Gordon Beeferman / Dafna Naphtali duo – album “Pulsing Dot”

screenshot of main graphicPulsing Dot, is the debut release by the duo of Gordon Beeferman (piano) and Dafna Naphtali (voice, electronics) on Clang label (Denmark) September 2017, with cover art by Julia Stoops.

In settings and improvisations for piano and voice, with kinetic sound processing, fractal rhythms, and generating polyphonic / kaleidophonic disturbances, Gordon Beeferman fleshes out protean fragments into strikingly visceral structures and landscapes that take the piano to its limit, and Dafna Naphtali augments her high energy live processing of Beeferman’s piano with extended vocal techniques/sounds/multi-modal singing and her custom take on hand and voice-activated electronics.  Pulsing Dot press release.

Available here:

downloads:  iTunes  or   Bandcamp
Preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xXYtBu3QYM
CDs from: • Downtown Music Gallery (NYC),       Squidco (by mail)
Discogs.com Page: https://www.discogs.com/Dafna-Naphtali-Gordon-Beeferman-Pulsing-Dot/release/11638914
CLANG Label: http://clang.cl/clang054_naphtali-beeferman_pulsing-dot/

“An extraordinary and stunning release…extended and multidimensional..almost of orchestral and theatrical proportions to use an inadequate comparison. The music really breathes and is full of energy, not losing itself in meaningless experimentalism and stays focused and very together.” (Vital Weekly)

Gordon Beeferman & Dafna Naftali - SOUP & SOUND 09-09-17

Gordon Beeferman & Dafna Naphtali – SOUP & SOUND 09-09-17

“live interaction between the collaborators makes for some truly groundbreaking improvisation” (Peter Thelen, Exposé

 

“The well-thought-out evolution…slowly unfolds into something more like a sonic daylight.” (Chain D.L.K.)

“Naphtali & Beeferman have hit the nail on the head with this release.. a feedback loop of seamless interaction” (Sigil of Brass)

“quirky & playful”, “unpredictable, yet constantly active track that balances scuttling tension with slurred alien tribal-ness.” (Musique Machine)

 

 

watch the video: Dafna Naphtali / Gordon Beeferman live at The Firehouse, Brooklyn, NY, January 2015  https://vimeo.com/149483714

Gordon Beeferman & Dafna Naphtali - SOUP & SOUND 09-09-17

@ SOUP & SOUND 09-09-17 (Scott Friedlander)

 

 

 

Gordon Beeferman & Dafna Naftali - SOUP & SOUND 09-09-17

Gordon Beeferman & Dafna Naftali – SOUP & SOUND 09-09-1

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Luis Tabuenca / Dafna Naphtali duo—— Index of Refraction


“Index of Refraction” is the debut album of the duo of Luis Tabuenca (percussion/ drums), Dafna Naphtali (voice/ electronics), recorded at Harvestworks in NY.  An Index of Refraction of a material is a dimensionless number that describes how light propagates through that medium.  Inspired by this definition, and translated/transposed to musical vocabulary– an index of refraction could be an analogy to the way in which acoustical instruments and the human voice behave when they are sound processed through electronic devices.

Tabuenca and Naphtali first met and performed together October 2013, when Tabuenca invited Naphtali to Festival Audio Tangente in Burgos, Spain, which he curated with the theme of voice and electronics. The duo’s communicative and energetic performance at the festival was the beginning of a long term project, continuing in NY, and in a new recording — “Index of Refraction” was released in April on Acheulian Handaxe as CD or digital download (also iTunes).  The album is also available on naucleshg and Bandcamp: https://handaxe.bandcamp.com/album/index-of-refraction

“secret codes of impromptu action.. elegance behind the expressiveness..Naphtali’s non-figurative melodic diversions, glimpses of a cross of Tenko Ueno and a slightly inebriated Meredith Monk.. “
Massimo Ricci / Touching Extremes.

at work in NY:

After the duo’s initial performance in Spain, Luis Tabuenca came to NY in Spring of 2014 for a residency at NYU’s Waverly labs.   He and Naphtali performed shows around NY —  as a duo, and with other collaborators — trio with Izzi Ramkisssoon (bass), and a quintet at The Firehouse Space with Briggan Krauss (sax), Stephanie Griffin (viola) and Jonas Tauber (bass).    Their work together in NY culminated in the first album of this duo.

..about Index of Refraction:
This new duo release “Index of Refraction” was recorded at Harvestworks in NY.  An Index of Refraction of a material is a dimensionless number that describes how light propagates through that medium.  Inspired by this definition, and translated/transposed to musical vocabulary– an index of refraction could be an analogy to the way in which acoustical instruments and the human voice behave when they are sound processed through electronic devices.

This concept in mind, we improvised music while processing and manipulating our sounds, both electronically and acoustically, in order to create new sonic landscapes, each track is based on the refractive index of a different medium.

Tabuenca-Naphtali duo is available for bookings in Europe
March 11-28th 2017.

Dafna Naphtali y Luis Tabuenca / Festival Audio Tangente, Burgos España Nov. 26, 2013 from Dafna Naphtali on Vimeo.

BicycleWheel-and-Feedback from Dafna Naphtali on Vimeo.

Walkie Talkie Dream Angles

download, walk, listen.

Augmented Audio soundwalk in Washington Square Park, NYC powered by U-GRUVE AR.

Walkie Talkie Dream Angles is an electroacoustic composition and interactive sound walk for Washington Square Park by Dafna Naphtali — traversing sonically interesting corners of the park to underscore the loss of quiet, past and future sounds, bringing a favorite urban environment to life, in a sonically unique and individual way. Processed pre-recorded environmental sounds are layered with voice, and some thoughtful strategizing about site-specific listening, interactivity and attention span.

LAUNCHED 2016, available 24/7 (or whenever the park is open) indefinitely!

wtda-cover-02a1) DOWNLOAD the free Walkie Talkie Dream Angles app

2) TURN ON YOUR GPS (and fully charge your phone)

3) LISTEN TO THE PARK!

Walkie Talkie Dream Angles was created for U-GRUVE AR, a mobile device app and Audio Augmented Reality platform created by creative technologist Richard Rodkin of Memetic Arts, which enables the creation of interactive soundtracks for public spaces using listener/participants phones and GPS sensors to trigger geo-tagged musical outcomes to predefined zones in the targeted environment.

More information about U-GRUVE: http://u-gruve.com/wtda/
Also see information about more soundwalks: Walkie Talkie Dream Garden, for Williamsburg waterfront and Hamburg Germany.

Peter Geisselbrecht & Friends: An den kleinen Radioapparat in Brooklyn on Fri, Sep 30, 2016

Audio Chandelier: multi-channel sound performance (Dafna Naphtali) in New York on Mon, Jun 13, 2016

 

AUDIO CHANDELIER  -individual grains of nearly static sound dispersed to various speakers throughout the gallery and altered as granular synthesis illuminates and refracts moments in time.  Each of this set of pieces use field recordings and audio samples processed as one “grain” is sent to each speaker available.   By manipulating the grains of sound  (which remain static in each speaker)  a surprising array of sounds and environments are created — from shimmering motion to reverberant spaces, to low crashing waves, to hyper-electronics refraction of sound.    The pieces have been presented as multi-channel fixed media, an interactive performance piece, and as a laptop orchestra piece (with an upcoming version for smartphones)

Live 8-channel performance at NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival 2016
June 13th 8pm