ATTILA FARAVAELLI lives and works in Milano (Italy). In his practice he explores the relationship between sound, space and body. His solo music is released by Die Schachtel and Senufo Editions, in duo w/Andrea Belfi (Tumble) he released on Die Schachtel, on Boring Machines with Nicola Ratti and on Presto!? with the artist Nicola Martini. Together with Enrico Malatesta and Nicola Ratti he is founder of the trio ~Tilde. He presented his work in Europe, USA, Cina and South Corea. In 2010 he partecipated to the 12th International Biennial of Architecture in Venice. Since 2011 he curates The Lift series of experimental music concerts. In 2012 he was chosen as the italian curator for the Sounds of Europe project. He is founder and curator for the Aural Tools project, a series of simple objects to document the material and conceptual processes of specific musiciansâ€™ sound production practice. Aural Tools are acoustic devices for relating sound to space, the listener, and the body in ways unavailable through traditional recorded media such as CDs or LPs.
VIC RAWLINGS (cello/ electronics) employs a still, unstable sound language that features visceral excess and extreme austerity. He uses an amplified cello augmented with extensive and invasive preparations of his design, based on Baroque-era instruments. He uses a vocabulary of extended techniques, approaching near-total abstraction from the cello. He also uses and continually develops a modular electronic instrument with a highly unstable interface, acoustically realized by arrays of exposed speaker elements.
His writings on instrumentation and contemporary music education appear in Leonardo Music Journal and Intransitive Magazine. His curricula focus on listening, sound, and electroacoustic phenomena. He presents in settings ranging from Ivy-League Universities to juvenile detention facilities, including a village in Yucatan, Mexico. Visiting artist/ teaching residencies have included Oberlin, MIT, Harvard, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Princeton, Dartmouth, Wesleyan, among many others.
JAKE MEGINSKY (percussion/electronics) has collaborated and performed with such artists as Milford Graves, Alvin Lucier, Joan Labarbara, Greg Kelley, Bhob Rainey, Vic Rawlings, Joe McPhee, Thurston Moore, William Parker, John Blum, Daniel Carter, Paul Flaherty, Arthur Brooks, Bill Nace, and John Truscinski.
HUCK magazine describes his work as â€œconstantly transgressing the boundaries between acoustic and electronic, analog and digitalâ€ and continues, â€œâ€¦.invention is at the heart of Jakeâ€™s work even before he strikes a note.â€ Volcanic Tongue recently called Meginskyâ€™s 2014 solo record, Lâ€™appel Du Vide,â€œa hallucinatory electro percussion masterpieceâ€ and in the WIRE Magazine review of the album, Nick Cain writes, â€œthe album uses little more than a couple of sounds, extracting often head spinning complexity from a minimum of means.â€ Also in reference to Lâ€™appel Du Vide, Matt Krefting writes, "the music is meticulously constructed and consistently surprising, twisting and sparkling. The electronics spin away, shooting off into bizarre and unexpected territory, and all the while Meginsky guides them with a benevolent, confident, endlessly fascinated hand."
Meginsky's recordings can be found on Feeding Tube Records (Northampton, MA), Rel Records (Providence, RI), Open Mouth Records (Northampton, MA), Hells Half Halo (Seattle, WA), Wooden Finger Records (Belgium), Ultra Eczema Records (Belgium), and Ecstatic Peace Records (Northampton, MA). He recently remixed Body/Headâ€™s (Kim Gordon & Bill Nace) â€œLast Mistressâ€ for Matador Records (NYC). In May of 2015, he will premiere a new work at La Mama in New York City with choreographer Gwen Welliver. His debut solo album is available directly from Open Mouth Records.
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