WHEN: Monday, April 22, doors open at 8:30 PM, music at 9 PM
WHERE: The Red Room at Normals Books and Records, 425 E. 31st Street, Baltimore
Marcus Schmickler studied composition and electronic music in Cologne and since then has worked in the most diverse fields of composed and improvised music. He has won numerous prizes and honors and is closely associated with the Cologne label a-Musik, as well as with editions Mego and Mille Plateaux. As a composer, along with his many works of electronic music, he works with the ensemble recherche, musikFabrik, Paragon Ensemble, Ensemble zeitkratzer and many more. As a musician he works with musicians such as John Tilbury, Thomas Lehn, Julee Cruise and MIMEO. His discography so far consists of over 50 titles, and he has been performing on the world's stages and at international festivals for years. He gives lectures and seminars and also works as an author in the field of theatre, radio plays and film. Schmickler is part of the faculty at Bard College in Music/Sound MFA program. Lately he is been interested in epistemological dimensions within the arts.
While rooted in electronic music, Schmickler has a background in contemporary composition, having studied under the prominent Stockhausen collaborator Johannes Fritsch. In addition, he has long-standing collaborative projects, most notably with synth wiz Thomas Lehn, guitarist Keith Rowe, and pianist John Tilbury. www.piethopraxis.org
Mark Cetilia is a sound / media artist working at the nexus of analogue and digital technologies. Exploring the possibilities of generative systems in art, design, and sound creation, Cetilia's work is an exercise in carefully controlled chaos. Over the past decade, he has worked to develop idiomatic performance systems utilizing custom hardware and software, manifesting in a rich tapestry of sound and image. Mark is a member of the electroacoustic ensemble Mem1, recipients of a 2008 Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Project Grant Award and the experimental media art group Redux, recipients of a 2006 Creative Capital grant for their Callspace project. He received his MFA with honors from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2008, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D in computer music and multimedia at Brown University.
Throughout their career, his group Mem1 has collaborated with a variety of artists including the Penderecki String Quartet, Steve Roden, Jan Jelinek, Frank Bretschneider, Jeremy Drake, and Stephen Vitiello. Together, Mem1 curates the experimental music series Ctrl+Alt+Repeat and the record label Estuary Ltd. http://mark.cetilia.org/
Jeff Carey's music is hardcore digital instrumental music. It is computer based synthesis, noise, and improvisation combined with a no-safety-net aspect of gestural control makes his music totally physical and vicseral.
In 2002, Carey co-founded the Amsterdam based N-Collective with fellow musicians to explore the intersections of contemporary, electronic, and improvised music at their outer limits. His ensembles SKIF++, USA/USB, and Office-R(6) garnered critical acclaim for their approach to structured improvisation and integration of acoustic and digital elements. Nearly a decade later, Carey's first solo CD Impulse was released dubbed "fragmentary noise", "speaker damaging", and "breathtaking." His new ten track CD "interrupt, decay" continues to explore the dynamism in physically controlled sound production while expanding his palette of expression.
Carey holds a Bachelors of Science in Audio Technology from American University (1994) and studied computer music at the Instituut voor Sonologie at the Koninklijk Conservatorium of Den Haag, The Netherlands (2002) and has been recognized twice by the Maryland State Arts Council with an Individual Artist Award in Non-Classical Music Composition. http://jeffcarey.foundation-one.org/