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Our April event will bring three great artists to the space and to the system:
Earful with I Gusti Ngurah Kertayuda and Indonesian Dance of Illinois
I Gusti Ngurah Kertayuda is one of Bali’s most respected master dancers and director of Indonesian Dance of Illinois. His charismatic performances have been well received throughout Asia, Europe, and the United States. A graduate of the National Performing Arts Institute (KOKAR) in Denpasar, Indonesia, he is well versed in the many forms of traditional dance and music from Indonesia.
Earful works in the convergence of improvisation, composition, public art, and spoken word with interactive game technology, spatial audio environments, and mobile app development to create spontaneous and immersive sonic art experiences.
Paige Naylor is an MFA candidate in the Sound Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, specializing in voice and electronics. Her work exists between the popular and experimental, between sound and performance art. She is currently interested in self-generating systems, participatory performance, installation, real-time song deconstruction and arrangement, and movement & text scores. She holds a certificate in Deep Listening and is composer-performer & co-producer of the experimental pop opera The Near Misses.
Emily Beanblossom is an artist and musician from Chicago Illinois. Her live performances are structured around minimalist compositions using both analog and digital tools, including tape loops, live feedback, voice, and digital synthesis. She is pursuing an MFA in Sound Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, studying composition processes (or methods/systems) for music and sound. Rooted in DIY music culture, Beanblossom strives to make a lot with only a little.
Beanblossom was active in the Olympia scene from 2007-2011 in bands like Georgy, Legs the Crab, Karczol, and others, but was best known as the frontwoman for the raucous noise rock band Christmas.
Following extensive U.S. tours with Christmas, the singer retreated for a time to her family farm and began work on the darker, more organic sounds that would become Ruby Fray. Between gigs with Christmas and her fledgling business as a soap maker, she began performing stripped-down solo shows with these new songs.
In 2012, Beanblossom relocated from Olympia to Austin, Texas, where she began performing Ruby Fray shows more frequently. In the spring of 2012, Ruby Fray’s debut LP, Pith, was released on K Records. Pith found Beanblossom’s goth-charged indie songs augmented by a cast of players from the K Records and Olympia community, including members of LAKE, Angelo Spencer, Calvin Johnson, and Jake Jones, her bandmate from Christmas.
After moving to Austin, Beanblossom recorded her second Ruby Fray album with members of These Are Words, Ghetto Ghouls, Legs the Crab, Hotegia, and Clayface. Inspired by the wildlife of her new hometown, Grackle arrived in September 2014 on K Records.
After relocating to Chicago, IL, Beanblossom went on to pursue a MFA in Sound Art at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, focusing on composition and synthesis.