January 25th, 2014
Sonic Circuits: Andrea Parkins, Janel Leppin, Liz Meredith
The Pyramid Atlantic Art Center
8230 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD
Andrea Parkins is composer, sound/installation artist and electroacoustic musician who engages with interactive electronics as a compositional/performative process, and explores strategies related to Fluxus’ ordered, yet ephemeral activities. An integral participant of the New York sound art and experimental music scene, and worldwide – she is especially known for her pioneering gestural/textural approach to her electronically-processed accordion and customized live sound processing. Described as a “sound-ist,” of “protean,” talent by The New York Times music critic Steve Smith, her laptop electronics and Fender-amped accordion create sonic fields of lush harmonics, noisy concretized disruption, and sculpted/soaring electronic feedback. Parkins’ works include electroacoustic and electronic music compositions, multi-diffusion sound installations, and sound for dance, video and intermedia performance. This work has been presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Kitchen, Diapason sound gallery, and Experimental Intermedia; and arts spaces/festivals worldwide, including Mexico City’s First International Sound Art festival; Museet Samtidskunst in Roskilde; Unsound in Krakow; q-02 in Brussels, NEXT in Bratislava; and Cyberfest in St. Petersburg. Parkins also records and performs internationally as a solo artist and has collaborated with innovators such as Otomo Yoshihide, David Watson, John Butcher, Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, and Lê Quan Ninh, among many others. Her recordings have been published by Important Records, Atavistic, and Creative Sources, and others. On an ongoing basis, Parkins develops and performs her primary project, a series of live audiovisual works inspired by Rube Goldberg’s circuitous machines. Parkins has received support for her work from American Composers Forum, NYSCA, the French-American Cultural Exchange, Meet the Composer, Harvestworks, and the Frei und Hanseastadt Hamburg Kulturbehoerde in Germany.
Avant garde cellist Janel Leppin crosses genre boundaries in her approach with her work and the many musical projects she adds her voice to. Adapting her sound with electronics Leppin winds through territory showing where she has been in her extensive musical training as well as where she is going. Her forthcoming solo album brings out her versatile interests where she composes for analog equipment alongside acoustic and electric instruments to create soundscapes interwoven with jagged contemporary jaunts, includes dream pop vocal works, persian classical glimpses and psychedelic reveries. With her recent release Where is Home on avant jazz label Cuneiform Records by her duo Janel and Anthony this is sure to be an exciting record. Leppin lives in Seattle, Washington where she works with phenomenal figures of the underground music world. She divides her time touring in her group Janel and Anthony around the world.
Liz Meredith is a string player, improviser, and composer originally from Baltimore, Maryland. Her music explores many creative facets, from composing instrumental works to making ambient music, song-oriented pieces, graphic scores, and solo improvisations. “Liz Meredith is a gorgeous plunge into a plaintive mood, a place where rising and falling electronic textures and drawn-out viola lines cast soothing shadow plays on the brain”. – Bret McCabe, Baltimore City Paper (2012). Her current creative projects include: The self-titled debut solo album Liz Meredith LP, a collaborative ambient music project with John Somers (brother of Alex Somers), which includes the recently released album The Disposition of Vibrant Forms Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (5 LP set), and her band X|i|O, a group focused on graphic notation, spontaneous composition and visual-acoustic kinetics. In addition to performing her own music, she has premiered new 21st century music by emerging composers. Liz holds degrees from Berklee College of Music (Bachelor’s Degree in String Performance & Film Music), and Mills College (Master’s Degree in Music Composition). She has studied viola performance with Hank Dutt of Kronos Quartet and music composition with Fred Frith. Liz is currently based in Baltimore, Maryland.
$10 | $5 students and poor folk
January 31st 2014
Warm & Comfy (CD release show) w/ Liz Meredith, Patrick Mcminn, Special People, Fevers @Club K
Warm & Comfy
(CD + T-shirt release show)
2101 Maryland ave