December 2014 session – 12/13/2014 – 8:00 PM
The Three Jewels, NYC
SARAH BERNSTEIN [violin + electronics]
DYLAN NEELY [violin + electronics]
LOU ROSSI [guitar + electronics]
Live visuals by VJ FUZZY BASTARD
Curated by WvS / Produced by WvS & Miah Artola
SARAH BERNSTEIN is a violinist, composer, improviser, vocalist and poet based in NYC. She leads projects ranging from minimalist/experimental duo Unearthish with Satoshi Takeishi, to avant-noise/poetry band Iron Dog with Stuart Popejoy and Andrew Drury, to improv strings Frikativ Quartet with Scott Tixier, Mat Maneri and Rubin Kodheli, to avant-jazz Sarah Bernstein Quartet with Kris Davis, Stuart Popejoy and Ches Smith. She also performs and records with Anthony Braxton, Adam Rudolph, Dave Scott, Joseph Daley, Anders Nilsson, Sara Schoenbeck, Stephanie Richards, Emilie Lesbros, Kid Millions and more. Originally from San Francisco, Sarah has lived in Brooklyn since the 1990’s. She holds a BFA in Violin Performance from the California Institute of the Arts and an MA in Jazz Studies from Queens College, City University of New York.
DYLAN NEELY is a composer/violinist/filmmaker/writer/sound artist with interests in multimedia collaboration, the intersections of music and politics, and the limits of meaning. He premiered A Hunger Artist, a one-act chamber opera based on the short story by Franz Kafka, at Mills College’s 2014 Signal Flow Festival. His music has been played by groups including Quartetto Indaco, Mills Contemporary Performance Ensemble, Ensemble Móbile, Caedmon Quartet, The American Composers’ Orchestra, and The Salome Chamber Orchestra. His film collaborations with Alex Nathanson (Letters to John Grisham; Appendix: A) have been presented at venues including Anthology Film Archives, The Museum of the Moving Image, and The Philips Collection. They have performed Fan Letters, a live interaction sound and video project described as “difficult to describe” by the Portland Press Herald, in cities across Europe and North America. Dylan has been a Fulbright Fellow to Serbia, ASCAP Plus Award recipient, and participant in residencies/programs through The Watermill Center, SiMN, The New York Youth Symphony, mpa-B, and highSCORE. He received a B.A. from Bard College at Simon’s Rock, M.F.A. from Mills College, and is currently based in Brooklyn.
LOU ROSSI creates ambient & textural sounds via baritone guitar, shortwave radio, pedals & loops. He credits his love of expressionism in the development of this style. Rossi received a degree in Film Scoring from Berklee & studied Microtonal Theory at NEC with Joe Maneri. Kristeen Young has recently featured him on the ‘The Knife Shift’. This was Rossi’s 2nd collaboration with Young and Producer Tony Visconti. Currently Rossi is recording a follow up to ‘liturgia’, a CD of his solo improvisation.
Performance highlights: AMDaT at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, Poetry Project’s New Year’s Day Marathon at Saint Mark’s Church, Rhys Chatham’s Crimson Grail at Lincoln Center, Elliott Sharp’s SyndaKit at the White Box Gallery, Urb Alt Festival at BAM
Rossi has also appeared at: Faison Firehouse Theater, Galapagos Art Space, Harlem School of the Arts, Harlem Stage Gatehouse, HopeStock Festival, issue project room, 92y, TONIC and many more…
DANIEL MCKLEINFELD (a.k.a. VJ Fuzzy Bastard) does terrible things to innocent video clipsHe’s taught a VDMX master class in Russia, played live in Chicago, NYC, and Frankfurt, hs created live video projections for many theater and dance pieces, and currently runs the multimedia lab for Queensborough Community College. Besides nightlife VJ’ing, he performs regularly with psychedelic electronic free jazz ensemble The Azerbaijan A/V Club.