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The first Foundation for Emerging Technologies and Arts (FETA) event happened on December 9, 2007. Since then, FETA brought the Miami community programs such as 12 Nights of Electronic Music and Art, Acoustica 21, FETA8MCM (events at Miami Children’s Museum), FETA Sound Prize and series of various workshops and talks, amounting in more than 200 events!

FETA 10 FEST is here to celebrate the anniversary 10th season. Hosted at The Betsy-South Beach (thebetstyhotel.com), the festival will consist of four events on February 3 and 4, 2017. The program will focus on presenting a wide spectrum of contemporary experimental music, featuring 9 artists performing on traditional and non-traditional instruments, mixer-instruments, voice and computers. World premieres and compositions by composers from the Americas will be paired with improvisatory audio-visual explorations. Live sound and video will enliven the freshly designed gallery at the fabulous Betsy Hotel. Artists include Teeth and Metals (Mark Micchelli, piano and Alex Lough, sonic electronics), Jason Charney (sonic and video electronics), Paula Matthusen with Nestor Prieto (sonic electronics), Albatross (Jen Beattie, voice and Adam Marks, piano), Philip White (sonic electronics) with Chris Pitsiokos (saxophone).

Schedule at glance:

Fri, Feb 3, 2017: 

The Betsy-South Beach. Gallery. 1433 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Concert 1:  8PM: Albatross (Jen Beattie, voice and Adam Marks, piano)

Concert 2: 9:30PM: Teeth and Metals (Mark Micchelli, piano and Alex Lough, sonic electronics)


Sat, Feb 4, 2017: 

The Betsy-South Beach. BBar. 1440 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, FL 33139

Concert 2: 8PM: Jason Charney (sonic and video electronics), Paula Matthusen with Nestor Prieto (sonic electronics)

Concert 4: 9:30PM: Philip White (sonic electronics) with Chris Pitsiokos (saxophone)

Contact: info@fetafoundation.org

Voice: 434-284-2985

Admissions: free



Schedule in detail:

Fri, Feb 3, 2017

The Betsy-South Beach. Gallery. 1433 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Concert 1: 8PM

Albatross: Jen Beattie, voice and Adam Marks, piano

 Albatross presents a program for voice, piano & computer. The concert features three song cycles: Gabriel Lena Frank’s Cuatro Canciones Andinas composed to Incan forest poetry, Kathryn Alexander’s Jazz Songs set to poetry by James Emanuel and The Harbingers of Light by Miami’s own Juraj Kojs. The program will also include Nico Muhly’s Quiet Music for piano, and Jason Charney’s The HypnoDomme Speaks and Speaks and Speaks for mezzo-soprano and computer.

About the artists:

Albatross (Jennifer Beattie and Adam Marks) is a voice/piano duo exploring and expanding art song as a corner of the chamber music world and beyond. As soloists in their own right, Adam has been called “an excellent pianist” with “titanic force” by The New York Times, and Jennifer’s performance of Mahler’s das Lied von der Erde with Argento Chamber Ensemble was called one of the top 10 performances in New York City (NY Classical Review) in 2015. Together they concertize (the San Francisco Examiner called them a “smashing success”), teach at Yale and New Music on the Point, and co-direct Artists at Albatross Reach, an artists’ colony that fosters collaborations, experiments, and boundary-breaking new works alongside active community engagement, in Gualala, CA. 



Fri, Feb 3, 2017

The Betsy-South Beach. Gallery. 1433 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Concert 2: 10PM

Teeth and Metals: Mark Micchelli, piano and Alex Lough, sonic electronics

Micchelli and Lough will present two new works for piano and electronics, each featuring devices and controllers that allow the performers to move away from the laptop, freeing them to engage directly with gesture and motion. Lough’s work will implement transducer technology to reveal the latent resonant architecture embedded in the piano. Micchelli’s work attempts to mimic a virtuosic instrumental sonata, but with the Korg nanoKONTROL standing in for a more traditional acoustic instrument. Additionally, the performers will present a collaboratively composed piece showcasing improvisation and experimentation with custom hardware and software.

About the artists:

Teeth and Metals is an experimental piano and electronics duo based in Southern California featuring composer/pianist Mark Micchelli and composer/computer musician Alex Lough. Their primary goal is to integrate the fields of composition, improvisation, and technology in order to yield new creative and performance practices for sonic exploration. Informed by the traditions of classical, folk, jazz, and sound art, the duo embraces their disparate backgrounds in music to form an eclectic approach to the creation of new and exciting repertoire.


Sat, Feb 4, 2017

The Betsy-South Beach. BBar. 1440 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, FL 33139

Concert 3:  8PM

Jason Charney, sonic and video electronics

Paula Matthusen and Nestor Prieto, sonic electronics

Jason Charney will present an extended set of electroacoustic improvisation, with subtly modulated drones and responsive video projections creating an immersive meditative space. Paula Matthusen and Nestor Prieto will perform a set, drawing from field recordings, vintage audio recording technology and live-electronics. They will build textures through a range of sonic loops, drawing on the idiosyncracies of audio technologies. 

About the artists:

Jason Charney’s work as a composer addresses the connections among scientific phenomena, sensory perception, and performative gesture.  He writes music for both instruments and electronic media, often combining them. He is also an active electroacoustic performer, both as a soloist and with instrumentalists. 


Paula Matthusen is a composer who writes both electroacoustic and acoustic music and realizes sound installations. She has written for diverse instrumentations, such as “run-on sentence of the pavement” for piano, ping-pong balls, and electronics, which Alex Ross of The New Yorker noted as being “entrancing”.


Nestor Prieto (b.1972) is a Venezuelan born composer and multi-instrumentalist. His music looks at the inhabited space through the lenses of memory and nostalgia, incorporating found sound, hand-made electronics, and recorded speech in an attempt to make sense of the world around him.

Sat, Feb 4, 2017

The Betsy-South Beach. BBar. 1440 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, FL 33139

Concert 2: 10PM

Philip White, sonic electronics and Chris Pitsiokos, saxophone

Saxophone and Electronics violently collide and seamlessly meld, explode and cauterize with vehement immediacy into a set of real time compositions. With a common ear towards clear, powerful, and assertive statements Philip White and Chris Pitsiokos draw from equal parts David Tudor, Roscoe Mitchell, Eliane Radigue and Merzbow. The duo press themselves into the listener with unerring decisiveness and complete aural honesty. 

“It’s very difficult to do justice, using words, to how enervating and annihilating this set was” (Ray Cummings in the Village Voice)

About the artists:

The music of composer, performer, improviser, and sound designer Philip White (b.1981) is known for its ecstatic intensity and expressive sonic palette. Working with an array of homemade electronics at the intersection of noise, jazz and contemporary concert music, White exploits the tension between rigorous, closed electronic systems and the urgency of human compulsion. http://prwhite.net/

Chris Pitsiokos (b. 1990) is a saxophonist, composer, and improviser. His music combines the intensity and immediacy of extreme rock forms and noise with the lyricism and forward propulsion of jazz and the abstract detail of contemporary classical composers Iannis Xenakis and Helmut Lachenmann. His recordings can be found on Clean Feed, New Atlantis, One Hand Records, Carrier Records, Ug Explode, and his own imprint, Eleatic Records. http://www.chrispitsiokos.com/

With the support of the FETA Foundation, The Betsy-South Beach, Harold Golen Gallery, Knight Foundation and Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

Earlier Event: December 23


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