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Venue:
The Rotunda4012 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: Free Admission
Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 8:00pm

Andrea Parkins + David Watson

Andrea Parkins, accordian + electronics
David Watson, bagpipes + electronics

Originally from New Zealand, David Watson has lived and worked in New York City since 1987. An internationally respected musician and composer, he is a singular voice in experimental music. His groundbreaking work on Highland bagpipes has been featured in Matthew Barney's Cremaster 3, and he has an ongoing trio Glacial with Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo. Critics have described his work as "psychedelic bagpipe minimalism" and "brain-rearranging massive walls of constantly shifting drone." Recently he released Throats, with vocalists Makigami Koichi and Shelley Hirsch on Ecstatic Peace, and a double disc Fingering an Idea on XI records. In addition, Watson is known for his collaborations with Ikue Mori, Kato Hideki, Shelley Hirsch, Chris Mann, Christian Marclay, Tony Buck, Eugene Chadbourne and John Zorn.

Andrea Parkins is a downtown New York City-based composer, sound/installation artist, and electro-multi-instrumentalist, acclaimed for her dynamic timbral explorations on electronically-processed accordion and inventive use of live generative sound processing. Together, her laptop electronics and Fender-amped accordion create a gestural sonic language of lush harmonics, noisy disruption, and soaring electronic feedback. She appears on more than 40 recordings and performs world-wide as a solo artist, ensemble leader, and in wide-ranging colllaborations with such artists as Nels Cline, Otomo Yoshihide, and David Watson, among many others. Her compositions and sound art works include solo electro-acoustic pieces, electronic chamber works, audio installations and multiplatform pieces. This work has been presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art and The Kitchen in New York City, and at intermedia festivals/contemporary art venues throughout Europe, and in Mexico and Asia.

This winter, Important Records will release faulty objects (broken orbit), a CD featuring a new hour-long piece by Andrea, scored for amplified objects, feedback and processed instruments.  Other ongoing projects include a collaborative ensemble with Wilco guitarist Nels Cline that has released 2 albums to date, and The Skein, her duo with vocalist/composer Jessica Constable, which will release a CD on Henceforth in January 2009. She continues to develop/perform her series of interactive sound/image/object works inspired by Rube Goldberg's circuitous contraptions. Andrea's work has received support from Meet the Composer, American Composers Forum, New York State Council on the Arts, Harvestworks Digital Art Center, and the Cultural Board of Hamburg, Germany.