Auditorium: Episode Four
Auditorium is a new loft party for lovers of ambient, experimental, downtempo and slow electroacoustic sounds. Expect an evening of inspired music, immersive eight-channel sound, enchanting lighting, surreal decor and mountains of pillows.
Our audiologists for the evening are Ben Neill, Rowan, Watson, and Zemi17.
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Our venue is Judson Memorial Church, a century-old Mead, McKim & White national landmark in the heart of Greenwich Village. It features soaring ceilings, renaissance-style marble arches and elaborate LaFarge stained glass windows.
This edition of Auditorium is being presented in conjunction with Horizons, an annual conference exploring the cultural, philosophical, scientific and spiritual of psychedelics. Learn more at horizonsnyc.org.
Auditorium's founders and directors are Kevin Balktick and Taylor Kuffner. Kevin Balktick is a designer and producer of imaginative experiences and culture events, including the Winkel & Balktick warehouse parties, The Lost Horizon Night Market and Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics. Taylor Kuffner (aka Zemi17) is a sound designer, media artist and composer who has performed across the world. Most recently, he is the creator of the Gamelatron, a MIDI-controlled robotic gamelan orchestra.
BEN NEILL is a composer, performer, producer, and inventor of the mutantrumpet, a hybrid electro-acoustic instrument. His music blends electronica, jazz, classical and ambient music influences, blurring the lines between DJ culture and acoustic instrument performance. He has been called "the mad scientist of dancefloor jazz" (CMJ), "a musical powerhouse, a serious and individual talent" (Time Out London), and "a creative composer and genius performer" (Time Out NY). benneill.com.
ROWAN is a multi-instrumentalist who is best known for her improvisational work blending acoustic harp with laptop. She is a member of the chamber group Ne(x)tworks, as well as the bands Family Dynamics, Stars Like Fleas and MERCE, and has performed at notable performance series including the MATA Festival, Whitney Museum's Christian Marclay Festival, MoMA Monday Nights, MoMA PS1 Warm Up and Saturday Sessions. In May 2009, Ms. Burgon premiered a new piece for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company Hudson Valley Project at Dia:Beacon. Shelley holds an MFA in Electronic Music from Mills College where she studied with Pauline Oliveros, Fred Frith, Chris Brown, Alvin Curran, Maggie Payne and Karen Gottlieb. She is inspired by Maryanne Amacher who was one of her early mentors and currently performs solo under the name Rowan. facebook.com/pages/Rowan/100523906658746
WATSON is the ambient electronic musical project of multi-instrumentalist Frank Watson Rose IV from the outskirts of Santa Fe, NM where he produces the under wide skies close to three mountain ranges and many coyotes. Watson performs almost exclusively with monome devices (monome.org/), he organized the first Monome Community Tour in September of 2010, spanning 8 countries. In May, he produced the Gridfest, bringing in 13 electronic artists from around North America to Santa Fe to perform and give workshops for a three-day festival. This September he released his third album "Unconditional". watsonsound.ws.
ZEMI17 is a composer, musician, sound and installation artist based in Brooklyn, NY. He is the co-creator, composer and art director for the Gamelatron, the world's first fully robotic gamelan orchestra. He is a featured artist of the Berlin software company Ableton Live, teaches audio production at Dubspot, performs with the group Zero Gravity Thinkers, and is the resident DJ for the legendary Danger warehouse parties. He has received grants and awards from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, The Trust for Mutual Understanding, New York State Council on the Arts, Indonesian Foreign Ministry, The Berlin Arts Council, EU / European Commission, James F. Robison Foundation, and The Soros Foundation. zemi17.net.
Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|