Ora Clementi: crys cole & James Rushford / Vito Ricci

11 Aug 2015

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ISSUE Project Room

New York
New York, United States


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Ora Clementi is the duo of Canadian sound artist crys cole and Australian composer-performer James Rushford.


Formed in 2013, their collaboration is a unique investigation into liminal performance states, with a focus on text and speech as preconscious thought processes. Central to cole and Rushford's duo are questions surrounding interpretation, the function of memory, semiotics, and the syntactical discipline of sound within both listener and performer. Utilizing various musical approaches in unorthodox and disorienting ways, their work incorporates field recordings, electronics, contact mics, various wind and keyboard instruments, percussion and voice. Using movement, conceptual performance practice and both amplified and acoustic sound, Ora Clementi play with subtleties of sensory perception, invoking a dreamlike context that hovers between musical performance and pure abstraction.

Originally a percussionist, Vito Ricci has crossed paths within the experimental jazz, avant-garde and punk scenes of downtown New York for decades. His pioneering experiments in electronic music are recently experiencing a resurgence thanks to a retrospective 2xLP set, I Was Crossing A Bridge released by Music From Memory this spring (a label named after Ricci’s 1985 album). Tonight Ricci combines his recordings with live sound, performing on computer, modular, and “wrench guitar” with special guests Lise Vachonand Steve Dalachinsky.




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