Andrew Aldridge is the founder
of the Toronto based ‘Planet of the Loops’ event. This monthly
looping ‘improvised jam’ was started in 1998 and spawned the now
weekly event ‘The Ambient Ping’, now in its 10th year. At the
time this was the only public looping performance in Toronto. A
first year anniversary CD titled ‘document’ featured many of the
musicians from the first year of looping.
Andrew’s double life as a national and international
touring/recording guitarist has taken him around the world and given
him the opportunity to play with many talented artists. Sadly, his
busy schedule forced him to take the Planet of the Loops out of ‘the
loop’ 5 years into it. The Ambient Ping is still going and has
become a premier ambient night that has featured performers from all
Having been an active part of the Canadian music scene for 20 years,
Andrew’s interest in the more experimental side of things started
when he got his first delay pedal in high school. He divided his
time in the basement jamming to Jeff Beck, Peter Frampton and Queen
and making ‘strange noises’ with his digital delay and analog tape
loops. After high school Andrew continued on to College and received
a degree in composition/arranging, and always had a penchant for the
more ‘outside’ things. Throughout the 90’s Andrew played with many
‘pop/rock’ artists and began to make name for himself as a
supportive guitarist. During this time he met many other Toronto
based musicians that surprisingly had the same interest in
looping/experimental improvised music. In 1998 Andrew decided to get
some of these like minded musicians together and the Planet of the
Loops was born.
As a professional musician Andrew has toured/recorded with Sarah
Slean, Danny Michel, Sean Ashby (Sarah McLachlan), Jakalope (NIN,
Skinny Puppy), Wild Strawberries, Universal Honey, Chris Baron (Spin
Doctors), Bill Dillion (Sarah McLachlan, Peter Gabriel, Dan Lanois),
Peter Stroud (Sheryl Crow) and many more. Recent projects have
included playing guitar with Albert Bouchard (original
drummer/co-founder Blue Oyster Cult), co-producing singer/songwriter
Mary Simon’s new record and reviving his old experimental rock power
trio The Sterling Moss.
Andrew’s appearance at this years’ festival marks his return to the
world of the Loops with a strong emphasis on his original idea of
bringing people together with true improvised performance. Planet of
the Loops has returned with it’s first event at C’est What in
Toronto, Saturday Oct 3rd.
Amy X Neuburg
Voice and live electronics
composer and electronic instrument performer Amy X Neuburg has
developed a unique career bridging the boundaries between
classical, experimental and popular musics. Her wildly
entertaining 'avant-cabaret' songs combine her interests in
language and theater, expressive use of
music technology, and exploration of
multiple genres using the many colors of her four-octave vocal
range. Amy is best known for her solo performances, in which
she uses a MIDI drum kit, a real-time looping machine, and an array
of sounds and samples to construct complex, meticulously crafted
songs and stories one layer at a time. As soloist she has performed
at venues as diverse as the Other Minds and Bang on a Can new music
festivals, the Berlin International Poetry Festival, the Wellington
and Christchurch Jazz Festivals (NZ), electronic music festivals,
colleges, clubs and concert halls throughout the U.S. and abroad.
As composer, commissions for voices and chamber
ensembles (often with looping electronics) include Robin Cox
Ensemble, Present Music, Santa Cruz New Music Works, Solstice vocal
ensemble, Christchurch Arts Centre vocalists, Pacific Mozart
Ensemble and Del Sol String Quartet, and she performs regularly with
her Cello ChiXtet -- a cello trio with live electronics. She has
also composed extensively for theater and visual media, including
Mondomedia's irreverent Piki & Poko web animations and numerous
onstage collaborations with modern dancers.
A classically trained vocalist, Amy has been featured
in contemporary operas and recordings including works by Robert
Ashley (performed throughout Japan and Europe), Culture Clash and
Guillermo Galindo. During the '90s she sang and played electronic
drums with her theatrical art-rock band Amy X Neuburg & Men.
Amy received degrees in linguistics and voice from
Oberlin College and Oberlin Conservatory and an MFA in electronic
music from the Mills College CCM. Her many grants and honors include
Arts International, Zellerbach, William & Flora Hewlett, Meet the
Composer, The US Embassy New Zealand, LEF, SF Friends of Chamber
Music, Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Kappa Lambda.
Since his first solo release in 1981 Andreas
Willers has built a repuation as an extraordinary guitar player
with a typically rich sound pallette and a broad stilistic
background carried by a great sense of form and emotional power.
He has worked with jazz stars like Paul Bley, Louis Sclavis and
David Liebman as well as with known figures from the Berlin jazz
and improv scene and can be heard on over 40 albums.
