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SHOWS OF THE PAST

this page is continually updated, but lists nothing before March 19, 2006.

Tatsu Aoki’s Reduction 4
December 16-17, 2016
At MCA’s Edlis Neeson Theater, 220 East Chicago Ave.
Buy tickets online:
www.mcachicago.org/performances
or call the MCA Box Office, 312.397.4010  

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Tatsu Aoki's Films with live music
Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art
Edlis Neeson Theater, 220 East Chicago Ave.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

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The Bridge meets Asian Improv aRts

Thursday, November 3, 2016, 9:30 PM

set 1: Khari B. (spoken work) and Kioto A (taiko drums) duo
set 2: big band including:
Khari B. (spoken word), Magic Malik (flutes), Jeb Bishop (trombone), Guillaume Orti (alto & soprano saxophones) Jonathan Chen (violin),
Tastu Aoki (bass), Fred BBriet (bass), Kioto A (taiko drums)

2810 North Milwaukee Ave., 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60618

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Water Music on the Beach

Thorndale Beach (George Lane Beach)
Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016
1:00 - 4:00pm

These live performances respond to and highlight Chicago’s proximity to
water. The compositions and scores - involving multiple performers and
solo performances - reflect, react to, or personify the sounds of water.
Sound and performance artists include:
Alejandro T. Acierto, Simon Anderson, Marie Casimir, Jonathan Chen,
Helen Gillet and Jim Bosing, Fred Lonberg-Holm and Aaron Zarzutzki
Norman Long, Lou Mallozzi, and Sadie Woods.

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CHICAGO, IL  - - Jun-Y Ciao, Shanghai based experimental music composer, improviser, and reed player will be coming to Chicago while on a US tour that also includes performances in New York and Montreal. The performance will take place on Sunday, July 10, 2016, 7:30pm at Heaven Gallery (1550 North Milwaukee 2nd Floor, www.heavengallery.com) with a suggested donation.

During his set, Ciao will be performing his own solo works for reed instruments as well as improvisations with special guests and local Chicago musicians including Zara Acosta-Chen (clarinet), Tatsu Aoki (bass), Jonathan Chen (violin), Jamie Kempkers (cello), Joseph Mills (electronics), David Wang (AKA Dawei, electric guitar), and others TBA. Jonathan Chen will open the night with a new composition (about 20 minutes) performed by himself on violin & electronics, Zara Acosta-Chen on bassoon & clarinet, and Jamie Kempkers on cello.

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Tatsu Aoki's Films with live music
Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art
Edlis Neeson Theater, 220 East Chicago Ave.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

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Tsukasa Taiko
Taiko Legacy 12 and Reduction 3

The unmistakable sound of Taiko (Japanese drums), once heard only at seasonal festivals and temples in Japan, reaches a new level at MCA Stage this year. The twelfth anniversary performance features two distinct programs.

Taiko Legacy 12
Sat & Sun, Dec 19 & 20, 3pm

http://www2.mcachicago.org/event/tsukasa-taiko-taiko-legacy-12/

Taiko Legacy 12 is a matinee and perennial favorite of families. It is performed by Tsukasa Taiko, celebrated for convening three generations of drummers in its ensemble and representing today’s vibrant pan-Asian heritage. The core Japanese aesthetic in authentic taiko and classical instruments and kimono dance is forefronted in this program, which features the dance art of grandmaster Shunojo Fujima and Yoshinojo Fujima, along with esteemed musical artists from Tokyo, grandmasters Chizuru KineyaKizan KawamuraTakane Umeya, and SHINTA from Sappro, Japan; San Francisco’s Melody Takata, and Gen Ensemble.

Reduction 3
Sat, Dec 19, 7:30pm

http://www2.mcachicago.org/event/tsukasa-taiko-reduction-2/

Reduction forefronts taiko’s central role in the musical experimentation of 1970s Tokyo. Directed by creative artist Tatsu Aoki, this hybrid program owes much to Aoki’s roots in a well-known artisan family and his role in Tokyo’s new wave of performance art. In contrast to the popular appeal of Taiko Legacy, the companion matinee program by Tsukasa Taiko that features ensemble work by three generations of taiko players, Reduction explores the quieter contours of space, silence, time, weight, and visual imagery to connect the viewer to the less obvious elements of beauty inherent in today’s Japanese art forms. 

The unearthly Ayako Kato, originally of Yokohama and currently one of Chicago’s leading contemporary dance improvisers, performs alongside formidable creative musicians including Nicole Mitchell on flutes, Ari Brown and Douglas R. Ewart on reeds, and others. The superb percussive talents of Eigen AokiHamid Drake, and Michael Zerang and SHINTA from Japan demonstrate taiko’s complexity, in an extended improvisation set that also features the artists performing on snare drums and percussion. Additional guest artists in the program are Melody Takata and Francis Wong (San Francisco), Jonathan Chen (New York), and others to be announced.

