Jeff Witscher//die Reihe//Kaori Suzuki//RM Francis


Saturday, January 6, 2018, 8pm. $5-15 sliding scale.

Join us for an evening of experimental electronic music, featuring the hybrid concrète/digital synthesis constructions of Jeff Witscher, die Reihe’s conceptual deconstructions of dance music genres, and a presentation of a multichannel work by Kaori Suzuki, with an opening set by local artist RM Francis.

Jeff Witscher was born in 1983 in Long Beach, California and currently manages his own ​custodial & maintenance company Vincent’s Expert Cleaners in Portland, Or. He has recorded under a few different names, Rene Hell perhaps being the most known. He is an avid chess player​ & focuses on sound composition utilizing his computer accompanied by videos for his live performances. He’s currently working on an LP for Alter. Recent solo recordings include ​Stockfish, Fy Monkey Sisaj Kura, Cob Music, ​Bifurcating a Resounding No!, Meclu, & Vanilla Call Option.

die Reihe is the moniker of composer and sound engineer Jack Callahan. Taken from the journal of contemporary music of the same name edited by Herbert Eimert and Karlheinz Stockhausen, die Reihe has primarily focused on clinical deconstruction of contemporary music tropes. His music has been released on Ascetic House, NNA Tapes, Anomia, Salon and his own Bánh Mì Verlag, an imprint dedicated to contemporary experimental music and culture.

Kaori Suzuki (b. Tokyo) is a composer of electronic and electroacoustic music living in Oakland, CA. Her musical works are concerned with inner-sensory responses and transformative states, often emphasizing duration and dynamics through meticulous synthesis techniques. Her projects include her handmade instrument building platform Magic Echo Music, various solo/collaborative compositions with analog synthesis, and solo computer music utilizing spectral properties of transducer-driven objects combined with the use of auditory distortion products and other inner-ear phenomena. She has performed at various venues in the Bay Area and Pacific Northwest including Jack Straw Productions, Chapel Performance Space, Debacle Fest, TUFFest (Seattle, WA), S1 (Portland, OR), Berkeley Art Museum, Studio Grand, CCRMA (SF Bay Area), and recently the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival. She holds a master’s degree in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College.

RM Francis is an artist based in Seattle working with computer-generated sound via recordings, installations, and performances. His work is primarily informed by historical electroacoustic practices and posthumanist philosophy. He has performed at numerous festivals in the US, including Debacle in Seattle, 2 Day in Portland, Diffusion in Baltimore, and Human Festival in Philadelphia. His 2017 release Hyperplastic Other, a multimedia work utilizing chocolate and sound, is published by nada. Francis is also a member of the networked computer music ensemble Mesh Collaborative.


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