Andreas will perform material from two different
solo albums he released in 2009: „Orange Years“ (Jazzwerkstatt)
containing material from his programm „Ground Guitar Music“
which received 4 1/2 stars from the leading German jazz magazine
Jazzthetik, and „Drowning Migrant“ (Leo Records), which British
magazine The Wire considered „a breakthrough“.
- 'Andreas Willers combines contrasting techniques, worlds of
tones and traditions into a singular, easy-to-identify sound.' -
rororo Jazz Lexikon
- It sounds to me that Mr. Willers is a master of manipulation
as he selects the sounds or textures that consistently evoke
images or provoke ideas. 'Drowning Migrant' is the most
successful experimental solo guitar(s) offering I've heard in
recent memory. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery New
- 'Man, you sound like jazz guitar, James-Bond-guitar and all
freaked-out noise at times. What a thrill!' member of audience,
- ‚Willers really is a Stupor Mundi guitarist.‘ Bad Alchemy
Andreas Willers would like to thank these organizations for
sponsoring his performance:
Cleveland's guitar playing is rooted in progressive and
psychedelic rock, branching into ambient, experimental, funk,
and various "world music" styles\enhanced by cutting-edge
electronics and unorthodox playing techniques. He's also a deft
engineer and producer with an idiosyncratic and sometimes
iconoclastic approach to recording and mixing.
Cleveland's previous work ranged from ambient and
impressionistic to instrumental world fusion--but his latest
release, Hologramatron, pushes multiple musical envelopes
Largely a response to contemporary social,
political, and even spiritual realities, Hologramatron
may be viewed as a modern-day "protest album" that draws
inspiration from a musical continuum spanning art rock,
psychedelia, avant-metal, ambient, global fusion, trance, and
fun--with two early-'60s pop covers tossed in for kicks.
Cleveland is all about sound--from his guitar playing to
his compositions to his production--and it is the deeply layered,
highly nuanced, and cutting-edge sonics that unify this wildly
Hologramatron features virtuoso bass innovator
Michael Manring, drummer and percussionist Celso Alberti (Steve
Winwood, Airto Moriera), and pedal-steel guitarist Robert Powell
(Peter Gabriel, Jackson Browne), along with "avant-cabaret"
vocalist Amy X Neuburg, and guest vocalists Harry Manx and
Deborah Holland (Animal Logic). Additional musicians include
Turkish electro-acoustic guitarist Erdem Helvacioglu,
percussionists Gino Robair and Rick Walker, and Michael Masley,
a.k.a. the infamous "Artist General."
In addition to playing acoustic and electric 6- and
12-string guitars on Hologramatron, Cleveland utilized a
prototype of the revolutionary Moog Guitar and both acoustic and
electric GuitarViols--hybrid bowed instruments tuned like a
guitar--along with myriad effects processors and alternative
playing devices such as a Chinese erhu bow, Masley Bowhammers,
and the Ebow.
Besides eight original songs there are two covers:
Malvina Reynolds' anti-nuke anthem "What Have They Done to the
Rain" and Joe Meek's iconic "Telstar." Bonus tracks include
remixes by Evan Schiller ("Lake of Fire") and Forrest Fang
("Abandoned Mines"), as well as an alternate mix of "You'll Just
Have to See It to Believe." Grammy Award-winning engineer John
Cuniberti mastered the album.
Cleveland is also currently recording an ambient
album called The History of Light with Michael Masley
(a.k.a. Artist General) and hopes to begin recording an album
with French guitarist/synthesist Richard Pinhas early next year.
Among the most innovative guitarists in the world, Bill Walker
creates evocative guitar soundscapes that showcase a staggering
range of musical influences and techniques. Performing on a
variety of electric, acoustic and lap steel guitars, and
utilizing state of the art live looping technologies; Bill
pioneers bold musical frontiers in improvised performance.
Hypnotic and transporting, Bill’s music is characterized by
beautiful improvised motifs, lush multi-layered guitar
ensembles, and otherworldly timbres which evolve
serendipitously, creating exotic music that defies
categorization. Eclectic, soulful, and original, are words that
best describe this unique musician.
A veteran of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene, Bill has
recently embarked on a solo career that took him to Europe last
year on a performance and clinic tour, as well as recording
dates in Switzerland and Istanbul, Turkey. Most recently Bill
collaborated with acclaimed Turkish composer Erdem Helvacioglu
on a new CD due out next fall, and is busy completing his own
debut CD, and working on music for film
Electric slide guitar
A 30 year veteran of the independent music scene,
Carl Weingarten is thrilled to be performing again at the Y2K
Looping Festival. Carl’s electric slide guitar is as melodic as
it is textural, a distinctive style that touches on avant-garde
Jazz to Blues, Americana and classic Indian music. Carl has 19
albums to his credit, including 2 albums with his group Delay
Tactics, and has toured as a solo guitarist, including as opener
for drummer Bill Bruford’s Earthworks. Carl is currently with a
band that includes Jeff Oster (flugelhorn), Michael Manring
(bass) and Dave Dilullo (percussion). Carl and Jeff will perform
as a duo at Y2KX on Sunday at 3:00.
