Ken Ueno and Joan Jeanrenaud
Programmed by Sarah Cahill
April 2, 2010
DJ Velvet Einstein
Ken Ueno and Joan Jeanrenaud
About Ken Ueno and ONDA
The experimental improvisation duo ONDA (Ken Ueno, extended vocals; Tim Feeny, percussion) brings together their research into extending the timbral possibilities of their respective instruments to create a kind of ritual music of an imaginary tribe of the future. For a number of years, ONDA (with violinist Hillary Zipper) was an integral force in the experimental improvisation scene in the greater Boston area. ONDA has lectured and performed at various academic institutions, and in February 2007, the group was in residency at the University of Miami, where they conducted master classes on improvisation in addition to lecturing and performing compositions by students.
Ken Ueno, extended voice: A recipient of the Rome Prize and the Berlin Prize, Ken Ueno is a composer/vocalist who is currently an assistant professor at UC Berkeley. As a vocalist, he specializes in extended techniques (overtones, multiphonics, extreme registers, circular breathing). Ensembles and performers who have played Ueno’s music include Kim Kashkashian and Robyn Schulkowsky, Mayumi Miyata, Teodoro Anzellotti, the BMOP, and the Nieuw Ensemble. Ueno’s piece for the Hilliard Ensemble, Shiroi Ishi, continues to be featured in their repertoire. A portrait CD of three of Ueno’s orchestral concerti was recently released on the BMOP/sound label. Ueno holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Tim Feeney, percussion: As an improviser, Tim Feeney has performed with musicians including ONDA, thereminist James Coleman, cellist/electronic musician Vic Rawlings, tape-deck manipulator Howard Stelzer, Lebanese free-improvisers Christine and Sharif Sehnaoui, and trumpeter Nate Wooley. As an interpreter, Feeney collaborated with Rinde Eckert and director Robert Woodruff on their 2006 chamber opera Orpheus X, staged to critical acclaim at Cambridge’s American Repertory Theater and at the 2008 Hong Kong International Festival. He is currently a lecturer in music at Cornell University.
About Joan Jeanrenaud
Joan Jeanrenaud, cellist and composer, grew up in a small town outside Memphis, Tennessee where she began studying the cello under Peter Spurbeck at age eleven. Her commitment to music deepened during her work with Fritz Magg at Indiana University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Music degree, and her subsequent private studies with Pierre Fournier in Geneva, Switzerland.
In 1978 Jeanrenaud joined the Kronos Quartet, a position she held for twenty years. For two decades she worked with hundreds of composers and musicians from John Cage to Frank Zappa. She performed more than 2,000 concerts throughout the world and made over thirty recordings with Kronos, most of which were released on Nonesuch Records.
Upon leaving Kronos in 1999, she began her pursuit of solo and collaborative projects in composition, improvisation, electronics, video, and multi-disciplinary performance. Her solo CD Strange Toys, featuring performances of her own compositions, was nominated for a 2008 Grammy. In addition to performing her own compositions, several composers have written new works for her, including Terry Riley, Steve Mackey, Paul Dresher, and Annie Gosfield. As an improviser she collaborates with Fred Frith, Rova Saxophone Quartet, and Ken Ueno, among others.
This evening Jeanrenaud will perform two selections, “Axis” and “Strange Toys,” from her CD Strange Toys and five short pieces with beat artist PC Muñoz from the upcoming CD release Pop-Pop. The latter, a collaborative album from Jeanrenaud and art-funk percussionist/beatmaker PC Muñoz, is an exhilarating mashup of contemporary classical/new music sensibilities and future-funk/hip-hop sonic aesthetics. Jeanrenaud's polyrhythmic compositions, rendered on both acoustic and electric celli, are paired with skittering electro-funk beats, eruptive drum-kit, and other percussive elements, making for a refreshing, culturally diverse twenty-first-century sound.
PC Muñoz is a San Francisco-based recording artist and producer known for genre-defying projects that stretch the boundaries of funk, hip-hop, and the avant-garde.
The BAM/PFA galleries are open until 9 p.m. on most Fridays, with drinks and DJs in the lobby starting at 6 p.m., and an array of performances and other programs in Gallery B at 7:30 p.m. Guest programmers include Sarah Cahill, Franklin Melendez, Anne Colvin, and BAM/PFA film curators Kathy Geritz and Steve Seid. For information on upcoming events and to buy advance tickets, visit bampfa.berkeley.edu/late.
Please check out the March 2010 L@TE collectible poster, designed by local artist Mary Milam Shadley, available now in the bookstore and at the Zine Mart, located in the lobby.
L@TE is made possible in part by Bank of America, the Tin Man Fund, and the continued support of the BAM/PFA Trustees. Special thanks to our media sponsors, East Bay Express and San Francisco Bay Guardian.
Upcoming L@TE Programs:
L@TE on April 9
Kalup Linzy, Videos, and DJ Bus Station John
Programmed by Franklin Melendez
Brooklyn Is Burning co-founder Sarvia Jasso presents this special one-night event of uncontrollable flesh featuring a live performance by Kalup Linzy, currently in residence at Headlands Center for the Arts, and an exciting new program of videos by a variety of artists, including Linzy (New York), assume vivid astro focus (Brazil), Theo Adams (London), Matt Greene (Los Angeles), Desiree Holman (Bay Area), Leigh Ledare (New York), Lovett and Codagnone (New York), and Dean Sameshima (Berlin), plus DJ sets by Bus Station John. The provocative multimedia presentation explores questions of identity, sexuality, and transgression, activating a creative community of international artists, both emerging and established.
Please note: This program contains adult themes and is not recommended for children.
L@TE on April 16
Skank Block Bologna Number Four
Featuring Allan deSouza and The Beast in Space plus Fools in Print with the Voices of Joan LaBarbara, Paul Rooney, and More
Programmed by Anne Colvin
More Dada-like adventure awaits you at the third evening of Skank Bloc Bologna Number Four. Featuring The Beast in Space—a 1980s Euro-sleaze space saga, recently unearthed in the basement of a condemned Bologna porn cinema and packed with intergalactic discos, cardboard aliens, and ridiculous special effects, local artist Allan deSouza offers up clips and wry observations from Beast . . . in a mash-up-style lecture. The presentation of Fool Me, the voice issue of Fools in Print—a Scottish artist-run press edited by Lucy Keany—includes Rabbit Hole/Acid House by singer and composer Joan La Barbara; a dub reggae, Lancastrian post-punk narration by Paul Rooney; and Ask for It from Jordan Baseman, recorded in a football club in Sheffield, U.K. Free copies of Fool Me will be available.