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KcEMA Happy Hour Event No. 5!
The 4th KcEMA Happy Hour last night was a blast and we are all ready for No. 5 later this month at Westport Coffee House! Presenting….
UNLEASHED: Open-Hole Bass Flute + Electronics: A KcEMA Happy Hour Event
Live at Westport Coffee House
4010 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, MO
March 22, 2015 • Starts at 8PM
The Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance is pleased to continue its Happy Hour Concert Series at the Westport Coffee House Theatre. This show will feature Shanna Gutierrez as she performs works with open-hole bass flute and electronics.
Flutist Shanna Gutierrez appears throughout the United States and abroad as a soloist, clinician, and in various chamber collaborations, including Collect/Project with the German soprano Frauke Aulbert, and Sonic Hedgehog with Amsterdam-based Fie Schouten and Wiek Hijmans. As a specialist in contemporary performance, Shanna is dedicated to promoting and advancing contemporary music in cultural life today through innovative performances and educational projects. She performs on a Burkart flute and piccolo and Kingma open-hole bass and alto flutes. www.shannagutierrez.com
Advanced tickets are available for purchase online for $5
KcEMA Happy Hour Event No. 3!
Sunday, January 18th at 8pm
Westport Coffee House Theatre
4010 Pennsylvania Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64111
The Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance is pleased to continue its Happy Hour Concert Series at the Westport Coffee House Theatre. This show will feature local acoustic/electronic chamber ensemble Mnemosyne Quartet.
Mnemosyne Quartet improvises music inspired by surrounding environments, resulting in a broad range of musical paths travelled in each piece. Included in the performance will be some of Mnemosyne’s latest works for their upcoming CD release along with some solo electro-acoustic works by the band’s members. They have most recently played downtown in Oppenstein park, as part of the Art in the Loop Project. The Mnemosyne Quartet consists of Russell Thorpe, Michael Miller, Elizabeth (Eli) Hougland, and Ted King-Smith.
Advanced tickets are available for purchase online for $5
At the door: $7 general admission, $5 student
KcEMA Happy Hour Event No. 2!
Sunday, October 26 at 7:30pm – 9:30pm
The Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance is pleased to continue its Happy Hour Concert Series at Grünauer’s Vienna Zimmer. This show will feature a unique collaboration between trumpeter Hermon Mehari and producer/singer/songwriter Anthony Saunders.
Grünauer, Kansas City’s premiere authentic Austrian restaurant, will be offering a special menu of Käsespätzle, Pommes Frittes, Brezen, Porkholt Sliders, and Viennese Fried Mushrooms. Drinks will include beers (Hofbräu Original, Dunkel and Weiss, Miller Lite, KC Pils, Blvd Wheat) and wine (Grünauer Chardonnay and Syrah, Reserve de la Saurine Grenache Noir and Grenache Blanc). Doors open at 7:15pm.
Tickets will be available for purchase online shortly for a reduced price of $5.00
General Public: $8
Rehearsing _derivations by Ben Carey
As part of my set for the KcEMA Happy Hour event this weekend, I’m going to perform a fairly short session with Ben Carey’s “_derivations” software. I met Ben last year at the International Computer Music Conference in Perth, Western Australia, and got the chance to hear him play live with “_derivations.” I was blown away!
The “_derivations” software basically forms a rich system for live improvisation with electronics, featuring live processing via granular, spectral, and synthesized means. However, its real charm for me is that it is not simply a processor, but rather makes use of real-time analysis and phrase segmentation to build up a database of information about the performance. As I continue performing, the system is able to compare phrases I’m playing now with those I played earlier, and to pull from the complete set of phrases to generate an accompaniment for me. As it gets going, it also begins to listen to itself, in addition to listening to me, and to generate responses to its own phrases. The end result is a rich, polyphonic tapestry of sound that is responsive, in real time, to the decisions I make as I improvise. For more information about the software, you can visit the website: http://derivations.net
I’ve linked a short video—nothing special, just a quick iPhone capture—of me rehearsing with the software. Come out to the first KcEMA Happy Hour gig on Sunday to hear much, much more! :)
KcEMA in the Vienna Zimmer Kicks Off Next Weekend
Preparation is underway for KcEMA in the Vienna Zimmer, a new happy hour series at Grünauer, Kansas City’s premiere authentic Austrian restaurant. This new series will mix great food, drinks, and electronics. August 24, 8-10 p.m. Here’s a preview to whet your appetite:
Our music lineup for the evening includes Kansas City artists Eric Honour and Joe Post. Today’s preview is Eric Honour’s Handcrafted Ale for beer and electronics- a perfect pairing!
