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The border-crossing bass visionary and turntable artist DJ /rupture will join Zs, one of “the strongest avant-garde bands in New York” (New York Times), to perform an evening of music by each artist that blends, overlaps and extends toward the other. Zs and DJ /rupture will present alternating mini-sets, with transitional collaborative works and improvisations that connect these sets to one another, varying in form and containing elements of the surrounding “solo” material. This collaboration, which is an extension of Zs's years-in-the-making SCORE project, brings together what VIBE Magazine calls DJ /rupture’s “stunning, globe-trotting, three-turntable mix” that “captures the spirit of the best bootleg mixes – bumping, brash, and without borders” with Zs “pornographically strict hash of avant-garde classical music, free jazz, and punk” (Pitchfork).
Read EMF curator Judd Greenstein's intro to the 2013 festival and this concert.
On Thursday, January 31 at 7 pm, members of Zs will discuss their collaborative multimedia musical installation SCORE at the Upper West Side Apple Store (Broadway & 67th St.). Currently showing in Tokyo and coming to New York as part of Kaufman Music Center's Ecstatic Music Festival, SCORE offers Zs music as raw material to be shaped into, and presented as new work by local artists in collaboration with Zs. Local musicians, DJs and the public create original remixes of Zs tracks in the gallery space, constantly expanding the track list and creating new material for future remixers to work from. SCORE, which comes to Brooklyn on February 3, was inspired by Zs’s collaboration with DJ /rupture, whose mixtape based on Zs tracks will be released in late January. This event is free. Click here for more information about SCORE.
SCORE Brooklyn: A Live Remix Installation at Public Assembly takes place on Sunday, February 3 at 3 pm.
Merkin Concert Hall
Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 7:30 pm
Kaufman Music Center
Ecstatic Music Festival®
DJ /rupture & Zs
Zs: Sam Hillmer, tenor saxophone; Patrick Higgins, guitar and Greg Fox, percussion
Wolf Government (2012)
Zs & DJ /rupture
Weakling (2012), an improvised mash-up
This collaborative piece combines improvisation with Zs’ Weakling (2012) and a new composition for
DJ /rupture’s Sufi Plug-Ins Drone instrument.
About the Ecstatic Music Festival®
The Ecstatic Music Festival was inaugurated in 2011 by Kaufman Music Center. Deeply committed to music education and performance that incorporate the ideas and trends of the 21st century, the Center seeks to put truly modern music on its stage—redefining music for the post-classical generation, and serving it up to new audiences. Under the inspired direction of curator Judd Greenstein, co-director of New Amsterdam Records, the Festival brings together innovative artists for adventurous collaborations between musicians from the indie/pop/and classical realms. At the nexus of New York City’s vibrant “indie classical” scene, the festival shines a bright light on one of the most intriguing areas of contemporary music, in which lines between genres are blurred and the concert environment combines the elegance of a traditional concert hall setting with the energy of a nightclub. The Ecstatic Music Festival’s programs give true meaning to the notion of “Ecstatic Music” as a joyful and adventurous collaboration between composers and performers from the indie/pop and classical realms.
This year’s Ecstatic Music includes three New Sounds Live concerts hosted by WNYC’s John Schaefer, which are webcast live on Q2 Music and taped for future broadcast on WNYC. Q2 Music is the festival’s digital venue and the center for on-demand artist interviews and concert audio. The festival is presented in association with New Amsterdam Presents.
About the Artists
Zs is a band and a genre. Zs is concerned with creating music that challenges the physical and mental limitations of both the performer and listener equally. Zs has toured extensively in North America and Europe, and has recently begun visiting Asia. On September 11, 2012, Zs released Score–the complete sextet works 2002 – 2007, a four CD box set. Score will be followed by the Grain EP in early 2013 and Xe, an LP due out in late 2013. These releases will be followed by a tour.
Jace Clayton is an interdisciplinary artist living in Brooklyn. Performing as DJ /rupture, Clayton has DJ’d in a band with Norah Jones, done two John Peel Sessions and was turntable soloist with the 80-member Barcelona Symphony Orchestra. Recent collaborators include guitarist Andy Moor (The Ex) and filmmaker Jem Cohen. He has released several critically acclaimed albums and mix CDs, starting with 2001s influential live mix CD Gold Teeth Thief.
Clayton’s artistic practice has evolved out of his work as a DJ, built around core concerns for how sound, technology use in low-income communities and public space interact, with an emphasis on Latin America, Africa and the Arab world. In 2012 he released Sufi Plug Ins, a free suite of audio software tools based on non-western/poetic conceptions of sound and alternative interfaces. This spring he will debut The Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner, a performance piece that restages three Eastman compositions in new arrangements for pianos and real-time electronic processing. The music is interspersed with theatrical vignettes that use empathy and humor to tell of a job search for an Eastman impersonator in current-day New York City while simultaneously revealing details about Eastman’s life. New Amsterdam will release the album version of this on March 26.