Mittwoch, 03.11.2010, Uhr 20:30
postgarage, dreihackengasse 42, 8020 graz
den ganzen abend: alle cocktails um 4,-NO SUGAR
post-postmodern folk music
The music of NoSugar meets at the crossroads of the duo's diverse background: trumpet, analog electronics and contrabass creating intimate post-everything structures built with pieces of free improv, classic electronic music, folk song, and noise. Compact improvisations that reveal their other lives as compositions, narratives in a foreign language familiar to all.
For this tour they have added the fabulous Audrey Chen on cello, voice, and analog electronics.
NoSugar has been playing together for many years, in various guises: Vinnie 'n' Minnie, Jon Raskin Quartet, Neo-Realist, Moekestra!, sfSound, and Monday Night Abuse among many others, as well as touring with butoh dancer Ryuzo Fukuhara. NoSugar has performed in Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Estonia, Germany, Netherlands, and USA. They used to be neighbors, and could hear each other playing through open windows. Now they need airplanes and trains to see each other.
LIZ ALLBEE's work spans many genres including improvisation, new music, electronic composition, noise, weird pop, minimalist/maximalist brawls and experimental rock. She has played with a wide array of musicians, including Anthony Braxton, Wadada Leo Smith, Hans Grusel, Gino Robair, Birgit Uhler, Fabrizio Spera, George Cremaschi, Yugen Noh Theater, SFSound, and with members of Caroliner, Sun City Girls, and Rova Saxophone Quartet. She lives
GEORGE CREMASCHI was born in New York City, and studied music and composition there. He has played with, and written for, dancers, rock bands, installation artists, improvisers, poets, film, theater groups, orchestras, and pop divas in countless situations on three continents. Greg Goodman, Matthew Ostrowski, Andrea Parkins, Burkhard Stangl, Nicolas Collins, Evan Parker, Trinh T. Minh-Ha, Kai Fagaschinski, Dieb13, Gino Robair, Christof Kurzmann, Jon Raskin, Frédéric Blondy and Lê Quan Ninh are some of his favorite people to work with. He has appeared on over 30 recordings on the Apestaartje, Evolving Ear, Black Saint, Leo, Beak Doctor, Emanem, Rastascan, Music & Arts, Nine Winds and 482 Music labels. He currently lives in Tábor, Czech Republic, where he is a curator and administrator at CESTA, an international arts residency center.
AUDREY CHEN is a Chinese-American musician who was born into a family of material scientists, doctors and engineers, outside of Chicago in 1976. Parting ways with the family convention, she turned to the cello at age 8 and voice at 11. After years of classical and conservatory training in both instruments, with a resulting specialization in early and new music, she parted ways again in 2003 to begin new negotiations with sound in order to discover a more individually honest aesthetic.
Now, using the cello, voice and analog electronics, Chen?s work delves deeply into her own version of narrative and non-linear storytelling. A large component of her music is improvised and her approach to this is extremely personal and visceral. Her playing explores the combination and layering of a homemade analog synthesizer, preparations and traditional and extended techniques in both the voice and cello. She works to join these elements into a singular ecstatic personal language.
Recently, her primary focus has been her SOLO project but she is also involved in many various collaborations. Among musicians, she has worked with Phil Minton, Tetuzi Akiyama, Toshimaru Nakamura, Ko Ishikawa, Elliott Sharp, Aki Onda, Phill Niblock, Frederic Blondy, Jerome Noetinger, C. Spencer Yeh, Alessandro Bosetti, Mats Gustafsson, Mazen Kerbaj, Michael Zerang, Tatsuya Nakatani, Le Quan Ninh, Joe Mcphee, Susan Alcorn, Michele Doneda, Paolo Angeli, Gianni Gebbia, plus many more. Some current projects include: duos with Phil Minton, Frederic Blondy, Robert van Heumen, Katt Hernandez, Nate Wooley, and Id M Theft Able. Trio with Nate Wooley and C. Spencer Yeh. Plus three new quartet projects with Jeff Carey/Morten J. Olsen/Raed Yassin, Miya Masaoka/Hans Grusel/Kenta Nagai and also with Frederic Blondy/Michael Johnsen/Jerome Noetinger.
Chen has performed in Europe, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, Taiwan, Canada and the USA. She is currently based in Baltimore, MD USA but primarily maintains an active touring schedule throughout Europe.