RAUDELUNAS PATAPHYSICAL REDUX Legendary Tuscaloosa Experimental Arts Collective to Perform at UA February 2nd
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama’s Sonic Frontiers concert series and Trans/Productions is pleased to present the Raudelunas 'Pataphysical Redux, featuring legendary Alabama experimentalists LaDonna Smith, Anne LeBaron, Craig Nutt, Davey Williams and many special guests on Saturday, February 2nd at 7:30pm in the Ferguson Center Theater, 751 Campus Drive, Tuscaloosa, AL. The performance will follow a 5:007:00pm closing reception of the Raudelunas Exposition at the Ferguson Art Gallery.
The Raudelunas 'Pataphysical Redux brings together many of the original members of this groundbreaking Alabama art collective, including internationally acclaimed composer/harpist Anne LeBaron, avantblues guitar master Davey Williams, world renowned violinist/violist LaDonna Smith, big band leader & wood sculptor Craig Nutt, and many special guests, as they return to the site of one of their most infamous recordings, the Raudelunas 'Pataphysical Revue, recorded at the Ferguson Theater in 1975 and listed in The Wire magazine's "100 Records That Set The World On Fire While No One Was Listening."
Raudelunas will present works both old and new, featuring performances by the Trans Duo, Jewels Trio, the Captains of Industry, a 21st century recreation of Anne LeBaron's notorious amphibian tape loop composition “Concerto For Active Frogs” and informative talks by the artists themselves. To add to the festivities, an extended trailer of Skizz Cyzyk’s Rev. Fred Lane/Raudelunas documentary Icepick to the Moon will be screened, as well as rare "lost" footage of Raudelunas from a mid1970s UA homecoming parade which has not been seen since originally filmed by artist and UA alum Fletcher Hayes.
The performance will simultaneously befuddle, amuse, amaze, and inspire, offering a glimpse into the secret history of some of Alabama’s most cutting edge artists.
Sonic Frontiers is an innovative concert series that brings further artistic diversity to West Alabama and invites creative exchange between worldclass performers of adventurous music, students, and the greater community through public performances and discussions. All Sonic Frontiers events are free and open to the public. The events are sponsored by the University of Alabama’s New College, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Music, Creative Campus, Honors College, Blount Undergraduate Initiative, and Capstone International.
The Raudelunas 'Pataphysical Redux performs Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 at 7:30pm in the Ferguson Center Theater, 751 Campus Drive, Tuscaloosa, AL. Admission is Free.
ABOUT SONIC FRONTIERS Tuscaloosa, Alabama’s very own adventurous music series, UA's Sonic Frontiers premiered in fall 2011, building on a number of successful experimental music events organized in the area since 2008 by series founder and artistic director Dr. Andrew Raffo Dewar, a composer/musician and assistant professor in New College and the School of Music at the University of Alabama. The 20112012 season included five events ranging from Nii Noi Nortey, a Ghanaian saxophonist and instrument inventor, to Mr. Bungle and Melvins bassist Trevor Dunn’s NYCbased avantjazz quartet, Endangered Blood. The next Sonic Frontiers event will be the Meridian Percussion Trio on February 25th at UA’s Moody Music Recital Hall featuring Tim Feeney, Nick Hennies, and Greg Stuart. For more information about Sonic Frontiers, call 205.348.9928 or visit: http://creativecampus.ua.edu/project/sonicfrontiers
GEORGE CREMASCHI Bassist, Improviser, Composer based in Czech Republic to Perform at UA January 17th
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama’s Sonic Frontiers concert series is pleased to present Czech Republic-based bassist, improviser and composer George Cremaschi on Thursday, January 17th at the Paul R. Jones Gallery, 2308 Sixth Street,Tuscaloosa AL. Cremaschi will perform a solo set of original compositions and improvisations for acoustic bass and electronics. The second half of the concert will feature the world premiere trio of Cremaschi, and UA’s own Dr. Tim Feeney (percussion) and Dr. Andrew Raffo Dewar (soprano saxophone).
George Cremaschi was born in New York City, where he studied music and composition. Utilizing mostly contrabass and electronics, his work attempts to dissolve the boundaries between music, sound art, and noise.
Mr. Cremaschi has made music for dancers, improvisers, installation artists, poets, film, folk musicians, theater groups, orchestras, rock bands and pop divas, and has worked with a long list of fantastic artists including Nicolas Collins, Evan Parker, Franz Hautzinger, Gino Robair, Christof Kurzmann, dieb13, Mats Gustafsson, Lê Quan Ninh, and many others.
As an interpreter, Cremaschi has performed works by major composers including Morton Feldman, James Tenney, John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, Krzysztof Penderecki, Louis Andriessen, and has appeared on over 30 recordings on the Apestaartje, Evolving Ear, Black Saint, Leo, Beak Doctor, Emanem, Rastascan, Music & Arts, Nine Winds and 482 Music labels. He currently lives in Prague, Czech Republic.
“[Cremaschi] mistreated his instrument with plastic knives, chopsticks and other items, he elicits incredible sounds, pulls the strings and nerves with his unusual view of music. He walks around with his bass as did hardcore icons Black Flag with their guitars: the squeal of feedback and brute force is released, the master is breathing hard, playing staccato riffs. More relaxed pieces experiment with industrial sounds and disconcerting noise collages.” -- Markus Wittpenn, Leipziger Volkszeitung.
Sonic Frontiers is a cutting-edge concert series that brings further artistic diversity to the UA campus and invites creative exchange between world-class performers of adventurous music, students, and the greater community through public performances and discussions. All Sonic Frontiers events are free and open to the public. The events are sponsored by the University of Alabama’s New College, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Music, Creative Campus, Honors College, Blount Undergraduate Initiative and Capstone International. For more information call 205.348.9928 or visit: http://creativecampus.ua.edu/project/sonic-frontiers
George Cremaschi performs Thursday, January 17, 2012 at 7:30pm at the Paul R. Jones Gallery, 2308 Sixth Street,Tuscaloosa AL. Admission is Free.