I am excited for this live event/collaboration with the wonderful Julia Holter, the culmination of an intensive artist residency at ESS. Our performance will feature some excellent musicians from Chicago: Tim Daisy on percussion, Shaun Flynn clarinet, Jason Stein on bass clarinet and Lesley Swanson on bass flute.
See below for details.
More info here
OLIVIA BLOCK and JULIA HOLTER's Outer Ear Residency culminates in a premiere performance of their collaboration 'Whenever the Breeze' at the ethereal May Chapel in Rosehill Cemetery.
This event is free and open to the public.
Whenever the Breeze' is a sound world by Olivia Block and Julia Holter that weaves together fragments of voice, instruments, field recordings of wind and water, and bells. Whenever the Breeze combines text from a medieval troubadour poem (Whenever the Breeze Blows) and contemporary weather-related news clippings, creating layers of meaning through immersive sounds.
Julia Holter: Voice, organ, text and arrangements.
Olivia Block: Live electronic processing of voice and microphone, field recordings, arrangements.
Featuring Tim Daisy on percussion, Shaun Flynn clarinet, Jason Stein on bass clarinet and Lesley Swanson on bass flute.
If you happen to be in Chicago on Wednesday, February 14th, I will be doing a lecture at 1 PM at DePaul Art Museum.
This talk is free to the public.
I will talk about my work and related themes like site specificity, architecture for humans and non-human animals.
Thanks to The Liberal Studies Program, Art Media and Design Department, and Jeff Carter. Check here for the details!
Saturday, February 10th, I will be doing a live multichannel mix of Aberration of Light at Issue Project in Brooklyn. It's going to be a really cool night of site-specific, immersive sound. Lea performs first, then Drew, then me. Hope to see you!
More info here:
I will do a live, surround sound, extended version mix of Dissolution B on Saturday, January 27th. Also on the bill are Graham Lambkin and an interactive sonic performance of John Cage's 33 1/3. The evening starts at 17:00. Additionally I will participate in a roundtable discussion on Sunday, January 28th at 19:00.
The whole festival lineup, curated by Giannis Kotsonis, is excellent (see below).
More info here.
Friday 26 January
21:00 | Sandra Boss: Acoustic Appraiser (30΄) | Sonic performance
22:00 | Giovanni Lami (40΄) | Sonic performance
23:00 | Marc Baron (40΄) | Sonic performance
Saturday 27 January
17:00 | John Cage's 33 1/3 (210΄) | Interactive sonic performance
21:00 | Graham Lambkin (45΄) | Sonic performance
22:00 | Olivia Block: Dissolution (45΄) | Sonic performance
Sunday 28 January
18:00 | Panos Charalambous & Panayotis Panopoulos (30-35΄) | Performance | Exhibition Hall
19:00 | Panayotis Panopoulos, Stephen Cornford, Olivia Block & Graham Lambkin (100΄) | Round table / presentation | Upper Stage | Moderated by Giannis Kotsonis
21:00 | Robert Millis: Indian Talking Machine (90΄) | Presentation & discussion | Upper Stage
The discussions will be held in English.
Friday 26 January - Saturday 3 February
Stephen Cornford: Constant Linear Velocity | Sound installation | Foyer 5+ | All day
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shortwave radio and voice translation pieces by Olivia Block
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.
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:
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."
Thank you Heather Moqtaderi and Eugene Lew for curating and inviting me to participate.
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:
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:
Non Event series
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
Door: $15 general admission / $10 members/students
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.
October 9th, at Ear Taxi Festival! I am pleased to announce the world premiere of my new piece, Lazarus for two orchestras performed by Chicago Composers Orchestra. The event is free. There are some excellent programs throughout the festival, so I encourage you to check out their site. Concert starts at 12 PM.
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
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.
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
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)
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
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.
Friday, March 4th, I will be performing a multichannel version of Aberration of Light (NNA) in the dark as part of SIGNALS Experimental Media Art Series Spring 2016 at Champlain College. Thanks you Greg Davis and Christopher Thomson for curating this excellent event! It will be great to hang with the NNA label folks in their territory!