Son Lux and Toby Driver

Monday, October 24th, 2011 - 8:46 am

MATA is proud to present the first show our our fifth INTERVAL series, featuring co-curators Toby Driver and Ryan Lott (aka Son Lux).  Fresh off of appearances on the SONiC Festival, Ryan and Toby bring a fresh perspective to INTERVAL, presenting works by Terran Olson, Joshue Ott and Thicket.

Composer/performers Ryan Lott, a.k.a. Son Lux, and Toby Driver jointly curate an October 26th performance as part of MATA’s INTERVAL concert series, joining such esteemed former curators as SO Percussion, the Calder Quartet, and The Knights Chamber Orchestra. Held at 8:00 p.m. at the Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, the concert will feature new works by composer/performer/sound designer Terran Olson, and a new collection of synaesthetic audiovisual environments by Thicket, the audiovisual software authored by Joshue Ott and Morgan Packard.

Terran Olson of Kayo Dot will premiere a new composition for clarinet and piano that explores various ways in which meter, and rhythmic relationships between instruments, can be bent. Particular inspirations include Bulgarian music via Béla Bartók and Persian music via Trey Spruance (Mr. Bungle/Secret Chiefs 3). The piece will be performed by Daniel Means on clarinet and Olson on piano.

Thicket will simultaneously generate sound and picture using a combination of custom algorithms, its own inscrutable whim, and the guiding hand—literally—of artist/programmer Joshue Ott. The performance will move through roughly ten distinct pieces, each using the densely tangled visual lines and subtly varying musical patterns Ott and Packard have embraced, but each clearly distinct from the others. Because the systems controlling the audio and the visuals are so tightly connected, audience members can expect a uniquely unified sensory experience — abstract sound and image moving, dancing as one.

Ott will also perform with composer/producer and co-curator Son Lux using a visual instrument he designed called superDraw. The pair will perform unique, integrated audiovisual arrangements of selections of Son Lux’s latest record We Are Rising, the 2011 release sparked by the RPM Challenge, an international open call to create an album in 28 days, from NPR’s All Songs Considered. The featured composers will also be participating in a collaborative piece together, with Olson electronically manipulating audio input from Means and co-curator Toby Driver via a custom SuperCollider patch of Olson’s own design, which will then be processed visually by Ott and SuperDraw.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased directly from the Issue Project
Room’s website,

This program is supported in part by a grant from Meet the Composer’s Cary New Music Performance Fund.