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Gordon Beeferman and Dafna Naphtali perform duet pieces and improvisations for piano and voice with kinetic sound processing, fractal rhythms, and polyphonic/kaleidophonic disturbances, as Beeferman creates solid structures which are augmented by Naphtali's live processing, while she employs extended vocal techniques and hand & voice activated electronics.
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Recorded at New York University, in New York City, New York, on November 15th, 2014 by Aybar Aydin.
Dafna Naphtali-voice, electronics
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1. Transmission 11:17
2. Surface Disturbances 9:56
3. Ozone Tongues 13:16
4. Elegy For Bones 5:32
5. Orbiter 12:05
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"The duo of Gordon Beeferman (piano) and Dafna Naphtali (voice, electronics) plays settings and improvisations for piano and voice with kinetic sound processing, fractal rhythms, and generating polyphonic / kaleidophonic disturbances. Gordon Beeferman fleshes out protean fragments into strikingly visceral structures and landscapes that take the piano to its limit, and Dafna Naphtali augments her high energy live processing of Beeferman's piano with extended vocal techniques/sounds/multi-modal singing and her custom take on hand and voice-activated electronics."-dafna.info
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"Dafna Naphtali is a sound-artist/improviser/composer from an eclectic musical background. As a singer/guitarist/electronic-musician she performs and composes using her Max/MSP programming for sound processing of voice and other instruments, and also interprets the work of Cage, Stockhausen and contemporary composers.
Dafna has collaborated / performed with many experimental musicians and video artists over the past 20 years, such as Ras Moshe, Kathleen Supové, Lukas Ligeti, David First, Joshua Fried, and Hans Tammen as well as video artists (Benton-C Bainbridge, Angie Eng, Lenore Malen and others) and with choreographer Daria Fain. She's co-led the digital chamber punk ensemble, What is it Like to be a Bat? with Kitty Brazelton since 1997 (more music in the works!) and was a founder of Magic Names vocal ensemble (performing Stockhausen's Stimmung).
She's received commissions and awards from NY Foundation for the Arts (2001, 2013), NY State Council on the Arts, Meet the Composer, Experimental TV Center, Brecht Forum, and residencies at STEIM (Holland), Music OMI and iEAR at Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute. She's twice received commissions from American Composers Forum (1999 work for pianist Kathleen Supové plus Disklavier, and in 2010 for Magic Names vocal ensemble),. Dafna is a 2011 recipient of Franklin Furnace Fund award to develop work with Eric Singer's LEMUR music robots.
She's performed and traveled widely and under usual circumstances for her music (to festivals and venues around the world), (including to India for collaboration with Hindustani singer, Vidya Shah (courtesy of American Music Center). Dafna teaches and gives workshops at universities in the US and Europe, and holds a Masters in Music Technology from New York University, where she is part-time faculty .
She has been teaching, programming and consulting about computer music since1995 at Harvestworks (New York) and as a freelancer, and has done sound design and/or programming work for the projects of many artists at the forefront of digital and interactive music.
Dafna can be heard on Mechanique(s) (Acheulian Handaxe), on What is it Like to be a Bat? (Tzadik/Oracles) (4 Stars, All Music Guide) with Brazelton and Danny Tunick, Her CD Chatter Blip with Chuck Bettis is on Acheulian Handaxe."-Dafna Naphtali Website (http://dafna.info/bio/)
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"Gordon Beeferman is a composer, pianist, and improviser based in New York City. An eclectic and omnivorous musician who straddles numerous genres, he has created and performed innovative opera, chamber and orchestra music, avant-jazz, and numerous collaborations with choreographers, writers, and video artists. His varied projects include bands that perform his compositions: an Organ Trio; Other Life Forms, a quartet; and Music for an Imaginary Band, a septet-"a commanding avant-jazz ensemble" (Time Out New York). "Four Parts Five," an extended work for his new quintet, was released on Innova Recordings in 2015 - "Packed with humour, mischief, and an urge to dance" (The Wire). Since 2003, Beeferman has composed two operas with librettist Charlotte Jackson: "The Rat Land," praised as "complex and daringly modern" by The New York Times, and "The Enchanted Organ: A Porn Opera," scenes of which have been performed to sold-out theater and nightclub audiences in downtown Manhattan. Notable commissions and/or performances of his compositions have come from the New York City Opera orchestra, Momenta Quartet, Minnesota Orchestra, Albany Symphony, California EAR Unit, St. Urban Concerts, Talea Ensemble, Quartet New Generation recorder collective, and others. He has received commissions from the Fromm Foundation, the BMI Foundation, and Concert Artists Guild, three BMI Student Composer Awards, a Tanglewood fellowship, and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Copland House, and Ucross. An active member of the New York music scene since 1998, Beeferman has performed at venues and series including Roulette, MATA, and the Vision Festival, and his recordings have been acclaimed by magazines including The Wire, Jazz Review, and Cadence. In 2016 he performed his first solo concerts in Europe, and original and improvised music with ensembles in Germany and Amsterdam. He has also performed as a pianist/keyboardist in Philip Glass's "Einstein on the Beach" and Taylor Mac's "A 24-Decade History of Popular Music," and has co-curated concerts of the AIDS Quilt Songbook in New York City and Philadelphia. Beeferman's recordings are available on Clang, Innova, OutNow, Generate, Genuin, and Summit Records. He is a 2016 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow."-Gordon Beeferman Website (http://www.gordonbeeferman.com/)
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