Closing Reception for Brian Dettmer at Packer Schopf Gallery, 942 W. Lake St., Chicago, Sunday, November 20, 2011, 2 - 5 PM. At 3 PM the duo Coppice will perform
We’re looking forward to present a custom-design instrument for Coppice by Andrew Furse (of Tiny Music). Apiary couples twin-bellows into a new musical instrument - a free-reed expression box. Similar to how a music hold perforated discs containing songs, the instrument holds up to two slides containing free reeds in various tunings. The instrument is activated by manually operating the bellows. You can read Andrew’s notes about the instrument here. We’re looking forward to compose new works for the Apiary in the coming year, and hope you can join us at our first presentation of it. The event will also include a performance of Seam as a trio with electro-acoustic cellist Sarah J. Ritch.
Coppice (Noé Cuéllar & Joseph Kramer) is a Chicago-based duet of bellows and electronics. Since its formation in 2009 they have produced original compositions for stage, fixed media, and performed installation settings, with a focus on adhering textural attenuation, processed gradation, the contours of instrumentation, and their multiple aspect highlights. Their variable instrumentation departs from bellows and reed instruments (accordion, pump organ, shruti box, harmonica), custom electronics (reproduction, transmission, spatialization, interference and gentle feedback), and multi-channel systems adapted in ways responsive to location, audience flow, and aural perspectives.
They have recently appeared at the Museum of Contemporary Art, New Music at the Green Mill, New Capital, and ACRE (Chicago); Music with a View (New York); Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Arts (Minneapolis); McNeill Street Pumping Station New Music Festival (Shreveport); as well as internationally in Iceland and Sweden.