Olivia Block

Olivia Block

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Nov
18
8:00 PM20:00

Concert at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Many thanks to the Performing Arts Technology department for bringing me to perform as part of their Resonance series.

I will be doing a surround sound live mix of Dissolution, diffused from four speakers around the audience in a darkened theater. The concert will be at the Earl V. Moore Building,  in the McIntosh Theater.  The concert also features students from the department presenting recent works. The concert is FREE!

Check here for the particulars!

I will be participating in additional events on Friday, November 17th:

I will  be be the guest composer for a masterclass at 11 am.

Additionally I will talk about my work at a seminar at 3pm. 

Looking forward to my visit. Hope to see you!

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Oct
7
12:00 PM12:00

Research and Studio

After a year of touring, I have been on a hiatus, catching up on my studio work and finishing some research and writing for installation projects.

My schedule will include more live events in the coming months, including release events for my release on Another Timbre. I will update with detailed info soon.

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Apr
24
to Apr 29

Residency at Thatcher School in Ojai, California

I am pleased to announce my upcoming artist residency at The Thatcher School in Ojai. I will be working with experimental music students, shaping a site specific installation, and discussing concepts related to recorded sound, sound installation, and listening practices.

The residency culminates in my solo performance at Thatcher on April 29th.

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Apr
21
7:00 PM19:00

LAMPO 132 Ranks at Rockefeller Chapel

I am really excited for my upcoming Lampo concert event. I will perform on the exquisite E.M.Skinner organ, blending live sounds with amplified processed sounds through speakers at Rockefeller Chapel on the University of Chicago campus. I owe much to Andrew Fenchel (Lampo), Elizabeth Davenport, Thomas Weisflog (Rockefeller Chapel)  and The Renaissance Society for facilitating this special event. Check the link below for more information. The concert is free.

https://lampo.org/archive/olivia-block-2017/

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Feb
22
7:00 PM19:00

Mixology at Roulette, NYC

So excited for the premiere of the 16 channel surround version of Dissolution B, developed during a NOTAM residency in Oslo at fantastic Roulette in NYC. I will be sharing the bill with the excellent sound artist Jason Lescalleet, who will also be mixing in the 16 channel speaker system at Roulette. Additionally, a multi-channel piece by the legendary Jim O'Rourke will be presented. There will be installations by Mario De Vega and Cecilia Lopez. This will be a special night of immersive sound. Hope you can make it.  More info to come.

http://roulette.org/event/mixology-olivia-block-jason-lescalleet-mario-de-vega-installation-cecilia-lopez-installation/

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Feb
18
8:30 PM20:30

Frequency Fest at Constellation

Frequency Fest starts this weekend! I am happy to be sharing the evening of Feb 18th with Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble.  Additionally, I will be presenting two pieces for voice and shortwave radio, performed by Quince and Carol Genetti. Description of these two premiere pieces is below. I will also be presenting a live mix of taped conversations and other found sounds from my collection.  Hope you can make it to the show. The entire festival program is excellent, and buying a pass is worthwhile. Thank you, Peter Margasak for curated this awesome festival.

Performed Interference

Shortwave radio and voice translation pieces by Olivia Block

1) Repeaters

For three vocalists and additional performer on shortwave radio/morse code translators

Performed by Quince vocal ensemble, Olivia Block

Live short wave broadcasts of morse code signals are typed into text by three electronic morse translators, then read aloud by three vocalists.

2) Olivia y/x

For solo vocalist and additional performer on shortwave radio/teletype interpreter

Performed by Carol Genetti, Olivia Block

Live short wave broadcasts of teletype (RTTY, Olivia MFSK) signals are translated and typed, then read aloud phonetically.

3) Untitled piece for found tapes

Solo piece performed by Olivia Block

Live mix of voices from micro cassette tapes and additional sounds. 

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Feb
12
7:00 PM19:00

Block, Radigue at Second Edition Fest, Stockholm

I will soon return to the lovely Stockholm for the excellent 2017 Second Edition Festival. The most exciting news is that I am sharing the bill with the excellent ONCEIM, performing the Swedish premiere of Eliane Radigue's first work for orchestra, OCCAM OCEAN.

The entire festival program is outstanding. Check out the link for details and ticket info:

http://www.edition-festival.com

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Feb
1
3:00 PM15:00

UPenn exhibition still up, performance and talk canceled

OI regret to announce that my performance on February 1st and talk, will be canceled due to a family emergency. We will reschedule for a later date.

Meanwhile, I have contributed a sound piece for the Landscape-Soundscape exhibition at Arthur Ross Gallery, where "photographs from Penn’s University Art Collection are paired with commissioned soundscape compositions."

http://www.arthurrossgallery.org/events/event/landscape-soundscape-2/

Thank you Heather Moqtaderi and Eugene Lew for curating and inviting me to participate.

