February 2019 Frequency Fridays: Kozue Matsumoto (CA) + Kirsten Carey (DET) + Mike Textbeak w/Searmanas (CLE) + Doctah X (CMH)
February 01, 2019

Our February 2019 Frequency Fridays show features experimental koto player/multimedia artist Kozue Matsumoto (LAX), experimental electric guitarist Kirsten Carey (DET), experimental electronic musician Mike Textbeak (CLE) accompanied by vocalist Searmanas (NYC), and experimental electronic musician Doctah X (CMH). Accompanying Doctah X on visuals is Columbus-based video artist Danielle Milam. Date: Friday, February 1 2019. Location: 13 E. Tulane Rd. 43202. Admission: $10 for one, $15 for two. Doors open 8pm. All ages, BYOB. Our Frequency Fridays 2018-2019 season is supported by grants from the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Columbus Foundation.

About the artists:

Born and raised in the Tohoku area in Japan and having lived in Tokyo as well, Kozue is now based in the Los Angeles area. She has played the koto since she was three years old under Ikuta-ryu Miyagi-kai and holds a semi-master title. She has also played the shamisen and the shinobue since she was small. In North America, she has been collaborating with various musicians, dancers, visual artists, and other artists. Not only does she play traditional/contemporary/experimental music, but she also improvises, composes, and creates digital arts. She has performed at various projects and performances including MicroFest (Los Angeles CA), Lucas Artists Residency at Montalvo Arts Center (Saratoga, CA), Improvisation Summit of Portland (Portland, OR), Time-Based Art Festival (Portland, OR), SASSAS (Los Angeles, CA), Washington Street Art Center (Boston, MA), Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (Vancouver, Canada), Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble (Vancouver, Canada), and The Fuse Factory Electronic and Digital Arts Lab (Columbus, OH).

Together with performances and inter-disciplinary collaborations with various artists, she has a strong interest in exploring the possibilities of Japanese traditional sounds and performing arts beyond their conventional contexts. She is currently working on integrating koto sounds and computer technology to create new koto experiences. She studied improvisation, composition, and music technology with Susan Allen, Vinny Golia, Eyvind Kang, and Ajay Kapur, and graduated with the Performer-Composer MFA from California Institute of the Arts.

Kirsten Carey is a guitarist, composer, and performer. She was raised in Chicago, IL and, after two years in Los Angeles, presently resides in Detroit, MI. Her primary projects include the angular no-wave duo Throwaway, the classical-rock-improv Uruboros Sextet, solodoom project Shima, metal / avant-garde classical hybrid Motherfish, and the Ulysses Project – a suite based on James Joyce’s novel that combines free jazz, rock, and theater. Carey’s work plays with the boundary between music and the more theatrical and presentational aspects of performance, and constantly tampers with the idea of “genre.”

Mike Textbeak has a long history in dark electronic music with his releases on labels such as Tundra Dubs (San Francisco), Lasergun (Berlin), Post-Religion (London), Bleak (Vienna), Pale Noir (Madison), Vaatican Records (France), and many more. He was commissioned for mixing the Precarious DJ mix for Disaro Records, a mix for Ritual Chicago, the official Grim Harvest Halloween 2012 Mixtape for Мишка with actor Omar Doom (Inglorious Basterds), the XLVR mixtape for the clothing company NVR MND (for which NVR MND ran a limited run Textbeak shirt), the massive 5 hour 3 part COVENFVCK mix, mixes for Pulse Radio (UK), Zen Arcade on PBS (Australia), Clan Destine Records (UK), and AMDISCS label in the Czech Republic among many others. He is also the mixtape coordinator for Brooklyn based clothing label NVR MND which has featured mixes by DEATHFACE, Equitant, SINS, BLVCK CEILING, BLACK BLACK GOLD, and others.

Searmanas is the solo moniker of electronic producer Niabi Aquena. The sound of Searmanas explores the role of ceremony within urban experience, resulting in severe, textured landscapes with touches of sparse vocals. Her wordless poetry ranges from industrial glitches to layered, oceanic progressions, all tied together by an aura of questioning and chaos.

Tony Harrington, better known as Doctah X, is a DJ, singer, and musician who operates the House of Dub Studio in Columbus, Ohio, and hosts a radio program on WCRS Columbus

Generate images in real time with Arduino and a movement sensor (FULL)
February 02, 2019

About the workshop
In this beginner-level workshop, participants will learn how to use Processing, Arduino, and an IR gesture sensor to generate images and animations in real time. While some previous experience with Processing, Arduino, and/or sensors is helpful, it is not required, and all skill and experience levels will be accommodated. Participants also need to bring a laptop, and we strongly recommend that you install Processing (https://processing.org) and the Arduino IDE (https://www.arduino.cc) on your laptop prior to the workshop. If you need assistance with installing Processing and/or the Arduino IDE on your laptop, we strongly recommend coming to the workshop a half hour early.

