Where Have the Vuvuzelas Gone?

Are you walking around with a strange post-worldcup abstinence? After hours and hours with humming from the african horn, the world suddenly feels so quiet. Of course there exsists a composition written for the instrument, “#Vuvuzela concerto in B flat”. But in you hunt for a similar kick to the one you got from the long noise concert they called the world cup, you have already digested that. But dont despair! The musica made by the minimalist composer Phill Niblock is described as “no melodies, no harmonies, no rhythm, no bullshit”. His compositions make the vuvuzelas seems thin and tiny. Check out YPGTPN or “Disseminate” and get yourself ready for thick, brain melting hordes of toneclusters. Deafening volume recommended for maximum effect! (Morgenbladet, Norway)

News Update | July 2010

July 1-14 – Binaural / Nodar residency in Portugal for Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya, to make new works
Paivascapes #1 Nodar Artist Residency Center for 2010
(Among) the artists who will take part on the several residency modules dedicated to the interaction with the Paiva River, from the river’s spring to its mouth, which will happen between February and October 2010
Associação Cultural de Nodar
a /c Luis Costa
Nodar – Caixa Postal 106
3660-324 S. Martinho das Moitas,


Saturday, July 10th, 2010 – 9.00 p.m. – NODAR (PT) 40º 55’ 3.21’’ N, 8º 3’ 35.42’’ W

CRAIG DONGOSKI (US) “Durations: River Paiva”, Work in Progress Screening
CHARLES STANKIEVECH (CA) “Turbine Inferno”, Live video + sound (10 minutes)
LIve sound collage: Phill Niblock, Live video: Katheine Liberovskaya
“Frogfields”, Video: Katherine Liberovskaya, Music: Al Margolis (IF, BWANA)
PHILL NIBLOCK (US) Film – “Portugal”, looking at the movement of people working along the coastline between Peniche and Caminha, 1981, Music – “EZAZ” and “2 Lips – aka Nameless“

Binaural / Nodar and Teatro Municipal da Guarda (PT) present:
Phill Niblock (US) and Katherine Liberovskaya (CA)
Thursday, July 15th 2010 – 9.30 p.m.
Teatro Municipal da Guarda, Pequeno Auditório (Small Auditorium), Entrance: 5,00€
Rua Batalha Reis Nº 12, 6300-668 GUARDA, PORTUGAL http://www.tmg.com.pt

Set one: Live Video by Katherine Liberovskaya, with Live mixing of audio pieces by Phill Niblock

Set two: Music and Film (video) by Phill Niblock
Festival Sinsal.Oito – Sinsal Insólitos presented by Son Estrella Galicia:
Phill Niblock & Katherine Liberovskaya
July 17th, 2010 – 9.00 p.m. – Quiñones de León Museum – Vigo, Spain
Organized by Sinsalaudio
Supported by the Regional Government of Galicia and Xacobeo Galicia 2010

News Update | Summer 2010

Sonar Festival, Barcelona Spain, June 17 – 19
Carlos Casas, video and Phill Niblock, music, on June 18, at 1300 hours

15 June Skleněná Louka – Centrum současného umění
Kounicova 23, BRNO, CZECH REPUBLIC http://www.sklenenalouka.cz/
20.00: Místogalerie
Phill Niblock/Al Margolis/Katherine Liberovskaya (USA/CAN) 

Al Margolis (If, Bwana) — živá i přednahrána elektronická hudba
Katherine Liberovskaya — živé video
Phill Niblock – živá i nahrána elektronická hudba, film, video :: Produced by Jozef Cseres
Variaciok Sorozata / A Variation of Sets
Katherine Liberovskaya (Can)
Al Margolis (If, Bwana) (USA)
Phill Niblock (USA)

June 22 at 1900
Labor Galleria
1053 Budapest, Hungary, Kepiro u. 6
Garnison7 www.garnison7.org studio for musical and intermedia experiments
Garnisongasse 7, 1090, Wien Austria g7@garnison7.ne

June 25 2010 at 2100
A Variation of Sets
Katherine Liberovskaya (Can)
Al Margolis (If, Bwana) (USA)
Phill Niblock (USA)

July 1 – 14 – Binaural / Nodar residency in Portugal for Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya, to make new works
Paivascapes #1
Nodar Artist Residency Center for 2010
(Among) the artists who will take part on the several residency modules dedicated to the interaction with the Paiva River, from the river’s spring to its mouth, which will happen between February and October 2010
Associação Cultural de Nodar
a /c Luis Costa
 Nodar – Caixa Postal 106
3660-324 S. Martinho das Moitas, 
Portugal www.binauralmedia.org/

July 13 – “I will be doing a (radio) feature about your work at the Hessische Rundfunk, Frankfurt / Main, Germany. The show is called HR 2 Neue Musik and run by Stefan Fricke. Day of broadcast is July the 13th at 10pm.” Raphael Smarzoch
(This program will not be archived and available on the internet.)
hr2_Hoerfunk_Programmfahne2010_KW_28.pdf (scroll down to July 13, 10pm)

August 25 – 28, Meteo Festival, Mulhouse France – Phill Niblock and Thomas Ankersmit, among many artists . . .

