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Installation Performances, Night Three

Moon Viewing Platform (Waning Gibbous Moon) with Nadia Hironaka, Matthew Suib, & Eugene Lew
6:16 (sunset)–8 p.m.
Harold E. Smith. 

Hyun Jin Cha.

Keisuke Yamada.

Keir Neuringer.

Brooke Sietinsons, Nathalie Shapiro, & Tara Burke.


Aspect 281 with Carolyn Healy & John JH Phillips
BEEP, directed by Adam Vidiksis. 6–7 p.m.

Audio-visual work from John JH Phillips. 7–7:15 p.m.

Michael Reiley McDermott / 7:15–8 p.m.


Soon/ Now/ Gone with Erik Ruin & Rosie Langabeer
Erik Ruin’s Ominous Cloud Ensemble, featuring Myles Donovan (viola), Julius Masri (electronics, percussion), Anais Maviel (vocals, n’goni), Veronica MJ (violin), Heru Shabaka-ra (trumpet), and Jesse Sparhawk (harp). 8–8:30 p.m.

Hprizm. 8:30–9 p.m.



Harold E. Smith
Fans of avant-garde jazz began to notice Smith in the early 70s, when he entered the New York City loft jazz scene as a percussionist. In the mid-1970s he moved to Philadelphia, continuing his musical activities there as well as his “bread” career as a television and movie cameraman; he also moved from drumming and percussion to specializing in the didjeridoo. Smith has worked with reed player Byard Lancaster, and also has an absorbing trio with Badal Roy on Indian tabla and Steve Turre on trombone and conch shells.

Hyun Jin Cha
Percussionist,Hyun Jin Cha is a solo and Korean ensemble musician. She began her career in Korea at the famous Korean music band DULSORI. During her 1998-2016 career in DULSORI, Hyun Jin has performed at many festivals, concerts and collaborationwith international music anddance artists in multi-disciplinary projects as an ensemble musician.She is also active in various fields such as festival workshops and lectures on traditional culture education.Since 2010, she has also been involved in traditional Korean cultural planning. She has organized a variety of repertoire performances and invited overseas world music artists to organize residency programs, as well as hosting Jeonju So-riFestival, Seoul Street Festival, and Ulsan World Music Festivalin Korea.In 2017, she moved in the US and has been continuing her music works, teaching, managing and directing event. She is currently in Philadelphia and is working on a new challenge to interact with local artists and to make music activities more broad and free.

Keisuke Yamada
Keisuke Yamada is a Benjamin Franklin Fellow and PhD candidate in ethnomusicology at the University of Pennsylvania. He specializes in the music of Japan.

Keir Neuringer
Keir Neuringer is a Philadelphia-based saxophonist, composer, and writer whose work is underpinned by interdisciplinary approaches and socio-political contextualizations.

Brooke Sietinsons, Nathalie Shapiro, & Tara Burke
Formed on the eve of the autumnal equinox in 2017, the trio has been playing together for just over two years. Longtime friends spanning two and a half decades, the three brought their respective musical practice together to form a nameless trio. Tara (Fursaxa), Brooke (Espers), and Nathalie combine voice, guitar, and harmonium drones deep into the heart of the mystery zone.

BEEP (Boyer Electroacoustic Ensemble Project), directed by Adam Vidiksis
Founded in 2013 by Adam Vidiksis at Temple University, BEEP embraces a variety of aesthetics and styles, from EDM to the avant-garde. They function in varied forms: from a laptop orchestra, to fusion of computers and traditional instruments, to an electronic music band. BEEP uses the laptop orchestra model, an ensemble of computer-based meta-instruments, as but one of many possible modes of music making using computers and other electronics.

For their performances at Aspect 281, Vidiksis and BEEP are creating special compositions that relate to railroad communications systems, which anticipate the computer-based communication systems we use today. They will use some of the same source material as artists Carolyn Healy & John JH Phillips have used to create Aspect 281.

Michael Reiley McDermott
“Signal to Noise Meditation” by Michael Reiley McDermott explores electronic textures, technological history, and the relationship between the qualities of signal architecture and the background noise in our day-to-day lives. The piece uses phone operators’ samples (which has a personal connection for McDermott, as his grandmother was an operator for Bell Telephone in Philadelphia from the 1940s to the 1980s), dial-up internet sounds, and sonification of modern-day radio towers, satellites, and Wi-Fi routers using data from and the Architecture of Radio iPad application.

Erik Ruin’s Ominous Cloud Ensemble
Erik Ruin will display the full roster of zoopraxiscope images (typically manipulated by attendees) in a brand-new sequential narrative composition that explores the construction and collapse, co-existence and conflict of different strands of time. A special sextet version of his ever-evolving audio-visual ensemble—Erik Ruin’s Ominous Cloud Ensemble—drawn from the finest musicians of Philadelphia and New York’s experimental music scenes, will provide a live semi-improvised score.

Hprizm is known for “Evoking images of Sun Ra and Afrika Bambaataa at once” (Jesse Sewer XL8R Magazine). As the founding member of the critically acclaimed Antipop Consortium, Hprizm has consistently challenged the boundaries of traditional hip-hop, winning the praise of tastemakers across the globe. In the course of his career, spanning nearly a decade, with over 100,000 records sold, Hprizm has shared stages with a wide array of artists ranging from The Roots to Radiohead, Mos Def, and others. As a composer, his pieces have been installed in the Whitney Biennial (NYC) as well as the Mazzoli Gallery (Italy). He’ll be performing a brand new version of his audio-visual piece “Pressure Wave,” which uses amplified resonance of urban spaces and the intersectional space between sonic activism, musique concrète, and rap’s early roots to examine the dense environments and circumstances that birthed hip-hop.