Project Description

Summer Performance Series

Curator: Eilish Cullen
June 16th, 2013

Join us for an evening of sound performance with Oakland based Black Spirituals and local luminaries Daniel Menche and The Tenses. Embracing the architecture of Disjecta’s performance space, these artists work with sonic elements characterized by discovery and curiosity for the potential inherent within noise.

Black Spirituals‘ performance involves the manipulation of temporal experience using a framework of dynamic relationships. The title “Black Spirituals” is borrowed from a found cassette documenting a lecture given by Bernice Reagon on the roots music of American Black Slaves. These stories form a sonic resonance that speaks of rich relationships to ones surroundings, memories, profound feelings, dreams, and the experiences that inspire human expression.
In a genre known for its randomness and chaotic structure, Daniel Menche has established himself as a musician with an uncharacteristic sense of focus and determination. Characterized as both extremely loud and patiently subtle, as both sonically intense and emotionally powerful, Daniel Menche’s performances are works which realize their own sonic presence, entities that give form to an emotional rawness with highly textural and dominating sounds.
Using concepts developed over 40 years of organized and spontaneous sound making, The Tenses attempt a new focus on “live performance” in which the room or space has a major effect on the unfolding sounds.  If it all works there is Magic.