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Eli Keszler @ The Kitchen, 10/2
(Published: October 01, 2018)

The Kitchen celebrates the launch of Eli Keszler's latest record on Shelter Press, Stadium, October 2, 2018. Keszler returns to The Kitchen with this new body of solo music, alongside video installations by artist Alan Segal. The live percussion performance draws from the album's collected city-space recordings, fragmenting these sounds through acute instrumental means. After a year of collaborations with Oneohtrix Point Never, Laurel Halo, and László Krasznahorkai among others, Keszler presents his first solo music in over two years.

As a visual and auditory experience, Keszler creates resonant, melodic, and percussive textures that move massive expanses into the tactile dimension. Although playing with the intensity of digitally-created music, creating cascading melodies, a shadow of voices, and a unique pointillistic materiality, his communications are done live with no processing. These haptics are what give Stadium, his ninth solo album, its depth and its warmth.

On Stadium, the composer, percussionist, and visual artist realizes his most wide-ranging sound to date. Here, the constant blurry motion and ever-changing landscapes of Manhattan are transformed into engaging compositions for percussion, keyboards and acoustic instruments. His techniques have also been pushed to new levels with the addition of mesmerizing string and brass arrangements. Of "Flying Floor for U.S. Airways," the first track shared from Stadium (due for release in October), Pitchfork writes, "Every moment of the composition morphs and moves like a shiny holographic image that dances before your eyes. If Keszler is trying to interpret New York's perpetual motion here, he's found a pretty mind-bending way to do it."

Keszler says, "The recordings on Stadium... are landscapes scaled for the singular. Like a mass collecting in one arena, this music compresses city spaces, genre and instrumentalism into an amorphous form. On the record, there are ruptures of information and happenstance. Like a game, it could go any number of ways."

Eli Keszler: Stadium will take place October 2 at 8pm at The Kitchen, 512 W 19th St, New York. Tickets ($20 General / $15 Members), are available online at thekitchen.org; by phone at 212.255.5793 x11; and in person at The Kitchen, Tuesdays-Saturdays, 2:00-6:00pm.

About Eli Keszler

Eli's extensive artistic practice has included studying composition with Ran Blake and Anthony Coleman; solo live drum and percussion performances; duo performances and records with Oren Ambarchi, Laurel Halo, Tony Conrad, Christian Wolff, David Grubbs, Helm, James Hoff, Rashad Becker, Joe McPhee, Oneohtrix Point Never and others; ensemble commissions with ICE Ensemble, String Orchestra of Brooklyn and So Percussion; orchestral projects with Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and others; album recordings for labels including Empty Editions, ESP-Disk, NNA, Pan, Type and others; small- and large-scale installations at the Barbican, Manhattan Bridge, South London Gallery, AP News, Carpenter Center, MIT List Center, Victoria and Albert Museum, The Kitchen, 3S, Sculpture Center; writing books; creating prints; composing graphic scores; teaching; running a label (his own R.E.L Records) and more.

About Alan Segal

Alan Segal (Argentina) studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Program for Artist and Curators, Universidad Di Tella, and The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. He uses drawings, video, coding, and sound to design works that reveal alternative systems of communicative convention. His work has been shown in international, institutions, galleries, biennials and festivals; BIENALSUR (the South America Contemporary Art Biennial), MAMBA (Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art), Hessel Museum of Art, Wroclaw Art Center, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin and New York Film Festival. His latest short film, Key, washer, coin, will be presented at the NYFF.

Funding Credits

Eli Keszler: Stadium is made possible with endowment support from Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust; annual grants from The Amphion Foundation, Inc., The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Howard Gilman Foundation, and The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation; and in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

About The Kitchen

The Kitchen is one of New York City's most forward-looking nonprofit spaces, showing innovative work by emerging and established artists across disciplines. Our programs range from dance, music, performance, and theater to video, film, and art, in addition to literary events, artists' talks, and lecture series. Since its inception in 1971, The Kitchen has been a powerful force in shaping the cultural landscape of this country, and has helped launch the careers of many artists who have gone on to worldwide prominence.

More Information: http://thekitchen.org/event/eli-keszler-stadium


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