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Saturday, December 24, 2011, 8 PM
December Sketchpad 09: Noé Cuéllar on WGXC, a Radius/Transmission Arts broadcast

The Sketchpad series is a monthly presentation of audio material that relates to content from previous episodes of Radius.

Noé Cuéllar – Quiver 1 (Originally a Radius broadcast):

  • Harrow/Dormant – performed by Jeff Gburek
  • Pamthalassa featuring Kristin Hayter
  • Harrow/Dormant – performed by Karolina Ossowska

Skeptchpad playlist by Noé Cuéllar:

  • Harrow/Dormant – performed by Jeff Gburek (Radius broadcast field recording, summer solstice 2011)
  • Revision 9 – Jeff Gburek
  • future blips – Saiko
  • Kimpusenji Temple? Yoshino (near Nara) – Unknown Artist
  • Pastoral Pause – John Levack Drever
  • Other Double Music – Baudouin Oosterlynck
  • LDM III – Werner Dafeldecker
  • Voix Et Jeu De Flute – Laos (K’mu)
  • Conversation – Meredith Monk
  • Only – Joseph Clayton Mills
  • Revision 2 – Jeff Gburek
  • Harrow/Dormant – performed by Julia Miller (WNUR Airplay)

The programming is organized for the radio show Transmission Arts. The show features “artists at the forefront of the radio and sound art genres” (WGXC). The show includes an international and local roster of Distract & DisableframeworkGiant Ear)))Pirates WeekRadiaRadio WonderlandThe Shortwave Report, and Radius.

Sketchpad broadcasts on 90.7 fm every fourth Saturday of the month at 2pm EST in Greene and Columbia counties, New York on WGXC: Hands On Radio.

WGXC is a program of free103point9, a nonprofit arts organization that focus on defining and cultivating the genre of Transmission Arts since 1997.

Thursday, December 1, 2011 – 10 PM
Impala Gallery; Chicago, IL
Kaleid Series 11

Coppice performance.

Also performing: Kwaidan (Mike WeisNeil JendonAndre Foisy), Josh Burke.

Wednesday, November 30 – Sunday, December 4, 2011 – 7:30 PM
Thursday, December 8 – Saturday, December 10, 2011 – 7:30 PM
Poetry Foundation; Chicago, IL
Poetry presents: All Your Paths in a Single Pocket

A collaborative performance inspired by and sourced from Anna Kamienska’s “Notebooks” as translated by Clare Cavanagh in Poetry magazine’s June 2010 and March 2011 issues.

Artists Valerie Jean Johnson and Noé Cuellar render Kamienska’s “poetic rough drafts” through an integration of text, sound, movement, music, and architecture. This site-specific event moves through the slowly-unfolding layers of the newly constructed Poetry Foundation, utilizing the building’s spatial fluidity to explore Kamienska’s transformative writing.

Sunday, November 20, 2011 – 3 PM
Packer Schopf Gallery; Chicago, IL
Coppice and Andrew Furse present “Apiary”

A custom-design for Coppice by Andrew Furse (of Tiny Music) couples twin-bellows into a single instrument. This instrument is called Apiary: a new musical instrument; a free-reed expression box. Similar to how a music hold perforated discos containing songs, the instrument holds up to two slides containing free reeds in various tunings. The instrument is activated  by manually operating the bellows.

Andrew Furse is directed in woodwork, graduate of applied trade problem solving; vocational touch and go. Piano tuner/ Reed organ repair/ Instrument builder in rubber, brass, cloth and wood. Experiments in natural mechanical sound mimicry/organic tone-noise/big-bang echo chamber-like; percussive table-tennis hegemony. No training for enthusiasm, well-practiced on the musical-saw.”

Saturday, November 5, 2011
Enemy; Chicago, IL
GLI.TC/H Realtime A/V Performances

*————GLI.TC/H Realtime A/V Performances———–*

Square Square [Chicago, IL US]
Vaudeo Signal [Chicago, IL US]
the Spunkytoofers Experience [A][Colombia, MO US] && A Bill Miller [V][Atloona, PA US]
GODXILIARY [Spaceship Earth]
mikrosopht *FM signals
Noé Cuéllar *harmonium

//********/ /********//

Thinkers and artists; Makers and breakers converge to celebrate
technological catastrophe. A glitch is a moment known to everyone, yet rarely celebrated. GLI.TC/H brings together those inspired, curious, and provoked by glitches and provides a platform to break things, share thoughts, and develop ideas.


