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Venue:
International House Philadelphia 3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104 Map
http://www.ihousephilly.org/about-directions.htm
Price: $17.50 students; $20 members + seniors; $25 general admission
Sunday, April 26, 2009 - 8:00pm

Tony Conrad + Keiji Haino

tête-à-tête

Tony Conrad, violin
Keiji Haino, el. guitar

"A pioneering force behind the evolution of minimalism, violinist and composer Tony Conrad introduced the idea of ""Eternal Music,"" a droning, mesmerizing performance idiom which employs long durations, amplification and precise pitch to explore new worlds of sound. Through both his solo work and through collaborations with artists including LaMonte Young, John Cale and Faust, he forged new creative directions which proved enormously influential on successive generations of artists ranging in background from pop to the avant-garde. Born in Baltimore in 1940, Conrad studied music at Harvard and later relocated to New York where he became immersed in the city's burgeoning underground music scene. There he first joined forces with composer and saxophonist LaMonte Young, eventually establishing ensembles dubbed the Dream Syndicate and the Theater of Eternal Music. Sustaining notes for hours at a time, their improvised dissections of specific harmonic intervals rejected the compositional process, instead elaborating shared performance concepts. Over the years, Conrad has collaborated with filmmaker Jack Smith, Faust, Gastr del Sol, Jim O'Rourke, the Dead C and Pulp guitarist Mark Webber.

Keiji Haino, born 1952 in Chiba, Japan and currently residing in Tokyo, is a mysterious Japanese musician whose work has included rock, free improvisation, noise, singer-songwriter, solo percussion, psychedelic, minimalism and drone. Incredibly prolific, he has headed dozens of bands and released hundreds of CDs on a variety of labels around the globe. Active since the 1970s, he has collaborated with composer Toru Takemitsu, Faust, Rashied Ali, Derek Bailey, Joey Baron, Peter Brotzmann, Lee Konitz, Bill Laswell and John Zorn, among many others. Haino cites a broad range of influences including troubadour and medieval music, Marlene Dietrich, Iannis Xenakis, Syd Barrett and Charlie Parker. He has had a long love affair with early blues music particularly the works of Blind Lemon Jefferson and is heavily inspired by the Japanese musical concept of 'Ma', the silent spaces in music. Haino is known for intensely cathartic sound explorations, and despite the fact that much of his work contains thematic or musical similarities, his output has been so varied as to not always be recognizable as him. Haino's initial artistic outlet was theatre, inspired by the radical writings of Antonin Artaud. After brief stints in a number of blues and experimental outfits, he formed improvising ensemble Lost Aaraaf in 1970. He later founded many of the seminal Japanese experimental ensembles such as Fushitsusha, Aihiyo, Sanhedolin and Nijiumu, in addition to collaborations with the critically-acclaimed Japanese duo The Ruins."