Friday, March 9, 2018, 9pm – Nightlife – Coastal Prairie Mercantile

Coastal Prairie Mercantile
104 Hout St, Warrensburg, MO 64093

The Choir Boys
Jeff Kaiser and Andrew Pask

Improvisations with assorted things, from acoustic to electronic.


Brian Riordan

Improvisation
For live processing of improvising performers

Riordan’s set features customized software, designed to manipulate and exchange the live sounds of local musicians with whom he enters into an improvisational sonic dialogue. For this particular proposal Riordan will bring an as-yet-named local performer to the event. No fixed media samples are used as all electronic sounds in these sets originate from the signal of the improvising musician.


Devin Maxwell

Maximilism/Minimalism
Post-Experimentalist Solos for Vibraphone and Electronics

Maxwell’s performance will feature two works: Johannes Kreidler’s Fantasies of Downfall for vibraphone, video, and electronics and his own work, Cloudseeding 5 for vibraphone, snare drum, and electronics. These works represent two viable strands of post-experimental music: maximalist integrated performance art, in the case of the Kreidler, and a minimalist approach to teleological music – a transformative form of minimalism perhaps where surface and structure are balanced. However, both works share a common bond through a semi-strict adherence to conceptualism as well a commitment to the irreverent. This concert is by no means a snapshot on current, mainstream writing for percussion or electronics, but instead presents two compositions that are each in their own right at the fringe of what is usually defined as music.


Biographies

The Choir Boys is a longtime collaboration between Jeff Kaiser and Andrew Pask. They also have an out-of-date website at http://trippyhorns.com/

Brian Riordan is a composer, performer, improviser, producer, and sound artist originally from Chicago, IL. He is currently an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow and a PhD candidate in Music Composition and Theory at University of Pittsburgh, where he pursues interests in temporal discontinuity, delay-based performance, real-time digital signal processing, and laptop performance aesthetics. As an avid collaborator, he has performed in numerous ensembles ranging from rock, jazz, classical, and experimental throughout the United States. His compositions have been performed by The JACK Quartet, Wet Ink Ensemble, The Meridian Arts Ensemble, Kamraton, The H2 Quartet, Alia Musica, Wolftrap, and his compositions have been featured at STEIM, SICPP, New Music On The Point, SPLICE, and The Walden Creative Musicians Retreat. As a member of the Pittsburgh ensemble “How Things Are Made,” he produced and performed on over 30 albums for the group and have commissioned 52 compositions.

Devin Maxwell is a composer and percussionist whose work has been described as “amiably strident…clusters hammered insistently” by the New York Times and as “a beautiful puzzle, … fitting between plucks and pedals that build pyramid melodies” by the American Record Guide. He teaches at the University of Utah, Westminster College, and is a co-founder of the VU Symposium for Experimental, Electronic and Improvised Music. His music is published by Good Child Music and Éditions musique SISYPHE.

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