Posts Tagged ‘Improvisation’

Gigs June, 2017

June 25, 2017

June 4 at Third Life Studios, Somerville MA
ensemble inédit ?!:
Joe Burgio – artistic director
Katerine Gagnon, Ofri Rieger- movement
Emilio Gonzalez, Christos Koulendros, Matt Samolis, Walter Wright – sound
Working on score for Dance Complex

June 6 at 114 Grand St, Lowell MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – saz, sampler
Walter Wright – acoustic percussion
Open rehearsal, all welcome!

The Motherlode
June 11 at Elks Lodge, Cambridge MA
Germaine Wright Duo
Stepahanie Marie Germaine – Steph Stuph
Walter Wright – AVSynth
with
lot’s of other noisy people

June 11 at Third Life Studios, Somerville MA
ensemble inédit ?!:
Joe Burgio – artistic director
Katerine Gagnon, Ofri Rieger, Charlotte Wagner – movement
Christos Koulendros, Matt Samolis, John Voigt, Walter Wright – sound
plus
Stu Vandermark & his wife

June 13 at 114 Grand St, Lowell MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – saz, sampler
Walter Wright – acoustic percussion
Open rehearsal, all welcome!

June 16 at ALL Gallery, Lowell MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – saz, modules
Walter Wright – acoustic percussion
with
Katerine Gagnon & Ofri Reiger – movement

June 17 at The Hearing Room, Lowell MA
Disembodied Poetics:
Rick Breault – field recordings
Christos Koulendros – modular synth
Walter Wright – amplified drums, percussion
and
Ben Hersey – reading
with
Bella Birds, Rick Breault, Ben Hersey

June 18 at Third Life Studios, Somerville MA
ensemble inédit ?!:
Joe Burgio – artistic director
Ofri Rieger – movement
Emilio Gonzalez, Christos Koulendrous, Matt Samolis, John Voigt, Walter Wright – sound

June 22 at UnchARTed Gallery
Germaine Wright Duo:
Stephanie Marie Germaine – Steph stuph
Walter Wright – AVSynth, video
with
Factory Quartet, President Soup

June 23 at 114 Grand St, Lowell MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – all things modular
Walter Wright – acoustic drumkit
Open rehearsal, all welcome!

June 25 at Dance Complex, Somerville MA
ensemble inédit ?!:
Joe Burgio – artistic director
– movement
Walter Wright – sound

Egregoros at ALL Gallery June 16, 2017

June 16, 2017

Christos & Walter

This is our last performance for this season. Christos leaves soon, in two weeks, for Cyprus, for the summer. Perhaps, in anticipation, he has been playing his saz. I’ve been playing acoustic, on-the-floor percussion. The sound is traditional.

Several months ago, Christos joined Joe Burgio’s ensemble inédit ?!, a group of musicians and dancers exploring improvised movement and sound. I’m a long-time member. We invited two of the dancers Katerine and Ofri to join us, the lineup –

Chrsitos Kolendrous – saz, modular synth
Walter Wright – acoustic percussion
with
Katerine Gagnon & Ofri Rieger – movement

Our event is a first for the ALL Gallery, usually reserved for visual art. We developed a plan –

ALL Gallery

We moved out the desk, clearing the main gallery space and set up chairs along the two side walls. Christos & I sat on the floor, at either end, with our backs to the columns.

We played two sets: the first a more traditional set weaving Christos’ traditional Persian melodies with my off-kilter percussion, and the second a ‘score’ for dancers and musicians. In the second set we paired up – Katerine and Christos, Ofri and me. A simple score, musicians follow the dancers, 50% rule. That is, musicians play only when their partners are moving and are silent when their partner are still. We relaxed the 50% rule, each pair would be still/silent 33% or 1/3 of the time.

I find the difference between the two sets, the first sounds like music. It is structured using traditional rules for musical composition. The second however sounds very different, the composition is structured as movement, Christos and I are interpreting the dancers gestures. I was pleasantly surprised listening back to the second set. It holds together –

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w2 recorded June 16, 2017

June 16, 2017


patch

Three tracks recorded one after the other without listening back to the previously recorded track. Track 1 PeterB miniSynth pushed 40% left, track 2 PeterB miniSynth 40% right, track 3 acoustic percussion in the middle. Edited in Audacity.

Same patch, however I did re-patch before recording tracks 2 allowing for more ‘notes’, less white noise in contrast to track 1.