Samedi 28 août 2010 // 17:30 – Friche DMC – Mulhouse

Phill Niblock at Berghain, Berlin by Thomas Ankersmit

News Update | May 2010

GAS-festival – Göteborg (Sweden) Art Sound Festival
WEDNESDAY May 5 2010, 22:15, Pustervik, Stora Scenen

May 6 2010, 20.00 Uhr – Am Wriezener Bahnhof, 10243 Berlin Friedrichshain

Arnold Dreyblatt: double bass and laptop, Jörg Hiller: percussion and computer-controlled electric guitar, Joachim Schütz: electric guitar.
A solo set with Serge analogue modular synthesizer plus tapes, computer and/or saxophone.
Several new compositions, including pieces performed by Ankersmit and Schütz, over one of Europe’s greatest PA systems.

May 7 at Alencon France

May 12, 2010, 21:00 Uhr
blurred edges festival, Hamburg Germany
The Nelly Boyd Ensemble plays Phill Niblock, many pieces, and with video
NEW YORK / NELLY BOYD Mit den Werken von Phill Niblock – One Large Rose Tow by Tom Five More String Quartets und mehr; Dazu verschiedene Filme von Phill aus: ‘The Movement Of People Working’ auf zwei 4x3m Leinwänden.
Nelly Boyd Kreis: Robert Engelbrecht, Jan Feddersen, Peter Imig, Jens Röhm
With the assistance of Julia Berg
This concert is in memory of Jens Röhm
Forum Neue Musik in der Christianskirche | Klopstockplatz 2
A longer text is in the festival booklet, which is here – page 19

May 21, 22 and 23
Music Academy in Łódź Poland, Postgraduate Studies of Film Music, Computer Music and Multimedia Department
Presentations, workshops / seminars by Phill Niblock and Marek Choloniewski
Arranged by Dr Krzysztof Knittel, Director
June 4 – An Hotel Pupik / Schrattenberg Festival celebration (how many years?) at Forum Stadtpark, Graz Austria, sets by Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya, among others

Sonar Festival, Barcelona Spain, June 17 – 19
Carlos Casas, video and Phill Niblock, music, on June 18, in the daytime

and one that has slid past:
April 25 – L’Envers, Montreal Canada – 185 Van Horne (just east of parc)
Phill Niblock (NYC) + Katherine Liberovskaya, Jim Bell, Éric Létourneau, Gordon Allen
Three sets –
Live sound by Jim Bell et Éric Létourneau + Live video by Katherine
Live Video by Katherine Liberovskaya, with
Live mixing of audio pieces by Phill Niblock and live sound by Jim Bell
Music and images by Phill Niblock
“Hurdy Hurry”; “Not Yet Titled” (Gordon Allen, live trumpet); Poure
Video from the “Movement of People Working” series – Brasil84

News Update | April 2010

April 12 2010 at 8:30pm, at Roulette, 20 Green Street, NY www.roulette.org

A screening with music of the two parts of a new video project, Remo Osaka, a commission to make a new addition to the project “The Movement of People Working”, the first addition in exactly 20 years. This is the New York premier.

Plus: A live set from material recorded in Japan in November 2009
Live video: Katherine Liberovskaya; live sound collage: Phill Niblock
Thanks to Jim Staley of Roulette for making this possible on such short notice.
The World premier of Remo Osaka 1 and 2, was February 26 2010, at Remo in Osaka.
February 26-28 – Phill Niblock [The Movement of People Working] Live Performance + Exhibition

“After making three events for them since 2001, the people of Remo Osaka invited me to come to Osaka and make a new video of the Movement of People Working, a project which I stopped filming / videoing in 1991. And by golly, it is fun, and I am doing it.”
Two videos, November 2009 and February 2010, with music by PN
Dates: 26- 28 February, 2010, performance: 19:00- 21:00 on the 26th
Exhibition: 13:00- 20:00 (close at 17:00 on 28th), all three days
Venue: remo, Coop Kitakagaya www.remo.or.jp
5-4-12 Kitakagaya, Suminoe-ku, Osaka, 559-0011, Japan

In the end, I shot and edited and color corrected video for four days, then showed the new video (1:42) plus the one from November 2009 (1:13), in a double screen installation on the 5th, 6th, and 7th days. Plus there was a concert on the 5th day, with those videos and older film / video from 1988. Remo constructed a new, pure white, flat screen / wall, for the occasion.

This event is in memory of Jens Röhm of the Nelly Boyd Ensemble of Hamburg
i‘ll play “Tow by Tom” with the Nelly Boyd Ensemble and Trio Scordatura and “Sea Jelly Yellow” with David Kant playing tenor saxophone live
A radio program broadcast and on the web, prepared by Isaac Diego Garcia, in Madrid, Spain, and in the Spanish language. The broadcast and webcast were on March 19 2010.
A radio feature on Phill Niblock, with two pieces of music, and commentary (Poure and Hurdy Hurry).

