Sunday, October 7, 2018

Music Therapy and the Avant Garde: Listening Samples and Sources

Below are various music samples and links related to my lecture Music Therapy and the Avant-Garde, which I will co-present with creative arts therapist Enrico Curreri on November 3, 2018, at 10:00 CT at the Jung Center of Houston.

John Cage, Five5 (1991)

Creative Arts Therapist Enrico Curreri improvises with a 12-year-old patient.

Luigi Nono, Fragmente-Stille, an Diotima (1979-1980)

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Music Therapy and the Avant Garde, Nov 3, 2018 at The Jung Center of Houston

Saturday, November 3, 10 a.m. at The Jung Center of Houston, Texas, my good friend music therapist Enrico Curreri and I will present a lecture on the use of avant-garde music in the field of music therapy and treatment of children and adolescent clients. Enrico is a licensed creative arts therapist and board-certified music therapist at Elmhurst Hospital Center in New York City where he works with patients ages 4-17 carrying different diagnoses, including major depressive disorder, autism spectrum disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and childhood-onset schizophrenia.

We will also guide students in a participatory group performance of a composition created by Curreri specifically for his young patients. Instruments will be provided. No clinical or musical experience required.

The lecture will be livestreamed, so no matter where you are in the world, you can see/hear it on any device. The cost for the lecture, in person or live streamed, is $15 members / $20 non-members.

I hope some of you can attend either in person or via the Internet. More details >>

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

WW at the Psychedelic Film and Video Festival, Museum of the Moving Image, Oct 6, 2018

Image by Jil Guyon

Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 // WW (video)
Created and Performed by Jil Guyon
with Chris Becker (sound) and Valerie Barnes (camera)
Psychedelic Film and Video Festival
Museum of the Moving Image
4:00 PM / $15

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Delirium (Sketch)

. . . more work on a track for an album in progress. Expanding some sections, adding more sounds, and more intense dynamics.

Misha Penton - Sampled voice, piano
Meganoke - Sampled voice
Becker - All other sounds

Thank you Bryan Leach for your sample pack:

Photo by Rob Potter on Unsplash

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Trois (Remixed and Mastered)


released July 8, 2018 

Sampled Voice: Meganoke
All Other Sounds: Chris Becker

Mastered by Douglas Henderson 

Photo by reza shayestehpour on Unsplash

Thursday, June 21, 2018

WW screening at Horn: Experimental Film Festival in Jerusalem, July 17-19, 2018

Very excited that WW is set to screen at the video art exhibition in conjunction with the Horn: Experimental Film Festival in Jerusalem, Israel, July 17-91, 2018. 

Created and performed by Jil Guyon
Original Score: Chris Becker
Gongs: SPIKE The Percussionist
Breaths: Alexandra Marculewicz Adshead
Additional Sounds: Chris Becker

"WW is a psychedelic, sci-fi voyage into the darker recesses of consciousness. With its surrealist use of artifice and doubling, the video combines abstracted imagery with footage of a nameless woman performing a sequence of precisely choreographed gestures. The shifting tableau of cinematic pictures merge with an electronic sound score to create a haunting investigation of the cataclysmic forces that underlie birth and death."

Here is an excerpt of the video . . . 

WW (excerpt) from Jil Guyon on Vimeo.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

#9 with David Magee: The Eastman Effect

Very proud to share this latest episode of #9, which celebrates the life and musical legacy of composer Julius Eastman.

From the Glasstire website:

Julius Eastman was a provocative, outspoken composer active in the 1970s experimental music scene in New York. His titles for his works, including Gay Guerrilla, Evil Nigger, and Crazy Nigger, created an uproar at the time among academic circles and continue to provoke discomfort. His infamous 1975 performance of John Cage's Song Books, in which Eastman undressed a male volunteer onstage and made sexual overtures to him, incensed Cage and created a permanent rift with the elder statesman. Things would go downhill from there for Eastman, who struggled to make ends meet and was eventually evicted from his Lower East Side apartment, losing all his compositions and possessions in the process. As a promising young singer and pianist, Eastman had performed at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center; but he died in 1990 at the age of 49, homeless and forgotten in Buffalo, NY. Recently, there has been a resurgence of interest in his work, with an exhibition and tribute at the Kitchen in New York earlier this year.

Our host David McGee speaks with composer and self-described "accidental musicologist" Mary Jane Leach, who co-authored the 2015 book Gay Guerrilla (Eastman Studies in Music); and with Houston composer and writer Chris Becker.