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Munden-Dixon, Adrianne / Leo Chang: Some Time [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] (Notice Recordings)

Unusual interactions between electronically manipulated violin and an AMPIRI--an electronically enhanced Korean double reed instrument--from the Brooklyn duo of Leo Chang and Adrianne Munden Dixon, seven improvisations numbered "Sixteen" to "Twenty-Two", each a uniquely idiosyncratic exchange from quick slippery dialog to raspy dissonance of unexpected directions.

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Label: Notice Recordings
Catalog ID: NTR072
Squidco Product Code: 32207

Condition: Sale (New)
Released: 2022
Country: USA
Packaging: Cassette
Recorded by Leo Chang.


Adrianne Munden Dixon-violin, electronics

Leo Chang-AMPIRI

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"Adrianne Munden-Dixon is a New York City-based violinist praised for her "animated and driven" performances (Connect Savannah). She is a dedicated performer of new and improvised music and has given solo performances at Roulette Intermedium, Princeton University, MassMoCA, Columbia University, and SPLICE Festival. She is a founding member of Desdemona ("an excellent young quartet" The New Yorker) and performs regularly with the Savannah Philharmonic.

Adrianne has commissioned works for violin and electronics by Finola Merivale, David Bird, Gemma Peacocke, and Maria Kaoutzani. She has worked with composers Annie Gosfield, Pamela Z, Tristan Perich, Pauline Kim Harris, and performed with ensembles including Bearthoven, Chartreuse, Pushback Collective, and members of the Bang on a Can All-Stars. In the 2019-2020 season she appeared as a chamber musician at Prototype Festival, Resonant Bodies, Bang on A Can's Loud Weekend, Experiments in Opera, and the Ukrainian Contemporary Music Festival.

Since forming in 2016, Adrianne has been a member of Desdemona, a New York City-based ensemble devoted to creating unique and inventive performances of repertoire spanning from the Renaissance to world premieres. They have recorded with Grammy award-winning vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant and have worked closely with living composers including Anthony R. Green, Peter Kramer, David Bird, Robinson McClellan, and Kinds of Kings collective, whose six string quartets they gave the New York premiere. Their performance of "Magdalene", an opera by 14 composers for soprano, quartet, and harp as part of PROTOTYPE Festival, was hailed as "fantastic" by Opera Wire."

-Adrianne Munden Dixon Website (

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"Leo Chang (he/him) is a Korean improviser, composer and performer of avant-garde music currently living in Brooklyn. Born in Seoul, Leo lived as an expat in Singapore, Taipei, and Shanghai, and then moved to the United States in 2011. Needing to assimilate to different cultures from a young age, Leo expresses rootlessness and multiplicity within identities through his music, while being skeptical of norms and definitions. Leo traces the origins of his fractured identity-formation to colonial legacies that continue to this day. His art is an act of home-making inspired by various musical and ideological movements that have sought to question power dynamics and imagine freedom within egalitarian possibilities. His primary methods are free improvisation, written text, graphical notation, and electronic processing.

Leo frequently performs as/with VOCALNORI, which amplifies vocal sounds through gongs and cymbals via electronic instruments. He also plays the piri, a Korean double reed instrument, in untraditional ways, often processing his piri playing using electronics.

Leo's various performances and collaborations have been with William Parker, gamin, DoYeon Kim, eddy kwon, Vong Pak, Chris Williams, Lester St. Louis, Miriam Parker, Erin Rogers, Lucie Vítková, Jason Nazary, Jeonghyeon Joo, Adrianne Munden-Dixon, S.E.M. ensemble, the Rhythm Method, and the JACK quartet. From 2017 to 2021, Leo organized Ensemble Consensus, a collective of experimental artists who transformed creative prompts into music by designing rehearsals that center playful co-creation.

Leo has shared his artistic practice at various gatherings: notably the Vision Festival, Ostrava Days New Music Festival, New York City Electro-Acoustic Music Festival, International Computer Music Conference, and the Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States National Conference. His projects have been supported by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Korea Foundation, EMPAC at Rensselaer, Chashama, and the Tank, among others. Leo's upcoming and recent discography can be found on Infrequent Seams, Notice Recordings, Dinzu Artefacts, SUPERPANG, and Tripticks Tapes."

-Leo Chang Website (

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track listing:


1. Sixteen 06:30

2. Seventeen 09:13

3. Eighteen 03:54


1. Nineteen 01:27

2. Twenty 06:04

3. Twenty-one 02:35

4. Twenty-two 11:55
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"Adrianne Munden-Dixon and Leo Chang's Some Time presents stuttering physical exchanges between Munden-Dixon's violin and electronics and Chang's amplified piri. These pieces are tense and tightly-woven, yet constantly unraveling and reforming.

Chang's "ampiri" is a Korean double reed instrument running through electronics and played in unconventional and non-traditional ways. Recontextualising the instrument "quasi-autodidactically" aligns with Chang's approach to free improvisation and his artistic practice, as it forms a dynamic relationship with more established tradition and lineage.

Munden-Dixon has seasoned experience in the new music, contemporary ensemble, and orchestral worlds, with more recent forays into free improvisation using her violin in conjunction with electronics.

Our first exposure to Munden-Dixon's work was oddly via a genuinely bizarre Youtube video of an improvisation involving prerecorded and manipulated Irish music, metallic objects, sinuous violin playing, recorded sounds of gulping water, and coffee mug rattling. Munden-Dixon's and Chang's unrelenting diversity and adherence to honest and unpretentious playing is evident throughout Some Time. "-Notice Recordings

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