In 2013 minimalist composer Phill Niblock celebrates his 80th year with a massive retrospective at the Lausanne Contemporary Art Centre and a few select dates across Europe with saxophonist and electronic musician Thomas Ankersmit including this concert at Café Oto where the pair will present a selection of new works alongside ‘Sweet Potato’ for Basset Horn/Bass Clarinet/Eb Clarinet – a piece that was written for American clarinetist and sound artist Carol Robinson in 2001 and featured on the ‘Touch Food’ set of recordings (reissued by Touch in 2013). This evening’s concert will be performed with live contribution from David Ryan on bass clarinet.
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Phill Niblock (b. 1933, USA) is an artist whose fifty-year career spans minimalist and experimental music, film and photography. Since 1985, he has served as director of Experimental Intermedia, a foundation for avant-garde music based in New York with a branch in Ghent, and curator of the foundation’s record label XI. Known for his thick, loud drones of music, Niblock’s signature sound is filled with microtones of instrumental timbres that generate many other tones in the performance space. In 2013, his diverse artistic career was the subject of a retrospective realised in partnership between Circuit (Contemporary Art Centre Lausanne) and Musée de l’Elysée. The following year Niblock was honoured with the prestigious Foundation for Contemporary Arts John Cage Award.
Email: info at phillniblock dot com
Phill Niblock in TouchShop
Phill Niblock Says…
Bomb Magazine by Natasha Kurchanova, 2015
Phill Niblock is a happy person... [Ibrahim Khider, 2005]
Phill Niblock at 70 [Rob Forman, 2003]
Phill Niblock on Long WaveYou can here an interview with Phill Niblock from October 2013 on Mike Harding's radio show, Long Wave