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@TignorTronics & J. Joffe Present: Christopher Tignor and Tristan Perich
Fri, May 5, 2017, 10:00 PM
Doors at 9PM
Advance $20 | At the Door $25
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Christopher Tignor will present works from his recent, acclaimed double LP "Along a Vanishing Plane" as well as premiere new music for violin, custom-built music software, and tuning forks. Tignor's emotionally charged minimal aesthetic trades standard performance virtuosity for a virtuosity of ideas focused on the body and time as a personal, expressive object. His music's technologically enhanced process elements are executed live for an inclusive, transparent listening experience. This concert will also premiere a unique collaboration with video artists Eddie Odabachian and Pablo Gnecco, creating living light sculptures projected onto National Sawdust's unique interior.
Christopher Tignor is a composer, violinist, and software engineer. His emotionally charged scores and unique focus on live, performance-based electro-acoustic practice has won acclaim within both the classical and experimental communities across 8 LPs on the Western Vinyl and New Albion record labels. He creates the live performance software he uses, shared freely. As a composer he has written and recorded work for ensembles including The Knights, A Far Cry string orchestra, and Brooklyn Rider string quartet, performing alongside them at premiere venues including Carnegie's Zankel Hall. As a string arranger he has worked with Helios, John Congleton, This Will Destroy You, Meshell Ndegeocello, and several other artists at the boundaries of popular music.
As a result of his unique performance technique using tuning forks, Christopher is a sponsored artist of the German tuning fork maker Wittner. Likewise, renown software leader Antares sponsors Christopher for his inventive application of Auto-Tune as a "choral" violin harmonizer.
"Improvisation, for piano and 1-bit noise"
Tristan Perich will give an intimate first-time performance for piano and 1-bit noise. As a classically-trained composer who also builds and codes his own electronic hardware, Perich's compositional process often begins at the piano (his first instrument), and he continues to be inspired by the physicality of its sound-making mechanism. His most recent circuit-album, Noise Patterns, informs the electronic component of the National Sawdust show. Using sequenced patterns of 1-bit randomness, Perich creates rhythmic bursts of white noise, crackles, and pops, exploring noise and randomness as musical material. At this performance, the audience is given the rare opportunity to hear the intuitive side of Perich's work, in a duet between the solo piano and his 1-bit noise.
Tristan Perich's (New York) work is inspired by the aesthetic simplicity of math, physics and code. The WIRE Magazine describes his compositions as "an austere meeting of electronic and organic." 1-Bit Music, his 2004 release, was the first album ever released as a microchip, programmed to synthesize his electronic composition live. His follow-up circuit album, 1-Bit Symphony, has received critical acclaim, called "sublime" (New York Press), and the Wall Street Journal said, "its oscillations have an intense, hypnotic force and a surprising emotional depth." The New York Times called his latest circuit album, Noise Patterns, “techno for silicon-based life forms.” As an electronic musician, he has performed internationally, from Sonár, MUTEK and the Barbican to Lampo and The Kitchen. As a composer, he has received commissions from So Percussion, the LA Philharmonic, Calder Quartet and more, as well as an award of distinction from Ars Electronica for his work for violins and 1-bit electronics, “Active Field”. The New York Classical Review wrote, “More than any composer of his generation, Perich is establishing a new language and a new future path for music.” As a visual artist, his audio installations, video works and machine drawings have received commissions from the likes of Rhizome and L’Auditori in Barcelona, and his artwork has been exhibited internationally, including the Museum of Modern Art, VOLT Festival, the San Diego Museum, the Georgia Museum, and bitforms gallery.