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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.



Summertime news

I know….. we are experiencing delays with the blog updates. And yet, after quite a busy spring, our HOT studio summertime has definitely started – and will continue stepping up with more sessions and events in the months of July and August.

So this will be a loaded post. There are recordings and many images from the last event of May the 24, plus an extra recording from a recent studio session that happened on the 10 of June. The latter inaugurates a new blog category dedicated to the “closed doors sessions”. More information on this below.

Let’s start with the event of May the 24 – Ian Fraser, Jesse Kudler and Tim Albro were in town, giving us a great opportunity to have their trio to play here before Tim’s relocation to Rhode Island. Second set had Kyle Bobby Dunn and Michael Vincent Waller playing guitar over the video of Nick Zeig-Owens (not projected, but presented instead as a boxed picture in an old tv set). For a third set I joined (as mpld) Audrey Chen and percussionist Luca Marini who were just back from having toured Europe together in the previous weeks.
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Tim Albro, Ian Fraser, Jesse Kudler. [26 min. 13 sec]

Excerpt from Kyle Bobby Dunn’s and Michael Vincent Waller’s duo set. [9 min. 54 sec.]

Audrey Chen, Luca Marini, mpld. [28 min. 47 sec.]

Download zipped files: ogg [208.6MB]; 320 kbps mp3 [142.4MB].
Recorded at Fotofono by Jesse Kudler on May 24, 2010.
Many thanks to Jesse for recording and mastering help.
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Set 1: L to R Jesse Kudler, Ian Fraser, Tim Albro.


Set 2: Kyle Bobby Dunn.


Set 2: Michael Vincent Waller


Set 2: Nick Zeig-Owens


Set 3: Audrey Chen (foreground), Luca Marini’s shadow, mpld slide.

Above are a few photos of the 3 sets (by Theres Wegmann and myself). Also, to document the party before the concert I had asked our daughter Vera to ‘unobtrusively’ handle the camera duties for us – so here is an exclusive album of her fine portraiture. Thanks Vera! (now, I just hope to find out how the ‘album’ button works…)

 



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As announced above, in the second part of this posting we introduce to the blog a new category: sessions is an area of the archive set to collect the recordings from the less formally convened meetings. Since much of the action at Fotofono happens besides the concert series, there is a growing accumulation of recordings stacking up. They document the evolving dynamics of an active community of artists and sometimes offer unexpected surprises, like interesting first-time meetings and assorted chance encounters that usually happen spontaneously and go unannounced.
I have been thinking for a while about pulling out of storage this material, and this looks like the right time to set up a new blog category dedicated to these ‘regular’ sessions..

I am not even going to fret about choosing what to post here first, as the latest recording matches pretty well all the requirements. Here goes the background story: Tucker Dulin’s old friend Patrick Crossland was visiting for a few concerts in town with Swiss-based Ensemble Laboratorium. Tucker summoned Andrew Lafkas and myself for an improvised session with three of Laboratorium’s members: trombonist Crossland, trumpet player Nenad Markovic and percussionist Rie Watanabe.

It turned out to be a great match. As no photos were shot to document the meeting, the picture above shows the setup that I was using during this take – radio feedback over the piano soundboard.

Session participants:
Andrew Lafkas – double bass
Nenad Markovic – trumpet
Patrick Crossland – trombone
Rie Watanabe – percussion
Tucker Dulin – trombone
Gill Arno – radio transmitter/receivers, piano soundboard

Improvised session with all the above [35 min. 33 sec.].

Download zipped files: ogg [125.3MB]; 320 kbps mp3 [77.9MB].
Recorded by Gill Arno at Fotofono, June 10 2010.

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100418, b/e party

Next week Bryan and Eleanor Eubanks will be packing up and relocating to Florida. Looks like a great pretext to throw a Fotofono party and get to play together again. So — Theres bakes some pita bread, ice tea and wine flow, and after the dinner party the studio gets filled up almost over capacity with a small crowd of friends, for the most part artists themselves. The first set has Bryan with Andrew Lafkas, Tucker Dulin and myself (as mpld).
Second set is the first time as a duo for Aki Onda and Margarida Garcia. Margarida plays her electric double bass while Aki instead of the compact cassette table has a minimal setup with one tube amp, a Line Six and a hand-held radio.
Byron Westbrook ends it all with a gorgeous Corridors set. Using  multiple speakers and video projections he builds up a multidimensional space in which the perception of time becomes supple, and the audience is transfixed.

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set 1 – Tucker Dulin (trombone), Bryan Eubanks (electronics), Andrew Lafkas (double bass), mpld (light and processed sound  from slide projectors).

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set 2 – Margarida Garcia (double bass), Aki Onda (electronics).

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set 3 – Corridors (Byron Westbrook – electronics, sound and  video projection)

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Download zipped files of all three pieces: ogg; 320 kbps mp3.

The three images above are from the mpld projection.
Special thanks to Byron Westbrook for bringing down his recording equipment and documenting the concert.



091212, all acoustic
December 16, 2009, 1:58 am
Filed under: Andrew Lafkas, Dave Gross, events, news, Tucker Dulin

December 12, 2009. Three all-acoustic solo sets, arranged by Tucker Dulin.  One of the coziest, most intimate sessions ever as far as I can remember, which certainly comes across well from the quietly balanced gestures and tones of this post.

Play the recordings with the flash player below, or click on the links to download zipped ogg files and zipped mp3 files.


Tucker Dulin – solo trombone


Andrew Lafkas – solo double bass


Dave Gross – solo alto sax

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Finally, an announcement – next to come is the last planned session for 2009 – Paul Devens will meet with Keiko Uenishi (o.blaat) and Richard Garet, plus the sound-video duo of Bruce Tovsky and Shimpei Takeda – hopefully we will also post a video recording. Highly recommended!