EMPRISE: An evening of electro-acoustic performance!

Curated by Lisa Miralia

Saturday, May 21, 2016, 8:00PM - 10:30PM

Performance: Saturday May 21, 2016, 8pm-10:30pm
Doors open 7:30pm, Show starts 8pm
$10 cash at the door - all proceeds from the door will go to the performing artists

This event brings together sound artists from Northeast Ohio and Seattle, Washington showcasing a variety of different electro-acoustic performance aesthetics.
(See performer bios below.)

Featured performers include HALIM EL-DABH, recognized worldwide as a Father of electronic sound, composition, and ethnomusicology, celebrating the release of his new collaboration album with RON PYROSONIC SLABE. Joining them on the lineup is the inventive GREG SINIBALDI, Artist In Residence at the School of Music at the University of Washington; performance artist ANN B. CLOROX (Kristen Ban Drake); and the improvisational quartet, UNTIE THE KNOTS (Christie Anderson, Brad Bolton, Joel Elvery, Tom Lempner).

The evening's program starts with an electronic set by Ann B. Clorox, followed by Seattle's Greg Sinibaldi performing his EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument) Project. After an intermission, the program continues with a multi-instrumental improvisation set by Untie The Knots ensemble, followed by a collaboration performance by Halim El-Dabh and Ron Pyrosonic Slabe. If time allows, we will conclude the evening with a group improvisation featuring most of the night's performers!


Album release! Duo of kalimbas and electronics
Egyptian-born HALIM EL-DABH is internationally regarded as one of Egypt's most significant living composers. From his pioneering 1940s and 1950s electronic and electro-acoustic works to his orchestral and chamber music, El-Dabh has composed for, performed and collaborated with the world's greatest orchestras in countries across 6 continents. His music for the sound and light show of the pyramids at Giza near Cairo continues to be performed daily. Halim has the distinction of being a Father of Electronic Music due to his 1944 composition of one of the earliest known works of electronic tape music, or musique concrète. He also produced influential work at the famed Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center from the late 1950s to the early 1960s.

Halim's ethnomusicological researches conducted on several continents have led to unique creative syntheses in his works, which, while utilizing contemporary compositional techniques and new systems of notation, are frequently imbued with Near Eastern, African, or even Ancient Egyptian aesthetics

El-Dabh's numerous grants and awards include two Guggenheim Fellowships, two Fulbright Fellowships, a Rockefeller Fellowship, a Meet-the-Composer grant, and an Ohio Arts Council grant. Halim is included in the International Who's Who in Music, and he developed close associations with composers such as Otto Luening, Vladimir Ussachevsky, Henry Cowell, John Cage, Leonard Bernstein, and choreographer Martha Graham along the way.

RON SLABE has been an avid performer and composer since the late 70's. His work has included sound design for theater, dance, and performance art as well as live performance in various electro-acoustic sound art projects. He also crafts electronic soundtracks for an annual multimedia and fire art festival. A seeker of unusual sonic atmospheres using an extensive arsenal of electronic equipment and found objects, Ron weaves a dense web of sound designed to evoke a variety of emotional states.


Innovative saxophonist and composer Greg Sinibaldi is one of the Northwest's most inventive musicians, with creative output spanning jazz, experimental composition, and heavy metal. His most recent release is a duo project with clarinetist Jesse Canterbury, and was recorded in a 45 million gallon cistern, a testament to the creative and seeking nature of Greg's work. For this concert he will play an EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument) through custom software designed and built by Sinibaldi, exploring the boundaries between the human body and electronic sound environments. Sinibaldi has been the recipient of many grants and awards and has collaborated with such legends as Gunther Schuller, Jimmy Giuffre, Bill Frisell, and many more. He is currently Artist In Residence at the School of Music at the University of Washington.


A recipient of two OAC Individual Artist Grants, KRISTEN BAN DRAKE aka Ann B. Clorox has been active since the early 90's as a performance artist, slam poet and sound artist in the Cleveland area. Currently, she uses voice, analog synthesizers, and other electro-acoustic instruments in solo and collaborative work both with her husband Bob Drake (fluxmonkey) and other artists in the current Northeast Ohio experimental/noise scene.


Organized for tonight's event, this quartet of multi-instrumentalists will be using guitar, percussion, melodicas, saxes, flute, bass, bansuri, accordion, recorder, udu, and other various noisemakers to perform a set of improvised music. Untie the Knots features:

CHRISTIE ANDERSON (Kent) is a versatile multi-instrumentalist musician active in the Kent area's sacred and secular communities. She performs with the Celtic Clan, Fallow Time Folk Orchestra, Peace Pipers recorder ensemble, Tone Chimers hand chime ensemble, and the BLK SKWRL AKKORDION CLUB.

BRAD BOLTON (Kent) has been performing with guitar and bass for the past 50 years in seminal rock, jazz, and blues bands. More recently he's been a part of the 15pc all-star avant-chamber music ensemble Trepanning Trio, adding delightful, whimsical toys and homemade instruments to his arsenal of sound.

JOEL ELVERY (CLE) is an adult onset musician who plays mandolin and other small instruments with Trepanning Trio, and upright bass with the new free improvisation duo Your Feckless Squares with Todd Masuda.

TOM LEMPNER (CLE) plays various wind instruments and tinkers with percussive toys, with a focus on saxophones. Tom teaches at Baldwin-Wallace University Conservatory of Music and Cleveland State University and is a full-time Music Therapist working with troubled youth. He is also a member of Trepanning Trio.

photo credit: Madeline Hoyle

 EMPRISE: An evening of electro-acoustic performance!

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