What's Happening in 2009?

The continuing tour:

January 22 2009, 10pm (2200 hrs)
Fabrica Braco de Prata, Rua da Fabrico do Material de Guerra, Lisbon, Portugal

Phill Niblock, Music and Films, joined by David Maranha and Manuel Mota
Including the first performance with newly transferred 16mm film to video, and new tunes
from a new, soon-to-be-released double CD on the Touch label

A few events for March and April, and a recently published article
phillniblock.com and experimentalintermedia.org


Volker Straebel: "Technological implications of Phill Niblock's drone music,
derived from analytical observations of selected works for cello and string
quartet on tape", in: Organised Sound 13:3 (Dec. 2008), 225-235

article available from the website (www.straebel.de)

Abstract: Four compositions for cello and string quartet on tape by American intermedia artist Phill Niblock originating from 1974 to 2003 are discussed. The interdependence of compositional approach and available technology is considered, leading to the observation that the electronic music composers technique is considerably independent of the available technology. Where a dependence of artistic development on factors not originally musical has to be acknowledged, these nonmusical factors lie not so much in the technology but in Niblocks interpretation of it. This is discussed within the context of philosophical observations on art and technology by Theodor W. Adorno, Martin Heidegger and Ernst Cassirer.

Feb 17, Antwerp, Laboratorium project with Champ d'Action Ensemble, recording / workshop for material to be used in a new commissioned piece for two orchestras, to be played March 28 in Antwerp, mix on the 18th; plus a talk, at the conservatory

Subtropics Festival, Miami Florida (Feb 28 to Mar 1) an installation of Soundworks by PN and others, and a set in a concert. And a collaborative performance with Katherine Liberovskaya, live video, and PN, mixing soundworks; and many other events    www.subtropics.org

March 14 -The Hague, a Niblock-evening with films, music, the Trio Scordatura, and the Ensemble Klang,
Dag in de Branding, eleventh edition, March 14th, 21h - Paard van Troje, Prinsegracht 12, Den Haag, The Netherlands.
Pieces to be played - Pan Fried 11, Three Orchids, Parker's Altered Mood, Disseminate  
 info@paard.nl    www.dagindebranding.nl/   (www.ensembleklang.com)

March 28, concert with a new PN piece commissioned by Champ d' Action, titled "Nameless" (22 minutes, scored, with the score realized in collaboration with Bob Gilmore) by Phill Niblock, performed by 'Laboratorium' of Champ d'Action. Other pieces by Karlheinz Essl, Tim Vets and Claudio Baroni
De Singel, Jan Van Rijswijcklaan 155, 2018 Antwerpen, Belgium    www.champdaction.be

Screenings, talks, produced by Andrea Lissoni at Gorizia University, Friuli Province, Italy, in collaboration with the videomaker Carlos Casas, March 30 & 31, & April 1, as part of VII MAGIS International Film Studies Spring School    udineconference.uniud.it
March 27-April 2, 2009, Gorizia, Friuli Province, Italy - VII MAGIS International Film Studies Spring School; Cinema and Contemporary Visual Arts/4 - curated by Andrea Lissoni www./udineconference.uniud.it
March 30, 21.00 - Kulturni center Lojze Bratu_, v.le XX Settembre 85, Gorizia - The Movement of People Working (China, Japan, Brasil), 1984-1989 (Film to Video) plus Live sound performance
March 31, 10.30 - Sala della Torre, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Gorizia, via Carducci 2, Gorizia - Artist talk
March 31, 21.00 - Kulturni center Lojze Bratu, Gorizia - Carlos Casas, Whale Hunt (part of Siberian Fieldworks), 40, 2008-2009, video; accompanied by One Large Rose, music by Phill Niblock (Special Edit, World Premiere)

3 April 2009, at 19.00, Galerija Kapelica, Kerstnikova 4, Ljubljana, Slovenija - Predstavlja // Presents CONCERT by PHILL NIBLOCK [US] and KATHERINE LIBEROVSKAYA [CAN/US] info@irzu.org
SET ONE: Live Video by Katherine Liberovskaya, with live mixing of audio pieces by Phill Niblock; SET TWO: Music and Images by Phill Niblock
Produced by the Institute for Sonic Arts Research: www.irzu.org

April 17 Hamburg, Germany, at Kampnagel, the Nelly Boyd Ensemble, of Hamburg, with the Trio Scordatura, of Amsterdam. Featuring a Performance of a new work by PN - "One Large Rose", soon to be released on a "Touch" label double CD. Other works by PN will be "Three Orchids" and "Tow by Tom". Three Orchids will be performed by Trio Scordatura; One Large Rose by the Nelly Boyd Ensemble, and Tow by Tom (for two orchestras) by both groups, each playing one orchestra, with multitrack recording. All pieces will be with playback of multitrack recordings and live musicians, and each piece is played from scores
www.nellyboyd.org   www.trioscordatura.com   