Radio Clasica –  www.rtve.es/radio/radioclasica/
It is archived here – www.arssonora.es/

News Update | Early 2010

Bolsa Ernesto de Sousa jury, January 18, Lisbon Portugal. An annual competition for a Portuguese artist to come to Experimental Intermedia in New York, for a residency and event. Sponsored by the Luso Americana Foundation and the Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon.
Isabel Alves, chair of the jury.

January 20 – ZDB, Lisbon, Portugal Associação Zé Dos Bois www.zedosbois.org
Sets by Phill Niblock and Keiko Uenishi (O.blaat), with Manuel Mota and David Maranha playing guitar live on Stosspeng, with Niblock
Quarta, 20 de Janeiro às 22h
PHILL NIBLOCK + Info: site | entrevista | vídeo
O.BLAAT (US) + Info: site | myspace | vídeo

January 23 2010 9:00 PM – PHILL NIBLOCK (légende minimaliste) + Transitoire (Pierce Warnecke plays guitar live on two Niblock pieces – Guitar too, for Four and Sethwork)
Sonic, Lyon, France; 4 Quai des Etroits, 69005

January 24 Cave 12 Geneva, 9pm
La cave12 à l’ECURIE (#140);ILÔT 13 – 14, RUE DE MONTBRILLANT www.cave12.org
DIMANCHE 24 JANVIER – 21h00 (concert 21h30 !!!)
Diffusion, projection vidéo, laptop
avec Pierce Warnecke: guitare live 
Abrasive Platine Solo

L’Embobineuse – 11 bvard Bouès – 13003 Marseille, France
info@lembobineuse.bizwww.lembobineuse.biz – 04 91 50 66 09
Hosting Web www.zeste.net

Feb 4 Technical University, Berlin – Phill Niblock with Volker Straebel – a lecture/concert series at TU Studio on Thursday afternoon, 6 to 8
TU Berlin | Elektronisches Studio
Fachgebiet Audiokommunikation
Einsteinufer 17c | E-N 324

Works by Phill Niblock, with a set by Thomas Ankersmit, featuring Zink and Copper Works playing “Disseminate” (Robyn Hayward, tuba; Daniel Ploeger, trombone; Daniel Costello, horn), curated by Andrea Neumann
February 7 at 10pm
Labor Sonor, KuLe e.V. Auguststrasse 10, 10117 Berlin
contact: laborsonor@studiobeige.de

One that slipped past, so fast:
Phill Niblock and Byron Westbrook (Corridors)
January 5, Tuesday, 8pm, Monkeytown, 58 N 3rd St (btw. Kent & Wythe)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn 11211
Sets by each
Westbrook performs work featuring multi-channel sound and a 3-channel video made especially for Monkeytown
Niblock shows 4 films from “The Movement of People Working” series, recently transferred from 16mm film to video, and plays three music pieces –
Poure (2008); Sax Mix (2004), with David Kant tenor saxophone, live; and Sethwork (2003), with Byron Westbrook, guitar, live

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 www.phillniblock.com and www.experimentalintermedia.org
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 presence.capitale@free.fr
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 http://www.lmakprojects.com 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 www.phillniblock.com www.experimentalintermedia.org
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 www.forcedexposure.com 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’ http://urbanguild.net/ , 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 http://www.museum.kyoto-u.ac.jp/modules/event/content0033.html
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 http://www.geidai.ac.jp/english/access/index.html
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 www.super-deluxe.com
November 19 – Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya – lecture / demo for Christophe Charles – Thursday, between 16:30 and 19:00 www.musabi.ac.jp
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
http://www.artyard.jp/artyardstudio/ and www.remo.or.jp
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 info@scheltemacomplex.nl +31 71 5161880
For the full program, go to: http://www.scheltemacomplex.nl/Programma/Sonologie_concert

The Ashgate Research Companion to Experimental Music

Published by Ashgate, this book by James Saunders features a chapter on Phill Niblock (and Philip Jeck). It is available from Amazon, but it is very pricey…

News Update | Autumn 2009

Oct 9 Phill Niblock at Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, London – with the Nelly Boyd Ensemble, Hamburg – playing “One Large Rose” and “3 to 7 – 196” (for cello) – Robert Engelbrecht, cello; Jan Feddersen, piano; Peter Imig, violin; Jens Röhm, acoustic bass. You can see footage here and here.

The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2009 -Designed by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA

Serpentine Gallery
Kensington Gardens
London W2 3XA www.serpentinegallery.org
Park Nights with Phill Niblock is presented by the Serpentine Gallery in association with The Wire. It is produced by Andi Studer – Cenatus and supported by PRS Foundation’s New Music Plus…

Oct 11 London at Cafe Oto with Tim Parkinson, piano, playing Pan Fried 27.5 and the Trio Scordatura playing Three Orchids. Three sets:
1. Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya (30 Minutes)
2. Pan Fried 27.5, with Tim Parkinson playing piano live (27.5 minutes)
3. Three Orchids, with the Trio Scordatura and two others playing live (23 minutes)
Trio Scordatura: Alfrun Schmid, voice; Elisabeth Smalt, viola; Bob Gilmore, keyboard
Plus: Guy De Bievre, guitar and Susan Stenger, flute
Cafe Oto www.cafeoto.co.uk 22 Ashwin Street Dalston, London, E8 3DL, +44 20 7923 1231

