An Evening of Solo and Group Electro-Acoustic Music from Four Solo Improvisor/Composers
C.J. Boyd plays the bass. C.J. Boyd is a band and a man. C.J. Boyd has a nomadic touring schedule – calling no place and every place home. C.J. Boyd will soon be arriving your town via vegetable oil propelled ambulance.
C.J. has been creating his ethereal soundscapes for nearly a decade, playing hundreds of shows, conveying his particular artistic ideals and a certain undefined spirituality wherever he plays. Often flowing from singular, meditative bass lines into explosive, layered, and hugely complex walls of sound, CJ masterfully orchestrates waves of bass loops coupled with Jazz-driven improvisational prowess. Never suffering from the structureless experimentation so prevalent in improvised music, CJ Boyd's vision spawns a record that is quite beautiful, and at times enlightening. As Tiny Mix Tapes puts it, “this is heavenly stuff” C.J. Boyd plays the bass. C.J. Boyd is a band and a man. C.J. Boyd has a nomadic touring schedule – calling no place and every place home. C.J. Boyd will soon be arriving your town via vegetable oil propelled ambulance.
slicnaton (say slick-nay-tun) is best know for electro acoustic compositions and no-input mixing. Nicholas Slaton, in addition to playing electric and double bass, coaxes diverse and sometimes bizarre sounds from pedals, samplers and mixers. Starting each show with no pre-record samples he layers electronically generated loops forming the basis of each piece. Glitches of equipment misuse are sampled and manipulated into musical content. slicnaton can also expand to include Slaton's string and reed arrangements. slicnaton releases are free from Extemporate.
Brooklyn based musician composes through the art of improvisation. Mahlon Hoard plays fully acoustic solo soprano saxophone, which may easily be mistaken for electronic music. Employing circular breathing,extended pieces are created resulting in multiple layers of development. Deceptively simple melodies pull the listener in, revealing intricate layers. Refined and unique, his playing has been describe as a refreshing mix of contemporary, traditional, and ancient influences.
Mahlon co-founded The Bugs with former Miles Davis music director, Adam Holzman. Other notable collaborations have been with the improv duo Go! featuring electro-acoustic bassist Pat Lawrence ,(recording and touring extensively for their label Goprov Records),sax/drum duos with free drummer Ian Davis for Umbrella Recordings, and with Extemporate founder Nicholas Slaton, resulting in the critically acclaimed "slicnaton",and the latest release, "Return", both available for free from "Extemporate".
Atlanta Composer Klimchak has been working with blended composed & improvised electro-acoustic music since the mid-eighties. His current set up features the Marimba Lumina, an electronic mallet controller designed by Don Buchla, which Klimchak uses to play layered soundscape ensembles in real time using 4 mallets, 2 feet & a breath controller. The usual piece adds in various other small instruments & sounds to this bed. Expect to hear tuvan throat singing, penney whistles, frame drums and the ethereal sound of a theremin in the mix. You can read a recent article Klimchak wrote about his use of improvisation in online the journal The Art Section.
Klimchak's sound compositions for theater, dance & film are well known. He is a winner of this year's Susie Bass award for best sound design for his live score to Titus Andronicus at Ga Shakespeare. Klimchak is a 2009 winner of the Loridans Arts Award, given to "accomplished artists who have made exceptional contributions to the arts life of Atlanta."
Recent dance compositions include The Evolution Project with choreographer Lori Teague, and Three Bagatelles for the Righteous: 2004 Update; performed at NYC’s Joyce Theater by Jane Comfort and Co. Recent theater work includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Ga Shakespeare (also nominated for “Best Sound Design” for this year's Suzi Bass awards) & Weather Rocks at the Center for Puppetry Arts. Next up in Atlanta is Klimchak's live score for Tales of Edgar Allan Poe at the Puppetry Center.