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John Keston & Cody McKinney Presents: sound/simulacra
January 25 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
$10 admission. $5 with student ID.
John Keston and Cody McKinney present: sound/simulacra : A monthly series which explores musical improvisation as a “faithful and intentionally distorted” representational process. Sound/simulacra will bring together some of the Twin Cities most unique voices to “recreate, distort, and create the hyperreal”.
Cody McKinney works with sound by actively theorizing, organizing, practicing and challenging its properties. He studied bass and improvisation under many luminaries including: Johannes Weidenmueller, Bruce Gertz, Jim Black as well as composition under Kirk Nurock, Rory Stewart, Steve Lehman and Diane Moser. Cody’s group,Bloodline, along with John Keston and Pete Hennig, have recently recorded an album due out mid 2017.
Cody has a resume. They are memories on paper for the purpose to impress people or get a job. Cody is interested in neither, simply thankful for great teachers, musicians that care, and thoughtful listeners. Cody appreciates venues that DON’T try to sell you on the musical performance with a “banging’ food and drink special”. Cody has never heard Stravinsky at Orchestra Hall while enjoying nuclear jalapeño poppers and a Bud Lite: Lime-a-rita. Cody’s values have sabotaged his attempt at writing a compelling press-release, but then again, it’s about music.
John Keston is an educator, musician, composer, sound artist, and developer exploring the synesthetic relationships between auditory and optical landscapes. His work evokes stochastic behaviors in compositional structures by translating visual or gestural input into sound.
Originally from the United Kingdom, John is currently based in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he is a professor of audio production and interactive media at the University of St. Thomas. He founded the sound design resource, AudioCookbook.org, where you will find articles and documentation about his projects and research.
John has spoken, performed, or exhibited original work at Northern Spark, the Weisman Art Museum, the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Burnet Gallery, Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, the Minnesota Institute of Art, the In/Out Festival of Digital Performance, the Eyeo Festival, INST-INT, Echofluxx, and Moogfest. He produced and performed in the piece Instant Cinema: Teleportation Platform X, a featured project at Northern Spark 2013. He composed and performed the music for In Habit: Life in Patterns (2012) and Words to Dead Lips (2011) in collaboration with the dance company Aniccha Arts.