2004-05-02: DJ Spooky: The Work of Musician and Conceptual Artist DJ Spooky



Sunday, May 2, 2004 -7:00 PM

Guest artists: DJ Spooky, composer/performer

Seth Krimsky, composer/bassoonist

The Seattle Chamber Players is proud to present DJ Spooky: composer/conceptual artist/philosopher Paul D. Miller. On the program will be a performance of the Rebirth Suite, music from Rebirth of a Nation, Miller’s forthcoming multimedia work based on the historic D.W. Griffith film Birth of a Nation (which will be receiving its premiere later this summer at the Spoleto Festival). SCP has collaborated with Miller on this project by recording the composer’s original music, which will be heard both live and “processed” in the performance on May 2.

DJ Spooky’s website - www.djspooky.com - contains music, visuals and essays that give a wonderful picture of this brilliant and provocative artist.

Also on the program will be performances by Paul D. Miller/DJ Spooky in solo interpretations of the films The Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord and Meditation on Violence a 1948 classic by the first giant of American experimental filmmaking, Maya Deren. Paul D. Miller’s work with these films includes both video and musical clips all “played” by the interpreter from his computer, and are examples of DJ Spooky at his most creative: combining philosophical, visual and musical ideas in his own unique art form.

Additionally, SCP will give the world premiere of Seth Krimsky’s House of Mirrors. The composer describes the work, scored for flute, clarinet, bassoon, percussion, violin, cello and contrabass, as “equal parts late German expressionist and 1980’s ECM jazz.”

We expect that tickets will be scarce for this show! We strongly advise advance purchase.

Date and time of concert: May 2, 7:00 PM with a pre-concert talk hosted by Gavin Borchert, 6:15 PM Location: Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, Third and Union, Seattle Individual tickets: $20 regular /$18 seniors/$12 students For tickets and further concert information: call 286-5052 or visitwww.seattlechamberplayers.org Tickets also available from Ticketmaster or in person at the Benaroya Hall Box Office and at Wall of Sound Records, 315 East Pine Street, Seattle

Paul D. Miller — AKA DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid — is a conceptual artist, writer, and musician working in NYC. His written work has appeared in the Village Voice, The Source, A rtforum, Raybun, Rap Pages, Paper Magazine, and a host of other periodicals. He is co-publisher along with the legendary African American downtown poet Steve Canon of the magazine A Gathering of the Tribes—a periodical dedicated to new works by writers from a multi-cultural context, and he was the first Editor-At-Large of Artbyte: the Magazine of Digital Culture.

His work as an artist has appeared in a wide variety of contexts such as the Whitney Biennial; the Venice Biennial for Architecture (2000); the prestigious Ludwig Museum in Colonge; Kunsthalle, Vienna; the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and many other museums and galleries.

Miller is most well-known under the moniker of his “constructed persona” as “DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid,” a character from his upcoming novelFlow My Blood the DJ Said that uses a wide variety of digitally created music as a form of post-modern sculpture. Miller has recorded a huge volume of music as “DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid,” and has collaborated with a wide variety of pre-eminent musicians and composers such as Iannis Xenakis, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Butch Morris, Kool Keith a.k.a Doctor Octagon, Killa Priest from Wu-Tang Clan, Yoko Ono and Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth among many others. He also did the music score for the Cannes and Sundance award-winning film Slam starring critically acclaimed poet Saul Williams.

Perhaps the most telling indicator of DJ Spooky/Paul D. Miller’s range of creativity can be found by examining his recent and upcoming schedule. In the last six weeks, DJ Spooky has performed at the Banlieues Blues Festival in Paris with Sun Ra’s Arkestra; the Radar Festival in Mexico City; as a soloist in his DJ Concerto with the Oakland East Bay Symphony; at the “New Sounds New York” series at Cooper Union, and the Indiana IDEAS Festival. Upcoming events include performances of Rebirth of a Nation at the Spoleto Festival, Lincoln Center and the Festival d’Automne in Paris.