Phill Niblock, Gent Spring - an installation of music and film pieces - April 24th -> May 23rd.
Opening on
April 23rd at 8pm, with a concert of music by Phill Niblock featuring a performance by Kasper T. Toeplitz (F) playing live with PN's music; produced in collaboration with Odradek De Witte Zaal, Posteernestraat 64, 9000 Gent, Belgium   www.wittezaal.be    www.odradek.net

April 24 in Leuven Belgium, at Stuk, the final edition of the NewNoise Festival www.newnoise.be/
sets by Carl Ludwig Hübsch & Jan Pillaert - bastubaduo; John Edwards & Peter Jacquemyn - contrabasduo; Ninh Lê Quan & Tony Buck - percussieduo;
and the final (Grote Finale) set by Phill Niblock in the StukCafe, joined by John Edwards & Peter Jacquemyn and the Zwerm Guitar Ensemble

Phill Niblock at OffOff artcinema
A programme consisting of six short films from the 60's, by Phill Niblock
April 27th at 8.30pm
Art Cinema OFFoff, Begijnhof ter Hoye, Lange Violettestraat 237, B-9000, Gent, Belgium
www.offoff.be    in cooperation with Odradek & De Witte Zaal

13 May 2009, Wednesday , 8pm    www.logosfoundation.org
<M&M> - "Sacred Robots'" (The Logos M&M robot orchestra (Man & Machine))
Work by Phill Niblock, Godfried-Willem Raes, Olivier Messiaen.
Kristof Lauwers realizes a new piece by Phill Niblock using Godfried-Willem Raes' robot / computer dirven instruments - "One Blue Rose", a premier

May 16 in Lleida, Spain, at Centre d'art La Panera, European Night of Museums 2009.
Concert with Ursula Scherrer, Katherine Liberovskaya, Phill Niblock and Barbara Held
Sessions at 9:30 and 10:30

Concert Sunday 17 May, 9PM
Hangar, Barcelona Spain    www.hangar.org
Passatgedel Marques de Santa Isabel 40
produced by:  http://www.lullcec.org/lullcec.cgi
A double concert - Ferran Fages and Dimitra Lazaridou Chatzigoga
and Phill Niblock, Music and Images (with Barbara Held, flute)
and Sandrine Robilliard (cello)

Audio-Visions  21-31 Maig screening 16.00-20.00h Espai Ubú, Plaça Prim, Festival LOOP 2009 www.espaiubu.com   Audio-visions is a program of video works in which moving image intersects with sonic art. These collaborations between video artists and sound/music artists are specifically intended for single-channel projection with no live or performance component. Ursula Scherrer / Michael Schumacher, Kato Hideki & Michelle Nagai, Katherine Liberovskaya / Al Margolis, Anne Wellmer, Barbara Held / Francesca Llopis, Noemi Sjoberg, Phill Nibloc Ursula Scherrer / Michael J. Schumacher, Michelle Nagai, Kato Hideki, Katherine Liberovskaya / Al Margolis, Anne Wellmer, Barbara Held / Francesca Llopis, Noemi Sjoberg, Phill Niblock.

A record release event for Touch Strings - a 2CD set on the Touch label, with three new pieces by Phill Niblock:
"Poure" for cello, Arne Deforce;
"Stosspeng" for two guitars in stereo, with Susan Stenger and Robert Poss;
"One Large Rose", the Nelly Boyd Ensemble
Performed will be Poure - Arne Deforce, cello and Stosspeng - Susan Stenger and Guy De Bievre, guitars; and One Large Rose; and with filmfilm - Japan89 and China88   www.touchmusic.org.uk/   and    www.phillniblock.com    for info on previous releases
Cafe Oto www.cafeoto.co.uk   22 Ashwin Street Dalston, London, E8 3DL, +44 20 7923 1231

June 19, 09
, 8pm Issue Project Room – Darmstadt series
ISSUE PROJECT ROOM, at the Old American Can Factory, 232 3rd Street, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11215

IPR - issueprojectroom.org and Darmstadt - darmstadtnewmusic.org
Either/Or plays Feldman's "Why Patterns?" and David Budin, piano, is playing Stockhausen's klavierstuck IX,
and a longish set by Phill Niblock, including the NY Premier of "2 Lips aka Nameless", commissioned and played by Laboratorium of Champ d'Action, Antwerp Belgium, and the first NY playing of "Valence Long" for viola, Julia Eckhardt, viola

