Pyramid Club and Audio Foundation are happy to present Maria Chavez in a night of experimental turntablism.
Maria Chavez is an improviser, curator and sound artist from Lima, Peru. Her sound installations, visual objects and live turntable performances focus on the values of the accident and its unique, complicated possibilities with sound emitting machinery like the turntable. For her experimental turntablism, Chavez uses new and broken needles on a collection of vinyl she uses to build a sound palette.
Maria was an artist in residence with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, the Clocktower and the Dia:Beacon Museum. Chavez has also been an artist in residence at Issue Project Room, and played in Christian Marclay's Screenplay at the Whitney Museum in NYC. She has shared the stage with renowned artists such as Pauline Oliveros, Thurston Moore, Phill Niblock and Otomo Yoshihide.
Her instructional book of essays and illustrations, OF TECHNIQUE: Chance Procedures on Turntable, was published in 2012.
As a DJ, Maria has shared her expansive music collection of techno and house music all over the world, most recently in Moscow (Dewars Powerhouse), Lisbon (Galerie ZDB), Basel (Kaskadenkondensator Gallery) and Istanbul (Pendor Corner).
Campbell James Kneale
Campbell James Kneale (Birchville Cat Motel, Our Love Will Destroy the World) likes to tinker with things. In his hands, musical instruments are less like 'tools of the trade' and more like that lump of wood you hammered nails into at kindergarten and called a magical hedgehog. Turntables are no different and Campbell clearly has no particular reverence for the device itself or those who have used it as a musical tool. He tinkers around, lets the turntable 'be itself' and yet attempts to unlock gateways of primordial drone from within its chintzy plastic shell.
Prepared turntables by Daniel Beban (Orchestra of Spheres, Imbogodom). The Conlon Nancarrow of techno.