Saturday, April 7, 2012

April 21, 8pm, Seven Ate Nine #3: John Cage Turns 100!! Jeremy Muller, Suzie Berndt, LorkAs, D&spair Club, Argentine Tango Milonga

John Cage Turns 100!!

A Celebration of the life and works of Composer John Cage. An innovator in the use of chance operations, modern dance and art collaboration, electronic music, and a leader in the avant-garde. With works performed by Jeremy Muller, Suzie Berndt, D&spair Club, and the Laptop Orchestra of Arizona State.

Argentine Tango AfterParty starts after the show, around 9pm. A brief lesson in tango dance for beginners will be taught at the beginning of the milonga.

The D&SPAIR Club

The D&SPAIR Club (dance & sonic performance art improvisation research) is an experimental movement and sound improvisation collage comprised of four interdisciplinary artists working in movement, sound art, and technology. The members bring individual interests into a space, push them around, and see what collides, what sticks, and what remains. TDC offers workshops and tours the west coast and southwest. Julie Cruse directs movement, with untrained and trained 'dancers'. This ensemble is a platform to troubleshoot the body in dimensions of sound, space, gravity, emotion, and body-y-body.Courtney Brown directs sound. She is a composer/performer interested in exploring the intersection between movement and music, the consequences of being an embodied performer with limitations, with a background in classical and avant-garde music as well as Argentine Tango. Brent Brimhall dances, bringing a movement vocabulary based in martial arts, yoga, and Argentine Tango. Julie Akerly is a dancer and innovative choreographer with experience in a multitude of dance disciplines and history.

Jeremy Muller

Jeremy Muller is a contemporary percussionist often performing as a soloist and chamber musician throughout North America. He is dedicated to exploring new aesthetics of music by collaborating with performers, composers, and experimental artists. Jeremy has worked with the world-renowned Percussion Group Cincinnati, Phoenix’s premier contemporary music ensemble Crossing 32nd Street, the New Paradigm Percussion Quartet, and composers like Stuart Saunders Smith and Alexandre Lunsqui. An ongoing project of Jeremy’s is the continual development and experimentation of the music of virtuosic maraca traditions as well as the Brazilian caxixĂ­, and other subtle means of texture and sound. As a composer and arranger, he has written many chamber works and arrangements for solo and large ensembles.

Jeremy is currently a Doctoral candidate at Arizona State University in percussion performance. Prior to ASU, he earned his MM from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and BM from Appalachian State, both in percussion performance while studying under Allen Otte, Jim Culley, and Rob Falvo.

Suzie Berndt

Suzie Berndt is a percussionist, educator, and arts coordinator in the East Valley. Throughout her career, she has studied and/or performed with the internationally-renowned percussion group So Percussion, the Prism Saxophone Quartet, and composer David Maslanka, among others. She is also an avid multiethnic percussionist, having studied West African drumming, Javanese Gamelan, and steel pan, the latter of which she plays frequently with the Phoenix-area group JT's Island Steel. Suzie has additionally taught percussion, general music, and marching band front ensembles throughout Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Arizona. Suzie holds a BM in Music Education from James Madison University, and will receive the Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance from ASU this May.

Laptop Orchestra of Arizona State (LOrkAS)

The Laptop Orchestra of Arizona State (LOrkAS) is an experimental sonic art performance collective, which integrates technology with sonic art, visual displays, and interactive expression. They are composed of graduate, undergraduate, and industry researchers from various academic backgrounds and disciplines. Director Diana Siwiak, a Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk) alumna and ASU Media, Arts, and Sciences doctoral student, founded the troupe in Fall 2010. They aim to push the envelope by contemporizing the paradigm of art performance into a trans-disciplinary entity.

LOrkAS is produced by urbanSTEW