Occulto presents a great lineup at West Germany this October with David Grubbs and Fabio Perletta performing live.
David Grubbs is bringing to Berlin (and other European cities) his latest solo record Prismrose—“a nearly wordless collection of six pieces for electric guitar, all given real time to breathe and mutate”—and will be the main guest at our beloved WestGermany. The American composer, outstanding guitarist, pianist and singer probably needs no further introduction for our regular audience.
DAVID GRUBBS is Professor of Music at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. At Brooklyn College he also teaches in the MFA programs in Performance and Interactive Media Arts (PIMA) and Creative Writing. He is the author of Records Ruin the Landscape: John Cage, the Sixties, and Sound Recording (Duke University Press), which appears in French, Italian, and Japanese translations. Grubbs has released thirteen solo albums and appeared on more than 150 commercially-released recordings, the most recent of which is Prismrose (Blue Chopsticks, 2016). In 2000, his The Spectrum Between (Drag City) was named “Album of the Year” in the London Sunday Times. He is known for his cross-disciplinary collaborations with writers Susan Howe and Rick Moody, visual artists Anthony McCall, Angela Bulloch, and Stephen Prina, and choreographer Jonah Bokaer, and his work has been presented at, among other venues, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, MoMA, the Tate Modern, and the Centre Pompidou. Grubbs was a member of the groups Gastr del Sol, Bastro, and Squirrel Bait, and has performed with the Red Krayola, Will Oldham, Tony Conrad, Pauline Oliveros, and Loren Connors, and many others.
Berlin-based Italian sound/installation artist and curator Fabio Perletta will open the night and present his latest release as well: Genkai 限界, a collaborative work with Haruo Okada developed as a series of micro-compositions based on precise juxtaposition rules (‘and/or’, ‘just one’, ‘maximum three’, ‘duration’) and mixing abstract electronics and processed field recordings. FABIO PERLETTA is a sound/installation artist and curator living and working in Berlin, Germany. He creates immersive auditory fields which engage listeners to experience intimate and meditative states, using the sound as a vehicle for conceptual investigation and sensorial stimulation. Through an extensive study of Zen practices, he combines notions of minimalism, presence and silence, revealing a complex approach to the sound matter. His works have been exhibited worldwide at festivals and art spaces including A×S Festival (Pasadena), BlueProject Foundation (Barcelona), Museum of Modern Art (Medellín), SoundFjord Gallery (London), Café OTO (London), O’ (Milan), Kid Ailack Art Hall (Tokyo), roBOt Festival (Bologna), Auditorium Parco della Musica (Rome) and more.
Occulto is an independent magazine edited, designed and published by Italian born, Berlin based Alice Cannava, that explores new possibilities in the popularisation of science in connection to other fields such as the visual arts, parascientific theories and history of ideas. Occulto affirms the cultural value of scientific knowledge and the potential of an interdisciplinary approach opened to deviance and irony. Alice Cannava co-curates the yearly Berlin festival Occulto Fest and organises with love a program of concerts in Berlin focused on experimental projects – because also scientists need to listen to good music.
David Grubbs and Fabio Perletta
Sunday 9th October 2016 | 21:00 CET
Westgermany | Skalitzer Str. 133 | 10999 Berlin/Kreuzberg