Concert By Eric Letourneau, Katherine Liberovskaya and Phill Niblock
Paris (near) July 1, la-g.org
Three sets:
Eric Letourneau (sound/music) and Katherine Liberovskaya (live video)
Katherine Liberovskaya (live video) and Phill Niblock (mixed sound collage pieces) and
Eric Letourneau (sound)
Phill Niblock (music and images (video))
La Générale en Manufacture, 6, Grande Rue, F 92310 Sèvres, France
Métro ligne 9 - Station Pont de Sèvres; Tramway ligne T2 - Arrêt Musée de Sèvres

Dampfzentrale Bern, Marzilistr. 47, 3005 Bern, Switzerland  -  kultur@dampfzentrale.ch
2. Juli 2009, 21:00
Phill Niblock (USA) /Thomas Ankersmit (NL)

July 3, 4 & 5
Festival Architectones (architectones.net) at Saline Royale d'Arc et Senans salineroyale.com and architectones.net
Concerts by Thomas Ankersmit, Katherine Liberovskaya and Phill Niblock on July 4

July 8
Music by Phill Niblock with a film by Werner Herzog at Fondazione Claudio Buziol, Venice Italy

XVI stazione di topolò · postaja topolove, dal 4 al 19 luglio 2009
A residency for the production of new work, by Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya, July 11 to 19

FESTIVAL - OSTRAVA, New Music Days 2009, 21 to 29 August 2009 5th biennial
Ostrava, Czech Republic   www.ocnmh.cz    www.newmusicostrava.cz

21 August, a three hour concert of the music and images of Phill Niblock, in a steel mill, no longer in use, featuring two works for orchestra. The first concert in the Ostrava New Music Days festival.
At Vítkovice Site - Blast Furnaces, Hall No. 6

New Record Release (October 2009)
Touch Strings, Touch, TO79 (2 CDs) (www.touchmusic.org.uk and www.phillniblock.com)
  CD1: Stosspeng (59 minutes) Susan Stenger and Robert Poss, guitars and bass guitars
CD2: Poure (23:30) Arne Deforce, cello and One Large Rose (46 minutes) The Nelly Boyd Ensemble, Hamburg - Robert Engelbrecht, cello; Jan Feddersen, piano strummed with nylon strings; Peter Imig, violin; Jens Roehm, acoustic bass guitar strummed with nylon strings or e-bow
Stosspeng was completed in April 2007; Poure in September 2008 and One Large Rose in May 2008

October 9
, Phill Niblock at Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, London - with the Nelly Boyd Ensemble, Hamburg - playing "One Large Rose" and "3 to 7 - 196" (for cello) - Robert Engelbrecht, cello; Jan Feddersen, piano; Peter Imig, violin; Jens Röhm, acoustic bass.
There will also be a screening of the Phill Niblock film "Max", 1966-69, a collaboration with Max Neuhaus.
The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2009 -Designed by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA
Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA   www.serpentinegallery.org
Park Nights with Phill Niblock is presented by the Serpentine Gallery in association with The Wire. It is produced by Andi Studer - Cenatus and supported by PRS Foundation's New Music Plus...

October 11
, 8pm Phill Nilbock at Cafe Oto, London - with Tim Parkinson, piano, playing Pan Fried 27.5 and the Trio Scordatura playing Three Orchids. Three sets:
1. Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya - sound works and live video (30 Minutes)
2. Pan Fried 27.5, with Tim Parkinson playing piano live (27.5 minutes)
3. Three Orchids, with the Trio Scordatura and two others playing live (23 minutes)
Trio Scordatura: Alfrun Schmid, voice; Elisabeth Smalt, viola; Bob Gilmore, keyboard
Plus: Guy De Bievre, guitar and Susan Stenger, flute
Cafe Oto www.cafeoto.co.uk   22 Ashwin Street Dalston, London, E8 3DL, +44 20 7923 1231

Phill Niblock lecture / demo at Goldsmiths in London on October 13 at 4pm
Moderated by Keith Potter
Goldsmiths, University of London. New Cross, London, SE14 6NW.
Lecture Theatre, Room 137a, Richard Hoggart Building
The lecture is open to the public
Köln / Cologne, Wednesday, October 28, 2009, 19:30
Kunst-Station Sankt Peter, Jabachstraße 1, 50676 Köln
Gerngesehen + Aufabwegen present visual sounds - music intermedial
Nelly Boyd und PHILL NIBLOCK
Köln Premiere of the Hamburg Ensemble playing live and recorded -
2 compositions by Phill Niblock - ONE LARGE ROSE und SETHWORKS,
with Niblock's Film BRASIL 84
First German concert by this noise duo from Norway & USA

