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NbN (Nora Barton, Billie Howard, Nomi Epstein) is a Chicago-based experimental improvisation trio that explores sonic textures through manipulation of acoustic instruments- violin, cello, piano- as well as found sound and percussive instruments. Improvisations encourage listeners to investigate subtle aspects of sonic movement where sensory details become heightened through concentrated and focused listening.
While the three instruments of NbN – cello, violin, and inside of the piano – monopolize the sound space, there is extensive involvement of found sound, and/or percussive instruments by all three members of the trio. The ensemble works carefully to investigate various color combinations between instrumental forces, while also creating juxtapositions of textural strata. Interests in sound dimensions include types of white noise, the combination of sound and noise, and the degree of clarity of pitch within sound. NbN’s improvisations encourage the listener to investigate subtle aspects of sonic movement where sensory details become heightened through concentrated and focused listening.
Founded in early 2011, NbN was artist-in-residence at High Concept Labs in Chicago during the Fall 2012 season culminating in the multimedia event “AMBEDO.” Performances include the Chicago International Music and Movies Festival (CIMM), Experimental Sound Studio’s Outer Ear Series, Poetry Foundation, Empty Bottle’s Mirrored Series, DePaul Art Museum, and Constellation’s Frequency Series.