swissnex San Francisco and the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival (SFEMF) join forces for the first time to bring the music of Switzerland’s Günter Müller, Jason Kahn, and Norbert Möslang, or MKM, to the Bay Area. On September 10, 2010, the avant-garde festival welcomes the trio of prominent electro-acoustic improvisers as headliners. This is the group’s first performance together on the West Coast. They play two concerts in the Los Angeles area leading up to the festival.
With support from Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council.
MKM, Trimpin, and Pod Blotz
Friday, September 10, 2010
2781 24th Street, San Francisco (map)
Starts 9 pm
$16 General (available online or at the door)
$10 Student/Senior/Discount (only available at the door)
$40 Festival Pass
Please note: Performance preceded by a satellite event at the de Young Museum, curated by VOLUME Projects. Joint tickets as well as complementary shuttle transportation between the two venues are available.
For tickets, complete festival schedule, and additional details, visit www.sfemf.org.
Since the first festival in 2000, SFEMF has presented works spanning the sonic spectrum from ambient to rhythmic, from atonal to melodic, with new and emerging young artists and respected pioneers in the electronic music field. Each festival features artists working in a variety of media, including laptop-generated sound, processed live acoustic instruments, amplified found objects, projected video, improvisation, and performance art.
MKM formed spontaneously when members Günter Müller, Jason Kahn, and Norbert Möslang were asked to give an artist talk at Tokyo University in 2006 while on tour in Japan with the Signal Quintet. The musicians played a short set and the results were so good that they decided to continue working together as a group in addition to their collaborations with Aube, Keiichiro Shibuya, Maria, and the Signal Quintet. In 2007, MKM, as they became known, toured Mexico and South America, with concerts in Mérida, Mexico City, Bogotá, Lima, Santiago, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo. They’ve since toured in Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland as well.
MKM’s sound hovers between the harsh rhythmic noise of Norbert Möslang´s cracked everyday electronics and Günter Müller´s percussion-based samples and electronics. Jason Kahn´s work on analog synthesizer bridges these worlds, adding high frequency interference, processed piezo microphone and short wave radio input. MKM´s music appeals to enthusiasts of noise, experimental electronics, and improvised music.
Günter Müller is a percussionist living in Switzerland. For more than 20 years, he played a unique drum set of his own invention involving a mobile pick-up and microphone system that allowed for hand-generated sounds to be modulated electronically. Nowadays, he plays an iPod and other electronics. Besides his solo career, Müller has collaborated and recorded with other well-known artists such as Jim O’Rourke, Christian Marclay, Butch Morris, and Otomo Yoshihide. He’s played throughout Europe, Russia, USA, Canada, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.
Jason is a sound and visual artist based in Zürich, Switzerland. His work includes sound installation, performance, and composition. He was born in New York, grew up in Los Angeles, and relocated to Europe in 1990. Originally a percussionist, Kahn later began integrating live electronics into his playing. He currently performs with different combinations of percussion, analogue synthesizer, and computer. His work addresses the entity of sound as both a physical and psychological factor shaping our consciousness. Kahn has performed at various festivals, art spaces, and clubs throughout Europe, North and South America, Japan, Mexico, Korea, Israel, Turkey, Russia, Lebanon, Egypt, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and Australia.
Kahn is also part of the project Milieux Sonores, an exhibit at the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts and sponsored by swissnex San Francisco that brings together sound and architecture.
Norbert Möslang is an electronic sound artist from St. Gallen, Switzerland, whose instruments of choice involve “cracked everyday electronics,” scavenged electronic junk from which he coaxes astonishing sounds. Möslang was one half of legendary Swiss noise pioneers Voice Crack, an influential group that recorded and performed with Jim O’Rourke, Sonic Youth, and others. He was also a member of the improvised Poire_z and has since developed an extensive solo career. He is active in the visual arts, notably representing Switzerland at the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001 with Voice Crack cohort Andy Guhl. He has played with notable artists including Borbetomagus, Otomo Yoshihide, ErikM, Jerome Noetinger, Lionel Marchetti, Kevin Drumm, Oren Ambarchi, Tomas Korber, Keith Rowe, I-sound, Carlos Zingaro, Florian Hecker, and others.
Photo: Myleen Hollero