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Resonant Interval #31: Amy Morrison/Doug Falk/Hsin-Jung Tsai, MFM, Tatsuya Nakatani & Omar Tamez

June 18, 2010
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June continues to be a star-studded month for Resonant Interval. After hosting Cornelius F. Van Stafrin III & Tarr on an extra Houston date of their tour last week, we are treated to two ensembles touring the globe, along some stellar local talent.

First up, the contemporary chamber trio of Amy Morrison (oboe & English horn), Doug Falk (trumpet & upright bass) and Hsin-Jung Tsai (piano) will be performing several new compositions for their unique orchestration. Falk and Tsai are well-known to Resonant Interval regulars, having appeared in several combinations with other musicians across a spectrum of sounds.

MFM trace a circuitous history between Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia and beyond. From their website: “Combining an array of musical instruments, from the traditional to the non-traditional, they offer dense paranormal soundscapes, often accentuated by thick bass hooks, found and appropriated sound, dark piano melodies, and other unexpected noises and visual material that differ performance from performance”.  You can read more here.

MFM Live In-Studio Performance:

Tatsuya Nakatani (drums) & Omar Tamez (guitar) are touring as a duo and will be heading to Houston after performing and conducting workshops at the inaugural New Media Art and Sound Summit in Austin. Nakatani works with a series of extended techniques and an extended drumkit (including several gongs) to improvise in modes both meditative and furious. Tamez is a central force in coordinating jazz and improvised music in Monterrey, Mexico, while touring and collaborating extensively in North America, Europe and Japan.

Tatsuya Nakatani, solo percussion performance:

Omar Tamez, trio performance at Church of the Friendly Ghost in Austin:

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Tarr and Cornelius F. Van Stafrin III added to Resonant Interval #30

June 13, 2010
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North Carolina’s Cornelius F. Van Stafrin III and Chicago’s Tarr will be joining the bill for the evening. Here are some examples of what to expect:


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Resonant Interval #30: Pete & Spencer Gerson, Michael Waller (NYC)

June 13, 2010
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This week we will be hosting the first father-and-son duo to perform at Resonant Interval– Pete and Spencer Gershon. The elder Gershon is the publisher of Signal To Noise magazine, a quarterly journal dedicated to covering music from various corners of the underground world (free jazz, noise, out-rock et al). Spencer is a young man getting a jump start on his paternal birthright to explore the wonderful world of experimental sound. It is sure to be an enjoyable set for all parties.

Michael Waller returns from New York City for a solo performance, after being introduced to Resonant Interval in a duo with Melanie Jamison. An active composer and performer around New York, Waller focuses on the meditative, transcendent aspects of sound (often culled from field recordings in specifically-chosen places) to tap in to the “Eternal Music” championed by mentors like La Monte Young and Phil Niblock.

Here is a video featuring one of Waller’s pieces, Ownership:

The show begins at 7:45 pm at 2808 Milam at The Exoskeleton, between the bank and the French bakery. a $5 cover goes directly to the performers. Beverages are available from Khon’s Bar, whose generous patronage makes this series possible. Thank you for supporting them, and thank you for supporting the arts!


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Resonant Interval #29: Ink On Paper & Elliot Cole

June 5, 2010
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Despite the heavy competition for our ears’ attention from the Free Press Summer Fest this weekend, we are glad to present a concert of two excellent contemporary music this Sunday at The Exoskeleton.

Visiting from Santa Fe, New Mexico is the bass and drums duo Ink On Paper. Here’s what they have to say about themselves:

“iNK oN pAPER is a drum, bass, and electronics duo from Milton Villarrubia III (drums and laptop) and Carlos Santistevan (bass and electonics).   After making music together as a rhythm section in numerous creative projects for over 10 years, Carlos and Milt decided they would further hone their craft in a duo setting exploring the vast possibilities of their respective instruments. Both members play hybridized versions of their instruments with Milton using Midi triggers on his drums to trigger samples and processing using Ableton Live and Carlos incorporating analog live looping and signal processing on his upright electric bass.

The result is a duo that is drags rhythm through the mud in unimaginably glorious ways.”

They are touring in support of a new album, which can be heard streaming at their website.

Elliot Cole is a native Texan who has composed in a wide range of idioms, from his highly melodic chamber pop group Babinagar to his high-concept hip-hop group The Oracle Hysterical to several orchestral works, one of which is in production for performance in New York City. Utilizing MAX/MSP and Ableton Live, along with more conventional instrumentation, Cole brings cutting insight and a healthy sense of humor to the sometimes stuff world of contemporary composition.


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