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Phill Niblock - 2014 Events

I have been awarded "The John Cage Award" from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. It is a great honor, for me. e2.ma/message/zchgf/7e0y

Jan 15 ,  Klub Katarakt 41 - Antipodes
A premier  of a new piece for three orchestras, commisioned by the Katarakt Festival
"Three Petals" for the ensembles - Nelly Boyd, Hamburg; Trio Scordatura +, Amsterdam; Neon Ensemble, Oslo
Plus playing - Vlada BC, with Elisabeth Smalt, viola d'amore, and Tow by Tom, with the three ensembles.
Three Petals is originally conceived to be performed by three ensembles plus pre-recorded playback. The first performance (by the commissioners - Klub Katarakt Festival in Hamburg) will take place in separate but contiguous halls. The audience can only hear the complete work by walking through the spaces. The piece could also be performed by three separated ensembles in one common space (e.g., a concert hall).
The first and third ensemble move up a semitone through the piece (one from F to F#, the other from C to C#), while the second ensemble remains « stationary » around A. This, theoretically, results in a move, over 24 minutes, from major to minor, albeit blurred by the microtonal character of the totality.
D i e   Ö f f n u n g   d e s   R a u m s
Kampnagel Hamburg

Jan 27 - A set in a concert at Club Transmediale, Hebbel Theater 2,  Berlin
Featuring a new performance and recording of the orchestra piece - "Baobab" by the Zinc and CopperWorks brass quartet, plus a performance of "Vlada"  for viola d'amore, with Elisabeth Smalt; AshEli, with Eli Keszler, percussion
And sets by Eli Keszler and Valerio Tricoli

Jan 29 - a talk by Phill Niblock, moderated by Jennifer Lucy Allan from The Wire Magazine, London, at CTM, Kunstquartier Studio 1, Bethanien, Berlin

Jan 30, 8pm - Thursday - A concert by Phill Niblock and Thomas Ankersmit - at KörberForum, Kehrwieder 12, produced by Elbe Philharmonie, Hamburg, Germany, www.elbphilharmonie.de

Feb 5, Wednesday - A concert at the Logos Foundation in Gent Belgium, playing a piece
realized for the Logos Robot Orchestra, "One Blue Rose", Vlada BC, with Elisabeth Smalt,
viola d'amore; and others,     www.logosfoundation.org

Feb 24 - 28, a series of lectures and concerts by Phill Niblock at Dartmouth College, Hanover NH, with Carlos Casas and with Neil Leonard + students from Berklee College of Music, Boston

March 7, at Festspielhaus Hellerau, Dresden, Germany, the Ensemble Courage will perform two orchestra pieces by Phill Niblock, with films. PN will not be there

Exhibition, March 19- April 5, 2014
Phill Niblock : The Movement of People Working
Work Gallery, 306 State Street, Ann Arbor, MI
Opening reception - Wednesday, March 19, 6pm, with Phill Niblock in attendance
presented by the 52nd Ann Arbor Film Festival (aafilmfest.org) in conjunction with the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (mocadetroit.org) and the Roman J. Witt Residency Program

Thursday, March 20, 7PM
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and the 52nd Ann Arbor Film Festival present - Phill Niblock

March 25 - 30 - University of Maine, campuses at Orono and Farmington, a series of
lectures and concerts, with Katherine Liberovskaya, Alan Margolis, Neil Leonard,
and Phill Niblock,  produced by Gustavo Aguilar

April 1 and 2, Phill Niblock is recording with David Watson and David First at Berklee School of
 Music in Boston, sponsored by Neil Leonard
April 2, concert at Mobius, with sets by David Watson, David First and Phill Niblock
Mobius, 55 Norfolk Street, Cambridge Mass 02139, 617 9459481  Mobius.org

Unsound Festival of Krakow and Issue Project Room, NY, present two programs:
Friday April 4 - 8pm - First Unitarian Church, 116 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, NY
Stara Rzeka
* Phill Niblock
* Demdike Stare: “Concealed” – USA Premiere 
With Michael England and Sinfonietta Cracovia players
Phill Niblock will play "Unipolar Dance" with Pauline Kim and Conrad Harris, violins; and "Hurdy Hurry"

Sunday April 6 - 1:30pm (afternoon) Experimental Intermedia, 224 Centre St, New York, NY 10013
Ben Vida: “Damaged Particulates (undersong edition)” – World Premiere
1 pm - (not listed, for press people); 2:15; 3:30; 4:45; 5:30; The piece is 25 minutes.