Phill Niblock lecture/demo at Goldsmiths in London on October 13 at 4pm
Moderated by Keith Potter, Goldsmiths, University of London. New Cross, London, SE14 6NW. Lecture Theatre, Room 137a, Richard Hoggart Building. The lecture is open to the public…

Köln / Cologne, Wednesday October 28, 2009, 19:30
Kunst-Station Sankt Peter, Jabachstraße 1, 50676 Köln
Gerngesehen + Aufabwegen present visual sounds – music intermedial
Nelly Boyd und PHILL NIBLOCK
Köln Premiere of the Hamburg Ensemble playing live and recorded –
2 compositions by Phill Niblock – ONE LARGE ROSE und SETHWORKS,
with Niblock’s Film BRASIL 84
First German concert by this noise duo from Norway & USA

Plus, on Thursday, 29, 2009, 19:30, Herz-Jesu-Kirche Zülpicher Platz, 50674 Köln, Gerngesehen presents – visualsounds – music intermedial
Jenny Q Chai und Nelly Boyd Kreis
freies rheinland eV c/o georg dietzler, Im Stavenhof 17, 50668 Köln, +49.(0)221.123 383
info@gerngesehen.de www.gerngesehen.de

News Update | Summer 2009

A few events for the long summer, beginning just before the solstice
FESTIVAL – OSTRAVA New Music Days 2009 21 to 29 August 2009 5th biennial
Ostrava, Czech Republic www.ocnmh.cz www.newmusicostrava.cz
21 August, a three hour concert of the music and images of Phill Niblock, in a steel mill, featuring two works for orchestra. The first concert in the Ostrava New Music Days festival.
At Vítkovice Site – Blast Furnaces, Hall No. 6

June 19, 09, 8pm Issue Project Room – Darmstadt series
ISSUE PROJECT ROOM, at the Old American Can Factory, 232 3rd Street, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Telephone: 718-330-0313
IPR – issueprojectroom.org and Darmstadt – darmstadtnewmusic.org
Either/Or plays Feldman’s “Why Patterns?” and David Budin, piano, is playing Stockhausen’s klavierstuck IX, and a longish set by Phill Niblock, including the NY Premier of “2 Lips aka Nameless”, commissioned and played by Laboratorium of Champ d’Action, Antwerp, Belgium
Concert By Eric Letourneau, Katherine Liberovskaya and Phill Niblock
Paris (near) July 1, http://www.la-g.org
Three sets:
Eric Letourneau (sound/music) and Katherine Liberovskaya (live video)
Katherine Liberovskaya (live video) and Phill Niblock (mixed sound collage pieces) and
Eric Letourneau (sound)
Phill Niblock (music and images (video))
La Générale en Manufacture, 6, Grande Rue, F 92310 Sèvres, France
Métro ligne 9 – Station Pont de Sèvres; Tramway ligne T2 – Arrêt Musée de Sèvres
Dampfzentrale Bern, Marzilistr. 47, 3005 Bern, Switzerland kultur@dampfzentrale.ch
2. Juli 2009, 21:00
Phill Niblock (USA) /Thomas Ankersmit (NL)
July 3, 4 & 5 Festival Architectones (http://www.architectones.net/) at Saline Royale d’Arc et Senans http://www.salineroyale.com and www.architectones.net
Concerts by Thomas Ankersmit, Katherine Liberovskaya and Phill Niblock on July 4
XVI stazione di topolò · postaja topolove, dal 4 al 19 luglio 2009
A residency for the production of new work, by Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya,
July 10 to 19
A residency for the production of new work, by Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya,
July 10 to 19
21 August, a three hour concert of the music and images of Phill Niblock, in a steel mill, featuring three works for orchestra. The first concert in the Ostrava New Music Days festival, August 21 – 29, in Ostrava CZ

News Update | Early Summer 2009

13 May 2009, Wednesday , 8pm www.logosfoundation.org
– “Sacred Robots'” (The Logos M&M robot orchestra (Man & Machine))
Work by Phill Niblock, Godfried-Willem Raes, Olivier Messiaen.
Kristof Lauwers realizes a new piece by Phill Niblock using Godfried-Willem Raes’ robot / computer dirven instruments – “One Blue Rose”, a premier

May 16 in Lleida, Spain, at Centre d’art La Panera, European Night of Museums 2009.
Concert with Ursula Scherrer, Katherine Liberovskaya, Phill Niblock and Barbara Held
Sessions at 9:30 and 10:30

Concert Sunday 17 May, 9PM
Hangar, Barcelona Spain www.*hangar*.org
Passatgedel Marques de Santa Isabel 40
produced by: www.lullcec.org/lullcec.cgi
A double concert – Ferran Fages and Dimitra Lazaridou Chatzigoga
and Phill Niblock, Music and Images (with Barbara Held, flute)
and Sandrine Robilliard (cello)

