Radical Riffs: Contemporary Music Series

Alessandro Bosetti, Byron Westbrook and Michael Johnsen

10/4/2008 - 10/4/2008

A project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

An afternoon concert of fresh new sounds and visuals.
A solo by Alessandro Bosetti (computer voice) from Italy / Baltimore, a solo by Byron Westbrook (computer visuals) from Brooklyn and special guest Michael Johnsen (solo electronics) from Pittsburgh.

$7 suggested donation
$5 suggested student donation

Alessandro Bosetti was born in Milan. A composer, saxophonist and sound artist, he works on the musicality of spoken words and unusual aspects of spoken communication and has produced text-sound compositions featured in live performances, radio broadcasts, and recordings. His work inhabits the space between sound anthropology and composition. Field research and interviews often build the basis for his abstract compositions. Recent projects include African Feedback (Errant Bodies press), the interactive speaking machine “MaskMirror” and an ongoing project on linguistic enclaves in the USA. He has performed in all European countries, the USA and Japan. He has had broadcasts and record releases in Germany, Spain, France, Italy, New Zealand and the USA. Bosetti lives and works in both Berlin and Baltimore. myspace.com/alessandrobosetti

Byron Westbrook is a sound/intermedia artist living in Brooklyn, NY. His audio/video performances as CORRIDORS involve the distribution of processed instrumental and environmental recordings through a multi-channel environment with a focus on energy distilled from sound and light. In 2007, he was the recipient of the Jerome Foundation Emerging Artists Commission through Roulette Intermedium and is currently the technical coordinator at Experimental Intermedia Foundation, NYC. myspace.com/corridors

Michael Johnsen lives and works in Pittsburgh. As a co-founder of Orgone Cinema he has long participated in Pittsburgh¹s experimental art scene. For the past ten years he has built an integrated system of electronic devices designed specifically for live performance. What started as a curiosity with existing equipment led to the design and construction of his own highly unique devices. He has toured Europe and the US, releasing several CDs. Johnsen teaches sound techniques and instrument building locally.