This evening, we heard a set recorded a few weeks ago at WKCR by John Butcher. Butcher, renowned British saxophonist, came in and played three sax improvisations, and then spoke about his evolutions as a musician, projects and upcoming shows, and about his role as composer and leader. We also listened to a track from his John Butcher Group release, "somethingtobesaid", out on Weight of Wax.
This week, Tom Carter was in studio and played two pieces for solo electric guitar. Tom Carter, best known for his work with Charalambides, has been performing solo works since 2002. He has collaborated with Thurston Moore, Bardo Pond, Ian Nagoski, and Double Leopards, among others. His set this evening consisted of one long piece and one short piece for solo electric guitar.
This evening, we listened to two field recordings recorded by Aki Onda, a self-taught musician, composer, producer, and multi-media artist currently based out of Brooklyn.
We first heard the entirety of his first-ever cassette recording, "First Thought Best Thought," a field recording that began as a sort of audio-diary for Onda in Morocco 1988. We then heard a bit about the piece and his tape music. We then went on to hear one of two field recordings of the sea in Normandy, this one entitled "Ocean Celestum."
This week, Necking came into WKCR for Live Constructions to play an hour-long live set in studio. Necking is Dong-Ping Wong, Nick Lesley, and Rop Vazquez. Their set this evening involved percussion, drums, laptop, bass, and voice. For more information about Necking including upcoming show dates and information on releases, check out www.neckandtongue.com and www.myspace.com/necking.
Sarah Lipstate came into the station and played a solo set under her performance name Noveller. She played four pieces before talking about her new album, Desert Fires, out on her Saffron Recordnigs imprint. She also spoke about upcoming recordings, touring with unFACT, and other upcoming performances. For more information about Sarah, her music, upcoming shows, and her album, check out www.sarahlipstate.com.
We were joined in studio this evening by two New York-based groups, Yellow Tears and Cowards. Yellow Tears first played a live set at the station and then joined us in the studio to play some selected YT recordings. We then listened to few choice Cowards tracks, and then heard a live set from the band.
Yellow Tears is Ryan Woodhall, Jeremy Nissan, and Frank Ludovico. To find out more about Yellow Tears, their upcoming tour dates, and their most recent releases, check out www.yellowtears.com.
This Sunday night Tarek Atoui was in-studio and played a live set. We then spoke about his musical aesthetics, inspiration, political and social consciousness, and training, as well as his medium. We discussed the autonomy computer music grants the artist as well as the uses of software and programs specific to compositions. Coming off of a performance at the New Museum and a smaller, very different show at Silent Barn, Atoui is off to Europe and the Middle East for a wide range of performances and residencies.
Samita Sinha is a vocalist, trained in classical Hindustani music, who explores the staggering depth of expression that, through electronic processing, computer technology allows her. Tonight she performed a live set first, during which she used live vocal looping to create an extremely textured piece. We then spoke about the inspiration for this piece and her other works, the unique position she is in thanks to her musical training and evolution, and her attitudes and feelings about music as an art alongside other forms of artistic expression.
Tonight's Live Construction featured two sets recorded live at WKCR featuring Adachi Tomomi and Jennifer Walshe. Tomomi has spent some time in the past few months in New York, away from his native Japan, playing shows with a wide variety of talented musicians all around the East Coast. Jennifer Walshe, a New York based vocalist, musician, and composer, came in to sing with Tomomi. The first set we heard was the shorter of the two, featuring Jennifer and Tomomi on unaccompanied voice.