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Audio September


Remember Audio September!

September 1, 2012 – September 29, 2012

Join us at the Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative throughout September to celebrate the fifth annual month of audio programming. We are pleased to welcome over two dozen artists whose work engages the world of sound through music, radio, poetry, story-telling, and installation. Audio September kicks off with an evening of adventurous stories with Chicago radio artist and Artistic Director of Third Coast International Audio Festival, Julie Shapiro.
Contact: Chris Peck, Noise Director Greg Kelly, Executive Director

Julie Shapiro Sat. 9/1, 8pm, $5
To help kick off Audio September, The Bridge’s annual, month-long celebration of audio + art, Third Coast Artistic Director Julie Shapiro presents an evening of stories determined by everyone in the room. Come ready to Choose Your Own Audio Adventure, one story at a time.

Bio: Artistic Director of the Third Coast International Audio Festival, Julie Shapiro has been with the project since its inception in 2000. In previous lives, she worked at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, helped launch an experimental music/film festival, Transmissions, and produced Storylines Southeast – a survey of seminal literature from the American South. Shapiro has shared her radio perspectives at conferences and with publications around the world. She lives in Chicago with her husband and young son, keeps a blog about the art of listening, and occasionally produces stories for the public radio airwaves.

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Julie Shapiro Credit: Kelly Kress

Mushroom Walk Wed. 9/5, 12pm, FREE
Celebrate John Cage’s centennial by engaging in one of his favorite pastimes: mushroom hunting! Meet at The Bridge PAI and carpool to the Secluded Farm (off Thomas Jefferson Parkway, just ten minutes away) for an hour or so of musical mycology.  Led by composer Chris Peck with mycological advisor Manuel Lerdau of U.Va.’s Department of Environmental Sciences.

Chris Forsyth/Koen Holtkamp Duo w/ Seung-Hye Kim Wed. 9/5, 8pm, $5
Chris Forsyth (Peeesseye) and Koen Holtkamp (Mountains) team up, playing guitar and synthesizer and modular electronics respectively. Kraut guitar grooves, but frequently rocking into a blissed out epic psychedelic smog of wailing riffs and bubbling electronics tones. With an opening set of fixed-media music by composer Seung-Hye Kim.

Bios: Based in Philadelphia, Forsyth has built a career as a 21st-century outré guitarist, releasing numerous solo jaunts, spitting out recordings with Peeesseye (including many on his own Evolving Ear label), and serving as an inside session dude on discs like Meg Baird’s Seasons on Earth. His most recent solo releases are Dreams and Paranoid Cat, both issued by Family Vineyard last year. Koen Holtkamp, meanwhile, cofounded the electronic drone duo Mountains with Brendon Anderegg in 2005. He has since made music with dozens of collaborators in the art/electronics ether, as well as with his own bad self, including In The Absence of Gravity Please Note the Position of the Sun/Loosely Based On Bees (Thrill Jockey, 2011). That album combined live and studio performances into one sweeping electro-acoustic vision.

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Chris Forsyth/Koen Holtkamp Credit: Maria Dumlao

Seung-Hye Kim is a composer of both acoustic and electroacoustic music. She is a native of South Korea and currently working toward her Ph.D in music composition at the University of Florida. Her music and collaborative works have been performed in many festivals such as ICMC, FEMF, Bourges “Synthese”, 3rd Practice, SCI national conference, EMM, NYCEMF, EMM, and etc. Her music has been released on SEAMUS label (Vol. 16) and awarded from the Italy Percussion Music Competition and Computer music contest in Korea. Her teachers include James Sain, Paul Koonce, Paul Richards, Christopher Dobrian, and Jaeho Chang.

Jason Ajemian Exhibition Opening and Concert Fri. 9/7, 6pm, FREE Concert at 8pm Jason Ajemian’s Breath Orchestra Wed. 9/12, 8pm, $5
An installation of graphic scores interpreted in two separate concerts by double bass player (and returning central Virginian) Jason Ajemian, accompanied by local musicians. Installation runs through 9/15. Jason’s scores for this concert/exhibit, entitled “Teleport Tone Poems,” are colorful, graphic scores that give individual players maximum freedom while still providing a framework for collective musical exploration. Jason believes that: “A big question facing music today is how to deal with chaos of individuals. First thing to do is to embrace that chaos within yourself. Musically, this is the style of each musician. What I’m trying to do is let that style express itself. In other words, letting people be themselves in chaos. It’s not music, it’s a moment of shared chaos.” For bio, images, and lots more information, see Ajemian2
Jason Ajemian

Scheherazade Sun. 9/9, 7pm
Songwriters, storytellers, fiction writers & poets give us a taste of their high fidelity memories with this month’s theme of SOUNDTRACKS for Scheherazade. Scheherazade is an open reading series at The Bridge PAI where artists in different genres present an original 10 minute work to our audience. September will be hi-fi/lo-fi, screeching, skreeling stories of lyrical pleasure and pain; heartbreaking tales that make you want to sing along.  Reserve your performance spot by emailing


