JUDY DUNAWAY AND RICARDO ARIAS
The two foremost players of the latex balloon perform together for the first time ever, exclusively in two special international experimental music events at Experimental Intermedia in New York City on March 25th and the NonEvent series at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston on March 30th. This concert guarantees you will never hear a squeak the same again!
Ricardo Arias is an experimental musician, sound artist, professor and researcher. For many years his work centered on improvised music using unconventional sound sources, both acoustic and electronic. Since the late 1980s he has worked with latex balloons as sound sources, as documented and explained in an article he published in Experimental Musical Instruments in 1997, entitled Scratching the Surface: The Balloon in My Life. His work with the "balloon kit"("batería global"), his main instrument for improvising for over two decades, is documented in the CD Música Global (http://www.nurnichtnur.com/printreviews/arias_musicaglobal.htm) Arias has presented his work internationally in the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Roulette (New York), Museum Kunst Palast (Düsseldorf), Galerie Rahel-Haferkamp (Cologne), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), La Casa Encendida (Madrid), the Miró Foundation (Barcelona), FIMAV (Victoriaville, Canada), Experimenta Festival (Buenos Aires) and Espace SD (Beirut) among others. Arias has collaborated with numerous experimental musicians, improvisers and sound artists from around the world, including Axel Dörner, Tatsuya Nakatani, Pauline Oliveros, Mazen Kerbaj, Pascal Boudreault, Chris Mann, Sharif Sehnaoui, Christine Abdelnour, Michael Zerang, Anne Wellmer, Gabriel Paiuk, Lou Malozzi and Miguel Frasconi among many others. His essays on his work and on Colombian experimental music and sound art have been published in Experimental Musical Instruments, Resonancias, and the Leonardo Music Journal. Arias is the Director of the Art Department at Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá.
For over 25 years Judy Dunaway has been primarily known for her numerous works for latex balloons as sound producers, including sculptural sonic performances, sound installations, interactive pieces, acousmatic works, free improvisations and compositions. She has presented these works internationally at many venues including Bang on a Can Festival (NYC), Cafe Oto (London), Barcelona Museum of Modern Art (Spain), Guelph Jazz Festival (Canada), Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors (NYC), New Museum of Contemporary Art (NYC), Performance Space 122 (NYC), Podewil (Berlin), Roulette (NYC), Roy and Edna Disney Center (Los Angeles) and STEIM (Netherlands). Her discography includes solo CDs on the Composers Recordings, Inc. (CRI) and Innova labels. Her awards/grants/residencies include Elektronmusikstudion Stockholm, New York State Music Fund, Aaron Copland Fund Recording Grant, the American Composers Forum's Composers Commissioning Fund and Zentrum fuer Kunst und Medientechnologie. She has a Ph.D. in music composition from Stony Brook University and an M.A. with emphasis in experimental music composition from Wesleyan University (where she studied with Alvin Lucier). She has been teaching at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston since 2005.