Acoustic nylon string guitar, analog
cassette tape loops, acoustic steel string guitar, oud, violin
and digital effects/loops
World experimental acoustic guitar/cassette tape
looping duo, from delicate to dark, sublime to playful, joyously
introspective. Chinapainting is the collaborative experience of
Daryl Shawn and Jim Goodin. Chinapainting was born in the fall
of 2006 when by chance email contact Shawn and Goodin to met
while Shawn was living in Mexico and Goodin New York. After
realizing common musical goals/interests the pair began jamming
online through NinJam. Their 4,000 mile apart improvisational
dialog evolved and after 8 months the two decided to formerly
meet in New York, scheduled a series of performances in the
northeast and recorded at a studio in Woodstock the sessions
which became Chinapainting's 3rd and first in-person CD, the
critically acclaimed Night Blooming Cereus. Chinapainting has
continued to meet amid Shawn and Goodin's solo careers as time
allows, two to three times annually for small tours of the
northeast and west coast. Since their beginning Chinapainting
appearances have included venues and festivals such as the
Center for Improvised Music (NY), COMA Series/ABC NoRio (NY),
Echo Curio (CA), Beyond Baroque (CA), NORCAL Noisefest (CA),
Ingenuity Fest Cleveland (OH) and the International Live Looping
electric lap steel guitar
acoustic/electric lapsteel player,
guitarist, trautonium, phantastron and weissenborn
devotee/performer, improviser/composer, sometime device-builder,
based in melbourne, australia.
traditionalist-experimentalist exploiting the
creative possibilities of the lap steel guitar, utilizing
various preparations, multiple bows, looper and other electronic
processing to expand the sonic palette of the instrument.
past performances have included collaborations with
north and south indian classical musicians, trio improvisations
providing soundtracks to silent films and vintage cartoons, as
well as resurrecting the sound of pre-world war II electronic
instruments for the guggenheim exhibition at the national
gallery of victoria.
2009 : contributed lap steel and guitar to two
films scored by ollie olsen, with premieres at the toronto,
berlin and melbourne film festivals.
master's degree in composition
from the sydney conservatorium, exploring the history and theory
of microtonal music, specifically the work of harry partch.
designed and built the xenophone  – a microtonal
metallophone – and re-constructed a replica of partchfs adapted
guitar I, performing the australasian premiere of barstow 
live on abc radio national.
2004-06 : built a replica of the trautonium, one of
the first electronic musical instruments. currently
designing/building a multi-track tape-based audio looping device
for live and studio use.
MANDALA WORLD MUSIC is my international ethnic
fusion world music group with people from around the world. It
use traditional influences of music and art to create new and
dynamic original material. They've been touring around the world
and have collaborated with over 100 Artists. Its focus is to
bring sacred styles of art together for a new fusion in this new
multi-cultural world. They travel around the world meeting with
native artists from each country they come in contact with. As
the world becomes smaller and smaller and multiculturalism
becomes more and more the norm. Mandala arises to bring together
those people from all origins to see that they all have
something in common. Mandala brings back ethnic forms of art and
instrument with a new freshness making people appreciate them
ERIC MANDALA has played on,
produced, and recorded over 15 albums in North America, Africa,
and Asia. When performing solo he does live looping and plays
over 100 ethnic and modern instruments from around the world. He
sings in Universal Language mixing ancient tongues and ethnic
styles of vocals with modern sound scat poetry.
Always changing expect the unexpected! An
original show not to be missed!
PIANO, SYNTH, ELECTRONICS
Classical trained pianist and keyboardist, Fabio's
music reflects his fascination for the cinematic music's dimension
and for a realtime compositional approach mainly based on live
looping technics, as it clearly appears in his works as well in his
His music can be defined minimal, ambient, experimental and ranges
from atmospheric film style soundtracks to a dark-glitchy ambient
music, involving here and then fields recordings manipulation.
It's not a pure 'wallpaper', neither a "focused listening" type
ambient, rather Fabio's music bridges this gap neatly, allowing the
listener the choice to be either transported or remain grounded
depending on the mood of the day.
Apart from his soloist productions (Liquid Days-2007,
Weightless-2009", Fabio works with many ensembles and artists with
whom realized various audio-video performances ("Fucktory",
"Artificialia","Il Sesto Continente") or film soundtracks ("Facolt‡
di sguardo", "Risvegli" "First call from the Moon", "La Pelosa").