Plus, on Thursday, 29, 2009, 19:30, Herz-Jesu-Kirche Zülpicher Platz, 50674 Köln,
Gerngesehen presents - visualsounds - music intermedial
Jenny Q Chai und Nelly Boyd Kreis
freies rheinland eV c/o georg dietzler, Im Stavenhof 17, 50668 Köln, +49.(0)221.123 383
info@gerngesehen.de    www.gerngesehen.de

Katja Bjorn Jakobson (Aarhus, Denmark) and Carlos Andrade (New York and Bogota, Colombia), opening Saturday October 31 2009, until November 27

Milk and Honey

Curated by Phill Niblock   www.experimentalintermedia.be
Experimental Intermedia Window Gallery, Sassekaai 45, Gent, Belgium

SONOLOGY CONCERT - Royal Conservatory Den Haag
Video- en audiopresentatie van sonologie in samenwerking met
Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya
3 NOVEMBER, Tuesday, 19:30 - 21:30 GRATIS
At Theaterzaal, Scheltema, Marktsteeg 1, 2312 CS Leiden, Netherlands info@scheltemacomplex.nl +31 71 5161880
For the full program, go to: scheltemacomplex.nl/Programma/Sonologie_concert

A few things in Japan:

November 11 - a lecture / demo of respective work by Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya for Takashi Sasaoka at SEIAN UNIVERSITY OF ART AND DESIGN in Otsu City in Shiga Prefecture, Japan

November 13 at 19:30 'Urban Guild' urbanguild.net/, a Kyoto club - with several sets -
Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya, Keiko Uenishi (oblaat), Atsushi Nishijima

November 14 at the Kyoto University Museum, as part of the Academic Film Expo 2009
13:15~14:35 Phill Niblock - performance and talk, introduction by Keiko Uenishi and Eisuke Yanigisawa museum.kyoto-u.ac.jp/modules/event/content0033.html

also on November 13, a video screening of works by Katherine Liberovskaya at 11:30am

Phill Niblock + Katherine Liberovskaya in Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku (Tokyo University of the Arts), Toride Campus on November 16, 15:00, presented by Yosuke Ito
The presentation takes place at Room 4, 2nd floor, Department of Intermedia Art
Access: Toride Campus    geidai.ac.jp/english/access/index.html

November 18
at 19:30 SuperDeluxe Tokyo - Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya, with a set by Keiko Uenishi (oblaat) and Jim O'Rourke playing PN's Sethwork
B1F 3.1.25 Nishi Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0031, Japan
T: 03.5412.0515 | F: 03.5412.0516   super-deluxe.com

November 19
- Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya - lecture / demo for Christophe Charles - Thursday, between 16:30 and 19:00 musabi.ac.jp

Phill Niblock Presentation and Performance with Katherine Liberovskaya
Date: Monday, 23rd November 2009, 17:00 at Art Yard Studio
4th Floor, A.I.R.1963 Bldg. 1-2-25 Motomachi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, 556-0016 JAPAN
artyard.jp/artyardstudio/ and remo.or.jp
Osaka-City Contemporary Art Creation Support Programme. Media Art in Residence Project
Host Organization: Osaka-City
Project Management: remo/ Osaka-Jo Hall
Cooperation: CAS/ Art Yard/ Canada Council for the Arts

The release of the 2 CD set - Touch Strings (Touch TO79) has provoked a few reviews and a video on YouTube. See the websites phillniblock.com and experimentalintermedia.org

November 27 & 28 - Bordeaux France, NYC SOUNDS - CAPC - Musée d'Art Contemporain de la Ville de Bordeaux - 33000 Bordeaux, avec Maria Chavez, Katherine Liberovskya , Alan Licht, Seth Cluett, Phill Niblock, David Watson; curated by Yvan Etienne, produced by Présence Capitale    presence.capitale@free.fr

NYC Sound vise à présenter 2 générations d'artistes issues de la scène intermédia NewYorkaise. Musiciens, cinéastes, poètes, critiques. Outre leurs multiples ouvertures et
pratiques ces artistes ont pour similitudes d'être des chercheurs et actionnistes des pratiques artistiques expérimentales contemporaines.

