4 West Burton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60610
The great minimalist composer Phill Niblock presents several recent works—in his first Chicago performance in more than 8 years.
Niblock constructs 24-track digitally-processed, monolithic, microtonal drones. He says, “What I am doing with my music is to produce something without rhythm or melody, by using many microtones that cause movements very, very slowly.”
The two-hour program includes the following recorded works: FeedCorn Ear (2012) with Arne Deforce, cello; Bag (2014) with David Watson, bagpipes; Praised Fan (2016) with Dafne Vicente-Sandoval, bassoon; Ronet (2014) with Neil Leonord, tenor saxophone; V&LSG (2015) with Lore Lixenberg, voice, and Guy De Bièvre, lap steel guitar; and Vlada BC (2013) with Elisabeth Smalt, viola d’amore. Cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm joins Niblock to play live on FeedCorn Ear.
Niblock’s performances are almost always accompanied by his films and videos. Here, he has selected Meudrone1 (2013), Agosto (2014), DH *Sand-Water (2014), Vain4 (2015) and Meudrone2 (2014)—time-stretched and close-up studies of nature.
Phill Niblock (b.1933, Anderson, Ind.) is an intermedia artist using music, film, photography, video and computers. He has presented his work around the world since the mid-1960s. He has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Creative Artists Public Service Program, the City University of New York Research Foundation and the Foundation for the Contemporary Performance Arts. He has been director of the Experimental Intermedia Foundation in New York since 1985 and an artist and member since 1968.
Phill Niblock first performed at Lampo in March 2000, screening six 16mm films from the 1960s including The Magic Sun in addition to presenting his music. Additional Lampo presentations followed in May 2001, February 2005, and December 2008, presenting various works and films from The Movement of People Working.
Since 2010 the Graham Foundation has supported and partnered with Lampo to produce this performance series held at the Madlener House. Lampo, founded in 1997, is a non-profit organization for experimental music and intermedia projects.
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