intersect 3


On Saturday April 7th 2001, the third incarnation of Intersect was held at Ceremony Hall, 4100 Red River in Austin, Texas. INTERSECT 3 was a mixed media, performance event with experimental music and video works by:

jgrzinich
rick reed
brekekekexkoaxkoax
jeff filla
thom grzinich

The tradition of INTERSECT has been to create a temporary venue to showcase the work of local artists in a cross genre environment. Since, much of the work is experimental in nature, it lies outside the boundaries of the popular and mainstream cultural scenes and is often misrepresented or goes unnoticed. It is generally more fitting for such work to be presented as a self-produced event by the artists themselves in order to best maintain its inherent quality and character. The focus of INTERSECT 3 was on experimental music, sound art, short film or video and various combinations thereof.

Audio documents of Intersect 3 and Intersect 4 are available on CD-r from Pale-Disc Japan.

about the artists:

intersect 3
John Grzinich has been using the artistic name ‘jgrzinch’ since 1995 when he first started building his own instruments and experimenting with non-traditional recording and processing techniques for sound. Since that time he has worked in numerous artistic collaborations which have resulted in several full length CD releases and tours in both the US and Europe. He recently returned from Slovenia where he spent a year organizing and coordinating an international festival combining new media and the networking of independent cultural centers. He will be presenting a recently completed video piece entitled “anamorphic eye” that will be integrated into a live sound piece.

Rick Reed has been in the Austin music underground since the early eighty’s when he was producing video collages with original electronic soundtracks for what was then ACTV. As of late he has been the driving force of local experimental improv group ‘The Abrasion Ensemble’. In 1998 he had the honor of having an LP of his work released on Thurston Moore’s label Ecstatic Peace called “Experimental And Improvised Music From Austin ,Texas”. Reed has also had the honor of having a CD from english noise makers AMM named after him that was recorded in Houston in 1996. Two current works are soon to be issued by Beta Lactam Ring records, one an Abrasion Ensemble reissue and another a solo release from 1985 based on the dark paintings of the late painter Mark Rothko. Reed’s performance April 7the was centered on his short wave radio and sine wave generator experiments in a piece he has described as “maximum sound from minimal means”.

brekekekexkoaxkoax has been producing juxtapositions of sound, light and movement since 1995. Focusing on no one style or approach, brekekekexkoaxkoax performances have ranged from presenting Fluxus works to instrumental free-improvisation, to DJ-ing, to avant-classical composition, to action performances. For this show, brekekekexkoaxkoax performed four solo pieces, two of which are on the CD. Both are alternative treatments of traditional electric instruments; guitar and bass. In addition, brekekekexkoaxkoax film#2 had its public premiere. Entitled “for carmen resendez,” it is dedicated to a beloved Austin artist and performer who now lives in Portland, Oregon.

Jeff Filla disassembles and misuses perfectly well-functioning household items to incorporate them into precarious chains of noise-making mechanisms that annoy and bewilder. His only prior performance experience has been with numerous incarnations of the Abrasion Ensemble (led by Rick Reed) since the groups inception. For his first solo performance, he presented an untitled piece of sinister sonic laboratory concatenations that teeter on the brink of collapse.

Thom Grzinich grew up playing percussion and piano. At the age of 26 he spends most of his time working with children at a private school in Austin. He feels that music aligns itself with the thought plane but the waves can be shared on all living being’s path toward the absolute. “Many waves”, he says. “I’m trying to play music and rest on what’s real”. He is currently sponsored by earth. For Intersect 3 he performed an improvised piano duet with himself entitled, “what is real in the underlying”.
Read a fine review of INTERSECT 3 by Tom Carter of Charalambides.

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