A record release event for Touch Strings – a 2CD set on the Touch label, with three new pieces by Phill Niblock:
“Poure” for cello, Arne Deforce;
“Stosspeng” for two guitars in stereo, with Susan Stenger and Robert Poss;
“One Large Rose”, the Nelly Boyd Ensemble
Performed will be Poure – Arne Deforce, cello and Stosspeng – Susan Stenger and Guy De Bievre, guitars;
and with film
www.touch33.net and www.phillniblock.com for info on previous releases
Cafe Oto www.cafeoto.co.uk 22 Ashwin Street Dalston, London, E8 3DL, +44 20 7923 1231
8 adv/10 at the door

News Update | Spring 2009 – A few more…

Phill Niblock, Gent Spring – an installation of music and film pieces –
April 24th -> May 23rd.
Opening on April 23rd at 8pm, with a concert of music by Phill Niblock featuring a performance by Kasper T. Toeplitz (F) playing live with PN’s music; produced in collaboration with Odradek, De Witte Zaal, Posteernestraat 64, 9000 Gent, Belgium
www.wittezaal.be | www.odradek.net

April 24 in Leuven Belgium, at Stuk, the final edition of the NewNoise Festival sets by Carl Ludwig Huebsch & Jan Pillaert – bastubaduo; John Edwards & Peter Jacquemyn – contrabasduo; Ninh Le Quan & Tony Buck – percussieduo; and the final (Grote Finale) set by Phill Niblock in the StukCafe, joined by John Edwards & Peter Jacquemyn and the Zwerm Guitar Ensemble

Phill Niblock at OffOff artcinema
A programme consisting of six short films from the 60’s, by Phill Niblock
April 27th at 8.30pm
Art Cinema OFFoff, Begijnhof ter Hoye, Lange Violettestraat 237, B-9000, Gent, Belgium
www.offoff.be in cooperation with Odradek & De Witte Zaal

May 24, Phill Niblock in a concert at:
Cafe OTO, 18 – 22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8

News Update | Spring 2009

Volker Straebel: “Technological implications of Phill Niblock’s drone music, derived from analytical observations of selected works for cello and string quartet on tape”, in: Organised Sound 13:3 (Dec. 2008), 225-235
article available from the website (www.straebel.de)

Abstract: Four compositions for cello and string quartet on tape by American intermedia artist Phill Niblock originating from 1974 to 2003 are discussed.
The interdependence of compositional approach and available technology is considered, leading to the observation that the electronic music composers technique is considerably independent of the available technology. Where a dependence of artistic development on factors not originally musical has to be acknowledged, these nonmusical factors lie not so much in the technology
but in Niblocks interpretation of it. This is discussed within the context of philosophical observations on art and technology by Theodor W. Adorno, Martin Heidegger and Ernst Cassirer.

Feb 17, Antwerp, Laboratorium project with Champ d’Action Ensemble, recording/workshop for material to be used in a new commissioned piece for two orchestras, to be played March 28 in Antwerp, mix on the 18th; plus a talk, at the conservatory

Subtropics Festival, Miami Florida (Feb 28 to Mar 1) an installation of Soundworks by PN and others, and a set in a concert. And a collaborative performance with Katherine Liberovskaya, live video, and PN, mixing soundworks; and many other events www.subtropics.org

March 14 -The Hague, a Niblock-evening with films, music, the Trio Scordatura, and the Ensemble Klang, Dag in de Branding, eleventh edition, March 14th, 21h – Paard van Troje,
Prinsegracht 12, Den Haag, The Netherlands. Pieces to be played – Pan Fried 11, Three Orchids, Parker’s Altered Mood, Disseminate
info@paard.nl www.dagindebranding.nl/ (www.ensembleklang.com)

March 28, concert with a new PN piece commissioned by Champ d’ Action, titled “Nameless” (22 minutes, scored, with the score realized in collaboration with Bob Gilmore) by Phill Niblock, performed by ‘Laboratorium’ of Champ d’Action at De Singel, Jan Van Rijswijcklaan 155, 2018 Antwerpen, Belgium

Screenings, talks, produced by Andrea Lissoni at Gorizia University, Friuli Province, Italy, in collaboration with the videomaker Carlos Casas March 30 & 31, & April 1, as part of VII MAGIS International Film Studies Spring School

April 17 Hamburg, Germany, at Kampnagel, the Nelly Boyd Ensemble, of Hamburg, with the Trio Scordatura, of Amsterdam. Featuring a Performance of a new work by PN – “One Large Rose”, soon to be released on a “Touch” label double CD. Other works by PN will be “Three Orchids” and “Tow by Tom”. Three Orchids will be performed by Trio Scordatura; One Large Rose by the Nelly Boyd Ensemble, and Tow by Tom (for two orchestras) by both groups, each playing one orchestra, with multitrack recording. All pieces will be with playback of multitrack recordings and live musicians, and each piece is played from scores
www.nellyboyd.org www.trioscordatura.com

Phill Niblock, Gent Spring – an installation of music and film pieces – April 24th -> May 23rd.
Opening on April 23rd at 8pm, with a concert of music by Phill Niblock featuring a performance by Kasper T. Toeplitz (F) playing live with his music; produced in collaboration with Odradek De Witte Zaal, Posteernestraat 64, 9000 Gent, Belgium www.wittezaal.be www.odradek.net

Phill Niblock at OffOff artcinema
A programme consisting of six short films from the 60’s, by Phill Niblock
April 27th at 8.30pm Art Cinema OFFoff, Begijnhof ter Hoye, Lange Violettestraat 237, B-9000, Gent, Belgium
in cooperation with Odradek & De Witte Zaal

News Update | Winter 2008

It was so busy, that I did not update either my websites (www.phillniblock.com and experimentalintermedia.org) or send out an email. So, here are two coming events, and a few past ones.

