MICHAEL DREWS

Live at the Chatterbox

July 16th, 2012

Last May, I finally had the opportunity to perform at the Chatterbox in Indianapolis. I have wanted to play there for a long time so I was very happy about this coming together. I was joined by harpist, Melissa Gallant and my constant collaborator, Jordan Munson, who performed on drum set and an array of found objects. The Chatterbox has a long history of being one of the main hotspots for jazz in Indianapolis. At first I was a little worried about how a set of improvised electro-acoustic music would go over with a jazz crowd, but the response ended up being surprisingly enthusiastic. Actually the ensemble interaction within our trio was really that not that far off from how jazz usually works—although with a very different a musical language. Overall this ended up being one of my favorite performances of late. There is nothing better than sharing your music with a bar full of people, downtown on a gorgeous summer night. You can hear a sample of the performance below.

Big Robot Oklahoma performances

July 12th, 2012


Last spring, Big Robot did performances and lecture/demos at the Cameron University New Music Festival (April 4-5, 2012) and during a residency at Oklahoma State University (April 8-9). The people at Cameron and OSU were incredibly generous and very enthusiastic about the group. We also had a chance to chill out in the beautiful Wichita Mountains. You can see a clip of our performance of Noir at OSU below.

Big Robot residency at EIU

March 3rd, 2012

Big Robot just finished a residency at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL (Feb. 27-28). We enjoyed an enthusiastic response for our friday night performance and had some thoughtful discussions with EIU faculty and students. A sincere thanks to my old friend Brad Decker for getting this together. There is a nice review of our concert here.

Noir at Cinesonika 2 in Vancouver

February 25th, 2012

Noir was included in Cinesonika 2, an international festival of film, video and sound design held in Vancouver during February 18-19, 2012. Our piece was shown during a special screening of films from 12 different countries. Jordan Munson and I were on hand to present the work and also participate in a filmmakers panel during the festival. It was great finally seeing Noir on the big screen!

Harp Deconstructions

February 10th, 2012

I got to play with harpist, Melissa Gallant last Friday during a great Super Bowl weekend here in Indy. Melissa and I did some nice improvising with live sampling and processing. The performance was part of the daVinci Pursuit event at the Circle City Industrial Complex on 2/3/2012. Thanks to Mark Kesling for getting this fun to night happen. Nice review in NUVO.

Big Robot at Lala Gallery

December 12th, 2011


This is from an improvisation we used to open Big Robot’s set at the Lala Gallery in W. Lafeyette, IN on 10/8/11. The performance was part of the E3 Series for Improvisation. In the front you can see Don Nichols, co-director of E3, our guest percussionist for this piece. If you look close, Jordan is doing some great stuff with the video here also.

Noir at Electronic Music Midwest

October 7th, 2011


I remember going to EMM in 2001 at Lewis University in Illinois. Ten years later and these guys have turned this festival into one of the major annual events for electronic music. All of us in the profession look forward to it and are grateful it continues to thrive. My colleague Jordan Munson and I were fortunate to have the opportunity to show our new composition/film collaboration, Noir, at this year’s festival during Sept. 29-Oct 1. The festival was remarkably well organized with everything sounding top notch. We received a great response for our work and had a nice time connecting with colleagues and meeting new people.

Mana2 at Studio 300

September 24th, 2011

My friend and colleague Jordan Munson and I just returned form Lexington, the city of bourbon and horses. We were there to experience the inaugural launch of Studio 300 Digital Art and Music Festival hosted by Transylvania University during September 16-17. As part of the festival, Mana2 performed a set of brand new material at the infamous Al’s Bar on Friday night. We also presented our new film, Noir during the Saturday evening concert. Overall it was a cool festival and it will be interesting to see it develop and grow over time.

 

IASPM in Montréal

July 26th, 2011


Last summer I had the fortunate opportunity to present some of my work during this year’s International Association for the Study of Popular Music ( IASPM-Canada) annual gathering. The conference was hosted by the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in the beautiful city of Montréal during June 16-19. The theme of the conference was “Music and Environment: Place, Context, Conjuncture” which I thought tied in nicely with my interests in sampling, DJ culture and audio hacking. At the conference I presented an overview of my Deconstructions project during a paper session at McGill titled “Deconstructions: Transforming Contextual Identity Using Interactive Media.” Also in conjunction with  the conference I had a chance to perform several of the Deconstructions pieces at Il Motore in downtown Montréal. It was a great conference and I meet lots of new friends. I hope to return to Montréal again soon.