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Turntable Drawing No. 17 with Clay / Fischer / Lorio / Kobe / Wong

Tuesday, October 10, 7-9:30pm
At Kala Gallery
$10-30 Sliding Scale Admission
Tickets available at Eventbrite.

Turntable Drawings is an ongoing collaboration between printmaker Jon Fischer and composer Danny Clay that combines installation, visual art, and a wide-ranging collection of forty handmade records. Part sculptural sketch, part sound prints, the records are imprinted with mathematical textures, original recorded material, or direct casts of existing LPs that include some of history’s earliest recorded sounds. This installation features the records played on turntables alongside live instrumental musicians. Other works in this series include elements of printmaking, interactive installation, film, and live performance.

For Turntable Drawing No. 17, Fisher and Clay will be joined by the Swiss-US collaboration of Frantz Lorio (viola), Christian Kobe (saxes) and Theresa Wong (cello, voice). The trio first came together in 2016, and quickly found a synergy in the focused exploration of acoustic sounds and the transformation of these sounds through amplification. Like a ‘microscope’ set to an image, they reveal the rich microcosm of their instruments through extended playing and mic techniques. Turntable Drawing No. 17 will culminate in an evening of music merging the sonic and visual in compositions and structured improvisations.

7pm: Visitors will be invited to play and examine a collection of handmade records and view video projections created by Fischer, Clay and Wong.

8pm: Artist introduction to the project and concert

This event is made possible in part by the support of swissnex San Francisco and ProHelvetia.

DANNY CLAY is a composer based in San Francisco. His work is deeply rooted in collaboration, building new works with curious minds from many different backgrounds and levels of artistic experience. Recent projects have involved Kronos Quartet, Eighth Blackbird, Third Coast Percussion, pianist Sarah Cahill, and his elementary school music students at Zion Lutheran School in SF.

JON FISCHER was raised in Pennsylvania by Israeli parents from Morocco and France. He earned degrees in bio-engineering and philosophy of science before learning to screen print with a garden hose and a sixty-watt light bulb at CELLspace in 2006. His screen print-based works have been exhibited across the country including Vanderbilt University, White Stone Gallery, The Haggin Museum, and San Francisco City Hall. Fischer currently holds an appointment as Associate Professor of Engineering Technology at the California State University Maritime Academy.

CHRISTIAN KOBE was born in Berne, Switzerland. He studied classical music at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel and undertook further studies in Paris (Cité Internationale des Arts), Lucerne (postgraduate degree) and Zurich (Master of Music in Performance) in the fields of improvisation and contemporary composition. He has given numerous performances at home and abroad, solo and together with various improvising music ensembles in Australia, USA, Japan, UK and Lebanon.

French-Japanese violist FRANTZ LORIO performs solo and is active in a number of international ensembles at the crossroads of different musical genres: improvised music, experimental, rock, contemporary music and electronics. He has contributed to multidisciplinary projects related to dance, image and poetry. After having lived in Paris and New York City, Frantz relocated to Zürich, Switzerland.

THERESA WONG is a composer, cellist and vocalist. Bridging areas of music, dance, theater and visual art, her works include The Unlearning, 21 songs inspired by Goya’s Disasters of War etchings (Tzadik 2011), O Sleep, an opera inspired by the conundrum of sleep and dream life and Venice Is A Fish, a collection of solo songs. She collaborates with many singular artists, including Ellen Fullman, Fred Frith, Luciano Chessa, Chris Brown, conceptual artist Jonathon Keats and filmmaker Daria Martin. Wong has performed internationally and throughout the US and is currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Event Details

Date: October 10, 2017

Time: 7:00 pm–9:30 pm

Kala Gallery
2990 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702