Qubit presents: Dana Jessen / C. Spencer Yeh & Andrew Lampert
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September 22nd, 8pm
Project-Q: 1850 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY
Tickets $10 Students, $15 General
Dana Jessen will perform a series of acoustic improvisations as well as works for bassoon and electronics. Her program features "Points Against Fields" by Sam Pluta, "Fireflies in Winter" by Peter V. Swendsen, and "of an implacable subtraction" by Paula Matthusen.
Yeh and Lampert will present the next installment of a collaborative performance first staged at the New Music Circle in St. Louis, MO in Spring 2018. Amplified violin and multiple film projectors are haphazardly paired in a way that purposefully undermines each of the artists' extended histories operating in the realms of "expanded cinema" and "live scoring". As a duo they are constantly thinking about how forms develop and change, or more likely, just freeze at some point but never rot, like a moose fallen into an icy lake. This is not a movie with music. It's a town hall meeting. It's a $17 cocktail. It's a novel about a carpenter who is afraid to turn 33. It's a blanket covered in cat hair. It's a stain that no dry cleaner can remove. It's a hot soda on a cold day. It's a #4 pencil. It's acrylic paint on aluminum. It's an Aunt Annie's Pretzel made by Uncle Phil. It's that other stuff that isn't lint. It's Rosh Hashanah holiday hours. It's yesterday's newspaper with tomorrow's news. It's a digital remaster of the bootleg recording of The Who's 1979 concert in Cincinnati where the audience was trampled pressed on 180-gram vinyl and it comes with a bonus DVD of the WKRP episode titled "In Concert" that poignantly references this tragic event. It's Ess-A-Bagel at the old location on 1st Avenue when it was still good. It's a 51-pound suitcase that you have to pay an extra $25 for because the person helping you is being a jerk. It's a hard way to make a living, but a good way to have fun.
Praised for her diverse talents, bassoonist Dana Jessen is in high demand as a soloist, chamber musician, improviser and new music specialist. Dana is the founder of Splinter Reeds, a San Francisco-based reed quintet, and has performed with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Alarm Will Sound, Ensemble Dal Niente, Calefax Quintet, Rushes Ensemble, Pamela Z, Anthony Braxton's Tri-Centric Orchestra, Lucky Dragons, Amsterdam Contemporary Ensemble, Callithumpian Consort and Harvard Group for New Music, among others. Her strong ambitions to explore free jazz and creative improvisation have led to performances throughout Europe and the United States with Han Bennink, Frank Gratkowski, Joe Morris, Taylor Ho Bynum, Michael Moore, Ab Baars, Anne La Berge, Wilbert de Joode, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Mike Reed and many others. She lived in Amsterdam for three years as the recipient of a 2009-2011 HSP Huygens Fellowship and 2008-2009 J. William Fulbright Fellowship where she researched contemporary and improvised music. Her recordings as a bassoonist and improviser can be heard on Cantaloupe Music, RIOJA, Evil Rabbit, Oberlin Music and the New World record labels. Dana has also been heard on radio programs including NPR's All Things Considered, Chicago Public Radio’s Relevant Tones and the BBC Radio's Hear and Now.
Andrew Lampert has created an eclectic and extensive body of films, videos, photographs and performances since the 1990s. He regularly exhibits work in various contexts with past shows including: The Whitney Museum of American Art (2006 Whitney Biennial), The Getty Museum, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, PS1/MoMA, The New York Film Festival, The Toronto Film Festival, The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, and The International Film Festival Rotterdam among other international venues. Lampert frequently writes on art and cinema for a variety of publications and catalogs, edited THE GEORGE KUCHAR READER (Primary Information, 2014), co-edited two volumes of HARRY SMITH COLLECTIONS CATALOGUE RAISONNE (J&L Books, 2015), co-edited the recently released MANUEL DELANDA: ISM ISM (J&L Books, 2018), and the forthcoming book GO DEEP: HOW TO BE A HUMAN (co-written with Howie Chen). From 2002-2015 Lampert served as Archivist and Curator of Collections at Anthology Film Archives, where he was responsible for managing the archive, preserving film and video collections, and programming public screenings. He has restored more than 300 classic and obscure moving image works by seminal moving image artists. He currently teaches at The Cooper Union and CUNY City College, is one half of the creative firm Chen & Lampert, and his videos are distributed by Electronic Arts Intermix.
C. Spencer Yeh is recognized for his interdisciplinary activities and collaborations as an artist, improviser, and composer, as well his music project Burning Star Core. His video works are distributed by Electronic Arts Intermix and he is a senior editor and media producer with Triple Canopy and a contributing editor for BOMB magazine. Yeh also volunteers as a programmer and trailer editor for Spectacle Theater, a microcinema in Brooklyn NY. Recent exhibitions and presentations of work include "Shocking Asia" at Empty Gallery Hong Kong, "Two Workaround Works Around Calder" at the Whitney Museum NYC, "Modern Mondays" at MoMA NYC, "Sound Horizon" at the Walker Art Center Minneapolis MN, "The World Is Sound" at the Rubin Museum NYC, "Mei-Jia & Ting-Ting & Chih-fu & Sin-Ji" at MOCA Cleveland Ohio and Centre A Vancouver BC, "Closer to the Edge" in Singapore and "Crossing Over" in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, the Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival, "Tony Conrad Tribute" at Atelier Nord/Ultima Festival in Oslo Norway, and LAMPO at the Renaissance Society in Chicago IL. In 2015 he was an Artist-in-Residence at ISSUE Project Room NYC, and was included in the performance program for Greater New York at MoMA/PS1. A new project on vinyl record, "The RCA Mark II," was recently published by Primary Information.
Project-Q is located on the second floor of 1850 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY. The venue can be accessed through the garage door entrance on the street level.
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