IU & Cornell - After Experimental Music Symposium - Raven Chacon, c_RL, Sarah Hennies

Ithaca Underground & Cornell Music Department Present:

IU & Cornell - After Experimental Music Symposium - Raven Chacon, c_RL, Sarah Hennies

c_RL, Sarah Hennies

Fri · February 9, 2018

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 11:30 pm)


This event is all ages

Raven Chacon
Raven Chacon
Originally from the Navajo Nation, Raven Chacon is a composer of chamber music, a performer of experimental noise music, and an installation artist. He performs regularly as a solo artist as well as with numerous ensembles in the Southwest and beyond. He is also a member of the Indigenous art collective Postcommodity, with who he recently premiered the 2-mile long land art/border intervention, Repellent Fence.

Chacon’s work explores sounds of acoustic handmade instruments overdriven through electric systems and the direct and indirect audio feedback responses from their interactions. Current and recent collaborators include Kronos Quartet, Laura Ortman, ETHEL String Quartet, Bob Bellerue, John Dieterich, OVO, William Fowler Collins, Ruby Kato Attwood, Jeremy Barnes, Chatter Ensemble, Robert Henke, and The Living Earth Show. He also runs the Sicksicksick Distro label showcasing music from the Southwest U.S. As an educator, Chacon has served as composer-in-residence for the Native American Composer Apprentice Project (NACAP), teaching string quartet composition to hundreds of American Indian high-school students living on reservations in the Southwest U.S. Under his instruction, this project was awarded the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in 2011. He has a MFA from the California Institute of the Arts where he was a student of James Tenney, Michael Pisaro, and Wadada Leo Smith. He has served on the Music and Native American Studies faculties at the University of New Mexico and as a visiting artist in the New Media Art & Performance program at Long Island University. Chacon has presented his work in different contexts at Vancouver Art Gallery, ABC No Rio, REDCAT, Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Chaco Canyon, Ende Tymes Festival, 18th Biennale of Sydney, and The Kennedy Center among other traditional and non-traditional venues.

Chacon lives and works in Albuquerque, NM.
“…intelligent, earthy, and playful.” – Jennie Punter, Musicworks Magazine #122, 2015. Allison Cameron is a professional composer, performer and improvising musician in Toronto. She has been commissioned in Europe and North America by many ensembles and festivals. Since 2000, she has been performing improvised music using electronic keyboards, ukulele, banjo, piano, mini amplifiers, radios, crackle boxes, cassette tapes, miscellaneous objects and toys. Allison has been celebrated in Musicworks Magazine, The Wire, I Care if You Listen and a variety of other publications. Her reputation for writing compelling compositions for contemporary music ensembles is international. Her piece 3rds, 4ths and 5ths from the CD A Gossamer Bit was featured in The Wire‘s best of 2015. Allison is also a prolific improviser/performer. In 2007 she formed the Allison Cameron Band to explore uncharted territory in her compositions by integrating a variety of musical forms into her work. The result has been a critically acclaimed CD on the Rat-Drifting label of several genre-defying pieces. In 2009 she co-founded a trio with trumpeter Nicole Rampersaud and drummer Germaine Liu called c_RL (pronounced curl) and released the CD Friends to critical acclaim. In 2015 she completed several new graphic and instructional scores that will soon be published together. These experimental scores have been performed by Ensemble Supermusique (Montreal), Contact, Suddenly Listen (Halifax), and by various ad hoc groups. Her website allisoncameron.com features her music and diverse creative projects.

Nicole Rampersaud is an exciting, original and versatile voice in Toronto’s new music and jazz scene; she is a leader in both the Toronto scene and a member of a wide variety of music groups across Canada. In addition to being a founding member of the improvising music trio, c_RL, Nicole has been performing and composing solo trumpet works since 2009 and has been garnering recognition as an exciting, new voice in this area. She has been the recipient of multiple grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council. Nicole maintains a busy performance schedule as a leader and side person with a broad range of projects.

Germaine Liu is a Toronto-based percussionist, performer and composer. Her compositional interests involve collaborations with people or the objects she plays and joyful explorations of everyday gestures and feelings. Recent collaborations include CeramiX with artist Chiho Tokita, creating compositions to Tokita’s ceramic works and Water Music with Joe Sorbara and Mark Zurawinski, exploring sounds of water. Liu has performed as a soloist and has been privileged to collaborate with many wonderful musicians, dancers and artists. Liu is a founding member of the ensemble c_RL with Allison Cameron and Nicole Rampersaud.
Sarah Hennies
Sarah Hennies
Sarah Hennies (b. 1979, Louisville, KY) is a percussionist and composer currently residing in Ithaca, NY. Her work is primarily concerned with an immersive, psychoacoustic presentation of sound brought about by an often grueling, endurance-based performance practice that Nathan Thomas of Fluid Radio described as "a highly sophisticated and refined performance technique...that starts and ends with listening and encourages a different way of listening from its audience." She received her M.A. in percussion from the University of California-San Diego in 2003 where she studied with renowned percussionist Steven Schick, and is currently a member of Meridian, a percussion trio with Tim Feeney and Greg Stuart. Prior to relocating to Ithaca, Hennies was based in Austin, TX, for ten years where she performed with the Austin New Music Co-op, The Weird Weeds and a variety of other projects.

In 2016 Sarah was chosen as a fellow in music/sound from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Hennies is also an interpreter of the work of other modern composers having recorded and performed music by John Cage, Alvin Lucier, Jandek, Peter Ablinger, Kunsu Shim, Jürg Frey, Ellen Fullman, Radu Malfatti, Arnold Dreyblatt and many others. Her work as both composer and performer can be heard on a wide variety of labels including Quakebasket, Senufo Editions, Consumer Waste, Astral Spirits, Accidie, and Quiet Design.

In 2013 Hennies also founded the record label Weighter Recordings for releasing her own work and other new and unusual music by living composers.
Venue Information:
Casita Del Polaris
1201 N Tioga St
Ithaca, NY, 14850