ALICE invites you for an afternoon of deep and dreamlike ambient, relentless minimalism and soothing sound undulations, presenting three remarkable artists within experimental electronic music: Huerco S, Tomoko Sauvage and Britton Powell.
Fueled by an ethos less bound by genre and more bound by feeling, Brian Leeds makes music for the mind and for the floor, finding lost artifacts and carving out sounds that speak to an altered state of home, or place. Music that plays tricks on your brain, music that makes you question or surrender your mind, music very much rooted in audio archaeology and personal exploration. Coming out from playing punk and metal bands as a teenager in Kansas, Brian picked up dance music as it was the opposite of what he’d been involved with for so long.
Over the past decade, Tomoko Sauvage has been working on “natural synthesizer” of her invention – waterbowls – combining water, ceramics and hydrophones (underwater microphones). Porcelain bowls, water drops, waves and bubbles as well as hydrophonic feedback and electronics are the main ingredients of her instrument that generates the sculptural and fluid timbre. Sauvage has published two solo albums including the recent “Musique Hydromantique” (Shelter Press). Sauvage’s performance has been presented at international festivals and venues including : The Long Now – Maerz Musik (Berlin), Centre Pompidou Metz, Roskilde Festival, Unsound Festival (Krakow), Nyege Nyege Festival (Uganda) and Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art.
Britton Powell is an American composer and curator living in New York City. Through means of electronics, video, and percussion his work explores psycho-acoustic phenomena, minimalism, and traditions of ethnographic music. The composer’s new work “If Anything Is” explores themes of hyper-reality and ambient capitalism by means of a staged mixed-media environment designed for sound and multichannel video. Powell’s music has appeared at venues around the world including Centre Pompidou (Paris), The Barbican Center (London), Unsound Festival (Krakow), The Kitchen (NYC), and The Guggenheim House (Japan). His work has been featured in The New Yorker, Washington Post, Bomb Magazine, and Wire Magazine among others. He has worked on recordings for Warp Records, Mexican Summer Records, Unseen Worlds, and Catch Wave Ltd. Powell works and collaborates with Jon Hassell, Matmos, Lucy Railton, Jon Gibson, Huerco S, and many others.