GLI.TC/H 20111 will include works from over 100 participants from more than a dozen countries and will be taking place in virtual-space at http://gli.tc/h and in real-space:

[Chicago, US] NOV 3 – 6
[Amsterdam, NL] NOV 11 – 12
[Birmingham, UK] NOV 19

visit http://gli.tc/h for schedule + details + more!
or dir.URL: http://gli.tc/h/schedule.html [ for full schedule + maps ]

November 3, 2011
PNEM,; Uden, The Netherlands
PNEM Sound Art Festival curated by Henk Biesterbos, Dan Hoevenaars, Jan Jongedijk, Victor Notermans, and Antoon Versteegde

Coppice exhibition.

Also exhibiting: Piotr Tolmachov, Zenith Nadir und, Daria Biaocchi, Sarah Boothroyd, Anthony Maubert, Thomas Mohr, Die Burger Sports School, João Castro Pinto, Federico Di Biase, Kent Gustafson, Martin Howse, Martijn van Gemert, Dear Ernest, Piotr Tolmachov, Bart van Dongen, Ethan Frederick Greene, Gregory & Anais with the Ancxt Lassere, Jean-Marc Matos, Patryk Lichota, Chiara Passa, Fiona Wing Shan Lee, Paul J & Russell J. Botelho Cartier and many others.

Sunday, October 30, 2011
6018 NORTH; Chicago, IL

Coppice performance.

Saturday, October 22, 2011 – Friday, December 30, 2011
International Museum of Surgical Science; Chicago, IL
BODY OF WORK: The Excavating History Collective Exhibition

Sound design for a performance for video “This is all I can offer” by Elise Goldstein and Meredith Zielke.

For the BODY OF WORK exhibition at the International Museum of Surgical Science, twelve artists from the Excavating History Collective–founded by Rebecca Keller–have created new, site-specific works inspired by the past, present, and future of medicine; the Museum’s development, collections, and exhibits; and the design, original residents, and physical structure of its historic landmark mansion, built in 1917 as a home for eminent Chicagoan Eleanor Robinson Countiss and her family.

Additional artworks and related public programming will be developed throughout the course of the exhibition, which will remain on display through January 15, 2012.

October 13-14, 2011
Minicine? Swampland; Shreveport, LA
as part of The McNeill Street Pumping Station New Music Festival 2011

Including performances by Tim HeckerMark FellAndrew Raffo Dewar,Simon WhethemGrady GerbrachtShelley ParkerPaul PurgasJohn Dombroski; sound installations by Eli KeszlerBerglind Maria TomasdottirDacoda Montana, The Occidentalists, Ian QuietCoppicePeter Fetterman; and listening sessions with works by Lawrence EnglishMarinos KoutsomichalisOliver Wilshen & Niall QuinnDESIRE OBTAIN CHERISHThanos ChrysakisOscillatoria BinnageDenise RitterMike HallenbeckFederico De BiaseRobert TrudeauOtto Electro, and Mateusz Wysocki.

The McNeill Street Pumping Station New Music Festival 2011 will exhibit site specific performances, installations and recorded compositions. The theme of the exhibition is “Architectural Explorations in Sound” in response to the pumping station house where the festival will take place and the wealth of acoustic information to be gleaned from the brick, glass and iron within the interior of the space.

The McNeill Street Pumping Station, located near downtown Shreveport on the banks of Cross Bayou, is Shreveport’s original waterworks. The first water plant facilities, including steam-driven pumps, were installed on the site in 1887 as part of the construction of Shreveport’s first municipal water system, which was only the second such municipal system in the entire state.

Artists and musicians for whom the relationship of sound and space are central to their practice will exhibit compositions and performances whose content is inextricable from the context within which it is performed and/or written. The dialog that we want to engage in deals with the ephemeral within the acts of exploration and meditation upon the spaces that we inhabit and what information sound can give us about these spaces. If you have ever wanted to participate in the experience of an artist “playing a building”, creating a microphone array to capture silence in an enclosed space, or live synthesizing the sounds of a brick and iron smokestack creaking in the wind, then we invite you to join us on Friday October 14th, 2011 at the McNeill Street Pumping Station.

