Marfa Dialogues

C. Spencer Yeh + Messages

21 November 2013

Ballroom Marfa Presents:
A Night with C. Spencer Yeh and Messages
November 21, 2013 | 7 pm
Part of Marfa Dialogues/New York

Rauschenberg Project Space
455 W. 19th Street
New York, NY

In keeping with Quiet Earth‘s ongoing examination of humanity’s place amid the changing volumes of planet Earth, Ballroom Marfa presents C. Spencer Yeh’s improvisations on violin, voice, and electronics. Yeh will be joined by Messages, the duo Taketo Shimada & Tres Warren, for a performance on November 21, 2013 at 7pm.

C. Spencer Yeh was born in Taipei, Taiwan and now lives in Brooklyn. Yeh’s work emerges initially from an improvisational practice, having developed a distinct musical vocabulary with violin, voice, and electronics. As a composer Yeh expands his approach, often employing video and other mediums to integrate visual and aural experience while investigating the role of the gesture. Yeh has performed and presented work in a variety of venues and situations internationally, including the New Museum, New York; the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; Issue Project Room, Brooklyn; Roulette, Brooklyn; ICA, Philadelphia; ICA, London; White Flag Projects, St. Louis; Performa; Lampo; Sónar; Frieze Music; and All Tomorrow’s Parties. He has collaborated with a variety of artists such as Nate Wooley, Okkyung Lee, Tony Conrad, and New Humans with Vito Acconci. Yeh is also a trailer editor and programmer at Spectacle Theater, Brooklyn.

Messages is the New York duo of Taketo Shimada & Tres Warren. Mirage is the third full-length release by Messages, recorded in 2008 before their first two albums and has remained unreleased until now. This record documents the duo’s earliest long form drone explorations and intonations, most of which were recorded during long sessions in Tres’ basement bunker in the East Village. Mixing orbits of homemade acoustic instruments, electric drones & percussion, Mirage is a humid transmission sent straight from the womb.

    This performance has been made possible through the support of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, with generous contributions by Barclays, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, The Public Concern Foundation, Casey Flat Ranch, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Ballroom Marfa members.