At MCA’s Edlis Neeson Theater, 220 East Chicago Ave.
Buy tickets online:
www.mcachicago.org/performances
or call the MCA Box Office, 312.397.4010 

MCA members $16
Nonmembers $20
Students $10

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Book Launch: The Animated Reader

Sunday, April 19th, 2015, 6pm
McNally Jackson
52 Prince St
New York

Yan Jun, poetry
Jonathan Chen, violin

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Tatsu Aoki: Visions x Sounds

Screening and Live Performance
Friday, May 23, 2014, 7 PM
University of Chicago Film Studies Center
5811 South Ellis Ave. Cobb Hall 306
Chicago, IL 60637

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Lenora Lee: The Escape and Rescued Memories

Live Dance, Film, & Recorded Sound
(part of improvised soundtrack)
May 8 & 9, 2014, 8 PM
Asia Society
725 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10021

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A Page of Madness (Kinugasa)
film screening with live improvised music
performed by Tatsu Aoki’s MIYUMI Quartet:

Tatsu Aoki, bass, shamisen, electronics
Edward Wilkerson, woodwinds
Noriko Sugiyama, taiko drums, percussion
Jonathan Chen, electronics & violin

Friday, September 20, 2013
Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution
Washington, DC

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solo set (details TBA)

also includes sets by
performance artists Melissa Tolve and Zach Gates
and songwriter Jonathan Wood Vincent.

Thursday, September 26, 2013 8PM
Ange Noir
247 Varet Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206
$10 suggested donation

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new work for violin and small gong. in my new work, a max/msp patch is programmed to interact with a micro-controller that triggers solenoids, striking the gong in different ways depending on an incoming signal from the sound of my violin.

in addition to my short solo set there will be other short solo sets and a group improvisation by/with Eric Leonardson, Al Margolis, Jefferson Pitcher, Doug Van Nort

Saturday, June 29, 2013, 8PM
The Spotty Dog
440 Warren Street
Hudson, NY 12534

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Anne Guthrie, french horn; Eric Leonardson, springboard; Jonathan Chen, violin

Thursday, March 28, 2013
Panoply
104 Meserole Street, Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn, NY 11206

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Doug Van Nort, electronics; Eric Leonardson, springboard; Jefferson Pitcher, electric guitar; Jonathan Chen, electronics & violin

Friday, March 22, 2013
Flywheel
43 Main Street
(In the Old Town Hall)
Easthampton, MA 01027

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Guillermo Gregorio, clarinet; Jeff Hayden Shurdut, keyboard; Steve Swell, trombone; Jonathan Chen, violin

Sunday, January 20, 2013, 7pm
Downtown Music Gallery
13 Monroe Street
New York, NY 10002

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Matt Bauder, Travis Laplante, Carver Audain, Guillermo Gregorio, Adam Diller, Jonathan Chen

3 sets:

Matt Bauder (tenor saxophone), Travis Laplante (tenor saxophone) – duo

Guillermo Gregorio (clarinet), Adam Diller (analog electronics), Jonathan Chen (violin) – trio

Carver Audain (electronics) – solo

Thursday, January 10, 2013, 8PM
Douglas Street Music Collective
295 Douglas Street (b/w 3rd & 4th Aves.) in Gowanus
Brooklyn, NY 11217

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Improvising as a part of Music Factory
I’ll be there on Saturday, December 8, from 3PM to 4PM and possibly other times during the event.

December 8-11, 2012
EYEBEAM
540 W 21st St.
New York, NY 10011

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puzzle

Tatsu Aoki’s experimental film Puzzle with live sound by Tatsu Aoki, Jonathan Chen, Guillermo Gregorio, & Jamie Kempkers

Friday, November 16, 2012, 7:30 PM
Nightingale Theatre
1084 N. Milwaukee
Chicago, IL

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Guest Artist Colloquium
(discussing my work/performing)

Thursday, November 15, 2012 4:15 PM
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
112 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603

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pauline oliveros’ tree/peace : michael century, piano; sam clapp, cello; jonathan chen, violin

(part of the 40th anniversary of RPI Arts Dept celebration)

Saturday, October 6, 2012
Theater
Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center
110 8th Street
Troy, NY 12180
EMPAC

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ASQ3

joe mills, electronics;
doug van nort, electronics;
jonathan chen, electronics

Friday, October 5, 2012, 9PM
Super Coda Music Series (curated by Valerie Kuehne)
Spectrum
121 Ludlow, Second Floor
New York, NY 10002
Suggested Donation

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composition for two strings and electronics
jamie kempkers, cello
jonathan chen, violin, max/msp

Water Music Series
3pm, September 30, 2012
Organized and curated by 6018North and Tricia van Eck
Berger Park Beach in Edgewater (6219 N. Sheridan)
Chicago, IL

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improvisations: doug van nort, electronics; jefferson pitcher, electric guitar; jonathan chen, violin

Friday, August 31, 2012, 8pm
Albany Sonic Arts Collective
Upstate Artists Guild
247 Lark St
Albany, NY

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music box #3, 2006 (alternate version)

1 of 3 music boxes originally from my installation preface to a showdown, 2006. In this alternate version (2012), music box #3 is programmed to stop and start and change speed, providing for periods of silence as well as occasional chimes, while the paper roll spills out onto the floor.

(part of heaven gallery’s twelve years of art & music)

Friday, July 13 to Sunday, September 2, 2012
Hours: Fridays and Saturdays 2 to 6 and sometimes Sundays 2 to 6.
Heaven Gallery
1550 North Milwaukee 2nd Floor
Chicago

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improvisations: guillermo gregorio, clarinet; steve swell, trombone; jonathan chen, electronics & viola

Sunday, August 19, 2012, 7pm
Downtown Music Gallery
13 Monroe Street
New York, NY 10002

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improvisations with guillermo gregorio & steve swell

Friday, August 10, 2012, 8pm
Academy Records
12 West 18th Street
New York, NY

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Improvisations with Zara Acosta, clarinet; Tatsu Aoki, bass; Jonathan Chen, electronics; Guillermo Gregorio, clarinet; Jamie Kempkers, cello; Brian Labycz, electronics; Phillip Schulze, electronics