October 8-12, 2011
Multiple locations in the Midwest
Close/Far Family Tour

The Close/Far Family is an artist collective and record label initially based in Springfield, MO. Since its inception in 2000, the bands, musicians, engineers, and sound artists have moved across the country to Chicago, Brooklyn, and St. Louis. Despite these geographic distances, the label and its constituents still actively collaborate in music production, commercial recording, and playing live.

This October, Close/Far is planning a midwest tour, in which groups from the collective will perform a single morphing set of music / sound art. The various groups will intertwine, shape-shift, and transition between each other. Material will range from composition to semi-improvisation to completely spontaneous. Our goal is to expose the process and lineage behind the forming of these groups, sub-groups, and solo acts. It will be a showcase of the artists’ sensibilities and vocabularies through the display of individual adaptations as groups are formed, juxtaposed, and re-contextualized.

Awn: Electroacoustic improv trio (Springfield, MO / St.Louis, MO / Chicago, IL )
Quarry House: Haunting avant-pop (Springfield, MO / Brooklyn, NY / Chicago, IL)
Coppice: Bellows and electronics duo (Chicago, IL)
N.N.N. Cook: Overtone wave drones laced with acoustic embellishments and tapes (St. Louis, MO)
• With possible appearances of The Current Group: An intermittently occurring ensemble formed when any number of players spontaneously joins another pre-existing group or solo performer in improvisation (Springfield, MO / St.Louis, MO / Chicago, IL / Brooklyn, NY).

Groups and artists will include:

The tour will begin on October 8th, 2011, in St. Louis. Free downloads and more information can be found at www.close-far.com. Full dates will be announced slowly, so check back soon!

Friday, September 23, 2011
Borg Ward;  Milwaukee, WI
as part of the Sixth Annual Milwaukee Noise Festival

Full line-up: Vertonen (Chicago, IL), KBD (Toledo, OH), Plagues (Grand Rapids, MI), Office Park (Decora, IA), Black Bloc (Buffalo, NY), Spiral Joy Band (Madison, WI), Owlscry (Milwaukee, WI), Nummy (Milwaukee, WI), Three Arguments Against the Singularity (Milwaukee, WI), David Daniell (Chicago, IL), Grainbelt (Minneapolis, MN), Newton (Philadelphia, PA), Jason Zeh (South Bend, IN), Male featuring Jim Scheoenecker, Jim Warchol and Jon Minor (Chicago + Milwaukee), Climax Denial (Milwaukee, WI), Mildew (Milwaukee, WI), Captivity (Milwaukee, WI), Whiskey Toothpaste (Milwaukee, WI), Skin Graft (Cleveland, OH), Paranoid Time (Kalamazoo, MI), Dog Lady (Ann Arbor, MI), Coppice (Chicago, IL), Jason Soliday (Chicago, IL), Phoned Nil Trio (Milwaukee, WI), Custodian (Milwaukee, WI), Reptile Worship (Milwaukee + Madison), Tom Wincek and Andy Fitzpatrick (Madison, WI).

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 – 7:30 PM
Bond Chapel/University of Chicago; Chicago, IL
as part of Music Searching for a Body

A concert gathering 4 sets of experimental musicians from the Chicago electro-acoustic music community: Soundbeast (Anita ChariCarol Genetti), Coppice(Noé CuéllarJoseph Kramer), Jim Baker, and Joseph Clayton Mills.

Presenting a variety of instrumentation and styles, Music Searching for a Body will explore manifold dynamics between improvisation and composition, both through embodied and disembodied sound.

Soundbeast is a duo of two female voices, which explores the embodiment and physicality of singing, the interplay between different traditions of vocal production, as well as how the body interacts with thought in the process of singing. Coppice’s delicate compositions integrate variable bellowed instruments and custom electronics, adapted in ways responsive location and aural perspectives.  Jim Baker will play a solo set on the pipe organ, comprising music likely to be mostly or entirely improvised. Finally, Haptic’s Joseph Clayton Mills constructs semi-improvised performances that explore the timbral and tonal properties of everyday objects, repurposed electronics, and traditional instrumentation.