Music Resource Center Student Hip Hop Showcase Sat. 9/15, 2pm, FREE
A concert featuring current members and alumni of the Music Resource Center after-school programs. Copresented with the Virginia Center for Computer Music as part of their annual fall festival, TechnoSonics XIII: Music and Politics. See and THIS SITE for details. The Music Resource Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and inspire young people, and through music, equip them with life skills. In a state-of-the-art studio setting, students learn all phases of music production, from songwriting to audio engineering. Above all, they learn to respect each other, to work together, and to set goals and achieve them.

photo from Music Resource Center

David Cossin and Timothy Summers Tues. 9/18, 8pm, $5
An evening of new music with Timothy Summers (violin) and David Cossin (Bang on a Can All-Stars, percussion) and the UVa New Music Ensemble directed by I-Jen Feng. Presented in collaboration with the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival (

Bios: Percussionist David Cossin has performed internationally with the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Steve Reich and Musicians, Philip Glass, and Yo-Yo Ma. He has collaborated with Blue Man Group, and director Peter Sellars. He was featured percussion soloist in the Grammy and Oscar winning score to the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Recently, he joined Sting for his world tour, Symphonicities.

Violinist and violist Timothy Summers is co-founder and co-director of the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival, and is second violinist of the celebrated Orpheus String Quartet. He has also been a member of the first violin section of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra since 2009, and has performed on violin, viola, and occasionally mandolin with the orchestra at venues across the world. Mr. Summers holds degrees from Harvard University and Juilliard.

David Cossin (right)

Adam Basanta Fri. 9/21, 9pm, $5
“Room Dynamics” is a sound and light media architecture activating the gallery space in which it is contained: making available architectural features, articulating navigable pathways, “colouring” and “shading” the experiential space through which the spectator navigates. Installation runs through 9/26.

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Bio: Adam Basanta (b. 1985) is a multiple award-winning composer and media artist, whose work traverses electroacoustic, acoustic and mixed composition, audiovisual installations, interactive laptop performance, and innovative light design. His work often explores modes of listening, cross-modal perception, unorthodox performance practices, and the articulation of site and space. His concert works, dance collaborations, and audiovisual installations have been presented internationally, and described as “frantic, noisy and gutsy” (Words and Music), “an electrochemistry of the new and old” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), while “the richness and dynamism of colour in his pieces stirs questions” (Musicworks). He has studied extensively with Barry Truax (BC, Canada), and is currently completing his MA at Concordia University (Montreal, QC) under the supervision of Sandeep Bhagwati (Montreal/Berlin) and Chris Salter (Montreal/Berlin).

Adam Basanta

An Evening of Poetry and Music
(note: Fred Moten reading canceled)
Sat. 9/22, 8pm, FREE
Brooklyn-based artist Woody Sullender presents a new work creating sonic and performative gestures utilizing a range of vibrating objects, including his primary instrument, the banjo. The evening also features readings of music and sound-themed poetry by UVa grad students and friends. This event is presented with support from the University of Virginia McIntire Department of Music, the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies, and the University of Virginia Department of English.

Woody Sullender

Nelly Kate, Adam Smith, Scott Ritchie/Matt Northrup, and Michele Seippel Wed. 9/26, 7pm, $5
A mid-week show featuring cross-genre “pop” music from local music makers. Featuring: Nelly Kate, Adam Smith, Scott Ritchie/Matt Northrup, and Michele Seippel. Bios: Nelly Kate builds an evocative contrast of bright melodies against the darkest realities of life. Nestled in Richmond, with four solid tours under her wings, she has just independently released her first analog recording, ‘ISH ISH.’ Layered among textural arrangements—of Casiotones and guitars, typewriters and music boxes–are her intricate and elegiac lyrics. Listeners are enveloped by Nelly’s haunting soundscapes that ever-build toward an intimate catharsis. Despite her undeniable brush with poetry and literature, the fabric of her aesthetic is profoundly influenced by visual artists like Maya Deren, Peter Zumthor, Joe Sacco, and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Her music has led her to share the stage with artists such as: Tune-Yards, DIIV, Frankie Rose, Tickley Feather, Pattern Is Movement, and Pat Jordache.

Nelly Kate

Adam Smith is a singer/songwriter and producer living in Charlottesville, VA who plays with Invisible Hand and Great Dads. Scott Ritchie is a musician living in Charlottesville, VA who currently plays under the name Myceum and with The Smiffs (The Smiths Cover Band). “Matt Northrup has been a loop-based guitarist operating out of the collegiate gates of Greensboro, North Carolina for the some time now. Northrup sets himself apart from the digital age by crafting his own guitar licks into loops that overlap in a flurry of pedal-assisted sound effects that come together to a syncopated jungle of whistling riffs. I can say with experience that Northrup’s quiet, quaint display on stage and life is a deceiving appearance when contrasted with the swelling sound that emanates from his music.”  -Kyle Minton Michele Seippel is an artist specializing in video and audio living Richmond, VA.

