News Update | Winter 2008

It was so busy, that I did not update either my websites ( and 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:

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

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:

Issue Project Room, 232 Third Street , Brooklyn N Y;
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
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;

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 : /
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; 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

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
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

Seven Concerts, Presented by Andrew Lafkas, Bryan Eubanks, and The TankFirst Thursdays at 10pm October of 2007 to April of 2008.
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
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 –

12th January – Auditorio Municipal de Barcelos / Zoom – Barcelos – Portugal
21h30 – address: Largo Dr. JosÈ Novais, Barcelos –
Both organized by Esquilo:

Lisbon, Portugal – 15, 18 and 19 January 2008

ESPACO AVENIDA (Av. Liberdade 211) 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
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 and

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 – 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:, Tel: 91 532 72 4
Valencia, SpainV 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

Current Projects & Recent Activities | October 2007

Long Arms Festival
Moscow, Russia

Sept. 30 @ DOM Cultural Center (doors open: 19.00)
Al Margolis/Katherine Liberovskaya/Phill Niblock/Michael Schumacher
Theremin Center, Moscow conservatory – masterclasses for all
Nijnii Novgorod

Oct. 4 – NCCA-Nijnii Novgorod – workshop

Oct. 5 – Record-art-centre – concert
Al Margolis/Katherine Liberovskaya/Phill Niblock With Alexei Borisov

Oct. 7 venue- Center Of Contemporary Art – “ARS-FORUM”
Yaroslavl, Sverdlov str. 9
Al Margolis/Katherine Liberovskaya/Phill Niblock With Alexei Borisov

Oct 8 at 9pm, in the auditorium
NCCA – National Centre for Contemporary Arts, 13, bldg 2, Zoologitcheskaya
Street, Moscow, Russia; curated by Leonid Bazhanov and Vitaly Patsukov
Mixed sets of music and video by Al Margolis (If Bwana), Katherine
Liberovskaya, Phill Niblock
Three concerts at Roulette Intermedium of music by Phill Niblock
20 Greene Street, New York, 8pm

October 18
“Guitar too, for four; Version Three” (1996, 30:20)
Rafael Toral, Robert Poss, Susan Stenger, David First, guitars played with E-bows
“Stosspeng” (59 minutes, 2007) for two guitars in stereo; Susan Stenger and Robert Poss, electric guitars and electric basses
Susan Stenger and Robert Poss, guitars, live on both pieces

October 19
Video/Sound Collaboration – Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya
Live Video by Katherine Liberovskaya, and Live mixing of audio pieces by Phill Niblock
In this live set Niblock mixes between audio pieces based on diverse field
recordings which are very different from his music compositions.
Liberovskaya mixes video with Jitter/Max/MSP from a vast personal database
of clips shot over the past fifteen years.
“A new piece for Organ” (Premier) – Material recorded May 1 2007 at a baroque church in Kirchberg am Wagram, Austria, Emanuel Schmelzer-Ziringer,
“Three Orchids”, for three orchestras (2003, 23 min) – Played by Trio Scordatura plus one – Alfrun Schmid, voice; Elisabeth Smalt, viola; Bob
Gilmore, synthesizer; plus Guy De Bievre, dobro (recorded at Amplus, in
Aaigem, Belgium, August 13 & 14 2007)
“4 Chorch +1” (recording from the premier performance at Ostrava New Music Days in CZ, August 28 2007; 23 minutes)

October 20
Six Pieces for Ulrich Krieger, didjeridu and saxophones
“Didjeridoos and Don’ts” (1992, 13:30), Ulrich Krieger, didjeridu
“Ten Auras Live” (1994, 21:20), Ulrich Krieger, tenor saxophone
“Sea Jelly Yellow” (24 min, 2001) Ulrich Krieger, baritone saxophone
“Parker’s Altered Mood, aka, Owed to Bird” (16:25; 2004) Ulrich Krieger, alto saxophone
“Alto Tune” (25:08; 2004) Ulrich Krieger, alto saxophone
“Sax Mix” (25:08, 2004) Ulrich Krieger, alto, tenor and baritone saxes
(this is a mix of Ten Auras, for tenor sax; Sea Jelly Yellow, for baritone sax; and Alto Tune, for alto sax. (About 85 channels/tracks.)

News Update | September 2007

Ostrava New Music Days
(August 13 – September 2, 2007), Ostrava, the Czech Republic
Festival August 26 – September 1; for the full schedule, click here

Numusic Festival
Phill Niblock and Thomas Ankersmit at Numusic Festival in Stavanger, Norway.
September 6 2007. From The Wire website
Four-day festival of new music and urban art sponsored by The Wire Magazine
with Charles Curtis, DAT Politics, Felix Kubin, Underground Resistance, Phill Niblock & Thomas Ankersmit, The Bug, Jean-Jacques Perrey, Pole, Cluster, Kim Hiorthoy, Mira Calix, Kim Cascone & Jürgen Teller, Arve Henriksen, Daedelus and more, plus masterclasess, discussions and the Dial A Diva telephone concert series. Stavanger various venues, 5-8 September

Todaysart Festival
Phill Niblock at Todaysart Festival – September 22 – Den Haag, The Netherlands, Grote Kerk. For full festival details click here
Experimental has received funding from The Trust for Mutual
Understanding for a Russian tour of talks, events and elaborations by four
artists associated with the organization – Alan Margolis, Michael Schumacher, Katherine Liberovskaya, and Phill Niblock
St. Petersburg
Sept. 24 – Share – St. Petersburg open jam
APOSITSIA III – festival
Sept. 25 – venue: GEZ 21(doors open: 19.00)
Al Margolis – masterclass / Michael Schumacher – masterclass
Sep 26 – venue: GEZ 21 (doors open: 19.00)
Phill Niblock (USA) – masterclass
Katherine Liberovskaja (Canada) – masterclass
Dimetrias Spaneas (USA) – masterclass
Sept. 28 – venue: Music Hall (doors open: 19.00)
Al Margolis/Katherine Liberovskaya / Phill Niblock/ Michael Schumacher

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