News Update | Winter 2009

The release of the 2 CD set – Touch Strings (Touch TO79) has provoked a few reviews and a video on YouTube. See the websites and
Phill Niblock December events and notices (well, one from November)

November 27 & 28 – Bordeaux France, NYC SOUNDS – CAPC – Musée d’Art Contemporain de la Ville de Bordeaux – 33000 Bordeaux, avec  Maria Chavez, Katherine Liberovskya , Alan Licht,  Seth Cluett, Phill Niblock, David Watson; curated by Yvan Etienne, produced by Présence Capitale
NYC Sound vise à présenter 2 générations d’artistes issues de la scène intermédia NewYorkaise. Musiciens, cinéastes, poètes, critiques. Outre leurs multiples ouvertures et
pratiques ces artistes ont pour similitudes d’être des chercheurs et actionnistes des pratiques artistiques expérimentales contemporaines.

December 7th, 2009 at 8:00PM. LMAKprojects is pleased to present live, as part of the third LMAKseries of this year, the works of Kamran Sadeghi, David Linton, Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya. LMAKseries is curated by Louky Keijsers, Richard Garet and in consultation with Berlin based Andy Graydon.
LMAKseries, 139 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 212 255 9707

DARMSTADT presents Essential Repertoire
Thursday, December 3 through Saturday, December 5, 2009
All performances begin at 8pm
ISSUE Project Room (at the Old American Can Factory)
232 3rd Street (at 3rd ave), Brooklyn NY 11215
Darmstadt: Essential Repertoire Festival

Darmstadt “Classics of the Avant Garde” Essential Repertoire Festival
Brooklyn-based music series Darmstadt: “Classics of the Avant Garde” presents its second-annual Essential Repertoire festival of cherished compositions from the experimental canon.  This year’s iteration celebrates the 30th anniversary of the seminal New Music New York concerts curated by Rhys Chatham and held at The Kitchen, which put the still-burgeoning Downtown Scene – at the crossroads of minimalism, interdisciplinary performance, and various strains of post-punk – under a mainstream spotlight and redefined the presentation of experimental music.
Darmstadt’s cross-section of composers involved in the original festival includes “Blue” Gene Tyranny, Connie Beckley, David van Tieghem, Jill Kroesen, Jon Gibson, Ned Sublette, Peter Gordon, Peter Zummo, Petr Kotik, Phill Niblock, and a performance of Meredith Monk’s Dolmen Music by the M6.  Invited composers have been asked to present compositions of theirs from the 1970s, if not the actual pieces presented at the original Kitchen concerts.
Friday, December 4th:
Pieces by Meredith Monk, Jon Gibson, and Phill Niblock
Meredith Monk – “Dolmen Music” (1979)
Performed by the M6: Meredith Monk Music Third Generation
Jon Gibson – “Criss Cross” (1979) and other works
Performed by the composer
Phill Niblock – “Four Arthurs” (1978) superimposed with “Two Octaves and a Fifth” (1975)
Performed by the composer with Leslie Ross (bassoon) and Christa Robinson (oboe)