A recent article / interview in Ad Hoc about Unsound Festival:
and four reviews of Unitarian Church concert:
A review in the NY Times of April 6 2014:

An interview in Berlin during the Club Transmediale Festival, now online on the RBMA site:

Ende Tymes Festival  8 - 11 May 2014
, Silent Barn & Outpost Artists Resources
Silent Barn at 603 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn, NY  www.halfnormal.com/endetymes/
Phill Niblock on May 8 at about 9 or 10pm, with two tunes. There are 14 acts listed for that night.
Two that PN will not be at, but approves of:

FLUX Quartet Residency at the Stone in NY, 5.27 - 6.1.2014
Friday, 5.30.2014  @ 10pm
Alvin Lucier   Navigations for Strings
Robert Ashley  In memoriam Esteban Gomez
Phill Niblock    Five More String Quartets

Saturday, May 31st, 8pm, South Oxford Space (in Fort Greene, Brooklyn)
138 South Oxford Street Brooklyn, NY 11217, between Hanson Place & Atlantic Ave
TILT Brass brings the 2013-14 Season to a close with another installment of its important Chamber Music Show series. This years edition features an all-trombone program. TILT’s impressive pool of local trombonists will be heard playing a wide range of repertoire including the first live realization of the tape score to Phill Niblock’s A Third Trombone for trombone octet. The program also includes a preview of trombone septet music by TILT Director Chris McIntyre for an upcoming site-specific event in August and virtuosic solo performances by Will Lang (Xenakis‘ tour de force Keren), Jen Baker (Giacinto Scelsi‘s wonderful Three Pieces) and Jacob Garchik (rarely heard work by Downtown legend Peter Zummo who will be on-hand and performing) TILT BRASS TROMBONES: Jen Baker, Jacob Garchik, Sam Kulik, Will Lang, Chris McIntyre, Peter Zummo – trombone, James Rogers – bass trombone
Frac Ile-de-France - le plateau, paris

Place Hannah Arendt, at the intersection of Rue des Alouettes 
and Rue Carducci
 75019 Paris, France
T +33 (0)1 76 21 13 41
fraciledefrance.com/beginning-again-2/?lang=en  (for this exhibition)
BEGINNING AGAIN - 15 & 16 May 2014
A retrospective of Ben Van Meter’s films in dialogue with works by Francis Baudevin, Marcia Hafif, David Lamelas, Charlotte Moth, Phill Niblock, Karin Sander and Cerith Wyn Evans.
 A programme of events conceived by Mathieu Copeland and Philippe Decrauzat for the empty spaces of Le Plateau

May 21 - 23,  2014    A series of events in Nantes France, produced by Julien Ottavi at APO33          apo33.org/main/?p=358
-Wednesday 21st May, 7pm : Meeting with Phill Niblock, Formanex, ONsemble
public rehearsal – Plateforme Intermédia / La Fabrique – Free entrance
-Thursday 22 May, 8.30pm : Phill Niblock with Formanex & l’ONsemble
Concert – Plateforme Intermédia / La Fabrique
-Friday 23 May, 8.30pm : Phill Niblock with Formanex & l’ONsemble
Concert – Plateforme Intermédia / La Fabrique
Program 22 May:
Disseminate (23 min, 1998)         
Vlada BC (20:00, 2013)               
A Cage of Stars (30 min, 2012)   
Octavio Perc (22 min, 2014) 

Program 23 May:
Baobab Zink (23 min, 2011/2014)
Euph (22 min, 2013)
Unipolar Dance (24 min, 2013)
To Two Tea Roses (23 min, 2011)

Played by Formanex and ONsemble

Elisabeth Smalt, viola d'amore,
recorded samples
Rhodri Davies, electric harp, recorded samples
Julien Ottavi, percussion, live and recorded samples

The Zinc and Copperworks Brass Quartet
Melvyn Poore, two belled euphonium
Pauline Kim and Conrad Harris, violins and violas
Played by Formanex and ONsemble
There were events by Katherine Liberovskaya and Guy De Bievre in the following week

