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Wednesday, May 17 • 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Interface in Your Face

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"Interface in your Face" is a concert that will feature solo music performances by artists that make their own instruments. These artists make music, but don't fit into categorizations like rock, jazz or world music, but are part of a growing genre of musicians that create their own instruments. This artists featured in this event utilize both newer digital technology, in addition to repurposing old and found items. The artists for this event are Leon Gruenbaum, Ken Butler and Smomid. 

About the Artists:

Leon Gruenbaum has been a vital force in the New York music scene for over 25 years. After early classical training on piano and woodwinds, Mr. Gruenbaum developed an interest in jazz, funk and avant-garde music. He conceived of the world's first relativistic music keyboard, a patented MIDI controller called the Samchillian Tip Tip Tip Cheeepeeeee. This instrument won a prize at the 2011 Guthman Musical Instrument Competition and is now listed in the 2nd edition of the Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments. Mr. Gruenbaum has recorded and performed on his instrument internationally with guitarist Vernon Reid (Living Colour), James "Blood" Ulmer and the Burnt Sugar Arkestra.  He also plays this keyboard while singing in his projects - "Creative Apocalypse" and "Genes and Machines". Other artists with whom he has performed include Stew, Nana Vasconcelos, Chaka Khan, Beans, M.C.P.S., Micah Gaugh and Aaron Comess's “Air Conditioned Gypsies"

Smomid is a project by Nick Demopoulos, who is a performer, musician and instrument builder. As a guitarist he worked with NEA Jazz master Chico Hamilton from 2008 to 2013 and traveled on behalf of the State Department to conduct cultural diplomacy and perform in the Middle East. Nick's current primary pursuit is performing with his String Modeling Midi Device (Smomid), a guitar-like interface and Pyramidi, a triangular midi interface resembling a console, instruments that he designed and built.  His instruments utilize micro controllers, LED displays, custom electronics and embedded systems. With his Smomid Nick has been featured on the Discovery Science Network, Guitar World, Create Digital Music, Metal Injection and Popular Noise Magazine among others.  For more information please visit: www.smomid.com

Ken Butler is an artist and musician whose Hybrid musical instruments, performances and other works explore the interaction and transformation of common and uncommon objects, altered images, and sounds as function and form collide in the intersection of art and music. He is internationally recognized as an innovator of experimental musical instruments created from diverse materials including tools, sports equipment, and household objects. The idea of bricolage, essentially using whatever is “at hand”, is at the center of his art, encompassing a wide range of practice that combines assemblage art, live music, instrument design, performance art, theater, sculpture, installation, photography, film/video, graphic design, drawing, and collage. Created primarily from consumer detritus with a patina of use, the hybrid instruments express a poetic spirit of re-invention and hyper-utility as new associations momentarily create a striking and re-animated cultural identity for forsaken objects. String instruments become body, tool, weapon, toy, machine, phallus, creature, fetish, sculpture, icon, symbol, and voice. Pianos become cybernetic and symbolic architecture. Anxious objects speak in tongues.

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Ken Butler

Artist/Musician, Hybrid Visions
Ken Butler is an artist and musician whose Hybrid musical instruments, performances and other works explore the interaction and transformation of common and uncommon objects, altered images, and sounds as function and form collide in the intersection of art and music. | He is... Read More →
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Leon Gruenbaum

Creative Apocalypse
Creative Apocalypse is a sophisticated loop-based project, using extemporaneous loops of unusual sounds, voice and also his keyboard invention, the Samchillian.
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Smomid

Composer/Performer/Instrument Builder/Designer
Smomid is a project by Nick Demopoulos, who is a performer, musician and instrument builder. As a guitarist he worked with NEA Jazz master Chico Hamilton from 2008 to 2013 and traveled on behalf of the State Department to conduct cultural diplomacy and perform in the Middle East... Read More →

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Uncanny Valley

Assistant Curator, Uncanny Valley
Demosphere is a performance space in the same building as Uncanny Valley and Vital Joint, located at 147 Manhattan avenue in Brooklyn. This space has hosted many interdisciplinary and multi media performances. Because it is a smaller venue it is focused on smaller performances in... Read More →



Wednesday May 17, 2017 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Uncanny Valley 147 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11206

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