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send + receive: a festival of sound v21 - Day Two

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MIRA MARTIN-GRAY (Canada) // ZACHARY JAMES WATKINS (US) // SOUND OF THE MOUNTAIN (Canada) with TETUZI AKIYAMA and TOSHIMARU NAKAMURA (Japan)

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This evening’s concert features Toronto-based artist Mira Martin-Gray, whose work plumbs the infinite soundscapes immanent to the mixing board; Oakland-based guitarist Zachary James Watkins, whose compositions and improvisations converge upon physical resonance; and Montréal duo Sound of the Mountain, in a recently convened quartet with Japanese improvisers Tetuzi Akiyama and Toshimaru Nakamura, all of whom share an affinity for mixing acoustic and electric elements and challenging the physical possibilities of their materials.

Mira Martin-Gray is an improviser and reluctant composer preoccupied by feedback, probing the intersections between noise and melody, drone and rhythm, indeterminacy and control. Reclaiming undesirable sounds, she wields the emotionally expressive power of abstract music to counter dominant cultures of (un)desirability. A multi-instrumentalist, disability led her to find means of making music accessibly.

Zachary James Watkins studied composition with Janice Giteck, Jarrad Powell, Robin Holcomb and Jovino Santos Neto at Cornish College. In 2006, Zachary received an MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College where he studied with Chris Brown, Fred Frith, Alvin Curran and Pauline Oliveros. Zachary has performed in numerous festivals across the United States, Mexico and Europe and his band Black Spirituals opened for pionering drone metal band Earth during their 2015 European tour. In 2008, Zachary premiered a new multi-media work entitled Country Western as part of the Meridian Gallery's Composers in Performance Series that received grants from the The American Music Center and The Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Zachary releases music on the labels Sige, Cassauna, Confront (UK), The Tapeworm and Touch (UK). Novembre Magazine (DE), ITCH (ZA), Walrus Press and the New York Miniature Ensemble have published his writings and scores. Zachary has been an artist in resident at the Espy Foundation, Djerassi and the Headlands Center for The Arts.

Toshimaru Nakamura's instrument is the no-input mixing board, using a standard mixing board as an electronic music instrument, producing sound without any external audio input. The unpredictability of the instrument requires an attitude of obedience and resignation to the system and the sounds it produces, bringing a high level of indeterminacy and surprise to the music. Nakamura pioneered this approach in the mid-1990's and has since appeared on over one hundred releases, including ten solo CDs.

Tetuzi Akiyama specializes in creating music with elements of both primitivism and realism by connecting his own aspirations, in a minimal and straightforward way, to the special instrumental qualities of the guitar. Sometimes delicately and sometimes boldly, he controls sound volumes ranging from micro to macro, in an attempt to convert the body into an electronic entity.Besides making variety of solo albums ranging from fingerpicking and slide acoustic guitar atonalism to noisy experimental drone to never-ending boogie, Akiyama has made many albums in collaboration with artists like Jozef Van Wissem, Jason Kahn, Michel Henritzi, Phantom Limb, Oren Ambarchi, Martin Ng and Alan Licht, just to name a few.

Montréal-based Sound of the Mountain (Elizabeth Millar and Craig Pedersen) plays amplified clarinet and trumpet. Since forming in 2015, they have played over 150 concerts together, developing a sound language that merges acoustic and electronic textures through amplification. They work with closely-mic’d instruments and minimal EQ, avoiding the use of effects pedals and loops, such that their constant physical attention drives their long-form music.

There is a clear affinity amongst the members of this quartet for mixing acoustic and electric elements and extending the physical possibilities of their instruments. Montréal-based Sound of the Mountain (Elizabeth Millar, amplified clarinet, and Craig Pedersen, amplified trumpet) met Japanese improvising musicians Tetuzi Akiyama (guitar) and Toshimaru Nakamura (no-input mixing board) in Tokyo in August 2017. Several concerts and a recording session at the legendary GOK studio in Kichijoji were the foundation for this collaborative effort in creating sound together, putting focus on the musical possibilities of form and interaction inherent in improvised music. In October 2019 they embark on a Canadian tour for the release of their recording 'amplified clarinet and trumpet, guitars, nimb' on Mystery & Wonder Records.

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