4 June 2014 from 19h to 22h
Habitacle / Meudon
Phill Niblock - the video pieces Meudrone and T H I R, and Music
Meudrone has been revised, the music is different than in the original installation, and Deborah Walker will play cello live with "FeedCorn Ear"
At Villa Andre Bloc, 12 rue du Bel Air, 92190 Meudon, 01 45072660
Sponsored by Natalie Seroussi Gallery, 34 rue de Seine, 75006 Paris,  France   www.natalieseroussi.com

June 14, 8.30pm
"La Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs", Jean Jacques Rousseau Street, Sarlat-la-Canéda, Dordogne, France
Produced by Thomas Maury
with the cooperation of the city of Sarlat
An event by Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya
Music by Phill Niblock
Vlada BC (20:00, 2013)       
Baobab Zink (23 min, 2011/2014)
Unipolar Dance (24 min, 2013)
To Two Tea Roses (23 min, 2011)

Elisabeth Smalt, viola d'amore, recorded samples
The Zinc and Copperworks Brass Quartet
Pauline Kim and Conrad Harris, violins and violas
Played by Formanex and ONsemble

June 16, 21h - La Villa des Cent Regards, 1000 rue de la Roqueturiere
Montpellier, Fr - Aiguelongue
A meeting with the artists and some in situ / in progress laboratory -Rencontre de creation en laboratoire; Didier Aschour plays guitar on a piece by Phill Niblock, many videos by Katherine Liberovskaya, with sound by various artists; produced by Laurent Rodrigues     facebook.com/CentRegards

Mercredi 18 juin, 19h - DATA, 44, rue des bons enfants, Marseille-France
collage sonore et visuel en direct
pièces musicales et la série de films "the movement of people working"
Music by Phill Niblock
Vlada BC (20:00, 2013)       
Baobab Zink (23 min, 2011/2014)
Unipolar Dance (24 min, 2013)
To Two Tea Roses (23 min, 2011)

Elisabeth Smalt, viola d'amore, recorded samples
The Zinc and Copperworks Brass Quartet
Pauline Kim and Conrad Harris, violins and violas
Played by Formanex and ONsemble
these pieces are either made or newly recorded since october 2013
also:      Dataplex, résistances musicales, June 17
radio GALERE, 88.4 FM radiogalere.org/, 22H-23h (10 PM-11PM)
spécial Phill Niblock & Katherine Liberovskaya

June 26 - 28, Museo Nitsch (Foundation Morra) vico lungo Pontecorvo 29/d-Napoli, Italia
em-arts.org    info@museonitsch.org
Independent Film Show, 14th Edition
Katherine Liberovskaya and Phill Niblock on June 28

July 6 - Flussi Festival, in collaboration with La Bella Estate (ass. cult.) presents,
#Road To Flussi 2014
h 22.00: Phill Niblock & Katherine Liberovskaya
h 21.30: Utku Tavil & Mario Gabola
at Terrazza Teatro Carlo Gesualdo, Piazza Castello, Avellino Italy
www.flussi.eu       www.flussi.eu/blog/2014/06/25/phill-niblock-live/

July 10 Milano, Italia - Produced by O' and Die Schachtel at
MACAO ( www.facebook.com/macaopagina or www.macaomilano.org/) - It’s a huge art-oriented squat, they occupy a fantastic Liberty building, the former city slaughter house. The evening will be a ‘split’ with three other musicians: Nicola Ratti, MAI MAI MAI and R_M (Riccardo Mazza, and Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya
July 12 - Atelier Deletoile, Besançon, France
Phill Niblock and Kaherine Liberovskaya
blog : atelierdeletoillestella.wordpress.com/
facebook : atelier de l'étoile besançon:  www.facebook.com/atelier.deletoile.9
vs  INTERPRETATION, July 16 - 20 2014
Interdisciplinary festival and symposium for improvisation in Prague
Keynote speakers - George E. Lewis and Pauline Oliveros
18 July, 2014    NoD, Dlouhá 33, Prague 1   19:30 to 20:30, Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya, sound collage and live video performance, joined by Michael Delia on a self made instrument - "Vrba Harfa"
Agosto Foundation Residency, Czech Republic, July 20 to August 3
Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya, and many other artists,
August 6  - Opening of a new artist space in Neukölln, "La Plaque Tournante" Sonnenallee 99 12045 Berlin with "DJ's Verboten", an exhibition of over 200 records, tapes, cds and hybrid sound books from 100 artists, sound poets and composers
+ concerts and performances by Loré Lixenberg (voice, UK), Frédéric Acquaviva (dead electronics, FR), Katherine Liberovskaya (live video, USA) and Phill Niblock (live music + videos, USA)  - Free food ("Tabulé Rasa") and free entry ("Create or Donate")
doors 5PM / concerts 6-10PM     laplaquetournante.org/
9. August, 21h - the Stadtpfarrkirche St. Gangolf in 63916 Amorbach, Germany (near Wuerzburg / Frankfurt), presented by FIA Amorbach e.V.
Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya
23 August, Reheat Festival, Kleylehof (Nickelsdorf) Austria
Katherine Liberovskaya and Phill Niblock play "Rice and Flowers";  and many other artists

