As a part of the Prairie Wires 2022 Spring Sound Series
Jason Kahn's work with electronics involves chaotic feedback systems and placing his physical body into the circuit flow. Grabbing open leads with his hands makes and breaks circuits, causing the synth to overload or collapse. Various contact microphones and electro magnetic inductors and the synthesizer's own output via a mixing board are used to modulate the parameters of the synth. It is a very dynamic system, played in an expressive way -- much like any acoustic instrument, but electronic.
The event will be in person at the AGSM on June 8th at 7PM , we encourage people to register in advance at: https://forms.gle/s5uVh62Y3xADaBED9
The event will also be live streamed online via the AGSM Instagram: @agsmagram
About the artist:
Born 1960 in New York, Jason Kahn is a musician, artist and writer. He currently lives in Zürich Switzerland. As an electronic musician, guitarist, vocalist and percussionist Kahn collaborates with many international musicians in the context of free improvised music. He has also composed numerous electro acoustic pieces and graphical scores written for specific groups and musicians. His work can be heard on over two hundred solo, collaborative and compilation releases. Kahn's installations and interventions have been shown in museums, galleries, art spaces and public sites internationally. These works focus on the idea of space: the conceptual and physical juncture points, its production and dissolution, and our relation to it as a political, social and environmental medium.
Kahn's written work has appeared in books, magazines and as liner notes to many audio publications. He has published four books: "Infinity Suite" (2020), "Voice and Sky" (2018), "Space Text Sound" (2017) and "In Place" (2015). Kahn's other activities include sound pieces for radio, film, dance and theater. He has also designed numerous CD, LP and cassette covers. Kahn has performed and exhibited work in the United States, Europe, Argentina, Australia, Egypt, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Russia, Turkey, Singapore, South Africa and Taiwan.
Watch the recorded performance here
Image caption: Jason Kahn. Image courtesy of the artist