Tuesday April 9 | 9:00 pm
Ted Moore & Ben Roidl-Ward, Willful Devices (Twin Cities), jen hill$10Ted Moore & Ben Roidl-Ward present their work "feed", and duo Willful Devices arrives from Minneapolis-St. Paul.
Ted Moore is a composer, improviser, intermedia artist, and educator based in Chicago. His work focuses on fusing the sonic, visual, physical, and acoustic aspects of performance and sound, often through the integration of technology. Ted’s work has been reviewed as “an impressive achievement both artistically and technically” (Jay Gabler, VitaMN), “wonderfully creepy” (Matthew Everett, TC Daily Planet), and “epic” (Rob Hubbard, Pioneer Press). Ted also frequently performs solo on electronics using his laptop, modular synthesizer systems, resonant physical objects, lighting equipment, and video projection. He has been featured as an installation artist by the Northern Spark Festival (Minneapolis), New York University, Studio 300 Festival of Digital Art and Music (Lexington, KY), St. Paul Public Library, TC Make (Minneapolis). Ted is currently pursuing a PhD in Music Composition at the University of Chicago.
Ben Roidl-Ward is a bassoonist and improviser based in Chicago who is dedicated to working with and advocating for composers of his generation. He has appeared as a soloist with the Seattle Symphony and the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, and has performed with the International Contemporary Ensemble, Ensemble Dal Niente, the Chicago Symphony, and the New York Philharmonic. A 2018 Luminarts Fellow in Classical Music, Ben is a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and a student of David McGill at Northwestern University. He also studied with Ben Kamins, George Sakakeeny, and Francine Peterson.
Willful Devices is a collaboration between composer/computer musician Scott Miller and performer/improviser Pat O’Keefe. The duo’s name refers to the fact that both musicians are manipulating devices, be it a clarinet or a computer, in order to generate sonic material. Anyone who works with computers or musical instruments knows that despite your best efforts, these devices are never fully under your control, and seem to have a mind of their own. Scott and Pat accept this fact, and even celebrate it, because within this unpredictability lies the potential for unimagined sonic discoveries.
jen hill makes things with sound, image, music, video, objects, jokes, the internet, ideas, etc. i am very interested in the imagainary, the impossible, and the non-existent.
jen hill has a bachelors of music in music composition from the university of north texas (2015) and a masters of fine arts in sound art from the school of the art institute of chicago (2018).