+ solo sets by Sabrina Schroeder and Phillip Schulze

Tuesday July 10, 8PM
Heaven Gallery
1550 North Milwaukee 2nd Floor
Chicago

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Solo set: works for electronics, violin, viola
part of Sweat Lodge series
Saturday, April 21, 2012
EXAPNO
33 Flatbush Ave
Fifth Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11217

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Solo Works
February 9, 2012
Theater
Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center
110 8th Street
Troy, NY 12180
EMPAC

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American Space Quartet:
Doug Van Nort (electronics), Phillip Schulze (electronics), Andrew Raffo Dewar (saxophone), and Jonathan Chen (violin)
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Reception: Phillip Stearns Subliminal Machines 6pm
Music: 9pm
RABBITHOLE
33 WASHINGTON STREET
BROOKLYN, NY 11201

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Guillermo Gregorio, clarinet; Steve Swell, trombone; Pandelis Karayorgis; piano; Jonathan Chen, violin/viola
performing works by Guillermo Gregorio
Tuesday, June 7, 2011 10PM
The Stone
Corner of avenue C and 2nd street
New York, NY

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Amplified (sound installation)
A part of Interactions in conjunction with
the exhibition Without You I Am Nothing
January 4, 2011 to May 1, 2011
The Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Amplified works as a sound installation, though not in the traditional sense.

Directions:

This work is for any number of people in any social setting for any period of time. It is not a performance.

Attach a lapel mic (avoid headsets and other highly visible devices) and a small amplified speaker to yourself out of immediate view. Set the volume in such a way that when you speak normally, your voice is very lightly amplified. Forget that you are amplified.

More details:

By social setting I was primarily thinking of situations where a person might be talking from time to time. Other than the conceptual aspect, the instruction to forget that you are amplified is so there aren’t any performative features to the work, rather it is about the sound of a person’s speaking voice as it manifests itself in different areas of a given space and changes depending on the conversation at hand.

The amplified speaker is attached underneath clothing along with wiring, so only the centimeter long mic is visible near the shirt collar. An important aspect of the work is the volume level being set so that the amplification seems to affect the quality of the sound, rather than merely making a person’s voice louder. The speaker can be arranged so that the sound emanates from any direction away from the person who is amplified.

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duo with Yan Jun
Thursday, April 28, 2011 9:30PM
Sycamore
1118 Cortelyou Road
Brooklyn, NY 11231

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workshop at @lab
April 6, 2011 10AM-12PM
Ohio University
Athens, Ohio

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Improvisations with Yan Jun, Li Jianhong, Wang Fan, Marina Peterson
followed by panel discussion
April 5, 2011 7:30PM
Ohio University School of Music Recital Hall
Athens, Ohio

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Improvisations with Yan Jun, Li Jianhong, Wang Fan, Marina Peterson, Brian Labycz and more
Sunday April 3, 2011 7PM
Heaven Gallery
1550 North Milwaukee 2nd Floor
Chicago

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Improvisations with Yan Jun, Li Jianhong, Wang Fan, Marina Peterson
Saturday, April 2, 2011 6PM
WNUR 89.3
Chicago’s Sound Experiment

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Yan Jun, Wang Fan, Li Jianhong, Jonathan Chen, Marina Peterson
Friday, April 1, 2011 9:30PM
Brown Rice
4432 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60625

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19 situations for 6 improvisers: a system for hearing (adaptation)
A part of Interactions in conjunction with
the exhibition Without You I Am Nothing

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 7PM
Yan Jun, electronics
Jamie Kempkers, cello
Julia Miller, electric guitar
Chris Preissing, flute

Thursday, March 31, 2011 2PM
Tatsu Aoki, bass
Jonathan Chen, violin
Guillermo Gregorio, clarinet
Brian Labycz, electronics

Saturday, April 2, 2011 2PM
Tatsu Aoki, bass
Jonathan Chen, violin
Marina Peterson, cello
Katherine Young, bassoon

The Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

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Slow Release
A part of Music With a View
Saturday, March 26, 2011 7PM
The Flea
41 White Street
New York, NY 10013

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Duo with Chris Preissing, flute
Monday, March 28, 2011 7:30PM
Experimental Music Mondays at Myopic
1564 N. Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

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Image X Sound: Films by Tatsu Aoki
with live musical accompaniment by Aoki/Chen
Friday, March 18, 2011 8PM
Chicago Filmmakers
5243 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640

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A Page of Madness (Kinugasa)
with musical accompaniment lead by Tatsu Aoki
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 – 8:00pm
Film Studies Center
University of Chicago

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Improvisations
Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 8 PM

Jonathan Chen, violin
Guillermo Gregorio, clarinet
Jamie Kempkers, cello
Brian Labycz, electronics
Eric Leonardson, springboard
Christopher Preissing, flute

Enemy
1550 N. Milwaukee Avenue, 3rd floor
Chicago IL 60624

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Tatsu Aoki’s Miyumi Project Big Band: Trans-Rooted
Sunday, November 28, 2010, 3 PM
Harris Theater
Chicago, IL

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Jonathan Chen & Tatsu Aoki CD Release Party

returns

plus sets by Marina Peterson, Suckling Pigs, & Joe Mills

Saturday, November 27, 2010, 10PM
Heaven Gallery
1550 North Milwaukee 2nd Floor
Chicago

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Dohee Lee’s FLUX & Francis Wong’s Legends and Legacies
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20 7pm
The Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
$28

