November 2007

Vox Populi319 N. 11th Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $8 General Admission
Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 8:00pm

John Wiese + C. Spencer Yeh + Carlos Giffoni

John Wiese, laptop + electronics
C. Spencer Yeh, violin + electronics
Carlos Giffoni, laptop + electronics

John Wiese is a solo artist and serial collaborator from Los Angeles, California. His ongoing projects include LHD and Sissy Spacek, with plenty of freelance work with many artists as diverse as Sunn o))), Wolf Eyes, Merzbow, Dave Phillips, Smegma, Kevin Drumm, Cattle Decapitation, and C. Spencer Yeh (Burning Star Core). He has toured extensively throughout the world, covering Europe, Scandinavia and Australia as a member of Sunn o))), the UK as part of the Free Noise tour (a tentet including Evan Parker, C. Spencer Yeh, Yellow Swans, etc.), the United States alongside Wolf Eyes, and recently performed in the 52nd Venice Biennale with artist Nico Vascellari.

C. Spencer Yeh (Born 1975 in Taipei, Taiwan) moved to the US in 1980, and is now based out of Cincinnati, Ohio. Yeh is active both as a solo and ensemble artist, as well as with his primary organized sound project, Burning Star Core. As an improviser, Yeh has been focused on developing a personal vocabulary using violin, voice, and electronics. Though those are his preferred methods, Yeh believes that an ideal player should be able to tackle most any instrument or object to create sound of interest, through focus, energy and listening. His interests in improvisation contexts not only include meeting other players on equal ground, but also sitting in with ensembles that have established identities, goals and direction.

Collaborations live and in studio have included various contemporary groups including Comets on Fire, Dead Machines, Double Leopards, Dream/Aktion Unit, the Hototogisu, Smegma, MV+EE, Rhys Chatham's Guitar Trio All-Stars, the New Humans w/ Vito Acconci, as well as individuals including Thurston Moore, John Olson, Okkyung Lee, Carlos Giffoni, Jessica Rylan, Tatsuya Nakatani, Audrey Chen, Nate Wooley, Pete Nolan, Larry Marotta, Keenan Lawler, and many others. The High Zero 2005 festival saw Yeh in various combinations with players including LaDonna Smith, Mazen Kerbaj, Clare Cooper, Bonnie Jones, Peter Jacquemyn, etc. He was also a participant in the CMN Free Noise 2007 tour, which featured players Evan Parker, John Edwards, John Wiese, Paul Hession, and groups Metalux, Culver and Yellow Swans, collaborating live in various groupings. Currently when possible, Yeh plays in a trio with Chris Corsano and Paul Flaherty, as a guest member of Graveyards (led by John Olson), and is currently in deep collaboration with John Wiese.

Venezuelan native/No Fun Fest curator/Monotract member Carlos Giffoni's sound can be described as "psychedelic electronics for the new era of death and destruction hope music." A centerpiece in the American experimental electronic underground, his work applies feedback systems, modular manipulation, rewired electronic instruments, and analog and digital synthesis to the composition of electronic music. He is a highly respected and active NYC collaborator who has performed and recorded with Jim O'Rourke, Nels Cline, John Duncan, Lee Renaldo, Peter Rehberg (Pita), Massimo, Thurson Moore and many others. Giffoni builds his own custom electronics and programs his own software with which he's able to achieve sounds uniquely his own.

Newton + Antler Piss
Matthew Rademan, electronics
Marc Zajak, electronics

Newton also known as Mat(thew) Rademan and his D.I.Y. record label Breathmint, have been a staple in the wound of the Philadelphia music scene since the mid-1990s. In addition to his prolific solo output (which numbers well over 100 releases), he has also toured and/or collaborated with such experimental/noise/avant-garde artists as Cock E.S.P., Sick Llama, Carlos Giffoni, Foot, 2673, Dead/Bird, Cotton Museum, Antler Piss, Haves & Thirds, Steven Sharp, and many others. In addition, he was curator for a stage at 2004's infamous No Fun Fest, and also performed there the following year. As well, he has been known to make a yearly appearance at the International Noise Conference, in Miami, FL since its inception in 2004. On top of all that he finds time to take part as a member of several other groups such as Sanguine Vessel, Seekers of the Claw, Whine, Milton, & the all-star freenoise ensemble R.L. Stein.

Marc Zajack is an artist living in Philadelphia. He has collaborated with a variety of creative individuals and also plays in the bands Blastocyst, Sharks with Wings, the always evolving George Steeletoe Ensemble and also releases recordings under the name Antler Piss as well as Marc Zajack, which are both singular ventures in creating/discovering within the many worlds of sonic exploration. Zajack is also involved in the dance/movement/audible insanity that is known as Pima Group. He runs Deep Fried Tapes, likes to draw and is leaving for a 2 week European tour with Blastocyst in November with Greek brethren Reverse Mouth.