Voice, Strings, Electricity
New and Recent Work for Live Electronics, Voice by Casey Anderson, Stephanie Smith, and Jason Kahn
Thursday, April 27th
Jason Kahn’s performances explore the physical and spiritual limits of breath, stretching the voice to its breaking point. The disintegration of each vocal gesture leads to the next, creating a structure where what remains with each evacuating breath creates a context for the entire piece.
Originally a drummer and electronic musician, Kahn turned to the voice to find a more direct connection to himself and the audience. Without the benefit of having an instrument shielding him, Kahn contends with the vulnerability of laying himself bare to the listener.
“As a listener, you feel your experience merging with his. Each long, drawn out line moves from intimate to disembodied, from the familiar to the alien and estranged. What you hear is a cycle of disintegration and renewal, both biological and spiritual, made manifest.”
>Matt Wuetrich, The Wire
Born 1960 in New York and growing up in Los Angeles, Jason Kahn moved to Europe in 1990. He currently lives in Zurich, Switzerland.
Stephanie Smith is a composer, performer and programmer who creates interactive pieces, installations, improvisations and through-composed works. She often uses electronics, violin and light, and her latest explorations with motor arrays have been featured in the 2016 issue of Experimental Music Yearbook.
Casey Anderson is an artist working with sound in a number of media, including composition, improvisation, electronic music, saxophone, text, and installations.