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November 8, 2006

STEIM's Local Stop concert curated by Robert van Heumen - featuring:
Rasmus J¯rgensen, Sonsoles Alonzo & Jorrit Tamminga, incidental trio Audrey Chen, Seamus Cater & Jeff Carey and a short electronic composition by Robert van Heumen.

STEIM, Achtergracht 19, Amsterdam - 20:30

Danish artist Rasmus J¯rgensen works with the extended voice and physical theater. In his performances speech patterns become odd singing and ordinary gestures spill into twisted dance. He has an MA in Composition from Mills College in Oakland, USA, and a BA in music from The University of Oslo, Norway. In addition to voice and composition, he has studied theater, performance art and dance/choreography. He is currently based in Oslo, but performs frequently internationally. J¯rgensen will perform two pieces: `idle hands` and `men in chairs`.

The electronic improvisations by pianist Sonsoles Alonso and Jorrit Tamminga range from chaotic eclectic to intimate soundscapes. Alonso uses the entire piano as instrument, Tamminga transforms and manipulates these sounds, emancipating the role of the sound.

Incidental trio Audrey Chen, Seamus Cater & Jeff Carey will combine the extreme acoustic sounds of Chen on voice and cello with the extreme electronic sounds of Carey on laptop, glued together by Cater on room sampling and harmonica.

Playing music in many contexts, as a computer musician, electro-acoustic composer and improviser, Jeff Carey`s music ranges many aspects of computer music from non real-time acousmatic composition, electro-acoustic composition, to improvisation and performs in a number of units such as Office-R(6), USA/USB, the acclaimed feedback project 87 Central, and N-Collective related projects. Having spent years carrying around too much heavy gear playing no-input mixer he is happy to trade for a laptop: with feel that is more organic than digital -- drones, gentle and otherwise multiply against hyperactive noise bursts and crackling phrasing.

Audrey Chen is a Chinese-American musician and performance artist born outside of Chicago in 1976. Using the cello, voice and analog electronics, Chenís work focuses on the combination and layering of traditional and extended techniques. A large component of her music is improvised and her approach to this is often extremely personal and visceral. Her performance work incorporates sound, movement and simple visual/sculptural concepts. Chen performs solo and in collaboration with a wide number of musicians and dancers. Some current projects include duos with Gianni Gebbia, Tatsuya Nakatani, Alessandro Bosetti and Nate Wooley. Chen is currently based in Baltimore, MD, USA where she is a member of the Red Room and High Zero collective, an on-going series and festival devoted to experimental music.

Robert van Heumen (1968/NL) is electronic composer and musician, making electronic music in the studio and on stage. Recent compositions include the 5.1 composition `12 Bullets` for STEIM`s Noiseroom, music for the choreography `STAU` by Anouk van Dijk, and the audio-visual composition `Solitude` (with multi-media artist Arnoud Noordegraaf) based on a book by Paul Auster. He is active as a member of the electro-acoustic sextet OfficeR, electronic audio-visual trio SKIF++ and part of the N Collective, and has shared the stage with Michel Waisvisz, Jeff Carey, Oguz Buyukberber, Anne LaBerge, Guy Harries, Daniel Schorno, Luc Houtkamp, Roddy Schrock and Nate Wooley.
Van Heumen will present part one of his 5.1 surround composition `Fury (after anger)`, commisioned by the Sonic Circuits festival 2006.

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