NY Art Book Fair: Graphic Notation and Artists' Books

Saturday 29 September, 2012
11:30am - 1pm, $0

PS1 Courtyard
22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City

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Composers Nick Hallett, Zach Layton, and Miguel Frasconi will explore the rich history of graphic notation, experimental score, and other visual representations of sound in artists' books through performances and a discussion of notable works. Organized by Rachael Morrison.

Miguel Frasconi is a composer and performer who uses electronics, laptop, and an instrumentarium of glass objects to create music from a uniquely imagined tradition. His glass instruments are struck, blown, stroked, smashed and otherwise coaxed into vibration. His array of activities have included collaborations with the Balinese composer Dewa Berata on music for a large-scale shadowplay, with operatic tenor John Duykers on unique music/theater events, and with the Tibetan songwriter Techung, with whom he has toured throughout India. Miguel has worked closely with composers John Cage, Jon Hassell, James Tenney, and Morton Subotnick, and has collaborated with many choreographers, including modern dance pioneer Anna Halprin. He was a founding member of The Glass Orchestra, Toronto's internationally renowned ensemble featuring all glass instruments (1977–86), and the San Francisco sound-sculpture band Möbius Operandi (1990–95). He is presently co-artistic director of Ne(x)works, one of New York's leading new music ensembles who most recently performed at MaersMusik/Berliner Festspiele 2012. Miguel's solo and ensemble music has been released on New Albion Records, Porter Records, and a new recording of his string quartets will be released late 2012 on the Tzadik label. Miguel is currently a visiting professor at the Bard College Electronic Music Studios and director of the Bard Laptop Orchestra.

Nick Hallett is a composer, vocalist, and cultural producer. His new media opera created in collaboration with artist Shana Moulton, Whispering Pines 10, was performed at The Kitchen, New Museum of Contemporary Art, SFMOMA, and PICA TBA Festival, among others. Hallett’s work was included in Performa’s 2007 and 2009 biennials. He is the co-director of the Darmstadt music series at ISSUE Project Room. After organising a performance of the Joshua Light Show in 2007, Hallett became its music director and producer, composing original music for a full-dome son-et-lumière at the AMNH Hayden Planetarium in 2011. As a vocalist, Hallett has performed in and recorded operas by Anthony Braxton and Susie Ibarra, among others.

Zach Layton is a guitarist, composer, curator, improviser, educator and video artist based in Brooklyn. He has performed and exhibited at the Kitchen, ISSUE Project Room, Roulette, Diapason, PS1, Anthology Film Archives, Performa, Exit Art, SCOPE Art Fair, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Eyebeam, Sculpture Center, Transmediale Berlin, and many other spaces in New York and abroad. He has collaborated with Luke Dubois, Vito Acconci, Elliott Sharp, the Joshua Light Show, Jonas Mekas, Tony Conrad, Bradley Eros, Alex Waterman, Nick Hallett, Andrew Lampert, Matthew Ostrowski, Michael Evans, MV Carbon, Bradford Reed, Ryan Sawyer, Peter Gordon, Tristan Perich, and many other artists, filmmakers, curators, musicians and friends.
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