Friday 13th of March 2009, 6 p.m. - Artpool P60

electroacoustic improvisation trio

Thanos Chrysakis (laptop), Oli Mayne (vibraphone) and Jerry Wigens (clarinet) appear for a set of electroacoustic improvisations at Artpool P60 before heading to Szeged for their second performance in Hungary. [video]

Their improvisations are based on spectral confluences and collisions directed beyond a categorical approach to sound. They have worked together and in different formations, in a number of recordings and appearances in London.

In this set they will be accompanied by Mick Grierson’s projected visual images.
A new CD release called ‘Instant-Cascade-Distant’ in which they participate comes out in June on the Aural Terrains record label.

performance duration: 30-40 min.

Thanos Chrysakis, 2006, 12 minutes. Two-screen projection

In a separate gallery-room and as part of the performance there will be a video installation by Thanos Chrysakis as a re-thinking of the momentary, the distance between and what bridges the mundane with the sublime.
Video: Thanos Chrysakis & Nick Fuller
Music: Thanos Chrysakis & Dario Bernal-Villegas
Thanos Chrysakis’ output consists of composition, performance, and installation. He was born in Athens in 1971, residing for the last ten years in the UK. His work has appeared on various independent labels, and events in various countries. He composes for electronics, acoustic instruments and environmental sounds, focusing on the structural and aesthetic capacity of sonic matter.
His work “Inscape 5” was amongst the selected works at the International Competition de Musique et d'Art Sonore Electroacoustiques de Bourges 2005, in the category œuvre d'art sonore électroacoustique, while “Nekyomanteion” received an honorary mention at the 7th International Electroacoustic Competition Musica Viva in Lisbon.

Some recent compositions include: A SCAR IN THE AIR (2008), “Threadshelters” for prepared piano + harpsichord (for Kate Ryder and Jane Chapman, 2007), “Frontal fusion” for oboe + clarinet (2008) and the short piece “Passage Dangereux” for prepared and toy piano (for Kate Ryder, 2008).

In addition to his compositional activities he works on performing and recording projects – playing computer/percussion/piano – with musicians such as Dario Bernal-Villegas, Oli Mayne, James O'Sullivan, Jerry Wigens and others.

His previous projects at Artpool P60:
Klang-garten (at EvoMUSART 2006)
Maze (at //BLINK//, 2007)

Oli Mayne is an experimental vibraphone and analogue synthesiser player, with an emphasis on intense, physical performances. Currently based in Budapest, he first encountered improvisation in a duo with a Brazilian pianist whilst living in Nottingham, England, but got more seriously involved in the experimental side of things after moving to London, attending the weekly improvisation workshops run by Eddie Prevost of legendary improvisation group AMM. He has appeared at various London improvisation events and venues, including the Evan Parker / Eddie Prevost / Martin Davidson run 'Freedom of the city' festival, nights put on by Adam Bohman / Bohman testvérek and the Society for Promotion of New Music, and venues such as Café Oto and 'Interlace' at Goldsmiths College; he has also performed in Nottingham, Brighton and Birmingham. He also plays bass and percussion; other musical activities include the experimental jazz/ rock band Astrakan, space rock band Litmus, and classically-orientated percussion quartet Brake Drum Assembly.
Jerry Wigens is an improviser and composer who plays guitar and clarinet. Most of his musical activity has been centred in London although he has also performed in Zurich, Geneva and Berlin. His interest in improvisation started at an early age when he attended John Stevens' workshop at the age of nineteen. Since then he has worked in various musical contexts including, more recently, an involvement with contemporary composition. He has studied with Roger Redgate and participates in Eddie Prevost's workshop sessions which he has occasionally convened in Prevost's absence. He also plays guitar with Oli Mayne in rock/improv band Astrakan.
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