September 21, Café Oto, London  - a collaboration between Rie Nakajima and Phill Niblock, and Anton Lukoszevieze playing cello
Rie Nakajima performs along with the film "T H I R" (1971-72, 43 min) and the sound collage piece "Crick" by Phill Niblock, followed by another video "Meudrone" (2013-14, 48 min) and music by PN, including Summing II (1982, 32 min) with David Gibson, cello, recorded and Anton Lukoszevieze playing live, and other pieces made since October 21013: Vlada BC (Nov 2103, 20 min) Elisabeth Smalt, viola d'amore, recorded samples; Euph (Nov 2103, 24 min) Melvyn Poore, two belled euphonium, recorded samples;
Wonderwerp at Studio Loos, De Constant Rebequeplein 20B, Den Haag,
The Netherlands
September 24 20h  - An evening of field recordings, drones and experimental film with:
Justin Bennett, Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, Aurélie Lierman and Phill Niblock
This edition of Wonderwerp is curated by Anne Wellmer and Matteo Marangoni
Presented in collaboration with iii and TodaysArt
September 27 - Electronic Music Festival at Bozar, Brussels Belgium - Phill Niblock and Thomas Ankersmit  
September 28 - Sunday, 8pm:
Music and Film/Video by Phill Niblock, with live guitar by Guy De Bievre and audio engineering by Johan Vandermaelen
019 — Dok-Noord 5L 9000 Ghent, Belgium / 019-Ghent.org

38 events since the beginning of the year

SUN 21 SEPTEMBER '14 • 8:00PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door

Despite having known each other for many years, and having a long-held affinity for each other's work, this will be the first time Rie Nakajima and Phill Niblock have collaborated together. The results should prove to be as compelling as they are unpredictable, making this a night not be missed.

Rie will perform in response to Phill's film "T H I R" (1971-72, 43 min) and his sound collage piece “ Crick”. This will be followed by another of Phill’s videos "Meudrone" (2013-14, 48 min) with music by Phill Niblock, including the piece 'Summing II' (1982, 32 min) with David Gibson’s pre-recorded cello and Anton Lukoszevieze of Apartment House playing live. The two films/videos will be played in succession and the programme will include other sound pieces made since October 2013: 'Vlada BC’ (Nov 2103, 20 min) with recorded samples of Elisabeth Smalt on viola d’amore and 'Euph' (Nov 2103, 24 min) with recorded samples of Melvyn Poore on two belled euphonium.............MORE>


October 5 2014
Klipschorn NIGHTS: Phill Niblock
From Maria Chavez: I was recently in touch with an individual who lives in a loft in Brooklyn which houses a rare, standing Klipschorn Sound System. It’s almost impossible to see a system like this fully intact. When I first knew of the space and these incredible speakers, I told Phill about it and he expressed an interest in playing his music with them. So this has been a careful process to get him the access to play through this system. Like, a couple years in the making…He’ll also be presenting a piece with video artist, Katherine Liberovskaya.
Opening the evening is Carver Audain & a special guest who’s name will be announced the day of the event.
A review of this event:

Oktober 26 (Sunday) 2014, 20:00hr         Kunsthalle Basel, Basel Ch
20:00 Andrea Parkins (Sound-ist Fluxus Drone Experimentation)
21:00 Alan Licht (Guitar, Drones)
22:00 Phill Niblock (Soundstreams, Drones, Moving Images)
Projekt: Klappfon / Rumort

Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, Expozice Nove Hudby (Festival) Opening Concert
Besedni dum - 
Concert Hall, Brno CZ, 7:00 PM
27th Exposition Of New Music
HENRYK MIKOŁAJ GÓRECKI Concerto for harpsichord (or piano) and orchestra, op. 40 (version for piano), PHILIP GLASS Concerto for harpsichord and orchestra (Czech premiere); JUSTĖ JANULYTĖ Elongation of Nights, PHILL NIBLOCK To Two Tea Roses (composer's personal presence)
Sára Medková (piano), Martin Hroch (harpsichord), Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, Maciej Tworek (conductor)    filharmonie-brno.cz

