Turntable Drawings is an ongoing collaboration between printmaker Jon Fischer and composer Danny Clay that combines installation, visual art, and a wide-ranging collection of forty handmade records. Part sculptural sketch, part sound prints, the records are imprinted with mathematical textures, original recorded material, or direct casts of existing LPs that include some of history’s earliest recorded sounds.
The installation at Kala gallery, supported by swissnex San Francisco and Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, features these records played on turntables alongside live instrumental musicians. Other works in this series include elements of printmaking, interactive installation, film, and live performance.
For Turntable Drawing No. 17, Fisher and Clay will be joined by the Swiss-US collaboration of Frantz Lorio (viola), Christian Kobe (saxes) and Theresa Wong (cello, voice). This trio first came together in 2016, and quickly found a synergy in the focused exploration and transformation of acoustic sounds. Like a ‘microscope’ set to an image, they reveal the rich microcosm of their instruments through extended playing and mic techniques. Turntable Drawing No. 17 will culminate in an evening of music merging the sonic and visual in compositions and structured improvisations.
7pm: play & examine handmade records, view video projections
8pm: artist introduction & concert
Theresa Wong is a composer, cellist and vocalist. Bridging areas of music, dance, theater and visual art, her works include The Unlearning, 21 songs inspired by Goya’s Disasters of War etchings (Tzadik 2011), O Sleep, an opera inspired by the conundrum of sleep and dream life and Venice Is A Fish, a collection of solo songs. She collaborates with many singular artists, including Ellen Fullman, Fred Frith, Luciano Chessa, Chris Brown, conceptual artist Jonathon Keats and filmmaker Daria Martin. Wong has performed internationally and throughout the US and is currently based in Berkeley, California.
Christian Kobe was born in Bern, Switzerland. He studied classical music at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel and undertook further studies in Paris (Cité Internationale des Arts), Lucerne (postgraduate degree) and Zurich (Master of Music in Performance) in the fields of improvisation and contemporary composition. He has given numerous performances at home and abroad, solo and together with various improvising music ensembles in Australia, USA, Japan, UK and Lebanon.
French-Japanese violist Frantz Lorio performs solo and is active in a number of international ensembles at the crossroads of different musical genres: improvised music, experimental, rock, contemporary music and electronics. He has contributed to multidisciplinary projects related to dance, image and poetry. After having lived in Paris and New York City, Frantz relocated to Zürich, Switzerland.
Danny Clay is a composer based in San Francisco. His work is deeply rooted in collaboration, building new works with curious minds from many different backgrounds and levels of artistic experience. Recent projects have involved Kronos Quartet, Eighth Blackbird, Third Coast Percussion, pianist Sarah Cahill, and his elementary school music students at Zion Lutheran School in SF.
Jon Fischer was raised in Pennsylvania by Israeli parents from Morocco and France. He earned degrees in bio-engineering and philosophy of science before learning to screen print with a garden hose and a sixty-watt light bulb at CELLspace in 2006. His screen print-based works have been exhibited across the country including Vanderbilt University, White Stone Gallery, The Haggin Museum, and San Francisco City Hall. Fischer currently holds an appointment as Associate Professor of Engineering Technology at the California State University Maritime Academy.
- Kobe/Lorio/Wong Trio; Oct. 7: Coaxial Arts, 1815 S. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Doors at 8:30pm, Show 9pm, entrance $10
- Kobe/Lorio/Wong Trio; Oct. 8: Stone works, 300 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, CA 93001
Part of a free all-day event, 1-6pm
- Kobe/Lorio/Wong Trio; Oct. 12: Studio Grand, 3234 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610
Doors at 9pm, entrance sliding $10-$20 (buy)