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George Crumb’s Dreams Sequence
w/Michael Century, piano; Sam Clapp, cello; Jonathan Chen, violin
+others
Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 8PM
EMPAC
Troy, NY

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3 sets of improvised music

solo: Jamie Kempkers, cello
solo: Jayve Montgomery, sound + video
quartet: Marina Peterson, cello; Guillermo Gregorio, clarinet; Frank Abbinanti, accordion; Jonathan Chen, violin

Saturday, November 13, 2010, 9PM
Brown Rice (Located in the former Candlestick Maker space)
4432 N. Kedzie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625

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Tatsu Aoki’s Miyumi Project Big Band: Trans-Rooted
Friday, November 12, 2010, 7 PM
Margate Park
4921 N. Marine Dr
Chicago, IL 60640
The 15th Anniversary Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival
Free

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The Other Side: Makeshift Constitutions

Ben Miller: voice, treated alto saxophone, tapes
Cristyn Magnus: voice, found objects, laptop
Jonathan Chen: violin
Julia Alsarraf: viola
Nicholas Chase: laptop
Pete Schirmer: bass guitar
Sam Sowyrda: percussion

Sunday, November 7, 2010, 6PM – 7PM
R.P.I. West Hall Auditoritum
110 8th Street
Troy, NY
Free

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Tatsu Aoki and Jonathan Chen
Tuesday, September 7, 2010, 9PM
Brown Rice (Located in the former Candlestick Maker space)
4432 N. Kedzie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625

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Tatsu Aoki’s Miyumi Project Big Band: Trans-Rooted
Thursday, September 2, 2010, 2:10 PM
Millennium Park – Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Chicago Jazz Festival

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Chen/Miller/Mills Trio
Patterns of Affect
Marina Peterson

Friday, July 16, 2010, 10PM
Heaven Gallery
1550 North Milwaukee 2nd Floor
Chicago

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solo electronics, viola, and violin
(opening set)
Elastic
Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 9PM
2830 N. Milwaukee, 2nd Fl., Chicago IL 60618
1 block northwest of Diversey (2800 north) & Kimball (3400 west)
USA
773-772-3616

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Due to unforeseen circumstances Tatsu Aoki will unfortunately not be able to perform tonight. Kempkers and Chen will play as a duo.

Jamie Kempkers’ Trio with Tatsu Aoki and Jonathan Chen
Jayve Montgomery
Lara Oppenheimer

July 8, 2010
Brown Rice (Located in the former Candlestick Maker space)
4432 N. Kedzie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625

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Catching an Afterthought
multi-channel audio installation
Monday, May 3, 2010, 12PM
(through the end of May)
Gallery WH-111
West Hall, RPI
110 8th St
Troy, NY 12180

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Tintinnabulate & Pauline Oliveros
Saturday, May 8, 2010
8:00pm – 9:30pm
Lotus Studio
109 West 27th 8th Floor
New York, NY

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Collaboration with Ben Miller
Goodbye Blue Monday
Monday, March 29, 2010, 8 PM
1087 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11221-30131

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Solo: electronics, viola & violin
(I’ll be opening for a trio: Vic Rawlings, Bryan Eubanks, Chris Cogburn)
Sunday, March 14, 2010, 8PM
Albany Sonic Arts Collective
Upstate Artists Guild
247 Lark St
Albany, NY

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Tatsu Aoki, “Film and Music and Asian America”
Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 7:30PM
Wright Museum of Art
Beloit College
700 College Street
Beloit, Wisconsin

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trio: Tatsu Aoki, bass; Jonathan Chen, violin; Jamie Kempkers, cello
Friday, February 19, 2010, 9:30 PM
Elastic (3030)
2830 N. Milwaukee, 2nd Fl., Chicago IL 60618
1 block northwest of Diversey (2800 north) & Kimball (3400 west)
USA
773-772-3616

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solo set: violin & viola
Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 10PM
D-22, Beijing, China
Address: 242 Chengfu Lu, Haidian district
between peking (beijing) and tsinghua univ (just outside of the 4th ring)

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solo set: violin & viola
Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 8PM
2 Kolegas (两个好朋友 liăng ge hăo péng yǒu), Beijing, China
Address: 21 Liangmaqiao Lu (Inside the drive-in movie theater park), Chaoyang District
亮马桥路21号汽车电影院内, 燕莎桥往东500米路北汽车电影院内

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3 sets:
trio: Tatsu Aoki, bass; Jonathan Chen, violin; Jamie Kempkers, cello
solo: Julia Miller, Triple speaker MIDI guitar
solo: David Wang, noise guitar

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Binary, 2009
an installation by Jonathan Chen
(after readymade; a pre-pair)
on view until January 1, 2010

Sunday, December 20, 2009, 8PM
Heaven Gallery
1550 North Milwaukee 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL
USA
773-342-4597

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Live Interview
December 19, 2009 6PM Central Time
WNUR 89.3
Chicago’s Sound Experiment

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009 3pm

Improvisations:
Ben Miller, multiphonic guitar, electronics
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Nick Chase, laptop
Jonathan Chen, electronics
Doug Van Nort, laptop
Sam Sowyrda, percussion

West Hall Auditorium
RPI
110 8th St.
Troy, NY 12180

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Sunday, November 8, 2009 3pm

Instruments of Your Dreams
Phyllis Chen
Judy Dunaway
Doug Van Nort
Elan Vytal (aka DJ Scientific)
Guest Moderator: Ralph Farris

(i’ll be playing in van nort’s work along with some others)

The Flea Theater
41 White Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 226-0051
Flea

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Saturday, September 26, 2009 8PM & 9PM

Alvin Lucier’s Music for Solo Performer
Lucier’s piece uses the brain waves of a seated, still performer to create spatial percussion music of resonances, rattles, and crashes. A rarely produced, radical composition from the 1960s with special guest performers from the Rensselaer community.

