Olivia Block


Block/Lescalleet world premiere collaboration

04/18/2015 | 3S ARTSPACE 319 Vaughan St. Portsmouth, NH 03801

I will be performing on inside-piano in  Sonorous Vessels–an updated interpretation of the classic Lucier piece, Music for Amplified Piano with Sonorous Vessels. Renowned sound artist Jason Lescalleet will be processing the piano sounds live as I activate amplified glass objects placed inside the piano in various ways. The performance is part of the opening of a beautiful new non profit art space, 3S in Portsmouth, NH. I am so happy to be involved in the launch of this exciting organization, and to collaborate with my buddy Jason.


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The Unanswered Question by Jesse Goin

Jesse Goin included an excellent, highly articulate essay on his blog, Crow with No Mouth, about the conceptual themes behind Karren and the history of Sedimental Records.  Check it out if you have a chance.


2014 People Issue


I am honored to be included in the Chicago Reader 2014 People Issue. Thank you Kevin Warwick for selecting me this year.


Fall 2014

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I hope you are having a lovely fall. Here are some upcoming events on my schedule. If one of these happens to be in your area, I hope too see you! If you know of anyone who might be interested in attending one of these events, please forward this message along.

( * = Unfortunately I will not be in attendance for this event).


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I have a collaborative track, Pterion with Mouse on Mars included in their upcoming release, 21 Again on Monkeytown Records. It was an honor and a pleasure to work with MOM for this project.



October 3 NYC

*New York Film Festival, Lincoln Center,9:15 PM

Second Sighted  short video created by Deborah Stratman and myself entirely from archival material from the Chicago Film Archives, has been selected to screen in the Projections series. You can see the schedule here:



October 4 Baltimore, MD

Red Room, 425 E. 31st Street Baltimore

Solo performance of Dissolution. The evening is part of the Red Room performance series, curated by John Berndt. Caleb Johnston will also be on the bill.



November 1 Albany, NY

Akousma at EMPAC, curated by Louis Dufort with EMPAC

Concert presentation of Dissolution (multi-speaker version)

More info TBA



November 2 Brooklyn, NY

I am so happy to announce my first duo performance ever (or at least since childhood)

with my cousin Russ Alderson a.k.a. XANTHOCEPHALUS at Prospect Range

Additionally, my good friend and favorite composer Seth Nehil will be doing a solo set–a rare event that should not be missed.  I hope you can make it to our show (and default family reunion). Check the link for more info.

Olivia Block :: Seth Nehil :: Russ Alderson


November 5 Montreal, Canada

Akousma XI, curated by Louis Dufort.

Canadian Premiere of Dissolution presented/mixed live in multi speaker format. Many excellent composers on the bill. Check the link for details.

USINE C 1345, ave. Lalonde H2L 5A9 Montréal



I will also be giving a lecture at Concordia University  the afternoon of the 5th. More details to come.


November 16, 17 Basel, Switzerland

*Gare Du Nord, time TBA

World premiere of Ten Signals for flute, clarinet, two percussionists, and electronics.

Performed by Ensemble Phoenix Basel, in their program, Phoenix 1 Eclipse of Reason

Including compositions by myself, Maja Ratke, and Volker Heyn




November 27 Mexico City, Mexico

World Premiere of Letter Beacon for flute, bass clarinet, two percussionists, and short wave radio. I will be performing the electronics and radio part in the concert.

Details TBA  soon.

December 6, 7 Chicago, IL

Experimental Sound Studio and Black Cinema House

Live performance and collaborative accompaniment with the amazing Tomeka Reid to three short silent films, curated by Penny Duff/BCH and Lou Mallozzi/ESS.

The Dec 6th performance will be at ESS, 5925 N Ravenswood Ave. Time TBA. The Dec 7th performance will be at BCH. Performance space address and time TBA soon

Joseph C. Mills and Marvin Tate will also be participating in the project, performing in November.

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Block/Lescalleet world premiere collaboration

3S ARTSPACE 319 Vaughan St. Portsmouth, NH 03801

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Olivia Block/Sharon/Sublime @ Lean Industrial Consortium

2239 Hamilton Ave, Cleveland Ohio, 44114

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May 16th CLICK Festival, Copenhagen (more info soon)

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