Ben Aqua is a multidisciplinary artist based in Austin, Texas. Born in Brooklyn, New York, his visual work has been exhibited internationally and published in Rolling Stone, NPR, NYLON, SPIN, NME, Flaunt, Bloomberg Businessweek, OUT, ARKITIP, XLR8R, Beautiful/Decay, Rhizome, Hi-Fructose, JOGGING and Fecal Face. His music has been featured in Apple’s “Shot on iPhone” campaign, Resident Advisor’s podcast series, Interview Magazine, The Creators Project, Mad Decent, DFA, VICE, Dummy Mag, FACT Mag, Modular, URB, BUTT and Opening Ceremony.
Ben Aqua’s Wireless Orchestra creates a multi-user, improvised mobile device soundscape based on a program of 4 systematic themes:
1. I’M RIGHT HERE WHY CAN’T ANYBODY HEAR ME
2. NOW I’M ANGRY F### THE WORLD
3. UGH NOW I FEEL GUILTY
4. ALL IS WELL, BUT I’LL BE WATCHING YOU
See and hear Ben Aqua perform in the courtyard outside of Dimension Gallery at 8 PM on Saturday, July 21.
Adelante Winds is a multicultural chamber ensemble based in San Antonio, Texas which focuses on educating and exposing audiences to a diverse range of composers and styles. Current members include Ramona Douglas, Dawn Iglesias, Patrick Dolan, LaNetra Carther, and Sabrina Stovall.
Adelante, which means forward, is the ensemble’s mantra in exploring new sounds and imaginative ideas for the woodwind quintet. The ensemble aspires to challenge itself and its audience to approach music in innovative ways.
Their NMASS2018 program features:
Bronwen McVeigh – Spring Songs
Arturo Marquez – Danza De Mediodia
Emily Sullivan – Spirit Moves
Astor Piazzolla, arr. Fish – Libertango
& free improvisation
See and hear Adelante Winds at 5pm on Sunday, July 22 inside Ground Floor Theatre.
Hailed as “a globe-trotter” and “singular harp virtuoso” by L’Union France and the Epoch times of New York, Mélanie Genin
is known for her “desire to re-shape and re-invent classical music” (Justine Philippe, L’Union, France).
For this set at NMASS2018 Mélanie will present pieces she has scored for strings and percussion in collaboration with players from Austin, TX.
A native of France, Ms. Genin received her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, where she studied with Isabelle Moretti. She was then selected as one of only two recipients of a Bruni-Sarkosy Foundation scholarship to study at The Juilliard School in New York with Nancy Allen. She subsequently became the first harpist to ever be admitted into the Artist Diploma program at The Manhattan School of Music, where she studied under the guidance of the late Deborah Hoffman, Susan Jolles and Mariko Anraku. In 2014 she was named the only harpist finalist of the Concert Artist Guild competition and was also a semi-finalist of the Young Concert Artist series in New York.
Art is subjective. It can be empowering, it can be an escape, beauty, ugliness, everything, anything… in that sense it’s not so different from many of the things surrounding us in our society: politics, social media, health care, GMOs, smoothies…
One thing that art should always fulfill is to unite. I believe art is particularly empowering when it is abstract because you come and you connect. You receive what you’re given and you process it through your perception, shaped and chiseled by your personality, your story, your imagination. Because the point is to connect together, to listen, to sharpen our critical sense, to make art – the great gift of humanity – ours and to live in it. – Mélanie Genin
Weather Machine is a noise/experimental project that began in North Carolina in 2006 comprising of members Joe Hendrix and Bryce Eiman. It eventually led to the formalization of the Noise Scene in Chapel Hill, NC – helped and driven with the help of Shaun Sandor (also in Bicameral Mind with Bryce).
In 2017 Weather Machine played in Austin, TX with visual expert/animator esq. Dax Norman while Bryce was on winter vacation. The shows during that period defined the future of Weather Machine – an improvised set consisting of waves of sound and visuals, in concert. Since that time Joe Hendrix and Dax Norman have carried out that idea – attempting to push the boundaries of improvisation, blending Audio and Visual experimentation in a live environment.
See Weather Machine perform midnight at the Ground Floor Theatre Saturday the 21st.
Iris Sidikman is an experimental musician and installation artist currently located in Austin, TX. She recently completed her MFA in Experimental Sound Practices at California Institute of the Arts and received bachelor’s degrees in Cello Performance and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Northern Illinois University in 2016. Her work grapples with sound as an object and stillness as a medium, often crossing borders between performance, installation and tableaux. Often understated and emotionally rooted, her works explore stasis and persistence as ways to transport audiences in another world. Much of her work also uses language as a way to both reveal and obscure meaning, as well as to create an accessible space for listeners of many backgrounds.
In addition to creation and performance, Iris is also a scholar well-versed in expressions of femininity and fat identity in experimental music and embodied performance. She will be presenting her paper “Feminized Anger in Avant Garde Music”at the 2018 New Music Gathering at Boston College in May 2018.
Education, community engagement and public art are all central to Iris’s practice. She currently works as an early education literacy tutor with Literacy First in Austin.
See and hear Iris perform in The Resonant Lung at 7pm on Saturday, 7/21/2018
April Joy Gerloff an electronic musician, and sound artist performing their solo project, Dark Pulse. Gerloff currently performs live electronic shows with patches that are known for their churning, dirge-like industrial charm which entails drum machines playing slowly under a deep sea of crushing bass, razor sharp synths and glacial LFOs. Dark Pulse hearkens back to doom metal while boasting an electronic twist. You can check out more of their work on tofucore.com/
See and hear April Joy Gerloff perform within Ground Floor Theatre at 4pm on Sunday, July 22nd
Alex MW Morrison + Emilee Graverson are an illustration/printmaking duo based in Austin, TX and NYC. Originally formed as the collective Personal Space, their focus for NMASS 2018 lies in exploring innovative methods in printmaking to expand on sound design’s relationship to touch, intimacy, and tangibility. In addition to their work as practicing artists, they both work in museum education, with an emphasis on creating interactive experiences for younger audiences.
Their creation will exist in the lobby of Ground Floor Theatre July 20, 21, 22
They will also host an informal workshop in the lobby of Ground Floor Theatre at 2pm on Saturday July 21st for silkscreening with conducive ink.
The Viewer started as an exploration within a series of self defined rule sets. The initial Viewer material was derived from using a collection of drum machines as the sole source material, finding tonal and rhythmic variation through audio processing and alteration of synchronization communication. The process of composing within a creative field of vision continued, fostering secret connections between different worlds; the ticking clock of a dark dance floor and the contemplative calm of the slow and low aural exploration found in the experimental music community.
The Viewer set for NMASS in the Resonant Lung will continue down the path of working inside a series of limitations and structures. Where much of previous material from The Viewer has relied on the beat of a drum, or the modulation of sound, this Resonant Lung performance will lean on to the voices the Lung itself and the interaction they have with each other in space in which they speak. This performance should be an exploration of harmonic interaction, and a chance listen to a timed conversation of the three voices found inside The Resonant Lung.
See and hear The Viewer perform within the Resonant Lung at 6pm on Saturday, July 21