Concert Hall
Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center
110 8th Street
Troy, NY 12180
EMPAC

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Miyumi Project

Saturday, May 30, 2009 9PM

Velvet Lounge
67 E. Cermak
Chicago, IL
USA

312-791-9050

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Solos and duets

March 12, 2009 8PM $5
Eyedrum
Suite 8, 290 MLK Jr. Drive SE
Atlanta, GA

Andrew Raffo Dewar, saxophone, and Jonathan Chen, violin will perform
three 20 minute sets. One set will be performed together as a duo and two
sets will be performed solo. In their solo sets they will perform
improvised works informed by generative idioms that have been developed
compositionally. As a duo, Chen and Dewar will improvise freely.

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Platform
Saturday, January 10, 2009, 3PM to 7PM (opening between 5-7)
Sunday, January 11, 2009, 1PM to 4PM
Union Arts
15 W. Union St. 101B
Athens, OH

Description of installation:

Platform is a platform made from wood and other materials measuring 4 ft. by 4 ft. in length/width and 10 inches high. The platform moves slowly across the floor and is meant to be an actual platform. This is the first in a set of moving platforms that I plan to construct. Each platform will move in a different fashion, but all will be called Platform. The platforms can exist in a space together or in separate spaces.

I would ask the audience to frame the work with the following thoughts in mind: Platform is related to my past work Bicycle Wheel Muse Sick and on its Final Delay (described below*). A platform could be thought of as a position or a starting point. In that way a platform defines what can happen within its own parameters. The details of what is happening can change, but only within the rules that the platform governs. Science and religion are such platforms, as is the metaphysical thinking that predetermines their possibility. Platform can also be thought of as a link between the philosophies of Marcel Duchamp and Friedrich Nietzsche.

*Bicycle Wheel Muse Sick and on its Final Delay is based upon Marcel Duchamp’s first readymade Bicycle Wheel (1913) and other works. The original (though unoriginal) idea for my work was to have a bicycle wheel placed perpendicular to the ground with a white pole extending from the center towards the ceiling and a black pole extending from the center towards the ground. Various emotional sounds from both male and female voices were to emanate from speakers attached to the rim of the wheel. Instead of following through with this initial idea, I decided I wanted to represent what I consider to be a single moment of a transformation from Duchamp’s Bicycle Wheel, which as exhibited at MOMA, employs a black bicycle fork, a white stool, and a white plinth all connected or touching one another. I am still using black and white, but they are placed differently.

The platform, which happens to be an old conductor’s podium, sits on the floor. The bicycle wheel hangs from a wire attached to the ceiling. Another wire hanging from the ceiling supplies power to a low rpm motor turning the wheel slowly. The whole apparatus could be thought of as a reluctant conductor of sorts, dangling from its plinth on the ceiling, preferring to rest above the podium than to stand on it; like someone resisting the gradual dipping into cold water. The sounds of crying emanate from one speaker while sounds of motors emanate from the other.

Aside from what is perhaps a more complex relationship to Duchamp’s The Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even, there is a connection to his Monte Carlo Bond, in which his head is displayed in the center of a roulette wheel. Duchamp explained “I believe I have eliminated the word chance. I would like to force the roulette to become a game of chess.” The Monte Carlo Bond is reminiscent of a medieval wheel of fortune or chain of being: the view to those on the outer part of the wheel is one of unpredictable, and perhaps meaningless, chance, while those in the center can predict or act as the first cause (i.e. primum mobile) of events. Those in the center of the wheel act upon those on the outer part while remaining unaffected or at rest themselves.

[1]Arturo Schwarz, The Complete Works of Marcel Duchamp. (New York: Delano Greenidge, 2000), 703.

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Improvisations
Friday, January 9, 2009 7:30PM
Marina Peterson’s House Concert Series
106 Grosvenor St.
Athens, OH

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Feedback workshop
Friday, January 9, 2009, 1-4PM
@LAB
Putnam Hall 235
Ohio University
Athens, OH

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JASC Tsukasa Taiko
(guest musician on vln & elect)
Saturday, December 13, 2008, 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 14, 3pm
Museum of Contemporary Art
220 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL

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My installation Platform will be a part of continuity

Saturday, December 6, 2008, 9PM (doors open 8:30)
Monkeytown
58 N 3rd St
(btw. Kent & Wythe)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211

L Train (Bedford stop)

A platform defines what is possible within its definition of what is possible. A platform is a kind of mask, a mask amidst innumerable possibilities. A platform is a power and a fiction. There are many different sizes and types of platforms and there are platforms within platforms. Each platform has a direction and as a result each platform is moving. Watch out!

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Rensselaer Contemporary Music Ensemble
Performing Spiral Mandala, Pauline Oliveros;
For 12 Strings (Rising), James Tenney
and other works
Wednesday, November 19, 2008, 7:30PM
EMPAC, Studio 2

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Guest on Death Jewel Radio
Wednesday, November 19, 2008, 12 – 2PM
WRPI 91.5

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FLUX
Thurs, Oct 16 – Sat, Oct 18, 2008 8PM
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission St (at 3rd)
San Francisco, CA

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Dohee Lee’s project with Tatsu Aoki, bass; Francis Wong, saxophone
July 23, 2008
Brown Rice (Located in the former Candlestick Maker space)
4432 N. Kedzie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
312-543-7027

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Experimental Video/Sound Event: Rick Silva + others
Friday, May 23, 2008, 7:30PM
145 1/2 Mell St. F (in the back)
FREE
BYOB!

