Carol Genetti is a vocalist, composer and installation artist. Her work is focused on the interplay between the voice as an expressive musical instrument and its extension into the sound-making realm. She has studied a variety of techniques including Western singing, Hindustani classical voice and Bulgarian folk music. Through these studies and her own explorations, she has developed a personal yet universal palette that is an abstraction of “extended” voice sounds — breaths, overtones, and disconnected textual bits, squeaks, growls, non-verbal tones — sounds that evoke unconscious emotions and human physicality.
Genetti has toured throughout the US, Canada, France and Germany and has performed numerous live concerts as an improvisational vocalist. She has collaborated with a large number of like-minded artists in both ad hoc groupings and long-standing partnerships, including her duos with electroacoustic improvisor Eric Leonardson; bassist Tatsu Aoki; the trio Nom Tom with saxophonist Jack Wright and percussionist Jon Mueller; collaborations with composer Adam Sonderberg; and multi-disciplinary performances with dancer Asimina Chremos.
She has composed sound/music scores for Hedwig Dance Company, Sonic Celluloid Festival and the Outer Ear Sound Arts Festival. Her sound installations utilizing tape loops and lathe-cut records have been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Spare Room Gallery and the Nova Art Fair. Labels that have published her recorded work include Balance Point Acoustics, Crouton, Dead CEO, Last Visible Dog, Recorded and Spring Garden Music.
FLANDREW FLEISENBERG plays percussion on an ever changing assortment of ephemera and modified drum parts coaxing texture and tone both familiar and bizarre. Attentive to room resonance, ambience and collaborator, Fleisenberg playfully utilizes gravity, friction, acoustics and presence to explore space, time, and relationships. A graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston) with a focus in conceptual art, he is musically self-taught and has developed a cadre of idiosyncratic techniques that are all his own. Flandrew has been involved in the free improvisation community since 2001 performing solo, in ad-hoc improv groupings, and in set projects in venues small and large across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. A resident of Philadelphia, Flandrew is active as the co-curator of the HOT Series, and is the Director of the Impermanent Society of Philadelphia, an organization focused on promoting the art form of Free Improvisation in Sound & Movement.
Cannon ball, 10′ ball chain, catering platter, doors, loose cymbals, sticky sticks, soup pans, coasters, pipe fittings, glass window, steel spring, floors, walls, air, sand, paper, rope, ping pong balls, a couple glasses of wine, some luck, and good fortune.
Trio Bajadelphia with Ivan Trujillo (Trumpet) and Ivan Montes (Guitar) from Baja MX, Duo with Dancer Loren Groenendaal (PHL), Duo with Vocal and Cello Improviser Audrey Chen (Berlin).
“Marcel Duchamp: funny phony. Flandrew Fleisenberg: Einstein of drums.”
– Gordon Marshall, poet laureate of the Boston improv scene
JIM STRONG is an experimental instrument builder and visual artist. His instruments are built intuitively utilizing crank mechanisms, strings, broken electronics and pressurized air. His most recent work explores movement and improvisation through wearable instrumentation. He performs solo and in variable group improvisations and works collaboratively in dance, video, and theater. His video work has been shown internationally notably in RAUMERWEITERUNGSHALLE in Berlin, CPH:DOX (Copenhagen Documentary Film Festival), Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and Icebox Project Space in Philadelphia. Strong is a founding member of the Impermanent Society of Philadelphia an organization focused on promoting the art form of Free Improvisation in Sound & Movement. In addition, he curates multimedia events under shifting monikers (Freetongue, Membrane Channel, etc.) spanning sound, poetry, screenings and dance in galleries, warehouses, and basements across the Philadelphia area.