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Hans Tammen & Dark Circuits Orchestra - CROSSING THE LAGRANGIAN POINT

Crossing the Lagrangian Point” is a large multi-movement piece written by faculty member Hans Tammen for 10 light & sound performers, a spatialist, and a conductor. A large collection of lightbulbs, LED structures and fluorescent lights fight and clash with bizarre visuals projected onto objects, fabrics, ceilings and walls. Sounds are generated with ear-scorching intensity directly from the visuals or from a mad combination of audio and video synth modules, while the “spatialist” throws them around in an 8-channel sound system like a violently moving fluid. It is a controlled chaos of loud, visceral blast of colors, flashes and polyrhythmic machinations.

Participating artists include Michael Vorfield, ChiKa, Benton C Bainbridge, James Yuxi Cao, MSHR (Birch Cooper & Brenna Murphy), Dafna Naphtali, Eric Drasin, Jonas Bers, Matthew Ostrowski, Daniel Neumann (spatialist) and Hans Tammen (concept, composing, conducting).

The performance will be taking place on Thursday, November 30th at 8pm at the Knockdown Center in Brookyln. Tickets are $10. NHLK, a duo from Switzerland that explores the boundaries where music and language overlap, will be opening for them at 7pm.

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Hans Tammen’s Dark Circuits Orchestra uses Earle Brown’s open form composition idea as a starting point to create a large multi-movement piece, performed by an ensemble of contemporary electronic instrument practices such as circuit bending, no-input mixers, laptops, turntablism, analogue circuitry, network sniffers, live coding and soldering, and more. The concept has been presented with various ensembles in Mexico, Bulgaria, Russia, Ukraine, Israel, in the US and even online. 

Hans Tammen’s Dark Circuits Orchestra uses Earle Brown’s open form composition idea as a starting point to create a large multi-movement piece, performed by an ensemble of contemporary electronic instrument practices such as circuit bending, no-input mixers, laptops, turntablism, analogue circuitry, network sniffers, live coding and soldering, and more. The concept has been presented with various ensembles in Mexico, Bulgaria, Russia, Ukraine, Israel, in the US and even online. 

Here's an excerpt from the 2014 SUGARCUBE  performance by Hans Tammen's Dark Circuits Orchestra with Andrea Parkins, Miguel Frasconi, Dafna Naphtali, Matthew Ostrowski, Phillip White, Shoko Nagai, Joshua Fried, Chuck Bettis, Matthew Aidekman, Michael Schumacher and special guest David Watson (bagpipe)!

Performance with Barbara Kalina at XIX International Chopin & Friends Festival

Excerpt from program guide: "Visual artist and graduate of the program, Barbara Kalina, bassist, composer and educator, Pawel Knapik, and a group of composers/vocalists, the Asaran Earth Trio, get together in an event that combines multi channel projections of moving and still imagery, the sound of double bass and voices of traditions from around the world taken in new directions.

In her art practice, Barbara Kalina creates a social commentary and deals with the human condition. Her installations oftentimes combine photography, video, text, ephemera and sound. She blends into her art, the elements that are significant in her life; nature and music. The artist creates parallels between the everyday life of people with that of the natural environment. By incorporating sound in her work, Kalina wants to draw the viewer's attention to the various levels behind the moving and flat images and unravel layers of emotions that are possible only on deeper reflection. The carefully selected musical collaboration of the deep and rich sounds of Knapik's double bass and collective sound of vocalists from different parts of the globe, will guide in amplifying the emotional impact to the narrative created and the message the visual artist intends to convey. This, giving the evening an interesting experience of sight and sound."

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The performance will take place during the XIX International Chopin & Friends Festival on Friday November 10th at 7:30pm. The event is free and open to the public.

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