The opening set will feature Cornelius Cardew’s School Time Special, George Brecht’s Two Exercises, and Rob Peterson (solo)

The closing set will feature a screening of new works by video artist Rick Silva.

location

Come around the main house to the building in back. Parking is available on the street.

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Striking Mechanism CD Release Event: Quartet Solo Series
Featuring the experimental work of Jonathan Chen, solo electronics; Andrew Dewar, solo saxophone; Marina Peterson, solo cello; & Phillip Schulze, solo electronics
Saturday, May 17, 2008, 8PM
ATHICA
160 Tracy St. in the Chase Street Warehouses, Unit 4
Athens, GA

Funded in part through Meet The Composer’s MetLife Creative Connections program.

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Meet The Striking Mechanism Composers
Composition demonstration & collaborative performance by Jonathan Chen, Andrew Dewar, Marina Peterson, & Phillip Schulze
Sunday, May 18, 2008, 2PM
ATHICA
160 Tracy St. in the Chase Street Warehouses, Unit 4
Athens, GA

Funded in part through Meet The Composer’s MetLife Creative Connections program.

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Live Interview
Thursday, May 15, 2008, 4PM EST
WUGA 91.7 & 97.9
National Public Radio for Athens and Northeast Georgia

Listen Online

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Steppenwolf’s 2008 Traffic Series: Tatsu Aoki’s Miyumi Project: East Meets the Rest

When: May 9 : 7:30 p.m.
Price: $40. Tickets: steppenwolf.org
Event Phone Number: 312-335-1650

Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Neighborhood: Sheffield/De Paul
1650 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614
312-335-1650

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Patterns of Affect, Jonathan Chen (solo electronics), Jamie Kempkers (solo cello)

2 SHOWS

Tuesday, May 6, 2008, 9PM
Elastic (3030)
2830 N. Milwaukee, 2nd Fl., Chicago IL 60618
1 block northwest of Diversey (2800 north) & Kimball (3400 west)
USA
773-772-3616

Wednesday, May 7, 2008, 9PM
Heaven Gallery
1550 North Milwaukee 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL
USA
773-342-4597
$5 donation

more info:

Patterns of Affect consists of Jonathan Chen, Jamie Kempkers, Joe Mills, and Peter Rosenbloom. The group will perform two works: Patterns of Affect & To Be Continued. Plus opening sets by Jonathan Chen (solo electronics) and Jamie Kempkers (solo cello).

The piece Patterns of Affect (after which the group is named) is inspired by early Minimalist works. Many of the early Minimalist works involved gradual processes of change, however, in this work nothing happens. In composing Patterns of Affect Chen was attempting to sustain a particular mood in two sections, but the changes in timbre and tempo may create a more ambivalent feeling. The first section performed on the banjo and eventually accompanying electronics, consists of the same pitch material as the second section performed on cello, electronics, hurdy-gurdy, & violin*.

*Chen played the violin on the recording, but Rosenbloom will play it during the performance.

In To Be Continued, after playing a brief intro, Chen repeats the same chords on the guitar for as long as he can make them meaningful (to himself) while being accompanied by a music box. This subjectively established time frame changes with each performance. The music box, whose melody is constantly changing, employs player piano-like paper that spills onto the floor endlessly, continuing after the guitar part ends for an indeterminate amount of time. On the recording, both the guitar and music box parts have been shortened.

Both works recorded in Chicago by Todd Carter in 2007.

In Chen’s opening solo set he will perform Three Switch-Hitters, an electronic work that involves creating feedback through the computer program Supercollider. Feedback is created at variously dissonant or consonant frequencies, filling the space with a somewhat aggressive collage of overtones. Three Switch-Hitters has recently been released on Interval as a part of the compilation album Nothing Works as Planned.

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Live Interview
Thursday, May 6, 2008, 11:30 AM Central Time
WNUR 89.3
Chicago’s Sound Experiment

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Experimental Sound Event: La Monte Young’s Composition 1960 #7
Sunday, April 27, 2008, 2PM
Outdoors, Tanner Building Courtyard
(UGA building number 0123, at the intersection of Fulton and Spring Streets)
Athens, GA
performers TBA
Free

La Monte Young’s score consists of a perfect fifth (B below middle C and
F# above middle C) and the text instruction “to be held for a long time”.
Although the performance will begin at 2PM, the length is indeterminate.
Please feel free to come by and listen during any part of the performance.
This is the second event in an Experimental Sound Series instigated by
the label Striking Mechanism.

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER

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Experimental Sound Event
Friday, March 28, 2008, 7:30PM
145 1/2 Mell St. F (in the back)
FREE
BYOB!

This free event presented by Striking Mechanism will be the first in a series showcasing experimental music, sound art, improvisation, and video.

The opening set will feature John Cage’s 4′33”, Steve Reich’s Pendulum Music, George Brecht’s Comb Music*, and Alvin Lucier’s Opera with Objects.

The closing set will feature the work of Athens’ Rob Peterson (Dan Hole Pond).

Performers include Jonathan Chen, Rob Peterson, and others TBA.

*audience can participate in George Brecht’s Comb Music (comb’s provided!)

location

Come around the main house to the building in back. Parking is available on the street.

