Sonic Front curated by Jeremy Slater, featuring Ken Butler, Ranjit Bhatnagar and Kelvin Daly
Sonic Front at the Front Room Gallery featuring:
Ken Butler's Voices of Anxious Objects
The artist-musician performs mesmerizing world textures and driving melodic grooves with passion and purpose on an amazing arsenal of amplified hybrid string instruments made from household objects and tools. Duchampian Dada meets Hybrid Hindu Hendrix as function and form collide in an environment of hyperactive hardware.
Ranjit Bhatnagar uses homemade instrument, hacked vintage music toys and robotics to bring music back to its mechanical, unfeeling roots. He worked with the art collectives Flux Factory and Rabid Hands to build a large-scale sound-and-architecture thingy at the Palais de Tokyo Museum in Paris this summer; his sound installation "Singing Room for a Shy Person" was exhibited at the Clocktower Gallery in New York this spring and is moving to the Tinguely Museum in Basel next month.
Kelvin Daly has been building and performing on his homemade musical instruments for 20 years. His work ranges from free improvisation through songs, spoken word, storytelling, and musical poetry performance, including also performance art, dance and theatre, as well as the occasional purely visual piece and extensive mask making for performances. Central to his work is re-invention of mythology, ritual, and magic in ways that are simultaneously fully modern and as archaic as the stone age. He sees himself as a translator of oneiric sounds, instruments, and images into the material world.
sonic front is curated by Jeremy D. Slater in conduction with Front Room Gallery and is a monthly event that explores electro-acoustic improvisation, electronic music, sound art, live video, and interactive/reactive performances.