Wien Modern Festival, at  Alte Schmiede I,  Schönlaterngasse 9, 1010 Wien, Austria   
November 1 (Saturday)  2014, 17:00 Admission free
Eine Kooperation von WIEN MODERN und der Alten Schmiede
Phill Niblock, Music and Film/Video
Martin Zrost, soprano saxophone and guitar

November 8 - Slow Festival - Concertbebouw, Brugge Belgium, 1500hr
Phill Niblock, the Movement of People Working films, three cello pieces for Arne Deforce, a set by Thomas Ankersmit   (and many other sets)       concertgebouw.be

November 16, Sunday,
Theater Rampe, Filderstrasse 47, 70180 Stuttgart, in cooperation with SWR2
1700 - Thomas Ankersmit, 1800 - Phill Niblock         theaterrampe.de/

November 19, 21hr,  Approximation Festival, at Salon des Amateurs in Düsseldorf
Phill Niblock and Thomas Anksersmit        http://www.approximation-festival.de

29 November 2014, at 19h00 (3 hour concert), Grande salle - Centre Pompidou, Paris
Phill Niblock - The Movement Of People Working,
with music featuring Kasper Toeplitz and Deborah Walker

December 7, Sunday,  6pm,  Entertaining Science, at The Cornelia Street Café, 29 Conelia Street, New York, NY  10014
The brain does marvelous things with the variety of sensory “inputs” entering it –  light, sound, touch. This program pairs a sage of musical and film “minimalism” who specializes in pieces with very extended pitches, Phill Niblock, with the help of David Watson, bagpipes, and with a young master of the way acoustic signals are processed in the brain, Nima Mesgarani from Columbia’s Electrical Engineering Department to lead you to think about sound in unusual ways. Phill’s music is an exploration of sound textures created in very dense, often atonal tunings. Listen, and you’ll hear things that you cannot imagine could have been heard. Nima designs experiments probing how our brain hears speech, and thinks about interfacing brain signals to machines. He likes to invert things, so he will tell us what a ferret hears when you speak to it.  Sounds have textures, they overlay and interlace. And the brain does things with them that you could not imagine!      http://corneliastreetcafe.com/

December 21, Sunday,  from 5pm until 11pm, the Winter Solstice, six hours of Phill Niblock
At Roulette in Brooklyn, 509 Atlantic Ave at Third Ave
Music and Film / Video    roulette.org

I am happy to announce the release of a new DVD on the Mode label (Mode 273)
Brazil84, the film, with three pieces for orchestra, as music
A film from the Movement of People Working series, and recently transferred from 16mm film to video
The Music:
“Three Orchids,” for three orchestras – Orchestra of the SEM Ensemble, conducted by Petr Kotik, Merkin Hall, NYC, live recording by Paul Geluso, June 3 2004
“Tow by Tom,” for two orchestras – Trio Scordatura (Amsterdam) and the Nelly Boyd Ensemble (Hamburg), mixed / multitrack recordings of the two ensembles, one on the left channel, the other on the right. Trio Scordatura (Alfrun Schmid, voice; Elisabeth Smalt, viola, Bob Gilmore, synth); Nelly Boyd (Jens Roehm, synth [single analog oscillator, Dave Smith Evolver]; Jan Feddersen, e-bow guitar; Peter Imig, violin; Robert Engelbrecht, cello)
Trio Scordatura recorded by Johan Vandermaelen at Amplus, Aaigem, Belgium, March 1 2008;
Nelly Boyd recorded by Jens Roehm and Julia Berg in the Christianskirche, Hamburg, March 9 2009
“Three Orchids,” – Trio Scordatura plus one, mixed / multitrack recording.
Trio Scordatura (Alfrun Schmid, voice; Elisabeth Smalt, viola; Bob Gilmore, keyboard) with Guy De Bièvre, dobro. played with e-bow; Recorded by Johan Vandermaelen at Amplus, Aaigem, Belgium, August 13-14 2007
Mixing and mastering by Johan Vandermaelen of both the 5.1 surround sound and the stereo tracks. It is available from forcedexposure.com (US) and from metamkine.com (France) and elsewhere

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