Saturday, March 14, 2009

Friday March 20 @ GASP: Helvacioglu/Leonard/the Moogist/Howard

Sonic Arts @ GASP proudly presents:

Friday, March 20, 2009 at 8 PM

Rare east coast appearance by Turkish composer/performer Erdem Helvacioglu (guitar/electronics) with Neil Leonard (saxophones/electronics)
Plus electronics prodigy Tim Tsang (aka The MOOGIST) on Moog Voyager with Chip Howard (CDJs with Kaoss pads and electronics)

GASP Gallery
362-4 Boylston St., Brookline, MA 02445

$10 suggested donation, $6 with a student ID

GASP is one block from the Brookline Hills stop on the MBTA ‘D’ Riverside line.




ERDEM HELVACIOGLU is a renowned young Turkish composer/performer. He received commissions from the 2006 World Soccer Championship, 2009 Novelum Festival, 2010 Istanbul International Classical Music Festival, 2010 Bregenz Contemporary Music Festival, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Todd Reynolds, Kinan Azmeh, Margaret Lancaster, Cem Duruöz and Mesut Ozgen. His sound installations have been featured by Track 16 (Los Angeles ), Soemardja ( Indonesia), Köln Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Menier (London) and the 10th International Istanbul Biennial. His film music has been featured by film festivals in Cannes, Sarajevo, Locarno, Seoul, Sao Paulo, and Sydney. He received the “Best Original Soundtrack” award in the 2006 Mostramundo Film Festival. His solo album “Altered Realities” has been included in the “Best 20 albums of 2007” list in All About Jazz, Textura and Cyclic Defrost magazines.

TIM TSANG is a Moogist, classical pianist, keyboardist, composer, and sound designer who plays and writes electronica, hip hop, and rock. Originally born in Hong Kong and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Tsang grew up mainly with classical influences, having begun piano studies at age five. After being awarded with an entrance scholarship, he went on to study Piano Performance at UBC (University of British Columbia), one of the biggest and most prestigious music programs in Canada. Having studied with renowned pianist/teacher Henri-Paul Sicsic (4th generation in lineage of Chopin), Tsang was well on his way to becoming a force in the world of Classical Music.

Tsang was offered a major scholarship from Berklee College of Music. Originally majoring in Jazz Performance, Tim switched his focus on Music Synthesis, absorbing himself with knowledge and interest in modern music technology and sound design. In December 2007, after only three months of exposure to electronic music, Tsang went back to Canada and performed a full length set with pumping beats and fresh sounds at the Plaza Club in front of several hundred people. He also performed as the lead singer/rapper with the Sweetness Group which included the Ray Garraway, drummer of Grammy Nominated Artist "K-OS".

NEIL LEONARD works as a sound artist, composer and saxophonist. His ensemble has featured Marshall Allen, Bruce Barth, Don Byron, Robin Eubanks, Uri Caine and Jamaaladeen Tacuma. Leonard performed and recorded with Boston Ballet, Bill Frisell, Vijay Iyer, Orlando ‘Cachaito’ Lopez, John Medeski, Butch Morris, Phill Niblock, Dave Samuels, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Steve Swallow, Evan Ziporyn.

Leonard’s Dreaming of an Island, (for orchestra, electronics and live-video) was premiered by Kirk Trevor and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. Leonard's composition Totems was premiered at Carnegie Hall by Byron and Caine. His Echoes and Footsteps was featured by the Tel Aviv Biennial for New Music, Issue Project Room (NYC) and the Auditorium di Roma. Leonard's collaborative work with visual artist Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons was featured by the 49th Venice Biennial, Museum of Modern Art (NYC). Leonard composed the music for Relatives, by Tony Oursler and Constance DeJong featured by the Whitney Biennial. Leonard compositions were featured by festivals in Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Panama, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, Senegal, Spain, Sweden. Leonard is co-owner of Gallery Artist Studio Project in Boston. Leonard is a Professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He taught sound installation at the University of Padova and the C. Pollini Conservatory, Italy. 

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