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Saturday, April 14, 2018, 8PM
Carlos Iturralde

Vox Populi Gallery presents an evening of electroacoustic compositions and improvisations with Carlos Iturralde, Carmina Escobar, and Alexander Bruck of the Mexico City-based new music ensemble Liminar in collaboration with Penn Contemporary Music & MUSICA PRACTICA / ELETTRONICA VIVA.

Carlos Iturralde (guitar & electronics)
Carmina Escobar (voice)
Alexander Bruck (viola)
+ special guests
Madam data (bass clarinet + electronics)
Keir Neuringer (saxophone)

Carlos Iturralde’s work, that includes, instrumental, electronic, improvised, and interdisciplinary pieces, is a magnifying glass that provides a new context for every day life happenings and sound objects. It is inspired in impossibility and has won awards like Impuls (Austria), and has been performed in Europe and Mexico and South America by ensembles such as de Ereprijs, ICE, Klang, Klangforum Wien , Modelo 62, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Nieuw Ensemble and Vortex among others. Iturralde began his musical studies as a self-taught musician. Later, he studied classical guitar and composition privately, as well as at several institutions in Mexico City, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in composition from the Musical Studies and Research Centre under the wing of Victor Rasgado. After graduating, he first continued studying composition in Querétaro, Mexico with Ignacio Baca Lobera, and later at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, Holland, where thanks to a scholarship from the Mexican Fund for Culture and Arts, he specialized in sonology and obtained a master in composition, having Richard Ayres, Clarence Barlow, Paul Berg, Gilus van Bergeijk among others as main teachers. Since 2007 he is based in Mexico City, where he earned the “Jovenes Creadores” grant from the Mexican Fund for Culture and Arts in 2008. Iturralde was reacently admitted as a member of the National System of Creators.

Experimental vocalist Carmina Escobar is a creative performer, improviser, sound and intermedia artist from Mexico City. Her work focuses primarily on sound, the voice, the body and their interrelations to physical, social and memory spaces. She has intensely explored the capacities of her voice developing a wide range of vocal techniques that she applies not only to her performance and creative practice but also to investigate radical ideas and concepts regarding the voice. In her artwork the Voice is the phenomenon and conceptual trigger that links all the materials, analogue or digital, in order to create an experience that sets in motion the audience perception. She has presented her own work in diverse festivals, biennials, experimental venues, formal concert halls and living rooms of the Mexican Republic, the USA, and Europe.

Alexander Bruck is a violist, violinist and improviser based in Mexico City. A longtime member of the Mexican National Symphony Orchestra, he studied in Mexico and in Paris with Garth Knox. He has been a freelance musician for the last four years, and as such he is involved in a wide spectrum of new music. Bruck is a founder and artistic director of Liminar, a teacher at the National Center for the Arts in Mexico City and curator of the tonalÁtonal series at the Goethe Institut in Mexico City.

Keir Neuringer is a Philadelphia-based saxophonist, composer, and writer whose work is underpinned by interdisciplinary approaches and socio-political contextualizations. He is best known for a personal and intensely physical saxophone technique, revealed through long form solo improvisations, as well as collaborations with a multitude of world-renowned and underground practitioners in jazz, avant-garde, noise, classical, theater, and dance disciplines. He has travelled extensively to present his work, appeared on numerous festival stages, and given workshops throughout Europe and North America. In addition to the saxophone, he plays analogue electronics and Farfisa organ, narrates text (most notably with Dutch new music group Ensemble Klang), and composes largely outside of conventional new music scenes. He trained as a composer and saxophonist in the US, spent two years on a Fulbright research grant in Krakow, and then moved to The Hague, where he lived for eight years, curating performative audiovisual art and earning a masters degree from the experimental ArtScience Institute. Originally from New York State, he settled in Philadelphia in 2012, where he lives with his family and advocates against prisons as a member of the Books Through Bars Collective. Current collaborative projects include liberation jazz ensemble Irreversible Entanglements (with poet Camae Ayewa), improvisation trio Dromedaries, the Simone Weissenfels Trio (based in Germany), and duos with bassist Rafal Mazur, from Krakow, and turntablist Matt Wright, from Canterbury.

Madam Data [a. adhiyatma] is a clarinetist, electronic composer, computer theorist and improviser. They are currently based in Philadelphia but long for the sunny shores and ambiguous morals of their homeland, Singapore. They think about space a lot, as in outer space, but also as in psychic, geographical, cosmological, historical and bio-social distance. They are also really into buildings. Methods – clarinet – laptop – field recorder – handmade electronics – guitar sometimes. madam data is a member of smth savant, an artist collective and record label based in Philadelphia.

*Vox Populi is wheelchair accessible

Collective member contact: Jim Strong

Carlos Iturralde
April 14, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
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