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Kali Malone – Does Spring Hide Its Joy
April 9 6:00 pm - April 16 6:00 pm
Featuring Nika Milano, Stephen O’Malley & Lucy Railton
The duration of the piece is one hour, and is presented on continous loop.
Does Spring Hide Its Joy is an immersive piece by composer Kali Malone featuring musicians Stephen O’Malley, Lucy Railton, and video artist Nika Milano. The music is a study in deep listening and non-linear durational composition with a heightened focus on septimal just intonation and beating interference patterns. Malone’s experience with pipe organ tuning, harmonic theory, and long durational composition is a prominent point of departure for Does Spring Hide Its Joy. Her nuanced minimalism unfolds an astonishing depth of focus and opens up contemplative spaces in the listener’s attention.
In addition to live concerts performed by Kali Malone, Lucy Railton, and Stephen O’Malley, Does Spring Hide Its Joy has also evolved in parallel as a site-specific sound installation featuring recordings made in the renowned Berlin Funkhaus concert hall. For this special occasion at Human Resources, Malone invites video artist Nika Milano to exhibit an analog video work that accompanies and interprets the musical score as a fourth member.
Kali Malone (US – Sweden)
The compositions of Kali Malone implement specific tuning systems in minimalist structure for pipe organ, choir, chamber music ensembles, and electroacoustic formats. Malone’s music is rich with harmonic texture through synthetic and acoustic instrumentation in repetitive motions and extended durations. Her music emits distinct emotive, dynamic, and affective hues which bring forth a stunning depth of focus. Kali Malone has performed extensively in Europe and North America at Musica Festival, Berlin Atonal, Moogfest, Kanal Pompidou, Elbphilharmonie, Paris Philharmonie, and Radio France. Her commission projects and residencies include the Ina GRM, The Richard Thomas Foundation, MACBA, Macadam Ensemble, Orgelpark, Elektronmusikstudion and Tempo Reale. She collaborates and performs with various artists, including Stephen O’Malley, Lucy Railton, Frederikke Hoffmeier, Leila Bordreuil, Drew McDowall, Caterina Barbieri, and Ellen Arkbro. In 2016 she co-founded the record label and concert series XKatedral, together with Maria W Horn, in Stockholm.
Nika Milano (Venezuela – Mexico)
Nika Milano is an audiovisual creator who works primarily with electronic media focusing on experimentation with feedback signals to develop environments that slowly spread and evolve. Her video work mixes signals from analog modular synthesizers, video mixers, VCRs, and video feedback created with a hi8 video camera. Although her training originally stems from photography, her curiosity and research have led her to work with video, sound, improvisation, and analog film restoration. Milano has been a resident at the EMS Elektronmusikstudion studio in Stockholm and has performed at festivals such as Mutek Mx, Nrmal, Aural, Visiones Sonoras, among others.
Stephen O’Malley (US – France)
Stephen O’Malley is a guitarist, producer, composer, and visual artist who has conceptualized and founded numerous drone and experimental music groups for over two decades – SUNN O))), KTL, and Khanate being among his best-known projects. Wildly prolific, O’Malley’s oeuvre defines remarkable breadth, complexity and multidisciplinary interests. It includes collaborations with a wide range of experimental musicians and composers, including Scott Walker, choreographer Gisèle Vienne, the authors Dennis Cooper and Alan Moore, composers Alvin Lucier and Kali Malone, artist Fujiko Nakaya, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, experimental music research centres IRCAM, INA-GRM (Paris), EMS (Stockholm) and many others. O’Malley is also a vigorous live performer and has toured around the world since 2003.
Lucy Railton (UK – Germany)
Lucy Railton has been an active performer, programmer and music maker since 2008, releasing albums on Modern Love, Editions Mego – GRM Portraits, PAN, ECM, SN Variations, Shelter Press and Takuroku. Having emerged from a long-term engagement with classical and contemporary music, she now makes her own work alone or in collaboration with artists and musicians from varied disciplines, including Rebecca Salvadori, Peter Zinovieff, Catherine Lamb, Khyam Allami, Kit Downes, Kali Malone and Stephen O’Malley, and in recent years has worked with Beatrice Dillon, Philippe Parreno, Rhodri Davies, Laura Grace Ford, Alex Hills, choreographers Akram Khan and Sasha Milavic Davies, Yair Elazar Glotman and the film director John Lee. As an organiser she has been involved in presentations of work by Maryanne Amacher and Henning Christiansen amongst many other productions during her time as co-director at London Contemporary Music Festival and Kammer Klang, and has performed in focus concerts lead by Pauline Oliveros, Iancu Dumitrescu, Mary Jane Leach, Cally Spooner, Matmos and many more. Lucy has performed at festivals and venues including Dark Mofo (Tasmania), Blank Forms (New York), Cafe Oto, Borealis Festival, Atonal, Koln Philharmonie, Barbican, Berlin Jazz, Donaueschingen, Sydney Opera House, Rewire, AKOUSMA (GRM), Norbergfestival, Centro de Creación Contemporánea de Andalucía and CTM.
Human Resources LA presents Everything in Air, a series of public programs over the course of a year—new commissions, exhibitions, performances, and forums, often in hybrid combinations—using key concepts within artist and composer Maryanne Amacher’s work as points of departure. A near-mythic figure whose situated methodology and speculative embrace of technology continues to defy formal and disciplinary boundaries, Amacher generated an artistic and conceptual milieu that encompassed sound and installation art, networked culture, and feminist technoscience. Invited artists, whose own engagements with sound, structure, and situation move freely across disciplines, are encouraged to trace the resonances they find with Amacher’s ideas—from perception and duration, to embodiment, place, and listening—towards new formal and conceptual territories. The international and intergenerational group of artists will take up residence using HRLA’s architectural, organizational, and social structures as an instrument, both physically—using the entire building itself as a tool for making (sound or otherwise)—and figuratively, “instrumentalizing” HRLA’s structures to resonate, modulate, filter and amplify signals, gestures, and ideas. Invited participants include Akio Suzuki & Aki Onda, Jimena Sarno, Jacqueline Kiyomi Gork and Laetitia Sonami, Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, Chiara Giovando, Dead Thoroughbred (keyon gaskin & sidony o’neal), Kali Malone, Geneva Skeen and others to be announced. Black Hole will be a participating partner.