Improv Arts, Inc. presents:
Continuum editor Dan Warner writes "[Lizís music] speaks beautifully in it's own compositional voice... using minimal musical materials, but just the right amount of processing to enhance her delicate, compelling vocals."
Soft Relativism and the Malaise of Modernity:
abstract electronics, fragile songs, and spontaneous jazz
Who: DC Improvisers Collective, Liz Isenberg, and Cassette Concret
When: Wednesday, December 6, 2006, 9:00pm, $7
Where: Warehouse Next Door, 1017 7th Street NW,
Washington DC 20001
The DC Improvisers Collective (DCIC) is a trio exploring the intersection of jazz, contemporary composition and experimental music. Their current lineup features Ben Azzara (drums), Jonathan Matis (guitar), and Mike Sebastian (reeds). These musicians come together from diverse backgrounds, bringing experience from performing in rock bands and jazz groups, as well as post-classical composition. With ears wide open, they craft intricate compositions on the fly. Although the common metaphor for group improvisation often seems to be conversation, this metaphor fails to capture the true real-time, simultaneous collaboration that fuels the work. Equal parts tightrope act and group meditation, the ensemble explores the fertile territory of surprise just beyond the boundary where words fail.
Liz Isenberg is a musician from Amherst, Massachusetts. She plays string bass, guitar, and works with electronic sound manipulation. She is currently touring as a solo artist, but is also a member of Fat Cat Records approved a.sweater (Sweater Weather). Of her work, Hampshire College Music Professor and Audio Culture (Continuum, 2005) editor Dan Warner writes "[Lizís music] speaks beautifully in itís own compositional voiceÖusing minimal musical materials, but just the right amount of processing to enhance her delicate, compelling vocals." Alone or with her various bands she has played shows with several K Records related bands including Mount Eerie and Little Wings, as well as current Andrew Bird tour mates Head of Femur.
Cassette Concret is wacky electronic music.