12K LIVE @ TONIC RECAP
February 14 2006
on sunday the 12th 12k hosted an event at Tonic in NYC. the concert was a release party of sorts for Sawako's "Hum" cd (12k1035) with a live performance lineup that included Strategy, myself + kenneth kirschner, and sawako (with video artist Chika). the night took an interesting turn when that morning mother nature finished dumping 20+ inches of snow on New York. i, myself, barely made it to the show. living an hour outside of the city now i had to drive through unplowed roads and catch a very strained train system and the normal 2-hour trip ended up taking 5 hours. we expected maybe 5 people to brave the weather and come see the show but were happily surprised by around 30. thank you to everyone for making the trip. Strategy started the night with a set of improvised semi-ambient/semi-beat music with a lot of live playing of really interesting synth textures. i've never heard his music before tonight and really enjoyed it. very varied. ken and i performed next with our post_piano material which basically consists of kenneth on a grand piano with 4 microphones coming out of it, 2 of which feed my powerbook for realtime processing. when we do this it's always improvised and all sounds are generated in realtime only sourced from kenneth's playing. it went well, no technical glitches (as we had in Madrid last year). after that sawako and chika took the stage but i unfortunately only caught 5 minutes of the set as i had to run back to the still-strained train system and try to make my way home. the 5 minutes i heard from sawako were beautiful and gentle, i'm sorry i missed it. i also was pleased to meet musicians Billy Gomberg (again) and Andy Graydon, both of whom did remixes for the Post_Piano Open Remix Project. a hectic, wet, and stormy night, but all well worth it.