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Fri, May 27 2022 8:00 PM

Mosswood Sound Series
3630 Telegraph Ave enter 2nd door on 37th St Oakland
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MOSSWOOD SOUND SERIES presents

Visiting from Switzerland, JASON KAHN (analog electronics) performing a set of improvised music with local percussionist Kevin Corcoran.

KIM NUCCI performing three solo compositions for electronics with voice.


Born 1960 in New York, JASON KAHN is a artist, musician and writer. He lives and works in Zürich. His work with electronics involves chaotic feedback systems and placing his body in the circuit flow. Grabbing open leads with the hands makes and breaks circuits, causing the synthesizer to overload or momentarily collapse. Various contact microphones, electromagnetic inductors and the synthesizer's own output via a mixing board are used to modulate the parameters of the synthesizer. This results in a very dynamic system, often difficult to control, but allowing great expressivity—much like any acoustic instrument, but electronic. Live radio captures during the concert and recordings made beforehand in the performance space and its environs provide further working material for each concert. In the end, these performances are essentially site-specific works, improvising with the space at hand, both in the sense of its physicality and the sounds found there. Every performance is different, not only because the music is improvised but also because the source material used pertains directly to each space being played in.

Kevin Corcoran works with percussion, field recordings and electronics with an open interest in sound as medium as it moves through contexts of music, art, communication and place. As a percussionist he is focused on techniques emphasizing textural sound, friction, sympathetic vibration, sustained tones and the use of found objects with a preference for freely arranging sounds in duration rather than marking time by rhythm. Whether working in sparse sound with a single drum and cymbal or frenetic contexts on the drum kit, improvisation is crucial to his practice as generative method and non-hierarchical exchange of ideas.

KIM NUCCI is an Oakland-based media artist, composer, and technologist. Kim claims to be the Pope of facebook and worships dollar slice pizza as the one true god, while living in the god(pizza)less land of California. As a musician, they perform on electronics, modular synthesizer, and saxophone. As a visual and sound artist, they create interactive installations using architectural interventions, sculpture, arduino and other microcontrollers, idiosyncratic interactive design, painting and projections. They also VJ, and create generative and audio-reactive video art for live musical performance.



Cost: $10-$25 sliding scale
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