The AXIAL BAND in PERFORMANCE
David Arner (piano, balafon, metallafon)
John Beaulieu (keyboard, harmonica, percussion)
George Quasha (electro-acoustic percussion)
Charles Stein (voice art)
Many instruments, one voice
Axial Music follows a principle of spontaneous interpersonal composition without the intention of honoring precedent or previous patterns, guided instead by radical following of actual sounds generated in an intentional field. When successful the sound event has a life independent of the musicians and may generate an altered state of listening. In addition to sound events, the performance sometimes has visual and language components.
The Axial Band has performed extensively over the past three years in New York City and the Hudson Valley.
David Arner, musician (piano, harpsichord, percussion), composer, and longtime proponent of innovative music and spontaneous composition, teaches at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Performing throughout the US both solo and collaboratively (with musicians Michael Bisio, Tomas Ulrich, Jay Rosen, as well as poet/sound-artists Charles Stein and George Quasha), he has also pioneered a re-vitalization of new music for silent film (for many years at Upstate films in Rhinebeck, NY, the Knitting Factory, the National Gallery of Art, and the Whitney Museum). Recipient of a 1980 NEA Jazz Fellowship. Among his many CDs is the recent 4-CD boxed set: Spontaneous Suites for Two Pianos (RogueArt label) (duets with Connie Crothers). www.davidarner.com
John Beaulieu, composer, musician, and healing artist engages multiple mediums in his exploration of consciousness for healing and greater spiritual understanding. His work ranges from the development of tuning forks (tuned to precise mathematical formulas) as musical instruments to intuitive divination-based sonic systems. He experiments with new systems for creatively generating music possibilities as part of his quest to incubate neural pathways, empowering a new sense of reality. Author: Music and Sound in the Healing Arts and other books. See www.biosonics.com.
George Quasha, artist/poet/sound artist, explores a principle (axiality/liminality/configuration) in language, sculpture, drawing, video, sound, installation, & performance. Most recent of his 17 books are Axial Stones: An Art of Precarious Balance (2006, foreword Carter Ratcliff); An Art of Limina: Gary Hill’s Works and Writings (2009, with Charles Stein; foreword Lynne Cooke); and Verbal Paradise (preverbs) (2011), and Scorned Beauty Comes Up From Behind (preverbs) (2012). A 2006 Guggenheim Fellow in video art, his art is: Speaking Portraits recording over 1000 artists/poets/composers in 11 countries, appears online at www.quasha.com. He performs with Gary Hill, Charles Stein, David Arner, and John Beaulieu.
Charles Stein works complexly in an integrated field of poems, sound art, prose reflections, translations, drawings, photographs, , and performances. He is the author of thirteen books of poetry including From Mimir’s Head (Station Hill Press), a verse translation of The Odyssey (North Atlantic Books), and The Hat Rack Tree (Station Hill Press). His prose writings include a vision of the Eleusinian Mysteries, Persephone Unveiled (North Atlantic Books), a critical study of poet Charles Olson’s use of the writing of C.G. Jung, The Secret of the Black Chrysanthemum (Station Hill Press), and a collaborative study with George Quasha of the work of Gary Hill, An Art of Limina: Gary Hill’s Works & Writings, Ediciones Poligrafa. www.charlessteinpoet.com