Ken Butler performing Voices of Anxious Objects on his “Bricoluthiery” an amazing arsenal of amplified hybrid string instruments made from household objects and tools.
Duchampian Dada meets Hybrid Hindu Hendrix
Sunday March 13, 4pm
in conjunction with the exhibition SONIC
$10. or more donation for the artist at the door
The artist-musician performs mesmerizing world textures and driving melodic grooves with passion and purpose as function and form collide in an environment of hyperactive hardware.
Butler blends aspects of Mid-Eastern, Indian, Flamenco, and Roma modes with jazz, rock, funk, and blues, all held together by an open, edgy "downtown" improv aesthetic. Virtually indescribable and unclassifiable, Butler mixes high and low technology and audio-visual antics to create an ancient/future music that forms a provoking cultural portrait of human / machine adaptation and transformation.
Assemblages of hammers, hockey sticks, tennis rackets, golf clubs, and brooms become (when amplified) violin, guitar, and cello-like instruments with multiple playing surfaces and a diverse range of percussive (and assorted odd) sounds as well as those produced by the strings.