Video of JD Zazie, Charlotte Hug, Jenny Gräf, Stewart Mostofsky, Vicki Bennett at High Zero

High Zero Festival of Improvised Experimental Music
The Theatre Project, Baltimore 19 Sept 2014
JD Zazie
(turntables, CDJ, mixer, found sounds) | Charlotte Hug (viola, voice) | Jenny Gräf (electronics, guitar) | Stewart Mostofsky (electronics) | Vicki Bennett (sample collage) | Compere M.C. Schmidt

JD Zazie, Charlotte Hug, Jenny Gräf, Stewart Mostofsky, Vicki Bennett at High Zero

Audio mixdown from multitrack desk recording by Vicki Bennett
Filming (apart from the middle section) by Peter Knight

Video of John Kilduff, Vicki Bennett & Bob Wagner at High Zero

High Zero Festival of Improvised Experimental Music
The Theatre Project, Baltimore 19 Sept 2014

John Kilduff (multitasking, live art) | Vicki Bennett (sample collage) | Bob Wagner (percussion, friction) | Compere M.C. Schmidt

John Kilduff, Vicki Bennett & Bob Wagner at High Zero

Includes the auction of the painting and winner Dan Deacon!
Audio mixdown from multitrack desk recording by Vicki Bennett
Filming (apart from the middle section) by Peter Knight

Video of M.C. Schmidt, Jason Willett & People Like Us at Monty Hall

This is the rehearsal for our Notations performance at WFMU’s Monty Hall in Jersey City on 13 Sept 2014.

Thank you Martin and Jason for one of the best versions of Notations yet. And thank you WFMU for being the best place to play in the world.

More about Notations here: peoplelikeus.org/2013/notations/

(video edited on the Bolt Bus)

High Zero Festival Baltimore full concerts

Stop press: here are films documenting the full performances at High Zero:

People Like Us at High Zero Festival in Baltimore on 19 and 20 September, 2014

Friday 19 September is a night of improvisation, in which People Like Us performs two sets with other improvisers, the first time Vicki has done improvisation of this type in more than 10 years.
Doors open 7.30pm, performances begin at 8.30pm

Group One:
Jack Wright (saxophone)
Dafne Vicente-Sandoval (bassoon)
Paul Neidhardt (percussion, friction)
M.C. Schmidt (store-bought electronics)
Charles Dube (electronics)
Group Two:
John Kilduff (multitasking, live art)
Vicki Bennett (found footage sample collage)
Bob Wagner (percussion, friction)
Group Three:
LaDonna Smith (violin)
Paul Neidhardt (percussion, friction)
Harry Walker (electric bass)
Michael Fischer (saxophone)
Group Four:
JD Zazie (turntables, CDJ, mixer, found sounds)
Charlotte Hug (viola, voice)
Jenny Gräf (electronics, guitar)
Stewart Mostofsky (electronics)
Vicki Bennett (found footage sample collage)

Notations at the Saturday Matinee, on 20 September 2014 at The Theatre Project, 45 W Preston St, Baltimore.
Doors open Noon, performances at 1pm. 
This time around, the performers to this live score are:
Bob Wagner (drums)
LaDonna Smith (violin)
Jenny Gräf (electronics, guitar)
“Notations” is a film by Vicki Bennett for live performance by improvising musicians and artists.  It has been created using collected and edited found footage from hundreds of different films, where the content conceptually or literally portrays different kinds of ‘instructions’ and content that can then be interpreted by musicians and artists with unique audio accompaniments.  Notations contains edits of the movies and sounds from the source films, separated into ‘sketches’ or stories that segue into one another, and it exists with a list of instructions (score) on how artist(s) working with this choose to work with these particular elements.

People Like Us, M.C.Schmidt & Jason Willett Live at WFMU

People Like Us, M.C.Schmidt (Matmos) and Jason Willett will perform at WFMU‘s own performance space at Monty Hall, New Jersey on 13 Sept 2014 at 8pm.  Tickets must be bought in advance to ensure entry:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/819123 – there should be some tickets on the door but you have been warned since they are selling well and it’s a small venue.

We’ve not decided the order of the evening but it will include People Like Us with Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another), and then a joint improv performance by all three artists to Notations.

montyhall

Citation City live at Cafe Oto

Collage for Oto fb event

The audiovisual work Citation City, which we have been creating for the whole of this year, will be previewed at London’s Cafe Oto on Tuesday 9 December 2014.  We are not sure if it will be a work-in-progress screening or the finished piece, but either way it will be the first airing of the piece!  We have many more performances of this in the pipeline for next year, dates to be announced once confirmed.

We’re very pleased to be sharing the evening with Jennifer Walshe, Sharon Gal & Andie Brown.

Door Times : 8pm
Tickets : £8 adv / £10 on the door

http://www.cafeoto.co.uk/jennifer-walshe-sharon-gal-andie-brown-people-like-us.shtm

People Like Us play Glasgow for the first time ever!

We are pleased to announce that after 24 years of existing as People Like Us we are playing our first concert in Glasgow at GLEAM (Glasgow Electronic and Audiovisual Media) FESTIVAL.  This will take place at the University of Glasgow, and we will give the exact venue, time etc nearer the time but can confirm it will be on 31 October.  So it is fitting that we will perform The Magical Misery Tour there. http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/cca/research/music/projectsandnetworks/gleam/

“The Magical Misery Tour” trailer

More about the festival:

To honour the centenary of Scottish-Canadian filmmaker and artist Norman McLaren (1914-1987), the first annual GLEAM (GLasgow Electronic and Audiovisual Media) Festival will celebrate his lasting influence, situating contemporary works of ‘visual music’ within the current context of audiovisual practice and providing opportunities for cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional collaboration.

It is only fitting that the McLaren centenary celebrations should extend to involve the city of Glasgow. McLaren spent three years at Glasgow School of Art studying art and interior design and it was here that he first began to experiment with the moving image, and discovered the work of Oskar Fischinger, which was to influence him profoundly.

GLEAM 2014 takes McLaren’s work as a jumping off point from which to discuss and disseminate contemporary sonic and audiovisual work, both theoretical and practical.

Fundamental Questions reading at Xing The Line: video!

Our paperback/pdf book The Fundamental Questions (Gregor Weichbrodt/Vicki Bennett) was read by a number of poets at the event Xing The Line on 19 August 2014 at The Apple Tree, Clerkenwell, London.  We filmed the mass reading – here it is:

I am an open book

photo by Kevin Hamilton


“The Fundamental Questions” is now also available in full for free as a pdf