December 2015 session – 12/12/2015 – 7:30 PM
The Three Jewels, NYC
AL MARGOLIS [violin/viola + vintage synth]
DOROTHEA TACHLER [keyboard, autoharp + guitar]
MATT VERZOLA [sampler + synth]
Live visuals by KATHERINE LIBEROVSKAYA
Curated by WvS / Produced by WvS & Miah Artola
AL MARGOLIS has been an activist in the 1980s American cassette underground through his cassette label Sound of Pig Music and was co-founder of experimental music label Pogus Productions, which he continues to run. Active under the name If, Bwana since 1984, making music that has swung between fairly spontaneous studio constructions and more process-oriented composition. Margolis often collaborates live with video artist Katherine Liberovskaya and performs as part of a laptop duo with Doug Van Nort and an electronic/acoustic duo with Tom Hamilton.
KATHERINE LIBEROVSKAYA is a video/media artist based in Montreal and New York. Involved in experimental video since the 80s, she has produced numerous videos, video installations and performances shown at various events and venues around the world. Since 2001 her work predominantly focuses on collaborations with composers and sound artists notably in live video+sound performance where her live visuals seek to create improvisatory “music” for the eyes. Frequent collaborators include Phill Niblock, Al Margolis/If,Bwana, Zanana, Kristin Norderval, Hitoshi Kojo, David Watson, David First and o.blaat (Keiko Uenishi). Recent projects have involved: Anna Homler, Leslie Ross, Shelley Hirsch, Chantal Dumas, Richard Garet, Dorit Chrysler, Emilie Mouchous, Erin Sexton, Corinne Rene and Philippe Lauzier. Recent solo projects include the audiovisual installations “sonimaginations tissulaires” (2014), “NoizeBreeze” (2014), “Air-Play” (2013), “Amplifontana” (2012) and “Shines” (2008-09). Concurrently she curates and organizes the Screen Compositions evenings at Experimental Intermedia, NYC, since 2005 and the OptoSonic Tea series with Ursula Scherrer at Diapason, NYC, since 2006. In 2014 she completed a PhD in the Study and Practice of Art entitled “Improvisatory Live Visuals: Playing Images Like a Musical Instrument” at the Universite du Quebec in Montreal (UQAM).
DOROTHEA TACHLER is a Brooklyn based musician, singer and composer who was born and raised in Munich, Germany. After finishing her degree in classical music there, she played and sang around the world with German, Japan and American bands. Touring led her to New York where she started her band “My Favourite Things” as well as composing music for films, besides several other music projects. She is constantly exploring different genres and went from Classical over Avantgarde, Indie Rock, Experimental, Shoegaze, Surf, Jazz, Gipsy-Jazz, Country, Ambient to Folk, Reggae, Electronic Music and Improvisation, using different instruments or her voice, and she collaborates with many other talented musicians and singers worldwide.
MATT VERZOLA is Brooklyn-based recording and visual artist best known for his musical creations under the name 2Beeps. He occasionally makes music for commercials, short films and personal projects, and has releases with popular record labels Fool’s Gold, Play Me and Dim Mak Records. A regular at the New York art event Share, he enjoys collaborative and open creative environments that emphasize experimentation and improvisation.