WEDS@7 Stephanie Richards: Full Moon

WEDS@7 Stephanie Richards: Full Moon
Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Marking the debut solo record of “envelope-shredding” trumpeter/composer Stephanie Richards, Fullmoon is years of shaping, culminating in a mesmerizing work of refined electric insanity. With Fullmoon, Richards is unplugged, acoustically manipulating her horn against resonating surfaces, appearing to sound processed, only to be live-sampled by electronic pioneer Dino J.A. Deane. Unbridled and succinct, Fullmoon is a sonic exploration of supernatural pulses and groove.

Richards has built a compelling presence in the NYC improvised and experimental scenes, from working with masters Anthony Braxton, Henry Threadgill, Laurie Anderson and Yoko Ono, to cutting edge improvisors Jason Moran and Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier. Meeting through a mutual bond with the late improvising pioneer Butch Morris, collaborator Dino J.A. Deane innovated the use of live electronics in the 1980s, working with artists ranging from Jon Hassell to the art punk group Indoor Life.

Inspired by phases of the moon, the compositions first manifested in physical form; Richards on trumpet encircled by percussion instruments, choreographed to play within and against the resonant surfaces of timpani, gong, snare drum and piano. The supernatural sounds are sampled and manipulated in real- time by Deane and it is the unique sonic character of each surface that sets the tone for the music. Live-video feedback by filmmaker and designer Aaron Vinton completes a trio of sonic and visual experimentation.

A screening of the animated short film “Gong”, created by Aaron Vinton and produced by Pomp&Clout Productions will commence the program.

Read more about Fullmoon's review on NPR's All Songs Considered (link).

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