Grünauer will be offering a menu of Käsespätzle, Pommes Frittes, Brezen, Porkholt Sliders, and Viennese Fried Mushrooms. Drinks will include beers (Hofbräu Original, Dunkel and Weiss, Miller Lite, KC Pils, Blvd Wheat) and wine (Grünauer Chardonnay and Syrah, Reserve de la Saurine Grenache Noir and Grenache Blanc).
Tickets are available at the door, and include a beer or wine. A date night special is available for dinner reservations that mention this event- receive a free dessert! Doors open at 7:45; $12 student; $20 general public. Bring IDs and pay by cash or credit.
Contact KcEMA at president (at) kcema.net for more information, or check out or website: kcema.net.
Grünauer: 101 W 22nd St, Kansas City, MO 64108; parking on the south side of the building. grunauerkc.com
KcEMA Happy Hour to Kick Off August 24th!
KcEMA is pleased to announce the new Happy Hour series, KcEMA in the Vienna Zimmer, which will kick off on Sunday, August 24th, from 8:00-10:00 p.m. at Grünauer. This show will feature Sound Artists Joseph Post and Eric Honour. Grünauer will be offering a special drinks, appetizers, and sausage menu. Doors will open at 7:45.
KcEMA’s new series will promote electronic music that pushes the boundaries of popular and academic idioms alike. The first show, featuring sound artists Joseph Post and Eric Honour, will include mellow beats and works for live electronics.
Grünauer is Kansas City’s premiere authentic German restaurant. All guests at this show will receive a complimentary house wine or beer, and access to a special drink, appetizer, and sausage menu. Additionally, Grünauer is offering a Date Night Special— a free dessert included with dinner reservations that mention this event.
Upcoming shows will feature Kansas City jazz artists, as well as spoken word, video, and dance artists. For more information, see KcEMA’s website, KcEMA.net.
KcEMA in the Vienna Zimmer Presents: Joe Post and Eric Honour
August 24, 8-10 p.m. (Doors open at 7:45)
Tickets: $20 General Public; $12 Student; includes a house beer or wine
101 West 22nd St
Kansas City, MO 64108
Parking available south of the building.
The Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance (KcEMA) will be hosting a monthly new music happy hour in downtown Kansas City, September 2014—April 2015.
These events will provide a casual atmosphere in which people can find out about and experience new electronic music. The KcEMA Happy Hour will be free and open to the public and will take place at a to-be-determined establishment that serves drinks and food in a comfortable, fun atmosphere in or near downtown Kansas City. It will take place on the first Friday of each month (skipping January) from 5-6 p.m.
New, experimental arts events in Kansas City often have trouble reaching an audience beyond the arts community itself. We hope to attract the attention of audiences that do not normally attend formal concerts, including Kansas City’s sizable entrepreneurial and tech communities who may never have heard of our organization, but who would feel comfortable going to a casual happy hour. Artists who attend or perform at the Happy Hour will get a chance to mingle and chat with these new potential audience members and make connections that could further their own artistic practices and opportunities.
Each month KcEMA will select one electronic artist or ensemble to feature at the Happy Hour. She, he, or they will either do a short, focused performance (ca. 20 minutes) or will provide ambient music for the duration of the event, pausing at some point to be introduced by the KcEMA Board. KcEMA will reach out to electronic artists across genres—experimental, ambient, dance, pop—for these events, including electronic musicians whose works do not easily fit into our regular concerts. In this way this project will help KcEMA deepen and broaden its artistic pool and community.
Live improvisation by Joseph Post, KcEMA Board Member
Start and End Dates
10/01/2014 — 04/30/2015
Kansas City, Missouri