IDIO Sound Lab, Brookyln


IDIO: Soundlab is a series of experimental sound art installations and performances. Curated by Maria Chavez





Kristoffer Raasted + Ragnhild May (Denmark)

Wednesday, April 27th



Please join us for the 3rd installment of Idio: Soundlab this Wednesday, April 27th from 7-9PM to experience four sound art performances by Danish artists Ragnhild May and Kristoffer Raasted.


Upstairs, 7 pm: Arrangement of 7 alarm bells (KR)
Downstairs, 7:20 pm: Improvisation for bird whistles (RM)
Downstairs, 7:40 pm: Improvised composition for amplified pencil and paper (KR)
Upstairs, 8 pm: Composition for airblown recorders (RM)

About the Artists:
Ragnhild May’s (Denmark) works are centered around the relationship between body and instrument. Musical instruments can be seen as extensions of the body, and her works explores their structures, systems and cultural connotations as well as acoustic qualities. Ragnhild May is currently artist in residency at International Studio and Curatorial Program, she has studied at The Jutland Art Academy (Denmark) and Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and is a member of the Danish Composers Society.

Kristoffer Raasted (Denmark) is currently an MFA candidate in Media Arts and Art Theory at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art (Denmark). With his musical background as a percussionist and classical singer, he is working with sound in the context of traditional visual arts media, especially drawing that he utilizes for its tactile acoustic. His recent performances includes PULSAR Sound Art Festival and NLH Space.



Sarah Hennies and Animal Hospital (US)

Friday, March 18th, 2015 – 8PM and 9PM


Sarah Hennies’ Gather & Release is the result of years worth of composer Sarah Hennies’ exploration of the vibraphone in synthesis with her recent experiences of identity, obsession, anxiety, tension, grief, and loss. Over the course of an hour, Hennies entangles highly focused percussion playing with field recordings, sine waves, signifiers from her personal & family history (including a 20+ year old recording of her grandfather reciting poetry), and bilateral stimulation, a tool for anxiety release and a major component of EMDR therapy (a branch of psychotherapy that focuses on relieving the patient of disturbing memories as a treatment for psychopathology). Gather & Release is challenging, personal, immediate, yet reserved.

Sarah Hennies (b. 1979, Louisville, KY) is a percussionist and composer currently residing in Ithaca, NY. Her work is primarily concerned with an immersive, psychoacoustic presentation of sound brought about by an often grueling, endurance-based performance practice that Nathan Thomas of Fluid Radio described as “a highly sophisticated and refined performance technique…that starts and ends with listening and encourages a different way of listening from its audience.” She received her M.A. in percussion from the University of California-San Diego in 2003 where she studied with renowned percussionist Steven Schick, and is currently a member of Meridian, a percussion trio with Tim Feeney and Greg Stuart. Prior to relocating to Ithaca, Hennies was based in Austin, TX, for ten years where she performed with the Austin New Music Co-op, The Weird Weeds and a variety of other projects.

Kevin Micka is a multi-instrumentalist based in Boston, MA. During his solo performances, Kevin often operates a selection of electronics, instruments and effects, using them to patiently construct a layered nest of phrases and patterns consisting of fragments of live captured drum beats, guitar chords, scrapes, chucks, chimes, and melodies. Woven together, these sounds result in anything from more conventional songs to meticulously and deliberately crafted movements with elements of improvisation. His music can reference many familiar aspects of contemporary rock and pop music as well as more experimental compositions. Since the winter of 2011, a large ensemble version of his music has taken shape. Those performances have consisted of up to 40 musicians surrounding an audience in unique venues. Three albums have been produced under the moniker Animal Hospital and have been supported with extensive touring, during which Kevin has shared the stage with acts as diverse as The Jesus Lizard, Beirut, No Age, MAIN, Thrones, Dosh, Os Mutantes, Codeine, Man Forever & So Percussion. Kevin has also been a contributing member of the band Neptune since 2011.



Nao Nishihara (Japan)

Feb 25 – 29


Japanese sound artist Nao Nishihara has built a site-specific sound installation at IDIO and will open the show with a sound performance on Thursday, Feb 25th at 6PM.

Sound Art Curator-in-Residence Maria Chavez will host a panel discussion with the artist on Sunday, Feb 27th learn more about his process and practice.

About Nao Nishihara:

Focusing on the sound, Nishihara’s works have 2 aspects: sound and body. Using sound, he tries to reveal the our ears’ natural abilities. Using objects, he tries to rediscover the body, provoking movement and showing limitation. His works also include field recordings, study/ documentation of foghorns and instrument production. He did the Japanese translation of the books Sound Art (by Alan Licht, Film Art Inc., 2010) along with Kazue Kobata and Hiroshi Egaitsu, and A Brief History of Music (by H.U. Obrist, Film Art Inc., 2015) with Fumiko Uchiyama and others.

Nishihara was born in Hiroshima in 1976. In 1998, he left Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (Czech Language) before graduating. In 2009, he graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts, with a degree in Musical Creativity and the Environment. In 2011, he obtained a master’s degree in Intermedia Art from Tokyo University of the Arts. Nishihara is visiting New York as the grantee of the Asian Cultural Council and Omomuki Foundation, from December 2015 to June 2016. He has performed at Experimental Intermedia and Harvestworks among other places during his US stay.