Saturday September 14 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS
Michael J. Schumacher and Dan Joseph present an evening length program of immersive, multi-channel electroacoustic and audiovisual works. Incorporating a wide sonic palette and a variety of approaches to form, timbre, rhythm and spatialization, the program rewards careful listening with a transportive and immersive experience.
The installation component utilizes Schumacher’s custom-made Portable Multi-Channel Sound System, a self contained, 12-channel system with an assortment of small and tiny speakers. In their solo sets, Schumacher utilizes a variety of synthesizers and software to respond to and subtly enhance the listener's awareness of space and place, while Joseph performs his ongoing work Dulcimer Flight for electroacoustic hammer dulcimer, a meditative, minimalist soundscape with video accompaniment that has been described as “an intriguing mix of timbre and color that is subtle, yet constantly changing” (Sequenza 21).
Michael J. Schumacher has worked with spatialized sound, computers and electronics since the 1980s, creating multi-channel, generative "Room Pieces" presented in galleries, museums, concert halls, public and private spaces. His interest in the relationship of musical form and architecture led to the founding, in 1996, of Diapason Sound Art, a gallery devoted to the presentation of multi-channel installations, long-duration performances and intermedia artworks. Schumacher studied music composition with John Eaton and Vincent Persichetti and has degrees from Indiana University and Juilliard. He also worked with La Monte Young and Milton Babbit. He has collaborated with choreographers, poets, musicians and filmmakers.
Dan Joseph is a composer, performer, writer and curator based in New York City. For the past twenty years, the hammer dulcimer has been the primary vehicle for his music and he is active as a performer with his own chamber ensemble, The Dan Joseph Ensemble, as well as in various improvisational collaborations and as a soloist. He produces the monthly music and sound series Musical Ecologies in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and is a contributing writer to The Brooklyn Rail, Musicworks Magazine and NewMusicBox.org. A graduate of CalArts and Mills College, his principal teachers include Pauline Oliveros, Alvin Curran, Terry Riley and Mel Powell.