fotofono


120115 + 120216 (an improbable tree)

One thing I really enjoy about documenting the meetings at Fotofono is the opportunity to observe firsthand the group dynamics which unfold in and around the studio. As I read the _participants abc list (here at left) I see a loose collective of artists that keeps growing and mutating like an organism. What I like is the unpredictability of its crossings and bifurcations, and the eclectic range of its sonic manifestations.


120115, first set: Doron Sadja


120115, second set: Tyler Wilcox


120115, third set: Andy Hayleck and Ben Owen

This plurality is well reflected in the present post, which includes recordings from two recent events roughly separated by a month of time. The first three tracks are from the latest open doors event of January the 15th, which featured solo sets by Doron Sadja and Tyler Wilcox and a duet by Andy Hayleck and Ben Owen.
A fourth recording was made when a nine-piece ensemble gathered again in the studio just about a month later.

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t work in the dark: Doron Sadja
Doron Sadja (computer) [27 min. 13 sec.].
With firm hands in the flickering candlelight and a resolute evil shine in his eye Doron tames his quadraphonic beast to a lush culmination. Wonderful opening set.

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Tyler shows the score of the piece he’s just performed

Tyler Wilcox (soprano saxophone, field recording)
In this meditative, very quiet set Tyler performs his new composition “4hk4ak 2012”. Field recordings from Coney Island and Rockaway Park Beach are looped into brief sequences, constructing a  carefully paced structure over which Tyler lays out his soprano sax playing.  A sense of fragility permeates the piece, beautifully enhanced by the absolute stillness held by the audience tightly packed in the studio during the performance [32 min. 28 sec.].
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Andy and Ben chilling during sound check.

Andy Hayleck and Ben Owen (computer and electronics)[25 min. 59 sec.].
Ben and Andy have known each other for years, but to my knowledge this is the first time that they have performed together as a duo. This low-frequency dialogue constitutes a brilliant study on poise and understatement. While the listener’s imagination (at least in my case) drifts in the mystery of the spectral elision, Andy’s and Ben’s sound creature slowly fills the room, finds a comfortable place in it and then slowly dissolves. It takes a few silent minutes before an applause follows and marks the end of the concert.

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mpld projection

Gill Arno (mpld setup), Carver Audain (computer), Mike Bullock (acoustic bass), Bryan Eubanks (electronics), Tim Feeney (percussion), Andrew Lafkas  (acoustic bass), Catherine Lamb (viola), Ben Owen (electronics), Keiko Uenishi (computer and microphone) [36 min. 10 sec.].
The last piece of this post shows the other side of fotofono – the last-minute coming together of regular “closed doors” studio sessions.

On February 16th a bunch of improvisers got together when Mike Bullock and Tim Feeney briefly stopped by in Brooklyn while on transit towards New Jersey. This is the first piece of two that were played that night, and I think  the recording translates quite well the excitement that I felt at the time for the nice group that had gathered in the studio. For a nine-participant improvised session, there is  quite some space for everybody to explore unconstrainedly. As I listen back to this recording I really enjoy finding each participant’s signature sound to define the contour of the collective exploration.

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Download all sets as zipped files:
flac [444.8 MB]
mp3 320 kbps [268.7 MB]

Recorded and prepared by Gill Arno.
Thanks for the photos to Derek Morton and Theres Wegmann.

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110912 (September Ff)

2012 already.. whew!
The time to run Fotofono has been sharply decreasing in the last year. But not the beauty of the concerts and the warmth of the gatherings. This post covers the event of last September, with the lineup brought together by Andrew Lafkas and Bryan Eubanks. It also included Cat Lamb, Jason Kahn, Radu Malfatti and Tucker Dulin.

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First set
Bryan Eubanks (electronics), Jason Kahn (modular synthesizer) [32 min. 25 sec.].

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Second set, performing Radu Malfatti’s composition “Nariyamu”
Andrew Lafkas (bass), Cat Lamb (viola), Radu Malfatti (trombone) Tucker Dulin (trombone) [49 min. 13 sec.].
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First set: Bryan Eubanks


First set: Jason Kahn


Second set: in the studio Malfatti, Dulin, Lamb, Lafkas


and just outside…

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Download both sets as zipped files: flac [334.6 MB]; 320 kbps mp3 [180.3 MB]

First set recorded and mastered by Jason Kahn. Second set recorded by Bryan Eubanks. Thank you guys!
Additional thanks to Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council, for partially supporting Jason Kahn’s tour.



September Ff
September 9, 2011, 9:08 am
Filed under: Andrew Lafkas, Bryan Eubanks, Catherine Lamb, Jason Kahn, news, Radu Malfatti, Tucker Dulin

Summer is almost over – I am back in town, just in time to announce a fantastic Fotofono event this Monday, September 12. Two sets, with some of the best Ff’s usual suspects: Andrew Lafkas, Bryan Eubanks, and Tucker Dulin, who will be joined by Jason Kahn (with whom Bryan is touring the Southern U.S. and West coast) and Radu Malfatti (in town for the Amplify: stones festival). I am also excited to introduce to the Ff event series Cat Lamb, who is relocating to NY from the West coast. Cat is a woderful addition to this concert and to the NY experimental music community, and I would like to think of this event also as a welcome party in her honor.

In three lines:
Monday, September 12, 9:30 pm
Bryan Eubanks and Jason Kahn duo
Andrew Lafkas, Cat Lamb, Radu Malfatti and Tucker Dulin quartet

As always, this is a free admission, RSVP event. Please email gill@unframedrecordings.net for more information.

Jason Kahn’s U.S. tour is partially supported by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council. Radu Malfatti’s participation would not have been possible without Erstwile Records and the Amplify 2011: Stones Festival. Fotofono and Unframed Recordings are supported by a few anonymous donors in the U.S., Europe and Oceania. All other participants to this event are supporting themselves autonomously. Our deepest gratitude goes out to each and all.