He's also involved in many collaborative musical projects from the
Chain Tape Collective (www.ct-collective.com), where he coordinated
the "Great Speeches" and the "Generative collective projects,
providing even an on line generative-music installation
Recently released "Unexpected"an improvisational collaborative album
made with sweedish musician Per Boysen
As a soloist, exhibited as headliner or featured performer in many
international festivals between Europe (Zurich, Kholn, Berlin,
Antwerp) and USA (Santa Cruz, San JosČ, Oakland). In 2009 produced
the First International Live Looping Festival "in Rome"
Gabby La La
sitar, nintendo ds lite Korg Synth, voice
Gabby La La creates a kooky and spooky sound scape
using the korg synthesizer for nintendo ds lite, sitar, and her
voice. She studied North Indian Classical Music with Ali Akbar
Khan, and received a BFA in Sitar Performance from The
California Institute of the Arts (in 2000) where she began
experimenting with the instrument. La La has performed and
recorded with Les Claypool, Bob Weir, Snoop Dogg, Macy Gray, The
Sippy Cups, P-Funk, and Prince Paul. She has released one album
of original music on Les Claypool's Prawn Song Records entitled
"Be Careful What You Wish For..." and will be releasing her
second cd "I Know You Know I Know" later this year.
Electric Guitar - Echoplex Digital Pro
Plus - Line6 Guitarport and laptop with Gearbox software
Guitarist, composer, producer. His experience in
ambient and experimental music started in the eighties listening to
Brian Eno when he was a teenager. He never played guitar the same
ever since. Based in his Italian island (Sicily) he played almost
every genre with so many artists, musicians and groups. Always
looking for new forms of expressions and new languages in music he
made short movie soundtracks, audio/video shows for pubs, art
galleries and cultural associations, installations of live
Within an electronic music project called NenTE he
discovered live improvisation and he challenged in live looping in
the last five years, he released podcasts, online records and
starting web collaborations as the USIT project with Jeff Duke from
florida, in which they play through the Ninjam system though they
are 3.000 miles far away.
The main feature of his live show is live looping improvisation
and sound manipulation with guitar.
Ivan Kapec and Viseslav Labosh duo
guitar and turntable
|Ivan Kapec and Viseslav
Labosh have been basing their thoughts and musical practice on the
repetative structure of loops for quite some time now.
Both Kapec and Labosh come from different musical backgrounds, jazz
and electronic music respectively. They have been successfully
synthesizing their personal influences, which resulted in something
that reaches far beyond the mere number of their technical
The acoustic visage of the duo, the guitar (Kapec) and a turntable
(Labosh), refuses to be lured into the humdrum of ambient music
founded on the repetitiveness, and at the same time escapes from the
aggressive jaws of the uniformity that has become an integral
characteristic of ‘dj music‘.
The duo presents us with a true gem of chamber music constructed on
loops. The one which explores the dynamic and dramatic organisation
of audio material based on the repetition.
Sonic detritus, NAiSAtron Zoom RFX300,
Electro Harmonix Stereo Memory Man
Returning for a second time to the Y2KLoopfest
gathering, James will again try to create something special from a
rather minimum amount of somewhat outdated gear.
A veteran of Toronto's free-improv community, he is a
member of several ensembles, among them: Six Heads, Odradek, NOiNO,
Contrapture, Tidal Pool, and the recently formed Magic Tits. Besides
recordings with these ensembles he also has two solo releases. He
has performed in Canada, Britain and USA.
Never having learned (or been successfully taught) how
to play a "real" instrument he either makes things himself or uses
non-musical devices as found. Any proper instruments that find their
way into his hands cannot expect to be handled in the manner to
which they are accustomed.
guitar, loops, and electronics
|Jeff plays looped improv
music from his home in Ocala, Florida. He is heavily involved in
using internet technologies such as Ninjam http://ninjam.com for
collaborating with artists worldwide. He performs live from his home
studio via Livestream http://livestream.com/jeffdukelive. Jeff is
also a member of the renowned Ninjam based improvisational live
looping JaZzNoIsExPerIMentAl edgy music collective know as
DigItSignal http://digitsignal.bandcamp.com and the hard ambient
guitar duo UsIt http://usit.bandcamp.com/
As one of the few trumpet/flugelhorn artists working in
ambient terrain, Jeff Oster draws from a rich background of
classically trained, jazz tinged horn study, mixed with contemporary
electronica and loop based electro-orchestral bed tracks.
After 20 years setting aside his musical ambitions, he
re-emerged as a solo artist in 2003. Oster is a flugelhorn and
trumpet player who is produced by William Ackerman, Grammy Award
winning guitarist and founder of Windham Hill Records.
Jeff’s first album, RELEASED, and second album, TRUE,
both won the Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Instrumental
Album (2005 and 2007 NAR Lifestyle Music Awards). His second album,
TRUE, was chosen by Echoes as one of the 25 Essential Echoes CD’s
for 2007, and was recently voted as one of Echoes’ Top 200 Albums of
the last 20 years.
