Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Widow | Ghosts Screening at Resort Wear VS Couture Millinery Fashion Event, NYC

Jil Guyon in Widow | Ghosts

Resort Wear VS Couture Millinery | Fashion Event
Screening of Widow|Ghosts 
[Video direction by Jil Guyonwith Valerie Barnes/Cinematography and Chris Becker/Original Sound]
Holy Apostles Gallery
296 9th Avenue, near 28th St., NYC
This Friday, June 16
6:00 to 9:00 PM

8:00 PM fashion show: CHUCHU NY & PomPom Bikini Line

Tickets: $20


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

New Collaboration-in-Progress with Racoco Productions, May 14th at The Construction Company

Choreographer Rachel Cohen and friend. (Photo by Leighton Edmondson.)

Choreographer Rachel Cohen, mastermind behind the impossible-to-define dance/theater company Racoco Productions, will present a new work-in-progress Sunday, May 14th, at 3:00 p.m. at The Construction Company, 184 Eldridge Street (at Rivington), New York, NY. The piece, entitled -overt, features Cohen, an air dancer (see above), filmmaker Leighton Edmondson, free cotton candy, and music by yours truly. Also on the program are Laura Shapiro, Beth Leonard, and Bob Eisen. Admission is $10.

Wish I could be there! I smile whenever I look at this photo.

For more about Cohen and our past collaborations, read my interview with Rachel here.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

WIDOW_Remix at Contemporary Art Ruhr, Media Art Fair, Essen, Germany, May 12-14

(Still from Widow_remix, a film by Jil Guyon)

VERY exciting news. My most recent collaboration with New York video and performance artist Jil GuyonWIDOW_remix, will be presented at Contemporary Art Ruhr, Media Art Fair, Essen, Germany, May 12-14. Wish I could be there! 

Jil Guyon: Director, Performer
Chris Becker: Original Score 
Helga Davis: Vocals
Valerie Barnes: Cinematography

WIDOW_Remix (2016)

Chris Becker: Widow is the first film I scored for artist Jil Guyon, whose cross-disciplinary talents resonate strongly with my own creative obsessions. Widow premiered February 4, 2014, at the Dance on Camera Festival presented by Dance Films Association and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and went on to screen at several festivals and museums across the U.S. and Canada.

For WIDOW_Remix (2016), Jil created a radical re-edit of Widow, and invited vocalist Helga Davis to improvise and record several a cappella performances while watching the resulting film. My job was to create a final score using 10 separate takes of Helga’s improvisations. Knowing how deeply Helga is able to go into the music as a singer and improviser, I tried to preserve the spontaneous energy of her performances and create a score that sounds like it is unfolding in real time with the film. WIDOW_Remix was edited and mixed using Ableton Live on KRK Rockit 6 speakers and mastered by Berlin-based sound artist Douglas Henderson.

Jil Guyon: WIDOW_Remix is an alternate version of my original Widow performance-video in which a woman wearing a 1940’s-style black dress and unfurling belt performs a sequence of movements while constrained within a stark, narrow white interior. Because Widow followed the choreographic trajectory of the live performance upon which it was based, I decided to create a more abstract edit using a “cut-up” collage style which allows the viewer to merge with the protagonist’s unrestrained, emotive experience. Because I knew this experience would be as dependent on the sound score as the edit, it was important for me to work with collaborators who were sensitive to this interrelationship. What Chris and Helga put together was altogether successful, hovering on the edge of pleasure and pain, and not only mirroring but intensifying the protagonist’s internal world.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


(Chris Becker in performance, April 8, 2017; Photo courtesy of Kingwood Fine Art Gallery.)

Friday, April 7, 2017

Looking forward to this tomorrow. I will talk a little bit about the great pianist Connie Crothers, who graces the cover of my book Freedom of Expression: Interviews With Women in Jazz, and sadly, passed away in August 2016. Next there will be a sort of improvised dialogue between myself at Aaron Bielish's non-traditional traditional piano and recorded excerpts from my interview with Connie for my book. It is a humble tribute to a master musician, and I am very grateful to Aaron for the opportunity to be a part of this ongoing installation/performance series.

The performance takes place April 8, 2017, 12:30 p.m. at Lone Star College - Kingwood Fine Art Gallery

(Installation and photo by Aaron Bielish)

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Wremix at the NOW Music Festival

WIDOW_Remix, my most recent collaboration with artist Jil Guyon, will be screened at Capital University's 2017 NOW New Music Festival in Columbus, OH (Feb. 12-19) on a program of electronic media. This year's festival pays tribute to my composition teacher and mentor Dr. Rocky J. Reuter, and features works by many of Dr. Reuter's former students. I will share more details about the festival soon. 

The NOW Music Festival presented the original Widow in 2014, and will be screening this dramatic re-edit of that film, with an entirely new sound score. 

Jil Guyon (Director, Performer)
Valerie Barnes (Cinematography)
Chris Becker (Original Score)
Helga Davis (Vocals)

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Still from WW, a film by Jil Guyon; Original score by Chris Becker
WW, one of my recent video collaborations with artist Jil Guyon, will be included in the Vision All Together: Performance Art for Video exhibition at the Durango Arts Center, Colorado. The exhibit opens Friday, Jan. 6th and runs through Feb. 4th. 

WW's score is drawn from material I composed previously for Widow, my first collaboration with Guyon, and features SPIKE the percussionist (gongs) and Alexandra Marculewicz Adshead (breaths). Valerie Barnes is the cinematographer.