RAFAEL TORAL + ANKA
8p doors open at 7:30p
Rafael Toral plays “post-free jazz electronic music”, described as “far more visceral and emotive than that of his cerebral peers”. Toral’s Space Program delivers music that is full of clarity, articulating silence and sound in a thoughtful, yet physical way.
Rafael plays electronic music today as a jazz musician would play his instrument, applying jazz discipline and working practices to his abstract electronics. The result is truly evolutionary music, once described as “a brand of electronic music far more visceral and emotive than that of his cerebral peers”. Melodic without notes, rhythmic without a beat, familiar but strange, meticulous but radically free, it is riddled with interesting paradox. Toral has developed a musical system to physically play experimental electronic instruments and puts it to practice with large-scale project Space Program — a complex network of recordings and performances to deliver music that is full of clarity and space, articulating silence and sound in a thoughtful, yet physical way.
Anka is a performance duo comprised of poet/vocalist Marcyanne Hannemann and percussionist/sound artist Carmelo Pampillionio. The duo seeks to embody a form of group anagnorisis: a moment in Aristotelian tragedy wherein the character comes into a new recognition of reality. Evoking oneiric sonic and poetic landscapes, Anka’s theatrical impact recalls the ancient alien dramas of the theorist/musical auteur, Harry Partch. However, in contrast to Partch’s staunchly analogue instrumentation, Anka meditates on the processual field of voice becoming digitized, and of the digital becoming voiced. Pampillonio’s hybrid midi drum-kit suffuses Hannemann’s layered recitatives with a ritual sound of Gagaku orchestra being flushed into the Feed.