June saw the release of “Wake Me When It’s Green” – a new music and video composition and collaboration between Dafna Naphtali and violinist Gwen Laster. The piece, features Naphtali on voice, electric guitar and electronics, and Laster’s violin and voice, is homage to the duo’s recently departed fathers and a celebration of a sky full of ancestors.
The piece was commissioned by M3 Mutual Mentorship for Musicians as part of the work of the Fall 2022 Equinox cohort. The piece premiered on June 13th at the National Jazz Museum of Harlem, along with 5 other commissions of duo pieces created by the cohort’s 12 members. A Lifetime Achievement award was also presented that evening to pianist Michele Rosewoman. More information about M3 and the Fall 2022 cohort can be found here:https://dafna.info/wp-admin/post.php?post=4473&action=edit
Below is the piece as it was broadcast on June 13th. To see all of the commissioned pieces by the cohort, watch from the beginning!
The new release by Kathleen Supové on Starkland includes Dafna’s work Landmine (2000) originally commissioned for Supové by American Composers Forum. Landmine is an interactive piece for Yamaha Disklavier, pianist, computer improviser, and live audio processing.
“..coaxes fascinating gurgles, rattles, snaps, swoops, echoing swirls.. realtime effects processing.. each live performance of this work a unique sonic event. .. Landmine explores an ever-shifting collection of thoughts, images, energies and moods.” — Joan La Barbara liner notes for Eye to Ivory.
The record release event was 11/24/19 at Spectrum in New York. Supové and Naphtali playing excerpts of the work as well as continuing into an improvisation (quit without saving!) with composer Nick Didkovsky on guitar.
NYU GEMS (Girls Electronic Music Stars) is a program I’m involved in and helped start back in 2015 (headed up by Dr. Agnieszka Roginska and with student group SWiTCH (Society for Women in TeCHnology). This year I was teaching once again, this time with the great Toni Blackman!
If you ride in an NYC cab this week, you might see our current NYU GEMS (Girls Electronic Music Stars/Seminar) group in a segment from WABC-TV with Sandy Kenyon! our 15-seconds of fame!
Book chapter by Dafna Naphtali and Richard Rodkin for Foundations in Sound Design for Interactive Media,Vol 2. edited by Michael Filimowicz. 2019.
Locative Media is an established musical/sound art practice with a rich and diverse history encompassing many musical styles and genres. With the advent of the smartphone and sophisticated tracking systems, Audio Augmented Reality has emerged as an effective way to produce highly interactive and widely distributable works. Using their own work as a backdrop, the authors discuss approaches and decision points for building an AAR system as well as the considerations that composers must work through to capitalize on the technology and create a truly engaging, interactive experience for the listener.
Notes: DAVE’S WAVES returns from the aether to Greenpoint, Brooklyn! December 2018 will see our sonic and visual delights once again available as your host Dave re-opens your favorite neighborhood sonic luncheonette for the holidays.
There will be new video delights and new dishes on the menu (check out our new BINAURAL BITES) as well as, of course, all your old favorites: Dave’s genuine, original, sonified-to-perfection Schumann Resonance data, Dave’s just intonation videos, Dave’s Waves TV, **PLUS** a new series of special holiday flavored ritual performances along with the Schumann drones by a group of specially chosen, shamanic sonic empaths.
12/7 7-11pm (9pm performance by the Schumann Resonance Singers: Dafna Naphtali, Lisa Karrer, Megan Schubert, and Daisy Press (was later changed to Tara Gladden))
Notes: launch and public meet up to experience new soundwalk and interactive / audio-augmented-reality experience for Williamsburg Waterfront by Dafna Naphtali, powered by U-GRUVE AR by Richard Rodkin.
meeting hosted by Sascha Von Oertzen / National Sawdust