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Empty Cage Quartet, Chen/Hess Duo, m, Marina Peterson, & Joe Mills

Saturday, December 15, 2007 at 9pm

Heaven Gallery
1550 North Milwaukee 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL
USA
773-342-4597
$10 donation

additional info:

Empty Cage Quartet is: Jason Mears, woodwinds; Kris Tiner, trumpets; Ivan Johnson, bass; Paul Kikuchi, drumset/electronics.

Chen/Hess duo (Jonathan Chen, violin; and Steven Hess, drums & electronics) will perform a set of free improvisation joined on occasion by special guests (tba).

composer Jonathan Chen’s newest project. set will consist of two of his latest compositions: Patterns of Affect & To Be Continued. Instrumentation consists of Chen on banjo, electronics, guitar, & violin; Jamie Kempkers on cello; Joe Mills on hurdy-gurdy; and Music Box playing itself. While the music in this project is experimental, it is not improvised (although there are indeterminate elements). The compositional material usually involves pointillism rather than traditional melody and is often repetitive with either slight or no variation. m is currently working on a recording for later release.

Marina Peterson presents improvised sonic explorations on the cello; sometimes acoustic, sometimes amplified.

Joe Mills’ set will involve layering and manipulating feedback generated with tape recorders, a telephone, and a hearing aid; shaping it with electronics and a phonograph horn.

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Miyumi Project

Saturday, December 1, 2007 9PM

Velvet Lounge
67 E. Cermak
Chicago, IL
USA

312-791-9050

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Miyumi Project

Friday, August 17, 2007 9PM

Velvet Lounge
67 E. Cermak
Chicago, IL
USA

312-791-9050

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CD Release Show

Tatsu Aoki, double bass
Jonathan Chen, violin

Tuesday, August 14, 2007 9PM

Elastic
2830 N. Milwaukee Ave, 2nd Fl, 60618
1 block northwest of Diversey (2800 north) & Kimball (3400 west)
Chicago, IL
USA

773-772-3616

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Performing with Miyumi Project

INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIWAL MALTA 2007
POLAND, POZNAN

Malta lake – open air concert
June 27, 2007 10:30 PM

June Scena na Pitrze (tickets)
June 29, 2007 8 PM

plus workshops

more info at: Malta

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Solo works for electronics, violin/stroh violin, and projected video

double bill with:

Ute Wassermann (Berlin) – vocals, bird calls
Aleks Kolkowski (London) – stroh viola, stroh cello, lame sonore (fr. musical saw)

Saturday, June 23, 2007 7PM
Goldsmiths College
The Council Chamber,
Deptford Town Hall
New Cross Road, SE14 (opp. Iceland)

Nearest Staion: New Cross Gate
London

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New Sound Installation

Hidden Sounds of Silence
Monday, June 11, 2007, 7PM through Thursday, June 21, 2007, 7PM
Lichthof, Hochschule fur Gestaltung
Karlsruhe, Germany

This sound installation is located somewhere (more or less) on the ground floor of HfG, where it may be heard best.

Materials: low rpm motor, music box element, nails, plastic ties, power cable, rubber tubing, wire, wood.

Thanks to Yun-Jun for help with installing.

Additional info: This work acknowledges and mildly refers to the Marclay photo “The Sound of Silence” and the Duchamp sculpture “With Hidden Noise”.

Here is a 12′48” sound clip: Hidden Sounds of Silence The occasional chime is from the installation. Because the lichthof is a public space, there are also many other ambient sounds on this recording.

Here is a 32′40” sound clip: Hidden Sounds of Silence Recorded in the evening when less people were around.

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Solo works for sound and projected video

Monday, June 4, 2007 10PM
Labor Sonar
KuLe e.V. Auguststrasse 10
10117 Berlin, Germany

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Solo works and collaboration with Aleks Kolkowski

Friday, June 1, 2007 12PM
Resonance 104.4fm
London

Saturday, June 2, 2007 7PM free
The Foundry
86 Great Eastern Street
London EC2A 3JL
tube: Old Street

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Solo works for electronics & violin/stroh violin

Monday, April 30, 2007, 8PM
Musikfestwochen
im Novilon an der L’delistrasse 6
Luzern, Switzerland

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Listening Point Vol. 2
Sergio Coto Blanko (guitar) [Costa Rica/Germany]
Jonathan Chen (viloin, electronics) [USA/Germany]
Frank Halbig (electronics) [Germany]
Shingo Inao (piano, original instrument Tosso, electronics) [Japan/Germany]
Ailing Sai (13-strings harp) [Japan]
Rie Watanabe (percussions) [Japan/Germany]

Saturday, March 24, 2007, 17:30
Lichthof, Hochschule fur Gestaltung
Karlsruhe, Germany

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Ghost Notes: improvisations to the film Onibaba
Marina Peterson, cello; Gene Coleman, bass clarinet;
Jonathan Chen, electronics & violins

Thursday, March 15, 2007, 9PM
Badischer Kunstverein
Waldstrasse 3
76133 Karlsruhe
Germany
6 Euros (students, 4 Euros)

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Duets
Paul Modler, piano & electronics; Jonathan Chen, violin & electronics
Hochschule fur Gestaltung
Karlsruhe, Germany
Tuesday, February 6, 2007 9PM

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Sonic Circuits International Festival of Electronic Music and Art
Works by Chen, Keren-Huss, Miller, Leonard, Shapira, Wolman
Fenway Recital Hall
Berklee College of Music
22 Fenway Road
Boston, Mass
Sunday, December 3rd 2006, 7:30pm
Free Admission

