A Night of Solos and a Duo
November 15, 2014
Doors 7pm, Music 7:30pm
$10 suggested donation
Bands listed in order of appearance
Founded in early 2009, The Proxemics are an autonomous music project with a revolving cast of musicians led by lynch pin and frontman Alex Neville (The brilliant Dullards, A. Barnhouse, Audible Whispering 1/2 Quartet).
The Proxemics are a stripped down assembly, sometimes appearing as a garage-based, dirty wall of sound, sometimes as deconstructed balladeers offering you their hearts on their sleeves. Neville unites crunchy, angular alt-rock with a singer-songwriter sensibility while never letting go of his experimental roots. Mimicking the definition of their moniker, The Proxemics are at times both distant and intimate, treating their audience to an emotional tug-of-war. The songs appear effortless on the surface, but upon deeper investigation they become a complex system of asymmetrical forms with sonic threads and noise, weaving songs into a larger, continuous theme.
Johnny Bell is a musician. He plays banjo amongst other things. Tonight he will do just that.
Composer and conductor Dr. Steven Paxton came to the College of Santa Fe (now Santa Fe University of Art andDesign) as chair of the Contemporary Music program in 2003. His teaching specialties include composition, music technology, theory, and choral music. Dr. Paxton is an experienced music educator at both the college and high school levels and, before coming to Santa Fe, was chair of the Music Theory/Composition division in the School of Music at Texas Tech University. His former students are active as composers, performers, sound designers, inter-arts collaborators, teachers, and musical entrepreneurs throughout the United States and around the world.
Dr. Paxton was a 1988 recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Composers Fellowship and has also received fellowships and commissions from The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, the American College Theater Festival, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Lubbock Youth Symphony Orchestra, and 20th Century Unlimited of Santa Fe. He has worked extensively in collaborative art forms, especially as a composer, sound designer, and musical director for the stage. From 1988 to 1994, he was composer-in-residence for the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, and his opera, Bellini’s War, was premiered at Texas Tech University in 2001.
Angelo Harmsworth is a self-proclaimed sound artist.
“Elongated notes that bend and twist reflecting light and texture. Occasional changes that remove and introduce elements almost imperceptibly.
Harmsworth has this way about making complex worlds of melody that feel like one singular note played indefinitely” – guide me little tape