SUDDEN INFANT (Switzerland / Germany)
HORAFLORA (San Francisco)
R. JENCKS (Oakland)
TRALPHAZ (San Francisco)
2948 16th Street
Sunday, January 31, 2010
$15 advance tickets
$8 - $15 sliding scale tickets at the door on the night of the performance
With the support of the Swiss Arts Council, Pro Helvetia
Sudden Infant is Joke Lanz’s longest-running and most enduring project. Its inception in 1989 was borne out of Lanz’s urgent drive to combine sound art and performance into one visceral whole – by doing so, his performances frequently bring forth elements and influences from Dada, actionism, Fluxus, noise and punk, as well as some of industrial music’s most trenchant performers. A Sudden Infant performance will typically be anchored by two main characteristics: the use of minimal electronic equipment on one side, on the other a strong focus on the human body, its reduced essence and the sound worlds it contains and spews forth. Sudden Infant is a vehicle for Lanz to run acoustic and psychic elements to their end by focusing on their bare essentials. Thus doing, he establishes an extremely tense aesthetic of performance, and tears down any preconceived barriers between noise, performance, improvisation and electronic music.
Horaflora (aka Raub Roy) has performed and recorded experimental music in a variety of solos, duos, trios, etc since 2001, upon acquiring an Akai sampler, which was his instrument of choice until 2007, when a shift in focus led him towards prepared and extended acoustic instruments, as well as electro-acoustic methods of sound manipulation and diffusion.
Tralphaz is an electronic sound artist from San Francisco. He suffers from a permanent fracture in his frontal skull, an injury he had
sustained since childhood when he rode a Mickey Mouse tricycle through a glass door. He has recorded for labels such as Troniks, RRRecords, Throat, and Harsh Noise and has toured the U.S., Switzerland, and Japan.
R. Jencks is a Bay Area aktionist, alchemist, and provocateur, ceaselessly pushing thresholds in all media since the late '80s. His work utilizes modified electronics, voice, and physical response, augmented by strategic visual installation to manipulate the environment and the senses. This unyielding research and experimentation continues to elude classification, except a singular agenda to exploit instinct and technology executed through the most insidiously visceral form of sound and presentation possible.
23five Incorporated is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development and increased awareness of sound works in the public arena, and to the support and education of artists working with and discussing the medium of sound. Sound works are defined as artistic endeavors primarily concerned with the use of sound, but fall outside of what is normally considered "music." This includes but is not limited to: recordings, radio transmissions, performances, installations, sound sculpture, site specific public art, and new media arts.
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Sudden Infant: http://suddeninfant.com