Program notes for the debut performance of Blind : Out : Dated which took place December 12, 2015. Live photo below by Daniel Barbiero.
Gary Rouzer – cello, preparations
Nicolas Wiese – pre-produced electroacoustic treatment of Gary Rouzer recordings.
This is a blind date. Duo or solo? Gary Rouzer interacts live on stage with a pre-produced stereo piece by an absent artist, having never heard any of the material before this premier performance. All acousmatic / pre-produced sounds have been conceived by Nicolas Wiese in his Berlin studio, exclusively out of Rouzer’s cello recordings. Wiese came up with a variable compositional structure, consisting of several short movements, leaving plenty of room for different ways of live interaction, and being open to future transfigurations. This is the debut performance of a continuing project that will eventually present both musicians in the same room but first a blind date will take place out in the open.
“I first met Nicolas Wiese on Myspace in 2006 thru the trio HSW. I was intrigued by the trio’s approach to combining acoustic and electronic information.The raw material that Nicolas transforms live by digital and analogue devices, is from a prerecorded improvisation between double bassist John Hughes and saxophonist Lars Scherzberg. The bass and sax are ‘constantly confronted with their electronically alienated reflections’. Nicolas and I met in person for the first time in 2012, when I played in Berlin.”
»Gary has a wide variety of musical vocabulary and I observe three elements crossing in his work: playful curiosity, (»classical«) seriousness, and a kind of Zen calmness (the latter I would also attribute to his social personality). Anyone who understands music, will understand that these elements don’t necessarily contradict each other. They can fertilize and catalyze one another. This is the momentum from which I pick up bits of Gary’s material, to generate something else that still bears the character of the origin.«
Photo below by Beau Finley.