“Ankersmit constructs a musical world that feels alive and capable of going anywhere.” The Wire
“Ankersmit wrangles his material beautifully…with a deft touch and a canny sense of timing.” Dusted
Vintage electronics share a stage with the newest sonic technology when acclaimed Dutch composer Thomas Ankersmit highlights a two-night festival celebrating the CalArts Center for Experiments in Art, Information and Technology (CEAIT). Friday is “Noise Night” featuring L.A.’s own Damion Romero and the pairing of noise pioneers Zbigniew Karkowski and Xopher Davidson. “Ambient Night” on Saturday features the debut of a new work by Ankersmit created expressly for the historic Serge analogue modular synthesizer, originally developed by Serge Tcherepnin at CalArts in the 1970s. Ankersmit, known for abstract, intensely focused electroacoustic work using hyper-kinetic synth and computer improvisation, kicks off a program that also features work by zerfall_gebiete, the duo of electronic ambient soundscape veterans Thomas Köner and Ulrich Krieger.
Funded in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs Cultural Exchange International Program supported in part by public funds from the Netherlands Cultural Services (New York), in partnership with the Dutch Centre for International Cultural Activities (SICA); Music Center, the Netherlands; Netherlands Theatre Institute; and the Dutch Fund for the Performing Arts. Thomas Köner’s appearance is made possible by Goethe-Institut Los Angeles.
G - General Audience
M - REDCAT Members
ST - Students
CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff