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Resonant and upbeat exploratory free improvisation in the 2nd album from the Portuguese trio of Dead Combo guitarist To Trips, and String Theory members, Adrian Sa on zither, field recordings & reactive software and John Klima on electric fretless bass, in beautifully rambling melodic work with unusual sonic environments and asides, an appealing and absorbing album.
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Recorded at Scratch Built Studio, in Lisbon, Portugal, in August, 2017, by John Klima.
Adriana Sa-zither, reactive software, field recordings
John Klima-electric fretless bass
To Trips-electric guitar, percussion
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"Adriana Sá is transdisciplinary artist, performer musician/ composer. Her graphical scores choreograph texture, density, dominance and sequence variations rather than clock-time or note arrangements. Designing and building the instrumentation is part of her creative process. For almost two decades, Sá used sensor technologies to explore music connected to light, space, movement, architecture, weather and social context; her architecturally-scaled instruments combined analogue and digital components. Currently, Adriana develops research about audio-visual instrument design and composition. She has been clarifying artistic insights with the aid of cognition/ attention research, and developing 3D audio-visual software that operates based on pitch detection from a custom zither input.
Adriana Sá has been developing and presenting her work around Europe, USA and Japan since 1997. She has consistently developed a number of project-series dedicated to specific artistic investigations: 'Sensations Laboratories', 'Interchange Formats', 'This Is Just To Do', 'Parallax', 'Metaparallax', 'Portablellax', 'Moment In Movement', 'Thresholds', 'Windowmatter' and 'Emotional Object'. In these and other contexts, she has collaborated with hundreds of artists. Currently she is developing two parallel projects: 'Included Middle', with John Klima, and 'Timespine', with John Klima and To Trips.
Throughout the years, Adriana work has been presented worldwide, in venues like Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Culturgest, Serralves, Teatro Maria Matos or Museu do Chiado in Portugal; Experimental Intermedia Foundation, PS1/ MoMa or Eyebeam in the US; Caixa Forum or Arteleku in Spain; ICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Media Centre Huddersfield or Sonic Arts Research Centre in the UK; and ACAC - Aomori Contemporary Art Center in Japan. She also presented site-specific work in a codfish-drying factory or a chapel, in Portugal, or an active a textile mill in the UK. She performed and exhibited in festivals such as LEM (Spain), Ultrasound (UK), Atlantic Waves (UK), Luzboa Biannual (Portugal), xxxxx (UK), Sonorities (Irland), NIME - New Interfaces for Musical Expression (US) or Version Beta (Switzerland).
Adriana´s artistic work has been made possible through grants, funding supports and commissions, by institutions such as Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (PT), Cultural Ministry (PT), Serralves (PT), Aomori Contemporary Art Centre (JP), Kirkless Media Center Huddersfield (UK), T-U-B-E (GR), European CoDaCo Fund (EU), FLAD- Portuguese-American Foundation (US/PT), Kampnagel (GR) and Instituto Camões (PT).
Adriana's artistic practice fluidly expanded her early education in music (Mendelsohn Hochshule fuer Musik. Leipzig, GDR), visual arts (Atelier Livre, António Arroio School, Fine Arts University, Lisbon, PT) and hypermedia design (Teacher Formation Course in Graphic Design for Hypermedia Systems, CNS, Lisbon). Her practice has been furthered with workshops (e.g. at AA- Architechtural Association (UK) or FEUP - Engineering Faculty/ Porto University (PT), communications, texts and audio-CDs. She had a positon as assistent professor at ESAD / Polytechnic Institute Leiria (PT), from 2009 to 2011. In 2011- 16 she was a researcher at Goldsmiths University of London, EAVI research group, Department of Arts and Computing (UK), with a grant by FCT-Foundation for Science and Technology. She is currently a professor at Coimbra University, in the departments of Computing and Arquitecture. Her scientific articles have been published with ICLI 2012, Leonardo Almanac, Leonardo Transactions, XCoAX 2014 and 2017, NIME 2014, and Journal Of Science And Technology Of The Arts."-Adriana Sa Website (http://adrianasa.planetaclix.pt/bios/bioresumeeA4.htm)
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"John Klima employs a variety of technologies to produce artwork with hand-built electronics, and computer hardware and software. Consistently connecting the virtual to the real, Klima builds large scale electro-mechanical installations driven by 3D game software he programs from scratch. The virtual computer imagery mirrors and extends the potential and agency of the physical components to produce cohesive worlds that are both humorous and sinister. In 2003 he focused on his long-time fascination with model railroading to create his first HO scale railroad piece, titled simply Train. Exhibited in December 2003 at Postmasters Gallery in New York, Train was shown in April 2005 at the DeCordova Museum in Boston, and in September became part of the permanent collection of the Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo in Badajoz, Spain. Klima has exhibited extensively in museums and galleries in the United States, Europe, and Asia. His exhibitions include BitStreams at the Whitney Museum of American Art as well as the 2002 Whitney Biennial. He has also exhibited at Eyebeam, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, PS.1 and The Brooklyn Museum of Art. His international exhibitions include The Museum for Communication in Bern, Switzerland, the NTT InterCommunication Center in Tokyo, Japan, The Daejeon Municipal Museum in Korea, and numerous international festivals. Selections from his bibliography include the New York Times, The New Yorker, Art Forum, Flash Art, and Business Week. Klima was recently a research scientist at the Courant Institute, New York University, and is currently adjunct Professor of Digital Media at the Rhode Island School of Design. Klima also teaches an extensive course in game design theory and production at the Polytechnic University of Brooklyn. John Klima is represented by Postmasters in New York, Bank Gallery in Los Angeles, and Gallery of International Media Art, Berlin, Germany."
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1. Action 4:44
2. Delicacy 1:35
3. Dribble 2:07
4. Funnybunny 4:40
5. Lisbon Slide 5:42
6. Ny Tv 3:20
7. Pax 4:16
8. Run 4:33
9. Ticktack 2:35
10. Walking 4:14
11. Wanting 4:51
sample the album:
"The musical identity of this trio remains consistent with their eponymus debut album, released four years ago - exemplified by fluctuating tonal centers and the interaction made of convergences and divergences. And yet, its components are now more clear, because the music feels more transparent: it sounds an American folk music from another dimension in the multiverse, a folk music filled with twisted and bizarre - but very explicit - rock and jazz elements.
No wonder: the guitar is played by one of the top rock musicians in Portugal, Tó Trips, founder and member of the country-fado-rock-jazz band Dead Combo; the bassist is John Klima, an intermedia artist from Redondo Beach, USA, for some years living in Portugal, who in the past was involved with the pop-rock group later identified as The Presidents of the United States of America; the zither, the electronics and occasional field recordings are manipulated by a veteran of Portuguese experimental and improvised music, Adriana Sa. She has specialized herself in the interaction of her instruments and body with reactive software, and once again we see this in Urban Season: her playing of the zither, with hands or bow, ignite all the electronic processing and found sounds as if by magic. And magical, mesmerizing and mysterious the music is indeed, very different from everything else you heard before."-Shhpuma
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
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