You wont want to miss Drum Major Instinct this Saturday DECEMBER 11 @ 1:30pm. This experimental music duo featuring Asheville's own Jeff Arnal plays (mostly) percussion and Curt Cloninger plays (mostly) modular synthesizer. Jeff's drumming could be described as synco-jazz + free-world, and Curt's modular synthesis could be described as westcoast doomgaze. But, of course, nothing is ever that straightforward. The resultant music is about waves of force, patterns within patterns (within patterns), sounds from the natural world, spiritual jazz, and running the voodoo down.
Listen 👉 soundcloud.com/drum-major-instinct
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Curt Cloninger is an artist, musician, writer, and Associate Professor of New Media at the University of North Carolina Asheville. His art uses an array of media combinations to undermine language as a system of meaning in order to reveal it as an embodied force in the world. His art work has been featured in the New York Times and at festivals and galleries from Korea to Brazil. Exhibition and performance venues include Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), Granoff Center for The Creative Arts (Brown University), Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (Chicago), Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (Asheville), and the internet. Curt has been published on a range of topics, including new media and internet art, installation and performance art, experimental graphic design, popular music, and network culture. His fifth and most recent book is entitled, "Some Ways of Making Nothing: Apophatic Apparatuses in Contemporary Art" (Punctum Books, 2021). His essays have been published in Performance Research, Intelligent Agent, Mute, Paste, Tekka, Rhizome Digest, A List Apart, Textshop Experiments, and on ABC World News. His art, music, and writing may be accessed at lab404.com, playdamage.org, and deepyoung.org
Jeff Arnal is an American percussionist, and the Executive Director of Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center. Arnal studied music at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD. He received his BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Maryland. During the 1990s, Arnal studied with visionary percussionist Milford Graves receiving his MFA in music from Bennington College. From 1997-2012 Arnal was active in the NYC underground music and art community. In 2000 he co-founded Improvised and Otherwise, an interdisciplinary festival for emerging artists in Brooklyn, NY. As a composer and percussionist, he has performed and collaborated with a wide range of musicians and choreographers throughout the U.S. and Europe with appearances at: Ausland (Berlin), Berlin Exploratorium, CBGBs (NYC), deSingel (Antwerp), Issue Project Room (NYC), Knitting Factory (NYC), German Nordwestradio - NDR (Bremen), Hallwalls (Buffalo NY), MATA Festival (NYC), Music Gallery (Toronto), Roulette (NYC), Tonic (NYC) and Vision Festival (NYC). His music can be heard on a number of independent record labels including Clean Feed in Portugal and Leo Records in England. His collaborations with choreographers have been produced at PS 122, Joyce SoHo, Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church, The Chocolate Factory and Judson Church. Currently he lives in Asheville, NC with his wife, Estelle and their two boys. Hear more in this 2021 radio interview with Mike Watt (Minutemen/Firehose) on the Watt from Pedro show: www.twfps.com/past-episodes/on-air-jeff-arnal-from-asheville-nc-via-skype