Talibam! presents: Osmotic Imagination
Talibam! presents: Osmotic Imagination (with Audrey Chen)
In Osmotic Imagination, Matthew Mottel creates an environment where archival 1960’s political and cultural photography shot by his father Syeus Mottel is digitally altered and projected, backed by a soundscape performed by Mottel, Kevin Shea, on their array of synthesizers, percussion and sound devices. The archive creates a contemporary ‘cinema of images’ that presents this photographic record not just as ‘pictures on a wall’ but in an environmental dream state that hallucinates visual photographic interaction between Martin Luther King, the Silver Apples, John Cage, Ornette Coleman, journalistic photography at political rallies of the late 60’s/70’s, and iconic landscapes of America such as Big Sur, San Francisco, Washington DC and New York City.
“Most of Talibam!’s songs are rollicking, blood-pumping workouts that surely take a few cases of Red Bull to complete,” writes Pitchfork. “But these guys have sharp skills and diverse ideas and can do a lot more than just sprint.”
Talibam! is a 14-year working unit based in New York City, a rhythm section that is at the cross hair of agility, speed, punctuation, and intention.
Talibam! can be described in various ways — as a classic keyboards/drums expanded-jazz duo, as Dadaist provocateurs with an innate love for the history of music, as a theater group, as an electronic ensemble inspired by Stockhausen. Since their inception in 2003, Talibam!’s ultimate goal has been to wed disparate ideologies through proficiency, controversy, inquiry, and compassion.
Talibam! delights in creating music that cannot be pinned down within the safe-spaces of existing genres. With each new album, Talibam! reinvents their methodological palette in order to bolster a fresh clarity of joyous auditory surprise, something their fans have come to depend on. Talibam! focuses on compositional clarity, with reverence for their diverse interest in genre.
Forthcoming on September 22 2017 are two new landmark albums from Talibam! via the legendary ESP-DISK’ label:
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About Audrey Chen
AUDREY CHEN is a Chinese-American musician who was born into a family of material scientists, doctors and engineers, outside of Chicago in 1976. Parting ways with the family convention, she turned to the cello at age 8 and voice at 11. After years of classical and conservatory training in both instruments, with a resulting specialization in early and new music, she parted ways again in 2003 to begin new negotiations with sound in order to discover a more individually honest aesthetic.
Since then, using the cello, voice and occasional analog electronics, Chen’s work delves deeply into her own version of narrative and non-linear storytelling. A large component of her music is improvised and her approach to this is extremely personal and visceral. Her playing explores the combination and layering of the homemade analog synthesizer, preparations and traditional and extended techniques in both the voice and cello. She works to join these elements into a singular ecstatic personal language.
Over the past decade plus, her predominant focus has been her solo work with the cello, voice and electronics, but she has more recently begun to shift back towards the exploration of the voice as a primary instrument.