Friday, August 26, 2011 – 2-3 PM
Museum of Contemporary Art; Chicago, IL
Crystal Baschet Concerts as part of the exhibition Motor Cocktail: Sound and Movement in Art of the 1960s, curated by MCA Marjorie Susman Curatorial Fellow Timothy Grundy

Coppice performs with François and Bernard Baschet’s Aluminum Piano in the exhibition’s gallery space.

Motor Cocktail: Sound and Movement in Art of the 1960s brings together artists from the 1960s in the MCA’s Collection who used sound and movement to directly engage individuals within mass consumer society and draw them into an immediate sensual experience with the artworks. Jean Tinguely’s Motor Cocktail (1965), fully restored for this exhibition and on view for the first time in 30 years, is one of the exhibition’s focal points. Constructed from scrap metal, the sculpture sets a metal rooster in raucous motion, rotating in harmony with movement of the sun’s jagged disc.

François and Bernard Baschet’s (b. 1917 and 1920) Aluminum Piano (1962) is one of the most arresting and fascinating works included in Motor Cocktail. With its five large metal cones and slender metal tendrils mounted on a small keyboard, the work has the appearance of a large flower. When Aluminum Piano was presented as part of the exhibition, Structures for Sound: Musical Instruments by François and Bernard Baschet at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1965 and later at the Arts Club Chicago in 1969, they invited musicians to perform on these ‘sound structures.’ Motor Cocktail continues this tradition: Chicago musician have been invited to play and accompany François and Bernard Baschet’s Aluminum Piano in the exhibition space. Read more here.

Thursday, August 18, 2011
Comfort Station; Chicago, IL
as part of the Comfort Music series, curated by Dan Mohr

Coppice performance.

Also performing: CJ Boyd

Thursday, July 28, 2011
SÍM (Samband Íslenskra Myndlistarmanna); Reykjavík, Iceland
as part of There Are Many Wonders In A Cow’s Head

2-as-4-channel sound installation Scour, by Coppice.

Also exhibiting: Ann Eringstam (Sweden), Clemens Wilhelm (Germany), Danielle Durchslag (USA), Eva Beierheimar (Sweden), Fiona Short (New Zeland), Katie Bethune Leamen (Canada), Klaus Taschler (Austria), Marie-Suzanne Désilets (Canada), and Sarah Ann Lovett (USA).

Thursday, July 14, 2011
SÍM (Samband Íslenskra Myndlistarmanna); Reykjavík, Iceland

Resident artist talks featuring Ann Eringstam (Sweden), Clemens Wilhelm (Germany), Danielle Durchslag (USA), Eva Beierheimar (Sweden), Fiona Short (New Zeland), Katie Bethune Leamen (Canada), Klaus Taschler (Austria), Marie-Suzanne Désilets (Canada), Noé Cuéllar (USA), and Sarah Ann Lovett (USA).

June 15 and 21, 2011, 8 PM
Radius Episode 09 (radio broadcast); Chicago, IL
Radius programming is curated by Jeff Kolar

Episode 09 will host Noé Cuéllar featuring Kristin HayterJeff Gburek, and Karolina Ossowska. Radius will broadcast the program Quiver 1, which includes Panthalassa (2011) and Harrow/Dormant (2010).

Panthalassa (2011) is a conceptual composition for solo voice transecting original vibrations over present, past, and future notions of transmission.  The text-based score draws imaginary and concrete references, to be interpreted by means of the performers’ premeditated imagination, immediate intuition, and underlining knowledge; and be used as receptacles for autonomous, formulaic, oracular, and/or abstract prompts for vocal explorations. Composed for and executed by vocalist Kristin Hayter.

Harrow/Dormant (2010), a graphic score, is included as a prologue by Jeff Gburek (guitar & electronics), and as an epilogue by Karolina Ossowska (violin). Both artists are currently based in Poznań, Poland.

Radius will transmit Quiver 1 for two consecutive celestial holidays coinciding with a total lunar eclipse on June 15, and the summer solstice on June 21 at 8pm CST.

Radius is an experimental radio broadcast platform based in Chicago, IL, USA. The goal is to support work that engages the tonal and public spaces of the electromagnetic spectrum. Radius features a new project semi-monthly with statements by artists who use radio as a primary element in their work. Radius provides artists with live and experimental formats in radio programming.

Radius is administered by Jeff Kolar.

