May 10th, 2016
Active Music Series at Omni Oakland Commons:
Room 47 // Pedro Lopes //The Norman Conquest
Video from the concert.
Room 47 is gabby fluke-mogul [violin], Adam Hirsch [saxophone], and John McCowen [clarinet]. we))) three met at mills college in the fall of 2014— long tones, long breaths, &&& long sighs.
Pedro Lopes – [turntable percussion, cymbals and modified needles]
Pedro Lopes is a turntablist metamorphosed into a percussionist.When playing live he deconstructs his instrument, the turntables, into a vehicle of a rapid, post-scratch and post-jazz, musical dialog of analog intonation and acoustic overtones. In Pedro’s music the needles do not merely amplify the vibrations stored in the grooves of the vinyl records. For him, the needles are microscopes that enable us to hear otherwise unheard micro-realities, such as the sound of a fingernail scratching a membrane, a coin revolving as it falls, a brush dragged across a plastic surface. Pedro has been collaborating with artists such as Carlos Zíngaro, Reinhold Friedl, DJ Sniff, Imre Thormann, amongst many others, in a life entangled deeply with his research on interfaces and performance arts. This extra-musical investigations have led him to produce pieces for Transmediale, a Fundação de Serralves, Fylkingen, Ausland, and Goethe Institut.
Most recent work: deadact.bandcamp.com
The Norman Conquest [TNC] is a composer, performer, and improviser of music influenced by the art of sound engineering (and vice versa). Feedback is a constant source of musical, psychological, and philosophical inspiration for TNC.
TNC performs as a sound manipulator and vocalist in Cosa Brava (with Fred Frith & Zeena Parkins) and in Dokuro (with Agnes Szelag). TNC has recorded or worked with- Barn Owl, Elliott Sharp, Gregg Kowalsky, Zachary Watkins, Marielle Jakobsons, Ellen Fullman, Stuart Dempster, Phillip Greenlief, & Blixa Bargeld. TNC’s recordings can be found on these fine record labels- Tzadik, Intakt, Root Strata, & Important Records.
Active Music Series
Doors at 7:30 PM
Music at 8:00 PM
$5-15 sliding scale.
4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland