Dana Jessen will perform a series of acoustic improvisations as well as works for bassoon and electronics by Sam Pluta, Peter Swendsen, and Paula Matthusen.
Yeh and Lampert will present the next installment of a collaborative performance first staged at the New Music Circle in St. Louis, MO in Spring 2018. As a duo they are constantly thinking about how forms develop and change, or more likely, just freeze at some point but never rot, like a moose fallen into an icy lake. This is not a movie with music. It’s a a town hall meeting. It’s a $17 cocktail. It’s a novel about a carpenter who is afraid to turn 33. It’s a blanket covered in cat hair. It’s a stain that no dry cleaner can remove. It’s a hot soda on a cold day. It’s a #4 pencil. It’s acrylic paint on aluminum. It’s an Aunt Annie’s Pretzel made by Uncle Phil. It’s that other stuff that isn’t lint. It’s Rosh Hashanah holiday hours. It’s yesterday’s newspaper with tomorrow’s news. It’s a digital remaster of the bootleg recording of The Who’s 1979 concert in Cincinnati where the audience was trampled pressed on 180 gram vinyl and it comes with a bonus DVD of the WKRP episode titled “In Concert” that poignantly references this tragic event. It’s Ess-A-Bagel at the old location on 1st Avenue when it was still good. It’s a 51 pound suitcase that you have to pay an extra $25 for because the person helping you is being a jerk. It’s a hard way to make a living, but a good way to have fun.
About the artists:
Bassoonist Dana Jessen is in high demand as a soloist, chamber musician, improviser and new music specialist. Dana is the founder of Splinter Reeds, a San Francisco-based reed quintet, and has performed with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Alarm Will Sound, Ensemble Dal Niente, Calefax Quintet, Rushes Ensemble, Pamela Z, and Anthony Braxton’s Tri-Centric Orchestra among others.
Andrew Lampert has created an eclectic and extensive body of films, videos, photographs and performances since the 1990s. He regularly exhibits work in various contexts with past shows including: The Whitney Museum of American Art (2006 Whitney Biennial), The Getty Museum, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, PS1/MoMA, The New York Film Festival, The Toronto Film Festival, The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, and The International Film Festival Rotterdam among other international venues.
C. Spencer Yeh is recognized for his interdisciplinary activities and collaborations as an artist, improviser, and composer, as well his music project Burning Star Core. His video works are distributed by Electronic Arts Intermix and he is a senior editor and media producer with Triple Canopy and a contributing editor for BOMB magazine. In 2015 he was an Artist-in-Residence at ISSUE Project Room NYC, and was included in the performance program for Greater New York at MoMA/PS1. A new project on vinyl record, “The RCA Mark II,” was recently published by Primary Information.