Pro Arts Hybrid Series Presents:
Anla Courtis (Reynols, Argentina)
Alan Courtis was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on February 22, 1972. He studied classical guitar, piano, theory and composition. He holds a degree in Communication Science from the University of Buenos Aires, where he currently runs an annual music workshop. He played electric guitar in diverse bands and in 1993 he co-founded the group Reynols. With this group he has released more than one hundred CDs and vinyls worldwide in labels like Trente Oiseaux, Digital Narcis, Drone Records, Locust, Sedimental, Beta-Lactam Ring Records, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon, RRR, Audiobot Records, Roaratorio, JDK, Reverse, Matching Head, American Tapes, Last Visible Dog, Carbon Records, Mikroton, etc
San Francisco-based Thomas Dimuzio is one of those unsung artistic figures whose influence and abilities have substantially outstripped his visibility. Composer, collaborator, experimental electronic musician, multi-instrumentalist, improvisor, sound designer and mastering engineer – Dimuzio has been busy doing his thing(s) since the late 1980’s, but is still only known to a small circle of electronic music enthusiasts. A true sonic alchemist who can seemingly create music events out of almost anything, Dimuzio’s listed sound sources on his various releases include everything from “modified 10 speed bicycle” and “resonating water pipe” to short-wave radios, field recordings, loops, samplers and even normal instruments such as clarinet and trumpet. And while his wide range of musical interests make it impossible to pin a label on him, Dimuzio clearly has an insider’s knowledge of older experimental musical forms such as musique concrete and electroacoustic, as well as more current dark ambient, noise and post-techno styles.
Jon Leidecker has pursued the medium of electronic music since the mid 1980’s, emphasizing live performance and collaboration. Early works utilized sonic collage & musical appropriation, growing out of a series of appearances on Negativland’s live-mix radio program Over The Edge — improvising with recorded sounds to produce music which inherently queries the site of the resulting performance. Recent work investigates the history and aesthetics implied by the physics of acoustic and electrical feedback, as well as research into the technology and workflow required for immersive sound diffusion (initiated as a member of the engineering team of Dolby’s 3D sound format Atmos), and the use of mobile devices and their built-in microphones as cybernetic improvising partners.
In 2008, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona commissioned the podcast ‘Variations’, a nine hour tour through the histroy of recorded collage & the practice of ‘sampling’ through the 20th Century, charting how the definition of composition changed as the medium used to store ‘finished’ works migrated from written notation to the capturable and increasingly manipulable sonic recording.
Currently touring and recording with Negativland and the Thurston Moore Ensemble, other live and studio collaborators include Zeena Parkins, Dieter Moebius & Tim Story, People Like Us, Matmos, Laetitia Sonami, Fred Frith’s Gravity Band, Thomas Dimuzio, Porest, Tim Perkis & Xopher Davidson, Tania Chen, Sue C., John Oswald, Carl Stone, Otomo Yoshihide, Blevin Blectum & Jay Lesser, Kevin Blechdom, Evolution Control Committee, Phipps Pt., Andrea Williams, Mitchell Brown, Big City Orchestra, Hrvatski & Huun-Huur-Tu. Other groups include The Freddy McGuire Show, Sagan, Chopping Channel, Amen Seat, Sideless, Animals & Giraffes and Extra Soft Earthquakes. In 2015 he inherited the radio program Over The Edge, which continues to broadcast weekly from KPFA FM in Berkeley.
three solo sets and then as a trio. Monk style or scream!!