Jonathan Zorn and Chris Heenan/Jonas Kocher Thurs. 9/27, 8pm, $5
Jonathan Zorn will present new works for voice, acoustic instruments and electronics. His performance will include selections from the Songs of Quadrupeds as well as Language as Dust, an electroacoustic poem exploring the philosophical and psychological questions raised by the intersection of human voice and electronic sound. Chris Heenan (Berlin) and Jonas Kocher (Biel/Bien) ( work with the unlikely pairing of contrabass clarinet and accordion using improvisation to create worlds of changing depth and mood that both expand upon and fixate on particular sonic zones while simultaneously belying the instrumentation of the duo. Sudden shifts in texture and tempo become to areas of quiet and stasis, a reprieve from constant movement that gives way to a burst of loud focused activity. Appearing with the support of Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council, and Canton of Bern.

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Bios: Jonathan Zorn is a composer, performer, and curator of experimental, electronic, and improvised music. His electronic music pairs improvising musicians with interactive computer systems to create hybrid, humanmachine ensembles. Zorn’s interest in vocal utterance has resulted in a series of pieces in which spoken language is interrupted by electronic forces, drawing attention to the gap between speech and sound. He is currently working on a suite of electroacoustic sound/text performance pieces. Zorn has been active as an improviser on bass and electronics for 15 years and has performed at Red Cat, the Walker Art Center, the Verona Jazz Festival, the Library of Congress, the Seattle Festival of Improvised Music, Line Space Line Festival, and the Chelsea Art Museum. He has performed under the direction of Anthony Braxton, Alvin Lucier, Fred Frith, and Alison Knowles. His work has been published in Ord und Bild, the SEAMUS Journal, Notations 21, and UbuWeb. Zorn_Credit_Ross_McDermott
Jonathan Zorn

Accordion player and composer born in 1977 (CH), Jonas Kocher studied a.o. with Teodoro Anzellotti, Pierre Sublet and Georges Aperghis. He collaborates regularly as an accordionist in improvised and conceptual contexts with musicians such Michel Doneda, Christian Wolfarth, Olivier Toulemonde, Alfredo Costa Monteiro, Luca Venitucci, Duo Diatribes, Jacques Demierre, Christian Kesten, Gaudenz Badrutt, Chris Heenan… Jonas Kocher’s work explores the relationships between tone, noise and silence and the processes of listening. As composer he realizes projects that are situated between composed theater, installation and concert pieces. His compositions has been played at Biennale Bern 2010, Theater Basel, Zentrum Paul Klee, Festival Encuentros Buenos Aires, Umlaut Festival Berlin, Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel, Festival Concentus Moravie, Zagreb Biennale. He composes also for hörspiel, dance and theater. Jonas Kocher is also involved as an organizer of different events in Switzerland and runs the label flexion records.

Chris Heenan (Washington D.C., 1969) lives in Berlin and is an active composer/ performer and organizer of experimental music. He performs on alto saxophone, contrabass clarinet, and analog synthesizer in contexts ranging from solo to large groups and in various ongoing projects. He uses these instruments to investigate new musical forms, noise, and improvisation both in his solo work and in collaboration with composers and performers such as actors, musicians, dancers, and visual artists. Heenan has developed a formidable solo voice on his wind instruments, particularly with the contrabass clarinet where he uses extended techniques, often incorporating multiphonics with surprising results, to reveal the subtleties inherent to the instrument. Heenan’s regular projects include Nordzucker (with Michael Maierhof, Birgit Ulher, and Lars Scherzberg), PIVOT (with Liz Allbee), Trigger (with Matthias Müller and Nils Ostendorf), Team Up (a trio with Jeremy Drake and a revolving third member percussionist), Phantom Limb and Bison (with Chris Forsyth, Jaime Fennelly, and Shawn Hansen), a duo with zitherist Dimitra Lazaridou Chatzigoga and a contrabass clarinet and percussion duo with Michael Vorfeld.

Heenan & Kocher

SCGMC Composer Salon Fri. 9/28, 8pm, FREE
Informal listening session for works by composers from Duke University, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and UVa as part of the 10th annual meeting of the South Central Graduate Music Consortium.  See for details.

Closing Party Sat. 9/29, 8pm, FREE
Indeterminacy-themed dance party and Karaoke night.

Live Broadcasts by WTJU Throughout September 2012
Your favorite WTJU DJs broadcast from The Bridge PAI parking lot throughout the month of September via a unique portable studio housed in a custom geodesic dome. Tune in to 91.1FM on your radio or listen from the web at