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Sat, Feb 15 2020 7:30 PM


7:30pm Doors / 8pm Sound
Tickets $15 (discounted or free for members)

Composer, vocalist, multi-instrumental electronic musician, and multimedia artist Christina Wheeler’s sonic explorations include forays in a myriad of styles and forms. She blends an amalgam of improvised electronic music from an array of sources: processed vocals, vocal loops, hand-triggered sampler, theremin, Q-chord, autoharp, and electric mbira.

For this evening’s concert, she will perform Tres Es un Número Mágico: Kaleidoscopic Triptychs, a three-part, solo composition in audience-generated, chance order and direction, for voice, electric mbira, electric autoharp, Q-Chord, delay loops, and electronic effects processing.

A Los Angeles native, Wheeler is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and Manhattan School of Music. She has performed and recorded internationally with many artists, including John Cale, Talvin Singh, Marc Ribot, Chris Whitley, Zeena Parkins, John Carter, Fred Hopkins, and Andrea Parkins. Wheeler was a featured artist with David Byrne: the band toured internationally and performed on The Late Show with David Letterman, and on PBS’s Sessions at West 54th Street. Wheeler performed at Central Park Summerstage's Joni’s Jazz concert, featuring the music of Joni Mitchell, with Chaka Khan, PM Dawn, Ravi Coltrane, and Vernon Reid.

Wheeler has presented at many New York venues, including Issue Project Room, P.S. 1, Roseland, Bowery Ballroom, Irving Plaza, The Anchorage, The Kitchen, Joe’s Pub, Knitting Factory, Soundlab, Unity Gain, Roulette, and Tonic, where she curated. At Lincoln Center, she premiered Randall Woolf's The Trick is to Keep Breathing, reprised with the Sirius String Quartet. The New York Underground Film Festival commissioned her and DJ Olive’s live score for Japanese silent classic, A Page of Madness. She was featured on the New York episode of Tvframes, (Citytv, Toronto). Wheeler collaborated with choreographers Sally Silvers and Jodi Melnick. She performed with Ryuichi Sakamoto for his Chasm album release.

She debuted at the Berlin Philharmonie with their Jazz Chamber Ensemble and performed with Murcof for Berghain’s Elektroakoustische Salon. Leonardo Music Journal featured her work in their 20th anniversary “Improvisation” issue. Recordings include work with Vernon Reid, Mocky, Jamie Lidell, Fred P, Benjamin Brunn, Shinedoe, and work on Elliott Sharp’s State of the Union. MTV featured her music on their electronic program AMP.

Wheeler collaborated with Laraaji, Vernon Reid, Abdou Mboup, and HPrizm/Priest at Roulette, Brooklyn: this concert aired on Roulette TV. Issue Project Room commissioned Part I of her multimedia performance/generative installation work, The Magical Garden: Wheeler received a 2016 Harvestworks Media Center Artist Residency to develop the project technology. She opened JazzFest Berlin in Matana Roberts’ Sextet and performed at the 2017 Ableton LOOP Technology Summit. Last year, she and Nicole Mitchell opened the Angel City Festival, and Wheeler joined Roscoe Mitchell and the Art Ensemble of Chicago for their 50th Anniversary concert season and their latest recording We Are on the Edge. Now, she will release two albums, Songs of S + D, and Tres Es un Número Mágico: Kaleidoscopic Triptychs, and she is also presenting multi-speaker array, ambisonic spatialization, multimedia performance works.

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Rodolfo Cordova is a vocalist, composer, and improviser. They possess a BMus in Composition from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music and a MA in Composition from Mills College in Oakland, California. Their music has been described as "slow-boiling, apparently timeless" with "an odd momentum of its own" (The Washington Post). Their work fuses diverse influences with electronic media, chance operations, gradual processes, noise, improvisation, extended vocal and timbral techniques of composition. Cordova also explores intersections with literature and visual arts and engages with issues of colonialism, gender, geopolitics and migration. As a touring vocalist and improviser with The Art Ensemble of Chicago, they have performed nationally and internationally in Washington D.C.; Chicago, Illinois; Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Paris, France. They're also an active member of the improvising bands Monopiece and Temoleh, with whom they have toured in the United States and Mexico. Other collaborators include Dirt and Copper, Kris Force, Theresa Wong, Nicole Mitchell, Timothy Russell and GeraldCaselDance.

Cost: Tickets $15 (discounted or free for members)
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