Wednesday 28 August 07:00pm

John Zorn's Stone Commissioning Series presents: Fred Frith and Heike Liss

Drawing Sound

6pm doors • 7pm show


The John Zorn Commissioning Series celebrates The Stone, Zorn’s revolutionary venue “dedicated to the experimental and avant-garde”, which served as a vital spot for new music in the East Village for over a decade. Held on the last Wednesday of every month, National Sawdust honors the spirit of The Stone, hosting artists selected by John Zorn presenting world premieres of new works.

This month’s concert features legendary English improviser and composer Fred Frith. In Drawing Sound, Frith and visual artist Heike Liss, who have collaborated over two decades on video installations, interventions, and performances, create audiovisual improvisations in which Liss uses digital tools that allow her to digitally paint and draw over projected videos, and Frith continues his career-long exploration of the essential parameters and limits of the musical “instrument”. 

They confront questions specific to improvising in both visual and audio fields in a world where the visual is generally perceived as primary. How to avoid the music being taken as a soundtrack to what’s on the screen? What is the equivalent of silence in projected images? How does a visual “gesture” correspond to a sonic one, or indeed should it? In the end, what kinds of interaction are possible or desirable? The result is a vivid and unpredictable encounter between sound and image.

Photo © Myles Boisen 2018