JEROEN ELFFERICH ( LOOP THE BALLOON)
LOOP THE BALLOON is a new project by
multi-instrumentalist Jeroen Elfferich. At this moment he is one of
the world's most original loop artist using only balloons ( and
vocals, pocket trumpet and mouth-organ) to make his music. He
creates funky grooves by pulling, scratching, hitting and squeezing
balloons. This year he played many famous pop and dance festivals in
Jeroen Elfferich is a professional drummer and played with many
(mostly) jazz artists. In the 90ties of last century he formed his
own group ELFFERICH FOUR and recorded several highly acclaimed
albums. He also has an electro pop project called HAPPY ELF in which
he makes music using only analogue synthesizers.
LOOP THE BALLOON is both fun to watch as great to listen to because
he builds up grooves and creates real songs with even texts. Some of
his lyrics are : I LOVE MY DENTIST and BEING ON A FARM. Although
Jeroen Elfferich uses only balloons he succeeds in making a live
show similar to a rock band !
JOHN CONNELL A.K.A. MEZRAB
Synths, Electronics, Percussion
John has been involved with music in many different
forms since he was a teenager. From local Santa Cruz bands Wrestling
Worms, Raining House, and psychedelic noise/dance collective Violet
Skull Troupe, to Rick Walker’s goth club project nO-thiN-G, he has
always explored the outer orbits of sound. DJing at local clubs, and
a 10 year stint studying and performing traditional Persian, Afghan,
and Indian music has imprinted a code of the future filtered through
the past onto his current activities. As 2010 blossoms, he is
excited to explore the vibrant strains of modern Electronica and
Goth/Industrial enraptured through small, touchscreen devices,
making use of iPod, Kaoss, Analogue, and Looping technology…
Archop guitar, laptop w/ MAX/msp random
Founder and artistic director of the Boise Creative
and Improvised Music Festival, Krispen Hartung has been actively
involved in the Boise, Idaho music scene for over 20 years. His
contributions include creating new ways for musicians to communicate
and collaborate with each other, and his recent efforts have
revolved primarily around raising awareness and appreciation of
avant-garde and creative music in Boise, Idaho.
Hartung's 30-year musical background is an experimental and
continuously evolving road trip marked by many excursions and
detours - from flute, classical guitar, progressive rock, and
world-beat, to fusion, traditional jazz, and free improvisation.
During the last year, Krispen has been recording and performing
primarily free improvisational and avant-garde jazz with the archtop
guitar and amp, with no electronics or computer. He has produced 15
CD projects, including his most recent improvisational project "On
the Fringe" with Robert Sterling (percussion). His latest recording
project and performances are with saxophonist Brent Jensen, director
of the College of Southern Idaho jazz department. More information
Lance took up his first instrument, the viola, as a
young lad wishing to emulate the glissandos his instructor was able
to generate on that instrument. He has been bending sounds ever
since, in numerous contexts, happily none of them utilizing viola.
At the age of twelve he discovered electronic music via a sample
disc from the public library and never looked back.
His first hands-on exposure to electronic music
synthesis came in the form of the Arp Odyssey Mk I that his high
school had the prescience (or folly) to obtain. Many a blissful
afternoon's avoidance of homework was spent in pursuit of the
perfect harmonic resonance.
He has expanded his palette since then, incorporating
modern synthesis and sampling tools such as Circle and MLR, as well
as more conventional analog sources in the pursuit of unusual
timbres. His performances range from ambient drones to hypnotic,
disorienting sheets of noise, with the goal of transcendence by
eliciting a heightened sense of the moment. He has contributed to
several Chain Tape Collective projects, was a Looper's Delight
stalwart for many years, and performs sporadically in Los Angeles
with a small group of other artists and musicians.
He lives Venice, California with his wife, daughter and
two exceptionally wonderful dogs.
The Hub’s Tim Perkis has called her,
"The voice on everyone’s lips."
Ms. Amat explores the boundless possibilities of the human
voice, breath and body in performance and recording. She
traverses a wide range of genres including modern chamber and
opera works, experimental structured and improvised solo and
ensemble works, punk rock and popular song.
Her site-specific pure-voice pieces for natural and
architecturally resonant spaces have been performed
internationally in museums and galleries, symphony halls,
cathedrals, castles, movie palaces, underground pubs, bunkers,
tunnels, cisterns and steel wine vats. Her recent operatic
improvisational performance at the 2010 01San Jose Biennial
brought her to riverbanks and concrete overpasses.
She has recently started experimenting with combining
resonant vocals and sound altering programmed electronic
instruments. The result is a sound that still supports her
visceral and sensual approach to music and encourages even more
Ms. Amat is well known and respected for her solo and
collaborative performances in the U.S. and Europe, with
critically acclaimed appearances in festivals, symposia and
technical artworks, including The Residents “Freak Show”,
Nuremburg based dance media group Palindrome’s “Heisenberg” and
her work with keyboardist Mirek Vodraška and the Czech
experimental music group TonTon Macoutes.
