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! Our 10-year anniversary continues with a 3-day festival.
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).
“Hron teases out some fantastical material from her instruments, going some way towards redefining our perception of them. Taken as a whole, Léptidoptères is a nicely strange and engrossing cycle, one that finds a telling compromise between the immediacy of beauty and a more radical exploration into modes of behaviour and interaction.” 5:4 May 2016
The fabulous duo Living Earth Show for the fifth year in a row! Called “a vanguard effort of new chamber music” by the San Francisco Examiner, “transcendent” by the Charleston City Paper, and “a fully distorted perpetual motion of awesome” by I Care If You Listen,The Living Earth Show–a Bay Area new music initiative–exists as a megaphone and canvas for some of the world’s most progressive artists.
Comprised of electric guitarist Travis Andrews and percussionist Andy Meyerson, the ensemble commissions, curates, organizes, and promotes these composers through challenging them to realize their most ambitious creative visions. Whether through live performance (in the form of multi-media productions of commissioned, evening-length compositions), audio and video recordings, or educational outreach, the ensemble crafts musical experiences that engage both its collaborators and its audience.
Tonight’s program includes works by Sahba Aminikia, Luciano Chessa, Luis Escareño, Juraj Kojs and Nicole Lizée.
Memorizing every work it performs, The Living Earth Show thrives on pushing the boundaries of technical and artistic possibility in its presentation of commissioned electro-acoustic chamber music. The ensemble has commissioned and premiered works by such diverse composers as Timo Andres, Brian Ferneyhough, Samuel Adams, Ken Ueno, Luciano Chessa, Ted Hearne, Jon Russell, Adrian Knight, Alden Jenks, Nick Vasallo, and Matt Marks. Several of these commissions were recorded for the group’s critically acclaimed debut album, High Art, which was released through Innova Records in 2013. The ensemble has been presented at universities and conservatories across the country, and has served as featured artists at festivals including Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, the Tribeca New Music Festival in Manhattan, Switchboard Music Festival in San Francisco, Fast Forward Austin, MicroFest in Los Angeles, and 12 Nights in Miami.
With the support of Knight Foundation, Foundation for Emerging Technologies and Arts, Harold Golen Gallery and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.
University of Miami
Patricia Louise Frost Music Studios South (PLF-S) 116
5503 San Amaro Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Join FETA at Thatcher's Summer Music Club hosted by Swampspace. Featuring solo, duo, and trio performances by Miami-based experimental electronic musicians Juraj Kojs, Alex Lough, and Carlos Dominguez. The group will improvise with live electronics, acoustic instruments, and gestural sensors. We open an evening of summer music celebration. Many other artists to follow!
surface/re-surface is the sonic collaboration between composer Paula Matthusen and sound artist and filmmaker Abinadi Meza. The duo began at the American Academy in Rome, and was initiated through a project curated by Hou Hanru, the artistic director of MAXXI (National Museum of Art in the 21st Century) who invited the Matthusen and Meza to perform for their sound art exhibition “Open City Open Museum.” Since this debut in 2014, surface/re-surface has continued to perform and create new works using field recordings and slowly evolving textures that play with facets of the performance space. In the second set, the Miami-based up-and-coming composer, performer and sonic artist Alex Lough joins the music-making.
Paula Matthusen is a composer who writes both electroacoustic and acoustic music and realizes sound installations. In addition to writing for a variety of different ensembles, she also collaborates with choreographers and theater companies. 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”. Her work often considers discrepancies in musical space—real, imagined, and remembered. Her music has been performed by Dither Electric Guitar Quartet, Mantra Percussion, the Bang On A Can All-Stars, Brooklyn Rider, the Estonian National Ballet, orchest de ereprijs, the Glass Farm Ensemble, the Scharoun Ensemble, James Moore, Wil Smith, Terri Hron, Kathryn Woodard, Todd Reynolds, Kathleen Supové, Margaret Lancaster, Nina de Heney, Dana Jessen and Jody Redhage. Awards include the Walter Hinrichsen Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Fulbright Grant, two ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers’ Awards, the MacCracken and Langley Ryan Fellowship, and the 2014 - 2015 Elliott Carter Rome Prize. Matthusen is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Wesleyan University.
