Duo: Joshua Weitzel (Guitar/Shamisen) + Eric Wong (Guitar)
Duo: Fang-yi Liu (Voice/Guan) + Olaf Hochherz (Electronics)
Joshua Weitzel was born in Kassel, Germany in 1989.
His work is work is based on deep exploration of dynamics and contrasting parameters such as stasis and progress, linear and spatial development, control and unexpectedness. He has worked with a number of internationally recognised artists, among them improvisers, composers, noise musicians, fine artists, filmmakers, dancers, poets and Jazzmen and has performed on various occasions across Europe, Israel and Japan.
Current projects are Duos with percussionist Dave Stockard, soprano Chie Nagai as well as the International Central German Noise Ensemble, gathering improvisers from the region of Kassel.
Apart from free improvisation he plays early Jazz with ResiDance Orchester Cassel and guitar in the Band of Eric Petzoldt. Joshua also organises a monthly concert series for experimental music in Kassel.
Eric Wong – Born 1981 in Minneapolis, MN, grew up in Hong Kong, a guitarist and computer musician. Although he has taken some lessons at younger age, he is pretty much an autodidact. After spending years going between rock and electronic music, his current focuses are free improvisation and sound manipulation.
Currently based in Berlin, and has performed in Germany, Austria, Hong Kong, Macau, USA, China, Poland, Switzerland, etc. Besides solo, other projects he is also involved include rock duo Meta Fog with Sascia Pellegrini patchworking pop culture montage, musical collective Stoic Strangers with Wilson Tsang plus other Hong Kong based musicians, improvisational guitar/piano duo Se Noh Te with Eunice Martins, D.N.A.N.D.N.A. with saxophonist Simon Rose, as well as working with many other artists across the globe.
Fang-yi Liu was born in Taiwan in 1986. He is concentrated in free style musical/ tonal improvisation. Also he re-mixes and edits sound recorded in the fields as demonstration works.
He mentioned two major points. First is about the human voice. The pronounce action from different races and cultures contained not only languages, but also the sound of out of languages, before languages, distortion and lapsing of languages, etc. Even the unestablished pronouncing still can bring the signal or context to the receivers. Second is about the environment sound or sound field. People are surrounded with sounds induced by every vital or mortal things. The problem of sensing or recognition environmental sound are his major projects. He tries to use any kind of materials or methods to approach these two topics.
He also created a Facebook group called Cochlea and try to introduce the musician from different fields to the new audiences. He hold several performances to promote new audio experience.
He has made a recording called “poor squirrel” in casette form with a noise music composer, Hung-Chang Ku.
He produced and broadcasted two hand-made recordings in CD form including “Koujie-Koujie” and “Bathroom Meteorology”.
Olaf Hochherz is a sound artist and researcher mostly performing with self build electronic instruments and …