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Concert: Zabelka/Diamond/Fekete/Liberovskaya, Samuel Beckett's "Film," Low Ways Trio


On THU 4/19, Rhizome DC presents a triptych of light & sound:
1) "MUSIC FOR VIOLIN, GUITAR AND ANALOG TAPE," featuring Austrian violinist Mia Zabelka with BOAT BURNING's Robin Diamond and Andras Fekete, with visuals by Katherine Liberovskaya;
2) a rare screening of Samuel Beckett's "FILM," with a live score by multi-instrumentalist Tim Carless;
3) LOW WAYS TRIO: D.C. avant-jazz, featuring Mark Cisneros on stritch & tenor saxophones, Luke Stewartt on double-bass, and Ian McColm on drums.

Thursday, April 19, 8pm, $10 suggested. ALL AGES

Mia Zabelka, sound artist, violinist and vocalist from Vienna, with Czech, jewish and french familial background, lives in the Austrian region of southern Styria. As an experimental musician and improviser she has developed a unique language based on the de- and reconstruction of the violin’s sonic possibilities, expanding the instrument using live electronic devices and innovative performance techniques. She studied music and composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts and the Conservatory of Music in Vienna, creating a foundation on the basis of which she continues to construct and explore the limits of sound and music in a language entirely her own. The violin, voice and her own body transform into sound bodies which are at once organic and primal, screaming, lyrical, composed and explosive. In 2007 Mia Zabelka founded the Klang.Haus, a centre for sound and interdisciplinary art at her house in southern Styria. The is a meeting point for international and local artists and hosts the Klang.Zeit festival four times a year.

Since 2009 Mia Zabelka is the artistic director of Phonofemme Vienna, an international festival of female improvised electronic music and sound art. Mia Zabelka is currently collaborating in Duos with Lydia Lunch, Audrey Lauro, Micromelancolié, Philippe Petit and Zahra Mani, with video artist Mia Makela and in Trios with Meinread Kneer and Andreas Willers, in Mia Zabelka Trio featuring Pavel Fajt / Johannes Frisch, and in Trio Blurb featuring John Russell / Maggie Nicols.

Joining Ms. Zabelka will be BOAT BURNING's Robin Diamond (keys) and Andras Fekete (guitar), who will manipulate the sound using a vintage Revox A77 reel-to-reel tape recorder.

BOAT BURNING, a Washington DC-based "maximal minimalist" collective, explores unexpected connections between classical music, experimental and punk.

Drawing from a diverse array of jazz, postrock, experimental, hardcore and classical musicians, founder Andras Fekete reconfigures Boat Burning to tackle different musical forms, from quiet ambient/psychedelia duos, to muscular avant chamber-rock ensembles, to full-on guitar symphonies featuring 100+ guitars, cellos, violins and drums.

"A video and media artist based in Montreal and New York City, Katherine Liberovskaya has been working predominantly in experimental video since the late eighties. Over the years, she has produced many single-channel videos, video installation works and video performances which have been presented at a wide variety of artistic venues and events around the world. In recent years she has collaborated with new music composers/sound artists, notably Phill Niblock, Al Margolis/If,Bwana, Hitoshi Kojo, Zanana, Anne Wellmer, David First and David Watson. Since 2003 she is active in live video mixing exploring improvisation with numerous live new music/audio artists including: Margarida Garcia, Barry Weisblat, o.blaat, murmer, André Gonçalves, Monique Buzzarté, Anthony Coleman, Shelley Hirsch, Giuseppe Ielasi, Renato Rinaldi, Audrey Chen, among many others. In addition to her art practice she has concurrently been involved in the programming and organization of diverse media art events, notably with Studio XX in Montreal (programming coordinator 1996-1998, president 2001-2003), Espace Vidéographe, Montreal and Experimental Intermedia, NY (Screen Compositions 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008) as well as the OptoSonic Tea series with Ursula Scherrer at Diapason in NYC and in various locations in Europe and elsewhere with OptoSonic Tea On the Road."

SAMUEL BECKETT's "FILM," with live score by TIM CARLESS (Chapel Hill)

In 1964, Samuel Beckett traveled from Paris to New York City to shoot "Film," a 24 minute short starring silent film legend Buster Keaton. It would be Beckett's only screenplay, and Keaton's last appearance on the silver screen.

British multi-instrumentalist Tim Carless has enjoyed tenures in London, NYC and Los Angeles, and is now based in Chapel Hill. He has written, recorded and performed with folks as disparate as Wreckless Eric, Aufgehoben, Paul McCartney and Boat Burning. In 2015 he scored the celebrated and controversial documentary Ferguson: A Report From Occupied Territory.

Low Ways Trio is a Washington DC-based group performing original compositions by Mark Cisneros (stritch & tenor saxophones), using them as springboards for group improvisation. Joining Cisneros are two DC standard bearers in the jazz and improvised music scenes, Luke Stewart on double-bass, and Ian McColm on drums.