Abinadi Meza is an artist who produces small and large-scale installations, public artworks, live performances and films. Trained in creative writing, art and architecture, his work crosses disciplinary boundaries and scales. He is an Associate Professor in Interdisciplinary Practices and Emerging Forms at t!he University of Houston. Meza was the 2014 the Gilmore D. Clarke/Michael Rapuano Rome Prize Fellow in Visual Art at the American Academy in Rome, Italy. His work has also been supported by awards from the Jerome Foundation (St. Paul/NY), Tanne Foundation (Boston), and the National Association of Latino Arts and C!ulture (San Antonio). Meza’s films have been screened at Anthology Film Archives (New York), Aurora Picture Show (Houston), New Zealand National Film Archives (Wellington), Museum of Contemporary Art (Santa Barbara), Atlanta Film Festival, Salt Lake City Film Festival, and the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (Liverpool), among other places. His audio work has been broadcast on NPR’s All Things Considered, Resonance FM (London); Radius FM (Chicago), Radio Kinesonus (Tokyo), and WQXR (New York). He has performed live at numerous festivals and venues, including Museo MAXXI (Rome); Sonorities Festival (Belfast), Hipersonica Festival (São Paulo); ANTI Festival (Finland) and the Lisbon Architecture Triennale.
Alex Lough is a composer, performer, and sound artist currently based in Miami. His work focuses on implementing technology in order to discover new performance contexts with particular attention given to the body and the physicality of sound. He explores the use of feedback and resonance to sonically activate materials and instruments. Alex earned his B.A. in music from Wesleyan University and is a master’s student at Florida International University. His mentors include Paula Matthusen Neely Bruce Jacob Sudol, and Juraj Kojs.
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With the support of Knight Foundation, Harold Golen Gallery and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.
FETA Foundation presents Surface Image, a stunning marriage of Tristan Perich's inspired electronic aesthetic and Vicky Chow's nuanced yet fiercely virtuosic playing. It's a landmark release for Perich, being his first major release focusing solely on his work, as well as his first large-scale piano composition. Chow's dynamic performance is swept up in a sublime flurry of dazzling 1-bit sounds-- produced by 40 loudspeakers across the stage--simultaneously entangling and unraveling over the hour long journey. The line between electric and organic is artistically blurred, as the simple hand-wired electronics fuse with the individual notes of the piano on the same, expansive plane. Surface Image is a massively polyphonic synthesis of electronic and acoustic sound.
Tristan Perich's (New York) work is inspired by the aesthetic simplicity of math, physics and code. The WIRE Magazine describes his compositions as "an austere meeting of electronic and organic." 1-Bit Music, his 2004 release, was the first album ever released as a microchip, programmed to synthesize his electronic composition live. His latest circuit album, 1-Bit Symphony (Cantaloupe, 2010) has received critical acclaim, called "sublime" (New York Press), and the Wall Street Journal said "its oscillations have an intense, hypnotic force and a surprising emotional depth." His award winning work coupling 1-bit electronics with traditional forms in both music (Active Field, Observations) and visual art (Machine Drawings, Microtonal Wall) has been presented around the world, from Sonar and Ars Electronica to the Whitney Museum and bitforms gallery.
Canadian pianist Vicky Chow has been described as "brilliant" (New York Times), "a monster pianist" (Time Out New York), and “one of the new stars of new music” (Los Angeles Times). Trained at Juilliard and the Manhattan School of Music, she is the pianist for the Bang on a Can All-Stars and is also a founding member of DUO X88, a piano duo with Dutch pianist Saskia Lankhoorn, and GRANDBAND, a six keyboard ensemble. Vicky's passion for new music has propelled her to work with an A-to-Z of leading composers and musicians such as John Adams, Louis Andriessen, Bryce Dessner (The National) Philip Glass, Glenn Kotche (Wilco), David Longstreth (Dirty Projectors), Steve Reich, Terry Riley, and Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth). Her recorded work can be found on the Tzadik, Cantaloupe, Innova, Hinterzimmer, and altaVoz, with upcoming releases on Nonesuch and New Amsterdam. (vickychow.com)