NYEAF 2009 Performance Events

The New York Electronic Art Festival Performance Events: Improvisation and New Media

October 16 to October 26, 2009 as part of Harvestworks’ New York Electronic Art Festival

“…Experimental music is rarely this visceral and engaging” Los Angeles Times

Announcing the 2009 New York Electronic Arts Festival (NYEAF), a month-long series of concerts, panels, workshops, and exhibitions centered on the cutting edge work being done at the intersection of art and technology. The NYEAF Performance Events: Improvisation and New Media present a wide range of works that expand conventional notions of music. Exploring interactive strategies and experimental instruments, these performers participate and collaborate with technology in a meaningful way.


Friday October 16, 8:30pm – at Roulette

Shadow Puppies / Nick vs. Nic

A split program featuring the audio-visual trio Shadow Puppies comprised of Hans Tammen (guitar & electronics), Nick Didkovsky (guitar & electronics) and Kurt Ralske (video and live processing); and Nick vs. Nic, a duo performance by American composer, author and media artist Nic Collins and British computer music specialist Nick Collins employing live coding and live circuit building.

Saturday October 17, 6pm – 11pm – at Roulette

Ikue Mori & LEMUR / Miya Masaoka / Peter Blasser / David Galbraith / Laetitia Sonami

A quintuple bill with New York-based sound artist Ikue Mori in collaboration with an electronic music robot ensemble provided by LEMUR (League of Electronic Musical); composer and media artist Miya Masaoka will present her LED Kimono Project which features a kimono fabricated from nearly 900 LEDs that interacts with the properties of sound, motion and physical conditions; Baltimore-based sound artist Peter Blasser will perform with his self-invented electronic instrument the din datin dudero; New York-based composer and media artist David Galbraith will present works based on his custom software “lgOpre” that links vintage grid pattern algorithms with vinyl record lock-groove samples; and Laetitia Sonami will perform a new work with her signature instrument, the Lady’s Glove.    $20/night

Sunday October 18, 6pm – 11pm – at Roulette

Lucky Dragons / Joker Nies / Triple Point / Andrew Deutsch and Peer Bode / Moritz Wettstein

A second quintuple bill with the Los Angeles-based duo Lucky Dragons in a performance combining music, video projection and sound created in collaboration with the audience; German musician Joker Nies will give a solo performance on Omnichord and other bizarre circuit-bent instruments; the improvising trio Triple Point featuring Pauline Oliveros (digital accordion) Jonas Braasch (soprano saxophone) and Doug Van Nort (electronics) will perform music guided by an attentiveness to Deep Listening; Andrew Deutsch and Peer Bode will premiere a live image and sound performance titled Uber Organ / body of life celebrating what would have been the 100th year of electronic pioneer Harald Bode; and Swiss sound artist Moritz Wettstein will perform Answering Machine, a sound performance with a modified analog telephone.  $20/night

Monday October 26, 8pm – at NYU Frederick Loewe Theater

Adam Parkinson & Atau Tanaka / George Lewis & Marina Rosenfeld

Hosted by the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, this split program will feature two exceptional duos. In the duo Adam & Atau, Atau performs on a system that captures physiological neuron impulses resulting from muscle tension while Adam runs Pure Data on two iPhones, mixing and mangling their output. The second duo is a live performance by Marina Rosenfeld and George Lewis of Sour Mash, from their forthcoming Tellus/Innova recording, featuring the composers with turntablists DJ Olive and Raz Mesinai.  This event is supported by EMF.

For festival information call Carol Parkinson at Harvestworks: 212-431-1130.

“Harvestworks brings together innovative practitioners from all branches of the digital arts to provide a vital context and catalyst for creativity and makes these new and innovative digital art mediums available to artists, curators, and collectors.”


ABOUT NYEAF: The New York Electronic Art Festival was created to provide a responsive public context for the appreciation of cutting-edge electronic artwork through concerts, panels, workshops, and exhibitions of the highest quality across the arts and technology spectrum. Attendees will get an overview of how technology is being used in various artistic disciplines, and have the opportunity to take part in a discussion about how these technologies will continue to shape contemporary art practice. This year’s festival will be a showcase of exciting interdisciplinary work and serve as a catalyst for discussions and collaborations between artists, technology, and the public.

The NYEAF will plug into a national and international network of electronic art festivals, bringing significant contemporary art and music to the city.  NYEAF is produced by Harvestworks, an international digital media arts center with 30 years of experience helping artists to get ”inside the electronics” and to develop a hands-on, experimental and explorative approach to making art with technology.

Produced by Harvestworks in partnership with arts>World Financial Center, Roulette and New York University with funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, mediaThefoundation, Etant donnés: The French-American Fund for Contemporary Art, the Québec Government Office in New York, Electronic Music Foundation, the Experimental TV Center Presentation Funds and the Institute for Electronic Art and the Paula Cooper Gallery. Corporate sponsorship is provided by Tekserve: the Apple Specialists, Newmark Knight Frank, Original Sin and Cycling74.

ABOUT HARVESTWORKS:  Founded in 1977, Harvestworks offers an environment where artists can make work inspired and achieved by electronic media. Harvestworks helps the community at large to understand, assimilate, and make creative use of new and evolving technologies.  Harvestworks creates a context for the appreciation of new work, advances both the art community and the public’s agenda for the use of technology in art; and brings together innovative practitioners from all branches of the arts by fostering collaborations across electronic media.

ABOUT ROULETTE: Roulette Intermedium is an Experimental and New Music presenting organization dedicated to the development of emerging and established artists. Since 1978, our ongoing purpose has been to provide opportunities for innovative composers, musicians, sound artists and interdisciplinary collaborators to present their work in accessible, appropriate and professional productions. Roulette hosts over 100 New Music concerts each season, with our annual spring Mixology Festival focusing on new and unusual uses of technology in music.  Please visit roulette.org for more info or to stream recordings from our free online archive as well as learn more about your favorite artists through interviews, sound clips, and videos now available on our new Blog.

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