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WTF is "experimental" music? :: Undercommonalities

photo of Amy Mills by Justina V
Monday, August 29th 2016
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We sneak in three performances with underlying... commonalities... listen, think, and probably expound upon whether or which of these is "experimental" - or if that's even worth talking about these days.

Sean Ali & Feng // Amy Mills // Julia Santoli // Kevin Marin


Sean Ali & Feng

Bassist, composer, and improviser Sean Ali from Dayton, Ohio has been living in New York City since 2003, where he participates in the city’s vibrant experimental music scene both as a performer and curator. His current projects include: Fester, Hag, LathanFlinAli, Mattrey.Bordreuil.Ali, Natura Morta, PascAli, Phantom Circuit, While We Still Have Bodies, and solo performances. He is co-founder and member of the new music label Prom Night Records. He is co-founder and former curator at 65Fen Music Series. Sean Ali performs regularly in New York City and has toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe.

Beijing/New York based Feng makes cross-disciplinary performances that are sound-oriented, humorous, improvised and site-specific, by integrating a variety of sound strategies within his own vocabulary gained from daily life: storytelling, field recording, cited Youtube videos, live Karaoke, Asian pop music, noise and improvisation, as well by morphing in between different performer's roles: the vibration source, the narrator, the commentator, the spectator, etc. As a curator, Feng produces monthly improvised and cross-disciplinary concerts at Chinese American Arts Council. He also manages Muted Portraits, a record label that releases only spoken-word context surrounding particular pieces of music. His instrument design "Tri-O", a MIDI controller based on geometric system-generated data irregularity, which was chosen the third place winner of 2014 Guthman Musical Instrument Competition judged by Cycling '74 CEO David Zicarelli. Gao recently received 2016 Elektronmusikstudion (EMS) Residency in Stockholm, Sweden.

Amy Mills

Amy Mills is a musician and photographer living and working in the NYC area. She has experience working in creative marketing, graphic design, photography, retouching, composing, and music. 
She grew up on the west coast in Portland, OR but migrated east to study classical trumpet at the Boston Conservatory. After one year she transferred to Mass. Art and studied Photography / Interrelated Media / design, then earned her masters in music composition and recording from Purchase College SUNY.
Her fine art work draws from a broad spectrum of influences and often combines multiple disciplines.

Julia Santoli

Julia Santoli is a multi-media artist based in New York. Her work synthesizes image, gesture, and sound while navigating memory and presence—how past experience manifests in the present as ruins, and how these traces transform through mediation to/from the body within the ghost-nature of sound. Her explorations take the form of vocal performance and body-generated audio feedback, sonic installation, video, and prints. She completed her BFA from the School of Visual Arts (Visual and Critical Studies), and has presented performative and visual work throughout New York.

Kevin Marin

Kevin Marin is a member and founder of Tropical Resources in addition to several DJ, sound-based and conceptual projects across New York City. Kevin will be engaging with the liminal space in between performances throughout the evening.