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OUTER EAR: Billy Gomberg, Block/Genetti/Young

Billy Gomberg was born in Chicago and lives and works in Brooklyn NY. His studio practice incorporates analog synthesis, digital treatments, acoustic recordings and custom programming that gives rise to electronic sound caught gazing at its own physicality, acoustics in love with their own abstraction. Formed of equal parts of futuristic electronics, exacting improvisation and sensual spaces, his CDs Comme (mOAR), Days (The Land Of) and Flyover Sound (Experimedia, a collaboration with Offthesky) have all been met with fascination and surprise. Flyover Sound received a nomination in the Experimentation/Research category of the 7th Qwartz Awards in Paris. Billy has exhibited or performed in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Boston, Providence, Paris, London, Lisbon, Graz, Zurich, Barcelona, Vancouver and elsewhere. August 2009 saw the successful west coast tour of Delicate Sen, the trio of Billy Gomberg, Anne Guthrie, and Richard Kamerman. A committed improvisor, he performs solo, with Anne Guthrie (as Fraufraulein), in trio w/Joshue Ott & Robert Dick, and in Charles Lindsay's "Trout Fishing In Space" project.

Olivia Block creates original sound compositions for concerts, site-specific multi-speaker installations, film, and performance. In a recent feature article in the April 2011 issue of The Wire magazine, Julian Cowley describes Block’s compositions as “finely nuanced textures of environmental material and occasional surges of sonic power blended with an elegant instrumental architecture.” Her compositions often include field recordings, scored segments for chamber instruments, and electronic textures. Additionally, she performs her own partially improvised compositions for inside piano and electronics. She has performed throughout Europe, America, and Japan for nearly 20 years. Her works have premiered at La Biennale di Venezia 52nd International Festival of Contemporary Music among many other festivals. Her release Mobius Fuse (Sedimental, 2001) was voted one of the best albums of the decade by Pitchfork. Her 2008 DVD release with film artists Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder, Untitled (SOS editions), was included in the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and theExpanded Cinema symposium at the Tate Modern in London.


Carol Genetti is a vocalist, composer and installatiion 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. Labels that have published her recorded work include Balance Point Acoustics, Crouton, Dead CEO, Last Visible Dog, Recorded and Spring Garden Music.


Katherine Young creates acoustic and electro-acoustic music that uses curious timbres, expressive noises, and kinetic structures to explore suspended time, genre fiction, the communication of ensemble energies, and the tension between the familiar and the strange. Recent projects include a new work for TimeTable percussion with Issue Project Room’s Emerging Artists Commission, composing for dance, and a commission for the String Orchestra of Brooklyn. Katherine has documented her work on numerous recordings, including a 2009 solo bassoon release, which garnered praise in The Wire (“Bassoon colossus”) and Downbeat (“seriously bold leaps for the bassoon”). Katherine’s solo project employs pedals and amplification, and she leads the quartet Pretty Monsters featuring bassoon, violin, electric guitar, and drums. As an improviser, Katherine has toured with Anthony Braxton and recorded with Hans Joachim Irmler from Faust and F.M. Einheit from Einsturzende Neubauten. Active projects also include: chamber music collective Till by Turning, the duo Architeuthis Walks on Land, and chamber-pop quartet the Fancy.