pan y rosas release voices by alice hui-sheng chang and jason kahn!

alice hui-sheng chang’s work focuses solely on developing extended vocal technique as a means for improvisation and communication. her vocal explorations include sound from varying tension of physical vocal parts, driving air into alternative passages and vibration of calls and breath.

jason kahn is active as vocalist, drummer, electronic musician and visual artist. originally from the united states, he’s been living in europe since 1990 and is now based in zürich.

voices consists of four pieces created with two voices sharing the same space and the same time. recorded in 2015 in melbourne, australia.

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kind words for breathing through wires by iris garrelfs!

Iris Garrelfs at the Barbican

the kindness comes from acts of silence.

Vocal experimental music has a bad rap due to the proliferation of blokes screaming into microphones while being covered in chocolate syrup. Garrelfs’ work is striking contrast to the aforementioned bellowing and posturing. The first time I listened to Breathing Through Wires, I throughout the stage was filled with people working in concert to produce this fluent sound. I was wrong. Using her own vocals and maybe some other sounds, Garrelfs creates a phonic tapestry of loops upon layers to make a re-stylization of choral works.

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pan y rosas releases breathing through wires by iris garrelfs!

Iris Garrelfs at the Barbican

iris garrelfs is a sound artist and improviser who crosses the boundaries of performance, installation and fixed media. she uses her voice as raw material for conjuring multilayered listening experiences where the voice is transmuted into machine noises, intricate rhythms, choral works, and pulverized into granules of electroacoustic babble and glitch – generating animated dialogues between innate human expressiveness and the overt artifice of digital processing.

her first album for pyr, breathing through wires, is an album of live improvised and processed voice performances recorded in the uk between 2012 and 2014. some were recorded through the mixing desk, others in the room. the titles refer to either event or venue. expect to hear a wide range of sounds and sonic modalities, from aggressive screams to delicate melodies, intricate rhythms to machine noises all constructed from and through live voice in an act of listening.

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alice hui-sheng chang, live!

alice hui-sheng chang, live! in an environmental performance! november 7, 2pm. truganina park, altona meadows.

The Environmental Performance Authority invites you to participate in an intimate showing of the site-specific performance Distal Fragments at Truganina Coastal Park, Altona, 2-4 pm on Friday 7th, Saturday 8th or Sunday 9th November.

This performance is a preliminary exploratory phase of the broader project, Coastal Scales: Park/Swamp/Reserve, developed by the Environmental Performance Authority in conjunction with Hobsons Bay Council, the Monash Academy of Performing Arts and the Monash Centre for Theatre and Performance. Distal Fragments consists of a two-hour guided walking performance with atmospheric interludes in various terrains among the scrub, swamp and parkland of the Truganina Coastal Park.

The aim is to provide an immersion in which audiences will be offered the opportunity to experience the environments at depth. At the end of the performance, audiences will be invited to join us for a picnic to engage in discussion about the experience, and to make written contributions and suggestions for the further development of future phases of the project.

alice hui-sheng chang, panel/performance action! november 20, 7.30pm. west space, melbourne.

Final “More Talk, Less Action” for 2014!

More Talk, Less Action began in 2013 as a series of events featuring short performances along with panel and audience discussion relating to topics of interest to cutting-edge music makers and afficionados.

So far in 2014 we have explored promoting unpopular music and asked if composition is dead in the 21st century, in so doing inciting much debate and discussion. Now our final event for 2014 is approaching …

“Improvisation: How to Win”

Thursday 20 November 2014 (7:30pm) – $10 entry – with these panellists/performers:
* Lloyd Honeybrook (Make It Up Club, Overground Festival, hate saxophonist)
* Alice Hui-Sheng Chang (experimental vocalist, teacher/workshop facilitator)
* Adam Simmons (Festival of Slow Music, teacher, saxophonist, reeds)

We will discuss: What is the purpose of improvisation? Traditionally improvisers were supposed to serve the song and the music, but is “free improv” too often a free-for-all, with the loudest and most dominating voice “winning”? What principles should a good improviser be guided by, and what bad habits should they avoid? Audience members may want to share their personal horror stories …

In addition, the panel of sage improvisers will perform Clinton Green’s game piece “Good Improv/Bad Improv” – this involves individual performers in a group receiving incompatible instructions like “be the loudest” and “follow the person on your left”, designed to explore group dynamics and create hilarity for the audience.

do it greater melbourne metropolitan area!