Zanzibar Snails have been invited to not only take part in but also help curate the first-ever DFW edition of the No Idea Festival of improvised music. This will be occurring February 24 at Lola’s Saloon in Fort Worth …. More below!
No Idea Festival 2009 in Fort Worth
Tuesday, February 24th
@ Lola's Saloon
2736 West 6th Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
Doors @ 8
(817) 877-0666; $10
Annette Krebs (guitar, electronics - Berlin)
Mike Maxwell (electronics, kalimba)
Sarah Alexander (vocals, electronics)
Jason Kahn (percussion, electronics - Zurich)
Chris Cogburn (percussion - Austin)
Zanzibar Snails' Michael Chamy + Nevada Hill (drones)
Tatsuya Nakatani (percussion - Pennsylvania)
Dennis Gonzalez (trumpet)
Stefan Gonzalez (percussion)
Aaron Gonzalez (bass)
The No Idea Festival was initiated in June of 2003 by percussionist Chris Cogburn to bring together the creative music communities of Austin and Houston, Texas. The success of the festival and the connections made between artists in the two cities helped the festival grow in subsequent years - expanding to include artists from around the world and include hosting cities from around Texas.
Now in its sixth year, the No Idea Festival continues to showcase a handful of Texas' premiere creative musicians in collaboration with improvisers from around the U.S., Europe, Japan, Mexico and Canada. Regarded as "one of the finest creative improvised music festivals in the world" (Paris Transatlantic) NIF aspires to connect creative musicians, providing the space and time where creative relationships can flourish, leading towards new areas and approaches in the music.
This year's festival is broader in scope than last, with diverse threads of interest connecting each night. From solos to large groups, known groups to ad-hoc combinations, each night will explore a variety of approaches and situations - each expressing a unique and exciting form of improvisation.
February 24th is the first night of this year's No Idea Festival, which will be continued in Austin, San Antonio, Houston and New Orleans.
This is also the first year that North Texas has been privileged to host No Idea
guitar, mixing board, tapes, objects, computer, de-/composition
On the 24th, Annette Krebs will play a short solo piece followed by an improvised collaboration with Mike Maxwell and Sarah Alexander.
Annette Krebs studied music and concert guitar in Frankfurt/Main, and has lived in Berlin since 1993. She has worked intensively in the crossover area between improvisation and composition, exploring the possibilities of the prepared guitar with regard to sound, structure, noise, the mixing of materials, and space. Various preparation methods are used to produce noises and sounds, which are then enlarged through the use of sometimes high levels of amplification. The sound of the amplification and mixingboards, additional tapes, radios and objects are used as musical material. She works also in the field of electroacoustic composition, de- and reconstructing selected sound- and noisematerial. Fragments of noises, of words and sentences are used to remind, to suggest on certain meanings, fusing with the sounds to a surreal, abstract soundscape.
Chris Abrahams, Alessandro Bosetti, Burkhard Beins, Sandra Becker, Lucio Capece, Rhodri Davies, Jim Denley, Axel Dorner, Robin Hayward, Sven-Ake Johansson, Christoph Kurzmann, Sachiko M, Kaffe Matthews, Toshimaru Nakamura, Andrea Neumann, Bhob Rainey, Michael Renkel, Ana Maria Rodriguez, Keith Rowe (AMM), Ignatz Schick, Burkhard Stangl, Taku Sugimoto, Luca Venitucci, Marc Wastell, Otomo Yoshihide, ...
Guitarist Annette Krebs is a key member of a young group of Berlin musicians who emerged in the late 20th century with a new, radical, and influential musical aesthetic. This group of artists, sometimes called the Reductionist school, mix composition and improvisation to form a music for which silence is as potent as sound. Dynamics are important, and part of the aesthetic involves extremely quiet gestures that draw the listener in, focusing the ear on subtle detail. Juxtaposition is a key component, as the expected and the unexpected are deftly employed elements of composition. Krebs, a master of musical texture, may seem more like a sculptor than a guitar player. A classically trained performer, Krebs has radically reinvented the guitar to suit her music.
She lays the guitar—an amplified one—flat on a table and precisely carves out sonic shapes and colors from a variety of objects applied to the instrument. The result is fascinating. A window between action and sound is made clear. Process and composition are revealed. Through amplification, microscopic sound is enlarged, as with a magnifying glass, to become the material for music-making.
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Video by Mona Breede
Sound by Annette Krebs
percussion, analog synthesizer, computer(zürich)
On Tuesday Feb. 24th, Jason Kahn will play a duo piece with Austin percussionist Chris Cogburn, followed by an improvised collaboration with Zanzibar Snails’ Michael Chamy (electronics) and Nevada Hill (electric violin, electronics). This will be the second of the evening’s three sets of music.
Jason Kahn's work includes sound installation, performance and composition. He was born in New York in 1960, grew up in Los Angeles and relocated to Europe in 1990. He currently lives in Zürich.
He has given concerts and exhibited sound installations throughout Europe, North and South America, Japan, Mexico, Korea, Israel, Turkey, Russia, Lebanon, Egypt, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Australia.
He performs both solo and together with musicians like Dieb13, Steinbrüchel, Kim Cascone, John Hudak, Steve Roden, Günter Müller, Kevin Drumm and Toshimaru Nakamura, using percussion, analog synthesizer or computer in different combinations.
He composes for electronics, acoustic instruments and environmental recordings. For larger groups of directed improvisation he has devised a system of graphical scores. Kahn creates his sound installations for specific spaces. The focus of these primarily non-visual works lies in the perception of a space through sound.
In 1997 Kahn founded the independent label Cut, producing to date twenty-five CD's, both of Kahn's own work and other artists.
“Kahn's work bears some similarity with the late music of Morton Feldman. What Feldman and Kahn often manage to do is suggest that what you’re hearing when you’re listening to their compositions is a continuum: moment without time.”
- Brian Marley, The Wire
Jason Kahn with drummer Jon Mueller Sept. 30 in Charlottesville, VA
Jason Kahn began as a drummer in Los Angeles-based alternative rock and avant-rock bands in the mid-’80s. When he relocated to Berlin in 1990, he turned resolutely toward free improvisation and later to the micro-sound scene, incorporating electronics to his percussion work. He spent the 1990s between Germany and Japan, playing in Arnold Dreyblatt’s Orchestra of Excited Strings; with Toshimaru Nakamura as the duo Repeat; and collaborating on-stage and on record with improvisers like Günter Müller, Dieb13, Otomo Yoshihide, Evan Parker, Sainkho Namchylak, and Taku Sugimoto.
Born in New York City in 1960, Kahn grew up in Los Angeles, surrounded by the Californian music of the ’60s. Punk rock in the mid-’70s gave him the impetus to become a musician. After college studies in African history and music, he went to the University of London for a year and began to play drums. Back in L.A., he studied with session drummer Billy Moore.His interests included jazz and improvisation (hearing Ed Blackwell drum on Eric Dolphy’s album Live at the Five Spot was a revelation), but for a long time he played with rock bands.
The most important was the Universal Congress Of (featuring Saccharine Trust’s Joe Baiza), with whom he recorded three albums for SST and toured extensively in the U.S. and Europe. It is after such a tour, in February 1990, that he decided to quit and move to East Berlin, to experience the exhilaration of the city shortly after the end of the Communist regime. There he hooked up with the free improv crowd, performing with Dietmar Diesner, Johannes Bauer, and Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky, while absorbing the burgeoning techno scene.
A friend put him in contact with Dreyblatt, and for five years Kahn participated in the activities of the Orchestra of Excited Strings. Meanwhile, he radically transformed his approach to drums, taking lessons in Arabic and Iranian music, and most importantly stripping down his technique to rediscover the sonic properties of his instrument. The results of his search began to be detectable in the recordings of Cut, his duo with guitarist Birger Löhl; but they really surfaced starting with Temporary Contemporary, the second album by his other duo Repeat, with Toshimaru Nakamura.
Started in 1997, this project attracted a little more attention, thanks to Nakamura’s unusual use of a “no-input mixing board.” In 1996, Kahn started the small independent label Cut, on which he released albums by Repeat and a string of solo recordings (Drums and Metals and Analogues, 1999; Plurabelle, 2001). By 2001, he had also begun to present sound installations and to perform as a solo laptop computer artist. He also curated Sonique Series, a series of experimental music concerts in Zürich, Switzerland.