SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 8 PM
@ Exapno: 33 Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn [Nevins St. 2/3/4/5, Atlantic Terminal B/D/N/Q/R, Fulton Av. G, Lafayette Av. A/C]
TIM BYRNES (WITH HAZEL RAH)
Hazel-Rah is one of New York City’s pre-eminent avant-rock units. The band is headed by Tim Byrnes (Kayo Dot, Friendly Bears, PAK), and has featured the talents of many great musicians in its 6-year existence, including Toby Driver (Kayo Dot), Charlie Looker (Extra Life), and Mike Pride. Their style has been described as ‘juxtaposing crushing dissonance with epic cadences, and advanced rhythmic structures with trance-like passages.’ They currently work with the Africantape record label.
C. SPENCER YEH
C. Spencer Yeh was born in Taipei, Taiwan, studied film at Northwestern University in Chicago IL, repped Cincinnati OH for many years, and is now based in Brooklyn NY. As an improviser, Yeh is focused on developing a personal vocabulary using violin, voice, and electronics. In more compositional and organizational modes, Yeh works with all aspects physically, conceptually, and aurally available. He is concerned not only with the sensual aspects of sound, but the gestural qualities as well. He is recognized for his musical project Burning Star Core, as well as many other individual and collaborative activities with artists such as Tony Conrad, New Humans with Vito Acconci, Thurston Moore, Prurient, and Jandek. Current projects include The New Monuments (with Ben Hall and Don Dietrich), a yet-to-be-named quartet with Nate Wooley, Ryan Sawyer, and Colin Stetson, and ongoing collaborations with Okkyung Lee, Graham Lambkin, John Wiese, Aaron Dilloway, Chris Corsano, Paul Flaherty, Lasse Marhaug, Eli Keszler, and many others. Yeh has performed at events such as SONAR, Densités, All Tomorrow’s Parties, No Fun Fest, and Frieze Arts Fair, and has also exhibited his visual and multimedia works at national and international venues including the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, ICA London, the New Museum in New York City, White Flag Projects in St. Louis, International Film Festival Rotterdam, La Casa Encendida in Madrid, and alt.gallery in Newcastle. In the video medium, Yeh has worked with artists such as Hair Police, Deerhoof, Xiu Xiu, and LoVid.
Recent and upcoming recordings include a solo CD “1975″ on Intransitive Recordings, a quartet LP with Anla Courtis, Jon Wesseltoft, and Okkyung Lee on Feeding Tube, a quartet CD with Steve Swell, Paul Flaherty, and Weasel Walter, a duo LP with Robert Piotrowicz on Bocian, a quartet LP with Nate Wooley, Paul Lytton, and Okkyung Lee on PAN, and “Transitions” his first full-length under the CS Yeh moniker on DeStijl.
“Yeh revels in the provocative, improvisational nature of a musical genre that has little interest in conventional boundaries.” – Citybeat
“It’s as if Yeh wanted to bring us as close as possible to his own physiological experience of sound production.” – Art in America
“…watching him play is like being hit with everything in the universe, on Robitussin.” – Impose Magazine