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Exit Strata is pleased to invite you to the third installment of Birgit Rathsmann’s multimedia art and sound piece, Room for Storms, to be held at the East River Bandshell on October 5th, at 7 pm.
Following screening/installations in Chinatown and Mexico City, and featuring richly textured visual and audio elements, this iteration of Room for Storms features live music by Alan Licht, Ben Vida and Doron Sadja.
Asking the question, “What does a hurricane sound like? How about a whole season of them?” these three New York-based composer-performers will offer their takes as they improvise accompaniment to NOAA satellite footage of the 2008 storm season, projected in East River Park’s bandshell.
from the artist :
Licht, Vida, and Sadja draw on a wide range on styles, including analog and digital synthesis, and all of them are keen collaborators. Each musician will accompany a 15-minute screening of satellite footage of all hurricanes in the Atlantic Basin between April and October, 2008, created and donated by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.
Previous installments of Room For Storms occurred in a makeshift cinema in a Chinatown shop front and in a Mexico City apartment where the soundtrack was provided by a live heavy metal band. Each version of Room For Storms looks for a new way to understand the relationship between creative endeavor and the weather.
Alan Licht is an American guitarist and composer whose work combines elements of pop, noise, free jazz and minimalism. He has often collaborated with moving image makers, including Charles Atlas, Braden King, Andrew Lampert, and in 2001 initiated, with Lee Ranaldo, Text of Light, a music improvisation group that performs alongside classics of avant garde film. Licht is also the author of Sound Art: Beyond Music, Between Categories (Rizzoli, 2007), the editor of Will Oldham on Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy (W.W. Norton, 2012), and a frequent contributor to Artforum and the WIRE, among other publications.
Editor’s note: poking around to learn more about Licht’s work/career/history will be satisfying *and* educational. His minimalist top ten was described by UK’s wire as “crucial because it posited minimalism as the hidden wiring of whole swathes of underground music,” and rightly so — if you’re new to this genre he just wrote the syllabus of your dreams.
Here he is performing with Loren Connors:

Ben Vida is a Brooklyn based composer, improviser and sound artist. He produces compositions that utilize analog and digital synthesis and focus on aural phenomena and sound localization. Ben has released over twenty records on such labels as PAN, Thrill Jockey, Drag City, Amish, Bottrop-Boy, Hapna and Kranky. As both a solo artist and in collaboration he has presented his work in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, South Korea and Japan.
Latest tracks by Ben Vida
Here Vida performs at a temple in Japan.

Doron Sadja is a multimedia artist working primarily with multichannel “spacialized sound” – combining pristine electronics with lush romantic synthesizers, extreme frequencies, dense noise, and computer-enhanced acoustic instruments to create post-human, hyper-emotive sonic architecture. Doron has published music on the 12k, ATAK, and Shinkoyo labels, and has performed/shown video and installation work at Miami MOCA, D’Amelio Terras Gallery (NYC), Cleveland Museum of Art, Issue Project Room (Brooklyn), and Roulette (Brooklyn), among others. Sadja co-founded Shinkoyo Records and the West Nile experimental performance space in Brooklyn and has curated various new music/sound festivals around NYC.
Room for Storms
East River Bandshell
October 5th, at 7 pm.
Directions: Enter Corlears Hook Park at the corner of Jackson St and Cherry St between Pitt St and the FDR. There is a footbridge across the FDR, which ends right at the band shell. The closest subway is East Broadway.
The rain date is October 6th.
This project is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).
Editor’s Note: HELL YES.

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