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2/18/21 PR


THURSDAY FEBRUARY 18, 2021, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM


PHILL NIBLOCK: Works for Guitar & Bagpipes

Musical Ecologies returns to the airwaves Thursday, February 18th for a live radio event featuring composer and filmmaker Phill Niblock. The event will be broadcast live from the Old Stone House in Park Slope, Brooklyn on Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM Radio for Open Ears in New York’s Upper Hudson Valley, and online at and on the Wave Farm Radio App (iOS). Due to Covid-19 there will be no in-person audience attendance.

A living legend of New York’s Downtown avant-garde and beyond, Niblock’s influential style of drone-based minimalism, usually in combination with his original moving images, has influenced a generation of composers and multi-media artists. For tonight’s program, Niblock will present recent and not recent pieces of music, including Bag (2014), Sethwork (2003) and ExplWatson (2019), played live on bagpipes and guitar by musician David Watson along with a recorded part. The program will begin with a conversation hosted by series curator Dan Joseph.

Now it its extended seventh season, Musical Ecologies is a monthly symposium on music and sound held 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 an extended conversation between the artist and curator.

About the artist:

Phill Niblock (b. 1933, USA) is an artist whose fifty-year career spans minimalist and experimental music, film and photography. Since 1985, he has served as director of Experimental Intermedia, a foundation for avant-garde music based in New York with a branch in Ghent, and curator of the foundation’s record label XI. Known for his thick, loud drones of music, Niblock’s signature sound is filled with microtones of instrumental timbres that generate many other tones in the performance space. In 2013, his diverse artistic career was the subject of a retrospective realized in partnership between Circuit (Contemporary Art Centre Lausanne) and Musée de l’Elysée. The following year Niblock was honoured with the prestigious Foundation for Contemporary Arts John Cage Award.

Tonight’s event is being broadcast live on Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM Radio for Open Ears in New York’s Upper Hudson Valley, made possible by Wave Farm’s Transmit Partner Program; tune in online at and on the Wave Farm Radio App (iOS).

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