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Sonic Circuits International Festival of Electronic Music and Art
Works by Chen, Keren-Huss, Leonard, Shapira, Wolman
Issue Project Room
400 Carroll Street (between Bond and Nevins)
Brooklyn, NY
Tuesday, December 5th 2006, 8pm
$10 Admission

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Non-Event
sQuareone studio
49 Melcher Street, 2nd Floor
Fort Point Channel
Boston, MA
Saturday, December 9th 2006, 8pm
cover

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Works and improvisations by
Bertrand Russell’s Capital T, Andrew Dewar,
Derek Hoffend, & Katie Young
Wesleyan University, Chapel
Middletown CT
Monday, December 11 2006, 8pm
Free

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October 15, 2006

Asian American Jazz Festival at Hothouse 31 E. Balbo, Chicago, IL

Tatsu Aoki’s Miyumi Project

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live Konzert
mit elektronics

ab 20 Uhr
am 5.Aug.
(KAMUNA ABEND)

im Raum 1A20 HfG Karlsruhe

p. schulze
s.inao
p. modler
y. lee
h. herold
a. gates
f. meyer
e. fachmin
j. chen (USA)

[ Programm ]

1, “10 Sek, 10 Sek” Improvisation fuer Sensorinstrument “Tosso” und Electronics
(Electronics : Phillip Schulze, Tosso : Shingo Inao)
2, Improvisaiton
(Geige : Jonathan Chen)
3, “Etude for Alt-saxophon and two vases” fuer Tonband
(S.Inao)
4, Improvisation fuer Band
(Schragzeug : Hannes Herald, Cello : Elmar Farchmin, Alto-Klarinette : P.Schulze)
5, Improvisation
(Turn table : Florian Meyer)

Pause

6, Improvisation fuer Geige und Electronics
(Electronics : P.Schulze, Electronics/Geige : J.Chen)
7, ‘handlang’ – wer beobachtet mich ?
(Electronics : Paul Modler)
8, Improvisation fuer Band
(Alto-Saxophon : S.Inao, Alto-Klarinette : P.Schulze, Cello : E.Farchmin
Schragzeug : H.Herald, Geige : J.Chen)
9, Improvisation fuer Band
(Tosso ohne Electronics : S.Inao, Alto-Klarinette : P.Schulze, Cello : E.Farchmin
Schragzeug : H.Herald, Geige : J.Chen, Turn table oder Electronics : F.Meyer)

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heaven gallery
saturday, july 22, 2006
9pm
$5

three sets

set 1: nathan butler, electronics/laptop

set 2: jonathan chen: new works
solo violin improvisation
four cases: open, closed
amy cimini, viola; jamie kempkers, cello; marina peterson, cello; peter rosenbloom, violin; jc, feedback
preface
steven hess, drums; toru hironaka, saxophone; ed reardon, accordion; jc, stroh violin/electronics

set 3: a group
with joshua convey, bass/electronics; steven hess, drums/vibes brian labycz, electronics/computer;
jason soliday guitar/electronics

heaven gallery
1550 N. Milwaukee 2nd Floor
Chicago Illinois 60622
773-342-4597
http://www.heavengallery.com/

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Elastic (formerly known as 3030)
July 24, 2006
9PM
$6

set 4: Mike Hagedorn/Paul Velat/Rotten Milk/Dylan Posa
set 3: Architeuthus Walks on Land
set 2: Steven Hess/Jim Baker/Jason Roebke
set 1: Jonathan Chen/Marina Peterson

Elastic
2830 N. Milwaukee Ave, 2nd Fl, 60618
1 block northwest of Diversey (2800 north) & Kimball (3400 west)
773-772-3616
http://www.elasticrevolution.com/

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Thursday, July 27, 2006
Tatsu Aoki’s Miyumi Project
Millennium Park, Chicago
6:30PM
FREE

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Sounds Before the Lamp: four sound installations for headphones and small speakers

Olin Library lobby
Wesleyan University
Middletown, CT

Thursday, May 18 & Friday, May 19, 2006
12PM-8PM

featuring work by:

Olivia Block

Jonathan Chen

Jessica Feldman

David Jensenius

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Composition Seminar Concert

Saturday, May 6, 2006
1:30PM

Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

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8PM
Friday, April 28, 2006
Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

Set I
Paul Giallorenzo (Chicago) – piano
Carl Testa – bass
Aaron Siegel (NYC) – percussion

Set II
Jonathan Chen, violin
Andrew Dewar – reeds
Paul Giallorenzo – synthesizer
Aaron Siegel – percussion
Jonathan Zorn – electronics

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Wednesday March 29 at 8 PM

Amnon Wolman and friends, Jonathan Chen, Andy Graydon, David Grubbs, John Jannone, Jessica Pavone, and Zach Seldess, will present a new work.

70 North 6th Street
(between Kent and Wythe)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211
718 782-5188
http://www.galapagosartspace.com/

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Sunday, March 19, 8:30pm

Nicolas Collins & Peter Cusack
Sunday, March 19, 8:30pm
Roulette www.roulette.org
Location One 26 Greene Street
(between Canal and Grand Streets)
New York, NY 10013-2507

“Music on the Original Instruments”

Longtime musical collaborators Nic Collins (trombone-propelled electronics) and Peter Cusack (guitar, bouzouki and live electronics) present “Music on the Original Instruments,” a happy mashup of buzzing strings and blipping electronics, featuring a bionic bouzouki, bizarrely extended acoustic guitar and rev. 3.1 of trombone-propelled signal processing with a special guest appearance by Jonathan Chen on Stroh violin.