Sunday, June 5, 2011, 2 PM
New Music at the Green Mill, curated by Julia Miller
Articular Facet 5: New Music at the Green Mill
Green Mill; Chicago, IL

Julia Miller performs Harrow/Dormant on guitar, and Coppice performs a new arrangement of Scour.

Saturday, May 21, 2011, 7 PM
Private residence; Chicago, IL
as part of a performance salon hosted by Opera Cabal, curated by Majel Connery

Coppice performs a new arrangement of Scour, and a trio version of Seam with special guest Carol Genetti.

Friday, May 20, 2011, 6 PM
Experimental Sound Studio; Chicago, IL
Opening reception for Kate Levant and Joseph Kramer at Audible Gallery, curated by Bethany Childs

Coppice performs a new arrangement of Scour.

Audible Gallery at ESS is pleased to present an exhibition of works by Kate Levant and Joseph Kramer—two artists who don’t fit well into particular genres, although both work with performance and sculpture. Levant primarily works as a visual artist and Kramer as a musician. They share an aesthetic talent for re-purposing existing objects and situations. Their ability to work across mediums conveys a sense of searching, and leads to many unexpected surprises. Levant and Kramer’s offerings encompass a spectrum from chaotic to obsessively careful, and they keep you guessing as to where the focused attention will fall. Kramer’s clicks and Levant’s bugs, for instance, demonstrate that they both have an interest in the minute. Kramer gives new purpose to broken tape players and sprawled electronics, and he often plays on the floor. Levant’s objects and situations are realized on rooftops, in makeshift strip-mall galleries, and all over white walls. This show will be a conversation between their works. Read more here.

May 7-8, 2011, 7 PM
Columbus Building, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Chicago, IL
IMPACT Performance Festival

Participating in Lee Blalock’s Reconciliation 1.0 for music boxes, electronics, text, and live video; alongside Kyle Evans, Edward Breitweiser, Joseph Kramer, and Matt Griffin.

Witness the next wave of performance art as SAIC graduate and undergraduate students completing their degrees in Performance present their thesis works, which cross the borders of theater, movement, and the visual arts. IMPACT brings together a dynamic selection of contemporary performance that is visceral, conceptual and embodied. The work on view pushes the hybrid boundaries of ephemeral practices and creates a unique experiential environment in constant flux. For two exuberant evenings, the artists will engage multiple sites within the building and within the audience as they explore architecture, myth, memory and process.

Featuring work by: Sebastian Alvarez, Lee Blalock, Vicki Fowler, Rae Langes, Jennifer Mills, Anthony Romero, Stuart Schmidt, Jillian Soto, and Georgia Wall.

Distinguished Alumni Guest MC: Joseph Ravens
Producers: Marissa Perel and Michael Fleming

Sunday, April 30, 2011
Merchandise Mart; Chicago, IL
NEXT: The Invitational Exhibition of Emerging Art
Represented by ACRE Projects (Booth #24)

Coppice performance of Vinculum (Coincidence), for 2 accordions and multi-channel fixed media.

Thursday, April 14, 2011, 9 PM
Enemy; Chicago, IL

Coppice performance.

Also performing: Attila FaravelliLiquid State Bypass, Green Pasture Happiness, Andrew Scott Young.

Saturday, April 9, 2011
Mess Hall; Chicago, IL
as part of 7,308.23 kilometers = 4,541.123 miles, curated by Becky Grajeda

Performing Fallen (Padded) on pump organ, with accompaniment by Becky Grajeda (melodica, voice), and Peter Weathers (flute),

7,308.23 kilometers = 4,541.123 miles, curated by Becky Grajeda is a collaborative exhibition between artists at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Artists: Tomáš Vrána, Kim Walker, Lukáš Válka, Jennifer Swann, Ali Scott, Markéta Rákosníková, Brenna Quinn, Michal Pustějovský, Catherine Pancake, Mark McWilliams, Amanda Maranca, Tamara Malas, Sarah Legow, George Hladík, Becky Grajeda, andTroy Briggs.

Also including a live improvised performance by Ben Babbitt, saxophone, Taylor Knight, banjo, Matthew Lockdall, electronics.

Saturday, March 26, 2011, 8 PM
Fleisenberg Floft; Boston, MA
as part of Movement & Sound @ The Floft

Coppice performance.

