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NewIdeas MusicSeries is partnering up with Opalnest to present the
17th edition
of the avant-garde music programme, illuminating duo artist collaborations. Six electronic music composers / sound artists will perform duos in 3 sets to evoke unpredictable sonic dynamics, weaving sounds to create a margin of one. This "margin of one" emerges from the whole of the sum of all parts - a key to unlocking deep intuitive connections. These performances are presented by curators Michael Vincent Waller and Helen Homan Wu.


730PM Doors
800PM Sabisha Friedberg + David Galbraith
900PM Keiko Uenishi + Richard Garet
950PM Stephen Vitiello + Taylor Deupree



Produced by NewIdeas MusicSeries & Opalnest

(above image: lgOpre installation (2008), detail images by David Galbraith)

About NewIdeas MusicSeries

The NewIdeas MusicSeries, created by Michael Vincent Waller, is an avant-garde program, based in the lower east side, that focuses on downtown composers, sound artists, and blurring the lines of abstract music as a post-conceptual art form. Past performers include Phill Niblock, Elliott Sharp, Michael J. Schumacher, David First, Loren Connors, Aki Onda, Ben Owen, and many more.










Taylor Deupree @12k
Taylor Deupree Live in Tokyo
Stephen Vitiello Experimental Mix

Photos: Vitiello by Patricia Klich, Deupree by Corey Fuller

Stephen Vitiello is an electronic musician and media artist. Vitiello’s sound installations have been presented internationally, including MASS MoCA; the 2002 Whitney Biennial, the 2006 Biennial of Sydney, at the Cartier Foundation, Paris and a site-specific project on the High Line in NYC. CD releases include Bright and Dusty Things (New Albion Records), Listening to Donald Judd (Sub Rosa), The Gorilla Variations (12k) and Box Music (12k). Since 1989, Vitiello has collaborated with numerous artists and musicians including Pauline Oliveros, Tony Oursler, Julie Mehretu, Scanner, Steve Roden, Taylor Deupree and Ryuichi Sakamoto. In 2011, ABC-TV, Australia produced the documentary Stephen Vitiello: Listening With Intent. Originally from New York, Stephen is now based in Richmond, VA where he is on the faculty of the Kinetic Imaging Department at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Taylor Deupree
is an accomplished sound artist whose recordings, rich with abstract atmospherics, have appeared on numerous record labels, and well as in site-specific installations at such institutions as the ICC (Tokyo, Japan) and the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (Yamaguchi, Japan). He started out, in the 1990s, making new noises that edged outward toward the fringes of techno, and in time he found his own path to follow. His music today emphasizes a hybrid of natural sounds and technological mediation. It's marked by a deep attention to stillness, to an almost desperate near-silence. His passion for the studio as a recording instrument is paramount in his work, but there is no hint of digital idolatry. If anything, his music shows a marked attention to the aesthetics of error, to the short circuits not only in technological systems but in human perception.




Keiko Uenishi aka o.blaat
o.blaat myspace
Richard Garet website
Richard Garet youtube

Photos: Uenishi by Mikolaj Szoska, Garet by Randy Yau

Based in Brooklyn, New York, sound art-i-vist, social composer, and a core member of SHARE (, Keiko Uenishi (o.blaat) is known for her works formed through experiments in restructuring and analyzing one's relationship with sounds in sociological, cultural, and/or psychological environments.

Some of her known works include: Car décalé (légèrement), SOUNDLEAK: TheROOM (Simulation of neighbours) at Medien Kultur Haus, Wels, Austria, funded by Linz 2009 Kulturhauptstadt Europas, BroadwayDreams (web-based collaborative 'blink media documentation'), compositional interpretation for Christian Marclays’ object score, Sixty-Four Bells and a Bow at Whitney Museum of Art and a participatory composition Paiva Games: Sound Dams for Paivascapes festival, Portugal in 2010, funded by Meet the Composer/Global Connection. Uenishi’s works were presented in locations including: Whitney Museum of American Art, P.S. 1, DIA:Beacon, Lincoln Center, Sculpture Center, ICA Philadelphia, MUTEK, ClubTransmediale, ZKM, Netmage, Vienna Konzerthaus, Alte-Schmiede, Skolska28, Paivascape, Museu Serralves, Casa da Musica, Atlantic Wave Festival, ICA London, Futuresonic Festival, Tate Britain, Fortescue Avenue Gallery, Sydney Opera House. 

Richard Garet is interested in the phenomena found and produced in time-based media, and human beings' relationship with both artificial and natural environments. His audiovisual exploratory steps are focused on concept and function, material and process, listening, viewing, and experience. Garet's works interweaves multiple media including moving image, sound, live performances, and photography. He completed his MFA at Bard College, and was awarded the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, Jerome Foundation Residency Grant through Issue Project Room, and the New York State Council on the Arts Grant through Lehman College. He recently completed a three month artist residency at Issue Project Room, NY, and previously completed a residency at Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, Scottsdale, Arizona. Recent exhibitions and performances include: EAC: Espacio de Arte Contemporáneo, Montevideo, Uruguay; Fine Arts Museum of Montreal; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and many more. His sound compositions have been published through sound art labels such as And-Oar, Non Visual Objects, Winds Measure Recordings, Unframed Recordings, Con-V, Leerraum, White_Line Editions, and Contour Editions.









Sabisha Friedberg
David Galbraith

Photos: Friedberg by Edouard Plongeon, Galbraith by Teresa Seemann

Born in Johannesburg South Africa, Sabisha Friedberg studied Fine Arts and completed her degree in Sound and Installation in the New Genres Department of The San Francisco Art Institute. There she studied experimental film with Ernie Gehr and recording and electro-acoustic/ tape music composition with Don Llloyd, Paul de Marinas and Chris Brown of Mills College of Contemporary Music. She recently was awarded a prize at the Bourges International Electro-Acoustic Music Competition in France for her musique concrète piece Ellipsis. Commissioned by the Villa Noailles in Hyères, she is composing a series of sound pieces which will be part of the permanent exhibition. For this she was invited to perform a live electro-acoustique work for the Ministère de la culture of France. Aside from her solo project entitled The Torch Press, she records and performs in Sol Del Moon with Jamie Del Moon and the Paris based band Lustrine.

Currently she is composing for AIR (Artist International Radio)/ Clocktower Gallery New York the sequel of the experimental live broadcast radio play The Starry Garter: A Certain Point Within A Spher. In collaboration with Peter Edwards she will be in residence at EMPAC in the Spring of 2012. She is the recipient of the New York State Council of the Arts/ Transmission Arts Grant for 2012. Sabisha is currently based in Paris and New York.

David Galbraith
is a composer and artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Galbraith explores the couplings between art, music, technology and the body through his installations, compositions, sound works, and performances featuring custom electronics and video animation software. Galbraith received a 2009 Distribution Grant for New York State Artists from the New York State Council on the Arts and was a 2009 and 2010 Artist In Residence at Harvestworks Digital Arts Center and The Experimental Television Center, respectively. In 2006 Galbraith received a grant from the Experimental Television Center to finish a single-channel video work produced with his custom software for sound and image. Galbraith enhanced the software in 2007 to interface with analog synthesizers at STEIM (Amsterdam).

Galbraith’s work has been presented internationally at P.S.1/MoMA, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, and KW Institute of Contemporary Art (Berlin), among others. He is currently creating a video work to accompany performances of Trio (288 Three-Note Chords), a composition by the Paris-based, American composer Tom Johnson.




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