About the instructor
Born and raised in the Tohoku area in Japan and having lived in Tokyo as well, Kozue is now based in the Los Angeles area. She has played the koto since she was three years old under Ikuta-ryu Miyagi-kai and holds a semi-master title. She has also played the shamisen and the shinobue since she was small. In North America, she has been collaborating with various musicians, dancers, visual artists, and other artists. Not only does she play traditional/contemporary/experimental music, but she also improvises, composes, and creates digital arts. She has performed at various projects and performances including MicroFest (Los Angeles CA), Lucas Artists Residency at Montalvo Arts Center (Saratoga, CA), Improvisation Summit of Portland (Portland, OR), Time-Based Art Festival (Portland, OR), SASSAS (Los Angeles, CA), Washington Street Art Center (Boston, MA), Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (Vancouver, Canada), Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble (Vancouver, Canada), and The Fuse Factory Electronic and Digital Arts Lab (Columbus, OH).

Together with performances and inter-disciplinary collaborations with various artists, she has a strong interest in exploring the possibilities of Japanese traditional sounds and performing arts beyond their conventional contexts. She is currently working on integrating koto sounds and computer technology to create new koto experiences. She studied improvisation, composition, and music technology with Susan Allen, Vinny Golia, Eyvind Kang, and Ajay Kapur, and graduated with the Performer-Composer MFA from California Institute of the Arts.

Workshop fees
There are no more seats available in the workshop.

March 2019 Frequency Fridays: Laura Ortman (NYC) + Lorene Bouboushian (NYC) + Devotional (DET) + Jacoti Sommes (CMH)
March 01, 2019

Our March 2019 Frequency Fridays show features experimental composer/musician/artist Laura Ortman (LAX), performance artist Lorene Bouboushian (DET), experimental music quartet Devotional (DET), and experimental electronic musician Jacoti Sommes (CMH). Accompanying Jacoti on visuals is Columbus-based video artist Donnie Mossman. Date: Friday, March 1 2019. Location: 13 E. Tulane Rd. 43202. Admission: $10 for one, $15 for two. Doors open 8pm. All ages, BYOB. Our Frequency Fridays 2018-2019 season is supported by grants from the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Columbus Foundation.

About the artists:

Laura Ortman (White Mountain Apache) is a Brooklyn, NY composer, musician and artist. She produces solo albums, live performances and film/art soundtracks and frequently collaborates with artists in film, music, art, dance, multi-media, activitism and poetry, such as Tony Conrad, Jock Soto, Raven Chacon, Nanobah Becker, Okkyung Lee, Martin Bisi, Caroline Monnet, Michelle Latimer and Martha Colburn. She plays violin, Apache violin, piano, electric guitar, keyboards, pedal steel guitar, sings through a megaphone, and makes field recordings. Ortman’s notable performances includes venues at the Whitney Museum of American Art, The National Museum of the American Indian, the Museum of Modern Art, The Kitchen, MoMA P.S. 1, Centre Pompidou, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, SF MoMA, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, The Knitting Factory, CBGB’s, St. Marks Church, Dia Art Foundation, the Wave Farm, amongst countless other established and DIY venues in the US, Canada and Western Europe.

Lorene Bouboushian works within dance, experimental music/noise, and performance art. They build a rhizomatic practice through visible forays into performances and workshopping, and less visible forays into writing, dialogue, modes of care and support, and resource sharing. They utilize “self-exposure and vulnerability in real, risky ways” [CultureBot, 2011], and produce “thought-provoking commentary on social limits” [Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2016]. They have shared their work in galleries and theaters in Seattle, Madison, Athens, and Beirut, performing in festivals including New Genre Festival (Tulsa), Miami Performance International Festival, QueerNY and Queer Zagreb, Inverse Performance Art Festival, and Month of Performance Art-Berlin. They have shared their interdisciplinary teaching practice at universities in Kentucky, Beirut, and Mexico. They have collaborated with Forced Into Femininity (as missdick vibrocis), Kaia Gilje, Lindsey Drury, Matthew D. Gantt, Valerie Kuehne, and Panoply Performance Lab, and performed for Yoshiko Chuma, Yvonne Meier, Melinda Ring, luciana achugar, Daria Fain, and Kathy Westwater. They are a former member of NYC based collectives XHOIR (organized by Colin Self), Feminist Art Group (organized by IV Castellanos), and Social Health Performance Club. They are currently an Artist-In-Residence at Movement Research, in process as a dancer with Jill Sigman/Thinkdance, working with a think-tank through 9 PROPOSITIONS (Panoply), and a member of the Civic Reflex cohort (also Panoply).

Devotional is a four-piece group consisting of Andrew Coltrane (electric sitar), Jeff Meier (tenor guitar), Mike Audia (percussion) and Mike Khoury (amplified viola). The four members are veterans of different music communities but have a shared interest in the music of South India. The ensemble has conducted research on South Indian music ranging from forming their own book club to review and discuss Carnatic music theory, to primary research conducted at South Indian temples in Michigan. The group conducts their research both collectively and individually and brings their respective interpretations to bear in their own interpretation of this music in the confluence of noise, improvisation, rock and Carnatic expression. Devotional has been invited to perform with proto-psychedelic punk legends Simply Saucer and X_X.