Also performing: SkinnyEmu, Paul & Lynn, Katt Hernandez/Joe Burgio/Matt Samolis.

Friday, March 25, 2011
The Flea Theater; New York, NY
as part of Music With A View, a festival curated by Kathleen Supové

Coppice performance of new multi-channel work for bellows & electronics.

Also performing: Martha Mooke, Agatha Kasprzyk + Vision Fugitive. Hosted by Robert Rowe.

Music With A View is a music festival devoted to the discovery of new, fresh sound created and performed by contemporary musicians experimenting with new ideas and new forms. Each event features the works of 2-3 emerging and/or mid-career composers and each performance will be followed by an open discussion between the artists and the audience, moderated by musician Kathleen Supové and other leaders in the field of music.

Thursday, March 24, 2011, 8 PM
Bela Dubby; Cleveland, OH
as part of Sound & Noise Art, curated by Lisa Miralia

Coppice performance.

Also performing: Fluxmonkey + Temple Fugate duo, Alex Henry (sax) + Wyatt Howland (electronics) + Nate Scheible (percussion) trio.

Sunday, March 20, 2011, 3 PM
Articular Facet 3: Loft Dinner
Pop-Up Gallery @ 220 S Wabash; Chicago, IL

A private event with live music by CoppiceAndy Ortmann, and a psaltery trio by Noé CuéllarJulia Miller, and Andrew Furse.

Saturday, March 19, 2011, 5-7 PM
Articular Facet 2: Airplay
Airplay, hosted by Michael Corsa
WNUR, 89.3 FM; Chicago, IL

Live online broadcast with sets by Coppice and Julia Miller, who will also perform Harrow/Dormant on guitar.

Saturday, March 5, 2011
Celebrating Concrete, curated by Caroline Picard
The (New) Corpse; Chicago, IL

Performing a solo accordion arrangement of To Obverse with harmonium accompaniment by Joseph Clayton Mills.

On Saturday, March 5th, The [New] Corpse Performance Space hosts Celebrating Concrete, an event inspired by visiting author Justin Andrew’s book, The Concrete of Tight Places (Green Lantern Press, 2010). This event features readings and performances from Heather McShane, Mary Hamilton, Robert Abbot, with a music poem transcribed for the accordion by Noé Cuéllar and some celebratory musical carousing by dynamic duo THE SPEERS.

Friday, February 25, 2011
Articular Facet 1: Transistor
Transistor; Chicago, IL

Live sets by Coppice and Julia Miller, who will also perform Harrow/Dormant on guitar.

Articular Facet 1:  Transistor is the initial performance in a new series of electro-acoustic compositions and structured improvisations.  The series will be presented at various venues in Chicago this spring, and reflects the use of ancient, adapted, or hacked technology, invented instruments and performative objects, and the incorporation of the visual and physical into the sonic.  Performers include Coppice (Noé Cuéllar/Joseph Kramer) and Julia Miller.  Line drawings presented by Geoff Hanssler.

Friday, February 20, 2011, 4 PM
Aperiodic (2), curated by Nomi Epstein and Lee Weisert
Elastic Arts Foundation; Chicago, IL

A Chicago-based concert series founded and curated by Nomi Epstein and Lee Weisert featuring post-Cagean experimental music. Repertoire explores the indeterminacy of various musical elements including instrumentation, structure, pitch, and/or duration.

Eva-Maria Houben – von da nach da
Alvin Lucier – Six Geometries for Chorus with Slow Sweep Pure Wave Oscillators
Liam Mooney – Around C
Kunsu Shim – Luftrand
James Tenney – Swell Piece No. 1

Performers: Julia Miller, KT Somero, Noé Cuéllar, David Wegehaupt, Nomi Epstein, Lee Weisert, Anna Steinhoff, Patrick Liddell, Alex Temple, Kenn Kumpf, Robert Reinhart, David Grant, Jonathon Kirk, Dalia Chin, Scott Scharf, Leslie Beukelman, Billie Howard, Nora Barton, Ammie Brod, Dan Thatcher.

