7 pm: Zeena Parkins & Brian Chase
Zeena Parkins (- el. Harp); Brian Chase (drums)
Zeena Parkins in an American composer, multi-instrumentalist, improviser and pioneer of contemporary harp practice and performance who reimagines the instrument as a “sound machine of limitless capacity.” She has extended the language of both acoustic harp and an evolution of her original electric ones, through the inventive use of expanded playing techniques, preparations, and custom designed electronic processing. Her work draws on a relationship to dance, film, feminism, assemblage, architecture, urbanism, and textiles. In a circuitous path her processes employ sound travel, dispersion and transformation, tracings, list making, extended scoring tactics, historical and technical research. She challenges and embraces contradictions and perceived boundaries through a morphing of acoustic, electric and invented instruments, the use of multi-speaker audio installations and other extra-musical considerations. Within a shifting constellation of Improvised / Composed / Space / Sound / Noise / Music, Parkins remains in proximity to our body’s social dialogue with the insides and outsides of listening, with sound’s physicality, and music as material and matter, engaged in continuous translations of sonicity within a multitude of environments both expected and surprising.
She has been commissioned by DAAD, The Whitney Museum, The Tate Modern, Sharjah Art Foundation, NeXtWorks Ensemble, Roulette Intermedium, The Donaueschinger Musiktage and Sudwestrundfunk, Bang on a Can, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and more. She has collaborated with choreographers including works with Neil Greenberg and John Jasperse, as well as with filmmakers including soundtracks for Cynthia Madansky, Daria Martin, and Abigail Child. She has performed/recorded with Bjork, Ikue Mori, John Zorn, Fred Frith, Christian Marclay, Butch Morris, Elliott Sharp, Brian Chase, Okkyung Lee, Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, Matmos, Pauline Oliveros, Yoko Ono, Yasunao Tone and more. She has also been awarded the Doris Duke Artist Award, Three NY Dance and Performance Awards (Bessies), DAAD Artist Fellowship, Shifting Fellowship, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, NYFA Music Fellowship, Peter S. Reed Fellowship, Prix Ars Electronica Honorary Mention, and has held residencies include at Atlantic Center for the Arts Master Artist-in-Residence, Herb Alpert/Ucross Prize, DAAD/Berliner Künstlerprogramm, Civitella Ranieri/Umbertide, Oxford University/The Ruskin School, Harvestworks/NYC, and more. Parkins has also been a lecturer at Oxford and Princeton Universities and has taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Bard College. Currently she is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Mills College.
Brian Chase is a Brooklyn based drummer and composer. His diverse range of work/play includes that with rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the community of the New York improvised/experimental music scene, and Drums & Drones, an electroacoustic project focused on applying the principles of Just Intonation to drums and percussion. Performances have taken him across the world, and he appears on many recordings spanning a broad stylistic range.
9 pm: Sofia Rei Trio
Sofia Rei - vocals, charango; JC Maillard - saz bass, guitar; Franco PInna, drums, percussion
Critically acclaimed Argentine vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Sofia Rei is a contemporary musician strongly rooted in jazz and Latin American folk music traditions. She is widely considered one of the most inventive and passionate artists on the current New York City music scene. Originally from Buenos Aires, Sofia Rei ties together diverse influences in a haunting yet uplifting program of rhythmic sophistication and melodic purity - beautiful and compelling. Since moving to NYC in 2005, she has worked with renowned musicians including Bobby McFerrin, John Zorn, Lionel Loueke, and Maria Schneider.
Sofia has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Blue Note, Annenberg Center, Chicago World Music Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, and Vancouver Jazz Festival, to mention just a few.
Sofia’s trio at NPR’s Tiny Desk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKSjxfYbxzc
Sofia’s solo project Umbral: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yP7oqpsorI
Selected press quotes:
"Rei and her band treated us to stellar musicianship and genre-bending music"--NPR music
"...highly capable of integrating diverse influences, from ancient folkloric traditions to modern jazz [...] Sofia's all Spanish vocals convey deep passion and a full spectrum of emotions"-- Downbeat Magazine
"leading light of Latin jazz."-- The Village Voice
"Packed inside her music are ancient tones of creation, contemporary calls of earthly truth and metagalactic chants of promise.This is the voice that is reserved for highly evolved and loving beings.” -- ABQTodo.com