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Chang, Leo / Lucie Vitkova: Religion [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD] (Tripticks Tapes)

Unusually orchestrated, spacious and exotic free improvisation from New York-based musicians Lucie Vítková, originally from Czech Republic and performing on accordion, hichiriki (a Japanese double reed flute), synth & harmonica, and Korean-born improviser Leo Chang performing on VOCALNORI (Amplified Gongs via Voice) and Piri (a Korean double reed instrument).
 

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Label: Tripticks Tapes
Catalog ID: TTT028
Squidco Product Code: 32657

Format: CASSETTE
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: USA
Packaging: Cassette
Recorded by Teerapat Parnmongkol.


Personnel:

Leo Chang-VOCALNORI (Amplified Gongs via Voice), Piri

Lucie Vitkova-accordion, synth, hichiriki, harmonica, voice, objects

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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 (http://www.listentoleo.com/about)
1/25/2023

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Lucie Vítková: "I am a composer, improviser and performer (accordion, hichiriki, harmonica, voice and tap dance) from the Czech Republic, living in New York, 2017 Herb Alpert Awards in Arts nominee in the category of Music.

In Spring 2016, I was awarded as an emerging artist of Thomas M. Messer Bohemian Creative Hub at the Czech Center New York. I have also been commissioned by Roulette Emerging Artist Commission Program with support of the Jerome Foundation in New York in 2017 and have become the 2018 Roulette Resident.

My compositions focus on sonification (compositions based on abstract models derived from physical objects), while in my improvisation practice I explore characteristics of discrete spaces through the interaction between sound and movement. In the recent work, I am interested in the musical legacy of Morse Code and the social-political aspects of music and art in relation to everyday life.

I graduated in accordion performance at Brno Conservatory in 2010 and composition at Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno (CZ) in 2020. During my Master Degree, I studied at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague (NL) and at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia (USA). I have studied with Martin Smolka, Jaroslav Šťastný, Martijn Padding, Gillius van Bergijk and Michael Pisaro.

As a student of JAMU Brno, I have realized my Ph.D. research at Universität der Künste in Berlin (partly on DAAD scholarship) under the supervision of Marc Sabat (2014-2015). Since 2016, I have been based in the City of New York, where I have done my research as a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University with Prof. George Lewis (2016-2018), and at the New York University (2018-2019).

I have obtained my Ph.D. degree in March 2020. In my dissertation, I have analyzed music of Christian Wolff, researching on his compositional techniques which he has been using to change relationships between players and to reform established hierarchies in music. I have put together two ensembles - NYC Constellation Ensemble (focused on musical behavior) and OPERA ensemble (for singing instrumentalists).

During the Mentor/Protégé Residency in Tokyo (JP), I studied hichiriki with Hitomi Nakamura and have been a member of the Columbia University Gagaku Ensemble and CU Raaga ensemble.

As an accordion player, I have collaborated with New York based TAK Ensemble, Kamraton, S.E.M. ensemble, String Noise, Du.0 , Argento Ensemble, Ghost Ensemble and Wet Ink."

-Lucie Vitkova Website (https://www.vitkovalucie.com/about/)
1/25/2023

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track listing:


SIDE A



1. X 5:20

2. Y 27:27

SIDE B



1. Z 33:01
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Double reeds soar over the mountain

What do we expect from poetry?

Reality is an organize in the explanation of itself No Objectively rely upon beyond space

:.. ...absurdity is real the truth

Experience alone is a danger of representation

The ambivalent of visibility That's the life we live in

Paradox as a breakfast Of

Unknown eclipsed

What do you expect from the world?

Dogmatic Systematic Romantic Poetic Justice crisis Dramatic

Epistemology of what?

Nothing don't/can ring the gong of memories

Everything is and what is not

Plural as it's... venerable as it can free

Crying in lossless faith

Live and die in the sea of love

---Teerapat Parnmongkol "

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