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Sean McCann, Aquarelle, Troy Schafer, and Maths Balance Volumes
April 20, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
KMSU’S Free Form Freakout presents “An Evening Of Experimental & Improvised Sound” featuring Sean McCann, Aquarelle, Troy Schafer, and Maths Balance Volumes. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. for a pre-show reception with cash refreshments provided by Patrick’s on Third and Morgan Creek Vineyards. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
Free Form Freakout is a weekly radio show that plays a broad mix of popular and obscure music from the past to the present. The show can be heard every Thursday at 2 p.m. on KMSU (89.7 FM) in Mankato, MN or on KMSK (91.3 FM) in Austin, MN. The show can also be streamed live online from the KMSU website (www.kmsu.org). Free Form Freakout also produces bi-monthly podcasts focused on digging deeper into underground and experimental sounds of the past and present. The FFF podcast series (a.k.a. The FFFoxy Podcast) includes regular artist interviews, label profiles, in-studio guests, and live performances. The podcasts are made available here on our website, on Soundcloud, and on iTunes.
Sean McCann is a Los Angeles-based composer, musician, sound artist, and audio mastering technician. He has been publishing albums since 2007, utilizing an array of instruments including violin, piano, & voice. His first fully realized album, Music for Private Ensemble (2013), found the artist multi-tracking and performing dozens of layers of instruments and sounds to form a one-man-orchestra. The logical follow-up album, Music for Public Ensemble (2016), lassoed in 30 other musicians to join in and puzzle together a 2xLP of lush chamber works, choral pieces, & text-sound compositions. In 2012 he formed the record label Recital, which has published dozens of LPs and books with an emphasis on new music, sound poetry, & sound art, examining the similarities and differences between the pastoral and the bizarre. Upon the release of his album Music for Private Ensemble, Tiny Mix Tapes wrote that: “McCann has built his reputation by producing consistently outstanding material across diverging genres and by releasing his output under a number of independent labels. On Private Ensemble, he solidifies his status as an undaunted and accomplished composer, setting new boundaries for expectation in prolificacy while demonstrating a remarkable attention to detail.” http://
With the Aquarelle moniker, Ryan Potts explores a cross-section of feedback-generated experiments, acoustic instrumentation and layered sine waves. These sounds are folded together with meticulous editing to form pieces that have equal interest in stasis and movement, clarity and obscurity. After a pair of excellent albums on the reputable experimental label, Students of Decay, Aquarelle returned with last year’s gorgeous Leave Corners, an album that The Alcohol Seed website noted “pours from the speakers with a vibrant, polychromatic energy.” http://
Wisconsin-based composer and improviser, Troy Schafer, has scattered a staggering body of impressive work throughout the darkened pastures of the Midwest over the past decade with his contributions to various group efforts such as Kinit Her, Wreathes, Burial Hex, and Rain Drinkers to name but a few. On top of this stellar output, Schafer’s 2012 solo release on Sean McCann’s Recital label entitled Evening Song Awaken provided further confirmation of his considerable talents as a violinist and as a composer of soul-stirring sounds. The past few years, upon completion of a Master’s Degree in Sound at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, has seen Schafer’s music continue to evolve along more conceptual and theoretical lines, pushing into areas of Musique concrète and performance art, while maintaining a distinctive emotional heft common amongst all of his work. Schafer’s ongoing Untitled series, started in 2014, has proven to be the apex of this newfound path as a solo artist, with each installment unlocking a new and varied piece to the beguiling sonic puzzle that he is creating. The online music publication A Closer Listen noted that “… as Schafer’s solo career progresses, he continues to tumble into a black hole of compressed instrumentation. The Untitled series might eventually lead to an album, but that’s not the point; these works are updates from a mind on fire.” https://
Maths Balance Volumes:
Maths Balance Volumes is the shape-shifting free folk/tape collage unit that formed in Mankato well over a decade ago. At its core, MBV is the duo of Clayton Kolbinger and Jameson Sweiger, two artists that have continued to record solo work under different aliases: Kolbinger as Termite Acropolis & Private Anarchy and Sweiger as Final Seed. After an extended hiatus, MBV performed at last year’s Free Form Freakout-curated event at the Arts Center of St. Peter with Graham Lambkin, Paul Metzger, and Justin Meyers. Portions of that performance can now be heard on their recent full-length album, Absence, which was one of the final releases to come out on Graham Lambkin’s venerable Kye label. https://www.youtube.com/
This concert is made possible by support from the State Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature to KMSU Radio.