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 Jews, UJA - 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.
SEPTEMBER 8, 2018
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.
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.