Talking trash (about design)

Tom Chiu and David First

Tom Chiu, in collaboration with David First, will improvise live sonic ambiance—i.e. “sophisticated ear candy”—at the opening reception.

About Tom Chiu:

Founder of the avant ensemble FLUX Quartet, pioneering composer/violinist Tom Chiu has appeared on over 30 recordings and performed over 100 premieres by some of today’s most influential composers, performers, and sound artists, including Ornette Coleman, David Chesky, David First, Alvin Lucier, Roscoe Mitchell, and Phill Niblock, among many others. He has presented his work at EMPAC/RPI, Experimental Intermedia, Icebreaker, LACMA, Lincoln Center, Logos Foundation, MASS MOCA,  Roulette, Walker Art Center, and countless concert halls and festivals around the world, from Melbourne to Mongolia. In his extensive work in a mixed-media context, Chiu has collaborated with choreographers Shen Wei and Christopher Wheeldon, conceptual balloon artist Judy Dunaway, and director Lee Breuer of trailblazing theater troupe Mabou Mines. His numerous film credits showcase his creative versatility, from composer (Boris) to voice-over artist (Chandni Chowk to China) to actor (The Man With One Red Shoe, with Tom Hanks). He has also provided sonic ambience for notable openings and events at the Noguchi Museum, the Whitney Museum, and Renzo Piano’s New York Times building. Surprise and intrigue envelope all of Chiu’s performances, which are uniquely shaped around individual spaces and happenings. 

About David First:

David First’s musical career is filled with opposites and extremes. At the age of twenty he played guitar with renowned avant-jazz pianist Cecil Taylor in a legendary Carnegie Hall concert. Two years after that he was creating electronic music in studios at Princeton University and leading a Mummer’s String Band in local parades. He has played in raucous drunken bar bands and in pin-drop quiet concert halls with classical ensembles. As a composer First has created everything from finely crafted pop songs to long, severely minimalist drone-works. His performances often find him sitting trance-like without seeming to move a muscle—unless he is playing with his recently re-formed psychedelic punk band, Notekillers, at which time he is a whirling blur of hyperactive energy. First has been called: “a fascinating artist with a singular technique” in The New York Times and “a bizarre cross between Hendrix and La Monte Young” in The Village Voice.


Written by JR

May 15, 2009 at 6:52 pm

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