ELI KESZLER - sounds
BIANCA STONE - words & images
LINCOLN MICHEL & GRIER DILL - words & images
MARCH 2nd/8PM/FREE/LA SALA (58 N3rd Street, Brooklyn, New York)
The Thirtieth Year of Diamond Mouth Surprise
People still called Diamond Mouth Surprise young, but even though Diamond Mouth Surprise could measure no change in her beautiful face, she was suddenly unsure whether she could pass herself off as young without being laughed at.
Up until the thirtieth year, Diamond Mouth Surprise tried something new every day, seeing for yourself so many possibilities, thinking you had the potential to become almost everything all at once, with your cigarette between your fingers, laughing in a pretty chair.
In the thirtieth year, Diamond Mouth Surprise became even more susceptible to accidents, not because we were more reckless, but because we had exhausted many of the opportunities and ideas we thought would make us happy.
In the thirtieth year, Diamond Mouth Surprise heard what they believed to be a chorus of children singing in a cavernous room, but when they followed the sound to a low basement, the singing stopped and all they found were pallets and crates and insects scattering from the light of their torch.
In the thirtieth year, Diamond Mouth Surprise got into riskier cars driven by riskier people.
In the thirtieth year Diamond Mouth Surprise began actually reading her peers, found a white hair in her head and ate it, developed a taste for pickles and cheese, joined a chorus, smoked a billion cigarettes, slept with strangers in cars, admired her beautiful face, and walked outside during a hurricane.
Without knowing it, Diamond Mouth Surprise became inexplicably tolerable to many who avoided him before the thirtieth year.
ELI KESZLER is a graduate of the New England Conservatory, where he studied composition with Anthony Coleman and Ran Blake. He has collaborated with Phill Niblock, Roscoe Mitchell, Tony Conrad, Joe McPhee, Loren Connors, Jandek, and many others, and has recorded more than a dozen CDs and LPs for ESP-DISK, REL, and PAN.
Keszler’s installations employ piano wires of varying lengths; these are struck, scraped, and vibrated by microprocessor-controlled motorized arms, giving rise to harmonically complex tones that are percussive yet resonant. These installations are heard on their own and with accompanying ensemble scores. Said Keszler in a NPR All Songs Considered interview, “I like to work with raw material, simple sounds, primitive or very old sounds; sounds that won’t get dated in any way.” In addition, the patterns formed by the overlapping piano wires allow Keszler to create visual components that relate directly to the music, without having to use projections or other electronic equipment.
His installations have appeared at Eyebeam (NYC), Boston Center for the Arts, Nuit Blanche NYC and the Shreveport MSPC New Music Festival with upcoming projects at the Tektonic festival in Reykjavik, Iceland, an installation for the Gaudeamus Festival at the Centraal Museum in Utrecht, and a performance at Barbican in London.
BIANCA STONE is a poet and visual artist. She is the author of several chapbooks, most recently I Saw The Devil With His Needlework (Argos Books), and the poetry-comic I Want To Open The Mouth God Gave You, Beautiful Mutant (Factory Hollow Press). Stone is the editor of Monk Books, a small press that publishes limited-edition chapbooks of poetry and art, and is also a regular contributor for The The Poetry Blog. Her poems have appeared in such magazines as Best American Poetry 2011, Conduit, Crazyhorse, and Tin House. Stone collaborated with Anne Carsonon Antigonick (2012), a new kind of comic book and translation. She lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend, poet Ben Pease, and their cat.
LINCOLN MICHEL was born in Virginia and lives in Brooklyn. He is a founding editor of Gigantic. Fiction in NOON, BOMB, Oxford American, Indiana Review, Tin House, Hobart, and elsewhere. Essays in Tin House, The Believer, Oxford American, Bookforum, The Rumpus, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. Sometime DJ, sometime cartoonist, fairly frequent tweeter.
GRIER DILL- Grier Dill is a video artist and animator. He lives in NYC.