Brian Chase + Chuck Bettis + IMA
DOUBLE PERCUSSION + ELECTRONICS
An explosive quartet kicks off night one with double electronic musicians and double percussionists. Drummer BRIAN CHASE of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the eclectic electronist CHUCK BETTIS (Snake Union, Mossenek) doubles its forces with electro-percussion duo IMA, the stark electronist AMMA ATERIA and fierce yet atmospheric percussion by NAVA DUNKELMAN. An introduction channeled by the brinks of beauty and breakage with space expanding frequencies.
Ava Mendoza + SHAYNA DUNKELMAN + IMA
DRUMS. ELECTRIC GUITAR. ELECTRONICS. PERCUSSION.
New York's pioneering virtuoso percussionist SHAYNA DUNKELMAN of Xiu Xiu, and exceptional cutting edge abstractionist guitarist AVA MENDOZA of Unnatural Ways, joins the cinematic time warping sound space of dark and beautiful places with IMA, the stark electronic expansions of AMMA ATERIA and fierce yet atmospheric percussionist, NAVA DUNKELMAN.
JOHN zorn + Ikue Mori + IMA
SAX. ELECTRONICS. PERCUSSION.
The prolific and profound JOHN ZORN, composer, arranger, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, founder of Tzadik, MacArthur Fellowship Genius Grant recipient, joins forces with IMA, the heart threnching and shoving electro-percussion duo, the stark electronics by AMMA ATERIA and the fierce yet atmospheric percussionist, NAVA DUNKELMAN. Completing the quartet, is Zorn's long time collaborator IKUE MORI, laptop pioneer and New York's downtown cult figure, one of the most important musicians working in the field of electronics. Her highly unique sound world is known and respected by musicians everywhere.
The Flowers Die in the Burning Fire, This is the Notion of Time.
ELECTRONICS. PERCUSSION. VOICE.
Premiered at The Exploratorium in Sept. 2016 San Francisco Electronic Music Festival. The titled piece is the cinematic compositions of haunting beauty and violence by IMA, the electro - percussion duo of AMMA ATERIA and NAVA DUNKELMAN. The duo explores distortions of time through forces of restraint and release. Their dailogue and array of metallic nature marches forth with space-expanding densities to the brinks of breakage, situated to be caressed by beautification in between. Collaborated with and selected by John Zorn as December 2016 Artist in Residence, IMA have also performed with Fred Frith, Ikue Mori, William Winant, and many others.
ERIK FRIEDLANDER + PAUCHI SASAKI + IMA
CELLO. VIOLIN. ELECTRONICS. PERCUSSION.
Prominent musical figure cellist ERIK FRIEDLANDER is one of the most important musicians on his respective instrument within jazz, New Music, and the ever vital Downtown scene of New York. His unpredictable expressions and approach to musical communications will meet on this night the avant garde electronic violinist PAUCHI SASAKI, traveling all the way from Peru, she is also the recipient of the 2016 Rolex Mentorship with Philip Glass. IMA is the duo of AMMA ATERIA on space expanding electronics that tests the brinks of polarity of the stark and lightness, as well as the fierce yet atmospheric percussionist NAVA DUNKELMAN. Members of IMA has performed with FRIEDLANDER and SASAKI individually, the journey here will be full of cinematic sparks.
ZEENA PARKINS + ANNIE LEWANDOWSKI + IMA
HARP. SYNTHESIZERS. ELECTRONICS. PERCUSSION.
The Grand Finale: Renowned harpist ZEENA PARKINS, the pioneer of contemporary harp, who reimagined her instrument as a "sound machine of limitless capacity" and extended the language of the acoustic harp with the inventive use of unusual playing techniques and layers of electronic processing. She is a sought-after collaborator of John Zorn, Fred Frith, Björk, and many others. ANNIE LEWANDOWSKI aka Powerdove is a composer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist, whose work has situated her between the worlds of improvisation and rock music. Both extraordinary musicsians will join IMA, the space expanding, stark and striking electronics of AMMA ATERIA, and the hauntingly fierce yet atmospheric percussion of NAVA DUNKELMAN.