Can Art Be About Sex at Harold Golen Gallery and PS 14 10/18/08

Saturday, October 18th, 8:00 p.m.
12 Nights: Can Art Be About Sex?
Harold Golen Gallery
314 NW 24th Street
Wynwood Art District
Miami, Fl 33127
(434) 284-2985
Music by Kristine H. Burns, Tim Poulin, Gustavo Matamoros, Eleanor Williams, and Samuel Pluta.
$5 admission
Saturday, October 18th, 10:30 p.m.
PS 14
28 NE 14th Street
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 358-3600
Performances by Erik DeLuca & the TM Sisters, SWARMIUS, Joshua Fried, and Otto Von Schirach
$15 admission

Florida International University School of Music, the Harold Golen Gallery, and PS14 present :
International Music Festival Makes Miami Debut
Miami. Oct. 1, 2008 ? Since 1998 New West Electronic Arts and Music Organization (NWEAMO) has been presenting highly eclectic concerts that blend DJ beats with invented instruments and electronic music from the far reaches of concept and aesthetics. High and low, street and laboratory; anything and everything converges, by design, at a NWEAMO concert. On Oct. 17 & 18 the festival makes its Miami debut, with concerts at FIU, Harold Golen Gallery and PS 14, featuring composers from around the globe and Miami’s best and brightest.

On October 17 at 8:30 p.m., the first NWEAMO concert, New Connections, will take place in FIU’s Wertheim Performing Arts Center, Concert hall. Following NWEAMO’s well-established tradition of examining music and electronic art that goes beyond simple classification and conventional boundaries, this evening features cutting-edge Miami-based composers and sound artists alongside established artists working in and between disciplines. The evening includes a stunning collaborative work between composer Orlando Garcia Jacinta and video artist Jacek Kolasinski, a premiere of Craig Walsh’s interactive composition for saxophone and electronics, a fascinating sonic exploration of physical sheep bells and cyberbells by Juraj Kojs and an intriguing new electroacoustic piece for saxophone and computer by Lawrence Moore.

The second concert, “Can Art be About Sex?” taking place on October 18 at 8:00 p.m., will be in Harold Golen Gallery in Wynwood district Miami. “Sex Sells” is the clich? that is muttered sarcastically by artists, and is the time-honored sacred weapon of commercial marketers, but serious art can be about sex and the emotional swirl that surrounds it. Music of the past and present has explicitly or implicitly tackled the fact that we are a species perpetually intrigued, fascinated, embarrassed, outraged and attracted by the subject. Operas such as Madame Butterfly (G. Puccini), Tristan and Isolde (R. Wagner) and Salome (R. Strauss) are just a few masterworks portraying the tantalizing issue.

The 2008 Festival NWEAMO aims to wrestle “Innuendo Intended,” the contemporary musical views on aesthetics, gender issues, politics, norms, history, rituals, taboos, propaganda, stereotypes, spirituality and physiology of this emotional and physical dance that preoccupies most of us for so much of our lives.

At this concert the artists who will sensually tackle art include the British cabaret musician Eleanor Williams, Miami-based composer Kristine H. Burns and the FIU Laptop & Electronic Arts (FLEA) Ensemble, New York-based laptop musician Sam Pluta, Californian Tim Poulen and the Miami own Gustavo Matamoros. Computerized cabaret, silky laptops, interactive pop-sickles, musical saw and saxophone will all jungle to create a seductive atmosphere.

The last concert of the festival will take place after shortly after Concert 2 at 10:30 p.m. in PS 14. This popular Miami venue opens to the final concert of the NWEAMO Festival in Miami, featuring sets by cutting edge performers and composers working in between popular and experimental electronica.

Programmed sets include Miami’s very own Otto Von Schirach. NYC-based artist Joshua Fried, who samples and processes radio signals in real-time while playing shoes as percussion instruments and controlling the sound processing by means of a steering wheel. The band SWARMIUS brings in their poppy and surprising electronic tones alongside the styling of their vibraphone, violin, and saxophone player. Erik DeLuca brings in his improvisational with live electronics and live video by Miami’s the TM Sisters.