Our February 2018 Frequency Fridays show features sound/video artist Wiktor Podgorski/VTR (NYC), cellist/performance artist Valerie Kuehne (PGH), Jon Lorenz and John Rich’s experimental/free jazz project Wasteland Jazz Unit (OH), and experimental electronic musician Danielle Milam’s solo project Sea Tone (CMH). Date: Friday, February 3 2018. Location: It Looks Like It’s Open (13 E. Tulane Rd., 43202). Admission: $10, $15 for 2. Doors open 8pm. BYOB, all ages. Our Frequency Fridays 2017-2018 season is supported by grants from the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the Ohio Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
About the performers:
VTR works at the intersection of sound and moving image. His work encompasses collaborative and solo projects spanning video, live projections, animation, and installation art. VTR’s audio projects include sound design and music for video and documentary film, as well as numerous experimental music collaborations. His work has been presented in galleries, as well as at music, animation and art festivals, both at home and abroad.
Valerie Kuehne is a cross-pollinated work of chaos. Fusing music, performance art, narrative, and experimental curation, she has been told that, “if this music thing doesn’t work out, she’d probably make an awesome cult leader.” (Boston Public Space). Ms. Kuehne has systematically split her time between touring the planet, performing in as many unexpected settings as possible, and building a community for experimental music and performance art. Her series, The Super Coda, is an experimental cabaret that has united electrifying performers 9 years running.
Ms. Kuehne’s work operates under principles of surprise, and focuses on expanding all possible forms of intimacy between performer and audience. she aspires to confront absolute transparency and brutal honesty in her work, as necessary models for performance, especially participatory ones. She has worked as a resident artist/curator at Panoply Performance Laboratory, Spectrum, JACK, Small Beast and Ange Noir. Ms. Kuehne operates a blog of music reviews and performance philosophy (www.thesupercoda.com) and frequently releases albums that blur the line between comfort and discomfort (www.dreamzoo.bandcamp.com). Ms Kuehne has performed and helped curate many festivals, including the brooklyn experimental song carnival, bipaf, the mpa-b, PAF, the hitparaden international festival for performance kunst, the experiMENTAL festival, Sonic Circuits, jazzPeru, and the Boise Creative & Experimental music festival, to name a few. Ms. Kuehne is also the creator/curator of Trauma Salon, a platform for artists to collectively and individually process trauma or, if necessary, create it. She is an advocate for those suffering from addiction, incessantly seeking new ways to break down stigma and misconceptions about both. She currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA.
“What little there was in the way of the afternoon audience, Wasteland Jazz Unit managed to clear out half of it. The duo’s screeching walls of feedback and distortion emanating from their stacks of amplifiers and reeds was enough to crust over your eyes in dried blood. Those who remained were immediate converts.” – NPR “The extreme improv-noise of the Wasteland Jazz Unit continues to blast beyond the limits of agony explored by Borbetomagus, who were hardly easy on the ears themselves. Like the mighty Borbeto, the Unit takes free-jazz instrumentation (clarinet and sax) and use it to crack open the gates of hell by manipulating them using electronic signal processing and overloaded FX, unleashing skull-scraping eruptions of high-end reed abuse and extreme skronk that threaten to send blood geysering from your eyeballs.” – Crucial Blast
Sea Tone is Danielle Milam playing different pc applications and synth hardware. This music can be described as experimental electronic for fans of early 2000s laptop glitch sampling and synth noodling.