String NoiseNew York City, NY
“TRAILBLAZING DUO” – (TIME OUT NY)
“THE ENTERPRISING DUO, STRING NOISE… LIGHTNING FAST REFLEXES AND WARMLY MATCHED SOUNDS” – (NEW YORK TIMES)
“FORMIDABLE DISPLAY OF VIRTUOSITY”- (NEW MUSIC BOX)
“THEY WERE GREETED WITH A THUNDERING OVATION, MORE COMMON FOR AMERICAN IDOLS” – (HUFFINGTON POST)
“NEW YORK’s MOST DARING VIOLIN DUO” – (TIME OUT NY)
String Noise is an “enterprising violin duo” in NYC comprised of “two of the most focused and lustrous-toned avant stalwarts.” Channeling “all the sweetness of Mantovani’s 1001 strings into just eight,” Conrad Harris and Pauline Kim Harris, who are married, break down barriers and expand the traditional boundaries of the two violin repertoire, redefining the possible.
String Noise is a classical, avant-punk violin duo comprised of violinists Conrad Harris and Pauline Kim Harris. Since its inception in 2011 at Ostrava New Music Days, they have expanded the two violin repertoire in over 50 new works to include larger collaborations with multimedia art, electronics, video projections, opera and dance.
Their first feature album “The Book of Strange Positions” was released on NORTHERN SPY RECORDS in November 2015. Tiny Mix Tapes describes this collection of original works and arrangements by Eric Lyon of punk covers by Bad Brains, Violent Femmes, Deerhoof, Radiohead, and Black Flag as a “mix of classic punk covers and ZERO APOLOGIES.” Their 7” inch EP “Covers” produced by Deerhoof drummer and composer Greg Saunier is also available on Northern Spy Records.
String Noise was highlighted in Performa 2011 with artist Will Cotton and was the featured ensemble for the launch of composers collective Indexical (David Kant, Andrew Christopher Smith, Mustafa Walker and Beau Sievers). Premieres by String Noise include works by Christian Wolff, John King, Phill Niblock, Caleb Burhans, David Lang, Petr Kotik, Du Yun, Annie Gosfield, Bernhard Lang, Spencer Topel, Derek Hurst, Jerome Begin, Elizabeth Hoffman, John Zorn, Greg Saunier, Alex Mincek, Yoon-Ji Lee, Catherine Lamb, Petr Bakla, Richard Carrick and Alvin Lucier, to name some. String Noise has performed at Issue Project Room, Czech Center, Roulette, EXAPNO, Rockwood Music Hall and the Stone and has been heard on WNYC, WKCR and WFMU.
Co-concertmasters of Wordless Music Orchestra, Ensemble LPR and the S.E.M. Ensemble, String Noise has collaborated in special projects with artists such as Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead), John Cale (Velvet Underground), Billy Martin (Martin, Medeski, Wood), Mica Levi (Micachu and the Shapes), Jon Brion, Laurie Anderson, Jason Moran, Roscoe Mitchell, Max Richter and and Rostam (Vampire Weekend).
As curators, String Noise presented Drawing Sound: Part II at the Drawing Center – a three night mini-festival featuring artists Alvin Lucier, Greg Saunier and Jad Fair and is a co-curator for Carnegie Hill Concerts in New York.
The Book of Strange Positions Album EPK
Released on Northern Spy in 2015.
Composed by Rita Ueda for String Noise and Ostravska Banda
Commissioned by Ostrava Days 2015
Conducted by Rolf Gupta