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Olivia Block & Jason Lescalleet present "Sonorous Vessels"

Olivia Block and Jason Lescalleet present "Sonorous Vessels" (World Premiere)
Saturday, April 18 at 8:00pm (7:00pm doors)
$14 / $12 members
Utilizing Alvin Lucier’s Music for Piano with Amplified Sonorous Vessels as a source of inspiration and a starting point, sound artists/composers Olivia Block and Jason Lescalleet will perform a new composition for inside grand piano, amplified objects and real-time processing. This performance will continue the tradition of acoustic investigation (started by Alvin Lucier and others) of themes related to site specificity and the sonic activation of materials. Olivia Block has developed extensive techniques for inside-piano over the past ten years, including the utilization of various amplified resonant vessels and containers on the strings and wood of the instrument.  Lescalleet has developed substantial knowledge of analog and digital processing techniques, emphasizing the inherent resonant characteristics and nuanced feedback tones of each performance site. The performance at 3S will be the world premiere of this collaborative composition. 

Olivia Block creates electroacoustic sound compositions for performance, recordings, installations, cinema, orchestra and chamber music concerts. Her solo performances include partially improvised pieces for electronics and amplified objects, presented in a slow and deliberate gestural style that Steve Smith of the New York Times described recently as having   “palpable sensations of volition and emotional involvement.” Block also performs original pieces for inside piano. Her compositions often combine field recordings, chamber instruments and electronic textures. In addition to her compositions for solo recordings and performances, Block creates multimedia works for sounds and video and writes scores for large ensemble, string quartet, and orchestra.

Block has performed, premiered and exhibited her work throughout Europe, America, and Japan in tours in festivals including  Incubate (Tilburg),  Festival del Bosque Germinal (Mexico City), Sonic Light (Amsterdam), Kontraste (Krems), Dissonanze (Rome), Archipel (Geneva) Angelica (Bologna), Sunoni per il Popolo (Montreal), and many others. Additionally, she has presented work at the ICA (London), MCA (Chicago), La Biennale di Venezia 52nd International Festival of Contemporary Music, The Kitchen (NYC), ISSUE Project Room and Experimental Intermedia  (Brooklyn).

She has completed residencies and premiered works at Mills College of Music, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and The Berklee College of Music. Block has presented talks at additional universities in film, music, media arts, and anthropology departments, including Yale University, University of Chicago, and  Indiana University. Her current interests include listening practices, ethnographic practices and sound for cinema, among many others.

Block has created sound installations for public sites and exhibition spaces including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the library at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, the Lincoln Conservatory Fern Room in Chicago, and at the “Echoes Through the Mountains” exhibit at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.

Her latest album, Karren (Sedimental) has been chosen as “Best of 2014″ by The Wire, Pitchfork, and Artforum, among other publications.
Since establishing himself as a preeminent voice in contemporary electro-acoustic study, Jason Lescalleet has, through his solo work and in collaboration, exploded the notion of what is possible within the realm of tape-based music. His recorded catalog acknowledges a diversity of application, from lo-fi reel-to-reel soundscaping and work for hand-held cassette machines, on through to digital sampling and computer generated composition. Lescalleet's live actions further expand his ouevre to include work with video, dance, performance art and multi-media concerns.

In the past two decades, Lescalleet has gradually and painstakingly compiled a compelling discography on notable labels such as Erstwhile, RRR, Intransitive Recordings, Kye, Celebrate Psi-Phenomenon, Hanson Records, Chondritic Sound, and most recently via his own Glistening Examples imprint. He has collaborated with Graham Lambkin, Phill Niblock, Joe Colley, John Hudak, Rafael Toral, Thomas Ankersmit, Ron Lessard (as Due Process), Joachim Norwall (Skull Defekts), and CM Von Hausswolff, among others, and during this time he’s built a solid reputation for delivering a visceral live experience in concert.

He currently lives in Maine, where he works and operates the Glistening Examples publishing label and the Glistening Labs studio for audio recording and mastering services.