DARMSTADT presents Essential Repertoire
Thursday, December 3 through Saturday, December 5, 2009
All performances begin at 8pm
ISSUE Project Room (at the Old American Can Factory)
232 3rd Street (at 3rd ave), Brooklyn NY 11215
Darmstadt: Essential Repertoire Festival

Darmstadt "Classics of the Avant Garde" Essential Repertoire Festival
Brooklyn-based music series Darmstadt: "Classics of the Avant Garde" presents its second-annual Essential Repertoire festival of cherished compositions from the experimental canon. This year's iteration celebrates the 30th anniversary of the seminal New Music New York concerts curated by Rhys Chatham and held at The Kitchen, which put the still-burgeoning Downtown Scene - at the crossroads of minimalism, interdisciplinary performance, and various strains of post-punk - under a mainstream spotlight and redefined the presentation of experimental music.
Darmstadt's cross-section of composers involved in the original festival includes "Blue" Gene Tyranny, Connie Beckley, David van Tieghem, Jill Kroesen, Jon Gibson, Ned Sublette, Peter Gordon, Peter Zummo, Petr Kotik, Phill Niblock, and a performance of Meredith Monk's Dolmen Music by the M6. Invited composers have been asked to present compositions of theirs from the 1970s, if not the actual pieces presented at the original Kitchen concerts.
Friday, December 4th:
Pieces by Meredith Monk, Jon Gibson, and Phill Niblock
Meredith Monk - "Dolmen Music" (1979)
Performed by the M6: Meredith Monk Music Third Generation
Jon Gibson - "Criss Cross" (1979) and other works
Performed by the composer
Phill Niblock - "Four Arthurs" (1978) superimposed with "Two Octaves and a Fifth" (1975)
Performed by the composer with Leslie Ross (bassoon) and Christa Robinson (oboe)

December 7th, 2009 at 8:00PM. LMAKprojects is pleased to present live, as part of the third LMAKseries of this year, the works of Kamran Sadeghi, David Linton, Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya. LMAKseries is curated by Louky Keijsers, Richard Garet and in consultation with Berlin based Andy Graydon.
LMAKseries, 139 Eldridge Street, New York, NY    lmakprojects.com    212 255 9707

As part of the Experimental Intermedia December concert series, The Thirty-Sixth Anniversary of EI performances at 224 Centre Street, The Forty-first Anniversary of the Founding of Experimental Intermedia, the Forty-first Anniversary of the 224 Centre Street loft, and,
not least, The Twentieth Annual Festival with no fancy name, Part One (or A)
Phill Niblock (Where?)                                                             6pm to midnight Monday 21
Barely 76, and doing still, six hours of films and music for the solstice; many new hours of 16mm film transferred to video    phillniblock.com     experimentalintermedia.org
224 Centre Street at Grand, Third Floor, N Y 10013

PHILL NIBLOCK - Six Films (1966-1969) [Ltd Ed; DVD] (Die Schachtel DVD01; Germany) Die Schachtel in collaboration with O' artspace proudly presents a deluxe DVD featuring six experimental films by New York-based composer, photographer and filmmaker Phill Niblock from the late-1960s. Anybody familiar with Niblock would probably characterize his work by the sound of his long, sonorous drones, producing rich overtones usually combined with a visual element -- since before moving into composition, Niblock was an active photographer and filmmaker. While he usually is known for his films from the Movement Of People Working series alongside performances of his music, Niblock's early works stand apart as unique objects. The integrity and consistency of his style is fully on display in these seldomly-seen or screened 16mm sound films wonders that include: Morning (1966-1969) from an idea by Phill Niblock and Jean Claude Van Itallie, filmed by PN, text by Lee Worley and Michael Corner, with members of the Open Theater group. Starring Lee Worley, James Barbosa, Cynthis Harris, Sharon Gans, Joseph Chaikin; text read by Lee Worley, James Barbosa, Barbara Porte, Dorothy Lyman, Michael Corner. Black & white 16mm film. The Magic Sun (1966-1968) with members of the Sun Ra Arkestra, music by Sun Ra and the Arkestra. Filmed on high-contrast black & white 16mm film. Dog Track (1969) -- a film by Phill Niblock, with a found text read by Barbara Porte. Color 16mm film. Annie (1968) -- a portrait of the dancer Ann Danoff, with a sound collage soundtrack. Color 16mm film. Max (1966-19) -- an image collage film/portrait of percussionist/sound-artist Max Neuhaus, with a collage soundtrack by Max Neuhaus. Black & white 16mm film. Raoul (1968-1969) -- a portrait of the painter Raoul Middleman, with extensive use of time-lapse film technique. The soundtrack is improvised by Raoul Middleman and Phill Niblock. Color 16mm film. Limited edition of 500 copies. NTSC, all-region DVD, stereo, 4:3 format. Run-time: 65 minutes.
DVD $25.50, available from  forcedexposure.com   Search for - Niblock Six Films


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