06.20.2003

AMY X NEUBURG & JOSHUA FRIED at Location One

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Date/Time: 20/06/2003 12:00 am


Location One presents an evening of live vocal and electronic music by:
AMY X NEUBURG & JOSHUA FRIED
Friday, June 20, 2003 8PM
Admission: $10, Members Free
Streamed live on http://location1.org
More info: http://location1.org/artists/neuburg_fried.html
AMY X NEUBURG is a wildly inventive composer/performer from the West Coast who uses live sampling and MIDI percussion to create theatrical solo music that is as complex as it is engaging. Joshua Fried is a wildly inventive
composer/performer from the East coast who uses live sampling and MIDI
percussion to create theatrical solo music that is as complex as it is engaging.
The two met for the first time last month in downtown Brooklyn and will be
performing both solo and collaborative pieces on June 20 at Location One.
“One of the most brilliant vocalists of the American avant-garde” (Other Minds),
AMY X NEUBURG creates complex melodies and rhythms by capturing and then
layering her voice on top of itself using an electronic drum kit as an
interface. Her songs can range from the hauntingly stark to humorously quirky to profoundly moving to just plain odd. Her “avant-cabaret” songs for voice,
electronics and percussion are diversely influenced and sung in various styles
— from rock to bel canto to “world” — over a nearly four-octave vocal range.
She will perform songs from her forthcoming album “Residue” as well as Fried’s
headphone-driven composition “Travelogue”, in which she will try to imitate
vocal sounds that are played over headphones.
JOSHUA FRIED is known for turning technology on its head, challenging its
assumptions, while using machines to accentuate the raw human qualities of live events that are unique to the moment. Fried is also known for his invention The Musical Shoes, four ordinary shoes upside-down on stands and plugged into
electronics which are activated by striking the shoes. He will use the Musical
Shoes to perform “Radio Wonderland”, a major composition still in-progress which makes use of material taken from commercial FM radio broadcasts grabbed live — on the spot, off the cuff, with all due unpredictability — and transformed into musical, funky, patterns in front of the audience.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
AMY X NEUBURG is an established figure in the Bay Area new music and art-rock scenes. She has performed her solo work at rock clubs, theatres, festivals,
schools and museums up and down the West Coast and in New York where she has been called “a star — a brilliant one…Experimental but always under total
control…[she] uses the looper in the most skillful and artistic manner I’ve
yet seen.” (Electro-Music.com) She has most recently performed in New York at
Roulette, The Bang on a Can Festival (this Sunday, June 15) and was featured on WNYC’s “Spinning on Air” with David Garland.
Until early 2001 Amy’s solo performance took second place to her collaborative
projects; she is perhaps best known for her work with the electronic
cabaret-art-rock ensemble Amy X Neuburg & Men, with whom she has been singing, drumming, recording and touring for almost 10 years. Before that she was a core member of the experimental music-theatre ensemble MAP.
As a vocalist Amy has toured internationally with Robert Ashley’s contemporary
opera ensemble, performing in three operas from his Now Eleanor series; tour
highlights included BAM (NY); festivals in Paris, Avignon, Strasbourg, Berlin,
and Graz; and the 5-city Interlink program in Japan. She has also created
compositions for modern dance performances by AXIS Dance Company, Sonya Delwaide and Joe Goode, among others. She has composed scores for filmmakers Owen Land, Lynn Hershman, Andrew Silver and Searchlight Films. In 2000 and 2001 Amy was ongoing composer for Mondomedia’s popular Piki & Poko in Starland web animations. She has released three CDs on the Racer label, with a fourth on the way.
JOSHUA FRIED’s unique profile spans experimental music, electronic dance,
performance art, pop and R&B. He is the youngest composer to appear in Schirmer Books’ “American Music in the Twentieth Century”. Art rock guitar legend Fred Frith soloed on Fried’s first solo single, and Fried has worked on records by artists as diverse as Chaka Khan and The Cucumbers. Who else do you know of who can say they jammed at Lincoln Center, CBGB, a Stuttgart Disco, a former East Village bathhouse, the Dutch Royal Palace and the Massachusetts College of Art?
Fried’s recording “Jimmy Because,” with guest Frith and producers Joe and Arif
Mardin (of Culture Club, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin and Scritti Politti fame)
was released by Atlantic Records. His remix work includes the They Might Be
Giants’ “Larger Than Life (Joshua Fried’s remake of ‘She’s Actual Size’)” on
Elektra Records and “The World’s Address (Joshua Fried re-mix)” on
Bar-None/Restless, plus remix production for Chaka Khan, Ofra Haza, B-Beat Girls and more. In addition to joining TMBG’s John Flansburgh in Hello The Band, Fried also produced “Hello Hello” for Flansburgh’s group Mono Puff.
Fried has received an NEA Composer’s Fellowship, and two New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships among numerous other grants, plus residencies at MacDowell, Yaddo, Djerassi and the Bellagio Center in Italy. His work has been presented at Bang On A Can, Music Now Prague, New Music America, Lincoln Center, The Israel Festival (Jerusalem), ICC (Tokyo), John Schaefer’s “New Sounds” Live (syndicated on NPR), ISCM’s World Music Days, Cafe de la Danse (Paris), Het Apollohuis (Eindhoven, The Netherlands), Podewil (Berlin), Das Unbekannte Tier (Stuttgart) and the Dutch Royal Palace, plus NYC venues the Knitting Factory, The Kitchen, DTW, The Bottom Line, CBGB, Limelight, Irving Plaza, The Mudd Club, Danceteria, HERE Arts Center, P.S. 122, La MaMa and elsewhere. About his work Kyle Gann of the Village Voice wrote, “Some composers astonish musicians by brilliantly defining new compositional problems. Others zap the audience with displays of raw emotion. For a composer to do both at the same time is a rare epiphany, a sign that he or she has received gifts from two of the gods at once.”
CURRENT & UPCOMING EVENTS AND EXHIBITIONS AT LOCATION ONE
May 22-June 28: International Residents’ Show
June 13: Music by Morex Optimo $5, 8PM
July 9-August 2: Work by Saoirse Higgins: Mechanism No. 1: War, The Doom_Machine

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