[microsound-announce] Richard Lainhart @ Optosonic Tea March 8

Richard Lainhart rlainhart at otownmedia.com
Sat Feb 28 13:24:06 EST 2009

OptoSonic Tea, Sunday March 8, 4 pm, Brooklyn, NY

Live sets by:

- Richard Lainhart (a new work for electric guitar and two laptops,  
one processing the guitar, the other generating and processing the  
- Domenico Sciajno (live visuals and live sound) with Gene Coleman  
(live sound)

Invited respondent/moderator:

- Zach Layton

Suggested donation:
$ 7

232 3rd Street, 3rd floor (3rd Avenue)
Brooklyn NY 11215

OptoSonic Tea is a regular series of meetings dedicated to the  
convergence of live visuals with live sound which focuses on the  
visual component. These presentation-and-discussion meetings aim to  
explore different forms of live visuals (live video, live film, live  
slide projection and their variations and combinations) and the  
different ways they can come into interaction with live audio. Each  
evening features two different live visual artists or groups of  
artists who each perform a set with the live sound artists of their  
choice. The presentations are followed by an informal discussion about  
the artists' practices over a cup of green tea.

A third artist, from previous generations of visualists or related  
fields, is invited specifically to participate in this  discussion so  
as to create a dialogue between current and past practices and provide  
different perspectives on the present and the future.

About the artists:

Richard Lainhart is an award-winning composer, author, and filmmaker.  
He studied composition and electronic music with Joel Chadabe at the  
State University of New York at Albany, and has worked and performed  
with John Cage, David Tudor, Steve Reich, Phill Niblock, David  
Berhman, and Jordan Rudess, among many others. He's also played vibes  
in a swing band; composed music for film, television, CD-ROMs,  
interactive applications, and the Web; engineered audio for recordings  
and live sound; and served as technical director at Intelligent Music,  
a pioneering music software company.

His compositions have been performed in the US, England, Sweden,  
Germany, Australia, and Japan. Recordings of his music have appeared  
on the Periodic Music, Vacant Lot, XI Records, ExOvo and Airglow Music  
labels and are distributed online via MusicZeit. As an active  
performer, Lainhart has appeared in public approximately 2000 times.  
He has composed over 100 electronic and acoustic works, and has been  
making music for 40 years. In 2008, he was commissioned by the  
Electronic Music Foundation to contribute a work to New York  
Soundscape (www.arts-electric.org/stories/080511_nycsoundscape.html).

Lainhart's animations and short films have been shown in festivals in  
the US, Canada, Germany, and Korea, and online at ResFest, The New  
Venue, The Bitscreen, and Streaming Cinema 2.0. His film "A Haiku  
Setting" won awards in several categories at the 2002 International  
Festival of Cinema and Technology in Toronto. In 2008, he was awarded  
a Film & Media grant by the New York State Council on the Arts for "No  
Other Time", full-length intermedia performance designed for a large  
reverberant space, combining live analog electronics with four-channel  
playback, and high-definition computer-animated film projection.

You can find examples of his music and digital artworks at his  
website, http://www.otownmedia.com. Some of his short films are  
available at http://www.vimeo.com/rlainhart.

Domenico Sciajno was born in Torino (Italy) in 1965. He is based in  
Palermo since 1999. A double bass player and composer, he studied  
'Instrumental and Electronic Composition' with Gilius Van Bergeijk and  
Double bass in the 'Royal Conservatory' of Den Haag in Holland. His  
interest in improvisation and the influence of academic education  
bring his research to the creative possibilities given by the  
interaction between acoustic instruments, indeterminacy factors and  
their live processing by electronic devices or computers.

 From 1992 he has played at some of the most important festivals as  
musician, improviser or composer in the contemporary and experimental  
music scene and some of his work is documented by worldwide  
independent labels of experimental and electronic music.
The wide spectrum of his experiences bring him very close to the  
concept of performance, where he uses texts and electronics in  
combination with a choreografic use of the scene space and the  
projection of visuals made by himself. He also makes Interactive Sound  
Installations for art galleries and exhibitions.

He is also an activist in the developement of experimental arts. In  
1995 he founded the association Antitesi and from 1995 and 1998  
organized concerts and little festivals (Antitesi in musica ‘95/‘96,  
Folk it out! ‘97, i(n)terazioni ‘98, Inaudito! ‘99). In 1997 he  
collaborated to give birth to the Fringes record label. In 2003 he  
started toghether with other musicians the label Bowindo and  founded  
the national collective iXem (italian eXperimental electronic music).

In the 2004 edition of Prix Ars Electronica his work OUR UR in  
collaboration with Alvin Curran received an honorary mention.


Gene Coleman is a composer, musician and director. He has created over  
50 works for various instrumentation and media, often using complex  
notations and improvisation in the same score. Innovative use of  
sound, image, space and time allows Coleman to create work that  
expands our understanding of the world. Since 2001 his work has  
focused on the global transformation of culture and music's  
relationship with other media, such as architecture, video and dance.  
He studied painting, music and film making at the School of the Art  
Institute of Chicago, where his principle teachers included legendary  
experimental film artists Stan Brakhage and Ernie Gehr, as well as  
Robert Snyder (sonic arts) and Barbara Rossi (painting). Since 2000 he  
has been the artistic director of Soundfield, a producing and  
presenting organization with operations in Philadelphia, Chicago, San  
Francisco, New York and internationally. His ongoing projects feature  
musicians from many parts of the globe.

More info at: http://www.soundfield.org

Zach Layton is a composer, curator, improviser and new media artist  
based in Brooklyn with an interest in biofeedback, generative  
algorithms, experimental culture and architecture. His work  
investigates complex relationships and topologies created through the  
interaction of simple core elements like sine waves, minimal surfaces  
and kinetic visual patterns.

Zach's work has been performed by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony and  
he has performed and exhibited at the Kitchen, Roulette, Joe's Pub,  
exit art, Art forum Berlin, New York Electronic Art Festival, Yerba  
bBena Center for the Arts, Eyebeam, Sculpture Center, Diapason, Issue  
Project Room, Millenium Film Workshop, Bushwick Arts Project, St.  
Mark's Ontological Theater, Dumbo Arts Festival, New York Digital  
Salon, Miguel Abreu Gallery, Participant Gallery, Monkeytown and many  
other venues in New York, South America and Europe. He has  
collaborated with Luke Dubois, Vito Acconci, Joshua White, Jonas  
Mekas, Bradley Eros, Andy Graydon, Nick Hallett, Matthew Ostrowski,  
Michael Evans, MV Carbon, Seth Kirby, Matthew Welch, Christine Bard,  
Alex Waterman, Patrick Hambrect, Marissa Olsen, Angie Eng, Adam  
Kendall, Chika Ijima, Tristan Perich and Ray Sweeten among many other  
artists, filmmakers, curators and musicians.

Zach is also founder of Brooklyn's monthly experimental music series,  
"darmstadt: classics of the avant garde" co-curated with Nick Hallett  
featuring leading local and international composers and improvisers,  
co-curator of the PS1 summer warmup music series and is one of the  
directors of Issue Project Room. Zach has received grants from the  
Netherlands America Foundation, Turbulence and the Jerome Foundation  
and is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and the Interactive  
Telecommunications Program.


for more information about OptoSonic Tea please visit:


Richard Lainhart

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