[Dark Circuits Festival] Joker Nies & Miguel Frasconi’s Omnichord Madness at Harvestworks
Monday, June 16, 2014, 7pm
Harvestworks, 596 Broadway, #602, NYC, NY 10012
Miguel Frasconi (New York) and Joker Nies (Cologne) modify or build their instruments to their needs, creating music from a uniquely imagined tradition. Apart from various analog devices, modified electronic toys and high-end synth modules, they both work with the Omnichord, an electronic autoharp that in its modified, or “bent” form, is a favorite instrument of composers looking for unique ways to create spontaneous and delicate music with subtle control.
The performance will use David Blair’s upcoming installation Telepathic Place / Telepathic Machine as a backdrop, that includes a variety of screens, speakers, and moving/static objects, plus the strangely multinational Phenakistoscope of 1832 and other geometric animation machines designed by the blind color theorist Joseph Plateau.
All events are part of Dark Circuits Festival June 14 – 23 (http://www.darkcircuitsfestival.com) organized by Hans Tammen, at venues such as Harvestworks, REVERSE, Silent Barn, Outpost Artists Resources, Spectrum, MakeMusicNY, The Firehouse, Eyebeam and Shapeshifter Lab. The festival culminates on June 22 in the performance of APHERESIS at Eyebeam, a large multi-movement piece by Hans Tammen for 14 laptop and electronics performers. APHERESIS was commissioned by Harvestworks with funds from The Multi-Arts Production Fund. The MAP Fund is a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This work is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and Wave Farm Fiscal Sponsorship. littleBits Electronics supports MakeMusicNY and the Dark Circuits Festival by providing their LittleBits x Korg Synth Kits. Eventide supports MakeMusicNY and the Dark Circuits Festival by providing their Eventide H9 Stompboxes.