Ear Meal

Weekly, live performances by experimental musicians.

Christine Tavolacci

Christine Tavolacci is a flutist who has devoted much of her time and study to the performance of contemporary and experimental music. Christine has traveled across the United States and Europe to study and perform, and has had the pleasure of working with many great 20th and 21st century composers, such as Christian Wolff, James Tenney, Steve Reich, Michael Finnissy, Clarence Barlow, Jurg Frey, Larry Polansky, Stefano Scodanibbio and Gavin Bryars. She has been involved in the premieres of many new works, including those by James Saunders, Michael Pisaro, Chiyoko Slavnics, Catherine Lamb, Eva Maria Houben, Michael Winter and Mark So. Christine has performed with the Vinny Golia Large Ensemble, the Cold Storage project in 2006, and the Difficult Music series at Machine Project. Currently, she is involved with the Dogstar Orchestra, the Tavolacci/Clark duo, the newly formed Southland Ensemble, and is co-founder of the wulf. records, a record label devoted to the promotion of experimental music. Her playing has been released on Slub Music(Japan) and Tzadik. Christine lives and performs in Los Angeles, CA while simultaneously pursuing her doctorate in contemporary flute performance at the University of California, San Diego. http://christinetavolacci.com

Eric KM Clark ; Accomplished violinist, composer and artist Eric KM Clark is a specialist in new and experimental music. Eric is a member of the Kadima String Quartet and the new music ensembles neithernor and the Dogstar Orchestra, and he was a member of the genre-setting ensemble The California E.A.R. Unit for 6 years. He is also a member of Creative Underground Los Angeles, a collective of LA-based musicians, artists, writers and dancers. Eric has worked with many of the world’s most innovative artists and ensembles, including the late James Tenney, Jurg Frey, Michael Gordon, Richard Foreman, Guy Maddin, Christian Kesten, Michael Pisaro, Morton Subotnick, and Han Bennink. His playing has been released on the labels Innova, New World, Tonehole Music, Sundialtech and Tzadik, while his compositions have been released on Henceforth Records and CQB. His visual art has been exhibited at the Torrance Art Museum and the wulf., while his sound installations have been presented at MOCA in Los Angeles and the Inglewood Library.

A regular contributor to the new music scenes around North America and Europe, Eric’s compositions have been performed at venues and festivals such as REDCAT, the Berkshire Fringe Festival, the Bang On A Can Marathon, the Extensible Electric Guitar Festival, and the Ontological-Hysteric Incubator. He has written several works that explore Hearing Deprivation, which involves combining earplugs and over-the-head headphones playing back extremely loud white noise to mask a performer’s hearing. This creates a type of hermetic canon, as all performers are playing the same part and each individual’s unique inner tempo takes over. His composition exPAT: Deprivation Music No. 4 has received particular critical acclaim, being hailed as “an exhilarating and occasionally confounding exercise in divergence, confluence, and middle-finger merriment” (Signal to Noise, 59 / FALL 2010) and “might be the most disquieting piece of music you’ll ever hear” (kleineKultur, 06/08/2023). He is currently planning a week long residency at the Western Front venue in Vancouver for November 2013 in which he will present his compositions, perform a solo recital and present performances and a panel discussion on fluxus music. Eric co-founded and co-directed the wulf. from 2008-2013, an experimental performance venue located in downtown Los Angeles that provides free experimental concerts and other artistic events open to the general public. www.erickmclark.com

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