On the evening of Friday, February 3rd, we are delighted to present violinist/violist/experimental musician Jessica Pavone (NYC), oscilloscope artist/composer/improviser Eric Lennartson (LAX), Jonathan Woods’ sonic exploration project ABZyrd (ORD), and Brian Werstler and Bill Stoner’s guitar/cello experimental music duo Yul Brynner’s Ghost. Doors 7:30pm, show begins at 8:00pm sharp. $9.25 prepaid ($8 + $1.25 TicketTailor processing fee), $10 per ticket at the door.
Covid protocols: All attendees are strongly encouraged wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. We will provide masks at the door. We kindly request that audience members refrain from bringing food and drinks into the space.
Supporters of our 2022-2023 season include the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the Ohio Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, New Music USA, and the Columbus Foundation.
About the artists:
As both an instrumentalist and composer, Jessica Pavone explores music’s tactile and sensorial experience as a vibration-based medium. Pavone has produced four albums of solo viola music, all of which present indeterminate pieces that stem from years of concentrated long tone practice and an interest in repetition, song form, and sympathetic vibration. In 2017, she created the J. Pavone String Ensemble as an outgrowth of her solo viola language. The ensemble approach focuses on a vision of collective improvisation that prioritizes a collaboratively sewn musical fabric, in contrast to the traditional improvisatory approach that prizes the showmanship of the soloist. The group has performed at; Black Mountain College in Asheville, the NYC Winter Jazzfest, Firehouse12 in New Haven, Roulette and ISSUE Project Room in Brooklyn, and the Garner Arts Center in Garnerville, NY. Three studio albums have been released to critical acclaim from The Wire, The New Yorker, Pitchfork, and the San Francisco Classical Voice. Chris Ingalls from Pop Matters described the music as “too stunning to lump into genres.” Pavone has been a composer in residence at the Ragdale Foundation (Traeger Fellow), the Ucross Foundation, Soaring Gardens, and Mise-En_Place; and has received grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (2021), Queens Council on the Arts (2020), New Music USA (2015), the Tri-Centric Foundation (2015), Experiments in Opera (2013), the Jerome Foundation (2011), and MATA Interval (2007). Her works have premiered in NYC venues including Roulette, the DiMenna Center, the Noguchi Museum, ISSUE Project Room, Abrons Art Center, the Museum of Art and Design, and The Kitchen. Her albums have been produced by Tzadik, Taiga Records, Thirsty Ear, Astral Spirits, and Relative Pitch, including four collaborative duo recordings with guitarist Mary Halvorson.
Eric Lennartson is an Oscilloscope Artist, Composer, and Improviser based in Los Angeles. His audio-visual work makes use of analog oscilloscopes, an old piece of electronic testing equipment. While performing, he sends the sounds from his computer directly to the scope and a set of speakers simultaneously. In doing so, sound and image create a feedback loop of meaning. Although sounds create the images, the images have a direct influence on the creation of the sounds. The resulting effect is non objective imagery that interacts with dense noise, pulsating tones, and unstable beats. Through this interaction he explores the intersections between the analog and the digital, as well as the different perspectives and meaning inherent to the sound and image themselves. He has a master’s in Performance and Composition from the California Institute of the Arts and a bachelor’s in Percussion Performance from the University of North Texas. His works have been presented at the Vector Hack Festival in Rijeka Croatia, Music For Your Inbox, and can also be seen as part of an installation at Meow Wolf’s Omega Mart, in Las Vegas.
Jonathan Woods, a Chicago-based artist specializing in film/animation direction and music production, is an enigmatic multi-instrumentalist whose frenetic rainbow eucalyptus sonic explorations have been known to move booties in numerous films, plays and dinner theaters. On occasion he’s been spotted performing at various hipster hangouts such as Elastic Arts, Constellation Chicago & the Reva & David Logan Center with other tuneful rabble-rousers such as Hieroglyphic Being, Angel Bat Dawid, Ben Lamar Gay, and the late composer Saalik Ziyad. His early fascination with both surrealist and African means of expression has fueled a wide variety of unique partnerships and projects for over 30 years. His newest album, “They Shoot Producers Don’t They”, is scheduled for release in 2023 on the Auspice Now label.
Columbus musicians Bill Stoner and Brian Werstler, on cello and guitar, make up the lo-fi, ambient duo Yul Brynner’s Ghost. The music is entirely improvised and may be inspired by other art, the days events, the spiritual, or perhaps a bad burrito.