Current projects include performances with collaborators
SWIRM (David Grollman and Brad Henkel) in NYC; collaborating on
the soundtrack for Frieder Weiss’ large scale video
installation, "Blau Fluss" at the San Francisco Goethe
Institute; creating industrial music pieces including
"Catharsis" and a voice based multi-track soundscape and
theatrical performance piece "Ballast" She also continues to
grow her creative and performing relationship with computer
pioneer Max Mathews on the development of his new tunable phaser
filter system for voice and other instruments.
(vox, la voix, la voce, la voz, die Stimme), boss rc-2 loop
"Most slept on black folk singer. I listen to her
when I want to be high on my soul."
- YouTube Listener
Lilli Lewis grew up on a dirt road outside of Athens, GA where
she started playing piano at the age of 3. She is a looper, a
singer/songwriter, a favorite among contemporary women's solo a
cappella, a composer, an opera singer, classical pianist, and a
self-proclaimed rocker wannabe, in no particular order of
Her first solo a cappella album, “Out From Yonder" rendered
Lilli a regional finalist for the acclaimed Mountain Stage
Newsong Competition, a runner up for "Best World/Folk Album" for
the 2009 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards.
Her solo a cappella looping was recently featured in
VoiceCouncil Magazine and has been described as "a female Bobby
McFerrin, but with lyrics one might expect from a group like
Sweet Honey In The Rock." Jonathan Minkoff, rarb.org.
In recent years Lilli has called many places home including
Atlanta, GA, Boston, MA, Red Feather Lakes, CO and Hammond, LA.
Luis Angulo's diverse musical influences are
presented through his live imporvisations employing electronic
loop sampler devices to enhance his compositions and spontaneous
improvisations. In Germany he has also been active promoting
the late live loop music movement and was performed at the first
International Live Looping Festival in Cologne as well as the
International Y2K8 Live looping festivals in Santa Jose and
Santa Cruz California, which were sponsored by Universal Audio
and Looperlative Audio Products. In 2003 he also hosted the
first live looping concert in southern Germany and in 2004 at
the Cafe Literario in Mexicali B.C. Mexico.
The Baja California born guitarist has played in
the past with different rock and original bands around the
southern California borders.In Europe he was the guitarist
singer songwriter and producer of the Cuban son group “Quinteto
Chá” sharing the stage with Buena Vista Social Club's legendary
guitarist Eliades Ochoa and Vocal sampling.
Guitar and effects
Marcel Rocha has played in a myriad
of musical styles and contexts. Brazilian music, avant garde
rock, electronic, improvised music and blues now merge together
in his live looping work, where fluid, ethereal, dreamy, and yet
sometimes abrasive or disturbing, soundscapes try to make their
way into the listeners ears and hearts.
Baritone guitar, electronics,
Mark Francombe has been involved in experimental
music since the age of 14. Being ever so slightly too young for
the Punk Rock explosion, he cites his epiphany as Cabaret
Voltaire's "Nag Nag Nag" which immediately had him experimenting
with tape recorders, building obscure musical circuits, and
starting to play the guitar badly. "Uncle Ian"was the modest and
unassuming name for his theatrical multimedia band that played
along the South Coast of England during the 1980's. Employing
video, film, pyrotechnics and umbrellas, the group faded during
the early 90's as Marks other band Cranes was heralded by iconic
english DJ, John Peel, signed to BMG and suddenly took most of
his time. Mark recorded 6 albums with Cranes from 1990 to 1997,
toured europe and the USA extensively, including support for The
Cure on their 1992 "Wish tour". Now relocated to Norway, he is a
mainstay of the Oslo improv and noise scene producing his sounds
using a baritone guitar, loopers, modular synths, and obscure
musical circuits. Some things will never change.
By day he works as a film-maker and concept
developer, and is soon to publish his first computer game
entitled "Aunty-A metaphysical Mystery." He lives with his wife
Hilde, and son Nikolas, in a 200 year old house in the North of
Oslo with a scary cellar and sunflowers in the garden.
Guitars, Synths, Theremin, Dulcimer, Toy
Instrumens, I-phone, EnvironmentAL noises
Born in Florence (Italy) in
1961 where he actually lives he has done scientific studies and
by now his main occupation is as computer developer. He started
playing In the 1980, founding a new wave group called REDOX that
won the 1986 Florence's Rock Contest and made one EP record.
In 90's founded MbH productions
(www.mbh.it) and started to play with many people and musicians Like
Michele Gianni, Marco Misuri, Mario Fani etc on works based on
specific sound projects such as "Distant Noise" and ’"Noise
In 2000's with others musician like Luigi Guarnieri founded
OFFICINE C.R.O.M.A cultural association (www.officinecroma.it), that
still now manages events, shows and performances.
