Berklee Interdisciplinary Arts Institute: Works by Phill Niblock
Room F12, 22 Fenway
The Berklee Interdisciplinary Arts Institute presents works by Phill Niblock, featuring the Berklee Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, directed by Barbara LaFitte, and the BIAI Electric Ebow Guitar Quartet, directed by Neil Leonard.
Phill Niblock makes thick, loud drones of music, filled with microtones of instrumental timbres which generate many other tones in the performance space. Simultaneously, he presents films/videos that look at the movement of people working, or computer-driven black and white abstract images floating through time.
"Phill Niblock's music and films are concerned with detail and simplicity . . . dense, imposing sound mass . . . Sum and difference tones pile up until they sound like an orchestra of voices . . . one listens first to one level of detail, then to another, only gradually learning to hear everything at once."
—Robert Palmer, New York Times
Since the mid-'60s Phill Niblock has been making music and intermedia performances which have been shown at numerous venues around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art; the Wadsworth Atheneum; the Kitchen; the Paris Autumn Festival; Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels; Institute of Contemporary Art, London; Akademie der Kunste, Berlin; ZKM; Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard; World Music Institute at Merkin Hall NYC. Since 1985, he has been the director of the Experimental Intermedia Foundation in New York. Phill Niblock's music is available on the XI, Moikai, Touch, and Extreme labels.
This event is sponsored by the Berkee Interdisciplinary Arts Institute, Berklee Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, and Electronic Production and Design Department.