Here’s the result –

mix

Egregoros recorded June 13, 2017

June 13, 2017

Christos Koulendros – saz, sampler
Walter Wright – acoustic percussion

Final practice before playing at ALL on Friday. Persian licks on saz, sampler filling out the space, off-kilter percussion is coming along.

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AVSynth: Geometry recorded June 9, 2017

June 10, 2017

 

AVSynth using Projektor, a Processing sketch, as input, take 2.

Geometry is a b& w Processing sketch using only circles, squares, vertical bars and horizontal lines. On each frame, these simple ‘shapes’ will be drawn randomly, or not. The size and position of the shapes is also random, as are the fade and frame rate. Color and effects are added by the Jones’ MVIP.

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Sound is generated by using PeterB’s SWOOP, FOURSES and SPROTT modules.

Both sound and video are touch-controlled using a Mikrophonie module and PeterB’s Mr GRASSI.

All done in real-time, no edits.

Egregoros recorded June 6, 2017

June 6, 2017

Christos Koulendros – saz, sampler
Walter Wright – acoustic percussion

Persian licks on saz, sampler filling out the space, off-kilter percussion.

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w2 recorded June 3, 2017

June 3, 2017


patch

Three tracks recorded one after the other without listening back to the previously recorded track. Track 1 PeterB miniSynth pushed 40% left, track 2 PeterB miniSynth 40% right, track 3 acoustic percussion in the middle. Edited in Audacity.

Using feedback on the miniSynth, SPROTT outputs patched back into FOURSES, produces a lot of sound, although this recording is somewhat subdued !!!

Here’s the result –

mix

w2 recorded June 1, 2017

June 1, 2017


patch

Tracks recorded one after the other without listening back to the previously recorded track. Edited in Audacity, track 1 PeterB miniSynth pushed 20% left, track 2 PeterB miniSynth 20% right. Here’s the result –

mix

Gigs May, 2017

May 31, 2017

May 2 at 114 Grand St, Lowell MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – modular synth
Walter Wright – amplified drums, percussion
Open rehearsal, all welcome!

May 4 at UnchARTed Gallery, Lowell MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – modular synth
Walter Wright – amplified drums, percussion
featuring
Gregory Kowalski – live video
Shereen Salem – movement
with
Michael F Dailey Jr, Gaiamamoo, Nico, Silas Price, Kazehito Seki

May 5 at Hotel Vernon, Worcester MA
Walter Wright – PeterB miniSynth
with
Angelsbreath-lite, +DOG+, Gaiamamoo, Kazehito Seki, Crank Sturgeon

May 6 Chailey Mansion, Newburyport MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – modular synth
Walter Wright – PeterB miniSynth, video
with
Angelsbreath-lite, Gaiamamoo, Stephanie Marie Germaine, Gregory Kowalski, Kazehito Seki, Victoria Shen, DeiX

May 7 at Third Life Studios, Somerville MA
ensemble inédit ?!:
Joe Burgio – artistic director
Katerine Gagnon, Charlotte Wagner – movement
Christos Koulendros, John Voigt, Walter Wright – sound

May 9 at 114 Grand St, Lowell MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – all things modular
Walter Wright – acoustic percussion
Open rehearsal, all welcome!

May 14 at Third Life Studios, Somerville MA
ensemble inédit ?!:
Joe Burgio – artistic director
Katerine Gagnon, Ofri Rieger, Charlotte Wagner – movement
Christos Koulendros, John Voigt, Walter Wright – sound

May 16 at 114 Grand St, Lowell MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – saz
Walter Wright – acoustic percussion
Open rehearsal, all welcome!

May 20 at The Hearing Room, Lowell MA
Performance Lab
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – saz
Walter Wright – acoustic percussion
with
23 Ensemble, Mark Abare, Lichen

May 21 at Third Life Studios, Somerville MA
ensemble inédit ?!:
Joe Burgio – artistic director
Ofri Rieger, Charlotte Wagner, Andrea West – movement
Christos Koulendros, Matt Samolis, John Voigt, Walter Wright – sound

May 23 at 114 Grand St, Lowell MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – saz, sampler
Walter Wright – acoustic percussion
Open rehearsal, all welcome!

Egregoros recorded May 23, 2017

May 23, 2017

Christos Koulendros – saz, sampler
Walter Wright – acoustic percussion

Persian licks on saz, sampler filling out the space, off-kilter percussion.

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