April 19, 2024, 7P / MISE-EN x ARETE / Dafna Naphtali

Dafna Naphtali – live-processing, voice, compositions.
James Ilgenfritz – bass, mechanical instrument array

**ADDED!** Che Buford – violin, electronics



Contact: melinda@mise-en.org

Dafna Naphtali is an electronic-musician, vocalist, composer/performer/improviser. She creates experimental, interactive, music and sound art, and develops custom software her projects, with a focus on live sound-processing of acoustic instruments, voice and field recordings, projects with multi-channel audio, and audio-augmented-reality soundwalks, and musical robots, and interpretations of Cage, Stockhausen and others. Drawing on her eclectic musical background in jazz, contemporary classical, rock and near-eastern music she works with well-regarded musicians/video-artists in the US and abroad since the 90’s, in projects ranging from “Landmine” for Kathleen Supové on Disklavier piano (“Ear to Ivory”, Starkland 2019), and early on, “What is it Like to be a Bat?” digital punk trio w/Kitty Brazelton and Danny Tunick (Tzadik ‘03). Her series of duo releases include”Pulsing Dot” w/pianist Gordon Beeferman (Clang), with Hans Tammen (guitar/electronics), and Luis Tabuenca (percussion/drums, Barcelona), Chatter Blip duo with Chuck Bettis (Microcosmopolitan from Contour Editions 2020), “We Q” with Edith Lettner, saxophones/duduk (Clang 2020), and “Fusebox” Ras Moshe Burnett saxophones (Gold Bolus 2021). Multichannel sound-sculpture ” Audio Chandelier: Polyélaios”, (created with metalsmith Ayala Naphtali) exhibited Governors Island May-August 2021). Her newest work is “Wake Me When its Green”, an audio/video collaboration with violinist Gwen Laster (2023) commissioned by M3 Mutual Mentorship for Musicians. Dafna has received generous support from NYFA, NYSCA, Foundation for Contemporary Arts and others. Dafna is a 2023 Guggenheim Fellow in Music Composition.

Composer and bassist James Ilgenfritz is recognized in the New Yorker for his “characteristic magnanimity” and his “invaluable contributions to New York’s new-music community.” His 2019 album You Scream A Rapid Language collects recent chamber works, and features Pauline Kim Harris, Conrad Harris, William Winant, Thomas Buckner, Kathleen Supové, Margaret Lancaster, and Joseph Kubera, and was noted in The Wire for its “glint of mischief” and ability to “foreground the performative and gestural elements of music making.”

James presented residencies at John Zorn’s The Stone in 2015 and 2017. In 2019 James performed in Anthony Braxton’s Composer Portrait concert at Columbia University’s Miller Theater (with Either/Or and the JACK Quartet), and premiered his second opera, I Looked At The Eclipse. Recent projects include his trio Hypercolor (released on John Zorn’s record label Tzadik with Lukas Ligeti & Eyal Maoz) and his recent solo CD Origami Cosmos (featuring works by Annie Gosfield, Miya Masaoka, Elliott Sharp, & JG Thirlwell). In June 2018 James presented his second residency at John Zorn’s venue The Stone, with premieres for the Momenta Quartet, flutist Margaret Lancaster, The New Thread Saxophone Quartet, and the Kathleen Supové/James Moore/Jennifer Choi trio, as well as solo bass works by John King, Anthony Donofrio, and Lucie Vitkova.

Che Buford (he, they) is an NYC-based artist whose work explores creating new narratives within the world of music while engaging in themes of memory and place. Che performs as a violinist in various musical settings, specializing in improvisational performance, contemporary compositions, electroacoustic work, and interdisciplinary collaborations. They have performed and presented work in spaces such as Roulette, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Joe’s Pub, Antenna Cloud Farm, Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt, ISSUE project room, and National Sawdust. He has collaborated with artists including Palaver Strings, Adama Delphine Fawundu, Deborah Jack, Steph Davis, Pamela Z, and others. As a composer, their work explores the possibilities of timbre and acoustical phenomena and connects them to elements of place, memory, poetry, and the quotidian. Che has received commissions from artists and organizations including Longleash, The Rhythm Method, New York Philharmonic, and Castle of our Skins. Upcoming projects for the 2023-2024 season include commissions from Icarus Quartet, Loadbang, Deborah Jack, Guitarist, Joseph Ehrenpreis, and violinist Midori.

April 19, 2024, 7P
341 Calyer St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
*Open donation, suggested $10