Ambient artist Robert Rich sends news of his latest tour and some news CDs.
If you’re into ambient electronica and you’ve never seen Rich in concert, you should definitely try to make one of these dates. He’s performing some of his latest work, along with the video piece Atlas Dei.
2007 Tour Dates – May & June
Saturday June 9
Psychology Auditorium, University of Memphis
Info: Contact [email protected], or call
Saturday June 16
Stars’ End 30th Anniversary Concert
Iron Gate Theater, 37th & Chestnut, U. Penn campus
Solo + Duet performance with Ian Boddy (First time!); Also: Jeff Pierce
Purchase tickets as donation to XPN: go to http://xpn.org
click “support the music”, complete form, scroll down to “thank you gift”
select either: $60.00 – ONE ticket to Star’s End 30th Anniversary Spacemusic Festival
or $120.00 – TWO tickets to Star’s End 30th Anniversary Spacemusic Festival
Thursday June 21
New York City
Bravin Lee Programs Gallery – offsite, 508 West 26th Street, Ground Floor.
Opening of video installation “Illumination I” by Michael Somoroff
with sound installation by Robert Rich.
This is not a live performance, just an art opening.
Robert’s new CD “Illumination” is the score for this installation until August 10.
Sunday June 24
Nearfest – North East Art Rock Festival
Zoellner Arts Center, Leheigh University
Robert Rich performs from 2:45 to 3:15 on day 2 of the festival
More info at www.nearfest.com
Thursday June 28
Cedar Cultural Center
416 Cedar Ave. South
More info at www.thecedar.org
Rich also has three new releases:
- The DVD: Atlas Dei is a feature-length movie of high resolution motion graphics by Daniel Colvin, in panoramic 3:1 aspect ratio, with letterbox. It features 90 minutes of 5 channel surround mixes by Robert Rich. Those of you who saw Robert perform in 2006 will be familiar with these visuals, which accompanied Robert during the concerts.
- The companion CD called Music from Atlas Dei focuses on the new pieces recorded specifically for the film. It also includes older compositions that are edited, layered, remixed and augmented from previous releases. The music from the film that does not appear on this CD more closely resembles previous versions.
- Michael Somoroff’s Illumination – music composed by Robert Rich. The title might sound complicated, but this new CD features over an hour of new deep ambient music by Robert Rich, created specifically to accompany five videos by artist Michael Somoroff during an installation at a New York City gallery. The music falls on the slow and shadowy side of Robert’s output, a bit like Trances/Drones or Below Zero. The installation has a close tie to painter Mark Rothko, as Somoroff created a large sculpture (connected to this exhibit) for the Rothko Chapel in Houston TX, recently relocated to the Aldrich museum in Ridgefield CT.
Image: Jamie Todd