Two events by Phill Niblock before the end of the year:
Saturday 6 December 2008 at 9:00pm
Phill Niblock
LAMPO, 216 W. Chicago Ave. 2nd Floor, Chicago 60610
Admission open to all ages
Tel: 312-282-7676 Web: www.lampo.org

Experimental Intermedia
Phill Niblock 6pm until midnight, Sunday December 21
So what’s new?- well, after 75 years he can still do six hours of music and film/video
on the winter solstice, the longest night of the year
224 Centre Street at Grand, Third Floor, N Y 10013 www.experimentalintermedia.org

Some other recent events, not previously posted on the website:
An Evening in Celebration of Phill Niblock’s 75th Birthday at ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES, 32 SECOND AVENUE NEW YORK, NY 10003; (212) 505-5181 fax (212) 477-2714

Wednesday, October 1 at 7:30; Organized by Katherine Liberovskaya with help from Al Margolis and Peter Shapiro.
An Art Forum review of this event, with pictures, at: http://www.artforum.com/diary/id=21243

Issue Project Room, 232 Third Street , Brooklyn N Y; www.issueprojectroom.org
October 8th – October 11th – four concerts
Celebrating Phill Niblock’s 75th Birthday and his contribution to Experimental Music
Organized with the help of Katherine Liberovskaya and Alan Margolis

Live @ International House, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19104 www.ihousephilly.org
Sunday, October 12 at 8pm

Phill is 75 today!

2nd October 2008 is Phill Niblock‘s 75th birthday…
Happy birthday, Phill. Warmest congratulations from us all here at Touch.
Phill’s next album with us, Touch Strings, a double CD, will be out in the new year.
If you would like to send him a message, please email him here

News Update | April 2008

The Music of Phill Niblock

Crash Ensemble of Dublin, will be hosting a concert celebrating the music
of Phill Niblock this April 23rd at 7pm in Temple Bar Galleries, Dublin 2. The concert will feature guest appearances by Niblock specialists Susan Stenger and
Amsterdam based Trio Scordatura. The evening will be held in the presence
of the composer himself, featuring an interview by Bob Gilmore at the start
of the evening and live visuals and electronics by the composer during the

The concert program consists of: Hurdy Hurry (for hurdy gurdy); Sweet
Potato (for clarinets); G2-4,4 (for guitars); Tow by Tom (for two orchestras, both recorded parts and live parts by two ensembles); PK&SLS (for flute); Disseminate (for orchestra, recorded and two ensembles live)

IGNM – Internationale Gesellschaft fuer Neue Musik – Basel
“Dust” – Konzert der IGNM Basel
“Drone”-Konzert mit Phill Niblock und Kasper Toeplitz

Samstag, 26. April 2008, 19.00; www.ignm_basel.ch

Offene Kirche Elisabethen, Basel
Mitglieder des “Ensemble Phoenix Basel”: Christoph Boesch, Floeten; Daniel Buess, Schlagzeug; Daniel Stalder, Schlagzeug; Maurizio Grandinetti, E-Gitarre; Juerg Henneberger, Orgel; Thomas Peter: Ton/Klangregie Program
Phill Niblock: STOSSPENG (2007) fuer zwei Gitarren in Stereo
Kasper Toeplitz: DUST RECONSTRUCTION (2007) fuer flexible Besetzung –
Fassung fuer Orgel, Floete, Schlagzeug, E-Gitarre, E-Bass und Elektronik
Kasper Toeplitz: UNFINISHED METAL WAVES (2006) fuer grosses Tam Tam mit 2
Spielern und Elektronik

Phill Niblock: a set of music and images – “Early . . . May”

April 29, 20:30 (8:30pm) – Les Trinitaires – Trintaires Street – Metz

Organized by FRAGMENT : info@fragment-asso.com / www.fragment-asso.com
with the festival Musique Action
Phill Niblock / Thomas Ankersmit [USA / Nederland]
Marc Baron / Bertrand Denzler / Jean-Luc Guionnet / Stephane Rives
[France / Switzerland]

Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Sets by Both: Phill Niblock und Thomas Ankersmit
Konzert im ZKM_Kubus, Karlsruhe, Germany, 20 Uhr
Music, Video: Phill Niblock
Electronics, Saxophon: Thomas Ankersmit
Eine Kooperation mit der Hochschule fur Musik Karlsruhe

A n g e l i c A 1 8 – festival in Bologna Italy, May 8 – 13, 16 – 17
on May 9, Friday, at Teatro Duse, Bologna, 9:30pm