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Jan
20
to Jan 21

UNC Chapel Hill

I am pleased to announce my upcoming visit to the University of North Carolina Department of Music. On January 20th, I will discuss my work and facilitate a listening practice and improvisation workshop with students. On January 21st, I will present a live surround version of Dissolution B. If you are in the area I hope you can make it!

Check here for more details like exact times and locations:

http://events.unc.edu/event/guest-artist-lecture-olivia-block/

 

 

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Dec
14
8:00 PM20:00

Block Sonderberg at The Hideout

So happy to be performing with the outstanding Adam Sonderberg at The Hideout in Chicago, on Wednesday, December 14th. Talented locals Mike Weis and MT Coast are also on the bill. Should be an excellent night. Thank you Ben Baker Billington for the invitation to participate in the Resonance Series.

Check here for the details:

https://www.facebook.com/resonanceseries/

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Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

Boston: Non Event

October 19th

Boston

Non Event series

At Waterworks Museum

I will present a live, site specific performance of two pieces: Dissolution (B), and Sonambient Pavilion, diffused through multiple speakers. 

Also performing, Animal Hospital (Kevin Micka)

Curated by Susanna Bolle, Non Event.

 Doors: 6:30pm, Performance: 7pm
Admission:
Door: $15 general admission / $10 members/students

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Oct
14
to Oct 15

Winnipeg: Send + Receive

Winnipeg, Canada.

As part of the 18th edition of Send + Receive festival

I will give a talk about my work and current projects and present a live, site specific performance featuring multi speaker diffusion of Dissolution (B) (Forthcoming on Glistening Examples, November 2016)

Send + Receive is curated by Crys Cole.

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Sokolowsko
Aug
1
to Aug 14

Sokolowsko

Sanatorium of Sound commission: In August I will complete a two-week residency at Sokolowsko, Poland, working on a site specific installation in a dilapidated sanatorium previously used for treating TB patients. Additionally, I will perform on August 13th at the festival.

Here is a description of my installation:

Open Air: sound and visual installation

by Olivia Block

August  2016

Sanitorium of Sound Festival, Sokolowsko sanatorium, Poland.

 Olivia Block will complete a two-week residency at Sokolowsko, creating a sound and visual piece for various rooms in the beautiful, dilapidated Sokolowsko sanatorium.

 Layered breath sounds will quietly emanate from multiple speakers, coalescing with the atmospheric sounds of the space like ghosts. Large curtains made from loosely woven cotton surgical gauze, will be suspended from the ceiling and over the windows inside the sanatorium. The curtains will catch the circulating air, billowing and floating—animating a flow of energy.

Open Air draws attention to the movement of air in various forms-- literally and metaphorically. The piece is inspired by the history of sanatoria, including related historical concepts of illness and transmission mechanisms and treatments of Tuberculosis. 

 

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Jul
1
7:00 PM19:00

ESS 30 year anniversary gala

I am honored to perform at the Experimental Sound Studio anniversary gala, where I will share the bill with some amazing artists--Ken Vandermark, Hal Rammel, Michael Zerang, and Jaap Blonk. I will perform a piece for inside-piano which I developed at ESS over the past several years. More info here

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Jun
13
to Jun 28

Notam, Oslo

I am looking forward to working in the surround sound studio at Notam in Oslo, where I will create a 16-channel version of my recently completed piece, Dissolution (forthcoming on Glistening Examples, fall 2016).  The 16-channel version will premiere in the US in late 2016 or early 2017 (more info tba) 

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May
3
to May 8

CONTEXT NY

Sound Positions, curated by Christoph Cox, is a sound exhibition in CONTEXT NY, featuring a wonderful group of artists. The exhibition includes my piece for layered found recordings, List of Objects and Values.  

Check the times and locations on the link above.

Olivia Block, Lists of Objects and Values (2015), 11:03

This composition is constructed from a collection of 1980s and 90s microcassette recordings bought on ebay. Interested in the way people used microcassette recorders for keeping logs and documenting intimate conversations, Block noticed that many recordings resemble one another in terms of subject matter, style, and rhythm, and began looking for patterns. For this piece, she was drawn to recordings of people listing objects and monetary values. Block conceives these recordings as inadvertent expressions of what anthropologist Igor Kopytoff calls the “methodological fetishism” of things. Lists of objects become catalogs of waste during a decadent period in American history.
— Exhibition text
 
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May
3
10:00 AM10:00

Museum of Arts and Design

 Atmosphere for Enjoyment: Harry Bertoia's Environment for Sound curated by Shannon Stratton, is opening at The Museum of Arts and Design (Mad) in NYC.  The exhibition includes an excerpt recording (in stereo) and photos of Sonambient Pavilion, my multi-channel installation in Millennium Park, which premiered in November 2015.. The installation was created from the sounds of Harry Bertoia's Sonambient sculptures, located at the Aon Center in Chicago.

Ends Sunday, September 25th.

Sonambient Pavilion preview

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