C. Spencer Yeh

C. Spencer Yeh (Brooklyn) – Electronics
8:00 pm Friday, 7/14/17

C. Spencer Yeh is a Taiwan-born, Brooklyn-based vocalist, violinist, and electronicist recognized for his interdisciplinary activities and collaborations as an artist, improviser, and composer. After taking a degree in film from Northwestern University, Yeh relocated to Cincinnati and began performing and recording in 1993 with his long-running project, Burning Star Core. In the 2000s, Yeh and Burning Star Core were fixtures of the international noise and free music communities; records like Papercuts Theater and Challenger document Yeh’s intensive exploration of the possibilities of his overdriven violin.

Under his own name, Yeh has extended his techniques to vocal improvisation (most recently on Solo Voice I-X), as well as video and photographic work.

Yeh’s work has recently appeared as part of “Modern Mondays” at the Museum of Modern Art, “Tony Conrad Tribute” at Atelier Nord/Ultima Festival in Oslo, “Great Tricks From Your Future” at D-CAF in Cairo Egypt, and LAMPO at the Renaissance Society in Chicago; in 2015, he was artist-in-residence at Brooklyn’s  ISSUE Project Room.

Yeh also volunteers as a programmer and trailer editor for Spectacle Theater, a microcinema in Brooklyn. His video works are distributed by Electronic Arts Intermix. He is also a contributing editor to Triple Canopy and BOMB magazine, as well as contributing to The Third Rail and Personal Best.

Yeh has toured extensively across North America, Europe, and Asia. He has performed and recorded with Lasse Marhaug, Okkyung Lee, John Wiese, Tony Conrad, and Jandek, among many others. He is also a member of The New Monuments alongside Don Dietrich and Ben Hall, as well as trios with Chris Corsano and Paul Flaherty and Nate Wooley and Ryan Sawyer, respectively.

Yeh’s NMASS solo performance comprises one of the initial performances of material drawn from Yeh’s recordings of the RCA Mark II synthesizer, the first programmable synthesizer ever built. Although the synthesizer has not been used by a musician since 1997, Yeh made a series of recordings on the Mark II at the Columbia Computer Music Center, which were then processed through a combination of playback media (including CDJs, cassette players, and computer software) and rendered as performable content A recording of Yeh’s work with the Mark II is forthcoming on Primary Information.

Click here to hear Yeh’s music on UbuWeb.

Yeh solo performance at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston:


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