IU NMS: Tyondai Braxton, Charlie Looker, BRIAN! Robot Detective

IU's fifth annual November Music Series, in collaboration with in collaboration w/ Ithaca Fantastic

IU NMS: Tyondai Braxton, Charlie Looker, BRIAN! Robot Detective

BRIAN!, Robot Detective

Sat · November 10, 2018

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

$7.00

This event is all ages

Tyondai Braxton
Tyondai Braxton
Tyondai Braxton is an American composer and electronic musician. He has been writing and performing music under his own name and collaboratively under various group titles since the mid 90’s. He studied music composition at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Connecticut with Robert Carl, Ingram Marshall and Ken Steen. His music incorporates electronic and modern orchestral elements, ranging from solo pieces to music for large orchestra and electronics. Tyondai is also the former front man of experimental rock band Battles.

Braxton has been commissioned to write pieces for ensembles such as The Bang on a Can All Stars, Kronos Quartet, Brooklyn Rider, and Alarm Will Sound. His critically acclaimed work, Central Market, has been performed by world renowned orchestras such as The Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, The Wordless Music Orchestra, and BBC Symphony Orchestra. He has collaborated with legendary composer Philip Glass - performing as a duo for the festival series All Tomorrow’s Parties, as well as remixing Glass’ work for the REWORK remix album produced by Beck.

In 2013, Braxton premiered HIVE - a newly commissioned multimedia project - at The Guggenheim Museum in New York City, and followed that with performances of the project around the world. A selection of the music was released in album form, his first solo recording in 6 years, as 'HIVE1' by Nonesuch records in May 2015. In June 2016 he independently released the Oranged Out EP, a solo electronic recording, with all proceeds donated towards the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund.
Charlie Looker
Charlie Looker
Charles A. Looker has been active in underground music circles for the past decade as a composer, vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist. His music brings together diverse influences and styles including metal, pop, industrial, early music, experimental and classical composition. Born and based in New York City, he has received commissions from various ensembles, however most of his output has been with his own bands.

Looker was a founding member of the now-world-renowned experimental collective ZS, establishing his roots in the early 00s Brooklyn DIY scene. He left ZS in 2007 to form his own band Extra Life which recorded three albums and several EPs, toured the US and Europe extensively and built a devout international following before disbanding in 2012. Since then, Looker's main performing vehicle has been metal/electronic project Psalm Zero. Other ongoing projects include Seaven Teares, a mostly acoustic quartet featuring medieval instruments, and Period, an improvisational trio with drummer Mike Pride and electronic musician Chuck Bettis.

In 2018, Looker released the first record under his own name, Simple Answers, a song cycle for three singers, a 17-piece chamber orchestra, and electronics, on his own limited edition vinyl imprint Last Things Records. This concept album, dealing with fascist psychology, stand-up comedy, and addiction, was performed in its entirety by the full ensemble at National Sawdust (Brooklyn), and was praised by the New York Times, Pitchfork, and NPR.

Looker’s credits as a sideman guitarist and/or featured guest vocalist include work with Dirty Projectors, Tyondai Braxton, Mick Barr, Jherek Bischoff, Sam Mickens, the Wordless Music Orchestra, the SEM Ensemble, Dax Riggs, Tim Berne, William Parker, and Glenn Branca. As an arranger, producer, and remixer, Looker has worked with Kate Miller-Heidke, Amanda Palmer, Mivos Quartet, and M Lamar.

As a composer in a classical context, Looker has received fellowships and commissions from the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Yarn/Wire, the Ostrava New Music Days festival, and Experiments in Opera. In 2015, Looker was an artist-in-residence at The Stone (New York City). In 2011 he was voted one of the top 100 American composers under 40 by WNYC. Looker’s music has been performed at festivals around the world including Primavera Sound (Spain), Bad Bonn (Switzlerland), Villette Sonique (France), Moers Jazz (Germany) and Sound Forest (Latvia) and is documented on labels including Northern Spy, Profound Lore, Planaria, LOAF, Africantape, Shatter Your Leaves, ThreeOneG, Troubleman Unlimited, and Last Things.
BRIAN!
BRIAN!
On “Chasms of Color & Thought”, BRIAN! issue an angular to ambient adventure, oscillating between rock and avant-garde. Anchored by ambitious amplified bassoon and drums, augmented by melodic to chaotic multi-instrumentation, the trio’s fourth effort invites the ambitious listener on a journey the new, the old, and the unexplored.
Robot Detective
Robot Detective
Robot Detective is the experimental psytrance project of Ithaca-based sound engineer and filmmaker, Chris Knight. Knight wields a customized modular synth and vintage reverb units to create intense metallic industrial rhythms, huge wall-of-sound drones, and procedurally generated looping melodies and patterns. Complex carefully-planned patches drive Knight's face-melting improvised performances into a carefully executed free-flowing sound narrative.
Venue Information:
Community School of Music-Arts
330 E State St
Ithaca, NY, 14850
http://www.csma-ithaca.org/