The New York Electronic Art Festival performance series in partnership with MATA and ISSUE Project Room is pleased to present composer Natacha Diels. Ms. Diels will share an evening with Michael Morley. She will present new and recent works involving inspirational quotes, messages from another world, and a step-by-step guide to using heavy machinery in healing rituals. All of it goes into the big cauldron brewing souls and potion to better understand and have mercy on each other and ourselves.
July 19, 2019
Location: ISSUE Project Room, 22 Boerum Place Brooklyn NY
These pieces draw from corporatized meditation practices, dark comedy, the absurdity of life/love/politics, and faith in the universal stream of consciousness. Altogether, the set is conceived as an attempted erasure of the disconnect between art and life experience, while maintaining a foothold in the abstract and the tragically ridiculous.
This is the fourth year in an ongoing program collaboration between ISSUE Project Room and Harvestworks, two organizations that are committed to supporting the creation and presentation of experimental performance practices while sharing resources.
Michael Morley is a New Zealand based sound artist and visual artist. His work across a range of genre confirms his abilities as an artist, composer, improvisor, performer, and producer. Responsible for over 100 audio releases from 1985 to 2019 as: Gate, The Dead C, The Righteous Yeah, The Fuck Chairs, Sun Valley, and many other collaborations and solo recordings. The development of Music for The Never Quartet has come from a thirty year exploration of the guitar and of sound as art. The focus of the acoustic guitar as the nexus of an examination of sound comes from a desire to provoke and create experimental music that challenges the status quo of the hierarchy of rock and popular musics and allows for a reimagining of the idea of performance and composition.
Natacha Diels’ work combines choreographed movement, improvisation, video, instrumental practice, and cynical play to create worlds of curiosity and unease. Recent work includes Papillon and the Dancing Cranes, for construction cranes (Borealis Festival 2018), and a performed installation entitled I Love Myself Fully and Unconditionally (Darmstadt Summer Institute 2018). With a focus on collaboration, collage, and the ritual of art as life, Natacha’s compositions have been described as “a fairy tale for a fractured world” (Music We Care About).
Natacha is a member of the composer/performer collective Ensemble Pamplemousse (est. 2003) and the performance duo On Structure (est. 2009). Pamplemousse specializes in unique aspects of new music composition, from complex virtuosic instrumental performance to experimental theatre to electronic and robotic performance. On Structure is a sound-centric highly choreographed paradoxically improvisatory collaboration project, performing whenever travel paths collide. Natacha teaches composition and computer music at the University of California, San Diego.