February 8-13, 2011 (Tuesday 1-3 PM and 5-7, Wednesday–Sunday 1-3 PM)
Museum of Contemporary Art; Chicago, IL
as part of the series Without You, I’m Nothing: Interactions, curated by Tricia Van Eck

Coppice premiere of Vinculum (Coincidence), for 2 accordions and multi-channel fixed media.

Complementing the objects on display, a program of performance-based works are presented in the galleries over the course of the exhibition, further emphasizing the critical importance of interactivity and the physical relationship of the viewer to the experience of contemporary art. Without You I’m Nothing: Art and Its Audience is co-curated by MCA Associate Curator Tricia Van Eck with assistance from Dominic Molon, Chief Curator of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.

February 4-6, 2011
Figuring it Out from Inside Out
Links Hall; Chicago, IL

Performance of Silvita Diaz Brown’s choreography Supple, with live pump organ accompaniment.

Also perfoming: Niña Buena, written and performed by Jasmin Cardenas.

Figuring it Out from Inside Out offers an evening of theatre and dance; Supple, choreographed by Silvita Diaz Brown and Niña Buena?, written and performed by Jasmin Cardenas.  Two separate pieces of art  complementing each other aesthetically and thematically. Aesthetically one is a dance and the other is a solo spoken performance. The audience will be taken on a journey in two different mediums during a single night. Thematically both pieces explore a life journey of growth where there is a sense of progress and dealing with life’s surprises.  Issues of Identity and humanity bring about the realization for self-acceptance and allowing flexibility so that life’s journey can flow.

Supple is a movement piece with contemporary dance elements, Tai-Chi, Yoga and text,which features 5 artist: Lisa Frank, Sam Goodman, Amanda Jasmina Ilic, Silvita Diaz Brown (dancers) and Noe Cuellar (composer).  Supple navigates into the journey of becoming limber; starting in the physical body transcending to the mind with the idea to liberate the spirit. The movement images in this work are metaphors of attaining flexibility in life: braking chains and being open to the need for change. To become supple is to bend as needed without breaking apart!

Niña Buena? is a solo performance, exploring the joys and challenges of being Latina y Americana. Cultural struggles, stereotypes, gender roles and pivotal moments of change, move this story forward. How do you live up to your Latin family’s old-fashioned expectations when you are made in the U.S.A.? Being a good little girl isn’t so simple!… niña o mujer?… the expectations… the pain… and the beautiful confusion of it all.   The piece is performed in English with a fusion of Spanish. This first generation American draws on her memories of growing up in a Colombian family in the Midwest.

January 29, 2011
New Capital; Chicago, IL

Coppice preview performance of Vinculum (Coincidence), for 2 accordions and multi-channel fixed media.

Performing as part of a closing reception for installations by Cameron Crawford, John Almanza, and video installation by Maya Pik, curated by Ben Foch and Chelsea Culp.

January 23, 2011
Links Hall; Chicago, IL

In-progress performance of Silvita Diaz Brown’s choreography Supple, with live pump organ accompaniment.

Also perfoming: Niña Buena? (in progress), written and performed by Jasmin Cardenas.

January 7-28, 2011
Slusser GallerySchool of A&D at The University of Michigan; Ann Arbor, MI
as part of the exhibition Disruptive Stillness, curated by John Kannenberg and Meghan Reynard

2-channel sound installation Scour, by Coppice.

“How and why might stillness become a disruption?

This international juried exhibition seeks work in all media embodying the concept of stillness.

While many artists align themselves with the frenetic culture that permeates our networked society, a growing number of artists challenge their audience to avoid the trap of speed. They believe in the power of contemplation, of making art that requires its audience to devote significant amounts of time in order to mindfully watch and listen – activities that disrupt contemporary life. What happens when we pause? How and why does this simple, universal act make those who do not engage in this activity uncomfortable?

In providing an interdisciplinary forum for the exploration of these ideas, we will begin to investigate art’s place in the burgeoning “Slow” movement.”

– Disruptive Stillness curator’s statement

January 6-8, 2011
The Southern Theater; Minneapolis, MN
as part of Tandem

Performance of Fourbound, choreography by Rachel Damon (Synapse Arts) with sound by Coppice.

Tandem is a shared-evening dance series featuring two distinctive independent choreographers chosen for their unique experimentations and fresh approach to connecting with audiences. Featuring work by Rachel Damon/Synapse Arts (Chicago) & April Sellers (Minneapolis).