From NEWMUSICUSA: “Resident Alien”


Wednesday, August 1, 2018
at 7:00 PM

The Tank
151 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036


My desire to fully assimilate to my cultural surrounding stems from my desire to be adored. My sense of identity manifests as an ambivalent balancing act: my fatal differences must be compromised in order to thrive in unfamiliar group settings, but an appropriate amount of exotic barrier must be maintained for the sake of authenticity and for the group’s appreciation of diversity. Ideally, I would like to exist within Josh Kun’s principle of crossfades: “mix without erasing, combine without destroying, to juggle and sustain difference, to use what already exists to create something entirely new.” Yet in my practice, I find that my mind-body lets me down: as I gain adoration from one group, I am more alien to another because I forget how to reconnect.

In Resident Alien, the audience will observe as performers are guided through a unique process of groupwork that I’ve named Group Listening*. The objective of Resident Alien is for the performers to transform a fixed electronic piece into a structured, live sound performance. One designated performer will play the role of the alien; they will be listening to a completely different electronic media piece on headphones while the other players are listening through speakers. Throughout their performance, the group will continuously shape their (re)constructed composition by alternating between attentive listening, improvising, and exchanging verbal feedback. They must reckon with the question of what it means to succeed as a group. In doing so, Resident Alien metaphorically facilitates a process of assimilation between the alien and the rest of the group via this performance practice.

Resident Alien features:
Andrew Koss, Alto Saxophone
Erich Bargainer, Electronic Mandolin
Leo Chang, composer/facilitator, Voice
Oliver Hickman, Electric Guitar
Sam Kaseta, Voice
Samn Johnson, Electric Bass
Peilin Wu, Violin
Toshihisa Tsuruoka, Augmented Trumpet

Directed by Helen Handelman

*Read more about Group Listening here:

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At NEWMUSICUSA we see ourselves first and foremost as advocates. Our mission is to support and promote new music created in the United States. We do that in many ways, fostering connections, deepening knowledge, encouraging appreciation, and providing financial support. In recognition of the possibility and power inherent in the virtual world, we’ve worked to build a strong internet platform to serve our constituency. And that constituency is broad and diverse, from composers and performers to presenters and producers, casual listeners to die-hard fans. We’re truly committed to serving the WHOLE new music community.

As we go about our work, we make a point of not defining too precisely what we mean by new music. To define is to limit. It’s a spectacular time for musical creativity in part because so much music is being made that isn’t bound by conventional limitations of style or genre or background. The music that we hear being created in such abundance all around us is definition enough. We simply want it to flourish.

We’re fortunate to have as our legacy the history of previous decades of good works done by the American Music Center and Meet The Composer, the two great organizations that merged to form us in 2011. Their legacies have also brought a small financial endowment that mostly helps support our grantmaking. But we’re not a foundation. We depend decisively each year on the generosity of so many institutions and individuals around the country who are dedicated as we are to the advancement of new music and are devoted to supporting our work.

New Music USA is part of an international community of advocates for the arts. We’re members of the Performing Arts Alliance, the International Association of Music Information Centres, and the International Society for Contemporary Music. Those partnerships help us represent the interests of our constituents at every level.

No matter how far ranging our networks, our focus is always solidly on what brings these many constituents and communities together in the first place: the music. When someone uses our platform to listen to something new, recommend a favorite to a friend, or to seek financial assistance or information to support the creation or performance of new work, the whole community is strengthened. Together we’re helping new music reach new ears every day.
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We envision in the United States a thriving, interconnected new music community that is available to and impactful for a broad constituency of people.
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New Music USA supports and promotes new music created in the United States. We use the power of virtual networks and people to foster connection, deepen knowledge, encourage appreciation, and provide financial support for a diverse constituency of practitioners and appreciators, both within the United States and beyond.

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We believe in the fundamental importance of creative artists and their work.
We espouse a broad, inclusive understanding of the term “new music.”
We uphold and embrace principles of inclusivity and equitable treatment in all of our activity and across our nation’s broadly diverse population in terms of gender, race, age, location, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic status and artistic practice.

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