Septembermerber

 
 – This Friday, Sep 2nd,
(le) Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker St. NYC, NY 10012)
Doors 6p, Music 7p
Tix: $12 adv / $15 door
DRONECHOIR Trace is a choral piece I’ve been creating which has constantly evolved while being performed unrehearsed by curious vocalists from Hudson, NY to Mpls, MN and this Friday will be performed by 13-14 wonderful vocalists, many of whom have donated their time one to two times already in other Dronechoir performances. I am stoked and honored to have their recurring presence! including Asy Saavedra, Bahar Baharloo, Boshra AlSaadi, Denitia Odigie, Emily Ritz, Jen Goma, Lindsey-Paige McCloy, Nkoula Badila, Phyllis Lee, Starr Busby, Thimali Kodikara, Justine Bowe and Yours Truly at Le Poisson Rouge. I’m both petrified and enthusiastic for our foray into the city so to my friends in the area, I hope you’ll come to support us!
We will be sonically squeezed between two fantastic solo avant/experimental composers: Christopher Tignor, who is celebrating the release of his new LP, and avant-composer/guitarist Patrick Higgins (of Zs), so this will be a beautiful evening of music.
Please get advance tickets !
 – On Wednesday, Sept 14th I’ll be one of 5 vocalists backing up Bon Iver on Jimmy Fallon. I’m freakin out! Severe kudos to Jen Goma for her graciousness in sharing this opportunity!
 – On Sept 21st I will again be performing a piece I composed for Naama Tsabar’s Composition 20 on the High-Line with 20 other musicians, all standing on amplifiers placed strategically throughout a particularly tight area on the pathway (at the 14th street entrance), propelling onlookers to pass between each musician and thereby hearing each instrument from each participant, as well as experiencing the cacophony as a whole. It was well-received and as such we were invited to reunite to complement the High-Line’s 4th Annual Art Dinner happening that evening. (Apparently this part of the day isn’t yet listed on the High-Line’s website so perhaps I’m jumping the gun but let’s see who flinches…)
There is More To Come in October, including a live Interview in the DKNY window in NYC with Emilie Baltz, the coolest (and perhaps the only) high-art-foodie i’ve ever had the honor to meet and work with, an improv session with Yuka Honda and Shayna Dunkleman for The HUM series at Manhattan Inn, Buke and Gase performances at Threes Brewing and more!

Dronechoir TRACE at Le Poisson Rouge, Sept 2nd

Yes Indeed.
There will be no less than 13 voices in this performance. I’m bubbles!
We’ll be nestled neatly between Christopher Tignor (who’s latest record release “Along a Vanishing Plane” this show is all about) and Patrick Higgins (who I’ve done a bit of work with in the past including wiping up the floor at Dronefest 2015 starting at minute 4:20 and ending abruptly before anything happens)

EauxClaires Festival Dronechoir mini TRACE

Around 6pm on Friday and 7:30 pm on Saturday (August 12th & 13th) Dronechoir will make an appearance along the main artery between the major sections of Eaux Claires Festival in Eau Claire, WI. Passersby will be able to walk among and between the vocalists as they converge and disperse throughout the piece. Look for Claire De Lune, Justine Bowe, Rully Shabara, Jon Mueller, Liv Carrow, Sarah White, myself and others…

Dronechoir TRACE! recap

Listen to Dronechoir Trace, as performed on July 17th at CR10

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The vocalists of Dronechoir Trace From Left to right: Bahar Baharloo, Jen Goma, Arone Dyer, Emily Ritz, Asy Saavedra, Lindsey-Paige McCloy, Phyllis Lee and Starr Busby.

 

This composition is beginning to show its many faces. I adapted it from its original form which was performed as a static quartet in April 2016, this time with the addition of movement instructions and slight changes to a couple of the parts. There were still 4 parts to work with, so two vocalists shared each part and this was notable only when the partners slowly circled each other towards the end of the piece.
Many of these women had not met until the event as there was no rehearsal prior to the performance. Each vocalist was given their part to listen through at least one week ahead of time, but none had heard all the parts together. The audience was witness to our own discovery of the piece as a whole, as well as to our courage and commitment to the present moment. There were no wrong moves and no mistakes to be made.
During the performance each vocalist was instructed by a recording on their digital-listening-device to sing particular notes as well as make simple movements. Some of the movement directions included “Step Forward” – “Make your way to anywhere in the room” – “Turn Clockwise with your Partner”. I found that making clear and concise verbal movement instructions while indicating sometimes subtle vocal changes was challenging.

Each performance of the Dronechoir has been as unique as the individuals involved, and I intend to continue the evolution. I am honored that these women chose to be a part of the organic performance-writing process with me.

For this event at CR10, Dronechoir was joined by Peptalk of Brooklyn, NY, and the proceeds of the event were proudly donated to Campaign Zero.Dronechoir TRACE 02

Dronechoir TRACE at CR10, July 17th 5-7pm

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Dronechoir Trace is the third evolution of Dronechoir and will involve 8 unrehearsed vocalists. Each vocalist will have a set of directions fed to them during the performance and the audience will see/hear how each individual interprets these directions. Trace will take place at CR10 just outside of Hudson, NY on Sunday, July 17th 2016 at 5pm. Also performing will be Peptalk (members of Xiu Xiu).

The Proceeds of this performance ($10 suggested donation at the door) will go to Campaign Zero, an online data-based research and legislative tracking tool with the goal of eradicating police violence with a series of policy solutions. It is one of many opportunities for Us to make a Difference in systematic racial discrimination.

Vocalists of Dronechoir Trace include: Phyllis Lee, Jen Goma, Lindsey-Paige McCloy, Asy Saavedra, Emily Ritz, Bahar Baharloo, Starr Busby and Arone Dyer.

Dronechoir Pt Deux, 24hr Dronefest on April 25, 2016

Thank you to those of you who volunteered your ears and time to this project!

 

DroneChoir Pt Deux was performed by Thimali Kodikara (Ekha), Jen Goma (A Sunny Day In Glasgow), Bill Gillim (Megafortress) and Arone Dyer.

 

Here are some images taken by Viktor Klinger from the latest Dronechoir at Basilica‘s 24hr Dronefest April 23-24th in Hudson, NY. where the audience was silently asked to blindfold themselves for a purely aural experience. Toward the end of the piece we invited blindfolded members of the audience to join us for the remaining chords.

 

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The first Dronechoir I created took place as a part of Basilica’s 24hr Dronefest in April 2015, where I directed 20 blindfolded, mostly untrained vocalists through an hour-long, somewhat structured piece (this was hard to gauge due to being blindfolded, myself).

 

 

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Above image by Andi State

 

 

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