Empty Words Ensemble
July 7, 2005 8PM
@ the John Rivers Communications Museum
Music has come a long way since it started. In that time there has been music that was popular and not popular, accessible to the public and not accessible to the public, pretty and not pretty, pure and not pure. Much of the music made was easily categorized and described with words because it so closely resembled that which came before it. The twentieth century brought on many new styles of music. New and radically diverse styles were being created more frequently, and these styles were subject to more and more variation from within. In the last fifty years the rate of change of creativity and diversity has accelerated even more. There seems to be no end to the list of styles of music today. But even this grand list of words describing music does not encompass all the music that can be played.
The Empty Words Ensemble hopes to further break the boundaries that separate music. Our music begins where silence ends. We take into account all the music that has influenced us individually and collectively. We are not concerned with styles or genres, we are concerned only with music. We will approach music from the very basic aspect of sound, creating sonic textures on the fly with only our aesthetic sensibilities as a guide. We will take into account the effects of modern music on improvisers of all genres. We will continue the time-honored tradition of spontaneous invention, while at the same time freeing ourselves from tradition. We think this is a pure form of music that happens spontaneously while being informed by our study of form, melody, harmony, rhythm, style, and texture.
Program to be announced from stage
Philip White (laptop, guitar, voice) has plans to take over the local organic agriculture scene of Charleston by organizing a series of anti-incestide sit-ins at the Farmer’s Market. He will use his obvious talents as a folk singing acoustic guitar slinger to aid him in his quest. Somehow in the midst of all this planning he has managed to build himself a self-sustaining cave in his room out from which he rarely ventures.
Nathan Koci (keyboard, electronics, voice) normally has no problem committing to large scale projects like the building of the new bridge over the River Cooper... somehow, though, he just can’t seem to find it in his heart to choose one musical instrument on which to express himself. Tonight he will be seen playing the kazoo and the Kalimba (an instrument on which he wrote his doctoral thesis so many moons ago.
Ron Wiltrout (drums, percussion, voice) has just recently from a 5-week tour of the wetlands of Mississippi. The money that sent him there was the Southeastern Boghog Foundation’s (SBF) annual grant in support of individual artists in pursuit of wild, artistic Boghogs. Ron is convinced that the Mississippi Boghogs are the most expressive of all. An anthology recording of his adventures is forthcoming and will be released on the SBF’s own Wet Pig Record Label.