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Concrete Sounds: Mark Fell with Alec Toku Whiting + Jake Meginsky

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Boston City Hall

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Non-Event + the Mayor's Office of Art & Culture present
an evening of original multichannel, site-responsive works in the concrete confines of Boston's iconic, Brutalist City Hall

Doors: 7:30pm

MARK FELL (electronics) with ALEC TOKU WHITING (koto)
24-channel piece

JAKE MEGINSKY (electronics)
quadrophonic piece

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MARK FELL is a Rotherham-based electronic musician, multidisciplinary artist, and producer whose work has persistently challenged the boundaries between dance music and academic computer music practices. Having studied experimental film and video at Sheffield’s notorious Psalter Lane art school at the onset of the city’s techno era (circa 1990), Fell’s approach is equally grounded in the theory and practice of experimental film, radical philosophy and the electronic music subcultures surrounding house and techno. Since his early genre-defining explorations of minimal techno with Mat Steel as SND in the late 90’s, Fell’s practice moved into a period of complex dynamic works such as Multistability (Raster-Noton, 2010) and Sentielle Objectif Actualité (Editions Megs, 2012), and more recently into explorations of interplay between algorithmic systems and acoustic performance, typically including choreographic and text based elements. Widely acknowledged for his unique contributions to electronic music and sound art, Fell’s work has been presented at a wide variety of institutions and festivals around the world, marking him out as a distinctive voice in contemporary art and music.

ALEC TOKU WHITING is a composer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist based in Somerville, Massachusetts. Primarily a koto player, his improvisatory approach is rooted in his experiences studying avant-garde music for the instrument while growing up in Yokohama, Japan. His technique foregrounds the manipulation of timbre and its relationship to physical gesture. As a composer Alec’s work results from the investigation and synthesis of abstract formal processes and intuitive structures in pursuit of a multiplicitous musical event. His music has been performed in the United States, France, Spain, and Australia and he has collaborated with musicians including the Mivos Quartet, Wendy Eisenberg, Ted Reichman, Jeff Cox, Jan Williams, Carlos Cordeiro, and Alex Greffin-Klein.

Electronic musician, percussionist, composer, and filmmaker JAKE MEGINSKY has collaborated and performed with such artists as Milford Graves, Alvin Lucier, Joan Labarbara, Kim Gordon, Vic Rawlings, Greg Kelley, Bhob Rainey, Joe McPhee, Thurston Moore, William Parker, Daniel Carter, Paul Flaherty, Arthur Brooks, Bill Nace, and John Truscinski.

Music critic David Keenan called Meginsky’s 2014 solo record, L’appel Du Vide, “a hallucinatory electro percussion masterpiece” and in the WIRE Magazine review of the album, Nick Cain wrote, “the album uses little more than a couple of sounds, extracting often head spinning complexity from a minimum of means.” Art In America Magazine says, “Meginsky’s digital concrète takes percussion to outer extremes.” He lives in western Massachusetts.

This program is supported in part by grants from the Boston Foundation and the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts + Culture.


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