He is interested in many aspects involving sound and acoustics
such as: environmental music, installations, soundtracks,
performance and happenings, cinema, literature, paintings and poetry
for those he has always composed music.
In 2001 with Percussionist Marco Canaccini, Guitarist Massimo
Fantoni and Fabio Capanni co-founded the KOAN LOOP ENSEMBLE, an open
group based on interactive improvisation and Live looping
In 2002 he Joined F.K.L association (www.klanglandschaft.org)
dealing with acoustic ecology and soundscape.
In 2003 he met Rick Walker, organized the First Italian Live
Looping Fest and Joined the Live Looping community.
In 2009 organized the florence's gig of the first European Live
Looping Fest with Fabio Anile and other musicians.
Lately he has played in some experimental music productions
involved by his friend the guitarist Enrico Coniglio as: ZAUM
project (psichonavigation records), SEA CATHEDRALS (Silentes).
In 2010 organized the second Florence Live Looping Fest with
He also writes articles on music, psicoacustics, sound and
connected topics that are published by specialized magazines.
Matt Davignon is an experimental musician living
in Oakland, California. Since 1993, he has developed his own unique
style of music, which attempts to evoke biology with textures,
arrhythmic patterns and musical imperfections. His first experiments
as a teenager were constructed using 2 boom boxes, combining
household objects, CD/tape samples and heavily effected
improvisation on a variety of “real instruments”. Since then, he has
spent time studying (in a non-academic sense) bass guitar, live
sound collage, consumer-grade electronics, prepared acoustic guitar,
sampling/looping, experimental turntablism, and field recordings on
handheld cassette recorders.
Since 2004, he has been working almost exclusively
with a drum machine. Instead of using it as a rhythm device, he
plays the pads manually while processing the sounds through an array
of effects devices and samplers, improvising music made of
organic-sounding textures, hums, gurgles and crackles.
Matt is also a member of the Crank Ensemble, and
is the founder of the Pmocatat Ensemble.
Miro Mantere aka Mir-0, a musician from
Finland. For example of his work check
Drums, looped percussion guitar, tape
players with 20 and 30 secord loop cassettes.
(though email is best: firstname.lastname@example.org)
American dada drummer/percussionist who will bang on
or smash into pieces just about anything he can get his hands on,
and somehow make a compelling musical statement out of it. He is
also the composer and conductor of the Moe!kestra!, who performs
pieces Staiano has written. Moe! Staiano was also a former member of
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Vacuum Tree Head and Mute Socialite and
has worked with various dance groups including Theater of Yugen and
inkBoat. His current studio project is called Surplus 1980 and an
album or works should find a release by next year.
Hans York: guitar, voice - Michel Wack:
percussion, voice - Leander Reininghaus: guitar
CrossCulture band MOKA EFTI was founded in 1989 by
Leander Reininghaus, Hans York, Michel Wack and harpist Jochen
Vogel, later joined by drummer Ralf Gildner.
Over a period of ten years, the group played out in clubs as well as
on major genre festivals in Germany and most European countries and
produced three CDs - the latest "Fata Morgana" with Jazz legend
Charlie Mariano, Roland Schaeffer (GURU GURU) and Heinrich von
Kalnein as guests - until it ceased to exist in 1999.
Ten years later, three of the founder members decided to revive the
band out of the sheer joy of playing together.
Now, in 2010, MOKA EFTI is ready to share this joy
with old and new friends, playing a new repertoire with old and new
composed and improvised music which of course carries the bands
hallmark:their unique blend of musical styles and ethnic influences.
Laptop, Alto Flute
Experimenting with instant composing. Not focusing
on "background" vs "melody", rather trying to create complex multi
part music on the spot. Live Looping is the technical method and
Multi Lateral Improvisation is the mental method. His sound has been
described as "minimal", "electronic" and "breathy".
iPhone + Klein Electric Guitar, Godin
Multiac Steel Duet, Line6 DL4, Boss RC50 and Looperlative LP1
|Randolf Arriola is a
singer-songwriter and guitarist born and raised in Singapore.
Spanning from structured to experimental, fusing the cerebral with
the primal, his music comprises interwoven elements of a vast
musical vocabulary, mechanical versatility, unusual explorations of
technological applications, and sonic sensitivity - creating,
expanding, deconstructing and refining sounds and songs to move the
listener. He returns to the Y2K International Live Looping festival
this year, where he will perform using an iPhone attached to a Klein
electric guitar, an unconventional combination, but one that
encompasses his current musical process and creative ideals.
