presented by crow with no mouth
August 15, 2015
Studio Z: 275 East Fourth Street, Suite 200, St. Paul
$12 door admission
crow with no mouth promotions presents Ora Clementi, a duo project between sound artist Crys Cole and keyboardist/violist/improviser James Rushford. crow with no mouth promotions brings vital, seldom-heard music, electro-acoustic composition, and improvisation to Twin Cities audiences.
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crys cole is a Canadian sound artist working in performance and installation. Active listening is the fundamental core of her practice.
cole’s approach to sound emphasizes subtlety and discretion, guided by a fascination with microsonics that test the limits of audibility and intentionality. By drawing attention to the texture and delicacy of minimal sonic environments, cole aims to create a heightened awareness not only of the sounds she creates, but of the environmental sounds that arise during listening – and ideally, of the listener’s own self-consciousness as a perceptual body and agent.
She has exhibited in Canada, Denmark, Czech, Germany & the UK and has performed extensively throughout Canada, Australia, Japan, Europe and in the USA. She has collaborated with; Jeffrey Allport, Oren Ambarchi, Keith Rowe, Margarida Garcia, Christof Kurzmann, Jamie Drouin, Lance Austin Olsen, Clare Cooper, Julie Rousse, Mathieu Ruhlmann, James Rushford, Joe Talia, Tetuzi Akiyama, Seiji Morimoto, echo ho & Tim Olive amongst others.
I first became aware of Ms. Cole’s work via her collaborations with 2013 crow participants Matthieu Ruhlmann and Lance Austin Olsen.
This will be Ms. Cole’s Minnesota debut. She will perform with James Rushford in their duo project Ora Clementi.
James Rushford (b. Melbourne 1985) is a Los Angeles-based composer, keyboardist, violist and improviser. His work is drawn from a familiarity with specific concrète, improvised, avant-garde and collagist languages. He has been commissioned by ensembles including BBC Scottish Symphony (Glasgow), Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Neon (Oslo), Speak Percussion, Synergy Percussion, Ensemble Offspring, Soundstream, The Song Company, and Decibel, and has had work featured in the Melbourne International Arts Festival (2006 and 2008), Norway Ultima Festival (2011), Unsound Festival (New York 2014), Tectonics Festival (Scotland 2013) and the Liquid Architecture Festival (2010). Performance highlights include Steim Institute (Amsterdam), Logos Foundation (Ghent), Issue Project Room (New York), Instants Chavirés (Paris), Café Oto (London), Super Deluxe (Tokyo), Centre for Contemporary Art (Warsaw), Only Connect Festival (Oslo), Now Now (2011/2012), Adelaide Festival (2014) and the Melbourne International Jazz Festival (2011).
As a performer, James is a founding member of the chamber music ensemble Golden Fur, and has given premieres of works by Alvin Lucier, Anthony Pateras, Henning Christiansen, Ivan Wyschnegradsky, David Chisholm, Iancu Dumitrescu, Phill Niblock, Robert Ashley, Klaus Lang and Jani Christou. Collaborators include Jon Rose, Oren Ambarchi, Kassel Jaeger, Ned Collette, Graham Lambkin, Sophia Brous, Crys Cole and Joe Talia. His music and performances have been published by Cajid Media (AUS), Pogus (US), Sabbatical (AUS), Touch (UK), Prisma (Norway), Mego (Austria), Bocian (Poland), Penultimate Press (UK), Loopy (US) and Kye (US).