Guitarist Doug Theriault is an artist based in Portland, Oregon. His current work is concerned with the development of live electronic music systems on custom made instruments of his own design. Together with saxophonist Jack Wright, Doug will present new developments as part of his Certificate Study.
[Mar 13] Doug Theriault & Jack Wright
Doug Theriault – guitar, Max/MSP, Jack Wright – saxophones
Wed, March 13, 7pm
596 Broadway, #602 | New York, NY 10012 | Phone: 212-431-1130
Subway: F/M/D/B Broadway/Lafayette, R Prince, 6 Bleeker
Doug is an artist based in Portland, Oregon. His current work is concerned with the development of live electronic music systems on custom made instruments of his own design. His work has been presented all over the United States with a wide variety of musicians, dancers and visual artists from around the world. He has also scored original music for independent films, plays and dance installations. He is mostly known for his highly idiosyncratic guitar work. Doug investigates the reciprocal contamination of creative means and sensibilities. He uses varied organic and electronic sound instrumentation, light gradients (sensors), space and performative movement in connection with the conceptual development of live electronic music systems that he has created.
He was also asked by the city of Portland Oregon to create a large scale sound installation for the PICA TBA festival in 2011. http://vimeo.com/30169300
Along with this festival he has played many others: Earshot Jazz Festival, Seattle Improvised Music Festival (10 times over 25 years), Olympia Experimental Music festival (8 times over a 15 year period), Kill Rock Stars, NWEMO (Northwest Electro Acoustic Music Festival), Eugene Noise Festival, No music festival and the Richard Forman Festival.
He has also built experimental musical instruments for the band ZZ Top, Smegma, guitarist Bill Horist and many others from around the world.
People he has worked with: Christine Abdelnour, Greg Kelley, Wally Shoup, Jeph Jerman, Negativeland, Sun Ra Archestra, Paul Hessien, Fred Lonberg Holm, Jack Wright, Bryan Eubanks and Climax Golden Twins among many others.
In the late 1970s, following an academic teaching career and radical politics, Jack Wright began directing his energies into playing the saxophone, which he had done in his youth. He is today one of the few musicians that have played improvised music exclusively since that time. Through years of touring in Europe and North America he came to be regarded as the “Johnny Appleseed of Improvised Music”, inspiring countless others, and widely recognized as an original and virtuosic saxophonist, continually renewing his approach to music. As one reviewer said, he is an “undergrounder by design”, but another reviewer (in the Washington Post) said, “In the rarefied, underground world of experimental free improvisation, saxophonist Jack Wright is king”. Now living in Easton PA, he often plays in medium-sized towns, where he finds audiences responsive to his unconventional playing, as well as large cities, where he is always welcome. www.springgardenmusic.com