PAST PERFORMANCES

SONIC MUD

AUGUST 21, 2019
NARS FOUNDATION

Live musical performance with Julia Elsas, Kenny Wollesen, Kirk Knuffke, and Mike Irwin.

SONIC MUD at the NARS Foundation takes place during, The Weight of the Temporary, an exhibition curated by Elisa Gutierrez.

Photos by Tara Kim.


SONIC MUD: UGAV NIGHTS

MARCH 28, 2019
BROOKLYN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC

For SONIC MUD: Ugav Nights, I reimagined a mysterious biblical instrument, the Ugav, through a series of ceramic sculptures. The Ugav is mentioned only four times in the Bible, including in the very first description of musical instruments (Genesis 4:21). Contemporary interpretations of the Ugav describe it either as a reed instrument or a stringed instrument. Possibilities include: pipe, bagpipe, end-blown flute, vertical flute, water organ, panpipe, lute, harp, viola da gamba, or simply, a love charm. 

I consider my sonic sculptures to be fully realized when they are being played. I am grateful for the support of Rabbi Matt Green, The Brooklyn JewsUJA - Federation of New York, The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, and the performers: Kenny Wollesen, Sae Hashimoto, Cyro Baptista, Dalius Naujo, Mike Irwin, and Rich Stein for making this event possible. 


Adding to my Ugav sculptures, some of the musicians have brought their own instruments. Kenny Wollesen brings a selection of his original hand-built instruments or “Wollesonics.”  Cyro Baptista plays ceramic instruments he has collected from around the world. And Rich Stein is playing his Hydra, a modular drum he invented in collaboration with ceramicist Walter Heath. 

Ugav Nights photographs were taken by Valerie Trucchia and Meg Morehouse.


SONIC MUD: OPEN STUDIO JAM

JUNE 8, 2019
NARS FOUNDATION AND J&M STUDIOS

Kenny Wollesen and Kirk Knuffke perform SONIC MUD instruments during the NARS Foundation and J&M Spring Open Studios.

Photos by Jimmy Lee Zuniga


SONIC MUD

SEPTEMBER 8, 2018
BKLYN CLAY

SONIC MUD: BKLYN CLAY took place during the 2018 Brooklyn Clay Tour.

Brooklyn-based clay artists, Michele Quan, Britt Moseley, Clare Burson and Julia Elsas showcased ceramic sculptures that were played live by musicians Kenny Wollesen, Cyro Baptista, Rich Stein, Doug Wieselman, Clare Burson, and Britt Moseley.

Cyro Baptista and Doug Wieselman played ceramic instruments they have collected from around the world. Rich Stein played his Hydra, a modular drum he invented in collaboration with ceramicist Walter Heath. 

Images below from L to R: SONIC MUD promotional poster by Jennifer Waverek; 7 Bells by Michele Quan; STP 1000: Synthesizer Teapot by Britt Moseley; Black Zither #1 and White Zither #2 by Clare Burson; Ceramic Shakers by Julia Elsas; Clayrimba Julia Elsas; Udu drums by Julia Elsas; Event photos by Julia Elsas and Laura Vogel.


WOLLESONICS & JULIA ELSAS AT FRINGE SALON

JUNE 7, 2017

Kenny Wollesen and Julia Elsas perform an ode to the CaJOMB: the love child of a Peruvian percussion instrument and a beauty salon.


WOLLESONICS & JULIA ELSAS: BASEMENT PERFORMANCES

FEBRUARY 6, 2016
THE DRAWING CENTER

In January and February of 2016 The Drawing Center presented Basement Performances, an event series curated by renowned composer and performer John Zorn. Six cutting edge multi-media performances brought together improvised music with expanded cinema and featured some of Downtown New York’s most adventurous musicians and visual artists including: Okkyung Lee and Andrew Lampert; Raha Raissnia and Panagiotis Mavridis; Bill Laswell; Kenny Wollesen and Julia Elsas (with Akemi Martin and Brian DePasquale); Ela Troyano and Uzi Parnes; and Ikue Mori.

Read an interview with Julia Elsas and Kenny Wollesen here.


JULIA ELSAS AND KENNY WOLLESON: LOVE CHILD

JULY 26, 2015
ORTEGA Y GASSET PROJECTS

Julia Elsas and Kenny Wollesen performed during the closing reception of Love Child, an exhibition curated by Eleanna Anagnos at Ortega y Gasset Projects.


KENNY WOLLESEN AND MARK FELDMAN

APRIL 17, 2015
GOWANUS STUDIO SPACE

Kenny Wollesen (on udu drum and drums) and Mark Feldman (on violin) performed at the opening reception of bite.spit.repeat., the 2014 Gowanus Studio Space Printmaking Residency exhibition.