The Red Room presents a high of visionary experimental music from New York, with strong Baltimore connections:
Carver Audain - solo electro-acoustic music
John Hastings - solo electro acoustic music
Jason Sloan - electronic music
+ Tyler Wilcox's ensemble:
Tyler Wilcox - soprano saxophone
Andrew Hayleck - electronics
Paul Neidhardt - percussion and friction
Tyler Wilcox (born 1979) is a soprano saxophonist, composer, and producer currently living in Brooklyn, NY. The philosophies of his music-making are influenced by time spent wandering in the forests and deserts of the western United States. Wilcox's interests include a deepening and slowing into silence, simplicity, extended duration and subtle variation. His expansive awareness of, and attention to, environment leads him to an interest in permeability of musical structure. His music is created with sensitive awareness of contributing to perceivable phenomena, while also framing the extant soundscape. Active since 2001 in the free improvisation communities of Baltimore and the Pacific Northwest, he is a past curator/director of the Seattle Improvised Music Festival, where he also co-led the Euchalon chamber music series with pianist, improviser and composer Gust Burns.
Carver Audain (b 1981) composes music in the Acousmatic tradition, which, as defined by French composer and theorist Pierre Schaefer, refers to "a sound that one hears without seeing the causes behind it."
Materially, he produces audio using digital signal processing and editing techniques on a variety of environmental and instrumental recordings. He is a self taught pianist, his recent works continue to explore harmonic structures utilizing the "slow change music' method. In a live setting, he arranges and manipulates this material into situation-specific compositions. Sonically, he produces an array of slowly shifting sound fields that merge and transform within their physical surroundings.
Jason Sloan is an electronic musician, composer, sound and new media artist working from Baltimore, Md. His work explores aspects ofimmateriality and its connection in memory, systems and the virtual world. Through his performances, sound installations, videos transmission art works and sound recordings, he examines the need for transcendence beyond the body through a vehicle of visual and aural stimulation.
Sloan received his BFA from Edinboro University in 1996 and his MFA from Towson University in 1999. In addition to being the recipient of multiple Maryland State Arts Council's Individual Artist Awards, Sloan's performances, installations, net.art and video works have been exhibited internationally including Berlin, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Kiev, Nagoya, Saint-Petersburg, Toulouse Lisbon and Vienna. Sloan is a Professor teaching full-time in the Interaction Design and Art [IDA] department along with being the founder and program coordinator for the soundArt concentration at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland.
John P. Hastings is a composer, sound artist and curator based in Brooklyn, NY. His current focus is on the creation of unique sonic environments utilizing novel methods to engage the audience. Many compositions and installations include the use of the harmonic series, field recordings, digital sound generation, microtones and aleatoric performance practice. Minimalist art theories and artists, especially Barnett Newman, Donald Judd and Michael Heizer, also heavily inform his music and practice. The formalist tendencies of these artists are projected into a musical landscape creating a logical and rationally satisfying whole. He is a founder of the web-based music journal,The Experimental Music Yearbook, a co-head of the experimental music performance group, Ensemble 303, and a music curator for the Sound Series at Presents Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.
Born and raised in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, John has lived in London, UK, Charlottesville, VA, Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and has a Master of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts where he studied with Ulrich Krieger ,Michael Pisaro, Mark Trayle and Wolfgang von Schweinitz. His influences include James Tenney, La Monte Young, John Cage, Horatiu Radulescu andPhill Niblock.