Jacoti Sommes is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and hardware maestro well known in his Native Columbus, Ohio for captivating performances with his theater performance band Hug’s and Kisses.

Workshop: Desire/Revile
March 02, 2019

About the workshop
As an interdisciplinary, improvisational performer and workshop facilitator, workshop instructor Lorene Bouboushian is captivated by the underlying motives for any action. In workshops and lab-based environments, often it is assumed that we should follow our “interests” or “intentions,” when in fact our in-the-moment actions are a result not of clear-cut decisions but our relationship to the organism of bodies, room and objects around us colliding with what’s inside us. What do we want and why? What if we derailed ourselves, worked with our own insincerity, faked ourselves out, played tricks? Is it possible to create a realm where as much as possible is valid and nothing is right? Bring comfortable clothes, an object you would like to play with and can share, and writing materials.

About the instructor
Lorene Bouboushian considers their class a powerful way to shift roles of student and facilitator/teacher. Using somatic visualization and exercises as a starting point, we confront our bodies and experience vocalizing as expansive resonance, movement as creature-like transformation, and performance as social disturbance. They create a space for improvisation that is both safe and dangerous: safe for the full expression and observation of the self, and an open portal to express dangerous parts of oneself–the dark, rebellious, and derelict. In this context, they make clear that there are no assumed boundaries or rules, and they instruct as they participate, breaking the barrier between student and teacher.

Their interdisciplinary workshops combine voice, somatic/body based principles for performance, and work with performative objects. They always desire to teach people with a wide range of life practices. They have taught university students in Beirut, Lebanon (NAHNOO), Puebla, Mexico (UDLAP), and University of Kentucky-Lexington, as well as performance artists, singers, theorists, babies, poets, families. Their aim is to create contact points between different kinds of people and experiences, and a temporary sense of community.

This workshop has been developed over three years of their performance workshops taking place in New York, Chicago, Puebla (MX), and Beirut. Recent workshops were produced through University of Kentucky-Lexington, where they were a guest artist, and The Exponential Festival. Past classes were at CLASSCLASSCLASS at the New Museum, as well as the Performancy Forum Quinquennial at Grace Exhibition Space and GET YOUR A$$ IN CLA$$ at Abrons Art Center.

Workshop fees
To reserve a seat in the workshop, please reserve one or more spots by using the link below:

Desire/Revile
Reservation for one
$15.00

Okapi (NC) + Cynders (CMH) + TBD
March 07, 2019

On Thursday, March 7th, we are proud to present Asheville avant-folk chamber duo Okapi, along with experimental electronic music trio Cynders (CMH). Additional performers TBD. Doors 7:30pm, cover $5. BYOB, all ages.

About the performances and performers:

Okapi utilizes upright bass, cello, and voice through aggressive (yet intimate) orchestrations, which carry messages encouraging individual empowerment, healthy growth, and the conscious confrontation with reality.

Tatsuya Nakatani (NM) + Adam McKinley (CMH) + TBD
March 28, 2019

On Thursday, March 28th, we are proud to present experimental percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani (NM), along with experimental electronic musician Adam McKinley (CMH). Additional performers TBD. Doors 7:30pm, cover $5. BYOB, all ages.

About the performances and performers:

Tatsuya Nakatani is an avant-garde sound artist and master percussionist originally from Osaka, Japan. Based in the USA since 1994, he lives in Truth or Consequences, NM. Since the late 1990’s, Nakatani has released over 80 recordings in the USA and Europe and has toured extensively; performing solo, in collaboration with other artists, and with his large ensemble project – the Nakatani Gong Orchestra. He presents masterclasses, workshops, and lectures across the USA and around the world.

Nakatani’s approach to music is visceral, non-linear and intuitively primitive, expressing an unusually strong spirit while resisting genre. He creates sound with both traditional and extended percussion techniques. Utilizing his adapted bowed gong, drums, cymbals, singing bowls, metal objects and bells, as well as various sticks, kitchen tools, and his breath he manifests an intense and organic music that represents a very personal sonic world. His approach is steeped in the sensibilities of free improvisation, experimental music, jazz, metal and noise, and yet retains the sense of space and quiet beauty found in traditional Japanese folk music. His percussive instruments can imitate the sound of a trumpet, a stringed instrument, an electronic device…to the extent that it becomes difficult to recognize the source of the sound. He has devoted himself to a musical aesthetic where rhythm gives way to pulse, often in a way that is not always audible or visible, in currents that incorporate silence and texture. Nakatani’s primary music activities include solo percussive performance, his Nakatani Gong Orchestra (NGO), and collaborations with musicians and dancers both in live performance and recordings.

Tatsuya Nakatani has spent the last 20 years traveling and performing extensively throughout the United States and beyond. His constant touring fosters the raw and fresh quality in his music which can only survive through an open willingness to share energy, culture, music and self on a global human scale.