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Saturday & Sunday, 8–9pm

Free and open to the public.

“As a vocalist specializing in extended techniques, I use my body is also a research space to cultivate new sounds… I am trying to program my installation music for specific spaces and with a temporality that will engage audiences in more-varied ways. The temporality of engagement is the window of opportunity to have an impact on the audience. If the impact is deep enough, then the temporality of engagement can continue beyond the window of time the artwork is perceived. Subtones and multiphonics and breath, the aspects of my vocal practice, defy orientation toward a conventional musical language.”

Ken Ueno will compose, direct, and inhabit two site-specific performances entitled Ghost Vault Triptych from October 6–7, 2018. Ueno is interested in composing what he calls both person-specific and site-specific music—intended for, and inspired by, one specific person, or narrative, or prompt.

At the Cluskey Embankment Stores (at Factor’s Walk), Ueno will utilize the hollow vaulted spaces as resonant chambers, effectively turning the Embankment Stores into a large instrument. The resulting performance will bring forth a collaboration between architecture and Ueno’s vocal subtones and multiphonics, accompanied by special lighting effects. For these nighttime performances, Ueno will focus on the three larger vaults. The central vault will be installed with an audio installation which will consist of 20 stand-alone speakers for which Ueno will compose a 20-channel composition, a ghostly proxy of his vocalizations. Ueno will perform complementary pieces in the annexing vaults on either side of the sound installation. The pre-recorded nature of the sound installation will be experienced in counterpoint to the live performances.

Note: There is no seating at the Cluskey Embankment Stores; please plan accordingly to stand or bring a portable chair.