DAY 2: SATURDAY JULY 16
The second evening bring us works of great variance and diversity that defy simple classification, yet loosely ascribe to ambient or neoclassical in their approaches to instrumentation and composition. From recordings of the most far-flung removed spaces to be found on planet Earth, to the inner mechanical workings of the piano’s acoustics, this is to be a night of small ensembles and solo performers, both regional and international, exploring the most acutely distinct vocabularies to be heard in their respective subgrenres
_ Legendary Norwegian ambient-techno pioneer BIOSPHERE visits the US for the first time in 4 years to present his latest works for influential UK label Touch.
_ Germany’s NILS FRAHM makes a rare appearance to perform selections from his critically-aclaimed albums “Wintermusik” & “The Bells” (Erased Tapes).
_ Kranky recording artist BENOÎT PIOULARD debuts new drone-ambient material. Also performing that evening Seattle’s own I3O.
Biosphere is the main recording name of Geir Jenssen, a Norwegian musician who has released a considerable catalogue of ambient electronic music, most notably on prestigious UK label Touch. Jenssen has scored a number of films, including Eternal Stars (1993) and Insomnia (1997). Jenssen is also an active climber and mountaineer. His highest feat was in 2001, the Cho Oyu (Himalaya, 8201 meters) sans oxygen. This hobby can be an inspiration on his work, as well as a source of natural sound samples.
Germany's Nils Frahm had an early introduction to music. During his childhood he was taught to play piano by Nahum Brodski – a student of the last scholar of Tschaikowski. Throught this musical upbringing Nils began to immerse himself in the styles of the classical pianists before him as well as contemporary composers. Today, Nils Frahm works as a composer and producer in Berlin, where he founded Durton Studio, and records for Erased Tapes and Sonic Pieces labels.
Thomas Meluch is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, writer, and photographer, best known by his pseudonym Benoît Pioulard. Fascinated by natural sounds and the textures of decay, he began playing piano before his feet could reach the pedals, and for more than a decade has sought to create a unique sonic environment by combining remnants of pop song structures with the lushness and unpredictability of field recordings. Thomas continuous musical output has been documented for over half a deacade by Chicago's famed Kranky records.
Rafael Anton Irisarri is an American composer, multi-instrumentalist, curator, producer and mixed media artist. He is predominantly associated with post-minimalist, drone and ambient music and has been exploring textural electronics for over half a decade. I3O is his live trio ensemble, alongside pianist Kelly Wyse and veteran drone/metal drummer Phil Petrocelli.