Reverend Screaming Fingers
Lucio Menegon, aka the Rev Screaming Fingers, is a guitarist,
composer, improviser and sonic artist who lives for the gig be it
stage or studio. Whether serving as sideman to songwriters,
performing soundscape instrumental compositions or collaborating in
free-improvisational new music combos, the Reverend excels at
providing a bit of magic to the moment. He likes to play in bands
that write, sweat, fight, sink or swim together and absolutely loves
WALKER (Y2K9 Festival Coordinator)
Found Sound Percussion
Composer, multi-instrumentalist and master
percussionist/drummer, Rick Walker has been on the cutting edge
of music for the last 25 years. One of the original founders of
the World Beat movement, and now an influential performer and
promoter in the emerging international live looping movement, he
incorporates a vast array of world music and pop styles in his
repertoire combining instruments from the most primal to the
most modern with state of the art digital looping and signal
An exceptionally versatile and sensitive musician, he is
eccentrically creative, finding rhythm and melody in hundreds of
He is also the founder of the Y2K_ International Live Looping
Festivals, the largest international live looping festival
series on the planet and has been responsible for producing or
directly inspiring 35 live looping festivals in 15 countries
around the world as well as producing several
creative new music festivals in Northern California (the Festival of
Found and Invented Sound, The Festival of Voice and Electronics, the
1st Bass Looping Festivals, the Festival of Emerging Santa Cruz
Electronica, the First Woman's Live Looping Festival, the Spirit of
Africa and many more).
has also performed, toured and recorded with many master musicians
from around the globe, collaborating and backing artists like
Bob Brozman (USA), Debhashish Battycharya (India), Martin Simpson
(England), Djeli Moussa Djawara (Guinea), Babatunde Olatunje (Nigeria),
Amel Tafsout (Algeria), Rene Lacaille (La Reunion), Ali Farke
Toure (Mali), Hamza El Din (Nubia),Takashi Hiryasu (Okinawa),
Pajoe Amissah Aidoo (Ghana),Massimo Liverani (Italy) Familia Valera
(Cuba), George Pilali (Greece), David Hidalgo (Los Lobos/USA),
David Lyndley (USA), Michael Manring (USA), Steve Lawson (UK),
Per Boysen (Sweden), Matthias Grob (Switzerland/Brazil), Ile Aye
(Brazil), Olodum (Brazil), Luca Formentini (Italy), Sunao Inami
(Japan), Phantasmagoria (Japan), Paul Marshall (Northern Ireland),
Bernhard Wagner (Switzerland), Luis Angulo (Mexico), Andreas Willers
(Germany), Andre LaFosse (USA), Titos Sompa (Congo), Abdoulaye
Djakite (Senegal), Krispen Hartung (USA), Jeff Kaiser (USA), Henry
Kaiser (USA) and many others.
has opened for acts such as Los Lobos, Santana, the Neville Brothers,
Huey Lewis and the News, Cher, Kenny G, Todd Rundgren, the Residents,
Youssou NDour, Thomas Mapfumo, Sly and Robbie, Steel Pulse, Wailing
Souls, the Thompson Twins, Berlin and many others.
resides in Santa Cruz, California with his wife, singer/songwriter
Chris Wedertz, where he teaches, performs, records and releases
original recordings as:
(found sound/live looping), PurpleIHand (abstract electronica),
nO thiN-g (dark ambient, noise, experimental), Ultra Violette
(synth goth, industrial, ebm) and the RICK WALKER TRIO (modal
also was the first recipient of the Gail Rich Award for Service
to the Arts, the Calabash Award for Excellence in the Ethnic Arts
and served as Arts Commissioner for the City of Santa Cruz from
Sour Patch Prawn
Ibanez Electric Guitar,
DigiTech RP90 FX Pedal, BOSS RC-50 Loop Station, and Mic'ed
I have been playing guitar and drums since the 6th
grade, influenced in the most recent years by progressive rock and
various cutting edge electronic styles.
I strive for a clean delivery of melodies and chords
dissonant and suspended, with messages subtle, grandiose, or
distorted. I take jazz, remove the swing, and pound it into space,
while never leaving the ground. If procedures are followed properly,
the sound should allure, exhilarate, and disorient.
Rhythm is of the essence. The best music always kept me guessing,
and then took breaks to ease for a minute. There are times for
complexity and simplicity, and it takes nothing but intuition to
determine. I will do to you what others have done to me. Welcome to
S T A N O S A U R
guitar & taurus pedals & pds8000 & SUNN amps
T A N O S A U R has played most of the west coast loopfests
since '99 LoopStock. He has been looping since the EH 16Sec. DDL
came out in the 80s. He plays the Low Frequency Drones.
Tim is an engineer, artist, and performer who creates
music, visuals, installations, instruments, and applications in
ever-evolving combinations. Inspired by the creativity at Burning
Man, his installations there have included a lyre, a monolith, and
an antique radio.