theo bleckmann + joseph branciforte / album release for LP1
for its label launch event, greyfade partners with CT::SWaM and fridman gallery to present an evening of spatialized works in various performative contexts: an 8-channel installation from vermont-based sound artist greg davis, a fixed work for multichannel digital choir from composer kenneth kirschner, and a live improvised performance from grammy-nominated vocalist theo bleckmann and electronic musician/composer joseph branciforte with live spatialization by daniel neumann.
the label will be celebrating its inaugural release, LP1, a duo recording from bleckmann & branciforte, due out the same day in vinyl and high-resolution digital editions.
fridman gallery upstairs
169 bowery, ny ny
friday 6/21, 8p
$12 advance / $15 door
greyfade is a new york-based record label presenting contemporary sound editions, in both physical and high-resolution digital forms. founded by joseph branciforte in 2019, the label aims to release finely distilled album-length statements from artists working at the edges of algorithmic composition, ambient, sound art, and minimalist forms of acoustic and chamber music. it serves as a home for those exploring computation, proceduralism, repetition, and stasis in their work — both in the context of electronically mediated sound and traditional acoustic instrumentation. above all, greyfade is dedicated to realizing albums of the highest quality — conceptually, creatively, and sonically.
CT::SWaM [Contemporary Temporary Sound Works And Music] is an artist-run series that has been presenting performances and workshops in spaces such as Eyebeam’s former Chelsea location, Fridman Gallery, MoMA PS1 Printshop, Spectrum and The Knockdown Center in NYC, as well as Neu West Berlin in Berlin. The series, initiated by Daniel Neumann in 2012 [following Closed], focuses on spatial sound works, where the distribution and localization of sounds is a primary compositional parameter and a central feature for the listener. These works consider architectural, acoustical and technological factors in exploring the complex and dynamic relationship between sound and space. The formats are open and include contemporary sound experiments, electro-acoustic multi-channel composition, improvisation, non-traditional performance configurations, lowercase artistic presence, and workshops – all of which diverge from a fixed perspective on audible space.
Joseph Branciforte is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, sound artist, and recording engineer based out of New York City. His wide-ranging musical interests have situated him at the intersection of several of New York’s most fertile progressive music scenes — from jazz and improvised music, to modern chamber music and algorithmic composition; from ambient and sound art, to experimental forms of rock and pop. At the bottom of these seemingly discrete threads lies an undying fascination with sound as a profound emotional medium — organized through musical form, articulated by a careful selection of sound sources, and framed through the act of recording.
Branciforte’s recent work as a performer centers around the Fender Rhodes piano, augmented with modular synthesizers, custom digital processing, tape loops, and found objects. In this format, he has performed solo and with artists including Ryuichi Sakamoto, Taylor Deupree, and Theo Bleckmann. As composer, he has developed a unique process of algorithmic composition for acoustic instruments using custom software of his own design. His ongoing collaboration with electronic musician and composer Kenneth Kirschner explores digital, generative, and procedural methods of composing for chamber ensemble, and will see its debut recording released on greyfade in September 2019.
Equally well-known as a recording and mixing engineer, Branciforte has lent his sonic touch to over 200 releases, working with some of the most well-respected names in creative jazz along the way.
A vocalist and new music composer of eclectic tastes and prodigious gifts, Grammy-nominated Theo Bleckmann makes music that is accessibly sophisticated, unsentimentally emotional, and seriously playful, leading his work to be described as “from another planet” (The New York Times), “magical, futuristic” (All About Jazz), “limitless” (Philadelphia City Paper), “transcendent” (The Village Voice), and “brilliant” (New York Magazine).
Bleckmann has collaborated with musicians, artists, actors, and composers including Laurie Anderson, Philip Glass, Ann Hamilton, John Hollenbeck, Sheila Jordan, Phil Kline, David Lang, Kirk Nurock, Frances MacDormand, Ben Monder, Michael Tilson Thomas, Kenny Wheeler, John Zorn, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, and, most prominently, Meredith Monk, with whom Bleckmann worked as a core ensemble member for over fifteen years.
Bleckmann’s accolades include NPR’s 2012 Top 10 Jazz Albums of the Year for his album Hello Earth! The Songs of Kate Bush, top-five spots in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 DownBeat Critics’ Polls for Best Male Vocalist, and the prestigious JAZZ ECHO award from the Deutsche Phono-Akademie in his native Germany in 2010.
The music of Kenneth Kirschner is situated at the intersection of contemporary classical composition and experimental electronic music. His work is characterized by a close integration of acoustic and electronic sound sources; a strong focus on harmony, pattern, and long-form development; and experimentation with techniques such as chance procedures, indeterminacy, and microtonality within a digital context.
An advocate of open source music, Kirschner releases all of his work freely online through his website, which represents a complete archive of all his published music from the 1980s to present.
His work has also been released by labels such as Sub Rosa, 12k, Line, Sirr, Leerraum, and/OAR, Room40, and SaD, as well as online through a wide variety of netlabels. Recent projects include ‘Compressions & Rarefactions’, a nearly 7-hour album of recent compositions released by 12k; ‘Variant’, a new series of interactive audiovisual iPad/iPhone apps created in collaboration with visualist Joshue Ott; and ‘Imperfect Forms: The Music of Kenneth Kirschner’, a multimedia retrospective from Berlin-based publisher Tokafi that includes essays, interviews, and artistic contributions from over two dozen journalists, musicians, and visual artists from around the world. Kirschner was a 2015 artist in residence at Eyebeam and a 2016 artist in residence in Times Square. He lives and works in Brooklyn.
Greg Davis is an American electronic musician who has recorded albums drawing from a wide variety of sources, including guitar, field recording, various world/ethnic/traditional instruments, percussion, and voice, all processed through digital manipulation.
He has played live shows around the world with Hrvatski/Keith Fullerton Whitman, The Flying Luttenbachers, Blectum From Blechdom, Loscil, Animal Collective, Ratatat, Jan Jelinek, Sebastien Roux, Leafcutter John, Colleen, Avey Tare & Kria Brekkan, No-Neck Blues Band, The Books, Beach House, Mountains, Bird Show, Fog, Viking Moses, Ariel Pink, Boom Bip, and many more. Davis has released albums on labels such as Kranky, Ekhein, Room40, Install, Home Normal, Digitalis, Carpark Records, as well on his own Autumn Records.
In October 2017 Davis opened a record store in Winooski, Vermont under the name of his record label Autumn Records.