May 2017 Session

May 2017 session – 5/20/2017 – 7 PM EDT
The Three Jewels, NYC

Ab Uno Pluribus May 2017 Session

TERRY DAME [self-made instruments]
foci+loci (Tamara Yadao & Chris Burke) [audio-visual game worlds]
MIGUEL FRASCONI [glass instruments, modular analog synths]
Live visuals by BLEUE LIVERPOOL
Curated by WvS / Produced by WvS & Miah Artola

“foci + loci” explore the topological treatment of time and space afforded by game engines. Treating the map editors in video games as virtual sound stages, Tamara Yadao and Chris Burke design immersive electroacoustic spaces that can be “played” as instruments. The duo evolved through a fascination with the malleability of virtual space paired with an interest in electroacoustic improvisation. foci + loci have received a NYSCA grant for 2013 to develop their full scale game art performance installation ‘Bal(l)ade’. Tamara received an American Composers’ Forum grant in 2015 commissioning the music for foci + loci’s “Another Kind of Spiral” which premiered at Cluster Festival in Winnipeg with a performance at Centre Georges Pompidou following soon after. They have performed and shown at galleries and festivals in the US and Canada, including Vector Festival in Toronto and Babycastles, The Stone and Joe’s Pub in NYC.

MIGUEL FRASCONI is a composer specializing in the relationship between acoustic objects and musical form. His instrumentarium includes glass objects, modular electronics, laptop, and constructions of his own design. He has composed numerous dance scores, ensemble pieces, and operas. In September 2012 his CAGE100 Festival was called “one of the best observances of John Cage’s 100th birthday” by the New York Times. Miguel’s music has been released on New Albion Records, Porter Records,, and Tzadik.

BLEUE LIVERPOOL born & raised Brooklyn, NY, is a multimedia artist and filmmaker of Caribbean descent. She utilizes an array of visual fragments and superimpositions of light to convey attention and questions towards themes of ritual, provocation, displacement, migration, resistance, and personal philosophy within the Queer and Diaspora identity. She has conducted experiments at The Rubin Museum of Art, The Artist Space, RECESS NYC, and most recently in a group show at The New Museum. Liverpool was awarded the Mary Ellen Mark Scholarship and will be taking residency at the International Center of Photography this coming Fall 2017.

TERRY DAME is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, instrument builder, circuit bender and educator. She began playing trumpet and piano at age 8 and continued playing into high school. Upon entering college she put music aside to pursue engineering and environmental studies, graduating with a BS in Environmental Planning from the University of Massachusetts. After graduating she couldn’t resist her creative impulses, bought a synthesizer and started composing music and designing sound for theater. In 1985 Ms. Dame moved to New York City, got involved with the WOW Cafe Theater, produced four multi-media concerts and took up the saxophone. She has been performing and composing for film, video, theater, dance and installations ever since.

Instrument building came about in graduate school while studying composition with the late Art Jarvinen at Cal Arts where she also studied with Wadada Leo Smith, Vinny Golia, Rajeev Taranath and Balinese Gamelan master Nyoman Wenten. These influences continue to shape her creative work today. In 1998 she returned to NYC to form the invented instrument ensemble Electric Junkyard Gamelan composing, designing and building the instruments for the four piece ensemble that is still active today.

Currently, Dame performs in solo or duo configurations with her original interactive sensor-driven instruments. She hosts and curates a monthly music series at held at BarbesBrooklyn called “Terry Dame’s Weird Wednesdays” dedicated to instrument inventors and players of objects and other musical oddities. Dame also leads the seven-piece modal jazz group Monkey on a Rail. She collaborates with controllerist/dj Julie Covello and bassist/percussionist Dawn Drake in the EDM group Daughter Of Darrr and is a member of international dance music band Paprika.  As a side person Ms. Dame performs on multiple instruments in a variety of groups including Kenny Wollesen’s Himalayas and Wollesonic Laboratories and Jessica Lurie’s Plate Tiptonics. She was composer-in-residence and saxophonist with Jennifer Miller’s NYC based Circus Amok from 1994-2004.

Recent film scores include the ESPN 30 for 30 Shorts documentary “The Shining Star of Losers Everywhere” which premiered at Sundance Festival 2016 and won Best Documentary Short at the 2016 Toronto’s HotDocs Festival. Other notable him collaborations include Maria Maggenti (The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love, Puccini for Beginners), Judith Helfand (Blue Vinyl), Erin Greenwell (My Best Day), experimental film maker Diane Bonder (Closer to Heaven), and documentarists Harriet Hirshorn and Mary Patireno (Disappearance of Tisouer, Sodom by the Sea). She is an alumni of the prestigious Sundance Institute Composer Lab (2006).

Ms. Dame has received grants and commissioning funds from HarvestWorks Digital Media Art Center, Fractured Atlas, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, The Rockefeller Foundation, New York State Council for the Arts, Meet the Composer Fund and the Franklin Furnace Archive.  She was an artist in residence at HERE Art Center in New York City during 2003 & 2004.  She is currently on faculty in the  MFA Computer Art and BFA Film Departments at the School of Visual Arts and the Creative Media Department at Marymount Manhattan College in NYC.  She tours nationally performing and teaching workshops on instrument building with recycled objects and interactive technologies to all ages. Dame holds a MFA in Performance and Composition from the California Institute of the Arts.

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