As part of the Experimental Intermedia December concert series, The Thirty-Sixth Anniversary of EI performances at 224 Centre Street, The Forty-first Anniversary of the Founding of Experimental Intermedia, the Forty-first Anniversary of the 224 Centre Street loft, and,
not least, The Twentieth Annual Festival with no fancy name, Part One (or A)
Phill Niblock (Where?) 6pm to midnight Monday 21
Barely 76, and doing still, six hours of films and music for the solstice; many new hours of 16mm film transferred to video
224 Centre Street at Grand, Third Floor, N Y 10013
PHILL NIBLOCK – Six Films (1966-1969) [Ltd Ed; DVD] (Die Schachtel DVD01; Germany)  Die Schachtel in collaboration with O’ artspace proudly presents a deluxe DVD featuring six experimental films by New York-based composer, photographer and filmmaker Phill Niblock from the late-1960s. Anybody familiar with Niblock would probably characterize his work by the sound of his long, sonorous drones, producing rich overtones usually combined with a visual element — since before moving into composition, Niblock was an active photographer and filmmaker. While he usually is known for his films from the Movement Of People Working series alongside performances of his music, Niblock’s early works stand apart as unique objects. The integrity and consistency of his style is fully on display in these seldomly-seen or screened 16mm sound films wonders that include: Morning (1966-1969) from an idea by Phill Niblock and Jean Claude Van Itallie, filmed by PN, text by Lee Worley and Michael Corner, with members of the Open Theater group. Starring Lee Worley, James Barbosa, Cynthis Harris, Sharon Gans, Joseph Chaikin; text read by Lee Worley, James Barbosa, Barbara Porte, Dorothy Lyman, Michael Corner. Black & white 16mm film. The Magic Sun (1966-1968) with members of the Sun Ra Arkestra, music by Sun Ra and the Arkestra. Filmed on high-contrast black & white 16mm film. Dog Track (1969) — a film by Phill Niblock, with a found text read by Barbara Porte. Color 16mm film. Annie (1968) — a portrait of the dancer Ann Danoff, with a sound collage soundtrack. Color 16mm film. Max (1966-19) — an image collage film/portrait of percussionist/sound-artist Max Neuhaus, with a collage soundtrack by Max Neuhaus. Black & white 16mm film. Raoul (1968-1969) — a portrait of the painter Raoul Middleman, with extensive use of time-lapse film technique. The soundtrack is improvised by Raoul Middleman and Phill Niblock. Color 16mm film. Limited edition of 500 copies. NTSC, all-region DVD, stereo, 4:3 format. Run-time: 65 minutes.
DVD  $25.50, available from Search for – Niblock Six Films

In November, a few things in Japan:
November 11 – a lecture / demo of respective work by Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya for Takashi Sasaoka at SEIAN UNIVERSITY OF ART AND DESIGN in Otsu City in Shiga Prefecture, Japan
November 13 at 19:30 ‘Urban Guild’ , a Kyoto club – with several sets – Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya, Keiko Uenishi (oblaat), Atsushi Nishijima
November 14 at the Kyoto University Museum, as part of the Academic Film Expo 2009
13:15~14:35 Phill Niblock – performance and talk, introduction by Keiko Uenishi and Eisuke Yanigisawa
also on November 13, a video screening of works by Katherine Liberovskaya at 11:30am
Phill Niblock + Katherine Liberovskaya in Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku (Tokyo University of the Arts), Toride Campus on Nov 16, 15:00, presented by Yosuke Ito
The presentation takes place at Room 4, 2nd floor, Department of Intermedia Art
Access: Toride Campus
November 18 at 19:30 SuperDeluxe Tokyo – Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya, with a set by Keiko Uenishi (oblaat) and Jim O’Rourke playing PN’s Sethwork
B1F 3.1.25 Nishi Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0031, Japan
T: 03.5412.0515 | F: 03.5412.0516
November 19 – Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya – lecture / demo for Christophe Charles – Thursday, between 16:30 and 19:00
Phill Niblock Presentation and Performance with Katherine Liberovskaya
Date: Monday, 23rd November 2009, 17:00 at Art Yard Studio
4th Floor, A.I.R.1963 Bldg. 1-2-25 Motomachi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, 556-0016 JAPAN and
Osaka-City Contemporary Art Creation Support Programme. Media Art in Residence Project
Host Organization: Osaka-City
Project Management: remo/ Osaka-Jo Hall
Cooperation: CAS/ Art Yard/ Canada Council for the Arts
And a few other things:
November 27 & 28 – Bordeaux France, NYC SOUNDS – CAPC – Musée d’Art Contemporain de la Ville de Bordeaux – 33000 Bordeaux, avec Maria Chavez, Katherine Liberovskya , Alan Licht, Bill Nace, Phill Niblock, David Watson; curated by Yvan Etienne
December 4 at Issue Project Room, in a festival of pieces played at the New Music New York festival produced at the Kithchen in 1979, two pieces of Phill Niblock, superimposed
And a recent, past event:
SONOLOGY CONCERT – Royal Conservatory Den Haag
Video- en audiopresentatie van sonologie in samenwerking met
Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya
3 NOVEMBER, Tuesday, 19:30 – 21:30 GRATIS
At Theaterzaal, Scheltema, Marktsteeg 1, 2312 CS Leiden, Netherlands +31 71 5161880
For the full program, go to: