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m i c r o m i c r o 2

m i c r o m i c r o
2 the psyche

joe moffett, sophie delphis, sean ali, tania caroline chen

touch, lucidity, overlap, physical and internal worlds, bodies of acoustic and electronic sounds, evolving and dissolving through time

curated by tania caroline chen

SEAN ALI is a double bassist, improviser, and composer working in a variety of projects and contexts. Originally from Dayton, OH, he currently resides in New York City where he is an active participant in the city’s vibrant musical culture both as a performer and occasional curator. His most notable ensembles include Natura Morta (with Frantz Loriot and Carlo Costa), PascAli (with Pascal Niggenkemper), While We Still Have Bodies (with Michael Foster, Ben Gerstein, and Flin van Hemmen), Hag (with Brad Henkel and David Grollman), a string trio with Joanna Mattrey and Leila Bordreuil, and a solo project that features bass, text, and tape collage. These projects have been released on a diverse array of record labels, including FMR Records, Prom Night Records, Creative Sources Recordings, Neither/Nor Records, and Astral Spirits. His multidisciplinary projects include Phantom Circuit (with photographer and video artist Wenxin Zhang) and Impulsive Instrument (with Butoh dancer Azumi Oe).

Franco-American mezzo-soprano Sophie Delphis’ operatic roles include: Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Giunone (La Calisto), Flora (La Traviata), Cenerentola and Tisbe (La Cenerentola), Concepción (L’heure espagnole), Carmen and Mercedes (Carmen), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Marla Maples (The Drumf and the Rhinegold, premiere), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel), Elle (La voix humaine), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Sœur Mathilde (Dialogues des Carmelites), Valetto and Virtù (L’Incoronazione di Poppea) and Lazuli (L’Étoile). As a recitalist, she has performed programs for numerous musical and cultural organizations in the United States and China. In addition to traditional repertoire, she enjoys collaborating with composers, improvisers and theatre artists on new works. She is a soloist on the Grammy-nominated Naxos recording of Milhaud’s Oresteia trilogy and on the original English cast recording of Matti Kovler’s Ami and Tami.

TANIA CAROLINE CHEN is based in New York and London. She has made a name as a compelling and unpredictable sound artist utilising the material worlds of piano, astro-electronics, and the intrinsic sonorities of objects, words, and dream landscapes. Her commissioned video, acoustic and electronic compositions have been performed in USA, Asia and broadcast on KPFA radio, Berkeley and BBC Radio 3. She has also revisited scores from a 21st century perspective. Her recent album John Cage’s “Electronic Music for Piano” was nominated in 2018 for a Grammy award.

JOE MOFFETT approaches his work with a keen interest in unconventional sounds and forms, collective improvisation/composition, and the intersection of action and stillness. He is a co-founder of several projects, including ambient improv trio Earth Tongues and the avant-art song duo Twins of El Dorado, in addition to performing frequently as a solo artist. His first official solo album, More of It and Closer, was released on Tubapede Records in the fall of 2018. He has also appeared as a co-performer with a number of artists and projects including Yoshi Wada, Joe Morris, and Tredici Bacci. His material appears on Neither/Nor, Underwolf, Eh?, NotTwo, Tubapede and Prom Night Records. Earth Tongues' third album, Atem, will be released in the fall of 2019 on Neither/Nor Records.