Phill Niblock + Thomas Ankersmit (Stati Uniti, Olanda)
Incontri & Ascolti (a lecture/demo?):
sabato 10 maggio – ore 12 – Museo della Musica – Bologna
Phill Niblock
Plus – Alessandra Celletti + Hans-Joachim Roedelius / The Magic ID
(Germania) -Kai Fagaschinski clarinetto; Margareth Kammerer voce,
chitarra; Christof Kurzmann elettronica, voce; Michael Thieke clarinetto
/ La Monte Young & Marian Zazeela (Stati Uniti), played by Charles Curtis
violoncello, elettronica / Perlonex & Charlemagne Palestine (Germania,
Stati Uniti) – Charlemagne Palestine pianoforte; Ignaz Schick elettronica,
oggetti, giradischi; Joerg Maria Zeger chitarra, elettronica; Burkhard
Beins batteria, percussioni, ogge / Pierre Henry / Lawrence D. “Butch”
Morris / and others, and at other locations and other days

News Update | February 2008

The continuing tour:

Phill Niblock Music and images by PN from the series “the Movement of
People Working”
Orfeus, Audiovisual Festival Prague, Intermedia Institut Prague (FAMU)

February 15th, 19.30 & 22.30 Uhr; Edith-Rus-Haus for Medienkunst,
Katharinenstrae 23, D-26121 Oldenburg, Germany; fon: +49 (0)441 – 235 32 08;
www.edith-russ-haus.de curated by Jens Brand & Sabine Himmelsbach


15. February 2008, 19.30 n 22.30 Uhr, three sets
Sabine Schaeeffer & Joachim Krebs – “Sonic Lines niRooms” (1999) &
“TopoSonic Tunnel2 (2005); sonic work for 4 channels:
Sukandar Kartadinata – “Die By The Sword” (2007), Music for 2
Computersystem, Videogame, Forced Feedback Joystick and Live Electronics
Phill Niblock – Hurdy Hurry (1999); Harm (2003); Zrost (2004); Sethwork
(2003) and Films fom the “Movement of People Working” series and Feb 22 – Guy De Bievre; hans w. koch; Stevie Wishart

23five Incorporated, San Francisco, presents Activating the Medium XI: The


February 22 (Friday, 5pm) is a free lecture at the San Francisco Art
Institute by PHILL NIBLOCK.
San Francisco Art Institute Lecture Hall, 800 Chestnut Street, San
Francisco, Free to public

February 23 (Saturday) PHILL NIBLOCK (New York) + THOMAS ANKERSMIT
(Netherlands), San Francisco Art Institute Lecture Hall, 800 Chestnut St,
San Francisco, 8PM www.23five.org

Feb 27 – California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California – a lecture
/ demo by Phill Niblock and Thomas Ankersmit , curated by Mark Trayle
24700 McBean ParkwayValencia, California 91355 www.calarts.edu
14 concerts throughout the month of February at Sound in Space Festival @
Sea and Space Explorations, 4755 York Blvd, LA, CA 90042
Some of the participants throughout the festival include Mark Trayle,
Ulrich Krieger, Michael Pisaro, Art Jarvinen, Clay Chaplin. Curators: Aaron
Drake, Clay Chaplin, Sara Roberts, and Lara Bank
February 27 – Phill Niblock and Thomas Ankersmit

Thursday, February 28 at Beyond Baroque in Venice, California – Phill Niblock and Thomas Ankersmit; Mitchell Brown; Tom Recchion. A Hertz-Lion Production in Association with Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Boulevard, Venice California 310 822 3006 http://www.beyondbaroque.org/

Seven Concerts, Presented by Andrew Lafkas, Bryan Eubanks, and The TankFirst Thursdays at 10pm October of 2007 to April of 2008. http://www.rasbliutto.net/sevenconcerts
The Tank is located at 279 Church Street between Franklin and White

March 6, Thursday, Phill Niblock, Music and Images
and ongoing:

Unnamable Name – January through March 2008 An installation within the
book-stacks organized by Ithaca/NYC based artist Todd Ayoung; Participating
artists include: Martha Rosler, Phill Niblock, Johan Grimonprez, Elizabeth Cohen, Jane Jin Kaisen, Ayisha Abraham, Greg Sholette, Rit Premnath, Kim Asbury, Buzz Spector, Dread Scott, Janet Koenig, Toby Greenberg, Katherine Liberovskaya, Kenseth Armstead, David Diao, Jacob Tell, Mierle Ukeles, Jenny Polak and Jeff de Castro with a Catalogue essay by Jelena Stojanovic and opening music by Chris White.

The opening reception will be held in conjunction with the Light In Winter Festival and take place from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM on Friday, January 18th in the book-stacks and the Borg Warner Community Room, Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street, Ithaca, NY 14850 607-272-4557

News Update | January 2008

We started the year by performing right after midnight January 1
Dec 31 at Issue Project Room, Brooklyn www.issueprojectroom.org
An evening for the last night of the year. Including Katherine Liberovskaya, Michael Delia and Phill Niblock, live video and live music and mixed sound collage pieces; and many others

Thomas Ankersmit, Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya
11th January – Serralves Contemporary Art Museum – Porto – Portugal
22h; address: R. D. Jo„o de Castro, 210, Porto – www.serralves.pt

