu Hsiao and recorded with Gary Lucas
Chinese pop music of the 30’s and 50’s for label blue.  She
also worked as a sound and music editor for film with
directors such as Woody Allen, Abigail Child, Ethan Coen,
Robert Duvall, Ann Hui, and Rob Marshall.  With Phil Painson
she founded the experimental trip hop band Douce which
released recently their first sound track CD High Life on GP

Moth is Sam Hillmer (Zs, Wet Ink) on tenor saxophone, and
Ben Gerstein (Matt Maneri, Tony Malaby) on trombone. Sam
and Ben have been playing together since 1998. "Their
improvisations bring angular modernistic harmonic material to
an aesthetic reminiscent of early twentieth century field
recordings of eastern european folk music while engaging
noise music and free jazz equally." MP3s are available here:

Labyrinthine and florid melodies streaming over alien funk
counterpoint make the ecstatic music of Blarvuster, the latest
brainchild of critically acclaimed bagpiper/composer Matthew
Welch. Inspired equally by Celtic lines and South East Asian
ensemble textures as well as avant-garde rock and
minimalism, Blarvuster's line-up of some of the brightest
young stars in the New York experimental scene ardently
evoke a seamless hybrid of musical languages that issues
forth its own fictional tradition. 

"The Brooklyn-based composer leaps vast geographical distances, imagining
statistically implausible musical melting pots that sound utterly
natural...a composer possessed of both rich imagination and the skill to
bring his fancies to life." - TimeOut NY


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