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ranjitTHURSDAY FEBRUARY 11, 2016, 8:00 PM
Admission by contribution ($10 suggested)

RANJIT BHATNAGAR: The Instrument-a-Day Project 2016

The Old Stone House
in Washington Park, 3rd Street & 5th Avenue
Park Slope, Brooklyn – Map

Musical Ecologies continues Thursday February 11th with New York-based sound artist Ranjit Bhatnagar. Combining technology, language and found materials, he is known for his ingenious interactive installations and invented musical instruments. Each year since 2008, he has dedicated the month of February to his epic Instrument-a-Day project wherein he creates a new homemade musical instrument on each day of the month. For this event, which falls right in the middle of this annual project, he will demonstrate some of his newest instruments, perform a work with contact mics that explores tiny and unnoticed sounds, and present a live remix of videos found on the web. The evening will begin with a conversation hosted by series curator Dan Joseph, and a reception will follow.

Musical Ecologies is a monthly symposium on music and sound held every 2nd Thursday (except where noted) at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Curated and hosted by composer Dan Joseph, each event typically focuses on a single artist who presents a work or project either in the form of a talk or lecture, a multimedia presentation, a performance, or combination thereof. Each presentation is preceded by a 30-minute conversation with the curator and audience.

About the artist: 

Ranjit Bhatnagar is a sound artist who works with technology, language, and found materials to create interactive installations and musical instruments.  His works have been exhibited across the United States and in Europe and appeared in performances as far away as Shanghai.  In an annual project, he creates a new homemade musical instrument each day of the month of February — the Instrument-a-day project is now in its ninth year. Recent works have been exhibited at the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, the Parc d’aventures scientifiques in Belgium, Flux Factory in Queens, in the Artbots series at Eyebeam Atelier and the Pratt Institute in New York, and the Mermaid Show at the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center in Brooklyn. He recently taught “Mister Resistor” at Parsons School of Design, a studio course and rock band with homemade instruments. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Ranjit received a BA from U.C. Berkeley and an MS from the University of Pennsylvania, and was certified carnie trash by the Coney Island Sideshow School in 2002. He lives in Brooklyn next to a nice big park.

Instrument-a-day 2015

Upcoming: John Ingle (3/10); Ghost Ensemble (4/14)…

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