12th January – Auditorio Municipal de Barcelos / Zoom – Barcelos – Portugal
21h30 – address: Largo Dr. JosÈ Novais, Barcelos – www.zoom.pt
Both organized by Esquilo: www.esquilo-records.com

Lisbon, Portugal – 15, 18 and 19 January 2008

ESPACO AVENIDA (Av. Liberdade 211) www.ernestodesousa.com for full details
Exhibition & Performances celebrating the 15 Years of the Ernesto de Sousa Fellowship, to bring a Portuguese Artist to New York, sponsorship by the Luso-Americana Foundation and the Gulbenkian Foundation, of Lisbon, and directed by Isabel Alves

15 January, OPENING of the Exhibitions at 18:30, Concerts at 2100, Presentation of the new fellow, Francisco Janes and presentations
Instalacoes de (Installations by): Andre Goncalves, Luis Girao, Paulo Raposo, Ruben Verdadeiro
Videos de: Filipa Guimaraes, Joao Castro Pinto, Margarida Garcia, Phill Niblock, Sonia Rodrigues,
Yella, Astrid S. Klein
Installations and videos are open all days – 15 through 19, 18:30 to 20:30
Concerts the 15th: Rafael Toral, Manuel Mota, David Maranha, Phill Niblock
Concerts the 18th: Ye77a, Adriana Sa + John Klima, Ivan Franco, Thomas Ankersmit, Andre Goncalves
Concerts the 19th: Paulo Raposo, Joao Castro Pinto, Ricardo Jacinto + Nuno Torres,
Phill Niblock + Katherine Liberovskaya

Wednesday January 16 – Katherine Liberovskaya (live video) with Andre Goncalves (live sound)
as part of InterAccao an initiative of RoguesWaves http://roguewaves.net
O Seculo – Centro de Arte Avancada, Rua de O Seculo, no80-88, Lisbon, Portugal
Monday January 21 – Phill Niblock: Screening of Six Films from the Sixties
O Seculo – Centro de Arte Avancada, Rua de O Seculo, no80-88, Lisbon, Portugal

transmediale.08 – CONSPIRE – Festival 30 Jan – 3 Feb 2008 – Opening 29 Jan 2008
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin, Germany
www.transmediale.de and www.movingforest.net

MOVING FOREST a durational sonica with citywide wifi transmission, February 1, 11:00 – 23:00
a proposal by Shu Lea Cheang + Martin Howse
Moving Forest proposes a 12 hour 5 act sonic performance to be intervened by an expandable citywide operatic manoeuver with public wifi and mobile technology. Derived from Kurosawa’s film version of Macbeth, Spider Web Castle (aka Throne of Blood, 1957), Moving Forest renders the film’s final sequences (12 minutes in length) into a 12 hour sonica of grand scale.

Moving Forest presented by AKA THE CASTLE

AKA the castle is a temporal performance troop brought together to realize the 12 hour extravangaza Moving Forest. Conceived by Shu Lea Cheang and Martin Howse, AKA the castle pushes the network performance genre by gathering soundists, silk threaders, writers, visual artists, software artists, wifi fielders for a durational performance fueled with remorse, betrayal and a grand act of insurgency from people/s front.
The players: Castle (HKW):; omen [Mattin]; remorse [Leif Elggren] – concept/setup; betrayal [Kaffe Matthews]; overthrow [Joachim Montessuis] – details; return [Phill Niblock with Natalia Pschenitschnikova], and many others

Madrid, Spain

http://www.escenacontemporanea.com/escena2008/programa – for full details of the many events
6 de Febrero: Hans Koch / Ricardo Climent (artista invitado)
7 de Febrero: Phill Niblock – Thomas Ankersmit / Manuel Rocha (artista invitado)
Circulo de Bellas Artes (Sala de columnas)
Festival Escena Contemporanea. C/Desengano 12, 5, 2 28004 Madrid, Spain
Email: info@escenacontemporanea.com, Tel: 91 532 72 4
Valencia, SpainV
http://www.nitsdaieloiart.net/ M- for full details of the many events

February 8 – hans w koch (Alemania) – El libro del Bandoneon y otras bestialidades del Valle del Silicon. O los Ordenadores como instrumentos musicales
February 9 – Phill Niblock i Thomas Ankersmit (USA / Hollandia) – Music sets by both, and images by PN from the series “the Movement of People Working”
David Daniell (USA) – Improvisacion para un instrumento anfibio, Guitarra electrica.
Manuel Rocha (Mexico) – Fut BOOL, Instalacion concierto

News Update | November 2007

Optosonic Tea
Venerdì 16 novembre | martedì 20 novembre

Phill Niblock (sound) / Katherine Liberovskaya and Ursula Scherrer (visuals)
Domenico Sciajno (visuals and sound) in collaborazione con associazione AntiTesi
moderatore: Francesco Tenaglia
Venerdì 16 novembre h. 19.00 :: spazio O’ via pastrengo 12, Milano 02 6682 3357

martedì 20 novembre h. 19 :: Die Schachtel via Tadino 59, Milano t. 02 29516308
Phill Niblock (visuals) / Stefano Pilia (sound)
Alessandra Zucchi (visuals) / Antonio Della Marina (sound)
moderatore: Andrea Lissoni