Sunday 17 September 2017, 7.30pm
A rare appearance by Elka Bong, who are Al Margolis and Walter Wright from US, in a new collaboration with Viv Corringham (NY/London) and Mia Zabelka (Austria).
Al Margolis (viola/violin/clarinet) was active in the 1980s American cassette underground through his cassette label Sound of Pig Music and is co-founder of experimental music label Pogus Productions, which he continues to run. Active under the name If, Bwana since 1984, his works swing between fairly spontaneous studio constructions and more process-oriented composition. It has been said “that Al Margolis/If, Bwana is some sort of evil genius working with raw materials which are never adapted to a genre or a context, because they create one in that very moment. Those sources are radically altered up to an utterly unrecognizable state, anarchic manifestations moving in compact determination." It’s all true…..
Walter Wright is an interdisciplinary artist, his practice includes computer programming, electro-acoustic music, and video performance. His focus is on “improvisation as a way of being present in the world.” Wright was one of the first video animators. At Computer Image Corp he animated letters, words, and titles for Children’s Television Workshop. He was a video animator for Ed Emshwiller’s Thermogenesis and Scapemates, aired by WNET’s Artists Television Workshop. Scapemates was the first computer graphics video nominated for an Emmy Award (1971). He showed his work at the first computer art conference at the Kitchen (NYC, 1973). In 1973-76, as artist-in-residence at the Experimental Television Center, he pioneered video performance touring public access centers, colleges, and galleries with the Paik/Abe Video Synthesizer. Wright has developed software and hardware for artists including the Video Shredder, a desktop video processor for the TARGA2K. Currently he works with Max/MSP, softVNS, and Processing. His programs and sketches are available on his blog – nohtv.wordpress.com Wright performs with several groups including ELKA BONG, Egregoros, and ensemble inedit. He plays a Bugbrand Boardweevil, drums and percussion and AVSynth. Wright is a co-founder of 119 Gallery, the first digital art gallery on the World Wide Web, located in Lowell MA.
Viv Corringham (electric voice, sound recordings) is a New York based British singer. Her work includes performance, installations, radio and soundwalks. She is a 2012 and 2006 McKnight Composer Fellow through American Composers Forum, 2015 resident artist at Harvestworks Media Arts, NYC and is certified to teach Deep Listening by Pauline Oliveros. Her work has been presented in twenty two countries on five continents.
She performs solo, in ad-hoc improvising groups and in fixed groups which include Monkey Puzzle Trio with (ex-This Heat) Charles Hayward, Seven Sisters of Smyrna, playing psychedelic Rembetika with Clive Bell and Sylvia Hallett, Unusual Boulevard with Gianni Mimmo and Angelo Contini, and Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens trio with Miguel Frasconi,
“From cool Brion Gysin-esque wordplay to looped and multilayered operatic wails.” (The Wire)
Mia Zabelka (violin, voice) is a sound artist, composer as well as an improviser from Vienna, with czech, jewish and french familiar background. After completing her training with a strong classical emphasis, she continued to construct and explore the limits of sound and music in a language entirely her own, based on the de- and reconstruction of the violin’s sonic possibilities, expanding the range of the instrument using live electronic devices, preparing it through the insertion of alien objects between or on the strings and innovative performance techniques.
Mia Zabelka describes this process as AUTOMATIC PLAYING, continuously exploring sound and music as physical phenomena, always pushing back the boundaries in experimental performances and compositions that question established notions, improving the available techniques and given structures. The violin and her own voice and body are transformed in the process into sound bodies which are at once organic and primal, screaming, lyrical, composed and explosive.
She has collaborated with a string of exciting artists from around the world, such as Robin Rimbaud, Pauline Oliveros, Elliott Sharp, Dälek, Lydia Lunch, Alexei Borisov , Phill Niblock, John Zorn, John Russell, Maggie Nicols and Philippe Petit.
She has given concerts and performances at many Festivals throughout Europe, America and Asia. Numerous CD, vinyl and video releases. Recipient of highly regarded prizes (3-time winner oft the Prix Ars Electronica) and awards, she was a guest of the DAAD’s (German Academic Exchange Service’s) international artists’ programme in Berlin and the Fulbright Commission in New York.
Mia Zabelka is currently the artistic director of Phonofemme Festival Vienna and Klanghaus Untergreith in the region of South Styria.