Dieb13 (turntables/computer)
Dieter Kovacic's best-known alias is Dieb13, but he has also performed and recorded under the monikers Takeshi Fumimoto, Echelon, Dieter Bohlen, and Dieb 14. He sprang into action in the mid-'90s, as the Viennese avant-garde scene was picking up a momentum. His rare solo releases are complemented by a number of collaborations with the likes of Boris Hauf, Werner Dafeldecker, Martin Siewert, and Christof Kurzmann, all artists revolving mainly around the Viennese labels Charhizma and Durian.

Kovacic was born in 1973. He came to music from the DJ side, instead of a more traditional musical background. He began to tweak cassette players and turntables in the late '80s, and later moved to the computer. In 1995, he applied for a studies program in electro-acoustic music at the Viennese College of Music, but was turned down. Ironically, his professional career started at around the same time. First, he self-released a cassette with Stefan Geissler titled Lomophonien. The label Rhiz invited him to contribute to the compilation Picknick mit Hermann (1997), and things picked up from there. Kovacic began to play in Kurzmann's Orchester 33 1/3, Shabotinski, Radio Fractals, and Efzeg.

In 1998, he contributed a track to Turntable Solos, a compilation released by the Japanese label Amoebic. Disguised as Takeshi Fumimoto, he resided amid Otomo Yoshihide, Christian Marclay, and Merzbow. For his first solo CD, Restructuring (2000, Charhizma), Kovacic remixed the contents of a whole experimental music festival. The album was released "open content" by the artist, a conscientious copyright objector. With this CD confirming his mastery of the turntable, he quickly moved to other pastures, stripping his sound of recognizable references to use record-less players and eventually the computer. In early 2002, For4Ears released Streaming, an electro-acoustic improv trio with Gunter Muller and Jason Kahn.

Tom Djll (trumpet)
Tom Djll has spent over twenty years developing the trumpet’s wide sonic array of extended techniques. His musical language incorporates complex noises and gritty, unheard textures from electronica into melodic gestures and building asymmetrical formal structures.

Tom has made a lifelong study of the art of improvised music, and has been actively performing since 1980. He has performed with Gianni Gebbia, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Eugene Chadbourne, Natsuki Tamura, Fred Frith, The Splatter Trio, Gail Brand, matt ingalls, Wolfgang Fuchs, Pauline Oliveros, “Blue” Gene Tyranny, nmperign, Tim Perkis, William Winant, Toshi Makihara, Phillip Greenlief, Jack Wright, Miya Masaoka, Luc Houtkamp, Tatsuya Nakatani, and many others.

Tom's band Grosse Abfahrt has two releases, “erstes Luftschiffe zu Kalifornien” on Creative Sources, with Boris Baltschun and Serge Baghdassarians, and “everything that disappears” on Emanem, with Lê Quan Ninh and Frédèric Blondy. Tom appears on recording Six Fuchs (Rastascan) with Wolfgang Fuchs, Gino Robair, Tim Perkis, John Shiurba and Matthew Sperry.

Phillip Greenlief (sax)
Greenlief has performed internationally in a variety of settings, with just about every important player on the scene. In 1998 he lived in St. Petersburg (Russia) where in addition to playing solo he performed and recorded with several jazz groups, singer-songwriter Yelena Kolokolnikova, and the Russian folk ensemble Dubinushka.

In addition to solo performance, Greenlief is currently active in duo with musicians Joelle Leandre, Andreas Willers, and Cory Wright; in shudder w/Kyle Bruckmann & Lance Grabmiller; in Citta di Vitti, with Lisa Mezzacappa and Jason Levis; in the "Tips Project" with Bruce Ackley and Aurora Josephson; in Bush of Ghosts, with Jen Baker, Damon Smith and Spirit; and in the 2 + 2 Project w/Jon Raskin and rotating pairs of like instruments. He is a founding member of The Lost Trio, now in their 14th year of music-making.

Gino Robair (perc/elec)
Gino Robair works with prepared/modified percussion, analog synthesizer, ebow and prepared piano, and bowed objects. He has performed in festivals throughout Europe and North America, and he has recorded with Tom Waits, Terry Riley, Anthony Braxton, Lou Harrison, John Butcher, and Eugene Chadbourne, the Club Foot Orchestra, and the Rova Saxophone Quartet.

His opera I, Norton is based on the proclamations of Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico, who lived during the Gold Rush-era in San Francisco. Robair also run Rastascan Records.

Ken Ueno (extended vocals)

Twice commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation for orchestral works, the 2006-2007 Rome Prize recipient, Ken Ueno, is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. As a vocalist, he specializes in extended techniques (overtones, multiphonics, extreme extended registers, circular breathing).

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Friday, September 11, 2009, 4:00am to 6:00am