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Sound trio to tour New Zealand

Sound trio to tour New Zealand

An presentation in association with ARTSPACE and Room40

Lawrence English, Greg Davis, Jeph Jerman and Michael Morley
$10, Tuesday July 11 2006, doors 7pm, starts 8pm
ARTSPACE, 300 K’ Rd, Auckland

Greg Davis and Jeph Jerman free artist talk, 6pm, ARTSPACE, Weds July 12

NZ tour dates:
07.07.2006 Dunedin Public Art Gallery
08.07.2006 The Physics Room, Christchurch
09.07.2006 Happy, Wellington
10.07.2006 New Plymouth (TBC)
11.07.2006 ARTSPACE, Auckland brings together three sound artists Lawrence English (Australia), Greg Davis (USA) and Jeph Jerman (USA). Davis and Jerman are regular collaborators and are joined by English for this unique tour. They each explore a range of natural textures and field recordings, from deeply carved digital soundscapes to rich sonic environments created from the most simple of tools. Also playing is Michael Morley (Dunedin) who last played as a member of pioneering noise group The Dead C.

Greg Davis is a musician based in Chicago. As an undergraduate at DePaul University in Chicago, Davis studied classical and jazz guitar alongside composition and jazz studies. In 1997, he started his own label, Autumn Records, in order to put out his music and that of others. At this time Greg was attending the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he received his master's degree in composition in June 2001.

Jeph Jerman plays mostly unamplified objects with an incredible control and sublime ear. He became interested in sound at an early age, experimenting with the first tape recorder he was given as a birthday present. What followed was many years of playing commercial music in a large number of bands and orchestras as well as working for several college radio stations and absorbing as much sound from around the world as he could. In 1986 Jerman began recording under the name 'Hands To', eventually releasing far too many cassettes, albums and CDs as well as founding the band 'Blowhole'. He believes that this is where he learned to listen, becoming less and less interested in music as a medium for self-expression. He gives solo performances using only natural found objects (stones, shells, bones, driftwood, pine cones, etc), as soundmakers.

Lawrence English is a writer, musician and media artist based in Brisbane, Australia. For over a decade, English's audio explorations have sprawled a range of areas. Sonically, the work calls into question the established relationships between approaches to sound and structure - traversing experimental soundscapes and free improvisation to processed beat works and concrete-influenced compositions, his back catalogue spans a dynamic array of frameworks. English runs the Room40 label and in recent years has performed and improvised with the likes of David Toop, Oren Ambarchi, Marina Rosenfeld, DJ Olive, Philip Samartzis, Toshio Kajiwara, Scanner, Tetuzi Akiyama, Janek Schaefer and KK Null.

Michael Morley
Dunedin musician and artist Michael Morley is a member of The Dead C, Gate, The Lavender Head and The Fuck Chairs. Earlier, in the 1980s, Morley was a member of Wreck Small Speakers On Expensive Stereos. Morley founded the Precious Metal label sometime in the late 1980s to document, first on cassette and later LP and CD, his own work as Gate. Most of the releases on Precious Metal were limited to very small quantities. He has also recorded and played live with Lee Ranaldo, Keiji Haino, Zeena Parkins and many more. Morley teaches at Otago Polytechnic School of Art in Dunedin. is an ongoing series of events, regularly bringing a vital injection of contemporary sound art from around the world to Auckland. Founded by Auckland gallery ARTSPACE and now organised in conjunction with the Audio Foundation, began as an international festival of experimental music and sound art in 2001, followed by successive festivals in 2002 and 2004. Previous Alt.Music artists include Keith Fullerton Whitman, Peter Rehberg, Pan Sonic, Tetuzi Akiyama, Jon Rose, Voice Crack, Sachiko M, Francisco Lopez, Pierre Bastien, Oren Ambarchi, Alan Licht, Richard Nunns and the Dead C. is supported by ARTSPACE and Kolumbard.


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