Calendar: Vocal Performance: Stine Janvin Motland and C. Spencer Yeh

Event Description

Drawing from an expanding palette of innovative sounds, these musicians instrumentalize breath, mouth, and vocal chords to engage the physicality, variation, and sensuousness of the non-lyrical voice. C. Spencer Yeh (Brooklyn) and Stine Janvin Motland (Oslo/Berlin) improvise and compose, using the voice as a sound-making device that lies outside of speech acts and traditional modes of singing.  Following the performance, enjoy our outdoor music series with PAMM Presents Gatekeeper.  

Established artists among a younger generation of experimental musicians, Motland and Yeh’s practices have historical precedence in movements of musique concrete, and perhaps sound poetry. Their use of non-linguistic vocal sounds in composition and improvisation may be compared to the approaches of concrete poets, who sought to elevate text above that of an impartial actor within the communication process.
Considering the many multi-disciplinary artists with sound related works, from F.T. Marinetti’s performance poem Zang Tumb Tumb (1912) to artists such as John Cage, Henri Chopin, and many others in the current PAMM exhibition A Human Document: Selections from the The Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, the timing of this program encourages reflection on the ways in which contemporary experimental music performance may be in conversation with those 20th century vanguard movements.

C. Spencer Yeh (b. 1975, Taipei, Taiwan; moved to U.S. 1980) is recognized for his interdisciplinary activities as an artist, composer, and exceptional improviser. Internationally performing solo and with his project Burning Star Core, Yeh is also sought out for collaborations. He has worked with an ever growing list of artists including Tony Conrad, New Humans with Vito Acconci, Evan Parker, Thurston Moore, Amy Granat with Jutta Koether, Justin Lieberman, The New Monuments, Chris Corsano, Prurient, and Jandek.Recent presentations of work include Who Wants Flowers When You're Dead at the Poor Farm, Wisconsin, The String and the Mirror at Lisa Cooley, NYC, Soundworks at the ICA London, Excursus IV at the ICA Philadelphia, PAN_ACT at ISSUE Project Room, Brooklyn NY, a Jerome Foundation Commission from Roulette Intermedium, the Segue Reading Series in NYC, the Canal Series NYC, and LAMPO at the Graham Foundation, Chicago. Yeh has recorded extensively. A collaborative recording with Okkyung Lee and Lasse Marhaug is due later this year on Daniel Lopatin's Software label, and a collection of voice-based works will be published by Primary Information in 2014. Yeh studied Radio/Television/Film at Northwestern University. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, where he also volunteers as a trailer editor and programmer for Spectacle Theater in Brooklyn NY

Stine Janvin Motland (b. 1985 in Stavanger, Norway) is a vocalist, improviser and composer. Working with extended vocal techniques through new music, physical theatre and improvisation she has become a central figure in the Norwegian scene of experimental music. She performs solo and with the groups VCDC and S/S motsol in addition to projects with musicians and composers such as Lasse Marhaug, Maja Ratkje, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Nils Henrik Asheim, Frode Gjerstad, Øyvind Torvund and Mats Gustafsson.  She performs as an actor, singer and mover with her own theatre company Brigitte & Paula band and in the baby opera Korall Koral. Motland studied jazz vocals and teaching at the University in Stavanger, and holds a masters in performing improvised music from the Norwegian Academy of Music.